March 5, 2015


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 Wednesday, Feb. 25 9:04 a.m. — 900 block Smokerise Drive, resident reported theft of multiple items, including an iPad, JVC speakers, a Nintendo 3DSXL, Sony PSP, jewelry, multiple video games and other personal Read More…

Woman, son rescued from burning home in Lodi

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LODI — Police pulled an elderly woman out of a burning residence on Bank Street at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday. When police arrived at the residence, they saw “billowing black smoke” coming from the house according to the police report. They found an elderly woman and got her out. Lodi firefighters found the woman’s son Read More…

Drug conspiracy indictment: Forged prescriptions filled at Medina County pharmacies

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Fifteen people have been charged in what prosecutors describe as a conspiracy to obtain thousands of prescription drugs illegally from pharmacies in Medina County and five other Northeast Ohio counties. Nine of the people were charged with racketeering. An 87-page, 206-count indictment against the group includes charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, Read More…

Bear’s Harrisville Twp. owners get a 30-day extension

Two-year-old Kylee Trome, of Wooster, holds a sign Jan. 28 in protest of the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s demand that Archie the bear be removed from his Harrisville Township home. GAZETTE FILE

Debbie and Jeff Gillium have been guaranteed 30 more days to keep Archie the bear on their property in Harrisville Township. Their attorney, John Oberholtzer, said he and the Ohio Department of Agriculture have agreed to postpone a hearing over the bear after the state issued a letter to the Gilliums granting them 30 more Read More…

Archie the bear’s owners, of Lodi, heading to court to keep him

The state tells a Lodi couple they can’t keep their 40-year-old bear, Archie. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Archie the bear won’t have to adjust to a new home — for now at least. His owners, Debbie and Jeff Gillium, of Lodi, have filed a temporary restraining order against the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Medina County Common Pleas Court. “We have an understanding with the state of Ohio that everything is going Read More…

‘Renegade’s Run’ protesters rally to let Archie the bear stay in Harrisville Twp.


Protesters took to the square in Lodi on Wednesday afternoon to rally in support of keeping Archie the bear with his owners in Harrisville Township. About noon, more than 15 people stood on the corners of the square with picket signs. As tractor-trailers and cars passed by, honking their horns in solidarity with Archie, the Read More…

Lodi couple hopes to keep pet bear, Ohio hopes to relocate it


Debbie Gillium just wants her pet bear, named Archie, to be able to live out his days in peace at her home in Lodi. But the Ohio Department of Agriculture is threatening to take the 40-year-old bear and relocate it out of state. Gillium fears that the tranquilizer, coupled with hibernation, might kill the bear. Read More…

District library settles lawsuit over Lodi branch defects for $640,000

Lodi Library management closed about a third of the building in November 2011 because the roof was structurally unsound. (GAZETTE FILE PHOTO)

The Medina County District Library will receive $640,000 in an out-of-court settlement ending a lawsuit over defects in the construction of the Lodi Library. The library was closed in November 2011 for 2 1/2 years after officials said the wooden beams in the cathedral ceiling of the new library’s main room were weak because they Read More…

Lodi man indicted on charges of firing gun during argument

A Medina County grand jury has charged a 30-year-old Lodi man with a felony after police said he fired a pistol during an argument over money last month. Maurio Grady was arrested Dec. 4 after a 911 caller reported a shooting at his home in the 200 block of North Academy Street. Police said Grady Read More…

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