October 20, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
46°F

Lodi pastor watches pickup truck leave road, crash into his garage

LODI — A village pastor driving home Wednesday afternoon witnessed something happen to his home that most people probably have not. David Dake, pastor of the First Congressional Church in Lodi, was traveling east at 3:03 p.m. on High Street when he saw a 1997 Chevy 1500 pickup truck heading the opposite direction cut across Read More…

Westlake man shoots, kills self in woods

GRANGER TWP. — Police said a Westlake man shot and killed himself Friday morning in a wooded area of the township after a search and roadside “struggle” with an officer. Officers conducting a search in the area of Interstate 271 and Ridge Road heard a single gunshot and found 27-year-old Andrew Baumgartner dead on the Read More…

First responders, educators put skills to test in mock shooting

Andy Brenner, left, an associate principal at Medina High School, and Medina police Officer Cliff Nicholson practice stabilizing a shooting victim during an exercise Thursday at the high school’s Medina Performing Arts Center. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

MEDINA — Day 1 was in the classroom. Day 2 was the real-world scenario. Local police, firefighters and school staff members got a chance to put their newly acquired knowledge of emergency medical care to the test Thursday at the Medina Performing Arts Center at Medina High School. The challenge was to demonstrate their skills Read More…

School staff, police and firefighters learn life-saving techniques

Larry Labadie, a paramedic with the Medina Life Support Team, demonstrates how to stop bleeding during a Tactical Casualty Combat Care course Wednesday at the Montville Township Safety Services Center. Also pictured is Hallie Beardsworth, a Medina Township police officer, who took part in the training. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

MONTVILLE TWP. — School staff members, police officers and firefighters received some instruction Wednesday on how to provide immediate medical aid for victims of mass shootings. The two-day course, Tactical Casualty Combat Care, was developed by the U.S. military so service members could care for the injured during combat when medics aren’t available. Medina Mayor Read More…

More people needed if the show is to go on at Medina theater

Dan Andrews, executive director of Medina Community Theater, is pictured inside the movie theater Jan. 16. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

MEDINA — Two weekends ago, about 120 people paid $3 each to see “Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” at Medina’s restored historic movie house. That’s good. Last weekend only 20 people showed up for the four showings. That’s not so good. Dan Andrews, executive director of the nonprofit Medina Community Theater, Read More…

More than 200 jump into Chippewa Lake for Polar Bear event

Is it the Blue Man Group or the Smurfs? "Take your pick," said Eric Burlingame, the fourth jumper from the left this group of jumpers during Saturday's third annual Polar Bear Run, Walk and Jump at Chippewa Lake. Pictured from left are Lake Erie College graduates Taylor Jonard, David Dunne, Kevin Chapman, Burlingame and Barrett Fredrickson. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

CHIPPEWA LAKE — No one was wondering whether the water was cold. Going simply by the looks on their faces, they just knew it. About 220 people made the plunge into a 35-degree Chippewa Lake on Saturday afternoon, jumping off the lake’s beachside dock solo or with a group of friends or relatives for the Read More…

‘Polar bears’ to take plunge in Chippewa Lake for charity

County Commissioner Adam Friedrick takes a plunge into Chippewa Lake Saturday. Participants in the Chippewa Lake Lions Club's inaugural Polar Bear Run and Jump fundraiser took the plunge into the lake in the name of raising money for local charities. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

CHIPPEWA LAKE — Hundreds of cold-weather fans will gather Saturday for the annual freefall into near-freezing water — all for a good cause. Registration for the third annual Polar Bear Run, Walk and Jump begins 10 a.m. Saturday near Chippewa Lake’s main dock area at Longacre Lane and Beachside Boulevard. The walk/run portion kicks off Read More…

Seminar teaches safety in public place during mass shooting

Jim Bigam, director of safety and security at Medina Hospital, talks to a group of people during a seminar about how to survive a shooting incident in the workplace. About 125 people attended the event Thursday morning at Weymouth Country Club. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

MEDINA TWP. — Local business owners, school officials and workers attended a Thursday morning seminar on how to survive during a shooting. Jim Bigam, director of security and safety at Medina Hospital, said the outdated “tornado drill” mentality of simply hiding under a desk or table and being quiet will not save lives. “If you’re Read More…

It’s cold in Northeast Ohio but not a record

It’s been frigid in Northeast Ohio this week, but temperatures have not fallen into the record books. A low of 1 degree was posted Wednesday morning at Akron-Canton Regional Airport while Cleveland Hopkins International Airport bottomed out at 7 degrees. “We had a cold front Sunday that ushered in an arctic air mass from northern Read More…

Chilly temperatures in NE Ohio not breaking any records

It’s been frigid around Northeast Ohio this week, but temperatures have not fallen into the record books. A low temperature of 1 degree was recorded this morning at Akron/Canton Airport, while a reading at Cleveland Hopkins Airport bottomed out at 7 degrees, according to Kristen Yeager, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Cleveland office. Read More…