March 30, 2015


Animal shelters across Ohio seek help catching thieves (UPDATED)

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

Animal shelter directors are angry about a string of break-ins and thefts that have occurred the past two months at more than a dozen humane societies and shelters across Ohio. No animals have been harmed or stolen. Thieves instead are taking money and electronics from shelters in counties such as Medina and Madison. Jennifer Young, Read More…

Medina County Animal Shelter theft nets pocket change

Thieves broke into the Medina County Animal Shelter on Deerview Lane in Lafayette Township last month, stealing a cash register containing a disappointment for them. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Thieves stole a cash register with only coins from the Medina County Animal Shelter last month — and authorities suspect Medina County was one stop in a string of shelter burglaries across Northeast Ohio. “Somebody pried open the window and broke the locks, climbed through and took the cash register,” Dog Warden Del Saffle said. Read More…

Attorney for convicted mother: ‘Verdict is indictment against parents’

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A Medina County jury found a 27-year-old Medina woman responsible for her toddler-age son falling into a fit of seizures last March after he ingested one of her prescription pills. Melanie Trivett, of Springbrook Drive, was convicted Thursday of child endangering, a third-degree felony. The jury acquitted her of felonious assault, a second-degree felony charging Read More…

Indictments leveled for alleged ID theft scheme spanning three counties

Ming Chun Shi, Huo Dong Dong, ?? and Yu Liu

Four men arrested in December in connection with a complex identity theft ring spanning several counties have been indicted in Summit County. Prosecutors filed an 84-count indictment against Ming Chun Shi, Hue Dong Dong, Wen Fei Shi and Yu Liu on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, forgery and identity theft. The Read More…

PHOTO: Driver uninjured in icy crash in Medina on Thursday

Driver Nicole Slowey, 24, was not injured in the crash. She and her dog were helped from the rear of the vehicle by a passerby, Frank Frazee. He said he was traveling south on North State Road when he saw Slowey’s vehicle in front of him swerve to the right. “I think she started to slide and turned right to try to avoid hitting anyone,” he said. “But then she hit the snowbank and it was so frozen solid that she sort of went right up the side and turned her car over. It was almost in slow motion how it happened.” He said he and a passenger wanted to help. “We’re going to be late to work today, but somebody needed help and someone had to do it.” (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A one-vehicle crash about 7:25 a.m. Thursday left a car on its side and vehicles backed up on North State Road near West Liberty Street in Medina.

Pair gets two years each in Medina gun store robbery

Mason Farnsworth, left, and Brandon Flemming

Two Medina men received prison sentences Thursday for their part in a theft of almost 20 firearms from a North Court Street gun shop in September. Mason Farnsworth, 21, and Brandon Flemming, 19, were sentenced to two years each on Thursday after accepting plea deals in January. Both were convicted of receiving stolen firearms, a Read More…

Ex-employee of auditor’s office wants identities of commenters on Web stories revealed

Mike Kovack and Annette Ehrlich

An ex-employee of the Medina County Auditor’s Office has served subpoenas in a federal lawsuit seeking to identify her former co-workers who may have left comments on stories posted on The Gazette’s website about her feud with Auditor Mike Kovack. In a motion to block the subpoenas, which were issued earlier this month, attorneys for Read More…

Cold brings water woes to Medina as four mains break in two days


Medina city workers have repaired four water main breaks in the city in two days. “The weather’s taking a toll,” city Service Director Nino Piccoli said. “We had 18 (water main breaks) in January, and we went almost unscathed in February until this week.” The most serious break was Monday morning on North Court Street. Read More…

$150K donated to United Way to help jobless Medina County residents

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The Westfield Insurance Foundation has announced a $150,000 donation to United Way of Medina County to run a program that aims to help residents find employment. The donation will be spread over a three-year period, United Way spokesperson Jeanne Hurt said. “Employing Medina County’s goal is to break the barriers that inhibit underemployed and unemployed Read More…

Firefighter hurt in overnight blaze that left Medina home ‘a complete loss’

The home at 383 Bella Rosa Court in Medina was labeled a total loss Monday morning after a fire that started late Sunday night engulfed the first-floor garage and a vehicle in the driveway. Fire Chief Bob Painter said no cause or damage estimate has been released. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A firefighter was injured late Sunday night when he fell through the second-story floor of a burning home on Bella Rosa Court in Medina. Medina fire Chief Bob Painter said Monday that two firefighters were inside the house, trying to extinguish flames above the first-floor garage, when the floor beneath them collapsed. One was injured. Read More…