January 31, 2015

Medina
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Residents raise safety concerns about proposed NEXUS pipeline

About a dozen Medina County residents opposed to a natural gas pipeline passing through their properties showed up at the county commissioners’ meeting Tuesday to renew their demand for a resolution supporting their cause. Paul Gierosky, the leader of the opposition group, emphasized safety concerns in arguing against the pipeline, which could be from 36 Read More…

Santa’s helpers at Postal Service aid St. Nick in responding to thousands of letters

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When “Miracle on 34th Street” premiered in 1947, John Payne portrayed Fred Gailey, an attorney who convinced a New York judge that Santa Claus was real by presenting as evidence 21 bags of letters addressed to the jolly old man at the North Pole. This year, Medina County children sent hundreds of letters to Santa. Read More…

Commissioners advance countywide levy for social services

Medina County commissioners voted Tuesday to put a combined social services levy on the May 5 primary ballot. Commissioners Pat Geissman and Adam Friedrick approved the levy measure. Commissioner Steve Hambley was on vacation. Voters will decide the 0.8-mill levy, which would generate $19 million over five years. The levy would cost the owner of Read More…

Last man sentenced for attack on family

A fourth Brunswick-area man has been sent to prison for assaulting a Chippewa Lake family with a baseball bat and gasoline in their home two years ago. Thomas E. Slagle, 20, of Brunswick, was sentenced to three years on Thursday by Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler. He had been found guilty of aggravated burglary Read More…

Hundreds gather to honor Judge Kimbler as he leaves bench

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Hundreds of visitors at a Friday retirement thanked longtime Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler — including U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. “Judge Kimbler has devoted his life to serving Medina County,” said Brown, of Cleveland. “Jim has displayed an evenhandedness, intellect and spirit of service that Ohioans expect and deserve. His unwavering commitment Read More…

Kids, highway patrol nab 1,900 pounds of food for Feeding Medina County

A food drive Saturday by the Ohio Highway Patrol at Buehler’s in Medina collected more than 1,900 pounds of food to benefit Feeding Medina County. From left, back row, Trooper Eugene Crum, Santa Claus and Trooper Steve Robison; front row, Robison’s children, Victoria and Donovan. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A food drive inspired by a fourth-grader’s community service project collected more than 1,900 pounds of food to benefit Feeding Medina County. In combination with another drive last month, more than 2,800 pounds of food were donated to those in need. The drive, held Saturday, was sponsored by the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Read More…

Child abuse case is in jury’s hands after six days of testimony

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In Wednesday’s closing arguments in the trial of an accused child abuser, Assistant County Prosecutor Scott Salisbury suggested a motive: Kenneth Alex Grad wanted a baby girl, not a boy. Grad, 44, formerly of Montville Township, is accused of breaking two dozen of the baby’s bones and lacerating the child’s scrotum in 2008. The injuries Read More…

Defense calls one witness in infant abuse case, jury to hear closing arguments today

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Defense attorneys for an accused infant abuser called one witness to the stand Tuesday before resting their case. Attorneys for Kenneth Alex Grad, 44, now of Lakewood, were expected to present doctors as witnesses to challenge doctors who said the boy’s injuries were not accidental. But the only witness was Sheryl Hurley, a nurse who Read More…

One man’s ‘prank,’ one judge’s reason for prison time

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A 25-year-old Brunswick man will spend three years in prison after arguing at trial that he was pulling a prank on a friend when he robbed a convenience store while armed and masked. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler in October found Anthony Vandal guilty of robbery, a second-degree felony, after an August Read More…

Defendant in infant abuse case interrupts his wife’s testimony

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Accused infant abuser Kenneth Alex Grad stood up during his trial Monday and tried to stop Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury from questioning his wife on the stand. Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier called a recess and waited for tensions to ease before returning to the courtroom. “Mr. Grad, during the course of Read More…