July 31, 2014

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Charges dropped against accused bank robber who’s too ill for trial

Hugh Crouch

MEDINA — A judge has dismissed bank robbery charges against a 71-year-old Hinckley Township man, ruling the man is too ill to stand trial. Hugh Crouch, of the 1400 block of Ridge Road, was arrested in February 2013 after police said he robbed Brunswick’s Huntington Bank of almost $30,000 and led officers on a high-speed Read More…

Clerk of courts employee’s job status in limbo until at least Friday

David Wadsworth

MEDINA — A Medina County Clerk of Courts employee will keep her job and remain on paid administrative leave until at least Friday. Clerk David Wadsworth placed Deputy Clerk Cynthia Tyree on leave last Tuesday, accusing her of failing to back up computer data. Wadsworth said Tyree, who is paid a $34,440 salary to administer Read More…

No wrongdoing found so far in probe of allegations against auditor

Mike Kovack

A special prosecutor said he’s not found evidence to support allegations that Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack used resources of his office in his re-election campaign, but stressed he’s still working on the case. “I haven’t seen anything so far that shows any improprieties,” Special Prosecutor Kevin Baxter said Tuesday, “but I’m also not done Read More…

‘Science of Coffee’ in Wadsworth reveals how to brew the best cup

Larry Denton, owner and operator of Berea-based Red Cedar Coffee, poses for a photo with Todd Powers, owner of Sonnets Espresso Bar & Restaurant in Wadsworth. Denton supplies specialty coffee for Powers’ business. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Pour your water fresh off the boil directly onto coarsely ground coffee beans in a French press and then wait four minutes before serving. That’s how Larry Denton, owner of Berea-based Red Cedar Coffee, makes his cup in the morning. “That is the only way I drink my coffee at home,” Denton told Read More…

Clerk of courts employee placed on leave

A Medina County Clerk of Courts employee who worked with the clerk’s problem-plagued computer system was placed on paid leave Tuesday. Cynthia Tyree, an employee hired by Clerk of Courts David Wadsworth shortly after his election to office two years ago, was escorted from the premises by sheriff’s deputies who work as courthouse security. Wadsworth Read More…

Police: Charges pending against driver who admitted to hitting worker

WADSWORTH — A 51-year-old Barberton man accused of sideswiping a highway worker last week has turned himself in to police. Wadsworth police Chief Randall Reinke said the case was forwarded to Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman, who will decide whether to press charges against the man. “At this point, we’re not releasing the name,” Reinke Read More…

PHOTOS: Brunswick Summer Celebration comes to close with parade


The Brunswick Summer Celebration Grand Parade on Sunday kicked off the festival’s final day with Independence Day flair. The festival began Tuesday and included carnival rides, fair food and other entertainment. Hundreds of people showed up to watch the parade.

Medina girl found in Arkansas after reported missing

Sedona Griffith

A 12-year-old Medina girl reported missing by her mom was taken to Arkansas by stepbrothers, police said. Sedona Griffith was reported missing Thursday and was found the next day in Pike County, Arkansas. Sedona Griffith told Pike County sheriff’s deputies that her adult stepbrothers drove her from Medina without her mother’s knowledge. Medina police post Read More…

No one cited for fireworks over holiday weekend

MEDINA — Police responded to about 15 complaints of fireworks this holiday weekend, but they issued no citations. “Usually, we go out there and advise them of the complaint and they stop,” Medina police Sgt. Pat Sloan said Sunday evening. “We didn’t cite anyone, as far as I know.” Sloan said most complaints came after Read More…

Allegations against auditor investigated

Mike Kovack

An investigation into allegations the county auditor misused office materials and resources is in the hands of a special prosecutor. County Auditor Mike Kovack is accused of using office materials like copy machines to campaign for the Nov. 4 election, county sheriff’s Capt. Kenneth Baca said. Kovack, a Democrat who’s served as county auditor since Read More…