March 26, 2015


Fire chief: Two Saturday fires in Medina may be linked

Medina firefighters and state fire marshals investigate at the scene of an apartment blaze at 235 Jackson St. on Friday. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Two fires in Medina on Friday may be linked and are being investigated, Fire Chief Bob Painter said. The chief said crews were called to a small fire at 5 Harmon Court about 7:50 a.m., five hours after they arrived at an apartment complex fire at 235 Jackson St. “We were on scene in both Read More…

Medina County welcomes spring as Christmas wreath removed from courthouse (PHOTO)


Medina firefighters use a ladder truck Monday morning to take the Christmas wreath off the Medina County Courthouse, 93 Public Square, Medina, during the first week of spring.

Granger Twp. resident accused of welfare fraud in lawsuit

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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has sued a Granger Township woman, alleging she fraudulently collected about $26,000 in unemployment benefits while she was working. Nicole L. Jackson, 33, of the 900 block of Medina Road, allegedly worked for Dave and Buster’s while she collected benefits from 2008 to 2010. In addition, state Read More…

Alternative route proposed for Nexus pipeline would cross two Medina County townships

The city of Green’s re-route option for the proposed Nexus gas pipeline. (MAP PROVIDED)

The city of Green in Summit County on Monday filed a re-route option with federal authorities for the proposed Nexus gas pipeline that would travel through Medina County. The city has been working with members of the Coalition to Reroute Nexus, or CORN, for months to try to come up with an alternate route for Read More…

New Ohio gun rules allowing noise suppressors take effect

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new state law that relaxes some requirements for concealed carry permits and allows hunters to use noise suppressors under certain conditions is set to take effect in Ohio. The law approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. John Kasich last year goes into effect Monday, The Columbus Dispatch reported. It 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…

Former U.S. Navy Seabee celebrates 90 years


The “Can Do” motto of the Navy’s Seabees, an engineering and construction unit, summed up not just the military service of Emil Balliet III, but also his approach to life at home in Ohio after World War II. On March 9, Balliet’s friends and family celebrated his 90th birthday, and the milestone gave the longtime 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…

Semi rollover closes I-71 south of Route 18 in Montville Twp.

A semi rollover crash on Interstate 71 has closed the road south of state Route 18. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MONTVILLE TWP. POLICE)

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Medina post is working a semi rollover crash that has crushed the front-end of another vehicle and closed Interstate 71 south of state Route 18 in Montville Township. A dispatcher for the Medina post said the crash happened at about 7:20 a.m. He said it’s unclear whether there are any Read More…

Letters to federal commission oppose, back proposed Nexus pipeline

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The director of the Medina County Park District and the Medina County health commissioner are the latest public officials to weigh in with concerns about the proposed Nexus gas pipeline in Medina County. Both asked that a new route be considered, one that would take the line farther away from the county’s residential areas. The Read More…