7:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Traffic deaths on Ohio's highways last year were at a historic low, representing the safest year on record for those traveling the state's highways, according to preliminary 2009 fatality statistics released today by the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the state's traffic safety partners. In 2009, 1,028 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes a 14 percent decline from the previous historic low of 1,191 fatalities in 2008. As a result, Ohio exceeded its interim statewide goal of fatality reduction, which was to reduce total motor vehicle fatalities to no more than 1.0 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled or 1,100 fatalities by the end of 2010.
7:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
It was the Norwalk city planning and zoning commission's turn to toss around adult arcades this week. The commission ruled unanimously to leave things how they are. That means the commission members are not recommending the passage of Councilman Tom Stoll's legislation that would place adult arcades in B-4 zoning.
7:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Spring is just around the corner, right? That may be hard to believe today, as Mother Nature continues to kick around the Firelands area.
7:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - A former fugitive of justice is out on bond. Anthony R. Classen, 37, of Wellington, was released Monday from the Huron County Jail on a $15,000 bond. He was arrested at gunpoint without incident at 12:21 p.m. Friday on West Main Street, New London, near the village corporation limit. Classen was arrested on a probation violation warrant out of the Pittsylvania County, Va. Sheriff's Office stemming from burglary and grand larceny convictions. "He was actually in our village (Tuesday) and one of my officers observed him walking down the street and stopped him," New London Police Chief Michael Marko said.
7:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's crunch time for the Huron County commissioners. During the next few weeks, the board will be hashing out the numbers, with the hope of coming up with something workable by March 31.
7:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - Two days after an orca killed veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau, Sea World officials will resume the Shamu Believe show today at all of the company's parks. However, SeaWorld President and General Manager Jim Atchison said trainers will not be allowed in the water at the theme parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio while the company continues a review of what happened to the 40-year-old veteran trainer.
7:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO - Casa Fiesta restaurant owner Ramon J. Ornelas pleaded guilty Wednesday to 18 total counts of harboring and concealing illegal immigrants, mail fraud and submitting false tax returns. Ornelas, 42, of Norwalk, could face between 12 and 16 months in prison when he is sentenced June 14 by Judge Jack Zouhary in U.S. District Court, Northern District. As part of the plea agreement with Assistant U.S. Attorney David Bauer, the defendant turned in his passport.
7:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - A SeaWorld Orlando animal trainer was killed Wednesday afternoon during an accident at SeaWorld's Shamu Stadium, park and law enforcement officials said. Law-enforcement sources said the victim was Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old with extensive training experience.
7:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Anybody know where in our uptown the Mediation Room is located? Is it in the Huron County Courthouse?" inquired McBeanne. ..."Actually, I know where it is. "It's in the basement of the former Citizens Bank Building, now called the Huron County Office Building; just next to our courthouse. I had thoughts about attending a public meeting there with our Congressman. But I asked several folks about where this room was; none knew.
7:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
A parking ban has been issued for the city of Norwalk, effective at 3 p.m. today. Vehicles must be removed from all public streets to allow for snow removal.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (PA SPORTSTICKER) - Lindsey Vonn went down hard. Zach Parise made sure the U.S. men's hockey team didn't. Hours after Vonn broke her right pinkie in a giant slalom crash, the hockey guys found themselves in trouble against Switzerland. The game was scoreless a couple minutes into the third period until Parise broke through. He added an empty-net goal in the closing seconds to seal a 2-0 victory and put the Americans into the semifinals.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Julie Lindenberger's family doesn't have a history of breast cancer. She "religiously" has a mammogram every year. Still, she got breast cancer. And she doesn't want any other woman to have to receive the dreaded news.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The number of banks in danger of failing shot up to 702 at the end of last year, the highest level since 1993, as the industry continues to struggle in its recovery from the so-called Great Recession, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Tuesday. The large number of "problem institutions" up from 552 at the end of September comes after 140 banks failed in 2009, a level not seen since the savings and loan crisis in 1990. Not all banks on the problem list fail, and FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair noted that the vast majority of the about 8,000 banks with insured deposits are healthy.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Monroeville Local Schools is using the House Bill 264 program to try to significantly improve the condition of its facilities. TREMCO, Inc. has provided a plan that will improve energy efficiency, dramatically improve the condition of the roof and facades, improve the learning environment in the classroom and use renewable energy sources. The plan will be self-funding.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MANSFIELD - Elmo and his friends will be visiting this city next month when Sesame Street Live makes a tour stop. Four performances of "When Elmo Grows Up' are scheduled for March 23 and 24 at the Renaissance Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Both drivers injured in a Monday morning collision at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Butler Road have been released from the hospital. Citizens Ambulance Service Inc. transported Joann K. Richardson, 58, of 10004 Stephens Road, Berlin Heights, and Timothy J. Mescher, 56, of 17 Stony Brook Lane, Wakeman, to Allen Community Hospital in Oberlin, both with serious injuries. The crash happened about 7:05 a.m.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The following boys' basketball games scheduled for tonight have been postponed and rescheduled: Norwalk at Fostoria (1 p.m. Saturday).
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANTEE, Calif. (MCT) - The Friday night trip began at the end of a week's vacation, a family outing to a women's college soccer game just days before Mahala Saylor, 13, would begin life as a high school freshman. The trip ended in August 2009 with a 911 call and the fiery wreck of a loaner Lexus sedan, killing Mahala, her parents, Mark and Cleofe Saylor, both 45, and her uncle, Chris Lastrella, 38. Even veteran investigators said it was the worst crash they had ever seen. On Wednesday, Fe Lastrella, mother of Cleofe Saylor and Chris Lastrella and grandmother of Mahala, is to tell members of a congressional committee about her family and question whether a floor mat trapping the gas pedal as regulators say they believe is the sole reason for the accident.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main bulwark." - Walter Lippmann Government restrictions on the use of personal property is an idea that originated in Germany in the 1800s. New York City enacted the first zoning laws in this country in 1916.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
When I was a child, I thought someday I might be in the Olympics. Don't laugh. I thought I would be a ski jumper, a gold medal winner, flying through the air on my skis for the USA. Of course, it never happened. But still, I love the winter Olympics this, said by a person who does not like most sports. A person who never played on a high school or college sports team.
7:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Things are starting to get a little weird out there and I'm afraid it's only going to get worse. Last week Joseph Stack flew his plane into an IRS office building in Austin, Texas.