8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
"I have a suggestion which could change our nation!" proclaimed the historian. "It happens in public meetings. Instead of disrespectfully shouting folks down or insulting them in other ways, we will do something different. As you know, one fundamental Cheap Coffee Club feature as we share our thoughts together, is that each of our opinions gets respect, whether we agree or not.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
The state Highway Patrol reopened Ohio 2 eastbound at 5:30 p.m. The westbound lanes had been reopened a few hours earlier.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - As soon as they saw him proceed down a Monroeville Elementary hallway, second graders proclaimed "Sgt. Harder's here!" The students were referring to Staff Sgt. Talmadge Harder, the Army Reserves soldier whom they've been regularly instant messaging in Iraq since his deployment in July.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Norwalk man was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in prison for smuggling someone else's urine into a drug screen. Authorities said Nicholas L. Wright, 20, of 2243 N. Old State Road, brought the urine to a May 8 drug test when his probation officer noticed an unusual bulge in his pants during the office visit. The defendant was indicted in late September on tampering with evidence. Wright pleaded guilty Jan. 22 to an amended charge of possession of criminal tools.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
You can be honest: Today is the 24th day of Lent - the 21st if you don't count Sundays - and you have not been perfect. Maybe you gave up chocolate, but no one was watching when you passed the candy dish. Maybe you gave up taking the elevator, but your legs hurt from the stairs.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - As SeaWorld and the team of outside experts it has assembled comb through the company's safety policies following last week's fatal killer-whale accident, they face an important question: How close is too close for the trainers who work with the company's biggest orca? SeaWorld has long restricted its trainers from swimming with Tilikum, the 6-ton killer whale that pulled trainer Dawn Brancheau to her death last week. But it does allow them to work with the animal from shallow ledges built into the sides of its tanks.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - Fire rescue officials in Orange County Thursday released the 911 dispatch calls from the SeaWorld Orlando accident that claimed the life of killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau. In the first call, a SeaWorld employee is heard telling the dispatch operator "We have a trainer in the water with one of our whales. The whale they're not supposed to be in the water with.'
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
A $1.2 million settlement has been reached with Huron County on behalf of the 11 former adopted and foster children of Michael and Sharen Gravelle. "This settlement is between our insurance consortium and the attorneys for the Gravelle children," said Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer, who stressed it isn't related to a lawsuit.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO - A Plymouth woman was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison for embezzling about $405,600 from the Huron branch of KeyBank over the course of about seven years. Diane M. Lantz, 58, stole the money from 2002 through May, Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Karol told the Reflector when she was charged. "That's when it would have been discovered," Karol said at the time.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are signs of life at the site for the proposed soccer complex on Norwalk's north side. Ken Leber, parks and recreation department superintendent, said today the city recently cut some trees down at the site, the first step along the way to soccer being played there one day.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
A $3,300 check with no strings attached would have looked good to Norwalk resident Diane Noftz. Her husband, John, has been laid off for two years and hasn't found work.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - An Edison High School student was charged with sexual imposition in connection with inappropriately touching a female student. Kevin Pickett, 18, of Huron, is scheduled to be arraigned on the third-degree misdemeanor Friday morning in Erie County Municipal Court.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
One family. Three suspects. Erie County sheriff's deputies charged David J. Barney Sr., 44, his wife, Gloria, 41, and their 16-year-old son, all of 14103 Milliman Road, with various charges in connection with a domestic dispute early Wednesday morning. Deputies were called to the Milan Township home at 3:33 a.m. when the father and son were arguing over the use of a laptop computer, Capt. Paul Sigsworth said.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - While waiting for an ambulance to take her unconscious husband to the hospital after he crashed his SUV, Tiger Woods' wife handed officers two bottles of pain medicine that she said he had taken earlier in the day, according to investigative records released Friday to The Orlando Sentinel. She also tried to ride in the ambulance to the hospital with her husband, but the crew wouldn't let her, saying this was a case of domestic violence, the Florida Highway Patrol records show.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
Caught in the act at his local Walmart last night, Ralph Conone admitted that for months he'd been punching children in the backs of their heads with his keys in his fist, Columbus police said today. The 68-year-old grandfather also told them why, police said: He simply got a kick out of it.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
ERIE TOWNSHIP - The Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol is currently investigating a single commercial vehicle injury crash that occurred at approximately 3:37 a.m. today on Ohio 2. Jason C. Uhlman, 29, of Bowling Green, sustained non-incapacitating injuries as a result of the crash, which occurred about one half mile west of Tettau Road in Ottawa County. He was transported to Magruder Hospital by Erie Township EMS where he was treated for his injuries, troopers said.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
On a December day about three months ago, Norwalk Catholic School Elementary Principal Valerie French sat inside and spoke enthusiastically about the then nearly finished playground. It was way too cold to stand outside and talk, let alone use the playground if it were completed.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - A Norwalk woman was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance in a Feb. 3 rear-end collision with injuries. Jeffrey A. Reineck, 46, of 31 S. Main St., Monroeville, was stopped heading south on U.S. 250 about 7:45 a.m. and was about to turn left into B & N Automotive when the crash occurred. Sandra K. Hull, 62, of 60 Parsons St., also was driving south when she diverted her attention because something fell in her vehicle and she slammed into the back of Reineck's 1994 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, police said.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - One of Norwalk's own on Wednesday received the highest civilian honor given by Congress for her efforts in flying airplanes during World War II. Thelma K. Miller received the Congressional Gold Medal along with about 200 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS). More than 1,100 WASPs served between 1942 and 1944, ferrying aircraft between U.S. bases, testing fighter planes and towing targets for the men to practice shooting at with live ammunition. They flew every type of aircraft flown by the Army Air Corps, including the B-26 bomber also known as the "widow maker" and the B-29 Superfortress. Thirty-eight of them died while serving their country.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Shupp's question-and-answer session Thursday with South Central fourth-graders made an impression on Brooke Goetz. "Sweet,' the 10-year-old girl said as she heard about Shupp talk reloading his Taser. "I wanna be a cop. That would be so cool.'
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE It's a good thing that gun the masked man had wasn't real. Monroeville Police Sgt. Frank Gleason, when responding to a suspicious persons report late Thursday night, initially found a 24-year-old Norwalk woman walking between some North Street buildings with her hands in her pockets. "(She) appeared to be nervous about my presence and hesitant to answer my questions, continuing to look over her left shoulder," Gleason wrote in his report. "At this time, she turned around from where she had first appeared and stated, 'Come out it's the cops!' A subject then exited from between the buildings wearing a ski mask and a holstered weapon," Gleason said.