August 4, 2015

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Coroner’s report: Driver was drunk in fatal chase through Medina in April


A woman killed in a car crash April 13 after leading police on a high-speed chase had more than double the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she died, according to a law enforcement report released Monday. April 13 chase timeline 11:27 p.m.: Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Schmoll approaches Teresa Morris’ vehicle, parked in Read More…

Sheriff calls for body scanner, asks commissioners to seek bids

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The Medina County Sheriff’s Office hopes to get a full-body scanner to prevent inmates from bringing drugs and other contraband into the jail. Sheriff Tom Miller asked county commissioners last week to issue a call for bids in order to obtain a scanner so contraband could be detected before inmates enter the jail. Sheriff’s Lt. Read More…

Seville couple on same-sex marriage ruling: ‘Not just about getting a marriage license’


Before Katie Delano and Kaitlyn Stoianoff were a couple, they were mistaken for one. “We were out with a mutual friend, who was dating Kaitlyn at the time, and someone told us we made a cute couple,” Delano said. “It was incredibly awkward, but they must have been a fortune teller.” A year later, the Read More…

Students toss ‘missiles’ at ‘ships’ in Human Battleship game (PHOTOS)

Soon-to-be eighth-grader Eliza Fields, 13, of Medina, prepares to toss a “missile” in a game of Human Battleship at the Medina Library on Tuesday morning. The game is played similar to the popular Battleship board game. Players lie down as “ships” on either side of a partition, while another player throws a beach ball “missile” over the partition to “sink” the ships. A team is victorious when the opponents have no remaining ships. More than two dozen adolescents attended the event. To view other Medina Library events, visit (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Medina Library hosted a game of Human Battleship on Tuesday morning for more than two dozen students who attended the event. The game is played similar to the popular Battleship board game. Players lie down as “ships” on either side of a partition, while another player throws a beach ball “missile” over the partition to Read More…

Bank employee admits to stealing $84,000

Sharon Zahradnick, 41, of Doylestown, pleads guilty to theft. At a hearing on Monday afternoon, Zahradnick said she stole more than $80,000 from the Medina branch of FirstMerit Bank over the course of two years. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A 41-year-old Doylestown woman pleaded guilty Monday to stealing $84,000 from FirstMerit Bank over the course of two years. Sharon Zahradnick, who worked at the bank’s Medina branch on South Court Street, awaits a July 20 sentencing hearing on a charge of theft, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 11/2 years in prison. She Read More…

Medina, Wadsworth councils to vote on recycling contracts serving all Medina County

Bins similar to the ones pictured could be available at dozens of locations across Medina County in the coming weeks if Medina and Wadsworth city councils approve a contract with the Medina County Solid Waste District at meetings Monday evening. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Medina and Wadsworth city councils are set to vote tonight to approve contracts that would provide 54 locations for Medina County residents to drop off recyclable materials. The contracts would make drop-off bins available as soon as July 1. The “community drop-off” recycling program, which is operated by the Medina County Solid Waste District, will Read More…

Family tragedy leads to charity work for local businessman

Mark Geschke, fourth from right, poses for a photo with his team at Akron Children’s Hospital. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Seventeen years ago, businessman Mark Geschke found himself in a situation he never thought he’d face. His stepdaughter had given birth to a severely underweight baby girl, Megan, and she was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit at Akron Children’s Hospital. How to donate One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning in Medina is collecting Read More…

Kids gone fishin’ at Izaak Walton League derby event (PHOTOS)


A fishing derby at the Izaak Walton League attracted dozens of children and adults to a pond in Lafayette Township on Saturday afternoon. Event coordinators said said attendance was down from previous years and attributed the drop to Saturday’s rainy weather.

Granger Township victory in Ohio Supreme Cout avoids zoning upheaval

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Granger Township in a case that could have sent townships across the state into zoning chaos. “This will have statewide ramifications,” Matt DeTemple, executive director of the Blacklick-based Ohio Township Association, said Friday. “I think this is a victory for common sense because if the decision Read More…

Medina County prepares for U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling

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Medina County Probate Court is preparing for the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court could legalize same-sex marriage this month. Justices are expected to rule by the end of June in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges, a set of four consolidated cases from across the country questioning whether states are required under the U.S. Constitution to Read More…