February 27, 2015

Mostly clear

Woman, son rescued from burning home in Lodi

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LODI — Police pulled an elderly woman out of a burning residence on Bank Street at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday. When police arrived at the residence, they saw “billowing black smoke” coming from the house according to the police report. They found an elderly woman and got her out. Lodi firefighters found the woman’s son Read More…

PHOTO: Driver uninjured in icy crash in Medina on Thursday

Driver Nicole Slowey, 24, was not injured in the crash. She and her dog were helped from the rear of the vehicle by a passerby, Frank Frazee. He said he was traveling south on North State Road when he saw Slowey’s vehicle in front of him swerve to the right. “I think she started to slide and turned right to try to avoid hitting anyone,” he said. “But then she hit the snowbank and it was so frozen solid that she sort of went right up the side and turned her car over. It was almost in slow motion how it happened.” He said he and a passenger wanted to help. “We’re going to be late to work today, but somebody needed help and someone had to do it.” (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A one-vehicle crash about 7:25 a.m. Thursday left a car on its side and vehicles backed up on North State Road near West Liberty Street in Medina.

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. Lodi police Friday, Feb. 20 11:30 a.m. — Grandview Street, an officer responded to the Lodi Water Treatment Plant in response to a theft report. Wadsworth police Wednesday, Feb. 18 2:44 a.m. — Rainbow and Read More…

Pair gets two years each in Medina gun store robbery

Mason Farnsworth, left, and Brandon Flemming

Two Medina men received prison sentences Thursday for their part in a theft of almost 20 firearms from a North Court Street gun shop in September. Mason Farnsworth, 21, and Brandon Flemming, 19, were sentenced to two years each on Thursday after accepting plea deals in January. Both were convicted of receiving stolen firearms, a Read More…

Police seeking help identifying suspects in attempted ATM theft

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Brunswick police are looking for two or possibly three suspects believed to be involved in an attempted theft of an ATM from the Walgreens at Pearl and Center roads earlier this month. Police said a newspaper carrier reported that the door of the pharmacy was open and it looked as though there had been a Read More…

Ex-employee of auditor’s office wants identities of commenters on Web stories revealed

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An ex-employee of the Medina County Auditor’s Office has served subpoenas in a federal lawsuit seeking to identify her former co-workers who may have left comments on stories posted on The Gazette’s website about her feud with Auditor Mike Kovack. In a motion to block the subpoenas, which were issued earlier this month, attorneys for Read More…

Judge rules against voiding former Medina superintendent Stepp’s contract

Randy Stepp

A visiting common pleas judge has dismissed a request that former Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp’s contract be declared void. The ruling was in a case that tied together a number of suits and motions in Medina County Common Pleas Court in August. Attorney J.R. Russell had accused the Medina school board of violating open Read More…

Ohio man charged with supporting terrorism

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COLUMBUS — An Ohio man provided support for people engaged in terrorism and tried to conceal his efforts through money laundering, according to court documents that include a request for a $2.5 million bond. In the past year and a half, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud provided material support or resources or electronic devices to people engaged Read More…

Former Marine convicted in deaths of ‘American Sniper’ author, second man

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STEPHENVILLE, Texas — A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the “American Sniper” author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis. The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense interest, in part because of the Read More…

Snowmobiler injured, charged after running into barbed wire on private property

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A Spencer snowmobiler who was injured and sustained neck and throat lacerations over the weekend after running into a barbed wire fence on private property is facing criminal charges. Mitchell Parker, 28, was charged with criminal trespassing and could also be charged with DUI because deputies believe alcohol was a factor in the accident, according Read More…