July 5, 2015

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Medina County drop-off bins for recycling in limbo

Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh reacted to City Council's decision Monday to turn down a plan on recycling by saying, "We had protections in the plan." (LAWRENCE / PANTAGES)

Loren Genson and Katie Anderson | The Gazette It’s back to the drawing board for Medina County officials in charge of recycling, since Wadsworth City Council rejected the county’s contract for the community recycling drop-off program on Monday. In May, the county accepted a three-year bid by the cities of Wadsworth and Medina to provide Read More…

Rittman man pleads guilty to causing fatal wreck in Montville

Jeremy Goodrich, 27, of Rittman, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and drug possession. He's accused of killing a teenager girl and injuring two others in a crash in August. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A 27-year-old Rittman man pleaded guilty Monday to causing a head-on crash that killed a teenager and sent two others to a hospital with serious injuries. Jeremy Goodrich is charged with a count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony; two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree felonies; and three drug possession counts for methamphetamine, Read More…

Bank employee admits to stealing $84,000

Sharon Zahradnick, 41, of Doylestown, pleads guilty to theft. At a hearing on Monday afternoon, Zahradnick said she stole more than $80,000 from the Medina branch of FirstMerit Bank over the course of two years. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A 41-year-old Doylestown woman pleaded guilty Monday to stealing $84,000 from FirstMerit Bank over the course of two years. Sharon Zahradnick, who worked at the bank’s Medina branch on South Court Street, awaits a July 20 sentencing hearing on a charge of theft, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 11/2 years in prison. She Read More…

Medina, Wadsworth councils to vote on recycling contracts serving all Medina County

Bins similar to the ones pictured could be available at dozens of locations across Medina County in the coming weeks if Medina and Wadsworth city councils approve a contract with the Medina County Solid Waste District at meetings Monday evening. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Medina and Wadsworth city councils are set to vote tonight to approve contracts that would provide 54 locations for Medina County residents to drop off recyclable materials. The contracts would make drop-off bins available as soon as July 1. The “community drop-off” recycling program, which is operated by the Medina County Solid Waste District, will Read More…

Family tragedy leads to charity work for local businessman

Mark Geschke, fourth from right, poses for a photo with his team at Akron Children’s Hospital. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Seventeen years ago, businessman Mark Geschke found himself in a situation he never thought he’d face. His stepdaughter had given birth to a severely underweight baby girl, Megan, and she was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit at Akron Children’s Hospital. How to donate One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning in Medina is collecting Read More…

Closing Medina Steak & Seafood Co. sells excess supplies

The Medina Steak & Seafood Co. reopened its doors Thursday to sell items from the business that, until this year, had been serving Medina customers for 17 years. Owner Ken Collins is continuing the sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday to clear out some dishes, glassware, pots and pans and wines. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Medina Steak & Seafood Co. has reopened its doors to sell items from the business that, until this year, had been serving customers for 17 years at 538 W. Liberty St. in Medina. Owner Ken Collins is having a sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday to clear out some “excess supplies.” He Read More…

Healthy Medina hosts grilling demonstration in park

Bart Randolf, associate principal at Cloverleaf High School, grills beef tenderloin and peach chicken on skewers while listing the night’s menu for Ron Brich, of Medina, during a healthy grilling demonstration Thursday at Memorial Park in Medina. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

A smoky aroma filled the air at Memorial Park in Medina during a grilling demonstration Thursday evening by Healthy Medina, an initiative to raise nutrition awareness started by Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell and Medina Hospital President Dr. Tom Tulisiak. Carrie Beegle, food director for Cloverleaf Schools, and Cloverleaf High School Associate Principal Bart Randolf led Read More…

Friendly rivalry supports blood drive in Medina

A “Bankers vs. Barristers” blood drive for the American Red Cross is held Wednesday at Garfield Elementary School in Medina. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

A friendly competition called “Bankers vs. Barristers” was held during the American Red Cross blood donation event Wednesday at Garfield Elementary School in Medina. Who won Wednesday’s blood drive and how many units were collected were unavailable as of 9 p.m. Wednesday. More blood drives are planned in July. The Northeast Ohio unit of the Read More…

High & Low Winery coming to fruition on Medina Road

Workers from Landmark Homes of Medina continue construction on High & Low Winery, scheduled to open in October. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

A visit to the Napa Valley wine country in California gave Matt Snyder and his fiancée, Kate Frech, an idea: Why couldn’t they grow grapes appropriate for a Northeast Ohio climate and try to attract all types of customers to Medina County? And now their dream is becoming a reality. High & Low Winery is Read More…

Man impersonating cop gets 5 years in prison for ‘comedy of errors’

Jesse Hodges

A 32-year-old Medina man who prosecutors said robbed the wrong man in an attempt at intimidation was sentenced Monday to five years in prison. Jesse Hodges, of Weymouth Road, was found guilty at a bench trial in April. He was charged with robbery, impersonating a state trooper and kidnapping, felonies of the second and third Read More…