April 2, 2015

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Critics call on Gov. John Kasich to leave out voter item in transportation budget

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Out-of-state college students in Ohio who want to vote in the swing state could be required to get an Ohio driver’s license and register their vehicles here under a provision tucked into a state transportation budget that Gov. John Kasich has before him. Democrats, the League of Women Voters and the American Read More…

Ohio leaders aim to capitalize on criticism of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence takes a question during a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Indianapolis. Republicans hoped to avoid a debate over social issues heading into the next presidential contest. Yet the backlash over a so-called religious freedom law in Indiana is highlighting the party’s overwhelming opposition to same-sex marriage and forcing the GOP’s leading presidential contenders to weigh in. "It’s been a tough week," Pence said at the news conference. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

DAYTON, Ohio — Officials in Ohio are aiming to capitalize on backlash against a religious-objections law in neighboring Indiana that critics say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. Dayton officials are working to attract companies and individuals looking to leave Indiana because they oppose the new law, touting the southwest Ohio city’s recognition for Read More…

Conservative youth group visits Ohio to urge Republicans to accept gay marriage

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CINCINNATI — Activists who don’t want the Republican Party’s 2016 platform to oppose same-sex marriage will promote their effort in a swing through Ohio. The Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will have representatives in Cincinnati on Tuesday, followed by Columbus and Cleveland later this week. They’re talking about their “Reform the Platform” campaign Read More…

State to deny Archie the bear request

Archie the bear enjoys the mild weather from his cage on Debbie and Jeff Gillium’s property in Lodi. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

State officials plan to deny a permit application for a Lodi couple to keep their pet black bear, according to a letter sent to the family this week. Debbie and Jeff Gillium have until April 22 to request a hearing to contest the decision. After that, Archie the bear could be taken from their property, Read More…

Two suspects charged in animal shelter break-in, more charges to follow

The Norwalk Police Department in Huron County released this still of burglars, captured by security cameras at the Huron County Humane Society. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Two Morrow County men have been arrested in connection with a series of break-ins at animal shelters across Ohio, including one in Medina County. James Blankenship, 29, of Mount Gilead, and Corby Creech, 36, of Cardington, were charged last week with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. The charge comes out of Morrow County, where Read More…

Medina County population continues to rise, according to census data

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Medina County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the region and state, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Estimates for 2014 put the county’s population at 176,029, a rise of 2.1 percent since 2010 figures. Change since 2010 Census How counties have grown over the last four years: 2010 census Read More…

Medina County’s 17 townships to receive funds from state

State Sen. Larry Obhof

Townships across Ohio will share $10 million from the state, thanks to a law approved by state lawmakers during a lame-duck session at the end of 2014. Townships in Medina County will receive a combined $124,084, with most of the county’s 17 townships receiving between $6,000 and $9,000. DISTRIBUTION Ohio townships will share $10 million this Read More…

Cincinnati woman accused of trafficking daughter, 11, for heroin

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CINCINNATI — An Ohio woman has been indicted on charges she trafficked her 11-year-old daughter for heroin, and a man is facing rape charges and other counts in the case. Thirty-year-old April Corcoran has been indicted on 27 counts, including human trafficking, endangering children and complicity. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said at a news Read More…

State Rep. Steve Hambley creates timeline of Medina County history

State Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, created a timeline history of Medina County that he updates online in his spare time. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

In 1899, a new-fangled automobile rolled into Medina’s square. Driven by a businessman from Cleveland, the car caused a stir. Then another invention — the ice cream cone — made its county debut at the 1905 Medina County Fair. The popular fair, which celebrates its 168th year in 2015, was canceled in 1952 when a Read More…

$31M readied to repair roads in several projects across county

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The Ohio Department of Transportation is investing more than $31 million in roadway improvements on 15 separate projects in Medina County this construction season.The Medina County improvements are part of a $2.4 billion investment in 990 projects statewide. The 990 projects set a state record and include 50 more projects than were on the list Read More…