February 11, 2016

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2 hires by Medina Police fail to alleviate dearth of diversity

The Medina Police Department has hired two new officers. Andrew Dziak was hired Jan. 20. Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said the second officer, Michael Googe, will be starting at the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy. “(Googe) needs to go to basic training,” Berarducci said. “We start them down there. That’s the police academy for us.” Dziak Read More…

Medina County’s state legislators review 2015 accomplishments

Medina County’s state legislators are looking back at legislation in 2015 — including the passage of the state budget — and forward to the goals in the new year. Reps. David Hall, R-Millersburg, and Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, as well as Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township, were interviewed by The Gazette about their contributions to the Read More…

Medina County commissioners approve 2016 budget

Medina County commissioners approved the 2016 budget Tuesday — the first time the county’s annual budget has been approved before the start of a new year in more than 30 years. County Finance Director Beverly Valentine said commissioners usually have to come up with a temporary budget for January before approving a final budget for Read More…

Rematch is readied for Statehouse seat: Hambley vs. Sawicki in GOP primary

The Medina man who ran against Ohio Rep. Steve Hambley last year for the 69th District House seat will try again in 2016. Chris Sawicki, 35, opposed Hambley, R-Brunswick, in the May 2014 primary, but lost with 39 percent compared with Hambley’s 61 percent. The 2016 primary will be held Tuesday, March 15. “Me and Read More…

Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman faces challenger

Paul Gierosky

A leader of the grassroots organization Coalition to Reroute NEXUS will challenge Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman in the 2016 Republican primary election to be held March 15. Paul Gierosky, of York Township, filed to run Wednesday at the Medina County Board of Elections before the 4 p.m. deadline. The filing won’t be certified by Read More…

Nature, Christmas blend in Brunswick

ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE
The Susan Hambley Nature Center at 1473 Parschen Boulevard in Brunswick is offering visitors a chance to visit on December weekends to learn about traditional holiday customs of the past, enjoy hot chocolate, and enjoy a Christmas cabin atmosphere. Craft projects change every weekend. There is no registration or fee. Mary and Ron Hank of Seville are shown spending time with the feeder watch activity.

The Medina County Park District is offering a program called “A Log Cabin Christmas” every weekend in December at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. “This is our second year doing this event,” park district representative Nichole Houze said. “From 12 to 5 p.m. every weekend, the parks help families get into Read More…

Bus transit talks move forward in Brunswick

Transportation merger negotiations are rolling forward in Brunswick. Brunswick Service Director Pat McNamara brought a proposal for a Medina County Public Transit and Brunswick Transit Alternative merger to City Council’s committee-of-the whole meeting Monday night. He said the city’s two bus routes are expected to stay the same under the proposal, but holiday hours and Read More…

New county park opens in Harrisville Township

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A new park that opened this week in southwest Medina County offers visitors a place for fishing, hiking, canoeing and other outdoor activities. Killbuck Lakes, at 7996 White Road in Harrisville Township, is home to a 47-acre lake and a 1.23-mile nature trail. It was paid for by an $823,000 grant from the Clean Ohio Fund, Read More…

Alabama boy missing since 2002 found alive as young man in Ohio

Julian Hernandez, 2002 vs. 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thirteen years after he went missing from his Alabama home as a 5-year-old, a young man has been found unharmed, living under an assumed name with his father in Ohio, and authorities say the case broke open when his Social Security number raised red flags during college applications. Julian Hernandez’s mother reported Read More…

Commissioners urged to alter policy seen as censorship

An environmental activist’s attorney has written a cease-and-desist letter urging the Medina County commissioners to alter a recent policy that has been criticized as public censorship. Toledo-based attorney Terry Lodge accused the commissioners of violating his client’s First Amendment right to free speech. The policy, which has been listed in writing on the commissioners’ agendas Read More…