December 21, 2014


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


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


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…

NEXUS pipeline opponents consider nonprofit collective

Property owners opposing the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline are considering incorporating as a nonprofit organization. The group’s leaders will hold a private meeting Saturday at an Oberlin church in Lorain County to “refine strategies” for how to get the route for the proposed pipeline moved out of Medina County, Paul Gierosky, of York Township, said. Read More…

Huth & Harris wine business in Medina is Akron pair’s realized dream

Whitney Harris and Patrick Huth are proprietors of the new H2 Wine Merchants on South Court Street in Medina. Establishing the wine bar and retail store was the couple’s dream. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

The opening of Huth & Harris Wine Merchants in Medina’s historic district was the dream of Akron couple Patrick Huth and Whitney Harris. “We had a vision of our business as a casual, comfortable and refined environment, with a historic element,” Harris said. “When Patrick and I attended the Medina Ice Festival last February, we Read More…

PHOTOS: Kids shop with cops as Christmas approaches


About 130 youngsters received $100 gift certificates in this year’s Shop With a Cop event, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 204, which represents the police departments of the city of Medina, Medina Township, Montville Township, Hinckley Township, the village of Spenser and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.