April 27, 2015


Medina County jobless rate falls 1 percent from March a year ago

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Medina County’s unemployment rate sank a full percentage point during March compared with a year ago. The March labor force estimate released Tuesday in a report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimated the county’s jobless rate was 4.8 percent last month. It was 5.8 percent in March 2014. According to the Read More…

Woman faces prison for injecting friend who overdosed on ‘bath salts’

Angela Johnson

A 36-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to killing another woman when she injected her with the designer drug “bath salts” in 2012. Angela K. Johnson, of Medina, faces up to 12 years in prison at her May 27 sentencing in Wayne County Common Pleas Court. She pleaded guilty on April 13 to reckless homicide, a Read More…

Ex-operator of recycling center cries foul against Medina County officials

Steve Viny

The former operator of Medina County’s recycling facility has accused county officials of misleading the public into believing the facility processed less trash than it actually did. Envision Waste, of Cleveland, sent a “cease and desist” letter to county officials April 16 demanding the county stop using the previously reported number of 4,054 tons of Read More…

District won’t rehire retiring band director despite student, parent praise

Medina High School’s Musical Bees Marching Band plays in the finale at the 17th annual Medina Band Show in September 2013. Band members and parents attended the Medina Board of Education meeting on Monday to try to persuade the board to rehire director Gary Ciulla, who recently announced his retirement at the end of this school year. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Medina’s band students and parents sang praises of the school district’s band director to the Board of Education at a meeting Monday night. At least eight people spoke during a special public comment session in an attempt to convince the board to rehire Gary Ciulla, who announced his retirement last month. They were not successful. Read More…

This week’s Medina County police log (updated three times weekly)

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Note: This page is updated most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Medina police Tuesday, April 14 8:13 a.m. — 900 block Weymouth Road, police met with the Medina Park Department after it was reported that someone had damaged grass areas of Reagan Park with a vehicle. Read More…

Michelle Obama to speak at Oberlin College’s commencement

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Ten years of Oberlin College students’ work helping high school students achieve collegiate success caught the attention of the first lady of the United States. On May 25, Michelle Obama will give a speech at Oberlin College’s commencement where she will be presented with an honorary doctor of humanities degree. Her choice to come to Read More…

Former Medina teacher, sex offender fired as RubberDucks’ announcer

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The Akron RubberDucks minor league baseball organization has fired its newly hired game announcer after a media outlet informed the team he had a decade-old felony conviction. Scott H. Foster, who was a teacher at A.I. Root Middle School from 1997 to 2003, pleaded guilty in 2004 to sending graphic sexual messages to two 13-year-old Read More…

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost slams former Medina Superintendent Randy Stepp


State Auditor Dave Yost said on Tuesday it was “blatant abuse” of taxpayer funds for the Medina City School District to pay off $172,000 in student loan debt for former Superintendent Randy Stepp. The loans, which were paid using district dollars in 2012, included up to 15 years’ worth of Stepp’s student loans, according to Read More…

Man charged for threatening Cleveland officer on trial for shooting man’s sister

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CLEVELAND — The brother of an unarmed woman killed in a hail of police gunfire after a 2012 high-speed chase has been charged with disorderly conduct after reportedly making a death threat against the Cleveland officer standing trial for the shooting. A court security guard reported 35 -year-old Alfredo Williams made the threat outside the Read More…

Three killed in weekend crashes, bringing 2015 traffic fatality total to five

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After a deadly weekend on Medina County roads, the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol is urging caution as temperatures warm up. Three people were killed over the weekend in two crashes on local roads, bringing the county fatality total to five for 2015. “We’ve had five people who lost their lives and we’re Read More…