7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Monroeville's Firelands Challenge team captured its second straight championship this morning, earning 59 points to Edison's 43 and South Central's 29. The final, cumulative score of all three championship matches is 173 points for Monroeville, 124 for Edison and 92 for South Central. Edison and South Central advisers and players praised Monroeville, and particularly team captain and senior Adam Mastroianni as a force in the academic challenge.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Does anyone believe a deal can be reached between Huron County and the city of Norwalk so a new solid waste plan can be put into place? "Yes, I do," said Pete Welch, solid waste district coordinator for the county. "I believe there will be a meeting of the minds."
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Eight Refletor-area wrestlers were involved in the Division III championship quarterfinals today at The Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center. (The complete local results appear at the end of this story.) Six advanced to the championship semifinals, which starts at 6:30 p.m. today.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city councilman Tom Stoll resigned this morning from his third-ward council seat. Stoll, a council member since 1999 and a local attorney, faces a 10 a.m. March 12 disciplinary hearing before the Ohio Supreme Court. Stoll is accused of not filing required paperwork in probate cases. The Erie-Huron Grievance Committee has taken the matter to the Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline. Stoll faces 22 counts and admits responsibility in 19 of the cases, according to court documents.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Motorists should be aware of the likelihood of rising gas prices in the next 24 hours and through the weekend in Ohio. "I expect stations to increase prices to $2.75 to $2.85 by weekend with a majority of stations starting to raise prices as early as tomorrow morning,' said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Exactly one year ago, someone left Jeremey M. Wetzel on the side of Murray Road to die. Meanwhile, his family and friends have been waiting for the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol to solve the hit-and-run case. A reward has been established to help find the person responsible for the death of Wetzel, 30, of Wakeman.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Job seekers may wish to race to the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center on Saturday. That's because Summit Motorsports Park will hold a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon looking to fill about 500 seasonal positions. General Manager Debra Sue Tobak said the nationally-renown drag racing park is looking for ticket sellers, hostesses, customer service staff, parking attendants, food service crew members, track crew members and more.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
MARGARETTA TOWNSHIP - The state Highway Patrol responded to an alcohol-related injury crash Wednesday involving a Bellevue woman at the intersection of Mason Road and Ohio 4. About 6 p.m. a 2007 International tractor-trailer driven by James Lloyd Jr., 59, of Toledo, as traveling north on Ohio 4 approaching the Mason Road intersection. About that time, Elizabeth A. Jarvis, 41, of 10712 Bragg Road, was heading south in a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, also heading toward the intersection.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Addiction is usually a bad thing. The dictionary defines it as "The quality or state of devoting or surrendering oneself to something habitually or obsessively." Often, but not always, addiction refers to the need for a drug. I remember there was a popular book when I was younger called "Positive Addiction." So even though "addiction" is usually used in a negative way, it can have a positive connotation. My dictionary, in addition to the definition about drugs, gives the examples of being addicted to gambling or to reading.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The Norwalk Fire Department performed 1,032 runs in 2009. "That's down by about 80 runs from last year," Chief Doug Coletta said. When presenting his annual report to Norwalk City Council, Coletta noted that firefighters responding to North Central EMS calls is an important service.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Pleasant Elementary School Principal Janice Smith was excited to have State Superintendent of Public Instruction Deborah Delisle visit the district Wednesday. Delisle started her day, which included a tour of the various school buildings, by visiting Pleasant. Smith was impressed with Delisle. "She is so kid-friendly. She took the time to have (two students) sit down and read with her. ... She even invited them to have breakfast with her," Smith said.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Collins Boy Scout Troop 242 will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Townsend fire hall, corner of U.S. 20 and Hartland Center Road. The cost is by donation and proceeds will go toward summer camp and troop supplies.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Despite two local men dying within 6 1/2 weeks of each other, Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta firmly believes in the benefit of smoke detectors. James H. Harkness, 80, died of smoke inhalation in the Dec. 9 fire at 72 Glover Ave. Stephen A. Roth, 66, who was pulled from his Whittlesey Avenue home after a Jan. 14 fire, died 11 days later at Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky. There were smoke detectors in both homes. In each fire, inappropriate extension cord usage was the cause.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - The Smithsonian Museum says it doesn't want the suit O.J. Simpson wore when he was acquitted of murder charges, scuttling a compromised reached Monday in the long-running custody case. "The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will not be collecting O.J. Simpson's suit," the museum said in a statement. "The decision was made by the museum's curators together with the director."
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City councilman Harry Brady wants to give residents a chance to anonymously express their opinions about the adult arcade issue. To that end, he has organized a forum scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Sheri's Coffee House. Brady said he will attend and will try to get at least one other council member to come. Zoning for adult arcades has been a topic of discussion and debate at recent city council meetings.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH South Central kindergarten and first-grade students recently celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday with a fun-filled week of activities. After reading several Dr. Seuss books, the students even got to enjoy green eggs and ham, which were made in the classroom. Principal Dennis Blanchard followed the aroma through the hallways, leading him to Leigha McCormack's classroom, where the green eggs and ham were being prepared. "Of course, he took the time to sample both items and agreed with the students that they were delicious," McCormack said.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
An amended class-action lawsuit filed Monday in federal court says Sandusky-based U.S. Border Patrol agents instructed local authorities to restrain and interrogate Hispanics about their immigration status, which oversteps local officers' boundaries. (EDITOR'S NOTE - Much of the background information for this story came from the Sandusky Register.)
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk councilman faces a disciplinary hearing before the Ohio Supreme Court. Attorney Thomas J. Stoll is accused of not filing required paperwork in probate cases. The Erie-Huron Grievance Committee has taken the matter to the Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - Cleveland Browns All Pro kick returner Josh Cribbs says he will make a "major announcement' Friday at the Cleveland Auto Show. Cribbs is scheduled to sign autographs from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the event, which takes place the I-X Center. Before doing so, Cribbs will conduct a press conference and speak with members of the media and fans in attendance.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
In the wake of a drop in revenue and mail volume, Saturday mail delivery could go the way of the dodo bird. The postal service is facing a projected $238-billion loss over the next decade. As a result, the service has announced a 10-year plan to bring it into financial health including ending Saturday mail delivery.
7:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
An area man is behind bars tonight after leading authorities on a high speed chase this afternoon. William C. White Sr., 61, of 1309 Camp St., Sandusky, is being held in the Erie County Jail. He is charged with fleeing and eluding police and reckless operation. Troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol initiated the pursuit that started on Ohio 2 near Ohio 61 in Erie County. White's 2004 Black Chevrolet Silverado SS was clocked at traveling 106 mph in a 65 mph zone, so the trooper activated his cruiser's lights and sirens signaling for White to stop.