July 23, 2014


Auditor warns of telephone scam that’s tricked Medina County residents

MEDINA — Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack is warning residents to be on guard against a telephone hoax from a person identifying himself as a representative of “Department of the Treasurer, Legal Affairs.” The caller warns residents they have a lien on their property and asks if they have a criminal attorney. The caller then Read More…

Charges dropped against accused bank robber who’s too ill for trial

Hugh Crouch

MEDINA — A judge has dismissed bank robbery charges against a 71-year-old Hinckley Township man, ruling the man is too ill to stand trial. Hugh Crouch, of the 1400 block of Ridge Road, was arrested in February 2013 after police said he robbed Brunswick’s Huntington Bank of almost $30,000 and led officers on a high-speed Read More…

Williams on the Lake, residents opposed to asphalt manufacturing plant

A line of trees separates the Williams on the Lake banquet hall, left, from the site of a proposed asphalt manufacturing plant. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The Medina Planning Commission is urging a road construction material company and a local banquet hall to settle their differences privately. The Shelly Co., of Cleveland, wants to move an asphalt manufacturing plant from 310 N. State Road about a mile to 820 W. Smith Road. The Shelly Co. needs a conditional zoning certificate from Read More…

Medina theater group tackles love, poverty, AIDS with ‘Rent’ musical

The cast of "Rent" sing the musical's title song during a dress rehearsal Tuesday night at the Medina Performing Arts Center. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A community theater group is shifting away from traditional musicals this year with a presentation of “Rent.” CAMEO Medina’s production of the musical, with lyrics and music by Jonathan Larson, opens Friday at the Medina Performing Arts Center. Set in the early 1990s in New York City, the musical tackles issues related to love, poverty Read More…

Ohio inmate who fatally shot ailing wife dies

John Wise

COLUMBUS (AP) — A 68-year-old Ohio man who said he acted out of love when he shot to death his ailing wife in her hospital bed died while serving his six-year sentence, his attorney and the state prisons department said Tuesday. The man, John Wise, of Massillon, had been in a prison medical center in Read More…

Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser voted Best Looking


The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s cruiser was voted the Best Looking Cruiser in the country by Facebook fans.
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PHOTOS: Beekeepers harvest honey from hives at A.I. Root Candle Co.


Three beekeepers tended to hives at A.I. Root Candle Co., 623 W. Liberty St., Medina on Monday. The Medina Bee Festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St. Residents can watch beekeepers open a hive at 11 a.m., they can taste wild honey and learn about beekeeping. Read More…

Clerk of courts employee’s job status in limbo until at least Friday

David Wadsworth

MEDINA — A Medina County Clerk of Courts employee will keep her job and remain on paid administrative leave until at least Friday. Clerk David Wadsworth placed Deputy Clerk Cynthia Tyree on leave last Tuesday, accusing her of failing to back up computer data. Wadsworth said Tyree, who is paid a $34,440 salary to administer Read More…

Behemoth machine roars back to Medina for this year’s road project


David Knox and Nick Glunt | The Gazette MEDINA — The monster that ate Medina’s downtown streets last year is back. Thankfully, he should be a little less hungry and a little easier for motorists to live with this year. The giant milling machine that rips off the top layer of asphalt in preparation for Read More…

No wrongdoing found so far in probe of allegations against auditor

Mike Kovack

A special prosecutor said he’s not found evidence to support allegations that Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack used resources of his office in his re-election campaign, but stressed he’s still working on the case. “I haven’t seen anything so far that shows any improprieties,” Special Prosecutor Kevin Baxter said Tuesday, “but I’m also not done Read More…