April 27, 2015


Sobriety checkpoint announced for Wadsworth’s College Street

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A sobriety checkpoint for drivers is scheduled for 9 p.m. tonight in the 300 block of College Street in Wadsworth. Under federal law, police are required to alert the public to checkpoints in order to avoid violating search and seizure protections granted by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Brunswick police Lt. Brian Ohlin, Read More…

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

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Note: This page is updated most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Medina police Tuesday, April 14 8:13 a.m. — 900 block Weymouth Road, police met with the Medina Park Department after it was reported that someone had damaged grass areas of Reagan Park with a vehicle. Read More…

Renacci-sponsored bill among several House passes targeting IRS

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A law aimed at bringing more accountability to the Internal Revenue Service, sponsored by U.S. Rep. James Renacci, R–Wadsworth, passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. House leaders used the April 15 tax filing deadline date to vote on a package of bills they said were designed to protect taxpayers from potential abuse by the Read More…

New cafe’s owners celebrate opening in Wadsworth

Owners B.J. and Nicole Mikoda, center with scissors, cut the ribbon to officially open The Valley Café’s new location in Wadsworth. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Wadsworth has a new café. The Valley Café opened last month at 101 High St. and so far business has been good. “We’re a family-owned business and we fit in here because it’s a family-oriented community,” co-owner Nicole Mikoda said. Mikoda and her husband, BJ, who also is a chef, started the Valley Café in Read More…

New Valley Cafe opens in downtown Wadsworth (PHOTOS)

BJ Mikoda and his wife Nicole, of Akron, pose Friday morning outside their recently opened Valley Café in Downtown Wadsworth. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

A ribbon-cutting will be held at 11 a.m. today as part of a welcome to the community for the new Valley Cafe in downtown Wadsworth. The eatery at 101 High St. is owned by Nicole and BJ Mikoda, who have a second cafe in Akron. The Mikoda family includes their children Travis, 21, and Morgan, Read More…

Westfield Center man charged with Wadsworth gas station robbery

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A Westfield Center man was arrested Thursday on a charge that he robbed a Speedway gas station in Wadsworth while armed with a rifle. Jarrod M. Kallis, 35, is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison. He is being held at the Medina County Jail while he Read More…

Family hopes to rebuild Wadsworth sandwich shop that burned

Shelli and Matt Reed pose with their children, from left, Nathan, Gabe and Kailie, in a doughnut truck they operated as a family last summer. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Shelli Reed got a call from her mother just after 11 p.m. March 16. It was bad news. The sandwich shop in downtown Wadsworth — a 35-year family enterprise — was on fire. “I got in my truck and drove uptown and when I got closer, I could tell it wasn’t a minor thing,” Reed Read More…

Wadsworth police searching for aggravated robbery suspect

Security footage from the Speedway gas station, 1160 Akron Road, in Wadsworth shows a man demanding money from the two store clerks.

Wadsworth police are searching for a man who robbed a Speedway gas station with a rifle early Tuesday evening. According to a Wadsworth police press release the man entered the filling station, 1160 Akron Road, at approximately 8:41 p.m. He is described as white, in his mid-twenties and under six-feet tall with reddish-blonde hair. At Read More…

Olympian helps unveil recovered match torch

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Andrew Davis and Lawrence Pantages | The Gazette Many communities host a distance running event once a year. But how many can brag that an Olympic Games gold medal winner was once the grand marshal of a festival parade that accompanied the race? Well, Wadsworth can. The city hosted a news conference Thursday to promote Read More…

Olympian to promote return of matchstick in Wadsworth

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In 1972, Wadsworth resident Dave Wottle stunned the world with a come-from-behind victory in the 800-meter dash at the Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. At the annual Blue Tip Festival the next year, Wottle was handed a large ceremonial match to symbolize the Olympics and his victory. Now Wottle will be joining Wadsworth city Read More…