11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Area authorities met Thursday with Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler and Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper about the ongoing investigation surrounding Willard resident Jamie Aguirre. The former ultrasound technician, who used to work at Mercy Willard Hospital, is accused of voyeurism and child pornography at a Tiffin facility.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has begun notifying Ohioans whose unemployment compensation benefits may be ending soon because of recent federal eligibility deadlines. Without a federal extension, Ohioans who exhaust their regular state benefits after May 22 will not be eligible for Extended Unemployment Compensation (EUC). Any individual who exhausts his or her current tier of EUC after May 29 will not be eligible for the next tier. Unless Congress acts, an estimated 98,000 Ohioans will exhaust their unemployment benefits in June. Among them will be 750 in Huron County. "According to ODJFS, 750 claimants from Huron County will exhaust their full 99 weeks of unemployment compensation benefits during the month of June," said Teresa Alt, county JFS director. "This is very concerning to me. Unemployment compensation has provided this county significant support over the last two years. Without these funds, many families will find themselves in desperate situations."
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
What could have been. Norwalk City Councilman Harry Brady echoed this sentiment Monday when discussing the Norwalk Commons development on the city's north side. True, the development does include the Premiere Theatre and senior apartments, among other things, but the convention center/hotel and Applebee's restaurant don't appear to be opening anytime soon.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO - It's possible Casa Fiesta restaurant owner Ramon Ornelas could be out of a federal prison by the time his 16-year-old son graduates from Norwalk High School next year. Ornelas, 42, was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison for harboring illegal immigrants at his Vermilion house, which he forfeited as part of an earlier plea deal, and for tax- and fraud-related charges. He received the term for each of the 18 counts, but Judge Jack Zouhary, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, ordered them to be served at the same time.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The House of Representatives agreed Friday to extend expiring jobless benefits for hundreds of thousands of workers nationwide until Nov. 30, but 1.2 million out-of-work Americans still face losing their benefits next month because the Senate left for a 10-day Memorial Day recess without acting. The Senate isn't scheduled to return to Washington until June 7, five days after federal funding for the benefits is to expire.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Willard resident Theresa Hall said the BP oil spill bothers her but such an accident could have happened to any company. "As long as they're owning up to it (and) trying to deal with it and it sounds like they are," she said. Besides, she likes the reward points and the convenience of the BP station across from the Norwalk Kmart, where she works. So Hall is not about to boycott BP when it comes to shopping for gasoline and other products. "If it wasn't BP it could have happened to someone else," Hall said.
10:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Abbi Obermiller denied hampering authorities from using a search warrant and leaving her grandparents' house without permission Tuesday. Obermiller, 17, of 104 E. Main St., North Fairfield, is charged with obstructing official business by delinquency, a second-degree misdemeanor if committed by an adult, and unruliness. If convicted, the defendant could face 90 days in detention and community control sanctions, which could include a fine, house arrest, court-ordered counseling and suspended driving privileges. The straight-A South Central High School student was missing since June 7. She was last seen at her maternal grandparents' Norwalk house about 1 a.m. About 3:30 a.m. June 30, authorities used a search warrant at a New London apartment rented by her 20-year-old boyfriend, Robert J. Young, and found her hiding in the attic. The story garnered national media attention.
10:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio 13, 0.7 mile north of Omega Road in Fitchville Township, is now open. The road was previously closed for a bridge replacement. Ohio 13, between U.S. 250 and the Richland County line, is restricted to one lane of traffic as part of a resurfacing project. One lane of two-way traffic will be maintained at all times with flaggers. The project is expected to be completed by Aug. 15.
10:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Rural New London resident Robert J. Young entered a "not guilty" plea Tuesday to interference of custody in connection with the investigation of his girlfriend's disappearance. Young, 20, of 408 S. Exchange Road, was in Norwalk Municipal Court for his initial appearance on the first-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces up to six months in the Huron County Jail, a maximum fine of $1,000 and probation. The defendant told Judge John Ridge he understood his rights and the court scheduled his next hearing for July 27. Ridge said Young is accused of enticing or harboring a child under the age of 18 in connection with a June 30 incident.
10:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
The second-half real estate taxes are due Friday. And on Friday, the Huron County treasurer's office will be open until 4:30 p.m. The drive-through hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact treasurer Kathleen A. Schaffer at (419) 668-2090.
10:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com An autopsy revealed Tuesday that a 10-year-old Greenwich girl who died Saturday had a form of meningitis, Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said. Trinity N. Polachek died at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in her sleep, Harwood said. An obituary is in today's paper.
10:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk's annual Independence Day parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday). If you are unable to make it uptown to watch the festivities, then we've got you covered. Click here to the link for the Main Street Cam, and watch all the action as it happens at Norwalk's intersection of Main Street and Whittlesey and Benedict avenues. (NOTE: Please disregard the warning about the difficulties with the Main Street Cam today. That message has been on that page for a while, and our Web tech people are working on removing the message. There are no current problems with the Main Street Cam -- as far as we know.)
10:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
A fireworks show is ready to blast off Sunday in Norwalk, slated to begin at dusk. City Councilman Dwight Tkach, who has been collecting funds for the show for a couple months, said Wednesday donations are all in. He said he collected $10,000 and the city gave $3,000.
10:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
July Fourth was the most celebrated holiday until the time of the American Civil War. By 1861 there were few veterans of the American Revolution still living, and the War of 1812 veterans were aging fast, too. I was surprised, though, when I researched for this column in the local papers that through the 1850s there were several years where Norwalk itself did not hold an Independence Day celebration, though there usually was one in Monroeville, North Fairfield or Milan.
10:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The House on Wednesday approved the most sweeping rewrite of financial rules since the Great Depression, and last-minute changes this week appeared to solidify support in the Senate and pave the way for the legislation to reach the White House later this month. Complications prevented a Senate vote this week, meaning Congress will not meet President Barack Obama's July 4 deadline for signing his top legislative priority.
10:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Police found Abbi Obermiller, 17, of North Fairfield, early this morning hiding in the attic of a New London address. Huron County sheriff's deputies received a tip and used a search warrant about 3 a.m. Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said Obbermiller's boyfriend, Robert J. Young, 20, of rural New London, was there asleep and at first denied Obermiller was there. The girl, who will be a senior next year at South Central High School, was last seen at her grandparents' 73 N. Prospect St. house about 1 a.m. June 7.
10:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - Congress continues to consider whether to extend jobless benefits through the end of November for the long-term unemployment, a move that would restore aid to 1.3 million laid-off workers. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate were planning to vote on bills related to unemployment aid extension today. If the bills don't pass, the matter would be pushed back until Congress returns from a week-long Independence Day recess.
10:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The Huron County Sheriff's Office has brought in the big boys. The U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force is collaborating with deputies in the search for Gerald J. Hunter, 28, of 24 Cooper St., Wakeman, who is wanted an on aggravated menacing warrant. "I expect good results," Sheriff Dane Howard said.
10:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bill Bader Jr. sat in the front row of the media center Sunday afternoon and took it all in. As the fourth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals were winding down, Bader talked about the satisfaction of another good show at the drag strip located at the corner of Ohio 601 and Ohio 18. What once used to be a cornfield out in the middle of the sticks is now home to one of the National Hot Rod Association's biggest races of the year.
10:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Heavy rain caused no significant problems for area law enforcement agencies Sunday night. Huron County Sheriff's Cpl. Jeff Kerber, when he was "out and about" Sunday, said he didn't see much except for a few downed limbs and power lines, mostly in the Clarksfield area.
10:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Richard Murray, the union-friendly head of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, is sold on the benefits of "project labor agreements," which he thinks can make job sites safer and more harmonious. His Republican-appointed predecessors prohibited them as costly and unfair to nonunion contractors.