February 28, 2015

Partly sunny

Group trudges through snow on hike in Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park

Nichole Houze, a naturalist with the Medina County Park District, leads a group of 16 Medina County residents through shin-deep snow Sunday afternoon at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park in Granger Township. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Bundled in heavy winter gear and hiking boots, 16 Medina County residents and two dogs trudged through shin-deep snow during a Sunday afternoon hike at Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park. The hour-long hike through the woods was the fourth in the 2015 season of the Natural Discoveries Hiking Series offered by the Medina County Park District. Read More…

Fatal accident victim William Bihn was a ‘dedicated husband’

Medina Gazette Logo

As Karen Bihn was driving to her Norwalk Road home Friday afternoon, she saw the Ohio Highway Patrol cruiser in her driveway. As she pulled in, her 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, ran up to the car. “Sarah came outside and said, ‘It’s dad,’ ” Karen Bihn remembered. William Bihn, of York Township, was one of two Read More…

Medina to host Heritage Ohio training session

Medina Gazette Logo

Community development professionals from across the state will meet in Medina on Wednesday for the first Heritage Ohio Revitalization Series training session of the year. Every year, Heritage Ohio and Ohio Main Street programs host quarterly sessions across the state to discuss ways of preserving and developing the historical heritage of Ohio’s communities. “We’re very Read More…

Ohio Fire Marshal still investigating Stone Road estate fire from January

A $2.5 million home, at 7291 Stone Road, York Township, was destroyed by fire Monday morning. The call came in at around 8:15 a.m. Erhart Fire Chief Guy Roach said that the owner, Kevin Sunde, and a cleaning service employee were in the house when the fire broke out. Sunde, the only one with minor injuries, was taken to Medina Hospital.   
Roach said the Medina County Fire Investigation Task Force is still working at the scene to determine a cause. 
Roach said Sunde told him Sunde was lighting a fire in the fireplace, turned around, and heard a small explosion. 
Roach said the wind and cold temperatures made the battle more difficult. The pavement around the home was iced up from the water they used and the firefighters' gear was coated in ice. 
Roach said that, except for some valuable pulled from the inside, the house was completely destroyed. He said it was insured. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

An investigation into the cause of a fire at a $1.8 million estate on Stone Road last month is still underway at the state Fire Marshal’s office in Columbus. The fire, which broke out about 8:15 a.m. Jan. 5 caused about $800,000 in damage, mostly to the main house on the property at 7291 Stone Read More…

Spanning the gap: Bridge placed over Rocky River in Medina (PHOTO)


Workers from Midwest Equipment, of Cleveland, use two cranes to swing a steel trestle bridge into place over the West Branch of the Rocky River, just east of Weymouth Road (state Route 3) and south of Granger Road. The bridge is part of a new 1.6-mile multipurpose trail linking the Reagan Parkway trail park, in Read More…

Bone-chilling record set in Medina County

Medina Gazette Logo

Medina County and communities across the state have shivered under record cold temperatures for two straight days. The National Weather Service reported a low of minus 17 degrees at 5:43 a.m. Friday, trashing the old record of minus 3 degrees set in 1968. Thursday’s low of minus 4 degrees tied the record for that date, Read More…

York Township man killed in Penfield Township crash

OSP officers and firefighters responded to a fatal accident on Rt. 18, just before the intersection of Foster St., in Penfield Township on Friday afternoon, Feb. 20. (KRISTIN BAUER / GAZETTE)

A Medina County man died after a head-on crash in Lorain County on Friday afternoon that killed another man and severely injured a woman. William Bihn, 49, of York Township, and Richard Forgues, 64, of Barberton, died at the scene, according to the Lorain County coroner’s office. Rhonda Forgues, 59, of Barberton had to be Read More…

Hot and cold: Firefighters extinguish flames in frigid temperatures

Medina Gazette Logo

Twenty-nine firefighters braved the extreme cold Thursday night and into Friday morning to put out a house fire in Brunswick Hills. The call came in at 8:55 p.m. from a passer-by that a residential house at 154 Substation Road was on fire, according to Brunswick Hills Fire Chief Anthony Strazzo. The owner of the home, Read More…

Medina vehicle customizer makes cruisin’ dreams become a reality


Rob Malenfant and his business, Rod Iron Crew Inc., make dreams come true. The Medina-based automotive and motorcycle specialist startup has been building custom bikes and restoring historic automobiles out of a West Liberty Street garage for less than a year, and business is booming. The company’s 4,800-square-foot garage is filled with stripped-down Harley-Davidsons and Read More…

Armed robbery suspect gets new attorney

Derrick Kenney

A Cleveland Heights man requested a new attorney this week instead of pleading guilty — as he was scheduled to do — to a May armed robbery in Medina. Derrick Kenney, 26, is charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and firearm specifications that would make prison time mandatory. Kenney was represented Tuesday by appointed attorney Read More…