September 30, 2014

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Recent graduate, 18, from Middleburg Heights dies in I-71 crash

Renee Ondrejech, 18, of Middleburg Heights, died in a crash on Wednesday. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

An 18-year-old Middleburg Heights student died Wednesday when her stalled car was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 71 in Medina Township. Renee Ondrejech was northbound when her car broke down in the right lane of the highway and was rear-ended by the semitrailer, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. She was pronounced dead at Read More…

Sharon Twp. couple charged with making meth with children in home

A Medina County grand jury has indicted a Sharon Township couple accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in a home with children. Sandra Nash, 47, and Richard Bostwick, 41, of the 6500 block of Ridge Road, both are charged with illegal manufacture of drugs and aggravated possession of drugs. The manufacturing charge is a first-degree felony, punishable Read More…

Farmer gets helping hands from Amish, English after silo collapses

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HOMER TWP. — When the concrete two-story silo at DaMar Farms toppled over early Sunday morning, David Sigel wasn’t sure how he would salvage the tons of silage stored inside. Luckily, neighbors, including English and Amish farmers, were ready to step in and help. On Tuesday morning, after his insurance company gave him the go-ahead, Read More…

First responders train for the worst with hypothetical hazmat scenario

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More than a dozen Medina County emergency teams practiced Tuesday how to handle an underground explosion that released sulfuric acid into the sewer. The training was a joint effort between AT&T and the Medina County Emergency Management Agency that simulated a hazmat scenario started by a hypothetical explosion at AT&T’s underground facility at 3833 Weymouth Read More…

Landowner advocate: NEXUS pipeline project is abuse of owners’ rights

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A group of Medina County landowners are getting support from a Columbus nonprofit in their fight to stop the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline from being built on their property. Maurice Thompson, executive director of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, said he is willing to represent individual landowners if the company attempts to use Ohio’s Read More…

Common pleas judge allows suit over Medina student’s suicide to proceed

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A Medina County judge Monday declined to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Medina Schools last year by the father of Deven Baab, a 14-year-old student who killed himself in November 2012. In the lawsuit, Richard Baab, of Medina Township, charged his son’s suicide could have been prevented by school officials because four days Read More…

Victim’s sons reflect on verdict in salmonella-tainted food case

Randy, left, and Jeff Napier traveled to Washington, D.C., several times to lobby Congress to give the Food and Drug Administration more power after their mother, Nellie Napier, died at age 80 after eating peanut butter tainted by salmonella. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A federal jury that found a peanut plant owner and two other executives guilty on Friday of shipping salmonella-tainted food never heard testimony that their peanut butter killed nine people. The deaths never were discussed because the defendants were charged only with conspiracy and fraud, federal prosecutors said. The sons of one of the victims, Read More…

Rainbow Bridge Walk honors pets who have passed on with prayer, unity

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When Beth Mercer heard from her veterinarian that there was a local event to help people grieve over pets who have died, she jumped at the chance to attend. “Cooper died suddenly,” she said of her Labrador, who was struck by a vehicle. “He went in the road, which he never does.” Her family — Read More…

Motorcyclist dies in Guilford Township crash

A 56-year-old Westfield Township man died Friday afternoon in Guilford Township when his motorcycle went left-of-center and crashed head-on with a Jeep. The Ohio Highway Patrol said James M. Gardner was riding his 2008 Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Prospect Street, south of Mill Street, about 3:30 p.m. when he crossed the centerline. The motorcycle was Read More…

Medina County landowners rallying against proposed NEXUS gas pipeline

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Elizabeth Gierosky was gardening when a car pulled into her driveway on Spieth Road in Litchfield Township at about 5 p.m. Aug. 28. A man got out of the vehicle and walked around the back and side of the property. She assumed he was a contractor or inspector, because she and her husband, Paul, were Read More…