December 20, 2014

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

Note: This page is updated most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Lodi police Thursday, Dec. 11 8:41 p.m. — Lakeview Drive, police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Shane Riffle, 36, Akron, was charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Wadsworth police Wednesday, Dec. 10 Read More…

Death penalty on the table in slaying of Akron police officer from Wadsworth

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Staff and wire reports An Akron man could face the death penalty if convicted of killing an off-duty police officer at a bar. Thirty-five-year-old Kenan Ivery of Akron was indicted Monday on charges that include aggravated murder and murder in the Nov. 16 shooting death of 32-year-old Justin Winebrenner, a Wadsworth native who joined the Read More…

Fugitive nabbed in Wadsworth to spend 39 years behind bars for killing ex

Nathan Summerfield

Staff and wire reports An Ashland man was sentenced Monday to almost 39 years in prison after pleading guilty in the strangling and stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, Lynn Jackenheimer, while vacationing on North Carolina’s Outer Banks two years ago. Nathan Summerfield, 29, was arrested in a motel in Wadsworth in August 2012 following a Read More…

Wadsworth’s Louis Perry is retiring on his own terms

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Louis Perry said retirement has been a goal for the past couple of years but not at the expense of his company, employees and clients. Last year, the 75-year-old Sharon Township resident started looking for companies interested in continuing his industrial legacy in Wadsworth — the Louis Perry Group, an engineering, architectural, design and construction Read More…

Wadsworth student’s death investigated

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Wadsworth Middle School eighth-grader. Capt. Ken Baca said Benjamin Parke, 13, died Tuesday of what appeared to be a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.” “None of the evidence we’ve collected so far has indicated foul play,” he said. Baca said the investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Read More…

Police lieutenant: I discovered scheme after my credit card was rejected

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Police are urging residents to review their online credit card statements following the Wednesday arrests of three men suspected of playing a role in credit card fraud at stores in Wadsworth, Brunswick, Strongsville and Fairlawn. One of the victims was Montville police Lt. Matt Neil, who said he discovered the fraud Monday when his credit Read More…

Wadsworth man pleads not guilty to charges in death of Creston woman

Kevin Fisher

A Wadsworth man accused of dumping the body of a Creston woman in Cleveland also is suspected of providing her with heroin the October night she died, Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said. Kevin Fisher, 34, of the 500 block of Jessica Lane, pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of tampering with evidence, a Read More…

Wadsworth couple thankful for successful adoption

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This Thanksgiving, the Eshelman family is most thankful they were brought together through adoption. Bill and Amy Eshelman adopted James, 8, and Daniel, 7, when they were toddlers after fostering them through the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio. “I always knew this was something I wanted to do,” Amy said of the adoption process, which Read More…

Will lower fuel prices mean more holiday cash?

The price of a gallon of regular gas was $2.79 at the Marathon station at Pearl and Fenn roads in Medina Township. Gas prices are expected to decline into the Thanksgiving weekend, according to petroleum analysts. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Gas prices in Medina County and across the state are down and will continue to decline into the holiday weekend and through the end of the year, petroleum analysts say. As of Tuesday, the average price of a gallon of gas across Medina County was $2.86, according to information gathered from nonprofit GasBuddy.com, which uses Read More…

Fledgling theater company is ready for the spotlight in Wadsworth

Members of the Wadsworth Theatre Company rehearse for their Nov. 30 production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” From left, Chuck Peery III (George Bailey), Jordan Pitts (Mary Hatch Bailey), Jay Sigler (Ernie Bishop), Anna Lambert (Frankie) and Kyle Callahan (Clarence). (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Theater has been a recurring theme in the lives of Nicole Ellesin and her husband, Donald. They both participated in theater productions in high school and college, and they met while performing in community theater in 2003. They performed in many shows together and even got engaged on stage before marrying in 2007. A Wadsworth Read More…