October 24, 2014

Medina
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‘Fiscal emergency’ nears end at Cloverleaf Schools

Cloverleaf officials expect the school district’s “fiscal emergency” status will be lifted by the end of the year because voters approved two funding issues in the spring. The Ohio Department of Education declared the district in a state of fiscal emergency in January 2012, and a five-member Fiscal Oversight Commission has been overseeing Cloverleaf’s finances Read More…

California man gets prison for sex with Medina teen

A 24-year-old California man will spend 17½ years in federal prison for traveling cross-country to have sex with a 14-year-old Medina girl he met over the Internet. In July, Edwin Franco Rolffo-Zavala, of Novato, pleaded guilty to federal charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, sexual exploitation of a child and certain activities related Read More…

Schedules set for leaf collection in Medina County

Greg Brine, left, and Martin Reese suck up leaves in Medina as part of the city’s leaf disposal service. Communities throughout Medina County will be picking up leaves from residents through the end of November. ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE

With leaves falling throughout Medina County, municipal workers are moving through neighborhoods picking up those raked to the curb. Leaf programs are underway in Brunswick, Medina, Wadsworth, Lodi and Seville. Brunswick Brunswick sanitation crews will sweep up leaves on the same day as regularly scheduled rubbish removal, depending on the weather. Residents are advised to Read More…

Thieves caught on security cameras breaking into vehicles in Brunswick

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Video submitted by Glenn Somodi Brunswick police are asking the public to help identify two men suspected in thefts Tuesday from vehicles in the Abington Court area. Resident Glenn Somodi, of the 3500 block of Abington Court, captured video of two men entering unlocked vehicles between 2:30 and 3 a.m. in front of his home. Read More…

Deputies: 18 Highland students identified in sexually explicit photos

Catherine Aukerman

Medina County sheriff’s deputies have identified 18 Highland High School students in sexually explicit photos in their investigation into whether students shared the photos online. The investigation was completed Monday and deputies forwarded the findings to county Prosecutor Dean Holman, sheriff’s Capt. Kenneth Baca said, adding no one has been charged yet. “He’ll decide whether Read More…

Commissioners: Cost to live at Medina County Home going up Dec. 1

Chris Jakab

It will cost $267 more a month to live at the Medina County Home. County commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday to increase the fee, effective Dec. 1. The fee has been $1,833 since 2009 and will rise to $2,100 in December. “We review it annually,” county Administrator Chris Jakab said. “Based on our estimated per-resident Read More…

Attorney General Mike DeWine gives fraud kits to seniors at library

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, left, attends a Wednesday meeting with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who spoke about a new Senior Advocate Fraud Education Toolkit, at the Medina Library. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine visited Medina Library on Wednesday afternoon to promote and distribute a fraud toolkit for seniors. DeWine’s Senior Advocate Fraud Education Toolkits, which were established through a grant obtained by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Section, have been distributed to more than 700 Ohio libraries. The SAFE booklet and DVD slideshow Read More…

Bullying? ‘Not in our house,’ says Medina High School for Unity Day

About 70 Medina High School students and staff pose for a promotional photo wearing orange T-shirts to celebrate Bullying Awareness Month. This is the fifth year Medina Schools has participated in the month-long event, and it’s the first year events expanded beyond the high school to the middle and elementary schools. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

About 70 students, faculty and staff at Medina High School were united Wednesday in their anti-bullying message: “Not in Our House.” They all wore orange T-shirts sporting the message for Unity Day, part of Bullying Awareness Month. Biology teacher Dave Johnson’s first-period class came up with the “Not in Our House” slogan for the shirts Read More…

This week’s Medina County police log (updated three times weekly)

Note: This page is updated on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Brunswick police Friday, Oct. 17 3:02 a.m. — 1100 block Pearl Road, Nicole C. Lung, 21, Broadview Heights, charged with simple assault. She’s accused of striking a man with a beer bottle following a verbal Read More…

Medina Schools projects $4M loss in state funding for district

Medina Schools

Medina Schools may need to look for a new funding source to make up for nearly $4 million that could be lost from the state. School district Treasurer David Chambers presented a five-year financial forecast to the Board of Education for its review Monday night. The biggest financial loss involves the tangible personal property tax Read More…