April 18, 2014

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Brunswick Hills trustees back police chief

David Zelenka addresses the Brunswick Hills Township trustees Tuesday. Zelenka resigned from the township’s Police Department earlier this month after receiving no response to a letter he sent to trustees regarding safety and personnel concerns in the department. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — Township trustees showed their support for Police Chief Sharon MacKay on Tuesday after a closed-door meeting about personnel and management problems in her department. During the public part of the meeting, Trustee Christina Kusnerak said they will continue to monitor the department but that “the public is not in any imminent Read More…

Brunswick Hills trustees to discuss police chief’s response to problems

Sharon MacKay

BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — Township trustees will meet at 4 p.m. today to discuss Police Chief Sharon MacKay’s response to allegations of serious personnel and management problems within her department. Trustee Michael Esber said the emergency meeting will be closed to the public. The meeting was called after The Gazette reported Saturday that David Zelenka, Read More…

Brunswick Hills Police Department in turmoil

Sharon MacKay

BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — A police officer and attorney hired to help Chief Sharon MacKay administer the Police Department resigned last week after he received no response to a letter he wrote to trustees detailing problems he said jeopardize the safety of the department and the community. Trustee Michael Esber confirmed trustees did not respond Read More…

Buckeye Schools’ levy passes; saves 19 teachers, 17 other jobs

Buckeye educational aide Monique Hendrix hugs two students in the high school cafeteria Tuesday night as they celebrate the district's first operating levy win in 18 years. Hendrix would have lost her job if the levy failed. (JENNIFER PIGNOLET / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — If waiting 18 years for a levy to pass was difficult for the Buckeye community, the last two hours may have been the toughest. In the sea of almost 200 people in the high school cafeteria, anyone talking on a cell phone immediately attracted crowds of attention. Who are they talking to? Read More…

Guilford woman rides bike to combat multiple sclerosis

Michelle Cloonan, left, will ride 80 miles on a tandem bike with professional cyclist Ashley James for the Bike MS: Pedal to the Point on Saturday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

BRUNSWICK — Michelle Cloonan is no stranger to taking on a challenge. The Guilford Township resident and mother of three was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, five years after her husband was diagnosed with the same nervous system disease. On Saturday, she faced a different challenge: an 80-mile bike ride from Brunswick to Sandusky. Read More…

Tweet threat nets lesser charge for Brunswick man

KENT — A Portage County grand jury declined to bring felony charges against a 19-year-old Brunswick man accused of posting a Twitter message saying he would be “shooting up” Kent State University. The grand jury did indict William Koberna on a charge of telecommunications harassment — a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months Read More…

Tweet threat nets lesser charge

Koberna

KENT — A Portage County grand jury declined to bring felony charges against a 19-year-old Brunswick man accused of posting a Twitter message saying he would be “shooting up” Kent State University. The grand jury did indict William Koberna on a charge of telecommunications harassment — a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months Read More…

Mementos taken from Brunswick teen’s gravesite

Mementos have been reported missing from the gravesite of Kevin Fox, who died following a car accident that also killed three other Brunswick High School students in June. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

BRUNSWICK — The parents of one of the four Brunswick High School students killed in the June 3 Columbia Township crash told police this week that mementos have been taken from their son’s gravesite. Sgt. Jon Page said Kevin Fox’s mother Sherri Fox called police to ask for more attention to be paid to the Read More…

County fair: Teens build work ethic, learn business by running stand

Sarah Waite, 16, of Medina, delivers the goods at the 4-H milkshake booth at the Medina County Fair on Tuesday. Waite is one of five milkshake booth chairpersons, all 4-H teenagers, who are responsible for managing the booth. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

MEDINA — Maybe milkshake-making means mustering more effort than most might imagine. “I don’t think people realize how much work it is,” said 16-year-old Sarah Waite, of Medina, one of five teenagers tasked with running the milkshake booth at the Medina County Fair this week. The 4-H teens are milkshake booth chairpersons, voted into the Read More…

Lt. Gov. discusses ways to link companies with qualified workers

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor speaks to a group of business owners at Philpott Rubber Co. in Brunswick on Friday. (JENNIFER PIGNOLET / GAZETTE)

BRUNSWICK — If a company has job openings but can’t find workers qualified for the jobs, how can the economy grow? That was one of several questions addressed at a roundtable discussion among about 15 local business owners and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor at Philpott Rubber Co. in the Industrial Park on Friday. The company Read More…