August 21, 2014

Partly sunny

Medina County Courthouse getting repaired from top to bottom

Employees of Detroit Cornice & Slate Co., of Ferndale, Michigan, work Wednesday to restore the exterior of the Medina County Courthouse on Medina’s Public Square. The project, which will include replacing the front entryway steps, is expected to be completed in November. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

The restoration of the Medina County Courthouse is coming in $44,000 under budget and the county commissioners want to use the extra money to fix the deteriorated front entranceway to the historic building on Medina’s Public Square. County Administrator Chris Jakab told commissioners Tuesday that the third phase of slate roofing, masonry work and painting Read More…

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

Note: This page is updated every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Stranger discovered on couch An Aspen Oval woman was surprised to wake up Sunday morning and find a stranger sleeping on her couch. According to a Brunswick police report, a woman in the 1200 block of Cross Creek Drive got up at about 6 a.m. Read More…

Former Medina Schools superintendent Randy Stepp facing foreclosure


Former Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp is facing another financial hurdle after the bank that holds the mortgage on his Medina Township home, filed a foreclosure suit against Stepp and his wife, Tina, in Medina County Common Pleas Court. The suit, filed on Aug. 12, says Stepp owes FirstMerit Mortgage Corp. $260,769 plus interest on Read More…

More arrested on drug charges in Medina’s ‘broken windows’ effort

Patrick Berarducci

Medina police say four men have been arrested this week in the ongoing crackdown on drug trafficking in Ward 1. On Sunday, police arrested Dwight E. Tuttle, 39, of Cleveland, on a fifth-degree felony charge of possession of heroin. Police say Tuttle was found with 1.5 grams of heroin and $655. The driver of the Read More…

Road closing for repairs on South Court Street south of Smith Road

U.S. Route 42/state Route 3 (South Court Street), just south of Smith Road in Medina, will close Monday for repairs on the railroad tracks, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 3. The detour for Route 42 southbound is Route 42 to state Route 57, south on Route 57 to state Route 162, west Read More…

Technological hiccups complicate school prep at Claggett

The day before the start of school can be stressful, but the situation is a lot worse without phones and Internet access to schedules, online materials and presentations. That was the predicament facing teachers and staff at Claggett Middle School in Medina. A fiber-optic cable line broke Monday morning, disconnecting phones and Internet service in Read More…

Phones out but orientation still on tonight at Claggett school

MEDINA — The day before the start of school can be stressful, but the situation is a lot worse without phones and Internet access to schedules, online materials and presentations. That’s the predicament facing teachers and staff at Claggett Middle School today. A fiber optic cable line broke Monday morning disconnecting phones and internet service Read More…

Medina family finds solace after house fire on North Broadway Street

The backside of a South Broadway Street home after fire crews were able to subdue the flames. Fire Chief Bob Painter said that once the garage on the property was fully engulfed that flames made the just to the house easily. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Chris Klaiber paced back and forth outside of his fire-damaged Medina home Monday wondering what he and his wife were going to do next. Their garage was destroyed, and their house sustained severe smoke and water damage and needs substantial work to make it livable again. Just then, Jim Frame and Warren Benditz, of St. Read More…

PHOTOS: Ladies Night Out in Medina draws customers to local businesses

Shannon Lang, left, and Lindsey Barazda, both age 10, get their hair braided by Mary Kay of VCS Salon and Spa during Ladies Night Out in Medina on Thursday. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

During Ladies Night Out events throughout the year in Medina, locally owned and operated businesses are open evening hours and feature special shopping deals, samplings of specialty food products and mini-makeovers. Thursday’s event was sponsored by merchants of Main Street Medina and the Medina Historic District with the support of VCS Salon and Spa.

Traveling Sept. 11 memorial to Medina to spread ‘never forget’ message


A mobile 9/11 memorial will roll into Medina at the end of August for two days. The 53-foot-long Tunnel to Towers tractor-trailer will make a stop in the city Aug. 26 and 27. It features an 1,100-square-foot interactive memorial to the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives trying to save people inside the Read More…