April 18, 2015

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State to deny Archie the bear request

Archie the bear enjoys the mild weather from his cage on Debbie and Jeff Gillium’s property in Lodi. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

State officials plan to deny a permit application for a Lodi couple to keep their pet black bear, according to a letter sent to the family this week. Debbie and Jeff Gillium have until April 22 to request a hearing to contest the decision. After that, Archie the bear could be taken from their property, Read More…

Two suspects charged in animal shelter break-in, more charges to follow

The Norwalk Police Department in Huron County released this still of burglars, captured by security cameras at the Huron County Humane Society. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Two Morrow County men have been arrested in connection with a series of break-ins at animal shelters across Ohio, including one in Medina County. James Blankenship, 29, of Mount Gilead, and Corby Creech, 36, of Cardington, were charged last week with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony. The charge comes out of Morrow County, where Read More…

75-year-old man sentenced to 21 years in prison for rape

James Selch

A 75-year-old former Hinckley Township man was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Thursday for raping two young girls and a young man in his care. James I. Selch had pleaded no contest last month to charges of rape and gross sexual imposition, first- and third-degree felonies. He also was labeled a Tier III Read More…

Medina County Public Transit altering routes

Michael Salamone

Changes to Medina County’s public transportation routes should go unnoticed because they weren’t being used much anyway, an official said Tuesday. Chief among the changes is the elimination of the route between Medina and Brunswick, which county Public Transit Director Mike Salamone said attracted fewer than 110 people per month last year. “The main reason Read More…

Montville police sergeant found guilty, fined $500 in death of his K-9 partner


A Montville Township police sergeant was convicted Wednesday in the death of his K-9 partner that died after being left in a cruiser for four hours on a hot September day. Medina Municipal Judge Dale H. Chase fined Sgt. Brett Harrison $500, but opted not to punish him with jail or probation. Harrison had waived Read More…

Trial in Montville police dog’s death to begin

Brett Harrison

A Montville Township police sergeant is scheduled to stand trial today on charges that he negligently killed his canine partner by leaving him in his police cruiser on a hot day in September. Sgt. Brett Harrison, who cared for the dog at home while off duty, lost two weeks of pay and a week’s worth Read More…

Granger Twp. resident accused of welfare fraud in lawsuit

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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has sued a Granger Township woman, alleging she fraudulently collected about $26,000 in unemployment benefits while she was working. Nicole L. Jackson, 33, of the 900 block of Medina Road, allegedly worked for Dave and Buster’s while she collected benefits from 2008 to 2010. In addition, state Read More…

Litchfield man, 61, gets 20 years for raping 3 teens

Gary Royer

A 61-year-old Litchfield Township man will spend 20 years in prison for raping three teenage boys last year. Gary Royer, of the 9200 block of Norwalk Road, pleaded no contest last month to seven counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition. The charges were first- and fourth-degree felonies. He faced up to Read More…

Attorneys: Auditor shouldn’t be questioned about crimes if records are sealed

Mike Kovack

The attorney representing a former employee of Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack could be barred from questioning Kovack at trial about whether he misused public funds in a federal case the employee filed against him in October. In her lawsuit, Annette Ehrlich alleges Kovack violated her First Amendment rights by firing her. She accused Kovack Read More…

Man, 23, charged with filming women, kids undressing at Wadsworth Target

Jeremy Davis

A 23-year-old Wadsworth man has been indicted on charges of child pornography and voyeurism. He’s accused taking videos of women and children in dressing rooms at the Target store in Wadsworth last month. Jeremy M. Davis, of the 500 block of Sandpiper Lane, is charged with burglary, two counts of attempted illegal use of a Read More…