May 26, 2015


Police: $50,000 pot stash found during OVI checkpoint in Brunswick

Police said these vacuum-sealed plastic bags, which reportedly contained 6.5 pounds of marijuana, were found in a vehicle during “saturation patrols” around a sobriety checkpoint last weekend. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A traffic stop during a sobriety checkpoint early Sunday morning led to the discovery of what said police was $50,000 worth of marijuana in a vehicle in Brunswick. The Medina County OVI Task Force reported Monday that Donnell Brown Jr., 28, of Lima, was charged with felony drug possession. He’s scheduled for a May 27 Read More…

Westfield Township man pleads not guilty to fatal crash in Lafayette Twp.

Noah Silcox

A 20-year-old Westfield Township man pleaded not guilty Monday to killing a Burbank woman in an October 2014 crash while he was driving without a license. Noah T. Silcox, of the 8800 block of Westfield Road, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison Read More…

Florida judge: Fugitive since ’59 will be sent back to Ohio

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ORLANDO, Fla. — An Ohio fugitive who’s been on the lam since walking away from a prison farm in 1959 will soon be on his way back up north after his recent arrest in Florida. On Monday, Judge Rhonda Babb released her ruling, denying 79-year-old Frank Freshwater’s attempt in court last week to contest the Read More…

Officers refuse to testify in Cleveland police shooting trial

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James Queally | Los Angeles Times Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty says he’s run into a blue wall of silence. Before Officer Michael Brelo’s trial began, 16 Cleveland police officers declined to meet with prosecutors to review their testimony about the officer’s shooting of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Once the case reached a courtroom, Read More…

Youths rally in Medina in support of law enforcement

Trevor Satterwaite speaks Saturday to a crowd assembled for a “Sea of Blue” rally in support of law enforcement officers. Participants marched from Medina High School to Medina’s Public Square. Trevor, an eighth-grader at A.I. Root Middle School, helped organize the rally and encouraged young people to come out and show support for local law enforcement. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Youths and law enforcement officers gathered Saturday at Medina’s Public Square for a “Sea of Blue” youth rally organized by A.I. Root Middle School eighth-grader Trevor Satterwaite. The rally in support of law enforcement officers drew hundreds for a walk that was inspired by the “Sea of Blue” rally in Cleveland in December. “It was Read More…

Saturday explosion in Brunswick Hills injures resident

A Saturday night explosion damaged a home at 4986 Grafton Road in Brunswick Hills Township. One man was seriously injured in the explosion. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

One man was injured in a Saturday night explosion at his Brunswick Hills Township home. Township Fire Chief Anthony Strazzo said firefighters were called to the home at 4986 Grafton Road at 7:41 p.m. for a fire resulting from an explosion. “Our first crew got there and found a male standing outside the residence with Read More…

Seven arrests made in connection to fentanyl overdoses

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Seven arrests were made and more are expected, Medina police said Friday, related to drug sales out of a Lafayette Road apartment that were linked to at least three overdoses. Medina police, working with Medina County Drug Task Force agents, reported responding to three separate fentanyl overdose cases in a six-hour span Thursday. A fourth Read More…

Coroner seeks quicker answers in high-speed chase fatality

Alexandra Jones, left, is shown with her mother, Teresa Morris, right, in a photo posted to Jones’ Facebook page. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The Medina County coroner said Thursday he plans to have the toxicology report expedited for a Tallmadge woman who died in a car crash last month after a police chase. Coroner Dr. Neil Grabenstetter said Thursday that the report — which will determine whether 38-year-old Teresa Morris was under the influence of drugs or alcohol Read More…

Bear owner accused of attempting to ‘smuggle’ in prescription drugs into jail

Jeffrey Gillium

A man whose pet black bear is at risk of being seized by the state has been charged with trying to “smuggle” prescription drugs into the Medina County jail. Jeffrey Gillium, 62, of Lodi, was charged with illegal conveyance of drugs onto a detention facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in Read More…

Liverpool Township driver critically injured in Carlisle Township crash

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An 18-year-old Liverpool Township man was critically injured when police said he drove into a tree at 2800 Grafton Road in Carlisle Township about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. Benjamin Mora wasn’t breathing when troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post arrived, Sgt. Tim Hoffman, post assistant commander, said Wednesday. Trooper Justin Lister revived Mora through Read More…