10:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
DELAWARE The powerful storms that ripped through northwest Ohio this weekend has prompted Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to declare a state of emergency for Fulton and Wood counties. The destruction caused by a tornado, with winds estimated between 136 and 165 mph in Wood County, took lives and destroyed buildings. Some farmers are feeling the effects of its destruction. Ohio Wheat Growers Association (OWGA) Vice President Jay Griffith, who farms in Wood County, said some of his crops in Millbury, the area hit hardest from the tornado, are under water. This flooding is delaying Griffith's planting of soybeans and could possibly affect harvest of soft red winter wheat. "It was narrow but devastating," Griffith said about the storm, which left an 8-mile path of destruction miles from his fields.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jan. 1, 1937 June 4, 2010 COLLINS Jacquelyn A. Weidinger, 73, of Collins, died Friday evening at her residence. Arrangements will be announced by Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS Effective today, all purpose vehicles (APVs) will be required to have a license plate and registration sticker. The license plate and registration sticker are permanent and must remain with the vehicle, displayed in plain sight. A $34.75 registration fee will be collected for the issuance of a three year registration. All registrations are for three years and expire on Dec. 31, in the third year after the date of issuance. Application for renewal of a registration may be made no earlier than 90 days prior to expiration. An Ohio Certificate of Title must be presented to register an off-highway motorcycle or APV. APV license plates are embossed with a "bright orange," five character combination with APV vertically on the left side of a typical motorcycle size "Beautiful Ohio," plate design.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Collins motorcyclist remains in critical condition after being ejected from his bike Saturday in Oxford Township. A LifeFlight helicopter flew Jamie L. White, 27, of 4463 Walnut St., to the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center emergency room in Toledo after the crash at 7:05 p.m. on Kelley Road. A hospital spokeswoman said the patient was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit as of press time. White was driving south when he failed to negotiate a Kelley Road curve and drove off the right side, said troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol. The 1987 Honda CBR600 overturned, ejecting White, who wasn't wearing a helmet, troopers said. The bike, which sustained heavy disabling damage, and the driver came to rest on the west side of the road in a yard. The crash remains under investigation and alcohol use is unknown at this time, troopers said. No citations had been issued as of press time.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
By Erika Bolstad and Renee Schoof - McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON (MCT) President Barack Obama warned Friday that it's "way too early to be optimistic," and a top BP executive also cautioned against overreacting to BP's latest effort to contain the oil that's been spewing from a broken well a mile under the Gulf of Mexico. The company will know for certain in coming days whether it's fully contained the runaway well and how much oil it's able to capture, BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said. Although oil is still flowing from the containment device the company put in place Thursday evening, the flow of oil that's visible via underwater cameras is expected to disappear as crews close the cap's vents and begin sending more of the oil to a ship on the surface. The process is slow because engineers are concerned about crystals known as hydrates forming in the cap, which doomed one of the early efforts at containing the well.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORTAGE TOWNSHIP A passenger of a small airplane was hospitalized with a head injury after it crashed Thursday in Port Clinton. The aircraft, a 2003 Mooney, M20M, occupied by pilot Dennis M. Liebman, 60 and passenger, Steven D. Smith, 43 were attempting to land on runway 18, came in with too much speed and the pilot decided to make a go around attempting to lift off again. The aircraft did not get enough power to ascend accordingly and the pilot attempted to land in a grass field southeast of the runway. The aircraft came down in the field, then rolled into a wooded area, completely damaging the aircraft. The aircraft came to rest about 50 feet from the Ohio 2 right of way fence. The men are Ottawa County residents who were returning from a golf outing in Columbus. The pilot was not injured and the passenger initially claimed no injuries. Later, he was transported to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton for a head injury. The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene and is investigating in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board. Agencies assisting were the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Port Clinton Fire Department, FAA, Danbury Police Department, Catawba Island Police Department and North Central EMS.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
When she was 17, Sharon Kidd could have retreated into a dark hiding place and remained there. (NOTE: To see pictures of the GED graduation ceremony and celebration, click here.)
