February 1, 2015


Treasure-hunting professor discusses fugitive ex-student

Charles Herdendorf, professor emeritus of limnology and oceonography, and president of Sheffield Village Historical Society, holds a photo Thursday and a strand of golden coral named in his honor. The coral was discovered during  a recovery operation of the S.S. Central America off the Carolina coast. (STEVE MANHEIM / GAZETTE)

Charles Herdendorf hasn’t seen or heard from Tommy Thompson in years. But the well-known former Ohio State University oceanography professor wasn’t surprised when told Thompson, a one-time treasure hunter and fugitive from justice, may fight extradition to Ohio over allegations he cheated investors out of about $50 million in gold Thompson recovered from a famed Read More…

Sen. Sherrod Brown calls for funding for Children Health Insurance Program

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Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is calling on Congress to ensure a health care program that affects more than 1,000 children in Medina County doesn’t run out of money in September. On Wednesday, Brown announced plans to introduce legislation in the Senate that would extend funding to the Children’s Health Insurance Program — better know as Read More…

Florida cat crawls from grave five days after hit by car, buried

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TAMPA, Fla. — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor to dig a shallow grave. Five days later, Read More…

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after two-year hunt

In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service,  Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (AP FILE PHOTO)

A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history was arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton and arrested him Tuesday, said Brian Babtist, Read More…

PHOTO: Protesters hold silent vigil opposing legalization of abortion 42 years ago

About two dozen members of the Medina County Right to Life chapter silently walk around Medina’s Public Square following a candlelight vigil Saturday evening on the steps of the county courthouse. The vigil marked the anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

About two dozen members of the Medina County Right to Life chapter silently walk around Medina’s Public Square following a candlelight vigil Saturday evening on the steps of the county courthouse.

Ferguson grand juror under lifetime gag order sues to talk publicly about case

A member of the grand jury that declined to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown contends in a lawsuit filed Monday that the prosecutor in the case wrongly has implied that all 12 jurors believed there was no evidence to support charges. The American Civil Liberties Union filed Read More…

‘Explosive targets’ rattle windows, stir up concern in Medina County townships


YORK TWP. — On Christmas, Rich Kroczynski and his family heard noises they characterized as “explosions” in their subdivision near Erhart Road. He said the explosions have continued almost daily since then, but when some of his neighbors called the Medina County Sheriff’s Office to report the sounds — which were powerful enough to rattle Read More…

Grand jury that declined to indict focused on Ferguson’s fatal ‘tussle’

Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun. None of the witnesses who testified could say exactly what was happening inside his police car, but by almost all accounts, Michael Brown was physically struggling with the officer through his Read More…

Family blasts prosecutor in Ferguson, officer breaks his silence about shooting

Attorneys for Michael Brown’s family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, while the officer insisted in his first public statements that he could not have done anything differently in the confrontation. As darkness fell, hundreds more National Guardsmen were ordered into Ferguson in hopes that Read More…

LeBron James on Ferguson riots: Violence is never the answer

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INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James wants the killing, violence and looting to stop, but his biggest plea was for people to support the families of people like Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin. One day after a grand jury did not indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for the August 2014 killing of the 18-year-old Brown, Read More…