12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The old Norwalk Foundry, which sat vacant since the early 1990s before it was finally cleaned up, will be sold Monday at a sheriff's auction. "We are so excited," said Kathleen Schaffer, Huron County treasurer. "The delinquencies started shortly after it was closed and it just progressed from there." Owners of the property owe $88,400 in back taxes. The minimum bid for the property will be $88,592 to include the taxes and court costs. If the property sells for more than the minimum price, the overage will go to repay two liens against the property.
12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A management team from Norwalk Custom Order Furniture is now at a large show in High Pointe, N.C., as officials try to get their products back into stores. Dennis Camp, a local businessman who helped broker the deal for the company, said they have been taking orders for three weeks and permanent workers will be brought back as soon as they can get the equipment they need from the failed furniture company.
12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The theft case involving the president of the defunct Monroeville Parent Council accused of misappropriating funds remains up in the air. Tamera A. Kamann, 39, of 3120 Fern Road, Willard, is accused of writing several checks worth $500 to $800 on a $2,500 council loan and then using them for a vacation.
12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
There's no prettier time of year than the next two weeks. Foliage is reaching full color with crisp nights and sunny days and soft, fluffy cumulus clouds floating across a blue sky. It's a good time to make a little trip, maybe combine fishing with some sightseeing and enjoy a new place far different from where you live. It would have to be close, just a modest drive away, and fairly inexpensive. Is there a place that would fill such a bill? Sure, the Bass Islands.
12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
In doing research for these columns, I'm amazed at how much times and customs have changed and yet in some ways how things are much the same. A 1931 incident near Norwalk shows both sides of that statement. First, I will say that we are now accustomed to traveling on Lais Road between Plank Road and Shaw Mill Road north of Norwalk. However, 50 years ago that was an almost impassable, unpaved road with a bridge that could hardly be traversed on foot, let alone with a motor vehicle. There were just two buildings on the road the district school at the corner of Plank Road, and the farm at 961 Lais Road.
12:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man pleaded guilty Friday to felonious assault for unexpectedly stabbing a Vermilion man during a Casa Fiesta employees' meeting. Victor M. Macias-Aguirre, 40, formerly of 66 Cline St., immediately was sentenced to two years in prison. In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dismissed charges of attempted murder and felonious assault. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered Macias-Aguirre to pay $56,000 in restitution for the victim's medical bills.
12:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
Northern Ohio League Willard 28, Norwalk 13
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Norwalk man pleaded guilty Friday to helping steal a plasma TV during a burglary this summer. Zachary J. Mesenburg, 25, of 95 Woodlawn Ave., will be sentenced Dec. 9 in Huron County Common Pleas Court. One of his accomplices, Kyle E. Smetzer Jr., 22, of 265 E. Main St., was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for his part in the crime. Smetzer helped a female move out of her rural Wakeman house and then returned June 25 with two accomplices, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. The defendants opened the back window, he said, and stole a 50-inch plasma television set, which Smetzer "traded for crack cocaine."
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Wakeman man is spending up to six months in a community-based corrections facility after a March 25 botched theft that caused two fires. William C. Stentz Jr., 29, of 2305 Ohio 60, was ordered to pay a total of $6,000 in restitution during Wednesday's hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court. That includes nearly $1,600 for an arson investigation. "He was stealing gas and lit himself on fire," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 16-year-old Willard girl admitted to stealing her foster parents' car Friday in Huron County Juvenile Court. Judge Timothy Cardwell sentenced the girl to the Department of Youth Services for a sentence that could be for a minimum of six months or until her 21st birthday. The girl was convicted of theft of a motor vehicle for the Sept. 18 incident. She was arrested one week later in Kentucky and brought back to Huron County. The defendant remained in the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center until Friday's hearing.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
I don't think anyone knows what it feels like to be a candidate for political office until you try it. You can imagine what it's like, but you don't really know.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mary Ann Creamer hopes the Teen Leadership Corps she's organized spreads to every school system in the area to promote service learning. Service learning is the concept that allowing young people to volunteer to better their communities is part of a well-rounded education. Teen Leadership Corps is developing a program the high-school students will take to area fifth graders to teach leadership and character.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Wakeman man faces multiple charges after calling his estranged wife and "made death threats and threatened to commit suicide by cop," Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said. The comments reportedly made by Johnnie D. Craft, 43, of 5810 U.S. 20, Lot 89, were overheard by Deputy Todd Corbin when he was standing by the estranged wife to interview her, Englund said.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - Ordinarily, school supporters urge voters to cast their ballots in favor of issues, not against, but this is an unusual year at Western Reserve. There will be two measures on Nov. 4 asking voters to repeal both a 3/4 and a 1/2 percent school income tax, and a meeting was held Wednesday in the high school cafeteria to explain why the vote should be no on both issues.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk boys' soccer team saw its season end Wednesday in a Division II district semifinal at the Norwalk Soccer Complex. With five minutes remaining in overtime, Perkins' Matt Stierhoff put a loose ball into the side netting and delivered the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The panic and concern was obvious in Shelly Moore's face when she saw the two fire trucks in front of her home at 9 Stoutenburg Drive. Norwalk firefighters had broken several windows to ventilate the small home. There were five large pieces of charred window in her front yard; one was still smoldering.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
DANBURY TOWNSHIP - A Norwalk woman suffered serious injuries late Thursday morning after a three-vehicle crash in Ottawa County. An ambulance transported Amanda L. Metcalf, 23, of 101 State St., to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton after the Ohio 162 crash at the intersection with Sunnydale Road. Hospital officials said Metcalf has not been admitted and isn't in the emergency room as of this morning.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - Western Reserve school bus driver Lucy Allen witnesses most incidents of motorists failing to stop for her bus in the Townsend area. "Anyplace on (U.S.) 250, especially in Olena," the rural Norwalk woman said.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A former Reflector newspaper carrier was fined $500 and sentenced to three years probation Wednesday for stealing a customer's computer tower. Andrew M. Clark, 27, of 80 Norwood Ave., Apt. 3D, was credited with serving 147 days in jail and released from custody. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also ordered the defendant to pay $33.54 to the victim for work loss. The June 6 incident happened on Walnut Street. Clark pleaded guilty Aug. 29 to attempted burglary and theft.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Norwalk Furniture employees have been notified of the formal meetings set for qualifying for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA). The TAA offers options including weekly cash benefits, training, the Health Care Tax Credit, job search allowances, and wage supplements. Some benefits may extend to you even if you have taken another job. You must attend one of these meetings to qualify for any of the benefits. Please note: Notification packets were sent to all eligible employees (those laid off after July 23 of 2007). Packets were sent to the most recent address on file at the old Norwalk Furniture.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
An ex-client of Huron County Public Defender George Ford is accused of assaulting the attorney Monday outside of the Huron County Courthouse. Ford said he the court accepted his motion "about five minutes earlier" to withdraw from the civil suit in which his former client is suing a bank. The 65-year-old man is the plaintiff in the civil matter.