October 30, 2014

Medina
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OVI checkpoint tonight on state Route 18 west of I-71

MEDINA TWP. — A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted tonight, beginning at 7 p.m., in the 3300 block of state Route 18, between River Styx Road and the Interstate 71 interchange. The checkpoint is funded by federal grants and is designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers. In addition to the checkpoint, nearby saturation patrols Read More…

Owners: Fighting against NEXUS pipeline to protect retirement properties

Paul and Elizabeth Gierosky stand in front of one of the small lakes on their York Township property that they purchased two years ago. They found out months ago that the lake is within the 600-foot study corridor of the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

An Ohio Farm Bureau director spoke Thursday in Medina to a group of property owners opposed to the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline. They didn’t like what he had to say. Dale Arnold, director of energy, utility and local government policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau, advised farmers on strategies they can use to get the Read More…

Backyard behemoth awarded Medina’s biggest tree

This year’s Medina County Big Tree winner is a Sharon Township tulip poplar with an average crown spread of 63 feet. NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE

The search for Medina County’s biggest tree has ended and the winner is a towering tulip poplar located on Scott Cowan’s 20 acres in Sharon Township. Cowan, founder and owner of Century Cycles with locations in Medina, Peninsula and Rocky River, said he was thrilled his tulip poplar won the contest. “I have to tell Read More…

Medina Councilman Lamb pushing for rental registry

Medina City Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, says he will introduce legislation requiring rental properties to register with the city and be inspected on a regular basis as early as January. Lamb said the legislation will be a key step in revitalizing the city’s older neighborhoods. “In looking at the big picture the largest problem Read More…

Battle over lighted billboard in Brunswick may go to court

Attorneys representing a Brunswick developer said they’re considering legal action after a request to install a large lighted billboard on property facing Interstate 71 was rejected by the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals earlier this week. At a meeting Tuesday attended by several hundred residents opposed to the sign, the zoning board ruled against Twenty Read More…

Fiber Network needs loans to cover bonds

Next week Medina County will cut a half-million-dollar check to the county Fiber Network. The loan is required because the network has failed — at least up to now — to attract enough customers to be financially self-sufficient. The subsidy was triggered in June when the network’s cash reserves dropped below $1.2 million after making Read More…

High School Football: Black River at Brookside

SHEFFIELD — Halloween is still a week away, but there were all types of tricks, treats, bizzaro moments and unexplainable occurrences in Brookside’s 13-8 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division win over Black River on Friday. There were nine combined turnovers, four failed trips in the red zone for the Pirates, a successful fake punt, an Read More…

Accused drug trafficker faces federal charges

A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment Thursday charging a 22-year-old Medina man with possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Medina police arrested Jeimil A. Henderson, 22, of the 700 block of North Broadway Street, in August Read More…

‘Fiscal emergency’ nears end at Cloverleaf Schools

Cloverleaf officials expect the school district’s “fiscal emergency” status will be lifted by the end of the year because voters approved two funding issues in the spring. The Ohio Department of Education declared the district in a state of fiscal emergency in January 2012, and a five-member Fiscal Oversight Commission has been overseeing Cloverleaf’s finances Read More…

California man gets prison for sex with Medina teen

A 24-year-old California man will spend 17½ years in federal prison for traveling cross-country to have sex with a 14-year-old Medina girl he met over the Internet. In July, Edwin Franco Rolffo-Zavala, of Novato, pleaded guilty to federal charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, sexual exploitation of a child and certain activities related Read More…