October 14, 2015


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…

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…

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…

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…