May 24, 2015

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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

Jarrod Kallis

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…

Man, 23, charged with filming women, kids undressing at Wadsworth Target

Jeremy Davis

A 23-year-old Wadsworth man has been indicted on charges of child pornography and voyeurism. He’s accused taking videos of women and children in dressing rooms at the Target store in Wadsworth last month. Jeremy M. Davis, of the 500 block of Sandpiper Lane, is charged with burglary, two counts of attempted illegal use of a Read More…

Firefighters extinguish blaze at Sub Station restaurant in Wadsworth

Wadsworth firefighter Jason Lorton worked Tuesday morning inside the Sub Station in Wadsworth’s historical district, 126 Main St. The sub shop was destroyed Monday night by a fire, the cause of which is now being investigated by the state fire marshal. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Five fire departments battled flames at The Sub Station in Wadsworth’s historical district Monday night. The call came in about 11 p.m., Wadsworth firefighter Lt. Jason Lorton said Tuesday morning. He said a resident in an apartment above the shop smelled smoke. He notified his neighbor in a second apartment and they got out of Read More…

Capital murder trial date set in case of police officer’s death

Justin Winebrenner

A trial date has been scheduled for an Akron man facing the death penalty on accusations of killing an off-duty police officer at a bar. Kenan Ivery, 35, faces charges of aggravated murder and murder in the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Justin Winebrenner, a Wadsworth native who joined the Akron Police Department in 2007. Ivery’s Read More…