February 13, 2016


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

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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…