November 21, 2014

Medina
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Incumbent Kevin Dunn gets landslide win for juvenile, probate judge

Kevin Dunn

Medina County Juvenile and Probate Judge Kevin Dunn earned his post Tuesday night with a landslide win in his first election for the position. Dunn, a Republican, who was appointed in August 2013 to replace retiring Judge John J. Lohn, garnered 25,320 votes to defeat Democratic challenger David Sheldon, who received 13,896 votes, according to Read More…

Four Highland students charged with sharing sexually explicit photos

Four boys attending Highland High School face juvenile charges after being accused of sharing sexually explicit photographs of female classmates on the Internet. Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said he consulted with county Sheriff Tom Miller and decided not to pursue juvenile delinquency charges against the students, instead filing unruly child charges Tuesday. If found Read More…

Bad address puts sex offender in jail

Roy Tucker

A sex offender has been arrested on charges that he falsified his registration documents when he filed with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office. Roy “Buck” Tucker, 46, was convicted of rape in June 2008 and spent 2½ years in prison. As a Tier III sex offender, Tucker was ordered to register with the sheriff’s office Read More…

Meth-operation case comes to a close

The last of six city residents involved in what police said was the biggest methamphetamine operation in Medina County was sentenced Thursday to probation and six months of house arrest. Lisbeth Karecki, 44, also was ordered to perform 24 hours of community service as part of her sentence. Karecki owned the home at 505 N. Read More…

Montville Twp. police officer pleads not guilty in K-9 dog’s death

Sgt. Brett Harrison

MEDINA — A Montville Township police sergeant pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in Medina Municipal Court to misdemeanor charges in the death of his police dog by heatstroke last month. Sgt. Brett Harrison is facing two counts of animal cruelty, second-degree misdemeanors that carry up to three months in jail and $750 in fines each. Read More…

Wadsworth moves to widen Route 94 through eminent domain

The city of Wadsworth has gone to court to acquire land from property owners along High Street as part of a $16 million project to widen state Route 94 near Interstate 76. The city filed 25 petitions claiming eminent domain in Medina County Common Pleas Court on Oct. 22, naming more than 50 property owners Read More…

California man gets prison for sex with Medina teen

A 24-year-old California man will spend 17½ years in federal prison for traveling cross-country to have sex with a 14-year-old Medina girl he met over the Internet. In July, Edwin Franco Rolffo-Zavala, of Novato, pleaded guilty to federal charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, sexual exploitation of a child and certain activities related Read More…

Deputies: 18 Highland students identified in sexually explicit photos

Catherine Aukerman

Medina County sheriff’s deputies have identified 18 Highland High School students in sexually explicit photos in their investigation into whether students shared the photos online. The investigation was completed Monday and deputies forwarded the findings to county Prosecutor Dean Holman, sheriff’s Capt. Kenneth Baca said, adding no one has been charged yet. “He’ll decide whether Read More…

Bullying? ‘Not in our house,’ says Medina High School for Unity Day

About 70 Medina High School students and staff pose for a promotional photo wearing orange T-shirts to celebrate Bullying Awareness Month. This is the fifth year Medina Schools has participated in the month-long event, and it’s the first year events expanded beyond the high school to the middle and elementary schools. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

About 70 students, faculty and staff at Medina High School were united Wednesday in their anti-bullying message: “Not in Our House.” They all wore orange T-shirts sporting the message for Unity Day, part of Bullying Awareness Month. Biology teacher Dave Johnson’s first-period class came up with the “Not in Our House” slogan for the shirts Read More…

Library bouncy ball drop wraps up ‘Wonder’ book program (with video)

WEBballs

MEDINA — More than 2,000 bouncy balls were dropped from the top floor of the Medina County District Library in Medina to the lobby on Friday to wrap up the library’s One Book, One Community program. The program consisted of dozens of events, speakers and book clubs focused on “Wonder,” a short novel by R.J. Read More…