8:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tonight's season opener at Summit Motorsports Park, sponsored in part by the Norwalk Reflector, has been rained out. The event is rescheduled for 7 p.m. May 1. See Monday's Reflector for full details.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
Those of you who do not wear glasses may not want to read any further. You will not be able to understand the panic I felt when, in the middle of North Carolina earlier this month, I realized that one of the lenses of my glasses was lost. Gone.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Don't deny the highway in my soul" - James Taylor, "Let Me Ride" I usually write this column on the preceding Sunday, which some of you may find ironic, given the vitriol usually expressed here about our current president and his stooges in Congress. Getting started early gives me plenty of time before deadline for proof reading by my bride and the ensuing re-writes.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
The city wants to gauge public interest in a community gardens program. People interested in having their own space to plant should contact the Ernsthausen Community Center at (419) 663-6775. "It's like a garden in your backyard; it just wouldn't be in your yard," Norwalk Recreation Director Joe Lindenberger said. There will be no charge for each space and the program is open to city residents.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD A Willard woman was killed Thursday in a fire at her residence Thursday, Willard Fire Chief Rich Myers said. The blaze that killed Imelda Muniz, 39, of 524 Pleasant St., is under investigation with the state fire marshal's office, chief public information officer Shane Cartmill said. "It's too early for us to say" whether the blaze was intentionally set or was accidental, Cartmill said Friday. Authorities received a call about 6 p.m. about the fire, which was confined to the corner and exit of the living room and caused about $12,000 in damage, Myers said.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS The Berlin Township Volunteer Fire Department has received a federal grant to install a sprinkler system into Station No. 1. The federal government is contributing $88,051 toward the $92,685 Assistance to Firefighters grant (AFG), which is from the eleventh round of stimulus money. The local money will be coming from the township fire levy passed in November. The grant is comprised of $16,005 for training. Chief Jim Vartorella said the department will use the money to get all 30 Berlin Township firefighters classified as "firefighter 1," which requires 120 hours of training. "This will be a two-year schooling," Vartorella said.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
Deputies arrested a Wellington woman Thursday after she threatened to shoot Huron County Department of Job & Family Services (HCDJFS) employees. The suspect, Norma M. Lyons, 52, originally called HCDJFS to discuss a child support issue about her husband, Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said. He said Lyons became upset and said she was going to shoot everyone in the welfare agency "every single one of them." HCDJFS called the sheriff's office immediately. Patrick said local deputies and the Lorain County Sheriff's Office located Lyons in Wellington. The Norwalk Police Department assisted with the investigation. Lyons was charged with intimidation, a third-degree felony punishable by one to five years behind bars. She currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Feeling generous? Do you want to support local law enforcement agencies? Be careful. Area residents are being warned about fraudulent callers attempting to raise money for the New London Police Department and Huron County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Dane Howard said New London-area residents specifically have reported there have been people saying they are fund-raising for the two departments, but they aren't authorized to do so.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE A suspected drug dealer currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail after officers forced their way into her Bellevue home early Thursday afternoon. Three Huron County sheriff's deputies and two Bellevue police officers attempted to knock on the door of the 127 1/2 Broad St. home of suspect Jessica R. Pannell, 32, before forcing their way in, sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said. He said authorities forced their way after Pannell didn't open the door. "No one saw her initially. ... There was a high likelihood she was in there," Patrick said. Officers found Pannell in an upstairs bedroom. Patrick said authorities saw movement behind a blanket Pannell was using as to cover a doorway and then arrested and handcuffed her without further incident.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The students grilled the attorneys. Prosecutors and defense attorneys had four cases heard Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court by the Ohio Supreme Court. Immediately afterward, those same lawyers debriefed their cases and answered questions from Bellevue, Monroeville, Norwalk, St. Paul, Willard and EHOVE Career Center high-school students. Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Van and Cuyahoga County Assistant Public Defender Cullen Sweeney argued the constitutionality of community notification for sex offenders due to a change in law because of the Adam Walsh Act.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD The Huron County Sheriff's Office released tapes Friday that indicate Willard resident Imelda R. Muniz intentionally set the fire that killed her at her Willard residence Thursday. Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said the cause of the 39-year-old's death was smoke inhalation and the manner of death was suicide. Authorities received three 9-1-1 calls about 6 p.m. Thursday from Muniz, who said she'd just set her furniture on fire at her residence, 524 Pleasant St.
8:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
For the past 9 years, I have wondered and asked "Why did my son get a brain tumor?" I have been given technical answers about his tumor forming during the development of Rathke's Pouch; but, continue to wonder if there isn't a reason why the tumor began to develop before he was born. Last night, my thirteen-year-old son, Adrian came home from school quite upset and told me that the eighth grade class had attended a presentation at school given by Stein Hospice, as one of his classmates "has cancer." As we talked further, he reminded me that this boy "had brain surgery too ... a few months ago."
8:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk's Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG) facility continues to remain active. But for how long, no one is certain. "We did just extend our contract through Sept. 30," said George Codeluppi, bargaining chairman for UAW Local 1379. "But that doesn't mean we will stay open until Sept. 30."
8:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Northcoast Jobs Connection Job Stores and Seneca One Stop offer numerous services and resources for job seekers and employers. Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. The seminars are also available to be customized for employers and delivered on site. There are a variety of classes and events being offered in May at the Huron County Job Store, 185 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk. Get a Job or a Better Job, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 3, 17 and 24. Learn how to prepare for and conduct a successful job search. This session includes a review of state employment and unemployment features. Basic Skill Refreshers for Youth/Adults - 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in May. This seminar will be offered at The Job Store through Norwalk City Schools and EHOVE Success for Youth. GED class information is also available.
8:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Huron County Department of Job and Family Services will hold its first ever Family Fun Day on Saturday. The free event, organized by the children's services department, will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the JFS complex on Shady Lane Drive. "We're holding it right outside on the parking lot," said Teresa Alt, JFS director.
8:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners kept their promise and lowered the gate rate at the transfer station at Tuesday's meeting. The former rate of $58.75 per ton was dropped to $54. "This has been discussed at length and we've had public hearings on this," Commissioner Mike Adelman said. "This $54 rate will begin April 26 which is Monday."
8:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
Justin C. Case, the Norwalk boy who sustained serious injuries in an April 10 one-vehicle crash that killed his grandfather, was released Monday from Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. "He said he's feeling good and everything's going good," said his aunt, Sharon Brant, who spoke to her nephew early Monday afternoon. The boy isn't in any pain, she said, adding: "but then he's 8 and ready to come home."
8:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Ten to 12 Willard High School classes got to enjoy the great outdoors Thursday. But it wasn't because of a good thing. Willard City Schools Superintendent David Danhoff said many teachers had to be flexible due to extensive soot and smoke damage from a fire intentionally set Wednesday in a second-floor boy's bathroom in the 200 wing of the high school.
8:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's unemployment rate in March was lower than January or February, and even lower than the previous year, but at 16.8 percent it remains one of the worst in the state. About 4,900 of the estimated 29,300 people in the county's potential workforce were out of work in March, according to figures released today by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
8:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The St. Paul community has lost one of its finest supporters and friends. Robert Lippert, who was affectionately known as the "Big Man," died Sunday at the age of 76.
8:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - At Willard City Schools, student safety is paramount. That's what school officials said this morning in the wake of Friday's rumors that circulated about someone bringing a gun to Willard High School.