July 6, 2015

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Man impersonating cop gets 5 years in prison for ‘comedy of errors’

Jesse Hodges

A 32-year-old Medina man who prosecutors said robbed the wrong man in an attempt at intimidation was sentenced Monday to five years in prison. Jesse Hodges, of Weymouth Road, was found guilty at a bench trial in April. He was charged with robbery, impersonating a state trooper and kidnapping, felonies of the second and third Read More…

Wadsworth man pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in overdose case

Kevin Fisher

A Wadsworth man, who was charged in November with dumping a Creston woman’s body after she overdosed on heroin, pleaded not guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter. Kevin Fisher, 34, of the 500 block of Jessica Lane, was charged with involuntary manslaughter earlier this month after an autopsy report showed Lorrie Pratt, 49, had died of Read More…

Medina sheriff to serve on deadly force advisory panel

Tom Miller

Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller said he’s looking forward to serving on a statewide police advisory panel that’s expected to develop policies related to the use of deadly force in Ohio. The Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board includes law enforcement officers, public officials, judges, professors, clergy, students and nonprofits. “I think it’s an honor and Read More…

Cavs: LeBron James’ shot attempts have soared in Finals

LeBron James

CLEVELAND — This isn’t how LeBron James wants or likes to play. It’s how he has to play. With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sidelined by injuries, the Cavaliers small forward has averaged NBA Finals personal highs of 35.7 shots and 41.0 points through three games against the Golden State Warriors. James’ performance, which also Read More…

Children experience fun aspects of the wind at park event (PHOTOS)

Children play with a parachute at an event on Tuesday afternoon at Buckeye Woods Park in Lafayette Township. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Playing with the Wind at Buckeye Woods Park in Lafayette Township attracted about a dozen children and their parents, grandparents and guardians. The event included a variety of wind-themed activities — bubbles, balloons and a parachute.

Fatal drug overdoses on the rise in Medina County

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Fatal drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, making them more deadly than car crashes, and Medina County officials say addiction treatment is the most viable solution to the problem. At least 18 people died last year from unintentional drug overdoses in Medina County, according to the county Health Department. The Read More…

Stray shots spark Montville Twp. residents’ call for action

A Montville Township police officer examines the point at which a bullet grazed a home on Parnham Drive earlier this month. (FILE PHOTO)

Residents of a Montville Township neighborhood are calling on trustees for protection after a bullet fired a mile away struck a home on Parnham Drive this week. The incident occurred two years after the next-door neighbor’s home was hit. Eric Stasiowski told The Gazette in an interview Friday that he was on his back porch Read More…

Police body cameras: Video offers extra layer in investigations

Medina police officer Mike Wesner holds his body camera, a lightweight device used to aid in police investigations. According to Medina police policy, every officer and detective wears a camera on their chest and must turn them on when interacting with the public. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Many of Medina County’s police chiefs say body cameras have shielded officers from unfounded complaints issued by the public, and say they can be useful tools to investigate crime. Five of the county’s 13 law enforcement agencies already have body cameras for their officers, and at least one more actively is considering them. Most who Read More…

Police encounters recorded, but access to videos could be limited


Almost half of Medina County’s police agencies have body cameras to record their officers’ interactions with the public, but officials say the recordings may not be always viewable by the public. That’s because government and police officials say body cam videos may fall under public record exemptions for “confidential law enforcement investigatory records” and “trial Read More…

Census data: Medina County continues to grow

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Medina County’s population is continuing to grow, according to U.S. Census data released last week. Estimates for July 2014 reveal the county’s total population increased 2.1 percent to just over 176,000 people. Out of every city, village and township in the county, only Medina saw a decrease. Medina’s drop was very low, at 0.7 percent, Read More…