11:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
Two Plymouth men were indicted Friday in connection with using a stolen car to steal a rifle last month. On July 6, Kyle S. Branham, 19, of 421 Plymouth St., and David W. Hodge, 21, of 105 Park Ave., are accused of stealing a 2003 Pontiac Vibe from Townline Road 12, Willard, a prosecutor said earlier. They reportedly drove it to Old Military Road where they are accused of stealing a HMR17 Savage rifle and some tools from various cars.
11:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture officials have filed the paperwork to get federal help for laid-off employees under the Trade Adjustment Act, designed to help workers at companies hurt by foreign trade, but it will take 30 to 40 days for the Department of Labor to rule on the request. In the meantime, about 400 people turned out at the rally and informational meeting for Norwalk Furniture employees Wednesday at Norwalk High School.
11:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's summertime at last and the weather all over Ohio is classic: hot, sunny days and cooler, but often muggy nights. Fishing can hit the doldrums a little for some species, but channel cats love hot and warm, and there's no better time to head out on some pleasant summer evening, fish half the night, and bring home a string of good eating. They're hitting very well right now, and area lakes and rivers are waiting with cats that will range from a pound up to six or seven, even more. Where to find these whiskered denizens is easy, since they inhabit nearly every body of water of any size, and bait shops can usually give at least some details on hotspots. But what to catch them on can get a little tougher, simply because there are so many choices. To make it all easier, keep in mind a couple of basic facts. One is that they feed mostly at night, though in deeper water many can be caught during daylight hours.
11:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
In just 16 hours, Norwalk Furniture employees gathered about 50 employees and headed up in a caravan to Comerica headquarters in Detroit with one message "Norwalk Furniture Calling, Answer Your Phone." After Dominic Aversa, acting CEO in the company's reorganization, released details about Comerica's refusal to consider buyout offers and the bank's insistance on liquidation, employees finally saw a way they could join in the battle.
11:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Toledo man who helped transport about 160 pounds of marijuana from Arizona to Norwalk was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday. Carlos C. Torres Jr., 31, also was fined $7,500 for possession of marijuana after a two-day trial in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Judge Jim Conway had a 2004 Dodge Durango forfeited to the Huron County Sheriff's Office. Torres was the passenger in the Durango during a Sept. 20 traffic stop when authorities found three crates of marijuana in the bed of another pickup truck. Police stopped the two vehicles on U.S. 250 outside of Milan.
11:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Immigration Customs Enforcement agents shut down the local Casa Fiesta about lunch time Wednesday. Simultaneously, ICE authorities used nine search warrants in the Northern Ohio chain and the owners' homes. About 12:45 p.m., ICE agents escorted two male suspects in plastic handcuffs into an unmarked, white conversion van parked outside the restaurant entrance. ICE spokesman Greg Palmore wouldn't say exactly why authorities were there, but said the people taken into custody may be facing criminal or immigration violations. "We are in the process of executing these search warrants in an ongoing criminal investigation," Palmore said.
11:32 PM Jul 25, 2010
The acting CEO for Norwalk Furniture said Comerica Bank, which holds $11 million in loans for the company, has refused to even talk to several investors interested in buying out the loans and taking over the company. Dominic Aversa, who is heading the restructuring effort for the company, said bank officials in Detroit and Texas are in a panic because of losses in their industry.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
With Tenneco's announcement Tuesday that it was eliminating nearly half the 150 jobs at its operation in Milan, that's some 560 jobs our area has shed since Friday night. That of course is when we got word here at the Reflector that Norwalk Furniture was going to tell its approximately 500 employees not to bother showing up for work Monday morning.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
Local businesses admit they are taking a hit with the suspension of operations at Norwalk Furniture, but believe they can weather the storm. "Certainly, Norwalk Furniture is one of our largest diesel customers and that certainly impacts your business," said Bob Sunderman, vice president and energy division manager for Sunrise Cooperative. "Anytime you lose one of your largest companies it is not good, but Sunrise is still a viable operation and it will not affect our employment here," he said. He said he hopes the furniture company can rebound, but his operation can take the financial hit and keep on going.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
Special agents with U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shut down the Casa Fiesta restaurant in Norwalk about lunch time Wednesday. Simultaneously, ICE authorities used nine search warrants to arrest 58 people on immigration violations at eight restaurants in the chain and the owners' home. About 12:45 p.m., ICE agents escorted at least two men from the Norwalk restaurant in plastic handcuffs into an unmarked, white conversion van parked outside the restaurant entrance. ICE spokesman Greg Palmore wouldn't say exactly why authorities were there, but said the people taken into custody may be facing criminal or immigration violations.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Toledo man accused of helping ship about 160 pounds of marijuana from Arizona to Huron County is believed to have left several fingerprints on what the state calls the "elaborate packaging." Carlos C. Torres Jr., 31, faces one count of possession of marijuana in connection with a Sept. 20, 2007 traffic stop. His accomplice, John E. Nunley Jr., 36, formerly of Toledo, is serving an eight-year prison term for being the carpenter who built the crates.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
City council members heard promising reports about the re-opening of Norwalk Furniture in a work session Tuesday night. "We all have great concerns about Norwalk Furniture," Mayor Sue Lesch said. "I'm optimistic we're going to be able to find some solutions."
