April 29, 2016

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

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…

Resident says commissioners censoring public

Nick Glunt and Katie Anderson | The Gazette An environmental activist is threatening to sue the Medina County commissioners over censorship concerns. The commissioners announced earlier this month they would require residents to obtain prior approval before allowing them to comment at meetings, which are held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Medina County Administration Read More…

Mother shares addiction story: ‘More concerned about finding the next high’

When Charissa Whitman and a friend stopped to get high in a McDonald’s parking lot in Akron in October last year, she didn’t know she was about to hit rock bottom. With two of her three children asleep in the back seat, her friend prepared some heroin for use. For the 27-year-old drug addict, it Read More…

Attorney: Amish girl who fled country to avoid chemo is cancer-free

A Columbus attorney has announced that a 12-year-old Amish girl is cancer-free, despite courtroom testimony last year from doctors that she would be dead in six months without chemotherapy treatments. Maurice Thompson, the executive director for the libertarian nonprofit 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, said the girl, Sarah Hershberger, shows no signs of cancer and Read More…

Ohio commissioners oppose marijuana ballot issue

Medina County commissioners are among their counterparts statewide who are opposed to legalizing marijuana. The County Commissioners Association of Ohio’s board of directors voted earlier this month to oppose the legalization of the growth and sale of recreational and medical marijuana in Ohio, Issue 3 on the November ballot. “The passing of this ballot issue Read More…

Medina courthouse could break ground in spring

If everything proceeds as planned, builders could break ground on the new $7.5 million Medina Municipal Courthouse in the spring of 2016. It would be the largest individual project in the history of the city of Medina, City Engineer Patrick Patton said. However, there are a plethora of obstacles to overcome before the first shovel Read More…

Group aims to set Ohio term limits

A citizens group is working on a proposal to limit Ohio elected officials to only eight years in one chamber and 12 lifetime years in the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate combined. The group called Eight is Enough Ohio turned in more than 1,700 signatures Aug. 28 to begin a petition that would impose Read More…

ACLU investigates Wadsworth council’s prayer planning

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio expressed “serious constitutional concerns” to Wadsworth City Council on Monday about an event scheduled this week to promote prayer in the community. City Council President Tom Palecek announced the event with a press release on Sept. 3. In the notice, Palecek said the meeting was intended “to develop Read More…

Cloverleaf high, middle school students learn about dangers of Internet

Cloverleaf high school and middle school students got a lesson Wednesday morning about the dangers of the Internet, social media and cellphones. David Frattare, director of state investigations for Internet crimes against children, spoke at both schools about online safety and defenses against child predators. “The Internet is not bad,” Frattare told high school students. Read More…