January 25, 2015

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Teen to be tried as an adult in gun store theft case

A Medina teenager accused of breaking into a North Court Street gun store to steal firearms in September has had his case moved from juvenile to adult court. Branden J. Barry, who turned 18 after the burglary, is charged with robbery, grand theft of a firearm and breaking and entering. He also is charged with Read More…

Sheriff uses drones to assist police, fire crews in two emergencies

Tom Miller

Since becoming the only law enforcement agency in Ohio authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office has used its unmanned aircraft twice. The Sheriff’s Office received a certificate of authorization to fly drones from the FAA in February 2013 and remains the only law enforcement agency with authorization. Read More…

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack charged with misusing public funds

Mike Kovack

Nick Glunt and Loren Genson | The Gazette Misdemeanor charges of misusing public funds were filed Thursday against Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, who’s expected to enter a diversion program in two weeks to have the charges forgiven. “It was a thorough and complete investigation from a multi-agency investigative team, and once we had all Read More…

Carol Gross, of Wadsworth, found not guilty of arson, attempted murder

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A Wadsworth woman said Thursday she’s glad she’ll have time with her children after a Medina County jury found her not guilty of trying to kill her elderly father-in-law in a 2012 house fire. “I got arrested 17 months ago, and I’ve not been able to see my kids more than two hours a week Read More…

Medina area nurse accused of taking pills from her patients

Sarah Copley

A Lafayette Township nurse is accused of taking more than 5,000 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills last year from patients at the skilled nursing center where she worked. Sarah E. Copley, 34, of the 5400 block of Carsten Road, was indicted in December on eight counts of theft of drugs and 15 counts of aggravated possession Read More…

Jury deliberations continue in Wadsworth arson, attempted murder trial

Carol Gross

A Medina County jury is deliberating the case of a Wadsworth woman who’s accused of trying to kill her elderly father-in-law in a 2012 house fire. County Assistant Prosecutor Michael McNamara told the jury during closing arguments Wednesday morning that 44-year-old Carol Gross was the only person with motive to kill Wally Gross, who she Read More…

District library settles lawsuit over Lodi branch defects for $640,000

Lodi Library management closed about a third of the building in November 2011 because the roof was structurally unsound. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The Medina County District Library will receive $640,000 in an out-of-court settlement ending a lawsuit over defects in the construction of the Lodi Library. The library was closed in November 2011 for 2 1/2 years after officials said the wooden beams in the cathedral ceiling of the new library’s main room were weak because they Read More…

Two Medina men await sentencing in theft from DC Guns

Two Medina men are awaiting sentencing after changing their pleas in connection with the theft of firearms from a North Court Street gun shop in September. Mason Farnsworth, 21, and Brandon Flemming, 19, face up to 5 1/2 years in prison at their Feb. 22 and 26 sentencing hearings before Medina County Common Pleas Judge Read More…

Five vehicles involved in back-to-back crashes, no serious injuries reported

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Two crashes minutes apart Monday at the same intersection in Hinckley Township involved five vehicles but resulted in no serious injuries. The first crash at State Road and state Route 303 (Center Road) happened just before 1 p.m. when Treva Bane, of Parma Heights, drove her southbound sport utility vehicle through the intersection, failing to Read More…

Lafayette Twp. woman gets jail for Eli’s Kitchen break-in involving grandson

Caron Simmons

A 50-year-old Lafayette Township woman will spend six months in jail for using her 4-year-old grandson to break into a Medina restaurant in June. Caron J. Simmons pleaded guilty last month to breaking and entering, a fifth degree felony, and child endangerment, a first-degree misdemeanor. She was charged in August after being identified in a Read More…