10:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS A new Ohio law spearheaded by Gov. Ted Strickland will take effect on July 1 requiring insurance companies to offer policyholders the option to add or keep unmarried children on their insurance policies up to age 28 for an additional fee. Strickland issued an executive order late last week requiring carriers to provide parents with specific information about the availability of this coverage to help them make a decision whether to keep or add a child to their plan. "While the federal health care reforms will considerably reduce the number of Ohioans without health insurance in the coming years, we continue to make health care more accessible and affordable to our residents at the state level as well," Strickland said. "Making it easier for young Ohioans to remain on their parents' health insurance plans for a longer period of time will increase the number of citizens with access to coverage and encourage our talented young people to build their lives and careers right here in Ohio." The law, part of House Bill 1, requires Ohio health insurance companies to cover adult dependents up to age 28 beginning July 1, 2010. Previously, only dependents up to age 19, or up to 23 years old if they were still in school, were eligible to receive coverage under their parents' policies.
10:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man claims anxiety medicine led to his DUI convictions. Kenneth Bodnar, 22, of 18 Gallup Ave. Apt. B, Norwalk, pleaded guilty to charges of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia Monday in Norwalk Municipal Court.
10:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW YORK (MCT) - Empire State Building owner Anthony Malkin stood by his decision to not light up the iconic building in blue and white to honor what would have been Mother Teresa's 100th birthday, even as city officials Wednesday called for him to change his mind. According to a statement by Malkin, "The Empire State Building celebrates many cultures and causes in the world community with iconic lightings, and has a tradition of lightings for the religious holidays of Easter, the Muslim holiday Eid ul-Fitr, Hanukkah and Christmas.
10:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
A local nurse has died. The Reflector received this notification Friday: "We at James A. Gottfried, M.D., Inc., regret to inform you that our dear friend, and your provider, Patricia Leavelle, N.P., died Friday."
10:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The road to a cure for cancer may be filled with obstacles and setbacks, but that won't stop Willard residents this weekend from getting on board. The theme for this year's Willard Relay for Life is "Roadmap to a Cure' and the journey will begin this afternoon and last through noon on Saturday.
10:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
CHICAGO - A Will County, Ill., judge this week awarded $54,000 to an Aurora couple who sued after e-mails accusing them of being "swingers' and attending "nude hot tub parties' were sent to dozens of their neighbors and the staff of their children's elementary school. Donald and Tia Howard filed a defamation lawsuit last year accusing fellow Amber Fields subdivision resident Amy Day of sending the unsigned e-mails to nearly 200 people. Their lawsuit also named Michigan resident Bonnie Ream, Day's sister, whose e-mail account was allegedly used to send the e-mails in October.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are few perfect crimes, though an Attica, Ohio, case appears to have gone unsolved even though a defendant was tried three times before he was acquitted two years later. This story started on the morning of Aug. 23, 1917, when Walter Bigham of Attica found his wife, Mary, dying in the kitchen of their home with a dagger plunged into her left side. She was lying on a blanket which she apparently had spread on the floor, and died before a physician arrived. Bigham and his wife's father, William Fulks of Spencer, Ohio, were both asleep on the second floor and said they were awakened by the sound of Mrs. Bigham falling to the floor. Mr. Fulks had been visiting, and is said to have presented his daughter with the dagger as a gift. Despite a coroner's inquest and a decision of suicide, the prosecutor had Mr. Bigham arrested for first degree murder. Walter operated an auto repair shop and sold autos in Attica and was considered a respected businessman. The waters were muddied at the inquest when it was revealed that Mary Bigham had met surreptitiously at Norwalk with one Elwood Yonker of Toledo, a former employee of Walter's. Mr. Yonker admitted meeting her and admitted he had written a letter to her through a third party, telling her that he'd kill himself, wife and child if she didn't meet him.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
On Saturday, the state's remaining chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) will rededicate a monument to Confederate Civil War prisoners who died in the Johnson's Island prison. According to the Sandusky Register, it was 100 years ago Tuesday "the eyes of the nation looked to Northwest Ohio as it unveiled the first monument on Northern soil honoring the Civil War's Confederate dead.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
From Local and MCT reports In the test kitchen at the corporate headquarters for Domino's Pizza Inc. in Michigan, a chef dressed in a starched white coat was going through the familiar motions: Sauce on crust, cheese on sauce, pepperoni on cheese, then bake. But this pizza's different, as it has been in Domino's stores across the U.S. since late December. The 9,000-unit chain took a big chance, not only reformulating its signature product for the American market but also disparaging its long-standing recipe in a straight-talk marketing campaign. The old crust? "Cardboard," the company admitted in its ads. The old sauce? "Ketchup." The staff? Weary of customers trashing the food.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ridgefield Country Kids This 4-H club met on June 1 at the Huron County Fairgrounds. The club planted flowers in the flower bed and Haley and Kylie Roth gave demonstrations. Club members will go to Henry Ford and Greenfield Village .
