May 25, 2015

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Saturday explosion in Brunswick Hills injures resident

A Saturday night explosion damaged a home at 4986 Grafton Road in Brunswick Hills Township. One man was seriously injured in the explosion. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

One man was injured in a Saturday night explosion at his Brunswick Hills Township home. Township Fire Chief Anthony Strazzo said firefighters were called to the home at 4986 Grafton Road at 7:41 p.m. for a fire resulting from an explosion. “Our first crew got there and found a male standing outside the residence with Read More…

This week’s Medina County police log (updated three times weekly)

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Note: This page is updated most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Medina police Tuesday, April 14 8:13 a.m. — 900 block Weymouth Road, police met with the Medina Park Department after it was reported that someone had damaged grass areas of Reagan Park with a vehicle. Read More…

Three killed in weekend crashes, bringing 2015 traffic fatality total to five

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After a deadly weekend on Medina County roads, the Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol is urging caution as temperatures warm up. Three people were killed over the weekend in two crashes on local roads, bringing the county fatality total to five for 2015. “We’ve had five people who lost their lives and we’re Read More…

One dead, two injured in Brunswick Hills crash

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A Brunswick man was killed and two others seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash at 11:50 p.m. Friday in Brunswick Hills Township. Shawn Barre, 25, of Brunswick, was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene at the corner of Foskett Road and Fawn Haven Drive. Barre was a passenger in the car Read More…

Driver who hit cruiser charged with drunken driving

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A Brunswick man who drove into a Brunswick Hills police cruiser early Tuesday morning has been charged with OVI. Kyle Kerik, 23, of the 4700 block of Baywood Drive, has been charged with OVI and failure to assure a clear distance ahead. According to his citation from the Ohio Highway Patrol, Kerik provided a blood-alcohol Read More…

Brunswick Hills police: Driver plows pickup into parked cruiser

This Brunswick police cruiser was damaged after it was struck from behind at a traffic stop early Tuesday morning. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Brunswick Hills police officers made a routine traffic stop on Thursday that turned out to be anything but routine. Officer Matt Sandella was working on a headlight violation about 1:40 a.m. in the 300 block of Pearl Road. As he was completing paperwork for a written warning, Officer Carl “Cliff” Rittenhouse arrived and parked his Read More…

With settlement resolved, RPM International Inc. in Brunswick Hills plans for growth

Joe Lanzilotta, of Cleveland, fills 55-gallon drums full of Tuff-N-Dri basement waterproofing. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Lawrence Pantages and Andrew Davis | The Gazette RPM International Inc. closed its third financial quarter with a loss, attributable to asbestos-related claims, but the company said Wednesday that it was “delighted” to reconsolidate a unit that had been in bankruptcy over the issue. The coatings and sealants maker lost $57.3 million, or 44 cents Read More…

Interim police chief gets the job in Brunswick Hills Township

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Brunswick Hills Township trustees have appointed Tim Sopkovich as chief of police. Prior to his appointment, Sopkovich served as a lieutenant in the department. In January, he was appointed as interim police chief after the resignation of Police Chief Sharon MacKay, who announced her retirement that month. “Tim has done a great job and has Read More…

Brunswick Hills-based RPM International sets dividend

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RPM International Inc. of Brunswick Hills Township announced Thursday a regular quarterly cash dividend of 26 cents a share. The dividend is payable April 30 to shareholders of record April 13. The company said its dividend increase of 8.3 percent in October 2014 was the 41st consecutive year of increases. RPM said that practice ranks Read More…

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci wins award for supporting business

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The National Association of Manufacturers presented U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at a recent event at RPM in Brunswick Hills Township. RPM is a member of NAM. “The manufacturing industry is essential to our economy in Ohio’s 16th District and across the country,” Renacci said in a Read More…