October 7, 2015

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Eric Warfel’s attorney: What was grand jury told by prosecutors?

Eric Warfel listens to proceedings in Medina County Common Pleas Court on Monday. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A defense attorney Monday asked a Medina County judge Monday to examine confidential grand jury transcripts to determine whether prosecutors used “mistaken” information to indict Eric Warfel. Warfel, 34, of Medina, is accused of hiding his toddler’s death from doctors, family and police. His failure to report the death of Ember, 20 months, resulted in Read More…

Service, baptisms held in downtown Medina

A choir from First Baptist Church, state Route 18, Medina, lead a crowd in worship songs Sunday morning in Medina’s Public Square for the church’s eighth annual Service in the Square, which was followed by a baptism. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Hundreds of people crowded under tents and umbrellas Sunday morning at Medina’s Uptown Park for a Christian service and baptisms. First Baptist Church, state Route 18, Medina Township, and Second Baptist Church, Bronson Street, Medina, combined their Sunday services for the eighth annual Service on the Square that lasted from 10 a.m. to noon. “We’re Read More…

‘Service on the Square’ in Medina to host full immersion baptisms

The Rev. John McCaw, left, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Medina, poses with the Rev. Cornell Carter, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Medina. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A full immersion Christian baptism will be part of a church “Service on the Square” at 10 a.m. Sunday on Public Square in Medina. Organizers said it is the eighth event of its kind. The Rev. John McCaw, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Medina, said his congregation will be joined by the Rev. Read More…

Mayor Dennis Hanwell lauds Medina’s strides in State of the City address

Dennis Hanwell

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell says he feels truly blessed to live in what he considers a great community. “I’m thankful and honored to have this opportunity to serve,” he said Monday after his State of the City address at city hall. His 35-minute address came after the regular City Council meeting that was the body’s Read More…

Man, 26, pleads guilty in gunpoint robbery at Medina home

Derrick Kenney

A Cleveland Heights man faces mandatory prison time at his sentencing in October for kicking in the door of a Medina apartment last year and stealing from the resident. Derrick Kenney, 26, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and firearm specifications that make prison time mandatory. Kenney is scheduled for sentencing Oct. Read More…

‘Madden’ madness for football video game released at midnight

Kyle Glomb of Medina shows up at GameStop in Medina to purchase “Madden NFL 16” just after 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. (BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE)

The release of the “Madden” video game every year has almost reached a cult following. “Madden NFL 16” was released at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and about 40 people lined up outside the GameStop retail store at 1104 N. Court St., Suite C, Medina, to get their hands on a copy. The game, published by EA Read More…

Medina Council to reconvene; State of City to be given

Following its summer vacation, Medina City Council will reconvene tonight at city hall. Mayor Dennis Hanwell will give his State of the City address after the regular Council meeting. The night will begin with a Finance Committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the downstairs multipurpose room at city hall, 132 N. Elmwood Ave. The Council Read More…

Medina International Fest attracts 17,000

James Beaton, of Medina, known as "The Bald Piper," headed the kids' parade at the Medina International Fest on Saturday at Public Square. Beaton was followed by Frank the Buffalo, of Frontier Communications, and several children.

Medina’s largest one-day event of the year appeared to be a rousing success Saturday judging by the scarcity of parking spots around Public Square. Matt Wiederhold, executive director of the business and development group Main Street Medina, estimated attendance at the seventh Medina International Fest at 17,000. The day was filled with ethnic food from Read More…

Medina VFW post’s luau benefits area veterans

Medina Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137's Hawaiian luau Saturday attracted between 75 and 100 people, officials said. (BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE)

It’s all about helping the veterans. The Hawaiian luau on Saturday was one of about six major events this year for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Road, in Medina. Many of the post’s commanders dressed up in grass skirts to go along with the theme of the evening. An estimated 75 to Read More…

Medina resident plans 600-mile pilgrimage on Camino de Santiago

Carol Vaccariello stands in her backyard near a statute of an angel. Vaccariello is planning a 600 mile pilgrimage next month known as the Camino de Santiago. The route she will take starts in France and ends in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A Medina resident is planning a 600-mile pilgrimage from France to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Carol Vaccariello wants to walk the Camino de Santiago, or St. James Trail, in the hopes of spiritual growth. The former Catholic nun said she doesn’t know Read More…