October 1, 2014

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

Note: This page is updated every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Medina police Thursday, Sept. 25 9:26 a.m. — 200 block S. Court St., juvenile charged with vandalizing Uncle Eddie’s RV from the movie “Christmas Vacation” outside of Castle Noel. 11:39 a.m. — 500 block Birch Hill Drive, car tires reported slashed overnight. 2:18 p.m. — Read More…

PHOTO: Going to catch a whopper of a weekend

Joseph Kollins, of Medina, casts a line at Lake Medina in Medina Township on Thursday afternoon. The weather forecast looks good for outdoor activities this weekend — highs in the mid- to upper 70s and an abundance of sun. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Recent graduate, 18, from Middleburg Heights dies in I-71 crash

Renee Ondrejech, 18, of Middleburg Heights, died in a crash on Wednesday. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

An 18-year-old Middleburg Heights student died Wednesday when her stalled car was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 71 in Medina Township. Renee Ondrejech was northbound when her car broke down in the right lane of the highway and was rear-ended by the semitrailer, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. She was pronounced dead at Read More…

First responders train for the worst with hypothetical hazmat scenario


More than a dozen Medina County emergency teams practiced Tuesday how to handle an underground explosion that released sulfuric acid into the sewer. The training was a joint effort between AT&T and the Medina County Emergency Management Agency that simulated a hazmat scenario started by a hypothetical explosion at AT&T’s underground facility at 3833 Weymouth Read More…

Common pleas judge allows suit over Medina student’s suicide to proceed


A Medina County judge Monday declined to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Medina Schools last year by the father of Deven Baab, a 14-year-old student who killed himself in November 2012. In the lawsuit, Richard Baab, of Medina Township, charged his son’s suicide could have been prevented by school officials because four days Read More…

Treasurer to host tables to find residents’ unclaimed funds

Medina County residents can check if they have any unclaimed funds held by the state at more than a dozen locations this fall and winter, county Treasurer John Burke announced. Unclaimed funds are monies that have been left behind from past deposits or checks uncashed for five or more years. These funds are held by Read More…

Brushing up: Medina Township teen creates portraits ahead of yearlong apprenticeship

Sarah Griffith stands with the portraits she was commissioned to paint for Philpot Rubber Co. Sarah, 17, was commissioned by the company to create portraits of Philpott’s six presidents to be displayed at the corporate office in Brunswick. LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE

You could call her a Renaissance woman, but Sarah Griffith is still in her teens. At 17, Sarah already is an accomplished portrait painter. She started selling her paintings online when she was 15. This fall, she plans to embark on a yearlong apprenticeship before attending college. Though she has a passion for art, Sarah Read More…

Construction begins on trail connecting Lake Medina to Reagan Parkway


Construction workers have broken ground on a 1.6-mile trail that will connect the state Route 18 parking lot at Lake Medina in Medina Township to the Reagan Parkway Multipurpose Trail in Medina. Trail construction was approved in 2010 after the county was granted $590,000 from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. Cost estimates rose and Read More…

Sobriety checkpoint tonight on Pearl Road

MEDINA TWP.— The Medina County OVI Task Force along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight, starting at 7 p.m., in the 3500 block of Pearl Road (U.S. Route 42), north of Fenn Road. In conjunction with the checkpoint, there also will be “saturation patrols” in the area to aggressively Read More…

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


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…