November 24, 2014

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Montville trustees purchase more Blue Heron land for park

The Montville Township trustees are moving forward with the transformation of the unused Blue Heron golf course into a public park. Trustees purchased an additional parcel for $25,000 from 6061 River Styx LLC, the company that owned the golf course, which closed in 2012. The land will serve as a separate entrance to the park 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, Nov. 8 12:52 p.m. — 1000 block Williams Reserve Blvd., police responded to a report of a fight between two men outside their vehicles. 11:54 a.m. — 600 block Trease Road, police Read More…

Montville Twp. police officer pleads not guilty in K-9 dog’s death

Sgt. Brett Harrison

MEDINA — A Montville Township police sergeant pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in Medina Municipal Court to misdemeanor charges in the death of his police dog by heatstroke last month. Sgt. Brett Harrison is facing two counts of animal cruelty, second-degree misdemeanors that carry up to three months in jail and $750 in fines each. Read More…

2014 trick or treat times, dates across Medina County


TRICK OR TREAT Saturday, Oct. 25 • Hinckley Township, Halloween Haunt, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Center and Ridge roads. Hinckley area businesses will open their doors to trick-or-treaters. Participants can carve pumpkins and fire trucks will be on display. Sunday, Oct. 26 • Granger Township, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 • Wadsworth, 6 to 8 p.m. Read More…

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…

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…