October 26, 2014

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Auditor decries pornography revelation on county laptop as politics

Mike Kovack

Katie Anderson, Loren Genson and Nick Glunt | The Gazette A computer disc containing files from Medina County Auditor Michael Kovack’s county-owned computer, which was handed over to investigators, contained pornography, according to a former employee in the auditor’s office. Anne Murphy, who worked for Kovack from October 2012 to March 2013, said she gave Read More…

Diner owner: Allan Fung filmed R.I. governor ad in Ohio

Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung filmed an ad about making Rhode Island “open for business” at a diner in Ohio, according to the restaurant owner. Michael Pappas, of Tommy’s Diner in Columbus, said Fung spent an hour filming at his diner July 31 after it had closed for the day. Pappas said Wednesday that Fung, Read More…

Various levies to populate November ballot across Medina County

Two townships and two villages are asking voters for a little more money in November. Harrisville Township and Chippewa Lake Village are asking for an increase in millage on top of renewal levies for maintenance of streets, roads and bridges. Sharon Township is looking for a renewal and increase for fire and rescue services, while Read More…

Ed FitzGerald lacked driver’s license for 4 years

FitzGerald, Ed

CLEVELAND (AP) — Motor vehicle records show Democratic governor’s race candidate and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald didn’t have a valid Ohio driver’s license for nearly five years starting in 2008, raising further questions about a 2012 incident in which he was found in a car with a woman who wasn’t his wife at 4:30 a.m. in Read More…

Gubernatorial hopeful: Local governments getting squeezed

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, Democratic candidate for governor, stopped by the Medina Gazette on Friday afternoon as part of an Ohio tour. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Ohio gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald stopped by The Gazette on Friday during a tour of Ohio to talk about the impact state budget cuts have had towns and counties around the state. “We’re highlighting the effect of the local government cuts … because local communities continue to struggle to make ends meet and the state Read More…

No wrongdoing found so far in probe of allegations against auditor

Mike Kovack

A special prosecutor said he’s not found evidence to support allegations that Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack used resources of his office in his re-election campaign, but stressed he’s still working on the case. “I haven’t seen anything so far that shows any improprieties,” Special Prosecutor Kevin Baxter said Tuesday, “but I’m also not done Read More…

Help wanted: Poll workers for Nov. 4 election

The Medina County Board of Elections wants to make sure it has enough workers to staff the polling places on Nov. 4. “This is going to be a very busy election because it’s the gubernatorial election, which is the second largest next to the presidential election,” Elections Director Carol Lawler said. “We want to know Read More…

Dem chief targets no-show voters

More than 77,000 Ohio Democrats voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, but failed to show up at the polls in 2010 when Gov. Ted Strickland lost his seat to Republican Gov. John Kasich. More than 2,993 of those absent voters live in Medina County and Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern wants to make Read More…

Allegations against auditor investigated

Mike Kovack

An investigation into allegations the county auditor misused office materials and resources is in the hands of a special prosecutor. County Auditor Mike Kovack is accused of using office materials like copy machines to campaign for the Nov. 4 election, county sheriff’s Capt. Kenneth Baca said. Kovack, a Democrat who’s served as county auditor since Read More…

Early voters getting more hours

COLUMBUS — Ohio voters who want to cast an early ballot in person before Election Day will get new hours to do so under a schedule set this week by the state’s election chief following a recent federal order. Secretary of State Jon Husted directed Ohio’s 88 county elections boards to be open 8 a.m. Read More…