July 29, 2015

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Two commissioners vs. auditor: Email fuels Medina County feud

Mike Kovack

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…

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…

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack charged with misusing public funds

Mike Kovack

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…

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…

Conservative group hosts forum for county commissioner candidates

A local grassroots conservative group hosted a forum Saturday for county commissioner candidates. Guests included more than a third of the members of the Medina County Republican Party’s Central Committee, who will vote next month on a replacement for Commissioner Steve Hambley, who won a state House seat in November. Co-founder Lisa Woods said Medina Read More…

Six seek Steve Hambley’s seat on Medina County Board of Commissioners

Steve Hambley

Six candidates so far are interested in completing Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley’s term. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15. Hambley was elected Nov. 4 to the 69th House District seat being vacated by House Speaker Bill Batchelder, R-Medina. The Medina County Republican Party’s Central Committee has until Feb. 14 to determine who will Read More…

Whistleblower lawsuit against Auditor Mike Kovack moves to federal court

Mike Kovack and Annette Ehrlich

A former information technology manager of the Medina County auditor’s office has transferred her lawsuit against Auditor Mike Kovack and Chief Deputy Joan Heller to federal court. Annette Ehrlich originally filed suit in Medina County Pleas Court on Oct. 24. In a notice of removal filed with the U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Thursday, Read More…

Strongsville’s Roslyn Painter-Goffi gets seat on state Board of Education

Roslyn Painter-Goffi

Rosyln Painter-Goffi claimed victory in the race for the 5th District representative on the Ohio Board of Education. With more than 99 percent of precincts counted, Painter-Goffi, of Strongsville, was leading incumbent Brad Lamb, of Westlake, and two other candidates, according to unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State. “I’m grateful to the supporters Read More…

Dave Hall begins fourth, last term as U.S. Representative

Dave Hall

Incumbent Republican state Rep. Dave Hall was re-elected Tuesday to his 70th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. Hall, 53, of Millersburg, handily beat Democrat James E. Riley, of Sullivan Township in Ashland County, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. “We got our message out and tomorrow I Read More…

Jim Renacci handily wins 3rd term with U.S. House

Jim Renacci

renacciRep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, won re-election Tuesday night to his third term in Congress representing Ohio’s 16th District. Renacci took more than 60 percent of the vote in Medina County and statewide, easily defeating Democratic challenger Pete Crossland, of Copley Township in Summit County, according to unofficial results. “This was clearly a race that highlighted Read More…