July 5, 2015

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Sheriff calls for body scanner, asks commissioners to seek bids

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The Medina County Sheriff’s Office hopes to get a full-body scanner to prevent inmates from bringing drugs and other contraband into the jail. Sheriff Tom Miller asked county commissioners last week to issue a call for bids in order to obtain a scanner so contraband could be detected before inmates enter the jail. Sheriff’s Lt. Read More…

Lafayette plans to build new fire station, revamp EMS services

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For 20 years, Lafayette Township has wanted to build a new fire station. Now that Gov. John Kasich has signed the $71.2 billion state budget bill, township trustees will be able to move forward on their plans. Trustee Lynda Bowers said research was done on the most innovative fire and EMS services in the country Read More…

Seville couple on same-sex marriage ruling: ‘Not just about getting a marriage license’


Before Katie Delano and Kaitlyn Stoianoff were a couple, they were mistaken for one. “We were out with a mutual friend, who was dating Kaitlyn at the time, and someone told us we made a cute couple,” Delano said. “It was incredibly awkward, but they must have been a fortune teller.” A year later, the Read More…

Local couple rejoices after Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling


Nearly two years after saying “I do” in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Sheryl Mann’s marriage to her wife, Dr. Karen Higginbottom, will be recognized in her own state. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling a 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that upheld the rights of same-sex couples across the country to get Read More…

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage rights nationwide

Carlos McKnight, 17, of Washington, left, and Katherine Nicole Struck, 25, of Frederick, Md., hold flags in support of gay marriage as security walks behind outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015. A major opinion on gay marriage is among the remaining to be released before the term ends at the end of June.  (AP PHOTO)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their 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 Sunday, June 14 2:02 p.m. — 300 block N. Huntington St.; purse reported stolen from inside an unlocked car. Tuesday, June 16 12:15 a.m. — 500 block S. Broadway St.; Jason D. Roberts, 28, Read More…

Police, Medina County coroner investigating Brunswick death

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Brunswick police and the Medina County coroner are working to determine how a Brunswick man died at an apartment complex on June 18. Police responded to the 200 block of Hemlock Court at 7:26 p.m. Thursday after receiving a call about an unresponsive man. They found the body of Zachary C. Randa, 29, behind a Read More…

Rittman man pleads guilty to causing fatal wreck in Montville

Jeremy Goodrich, 27, of Rittman, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and drug possession. He's accused of killing a teenager girl and injuring two others in a crash in August. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A 27-year-old Rittman man pleaded guilty Monday to causing a head-on crash that killed a teenager and sent two others to a hospital with serious injuries. Jeremy Goodrich is charged with a count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony; two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree felonies; and three drug possession counts for methamphetamine, Read More…

Bank employee admits to stealing $84,000

Sharon Zahradnick, 41, of Doylestown, pleads guilty to theft. At a hearing on Monday afternoon, Zahradnick said she stole more than $80,000 from the Medina branch of FirstMerit Bank over the course of two years. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A 41-year-old Doylestown woman pleaded guilty Monday to stealing $84,000 from FirstMerit Bank over the course of two years. Sharon Zahradnick, who worked at the bank’s Medina branch on South Court Street, awaits a July 20 sentencing hearing on a charge of theft, a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 11/2 years in prison. She Read More…

Granger Township victory in Ohio Supreme Cout avoids zoning upheaval

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Granger Township in a case that could have sent townships across the state into zoning chaos. “This will have statewide ramifications,” Matt DeTemple, executive director of the Blacklick-based Ohio Township Association, said Friday. “I think this is a victory for common sense because if the decision Read More…