10:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Browns fans can kick off the football season early when Phil Dawson, the team's placekicker, visit Cedar Point on Friday. Dawson will meet Browns' fans and sign autographs from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the main midway near the Game Day Grille and the Raptor roller coaster at the amusement park/resort. For more information, visit cedarpoint.com or call the park's General Information Line at (419) 627-2350.
10:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
UTSUNOMIYA, Japan (MCT) -- At first glance, Pusuke might not look like a particularly special dog -- a humble male mixed-breed owned by a housewife in Sakura, Japan. But the seemingly common canine is now 25 years old, a life span so extraordinary that he may be recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living dog. Pusuke is so long in the tooth that his age in "dog years' is equivalent to more than 120 years for a human.
10:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
A state trooper who wanted to stop animals from climbing on his vehicles trapped his neighbor's 5-month-old kitten and shot it to death. Former North Carolina Trooper Shawn C. Houston was charged in October with cruelty to animals and injury to real property, both misdemeanors, according to court records. The Highway Patrol dismissed him in January.
9:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE The Monroeville Board of Education accepted the resignation of board member Robin Reed, effective Sunday. The board is now seeking people interested in an appointment to the vacancy, which expired in November 2011.. Anyone interested should notify treasurer Elise Gray in writing before the next scheduled meeting June 16.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Ryan Seacreast declared it "the end of an era," and Janet Jackson even kept her shirt on. But in the eyes of Nielsen, Simon Cowell's last episode as chief justice of "American Idol" was the least-watched finale since its first season, when the show ran during the summer and was just starting to become a phenomenon. About 24.2-million people tuned in Wednesday night to see Lee DeWyze get crowned the new "American Idol" over Crystal Bowersox, who seemed to be the people's choice. Although that is a strong number that any network would kill for, it is also about 16 percent off the 28.8 million who watched last year's finale. Among adults ages 18 to 49, Wednesday night's finale averaged an 8.2 rating, off 18 percent from last year's 10.0 rating. A rating point in that demographic equals 1.3-million people.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - Fifty-eight seniors graduated Friday from Plymouth High School. Valedictorian Elizabeth Childers said the 131st commencement ceremony was "a celebration of our class, of our teachers and our community." She encouraged her classmates to remember the lessons they'd learned at school: Networking, problem solving and "even a little of the math and science and grammar."
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The grandparents and former custodians of a 16-year-old New London girl are concerned she is missing again. In mid-April, the same New London High School sophomore was reported missing, but police found her healthy at her mother's Ashland home. The girl's guardian discovered the teen was missing just before 6 a.m. April 13 when she went into to her room to awake her and promptly called police. Most recently, the girl hasn't been seen since Friday after school.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - If that was the best that "American Idol" could do when Simon Cowell was still around, the next season of the Fox talent contest doesn't bear thinking about. Most of Wednesday's "Idol" finale, in which Lee DeWyze was crowned the winner, was a sludgy, sleepy trip though a graying boomer's middle-of-the-road record collection, and the return visits from the ninth season's ejected contestants only served to remind us of why they were eliminated. There were also the expected tributes to departing judge Simon Cowell, but even those seemed to go on forever.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - Fathima Rifqa Bary, the Christian teen convert who made national headlines when she fled to Orlando last summer, had a successful surgery in Ohio as part of her treatment for uterine cancer, her former Orlando lawyer said Friday. Rifqa, now 17, was released from an Ohio hospital late Thursday afternoon. It will be several weeks before doctors know more about her condition.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Authorities hope increased awareness will make for a holiday weekend free of alcohol-related fatal crashes. The state Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to not get behind the wheel impaired this Memorial Day weekend.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
