5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Western Reserve school bus driver was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance after a three-vehicle crash Monday on U.S. 20 just west of Hartland Center Road. Norwalk resident Sara L. Knackstedt, 52, of 781 Ohio 61, told troopers with the state Highway Patrol her brakes went out, a Norwalk post spokeswoman said this morning. She said a patrol investigator was scheduled to inspect the brakes.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Investigators recovered 30 firearms in the house shared by murder suspect Steven J. Rodvold and his father, Keith R. Rodvold, 51. Huron County sheriff's deputies and a state crime-scene investigator spent between 14 and 15 hours Thursday and Friday processing 92 N. Ohio 60, New London, for evidence. Capt. Bob McLaughlin, in a search warrant filed Tuesday in Norwalk Municipal Court, said authorities found six spent rounds at the scene and a bullet in the northern interior porch wall.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Amish Heirloom specializing in American made custom handcrafted furniture since 2001. Doug and Kim Arter's original plan was to buy a franchise, but then they decided to start up their own independently-owned retail store in 2001. They met some key Amish craftsmen who connected them with the resources and contacts they needed.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Custom Order Furniture will hold a Community Day and open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be a factory tour, refreshments and drawings to celebrate the company's one-year anniversary.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Now that she's had time to sit back and catch her breath, Kristie Wert offered her thoughts this morning on Norwalk's first Autumn Leaves Festival which took place Saturday. "I'd grade it a B-plus for a first-time festival," said Wert, Main Street program manager. "There are always things to improve on or things we see we can do differently," she said.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - They came to this burial happy. The ceremony was not meant to inter a loved one or friend, but pieces of history that people in the year 2109 are to dissenter, learn from and enjoy.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Murder suspect Steven J. Rodvold will face the judge Sept. 30. "He'll be indicted then,' said Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff, who presents most of the cases to grand juries on behalf of Prosecutor Russell Leffler's office.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's employment picture continues to show slight improvement. For the first time this year, the county's unemployment rate dipped below 14 percent.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
This column writing is a tough business. There are only so many good ideas to go around, so when you find something, you have to jump on it and run. Writing a Tuesday column means I don't get first pick for the week. That's left up to veteran columnist Jim Busek, who has owned his Monday slot for more than 30 years. If he jumps on it first, I am left to go with a backup. That's what happened this week.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH The South Central Board of Education met Monday evening and approved the payment to 7-L Construction of Bellevue for $224,411 for completion of work on the parking lot. The original bid was $201,779 with the board changing orders approving an additional $24,882 for needed changes. As the work in the parking lot ran over the completion date, both parties agrees on a lesser payment of $2,250.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON Treasurer Gina Blackman expressed her concerns about school funding at Monday's New London Board of Education meeting. Blackman said it was anticipated federal stimulus money would help loosen the financial restraints school districts are facing; however, the state is using the money to replace funds it is taking away. Since the stimulus money is a temporary fix, Blackman said the future looks bleak for schools, and she added unfunded mandates need to be eliminated as revenue sources dry up.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEPT. 23, 1978 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 31 years ago: City Burger Chef in TV commercial Some of Norwalk's residents may see themselves on television next year as camera crews will be taping at Norwalk's Burger Chef Tuesday.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Police Department has received $12,901 in grant money to boost its effort to encourage students not to use drugs. On Friday, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced the recipients of law enforcement grants that will support drug use prevention efforts performed by hundreds of law enforcement officers across Ohio. The Ohio Attorney General's Drug Use Prevention Grant will fund 297 Ohio officers from 175 different Ohio departments. In all, the recipients will share nearly $2.8 million. "This grant helps support a worthy public goal: educating our kids about the right decisions to make when confronted by drugs," Cordray said.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Willard High School ex-wrestler who hazed a fellow teammate Feb. 4 has been prohibited from being on the team while he is on long-term probation through Huron County Juvenile Court. The junior must also write a 5,000-word essay on why hazing is wrong and its effects on victims. The boy, who studies auto body and collision repair at Pioneer Career and Technology Center in Shelby, must be accompanied by an adult in locker rooms at all times, perform 50 hours of community service and pay about $1,000 in restitution for the victim's various medical and counseling bills.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk's parks and recreation department has placed a .8-mill renewal levy on the Nov. 3 ballot. "This is a renewal," said Ken Leber, parks and recreation superintendent.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The numbers are staggering. The worse the economy gets, the more the requests come in for the Norwalk Area United Fund. The requests, executive director Linda Bersche said, have been almost too numerous to count the last couple of months. Now, more than ever, Bersche said, the organization needs your help.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Don't let Tuesday night's Norwalk city council work session agenda fool you, there will be plenty to talk about. The actual council packet contained no new legislation for the meeting, but Diane Eschen, finance director, is expected to give council a PowerPoint presentation on the budget.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
There was a time in my less mature columnist days that I would have been elated to see a front page headline such as the one that appeared in this newspaper last Thursday: "Lovers Busted in SUV." In case you did not see it, a few quotes from the story will bring you up to speed. "The Huron County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 7:39 a.m. Wednesday." Someone had heard "a woman moaning in the (parking lot of the nature preserve) on West River Road, north of Wakeman." Maj. Greg Englund was dispatched and "thought he'd find a person who was having a heart attack." Instead, "two people were having sex in the back seat of the (sport utility vehicle). 'The window was down. That's why you could hear them,' the deputy said."
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio's unemployment rate was 10.8 percent in August, down from 11.2 percent in July, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 30,100 over the month, from 5,127,400 in July to 5,097,300 in August.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Sheila K. Baum was heading home when the 2003 Ford pickup truck pulled in front of her. "I was just at my mom's house," said 18-year-old woman, who has driven that portion of Cleveland Road at least once a day for many years. "He just didn't see me I guess and started to go. I ran into the front of his truck," Baum said.
5:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk's inaugural Autumn Leaves Festival took place Saturday. What do you think of it? Please post your comments below.