11:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Lindsay Lohan is due to surrender Tuesday to a Beverly Hills judge to begin her 90-day sentence in a Lynwood jail, but it remains unclear exactly how much time the actress will spend behind bars. The L.A. Sheriff's Department has not said exactly how long they plan to incarcerate Lohan, but authorities have said it could amount to only 25 percent of her sentence. Some speculate it could be even less, given jail overcrowding and the relatively minor nature of Lohan's probation violation on a drunken driving arrest. The situation puts the sheriff's department in a tough position, coming three years after Paris Hilton's early release from jail created national headlines and ultimately resulted in the hotel heiress being sent back to finish her sentence. "The sheriff and his department know they are going to be under the microscope.
11:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Milan man convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) for an injury accident was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday. Joseph R. Tatkowski, 52, of 82 Ridgeview Circle, also was fined $1,350. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered him to pay $9,809 in restitution for the Jan. 14 crash on Old State Road investigated by Norwalk Police Sgt. Dave Smith.
11:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's unemployment rate remained nearly steady in June, but that was good enough to improve its standing among the state's 88 counties. At 12.6 percent, Huron County ranks No. 17 in Ohio the best it's been since 2008. The 12.7 percent rate for May put the county at No. 13. Prior to that, Huron County had the state's eighth worst mark for two straight months.
11:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Rev. Thomas Crum, a Roman Catholic priest who admitted that he sexually abused a male teenage student for a period of one year, has been removed from the priesthood. Officials at the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announced on Monday that the Vatican had accepted Crum's resignation and removed him from the priesthood. Crum, 61, was removed from ministry in May 2009 and placed in a psychiatric treatment center, after he resigned as pastor of Our Lady of Peace parish in Plain Township at the request of Bishop George V. Murry.
11:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com A child's lemonade stand was the spark for Norwalk resident Tracy Olden's plan to help save her home from foreclosure. A friend's 8-year-old granddaughter made $18 in three hours. Olden, who has been unemployed for almost a year, told neighbor and friend Candy Kronewitter she wished she could make money at that rate.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Times are changing at Sunrise Cooperative in Norwalk. George D. Secor, president and chief executive officer for Sunrise, informed stockholders in a recent letter.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A rural Willard man who held a knife to his chest during a stand-off with authorities remains behind bars. Terry L. Trushel, 54, most recently of 1369 Townline Road 12, is accused of breaking into his estranged wife's home late Thursday night and accosting her, Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - This village is ready and waiting. For the better part of a year, the rumor has been Johns Manville, a company that manufactures insulation and roofing materials, is looking to use the former factory portion of the Tenneco plant in Milan.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com So far, so good. That was the word Friday about the recent transition from Verizon to Frontier Communications. Frontier officially claimed ownership of all Verizon land-line services in Ohio and 13 other states on July 1 in a deal totaling about $8.6 billion. Since that time, Frontier Communications Central Region President John Lass and Sr. Vice President Dave Davidson have been touring all of the Verizon stations in the state.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Thursday evening's thunderstorm had a lot of style, but little substance. The Huron County Emergency Management Agency had virtually no reports of damage. "We did have a spotter that called in that there was a possible tornado on the ground in the Bellevue area," said Tina Norton, EMA deputy director. "And the National Weather Service out of Cleveland said there was a possible tornado touchdown," she added.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Times are changing at Sunrise Cooperative in Norwalk. George D. Secor, president and chief executive officer for Sunrise, informed stockholders in a recent letter. "In feed, we are closing our feed operations at Norwalk, which consist of the feed mill and drive through," he wrote. "While we have very good employees working these operations, our business has decreased to a point that we are not able to cover our daily costs. We will operate the feed mill and drive through until Friday, Aug. 27 and then they will be closed.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com MILAN This village is ready and waiting. For the better part of a year, the rumor has been Johns Manville, a company that manufactures insulation and roofing materials, is looking to use the former factory portion of the Tenneco plant in Milan. Milan Mayor Robert Bickley and Village Administrator Bruce Bowie updated the situation.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
According to the Department of Job and Family Services, some 530 families in Huron County are going to lose their unemployment benefits during July. Figuring average benefits of between $300 and $350 per week, beginning the first week of August, that's at minimum $160,000 per week $693,333 per month and $8.3 million per year that will not be circulating in the local economy.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Zeiter Trucking of Norwalk, a family-owned business, celebrated 50 years of business on Saturday. The business began in 1959 after Dick Zeiter completed a six-year tour of duty in the Marine Corp. He retired in 2000, passing the business down to his sons, Mark and Steve, who both serve as company vice presidents. Though retired, Dick remains president and he and his wife, Carol, continue to be actively involved in the business. Daughters-in-law, Kim and Lisa, also work for the company. Before moving to Michigan, their daughter, Teresa, also worked many years in the business. In his first three years of business, Dick pulled house trailers then converted to driving dump trucks in 1962. Using a $400 tax return and $400 cash as a down payment, Dick purchased his first dump truck, making monthly payments of $1,000. His first job was hauling fill dirt for the Sandusky Bay Bridge, then hauled all over Ohio helping build the interstate highway system for 13 years. Before moving to Michigan, their daughter, Teresa, also worked many years in the business. In his first three years of business, Dick pulled house trailers then converted to driving dump trucks in 1962. Using a $400 tax return and $400 cash as a down payment, Dick purchased his first dump truck, making monthly payments of $1,000. His first job was hauling fill dirt for the Sandusky Bay Bridge, then hauled all over Ohio helping build the interstate highway system for 13 years.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com One thing's for sure: the city of Norwalk's 2011 budget will be scrutinized more than ever. "You bet," Councilman Dwight Tkach said Thursday. "We're definitely going to take a closer look, especially at things like trash pickup." Spring and fall trash pickup were removed from the 2010 budget, causing much debate.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Firelands Area Restorers of Machines (F.A.R.M.) will hold their 15th annual tractor and gas engine show at the Huron County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday. Set-up for the show begins today and there will be entertainment by Danny Beck at 7 p.m. The show starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with the opening ceremonies and concludes with a raffle drawing at 3 p.m. Sunday. During the show there will be antique cars, a flea market and crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides by Gene Kurzen, model train layout, a garden tractor pull, a sawmill, pie auction and church services on Sunday morning. Tractors will parade the Fairgrounds several times during the weekend and many working demonstrations will be going on all the time. There will also be a tractor ride of about 20 miles around the area on Saturday morning. Admission to the show is by donation. The featured manufacturer this year will be International Harvester tractors, equipment and gas engines.
11:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
One thing's for sure: the city of Norwalk's 2011 budget will be scrutinized more than ever. "You bet,' Councilman Dwight Tkach said Thursday. "We're definitely going to take a closer look, especially at things like trash pickup.'
11:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - The story of the Berlin Heights Basket Festival is one of perseverance. Before four individuals founded the festival 25 years ago, there had been festivals in Berlin Heights under various names. But for whatever reason, people were unable or unwilling to keep them going.
11:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich promised Norwalk area residents Wednesday he would create a pro-business environment and be a leader if he's elected. Kasich, who is challenging incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland, spoke to an overflow crowd at Sheri's Coffee House.
11:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Matt Fair sees it as an opportunity on two fronts - to improve his lot in life while giving back to the school and parish he loves. Fair, a teacher, coach and junior high athletic director the past decade, has been named development director for FCEDO - Firelands Catholic Education Development Office.
11:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Calling it “cozy and comfortable,” Emily Abazi said she and her husband, Elvir, are happy to be the newest addition to Main Street, Norwalk. The owners of Executive Cleaners will move their business from 164 Milan Ave. to 72 E. Main St.