April 25, 2015


Cat owner awarded $360 in civil suit

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A Medina County jury awarded a Norton woman $360 on Thursday for loss of property — 18 or more cats that were given away or euthanized. Angela Jones, 54, of Norton, had asked a common pleas jury to award her more than $25,000 in damages for the loss of her pets, which are viewed as Read More…

Students saddle up for riding contest at Medina Creative Therapy Ranch

Micah Somogyi, front, followed by Brandi Villoni, who received first place in the Walk/Trot group, ride at a Special Olympics horse show hosted Sunday by the Medina Creative Therapy Ranch. The winners qualified to compete in the Special Olympics in Cincinnati in August. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Fifteen riders had the chance to showcase their skills Sunday at the Medina Creative Therapy Ranch and compete to qualify for the Special Olympics. “To see the excitement of these kids as they progress is amazing,” said Sharon Biggins, director of the therapy ranch on Lake Road in Lafayette Township. The therapy ranch includes riders Read More…

Trial begins in dispute over lost cats, expenses related to cat bite


A former Medina woman asked a jury Wednesday to award her more than $25,000 in damages because her neighbor had her 18 pet cats euthanized or given away in 2012. The neighbor urged the jury to award her more than $30,000 in medical expenses because one of the cats bit her, resulting in “expensive and Read More…

Woman faces prison for injecting friend who overdosed on ‘bath salts’

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A 36-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to killing another woman when she injected her with the designer drug “bath salts” in 2012. Angela K. Johnson, of Medina, faces up to 12 years in prison at her May 27 sentencing in Wayne County Common Pleas Court. She pleaded guilty on April 13 to reckless homicide, a Read More…

This week’s Medina County police log (updated three times weekly)

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Note: This page is updated most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Medina police Tuesday, April 14 8:13 a.m. — 900 block Weymouth Road, police met with the Medina Park Department after it was reported that someone had damaged grass areas of Reagan Park with a vehicle. Read More…

Defense argues $1,600 theft case is civil, not criminal matter

Attorney Thomas L. Erb Jr., left, gestures toward his client, John Kuhar, during Kuhar’s trial Monday on charges of theft. At right is defense attorney Chung Won. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A judge is expected to rule Friday on whether the owner of Medina Motorsports is guilty of taking $1,600 from a client who did not receive the product for which he paid. John Kuhar, 63, of the 900 block of West Liberty Street in Medina, is charged with two counts of theft, fifth-degree felonies that Read More…

437 pinwheels represent revolving cases of abuse in Medina County


More than 100 people participated in a community event Saturday morning to remember and raise awareness of the 437 Medina County families whose lives were affected by child abuse last year. For its inaugural walk, the Medina County Children’s Center hosted a gathering that began at Medina’s Public Square and proceeded to the lawn in Read More…

Strengthening men, families goal of Move 2015 walk

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A Litchfield Township resident is helping to organize a faith-based walking event aimed at strengthening men and families. Brian Hagerman is encouraging men to join the Move 2015 Men’s Walk set for 9:30 a.m. May 9. The course for the walk will be from Medina High School to Medina’s Public Square. “We’re trying to build Read More…

Faithful service to be recognized at event

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Two of Medina County’s faithful will be honored at an award ceremony tonight for their community service. The Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland and Medina will honor the Rev. Bob Wenz and Connie Ebaugh at the 28th Pope St. John Paul II Proclaimer of Justice Gala Dinner and Silent Auction, starting with a 6 p.m. Read More…

Expo to showcase Medina products in November

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Officials from the Medina County Economic Development Corp. said Thursday they are planning a November event to highlight products manufactured in the county. The date for the “Made in Medina Expo” will be Nov. 6. Kimberly Rice, economic development director for the city of Medina, said attempts are underway to contact “60 or 70” companies Read More…