The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date in 1984:
Burr named chief deputy
The campaign manager for sheriff-elect Thomas Dunlap has accepted the position of chief deputy in Dunlap’s administration, which begins Jan. 7.
Robert Burr, 52, 33 Garcia Drive, confirmed Friday he will take the job. Burr served as a volunteer deputy for seven years under former Sheriff John Borgia before Borgia fired him in March.
Borgia gave him the ax because Burr became treasurer and campaign manager for Dunlap.
A Norwalk man told police he was threatened by a man with a knife in downtown Norwalk Friday afternoon. The man said he was walking down the street with his girlfriend, when an unknown man began making racial remarks and then threatened to “cut him into pieces” with a knife.
But the threatened man picked up a board to defend himself, police said, and the would-be attacker backed off and ran away.
Truckers turn up heat in 54-48 win
Norwalk took advantage of its speed and quickness Friday night in a 54-48 Northern Ohio League basketball win over Upper Sandusky.
The victory was the second in three tries for the Truckers, now 1-0 in the NOL, while the Rams are winless in two starts.
“Tonight we worked hard and won the game,” said Trucker coach Bob Oberle. “We went out and did what we had to do.”
The tempo in the first half was definitely not to Oberle’s liking....But the third quarter belonged to the Truckers, who outscored the Rams 21-10.
Chris Harkness and Ronell Spencer paced the Truckers with 18 points apiece, while Bryan Haas chipped in with eight. John Komps had eight rebounds.
Robinson hits free throws to lift Willard in opener
Nolan Robinson did it again.
Last week he scored 41 points in a losing cause against Mansfield Malabar. This time, the hero was the same but the score was a little different.
Robinson scored 21 points, including a pair of free throws with five seconds left to give Willard a thrilling 72-71 win Friday over arch-rival Bellevue in the Northern Ohio League opener for both schools.
Willard played for almost eight minutes without the services of senior guard Tim Scott. He went to the bench with 4:20 left in the second quarter with a sprained ankle. He did not return until four minutes remained in the third quarter.
Willard immediately went on an 8-2 scoring spree with Scott back in the lineup, sparked by Sonny Hasmi’s six points, to take a 51-45 lead with 2:01 left in the third period.