October 31, 2014

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Judge’s wife, ex-mayor vie for Medina County Common Pleas bench

Joyce Kimbler vs. Gary Werner
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A seat on the Medina County Common Pleas bench could be filled by either a retiring judge’s wife or the former mayor of the county’s largest city. Joyce V. Kimbler and Gary F. Werner are battling for the seat left open by the retirement of Judge James L. Kimbler at the end of the year. Read More…

Dunn, Sheldon keep race for probate, juvenile judge respectable

David Sheldon vs. Kevin Dunn
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Two longtime Medina lawyers are vying for the robes and gavel to oversee Medina County’s probate and juvenile courts. Democrat David C. Sheldon is challenging incumbent Republican Kevin W. Dunn. Dunn was appointed to the bench in August 2013 to replace retiring Judge John J. Lohn. The winner will serve a six-year term, hearing cases Read More…

Investigators reject coverup accusations in Medina County auditor case

Mike Kovack

Less than a month after the Medina county commissioners called for an investigation into county Auditor Mike Kovack, the employee who brought the accusations wrote an email to the state auditor, the Ohio Ethics Commission and the FBI calling the local investigation a sham. “I am asking for help to investigate this cover-up as our Read More…

Bronson Street resident pleads no contest to punching woman

A Bronson Street resident being sued by the city to get him evicted has pleaded no contest to a charge of assault in Medina Municipal Court. David Reed, 53, was sentenced Thursday to jail time served for the misdemeanor charge. Reed also faces a felony charge of permitting drug abuse, accusing him of permitting his Read More…

Wadsworth hospital group sues Summa Health System

The former owners of a Wadsworth hospital sued Summa Health System on Wednesday in an effort to return inpatient services to the Wadsworth community. The Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital had been operated by Summa since 2008, when it entered into a lease agreement with the Wadsworth-Rittman Area Joint Township Hospital District, a quasi-governmental entity formed in 1965 Read More…

Campaign advertorial in weekly newspaper misrepresents judge candidate

Yard signs for Medina County Juvenile and Probate Judge Kevin W. Dunn correctly use the words “elect” and “retain” because he was appointed to replace retiring Judge John J. Lohn last year and this is Dunn’s first election. However, a campaign ad in the Brunswick Sun weekly newspaper stated he was seeking “re-election.” Dunn said the newspaper made the error and he has asked for a correction. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

BRUNSWICK — The Northeast Ohio Media Group has taken responsibility for a misleading campaign ad in a weekly newspaper urging voters to “re-elect” Medina County Judge Kevin W. Dunn. According to Ohio law, candidates may not use the word “re-elect” in their campaign materials if they were appointed to their positions. Dunn was named to Read More…

Jail time set for hiding gun

Mason Braun

An 18-year-old Medina Township man was sentenced to six months in jail, followed by three months of house arrest Monday for disposing of a revolver that police say was used in a shooting at the township Dairy Queen in March. Mason Braun also was placed on five years of probation and was barred from contact Read More…

Accused child abuser gets 12th attorney, judge orders December trial

Kenneth Alex Grad

MEDINA — A former Montville Township man accused of brutally abusing his infant son may stand trial in December after six years of delays. Kenneth Alex Grad’s case is the longest pending case in Medina County Common Pleas Court. His trial has been postponed more than 20 times since July 2008, when he was indicted Read More…

Convicted rapist gets 9 years in prison for abusing teenage babysitter

Patrick Shank

MEDINA — A former Montville Township man serving a six-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a teenage York Township girl was sentenced Thursday to an additional nine years for raping another county teenager more than 100 times from 2003 to 2005. Patrick J. Shank, 47, formerly of Montville Township, was convicted at a bench trial Read More…

Spencer Twp. family sues over handgun bullet that shattered window

A Spencer Township family whose home was struck by a bullet last year filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing a neighbor of negligence for target-shooting without a proper backstop. The suit was filed in Medina County Common Pleas Court by Andrzej and Elisa Kazek and their daughter, Angela, of the 1300 block of Old Mill Road. Read More…