April 28, 2015


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…

January jobless rate edges lower in Medina County

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Medina County’s unemployment rate for January was 5.2 percent. It follows the trend from December’s numbers being the lowest mark in nine years for that month. The just released civilian labor force estimates from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services found 90,600 Medina County residents were working in January — 2,100 more than Read More…

Westfield Group names Edward Largent as CEO

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The Westfield Group announced Wednesday that a new chief executive officer will take over this summer. The Ohio Farmers Insurance Co. Board of Directors, which oversees Westfield Group, issued a statement saying Edward Largent III was elected to succeed James Clay as Westfield president and CEO. Largent will begin July 1. Clay will remain chairman 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…

Police patrols will be out in force for St. Patrick’s Day

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One person was killed and five were injured so far this year in alcohol-related crashes on Medina County roads, according to statistics released by the Ohio Highway Patrol. Law enforcement agents said they plan to be active this weekend and on Tuesday — St. Patrick’s Day — in an effort to keep those numbers down Read More…

More fog could roll in this morning in Northeast Ohio


A dense fog moved into Northeast Ohio on Tuesday afternoon and stayed until midday Wednesday. All counties in Northeast Ohio were under a fog advisory, and there was a possibility for fog again this morning, said meteorologist Frank Kieltyka with the National Weather Service’s Cleveland office. “We had a lot of low-level moisture and warm Read More…

Lowest foreclosures since Great Recession indicate recovery

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Medina County foreclosure filings in 2014 reached a record low since the years of the Great Recession, prompting officials to declare that economic recovery has arrived in the housing market. The county’s real estate foreclosure filings dipped to 493 in 2014 — the lowest since 2003, according to Medina County Common Pleas Court records. Still, Read More…

Gazette seeks tech enthusiasts who want the Apple Watch, available April 10

A woman holds the Apple Watch Edition during a demo following an Apple event Monday in San Francisco. (AP PHOTO)

Make calls, read email, control music, manage Instagram photos, keep up with your workout, pay for groceries, open your hotel room door. Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said you can do it all from your wrist with Apple Watch — for 18 hours a day. That’s how long the battery will last on an Read More…

Revisions look to make it easier to dispute your credit report

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Disputing a mistake on your credit report could get easier and the effects of medical debt less severe under changes being made by the three largest credit-reporting agencies. The Monday announcement by the agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — comes after months of negotiations between the companies and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Read More…

Man dies as house burns to ground in Westfield Center

A pile of charred rubble sits Monday at 7038 Greenwich Road in Westfield Center. Fire destroyed the two-story residence early Saturday morning. The fire left resident Charles J. Ryder, 60, dead and the homeowner, Kathleen M. Price, hospitalized. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

An early Saturday morning fire in Westfield Center left one resident dead and the homeowner hospitalized. Charles J. Ryder, 60, of 7038 Greenwich Road, died about 5 a.m. as the home owned by Kathleen M. Price burned to the ground. Price was taken to Lodi Community Hospital and transferred to Medina Hospital where she was Read More…