July 3, 2015

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Two commissioners vs. auditor: Email fuels Medina County feud

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Loren Genson and Nick Glunt | The Gazette Another shot has been fired in the growing feud between Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack and two of the county commissioners. Commissioners Pat Geissman and Adam Friedrick on Tuesday sent a 14-page email to news media and more than 160 people on the commissioners’ mailing list, protesting a Read More…

Lawyers Joe Salzgeber, Nick Hanek vie for seats on Brunswick City Council

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Two lawyers are running for Brunswick City Council seats this year: Joe Salzgeber and Nick Hanek. Hanek, son of at-large Councilwoman Pat Hanek, has filed to run for the Ward 2 seat to succeed Vince Carl, who is not running for re-election. Hanek, who is unopposed in the city’s nonpartisan May 5 primary, has a Read More…

Three seats contested in Wadsworth City Council races

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Three incumbent Wadsworth City Council members — all Republicans — face opponents in the May primary. Susan C. Hanlon, an assistant dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Akron, is challenging Council President Thomas E. Palecek. Hanlon served as an at-large Council member from 2008 to 2013. Beth Workman, who previously Read More…

Nine money issues on May primary ballot

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Medina County’s first combined social services levy and levies for the Brunswick and Cloverleaf school districts are among more than a dozen issues to be decided in the May 5 primary. County commissioners agreed in December to place the 0.8-mill social services levy on the ballot. The levy would generate $19 million over five years Read More…

Auditor Mike Kovack entered into diversion program for misusing public funds

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, second from right, enters a no contest plea to misusing public funds in Medina Municipal Court. Instead of being found guilty, Kovack was admitted to a diversion program and his charges will be dismissed if he completes it. Also pictured, from right, are Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter, who served as special prosecutor; and Kovack's attorneys Steve Bailey and Ken Staiduhar. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack was admitted into a diversion program Friday after pleading no contest to misusing public funds in Medina Municipal Court. Kovack, 53, of Medina, was charged with two counts, both first-degree misdemeanors, alleging he used the auditor’s office copy machine for personal printing and had business and political documents on a Read More…

Legal pot backers in Ohio trickle out details of 2015 vision

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COLUMBUS — The marijuana legalization movement has arrived in Ohio with high-flying ambitions: making it the first state to move from a complete ban to complete legalization with a single vote. ResponsibleOhio is one of two competing legalization campaigns pushing forward in the state. It released further elements of its plan this week, while again stopping short Read More…

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack charged with misusing public funds

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Nick Glunt and Loren Genson | The Gazette Misdemeanor charges of misusing public funds were filed Thursday against Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, who’s expected to enter a diversion program in two weeks to have the charges forgiven. “It was a thorough and complete investigation from a multi-agency investigative team, and once we had all Read More…

Cannabis advocate says wait and see about legalization amendment

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A local woman who founded Ohio’s chapter of a national pro-marijuana group wants more information before endorsing a proposed amendment to legalize the drug in the Buckeye State. Plans for the proposed amendment were released by ResponsibleOhio, a political-action committee whose website went live with the details Tuesday. But the website does not yet include 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…

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…