August 30, 2015

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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…

Blair Rubber Co. aims to double its international sales

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There is some vacant space in the Blair Rubber Co. complex in Seville. And the company’s general manager, Dave Jentzsch, has plans to fill it. Asked what he’s doing with it now, he smiled and said, “In the short term, sweep it.” That would be a contrast to the energetic hum of activity across the Read More…

Brunswick, Seville, Homer Twp. projects expected to get grants

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Medina County commissioners are expected to approve Community Development Block Grant money for projects in Brunswick, Seville and Homer Township. The county has $191,000 in CDBG funds from the federal program that’s administered through the state. Rob Henwood, director of the county’s Planning Services Department and CDBG administrator for the county, said commissioners received seven 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…

Veteran keeps reminders close in office at Blair Rubber Co.

Blair Rubber Co. General Manager Dave Jentzsch is shown with a display of U.S. Navy honors and artifacts from his military service that spanned 1980 to 2005. He was on active duty for nine years and was promoted to Commander during his service. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Blair Rubber Co. General Manager Dave Jentzsch stands with a display of U.S. Navy honors and artifacts from his military service that spanned 1980 to 2005. Jentzsch, 60, of Copley, was on active duty for nine years and was promoted to commander during his service. Honors, symbols and artifacts of Dave Jentzsch’s military career are Read More…

Westfield Insurance employees work on materials for Habitat homes

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For the third year, Westfield Insurance employees donated labor for a Habitat for Humanity of Summit County home-building project. Tuesday’s project at Westfield’s headquarters in Westfield Center involved employees painting trim and doors for two houses. “We’ve been working with Habitat since 2000, and we believe in the American dream, ” Westfield community investment leader 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…