March 28, 2015

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Spring begins for Hinckley Twp. this year as buzzards return again


More than 150 people welcomed the buzzards back to Hinckley Township on Sunday morning — including one man who made it his 30th year at the event. Chuck Vickers, a resident of the township, said he’s returned each year because it’s a staple of the community. “We only have one red light in Hinckley,” he Read More…

Medina native Zack Petroc has gone from watching movies on the square to animating Disney fare


Growing up in Medina, Zack Petroc remembers a big rock in the yard of his childhood home — a rock that became the stage for his whimsical imagination. “I’d go to that rock and I’d gather moss and rocks and sticks and roots, and I’d set up villages for wood creatures,” he said. “I’d put Read More…

Will the buzzards be seen at this year’s Hinckley Twp. event?

Sharon Hosko, official buzzard spotter, points out a "kettle" or grouping of buzzards at Buzzard's Roost in the Hinckley Metropark Saturday morning.  LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE

In her two previous ventures as Hinckley Reservation’s official buzzard spotter, Sharon Hosko said she’s learned an important lesson in sighting the birds’ return to the region. “It’s all about the weather,” said Hosko, who will lead more than 100 people expected to visit Buzzard Roost on Sunday morning in looking out for the vultures’ Read More…

Ohio Edison building $1.2 million substation in Brunswick

Telephone poles and wires cover the lot at 1515 Substation Road in Brunswick where Ohio Edison is constructing a $1.2 million substation. The substation will add to the power infrastructure in the region. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Construction on a new $1.2 million substation in Brunswick is under way on Substation Road just south of Center Road. Mark Durbin, a spokesman for Ohio Edison, said the investment will add service capability to the substation the utility operates. “It will be in addition to that substation and provide more service to the area,” Read More…

Court: Lodi zoning ordinance unconstitutional in mobile home case

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The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that part of a Lodi zoning ordinance is unconstitutional because it infringes on the property rights of mobile home park owners. The case began in 2009, when the village turned off water and electricity supplied by public utilities to residents of two of the village’s mobile home parks — Read More…

Lowest foreclosures since Great Recession indicate recovery

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Medina County foreclosure filings in 2014 reached a record low since the years of the Great Recession, prompting officials to declare that economic recovery has arrived in the housing market. The county’s real estate foreclosure filings dipped to 493 in 2014 — the lowest since 2003, according to Medina County Common Pleas Court records. Still, Read More…

Man arrested in Crawford County, suspected of statewide animal shelter break-ins

The Norwalk Police Department in Huron County released this still of burglars, captured by security cameras at the Huron County Humane Society. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Police in Crawford County have a man in custody who is suspected of breaking into the Medina County Animal Shelter and 14 other shelters across the state. Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller said the man — who he declined to name until charges are filed — has not admitted to the Medina County break-in. “He Read More…

Wadsworth man receives prison for sexual assault of teen

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A 36-year-old Wadsworth man was sentenced Friday to the maximum of eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage relative. John P. Sipe, of East Walnut Street, was convicted of five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, second-degree felonies, and five counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies. In Read More…

Duo gets more time in prison for trying to bring drugs into jail

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A pair has received prison time for trying to bring a supply of drugs into the Medina County Jail last October to sell to inmates. Ryan Mitchell, 48, and Kristen Gwirtz, 31, each pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention center. The charges are third-degree felonies punishable by up Read More…

Driver pleads no contest to crash that injured teenage motorcyclist

Robert Wrobel

A 57-year-old Medina man pleaded no contest Monday to causing a crash while inebriated in July. The incident seriously injured a teenager who was riding a motorcycle on Lafayette Road. Robert G. Wrobel was attempting to turn a 2001 Ford station wagon into his driveway in the Brookdale Mobile Home Park when he struck the Read More…