4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - More than 20 animals and their owners entered Saturday's pet parade that kicked off the New London Community Club Farmer's Market/Flea Market in the parking lot across from the Post Office. Most of the animals in the parade were dogs, but a cat named Bootsy and a toad named Trouble rounded out the non-human participants.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach painted a somewhat bleak picture of the county's finances this morning. When asked if shorter work weeks or layoffs might be on the horizon, Tkach wasn't sure.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Willard man was sentenced Wednesday to 11 months in prison for trafficking in heroin. Celand Hall, 45, of 203 Central Ave., also was fined $500 and ordered to pay $580 in restitution to the Willard Police Department. The defendant pleaded guilty June 18 to one trafficking charge in exchange for the state dismissing two similar counts. "I know what I did was wrong," Hall said in court about his offense.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Here is an official statement to the Norwalk Reflector provided by Daylene Stroebe, Director of Waterpark Safety and Compliance at Kalahari Resorts, in response to the drowning of 3-year-old Hassan Itani, of Dearborn, Mich., on Sunday: Over the last 24 hours, we have been working closely with the Erie County Sheriff's Department to further investigate details of a tragic accident that occurred in our outdoor waterpark on August 2.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
To: Chris Hipp, Mayor of Wakeman Mayor Hipp: I saw you and your family atop a fire truck at the Wakeman Homecoming Firemen's Festival last week. One of the great perks of being mayor, I am sure: the whole family gets a ride on a fire truck. Very nice.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk will be one of thousands of neighborhoods throughout the country joining forces tonight for the 26th annual "National Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. All area residents are encouraged bring their chairs, blankets, family and friends for the local celebration from 5 until 9 p.m. at 80 Whittlesey Ave. (the former Giant Eagle store). There is no admission fee.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
TIFFIN - The state Highway Patrol's Fremont post is currently investigating a one-vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred Sunday evening on Ohio 18 in Seneca County's Clinton Township, just east of this city.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
The third annual FTMC Maple City Triathlon will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Lake Park. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
In his biography on his Web site, country music singer Steve Richard is described as a performer whose "trademark gritty vocals reflect years of paying dues.' The singer also has a "lethal mix of talent, charm and ambition (which) quickly earned him the kind of attention and respect from superstar artists, producers and songwriters that some performers take years to achieve.' But if you ask Richard about one of the most blessed moments of his life, he won't talk about his career.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
DAYTON - A Greensburg, Pa. man will be arraigned today in Preble County Court on felony drug charges after state Highway Patrol troopers seized 150 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $340,000, during a traffic stop Saturday on I-70 in Preble County. James R. Santopiepro, 28, was charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Willard man charged in connection with the April 28 death of a fellow Ohio University student was released on bond Wednesday night. James T. Wagers, 20, of 702 Spangler St., was in custody when he appeared Wednesday morning in Huron County Common Pleas Court to address possible extradition to Athens County.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - A 15-year-old Edison student accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl to have sex with him at a prom-night party was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center. Since he's been in custody for 87 days, he will serve three more days before being placed on 90 days of electronically-monitored house arrest. The defendant also was classified as a Tier III sexual offender. That means he must register his address with the sheriff's office overseeing where he lives every 90 days for the rest of his life.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Maybe it was something in the drinking water at the Huron County auditor's office. Both former auditor John Elmlinger and current auditor Roland Tkach watch television the old-fashioned way.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
STEUBEN - When members of Church of the Master wish to erect a new Biblical phrase or welcome message on their sign, they don't have to use hand-held letters or paint. The church has entered the high-tech age by installing a digital sign one that can program more than 100 messages at once, said Cindy Dorsey, chairwoman of the board of trustees.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
We've been bombarded this year with news and more news concerning octuplets born to a California woman. That story is all too true, but 1859 incident here in northern Ohio concerning purported octuplets must have started as a cruel joke. A letter was printed as genuine by the New York Tribune in the summer of 1859, the letter averring that eight children had been born on Aug. 2, 1859, to Eunice Mowery, the wife of Timothy Bradley. They had been married six years and has two sets of twins born already making 12 children born in six years. The Bradleys lived at Johnson in Trumbull County, Ohio. The letter writer also told the world that Eunice Bradley was "a twin of three" her mother and father both were twins; and her grandmother bore five sets of twins in her time. The Bradleys were alleged to have named her sons after prominent local citizens who then gave them land in one case, and a cow in another. Mr. Bradley said he was happy with his family since the neighbors have provided clothing for twins ever since they were born. As it turned out, the only truth to the above paragraphs was that there was a Timothy Bradley and Eunice Mowery married and living in the town of Johnson. They only had one child born to them, a daughter named Mary, in 1867.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Investigators have identified the male suspect who escaped from a sheriff's cruiser June 23. Police said the same man is "a person of interest' in a New London burglary about two weeks ago. Randall C. Cain II, 37, of 1900 Ohio 18, Wakeman, was charged Monday with escape and stolen property. Sheriff Dane Howard said today he's confident the suspect is in southern Ohio near the river and authorities there are tracking him down.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - Bud Martin and Darrell Hykes are not going down without a fight. Hykes has appealed his firing by the Bellevue City Schools' board of education. Hykes, the former assistant superintendent, was fired along with the superintendent, Martin, earlier this month in light of sexual harassment allegations.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Norwalk fire chief Elmer J. McGuckin was laid to rest Friday. McGuckin, 84, died Wednesday at Gaymont Nursing Center.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Baumann Auto Group, 339 Milan Ave., had a great week of business - thanks to the federal government's so-called "Cash for Clunkers' rebate program. "It's been a good success,' said sales manager Jeff Miller, whose business has had at least 50 or 75 people inquiring about rebates for 2009 fuel-efficient vehicles this week.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Western Reserve assistant varsity football coach Mike Martz wasn't sure why he was being called out to Summit Motorsports Park. When he arrived and read the letter one of his players, Cody Webb, had written to Bill Bader Sr., he was shocked - and moved.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Collins man was ordered Wednesday to pay $4,219 in restitution for ramming a deputy's cruiser during a Feb. 25 pursuit. Charles P. Ring, 39, of 2652 Collins Road, Collins, also must pay a $500 fine during his three years of probation for failing to comply with the order of a police officer. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway gave the defendant an Aug. 28 report date to serve 80 days of a 120-day sentence at the Huron County Jail. The judge credited Ring with already serving 40 days behind bars. Conway also suspended Ring's driver's license for three years, the minimum required for the third-degree felony.