March 31, 2015

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Granger Twp. resident accused of welfare fraud in lawsuit

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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has sued a Granger Township woman, alleging she fraudulently collected about $26,000 in unemployment benefits while she was working. Nicole L. Jackson, 33, of the 900 block of Medina Road, allegedly worked for Dave and Buster’s while she collected benefits from 2008 to 2010. In addition, state Read More…

Former U.S. Navy Seabee celebrates 90 years


The “Can Do” motto of the Navy’s Seabees, an engineering and construction unit, summed up not just the military service of Emil Balliet III, but also his approach to life at home in Ohio after World War II. On March 9, Balliet’s friends and family celebrated his 90th birthday, and the milestone gave the longtime Read More…

Semi rollover closes I-71 south of Route 18 in Montville Twp.

A semi rollover crash on Interstate 71 has closed the road south of state Route 18. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MONTVILLE TWP. POLICE)

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Medina post is working a semi rollover crash that has crushed the front-end of another vehicle and closed Interstate 71 south of state Route 18 in Montville Township. A dispatcher for the Medina post said the crash happened at about 7:20 a.m. He said it’s unclear whether there are any Read More…

Brunswick Hills Township family endures ‘three weeks of hell’

Twinsburg firefighter Brian Janusek, 42, holds family photos he recovered from the charred remains of a cabinet in his home in Brunswick Hills Township. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The operation was only supposed to last a couple hours. But Kathy and Tom Miller ended up sitting in a waiting room at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland for nearly 12. It was a Feb. 11 appointment as they accompanied their daughter, Kim Anderson, who was having her third spinal surgery in two years Read More…

Fulton family prepares Guilford Twp. farm for maple syrup season

The Fulton family includes fourth- and fifth-generation farmers. The family includes, from left, Heather, Clayton, 3, Andrew, Steve, Beth and Corey Fulton. Heather and Andrew are expecting their second son in April. In the center is a tree on the family-owned Maple Valley Farm in Guilford Township with a tap collecting sap to make maple syrup. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

After the cold winter pushed it back, maple syrup season officially is under way in Ohio. The sap is flowing quickly from the trees in the woods at Maple Valley Farm. This weekend, steam will rise from the farm’s sugarhouse on Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township as maple syrup production begins. The farm will Read More…

Litchfield man, 61, gets 20 years for raping 3 teens

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A 61-year-old Litchfield Township man will spend 20 years in prison for raping three teenage boys last year. Gary Royer, of the 9200 block of Norwalk Road, pleaded no contest last month to seven counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition. The charges were first- and fourth-degree felonies. He faced up to Read More…

Spring begins for Hinckley Twp. this year as buzzards return again


More than 150 people welcomed the buzzards back to Hinckley Township on Sunday morning — including one man who made it his 30th year at the event. Chuck Vickers, a resident of the township, said he’s returned each year because it’s a staple of the community. “We only have one red light in Hinckley,” he Read More…

Building materials warehouse to relocate to Sharon Township


Medina County will be getting a new discount building materials warehouse this summer. Building 9 is moving its headquarters from Akron to Sharon Township. “We’re really looking forward to coming to the community,” Building 9 Vice President Shane Haumesser said. “It’s been a great adventure so far.” Building 9 is a retail store that sells Read More…

Will the buzzards be seen at this year’s Hinckley Twp. event?

Sharon Hosko, official buzzard spotter, points out a "kettle" or grouping of buzzards at Buzzard's Roost in the Hinckley Metropark Saturday morning.  LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE

In her two previous ventures as Hinckley Reservation’s official buzzard spotter, Sharon Hosko said she’s learned an important lesson in sighting the birds’ return to the region. “It’s all about the weather,” said Hosko, who will lead more than 100 people expected to visit Buzzard Roost on Sunday morning in looking out for the vultures’ Read More…

January jobless rate edges lower in Medina County

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Medina County’s unemployment rate for January was 5.2 percent. It follows the trend from December’s numbers being the lowest mark in nine years for that month. The just released civilian labor force estimates from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services found 90,600 Medina County residents were working in January — 2,100 more than Read More…