11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Voters won't get the chance to decide on a city charter change to allow design/build for construction projects in November because council voted down a proposed ordinance on an emergency basis at Tuesday's meeting. Council did hold a first reading for a proposed Tax Incentive Financing (TIF) agreement between the city and the developer for Norwalk Commons. A final vote on the TIF should be held at the next regular council meeting on Sept. 2.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Collins man is accused of sexually pleasuring himself in public on his property five times in 12 days. David A. Coury, 49, of 3190 DeRussey Road, is charged with five counts of public indecency in connection with five complaints to the Huron County Sheriff's Office. The second- and third-degree misdemeanors are in connection with suspected incidents that happened Thursday and Friday as well as Aug. 3, 8 and 12.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
"Norwalk Furniture stood behind us in times when we had troubles. We're willing to stand behind them and support them," said Julie McCready, who owns the Norwalk The Furniture Idea store in Mansfield with her husband, Tom. They never stopped taking orders for Norwalk Furniture products, even when the factory suspended operations for two weeks in July.
11:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Two women have filed petitions to repeal both portions of Western Reserve's 1.25 percent income tax, which brought in $1.7 million last year. "It'd be devastating to us," said Brett Robson, Western Reserve treasurer. He said the repeals would probably make it to the ballot because the petitions had 359 signatures and only 223 are required for the repeals to make it to the November ballot. Jeanne Obrenovich and Vanessa Lowe turned in two petitions Tuesday to the Huron County board of elections. One requests the repeal of the .75 percent income tax originally approved by voters in 1990 and the other requests the repeal of the .5 percent income tax approved in 1996.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
The abrupt shutdown of Norwalk Furniture Corp. contributed to Huron County having the third-highest unemployment rate among Ohio's 88 counties in July. Figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services revealed Huron County's jobless rate jumped from 8.1 percent in June to 10.7 percent last month.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Are you ready for some football? Are you ready to talk about some football? And while you're at it, how about some volleyball, soccer, golf, cross country and tennis? The high school sports season kicks into full gear Friday night when football teams take to the field.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
A pregnant Norwalk woman accused of attempting to sell more than $2,000 worth of heroin might not be able to see her baby if she gives birth while in custody, her defense attorney said. Michelle J. Ganzhorn, 24, of 68 Gibbs Road, is due to give birth Sept. 19. "I'm already dilating," she told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway during her arraignment Monday.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
A licensed massage therapist who sexually abused a young girl for five years was sentenced to four years in prison Monday. Robert W. Miller, 37, of Savannah, also was classified as a Tier-II sex offender, meaning he will have to register his address with the sheriff's office twice a year for the next 25 years. He pleaded guilty Monday to one count of gross sexual imposition in exchange for the state dismissing two similar charges.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
City Council will consider the final Tax Increment Financing (TIF) proposal between the city and Pride One, the developer of Norwalk Commons, and a revised version of a proposal to allow developers to both design and build projects without separately bidding out each portion. This latest version of the TIF would require the developer to build Emerald Parkway, a road from U.S. 250 east to Theater Drive to city specifications. The city would then set up a special fund for all of the property taxes paid by Pride One on four lots of the development slated for Bob Evans and Applebee's restaurants, a 62-room Holiday Inn Express and a conference facility. That money, estimated to be about $650,000 over the 20 years of the agreement, would be used for a traffic light and improvements at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Emerald Parkway and for upgrades to the sewage lift station.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Officials from Norwalk Furniture, Comerica Bank and two investment firms are meeting today with lawyers specializing in company restructuring in an effort to finalize a deal to keep the 106-year-old, locally-owned company in business. Joe Mosbrook, spokesman for the firm assisting with Norwalk Furniture's restructuring efforts, said the restructuring legal firm of Calsee, Halter & Griswold is taking a larger role in the process now. "They've been involved since the beginning," Mosbrook said. "They have a larger role now just because of the nature of the negotiations."
