October 23, 2014

Medina
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Survey consensus: K-9s kept in cruisers throughout Medina County

Sgt. Brett Harrison with his K-9, Beny. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Police throughout Medina County say Montville Township’s policy to leave police dogs in cruisers is not an uncommon practice. The Gazette surveyed every county police department with dogs after Montville Township’s K-9 died last week of injuries consistent with heat stroke after it was left in a police cruiser without air conditioning for four hours. Read More…

Golf: Bees see hopes of state berth dashed

HINCKLEY TWP. — At least the sun was shining. Nothing else went right for the Medina and Highland boys golf teams at the Pine Hills Division I District on Wednesday, as Medina County was shut out of the state tournament for the second consecutive season. The Bees designed their entire regular season around these 18 Read More…

Medina man gets year in prison in meth case (updated with prosecutor’s comments)

Jeffrey Rini

A 51-year-old Medina man accused of making methamphetamine has been sentenced to a year in prison in a plea-bargain agreement. Jeffrey Rini was convicted of illegally possessing chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony, as part of a plea deal last month. He had been scheduled for trial Monday. Rini, a tattoo artist, Read More…

Two guilty of charges related to Medina cigar store tax fraud

Scott Gardner

An East Cleveland police officer and a Medina man were convicted Monday of avoiding taxes on their Medina cigar store in 2009 and 2010. Detective Scott Gardner, 40, who lives in Ravenna, and Philip Labondano, 50, of Continental Drive, Medina, were placed on probation. Each also was ordered to pay $2,965.91 in unpaid taxes. Gardner Read More…

Judge’s wife, ex-mayor vie for Medina County Common Pleas bench

Joyce Kimbler vs. Gary Werner
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A seat on the Medina County Common Pleas bench could be filled by either a retiring judge’s wife or the former mayor of the county’s largest city. Joyce V. Kimbler and Gary F. Werner are battling for the seat left open by the retirement of Judge James L. Kimbler at the end of the year. Read More…

Dunn, Sheldon keep race for probate, juvenile judge respectable

David Sheldon vs. Kevin Dunn
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Two longtime Medina lawyers are vying for the robes and gavel to oversee Medina County’s probate and juvenile courts. Democrat David C. Sheldon is challenging incumbent Republican Kevin W. Dunn. Dunn was appointed to the bench in August 2013 to replace retiring Judge John J. Lohn. The winner will serve a six-year term, hearing cases Read More…

Investigators reject coverup accusations in Medina County auditor case

Mike Kovack

Less than a month after the Medina county commissioners called for an investigation into county Auditor Mike Kovack, the employee who brought the accusations wrote an email to the state auditor, the Ohio Ethics Commission and the FBI calling the local investigation a sham. “I am asking for help to investigate this cover-up as our Read More…

Bronson Street resident pleads no contest to punching woman

A Bronson Street resident being sued by the city to get him evicted has pleaded no contest to a charge of assault in Medina Municipal Court. David Reed, 53, was sentenced Thursday to jail time served for the misdemeanor charge. Reed also faces a felony charge of permitting drug abuse, accusing him of permitting his Read More…

Wadsworth hospital group sues Summa Health System

The former owners of a Wadsworth hospital sued Summa Health System on Wednesday in an effort to return inpatient services to the Wadsworth community. The Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital had been operated by Summa since 2008, when it entered into a lease agreement with the Wadsworth-Rittman Area Joint Township Hospital District, a quasi-governmental entity formed in 1965 Read More…

Campaign advertorial in weekly newspaper misrepresents judge candidate

Yard signs for Medina County Juvenile and Probate Judge Kevin W. Dunn correctly use the words “elect” and “retain” because he was appointed to replace retiring Judge John J. Lohn last year and this is Dunn’s first election. However, a campaign ad in the Brunswick Sun weekly newspaper stated he was seeking “re-election.” Dunn said the newspaper made the error and he has asked for a correction. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

BRUNSWICK — The Northeast Ohio Media Group has taken responsibility for a misleading campaign ad in a weekly newspaper urging voters to “re-elect” Medina County Judge Kevin W. Dunn. According to Ohio law, candidates may not use the word “re-elect” in their campaign materials if they were appointed to their positions. Dunn was named to Read More…