August 29, 2014

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Attorney named in capital murder case

A Brunswick man facing capital murder charges has been appointed the same defense attorney who represented Steven Cepec in his capital murder trial. James Tench, 28, faces charges of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and evidence tampering. If convicted, he could be sentenced to the death penalty. He’s accused of killing his mother, Mary Read More…

Tibetan monks display how they chant, laugh their way to enlightenment

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Monks of the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery demonstrated solemn chanting and also had a little fun on Wednesday night when they stopped in Brunswick during an international peace tour. The monks belong to a monastery that relocated to India in the mid-20th century. The move was difficult because the monastery and monks previously had thrived Read More…

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

Note: This page is updated every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Brief chase leads to charges, citations BRUNSWICK — Two men were arrested Friday and another two were issued citations following a brief car and foot chase in Brunswick. According to a report, police saw a driver travel recklessly through the Laurel Hill apartment complex to Read More…

Brunswick man charged with killing his mother could face death penalty

James Tench

A 28-year-old Brunswick man could face the death penalty on charges he killed his mother last November. A Medina County grand jury has indicted James Tench on charges of aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and evidence tampering. According to the Aug. 14 secret indictment, he’s accused of killing his mother, Mary Tench, on Nov. Read More…

Scratch it up to luck: Brunswick resident wins lottery twice this year

Dan and Mary Riedel, of Brunswick, display the $100,000 check from the Ohio Lottery she won in a scratch-off game earlier this month. Four months ago, Mary won $50,000 in the lottery’s Anniversary Millions game. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

If someone who wins an Ohio lottery game is lucky, what do you call someone who hits it big twice in less than six months? Call her Mary Riedel. Earlier this month, the Brunswick woman won $100,000 in the Ohio Lottery “Hot $100,000” scratch-off game. Four months ago, she took home $50,000 in the lottery’s Read More…

Tibetan monks to bring message of peace to Brunswick

Monks from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery take in a view of Berkeley, California. The monks are visiting Brunswick on Wednesday. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

BRUNSWICK — A group of Tibetan monks will visit Brunswick on Wednesday as part of a World Peace Tour aimed at cultural exchange to share their Tibetan traditions with others. Monks from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery arrived in San Francisco in the spring and have been making their way east on a trip that Read More…

Police throughout Medina County equipped with military gear

This refurbished military humvee serves as a public relations vehicle for the city of Brunswick. The city recieved four humvees in 2011 as part of a federal military surplus program. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

City police forces and countywide agencies have benefited from a federal program that provides them with military equipment. Property logs from the Ohio Department of Public Safety show seven military vehicles went to Medina County police departments. Brunswick got five of the vehicles, including a heavily armored, 18-ton MRAP — short for “mine-resistant ambush protected Read More…

Brunswick man charged with beating, robbing teenage friend for $20

Steven Kochera

MEDINA — A Brunswick man is accused of beating a teenager and stealing $20 from his wallet. Steven Kochera, 21, of Regal Avenue, was arraigned in court in front of Judge Christopher Collier Monday. He entered a plea of not guilty to robbery. The charge is a second-degree felony, which carries a maximum prison sentence Read More…

Judge to decide in case of minimart armed robbery: Prank or crime?

Anthony Vandal

A Brunswick man accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint is arguing at his trial that he only was playing a prank on a friend who was working as a store clerk. Anthony Vandal, 25, of the 4200 block of Beverly Hills Drive, is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up Read More…

Brunswick company Philpott celebrates 125 years

State Rep. Dave Hall, right, shares a joke with Mike Baach, president and CEO of Philpott, Friday morning during a celebration commemorating 125 years in business at the company’s Brunswick headquarters. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

More than 200 employees, family, friends, business leaders and government officials crowded Brunswick’s Industrial Park on Friday morning to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Philpott. The company was founded in Cleveland in 1889 as a rubber hose and belting supply house by John W. Philpott, whose two sons-in-law managed the business before he sold it Read More…