September 3, 2014

Medina
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Ohio’s statewide Buckeye Trail is being rerouted in Medina County

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Ohio’s Buckeye Trail is coming to downtown Medina. The Buckeye Trail — a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state of Ohio — runs north from the Medina County Park District’s Lester Rail Trail in York Township, north along on Abbeyville Road to Hamilton Road in Medina Township, and then east toward the Hinckley Read More…

Medina Township trustee interviews to be public

Medina Township trustees plan to conduct public interviews in October with candidates for Trustee Michael Todd’s seat. Trustee Ken DeMichael said Sunday he and Trustee Ray Jarrett have been accepting resumes since Aug. 19 after they received Todd’s letter of resignation, effective Oct. 1. DeMichael said he and Jarrett will interview any applicants for the Read More…

Sharon Township woman arrested in meth investigation

A 47-year-old Sharon Township woman is accused of trying to buy an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Sandra Nash was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant after Medina County Drug Task Force agents, assisted by county sheriff’s deputies, executed a search warrant at her home in the 6500 Read More…

This week’s Medina County police log (updated three times weekly)

Note: This page is updated every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Brief chase leads to charges, citations BRUNSWICK — Two men were arrested Friday and another two were issued citations following a brief car and foot chase in Brunswick. According to a report, police saw a driver travel recklessly through the Laurel Hill apartment complex to Read More…

Son of former Highland wrestling coach killed in Monday plane crash

Staff and wire reports A small rented airplane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff Monday, killing four college students who were taking a sightseeing flight around Cleveland after their first day of classes. The four men were students at Case Western Reserve University. Three were members of the varsity wrestling team. The wrestlers were identified Read More…

International pipeline company: Eminent domain would be ‘last resort’

Eminent domain could become an issue for residents with property along the route of a proposed 250-mile natural gas pipeline from Kensington, Ohio, to Dawn Hub, Ontario. Arthur Diestel, a spokesman for Spectra Energy Co.’s NEXUS Gas Transmission project, said that while the company doesn’t use eminent domain as a negotiation tool, the company will Read More…

Montville Twp. man guilty of repeatedly raping teenage babysitter

Patrick Shank

MEDINA — A judge found a former Montville Township man guilty Monday morning of raping the family babysitter more than 100 times from 2003 to 2005. Patrick Shank, 47, was charged with 12 counts of rape, first-degree felonies. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler found Shank guilty on three counts of rape and Read More…

Judge to decide case of man accused of raping teen more than 100 times

Defense attorney Elizabeth Kelley delivers her closing arguments Thursday. Also pictured, from left, are Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury, Montville police Detective Angela Vivo, defendant Patrick Shank and his other defense attorneys, Richard Lillie and Gretchen Holderman. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Attorneys in the rape trial of a former Montville Township man presented their closing arguments Thursday, with the defense saying the allegations “don’t add up” and the prosecution pointing out similarities to a 2012 case in which 47-year-old Patrick Shank was convicted. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said he will announce his Read More…

Family, friends defend man against rape accusations at trial

Patrick Shank

The wife and two children of a former Montville Township man accused of raping the family’s babysitter testified in his defense Wednesday. Patrick Shank, 47, is charged with 12 counts of rape, first-degree felonies each punishable by up to 11 years in prison. He now is serving six years in prison on a 2012 conviction Read More…

Medina Twp. Trustee Mike Todd resigns over ‘indeterminate absence’

Mike Todd

Mike Todd, chairman of the Medina Township Board of Trustees, has submitted his resignation, effective Oct. 1. In an email sent to trustees Monday morning, Todd did not give a specific reason for quitting. “While I have enjoyed my last nearly nine years as trustee, the indeterminate nature of my absence leads me to make Read More…