March 5, 2015


$150K donated to United Way to help jobless Medina County residents

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The Westfield Insurance Foundation has announced a $150,000 donation to United Way of Medina County to run a program that aims to help residents find employment. The donation will be spread over a three-year period, United Way spokesperson Jeanne Hurt said. “Employing Medina County’s goal is to break the barriers that inhibit underemployed and unemployed Read More…

Gov. Kasich presents Spencer couple with Courage Award

Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address in Wilmington. (AP PHOTO)

WILMINGTON — A Spencer couple who rescued two people from a burning car Sept. 2 in Lorain County were saluted by Gov. John Kasich during his State of the State speech Tuesday. Brittney and Shane Robinson were driving on Stewart Road in Huntington Township when they noticed the burning the car, which had crashed into Read More…

Boys Scouts raising money for family of crash victim from York Township

The Bihn family: Children Sarah and Ethan and parents Karen and William. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Boy Scouts from York, Litchfield and Liverpool townships are hosting a fundraiser Saturday for the Bihn family. William Bihn, 49, of York Township, was killed in a head-on car crash last Friday afternoon on state Route 18 in Penfield Township, Lorain County. Proceeds will benefit Bihn’s wife, Karen, and children, Ethan, 19, and Sarah, 15. The Read More…

Attorney General Mike DeWine sues Hinckley Twp. landscaper

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A Hinckley Township landscaper has been sued by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for allegedly failing to deliver services to at least nine Medina County customers. The attorney general’s office filed a civil lawsuit Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court against John M. Capone, of the 1300 block of Mattingly Road. The lawsuit alleges Read More…

Drugs causing rural, suburban Ohio counties to send more to prison than urban counties

The Lorain County Correctional facility in Grafton is one of the most crowded prision facilties in the state. (2006 AP FILE PHOTO)

Drug crimes are the main cause of a dramatic shift in the number of people being sent to prisons from non-urban versus urban Ohio counties over the past two decades, county officials said. In the early 1990s, two-thirds of everyone sent to Ohio prisons came from six urban counties — Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Montgomery Read More…

Group trudges through snow on hike in Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park

Nichole Houze, a naturalist with the Medina County Park District, leads a group of 16 Medina County residents through shin-deep snow Sunday afternoon at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park in Granger Township. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Bundled in heavy winter gear and hiking boots, 16 Medina County residents and two dogs trudged through shin-deep snow during a Sunday afternoon hike at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park. The hour-long hike through the woods was the fourth in the 2015 season of the Natural Discoveries Hiking Series offered by the Medina County Park District. Read More…

Fatal accident victim William Bihn was a ‘dedicated husband’

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As Karen Bihn was driving to her Norwalk Road home Friday afternoon, she saw the Ohio Highway Patrol cruiser in her driveway. As she pulled in, her 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, ran up to the car. “Sarah came outside and said, ‘It’s dad,’ ” Karen Bihn remembered. William Bihn, of York Township, was one of two Read More…

Ohio Fire Marshal still investigating Stone Road estate fire from January

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

An investigation into the cause of a fire at a $1.8 million estate on Stone Road last month is still underway at the state Fire Marshal’s office in Columbus. The fire, which broke out about 8:15 a.m. Jan. 5 caused about $800,000 in damage, mostly to the main house on the property at 7291 Stone Read More…

Bone-chilling record set in Medina County

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Medina County and communities across the state have shivered under record cold temperatures for two straight days. The National Weather Service reported a low of minus 17 degrees at 5:43 a.m. Friday, trashing the old record of minus 3 degrees set in 1968. Thursday’s low of minus 4 degrees tied the record for that date, Read More…

York Township man killed in Penfield Township crash

OSP officers and firefighters responded to a fatal accident on Rt. 18, just before the intersection of Foster St., in Penfield Township on Friday afternoon, Feb. 20. (KRISTIN BAUER / GAZETTE)

A Medina County man died after a head-on crash in Lorain County on Friday afternoon that killed another man and severely injured a woman. William Bihn, 49, of York Township, and Richard Forgues, 64, of Barberton, died at the scene, according to the Lorain County coroner’s office. Rhonda Forgues, 59, of Barberton had to be Read More…