August 21, 2014

Mostly clear

UPDATED: Football player convicted of rape returns to team

Football Players Rape

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio high school football player found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl after an alcohol-fueled party two years ago returned to the field Tuesday with his old team. Ma’Lik Richmond played for Steubenville High School in a scrimmage against Cambridge, WTOV-TV reported. Richmond and fellow athlete Trent Mays were Read More…

Anesthesiologist: Drugs used during execution made inmate suffer

Dennis McGuire

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A condemned Ohio inmate put to death during a prolonged execution experienced pain and suffering before he lost consciousness, an anesthesiologist working for the family of the inmate determined in a report released Tuesday. Neither of the drugs used to execute Dennis McGuire on Jan. 16 can be relied on to produce Read More…

Sobriety checkpoint planned for this weekend

The Medina County OVI Task Force has announced a sobriety checkpoint this weekend. The municipality or township to hold the checkpoint will be released the day before, and the exact location will be revealed that morning. Checkpoints are designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers and happen at areas with greater instances of alcohol-related crashes. Police Read More…

Heads with new haircuts held high down school hallways

Angels for Kids founder Shanyn McCourt, right, poses with Kenny Crumpton, of Fox 8 News, stylists from Salon Rootz in Medina Township and area children who were given free back-to-school makeovers Monday to boost their confidence. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Three dozen area youngsters were pampered by stylists at Salon Rootz on Monday as part of an annual back-to-school event sponsored by the Angels for Kids Foundation. The children from around Northeast Ohio were given a haircut, new outfits for the first day of school, beauty and hygiene products and school supplies at the Medina Read More…

Judge to decide in case of minimart armed robbery: Prank or crime?

Anthony Vandal

A Brunswick man accused of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint is arguing at his trial that he only was playing a prank on a friend who was working as a store clerk. Anthony Vandal, 25, of the 4200 block of Beverly Hills Drive, is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up Read More…

Oscar-winning comedian Robin Williams dead from apparent suicide at 63

Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like “Mrs. Doubtfire” or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in “Good Will Hunting,” died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his San Francisco Bay Read More…

Various levies to populate November ballot across Medina County

Two townships and two villages are asking voters for a little more money in November. Harrisville Township and Chippewa Lake Village are asking for an increase in millage on top of renewal levies for maintenance of streets, roads and bridges. Sharon Township is looking for a renewal and increase for fire and rescue services, while Read More…

Cloverleaf board mulls random drug testing for students in activities

Cloverleaf school board members discussed Monday the possibility of random drug tests for students involved in extracurricular activities. John Gladden, the district’s community information coordinator, said the idea of having a drug-testing policy for students was suggested by Medina County sheriff’s Deputy Dave Pries and Garth Gucker, a high school cross country coach. “They looked Read More…

Medina County park events for the rest of August 2014

The following is a list of Medina County Park District programs and activities for the remainder of August. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register, visit or call (330) 722-9364. Tuesday • Homeschoolers Outdoor Education: In the Creek with Crayfish, Hubbard Valley Park, 8600 Hubbard Valley Road, Guilford Township, Read More…

PHOTOS: An Affair on the Square draws quite the crowd

Brunswick’s Danimal Clown — yes, that’s his name — shows off his balloon sculpture skills to 4-year-old Margret Oram-Jacobs, of Akron, at the festival. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Sunny skies and not-too-hot temperatures Sunday drew plenty of folks to An Affair on the Square, the arts and crafts festival on Medina’s historic Public Square.