May 27, 2015

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Suit over Lodi bear Archie dismissed

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

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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…

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 Tuesday, April 14 8:13 a.m. — 900 block Weymouth Road, police met with the Medina Park Department after it was reported that someone had damaged grass areas of Reagan Park with a vehicle. 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…

Police: Woman says she was robbed at knifepoint in Lodi

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LODI — A Harrisville woman was robbed at knifepoint last week outside the Circle K store at 441 Medina St. in Lodi. Lodi Police Chief Keith Keough said Wednesday the woman had picked up some items from the store and was walking to her car when two men wearing black hooded sweatshirts approached her. “She told Read More…

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…

EMS workers trained to use new life-saving devices from Lodi hospital

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Four local fire departments received new wireless heart monitors for their EMS teams Wednesday from Lodi Community Hospital. The hospital launched in January a “STEMI Rendezvous” program to provide faster treatment for patients who suffer heart attacks. Part of the program is making sure the surrounding fire departments have the right equipment. “This is going Read More…

First responders honored for saving lives at scene of Lodi fire

Cpl. David Brantner, Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Locher and Officers Ashley McBride and Bailey Prybylek received recognition from the Lodi Fire Department on Thursday. They are shown with Lodi Police Chief Keith Keough and Sheriff Tom Miller, who participated in the honors ceremony. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Medina County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Locher was stopping in Lodi for lunch last month when a call came over his radio about a house fire at 602 Bank St. “I was only a few seconds away from the house, so I went because I’d probably be the first one to show up,” he said. That Read More…

Archie the bear still with owners in Lodi as court case continues

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

No action was taken Friday by the Ohio Department of Agriculture to remove 41-year-old Archie the bear from the property of his owners, Debbie and Jeff Gillium of Lodi. Friday marked the end of a 30-day period after the Gilliums pursued a temporary restraining order in Medina Common Pleas Court. Now the state has asked Read More…

Court: Lodi zoning ordinance unconstitutional in mobile home case

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The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that part of a Lodi zoning ordinance is unconstitutional because it infringes on the property rights of mobile home park owners. The case began in 2009, when the village turned off water and electricity supplied by public utilities to residents of two of the village’s mobile home parks — Read More…