8:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
A man in a contentious divorce and custody dispute was told by a judge this week that he cannot take his daughter to Catholic services on Easter. The order maintains an injunction that was imposed against Joseph Reyes last year after he had the girl baptized in the Roman Catholic Church without the consent of his estranged wife, who claims the couple had agreed to raise the daughter in the Jewish faith.
8:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
A traffic accident in Uptown Norwalk claimed the life of a local resident Friday afternoon. Frank J. Lombardo, 88, of 80 Norwood Ave., Apt. 2-A, died at University of Toledo Medical Center after being flown there from Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where he was taken following the crash.
8:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
Season 10 of ABC's hit show "Dancing With the Stars' debuted Monday, showcasing a diverse cast in terms of age, background and controversy. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here to read commentary about the performances and share your thoughts and predictions.)
8:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Reality TV mom Kate Gosselin, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and NFL receiver Chad Ochocinco failed to impress the judges Monday on "Dancing With the Stars," putting each in danger of being eliminated from the ABC series during tonight's results episode. Meanwhile, pop singer Nicole Scherzinger of "Pussycat Dolls" fame and her professional dancing partner, Derek Hough, scored a pair of 10s and an 8 two points shy of a perfect score with their contemporary jive to Rihanna's "SOS."
8:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
State Highway Patrol troopers currently are investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Ohio 2. The accident took place at 6:40 p.m. March 14 west of mile post 6 in Carroll Township and resulted in several people receiving serious injuries and being taken to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.
8:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
First, it was an American problem. Then, an Irish problem. But as the scandal of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests has rocked continental Europe in recent weeks, observers inside and outside the church have begun to recognize that it is now very much a Vatican problem, one that is creeping ever closer to Pope Benedict XVI. "The focus now is on Benedict," the U.S.-based National Catholic Reporter wrote Friday in a strongly worded editorial on the scandal. "What did he know? When did he know it? How did he act once he knew?"
8:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
Chuck Furey will be Norwalk's newest city councilman. The Republican precinct representatives from the third ward met Saturday morning and officially selected Furey to take the place of Tom Stoll, who resigned about a month ago from his third-ward seat. Stoll had been a member of city council since 1999.
8:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk native who gained fame as "Miss Barbara" on the television show "Romper Room" has died. Barbara R. (Bowen) Plummer, 80, of South Euclid, died Saturday after a lengthy illness of pneumonia and complications in her lungs.
8:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
It would be news if Sandra Bullock were not seeking a divorce lawyer. And so news it is, since one of her representatives told E! News this week that reports of her doing so are "completely false." The denial came after TMZ.com said "multiple" anonymous sources had told the site that both the Academy Award-winning actress and her husband, celebrity mechanic Jesse James, were lawyering up following revelations he cheated on her for months with tattooed stripper Michelle "Bombshell" McGee.
8:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
When reality TV first came calling, Bill Klein and fiancee Jen Arnold just said no. "The producers approached us to do a wedding show," Klein says, after seeing energetic Dr. Jen featured on "Good Morning America" for her work as a Stony Brook University Medical Center neonatologist. "But we just didn't have the time to dedicate to doing a television show while coordinating a wedding. We didn't really feel like it was the right move for us. So we turned them down."
8:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - With 1.4 million people reading her every word on Facebook, a best-selling memoir, a slot on the nation's top-rated cable network and her every move scrutinized for presidential ambitions, Sarah Palin's megaphone is loud and commands a sizable audience. So when Palin's political action committee singled out 20 Democratic members of Congress by using rifle scopes to "target' them on a map, it drew more attention than it might have had it not followed a week of overheated debate on health care, protesters shouting homophobic and racial epithets and spitting at members of Congress about to vote on the bill, and even bricks being thrown through lawmakers' office windows.
8:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
A former area police officer has been indicted on charges of child molestation. A Huron County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Colonel G. Willis on charges of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition in connection with incidents between June 1 and Nov. 30, 2009.
8:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
When Jennifer Cameron heard the good news about her teenage son, she was no longer living a parent's worst nightmare. Sixteen-year-old Norwalk High School sophomore Cory Martin's body had accepted the bone marrow transplant he'd received seven months ago he was cancer free.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's unemployment rate remains one of the worst in the state. About 5,300 of the estimated 29,300 people in the county's potential workforce were out of work in February, according to figures released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Twenty-two young women will be competing for six titles Miss Willard, Miss Huron County, Miss Buckeye State, Miss Heart Of Ohio, Miss Mohican Valley and Miss Ohio River this Saturday at Willard High School. The Miss Ohio Sweeps Program is open to any contestant that has previously participated in a local pageant this season. There will be two pageants one beginning at 4 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
"I've had a squad of robins scratching around my yard for several days," announced the philosopher. "Our last snow slowed them down a lot recently, but they seem to be enthusiastic in their attempt to turn up something to eat. A platoon of blackbirds also worked back and forth through our neighborhood." "Mr. Crimson Cardinal and his mate are looking over their last year's summer home remnants in a tree just outside our kitchen window," the historian added. "But there was one defining appearance which absolutely says warmer temperatures are on the way. It wasn't a feathered friend.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Last week when I was writing about the origins of the Reflector and the 175th birthday of the Firelands Museum's building on Case Avenue, it occurred to me that another long-time Norwalk newspaper, the Experiment, also came to be in 1835. The Experiment was first issued Aug. 20, 1835, a little more than five years after the first issue of the Reflector.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - Hilda Goaty Ratley is hoping for a miracle. Any sign of improvement in the condition of her daughter, Josie Lou Ratley, will do. So far, nothing. Josie Ratley, 15, remains in a medically induced coma at Broward General Medical Center, more than a week after prosecutors say an enraged teenager she barely knew confronted her at a Deerfield Beach Middle School bus stop and repeatedly stomped on her head while wearing steel-toed boots.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
HARTLAND TOWNSHIP - An emergency meeting of the Hartland Township trustees is scheduled for 9 a.m. today in the township hall to discuss the possible drilling and disposal of brine water in the township. Today's meeting will address correspondence being sent by the trustees to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and to Preferred Fluids Management, LLC. A public notice published in Wednesday's Norwalk Reflector states Preferred Fluids Management LLC of Austin, Texas, is "applying to permit two wells for the injection of brine water produced in association with oil and natural gas."
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
In their final session before heading into an Easter break, Ohio lawmakers moved bills yesterday designed to improve criminal investigations, ban texting while driving and give local law enforcement more power to tackle illegal immigration. After setting modern records this session for a lack of legislative action, the House and Senate opened the spigot and sent a number of measures to Gov. Ted Strickland, including one that would require the collection of DNA evidence from anyone arrested on a felony charge in Ohio.
8:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
A victim of molestation perpetrated by the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy recounted his abuse today in a news conference outside the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. SNAP, The Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests, called the news conference in the wake of revelations that top Vatican officials, including the future Pope Benedict XVI, did not defrock Murphy, despite warnings about him.