July 28, 2014

Medina
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Medina County Fair begins today

Everything came together over the weekend so this year’s Medina County Fair could kick off today without a hitch. Conrad Hanesberg, president of the fair board, said Sunday evening that the only folks who hadn’t arrived were those coming from the Summit County Fair, which ended Sunday. Hanesberg said that’s how the hectic lives of Read More…

Sobriety check points Saturday on state Route 18 and state Route 3

MONTVILLE TWP. — The Medina County OVI Task Force along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol will conduct two sobriety checkpoints Saturday night. The first will begin at 9:30 p.m. on state Route 18 (Medina Road) near River Styx Drive,  west of the Interstate 71 interchange. The second will be at midnight on state Route Read More…

Mother-to-be arrested by mistake, fights until charges are dismissed

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Expectant mother Ashley Brown had turned into the driveway of her mother’s home in Rittman last fall when two police cruisers pulled up behind, blocking her in. As her distraught 13-year-old sister looked on, officers informed Brown she was under arrest on a felony warrant for trafficking dangerous drugs. But there was a problem: Police Read More…

Red Cross seeks blood donors

The American Red Cross is urging Medina County residents to donate blood because of a shortage. Christy Sabaka, spokeswoman for Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region, said blood donations to the Red Cross are down 8 percent over the past three months. “The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant Read More…

Rides going up for Medina County Fair

A member of the Bate’s Amusements crew works 40 feet in the air to put together the final pieces of a funhouse Thursday at the Medina County Fairgrounds. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Life is looking good this year say the roustabouts of Bates Amusement who are setting up the Medina County Fair rides. “This season is going much better than last season,” Dan “Red” Sexton said with a toothless smile. The 35-person crew arrives one week before the fair starts each year to set up Read More…

Recreation center to close for maintenance

The Medina Community Recreation Center will be closed Monday through Friday for annual maintenance. The center, 855 Weymouth Road will reopen 8 a.m. Aug. 2. Normal summer hours through Sept. 1 are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Healthy shopping at farmers market

Dan Cossel, of Cossel Farms in North Royalton, bags vegetables for a customer Friday morning during the annual one-day farmers market in the parking lot of the Medina County Health Department. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

MEDINA TWP. — The parking lot of the Medina County Health Department was stocked with tables of fresh fruits and vegetables Friday. The annual one-day farmers market and health fair was open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “It seemed a lot busier than last year,” said Joyce Smith of the Village Smithy Farm in Homer Read More…

Sales tax revenue distributed to schools

MEDINA — Medina County commissioners have approved the distribution of $2.6 million in second-quarter sales tax revenue to local schools. The money is from the 0.5 percent sales tax earmarked for capital improvements that voters approved for schools in May 2007. County Finance Director Scott Miller said the amount is 3.1 percent more than was Read More…

Bilek aims to build demo cars with lasting power

Gary Bilek, right, can't compete in the demolition derby at the Medina County fair, but he does build cars for competitors like Kristen Frantz. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

  Brad Bournival The Gazette MEDINA — Fans will gather next week at the grandstand of the Medina County Fairgrounds ready to hear the engines roar and listen for the loud crashes of the demolition derby. Gary Bilek, one of its biggest fans will be front and center in the pit, cheering on the competitors Read More…

Cleveland FBI releases photo of FirstMerit bank robber

The Cleveland Division of the FBI released this photo the man sought in Wednesday's robbery of FirstMerit Bank, 1105 S. Court St., Medina. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

MEDINA — The Cleveland Division of the FBI has released a photo of Wednesday’s bank robbery at FirstMerit Bank, 1105 S. Court St. Special Agent Vicki Anderson described the suspect as a white man about 6 feet tall with an average build. She said he is estimated to be 30 to 40 years old and Read More…