March 2, 2015

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City of Cleveland: Boy, 12, shot by cop died because of his own actions

This undated photo provided by the family's attorney shows Tamir Rice. Rice, 12, was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator's call for such weapons to be brightly colored or bear special markings. (AP Photo)

CLEVELAND — A 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police died as a result of his own actions, and the city of Cleveland isn’t to blame, its lawyers said in response to a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the child’s family. Tamir Rice’s injuries and the subsequent complaints Read More…

Park events for the month of March 2015

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On March 21, the Medina County Park District is offering wagon tours of Maple Valley Farm, a sugar woods owned and operated by five generations of the Fulton family. Participants can view the entire syrup-making process from gathering the sap to boiling and bottling in the sugar house. Tours will begin and end at Buffalo Read More…

Medina sheriff issue Level One advisory for blowing, drifting snow

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Medina County Sheriff Tom Miller has declared a Level One snow emergency in Medina County. A Level One emergency advises motorists to be cautions because roadways may be icy because of blowing and drifting snow. The cities of Brunswick and Wadsworth and Brunswick Hill Township have issued a parking ban on streets to allow plows Read More…

Medina Ice Festival sculptures standing strong two weeks later

Many of the ice sculptures from Medina’s 21st annual Ice Festival are still looking good on Friday, two weeks after the event thanks to the bitter cold. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

This week’s bitter cold may be bad for people, but it’s good for the ice sculptures that surround Medina’s Public Square. The sculptures were created during the Medina Ice Festival, Feb. 13-16 and most are holding up well weeks later. Usually the sculptures melt away within days. Some uptown businesses have seen slightly increased customer Read More…

Attorney for convicted mother: ‘Verdict is indictment against parents’

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A Medina County jury found a 27-year-old Medina woman responsible for her toddler-age son falling into a fit of seizures last March after he ingested one of her prescription pills. Melanie Trivett, of Springbrook Drive, was convicted Thursday of child endangering, a third-degree felony. The jury acquitted her of felonious assault, a second-degree felony charging Read More…

Indictments leveled for alleged ID theft scheme spanning three counties

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Four men arrested in December in connection with a complex identity theft ring spanning several counties have been indicted in Summit County. Prosecutors filed an 84-count indictment against Ming Chun Shi, Hue Dong Dong, Wen Fei Shi and Yu Liu on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, forgery and identity theft. The Read More…

After state changes formula, missed school no longer means calamity

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So far this year, students in the Black River school district have missed 10 days of classes because of the bitter winter. On five more days, classes were delayed two hours. But the students may not have to make up any lost instructional time. In fact, Black River could cancel classes for another 10 days Read More…

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

In this 2009 file photo, actor Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr. Spock in “Star Trek,” poses for a portrait. Nimoy died Friday in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. (AP PHOTO)

LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died. Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. He was 83. Although Read More…

Buckeye principal returns after allegations of sexual harassment

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Buckeye High School Principal Charles “Chuck” Vrabel returned to school on Wednesday after a 10-day leave while the district investigated sexual harassment charges brought by a teacher. The investigation was completed Wednesday afternoon, and Vrabel was given two days without pay. Superintendent Brian Williams said a complaint was brought to his attention by a female Read More…

Medina woman fixes winter blues with colorful yard art (PHOTO)


Angie Kovacs has had enough of winter. Using spray paint, Kovacs drew flowers on her snow-covered front lawn on Damon Drive in Medina. “It’s springtime at my house!” she wrote on Facebook. “My husband is convinced I’ve lost what was left of my mind. But I don’t care! It made me smile.” She said she Read More…