2:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com MILAN Saturday morning was a tough one for a Wikel Road mother. The woman discovered her 7-month-old son was unresponsive at 6:18 a.m., Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. The woman awakened about midnight, gave her son a bottle and he went back to sleep. "She was very distraught when (a deputy) arrived," Sigsworth said.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com For almost a year now Faces of Hope has helped people deal with mental health issues and also opened the door of friendships for area residents. The support group will celebrate its first anniversary at 10 a.m. April 1 at St. Paul's Gathering Space. The public is invited.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Candice Lopez, of Huron, hopes many people will take a few strokes to help fight diabetes at the Swim for Diabetes fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. April 5 at the Ernsthausen Rec Center. Her daughter, Sara Ruckman, 9, has lived with diabetes for four years. "It feels like helping out gives us some control and some power," Lopez said.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Rumors have been circulating for months and Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch confirmed it this week - Applebee's is not coming to Norwalk in 2009. But Lesch still holds out hope that the restaurant chain will come to the community once the economy picks up.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Spring officially arrived on the calendar last Friday. But wasn't it nice to get a foretaste of it with the 60-degree weather on Tuesday and Wednesday; to walk out the door and find that you did not need your gloves or hat; to actually feel the warmth of the sunshine and south breeze?
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
A victim who lives where one shot was fired March 7 said the residents of Rustic Hills Mobile Home Park will be relieved to hear about Friday afternoon's arrest. Justin Richmond, 19, of 5144 N. U.S. 250, Lot 71, was arrested by the Huron County Sheriff's Office without incident at his home about 12:45 p.m. He was charged with discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premises. If convicted of the third-degree felony, Richmond faces one to five years in prison.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Police seized 10 balloons of heroin and various drug paraphernalia when they used a search warrant Thursday at 119 1/2 Dale Ave. Willard Police Chief Joe Daniel said no arrests will be made until the drugs are analyzed at the METRICH crime lab in Mansfield. METRICH is a 10-county drug task force, which Willard joined in 1999.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Amanda Hotchkiss is a 16-year-old sophomore at Norwalk High Schol who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was only 13 years old. She's already gone two rounds with the disease, and now she's fighting a third. She has to undergo chemotherapy every three weeks at Akron Children's Hospital to battle back against the metastasized stage-four cancer in her lungs. But she's not fighting alone. Her family and friends a have rallied around her, and now, her community has a chance to help too. A bowling tournament benefit will be held at 5 p.m. March 29 at Kenilee Lanes to help the Hotchkiss family cover the cost of chemotherapy and other medical bills. The cost will be $20 per three-member family team, which will purchase shoes and one round of 3-6-9 bowling per person, where the bowler is automatically awarded a strike every third frame. There will be snacks available, and a silent auction with prizes donated by businesses from around Norwalk, including an mp3 player, gift certificates to Sheri's Coffee House and a chair from the Norwalk Custom Order Furniture.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Teresa Miller is New London's new head varsity volleyball coach, and Kyle Marett will lead the varsity football program, following board of education action in a special meeting Monday.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
A closet light left on started a house fire Saturday that eventually caused about $50,000 worth of property damage and extensive smoke damage. The damage at 46 Townsend Ave. was limited to the center bedroom closet where the light was, the bedroom and door in the hallway opposite from where the fire started. The incident was reported at 5:24 p.m.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
By MARY LISA BOOSE Reflector Staff Writer mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Years of leaps, jumps and stunts have paid off for Aleicia Bores, a 2005 graduate of Monroeville High and currently a senior at Ohio University. Sports Illustrated named her "On Campus" cheerleader of the week.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Humane Society has released the winners of the Huron County cutest pet photo contest. First prize goes to Tory Bleile, for photo No. 60, of Sasha. Bleile has won $100, donated by the Norwalk Reflector, and custom framing, donated by Robert's Art Gallery. In second place, photo No. 4 of Cabo, taken by Ava Mary Parker. In third, photo No. 21, of Shadow, taken by Michelle Pruchnicki. Parker and Pruchnicki have won $50 and $25 respectively, donated by the Reflector.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gaymont Nursing Center has recently introduced an innovative new treatment for patients and individuals who suffer from dysphagia, a painful and often debilitating swallowing disorder. The treatment, known as VitalStim Therapy, uses non-evasive electrical stimulation to help re-educate the throat muscles needed in swallowing. With repeated therapy, throat muscles are retrained until the patient reaches an optimum level of swallowing.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Students across Ohio will rally against tobacco Wednesday as they join thousands of young people nationwide for the 14th annual Kick Butts Day, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Students from Norwalk City Schools will host an anti-tobacco commercial contest final judging event with games, prizes and pizza. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will be held in the Fisher-Titus Learning Center in Norwalk High School.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
On March 17, the Reflector reported the dismissal of the lawsuit filed by former employee, Lysa Cook vs Huron County MRDD et al. Judge Judith A. Cross ruled that there was no legal basis for the lawsuit. She wrote, "... accepting all of the Plaintiff's allegations on count one as being true...the court finds there is no legal basis for a claim of wrongful termination as the plaintiff was under contract." She dismissed count two ruling that "... the court accepts that public policy is in favor of protecting those who report possible violations of the law, however, since plaintiff was a contract employee the public policy tort claim does not accrue to her." Cross did not rule on the veridical merit of the alleged facts. She ruled only on the legal basis for allowing the truthfulness of the alleged facts to be examined and determined in open court.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Though he has been a quadriplegic for 26 years, Ray Krisha has maintained a high level of independence with the help of his wife, Ramona. But with Ramona, 47, in her own battle against cancer, the couple needs some help.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Frances Crawford-Vogel smiled as the children placed the handmade quilt over her lap. "This means a lot to me," she said quietly. Pleasant Elementary students and their families recently made 65 fleece quilts for cancer patients at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Principal Janice Smith said staff came up with the idea for the community service project and they decided to invite the community to participate. "We had almost 400 people," Smith said, adding people poured into the school gymnasium and classrooms to make the quilts one evening. Some of the families also made Valentine's Day cards to distribute to area nursing homes. "All of the people who came are excited," she said. "We're going to do this every year."
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Basic local service rates could increase for Verizon customers in 21 exchanges, however three communities were spared due to a decision released by state regulators, according to the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC). The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) granted Verizon's request to be able to annually raise basic rates through "alternative regulation" in 21 exchanges. The OCC opposed alternative regulation in 22 of 24 exchanges.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com MONROEVILLE When the wind blows, Craig McCloskey benefits. McCloskey, of rural Monroeville, is one of a growing number of people who are using a wind turbine to convert the energy in wind into mechanical energy for their homes. A wind turbine works in a manner opposite that of a fan. Instead of using electricity to make wind, wind turbines utilize wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft, which connects to a generator and makes electricity.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY - EHOVE Career Center has hired Dennis M. Muratori as high school principal for the 2009 - 2010 school year. He replaces John Spitler, who is retiring. From 2001 to 2003, Muratori was the athletic director at Sandusky High School, and from 2000 to 2001, he was the assistant principal and middle school athletic director at Sailorway Middle School in Vermilion.
2:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Drivers may soon be able to get 15 percent ethanol blends at the gas pump, which is beneficial in several ways. "For the country, it helps us be less dependent on foreign oil. For the consumer, it sometimes actually makes the fuel cheaper," said Bob Sunderman, vice president of the energy division for Sunrise. "Ethanol increases the octane in the fuel and also cleans the fuel system."