February 13, 2016

Medina
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Alabama boy missing since 2002 found alive as young man in Ohio

Julian Hernandez, 2002 vs. 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thirteen years after he went missing from his Alabama home as a 5-year-old, a young man has been found unharmed, living under an assumed name with his father in Ohio, and authorities say the case broke open when his Social Security number raised red flags during college applications. Julian Hernandez’s mother reported Read More…

Court upholds Husted’s denial of charter proposal

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Secretary of State Jon Husted’s decision to reject three charter issues in Fulton, Medina and Athens counties from being placed on the November election ballot. The court ruled that the provisions in the charter proposals did not include a form of government or a method for how the Read More…

Ohio Supreme Court upholds Husted throwing anti-fracking measures of Medina, Fulton, Athens county ballots

COLUMBUS — Residents in three Ohio counties where Secretary of State Jon Husted invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues have lost a lawsuit before the Ohio Supreme Court. Justices said in a 6-1 decision Wednesday that Husted didn’t have the discretion to assess the legality of “community rights charters” offered in Fulton, Medina and Athens counties, but Read More…

State school board members seek independent probe of charter school oversight

COLUMBUS — Several state school board members are preparing to offer a resolution requesting an independent investigation of the Ohio Department of Education’s charter oversight office in the wake of its director’s resignation. A resolution to be offered Tuesday would require the department to initiate an outside probe into the Office of School Choice and Read More…

Groups protest Jon Husted’s rejection of charter issues

Debra Beckstett, of Medina County, protests Wednesday outside the Athletic Club, 136 E. Broad Street, Columbus, where Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted gave a keynote address during the Metropolitan Club Luncheon. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Dozens of people from across Ohio protested for hours Wednesday outside the Athletic Club, Columbus, where Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted gave a keynote address during the Metropolitan Club Luncheon. A group called the Ohio Community Rights Network, OHCRN, sponsored the protest, which was directed at Husted’s recent decision to remove multiple county charters from Read More…

Lorain County couple sues NEXUS pipeline project to protect property

A Lorain County couple filed a lawsuit against NEXUS Gas Transmission on Wednesday in an attempt to protect their property from what they’ve described as a rude and deceptive company. The lawsuit, filed in county Lorain County Common Pleas Court by George and Sandra Springer, seeks $300,000 in damages and a jury trial to determine Read More…

Groups argue Jon Husted shouldn’t have invalidated anti-fracking ballot issue

Jon Husted

State and wire reports Residents in three Ohio counties, including Medina, where Secretary of State Jon Husted invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues this fall argued in a court filing Tuesday that voters, not the elections chief, should decide the substance of such issues. Residents in Medina County along with Fulton and Athens counties said in their Read More…

Lawmakers react to Barack Obama renaming Mt. McKinley to Denali

A woman gazes at Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska on Aug. 3. On Sunday, the White House said President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s highest peak to Denali, restoring a native Alaskan name with deep cultural significance. (ANDY NEWMAN / HOLLAND AMERICA LINE VIA AP)

Staff and wire reports The renaming of Mount McKinley was criticized Monday by Republicans representing Medina County and the state. The White House announced Sunday the name of North America’s tallest peak would be renamed Denali, the traditional name used by native Alaskans. U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, of Wadsworth, slammed President Barack Obama for snubbing Read More…

Ohio bill would ban abortions after fetal Down syndrome diagnosis

Dave Hall

An Ohio House of Representatives bill that would ban abortions after the fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome could gain approval by the House as early as October. If House Bill 135 — called the “Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act” by its supporters — passes, Ohio would join just eight other states that outlaw abortions Read More…

Summit County judge denies NEXUS temporary restraining order

A Summit County judge on Wednesday denied a request by an energy pipeline company to get a temporary restraining order to access properties in Green and New Franklin to complete survey work. According to the NEXUS Gas Transmission LLC lawsuit filed last month, 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of highly pressurized natural gas would Read More…