MEDINA TWP.: Township police are investigating whether incidents involving oil being dumped in the driveways of the Medina fire chief and a township trustee are connected and are related to the city taking over fire services in the township.

“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,” township police Chief David Arborgast wrote on the police Facebook page.

The township disbanded its fire department in a controversial decision during the summer and signed a three-year contract with the city for fire services.

Police said someone dumped the oil in the driveway of Chief Robert Painter between 8 and 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Evidence was collected and sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Richfield for analysis.

A similar report of oil being dumped was made July 16 by township trustee Bill Ostmann.

Painter told the Medina Gazette that he’s been the target of obscene gestures since the city took over fire services in the township.

“This is intimidation … I’m not going to stand this,” Painter said about the oil to the newspaper. “Especially once you start messing with my family and my home. I will prosecute when I find out who did this.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact township police at 330-721-1395.