February 8, 2016


Former Medina Township employee spars with trustees after position eliminated

Laurie Shoemaker, former Medina Township special projects coordinator, speaks at a township trustees meeting Thursday.

Despite bringing in more than $600,000 in grants in her nine years on the job, Laurie Shoemaker’s job with Medina Township was eliminated on Jan. 4 during an organizational meeting by township trustees. Shoemaker, the township’s special projects coordinator, said she was making $30,000 when her position was eliminated. Trustee Ray Jarrett disagreed with her Read More…

Assault suspect sought by Medina Township police


The Medina Township Police Department has released a sketch of a bearded man in connection with its investigation into the reported sexual assault of a woman last week. The victim told police the man was driving a small white pickup, possibly a Ford Ranger, with two men inside. Police responded to a report of a Read More…

Social media outraged after Walmart tells veteran to collect for charity outside


Social media erupted in outrage over the weekend after a local woman accused Medina’s Walmart store of disrespecting a Marine Corps veteran by forcing him to collect donations for charity outside in the rain. A Facebook user under the name Janet Rodin posted a picture of veteran John Harkness standing in the rain. She included Read More…

Mike Meadows’ annual Turkey Bowl raises $230,000 in Medina Township


An annual football game in Medina Township broke its own record Thursday by raising $230,000 for charity, up from last year’s amount of $190,000. For 26 years, Mike Meadows has been hosting a Thanksgiving football game that organizers call “rough touch” in his Medina Township backyard. Then, 11 years ago, the idea came up to Read More…

Charges pending in hit-skip in Medina Township


Charges will be filed against a woman who turned herself in to police after allegedly leaving the scene moments after a vehicle she was driving hit a bicyclist on Tuesday, according to police. The cyclist, John Zavisza, is listed in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Medina Township Police Chief David Arbogast said Read More…

Medina RadioShack store is open still, but it’s getting a new name

Paul Sevougian wants customers to know that the former Radio Shack store in Medina is still open and has been renamed Steren Electronics.

Paul Sevougian is fighting the misconception that his store is closed. The former RadioShack store, at 4937 Grande Shops Avenue in Medina Township, has reached a branding agreement with Steren Electronics. “When RadioShack filed for bankruptcy and was going through its legal proceedings, it canceled everybody’s franchise contract across the country,” Sevougian said. Eighty-two outlets Read More…

Three large parcels of land for sale at Interstate 71, Route 3

This aerial photograph of the intersection of Interstate 71 and state Route 3 has been marked to show the three parcels of land that Albert Calderon has listed for sale through Gerspacher Real Estate Group. (PHOTO COURTESY OF GERSPACHER REAL ESTATE GROUP)

A local real estate firm has listed three parcels of land with an asking price of $8.3 million at the intersection of Interstate 71 and state Route 3 in Medina and Granger townships. The 278 acres, located mostly in Medina Township, are listed for sale by Albert Calderon through Calderon Properties, his company. Realtor Troy Read More…

Route 18 Corridor Project will go on despite median debate

This section of Medina Road, between Foote and River Styx roads would be widened to five lanes, two in each direction with a center turn lane, under a proposed widening plan for state Route 18 by the Ohio Department of Transportation. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

The Route 18 Corridor Project, scheduled for construction in spring 2019, will progress with or without boulevard islands. The Ohio Department of Transportation would like to stay neutral on the issue of constructing three islands in the middle of the $18.2 million state Route 18 widening project. ODOT would prefer that Medina Township and Montville Read More…

Medina Township resident reflects on Obamacare and letter to president

Natoma Canfield

More than five years ago, a Medina Township woman sent a letter to newly elected President Barack Obama that begged him to reform the nation’s health care system. After two major Supreme Court challenges, and efforts by Republican leaders to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the law stands tall and so does Natoma Canfield. Canfield’s Read More…

Former Medina County resident faces federal child porn charges

Ryan Reynolds

A Wellington man is facing federal child pornography charges after a lengthy investigation by local and federal officials that traced online access to child pornography to the man’s phone and computer as far back as 2013. Ryan P. Reynolds, 29, was living in Medina County at the time the investigation by a detective working for Read More…