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 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
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
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.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Having known both candidates since their entrance into law enforcement and having been their supervisor for several years, I am well aware of their qualifications, work habits and ethics. I therefore urge you to vote for Dane Howard for the office of Sheriff. James R. VanHentenryck Retired Captain Huron County Sheriff's Office
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
I am writing to express my support for Gary Bauer, the most qualified and most experienced candidate for Huron County commissioner. Mr. Bauer has demonstrated his commitment to the improvement of this county for more than 30 years. He is a dedicated citizen who has earned our support and vote on Nov. 4. During his time as a teacher at Monroeville High School he gave countless young adults the opportunity to learn to be outstanding citizens. As Huron County extension agent he continued to enrich the community and support our agricultural heritage. Finally, as a member of the Norwalk School Board, he helped to lead the way to financial security of the district. Mr. Bauer has been a conscientious leader as a Huron County commissioner. He is committed to making every dollar go as far as possible for the betterment of our country. He and the other county commissioners have worked together to improve Huron County, seeking to maintain and improve our county economy and services. Rachel Webb
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Shame on you Norwalk Reflector for printing such an outrageous, inflammatory lie as someone's opinion quoted on the front page no less that Obama is Muslim. Obama is not Muslim. Obama has never been Muslim. Karen you cannot believe everything you see on television. Tom Hanks did not really meet John F. Kennedy in the movie "Forrest Gump" either. If you are not voting for Obama because you believe everything you read, I encourage you to at lest attempt to get the facts. Please take 10 minutes and go to an independent web site on the Internet such as FactCecker.com. But I should caution you while you are on the Internet you really can't make $5000 a month stuffing envelopes from home or buy a cure for cancer for $29.95 a bottle. Sherry Williams Norwalk
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Council approved a $225,000 loan to the new Norwalk Custom Order Furniture company, extended the moratorium on outdoor furnaces and changed the regulations on snow removal at Tuesday night's meeting. The loan will be for seven years at two percent interest.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Carrie Light constantly relives the phone call. It was her 9-year-old nephew, Dalton Brooks.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A man was sentenced to eight months in prison Tuesday for selling crack cocaine on Plank Road. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the transaction involving defendant Jesse J. Whitt, 50, of Mansfield, was a "very small sale" when there was a "large amount of cash was seized." Leffler estimated it was $5,500.
12:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Both Norwalk and Willard will end the 2008 football season Friday at Flashes Field. The Truckers are 0-9 overall, 0-6 in the Northern Ohio League.