10:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) McDonald's will recall about 12 million "Shrek" drinking glasses because federal regulators found they contain the toxic metal cadmium, which can pose health risks. The glasses have been sold for $2 apiece at McDonald's restaurants across the country as a promotional tie-in with the popular movie. Purchasers will be advised to keep them away from children and to return them to McDonald's for a refund. The recall, officially announced Friday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, was set in motion by an anonymous tip last week that came to U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif. Speier alerted the consumer commission, which in turn tested the glasses on an accelerated basis, confirming the presence of cadmium. Speier's office said that McDonald's, at the urging of the commission, voluntarily agreed to recall the glasses.
10:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - "Carpe Diem" seize the day was the theme of New London Valedictorian Caitlyn Byron's speech during Sunday's graduation. (NOTE - To see pictures of New London's graduation ceremony, click here.)
10:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
The question is really this: do you want to have lots of tomatoes or just something to talk about? If you just want something to talk about, then jump on the upside down tomato bandwagon.
10:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Plymouth man who led village police on a high-speed chase pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of obstructing official business. Brandon M. Kennard, 29, of 390 Plymouth St., faces six to 12 months behind bars and a maximum fine of $2,500 when he is sentenced July 29. In March, a Huron County grand jury indicted him on failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. The five-minute Nov. 17 chase covered 6.6 miles and ended with Kennard losing control at the intersection of Plymouth East and New State roads before he crashed in a soybean field. Police searched for Kennard and his two passengers in the days following the incident.
10:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Age Exchange Program, by definition, is bringing senior citizen volunteers together with elementary students selected by their schools to help them accomplish educational and socialization goals. But much more blossoms from the once a week meetings taking place during the school year. Many lasting friendships have been made throughout the years thanks to the intergenerational program that involves students from Norwalk and Willard. Strong bonds are formed as the senior volunteers mentor their young students with school work, craft projects, story time and field trips. The program also features a "sharing circle" that provides time for the students to share whatever is on their minds that week. If you are interested in being a part of this rewarding program, call Senior Enrichment Services in Norwalk at (419) 668-6245 or in Willard at (419) 933-4701. Age Exchange is funded by a grant from the Huron County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, the United Fund and is administered through Senior Enrichment Services.
10:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol charged two drivers with separate felony drug charges within about 12 hours. The first traffic stop happened at 2:23 a.m. Friday on Strub Road in Erie County. Initially stopping driver Terrell D. Skye, 28, of Fairborn, for a moving violation, Trooper Steven Drew smelled alcohol on the suspect and asked him to leave the vehicle, Sgt. Mary Mack said.
10:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH The July 3 inaugural Greenwich 5k Freedom Run is a fundraiser for police fitness equipment due to the newly implemented physical fitness standards at the Greenwich Police Department. Prizes will be awarded to the top three males and females in each of the seven age brackets. Free refreshments will be provided by Greenwich Grocery. The Greenwich 5k Freedom Run starts at 9 a.m. with check-ins between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. The costs are: $15 if you are pre-registered before June 28 ($20 day of the race); $10 for active/retired military personnel; and $50 for a family of four. For registration forms or if you are interested in volunteering to help at this event, contact Officer Jeremy Rising via e-mail at rising.j@villageofgreenwich.com.
10:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A rural Greenwich man entered a "not guilty" plea Monday to possession of Oxycodone. Brandon A.G. Taft, 28, of 1760 Greenwich Milan Townline Road, Greenwich, is accused of using a 2002 Mercury Sable to commit the suspected April 6 offense, his late May indictment states. Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker originally stopped Taft and gave him a warning about following a tractor-trailer too closely. The alleged drug offense happened several hours later when Hunker was talking to Taft during another traffic stop, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
10:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
DELAWARE The powerful storms that ripped through northwest Ohio this weekend has prompted Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to declare a state of emergency for Fulton and Wood counties. The destruction caused by a tornado, with winds estimated between 136 and 165 mph in Wood County, took lives and destroyed buildings. Some farmers are feeling the effects of its destruction. Ohio Wheat Growers Association (OWGA) Vice President Jay Griffith, who farms in Wood County, said some of his crops in Millbury, the area hit hardest from the tornado, are under water. This flooding is delaying Griffith's planting of soybeans and could possibly affect harvest of soft red winter wheat. "It was narrow but devastating," Griffith said about the storm, which left an 8-mile path of destruction miles from his fields.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jan. 1, 1937 June 4, 2010 COLLINS Jacquelyn A. Weidinger, 73, of Collins, died Friday evening at her residence. Arrangements will be announced by Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS Effective today, all purpose vehicles (APVs) will be required to have a license plate and registration sticker. The license plate and registration sticker are permanent and must remain with the vehicle, displayed in plain sight. A $34.75 registration fee will be collected for the issuance of a three year registration. All registrations are for three years and expire on Dec. 31, in the third year after the date of issuance. Application for renewal of a registration may be made no earlier than 90 days prior to expiration. An Ohio Certificate of Title must be presented to register an off-highway motorcycle or APV. APV license plates are embossed with a "bright orange," five character combination with APV vertically on the left side of a typical motorcycle size "Beautiful Ohio," plate design.