November 25, 2015

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Medina County, cities seek share of $11.5M road salt settlement

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Medina County and its three cities are eligible to receive a portion of an $11.5 million settlement from Cargill Inc. and Morton Salt Inc. in an anti-trust lawsuit brought by the state in 2012. In the suit, filed in Tuscarawas County, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine accused the two salt companies of conspiring to drive Read More…

Family’s stellar success shared at Wadsworth meeting

Robin Wenger, vice president of operations for the American Hospitality Group Inc., stands outside The Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Center Drive. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

Members of the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce listened to a local family’s success story during their monthly luncheon Wednesday at The Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Center Drive. Robin Wenger, vice president of operations for The American Hospitality Group Inc., which owns and operates The Galaxy, gave a presentation on the company and its history as Read More…

Man ‘familiar’ to law enforcement charged with selling heroin

David Reed

A man who was evicted from his Medina home after it was labeled a criminal nuisance last fall was arrested Tuesday on charges of selling heroin to an undercover drug agent. David L. Reed, 54, was charged with trafficking heroin, a fourth-degree felony. The arrest occurred after Reed allegedly sold heroin at a Trease Road Read More…

Wadsworth home owner charged with arson in May fire

Mark Stevens

A 55-year-old Wadsworth man has been charged with arson, accused of setting fire to his Tulip Trail home in May. Mark L. Stevens is charged with two counts of aggravated arson, first- and second-degree felonies, accusing him of placing firefighters at risk of serious physical harm and knowingly causing damage to a residence on the Read More…

Wadsworth police arrest high school teacher on charges of soliciting sex from minor

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A West Virginia man was arrested in Wadsworth on a warrant charging him with solicitation and sexual abuse. According to a Wadsworth police report, Brandon Arvay, 27, a teacher at Scott High School in Boone County, W.Va., was found in June at his parents’ home in the 100 block of Cherry Hill Drive. He was Read More…

Fireworks celebrations in Medina, Wadsworth entertain crowds

Jeff Bricker of Medina brought sparklers for his family to enjoy while waiting for darkness and the city of Medina’s fireworks show to begin Friday night at the Community and Recreation Center. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Fireworks displays celebrating the nation’s July 4 holiday were held Friday night in Medina and Wadsworth. Medina and Wadsworth had display contracts this year with Hudson-based American Fireworks, the same company that handled Sunday’s display in the Cuyahoga County city of Westlake, where nine people were injured. Officials from Medina and Wadsworth said earlier this Read More…

No tornadoes in Wadsworth: Suspicious clouds were ‘cold air funnel’


A funnel cloud that appeared over Wadsworth on Thursday evening prompted the city’s police department to set off tornado warnings, but the National Weather Service said there was no storm and nothing to worry about. “We had several calls reporting a funnel cloud down by Medina Line Road,” said Wadsworth Police Sgt. Melissa Blubaugh. “We Read More…

Medina County officials look for new recycling plan

Amy Lyon-Galvin

Medina County officials need a new plan on a recycling drop-off program and the city of Medina could be the answer. In May, the county accepted a three-year bid submitted jointly by the cities of Wadsworth and Medina to provide pick-up services for countywide recycling sites. But that plan was derailed Monday night when Wadsworth Read More…

Families find fun at Blue Tip Festival community day

The Wadsworth High School Band performs during a 6 p.m. Monday parade through downtown Wadsworth, marking the start of the week-long Blue Tip Festival, in Memorial Park, 274 Grandview Ave. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Families flocked to Memorial Park in Wadsworth on Wednesday for the Blue Tip Festival’s community day. Wristbands were available with discounts for carnival rides and an additional “free” area was set up for children that included face-painting, super hero entertainment and a bounce house. Grace and Truth Church of Wadsworth along with Asian Sun Martial 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 Sunday, June 14 2:02 p.m. — 300 block N. Huntington St.; purse reported stolen from inside an unlocked car. Tuesday, June 16 12:15 a.m. — 500 block S. Broadway St.; Jason D. Roberts, 28, Read More…