Medina gas chamber demolition, fracking company owner pleads guilty to waste dumping, Massillon teen killed: News Around Your Area

Rebecca Reis | Web Editor Published:

Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a the demolition of the Medina County gas chamber (and the money it raised), the owner of a Youngstown-area fracking company pleads guilty to dumping waste and a Massillon teenager is struck and killed by a car.

MASSILLON TEEN KILLED: A 17-year-old Massilon girl was hit and killed by a truck while crossing Lillian Gish Boulevard around 3:45 p.m. Friday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Lynn DeLeon was crossing Lillian Gish in a crosswalk when she was struck by Gregg harris, 50, of Massillon, when he was turning right from Lillian Gish onto West Lincoln Way in a 2002, Chevrolet silvered. DeLeon was pronounced dead at Affinity Hospital. Harris wasn't injured and alcohol doesn't appear to be a factor in the crash. Click here to read more at ohio.com.

FRACKING WASTE: Benedict Lupo, 63, of Poland, Ohio, pleaded guilty Monday to ordering employee Michael P. Guesman to dump tens of thousands of gallons of fracking waste from his company, Hardrock Excavating LLC, into a Mahoning River tributary via a storm drain, according to the Plain Dealer. Lupo was charged with the unpermitted discharge of pollutants under the federal Clean Water Act and could be sentenced up to three years in federal prison and be ordered to pay more than $3 million in restitution and up to $1 million in fines. Guesman, 34, of Cortland, was sentenced to three years probation and 300 hours of community service Thursday, and admitted that he had dumped fracking waste into the drain at least 20 times between Nov. 1, 2012, and Jan. 31, 2013. The investigation was triggered by a Jan. 31, 2013 incident resulting in a $1 million cleanup in the Mahoning River. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.

NUISANCE HOUSE: Medina Law Director Gregory Huber filed a motion for a preliminary injunction last week asking a Medina County judge to evict residents from a Bronson Street house and padlock the door while a lawsuit to declare the house a nuisance is pending, according to the Medina Gazette. The house has been the location of a number of drug-related criminal acts dating back to 2007, although resident David Reed said he hasn't sold drugs since he was released from prison in 2011 and does not tolerate crime in the house. The injunction states that the criminal activity over time has created a public nuisance and burdens the Medina Police Department and the Medina County Drug Task Force. Click here to read more at medinagazette.northcoastnow.com.

GAS CHAMBER: The saga over a Medina County gas chamber used to euthanize cats ended Saturday, providing about $2,500 to the county SPCA, according to the Medina Gazette. Around 50 people from all over the state were given the chance to hit the gas chamber with a sledge hammer with a donation of $1, but county SPCA director Stephanie Moore said people were bidding $100 or more at the demolition party. The county originally voted to auction off the gas chamber online, but an anonymous donor offered to donate $10,000 under the condition that the gas chamber be destroyed rather than auctioned, and the money is to be used to expand and an enhance the county cat program. Click here to read more at medinagazette.northcoastnow.com.

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