April 15, 2014

Intermittent clouds

Best-selling author to speak at luncheon

Shelley Shepard Gray

MEDINA — A New York Times best-selling author will speak at a noon luncheon May 1 hosted by the Medina County District Library. Shelley Shepard Gray, who writes stories featuring characters who live in the Amish community, will speak during a Writers Live Luncheon at Weymouth Country Club. “I’ve gotten a lot of calls about Read More…

May I have this dance?

Kathleen Totter-Smith dances with her son, David Sheldon, at a "senior" prom at Wadsworth High School on Saturday. Totter-Smith, who lives at Elmcroft Assisted Living of Medina, made a wish to dance that was granted by the Second Wind Dreams nonprofit organization. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A woman at a Medina assisted-living residence told officials there that she wanted to dance again — so they did her one better. Kathleen Totter-Smith had her wish granted last Saturday when her son surprised her by accompanying her to a “senior” prom at Wadsworth High School put on by Soprema Senior Care Center. Dinah Read More…

PHOTOS: Checkmate

Buckeye High School sophomore Ryan Siford, 16, makes his move during a game of “Mega Chess” at the Buckeye Library on Wednesday. The oversized board game is just one activity available to Buckeye “latchkey” kids at the library after school.  (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

Medina tournament At Buckeye Library

Veterans are $75K closer to hall fixes

The Hillier Family Foundation, of Sharon Township, has donated $75,000 to help modernize the Medina County Veterans Memorial Hall. Accepting the donation Wednesday are members of the Veterans’ Capital Campaign Oversight Committee, from left, Don Simmons, CEO of Simmons Brothers Construction; Medina Finance Director Keith Dirham; Medina County Treasurer John Burke; and Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack. Holding the check are, from left, David Taylor, chairman of the fundraising campaign, and Hillier Foundation trustees Robert Jagger, Diana Snider, Robert Wyatt and Christina Prince. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

MEDINA — The Hillier Family Foundation has donated $75,000 toward the expansion and modernization of the Medina County Veterans Memorial Hall, 620 N. Broadway St. “This is a much-appreciated donation from the Hillier Foundation, which truly wants to be a part of helping veterans throughout Medina County,” said David Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran and Read More…

New task force’s mission: Keep crime out

Medina County police agencies have created a task force aimed at cutting the flow of drugs along the county’s highways and interstates. Gary Hubbard, director of the county Drug Task Force, said the new Criminal Patrol Task Force will be similar to the OVI Task Force, which gathers officers from across the county to crack Read More…

One deputy, two big busts

Deputy Daniel Kohler stands with more than a pound of marijuana, six cell phones and cash he confiscated from a car following a traffic stop in the early morning hours of March 27. A second bust on March 27 netted more than 3 pounds of marijuana. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Four men are facing felony drug charges from two separate marijuana busts on Interstate 71 late last month. On March 27, Medina County sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Kohler stopped two vehicles during two different shifts, and confiscated more than 4 pounds of marijuana, according to sheriff’s reports. In the first incident, at 1:18 a.m. Kohler stopped Read More…

Red Cross chapters to merge

The Medina County chapter of the American Red Cross will merge with the Summit and Portage counties chapter this summer. Beth Kilchenman, executive director of the Medina County chapter, will retire July 11 after 27 years, and officials said it makes sense to reorganize the two chapters under one executive. Joe Kuzma is the current Read More…

Ex-worker must pay back $24K for gadgets, gift cards

MEDINA — A former employee of Wadsworth’s Target store has been ordered to pay nearly $24,000 in restitution to the store for falsifying receipts and discount coupons. Alyssa Olenzak, 22, of Rittman, also was placed on five years of probation Monday after pleading guilty in February to a count of complicity to commit theft. Medina Read More…

City manager field down to 5

Brunswick City Council has narrowed the field to five finalists for the job of city manager. The post has been vacant since August, when Jim Lukas resigned. Three Ohio men, including Brunswick Service Director Pat McNamara, were brought in for interviews Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Next week, Council will interview two applicants from out of Read More…

PHOTO: Memorial for motorcyclists

During a well-attended memorial service Wednesday for Robert Willis and his wife, Jolene, the Columbia Station Veterans of Foreign Post 9340 delivered an emotional prayer, taps, presentation of arms and a flag-raising. The Columbia Station couple died in a motorcycle accident Sunday. A fund has been established for their five children. Donations can be made at FirstMerit Bank, 25742 Royalton Road, Columbia Station. For more information, call (440) 236-3400. (KRISTIN BAUER / GAZETTE)