May 23, 2015

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National Day of Prayer draws hundreds to Medina Square (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Second-graders from St. Francis Xavier School perform sign language to the song “Beautiful” before a crowd of more than 150 people who attended a National Day of Prayer celebration Thursday at Medina’s Public Square. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

More than 150 Medina County residents gathered at Medina’s Public Square for a group prayer service Thursday afternoon. The noon service was part of National Day of Prayer. It was led by the Rev. Doug Davidson, pastor of Medina Community Church. Prayer of Confession, read by the Rev. Doug Davidson at Thursday’s National Day of Prayer Read More…

Medina County ranks high in health thanks to income

Krista Wasowski

Medina County’s median household income is a major factor in a recent survey that showed county residents enjoy higher-than-average national rankings on a variety of health subjects, a local health official said. “A lot of it has to do with income,” said Krista Wasowski, health commissioner for the Medina County Health Department. “Income is correlated Read More…

Trial begins in shooting case; prosecutor says father targeted drug dealer

Terry Yuschak

Prosecutors said at trial Monday that a man accused of a shooting at a Dairy Queen parking lot last year in Medina Township was trying to kill his daughter’s drug dealer. Terry Yuschak, 49, of Perrysville, is charged with attempted murder, felonious assault and having weapons while barred by a court. He’s also charged with Read More…

Case of imposter trooper goes to trial

Jesse Hodges

A Medina man is standing trial this week on charges he robbed a man at gunpoint last May while posing as an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper. Jesse Hodges, 32, faces charges of aggravated robbery, robbery, kidnapping and impersonating a police officer. If convicted, he could face 11 or more years in prison. At trial Monday, Read More…

Community goes through paces for suicide prevention in Medina County (VIDEO)

Event organizer Gail Houk addresses a crowd of about 650 people who gathered at Medina’s Public Square on Sunday afternoon for the Step Up to Prevent Suicide Community Walk. The 3½-mile walk raised awareness about suicide prevention in Medina County. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

More than 650 people put on their walking shoes and attended an event to raise awareness about suicide prevention in Medina County. Signs to watch for When should I suspect that someone is considering suicide? Get help if someone you know exhibits any of the following signs: • Persistent discussions of death. • Statements of Read More…

‘Doctor Who’ TARDIS featured in Medina County social media campaign

This replica of TARDIS, based on the unusual spaceship from the British “Doctor Who” television show, is part of a new initiative by the Medina County Park District. The TARDIS was spotted at Buffalo Creek Retreat in Guilford Township on April 18. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Medina County park-goers may catch an unfamiliar sight in the coming months: a big blue box straight out of British science fiction. The TARDIS — a blue police box prominently featured on the long-running “Doctor Who” television series — has landed, but not to worry! Unlike on the British sci-fi show, the TARDIS’ presence will Read More…

Medina shop owner protests felony theft conviction

John Kuhar, 63, of Medina, awaits a verdict on two charges of theft on Friday morning. Kuhar, who owns Medina Motorsports, was found guilty of charges that he took money from a client and never did the work he was hired to complete. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina businessman insists he’s innocent even after a judge found him guilty Friday of taking a $1,600 payment for a product he never provided to the client. John Kuhar, 63, who owns Medina Motorsports on West Liberty Street, told The Gazette that he thought the verdict was “unfair.” “For me to be found guilty Read More…

Trial begins in dispute over lost cats, expenses related to cat bite


A former Medina woman asked a jury Wednesday to award her more than $25,000 in damages because her neighbor had her 18 pet cats euthanized or given away in 2012. The neighbor urged the jury to award her more than $30,000 in medical expenses because one of the cats bit her, resulting in “expensive and Read More…

Woman faces prison for injecting friend who overdosed on ‘bath salts’

Angela Johnson

A 36-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to killing another woman when she injected her with the designer drug “bath salts” in 2012. Angela K. Johnson, of Medina, faces up to 12 years in prison at her May 27 sentencing in Wayne County Common Pleas Court. She pleaded guilty on April 13 to reckless homicide, a Read More…

Former Medina teacher, sex offender fired as RubberDucks’ announcer

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The Akron RubberDucks minor league baseball organization has fired its newly hired game announcer after a media outlet informed the team he had a decade-old felony conviction. Scott H. Foster, who was a teacher at A.I. Root Middle School from 1997 to 2003, pleaded guilty in 2004 to sending graphic sexual messages to two 13-year-old Read More…