November 20, 2014

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Top Dog essay contest deadline is Monday for fourth-graders

Fourth-graders have until Monday to enter an essay contest spotlighting their favorite pooch in Medina County. All entrants will receive gift certificates for Dairy Queen ice cream cones, and winners can receive prizes for their dogs, themselves and one of 2015’s first dog tags. “Kids love this contest,” said Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack, whose Read More…

Shaun Mollohan is trooper of the year at Medina post

Shaun Mollohan

Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Shaun P. Mollohan has been selected as the 2014 Trooper of the Year at the Medina post. Mollohan was chosen for the honor by his fellow officers at the post based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public. Read More…

Artists open gallery, plan to offer classes in Medina


Artists Sandi Piper and Lacey Huffman are bringing their love of nature-inspired art to Public Square. Their new art gallery, Sand & Lace Fine Art Gallery, opened Friday at 23 Public Square in Medina. The landscapes and naturescapes of Piper and Huffman will be showcased, as well as the work of other local artists. The Read More…

Off-duty Avon Lake firefighter dies in concrete wall collapse

Jon Wysochanski and Anna Merriman | The Gazette The life of an off-duty firefighter, who died on Thursday afternoon, often has been marked by moments of pure heroism. Avon Lake firefighter Larry “Gomer” Heczko died instantly Thursday when a concrete wall he was working on collapsed on top of him, according to a news release Read More…

Medina man pleads guilty to allowing drug sales at his home

David Reed

A Bronson Street man who police say attracted criminal activity to the area pleaded guilty Thursday to letting his friend sell drugs at his Medina home in August. David Reed, whose home was padlocked last month as the result of a lawsuit by the city to label the house a “habitual resort” for criminals, was Read More…

Gazette launches annual Not-Forgotten Box donation drive with Salvation Army

From left, Lorain County Printing and Publishing employees Lucy Velez and Barb Ritsko-Stephens put up signs and holiday decorations for the Not Forgotten Box, a food and toy drive for families in need during the holiday season. The drive will begin Monday and will go through Dec. 12.  (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

The Gazette’s Medina office will start to look a lot like Santa’s workshop next week. On Monday, the newspaper launches its Not-Forgotten Box to collect new, unopened toys for underprivileged children through Dec. 12. This year’s goal is 2,000 toys. Last year it reached 1,400. The Gazette also will accept nonperishable food items with all Read More…

Florida man on walk across country passes through Brunswick


Steve Fugate has trekked the Appalachian Trail and crisscrossed the country seven times on foot while dragging a cart with a few bags and his tent behind him. As snow was falling Thursday, Fugate, 68, reached Brunswick. He carried a sign high over his head that read “Love Life.” He’s not raising money or looking Read More…

Buehler’s helps raise $1,308 for Habitat for Humanity

Buehler’s customers throughout Medina County raised $1,308 for Medina County Habitat for Humanity last month. For two weeks in October, customers could purchase paper hammers, which were hung on the walls inside Buehler’s stores. The money raised will go toward building materials for two houses Habitat for Humanity plans to build in 2015 as part Read More…

New rape charges filed against 75-year-old former Hinckley Twp. man

James Selch

A 75-year-old former Hinckley Township man who was charged in September with raping two young girls was indicted last week with raping a young man. James I. Selch now is facing a total of three counts of raping a child under age 13, three counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. The Read More…

PHOTO: Mock crime scene investigated at Highland High School