October 2, 2014

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Medina road salt costs up for this winter

Medina is prepping for another cold and wet winter. On Monday, City Council’s Finance Committee agreed to pay $65,027 for 1,180 tons of road salt. City Service Director Nino Piccoli said the $54.97 price per ton was almost $20 more than last year’s statewide average. “We have one bin full. We want to purchase this Read More…

Common pleas judge allows suit over Medina student’s suicide to proceed


A Medina County judge Monday declined to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Medina Schools last year by the father of Deven Baab, a 14-year-old student who killed himself in November 2012. In the lawsuit, Richard Baab, of Medina Township, charged his son’s suicide could have been prevented by school officials because four days Read More…

Input sought on improving older neighborhoods in Medina

The second in a series of meetings aimed at improving Medina’s older neighborhoods will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Second Baptist Church. Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, is organizing the meetings and plans to come up with a strategy to address declining property values by restructuring code enforcements and improving infrastructure and landscaping throughout Read More…

PHOTOS: Runners raise money to benefit families fighting cancer


More than 800 runners and 500 walkers registered for Medina’s 10th annual Race with Grace on Sunday, which raises money for families fighting cancer. The race is dedicated to Mary Grace, a Medina mother of three who lost her battle with breast cancer in January 2005.

Victim’s sons reflect on verdict in salmonella-tainted food case

Randy, left, and Jeff Napier traveled to Washington, D.C., several times to lobby Congress to give the Food and Drug Administration more power after their mother, Nellie Napier, died at age 80 after eating peanut butter tainted by salmonella. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A federal jury that found a peanut plant owner and two other executives guilty on Friday of shipping salmonella-tainted food never heard testimony that their peanut butter killed nine people. The deaths never were discussed because the defendants were charged only with conspiracy and fraud, federal prosecutors said. The sons of one of the victims, Read More…

Peanut plant owner convicted for salmonella deaths

Staff and wire reports Two sons of an 80-year-old Medina woman who died five years ago after eating peanut butter contaminated with salmonella at a nursing home welcomed the guilty verdicts a Georgia jury handed down Friday against the owner and two other executives of the Peanut Corporation of America. “These are the first steps Read More…

Woman gets three years in prison for Medina teen’s fatal overdose


An opiate-addicted war veteran was sentenced Thursday morning to three years in prison for supplying the heroin that killed a Medina teenager last year. Heather Graham, 31, was found guilty Aug. 5 of corrupting a minor with drugs and complicity and conspiracy to traffic heroin, second- and fifth-degree felonies. She could have received up to Read More…

Medina businesses work around South Court Street three-week repairs


Before Betsy Jennie, owner of Perfectly Charming, opened her souvenir shop Wednesday morning, she carried a bright orange sign to the corner of South Court and West Washington streets. It read “ROAD CONSTRUCTION SALE AT PERFECTLY CHARMING.” Jennie, along with the owners of 21 other businesses in the 200 block of South Court Street, are Read More…

Former Medina General co-workers get together to share a meal


A lunchtime get-together of old friends that started 22 years ago has turned into an annual event pulling together more than 175 former employees of Medina General Hospital. “We just wanted to get together, but each year we’d invite more people. We just kept growing, outgrowing our location each year,” said Phyllis Harrison, a retired Read More…

Buckets and buckets of ice water dumped in Medina Public Square


More than 30 people braved autumn-like weather to dump buckets of ice water on their heads as part of an ALS challenge on Medina’s Public Square. Most of the people who took the Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday wished more people had come out to support the ALS Association. “I just wanted to pull people from Read More…