To Norwalk City Councilman Harry Brady, the former human services building on Benedict Avenue is more than just high grass and weeds and a deteriorating structure. It represents part of his past.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - A 12-year-old Norwalk boy who reported being bullied wrote a "hit list' in which police said the Milan Elementary School student mentioned 15 pupils he intended to "kill, injure or let go.' The boy was charged with delinquency by inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor if committed by an adult. Milan Police Chief Jim Ward said there could have been a felony component, but Erie County Assistant Prosecutor Cheryl Goodrum didn't pursue that because there was "no action taken' by the student.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
The average gasoline prices in the continental United States over the Memorial Day weekend will average 30 cents per gallon higher than last year, but will be the second cheapest on record since 2006, GasBuddy projected. The average price across the United States will be $2.75 per gallon, with the lowest prices in South Carolina, New Jersey and Oklahoma, where prices will drop as low as $2.35 per gallon. Some of the highest prices in the United States will be in the West (including Alaska and Hawaii), where prices will remain more than $3 per gallon.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) -- Art Linkletter, the radio and television talk-show pioneer who was best known for eliciting hilarious remarks from the mouths of babes and who late in life was a popular motivational speaker and author, challenging seniors to live as zestfully as he did, has died. He was 97. Linkletter died Wednesday at his home in Bel-Air, said his son-in-law, Art Hershey.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Six people, including two break-in suspects, were indicted today by a Huron County grand jury. Darren L. Cooley, 20, of 3143 Greenwich Eastern Townline Road 79, Greenwich, and Logan R. Welch, 18, of 4351 Butler Road, Wakeman, were charged with breaking and entering in connection with an April 28 incident.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - EHOVE graduate Rachel Colyer, of Norwalk, wants to be someone's hero someday. She enjoys helping people. The 18-year-old will get many chances to do that during her career as a firefighter and her time in the military, where she will join the Army Reserves.
9:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Theresa Flannery went to Iraq in 2004 and walked into one of the hottest firefights of the war. She and other U.S. soldiers were trapped on the roof of a government compound at Najaf, dodging rifle fire and rocket-propelled grenades from renegade militiamen. Flannery traded gunfire with enemy snipers, shattering bones in her wrist diving for cover. A photo of Flannery, taken during the two-hour fight, circulated around the world, and the former Miss Madison County was recommended for a Bronze Star.
9:54 AM Jul 26, 2010
Shannen Doherty became the first celebrity to exit "Dancing With the Stars' this season, meaning Kate Gosselin and Buzz Aldrin each dodged a bullet after poor performances in Weeks 1 and 2. In fact, neither Gosselin nor Aldrin was in the bottom two in terms of combined viewers votes and judges' scoring on Tuesday night's results show on ABC. Joining Doherty of "90210' fame was an actress from another 80s hit show, "Baywatch' icon Pamela Anderson.
9:54 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH Before the 2010 South Central High School graduates moved onto "bigger and better adventures" Sunday, valedictorian Stacey Shepherd gave her classmates some pearls of wisdom. The 17-year-old girl told her fellow graduates not to postpone what they want, don't leave anything misunderstood, make sure the people you care about know it and make sure those same folks know how you really feel. Shepherd also thanked all the families and staff "for all the hard work they put into making this class shine." "Their fingerprints will never fade from our lives. They have taught us educational and life lessons," she said.
9:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - The sixth annual Girls' Night Out committee and Fitzgerald Body Shop announced Thursday during a Girls' Night Out preview party for sponsors who they are teaming up to offer the "Hog for a Cause' bike raffle. Jim Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Body Shop purchased, customized and donated a 2003 100th Anniversary Limited Edition Harley Sportster to the Girls' Night Out committee as a way to raise money for four local charities - Cancer Services, Fisher-Titus Mammography Fund, Cancer Program Fund at Firelands Regional Medical Center and North Coast Cancer Foundation.
9:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Ready to go treasure hunting? Norwalk's uptown will transform into its own treasure island on Saturday for the third annual Norwalk Great American Treasure Hunt. The flea-market style event features antiques, collectibles, housewares, hand-made jewelry, candles and more. And if you want to go car browsing, Twilight Gardens' annual car show this year will take place alongside the treasure hunt.