September 17, 2014

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Three arrested during heightened OVI checkpoints, patrols

Three sobriety checkpoints were conducted in Medina County last month as part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over yearly campaign. Brunswick police Lt. Brian Ohlin, who heads the Medina County OVI Task Force, said the task force participated by conducting more sobriety checkpoints than usual and adding extra traffic patrols throughout the Read More…

Attorney: Accused child abuser too ill for trial delayed for six years

Kenneth Alex Grad

A judge has ordered testimony from a doctor who says a former Montville Township man is too ill to stand trial on felony charges of breaking two dozen of his infant son’s bones. Kenneth Alex Grad, 44, now of Lakewood, has been awaiting trial since 2008. He’s charged with five counts of child endangering and Read More…

Treasurer to host tables to find residents’ unclaimed funds

Medina County residents can check if they have any unclaimed funds held by the state at more than a dozen locations this fall and winter, county Treasurer John Burke announced. Unclaimed funds are monies that have been left behind from past deposits or checks uncashed for five or more years. These funds are held by Read More…

Medina County park events for September 2014

Angie Newcomer, of Guilford Township, is a hiking regular at River Styx Park, 8200 River Styx Road, Guilford Township. The Medina County Park District is sponsoring the Trekking Through Autumn contest to reward hikers who complete at least eight of 20 designated trails.  (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

The following is a list of Medina County Park District programs and activities for September. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, visit www.medinacountyparks.com or call (330) 722-9364. Trekking Through Autumn The Medina County Park District again is offering awards to hikers who cover at least eight of 20 Read More…

Hinckley couple creates certified wildlife sanctuary in their backyard

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Bill and Connie Ogilvie have been carefully crafting their property into a wildlife sanctuary for more than six years. Their efforts to create a garden space that improves habitats for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife has gotten the attention of the National Wildlife Federation, which recently recognized their property as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Read More…

Route 57 to close in Wadsworth Township for culvert replacement

State Route 57, a quarter-mile south of Blake Road in Wadsworth Township, will close today for a culvert replacement. The road is expected to reopen Friday. The suggested detour route for southbound motorists is state Route 162 to state Route 3 and Interstate 76 and back to Route 57. The route is reverse for northbound Read More…

Judge to decide whether meth case has taken too long

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Collier said he will rule next week on whether to dismiss felony charges against an accused methamphetamine manufacturer. The attorney for defendant William Kimble argued Friday his client’s charges should be dismissed because his right to a speedy trial has been violated. According to Ohio law, individuals charged with Read More…

Brushing up: Medina Township teen creates portraits ahead of yearlong apprenticeship

Sarah Griffith stands with the portraits she was commissioned to paint for Philpot Rubber Co. Sarah, 17, was commissioned by the company to create portraits of Philpott’s six presidents to be displayed at the corporate office in Brunswick. LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE

You could call her a Renaissance woman, but Sarah Griffith is still in her teens. At 17, Sarah already is an accomplished portrait painter. She started selling her paintings online when she was 15. This fall, she plans to embark on a yearlong apprenticeship before attending college. Though she has a passion for art, Sarah Read More…

Construction begins on trail connecting Lake Medina to Reagan Parkway

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Construction workers have broken ground on a 1.6-mile trail that will connect the state Route 18 parking lot at Lake Medina in Medina Township to the Reagan Parkway Multipurpose Trail in Medina. Trail construction was approved in 2010 after the county was granted $590,000 from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. Cost estimates rose and Read More…

Plan to be tested for speeding up fire rescues in Brunswick Hills Twp.

Brunswick Hills Township is giving a test run to a plan that allows one firefighter or paramedic to take a first-responder vehicle home in the hope of increasing response times to emergencies between midnight and 7 a.m. The plan became effective Monday night. In the three runs already completed during overnight hours this week, response Read More…