February 27, 2015

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Drug conspiracy indictment: Forged prescriptions filled at Medina County pharmacies

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Fifteen people have been charged in what prosecutors describe as a conspiracy to obtain thousands of prescription drugs illegally from pharmacies in Medina County and five other Northeast Ohio counties. Nine of the people were charged with racketeering. An 87-page, 206-count indictment against the group includes charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Read More…

Temperatures to stay freezing

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It’s cold and it’s going to get colder. Residents throughout northern Ohio woke up to historic low temperatures on Monday while a snowstorm swept through the southern part of the state later in the day. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport reported a reading of 10 below, breaking the record set 111 years ago of minus 8 Read More…

Northeast Ohio breaks century-old record for low temperature Monday morning

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Cities across northern Ohio are seeing record low temperatures. Both Cleveland and Toledo saw temperatures on Monday morning dip to historic lows for this date. Cleveland’s Hopkins Airport reported a reading of 10 below. That broke the record set 111 years ago of minus 8 degrees in 1904. Toledo’s low on Monday broke the record Read More…

Baby, it’s cold outside: Arctic front to stick around

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The arctic front that brought whiteout road conditions and bitter cold temperatures over the weekend is expected to keep the area in the deep freeze throughout the week. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook advisory for Northeast and north central Ohio through Saturday. Sunday’s high was only 3 degrees while today’s Read More…

Red Cross seeks blood donations

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Red Cross officials say this year’s harsh winter and widespread flu has prevented many regular donors from making their blood donations. As a result, more new donors are needed to fill the gap in the coming weeks. All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. “The Red Cross reminds Read More…

Bear’s Harrisville Twp. owners get a 30-day extension

Two-year-old Kylee Trome, of Wooster, holds a sign Jan. 28 in protest of the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s demand that Archie the bear be removed from his Harrisville Township home. GAZETTE FILE

Debbie and Jeff Gillium have been guaranteed 30 more days to keep Archie the bear on their property in Harrisville Township. Their attorney, John Oberholtzer, said he and the Ohio Department of Agriculture have agreed to postpone a hearing over the bear after the state issued a letter to the Gilliums granting them 30 more Read More…

Archie the bear’s owners, of Lodi, heading to court to keep him

The state tells a Lodi couple they can’t keep their 40-year-old bear, Archie. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Archie the bear won’t have to adjust to a new home — for now at least. His owners, Debbie and Jeff Gillium, of Lodi, have filed a temporary restraining order against the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Medina County Common Pleas Court. “We have an understanding with the state of Ohio that everything is going Read More…

Ham operators stepped in during failure of county’s 911, phone system

Doug McClure, better known by his call sign KD8SST, chats with a fellow member of the Medina 2 Meter Amateur Radio Group on Monday afternoon in his Medina home. McClure and other members of the group assisted first responders Jan. 13 when the Medina County 911 system went down. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

If you need help, you call 911. When the 911 operators need help, they call on members of a local amateur radio group — the Medina Emergency Communications Amateur Radio Service. “When all else fails, we can always get through,” said Medina resident Doug McClure, a member of the group who came to the aid Read More…

Lots of snowfall on Monday caused few problems for motorists


As Rocky Balboa said after getting punched in the head by Clubber Lang: “Ain’t so bad.” Sunday’s storm dropped more than seven inches of snow, but there were relatively few reports of problems on the roads. “The roads are pretty wet, but if you drive with some caution, you should be fine,” Medina County sheriff’s Read More…

Programs across Medina County to celebrate Black History Month

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The American Association of University Women, Medina County Branch, and Second Baptist Church of Medina will host their 13th annual Black History Month program at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. The Medina County District Library also is hosting programs celebrating Black History Month. This year’s AAUW and Second Baptist program at the church, 451 Bronson St., Read More…