December 19, 2014

Medina
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Slate of candidates seeking commissioner’s seat expands to seven

Two more candidates are seeking appointment to the open seat for Medina County commissioner. On Monday, Lisa Woods, co-founder of Medina County Friends and Neighbors, a tea party affiliate group, submitted her letter of intent to county Republican Party Central Committee Chair Sharon Ray. Westfield Township resident Gregg Depew, who ran as a write-in candidate Read More…

Medina district sets its priorities for building fixes

The Medina school district will take on 10 capital improvement projects before the start of the 2015-16 school year. Jon Burkhart, director of business affairs for the district, said the projects will be paid for with $1.2 million from sales tax revenues. One of the most expensive of the 10 projects will be replacing the Read More…

Death penalty on the table in slaying of Akron police officer from Wadsworth

Justin Winebrenner

Staff and wire reports An Akron man could face the death penalty if convicted of killing an off-duty police officer at a bar. Thirty-five-year-old Kenan Ivery of Akron was indicted Monday on charges that include aggravated murder and murder in the Nov. 16 shooting death of 32-year-old Justin Winebrenner, a Wadsworth native who joined the Read More…

Highland sports stadium cost figure still in flux

The bleachers are up at the new Highland Schools sports stadium, but school officials still aren’t sure what the final price tag will be for the project. The Highland School board on Monday set aside $8.9 million for the construction of the stadium complex next to the high school. But school officials say the project Read More…

Defense calls one witness in infant abuse case, jury to hear closing arguments today

Kenneth Alex Grad

Defense attorneys for an accused infant abuser called one witness to the stand Tuesday before resting their case. Attorneys for Kenneth Alex Grad, 44, now of Lakewood, were expected to present doctors as witnesses to challenge doctors who said the boy’s injuries were not accidental. But the only witness was Sheryl Hurley, a nurse who Read More…

New beginning for historic house at start of trail in Medina

Renovations have begun to turn this city-owned home at the start of the Champion Creek Multi-purpose Trail in downtown Medina into a coffee house and bike rental outlet. From left, Bob Tidwell, of Fairview Park, Keith Zeisset, of Wadsworth, and Steve Reese, of Wadsworth, all employees of Buckeye Signature Construction, of North Royalton, lay the foundation Monday for a concrete patio below the new deck. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

One of Medina’s historic homes is being transformed into Spokes, a bike rental and coffee house, at the start of the Champion Creek Multi-purpose Trail. The city in April leased the house at 406 S. Broadway St. to Intervention for Peace, a group that serves developmentally disabled residents. The deal allowed the nonprofit to use Read More…

One man’s ‘prank,’ one judge’s reason for prison time

Anthony Vandal

A 25-year-old Brunswick man will spend three years in prison after arguing at trial that he was pulling a prank on a friend when he robbed a convenience store while armed and masked. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler in October found Anthony Vandal guilty of robbery, a second-degree felony, after an August Read More…

Fugitive nabbed in Wadsworth to spend 39 years behind bars for killing ex

Nathan Summerfield

Staff and wire reports An Ashland man was sentenced Monday to almost 39 years in prison after pleading guilty in the strangling and stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, Lynn Jackenheimer, while vacationing on North Carolina’s Outer Banks two years ago. Nathan Summerfield, 29, was arrested in a motel in Wadsworth in August 2012 following a Read More…

Medina Township police pleased with new offices on Fenn Road

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Medina Township police officers were settling into new offices Monday afternoon at 4877 Fenn Road. “It was office space, but we made a couple of changes to suit our needs,” Police Chief David Arbogast said. The building was constructed as a Rustic Inn restaurant in 1995, and recently served as office space for the Hoffman Read More…

Defendant in infant abuse case interrupts his wife’s testimony

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Accused infant abuser Kenneth Alex Grad stood up during his trial Monday and tried to stop Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury from questioning his wife on the stand. Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier called a recess and waited for tensions to ease before returning to the courtroom. “Mr. Grad, during the course of Read More…