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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Sutherland injured in fall

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Sept. 29, 1979

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 28 years ago:

County officer hurt in fall

Capt. Robert Sutherland of the Huron County Sheriff’s Department was in the intensive care unit at Lorain Community Hospital today after an accident during a routine investigation Friday.

Sutherland, 32, was in serious condition with a head injury. The sheriff’s department said he fell and hit his head on some concrete blocks. Sutherland was unconscious for about a half an hour before calling for assistance.

According to Sheriff John Borgia, tests were to be conducted this afternoon to determine the extent of the injury. Sutherland’s admittance to the intensive care unit was a precaution the doctor took to keep a close watch on him until the injury is pinpointed, Borgia said.

Sutherland was investigating a break-in at 4:30 p.m. in an abandoned residence on Plymouth East Road in Greenwich Township, one mile east of Ohio 12.

Rooting for their teams

Monroeville’s 1979 Homecoming Queen Debi Stieber was pictured in the paper giving a long loud cheer as she watched the Eagles win a cliff-hanger against Western Reserve Friday night. New London Homecoming Queen Sheri Knapp was also pictured, striking a dignified pose as she watched the Wildcats take a 29-7 pounding from Edison. Debi is the daughter of Paul and Carol Stieber. Sheri is the daughter of Bill and Judy Knapp.

Norwalk attracts TV cameras

Norwalk was on the air twice this week when two Cleveland television stations did feature stories on local residents.

The first program involved 203 persons — a sizable percentage of the city’s population.

Actually, Kathy Brugett of PM Magazine, which is shown daily at 7:30 p.m., interviewed Mr. and Mrs. Robert O’Dell of West Seminary Road and talked about the 201 foster children they have taken into their home during the past 31 years.

The other television personalities this week are Dick and Nola Becker. They made it easy for Del Donalson of Channel 5 by providing separate programs in one trip to Norwalk.

Donalson filmed in the morning on Sept. 20 at the Beckers’ Potato Chip factory on Rule Street and reloaded the cameras for the afternoon shooting of Mrs. Becker’s miniature dollhouse and craft work at their home, 10 Oakfield Ave.

Hollywood show too much for Norwalk

As far as Bob Hart and his young Norwalk football team is concerned, Harry Beers and Galion Tigers should move to Hollywood.

The Tigers gave Norwalk a lot of material to study when the Truckers view movies of the Tigers’ 25-7 victory at Whitney Field Friday night.

Norwalk shocked the defending champs on its second possession of the evening. Using a double wing set, the Truckers caught the Tigers off guard. Andy Kluding did the most damage for Norwalk when he galloped 56 yards to the endzone with 7:50 left in the first half to give Norwalk an early lead.

Prior to the game, Norwalk honored members of the 1974 state championship football team. Among the members present were Jeff Orwick, now playing ball at Wooster, John McCarty, Dan Hipp, Scott Tyson, plus former assistant coaches Joe Widman and Bud Kraft.

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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