January 29, 2015


Florida cat crawls from grave five days after hit by car, buried


TAMPA, Fla. — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1½-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor to dig a shallow grave. Five days later, Read More…

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after two-year hunt

In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service,  Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (AP FILE PHOTO)

A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history was arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton and arrested him Tuesday, said Brian Babtist, Read More…

New Medina Creative Housing lodge assists with life skills

From left, Chad Houseman, a “life-stepper” with Medina Creative Housing, Michael Carlson, president of the board of directors for Medina Creative Housing, and Christopher Milota, a “life-stepper,” cut the ribbon Tuesday on the new Life Skills Training Lodge, 5200 Lake Road, Lafayette. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Medina Creative Housing has opened a new facility to help people with disabilities learn skills that will enable them to live more independently. Creative Housing’s staff, volunteers and people benefiting from the life-skills program gathered Tuesday at the new Life Skills Training Lodge, 5200 Lake Road, Lafayette Township, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This lodge is Read More…

Salt outpost planned by ODOT to benefit Medina, Lorain counties

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to build a truck and salt storage facility at the former Grafton prison farm on state Route 83 in Lorain County. The facility, projected to cost $4.4 million, is expected to be approved by the State Controlling Board as part of $100 million in state bond funds for building Read More…

Medina Council picks designer for new municipal courthouse

The city of Medina has entered into an agreement with Silling Associates for preliminary architectural and engineering services regarding plans for a new municipal courthouse. The West Virginia-based architectural firm will be paid $103,500 for its services. “This is a big step,” City Council President John Coyne said. Council picked Silling Associates as the architect Read More…

Brunswick Council sets guidelines for planned hotel

Brunswick officials agreed Monday to set guidelines for the design of a long-sought hotel at Brunswick Town Center. But City Council rejected a city Planning Commission recommendation that would have provided more regulation over the project. The Planning Commission asked Council to approve hotels only as a “conditional use” in the special planning district in Read More…

New president of Educational Service Center sworn in (PHOTO)

Kent Patterson is sworn in Monday as the new president of the Governing Board of the Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center by county Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler during the board’s organizational meeting in the Professional Building, 124 W. Washington St., Medina. Patterson served as the board’s vice president last year. Dan Shumaker was elected vice president for 2015. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Kent Patterson was sworn in Monday as the new president of the Governing Board of the Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center.

Medina expected to sell vacant property at auction

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A vacant lot at 244 N. Medina St. in Medina is expected to be sold at auction after Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, failed to find an alternative. Earlier this month, City Council’s Finance Committee asked Lamb to research alternatives for what the city could do with the 4,000-square-foot property. Lamb suggested the city donate Read More…

Black River Board of Education, support staff approve contract

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After 1½ years of negotiations, the Black River Board of Education approved a new contract for support staff Monday. The support staff union, made up of custodians, cooks, bus drivers, secretaries and paraprofessionals, voted on the three-year contract Friday night. The employees had been without a contract since June 2013. The new contract, effective through Read More…

Kenneth Alex Grad gets 24 years in prison for abusing infant son; maintains innocence

Kenneth Alex Grad was sentenced to 24 years in prison Monday morning on charges of felonious assault and endangering children. He was convicted last month of brutally abusing his infant son in 2008. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Convicted infant abuser Kenneth Alex Grad was sentenced to 24 years in prison Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. Grad, 44, formerly of Montville Township, was found guilty of felonious assault and endangering children — six second-degree felonies and two third-degree felonies — by a Medina County jury last month. Grad was accused of Read More…