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Roasts & Toasts

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Toast Sharon Gase and Mike Homan for their work last week in an attempt to save a drowning boy at Holiday Lakes in Willard. Gase is a lifeguard at the City of Willard Pool. Homan is an EMT technician from Willard. The two were at Holiday Lakes Monday afternoon when 16-year-old Cody Osborne, of 413 Maple Ave., Willard, was struggling in the water. Gase noticed Osborne was having trouble. She immediately dove in, but the boy had gone under by the time she reached him. She dove down several times and with the help of others finally located Osborne. Unfortunately, they couldn't get him out of the water. Homan, who was off duty at the time, was one of the many others who tried to help save the boy. While the story had a sad ending, it is good to know there are people out there willing to help.

Roast the sluggish and lackluster play of the Cleveland Indians. Do you realize if the playoffs started today, the Indians would be on the golf course and thinking about next year? Well, we all are tired of next year. The team, like its manager, plays like it is in a fog. There is no excitement. There is no passion. In Sunday's 5-3 loss to the hated New York Yankees, Jhonny Peralta was picked off first with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. Wake up! The Central Division-leading Detroit Tigers are in town Tuesday and Wednesday nights and a couple of more losses could be disastrous. The Tribe is on life support. And by this time next week we might have to pull the plug.

Toast the work of the Wakeman Police Department and specifically Investigator Josh Rice for its ongoing sex sting operation that last week nabbed its sixth suspect. Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker estimated that Rice, a part-time officer, spends 10 to 20 hours online each week at the Wakeman Police Department or at the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children's Taskforce's Parma office as part of the investigation. It's a brave new world out there and times have changed. The Wakeman Police Department has stepped up to do its part. Keep up the good work.

Roast the idiots who get caught in all of these sex stings. You've probably seen the show on MSNBC where they set up cameras and actually watch as the people come in a house looking for a hookup. Their stories all seem to be the same, and they all are sad. The Internet is a great thing when it is used the right way. Unfortunately, there are too many sick people out there who want it for all of the wrong reasons.

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