10:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
Abigail "Abbi' Obermiller had been staying in a New London apartment since leaving her grandparents' Norwalk house about three weeks ago. Her boyfriend, Robert J. Young, 20, of 408 S. Exchange Road, New London, rented the upstairs apartment at 227 E. Main St., Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said. Obermiller was last seen at her grandparents' 73 N. Prospect St. house about 1 a.m. June 7.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Abbi Obermiller case has gone national. A CNN reporter interviewed the 17-year-old North Fairfield girl's parents, Jim and Rose Obermiller, and Reflector staff writer Cary Ashby by telephone conference call for a live segment Monday night. Also interviewed was Abbi's boyfriend, Robert J. Young, 20, of 408 S. Exchange Road, New London, whom police have considered a "person of interest' since the beginning of the investigation.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
State leaders could close half the potential $8 billion two-year budget deficit starting July 2011 by laying off state workers. All of them.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
All the action tonight in the Maple City might possibly be at the tree board meeting. That's right, the city tree board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the city hall conference room to hopefully decide the fate of the tree that, according to the owner, is blocking the signage at the Uptown Cafe.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
An area man was killed in what is believed to be an alcohol-related car crash early Saturday morning on Ohio 4 in Erie County's Groton Township. Timothy M. Hiemstra, 24, of Sandusky, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado truck north on Ohio 4, south of the Ohio Turnpike, at 3:43 a.m. when he drove off the right side of the roadway, struck a road sign and the end of a guardrail, troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol said. The vehicle overturned and hit another sign post, then rolled down an embankment, ejecting Hiemstra and his passenger, Trevor A. Dehn.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com For those looking for work, staffing agencies are the way to go. "We're looking to reach out to the unemployed and break down the myths," said Teresa Alt, director of Huron County Job and Family Services. "The majority of the people have the opportunity to become full-time employees," said John Brooks, owner of Westaff in Norwalk.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Abbi Obermiller's boyfriend said he has nothing to hide. He blames her parents for the 17-year-old North Fairfield girl's disappearance. Her family members, however, contend the boyfriend is making unfounded accusations and say he is involved in her leaving home.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Three co-defendants in the April 1 vandalism incident at Milan Baptist Church admitted to one charge each of complicity to breaking and entering Friday in Huron County Juvenile Court. In exchange, the state dismissed a fourth-degree vandalism felony filed against each boy. "All of them were placed on probation," court administrator Chris Mushett said.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The 4th of July is one of the summer's biggest celebrations that bring families together to enjoy picnics and fireworks. Here are some tips to celebrate it safely. When starting to grill, tighten the fittings on the propane tank to ensure there are no leaks.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are certain things that just won't sell. I have an old car top bicycle carrier, for instance. I used to put it on top of my '87 Ford Taurus, clamp my bicycle in it and go merrily off to some remote bicycling location.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
They're like the invasion of May Flies. For the most part they are harmless, but they can bug the hell out of you (pun intended). It's the invasion of the Cleveland TV stations. They were back in town covering the big story in Norwalk a tree.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A rural Norwalk mobile home was a total loss after a kitchen fire Tuesday morning. The residence at 1224 Peru Center Road was fully engulfed when the Norwalk Fire Department arrived at 7:14 a.m. The eight firefighters, who arrived with a pumper tanker and a regular tanker, had the blaze at lot 17 extinguished in 15 to 20 minutes. Although none of the residents was inside when first-responders arrived, firefighter Curtis Stang said he believes the family actually was there, but got out before the fire department was on-scene.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Kimberly Crigger, one of three missing Huron County teens, was located early this morning in Beaver Creek in Green 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. Marko said police apprehended Crigger and charged her with delinquency after a strange set of incidents.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Victim Assistance Program and FOP No. 185/33 is sponsoring the third annual golf scramble, which will be held July 14 at Eagle Creek Golf Club, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Scramble proceeds will benefit the Huron County Victim Assistance Programs and the FOP No. 185/33. This annual golf event is $90 per person. This includes: 18 holes of golf, 18 holes of golf to be used at a later date, golf cart, lunch (hamburgers and brats), driving range and a Blue Ribbon-catered steak dinner at the conclusion of the outing. Golfers will have an opportunity to participate in 50/50 raffles, skill prizes (proximity, longest drive, etc.) and this year, the golf scramble features two hole-in-one prizes, a car donated by Kasper Chevrolet Buick and a vacation package for two with round-trip air and three-night room and breakfast package, donated by Liberty Mutual. "This is going to be a great day and we hope that you can come and join in on the fun," said Eva Gorby, the director of the victim/witness division of the Huron County Prosecutor's Office
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The city of Norwalk is considering tweaking its law involving yard and garage sales. "Businesses were calling me saying people are abusing it," Councilman Dwight Tkach said. "They were saying these sales were hurting local businesses. They also said these garage sales were running weeks on end. It was something that needed addressed."
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 17-year-old Norwalk boy was found guilty of robbery after a bench trial Tuesday in Huron County Juvenile Court. The defendant originally was charged with two counts of robbery in connection with a May 6 incident. The boy, who was found guilty of one of the second-degree felonies if committed by an adult, has been in custody at the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center since the offense. "It was two charges out of the same incident. The judge found him delinquent of the most serious incident," court administrator Chris Mushett said. "He basically stole a bike from a kid and shot the kid with a BB gun," Mushett said.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch appeared quite pleased Wednesday with the results from a series of meetings with community leaders. Lesch said the meetings, which were called "innovation forums,' started out as only one, but turned into four total get-togethers. "The program is called Restarting Our Engines,' she said. "It involved hours of people's time. The basic concept was, what can we do to restart our economic engine for the community? What can we do to spur growth in current companies?'
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Clean-up crews contained a hydrochloric acid leak Thursday night at the CSX railroad yard and transferred the chemical to a special tanker brought in from Cleveland. The transfer process ended about 1 a.m. Friday, Willard Assistant Fire Chief Joe Reiderman said. "They had to clean the original tanker out. They had to take that product to a disposal site," he explained. "It's quite a process."
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A tropical storm will likely avoid the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this week as the system heads in a different direction toward Mexico City, forecasters said Sunday. Tropical Storm Alex was crossing the Yucatan Peninsula, far south and west of the spill and was expected to continue heading west instead of north towards the spill.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A railroad tanker at the CSX Willard terminal leaked hydrochloric acid Thursday, forcing clean-up crews to spend most of the day at the site. The spilled acid eventually was transferred to another car.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com WAKEMAN A teenage rural Wakeman driver and her passenger were transported to a Cleveland trauma center after an early morning crash Wednesday on Butler Road. A LifeFlight helicopter transported Jaclyn R. Hales, 16, of 6365 Leroy Road, and her passenger, Jill E. Bowman, 16, of 6579 Ferry Toad, Wakeman, to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with incapacitating injuries. Hospital spokeswoman Phyllis Harmon said both girls were treated and released. Bowman, who was trapped in the car, had to be extracted by mechanical means by the Wakeman Fire District, said Trooper Steven Drew, of the state Highway Patrol. The trooper reported Hales and Bowman were wearing their seatbelts.