December 18, 2014

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Officer who shot boy had no choice, cop’s dad says

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland policeman who fatally shot a 12-year-old thought the boy’s pellet gun was a real firearm and later said he had no choice, the officer’s father said. The Nov. 22 shooting of Tamir Rice by 26-year-old police rookie Tim Loehmann outside a recreation center sparked protests in the area. Surveillance video Read More…

Deer hunting season opens today

State officials say more than 400,000 hunters expect to take to the field during the upcoming deer gun season, which begins today. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said hunters killed more than 75,000 deer during last year’s season and almost 87,000 deer in 2012. Hunting hours for all deer seasons are 30 minutes before Read More…

Cleveland crowd protests over 12-year-old boy shot, killed by police

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Several hundred people marched down an exit ramp and temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic on a busy freeway on Tuesday while protesting a police officer’s fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a pellet gun. Police diverted traffic but didn’t take action against the protesters, who chanted phrases such as “Hands up, don’t shoot” Read More…

Ohio bill seeks extra retail pay on Thanksgiving

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawmaker in Ohio wants stores in the state to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving — an effort that comes as Macy’s, the holiday’s quintessential retailer, is allowing its workers to choose whether to work that day. Both are attempts to counter frustration among workers and their Read More…

Police: Video of Cleveland officer shooting boy is ‘clear’

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said Monday. The boy was confronted Saturday by officers responding to a 911 call about a male who Read More…

Winds reaching 50 to 60 mph rip across Medina County, rest of Ohio

High winds Monday toppled this tree in front of Sidney Fenn Elementary School, 320 N. Spring Grove St., Medina. The winds also brought down power lines causing outages in several areas of Medina County. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Strong winds battered Medina County and much of the rest of Ohio on Monday afternoon, knocking out power for almost 1,800 county residences and thousands more across the state. Wadsworth and Sharon Township were hit hardest, according to FirstEnergyCorp.com’s power outage map. Medina’s Public Square area, Chippewa Lake, Liverpool Township and Granger Township also reported Read More…

Hunting and guide service planning coyote hunt

A local business is planning a coyote hunt after complaints of coyotes harming livestock and invading property have “grown exponentially” in Medina County in the past year. Flyaway Outdoors, a local hunting and guide service, will host the coyote hunt Nov. 28 to 30. “Coyotes are not afraid of humans and development any longer,” Melissa Read More…

Ohio WWII veteran fought ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ after earning Bronze Star

Rupert "Twink" Starr

Like thousands of other young men in the 1940s, Rupert Starr joined the Army, fought overseas and saw his share of hardship, including several weeks as a German prisoner of war. He returned to Ohio with a Bronze Star and a secret. Not until his service as a military man was needed once again — Read More…

Parent says she’ll withdraw daughter from Cloverleaf schools over Common Core

A Cloverleaf Elementary School mother is threatening to pull her child out of school as a protest against the Common Core curriculum. Rene Antonio, of Harrisville Township, plans to withdraw her second-grade daughter from Cloverleaf Elementary School on Dec. 15 and she’s hoping other parents will join in her protest. She started a Facebook page Read More…

Strongsville’s Roslyn Painter-Goffi gets seat on state Board of Education

Roslyn Painter-Goffi

Rosyln Painter-Goffi claimed victory in the race for the 5th District representative on the Ohio Board of Education. With more than 99 percent of precincts counted, Painter-Goffi, of Strongsville, was leading incumbent Brad Lamb, of Westlake, and two other candidates, according to unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State. “I’m grateful to the supporters Read More…