October 20, 2014


Charges filed against Montville Twp. police sergeant in death of K-9

Sgt. Brett Harrison with his K-9, Beny. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A Montville Township police sergeant is facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after his K-9 police dog died of heatstroke while left in a cruiser for four hours on a hot day. Sharon Township attorney Jeff Holland, who works on animal cruelty cases for the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said Read More…

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

Note: This page is updated on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Wadsworth police Saturday, Oct. 11 6:44 p.m. — 200 block S. Lyman St., juvenile reported his bike stolen. 9:35 p.m. — 400 block College St., employee of a business cited for selling alcohol to an Read More…

Montville Twp. trustees to begin finalizing golf course acquisition

A deer is spotted at the former Blue Heron Golf Course. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Montville Township trustees will meet in an executive session today to discuss finalizing the terms of the lease of the Blue Heron Golf Course. Trustees agreed in principle in May to a lease-purchase agreement with C&C Associates of Medina, but some details remain to be worked out, Trustee Sally Albrecht said. “Everyone is still on Read More…

Montville to install heat sensors in cruisers that carry police dogs

Sgt. Brett Harrison with his K-9, Beny. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The death of a police dog due to heatstroke has prompted the Montville Township Police Department to purchase a sophisticated new temperature control and monitoring system. At least one other department in Medina County is considering similar safety equipment. The Montville system, which costs $2,500, will be installed in all designated K-9 cruisers, the Associated Read More…

Survey consensus: K-9s kept in cruisers throughout Medina County

Sgt. Brett Harrison with his K-9, Beny. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Police throughout Medina County say Montville Township’s policy to leave police dogs in cruisers is not an uncommon practice. The Gazette surveyed every county police department with dogs after Montville Township’s K-9 died last week of injuries consistent with heat stroke after it was left in a police cruiser without air conditioning for four hours. Read More…

PHOTO: Montville Twp. woman captures Blood Moon rising


Deborah Aydemir, of Cobblefield Drive, Montville Township, captured this dramatic photo of the Blood Moon on Wednesday just before sunrise.

Officer takes responsibility, disciplined after K-9 dies in cruiser (Updated with officer’s letter of apology)


Click here to read Sgt. Brett Harrison’s letter of apology to the Montville Township trustees MONTVILLE TWP. — A township police sergeant will lose two weeks pay and a week’s worth of vacation after his K9 died after being left in a police cruiser with the air conditioning turned off. Police Chief Terry Grice said Read More…

Dunn, Sheldon keep race for probate, juvenile judge respectable

David Sheldon vs. Kevin Dunn
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Two longtime Medina lawyers are vying for the robes and gavel to oversee Medina County’s probate and juvenile courts. Democrat David C. Sheldon is challenging incumbent Republican Kevin W. Dunn. Dunn was appointed to the bench in August 2013 to replace retiring Judge John J. Lohn. The winner will serve a six-year term, hearing cases Read More…

3 sections of River Styx Road to close

Three sections of River Styx Road will be closed this week for repairs, the Medina County Engineer’s office announced. River Styx Road between Greenwich and Rohrer roads will be closed Wednesday in Guilford Township for ditch maintenance. River Styx Road will be closed between Sharon Copley and Ridgewood roads in Montville Township on Thursday for Read More…

Accused child abuser gets 12th attorney, judge orders December trial

Kenneth Alex Grad

MEDINA — A former Montville Township man accused of brutally abusing his infant son may stand trial in December after six years of delays. Kenneth Alex Grad’s case is the longest pending case in Medina County Common Pleas Court. His trial has been postponed more than 20 times since July 2008, when he was indicted Read More…