January 31, 2015

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Authorities say one-pot meth lab caused Cincinnati car fire

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CINCINNATI — Officials in southwest Ohio are investigating a vehicle fire that occurred in a grocery store parking lot after authorities determined it was caused by a one-pot meth lab explosion. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s office says deputies and fire officials responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the parking lot of Remke Read More…

Aliens invade rural Ohio in Medina man’s ‘B-flick’ sci-fi movie


Flying saucers, hillbillies, alien probes and alcohol. Local film producer Jay P. Summers combined that unlikely collection of elements to make a horrendously funny science fiction horror flick “Revenge of the Spacemen.” The film tells the story of alien invaders out for revenge because of failed earlier attempts to invade Earth. This time it’s up Read More…

Medina County’s jobless rate reached lowest point in 9 years

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Medina County’s unemployment rate last month was 5 percent — the lowest for the month of December in nine years. The latest labor market report, released earlier this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, found 89,300 Medina County residents had jobs last month — an increase of 1,100 compared to December Read More…

Comedy shows in Medina to benefit people living with Down syndrome

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Main Street Cafe on Medina’s Public Square will host comedy shows this weekend to benefit organizations that help people with Down syndrome. The Saturday shows — featuring stand-up comics Rob Snow, Josh Womack, Cleveland funny man Ryan Dalton and 10-year-old Charlie Snow — cost $15 per show. One show at 7:30 p.m. is rated “PG-13,” Read More…

Medina woman wins $13K in ‘fortunate’ game show debut


A Medina resident who debuted on “Wheel of Fortune” two months ago didn’t win the big prize, but she walked away with $13,850. It was a surreal moment when Valerie Pavlik, 47, walked into the studio for her favorite game show. “I was really nervous at first,” she said. The first few hours she filled Read More…

Police urge Super Bowl partiers to assign designated driver

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Police are urging Medina County residents to have a designated driver for Super Bowl festivities this weekend. “Drunk driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning,” said Brunswick police Lt. Brian Ohlin, who also serves as commander of the Medina County OVI Task Force. “We want fans to remember that it’s a Read More…

Treasure-hunting professor discusses fugitive ex-student

Charles Herdendorf, professor emeritus of limnology and oceonography, and president of Sheffield Village Historical Society, holds a photo Thursday and a strand of golden coral named in his honor. The coral was discovered during  a recovery operation of the S.S. Central America off the Carolina coast. (STEVE MANHEIM / GAZETTE)

Charles Herdendorf hasn’t seen or heard from Tommy Thompson in years. But the well-known former Ohio State University oceanography professor wasn’t surprised when told Thompson, a one-time treasure hunter and fugitive from justice, may fight extradition to Ohio over allegations he cheated investors out of about $50 million in gold Thompson recovered from a famed Read More…

Gov. John Kasich proposes drastic cut to small business income taxes

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Gov. John Kasich on Thursday proposed eliminating nearly all income taxes paid by small businesses to take advantage of the improving economy and help more people get jobs. Kasich’s proposal, to be unveiled in his budget next week, eliminates the tax on income for small businesses with annual gross receipts of $2 million or less. Read More…

Appeals court: Case Western Reserve can deny degree to student based on ‘professionalism’

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CINCINNATI — A university in Ohio can deny a medical degree to a student if the school decides that the student lacks “professionalism,” a federal appeals court ruled. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that ordered Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to give Amir Al-Dabagh a degree despite Read More…

Medina County city officials air concerns about local recycling program

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Officials from Medina County’s three cities — Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth — met Wednesday evening with county officials to air grievances about the way the county is running the trash recycling program. Representing the county were Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin and Medina County Solid Waste District Coordinator Elizabeth Biggins-Ramer. Medina City Council President John Coyne Read More…