March 27, 2015


Medina County population continues to rise, according to census data

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Medina County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the region and state, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Estimates for 2014 put the county’s population at 176,029, a rise of 2.1 percent since 2010 figures. Change since 2010 Census How counties have grown over the last four years: 2010 census Read More…

Medina County Public Transit altering routes

Michael Salamone

Changes to Medina County’s public transportation routes should go unnoticed because they weren’t being used much anyway, an official said Tuesday. Chief among the changes is the elimination of the route between Medina and Brunswick, which county Public Transit Director Mike Salamone said attracted fewer than 110 people per month last year. “The main reason Read More…

Medina County ranked fourth in state healthwise

Krista Wasowski

Medina County is one healthy place to live. According to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s annual County Health Rankings released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Medina County is ranked fourth overall in Ohio. Delaware, Putnam and Geauga counties were ranked ahead of Medina. “Since the first county rankings in 2010, Medina Read More…

Wadsworth police searching for aggravated robbery suspect

Security footage from the Speedway gas station, 1160 Akron Road, in Wadsworth shows a man demanding money from the two store clerks.

Wadsworth police are searching for a man who robbed a Speedway gas station with a rifle early Tuesday evening. According to a Wadsworth police press release the man entered the filling station, 1160 Akron Road, at approximately 8:41 p.m. He is described as white, in his mid-twenties and under six-feet tall with reddish-blonde hair. At Read More…

Montville police sergeant found guilty, fined $500 in death of his K-9 partner


A Montville Township police sergeant was convicted Wednesday in the death of his K-9 partner that died after being left in a cruiser for four hours on a hot September day. Medina Municipal Judge Dale H. Chase fined Sgt. Brett Harrison $500, but opted not to punish him with jail or probation. Harrison had waived Read More…

Brunswick man suspected in Columbia Twp. bank robbery

Larry Gore Jr.

A Brunswick man rushed into a FirstMerit Bank branch on state Route 82 in Columbia Township Tuesday morning and made off with an undisclosed amount of money, according to Lorain County sheriff’s deputies. Lt. Heath Tester said Larry Gore Jr., 47, entered the bank about 10:45 a.m. and ordered everyone there not to move. He Read More…

Officials blame extreme cold for plague of fires across Medina County

Five fire departments battled a blaze on Brook Road in Wadsworth on Jan. 6. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Nick Glunt and Andrew Davis | The Gazette Fire chiefs across Medina County say frigid weather is to blame for a rash of structure fires that has plagued many parts of the county in recent weeks. Eleven of the county’s 17 townships and three of nine municipalities have experienced serious fires since Jan. 1, causing Read More…

Raises for Medina County employees included in 2015 budget

Scott Miller

Medina County employees who are paid out of the general fund could be getting a 1.5 percent pay increase this year. County commissioners approved Tuesday the county’s 2015 budget, which included the provision for raises. The budgeted expenses and revenues are up from 2014 figures. The estimated revenue for 2015 is $36.15 million, up from Read More…

Trial in Montville police dog’s death to begin

Brett Harrison

A Montville Township police sergeant is scheduled to stand trial today on charges that he negligently killed his canine partner by leaving him in his police cruiser on a hot day in September. Sgt. Brett Harrison, who cared for the dog at home while off duty, lost two weeks of pay and a week’s worth Read More…

Medina County’s 17 townships to receive funds from state

State Sen. Larry Obhof

Townships across Ohio will share $10 million from the state, thanks to a law approved by state lawmakers during a lame-duck session at the end of 2014. Townships in Medina County will receive a combined $124,084, with most of the county’s 17 townships receiving between $6,000 and $9,000. DISTRIBUTION Ohio townships will share $10 million this Read More…