October 31, 2014

Medina
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Flashing lights added to stop signs at deadly intersection

A newly lighted sign by the eastbound lane of Poe Road at state Route 57 in Montville Township tells motorists to stop. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

MONTVILLE TWP. — Flashing lights have been installed on a pair of stop signs on Poe Road at state Route 57 as a quick fix for the intersection, which was the site of five crashes in December. The Ohio Department of Transportation installed flashing LEDs Jan. 28 on the stop signs on Poe, which should Read More…

New budget gives raises to Medina County workers

Steve Hambley

MEDINA — Medina County commissioners Tuesday approved a 2013 budget calling for spending $34.5 million, about 2 percent more than last year. Commissioners said much of the increase will go for pay hikes for county employees, who haven’t seen raises in five years. Commissioners authorized department heads and other elected officials to grant pay increases Read More…

Grandson, 3, nearly walks into traffic

Michael Whisman

LODI — Police said a 52-year-old village man was arrested Friday morning after his 3-year-old grandson wandered out of the house and into a nearby intersection. Michael Whisman, of 407 Wooster St., was charged with one count of child endangering, a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Read More…

Cleveland pair charged with selling heroin to undercover cop

Ul K. Withrow

MEDINA TWP. — Two Cleveland men were arrested Wednesday for reportedly selling heroin to an undercover agent of the Medina County Drug Task Force. Ul K. Whitlow, 25, and Keron E. Nevel, 30, were apprehended without incident about 3 p.m. Wednesday following a deal with an agent in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings, Read More…

Medina sheriff deputies training with drones for future ops

Sgt. Jim Sanford, of the Medina County Sheriff's Office, holds one of two drones Wednesday that are used for training by the sheriff's office. Sanford and Deputy Bob Locher are training to be pilots of the aircraft. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

MEDINA — It’s a bird; it’s a plane. No — it’s a drone. The Medina County Sheriff’s Office is the lone sheriff’s department in Ohio with a Federal Aviation Administration permit to fly military-like drones. Two deputies are in training as pilots to operate the aircraft, which have been in the department’s fleet for about Read More…

Talkin’ about the weather at Isham Elementary School

Perrin Shepherd, left, an outreach educator with the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, talks about weather Tuesday morning with a group of first- and second-graders and teachers in the gymnasium of Isham Elementary School in Wadsworth. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

WADSWORTH — The weather of the world was a hot topic Tuesday morning at Isham Elementary School. About 400 kids in kindergarten through fourth grade participated in a program designed to teach them about the weather, such as what makes a cloud and why weather travels west to east in the United States. The event Read More…

Medina County child support agency to relocate Feb. 28

The Medina County Job and Family Services building, 232 Northland Drive, Medina, will be the new home of county’s Child Support Enforcement Agency starting March 1. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

MEDINA — The Medina County Child Support Enforcement Agency will be moving to a new home. The agency is scheduled to move Feb. 28 from 142 Highland Drive — its home for the past 23 years — to 232 Northland Drive. The agency will reopen March 1, according to Mike Pataky, director of the child Read More…

Small fire evacuates Medina City Hall, police station

Medina firefighters check out the enterence to the Medina Municipal Building, 132 N. Elmwood Ave., this morning in responding to a small fire in the facility. Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, right, was one of about 35 city employees forced to evacuate the building due to the blaze. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

MEDINA — City Hall and the Police Department were evacuated Friday morning because of small fire in the basement blamed on an electrical short. There were no injuries to the roughly 35 city workers and 15 police officers who left the building as a precaution, Mayor Dennis Hanwell said. Fire Chief Bob Painter said the Read More…

‘Grandma,’ debit card scams being reported

Wadsworth police are warning residents about a “grandma scam” in the city and FirstEnergy is cautioning customers about a scam involving prepaid debit cards. Wadsworth police Lt. Rob Wyrick said an elderly city woman reported Tuesday she received a phone call from a man who referred to her as “grandma” and wanted money to be Read More…

Lodi pastor watches as truck crashes into house

L. David Dake, left, points out damage to his garage at 116 High St., in Lodi, on Wednesday morning to Patrick Scandlon of Memory Builders Inc., Lafayette Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

LODI — A village pastor got some new material for his next sermon on divine providence. L. David Dake, pastor of First Congregational Church, was driving home at about 3 p.m. Jan. 30 after picking up his 16-year-old daughter, Kelsey, and a friend from Cloverleaf High School when he saw a 1997 Chevrolet 1500 pickup Read More…