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - The Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Sunday near the intersection of West Washington and Shelby streets. Charles S. McMurray, 35, who lived in Sandusky and Norwalk, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Stephanie L. Broz's voice cracked as she said the word "guilty" Monday afternoon in Huron County Common Pleas Court. She used the back of one her shackled hands to wipe tears from her face. After the hearing, she wept and her eyes were red as a transport officer escorted her from the courtroom to the clerk of court's office.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
HURON Over the course of the summer, Erie MetroParks volunteer Richard Hartley has spent hundreds of hours tending to plants and trees at the James H. McBride Arboretum, located behind BGSU Firelands campus. He always carries his camera with him as there are plenty of photo ops in the beautiful setting. His pictures are regularly featured in the Arboretum kiosk, which is located by the entrance to the Arboretum. On Aug. 12, Richard was working in the butterfly and hummingbird garden, when he noticed an unusual black and white long tailed butterfly nectaring on butterfly bush, so he began taking pictures of it. He notified MetroParks naturalist and butterfly enthusiast Lois TerVeen. She knew the beautiful zebra swallowtails are common in the southern Ohio, but after referencing the publically viewable survey section atwww.ohiolepidopterists.org, she discovered that none had been recorded in Erie County. After contacting the Ohio Lepidopterist Society and checking with their president Dave Parshall, it was confirmed that Hartley's picture could be the voucher for the Erie County record. The Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden was started back in 1999 and has become a magnet for several butterfly species. Zebra swallowtail caterpillars feed on pawpaw trees, three of which are planted in the butterfly garden at the arboretum. TerVeen also noted that there were lots of pawpaw trees planted at the Hoffman Forest Reserve in Berlin Township, so gardeners and nature watchers in the Berlin Heights/Milan area should be on the look out for this butterfly.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Fantastic weather and a crowded, enthusiastic crowd added up to a successful 2008 Huron County Fair, board president Bob Morgan said. The overall paid attendance, 45,391, is a bit lower than last year's fair, Morgan said.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Local officials and a spokesman for the company in charge of restructuring Norwalk Furniture said Friday's deadline for a deal with new investors was an arbitrary deadline and negotiations continue to save the 106-year-old company. A brief statement from NFC Chairman Jim Gerken and NFC Vice Chairman Bill Gerken was e-mailed Saturday morning to employees.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
Investigator Bob McDowell expects today to be a somber one in Huron County Common Pleas and Norwalk Municipal courts. Defense attorney Greg Shell was pronounced dead at Fisher-Titus Medical Center after a motorcycle accident late Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Butler Road and U.S. 20.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
HURON - A Maryland teenager was killed, another woman sustained critical injuries and two Huron County residents had minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash Saturday on U.S. 250 north of Fox Road. William Bowman, 17, of Great Mills, was pronounced dead at 8:47 p.m. at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. Bowman was the driver's side passenger of a 1995 Eagle Talon driven by David B. Carroll, Jr., 19, of Waldorf, Md.
11:52 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Olympics are really something, aren't they? For more than two weeks, people everywhere devote their entire evening to watching sports they ignore completely in between Olympiads. We get to know the names of the top performers in the featured sports no matter what country they are from. It is all we talk about at water coolers, lunch hours and social gatherings.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
The U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is continuing its investigation of suspected immigration violations by area Casa Fiesta restaurants. However, the federal agency is staying mum on the details. The July 23 raid shut down the Casa Fiesta in Norwalk about lunch time. ICE agents used nine federal search warrants to arrest 58 people at eight restaurants in the chain and local owner Ramon Ornelas' Norwalk home. The incidents came after a more than a year-long investigation.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk, Ohio a century ago was a center for interurban, or electric railway, lines. Public roads were still quite primitive, as automobiles were not yet common. Railroads were numerous, but couldn't connect easily with a majority of the towns. The public was always looking for clean and easy transportation. The Lake Shore Electric ran from Toledo to Cleveland with a northern division through Sandusky and a southern division through Norwalk. The Cleveland, Southwestern and Columbus line terminated in Norwalk, while the Sandusky, Norwalk and Mansfield ran from Mansfield through Norwalk to Sandusky.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Storm clouds threatened again Thursday, but no big rain came to dampen enthusiasm at the county fair. According to the Fair Board office, 6,655 people paid for admission Thursday.