July 23, 2014

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Gubernatorial hopeful: Local governments getting squeezed

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, Democratic candidate for governor, stopped by the Medina Gazette on Friday afternoon as part of an Ohio tour. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Ohio gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald stopped by The Gazette on Friday during a tour of Ohio to talk about the impact state budget cuts have had towns and counties around the state. “We’re highlighting the effect of the local government cuts … because local communities continue to struggle to make ends meet and the state Read More…

TASTY TREAT-MENT: Festival serves up corn, ice cream

Gordon Ruggles, co-owner of J.G. Kettle Corn in Ashland, dumps a freshly cooked batch of kettle corn Friday afternoon at the Lodi Sweet Corn Festival. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

LODI — The Lodi Sweet Corn Festival was popping Friday in the tent of a new vendor, J.G. Kettle Corn of Ashland. As co-owner Gordon Ruggles stirred the large kettle, some kernels exploded outside, leaving a circle of crunchy corn on the ground around the tent, set up in the middle of Letha House Field. Read More…

Court roundup

Insurance company sues drunken driver MEDINA — An insurance company has sued an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant serving a 15-year prison sentence for killing a 29-year-old man in a drunken-driving crash. Motorists Mutual Insurance Co. is asking Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler to award it $105,000 in hospital and medical expenses resulting from Read More…

Teen’s death prompts caffeine warning

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet following the death of a LaGrange teen. Even a teaspoon of the powder could be lethal — it is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee. Logan Stiner, 18, died May 27 after consuming it. Stiner left school early Read More…

Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States began building a case Friday that would pin the blame for the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine on separatist forces supported by Russia, in a disaster that could dramatically escalate the crisis in Ukraine. President Barack Obama said one American was among the nearly 300 killed and Read More…

Sobriety checkpoint planned in Sharon Township for Saturday evening

A sobriety checkpoint will be held Saturday evening in Sharon Township, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today. The checkpoint, which is funded by federal grants, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. “State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers,” said Lt. Mark Read More…

Drunken driving suspected in fiery crash on Interstate 71

Medina firefighters extinguish a burning vehicle Wednesday night following a crash involving a semitrailer and another vehicle. A Summit County woman faces drunken driving charges as a result of the crash. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

MONTVILLE TWP. — A Summit County woman was arrested on drunken driving charges Wednesday night following a crash on Interstate 71 south. Sarah McBryer, 40, of Silver Lake, had blood-alcohol content greater than 0.17 — more than double the legal limit, according to misdemeanor charges filed in Medina Municipal Court. She also is charged with Read More…

Lodi Sweet Corn Festival kicks off, to last through Saturday

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The 33rd annual Lodi Sweet Corn Festival opened Thursday afternoon and continues through Saturday night at the Letha House Field on Wooster Street. More than 250 dozen ears of corn are predicted to be consumed during the festival. SCHEDULE Today 4 p.m. — Festival opens 6 p.m. — Westfield Fire & Rescue serving root beer Read More…

Putin calls for peace in Ukraine after plane crash

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ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners spread out Friday across the sunflower fields and villages of eastern Ukraine, searching the wreckage of a jetliner shot down as it flew miles above the country’s battlefield. The attack Thursday afternoon killed 298 people from nearly a dozen nations — including Read More…

Accused meth cook pleads guilty while another claims innocence

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An accused methamphetamine cook who told a judge his case should be dismissed because it’s taken too long to get to trial has pleaded guilty to reduced felony charges. Kyle Roderick, 31, pleaded guilty Monday to illegal assembly of drugs, a third-degree felony. He faces up to three years in prison at his Aug. 28 Read More…