6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
RIDGEFIELD TOWNSHIP - Local, state and federal officials are dealing with an extremely rare problem. The oil shale, located near River Road, north of Monroeville in Ridgefield Township, has actually caught on fire. Just under the surface, the shale on the cliff is "red-hot."
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dave Light was sworn in as the new Norwalk police chief at a ceremony Friday afternoon at Norwalk Municipal Court. Light was sworn in by Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch in front of a packed house and was the recipient of several rounds of applause.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Police are investigating a break-in at Chef's Market & Deli in which the culprits stole a safe sometime between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Norwalk Police Sgt. Dave Smith said investigators first assumed the suspects entered through a door. However, police later determined the suspects climbed the roof of the restaurant/catering business at 50 N. Prospect St. and entered through an exhaust fan opening.
6:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
The date of St. Paul's football game has been changed. The Flyers were originally scheduled to play Mogadore at 7 p.m. Saturday at Medina Ken Dukes Stadium in a Division VI, Region 21 semifinal game. But this morning, it was announced that the game will be moved to 7:30 p.m. Friday. St. Paul's volleyball team is playing in the state tournament.
6:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - Erie County sheriff's detectives and state crime scene investigators used two search warrants Sunday to examine two homes related to the suspected murder of a Huron woman. Carla Westhofen, 58, "was last seen Thursday at about 9:15 p.m. by some friends in a bar in Perkins Township,' Capt. Paul Sigsworth said.
6:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
The date of St. Paul's football game has been changed. The Flyers were originally scheduled to play Mogadore at 7 p.m. Saturday at Medina Ken Dukes Stadium in a Division VI, Region 21 semifinal game.
6:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
TWINSBURG - It's back to the big show for the St. Paul volleyball team. Nancy Miller's club needed less than hour to dispose of the final hurdle that stood in the way of a sixth appearance at the Wright State Nutter Center in the last seven years. Her veteran squad handled Berlin Center Western Reserve in the regional finals Saturday afternoon at Twinsburg High School, 25-10, 25-13, 25-18.
6:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Election Day was a breeze for the Huron County Board of Elections. "Everything went really well,' said Sharon Locke, board of elections director.
6:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com The Huron County commissioners covered a variety of topics at their meeting Tuesday. The first item was the 2010 budget. Commissioner Mike Adelman had prepared a "rough draft" budget for 2010 last week. The board has looked it over and made a small change so far.
6:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Opiates addict Stephanie L. Pack promised Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway she will "stay clean." Pack has been in a Cleveland out-patient treatment program for the past six months. She said she is currently on 80 mg of methadone, which is used for opiate dependency. "I don't want to be addicted to something else," Pack said during Tuesday's hearing.
6:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Caught red-handed. "A gentleman entered an unlocked home ... through an unlocked rear door. The homeowner came home and actually caught the burglar leaving the residence," New London Police Chief Michael Marko said.
6:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Crime never pays, as the saying goes. In the case of Jeremy S. Robinett, being sick at least helped delay the punishment he'll receive for possessing heroin. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said the defendant had "a touch of the flu" Tuesday, so the court postponed his sentencing hearing until Nov. 17.
6:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Megan Lillo was sentenced today to nine years in prison for being the getaway driver for the April 15 Kaiser-Wells Pharmacy robbery and smuggling the stolen Oxycontin pills into the jail inside of her body. Her accomplice, Kurtis J. DeWitt, is serving 15 years in prison for similar offenses. He entered the Benedict Avenue business wearing a mask fashioned out of Lillo's pajama pants with a knife in his pocket and left after the pharmacist gave him 499 Oxycontin pills.
6:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Area voters retained a majority of incumbents in the village council races, most of which were contested. What follows is a round-up of unofficial results. All totals are unofficial until they are certified by the elections board.
6:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's good to be back after a few weeks away from this column. Some of you may have wondered why my bi-weekly treatise was missing from these pages, and the rest of you probably didn't care. The reason I was absent was that our Editorial Board felt and I agreed that in the interest of fairness, my name and opinions shouldn't appear in print during the weeks after I filed my petition in August to run for a spot on the Board of Trustees of Sherman Township. As it turns out, this column could have been run in 42 point type on the front page every day of the week and twice on Sundays and the outcome probably wouldn't have changed much: Todd Bischoff 135 votes
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Finally. After years of trying, Monroeville school district was a big winner Tuesday. School district voters passed a 1.5 percent income tax issue for operations.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk school board will have two familiar faces and one new one. Steve Linder will join incumbents Janet Broz and Rob Ludwig. Linder, 48, was the top vote-getter with 2,661 votes (or nearly 29 percent of the vote), followed by Broz (2,581 votes or about 28 percent) and Ludwig (2,122 votes or nearly 23 percent). Defeated challenger DeAnn McKillips received 1,912 votes or about 21 percent.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
I'm starting to get concerned about government. With tax revenues nose diving along with the economy, we are likely to see more and more things like police officers and firefighters being laid off, as happened recently in Norwalk. That, however, is not what concerns me. That's a reasonable response to an intractable problem. When revenues are down, cuts should be made, No, what concerns me is other ways our government is trying to deal with the revenue void. I recently paid a visit to the Department of Transportation to get new tags for my license plates. My tags had a big "10" on them so I thought that meant they were good through the tenth month, October, and I needed to get them renewed prior to the end of the month.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Scott Krichbaum will remain as Norwalk's first-ward councilman. Krichbaum, a Republican, defeated Independent challenger Jim Loughton in Tuesday's election. The final vote tally was 588 to 468.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County voters re-elected 28 of the 31 incumbent township trustees in Tuesday's general election. Twelve of the county's 19 townships had contested trustee races. Vote counts do not include absentee ballots, which did not affect the outcome of any race. All totals are unofficial until they are certified by the elections board.
6:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's a month of celebration at St. Paul Episcopal Church. It began last Thursday with a performance from the Ohio Northern University choir featuring Ryan Neal of Norwalk and culminates on Nov. 22 with a visit from the bishop.