11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kimberly Crigger, one of three missing Huron County teens, was located early this morning in Beavercreek in Greene County. Crigger, 16, of New London, was discovered about 1:56 a.m. in an apartment "with a few other guys,' including the apartment complex manager and a distant cousin, New London Police Chief Mike Marko said. Crigger had been missing since May 21.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Starting today, and continuing through decision day for LeBron James, Cavaliers fans might look like Norwalk High School graduate Kyle Lodermeier on Wednesday afternoon: Drenched with sweat. The source of Lodermeier's perspiration was obviously playing basketball. The 19-year-old obviously had been playing for a while at the Ernsthausen Community Center. Others might sweat in anticipation and anxiety, wondering what Cleveland's biggest sports star will decide.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - To spend or not to spend? That is the question that's pressing President Barack Obama. While gushing red ink as it spends billions to stimulate the economy, the Obama White House wants to spend more to create jobs, and it faces growing pressure from labor unions and liberal groups to keep the federal spigot open to help the jobless and to save Americans' endangered jobs.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - First it was sudden acceleration, and now it's the potential for an unexpected stall. Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it has begun the procedure to recall Lexus cars with faulty engine valve springs that could cause the vehicles to stall.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Pizzas or perpetrators? Brad Polachek found his calling during his sophomore year at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). He had entered BGSU as a business major, intending to follow in his father's footsteps. His dad, Greg, a Plymouth High School graduate, has owned the Willard Domino's Pizza for the last 20 years.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The Supreme Court wrapped up its term last week after landmark decisions protecting the right to have a gun and the right of corporations to spend freely on elections. But the year's most important moment may have come on the January evening when the justices gathered at the Capitol for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. They had no warning of what was coming.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Unemployment insurance is helping millions of Americans stay afloat while they search for jobs, but gaps in the safety net are leaving out many who need it most. In Maryland, a new college graduate who lands her first job and gets laid off in the first nine months would be denied unemployment benefits under current state rules. The same is true for a factory worker in Michigan who just entered a training program to learn a new trade and for a single mom in Texas who can only work part time because she cannot afford child care.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Abbi Obermiller sobbed into her mother's shoulder as Rose Obermiller and her daughter heard Huron County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Cardwell's ruling. Abbi Obermiller sobbed into her mother's shoulder as Rose Obermiller and her daughter heard Huron County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Cardwell's ruling.
11:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON -- With voter anger about the federal deficit turning white hot in this election year, Democrats in Congress are edging away from one of their long-held articles of faith -- government spending on social programs such as education and relief for the jobless. The painful tradeoff comes to center stage this week, when the Senate tries again to pass an extension of unemployment benefits -- this time a $54 billion measure that marks a big, abrupt retreat from a $200 billion bill that Democratic leaders had proposed before the Memorial Day recess. The stripped down bill is just one sign of how budget anxieties are beginning to impinge on Democrats' legislative ambitions and traditional liberal commitments.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Congress headed home Thursday for a four-day break, after failing again to extend jobless benefits for an estimated 325,000 people, fund summer jobs for at-risk youths or help newly laid-off people pay for health care. "These are really pressing things, and we want Congress to stay, but it falls on deaf ears,' said Judy Conti of the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - The BP oil spill and its resulting stock price plummet is the latest in a string of disasters taking a bite out of the state of Ohio's investment holdings. The collapse of Lehman Brothers, the sale of Merrill Lynch, a federal bailout of insurance giant AIG and the federal take over of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae collectively cost the five public pension systems $795.6 million, according to reports by the funds' directors to the Ohio Retirement Study Council.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
McDonald's recalled 12 million "Shrek" souvenir glasses earlier this month "out of an abundance of caution" after the Consumer Product Safety Commission warned of a risk children could get small amounts of cadmium on their hands by holding the glasses. But what the CPSC and McDonald's did not make clear was that the risk may extend beyond the "Shrek Forever After" glasses at least to similar glasses distributed after the last "Shrek movie and possibly to a wider category of brightly decorated souvenir glasses.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A Willard man died Friday following an allergic reaction to a bee sting. Matthew A. Caudill, 42, a lifelong resident of the Willard area and a South Central High School graduate, worked at R.R. Donnelley in Willard for 25 years, serving as assistant pressman.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Obermillers aren't the only ones glad to know their daughter is OK. "We're happy she's safe and sound," said Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard, echoing the sentiment of Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Recipients of extended federal unemployment benefits have heard this before. Before recessing, Congress failed to extend the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits it has been providing to blunt the effects of this recession's prolonged duration. So for the third time in four months, the program has lapsed (this time on Wednesday). Until the Senate returns to session and passes another extension, benefits will be cut off weekly to about 1.2 million Americans who have been unemployed long enough to receive extended benefits.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - Congress is braced for a new, unpredictable battle this week over whether to fund more aid for jobless workers as an estimated 1.2 million people face having their benefits cut off next month unless lawmakers act. The debate, expected to begin Tuesday in the House of Representatives, will be the third time this year that these provisions have faced expired funding.
11:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Xernna Nieves, her four children and her sister have for the past eight months lived in a single, cramped hotel room just outside of Atlanta. Nieves, her sister and the two youngest children, both girls, sleep four to a bed. The boys, 15 and 12, sleep on the floor. In such close quarters, "We're getting on each others' nerves," Nieves said.
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.