June 30, 2015


Sen. Sherrod Brown advocates for treatment for veterans, opiate addictions

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, announced this week he would be co-sponsoring legislation aimed at providing safer and more effective pain management services to veterans. He also spoke of his ongoing support for legislation he co-sponsored last year aimed at making it easier for those addicted to opiates to seek treatment. “Opioid abuse in Ohio Read More…

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage rights nationwide

Carlos McKnight, 17, of Washington, left, and Katherine Nicole Struck, 25, of Frederick, Md., hold flags in support of gay marriage as security walks behind outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015. A major opinion on gay marriage is among the remaining to be released before the term ends at the end of June.  (AP PHOTO)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their Read More…

Couple about property on NEXUS pipeline path: ‘It infuriates me’

Sandra and George Springer walk through the woods of their Gore Orphanage Road property in Lorain County on Thursday. (STEVE MANHEIM / GAZETTE)

George and Sandra Springer have called rural Lorain County home for nearly four decades, taking pride in the home they refurbished and the 10 acres of woods they tend. The retired autoworkers call their Camden Township property a sanctuary and place they find serenity, but they are adamant the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project will disturb Read More…

Sheffield Lake man facing terrorism charges as Islamic State ally

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SHEFFIELD LAKE – A Sheffield Lake man was arrested this morning for attempting to support the Islamic State group, according to the FBI. Amir Said Abdul Rahman Al-Ghazi, 38, was arrested in North Olmsted Friday for the charge as well as possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and trafficking marijuana. Al-Ghazi, who changed his Read More…

Medina sheriff to serve on deadly force advisory panel

Tom Miller

Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller said he’s looking forward to serving on a statewide police advisory panel that’s expected to develop policies related to the use of deadly force in Ohio. The Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board includes law enforcement officers, public officials, judges, professors, clergy, students and nonprofits. “I think it’s an honor and Read More…

Ohio sheriff: Hit man killed wrong victim with target’s name

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CHARDON — Ohio authorities say three men have been indicted on aggravated murder charges for a 2006 contract killing in which the hit man went to the wrong house and killed a man with the same name as the intended target. The men arrested June 1 and indicted Wednesday on conspiracy and aggravated murder charges Read More…

Ohio filing fees bill passes Senate, heads to Kasich

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A bill to lower business filing fees in Ohio passed the Senate with a unanimous vote Wednesday. The bill is headed to Gov. John Kasich for his signature. House Bill 3, which was co-sponsored by state Sen. Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township, will reduce filing fees by more than 20 percent. It is the first time Read More…

Ohio cancels poultry shows across state due to threat of avian flu virus

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All poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and county fairs across the state have been canceled this year because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus, the state’s agriculture department announced Tuesday. The virus that has led to the deaths of more than 44 million chickens and turkeys in the Midwest hasn’t Read More…

Focus on rape kits intensifies as results across U.S. find serial offenders

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The evidence piled up for years, abandoned in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs. Now, thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets — and rapists who’ve long remained free finally may face justice. A dramatic shift is now taking hold across the country as police and prosecutors scramble to process these Read More…

Police body cameras: Video offers extra layer in investigations

Medina police officer Mike Wesner holds his body camera, a lightweight device used to aid in police investigations. According to Medina police policy, every officer and detective wears a camera on their chest and must turn them on when interacting with the public. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Many of Medina County’s police chiefs say body cameras have shielded officers from unfounded complaints issued by the public, and say they can be useful tools to investigate crime. Five of the county’s 13 law enforcement agencies already have body cameras for their officers, and at least one more actively is considering them. Most who Read More…