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Collins motorcyclist remains in critical condition after being ejected from his bike Saturday in Oxford Township. A LifeFlight helicopter flew Jamie L. White, 27, of 4463 Walnut St., to the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center emergency room in Toledo after the crash at 7:05 p.m. on Kelley Road. A hospital spokeswoman said the patient was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit as of press time. White was driving south when he failed to negotiate a Kelley Road curve and drove off the right side, said troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol. The 1987 Honda CBR600 overturned, ejecting White, who wasn't wearing a helmet, troopers said. The bike, which sustained heavy disabling damage, and the driver came to rest on the west side of the road in a yard. The crash remains under investigation and alcohol use is unknown at this time, troopers said. No citations had been issued as of press time.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
By Erika Bolstad and Renee Schoof - McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON (MCT) President Barack Obama warned Friday that it's "way too early to be optimistic," and a top BP executive also cautioned against overreacting to BP's latest effort to contain the oil that's been spewing from a broken well a mile under the Gulf of Mexico. The company will know for certain in coming days whether it's fully contained the runaway well and how much oil it's able to capture, BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said. Although oil is still flowing from the containment device the company put in place Thursday evening, the flow of oil that's visible via underwater cameras is expected to disappear as crews close the cap's vents and begin sending more of the oil to a ship on the surface. The process is slow because engineers are concerned about crystals known as hydrates forming in the cap, which doomed one of the early efforts at containing the well.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORTAGE TOWNSHIP A passenger of a small airplane was hospitalized with a head injury after it crashed Thursday in Port Clinton. The aircraft, a 2003 Mooney, M20M, occupied by pilot Dennis M. Liebman, 60 and passenger, Steven D. Smith, 43 were attempting to land on runway 18, came in with too much speed and the pilot decided to make a go around attempting to lift off again. The aircraft did not get enough power to ascend accordingly and the pilot attempted to land in a grass field southeast of the runway. The aircraft came down in the field, then rolled into a wooded area, completely damaging the aircraft. The aircraft came to rest about 50 feet from the Ohio 2 right of way fence. The men are Ottawa County residents who were returning from a golf outing in Columbus. The pilot was not injured and the passenger initially claimed no injuries. Later, he was transported to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton for a head injury. The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene and is investigating in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board. Agencies assisting were the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Port Clinton Fire Department, FAA, Danbury Police Department, Catawba Island Police Department and North Central EMS.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
When she was 17, Sharon Kidd could have retreated into a dark hiding place and remained there. (NOTE: To see pictures of the GED graduation ceremony and celebration, click here.)
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk bicyclist is hospitalized in a Toledo trauma center after being hit by a sport utility vehicle Thursday afternoon. Michael Schwieterman, 50, of 123 E. Ohio 61, was listed in fair condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center at press time, a hospital spokeswoman said. Trooper Jeremy Clemons, of the state Highway Patrol, said the bicyclist sustained a deep abrasion to his left leg and a closed head wound and complained of abdominal pain. Schwieterman was wearing a helmet.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
CASTALIA - A Norwalk passenger in a car, driven by a man who has had 34 suspensions of his license status, suffered serious injuries in an alcohol-related crash early this morning. Shawn Xavier Gaines, 45, of 18 Elm St., Norwalk, sustained serious injuries to his lower body and several cuts to his face in the wreck, which occurred at 3:40 a.m. on Mason Road in Margaretta Township, troopers with Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol said. He was extracted from the car via mechanical means by the Margaretta Township Fire Department with the assistance of Groton Township Fire Department and then flown by a Life Flight helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
A tip led to a husband and wife being arrested in connection with stealing between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds of scrap metal from an abandoned Norwalk plant Wednesday morning. About 7:45 a.m., police received information that Bruce A. Sullivan and Dawn M. (Warren) Sullivan were in a gold Ford van and were stealing scrap metal at the abandoned Industrial Powder Coating/ACS plant, 204 Republic St., Norwalk Police Detective Dave McDonough said in his report.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
An amateur dive team and White's Automotive Services, LLC pulled out a 1999 Chevrolet Impala from the Norwalk Reservoir on Thursday morning after the driver attempted suicide by drowning Wednesday night. Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp said the 34-year-old Mansfield man got out of the car and walked to a relative's home after the incident about 10:30 p.m. He eventually came to the police station about 1 a.m.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk mother's blood-alcohol content level was nearly four times the state's legal limit during a traffic stop. Andrea L. Whitcomb, 23, of 230 Stower Lane, was charged with driving under the influence and an open container violation after being pulled over at 7:49 p.m. Thursday on Milan Avenue. Authorities said she also will be charged with child endangerment in connection with her 2-year-old daughter being in the vehicle.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
The schedule for Bike Week 2010 has been announced. Events begin next Friday. The Mad River Harley-Davidson dealership in Sandusky will serve as a host site for Ohio Bike Week, meaning exhibitors, vendors and an Ohio Bike Week information center and box office will be located at 5316 Milan Road during the event.