September 15, 2014

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Federal judge rejects law banning false statements against candidates

A federal judge on Thursday struck down Ohio’s law barring people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates in a case that the U.S. Supreme Court said needed to be heard. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black ruled that Ohio’s law is unconstitutional and prohibited the Ohio Elections Commission and its members from Read More…

Democrats back Auditor Michael Kovack in porn, ethics investigation

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Medina County’s Democratic Party chief said he believes an investigation into county Auditor Michael Kovack’s use of a county computer will exonerate him. In response to allegations from a former employee that Kovack had pornography and personal files related to his rental properties on his county computer, county Democratic Party Chair John Welker said the Read More…

Westfield Twp. couple’s retail property dreams on hold pending appeal

A court-ordered hearing before the Westfield Township Board of Zoning Appeals over a controversial zoning variance has been put on hold pending an appeal. Linda and Timothy Kratzer have been seeking a zoning variance since at least 2007 to permit the commercial development of 105 acres on their Greenwich Road property, which now is zoned Read More…

Auditor decries pornography revelation on county laptop as politics

Mike Kovack

Katie Anderson, Loren Genson and Nick Glunt | The Gazette A computer disc containing files from Medina County Auditor Michael Kovack’s county-owned computer, which was handed over to investigators, contained pornography, according to a former employee in the auditor’s office. Anne Murphy, who worked for Kovack from October 2012 to March 2013, said she gave Read More…

Commissioners propose deal to business owner in $52K sewer fee dispute

Shawn Ritchie

Medina County commissioners say they’re willing to guarantee not raising the $52,010 “change of use fee” for Medina Plating Corp.’s new plant on Lake Road for at least three years. Commissioners on Tuesday gave county Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin the green light to present the proposal to Shawn Ritchie, owner of Medina Plating, 940 Lafayette Read More…

Boil alert after water main break on South Court Street in Medina

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MEDINA — The 200 block of South Court Street in Medina will remain closed “at least until the weekend,” city Service Director Nino Piccoli said Wednesday. A water main broke early Wednesday during overnight road work on South Court Street, causing the closing. Additionally, Piccoli said 12 South Court Street addresses are on boil alert. They Read More…

Brunswick council moves on immediate, future fixes for flooding woes

Brunswick City Council agreed Monday to spend $50,000 for a study of the city’s stormwater system to create a long-range master plan aimed at easing flooding problems plaguing some neighborhoods. As a short-term fix, Council members discussed a plan to do smaller stormwater repairs. The city plans to spend about $55,000 in each of the Read More…

Sheriff to commissioners: Radio communications towers need update soon

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Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller said time is running out for the county to upgrade its emergency communications system. Miller has presented to county commissioners a plan to upgrade the six public safety radio communications towers in the county. Miller asked the commissioners last week to hire an emergency communications consulting company, Mission Critical Partners, Read More…

Medina approves plan for backup water

Medina City Council’s Finance Committee has authorized the city to enter into an emergency water usage agreement with Medina County with the hope of avoiding future water crises. The agreement stems from a water crisis that began Jan. 7 when the city’s water supply from Avon Lake Municipal Utilities was interrupted due to the cold Read More…

Treasurer to host tables to find residents’ unclaimed funds

Medina County residents can check if they have any unclaimed funds held by the state at more than a dozen locations this fall and winter, county Treasurer John Burke announced. Unclaimed funds are monies that have been left behind from past deposits or checks uncashed for five or more years. These funds are held by Read More…