November 25, 2015

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Man pleads not guilty to daylight theft from Sharon Twp. church

Andrew Bonarrigo

A Wooster man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $15,000 in music equipment from a Sharon Township church in broad daylight last month. Andrew Bonarrigo, 32, entered the plea in Medina County Common Pleas Court. He was indicted Aug. 26 on charges of grand theft and theft. The charges are fourth- and fifth-degree 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…

Chelsea Cares blankets offer love and comfort to sick children, families

Betty Platner poses with pillows and crafting materials in the basement of her Montville Township home, where she stores hundreds of blankets and pillowcases that will be donated to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Akron Children's Hospital. Platner and her family have since 2007 led a nonprofit organization that donates the items. (NICK GLUNT /GAZETTE)

Since 2007, more than 10,000 sick children at Akron Children’s Hospital have received homemade blankets and pillowcases donated by a local organization. Betty Platner, who helps lead the nonprofit organization, told The Gazette on Sunday that she and her family donate the items out of a sense of empathy. “My granddaughter, when she was 20 Read More…

Highland Community Support Network aids family hit by fire

A Sharon Township family safely escaped a fire at their 5560 Boneta Road home Saturday morning. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A community support group is collecting donations for a family whose home was declared a total loss after a fire Saturday morning. The home, at 5560 Boneta Road in Sharon Township, caught fire Saturday morning and was extinguished by the afternoon. The house, valued at $245,000, is owned by Richard and Connie Pawlak, according to Read More…

Montville Twp. town hall update moving forward

The Montville Township town hall located on Wadsworth Road is undergoing an expansion. Officials said the project totals $3.5 million. (BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE)

The old Poe School has been a pillar to the Montville Township community through the years. The school house, at 6665 Wadsworth Road, was built in 1923. It has housed Montville Township’s Administration Building for years. Now township trustees are investing $3.5 million to update the Safety Services Center, which is next door, and add Read More…

No felony charges for shots fired into Montville Twp. home in June

A Montville Township police officer examines the point at which a bullet grazed a home on Parnham Drive earlier this month. (FILE PHOTO)

Felony charges will not be filed against a group of target-shooters accused of accidentally hitting a house in Montville Township in June. Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said Tuesday he was not confident the incident rose to the level of felony charges. “The police worked hard on this case and did a diligent investigation,” Holman Read More…

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…

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…

Vietnam veterans get Quilts of Valor from Sharon Twp. woman

Connie Lurtz stands with the 12 Vietnam war veterans who received quilts that she made as part of the national nonprofit Quilt of Valor Foundation. From left, front row: Scott Kopfstein, post commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137 in Medina Township; Paul Kari; Dennis Brown; Henry Silverhorn; Thomas Corbett; and Robert Reimer. From left, second row: Thomas Minich, Donald Brown, Patrick Pinkerton, Jack Forster, Henry Stroud and Rodney Rush. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Bob Finnan and Lawrence Pantages | The Gazette A Sharon Township woman just wanted to give back. Connie Lurtz, 65, presented 12 quilts on Sunday to Vietnam veterans at a ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Road, Medina Township. She started making the quilts last January and estimated it took Read More…

Brunswick Hills Fire Department welcomes 2 new trucks and expansion

The Brunswick Hills Township Fire Department placed Engine 21-1 and Engine 21-2 into service after a Housing Ceremony on Saturday.

The Brunswick Hills Township Fire Department hosted a groundbreaking and “housing” ceremony Saturday to celebrate upcoming renovations to the 35-year-old Fire Station No. 2 at 4875 Grafton Road and to place two new engines into service. Chief Anthony Strazzo said the No. 2 station was constructed in 1980. At the time, Brunswick Hills had a Read More…