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The following children are registered for Class No. 1 of the Norwalk Police Department's Safety Town this summer: Andrew Meyer, Arthur Meyer, Malone Phillips, Emily Koenig, Isaac Thimke, Ella Wangler, Wesley Whitman, Summer Legg, Kohen Horvath, Tristan Fox, Landon Devanna, Jakob Adelman, Connor Livingston, Daisy Peiples, Megan Miller, Camryn Hurst, Ellyana Gee, Alyssa Missler, Spencer Colahan, Aydenn Crumrine, Aryn Nickoli, James Roth, Emma Foltz; Analiese King, Ashlynn Kerby, Nevaeh Walton, Conner Schaffer, Baylee Chapin, Hayden Fry, Natalie Barber, Bryan Sommers, Christopher Vargas, Leticia Cruz-Gison, Anna McClish, Breonna Matheny, Brayden Mullins, Carter Rejman, Brayson Malson, Audrey Westerhold, Alina Bigler, Jack Signs, Alana Downing, Jossalyn Kreps, Gavin Leto, Rocky Frazier; Mason Martinez, Iris Morales, Tristan Pfingsten, Logan Wiegel, Nathan Olah, Jameson Lee, Austin Miller, Bryce Fitzgerald, Ashlynn Gatton, Brendon Gross, Dylon Gross, Alli Jo Kurdinat, Pilar Mina Vasquez, Cloe Salmons, Alexa Hurst.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 19-year-old Norwalk man was killed Wednesday night when he was struck by a train in Milan Township. The full story will appear on this site later this morning.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Convicted heroin dealer Stephanie L. Broz said she's confident she can stay sober. "I learned a lot in prison about myself. I'll take that and move on,' she said Monday moments after finding out she was being released to a community-based corrections facility (CBCF). CBCFs are a form of prison which focus on education and substance abuse treatment.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Michael S. Goodwin, the 36-year-old new village administrator, said he plans to remain in his position until he retires. His top task is jumping-start the local economy. "I'm bound and determined to fill these buildings," said Goodwin, whose young children attend Monroeville achools and whose wife teaches there. "I want this to be the best village around and I think it can be. I think it's going to take every single person in the village coming together and working their tail off."
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk school board president Michael Grose decided to take a chance with his good friend Dave Rehnborg. Tuesday's meeting at Norwalk High School (NHS) was Rehnborg's last before he retires. He has been the NHS director of student activities since the 2003-2004 school year and has been with the district for 36 years. "He's done a great job. I just want to say thank-you publicly," Grose said.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
A tearful Andrea L. Whitcomb pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of driving under the influence, an open container violation and child endangerment in connection with her 2-year-old daughter being in the vehicle. Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge suspended Whitcomb's license until Sept. 3 and set a pre-trial hearing for 10:30 a.m. June 29.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
Steve Euton saw first hand Monday the power of Mother Nature. The Norwalk city council member spent more than 12 hours in Millbury on Monday, helping with the rebuilding and recovery efforts after that village was devastated by a tornado over the weekend.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
Several Norwalk city council members are looking forward to tonight's discussion about the recently-announced possibility the city might obtain additional land near the proposed soccer complex on the city's north side.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
The driver convicted of a March 2007 crash that killed a Collins teenager will be sentenced for a probation violation July 12. Defendant Steven V. Maxey, 21, of Columbus, was ordered to be held without bond during his probation violation hearing Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Maxey had his driver's license suspended as recently as April and was supposed to have his license suspended until sometime next year. In mid-January 2008, Maxey was sentenced to four months in jail for the March 18, 2007 death of his passenger, Michael W. Allgyre, 18, of Collins.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - It takes people working around the clock to keep modern society functioning. But studies show people who work night or graveyard shifts pay a price. Working at night is linked to disrupted sleep patterns and an increased risk for several types of health problems, including obesity, heart disease and cancer. The fatigue that results from working odd hours increases the rate of accidents and mood disorders, too. A new study shows just how sensitive humans are to work shifts. Using a mathematical model, researchers found that the total duration of sleep ranges from 4.5 hours to 8 hours depending on the start time of a person's work shift. The maximum estimated sleep duration occurs among people who start shifts between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., said the researchers, from Washington State University's branch in Spokane. The minimum estimated sleep duration occurs when the shift starts between 8 p.m. and midnight.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk city council chambers were packed Tuesday night, as supporters of the Sofios Park development made their thoughts known. The city is preparing to apply for a $200,000 grant that will assist in the purchase of property and help develop a wetlands habitat near the proposed soccer complex.