September 17, 2014

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Soldier’s siblings ‘had no idea’ when he surprised them at school

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Students at Buckeye Schools were expecting to hear an active-duty soldier speak to them Thursday in commemoration of 9/11. For three students, however, the speaker was a relative surprise. Army Pfc. Nick Mason, 22, has been serving in Afghanistan near Qalat City for the last 1½ years. He and his father, Greg Mason, decided to Read More…

Democrats back Auditor Michael Kovack in porn, ethics investigation

Mike Kovack

Medina County’s Democratic Party chief said he believes an investigation into county Auditor Michael Kovack’s use of a county computer will exonerate him. In response to allegations from a former employee that Kovack had pornography and personal files related to his rental properties on his county computer, county Democratic Party Chair John Welker said the Read More…

Chardon High School shooter, others in custody after prison escape

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A teenager convicted of killing three students at an Ohio high school scrambled over a fence to escape a state prison with two other prisoners and was captured nearly six hours later hiding by a church early Friday, authorities said. T.J. Lane, 19, was caught only about 100 yards from the Read More…

New Medina restaurant offers vault seating

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The official ribbon cutting for Medina’s newest restaurant won’t be until this evening, but P.J. Marley’s Restaurant & Pub already was jumping with customers this week who have come to nosh on the restaurant’s upscale burgers. “We’re a family-friendly, casual restaurant specializing in premium product at an affordable price,” co-owner Jon Stahl said. Located at Read More…

Hinckley Twp. resident, 74, charged with raping, molesting children

James Selch

A 74-year-old Hinckley Township man pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to raping and molesting two children from 2006 to 2007. James I. Selch, of the 1300 block of Daleside Drive, is being held at the Medina County Jail on $250,000 cash bond. Selch is charged with three counts of raping a child under age 13 Read More…

Chardon school shooter escapes from prison

TJ Lane

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — The convicted killer of three Ohio students at a high school cafeteria escaped from a Lima prison Thursday, and a search was underway, police said. Nineteen-year-old T.J. Lane escaped along with two other inmates and one of the inmates was captured, Lima police Sgt. Andy Green said. A search was underway Read More…

Participants sought for ice bucket challenge in Medina’s Public Square

Sports fans know all about “the wave” at stadiums. A different kind of wave — an ALS ice-bucket challenge that will ripple around Medina’s historic Public Square — will be Tuesday evening, sponsored by Main Street Medina and Main Street Cafe. “I would love it if we could surround the entire square with people and Read More…

Westfield Twp. couple’s retail property dreams on hold pending appeal

A court-ordered hearing before the Westfield Township Board of Zoning Appeals over a controversial zoning variance has been put on hold pending an appeal. Linda and Timothy Kratzer have been seeking a zoning variance since at least 2007 to permit the commercial development of 105 acres on their Greenwich Road property, which now is zoned Read More…

An oral history: Performers to portray characters from Medina’s past

A host of characters from Medina’s past will be lining of the streets of city’s historic district over the next three evenings for the 19th annual Walk with Spirits of the Past. Guides will lead groups of residents to actors placed around the Public Square who will tell stories of Medina’s past. A handful of Read More…

Auditor decries pornography revelation on county laptop as politics

Mike Kovack

Katie Anderson, Loren Genson and Nick Glunt | The Gazette A computer disc containing files from Medina County Auditor Michael Kovack’s county-owned computer, which was handed over to investigators, contained pornography, according to a former employee in the auditor’s office. Anne Murphy, who worked for Kovack from October 2012 to March 2013, said she gave Read More…