July 4, 2015


State to deny Archie the bear request

Archie the bear enjoys the mild weather from his cage on Debbie and Jeff Gillium’s property in Lodi. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

State officials plan to deny a permit application for a Lodi couple to keep their pet black bear, according to a letter sent to the family this week. Debbie and Jeff Gillium have until April 22 to request a hearing to contest the decision. After that, Archie the bear could be taken from their property, Read More…

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…

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…