July 2, 2015

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Teen who gave out $100 bills at school charged with theft from elderly

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Juvenile delinquency charges have been filed against a teenager who police said handed out $100 bills at Claggett Middle School last month after he stole $25,000 from his 83-year-old grandfather. The boy, who was 13 years old at the time, was charged with delinquency by way of theft from the elderly, a third-degree felony for Read More…

State may seize Lodi’s Archie the bear after judge dismisses lawsuit

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

Archie the bear may be seized after a judge dismissed a lawsuit against the state by the animal’s owners, who failed to get the proper permits to keep him after laws changed. Lodi residents Debbie and Jeff Gillium filed the lawsuit in February, asking Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier to stop the Read More…

Thousands attend Memorial Day parade, ceremony in Medina (PHOTOS)

The Color Guard fires a 21-gun salute for fallen soldiers at a Memorial Day ceremony in Medina’s Spring Grove Cemetery on Monday morning. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

Thousands of people attended a Memorial Day parade in Medina on Monday morning to pay homage to fallen American servicemen and women. Marching bands, veterans, Boy Scouts and more took part in the parade, which started at 10 a.m. on Medina’s Public Square and ended at Spring Grove Cemetery. Following the parade, the cemetery became Read More…

France honors World War II vet from Medina Township

Rollene Potemski points out her father in a lineup photograph of the U.S. Army's 97th Infantry, 3rd Battalion, 386th Regiment. Her father, Roland Martin, was awarded a medal from the country of France this year as thanks from the country of France for helping to liberate it from Nazi control during World War II. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

The French government has honored a World War II veteran from Medina Township with a distinguished medal for his service during the war. Roland Martin, 91, served in the U.S. Army during the liberation of France, which at the time was occupied by Nazi Germany. “I was very surprised,” Martin said of receiving the award Read More…

Buckeye Primary Schools students learn seat belt safety at event (PHOTOS)


Buckeye Primary School students received Wendy’s Frosty treats and suckers with inspirational messages on Thursday morning. The event was conceived to raise awareness about traffic safety and to celebrate with children about the approaching summer.

Medina school bus driver resigns after leaving preschooler unattended

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The Medina Board of Education this week accepted the resignation of a 20-year veteran bus driver who is accused of leaving a sleeping special needs preschooler aboard a bus unattended for a half-hour. Diana Spanower resigned from her position on May 15 and the school board accepted her resignation Monday. When reached for comment Wednesday, Read More…

Westfield Township man pleads not guilty to fatal crash in Lafayette Twp.

Noah Silcox

A 20-year-old Westfield Township man pleaded not guilty Monday to killing a Burbank woman in an October 2014 crash while he was driving without a license. Noah T. Silcox, of the 8800 block of Westfield Road, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison Read More…

Medina County housing agency to revise policies after discrimination allegations

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The Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority has agreed to revise its policies for rent assistance after a federal agency determined the agency unintentionally discriminated against minorities. In a May 1 policy revisal agreement, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said the policies were legally discriminatory, but no evidence suggested it was deliberate. The federal Read More…

Coroner seeks quicker answers in high-speed chase fatality

Alexandra Jones, left, is shown with her mother, Teresa Morris, right, in a photo posted to Jones’ Facebook page. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The Medina County coroner said Thursday he plans to have the toxicology report expedited for a Tallmadge woman who died in a car crash last month after a police chase. Coroner Dr. Neil Grabenstetter said Thursday that the report — which will determine whether 38-year-old Teresa Morris was under the influence of drugs or alcohol Read More…

Bear owner accused of attempting to ‘smuggle’ in prescription drugs into jail

Jeffrey Gillium

A man whose pet black bear is at risk of being seized by the state has been charged with trying to “smuggle” prescription drugs into the Medina County jail. Jeffrey Gillium, 62, of Lodi, was charged with illegal conveyance of drugs onto a detention facility, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in Read More…