8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
The state's first witness was expected to take the stand this morning in the rape and kidnapping case against Michael C. Miller. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler and defense attorney George Ford spent about six hours Tuesday selecting jurors, with the process ending about 4 p.m. Three Huron County sheriff's deputies escorted the jury and court staff to see the two crime scenes, League Elementary School and a Franklin Street residence. On Sept. 25, Miller is accused of threatening a 15-year-old boy with a knife police said he was handling before Miller took it away from him on Franklin Street and then reportedly sexually assaulted the boy on the school property.
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Cedar Point will be holding open interviews Friday night and Saturday for summer jobs at the Sandusky amusement park/resort. Many openings are still available. By Opening Day, Saturday, May 15, the park wants to fill more than 4,500 positions for this summer's operating season.
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
Beware of a scam about a request to send bond money. At least two area residents have been approached by a caller impersonating himself as a sheriff's deputy who has requested bond money for people reportedly arrested on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - A Monroeville father and son were transported to The Bellevue Hospital after being hurt in a crash with a tractor-trailer Tuesday. North Central EMS transported Peter J. Peterson Jr., 39, of 10006 Ransom Road, and his son, Matthew A. Peterson, 13, to The Bellevue Hospital after the crash at the intersection of Ohio 113 and Ohio 4.
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO - A Michigan man is facing felony drug charges after state Highway Patrol troopers seized 182 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $412,000, during a traffic stop this morning in Lucas County. James C. Statzer, 43, of Buchanan, Mich., was charged with drug abuse and trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies.
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
An Ohio man who had been indicted on charges of rape and gross sexual imposition against a child fatally shot himself after officers arrived to arrest him, officials said. Zewar R. Ali-Dib, 28, of 246 Silver Maple Dr., Delaware, was found dead in his apartment Friday night, according to news releases from Delaware city police and county deputy sheriffs.
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - Recordings from two 911 calls reporting last week's beating of Josie Lou Ratley at Deerfield Beach Middle School in Florida were released Monday by the Broward Sheriff's Office. (EDITOR'S NOTE: To listen to the 911 calls, click here.)
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
They just want a place to call home. The Huron County Youth Soccer Club has been making big news lately, and not for the right reasons.
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Pepsi could hold the key to the city securing the remaining needed funds for a soccer complex. Willard can receive $25,000 toward the effort but only if the project scores in the top 10 in the Pepsi Refresh Project.
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
HARTLAND TOWNSHIP - A spark from a furnace vent ignited some nearby mulch in a house Monday on U.S. 250 south of Murray Road. About 10 Townsend Township firefighters responded to the incident called in about 3:30 p.m. Chief Bob Johannsen said the crew used about 500 gallons of water to handle the blaze that started in the southeast corner of the house, but was kept from spreading to the main structure.
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A 15-year-old foster boy testified today that Michael C. Miller threatened to stab him with a knife if he didn't perform a sex act on him the night of Sept. 25. Miller, 41, is charged with rape, kidnapping and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in connection with incidents on Franklin Street and a stairwell near the front door of League Elementary School. Miller's accuser said he had been playing with a knife on a friend's porch when Miller approached him, identified himself as "Chuck Lawrence," then "fell on me," making him drop the knife, which Miller picked up before the boy said he could reach it. Four police officers and the boy's former foster father testified Miller smelled of alcohol, was swaying, had slurred speech and wasn't "making much sense" moments after the suspected crime. Norwalk Police Officer Jared Ferris said he found the boy's open knife in Miller's front pants pocket when the suspect was arrested at the intersection of East League and Wooster streets.
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
Scott Ford beamed when asked about the House of Representatives passing the health care reform. The retired Norwalk Middle School English teacher said he is "absolutely, totally and completely" pleased.
8:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
There is nothing quite as sad as an aging champion who doesn't know when to quit. It's the boxer who fights one too many bouts, the baseball player who plays one too many games and the television show that airs one too many seasons.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Penske Truck Leasing employee was hospitalized after he fell from a semi trailer and sustained a head injury. A LifeFlight helicopter transported maintenance supervisor Rick Crow to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after the incident Friday at the Penske facility at 209 Woodlawn Ave."Mr. Crow was conscious and had an open laceration to his head and a possible back injury. He was LifeFlighted for treatment due to the head injury," Norwalk policeCapt. Eric Hipp said.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - President Barack Obama today signed into law a vast overhaul of the nation's health care system, the most sweeping expansion of government social policy in more than 40 years. A triumphant Obama heralded what he called "a new season in America,' saying that the new law finally delivered changes in health care sought and fought for by generations of Americans.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
High unemployment rates have continued to make mortgage loan delinquencies and foreclosures a problem for Ohio and other states. In Ohio, the total number of non-current loans reached 14.4 percent in January, versus a 13.5 percent average for states across the country, according to the Mortgage Monitor Report issued March 15 by Jacksonville, Fla.-based Lender Processing Services Inc.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
A day after the pope issued an apology to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Ireland, two leaders from a group for survivors of church sexual abuse left for Europe to meet with victims, criticize Vatican officials and urge independent investigations into church sex crimes. "That's why we're going now. We're extremely concerned about what's coming out of Rome,' said Barbara Blaine, president of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, before she left for Munich on Sunday. "We've been hearing from so many victims from across the globe. We're going to be meeting with some of the survivors and advocates. We're hoping to possibly meet with government officials as well.'
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Most Firelands-area residents are happy to say goodbye to winter. But springtime brings its own set of problems. At 9:50 a.m. Wednesday, many municipalities across the state will participate in the statewide tornado drill. Also, the county will once again offer the Skywarn program for area residents. The course is slated for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 31 at the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Dan Periat knows what he's getting into. The 33-year-old Castalia resident was hired Monday night by the Monroeville school board as the new head football coach. Periat had been an assistant under retiring coach Steve Ringholz for the past five seasons. Ringholz was head coach from 1978 to 2009. "This is the type of job I've always wanted," said Periat, who teaches fourth-graders at Monroeville Elementary.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk city councilman is questioning the worth of the city's parking-ticket policy. With the city's current policy, there's no real incentive for offenders to pay. "Only after the third ticket that's not paid will the city boot the car," Councilman Dwight Tkach said.
8:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - As Josie Lou Ratley remained in a medically induced coma Friday, stunned family members struggled to understand why someone she barely knew could become angry enough to allegedly try to beat her to death. "She's not with us,' said Ratley's aunt, Linda Sarmiento, describing the 15-year-old's condition at Broward General Medical Center. "She can't respond to us. She's in a coma.'