February 26, 2015


Armed robbery suspect gets new attorney

Derrick Kenney

A Cleveland Heights man requested a new attorney this week instead of pleading guilty — as he was scheduled to do — to a May armed robbery in Medina. Derrick Kenney, 26, is charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and firearm specifications that would make prison time mandatory. Kenney was represented Tuesday by appointed attorney Read More…

Avon Lake Regional Water to begin 2 major projects

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Avon Lake Regional Water will begin two large-scale construction projects this summer using zero interest loans from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Todd Danielson, chief utilities executive, said the utility has qualified for about $15 million to increase drinking water storage capacity and $6 million on upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant. “It’s going to Read More…

Deadline looms for input on downtown Medina revitalization

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Medina residents have until Wednesday to comment on the Downtown Revitalization Grant designed to help downtown merchants beautify their storefronts. Once approved, $270,000 will be awarded to 12 businesses located on the north and west sides of Public Square and on the first half block of West Liberty Street and North Court streets. The city Read More…

Heroin dealer gets six years in federal prison for Medina sale

Curtis Debose

A Cleveland man has been sentenced to six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin in Medina. Curtis Debose, 34, was arrested in August after police said he sold about 0.3 grams of heroin to an informant on Bronson Street during a “controlled buy” by the Medina County Read More…

Medina County Fair board votes to build new fair office

The Board of Directors of the Medina County Agricultural Society plan to build a new administration office to replace the existing office at 710 W. Smith Road. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The Medina County Fairgrounds is getting a new administration office. The Board of Directors of the Medina County Agricultural Society voted Feb. 8 to construct a new fair office next to the existing building at 710 W. Smith Road. “Our present building is deteriorating rapidly,” society President Conrad Haneberg said. Haneberg said the fair office Read More…

Cold cases: Crimes dip with temperatures

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Loren Genson and Andrew Davis | The Gazette Believe it or not, something good comes with the frigid weather that has gripped the area: Crime has fallen with the plunging temperatures. “You can certainly sense and feel a difference,” Capt. Kenneth Baca of the Medina County Sheriff’s Office said. “Not only is it cold, but Read More…

Drug conspiracy indictment: Forged prescriptions filled at Medina County pharmacies

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Fifteen people have been charged in what prosecutors describe as a conspiracy to obtain thousands of prescription drugs illegally from pharmacies in Medina County and five other Northeast Ohio counties. Nine of the people were charged with racketeering. An 87-page, 206-count indictment against the group includes charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Read More…

Less than 8,000 brave the cold for 21st annual Medina Ice Festival

More than 100 ice sculptures line Medina’s Public Square after a weekend of ice-carving competitions. The sculptures will be on display until Wednesday. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Officials blame frigid temperatures for the 21st annual Medina Ice Festival drawing a fraction of the anticipated crowd last weekend. “The numbers were down this year due to the weather,” said Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina. Wiederhold said the ice festival usually draws around 20,000 spectators to Public Square throughout the weekend. Read More…

Brutal cold weather freezes attendance at Medina Ice Festival

Michael Stoddart, of Lexington, Kentucky, details his ice sculpture during the team ice-carving competition Sunday at the Medina Ice Festival. Stoddart has been sculpting for 22 years. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Blowing snow Saturday and bitter cold Sunday meant smaller crowds for the 21st annual Medina Ice Festival. But local business owners hope slightly warmer weather today will bring residents to visit Public Square to enjoy the ice sculptures. “People can still enjoy the ice sculptures throughout the week,” Laura Parnell, owner of Cool Beans Cafe, Read More…

New plan stays small for Medina city pool renovations

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Plans for the renovation of Medina’s City pool are picking up steam again. Parks Director Jansen Wehrley said City Council’s Public Properties Committee asked him to move along with requests for qualifications on a smaller, 5,000-square-foot “community” pool. “I presented another option for the pool that is the minimum to get the pool open,” Wehrley Read More…