November 29, 2015

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Psychiatrist: Lodi man competent to stand trial in arson

Matthew Harris

A psychiatrist has determined a 48-year-old Lodi man charged with burning his mother’s home down earlier this year is competent to stand trial, according to court records. Dr. Michael Biscaro, a psychiatrist for Akron Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic, filed an opinion with Medina County Common Pleas Court last week. Biscaro said Matthew Harris was competent to stand Read More…

Medina reminds residents not feed deer as animals rattle city

A deer looks up from nibbling on grass at Spring Grove Cemetery in Medina. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The Ward 1 and 2 Medina City Council meeting Tuesday at Claggett Middle School was intended to give residents a summary of their capital projects and park improvements and to discuss their future plans. However, it turned into a discussion about deer overpopulation in the city — and it got quite heated, Ward 2 Councilman Read More…

Groups argue Jon Husted shouldn’t have invalidated anti-fracking ballot issue

Jon Husted

State and wire reports Residents in three Ohio counties, including Medina, where Secretary of State Jon Husted invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues this fall argued in a court filing Tuesday that voters, not the elections chief, should decide the substance of such issues. Residents in Medina County along with Fulton and Athens counties said in their Read More…

Mayor’s State of the City address: Medina embraces businesses

About 125 people attend Tuesday’s State of the City address by Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell to the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce. (BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE)

To some people, ribbon-cuttings at new business openings might be a ho-hum affair. Don’t include Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell in that conversation, however. He reiterated how important they are during his State of the City address before about 125 people at the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday at Williams on the Lake. “I Read More…

Medina Plating to bypass its sewer fee by building own waste water system

Shawn Ritchie

Medina business owner Shawn Ritchie has decided to build his own waste water treatment system to avoid having to pay county sewer fees. Ritchie, CEO of Medina Plating, has been protesting the county’s “capacity fee” for more than a year. “This has been a thorn in my side for two years,” he told Medina County Read More…

Medina County’s ADAMH Board director retiring after 29 years

Mike Jenks

Medina County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board has begun a search for a new executive director. Michael Jenks, 62, has been its director for the last 29 years. He said he will step down sometime in December. The search committee for the ADAMH Board will conduct a special meeting at 8 tonight to Read More…

Lawmakers react to Barack Obama renaming Mt. McKinley to Denali

A woman gazes at Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska on Aug. 3. On Sunday, the White House said President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s highest peak to Denali, restoring a native Alaskan name with deep cultural significance. (ANDY NEWMAN / HOLLAND AMERICA LINE VIA AP)

Staff and wire reports The renaming of Mount McKinley was criticized Monday by Republicans representing Medina County and the state. The White House announced Sunday the name of North America’s tallest peak would be renamed Denali, the traditional name used by native Alaskans. U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, slammed President Barack Obama for snubbing Read More…

Ohio bill would ban abortions after fetal Down syndrome diagnosis

Dave Hall

An Ohio House of Representatives bill that would ban abortions after the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome could gain approval by the House as early as October. If House Bill 135 — called the “Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act” by its supporters — passes, Ohio would join just eight other states that outlaw abortions Read More…

Fire, police departments face off in ‘Guns and Hoses’ challenge

Medina Township Fire Department's Chris Shuster (left) and Medina City Fire Department's Brandon Steidel compete in a tug-of-war event in the Guns & Hoses event.

Two law enforcement agencies and two fire departments squared off at the “Guns and Hoses” event Sunday at Quaker Steak & Lube, 4094 Pearl Road in Medina Township. Those competing were Medina Township Police, Montville Township Police, Medina Township Fire Department and Medina City Fire Department, which won the grand prize. Medina Police came in Read More…

Three large parcels of land for sale at Interstate 71, Route 3

This aerial photograph of the intersection of Interstate 71 and state Route 3 has been marked to show the three parcels of land that Albert Calderon has listed for sale through Gerspacher Real Estate Group. (PHOTO COURTESY OF GERSPACHER REAL ESTATE GROUP)

A local real estate firm has listed three parcels of land with an asking price of $8.3 million at the intersection of Interstate 71 and state Route 3 in Medina and Granger townships. The 278 acres, located mostly in Medina Township, are listed for sale by Albert Calderon through Calderon Properties, his company. Realtor Troy Read More…