November 20, 2014

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Litchfield man, 21, pleads not guilty to rape

A Litchfield Township man pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, burglary and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. Casey Dimitrov, 21, of the 8500 block of Branch Road, was charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in September. On March 25, a Medina County grand jury Read More…

Off-duty officer and Wadsworth native is shot and killed at Akron bar

Staff and wire reports | The Gazette An off-duty Akron police officer, who grew up in Wadsworth, was fatally shot early Sunday at a pub after he approached an “unruly” patron who was carrying a firearm, police said. Four other people were shot at Papa Don’s Pub, 1891 E. Market St., at about 2 a.m., Read More…

Local crime statistics included in FBI report

To see a breakdown of crime statistics in Northeast Ohio, click here For the first time the police departments of all three cities in Medina County are represented in the FBI’s annual “Uniform Crime Reports” — the nation’s official tally of violent and property crimes. The latest report, which covers 2013 and was released last Read More…

Shaun Mollohan is trooper of the year at Medina post

Shaun Mollohan

Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Shaun P. Mollohan has been selected as the 2014 Trooper of the Year at the Medina post. Mollohan was chosen for the honor by his fellow officers at the post based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public. Read More…

Off-duty Avon Lake firefighter dies in concrete wall collapse

Jon Wysochanski and Anna Merriman | The Gazette The life of an off-duty firefighter, who died on Thursday afternoon, often has been marked by moments of pure heroism. Avon Lake firefighter Larry “Gomer” Heczko died instantly Thursday when a concrete wall he was working on collapsed on top of him, according to a news release Read More…

Medina man pleads guilty to allowing drug sales at his home

David Reed

A Bronson Street man who police say attracted criminal activity to the area pleaded guilty Thursday to letting his friend sell drugs at his Medina home in August. David Reed, whose home was padlocked last month as the result of a lawsuit by the city to label the house a “habitual resort” for criminals, was Read More…

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

Note: This page is updated on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Wadsworth police Saturday, Nov. 8 12:52 p.m. — 1000 block Williams Reserve Blvd., police responded to a report of a fight between two men outside their vehicles. 11:54 a.m. — 600 block Trease Road, police Read More…

New rape charges filed against 75-year-old former Hinckley Twp. man

James Selch

A 75-year-old former Hinckley Township man who was charged in September with raping two young girls was indicted last week with raping a young man. James I. Selch now is facing a total of three counts of raping a child under age 13, three counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. The Read More…

Elyria man, 33, dies in single-car crash in Chatham Township

CHATHAM TWP. — A 33-year-old Elyria man died this morning in a single-car crash on state Route 83. According to the Medina post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Blessed Lovejoy was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am northbound at 6:05 a.m. when he attempted to pass another vehicle. He lost control while passing, drove Read More…

Former Garfield Elementary speech pathologist sues, alleges age discrimination

A former speech pathologist at Garfield Elementary School is suing Medina Schools, alleging she was forced to resign so the district could hire someone younger. Anne Marie Zimmerman, 44, of North Royalton, filed the age discrimination lawsuit Nov. 3 in Medina County Common Pleas Court. Named as defendants are the school board and Karen McGinty, Read More…