October 25, 2014

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Medina men indicted for involvement in theft of North Court gun store

Farnsworth & Flemming

Two Medina men are facing mandatory prison sentences if convicted on charges accusing them of involvement in a theft of guns worth thousands of dollars from a Medina gun shop. Mason Farnsworth, 21, and Brandon Flemming, 19, were indicted last week on charges of receiving stolen guns and having weapons illegally, fourth- and third-degree felonies. Read More…

Swarms of zombies to invade Buckeye Woods for charity run this weekend

James Rathbun, of Medina, prepares to take a runner’s flag during the 2013 “Run for Your Life” 5K at Buckeye Woods Park. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Blare the sirens, board up your doors and keep your families and friends close — the dead will rise at Buckeye Woods Park in Lafayette Township this weekend. Project: LEARN on Saturday afternoon will host its third annual “Run for Your Life” 5K Zombie Run, a Halloween-themed charity run with a twist that raises money Read More…

Gas prices drop below $3 per gallon in Medina County, across state


The price of a gallon of regular gas has dipped below the $3 mark in Medina County and most other areas of Ohio. According to GasBuddy.com, a gas price aggregator, the lowest per gallon regular gas prices reported Monday evening among nine services stations in the Wadsworth area was $2.96. The lowest prices among 18 Read More…

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…