November 20, 2014

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Band Shanren brings Chinese folk music to county

Chinese folk band Shanren performs a traditional tribal greeting song Monday evening at Lodi Library. The band will be at the Buckeye and Medina libraries today and will conduct workshops about traditional Chinese folk music. Shanren will perform at Highland High School on Saturday night. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The band Shanren plays a style of traditional Chinese folk music forged with the sensibilities of rock ‘n’ roll and reggae. The group gave its first of four performances in Medina County at Lodi Library on Monday night. Originally from Kumming, China, the band has gained critical and popular acclaim at major music festivals in Read More…

Local crime statistics included in FBI report

To see a breakdown of crime statistics in Northeast Ohio, click here For the first time the police departments of all three cities in Medina County are represented in the FBI’s annual “Uniform Crime Reports” — the nation’s official tally of violent and property crimes. The latest report, which covers 2013 and was released last Read More…

This week’s Medina County police log (updated three times weekly)

Note: This page is updated on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Wadsworth police Saturday, Nov. 8 12:52 p.m. — 1000 block Williams Reserve Blvd., police responded to a report of a fight between two men outside their vehicles. 11:54 a.m. — 600 block Trease Road, police Read More…

2014 trick or treat times, dates across Medina County

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TRICK OR TREAT Saturday, Oct. 25 • Hinckley Township, Halloween Haunt, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Center and Ridge roads. Hinckley area businesses will open their doors to trick-or-treaters. Participants can carve pumpkins and fire trucks will be on display. Sunday, Oct. 26 • Granger Township, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 • Wadsworth, 6 to 8 p.m. Read More…

Political novice brings computer savvy to Seville Village Council seat

Brad Demiter, 40, of Seville, takes the oath of office as a Village Council member Sept. 22 from Mayor Gene Sulzener. He was appointed to finish out the term of Dennis Barrington, who resigned in August. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Brad Demiter has never been involved in politics. But that didn’t stop the 40-year-old website designer and computer programmer from applying to fill a vacant seat on Seville Village Council. Demiter, of Red Oak Drive, said he thought he had something to offer to the community. “I’ll give it my best effort and I hope Read More…

Montville to install heat sensors in cruisers that carry police dogs

Sgt. Brett Harrison with his K-9, Beny. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The death of a police dog due to heatstroke has prompted the Montville Township Police Department to purchase a sophisticated new temperature control and monitoring system. At least one other department in Medina County is considering similar safety equipment. The Montville system, which costs $2,500, will be installed in all designated K-9 cruisers, the Associated Read More…

Salvation Army spreads Christmas Cheer with gift donation program

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MEDINA — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Medina Salvation Army, where organizers have already signed up over 100 families to receive from the Christmas Cheer program. The program provides families in need with Christmas dinners and presents for children up to 17 years old. In just five days, more than Read More…

Who will replace Rep. Bill Batchelder: Hambley, Javorek or Depew?

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A retired educator and a county commissioner hope to succeed state Rep. Bill Batchelder, R-Medina, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits. Republican Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley, of Brunswick, and retired Brunswick teacher Richard Javorek, of Chippewa Lake, a Democrat, won their primaries this spring for the 69th District House seat. Gregg Depew, Read More…

Survey consensus: K-9s kept in cruisers throughout Medina County

Sgt. Brett Harrison with his K-9, Beny. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Police throughout Medina County say Montville Township’s policy to leave police dogs in cruisers is not an uncommon practice. The Gazette surveyed every county police department with dogs after Montville Township’s K-9 died last week of injuries consistent with heat stroke after it was left in a police cruiser without air conditioning for four hours. Read More…

Judge’s wife, ex-mayor vie for Medina County Common Pleas bench

Joyce Kimbler vs. Gary Werner
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A seat on the Medina County Common Pleas bench could be filled by either a retiring judge’s wife or the former mayor of the county’s largest city. Joyce V. Kimbler and Gary F. Werner are battling for the seat left open by the retirement of Judge James L. Kimbler at the end of the year. Read More…