September 3, 2015

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County auditor asks federal judge to dismiss former employee’s lawsuit

Mike Kovack and Annette Ehrlich

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack has asked a federal judge in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a former employee, who alleges Kovack fired her in retaliation for telling police that he misused public funds. Annette Ehrlich, Kovack’s former information technology manager, argues in Read More…

County fair can’t find replacement for Little Big Town, offers refunds

In a video posted on Twitter, members of Little Big Town apologize for canceling three more weeks of concerts, including the performance scheduled for Aug. 6 at the Medina County Fair. This screen shot of the video on Twitter shows Jimi Westbrook with a bandage over his mouth. Westbrook is recovering from vocal cord surgery.

Little Big Town fans who bought tickets to see the band perform at the Medina County Fair next week can receive refunds starting Aug. 6, fair officials announced Tuesday. Little Big Town fans who bought tickets to see the band perform at the Medina County Fair next week can receive refunds starting Aug. 6, fair Read More…

Litchfield Twp., landowners dispute zoning about hosting weddings

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A Medina County judge will hear arguments next week about whether Litchfield Township landowners can host weddings at their residential properties. Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier granted a temporary restraining order in the case last week, ordering the operators of Forever BlueBerry Barn LLC — also known as Forever Farms Ohio LLC and Rustic Read More…

FirstMerit thief sentenced to jail, must pay $82,505 in restitution

Sharon Zahradnick

A 41-year-old Doylestown woman was ordered Monday to repay $82,505 that she admitted to stealing from 44 customers of FirstMerit Bank while she worked there. In addition to restitution, Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier ordered Sharon Zahradnick to spend three months in the county jail and to serve five years of probation. Read More…

Pipeline argues for access to three landowners’ properties

Adele Borling, Donald Houston and Dorothy Morris pose for a photo after a hearing in Medina County Common Pleas Court on Monday. The three — dubbed the "Iron Three" — have been sued by Texas-based Spectra Energy Corp. in order for the company's surveyors to gain access to their properties for survey works. Spectra hopes to build the NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline across their properties. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina County judge is expected to rule by Friday whether a Texas-based energy company can perform surveys on private property despite landowner protests. Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. argued in court Monday that it needs to complete environmental and archeological surveys on every property that lies on the proposed path of the NEXUS Gas Transmission Read More…

Initial arguments to begin in lawsuit filed by NEXUS pipeline project

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A Medina County judge is expected to hear initial arguments today in a lawsuit filed by a Texas-based energy company in order to obtain access to four private properties despite landowner protests. HEARING DETAILS: 1:30 p.m. today at Medina County Courthouse, Common Pleas Courtroom I, 93 Public Square, Medina. The proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline is Read More…

Employee sues Cloverleaf Schools, alleges health code violations

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A Cloverleaf High School cafeteria worker has filed a lawsuit against the school district, alleging she was disciplined for telling administrators that her boss violated food sanitation regulations in February. Krista Preusser, who has worked for the district since 2012, cited Ohio’s whistleblower laws in her lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Medina County Common Read More…

Sheriff’s deputies help arrest burglary suspects

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Medina County sheriff’s deputies assisted in the arrest of three teenagers accused of fleeing into the county Wednesday afternoon after a reported burglary in Summit County’s Bath Township. Bath Township Police Chief Michael McNeely said the boys — ages 14 to 17 — were arrested after a three-hour search. A township resident alleged the boys Read More…

Coroner’s report: Driver was drunk in fatal chase through Medina in April


A woman killed in a car crash April 13 after leading police on a high-speed chase had more than double the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she died, according to a law enforcement report released Monday. April 13 chase timeline 11:27 p.m.: Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Schmoll approaches Teresa Morris’ vehicle, parked in Read More…

Sheriff calls for body scanner, asks commissioners to seek bids

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The Medina County Sheriff’s Office hopes to get a full-body scanner to prevent inmates from bringing drugs and other contraband into the jail. Sheriff Tom Miller asked county commissioners last week to issue a call for bids in order to obtain a scanner so contraband could be detected before inmates enter the jail. Sheriff’s Lt. Read More…