PRESS RELEASE UP-DATE 09/26/2017 6:13 PM.
On September 26, 2017 it was reported by Chief Robert Painter that sometime between 8:00 PM and 11:30PM on September 25, 2017 an unknown person(s) dumped oil in his driveway. Evidence collected at the residence will be sent to BCI Crime lab for analysis. When Chief Painter’s son a on his motorcycle arrived home from duty as a firefighter he slid on the oil in the driveway and almost crashed. He was at a meeting returned home about 8:00 PM. The oil was dumped between then and the time and when his son returned home about 12:15 AM.
A similar report was made on July 16, 2017 by Bill Ostmann at his residence. Evidence found at this location will be compared to the current incident.
Mr. Ostmann is a Township Trustee and Chief Painter is the Medina City Fire Chief and township resident.
These events may have been political in nature. Chief David Arbogast stated, “While every citizen has a right to voice and express his or her political views and support any candidate they choose no one should damage other people’s property and put lives at risk with this type of behavior. This behavior cannot be tolerated in our community. If someone would have been injured by these senseless actions more serious criminal charges would be appropriate".
If anyone has information in reference to either event please contact Chief Arbogast at 330-721-1395. This information can be left anonymously and be kept confidential.
I have been contacted by Mr. Radice, Mr. Stopa, and Mr. DeMichael. They all stated that they do not condone this type of activity and do not know who may have committed this crime. The Medina Township will continue this investigation.
I would like to apologize for any misinterpretation or implications that may be taken by the original post. My only goal is to provide a safe and secure community for all residents.....