April 23, 2014

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Man pleads no contest to child porn charges

MEDINA — A 19-year-old Medina man awaits sentencing after pleading no contest Monday to having child pornography on his home computer. Dylan Ruesch, 100 block of W. Liberty St., changed his plea from not guilty before Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler. Ruesch is set to be sentenced May 29. Ruesch was indicted Read More…

Foodbank director: Hunger data will help understand area needs

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The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank reports 19,000 people living in Medina County — about one out of every 10 residents — don’t always have access to safe and nutritious food. Of that number, 8,400 are children. The new study, based on 2012 data, was released Tuesday by Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. “Hunger is Read More…

Old Navy store closing in Medina

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The Old Navy store at 1155 N. Court St., Medina, will close its doors Friday. Signs posted on the windows urge customers to visit other Old Navy stores in Strongsville and Akron, which will remain open. The sign also announced a clearance sale with discounts up to 50 percent on most items remaining in the Read More…

Poll: Most Americans disagree with scientists on Big Bang

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While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, the majority of Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Yet when it comes to smoking causing cancer or that a genetic code determines who we are, the doubts disappear. When considering concepts scientists consider truths, Americans have Read More…

One arrest at sobriety checkpoint targeting problem region for drunken driving

MEDINA — An OVI checkpoint Easter weekend yielded only one drunken driving arrest. The checkpoint, which began at 10 p.m. Friday and lasted three hours, was on U.S. Route 42 (Lafayette Road) just north of Baxter Street. Medina County OVI Task Force Director Lt. Brian Ohlin, of the Brunswick Police Department, said the site was Read More…

Charges reduced against ex-owner of cigar shop

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MEDINA — A 50-year-old Medina man had four felony charges reduced to two misdemeanors Monday after pleading guilty to theft in connection with avoiding tobacco taxes on his cigar store. Philip Labondano, of the 1000 block of Continental Drive, was accused of avoiding taxes in 2009 and 2010 at the Medina Cigar Co., 307 E. Read More…

Knight staying on as Medina Schools superintendent

Interim Superintendent Dave Knight has taken the position fully after Monday's meeting of the Medina School Board. (NANCY JOHNSON / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — The Medina school board Monday voted unanimously to make Dave Knight the district’s superintendent. The 15-month contract runs May 1 through July 21, 2015, and provides an annual salary of $102,500. The board and Knight could continue the contract for an additional two years if both parties agree. Both parties would be required Read More…

The Band Perry to headline this year’s Medina County Fair

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The Band Perry will perform at the Medina County Fair on July 31. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. May 31 at the fair office. Tickets also will be sold online this year starting at 10 a.m. May 31. Tickets are $35 and do not include fair admission. For more information, visit www.medina-fair.com. The Band Read More…

Lt. gov. presents $8.4M plan in support of bridge repairs

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Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor joined other state and local officials Monday in Lafayette Township to unveil an $8.4 million program that will rebuild bridges in Medina and Lorain counties. The Ohio Bridge Partnership program provides $120 million for the repair or replacement of more than 200 bridges statewide deemed “structurally deficient.” Medina County will Read More…

Radio host Rizzo gets probation, time served for reduced domestic violence case

MEDINA — A Cleveland radio host was sentenced to two years of probation Monday after pleading no contest to a disorderly conduct charge following an incident where police were called to his Medina home in December. Tony Rizzo, 52, host of “The Really Big Show” on WKNR-AM, was arrested on Dec. 6 at his home Read More…