January 27, 2015


Kenneth Alex Grad gets 24 years in prison for abusing infant son; maintains innocence

Kenneth Alex Grad was sentenced to 24 years in prison Monday morning on charges of felonious assault and endangering children. He was convicted last month of brutally abusing his infant son in 2008. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Convicted infant abuser Kenneth Alex Grad was sentenced to 24 years in prison Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. Grad, 44, formerly of Montville Township, was found guilty of felonious assault and endangering children — six second-degree felonies and two third-degree felonies — by a Medina County jury last month. Grad was accused of Read More…

Horse put down after Amish buggy accident in Homer Twp.

A horse had to be put down by a veterinarian after a collision between an Amish buggy and a tractor-trailer Saturday afternoon in Homer Township. The buggy was eastbound on Greenwich Road near Pawnee Road about 4:30 p.m. when it was struck by a truck, according to the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. Read More…

A blast of winter is on the way

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook across all of Northern Ohio for the coming week. Up to three inches of snow was expected by this morning and up to a half-inch more predicted by evening. Today’s high will reach only 21 degrees, falling to a low of about 14 tonight. More Read More…

Fatal crash in Liverpool Township

A 28-year-old man died in a one-car crash on state Route 303 in Liverpool Township early Saturday. Michael Setliff, of Elyria, was westbound in a 2003 Honda Accord about 1:15 a.m. when he went airborne crossing railroad tracks, according to the Medina post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The car went off the left Read More…

Sister begins fund for drug rehab facility after brother’s death

Alex Jenkins, left, with his younger sister, Kierstin, who set up a fund in her brother’s memory to raise awareness about drug addiction. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Kierstin Jenkins is determined not to let her brother’s death become another statistic. Alex Jenkins, 26, of Akron, died of a drug overdose on Monday. “I would like people to know that addiction affects everyone,” she said. “He had all these people in his life that were affected by his addiction.” Jenkins, of Guilford Township, Read More…

Lafayette trustees won’t pass resolution against pipeline

Lynda Bowers

Unlike trustees in five Medina County townships, Lafayette Township officials say they will not pass a resolution opposing the location of the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline. The 36- to 42-inch natural gas pipeline, a project managed by Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., would run underground through Medina, Lorain, Summit and eight other Ohio counties on Read More…

Medina area nurse accused of taking pills from her patients

Sarah Copley

A Lafayette Township nurse is accused of taking more than 5,000 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills last year from patients at the skilled nursing center where she worked. Sarah E. Copley, 34, of the 5400 block of Carsten Road, was indicted in December on eight counts of theft of drugs and 15 counts of aggravated possession Read More…

Cannabis advocate says wait and see about legalization amendment

Cher Neufer

A local woman who founded Ohio’s chapter of a national pro-marijuana group wants more information before endorsing a proposed amendment to legalize the drug in the Buckeye State. Plans for the proposed amendment were released by ResponsibleOhio, a political-action committee whose website went live with the details Tuesday. But the website does not yet include Read More…

PHOTOS: Ice fishing 101 at Wolf Creek details clothes, tools for the hobby


An indoor ice fishing workshop Tuesday at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township, covered  topics like proper clothing and footwear, safety on the ice, equipment needed and how to use a portable shanty to keep warm.

Five vehicles involved in back-to-back crashes, no serious injuries reported


Two crashes minutes apart Monday at the same intersection in Hinckley Township involved five vehicles but resulted in no serious injuries. The first crash at State Road and state Route 303 (Center Road) happened just before 1 p.m. when Treva Bane, of Parma Heights, drove her southbound sport utility vehicle through the intersection, failing to Read More…