March 6, 2015

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Police training standards to be examined by state committee

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Staff and wire reports The quality of police training academies in Ohio and the need for stronger statewide standards are among the issues an attorney general’s committee is considering as it explores possible changes to the way Ohio trains and recruits police officers. Attorney General Mike DeWine created the group last year after several fatal Read More…

Medina Steak & Seafood Co. closed indefinitely

Medina Steak and Seafood Co., 538 W. Liberty St., has "available" real estate listings posted on its windows. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

For 17 years, Medina Steak & Seafood Co. served hungry customers. Now the steakhouse will lay dormant indefinitely as owner, Ken Collins, 59, weighs his next move. A real estate sign saying the facility is “available” was posted inside the windows this week. “Times are changing and I want to change with them,” he said. Read More…

Duo gets more time in prison for trying to bring drugs into jail

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A pair has received prison time for trying to bring a supply of drugs into the Medina County Jail last October to sell to inmates. Ryan Mitchell, 48, and Kristen Gwirtz, 31, each pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention center. The charges are third-degree felonies punishable by up Read More…

Driver pleads no contest to crash that injured teenage motorcyclist

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A 57-year-old Medina man pleaded no contest Monday to causing a crash while inebriated in July. The incident seriously injured a teenager who was riding a motorcycle on Lafayette Road. Robert G. Wrobel was attempting to turn a 2001 Ford station wagon into his driveway in the Brookdale Mobile Home Park when he struck the 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 Wednesday, Feb. 25 9:04 a.m. — 900 block Smokerise Drive, resident reported theft of multiple items, including an iPad, JVC speakers, a Nintendo 3DSXL, Sony PSP, jewelry, multiple video games and other personal Read More…

Animal shelters across Ohio seek help catching thieves (UPDATED)

The Norwalk Police Department in Huron County released this still of burglars, captured by security cameras at the Huron County Humane Society. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Animal shelter directors are angry about a string of break-ins and thefts that have occurred the past two months at a dozen humane societies and shelters in across Ohio. No animals have been harmed or stolen. Thieves instead are taking money and electronics from shelters in counties such as Medina and Madison. Jennifer Young, manager Read More…

Clean living: Shared washing could extend Medina Schools bus use

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Medina city might be able to help Medina Schools get longer life expectancies for its school buses by washing them. City Council hosted a joint meeting with the school district Monday to discuss shared services and resources. “If we can help, we help, and I’m sure they’ve done the same for us because we’re all Read More…

Pizzeria looks to bring New York style to Medina’s Public Square as family fare


Family, good vibes and the smell of a fresh-baked, New York-style pizza pie. All of these things are what Jeff Miller is planning to bring to Medina’s Public Square. Miller is renovating the old Whitey’s Army and Navy supply store, at 2 Public Square, and turning it into Courthouse Pizzeria — a pizza-by-the-slice establishment that Read More…

Underground Railroad: Quilters sewed clues into patchwork


Quilters played an important role in the history and success of the Underground Railroad by using their quilts to signal a welcome, danger or path. When escaped slaves began to make their way north to Canada and a search for freedom, many traveled along the Underground Railroad — a series of trails and safe houses Read More…

Medina Ice Festival sculptures standing strong two weeks later

Many of the ice sculptures from Medina’s 21st annual Ice Festival are still looking good on Friday, two weeks after the event thanks to the bitter cold. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

This week’s bitter cold may be bad for people, but it’s good for the ice sculptures that surround Medina’s Public Square. The sculptures were created during the Medina Ice Festival, Feb. 13-16 and most are holding up well weeks later. Usually the sculptures melt away within days. Some uptown businesses have seen slightly increased customer Read More…