December 21, 2014

Medina
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Property taxes to rise for some next year

The new year will bring an increase in property taxes in four Medina County communities: Brunswick, Homer Township, Seville and Cloverleaf Schools. Cloverleaf voters approved a combined 3.5-mill emergency levy/income tax in May. The levy will result in an increase of approximately $122.50 annually per $100,000 of property value. Collections on the 0.75 percent earned Read More…

Appeals ruling: 2012 sobriety checkpoint may have been set up improperly

An appeals court ruled Monday that the arrest of a Medina man at a sobriety checkpoint in 2012 was improper because prosecutors failed to prove police followed procedure to set up the checkpoint. John Hirsch, 54, was one of three people arrested the night of Oct. 27, 2012, at a checkpoint on state Route 18 Read More…

High school students, adults learn life’s hard lessons at poverty simulation

United Way Executive Director Seth Kujat guides students in the Leadership Medina County class of 2015 through a brainstorming session Wednesday afternoon at Western Reserve Masonic Community on Nettleton Road in Medina Township. Kujat is a 2013 graduate of the leadership program. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A Brunswick High school junior learned Wednesday what it’s like to be a single mom and struggle to survive. She was among members of Junior Leadership Medina County and Leadership Medina County who participated in a simulation designed to help understand the needs of people living in poverty. Colleen Rice, executive director of Leadership Medina Read More…

Police lieutenant: I discovered scheme after my credit card was rejected

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Police are urging residents to review their online credit card statements following the Wednesday arrests of three men suspected of playing a role in credit card fraud at stores in Wadsworth, Brunswick, Strongsville and Fairlawn. One of the victims was Montville police Lt. Matt Neil, who said he discovered the fraud Monday when his credit Read More…

Concerned citizens holding NEXUS pipeline meeting

GRAFTON TWP. — Residents concerned about the NEXUS gas transmission pipeline project will meet 7 p.m. today at Grafton Township Hall, 17109 state Route 83. The proposed 36-inch natural gas pipeline, which would run below the ground through Medina, Lorain and nine other counties in Ohio before heading north into Michigan to deliver natural gas Read More…

PHOTOS: Elf School is in session, Gazette continues toy donation drive

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Only three days left to donate new toys and food items to The Gazette’s Not-Forgotten Box. The Gazette has a goal of 2,000 toys, and 785 have been donated so far! Items can be dropped off 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the newspaper, 885 W. Liberty St., Medina. Tax-deductible monetary donations also Read More…

Clean Ohio funds given to expand, create parks

Three Clean Ohio grants approved for Medina County will help create a nature preserve in Medina Township, buy the former Blue Heron golf course in Montville Township and expand the Cox Forest Preserve in Guilford Township. Nature preserve With a $786,000 Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation grant, the Medina County Park District plans to purchase Read More…

Doctor testifies as first witness in infant injury trial

Kenneth Alex Grad

A Cuyahoga County foot doctor testified Tuesday that he referred a couple’s infant son to Akron General Hospital for a leg injury in 2008, sparking the court case being heard this week against the child’s father. Kenneth Alex Grad, 44, is standing trial on eight charges of child endangerment and felonious assault — six second- Read More…

Jury selection begins in long-delayed infant abuse trial

Kenneth Alex Grad

Jury selection began Monday in an infant abuse trial that’s been six years in the making. Kenneth Alex Grad, 44, is accused of breaking two dozen bones in his month-old son’s body in 2008. Grad, formerly of Montville Township, is charged with six second- and two third-degree felonies. If convicted, he could face up to Read More…

Montville Twp. police sergeant’s K-9 death trial delayed

Brett Harrison

The trial for a Montville Township sergeant accused of letting his K-9 police dog die in a hot car has been postponed at least next month. Sgt. Brett Harrison faces two counts of cruelty to animals, second-degree misdemeanors charging him with failing to provide the dog with shelter from heat and needlessly killing the animal Read More…