5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A Willard motorcyclist died in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday night at the intersection of Ohio 103/East Tiffin Street and Ohio 99/Conwell Avenue. Brock L. Barnett, 23, of 538 Quail Creek Drive, died after the collision with the Oldsmobile Intrigue driven by Richard D. Metcalf, 21, of 3265 Neal Zick Road, Lot 65, Willard, police said. The crash happened about 10:50 p.m.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND (MCT) - The Gay Games are coming to Cleveland and Akron. The Federation of Gay Games announced Tuesday that Northeast Ohio would be the 2014 site for the worldwide sporting and cultural event. The Gay Games, an Olympics-style competition, could bring up to 65,000 athletes and visitors to the region, and provide more than a $50 million economic impact, organizers say.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk woman has been transferred from Fisher-Titus Medical Center after she hit a utility pole early Tuesday morning. The one-vehicle crash involving Laura J. Vogt, 43, of 139 N. West St., Apt. B, happened at 5:50 a.m. at 144 N. West St.
5:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Low-income families can stay connected to local resources and emergency services through telephone assistance programs, state officials have announced. Lifeline-eligible customers receive a discount on their monthly basic telephone service rate. They also receive a waiver of all charges for telephone service connection and are not required to pay a deposit or any up-front charges for establishing telephone services. Additional features include free toll blocking and 900 or 976 blocking.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced that Ohio will receive more than $10 million in federal funds to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the state. The funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in competitive grants, which Brown worked to secure in the 2008 FARM bill. "These funds will help Ohio's small towns and rural communities make strides in energy efficiency and energy innovation," Brown said. "Across the state, these are projects that work to reduce our dependence on foreign energy and are key to our future economic development and prosperity." REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits. The list of local Ohio REAP recipients includes:
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH The South Central Board of Education met in special session Tuesday with three items on the agenda. The first was for an advance of $500 from the general fund to the South Central Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund will return the advance within one calendar year. The board also approved changing its meetings to the third Tuesday of the month for the following months: Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 22 and Jan. 12. An executive session followed to consider the investigation of charges against a student, with no action taken.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND (PA SPORTSTICKER) - The Cleveland Indians fired manager Eric Wedge in the final days of a terrible season. Wedge guided the Indians to one playoff appearance in seven seasons, and this year the club fell out of contention early and is currently one game out of last place in the AL Central.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Victoria Naji isn't asking for much. She'd just like to get her son's four-wheel bike back that was taken from their Parkside Apartments residence.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The fence in front of the Grove Street Cemetery needs to be repaired or replaced, and replacement quotes range between $16,000 and $21,000. New London Administrator Shawn Tappel told council Monday there is a possibility of selling the old fence to help pay for a new one, but he knows many residents would like to see the old one repaired, if possible.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk driver Todd C. Jordan sent a text message six minutes before he was in a fatal Shaw Mill Road crash, authorities said. Sgt. Mike Knoll, of the state Highway Patrol's Sandusky post, said Jordan last sent a text message at 9:47 p.m. Sept. 8. The patrol received a call about the crash at 9:53 p.m. While troopers don't know exactly when the accident happened, Knoll said the patrol has estimated it happened three minutes earlier.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Reinvesting in the community and its facility has been the focus for Gardner's SuperValu over the years. Although Gardner's SuperValu grocery store has always been a strong supporter of local programs since it opened in Norwalk in 1979, this year it is reinvesting again in its own appearance inside and out. When the local A & P store closed, it created an opportunity for an independent owner to purchase the business. SuperValu is the main supplier for Gardner's. It is the largest wholesaler of food in the United States that serves independent grocers. In recent months, the store has taken on a new look. A total remodeling of the interior of the store was done early in 2009; wider aisles, improved produce containers and lighting have improved the overall atmosphere of the store. The interior remodeling project was designed by Hill's Interiors of Norwalk. The next project on tap for the grocery store is a remodeling project for the exterior of the building. The project is slated to begin sometime this year.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - The student body of South Central High School was evacuated from the building for about 2 1/2 hours after a bomb threat this morning. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said dispatchers received a call at 9:32 a.m. about a handwritten note left on the floor of a student restroom which said "a bomb was going to go off at 11:45."
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Gibsonburg man has been released from MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after a LifeFlight helicopter transported him from a U.S. 20 crash site today. Aron M. Burmeister, 18, was charged with failure to control after his 2001 Chevrolet "straight truck' went off the right side of the road, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Keeping it positive. This theme was consistent throughout the Monroeville school board meeting Monday night. Giving back. This idea also was stressed.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - The student body of South Central High School was evacuated from the building for about 2 1/2 hours after a false bomb threat Monday morning. Deputies seized a handwritten note as evidence and will have it analyzed. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund declined to say if there were any suspects, citing the ongoing investigation.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 13-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car while inline skating Monday night on Strub Road in Perkins Township. Michael Gisondi of Sandusky was skating west on Strub just east of Campbell Street at 7:47 p.m. when a westbound 2001 Oldsmobile Alero driven Deborah J. Lane, 58, of Castalia, came upon him, said troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
LORAIN - An Illinois man is facing felony drug charges after state Highway Patrol troopers seized 31 pounds of BC Bud marijuana, valued at more than $124,000, during a traffic stop Monday on the Ohio Turnpike in Amherst Township in Lorain County. Troopers stopped a 2009 Toyota Prius with New York registration for speed and marked lanes violations westbound on the Ohio Turnpike near milepost 149 at 4:23 p.m. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 31 pounds of BC Bud marijuana in the trunk.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk man accused of raping a 15-year-old boy must post a $100,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. Michael C. Miller, 41, of 3051 S. Ohio 61, is charged with rape, which is punishable by three to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 maximum fine. During Monday's Norwalk Municipal Court bond hearing, Judge John Ridge prohibited Miller from having any association with non-relatives younger than the age of 18 if he posts his bail.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bob Hart had two loves in his life his wife, Mary Lou, and football. And he couldn't have had one without the other. Hart, who coached the Norwalk Truckers to their 1974 state championship, will attend the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Syracuse University national championship football team Saturday. It was a great time in Hart's life, but the road from Bellevue, Ohio, to upstate New York was a tough one.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
Police are looking for a "quick change artist" who purchased a $245 stereo at Walmart and left with another $445 Monday night. Asset Protection Officer Brad Hackedorn reported the suspect purchased an undisclosed "smaller item" after the stereo transaction and "then started asking for change for different denominations," Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton wrote in his report.
5:31 AM Jul 26, 2010
If you spot a familiar face among the Cavalier Girls this year at Quicken Loans Arena, that's because she's from Norwalk. Cassandra Conley, a 2006 Norwalk High School graduate, has made the squad of dancers who entertain during home Cleveland Cavaliers games.