July 30, 2014

Medina
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County OKs plan for watershed district

MEDINA — County commissioners OK’d the balanced growth plan for the proposed Upper Chippewa Creek Watershed this week. It now goes before the Ohio Water Resource Council for its approval. The Water Resource Council will vote June 22 on the plan, said Jeff van Loon, manager of the Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District. Read More…

Medina police adopt an electronic policy manual

MEDINA — Police have adopted an electronic policy manual that automatically updates state and federal laws while providing daily training for officers. Medina was among the 60 Ohio police departments to begin developing the manual in summer 2010, Chief Pat Berarducci said. “After six months, we ended up with the master manual for Ohio,” he Read More…

Medina will form a youth sports panel

Dennis Hanwell

MEDINA — The city is forming an oversight committee for two youth football leagues, and it eventually may oversee all youth sports leagues that use city fields. The oversight committee is composed of parks director Tim Swanson, Medina Schools athletic director Jeff Harrison and assistant law director Matt Lanier. The committee also will have one Read More…

Medina County coalition obtains $1 million cleanup grant

This old gas station at 426 W. Liberty St., Medina, may be eligible to be cleaned up as part of a federal brownfields grant. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

MEDINA — A Medina-area coalition received a $1 million grant Wednesday to assess brownfield sites where redevelopment has been hurt because of potential contamination. The U.S. EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant was awarded to the coalition composed of Medina city, townships of Medina, Montville, Lafayette and York, and Chippewa Lake. “Longterm, this is the first step Read More…

Two teens charged after Tractor Supply Co. break-in

MEDINA TWP. — Thieves reportedly took a U-Haul from Cleveland early Sunday and drove it to Tractor Supply Co., where they allegedly attempted to steal a lawn mower. Wesley Flynn, 18, of Parma, and a 16-year-old boy, the self-admitted “mastermind” of the plot, were charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, in the incident, Read More…

Hells Angels’ biker gets 6 years for beating man from rival group

Scott Stage, 46, left, of Parma, listens to opening statements in his felonious assault trial in Medina County Common Pleas Court. Stage, a reputed member of Hells Angels, is represented by attorney David Sheldon, right. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

MEDINA — A member of Hells Angels was sentenced to six years in prison Monday for beating a man in a rival motorcycle gang. The sentence for Scott Stage, 46, of Parma, did not include the repeat violent offender specification that could have added one to 10 years, but Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury said Stage’s Read More…

Officials seek ways to open Cobblestone Park Drive

Developers were told June 22, 2009, that Cobblestone Park Drive will not open until a southbound turning lane on state Route 3 is constructed. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

MONTVILLE TWP. — State, county and township officials are continuing to explore ways to open Cobblestone Park Drive at state Route 3. At a recent meeting of township officials and representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation, Medina Schools and Medina County Highway Engineer’s Office, the cost of improvements to the intersection rose from $500,000 Read More…

Manufacturing partnership graduates class

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Higher education leaders in Medina County are working with the manufacturing industry to train workers and strengthen the area’s manufacturing base. That partnership led to the first class of the Certified Production Technician program at the Medina County University Center, which graduated Friday. The purpose of the class was to help workers Read More…

Councilman to fill service director post

BRUNSWICK — At-large Councilman Pat McNamara was named city service director Friday, replacing Sam Scaffide, who was fired from the post last month. McNamara, who’s also the city’s vice mayor, will begin work June 13. He resigned from his Council seat Friday afternoon, according to a press release, after serving six years. “It has been Read More…

City of Medina wants old gas station demolished

Medina officials want the owner of a dilapidated former gas station at 426 W. Liberty St. to demolish the building and clean up the site. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LISA HLAVINKA)

MEDINA — The owner of a dilapidated gas station at 426 W. Liberty St. has about 60 days to demolish it. The city began issuing building code violations to the owner of the property, Achates Group LLC, in 2009, building official Steve Vogel said. Among the citations were a collapsing roof, falling walls and a Read More…