March 27, 2015


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


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…

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. Lodi police Monday, March 2 7:35 p.m. — Highland Drive, police responded to a domestic disturbance between a mother and daughter. While they were in the apartment, police reported a 23-year-old man who was present 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…

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…