6:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Officers from the Norwalk police department responded to a burglar alarm at a North Pleasant Street business at 2:48 a.m. Sunday. A window was discovered broken where entry was gained, Sgt. Jim Fulton called for Det. Dave McDonough to process the scene. Officers James Montana and K-9 officer Tim Skinner along with K-9 Viper, tracked the suspects from the North Pleasant Street address through back yards on Newton, Baker, West League, Read, Ohio and Ford streets and then finally to a residence on State Street where two suspects were taken into custody.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS Berlin-Milan Middle School will hosted a career day Friday. More than 300 students grades six through eight had an opportunity to meet in small group sessions with more than 25 professionals from the local area and the greater Cleveland area. The opening session included comments from state Rep. Dennis Murray. Following the opening session, students participated in four breakout sessions and interacted with speakers from several professions . "We are interested in putting the professionals in our community with our students in this informal setting so that these middle school students have an first hand opportunity to learn about careers of which they may not be aware," BMMS Principal Matt Ehrhardt said.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Historical figures such as Theodore Roosevelt, Betsy Ross, Thomas Jefferson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Paul Revere and Babe Ruth can now say they've all visited Norwalk, and more specifically, Maplehurst Elementary School. They all gathered in the school's gymnasium Wednesday for what was actually an historical wax museum, with third graders dressed up as individuals from history.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
A juvenile accomplice in an attempted Newton Street burglary was ordered to remain in the custody at the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center. The 16-year-old Norwalk boy was charged with disruption of public service, a fourth-degree felony if committed by an adult. Huron County Juvenile Court Administrator Chris Mushett said the defendant is accused of cutting the telephone wires belonging to a Newton Street man Monday.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Statistics continue to paint a gloomy economic picture for Huron County. The amount of sales tax collected thus far is $596,963, or 7.9 percent, less than last year, Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach said Thursday. The means consumers spent about $40 million less than they did in 2008.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio's unemployment rate was 10.6 percent in November, relatively unchanged from 10.5 percent in October, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 5,400 over the month, from 5,104,000 in October to 5,109,400 in November.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Forget that latest income tax cut you've seen in your paychecks for the last 11 months. Lawmakers and Gov. Ted Strickland yesterday broke a long-awaited deal to patch an $851 million hole in the state's education budget by delaying for two years the final 4.2 percent installment of a total 21 percent cut set in motion in 2005.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch sat down this morning and tried to set the record straight on a number of issues regarding the proposed soccer complex slated for the city's north side. Just this week, several city residents, along with planning commission member Jim Loughton, have said the city administration wasn't forthcoming on how the property was to be purchased.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Police Department and Capt. Eric Hipp's wife had some light-hearted fun at Hipp's expense Thursday. Just before Chief Dave Light announced Hipp as his executive officer, there was a picture projected on a screen showing Hipp wearing a bright, goofy headband with puffy, ball-like ears.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
Josh Querin impressed Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard the first time they met. Since starting as a deputy about three weeks ago, Querin has been spending most of his time as a dispatcher. He's also been working with Deputy Janet Lichoff while she's been investigating people wanted on child support warrants.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Thanks to the Huron County 9-1-1 Technical Advisory Committee, the sheriff's office will be able to hire two new dispatchers for 2010. The committee approved $115,000 Wednesday. Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said the funding is essentially a one-year grant. "We were down to four dispatchers. ... This (money) will actually increase our full-time dispatchers from four to six," he said.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com CANTON A Dalton driver is a free man after he was acquitted Thursday in a 2008 head-on collision that killed a rural Monroeville man. Defendant Kevin M. Phillips, 53, hit the stationary 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck driven by Donald J. Gravenhorst, 47, of 4390 Pontiac Section Line Road, about 8:05 p.m. Nov. 3, 2008. The collision happened on U.S. 30 in Tuscarawas Township inside the Stark County line near Wayne County. Phillips was charged with two felony counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Brenda Robertson feels she lost her daughter for many years. During that time, Anna Robertson hung out with the wrong crowd. Heroin and other drugs ravaged Anna's body and mind, turning her into a remorseless, selfish and numb being.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD Central Elementary Principal Sandra Sutherland wanted third grader Preston Hunter to have a bigger American flag than the one he sets outside his home every day. She wasn't looking for anything fancy. And she certainly didn't expect a United States congressman to secure a flag that had flown atop the capitol building. But that's exactly what happened.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Huron County Dog Warden Bill Duncan thought he was being called to a meeting at the Norwalk Veterinary Medical Center. Here's what he discovered: Patsy the dog dressed as a reindeer, Felix the Elf Cat, some other Santa elves, an oversized, symbolic $725 check for his department and Christmas stockings filled with goodies for the dogs at the pound. 'Tis the season of giving.... and surprises, apparently.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com A local official has been recognized at the state level. The County Commissioners Association of Ohio has named Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman as CCAO second vice president. The recent announcement really overwhelmed Adelman.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY Cedar Fair will be acquired by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, a move that makes the publicly-traded company private. Under the terms of the agreement, Cedar Fair unitholders will receive $11.50 in cash for each Cedar Fair limited partnership unit they hold. The transaction is valued at approximately $2.4 billion, including the refinancing of the company's debt.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com In what is being called an amazing display of generosity, Norwalk Salvation Army officials picked up more than 1,200 cans and boxes of donated food at E's Glow Tanning and Salon on Wednesday. In mid-November, Erica Knoll, salon owner, said she researched online what other salons were doing around the nation to help during the holidays. Most were offering free tans for the donation of five cans of food.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com NORTH FAIRFIELD The Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department contained a fuel oil leak from a vacant property in the Huron River on Wednesday. The Huron County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) received a call about 8:30 a.m. from a Second Street resident about an odor. EMA Director Jason Roblin said the caller also mentioned "some sort of fuel in the catch basin." Firefighters, who were assisted by a North Fairfield street department worker, were able to track the source of the leak to 9 W. First St., which is near the West Ashtabula Street intersection.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Three male suspects are in custody after their intended victim, an elderly man, literally slammed the door on their robbery plans. Christopher A. Clements, 23, Ricky D. Maye, 35, and a 16-year-old boy who were living at a Newton Street apartment, "came up with a plan to do a home invasion" at an apartment "right around the corner," Norwalk Police Capt. Dave Light said.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Although 86 doses of a lot of pediatric H1N1 vaccine under voluntary recall were dispensed locally, there is no need to worry, a Huron County health official said. Huron County General Health District Epidemiologist Angie Smith said the four lots of vaccine just recently under voluntary recall are not dangerous. "Sometime between the release of the vaccine and (Tuesday), the antigens, or the part of the vaccine that causes a person to develop immunity, fell below the preferred level for vaccine effectiveness," Smith said. "The concern here is not safety."