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Furniture employees staged their own rally today to coincide with the informationals meeting at Norwalk High School for employees to learn about filing for unemployment and other options in face of the company's suspension of operations. "We're banding together. Our worst fear is it will fall apart and we won't have our jobs anymore," an employee helping organize the rally said. "We know we're not dead in the water yet, but I'm getting more information from the newspaper than I'm getting from my employer and my union."
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
First is was Fannie and Freddie. Then came Furniture. In case you haven't noticed, these are tough economic times. Norwalk Furniture Corp. employees were informed late Friday night not to report to work Monday. Operations at both the Norwalk and Cookeville, Tenn., plants were suspended until further notice. We all knew times were tough at Furniture. The company has been letting people go a few at a time. There were rumors out there the doors would close in August ... maybe even last until Christmas.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Though Norwalk Furniture officials are still confident restructuring and new investors can get the company back on its feet, some people remember when another premier employer, Norwalk Truck Lines, shut down local operations in 1968. "It was a big blow to the community," said Don Richards, now retired in Huron. "There were 125 that were employed in the home office," not counting drivers and mechanics that were relocated before the final local shutdown. For Richards' family, the move of Norwalk Truck Lines to Colorado meant the start of a long series of relocations that only ended when he retired in 2002.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
One of the earliest merchants in Sandusky was one Andrew Brown, who had come from Ireland. He came to Sandusky as early as 1820 and opened a general store. Sandusky at this time was called by a variety of names such as Portland, or Portland on Sandusky Bay, and was also often referred to as Sandusky. In the year 1820 Mr. Brown was indicted by a Huron County Grand Jury (Erie County didn't then exist) for retailing merchandise "not the growth or manufacture of the United States." He had sold two different quantities of imported tea without first obtaining a special license from the Clerk of Courts. Upon being arraigned, Andrew Brown pled guilty and was fined $2.00 and costs. An early account of Sandusky history says that Brown was a dealer in Irish linen, but we do know he also sold tea illegally now and then. In April of 1822 the following ad appeared in the Sandusky Clarion newspaper, the forerunner of the present Sandusky Register: "The person, who was so much dissatisfied with the division of the money stolen from the subscriber's store, on the 20th of October last, is respectfully informed that if he will call at the store, the balance so wrongfully kept from him will be made up." This was duly signed A. Brown at Portland, April 23, 1823. It must have been rumored around the town that the thieves were quarreling over dividing their loot, and Andrew was spending money on the ad to let "them know that he knew." I find no Court record of anyone ever being arrested and tried for this crime, so I presume the allegedly aggrieved party never contacted Mr. Brown for his fair share.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
MUNICIPALITIES Bellevue Kris M. Felder to Kris M. and Jolene R. Felder, 312 Goodrich Road. Carmalinda Asberry to Alice M. Maiani, 249 Madden St., $110,000.
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akrause@norwalkreflector.com Sister Mary Cyrilla Hellman speaks in a reverential voice that at times falls almost to a whisper.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
WAKEMAN Tuesday night's storm wasn't severe, but don't tell that to Bob Jackson. The Wakeman resident had a third of his tree fall on his neighbor's garage about 5 p.m. Tuesday. "The wife is always worried about it falling," Bob Jackson said. He had just come home when he heard that his tree had fallen.
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Huron County Job Store is expanding because between 80 and 120 people show up a day looking for work. "Our job store staff is tremendous," said Chris Robertson, workforce development supervisor. "They are job coaches."
11:31 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK The following were the results of health department inspections of Norwalk-area food establishments and schools in June: No violations Rich Oil; 183 Milan Ave., Norwalk; operator, Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (June 23, regular inspection) No violations. Willard Pool; 561 W. Laurel St., Willard; operator, Dennis Hammond, City of Willard (June 23, regular inspection) No violations.