December 22, 2014

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Chlorine turns toxic at Wadsworth Community Center

A Medina County HazMat team prepares  to enter Wadsworth High School wearing protective suits Tuesday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

Wadsworth High School and the attached Wadsworth Community Center were evacuated Tuesday after an accidental mix of chemicals created toxic chlorine gas. Wadsworth fire, police and emergency medical service personnel responded to the incident at the center’s recreation portion managed by the Akron-area YMCA, 623 School Drive, at about 2 p.m. The Medina County HazMat Read More…

Cavs offer Andrew Bynum two-year, $24 million pact

Free agent center Andrew Bynum, right, tries to block a shot by Serge Ibaka in a game in 2012. Bynum met with the Cavaliers on Monday. Bynum played for Cleveland coach Mike Brown when both were with the Lakers. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — Andrew Bynum hasn’t played in an NBA game since May 21, 2012, but he remains one of the most coveted centers in the league. Not surprisingly, the 7-footer with chronic knee problems also sits atop the Cavaliers’ offseason wish list. On Monday, Bynum reciprocated their interest by meeting with general manager Chris Grant Read More…

Tribe: Cleveland keeps it close, but Tigers win 4-2

Cleveland’s Mike Aviles celebrates with Michael Brantley after both scored on a single by Lonnie Chisenhall in the second inning. Below,  Cleveland starting pitcher Scott Kazmir reacts after giving up a solo home run in the fourth to Matt Tuiasosopo. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The Indians kept Max Scherzer from continuing his winning ways, but they couldn’t prevent the Tigers from taking a key series at Progressive Field. Scherzer entered the game with victories in his first 13 decisions of the season, but he departed after seven innings and the game tied. Still, the right-hander’s teammates picked Read More…

Lacrosse: Former Bee is an All-American

Sierra Thomas

MEDINA — In the midst of a run to five straight Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association Final Fours, Medina’s girls lacrosse team has had its share of All-American players. From Nikki Boltja to Katie Keefe and Sydney Thomas, just to name a few, the Bees have gained national attention. You can add Sierra Thomas to that Read More…

Browns: Owner Jimmy Haslam has no plans to sell

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has faced uncertain times since the FBI and IRS raided the Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters of Pilot Flying J on April 15. Haslam has once again sought to bring some clarity to at least part of the situation — his future with the Browns. A spokesman for Haslam said Monday that Haslam Read More…

Tribe: Joe Smith replaces Vinnie Pestano

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano during a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Cleveland. Cleveland won 8-7. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Vinnie Pestano’s season on the brink continued in earnest Monday. Prior to the series finale with Detroit, manager Terry Francona announced that Pestano, one of the American League’s top setup men for the past two seasons, would no longer hold down the eighth-inning role. Right-hander Joe Smith will replace Pestano, who has struggled Read More…

Salaries raised for Medina mayor, finance director

Dennis Hanwell

Medina City Council voted 6-1 on Monday to raise the pay for the mayor and finance director. The ordinance calls for the mayor’s salary to rise from $73,820.50 to about $80,000 and the finance director’s salary to increase from $82,341.22 to about $85,000 by 2017. Councilman Mark Kolesar, 3rd Ward, was the only member to Read More…

Man pleads guilty to bat, gas attack

Jason Donelon

MEDINA — A Brunswick man was convicted of burglary and assault Monday after pleading guilty to breaking into a Chippewa Lake home and attacking the occupants in December. Jason Donelon, 19, of 1650 Rocklyn Drive, was set to go to trial Monday on two counts of aggravated burglary and kidnapping, first-degree felonies, and second-degree felonious Read More…

County officials challenge state over demolition costs

This unfinished house, at 5588 Bilney Court, stands out like a sore thumb among the upscale homes in the Dover Heights neighborhood of Lafayette Township. Work on the house was halted because of the 2008 real estate crash. It is one of the 33 Medina County structures slated to be demolished with money from the Moving Ohio Forward Grant. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

Medina County officials are questioning an Ohio attorney general’s ruling limiting how much the state will pay to demolish blighted housing. The May ruling by Attorney General Mike DeWine means some property owners could be on the hook to pay consulting fees that county officials expected to be covered under a contract DeWine’s office signed Read More…

Brunswick road levy effort approved

BRUNSWICK — Voters will decide a 20-year, 1.2-mill road levy on the November ballot, but what projects might be covered hasn’t been determined. City Council members voted 7-2 Monday night to approve legislation authorizing the levy, with members Ron Falconi, at-large and Anthony Capretta, 4th Ward, voting against it. The levy is expected to bring Read More…