February 14, 2016

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Heartbeats team is ready to jump in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN EVANS
Heartbeats jump rope team members shown are, from left: Jacob Parsons, Jessica Dannery, Kalan Inman.

Members of the Heartbeats Jump Rope Team, a nonprofit student jumping organization, will be in New York City on Thursday as part of the 89th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Jump rope is an absolutely unique sport,” Heartbeats board member Ken Evans told The Gazette. “It is highly competitive, yet the most unique piece of it Read More…

Charges pending in hit-skip in Medina Township

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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…

Unofficial results from the election on Nov. 3, 2015

Candidates 100 percent of precincts counted. * denotes incumbents One to be elected unless otherwise noted. Cities BRUNSWICK COUNCIL WARD 1 Michael J. Abella Jr.* 1,567 COUNCIL WARD 2 Nicholas J. Hanek 1,372 COUNCIL WARD 3 David Coleman* 770 Joe Salzgeber 1,168 COUNCIL WARD 4 Anthony P. Capretta* 1,414 MEDINA COUNCIL PRESIDENT John M. Coyne Read More…

Judge grants NEXUS pipeline surveyors access to private properties

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A Medina County judge ruled Tuesday that a Texas-based energy company may survey properties despite owners’ protests about the company’s proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline crossing their land. In his ruling, Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier also noted the reach of Ohio’s appropriation laws. “While the court is cognizant of the fact that the Read More…

Attorney: Amish girl who fled country to avoid chemo is cancer-free

Sarah Hershberger, second from right, is pictured at her family's roadside stand in Homer Township on Sept. 24. Also pictured are her father and three of her siblings. (PHOTO PROVIDED BY 1851 CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL LAW)

A Columbus attorney has announced that a 12-year-old Amish girl is cancer-free, despite courtroom testimony last year from doctors that she would be dead in six months without chemotherapy treatments. Maurice Thompson, the executive director for the libertarian nonprofit 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, said the girl, Sarah Hershberger, shows no signs of cancer and Read More…

Police arrest 3 men suspected in Medina, Montville Twp. break-ins

Three men have been arrested after police linked them this week to a rash of car break-ins throughout the city of Medina and Montville Township. Tyrell T. Dumas, 19, and Matthew R. Lozada, 19, each were charged with theft of a firearm, third-degree felonies. Antwaun L. Murray, 18, was charged with receiving stolen property, a Read More…

ACLU investigates Wadsworth council’s prayer planning

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio expressed “serious constitutional concerns” to Wadsworth City Council on Monday about an event scheduled this week to promote prayer in the community. City Council President Tom Palecek announced the event with a press release on Sept. 3. In the notice, Palecek said the meeting was intended “to develop Read More…

One killed, one injured in early morning Brunswick Hills Twp. car crash

A 23-year-old Medina man died in car crash Wednesday morning in Brunswick Hills Township. Ryan E. Wheeler was driving a 2011 Kia Optima north on West 130th Street near Sleepy Hollow Road when he lost control of his vehicle, which veered off the left side of the road and struck a tree at 2:15 a.m., Read More…

Medina County police use sobriety checkpoints as tool to keep roads safer

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Officers Jeffrey Lee of Brunswick and Joe Rose of Wadsworth work at the W. 130th Street OVI checkpoint last Friday night.

By design, OVI sobriety checkpoints in Medina County are well-publicized events. The Medina County OVI Task Force publishes advance notice three times, the final one letting motorists know precisely where they’ll be and at what time. “We’re not out here to hide in the dark and pounce on somebody,” Brunswick Lt. Brian Ohlin said. “It’s Read More…

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

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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…