March 5, 2015

Intermittent clouds

Animal shelters across Ohio seek help catching thieves (UPDATED)

The Norwalk Police Department in Huron County released this still of burglars, captured by security cameras at the Huron County Humane Society. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Animal shelter directors are angry about a string of break-ins and thefts that have occurred the past two months at a dozen humane societies and shelters in across Ohio. No animals have been harmed or stolen. Thieves instead are taking money and electronics from shelters in counties such as Medina and Madison. Jennifer Young, manager Read More…

Wadsworth students jazzed to play with a renowned band


Three Wadsworth students had “the opportunity of a lifetime” Monday night when they performed onstage with one of the most renowned jazz bands in the country. The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors performed a free show in Wadsworth at the O.J. Work Auditorium. Accompanying them were three Wadsworth band members. “It was just unbelievable to be Read More…

Clean living: Shared washing could extend Medina Schools bus use

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Medina city might be able to help Medina Schools get longer life expectancies for its school buses by washing them. City Council hosted a joint meeting with the school district Monday to discuss shared services and resources. “If we can help, we help, and I’m sure they’ve done the same for us because we’re all Read More…

Medina County Animal Shelter theft nets pocket change

Thieves broke into the Medina County Animal Shelter on Deerview Lane in Lafayette Township last month, stealing a cash register containing a disappointment for them. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Thieves stole a cash register with only coins from the Medina County Animal Shelter last month — and authorities suspect Medina County was one stop in a string of shelter burglaries across Northeast Ohio. “Somebody pried open the window and broke the locks, climbed through and took the cash register,” Dog Warden Del Saffle said. Read More…

Perfect your palate: Expert shows how to wine and dine for maximum flavor


Bill Krauss knows wine — 3,200 different wines to be exact. That’s how many different wine labels the wine shop manager stocks at Akron’s West Point Market. Wadsworth native Krauss and his team of six wine stewards guide West Point Market shoppers in finding just the right wine for just the right occasion. And that Read More…

Pizzeria looks to bring New York style to Medina’s Public Square as family fare


Family, good vibes and the smell of a fresh-baked, New York-style pizza pie. All of these things are what Jeff Miller is planning to bring to Medina’s Public Square. Miller is renovating the old Whitey’s Army and Navy supply store, at 2 Public Square, and turning it into Courthouse Pizzeria — a pizza-by-the-slice establishment that Read More…

Medina Gazette welcomes new managing editor

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The Gazette announced Monday the appointment of Lawrence A. Pantages as managing editor. Pantages, 59, succeeds David Knox, who plans to pursue projects as an independent journalist. Knox served as managing editor at The Gazette since 2012. “I turned 66 this month and there are some issues I want to explore,” Knox said. “I’ll always Read More…

Mom responds after Cleveland filing blames boy for his death, mayor apologizes

This undated photo provided by the family's attorney shows Tamir Rice. Rice, 12, was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator's call for such weapons to be brightly colored or bear special markings. (AP Photo)

CLEVELAND — The mother of a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was fatally shot by Cleveland police will discuss the city’s response to the family’s federal lawsuit. Tamir Rice’s mother and her attorneys planned a news conference Tuesday. It comes a day after Mayor Frank Jackson apologized for wording in a court Read More…

Park events for the month of March 2015

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On March 21, the Medina County Park District is offering wagon tours of Maple Valley Farm, a sugar woods owned and operated by five generations of the Fulton family. Participants can view the entire syrup-making process from gathering the sap to boiling and bottling in the sugar house. Tours will begin and end at Buffalo Read More…

Winter refuses to leave Northeast Ohio, high of 41 expected this week


The calendar on Sunday said March arrived, but February didn’t leave without setting another record low Saturday. The National Weather Service at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport reported minus 9 degrees at 7:33 a.m., breaking the record of zero degrees set in 1884. Snowfall totaled 4.4 inches Sunday, raising the total for the season to 64.7 Read More…