April 25, 2015


Michelle Obama to speak at Oberlin College’s commencement

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Ten years of Oberlin College students’ work helping high school students achieve collegiate success caught the attention of the first lady of the United States. On May 25, Michelle Obama will give a speech at Oberlin College’s commencement where she will be presented with an honorary doctor of humanities degree. Her choice to come to Read More…

Former Medina teacher, sex offender fired as RubberDucks’ announcer

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The Akron RubberDucks minor league baseball organization has fired its newly hired game announcer after a media outlet informed the team he had a decade-old felony conviction. Scott H. Foster, who was a teacher at A.I. Root Middle School from 1997 to 2003, pleaded guilty in 2004 to sending graphic sexual messages to two 13-year-old Read More…

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost slams former Medina Superintendent Randy Stepp


State Auditor Dave Yost said on Tuesday it was “blatant abuse” of taxpayer funds for the Medina City School District to pay off $172,000 in student loan debt for former Superintendent Randy Stepp. The loans, which were paid using district dollars in 2012, included up to 15 years’ worth of Stepp’s student loans, according to Read More…

Man charged for threatening Cleveland officer on trial for shooting man’s sister

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CLEVELAND — The brother of an unarmed woman killed in a hail of police gunfire after a 2012 high-speed chase has been charged with disorderly conduct after reportedly making a death threat against the Cleveland officer standing trial for the shooting. A court security guard reported 35 -year-old Alfredo Williams made the threat outside the Read More…

Three killed in weekend crashes, bringing 2015 traffic fatality total to five

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After a deadly weekend on Medina County roads, the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol is urging caution as temperatures warm up. Three people were killed over the weekend in two crashes on local roads, bringing the county fatality total to five for 2015. “We’ve had five people who lost their lives and we’re Read More…

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs seeks input on transportation issues


At a roundtable with transportation officials, trucking industry experts and local contractors, U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville looked for input Monday morning about what Ohioans would like to see in a transportation bill. “I’m here to get feedback from you, find out how it’s going,” Gibbs said, before opening the discussion at the Medina County Read More…

Black River tables drug-test proposal for students in extracurriculars

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The Black River Board of Education has tabled a motion to pass a random drug-testing policy for students in extracurricular activities. The drug policy proposal had its first reading at a meeting in March. “The board felt we needed more community input on this,” Superintendent Chris Clark said. The district has been discussing a drug-testing Read More…

Defense argues $1,600 theft case is civil, not criminal matter

Attorney Thomas L. Erb Jr., left, gestures toward his client, John Kuhar, during Kuhar’s trial Monday on charges of theft. At right is defense attorney Chung Won. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

A judge is expected to rule Friday on whether the owner of Medina Motorsports is guilty of taking $1,600 from a client who did not receive the product for which he paid. John Kuhar, 63, of the 900 block of West Liberty Street in Medina, is charged with two counts of theft, fifth-degree felonies that Read More…

Single-vehicle crash injures one, cuts power in Montville Twp.

Montville police responded to a one-vehicle crash on East Smith Road early Monday morning. The vehicle went off the road and hit a telephone pole. The driver was not seriously injured. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A driver with a medical emergency was not seriously injured when his vehicle struck a utility pole on East Smith Road at 4:43 a.m. Monday in Montville Township. Montville police Lt. Matthew Neil said a man suffering from a medical emergency went off the road between Glenmore Way and Champion Creek. “We learned afterward that Read More…

Two dead, two injured in Sunday night crash in Litchfield Twp.

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LITCHFIELD TWP. — A Wakeman woman and an Elyria woman died Sunday night when they were ejected from their vehicle in a crash at state Route 83 and West Smith Road. Jessica Shortland, 25, of Wakeman, and Mary R. Curney, 36, of Elyria, were killed when the elderly driver of another vehicle failed to yield Read More…