May 24, 2015

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Woman gets three years in prison after testifying against husband

Christina Paine Hodges

A 25-year-old woman has been sentenced to three years in prison after testifying against her estranged husband in a robbery trial last week. Christina Paine Hodges and Jesse Hodges each faced charges in the May 2014 robbery of a college student at a Sharon Township gas station. Paine Hodges and Hodges are both of Medina. Read More…

No ruling yet on January estate fire in York Township

A $2.5 million home, at 7291 Stone Road, York Township, was destroyed by fire Monday morning. The call came in at around 8:15 a.m. Erhart Fire Chief Guy Roach said that the owner, Kevin Sunde, and a cleaning service employee were in the house when the fire broke out. Sunde, the only one with minor injuries, was taken to Medina Hospital.   
Roach said the Medina County Fire Investigation Task Force is still working at the scene to determine a cause. 
Roach said Sunde told him Sunde was lighting a fire in the fireplace, turned around, and heard a small explosion. 
Roach said the wind and cold temperatures made the battle more difficult. The pavement around the home was iced up from the water they used and the firefighters' gear was coated in ice. 
Roach said that, except for some valuable pulled from the inside, the house was completely destroyed. He said it was insured. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

More than four months after a home on a $1.8 million estate in York Township caught fire, the Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office said the cause remains under investigation. “Sometimes, we may have an initial idea for the cause, but we have to wait until all the evidence and interviews are in,” Josh Hobbs, chief of Read More…

2015 PRIMARY: Wadsworth Twp. voters say no to more mills for fire, EMS

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By seven votes, Wadsworth Township voters rejected an additional 3-mill fire and EMS levy on Tuesday. The issued failed by 149 votes to 142, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. The levy would have cost $105 per year per $100,000 of property valuation. The levy would have provided the township Read More…

2015 PRIMARY: Montville voters bump road levy

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Montville Township voters shot down a proposed 1-mill levy for road maintenance Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. The continuous levy would have generated $354,800 annually — alleviating strain on the general fund, Township Trustee Jeff Brandon said. “I am disappointed but we will certainly work with what we’ve Read More…

Elyria man hurt in one-car crash in Spencer Twp.

From left, Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Steven Robison and Sgt. Alan Dunbar investigate a crash Monday evening on state Route 301 in Spencer Township that sent an 18-year-old Elyria man to the hospital. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

An 18-year-old Elyria man was flown to Akron General Hospital Monday evening following a rollover crash on state Route 301 in Spencer Township. Joseph Leonard Jr. was driving south about 6:20 p.m. when his black SUV went off the right side of the road, skidded through a ditch several feet and came to a stop Read More…

Metal stamping company faces fine over injury

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A Liverpool Township metal stamping company is facing $49,000 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an employee of a Lorain County plant lost three fingers in a press. The investigation into Shiloh Industries’ Wellington Stamping Division determined the employee’s injury could have been prevented and found Read More…

Brunswick man killed in motorcycle crash

A 46-year-old Brunswick man died in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon. The Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that killed Vaughn Theiry II about 4 p.m. on Columbia Road in Liverpool Township. The patrol reported Theiry was on a 1998 Harley-Davidson traveling south and had just passed Myrtle Hill Road Read More…

Tensions rise with arrival of NEXUS pipeline letters

Walter and Verna Giebeler stand in front of their yard signs that were put up to warn NEXUS Gas Transmission surveyors to stay off of their York Township property. The proposed natural gas pipeline would go through the Giebeler’s front yard. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

A project manager for the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline has sent letters to Medina County property owners, informing them that, as of today, NEXUS-employed surveyors may enter their property without permission. “We hope you understand that the planned near-term activities must be conducted without delay in order to meet our schedule requirement and that Read More…

Buckeye High School students hear story of drunken driving loss

In a half-lit gymnasium packed with Buckeye High School students, you could hear a pin drop Wednesday as a retired sheriff’s sergeant recalled the day he lost two family members in a drunken-driving accident. Former Lorain County sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Tomasheski was the featured speaker at a pre-prom program aimed at keeping students safe as Read More…

Man found guilty of attempted murder in Dairy Queen shooting

A 49-year-old Perrysville man was convicted Wednesday in the attempted murder of a Brunswick man at a Dairy Queen parking lot last year. A jury found Terry M. Yuschak guilty on all counts — attempted murder, felonious assault and having weapons while barred by a court. Yuschak also was convicted of a firearms specification that Read More…