August 30, 2014

Medina
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Children use Lego blocks to build skills in math, science

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Dozens of young engineers in the making got to try their hands at building whatever they could imagine Sunday with an unlimited supply of Legos, the colorful construction toys from Denmark. The event wasn’t all fun and games. Shannon Simmons, director of Medina’s franchise of Bricks 4 Kidz, said the goal of the program is Read More…

International Fest draws 15,000 to Medina’s Public Square

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The International Fest held on to the title of Medina’s biggest single-day event of the year. The Saturday festival, which ran 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and celebrated international culture with music, food and activities, drew about 15,000 visitors to the square, organizers said. “I think attendance was down a little bit from last year, Read More…

Chippewa resident is Gardener of the Year

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Decades of gardening paid off for a Chippewa Lake woman, who has been named Gardener of the Year by the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. Gisela Mattingly was awarded the title this month in recognition of her self-taught skills in gardening. “I was stunned,” Mattingly said. “I’m the president of a local garden club and Read More…

Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards

Mesfin Fekadu | The Associated Press Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter, amid the numerous rumors surrounding her marriage. Beyonce Read More…

Ohio Treasurer Mandel seeks searchable database of state spending

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Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is hoping to give Ohioans and newspapers a new tool for tracking state spending. Mandel, R-Lyndhurst, is asking for state lawmakers to pass a bill that would put the state’s checkbook online in a searchable database. “The more sunlight we shine on government spending, the more efficient government will be,” he Read More…

Thieves make off with $60K in mattresses

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MEDINA — Three 53-foot long semi-trailers full of newly manufactured mattresses were stolen from a lot across from the Sealy Co.’s Lake Road factory, Medina police say. Sgt. Brett McNabb estimated the value of the mattresses at $60,000. Police recovered one trailer Monday afternoon in Seville, at Friendsville and Seville roads, but no mattresses were inside. Read More…

Tibetan monks to bring message of peace to Brunswick

Monks from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery take in a view of Berkeley, California. The monks are visiting Brunswick on Wednesday. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

BRUNSWICK — A group of Tibetan monks will visit Brunswick on Wednesday as part of a World Peace Tour aimed at cultural exchange to share their Tibetan traditions with others. Monks from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery arrived in San Francisco in the spring and have been making their way east on a trip that Read More…

Conviction upheld in Medina bar fight

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MEDINA — Appellate judges have upheld the conviction of a Norton woman who was accused of hiding the knife used in an assault at a Medina bar last year. A jury in May 2013 found Nicole Glunt, 28, guilty of evidence tampering and a month later, a judge sentenced her to three years’ probation. Her charge Read More…

Judge to decide case of man accused of raping teen more than 100 times

Defense attorney Elizabeth Kelley delivers her closing arguments Thursday. Also pictured, from left, are Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury, Montville police Detective Angela Vivo, defendant Patrick Shank and his other defense attorneys, Richard Lillie and Gretchen Holderman. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Attorneys in the rape trial of a former Montville Township man presented their closing arguments Thursday, with the defense saying the allegations “don’t add up” and the prosecution pointing out similarities to a 2012 case in which 47-year-old Patrick Shank was convicted. Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler said he will announce his Read More…

Charges dropped against Bronson Street ‘nuisance’ homeowner

David Reed, 53, recounts the events that led up to his arrest Aug. 8 on a charge of permitting drug abuse at his Bronson Street home. Curtis Debose, 34, also was arrested that day on a charge of trafficking in heroin. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Medina Municipal Judge Dale H. Chase has dismissed criminal charges against the owner of a Bronson Street house that police say is a hub of drug activity in Medina. David Reed, 53, of 416 Bronson St., was arrested Aug. 8 on a charge of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony. In his Monday ruling, Chase Read More…