May 23, 2015

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Bear owner accused of attempting to ‘smuggle’ in prescription drugs into jail

Jeffrey Gillium

A man whose pet black bear is at risk of being seized by the state has been charged with trying to “smuggle” prescription drugs into the Medina County jail. Jeffrey Gillium, 62, of Lodi, was charged with illegal conveyance of drugs onto a detention facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in Read More…

Liverpool Township driver critically injured in Carlisle Township crash

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An 18-year-old Liverpool Township man was critically injured when police said he drove into a tree at 2800 Grafton Road in Carlisle Township about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. Benjamin Mora wasn’t breathing when troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post arrived, Sgt. Tim Hoffman, post assistant commander, said Wednesday. Trooper Justin Lister revived Mora through Read More…

Medina County sheriff pursues body cameras for deputies

Tom Miller

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office wants to get 47 body cameras for its officers. County commissioners Tuesday gave approval to the sheriff’s application for a state grant through the Office of Criminal Justice Services. “We began preparing the budget in August of 2014 and that’s when we decided to add them to our budget,” Sheriff Read More…

Medina school district asserts immunity against lawsuit over teen’s suicide

Deven Baab

Medina Schools argued Tuesday that the district has “immunity” from fault in a lawsuit filed by the father of a 14-year-old boy who killed himself just days after a school counselor was warned he may be suicidal. The boy’s father, Richard Baab, accused the counselor, Julia Copley, in a wrongful death lawsuit for failing to Read More…

Brunswick names director of Community and Economic Development

Grant Aungst

Brunswick City Manager Tony Bales announced Tuesday that a director of Community and Economic Development, a post that has been vacant for 15 months, has been hired. Grant Aungst, of Hudson, will begin work Monday. Bales, who previously served as city manager of Hudson before he was hired by Brunswick in June, said he worked Read More…

Medina, Brunswick, Wadsworth meet with Medina County to discuss trash plan


For months the county’s three cities have disagreed with the county over the proposed “Sum of All Parts” plan. On Tuesday evening City Council members from Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth met at Medina City Hall to discuss their positions on the plan update. Discussions at that meeting came after county commissioners approved the updated plan Read More…

Tallmadge man accused of voyeurism talked away from Grand Canyon rim

Paul Strebler

Grand Canyon rangers reported Tuesday that they talked a Tallmadge man away from the ledge of the Arizona landmark after a three-hour conversation. Tallmadge police in Summit County said the man was 33-year-old Paul Strebler, who reportedly fled the state to kill himself at the Grand Canyon after he was accused of recording female employees Read More…

Tension picking up: City councils to meet, commissioners expected to award recycling bid

Trash collecting and other work takes place Monday at the county’s Central Processing Facility. Supervisor Chris Davis of Kimble Cos. operates a loader in the transfer station. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Council members from Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth will meet at 6 p.m. today to discuss the county’s recycling plan update. The councils have expressed displeasure with what is called the “Sum of All Parts” recycling plan and want more power in making decisions for the county’s Solid Waste District. Today’s meeting, which will be held Read More…

Medina businessman hits big numbers for charity

Bill Biegel, of Medina, sits behind the Raymond Biegel Memorial Tournament trophy Saturday after his softball team proved the best of 12 teams at Blakeslee Park in Medina Township. Biegel organized the tournament to raise money for Special Olympic athletes in Medina County. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Medina County residents stepped up to the plate Saturday and raised $17,000 for Special Olympic athletes in the county. “I was hoping for $5,000 or $6,000, so I think we did pretty good,” Medina resident Bill Biegel said. Biegel, who has been a softball coach for Special Olympic athletes in the county for the past Read More…

Police seek Tallmadge man in Romeo’s Pizza voyeurism case

Paul Strebler

A warrant for the arrest of a district manager of a Romeo’s Pizza location in Summit County has been issued. Paul Strebler, 33, of Tallmadge is accused of recording employees using the restroom at a Twinsburg restaurant. Twinsburg police issued the warrant charging Strebler with two counts of voyeurism — one a fifth-degree felony and Read More…