September 4, 2015


Brunswick Hills Twp. woman admits in court to stealing $190,000

Julie Beeching listens as her former employer, Ron Bammerlin, tells a judge how his Montville Township business was affected after Beeching stole from him over a six-year period. At left is Beeching’s attorney, Ron Spears. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A Medina County judge ordered a Brunswick Hills Township woman on Monday to pay back more than $190,000 she admitted to stealing from her former employer. Julie Beeching, 48, of the 4700 block of Grafton Road, pleaded guilty in July to a charge of theft, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in Read More…

Medina Plating to bypass its sewer fee by building own waste water system

Shawn Ritchie

Medina business owner Shawn Ritchie has decided to build his own waste water treatment system to avoid having to pay county sewer fees. Ritchie, CEO of Medina Plating, has been protesting the county’s “capacity fee” for more than a year. “This has been a thorn in my side for two years,” he told Medina County Read More…

Medina County’s ADAMH Board director retiring after 29 years

Mike Jenks

Medina County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board has begun a search for a new executive director. Michael Jenks, 62, has been its director for the last 29 years. He said he will step down sometime in December. The search committee for the ADAMH Board will conduct a special meeting at 8 tonight to Read More…

Brunswick OVI stop nets arrest on felony warrant

A Wellington man indicted for allegedly shooting a gun into a house in May has ties to the suspects involved in an August homicide in Lorain County, police said. John Landers, 47, was indicted Aug. 21 on charges of improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation. He was arrested Friday night following a traffic stop Read More…

Catherine Owen named Medina County Veteran of the Year

Caroline Owen

Catherine Owen said she’s not a big proponent of getting awards. She’d rather work behind the scenes helping veterans. Owen, 60, of Brunswick, is being honored by the Joint Veterans Coalition of Medina County as the 2015 Medina County Veteran of the Year. She’ll receive the award at the third all-veterans banquet Oct. 3 at 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…

Wadsworth-area winery grows from daughter’s love

Lisa Locklear, owner of the Filia Cellars winery, is shown with its products.

A new winery is bringing a little bit of California sunshine to Medina County. Wadsworth residents Lisa and Mitch Locklear opened Filia Cellars in May of this year in Guilford Township. Housed in a Gothic Victorian manor on Greenwich Road, the winery offers red wines by the glass, bottle or case made from grapes harvested Read More…

Eric Warfel’s attorney: What was grand jury told by prosecutors?

Eric Warfel listens to proceedings in Medina County Common Pleas Court on Monday. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A defense attorney Monday asked a Medina County judge Monday to examine confidential grand jury transcripts to determine whether prosecutors used “mistaken” information to indict Eric Warfel. Warfel, 34, of Medina, is accused of hiding his toddler’s death from doctors, family and police. His failure to report the death of Ember, 20 months, resulted in Read More…

Project: LEARN of Medina County seeks tutors in Lodi

Karla Robinson

Project: LEARN of Medina County is looking for volunteer tutors in Lodi for a program to help residents prepare and study for a GED certificate. The nonprofit will have an informational meeting 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at Lodi Library, 635 Wooster St. Project: LEARN received a $7,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Read More…

Police: Drug busts slow down flow of heroin in southern Medina County

Miles Coblentz

Law enforcement officials announced Monday the arrests of three people suspected of selling drugs in the southern part of Medina County. On Thursday, agents from the Medina County Drug Task Force and Wadsworth Police Department served a search warrant at a Terrace View Drive address in Wadsworth. During the search, agents seized heroin, prescription drugs Read More…