July 30, 2015

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Press Club of Cleveland names The Gazette among Ohio’s best newspapers

Staff members of The Gazette pose for a photo at the House of Blues in Cleveland after the newspaper was named the best in Ohio among its circulation class. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The Press Club of Cleveland named The Gazette the best newspaper in Ohio in a competition among publications with circulation of 75,000 or less. That award, along with 12 others, was announced Friday at the 2015 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards sponsored by the club. The honors for The Gazette included: • Contributor Nancy Johnson Read More…

Police encounters recorded, but access to videos could be limited


Almost half of Medina County’s police agencies have body cameras to record their officers’ interactions with the public, but officials say the recordings may not be always viewable by the public. That’s because government and police officials say body cam videos may fall under public record exemptions for “confidential law enforcement investigatory records” and “trial Read More…

Tensions rise with arrival of NEXUS pipeline letters

Walter and Verna Giebeler stand in front of their yard signs that were put up to warn NEXUS Gas Transmission surveyors to stay off of their York Township property. The proposed natural gas pipeline would go through the Giebeler’s front yard. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

A project manager for the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline has sent letters to Medina County property owners, informing them that, as of today, NEXUS-employed surveyors may enter their property without permission. “We hope you understand that the planned near-term activities must be conducted without delay in order to meet our schedule requirement and that Read More…

Berea’s National Rib Cook-off 2015


Enter to win one of 2 pairs of tickets to the Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-25)!

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Protesters challenge sobriety checkpoint in Montville Township (PHOTOS & VIDEO)


A Parma man who was cited by police last year for holding a sign urging motorists away from a nearby sobriety checkpoint has taken his crusade to Medina County. While police operated a checkpoint Friday night on state Route 18, east of River Styx Road in Montville Township, Doug “Deo” Odolecki held a sign warning Read More…

Two commissioners vs. auditor: Email fuels Medina County feud

Mike Kovack

Loren Genson and Nick Glunt | The Gazette Another shot has been fired in the growing feud between Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack and two of the county commissioners. Commissioners Pat Geissman and Adam Friedrick on Tuesday sent a 14-page email to news media and more than 160 people on the commissioners’ mailing list, protesting a Read More…

Buckeye grad: Board member’s commencement speech excessively religious

MEDINA — When Buckeye school board member Tom Petek spoke at last month’s high school graduation ceremony, he was met with applause from the crowd. But one student is voicing concern about what he considers was a religious message in the speech. The graduate said he has friends who also weren’t happy with the speech, Read More…

Monday’s floodwaters wash away driveways in Granger Twp.

Denise Green stands on a small stretch of land that once separated her neighbor’s Ledge Road driveway from hers in Granger Township. Floodwaters on Monday washed both driveways out and left very little support for the asphalt roadway. Green also lost her car, a Chevy Cobalt, when floodwaters rose too fast to allow her time to move it. She said the car was washed back into a field behind her home. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — Two neighbors in Granger Township aren’t sure how they’re going to get to and from their homes on the south side of Ledge Road. Denise Green and her neighbors, Chuck and Linda Materna, saw their driveways quickly wash away as floodwaters rose suddenly Monday night. “I would say it was a matter Read More…

Medina Twp. man who rescued elderly couple is hero twofold


HINCKLEY TWP. — An octogenarian Parma couple was rescued from their flooding vehicle during Monday evening’s torrential downpours. And the good Samaritan who helped them has done it before. Jim Melillo, of Medina Township, was driving through Hinckley Township headed to his friend’s home in North Royalton when he found there was no safe way Read More…

Dick Goddard rescued while second man climbs tree to avoid waters


For more than 50 years, Dick Goddard has talked about the weather. On Monday night, the weather almost got the last word. The Cleveland television meteorologist and author was one of two people rescued from floodwaters that swamped their cars at the Interstate 71 southbound exit to state Route 3 in Medina Township. “I’m thinking Read More…