August 31, 2015

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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…

Medina County drop-off bins for recycling in limbo

Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh reacted to City Council's decision Monday to turn down a plan on recycling by saying, "We had protections in the plan." (LAWRENCE / PANTAGES)

Loren Genson and Katie Anderson | The Gazette It’s back to the drawing board for Medina County officials in charge of recycling, since Wadsworth City Council rejected the county’s contract for the community recycling drop-off program on Monday. In May, the county accepted a three-year bid by the cities of Wadsworth and Medina to provide Read More…

Blue Tip Festival begins in Wadsworth

The setting sun is reflected in the tubas of the Wadsworth High band Tuesday evening during the 42nd annual Blue Tip Festival Parade. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Wadsworth’s 42-year tradition will continue this week. The Blue Tip Festival begins at 6 p.m. today with a parade, and events will continue each day through Saturday at Memorial Park on Park Drive. “It’s been a Wadsworth tradition for a long time,” said Bev Long, a 10-year member of the Blue Tip Festival Committee. “It’s Read More…

Medina, Wadsworth councils to vote on recycling contracts serving all Medina County

Bins similar to the ones pictured could be available at dozens of locations across Medina County in the coming weeks if Medina and Wadsworth city councils approve a contract with the Medina County Solid Waste District at meetings Monday evening. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

Medina and Wadsworth city councils are set to vote tonight to approve contracts that would provide 54 locations for Medina County residents to drop off recyclable materials. The contracts would make drop-off bins available as soon as July 1. The “community drop-off” recycling program, which is operated by the Medina County Solid Waste District, will Read More…

Wadsworth Municipal Court starts accepting electronic citations

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Wadsworth Municipal Court now accepts electronic citations issued by the Ohio Highway Patrol. The new system was activated June 9. “The Wadsworth Municipal Court is the first court in Medina County to create and deploy an electronic citation program,” Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine said, “and I am proud to implement this cost-saving measure. “Not only Read More…

Wadsworth man pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in overdose case

Kevin Fisher

A Wadsworth man, who was charged in November with dumping a Creston woman’s body after she overdosed on heroin, pleaded not guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter. Kevin Fisher, 34, of the 500 block of Jessica Lane, was charged with involuntary manslaughter earlier this month after an autopsy report showed Lorrie Pratt, 49, had died of Read More…