8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND (MCT) - Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher stuck resolutely to his campaign message while Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner let fly a few darts in a debate between the Democratic U.S. Senate primary candidates Tuesday sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland. Brunner took issue with Fisher's accepting campaign contributions from political action committees and executives of banks that received federal bail-out funds. She also accused Fisher of abandoning his post as director of development just when his state needed him most and criticized him for calling her by her first name.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - When he was 3 1/2, Chad Hoopes was "dying to start playing" the violin after listening to his two and three year older sisters play. Santa had bought him a violin at age 4, and the ecstatic toddler ran around the house with it.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
A former Epic Technologies employee whose work computer had multiple files of child pornography will serve about three months in jail. He also won't be allowed to have access to the Internet for his personal use. On Tuesday, Michael J. Kalinoski, 40, of Marblehead, was told he could use the Internet if required by his employer and the Internet could be used for his two school-age children, Huron County Common Pleas Court Administrator Linda Stower said.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two days before her disciplinary hearing on the matter, an elementary-school teacher who wrote loser on a student's arm resigned. Amy M. Butterfield, a teacher at Linden STEM Elementary in Columbus, said in a letter to Columbus City Schools on Wednesday that she was resigning "for personal reasons' effective next Tuesday.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Justin C. Case is on the road to recovery. The 8-year-old Norwalk boy sustained serious injuries in the one-vehicle crash Saturday morning on Marshall Street that killed his grandfather and guardian, Charles H. Case, 53, of 26 Gallup Ave. "Charlie" Case, as he was known, died about 4:15 p.m. Saturday at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa. (MCT) - The reality-TV show "Jon & Kate Plus 8 has gotten a dose of "real reality,' courtesy of the State of Pennsylvania. In a letter that became public Wednesday, state Department of Labor and Industry officials said child-labor permits should have been obtained for Jon and Kate Gosselin's eight children, who appeared regularly on the now-canceled TLC show watched by millions.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Wednesday marked the 10th day that hundreds of thousands of jobless people couldn't get benefit checks because of congressional gridlock - an impasse rooted in politics, and perhaps one with political consequences in November. Democrats say that the legislation - which also would fund temporary increases in Medicare payments to doctors - is a response to true emergencies. Republicans agree, but insist that the cost should be offset by cutting federal spending elsewhere.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Grove Avenue pit bull will be quarantined for the next 10 days after it bit a 7-year-old neighbor on the back of her leg Wednesday. The mother reported she and her daughter were walking north on Grove Avenue about 6:40 p.m. when the dog reportedly broke its chain and chased after the girl. Norwalk Police Officer Melissa McNally said in her report the injury left a "golf ball-sized bite" on the back of the girl's leg and already had started to bruise when the officer saw the injury.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mother Nature must have been in a great mood Thursday. She delivered lots of sunshine and a record high temperature in Norwalk.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
CHICAGO (MCT) - A Cook County judge has ruled that a father can take his 3-year-old daughter to Mass at a Roman Catholic church, even though her mother is raising her Jewish. Judge Renee Goldfarb said Tuesday that Joseph Reyes can take his daughter to "church services during his visitation time if he so chooses. This court also ordered that Joseph have visitation with (their daughter) every year on Christmas and Easter.'
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
There was no tea to dump into a harbor, but there was plenty of anger geared toward politicians who favor big taxes and big government. Norwalk, along with communities across the country, held a Tea Party rally Thursday, the day people's income taxes are due. A couple hundred people gathered in Norwalk on Thursday on a cloudless, sunny day during which the wind gently blew the many flags dotting the park.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Despite e-filing, 24-hour tax prep centers, easy-to-use computer programs and the lure of refunds, the IRS expects hundreds of thousands of people to file their tax returns barely before today's deadline. The reason: Americans find the annual ritual only slightly more bearable than attending a funeral, a new survey shows.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - In the year since thousands of passionate, frustrated conservatives rallied on tax day and declared themselves a movement, the "tea party' activists have successfully made themselves into a force to be reckoned with in American politics. Beyond that, their achievements are harder to pinpoint.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON A 16-year-old New London girl who was missing from her guardian's home was found healthy today in her mother's Ashland residence. The girl's guardian woke up just before 6 a.m. Tuesday to wake up the teenager and discovered she was gone. The woman called police at 5:57 a.m. New London Police Officer Ken Blackburn searched several locations Tuesday based on his previous experience with the girl, but said he wasn't able to find her.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
CHICAGO (MCT) - Just days after charging three senior citizens with attempted robbery, federal authorities said Wednesday they found three stolen vehicles stashed away by the crew for use as getaway cars, including a white van with custom-made slits on the passenger side that could have been used to fire guns through. Assistant U.S. Attorney Markus Funk, who said two loaded guns and a machine gun also were found in the garage on Tuesday, told a judge that the three suspects were willing to use "any amount of force' to escape from holdups.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Defendant Michael J. Kalinoski told the court he was dumb for having multiple files of child pornography on his work computer, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said. The Marblehead man said his actions hurt not only himself but also his family, said Shenker, who requested he spend four months in the Huron County Jail. The prosecutor noted that Kalinoski didn't mention the impact on any of the children in the various pornographic images.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Emily Wadsworth had a special bedside manner with her patients at the Stein Hospice Care Center. The 61-year-old nurse always put the patients first, and made sure everyone around her did the same. Wadsworth's cancer returned in February and she became a Stein Hospice patient. On Thursday, April 8, Emily died at Stein's inpatient care center in Sandusky.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Teenaged parents, locked in a dispute over removing their infant daughter from life support, might learn this week whether a judge will intercede. The father, John Jones, 17, sat across a courtroom table from the baby's mother, Deja Ruiz, 18, but the two barely made eye contact during a hearing Tuesday in Summit County Probate Court.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - As news spread Wednesday of the awakening of Josie Lou Ratley, the lawyer representing the teenager accused of trying to kill her said he expects the case to be handled in an adult court. Russell Williams, attorney for Wayne Treacy, 15, said the Broward State Attorney's Office has been consistent in prosecuting high-profile juvenile suspects as adults when they are charged with serious crimes, and he doesn't expect his client to be an exception.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - A U.S. soldier has been reprimanded and demoted in the case of a Plymouth soldier's Aug. 4 suicide. Staff Sgt. Bob Clements, of Eastland, Texas, was one of four soldiers accused of mistreating others in their platoon in Iraq. The victims included U.S. Army Pvt. Keiffer Wilhelm, who graduated from Willard High School in 2008. He joined the Army in December 2008.
8:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohioans should be able to vote this November on a single ballot issue to exempt themselves from federal health-care mandates, a coalition of conservative groups argues in a filing with the Ohio Supreme Court. The Ohio Liberty Council wants the state's top court to overturn a 4-0 decision by the Ohio Ballot Board that split its health-care opt-out proposal into two separate ballot measures.