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk bicyclist is hospitalized in a Toledo trauma center after being hit by a sport utility vehicle Thursday afternoon. Michael Schwieterman, 50, of 123 E. Ohio 61, was listed in fair condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center at press time, a hospital spokeswoman said. Trooper Jeremy Clemons, of the state Highway Patrol, said the bicyclist sustained a deep abrasion to his left leg and a closed head wound and complained of abdominal pain. Schwieterman was wearing a helmet.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
CASTALIA - A Norwalk passenger in a car, driven by a man who has had 34 suspensions of his license status, suffered serious injuries in an alcohol-related crash early this morning. Shawn Xavier Gaines, 45, of 18 Elm St., Norwalk, sustained serious injuries to his lower body and several cuts to his face in the wreck, which occurred at 3:40 a.m. on Mason Road in Margaretta Township, troopers with Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol said. He was extracted from the car via mechanical means by the Margaretta Township Fire Department with the assistance of Groton Township Fire Department and then flown by a Life Flight helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
A tip led to a husband and wife being arrested in connection with stealing between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds of scrap metal from an abandoned Norwalk plant Wednesday morning. About 7:45 a.m., police received information that Bruce A. Sullivan and Dawn M. (Warren) Sullivan were in a gold Ford van and were stealing scrap metal at the abandoned Industrial Powder Coating/ACS plant, 204 Republic St., Norwalk Police Detective Dave McDonough said in his report.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
An amateur dive team and White's Automotive Services, LLC pulled out a 1999 Chevrolet Impala from the Norwalk Reservoir on Thursday morning after the driver attempted suicide by drowning Wednesday night. Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp said the 34-year-old Mansfield man got out of the car and walked to a relative's home after the incident about 10:30 p.m. He eventually came to the police station about 1 a.m.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk mother's blood-alcohol content level was nearly four times the state's legal limit during a traffic stop. Andrea L. Whitcomb, 23, of 230 Stower Lane, was charged with driving under the influence and an open container violation after being pulled over at 7:49 p.m. Thursday on Milan Avenue. Authorities said she also will be charged with child endangerment in connection with her 2-year-old daughter being in the vehicle.
10:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
The schedule for Bike Week 2010 has been announced. Events begin next Friday. The Mad River Harley-Davidson dealership in Sandusky will serve as a host site for Ohio Bike Week, meaning exhibitors, vendors and an Ohio Bike Week information center and box office will be located at 5316 Milan Road during the event.
10:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 16-year-old Willard boy has been released from the Department of Youth Services (DYS) after a lengthy imprisonment for various felonies. The defendant, who turns 17 next week, was released Tuesday to the custody of the Huron County Department of Job & Family Services to be placed in foster care. Huron County Juvenile Court Administrator Chris Mushett said the boy was released from DYS because he had "a positive institution adjustment."
10:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The Huron County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation related to a search warrant used Tuesday at 30 Front St. Deputies interviewed a couple of suspects but made no arrests, Capt. Ted Patrick said. The officers also seized several individually-wrapped bags of marijuana, $480 in cash and a handgun. "I believe deputies were acting on a tip and executed the search warrant," Patrick said. "Charges are pending on it."
10:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Today's teenagers are increasingly likely to use the rhythm method to prevent pregnancy and to have relaxed attitudes about unwed motherhood, a new government teen sex survey has found. The results, released Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, found that 17 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds (sexually active or not) used periodic abstinence, or the calendar rhythm method, as a form of contraception in the period from 2006 to 2008. In 2002, 11 percent of teens used that method.
10:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
More than 150 years ago the first railroad was built east and west in Huron County, passing through Bellevue, Monroeville, Norwalk, Collins and Wakeman. The latter two places hardly existed at that time (1853), but having railroad service made them busy places for many years afterward. This line was called the Toledo, Norwalk and Cleveland. It later became the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern and many of us remember it as the New York Central through the near north side of Norwalk. Its freight depot still stands at 50 N. Prospect. Railroads were a major improvement in transportation when they developed, since the roads had almost no improvement to them at all. The only mass transportation was by stagecoach. Otherwise you could take your chances walking to your destination or trying to drive by horse team, a real risk in muddy weather. As I said, railroads were a great improvement, but there were many risks connected with riding on them, too.
10:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Cheap Coffee Club Members were still a bit subdued from our national holiday honoring veterans as they sat down with their cups around the table. Memorial Days bring a wide range of thoughts to those worthy gentlemen. Most current members are overseas veterans of some level of combat. They understand that during wars, police actions and other interventions, those citizens serving for Uncle Sam did what they were assigned to do. They might not know exactly why they are in some forsaken place, but they remember their sense of duty to our nation brought them there. Bless 'em all. The merchant allowed as to how it had been a nice remembrance, but he didn't go anywhere. "Holidays have mostly been unlucky for me, especially if I attempt to get somewhere on the highway. Maybe it started back in the service. Then you might have a holiday and wangle a three- or four-day pass from the first sergeant. You took advantage of every minute of available driving time. The plan was to get home so you might see your folks, friends and the dog. If your luck holds you might schedule a visit with a lady friend to see if she had forgotten you already. Traffic was terrible and you were in a hurry.
10:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD Melodie Adelman says "Findings of No Recovery" on state audits dating to 1998 disprove allegations that she misused funds as Willard City Schools' Food Service Supervisor. And she denounced allegations of theft "without any proof as being tantamount to libel."
10:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry announced his resignation this afternoon. Ferry, who had been with the club for five seasons, was in the last month of his contract. The decision not to renew that contract was a mutual one between him and team owner Dan Gilbert, Ferry told reporters.
10:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Original moon-walker Buzz Aldrin was eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars' on Tuesday, meaning reality TV star Kate Gosselin has survived to dance another week. (BLOG: Buzz & Kate plus 8 on DWTS - one of those two must go! To make your predictions as to which three celebrities will advance to the finals, and read the predictions of other DWTS fans, click here.)