January 30, 2015

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Medina expected to sell vacant property at auction

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A vacant lot at 244 N. Medina St. in Medina is expected to be sold at auction after Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, failed to find an alternative. Earlier this month, City Council’s Finance Committee asked Lamb to research alternatives for what the city could do with the 4,000-square-foot property. Lamb suggested the city donate Read More…

Lodi couple hopes to keep pet bear, Ohio hopes to relocate it

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Debbie Gillium just wants her pet bear, named Archie, to be able to live out his days in peace at her home in Lodi. But the Ohio Department of Agriculture is threatening to take the 40-year-old bear and relocate it out of state. Gillium fears that the tranquilizer, coupled with hibernation, might kill the bear. Read More…

Water main break affects pressure Saturday in Brunswick

A water main break on the north side of Boston Road at Pearl Road caused decreased water pressure in Brunswick for most of Saturday. Brunswick Service Director Pat McNamara said the water break happened about 7 a.m. on the Strongsville side of the road, causing Cleveland Water to cut water pressure to the city. Pressure Read More…

Majority Whip Obhof talks to-do list for 2015

Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township, testifies in support of his legislation that would update Ohio’s tax code during a Senate session in 2014.  PHOTO PROVIDED

Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township, foresees a busy legislative year in 2015 as Ohio lawmakers prepare their biennial budget. Obhof, who has served as majority whip for two years, said he expects the leadership to work with fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich to present a budget that builds on the two-year budget model passed in Read More…

Lafayette trustees won’t pass resolution against pipeline

Lynda Bowers

Unlike trustees in five Medina County townships, Lafayette Township officials say they will not pass a resolution opposing the location of the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline. The 36- to 42-inch natural gas pipeline, a project managed by Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., would run underground through Medina, Lorain, Summit and eight other Ohio counties on Read More…

Sheriff uses drones to assist police, fire crews in two emergencies

Tom Miller

Since becoming the only law enforcement agency in Ohio authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office has used its unmanned aircraft twice. The Sheriff’s Office received a certificate of authorization to fly drones from the FAA in February 2013 and remains the only law enforcement agency with authorization. Read More…

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack charged with misusing public funds

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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…

Ohio auditor to report head counts from 30 charter schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State Auditor Dave Yost is preparing to release results of head counts of students taken during unannounced site visits to 30 Ohio community schools last fall. Yost says the attendance checks conducted on Oct. 1 came in response to reports of irregular attendance and enrollment practices within several Ohio community, or charter, Read More…

Medina County Commissioners raise $21,000 at charity ball

Guests begin to dance after dinner Saturday evening during the Commissioners Charity Ball at the Weymouth Country Club. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Medina County commissioners raised $21,000 for local charities at the 16th annual Commissioners Charity Ball on Jan. 17 at Weymouth Country Club. More than 140 people attended the black-tie-optional affair, which featured music from the Gene Fiocca Band, of Akron, and professional ballroom dancers from Cuyahoga County. “It was a delightful evening, a great place Read More…

District library settles lawsuit over Lodi branch defects for $640,000

Lodi Library management closed about a third of the building in November 2011 because the roof was structurally unsound. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The Medina County District Library will receive $640,000 in an out-of-court settlement ending a lawsuit over defects in the construction of the Lodi Library. The library was closed in November 2011 for 2 1/2 years after officials said the wooden beams in the cathedral ceiling of the new library’s main room were weak because they Read More…