October 5, 2015

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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…

2015 PRIMARY: EMS, fire levy is a go in Gloria Glens

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Residents of Gloria Glens Park approved a five-year, 2.25-mill replacement levy Tuesday for fire protection and EMS. The levy replaces a 3-mill levy that initially was approved in the 1970s, Mayor John Dean said. The levy passed 42 votes to 6, according to unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections. The 3-mill generates Read More…

Spencer native, Vietnam vet, POW now a published author

Paul Kari, a 79-year-old Vietnam Veteran and Spencer native, talks about his recently published memoir, “The Strength to Endure,” to a crowd Saturday at Medina Library. (KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE)

A 79-year-old Spencer native went from being a college student to U.S. Air Force pilot, husband, father, prisoner of war and farmer. Now, he’s an author — telling his life stories in a new book that has already sold more than 2,000 copies. Paul Kari spent Saturday afternoon at the Medina Library talking about his Read More…

Seville family helps Akron Children’s Hospital get better


Almost four years ago, Megan and Randy Pollock of Seville traveled to Akron General Hospital to give birth to their first child, Jordan. Twenty weeks earlier, the Pollocks had been told that Jordan’s birth would be difficult. During a routine ultrasound, it was revealed that Jordan would be born with Spina bifida and would need Read More…

Panther showcases $13M world headquarters in Sharon Twp.

Panther Logistics employee Brian Witt cleans a trailer in preparation to update the decal on the back of the vehicle. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Andrew Davis and Lawrence Pantages | The Gazette Panther Premium Logistics showcased its new, sprawling 50,000-square-foot world headquarters in Sharon Township to members of the Medina County Economic Development Corp. and invited guests Wednesday afternoon. Completed in December, the $13 million facility — which includes offices, a dispatch center and working space for drivers — Read More…

Cancer survivor called ‘miracle,’ starts support group in Spencer


It was just before 11 p.m. on an October night in 2011 when Judy Carbone felt abdominal pain and decided to drive herself to the emergency room in her hometown of Carmel, N.Y. “I thought I just had indigestion, but a week later I found out it was cancer and that I had six months 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…

Westfield Center man charged with Wadsworth gas station robbery

Jarrod Kallis

A Westfield Center man was arrested Thursday on a charge that he robbed a Speedway gas station in Wadsworth while armed with a rifle. Jarrod M. Kallis, 35, is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison. He is being held at the Medina County Jail while he Read More…