May 6, 2015

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Case of imposter trooper goes to trial

Jesse Hodges

A Medina man is standing trial this week on charges he robbed a man at gunpoint last May while posing as an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper. Jesse Hodges, 32, faces charges of aggravated robbery, robbery, kidnapping and impersonating a police officer. If convicted, he could face 11 or more years in prison. At trial Monday, Read More…

Volunteers help seniors with home improvements

The nonprofit group Rebuilding Together began a new round of volunteer projects Saturday. The group’s spokesman, Cliff Bellar, said Saturday’s effort was coordinated with members of Medina Presbyterian Church and involved helping seniors with home improvements that make living independently easier. He said the group has worked on homes in Wadsworth, Seville, Lodi and now Read More…

Community goes through paces for suicide prevention in Medina County (VIDEO)

Event organizer Gail Houk addresses a crowd of about 650 people who gathered at Medina’s Public Square on Sunday afternoon for the Step Up to Prevent Suicide Community Walk. The 3½-mile walk raised awareness about suicide prevention in Medina County. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

More than 650 people put on their walking shoes and attended an event to raise awareness about suicide prevention in Medina County. Signs to watch for When should I suspect that someone is considering suicide? Get help if someone you know exhibits any of the following signs: • Persistent discussions of death. • Statements of Read More…

Medina resident forms softball tournament to benefit Special Olympics

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A Medina man is going to bat for Special Olympics athletes in Medina County with a charity softball tournament. Bill Biegel, who has been a softball coach for Special Olympic athletes in the county for the past 15 years, announced the formation of an all-day softball tournament to raise money for the county’s Special Olympic Read More…

Medina shop owner protests felony theft conviction

John Kuhar, 63, of Medina, awaits a verdict on two charges of theft on Friday morning. Kuhar, who owns Medina Motorsports, was found guilty of charges that he took money from a client and never did the work he was hired to complete. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina businessman insists he’s innocent even after a judge found him guilty Friday of taking a $1,600 payment for a product he never provided to the client. John Kuhar, 63, who owns Medina Motorsports on West Liberty Street, told The Gazette that he thought the verdict was “unfair.” “For me to be found guilty Read More…

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

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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’

Angela Johnson

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…