July 31, 2015

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

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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…

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…

This week’s Medina County police log (updated three times weekly)

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Note: This page is updated most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with police logs from the Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Medina police Sunday, June 14 2:02 p.m. — 300 block N. Huntington St.; purse reported stolen from inside an unlocked car. Tuesday, June 16 12:15 a.m. — 500 block S. Broadway St.; Jason D. Roberts, 28, Read More…

Wadsworth Municipal Court starts accepting electronic citations

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Wadsworth Municipal Court now accepts electronic citations issued by the Ohio Highway Patrol. The new system was activated June 9. “The Wadsworth Municipal Court is the first court in Medina County to create and deploy an electronic citation program,” Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine said, “and I am proud to implement this cost-saving measure. “Not only Read More…

Man accused of arson in fire at his mother’s Lodi home

Matthew Harris

A 48-year-old Lodi man with a criminal record pleaded not guilty Monday to starting a fire at his mother’s home that could have killed her and himself in February. Matthew J. Harris, who lived at the Bank Street home, is charged with two counts of aggravated arson, first-degree felonies punishable by up to 11 years Read More…

No charges filed after Lodi father, 18, accidentally burns baby with smoke bomb

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No charges are being pursued in the case of an 8-month-old Lodi child who suffered burns on his legs and stomach in a smoke bomb incident in May, authorities said. On Friday, Lodi police conducted a welfare check at a Medina Street home after the child’s great-aunt, who also lives in Lodi, called. During the Read More…

Officials can’t step in to solve Lodi cemetery’s money woes until board disbands

Several volunteers spent the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend cleaning Woodlawn Cemetery, a private cemetery in Lodi, and placing flags on graves. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

A private cemetery in Lodi, in financial trouble for four years, could be saved by either the village or Harrisville Township. But neither local government body has said it wants to take responsibility for it. Woodlawn Cemetery, at 409 Medina St., was established in 1897. For years it has been operated by the Woodlawn Cemetery 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…

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…

After crash, warm weather tempts Lodi man’s return to road

Bob Rizzo, 70, of Lodi stands in his BMW Motorrad shirt and motorcycle jacket. Rizzo was riding his BMW K1200 when he was T-boned by another driver while he was stopped in traffic in Michigan. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

One minute, Bob Rizzo was enjoying a visit to Michigan on his motorcycle. Suddenly, he was a victim of an crash in a traffic jam. Rizzo, who’s lived in Lodi for more than 40 years, was injured in July and the 70-year-old Lodi man’s recovery continues. “I was headed up to Thunder Bay, and there Read More…