April 20, 2014

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Gazette staff finalists in newspaper contest

Gazette reporters and editors are finalists in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2013 newspaper contest. Gazette finalists are: • Best headline writer — Scott Kline. • Best sports feature writer: Albert Grindle. • Best sports writer: Rick Noland. • Best news writer: Loren Genson. • Best sports event coverage: “Heartbroken Hornets.” • Best special sports section: Albert Grindle, “2013 Football Read More…

State’s calamity day bill hits snag

COLUMBUS — State lawmakers disagreed Wednesday over how many additional calamity days to give Ohio schools off this year because of the winter’s hazardous weather, and how districts can make up the ones they have already taken. The impasse came after the Senate passed its own plan Wednesday, different from a version passed earlier by Read More…

Brunswick police log for Feb. 27

Brunswick police Wednesday, Feb. 19 8:29 p.m. — Johnathan S. Teets, 59, 1935 Gaylann Drive, Brunswick, served a burglary warrant at his home. Friday, Feb. 21 2:30 a.m. — 1100 block Pearl Road, damage reported to a car — scratches on the sides — while parked in a lot. 2:40 a.m. — Naomi M. Loadman, Read More…

Medina police log for Feb. 26

Medina police Tuesday, Feb. 18 10:01 a.m. — 400 block S. Broadway St., money in an envelope reported stolen from a business. 11:26 a.m. — David L. Reed, 53, of 416 Bronson St., charged with assault. He was arrested at his home. Wednesday, Feb. 19 12:30 a.m. — 300 block N. Huntington St., prescription pills Read More…

What benefits did you earn from military service?

Medina County veterans can learn more about the benefits they earned during their military service and what other help is available for them by attending a Veterans Resource Fair on Monday. The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Medina National Guard Armory, 920 Lafayette Road. More than 55 exhibitors will be Read More…

Europe’s stance on death penalty forces US executioners to improvise

Dennis McGuire

BRUSSELS — There’s one big reason the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe won’t allow the drugs to be exported because of its fierce hostility to capital punishment. The phenomenon started nine years ago when the EU Read More…

All seven Medina County school districts closed

All seven public school districts serving Medina County — Black River, Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Highland, Medina and Wadsworth — are closed today because of drifting snow and hazardous road conditions. Also closed are the Medina County Career Center and programs of the county Board of Developmental Disabilities. Parochial schools, including St. Ambrose, in Brunswick; St. Read More…

Brunswick police log for Feb. 13

Brunswick police Thursday, Feb. 6 5 p.m. — 1400 block Clearbrooke Drive, a bullet hole was found in a west-facing window of a home. According to a police report, it appeared to be a slug of an unknown caliber and likely was fired from the Brunswick Lake area. Sunday, Feb. 9 9:55 p.m. — 200 Read More…

Kent State suspends wrestler over homophobic slur

KENT — Kent State University has suspended a wrestler for making a derogatory comment on his Twitter account about former Missouri football player Michael Sam, who announced he is gay. The Ohio school says Sam Wheeler’s suspension is indefinite. Wheeler first tweeted Monday using a homophobic slur, saying he couldn’t watch a TV program because Read More…

Newark mom legally changes her name to ‘Sexy’

NEWARK — A central Ohio woman who loathed being named Sheila and wanted a moniker that reflects her personality has legally changed her first name to Sexy. A Licking County judge on Tuesday approved the request from the 41-year-old Pataskala woman formerly named Sheila Ranea Crabtree. In her application, Crabtree called her given name “the Read More…