October 8, 2015

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Psychiatrist: Lodi man competent to stand trial in arson

Matthew Harris

A psychiatrist has determined a 48-year-old Lodi man charged with burning his mother’s home down earlier this year is competent to stand trial, according to court records. Dr. Michael Biscaro, a psychiatrist for Akron Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic, filed an opinion with Medina County Common Pleas Court last week. Biscaro said Matthew Harris was competent to stand Read More…

Project: LEARN of Medina County seeks tutors in Lodi

Karla Robinson

Project: LEARN of Medina County is looking for volunteer tutors in Lodi for a program to help residents prepare and study for a GED certificate. The nonprofit will have an informational meeting 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at Lodi Library, 635 Wooster St. Project: LEARN received a $7,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Read More…

Lodi residents help shape comprehensive plan

The village of Lodi is about one-third of the way through the process of writing a new comprehensive plan. County and village officials met at Lodi Library, 635 Wooster St., on Tuesday evening so residents could ask questions about the plan and give input on long-term goals. Lodi Mayor Robert Geissman said the planning process Read More…

Seville, Medina stores join Square to Square event

Storefronts featuring green balloons dotted the state Route 3 landscape as a part of a Square to Square event Saturday. More than 40 local businesses between Medina and Seville participated in the “shop local, shop small” event hosted by the Seville Chamber of Commerce and Visit Medina County. Participating stores offered sales and refreshments and Read More…

Archie the bear may not have long to live, owner says

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

Jeff Gillium, 62, of Lodi, has a best friend like no other — a 41-year-old black bear who’s been with him 35 years and has saved his life. Archie, the bear, is one of the oldest known black bears living in captivity, but he’s nearing the end of his life and Gillium thinks he soon Read More…

Several Medina County communities rank among Ohio’s safest

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SafeWise.com, a website that offers home security and safety advice, researched the 50 “safest” communities in Ohio and multiple Medina County areas made the list. The website said it analyzed 2013 FBI crime statistics of cities with populations above 8,000 and determined the chances of crimes happening per 1,000 people. Using those measures, Montville Township Read More…

Longtime Lodi taxidermist, wife sell shop to retire and enjoy life

More than 40 species of animals, birds and fish are on display in the showroom of Husky Wilderness Taxidermy in Lodi. The company owners Roger and Mary Shelton are retiring on Aug. 1 after 35 years.

For years, Roger Shelton worked the 6 a.m.-to-4 p.m. shift as a welder, came home, had dinner and then switched over to his taxidermy hobby until late in the night. Then it was time to get up the next day and start the routine over again. The hobby started with replicating a squirrel years earlier. Read More…

Chippewa Lake regatta attracts 14 competitors for boat race

Richard King of Canada was among the competitors Saturday in the Midsummer Madness Regatta hosted by the Chippewa Lake Yacht Club. King was a winner of one of the races for the day.

The Chippewa Lake Yacht Club hosted its Midsummer Madness Regatta over the weekend. Race categories were open to anyone 15 and older with a Y Flyer sailboat. Y Flyer sailboats are 18 feet long and can be sailed by one or two people. Teams from the U.S. and Canada competed in the races Saturday and Read More…

Lodi Corn Festival honors Native American tradition, dedicates restored statue

Jack Lyons, executive director of the Native American Indian and Veterans Center in Barberton, and Dave Shaffer, of Ravenna, participate in a drum circle during the opening ceremonies of the Lodi Corn Festival on Thursday in Lodi’s Public Square. The two men are members of the Fire River Singers, who performed songs before the parade. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

The Lodi Sweet Corn Festival wraps up today in Lodi with a 5K run, cornhole contests, rides and a raffle. The 34th festival began Thursday night with a drum circle featuring the music of the Fire River Singers. Organizers said they invited the group to perform as a way of honoring the Native American traditions Read More…

Seville man faces federal charges of trafficking child pornography

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A 26-year-old Seville man has been charged in federal court with possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography. Joshua M. Buss could face time in federal prison if convicted. According to his indictment, Buss knowingly trafficked videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from Dec. 29 to June 23. He also is charged with having Read More…