July 29, 2014

Medina
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Family, officials mourn veteran Medina finance director Wayne Hamilton

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Valerie Hamilton said Thursday nights throughout her marriage were for sitting in a circle and holding hands — she at her meditation classes and her husband, Wayne, at his poker games. This Thursday night was different. It was for remembering. Former co-workers, friends and family gathered Thursday at Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Read More…

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

Note: This page is updated every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Lodi police Tuesday, July 15 2:35 p.m. — Medina Street, resident reported her mail was being stolen from her mailbox. Police said the postmaster said the woman had been receiving mail at her home regularly. Monday, July 21 11:30 a.m. — Woman reported her 17-year-old Read More…

Medina council wins bid, buys Masonic Temple at auction for $258,500

Medina officials won the Masonic Temple, 120 N. Elmwood Ave., at auction Thursday with a bid of $235,000. The bidding started at $45,000 for the historic building. Along with a 10 percent broker’s fee, the total cost is $258,500 — $8,500 more than what the city had offered to buy the building last fall before Read More…

Medina police seek suspect in connection with Union Square robbery

MEDINA — Police are searching for a Cleveland man wanted in connection with a robbery at the Union Square apartments. Antwan R. Gideon, 33, is charged with robbery, a second-degree felony, stemming from an altercation at the apartment complex on June 29. Police say a person was assaulted during the altercation and the victim’s cellphone Read More…

Township firefighter extradited from Texas in teen sex case

MEDINA — A 22-year-old township firefighter is set for arraignment this morning on charges he had sex with a 15-year-old Medina County teenager in January. James Kuruc, of the 2900 block of Parnham Drive in Montville Township, is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, fourth-degree felonies punishable by up to Read More…

Clerk of courts rejects HR recommendation, fires deputy clerk

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MEDINA — Medina County Clerk of Courts David Wadsworth has fired Deputy Clerk Cynthia Tyree, rejecting the recommendation of lesser discipline from a county human resources official. Tyree said she received a short letter in the mail Wednesday saying her employment was terminated, effective Tuesday. Tyree was put on paid leave two weeks ago for Read More…

Ex-soldier admits addiction, denies supplying heroin that killed teen

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The 31-year-old woman accused of supplying drugs that killed a 17-year-old Medina High School student last year testified Wednesday about her struggles with heroin addiction that stemmed from injuries sustained while serving in the Army in Iraq. Heather Graham, who lived in Medina when Brittnee Johns was found dead in her family’s home on May Read More…

Concertgoer may have fallen down trash chute

Cory Barron

An investigation into a body found Tuesday at the Lorain County Landfill has yielded a possible explanation for Cory Barron’s death: The 22-year-old may have fallen through a garbage chute after a concert at Progressive Field in Cleveland. A manager at the Lorain County Landfill called police Tuesday after workers found Barron’s body about noon. Read More…

City Council calls special meeting to enter Masonic Temple auction

MEDINA — City Council will conduct a special meeting Thursday morning to authorize Law Director Greg Huber to bid on the Masonic Temple, 120 N. Elmwood Ave. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. — less than four hours before the auction will begin. If Council approves the ordinance, it would allow Huber to bid Read More…

Police looking for man who robbed South Court Street’s FirstMerit Bank

MEDINA — Medina police are searching for a man who robbed the 1105 S. Court St. branch of FirstMerit Bank on Wednesday morning. Police say the man is white and approximately 6 feet tall. He wore a blue mask with black hooded sweatshirt during the robbery at about 11:15 a.m. Police say he was seen Read More…