October 31, 2014

Medina
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Residents vacate Bronson Street ‘nuisance house’

Dan Gladish, chief building official for Medina, boards up windows at 416 Bronson St. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

MEDINA – A house on Bronson Street that police say attracted criminals will lie vacant for a year after a judge ordered the house padlocked and evicted the occupants. City officials sued the occupant, convicted drug dealer David Reed, and the homeowner, Reed’s brother, Edward Scott Reed, in March after a woman said she’d been Read More…

Charges filed against Montville Twp. police sergeant in death of K-9

Sgt. Brett Harrison with his K-9, Beny. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A Montville Township police sergeant is facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after his K-9 police dog died of heatstroke while left in a cruiser for four hours on a hot day. Sharon Township attorney Jeff Holland, who works on animal cruelty cases for the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said Read More…

Judge rules Brunswick minimart robbery wasn’t a prank

Anthony Vandal

A 25-year-old Brunswick man was convicted of robbery Thursday after arguing at trial that he was playing a prank on a friend when he tried to rob a store while armed and masked. Anthony Vandal initially was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison. He also was Read More…

Medina men indicted for involvement in theft of North Court gun store

Farnsworth & Flemming

Two Medina men are facing mandatory prison sentences if convicted on charges accusing them of involvement in a theft of guns worth thousands of dollars from a Medina gun shop. Mason Farnsworth, 21, and Brandon Flemming, 19, were indicted last week on charges of receiving stolen guns and having weapons illegally, fourth- and third-degree felonies. Read More…

Swarms of zombies to invade Buckeye Woods for charity run this weekend

James Rathbun, of Medina, prepares to take a runner’s flag during the 2013 “Run for Your Life” 5K at Buckeye Woods Park. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Blare the sirens, board up your doors and keep your families and friends close — the dead will rise at Buckeye Woods Park in Lafayette Township this weekend. Project: LEARN on Saturday afternoon will host its third annual “Run for Your Life” 5K Zombie Run, a Halloween-themed charity run with a twist that raises money Read More…

Gas prices drop below $3 per gallon in Medina County, across state

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The price of a gallon of regular gas has dipped below the $3 mark in Medina County and most other areas of Ohio. According to GasBuddy.com, a gas price aggregator, the lowest per gallon regular gas prices reported Monday evening among nine services stations in the Wadsworth area was $2.96. The lowest prices among 18 Read More…

Survey consensus: K-9s kept in cruisers throughout Medina County

Sgt. Brett Harrison with his K-9, Beny. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Police throughout Medina County say Montville Township’s policy to leave police dogs in cruisers is not an uncommon practice. The Gazette surveyed every county police department with dogs after Montville Township’s K-9 died last week of injuries consistent with heat stroke after it was left in a police cruiser without air conditioning for four hours. Read More…

Golf: Bees see hopes of state berth dashed

HINCKLEY TWP. — At least the sun was shining. Nothing else went right for the Medina and Highland boys golf teams at the Pine Hills Division I District on Wednesday, as Medina County was shut out of the state tournament for the second consecutive season. The Bees designed their entire regular season around these 18 Read More…

Medina man gets year in prison in meth case (updated with prosecutor’s comments)

Jeffrey Rini

A 51-year-old Medina man accused of making methamphetamine has been sentenced to a year in prison in a plea-bargain agreement. Jeffrey Rini was convicted of illegally possessing chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony, as part of a plea deal last month. He had been scheduled for trial Monday. Rini, a tattoo artist, Read More…

Two guilty of charges related to Medina cigar store tax fraud

Scott Gardner

An East Cleveland police officer and a Medina man were convicted Monday of avoiding taxes on their Medina cigar store in 2009 and 2010. Detective Scott Gardner, 40, who lives in Ravenna, and Philip Labondano, 50, of Continental Drive, Medina, were placed on probation. Each also was ordered to pay $2,965.91 in unpaid taxes. Gardner Read More…