January 28, 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…

PHOTO: Protesters hold silent vigil opposing legalization of abortion 42 years ago

About two dozen members of the Medina County Right to Life chapter silently walk around Medina’s Public Square following a candlelight vigil Saturday evening on the steps of the county courthouse. The vigil marked the anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

About two dozen members of the Medina County Right to Life chapter silently walk around Medina’s Public Square following a candlelight vigil Saturday evening on the steps of the county courthouse.

Medina police revive woman with Narcan in library

A Medina police officer administered Narcan, the drug overdose antidote, to a woman found unconscious at the Medina Library on Friday afternoon. The 24-year-old Medina resident was revived and taken to Medina Hospital, where she was questioned by detectives. Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said suspected drug paraphernalia — a syringe and a spoon with white Read More…

Teen to be tried as an adult in gun store theft case

A Medina teenager accused of breaking into a North Court Street gun store to steal firearms in September has had his case moved from juvenile to adult court. Branden J. Barry, who turned 18 after the burglary, is charged with robbery, grand theft of a firearm and breaking and entering. He also is charged with Read More…

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack charged with misusing public funds

Mike Kovack

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…

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…

Medina area nurse accused of taking pills from her patients

Sarah Copley

A Lafayette Township nurse is accused of taking more than 5,000 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills last year from patients at the skilled nursing center where she worked. Sarah E. Copley, 34, of the 5400 block of Carsten Road, was indicted in December on eight counts of theft of drugs and 15 counts of aggravated possession 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…

Cities want say in operation of county’s recycling center

The operation of Medina County’s recycling center will be the focus of a meeting of officials from the county’s three cities: Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth. The Jan. 28 forum will be the second time in less than three months that officials from the three cities have gathered to voice concerns about the county-run Central Processing Read More…

Mike’s Jerky in Medina meets a meaty demand for product


The employees of Just Mike’s Jerky Co. meticulously lay out thinly sliced raw, seasoned beef on screens before carting it off into an oven to cook down to jerky. Owner Mike Fullard said the process that creates beef jerky takes about three days. “We have the capabilities to turnout 3,000 pounds of jerky per day Read More…