May 30, 2015

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Community goes through paces for suicide prevention in Medina County (VIDEO)

Event organizer Gail Houk addresses a crowd of about 650 people who gathered at Medina’s Public Square on Sunday afternoon for the Step Up to Prevent Suicide Community Walk. The 3½-mile walk raised awareness about suicide prevention in Medina County. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

More than 650 people put on their walking shoes and attended an event to raise awareness about suicide prevention in Medina County. Signs to watch for When should I suspect that someone is considering suicide? Get help if someone you know exhibits any of the following signs: • Persistent discussions of death. • Statements of Read More…

‘Doctor Who’ TARDIS featured in Medina County social media campaign

This replica of TARDIS, based on the unusual spaceship from the British “Doctor Who” television show, is part of a new initiative by the Medina County Park District. The TARDIS was spotted at Buffalo Creek Retreat in Guilford Township on April 18. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Medina County park-goers may catch an unfamiliar sight in the coming months: a big blue box straight out of British science fiction. The TARDIS — a blue police box prominently featured on the long-running “Doctor Who” television series — has landed, but not to worry! Unlike on the British sci-fi show, the TARDIS’ presence will Read More…

Medina shop owner protests felony theft conviction

John Kuhar, 63, of Medina, awaits a verdict on two charges of theft on Friday morning. Kuhar, who owns Medina Motorsports, was found guilty of charges that he took money from a client and never did the work he was hired to complete. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina businessman insists he’s innocent even after a judge found him guilty Friday of taking a $1,600 payment for a product he never provided to the client. John Kuhar, 63, who owns Medina Motorsports on West Liberty Street, told The Gazette that he thought the verdict was “unfair.” “For me to be found guilty Read More…

Trial begins in dispute over lost cats, expenses related to cat bite


A former Medina woman asked a jury Wednesday to award her more than $25,000 in damages because her neighbor had her 18 pet cats euthanized or given away in 2012. The neighbor urged the jury to award her more than $30,000 in medical expenses because one of the cats bit her, resulting in “expensive and Read More…

Woman faces prison for injecting friend who overdosed on ‘bath salts’

Angela Johnson

A 36-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to killing another woman when she injected her with the designer drug “bath salts” in 2012. Angela K. Johnson, of Medina, faces up to 12 years in prison at her May 27 sentencing in Wayne County Common Pleas Court. She pleaded guilty on April 13 to reckless homicide, a Read More…

Former Medina teacher, sex offender fired as RubberDucks’ announcer

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The Akron RubberDucks minor league baseball organization has fired its newly hired game announcer after a media outlet informed the team he had a decade-old felony conviction. Scott H. Foster, who was a teacher at A.I. Root Middle School from 1997 to 2003, pleaded guilty in 2004 to sending graphic sexual messages to two 13-year-old Read More…

Defense argues $1,600 theft case is civil, not criminal matter

Attorney Thomas L. Erb Jr., left, gestures toward his client, John Kuhar, during Kuhar’s trial Monday on charges of theft. At right is defense attorney Chung Won. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A judge is expected to rule Friday on whether the owner of Medina Motorsports is guilty of taking $1,600 from a client who did not receive the product for which he paid. John Kuhar, 63, of the 900 block of West Liberty Street in Medina, is charged with two counts of theft, fifth-degree felonies that Read More…

United Way of Medina County taking a new path

Seth Kujat

Following a year of fundraising, the United Way of Medina County is going through a great deal of change. Friday was Executive Director Seth Kujat’s final day. An interim director will be chosen in the next few weeks to lead operations while a permanent director is found. The nonprofit also will be moving locations next Read More…

Medina County panel targets human trafficking rings

U.S. Assistant Attorney Chelsea Rice speaks to a group of about 40 community leaders Thursday morning about human trafficking. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

About 40 community leaders were urged by a panel of experts Thursday morning to keep a lookout for the telltale signs of potential human trafficking in Medina County. Human trafficking — the trade of people most commonly for sexual slavery, commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor — is a growing issue in the U.S. According Read More…

Cleveland man sentenced to 8 years for armed robbery in grocery store parking lot

Willie McCoy

While a jury waited to be seated Monday, a 21-year-old Cleveland man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight years in prison for robbing a woman at gunpoint in a grocery store parking lot in August 2013. Willie McCoy was charged with aggravated robbery and a gun specification that he brandished a firearm, which added Read More…