2:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
I'm sure that no one has ever kept a list of the unsolved crimes in our area, especially those which were (or appeared to be) homicides. Our forebears didn't have the modern detective tools that are available now, and there were times that evidence was misinterpreted and that wrongful assumptions were taken as truth. One such case was the death of Willis A. Gibson in Wakeman in 1899. Actually, I might call it the supposed death of Mr. Gibson since there were questions at the time of whether the few remains found after his death were even his. And, there were the usual rumors that he had staged an elaborate plot to fake his death and then disappear. However, his family accepted the story I'm about to tell and consider Mr. Gibson to be deceased.
2:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Some of the student-designed cars were slow and steady, some were speedy and some even popped wheelies. They all showed the creativity of fifth graders. Teachers, judges and students all termed the first World in Motion Jet Toy Car Design Review for Norwalk Catholic School a success. Class members broke into frequent applause as they watched their friends produce a successful run with the toy cars.
2:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
The construction project intended to keep jail inmates from purposefully jumping from or falling off pod balconies just got a bit more expensive. Three-thousand four-hundred dollars to be exact.
2:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Charlie Ackers was the ultimate host Friday. "Help yourself,' he repeatedly urged those sitting near him Friday at the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) Awareness Breakfast.
2:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard hopes his office will receive some money from the economic recovery legislation. About 20 Ohio sheriffs and police chiefs spoke to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and a law enforcement grant coordinator by telephone Thursday about the stimulus package. The main topic in the 15-minute conversation was agencies losing employees due to layoffs.
2:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Authorities are investigating a suspected rape early Sunday morning in the 2000 block of West Ohio 113. The alleged victim, a 14-year-old Monroeville girl, attends Berlin-Milan Middle School and reported the Oxford Township offense to school officials Monday. The administration immediately contacted the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
2:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Collins man accused of running from authorities and using his vehicle to ram a sheriff's cruiser faces four felonies after being indicted by a Huron County grand jury Friday. Charles P. Ring, 39, of 2652 Collins Road, Collins, was charged with attempted aggravated vehicular assault, felonious assault, failure to comply with the order of a police officer and vandalism in connection with the Feb. 25 high-speed chase. Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker has said the pursuit lasted about 25 minutes and "went around in circles," with the top speed being about 80 mph. He also noted there were times when Ring was going under the posted speed limit.
2:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - Pre-sale tickets for the Plymouth boys' regional basketball game at Bowling Green will be on sale from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Plymouth High School office. Plymouth advanced to the regionals by beating St. Paul 47-43 in a Division IV district championship game Friday at Willard High School. (Read the story here.)
2:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Willard resident Kris Simpson will be inducted into the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame Saturday at the Columbus Convention Center. She will be the first woman ever to receive the award from Huron County.
2:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Attorney Doug Clifford is stepping outside of his personal box by delving into the world of acting. The Norwalk assistant law director and former assistant public defender will be playing the eldest son of Patrick James "Paddy" Finnegan. His Irish wake is the focus of "Finnegan's Farewell," playing this weekend at the Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave.
2:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jay Dendinger's recently launched teen club meets in an alcohol-free, smoke-free, drug-free but not education-free or humanitarian-free environment. Dendinger's plans for the club, which hosted about 30 teenagers for its debut Sunday at the Norwalk Moose Lodge, include something he's calling "MC Jay's World Awareness Knowledge Makes Cents."
2:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
The city is considering legislation that would put more bite into local officials' ability to regulate vicious dogs that are not pit bulls. The ordinance, which council discussed at a work session Tuesday, would provide "for the registration and control of dangerous and vicious dogs."
2:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Hola! That is how I would greet you in Spanish. I am taking a class called "Spanish for Educators" that meets once a week. Why, you ask? Why would an English teacher want to learn to speak Spanish? It's simple: We have some students in our school who speak Spanish and their English is not yet good, and I want to communicate with them.
2:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
This week's Norwalk school board meeting resembled a computer geek squad convention. Actually, Norwalk City Schools Technology Coordinator Deanna Lund, three students and two Norwalk High School (NHS) teachers did a presentation about the One-to-One Tablet Project implemented this year. Thanks to grant funding and part of Lund's budget, 25 senior advanced placement (AP) students have used the laptop computers called tablets in their classrooms this year.
2:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - With the induction of former Norwalk wrestling coach Keith Manos into the Ohio High School Wrestling Hall of Fame Saturday during the state wrestling tournament, it bring the total to three associated with the Trucker staff that have won the sports highest honor. Manos, 52, follows his former mentor, Denny Corrigan, and the latter's wife, Peggy, into the Hall. The Corrigans were present Saturday afternoon as were a number of Manos' wrestlers and coaching constituents both at Norwalk and at Richmond Heights.
2:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN Pastoral Leader Notre Dame Sister Carroll Schemenauer calls the expansion and renovation of her church "our little capital campaign." But in a time when Catholic churches are closing, there's nothing small about a $260,000 construction project. The renovation at Wakeman St. Mary Catholic Church, 46 E. Main St., could start as early as this month. "We're pushing the walls out 13 feet to make room for 110 more people," Schemenauer said. The first phase is to take down the siding from the existing building, which was expected to start this week.
2:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lt. Jim Bryan, of the state Highway Patrol, is confident investigators eventually will be able to determine exactly what happened in last week's hit-skip fatality. "This one may take a while," the Norwalk post commander said, citing the time for the patrol investigative unit to get coroner's and other necessary reports. "It may take a month or two."
2:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The parents of a former Monroeville High School student filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Center for Organ Recovery & Education in Pittsburgh and the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, claiming their son, who had suffered a head injury in a snowboarding accident, was permitted to die so his organs could be harvested, according to information in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Michael and Teresa Jacobs, of Bellevue, Ohio, said their son, Gregory, 18, was injured during a Monroeville High School ski trip to Peek 'n Peak Ski Resort in Findley Lake, N.Y., on March 8, 2007.
2:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
I got a big kick out of reading Don Hohler's story in Tuesday's Reflector about Jim Widman. Widman, former Norwalk engineer, was an acclaimed golfer in Norwalk and Florida, setting various course scoring records and winning the Elks Club Championship a number of times in the 1970s.
2:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Local landlords might not be aware that their tenants' unpaid water bills are ultimately the property owners' responsibility. Norwalk Finance Director Diane Eschen said she has fielded a number of complaints from landlords who just received their copy of the most recent water bill. It informs them that "all rental properties where a tenant has been repeatedly delinquent, will now have their bills sent directly to the owner, as per prior notification. This process has now begun. Once that account has been switched back to the owner's name, it will never be billed to a renter again."
2:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Monroeville's Firelands Challenge team is officially the 2009 champion. Members of an appeals board read and denied the Eagles' and Chargers' appeals concerning answers that were ruled incorrect during Tuesday's final match.