September 30, 2014

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Victim’s sons reflect on verdict in salmonella-tainted food case

Randy, left, and Jeff Napier traveled to Washington, D.C., several times to lobby Congress to give the Food and Drug Administration more power after their mother, Nellie Napier, died at age 80 after eating peanut butter tainted by salmonella. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A federal jury that found a peanut plant owner and two other executives guilty on Friday of shipping salmonella-tainted food never heard testimony that their peanut butter killed nine people. The deaths never were discussed because the defendants were charged only with conspiracy and fraud, federal prosecutors said. The sons of one of the victims, Read More…

Rainbow Bridge Walk honors pets who have passed on with prayer, unity

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When Beth Mercer heard from her veterinarian that there was a local event to help people grieve over pets who have died, she jumped at the chance to attend. “Cooper died suddenly,” she said of her Labrador, who was struck by a vehicle. “He went in the road, which he never does.” Her family — Read More…

‘Juice’ gets loose: Cloverleaf grad scores 1st career touchdown in NFL

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Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk couldn’t have written a better script for his homecoming Sunday afternoon. The former Cloverleaf High standout scored his first NFL touchdown on a 9-yard reception from Joe Flacco — and recorded his first three catches in the league — as Baltimore edged the Browns 23-21 in Cleveland. Juszczyk celebrated his score Read More…

Concern growing over NEXUS pipeline project

Eighty people showed up for a 6 p.m. Thursday meeting of Medina County landowners who are concerned the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline will run through their properties. Thursday was the second meeting that was held in Community Room B of Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St., and the attendance size more than doubled. The first Read More…

Student videos sought for suicide prevention

The Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention is calling on Medina County students to create one-and-two-minute- long videos for the 2014 Stomp Out Suicide Video Contest. Students in grades six trough 12 are asked to create a video educating youth on suicide risk factors as well as how to get help when you or someone Read More…

Peanut plant owner convicted for salmonella deaths

Staff and wire reports Two sons of an 80-year-old Medina woman who died five years ago after eating peanut butter contaminated with salmonella at a nursing home welcomed the guilty verdicts a Georgia jury handed down Friday against the owner and two other executives of the Peanut Corporation of America. “These are the first steps Read More…

Date set to vote in person

In-person voting for the Nov. 4 general election will begin a week early at the Medina County Board of Elections office. The question of when to start in-person voting has been a contentious issue between U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted for several months. Husted issued a Read More…

Motorcyclist dies in Guilford Township crash

A 56-year-old Westfield Township man died Friday afternoon in Guilford Township when his motorcycle went left-of-center and crashed head-on with a Jeep. The Ohio Highway Patrol said James M. Gardner was riding his 2008 Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Prospect Street, south of Mill Street, about 3:30 p.m. when he crossed the centerline. The motorcycle was Read More…

Brunswick recognized for its well-kept books

The city of Brunswick has been recognized for excellence in financial record-keeping by state Auditor Dave Yost. Yost announced Brunswick received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction on Friday. “Taxpayers expect accurate financial records from their local governments,” Yost said. “The city of Brunswick’s dedication to accountability is evident, and I am proud to Read More…

Drug sellers could face life for deaths

A former soldier sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for supplying drugs to a Medina teenager could have spent the rest of her life in prison if a bill now under consideration in the Ohio House was a law when 17-year-old Brittnee Johns died of heroin overdose last year. Heather Graham, 31, was convicted Read More…