December 21, 2014

Medina
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Medina pet store hosting fundraiser for crash victim’s family

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MEDINA — Pet Supplies Plus on North Court Street in Medina will host a fundraiser this weekend to help the family of a 21-year-old employee who died in a car crash in October. The store, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, will donate a fifth of all sales to the family of Read More…

Probation staff donating gifts to two families

Medina County Adult Probation Department personnel and the probationers they serve are working together this Christmas season to help two families in need. Chief Probation Officer Veronica Perry said the department “adopted” two Medina County families to ensure they have gifts under the tree this year. “We’ve donated for a couple years now,” she said. Read More…

Medina man gets 28 years for sharing explicit videos

Daniel S. Cooper

A 41-year-old Medina man with a child pornography history will spend 28 years in prison for sharing sexual videos of children from a computer in Ashland County. According to court documents, a jury found Daniel S. Cooper guilty last week of 13 counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, second-degree felonies. He faced Read More…

Brunswick man, 21, gets jail for attacking teen

Steven Kochera

A 21-year-old Brunswick man will spend four months in the Medina County Jail and two years on probation after pleading guilty to attacking a teenager in July. Steven Kochera, of the 700 block of Pearl Road, was charged with robbery, a second-degree felony, on July 30 and pleaded to a reduced fourth-degree charge last month. Read More…

Winds reaching 50 to 60 mph rip across Medina County, rest of Ohio

High winds Monday toppled this tree in front of Sidney Fenn Elementary School, 320 N. Spring Grove St., Medina. The winds also brought down power lines causing outages in several areas of Medina County. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Strong winds battered Medina County and much of the rest of Ohio on Monday afternoon, knocking out power for almost 1,800 county residences and thousands more across the state. Wadsworth and Sharon Township were hit hardest, according to FirstEnergyCorp.com’s power outage map. Medina’s Public Square area, Chippewa Lake, Liverpool Township and Granger Township also reported Read More…

Local crime statistics included in FBI report

To see a breakdown of crime statistics in Northeast Ohio, click here For the first time the police departments of all three cities in Medina County are represented in the FBI’s annual “Uniform Crime Reports” — the nation’s official tally of violent and property crimes. The latest report, which covers 2013 and was released last Read More…

Volunteers deck Medina’s Public Square for holidays

Quinn Behler, of Medina, and Chet Simmons, of Medina, finish wrapping one of the light poles in Mediina's Publc Square on Sunday.  More than 50 volunteers showed up  to decorate the square in preparation for this weekend's Candlelight Walk and the start of the holiday season. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

More than 50 volunteers on Sunday morning helped set up for this year’s 30th annual Candlelight Walk on Medina’s Public Square. “It’s so much easier when we have so many volunteers,” said Denise Trudell, coordinator of the event. The three-day celebration starts Friday with the lighting of luminarias lining the nine-block historic district at 4:30 Read More…

Top Dog essay contest deadline is Monday for fourth-graders

Fourth-graders have until Monday to enter an essay contest spotlighting their favorite pooch in Medina County. All entrants will receive gift certificates for Dairy Queen ice cream cones, and winners can receive prizes for their dogs, themselves and one of 2015’s first dog tags. “Kids love this contest,” said Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, whose Read More…

New rape charges filed against 75-year-old former Hinckley Twp. man

James Selch

A 75-year-old former Hinckley Township man who was charged in September with raping two young girls was indicted last week with raping a young man. James I. Selch now is facing a total of three counts of raping a child under age 13, three counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. The Read More…

Former Garfield Elementary speech pathologist sues, alleges age discrimination

A former speech pathologist at Garfield Elementary School is suing Medina Schools, alleging she was forced to resign so the district could hire someone younger. Anne Marie Zimmerman, 44, of North Royalton, filed the age discrimination lawsuit Nov. 3 in Medina County Common Pleas Court. Named as defendants are the school board and Karen McGinty, Read More…