4:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com July 4 wasn't the typical patriotic summer holiday 40 years ago. Instead of watching a parade and grilling outdoors, area residents were pumping out basements because of flooding. "I was attending a picnic at my father-in-law's on East Main Street," recalled lifelong Norwalk resident Don Hohler. "We didn't even get it started."
4:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A Plymouth man is accused of threatening to shoot and kill police and residents during an incident at a Willard bar Sunday morning. Roger D. Robinson, 39, of 5157 Ladow Road, "was a patron at The Victory Inn and started threatening to shoot people," Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said. "There was no indication he had a firearm on him."
4:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - A few months into the federal government's attempt to stimulate the economy, with unemployment at a 26-year-high of 9.5 percent in June, Vice President Joe Biden, the Obama administration's point-man on the stimulus program, allows that they "misread' the severity of the problem.
4:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (MCT) - An FBI spokesman took the unusual step Sunday of declaring that Gov. Sarah Palin is not under investigation, an announcement prompted by rumors to the contrary on many Web sites.
4:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen will be retiring in mid-August. After 25 years in law enforcement, Cashen will be starting a full-time position as a Tiffin University instructor of criminal justice and security on Aug. 17. He earned a master of arts in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2006 and master of criminal justice from the University of Alabama in 1990.
4:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A "Tree City' with no trees? Norwalk will have to eliminate more than 40 trees, which have either expired or are on the brink of death, city safety service director Dale Sheppard said.
4:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers will hold auditions for the 2009-2010 Cavalier Girls and Scream Team this month. The two popular dance teams are an integral part of the high-energy game entertainment repertoire that gives the Cavaliers a true home court advantage at Quicken Loans Arena. Each team performs and entertains fans with their special style and choreography at all Cavs home games during the season. The teams also participate in corporate, community and charity activities throughout the year.
4:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk's 2009 Relay For Life will take place Friday and Saturday at Whitney Field. It is Norwalk's 8th Relay and the 25th Anniversary overall. All money raised goes to cancer research.
4:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS Bicycling has many benefits including great exercise, getting to or maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of health problems. "Bicycling has the ability to provide a great cardiovascular workout for children and adults without strain on joints such as the knees that can occur with jogging," said Curt Gingrich, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., executive director, medical education at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. When riding a bike, however, everyone must protect their head and face by wearing a helmet that meets government standards; wear bright, reflective clothing; use padded gloves to protect your hands; and use a comfortable seat set at the correct height to reduce buttock pain and leg strain. In addition, effective bicycle safety should include checking the brakes and making sure there are no loose or broken parts on the bike. Reflectors and lights make you and your bicycle more visible to drivers especially early morning and near dusk.
4:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Kevin Lake will not serve jail time. Lake, 24, of Norwalk, pleaded no contest to negligent vehicular assault in April in connection with a June 15, 2008 boat crash that killed Berlin Heights resident Ben Miller. He faced six months in jail, but Sandusky Municipal Court Judge Erich O'Brien opted not to send Lake to jail.
4:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW YORK (MCT) - Michael Jackson looked good and sounded strong in a video from rehearsals, two days before his sudden death on June 25, which seemed to contradict the theory that the King of Pop was chronically ill and had been sickly for a while. The video, released to CNN by AEG Live, the promoter behind Jackson's scheduled comeback tour at London's O2 Arena, does, however, seem to bolster the company's claim that it has hundreds of hours of material from tour rehearsals that could be used as a concert DVD and live album.
4:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASILLA, Alaska (MCT) - Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday that she will resign in a few weeks. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will take over at the Governor's Picnic in Fairbanks on July 26. "People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing's more important to me than our beloved Alaska,' Palin said. "Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.'
4:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
In case you ever find yourself strolling through downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., you might notice a fine-looking large building bearing the name "Pantlind" on the cornerstone. This structure was built to house the Pantlind Hotel, owned and operated by a Norwalk boy, J. Boyd Pantlind. Commonly known as "Boyd," he was born in Norwalk in 1851, one of the children of Ralph Nevious Pantlind and his wife, Catherine McGorgan.
4:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk resident Mark E. Sanders ordered a steak dish at the local Mexican restaurant Casa Fiesta about April 25, 2008. In a personal injury lawsuit filed June 23 in Huron County Common Pleas Court, Sanders alleges he got sick with salmonella muenchen for about eight days after eating the entree and is asking the court for at least $25,000. The suit, which is against Jasinto Inc., includes a demand for a jury trial.
4:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch expects the search to replace retiring Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen to take three or four months. As part of the city ordinance, Norwalk City Council President Steve Euton will be forming a search committee. The other required members will be Norwalk Safety-Service Director Dale Sheppard and George Elmer, the chairman of the Civil Service commission. Those members will chose two more people: a Norwalk citizen and an expert in law enforcement.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - How do you solve a problem like Maria? The question does not have to apply, as it does in "The Sound of Music," to a young headache of a woman who cannot decide if the orderly life of a nun is for her. As the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical revue "A Grand Night for Singing" proves, "Maria" can be any woman who frustrates and puzzles her date.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
People picnicking at the Veterans Memorial Lake Park will benefit from more space, thanks to 17-year-old Rich Rauscher. The Norwalk High School senior and member of Boy Scout Troop 208 is planning his Eagle Scout project. He will make two single-family picnic areas. Each will have a 16 by 10 cement slab, a picnic bench, a grill and a garbage can.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - What started out as a simple Reflector police blotter item has garnered national headlines. Rural Wakeman resident Robert M. Tite, 57, of 2785 Chenango Road, faces multiple criminal charges in connection with damaging his neighbor's property while driving intoxicated on a bulldozer. First published in the Reflector's blotter Monday, the story later was covered by area newspapers and even ended up on the conservative Web site, the Drudge Report.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lakrechia Gibson (left), 13, and Breanna Holden, 11, take a fast amusement ride Wednesday evening at Willard's Festival in the Park. The event runs through Saturday.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
In addition to Norwalk's Fourth of July Parade and fireworks at dusk, three area communities have planned holiday festivities. Norwalk's celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. July 4 with a parade that will start at Main Street School and end up at the Huron County Fairgrounds. A fireworks show will take place at dusk at the fairgrounds.
4:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
Warrant suspect Ryan Rang proved you can hide, but you can't hide from authorities for long. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said he found the 25-year-old Norwalk man hiding in a large plastic Sterilite container in a closet when he searched a mobile home. Englund said he and three other deputies didn't find Rang at first, but Englund decided to open the tub when he walked by it during a second sweep of the residence.