11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
It's been a tough week for Katy Ruby and four others at the American Lung Association Northwest Region office in Norwalk. Five of the 11 jobs in the office will disappear Monday because of the state's decision to divert $230 million in anti-tobacco funds to a $1.57 billion economic stimulus package.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Internal Revenue Service this week announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2008. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. The rate will increase to 58.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2008. This is an increase of eight cents from the 50.5 cent rate in effect for the first six months of 2008. In recognition of recent gasoline price increases, the IRS made this special adjustment for the final months of 2008. The IRS normally updates the mileage rates once a year in the fall for the next calendar year.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk resident Rob Duncan has been appointed to the Huron County Board of Elections. Duncan, 44, will fill the remainder of Susan Ruggles' term, which expires Feb. 28, 2010.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON Ohio 60, just north of Ohio 162 in the village of New London, is now open. The road was closed earlier for the installation of new railroad crossing panels.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
A New London man who served a lengthy prison term for attempted murder was the first witness to testify Monday on behalf of shaken baby suspect Jeffrey A. Resor. William McCullough, 63, said he spoke to three different inmates at the Huron County Jail at different times about how they were going to testify for the state. McCullough currently is in jail on assaulting a police officer and carrying a concealed weapon.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Did a black widow, with five dead husbands left in her wake, start a killing spree in Huron County 56 years ago? Relatives of Clarence Malone, the first husband of Betty Neumar, now 76, said he was shot to death while working in a garage in Huron County in 1952 and the culprit was never found.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Two findings of not guilty and a hung jury. After about eight hours of deliberation between Thursday afternoon and Friday, a Huron County Common Pleas Court jury acquitted defendant Jeffrey A. Resor of one count each of murder and child endangerment. He is accused of shaking 10-month-old Donavan Lykins to death while caring for him Feb. 24, 2007.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
After about an hour and 15 minutes of closing arguments, the murder case against Jeffrey A. Resor went to the jury before lunchtime today. Juror received instructions from retired Lucas County Common Pleas Judge J. Ronald Bowman, who is presiding over the trial. They begin deliberations at 1:15 this afternoon.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta said the use of the city's outdoor sirens for tornado warnings should carry an immediate message to anyone who hears it get inside immediately. The sirens are different from watches or warnings released by television and radio stations, Coletta said.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Several merchants on the northside attended Tuesday's city council work session to protest an engineering study that calls for a new traffic signal to be installed at the soon-to-be-built entrance for Norwalk Commons instead of Stower Lane. Patrick Schwan, an engineer for Richland Engineering Unlimited, presented a study based on Ohio Department of Transportation recommendations. It focused on traffic patterns and access to U.S. 250 from Lais Road to Westwind Drive.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Norwalk woman is accused of having more than $2,000 worth of heroin she intended to sell Tuesday afternoon at McGuan Park. Two Norwalk police detectives used information from Erie County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Robert Lippert and Detective Jared Oliver to arrest Michelle J. Ganzhorn, 24, of 39 W. Seminary St., about 1 p.m. Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple said the officers found Ganzhorn with 52 balloons, or doses, of heroin.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Ashley Franklin, of Huron, remains in critical condition at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center from injuries she received in a boating accident last weekend, but she has begun to respond. "She opened her eyes yesterday,' Stephen Miller, whose son Ben was killed in the accident on Sandusky Bay, said this morning.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Two Norwalk men are accused of stealing multiple items from a rural Wakeman home while the victim was out of state. Zach J. Mesenburg, 24, and Kyle E. Smetzer Jr., 22, both of 95 Woodlawn Ave., are charged with robbery. A Huron County Jail spokeswoman said Mesenburg was released from custody after posting a $20,000 bond Friday afternoon while Smetzer remains in jail on a similar bail.
11:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Bill Bader Jr. may have lost the battle, but he has his eyes on the bigger prize. Bader lost his bid with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to secure the Huron County Airport this weekend to help with traffic flow during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
11:09 PM Jul 25, 2010
The news just keeps getting better. The House of Blues in Cleveland has announced Boy George will perform at the venue at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9.
11:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
Because of faulty enrollment projections, some local schools will have to repay funds handed out in 2007-08 and others are getting more money. Schools that will have to repay money are Norwalk ($7,107), New London ($2,209) and South Central ($1,027). The money will be deducted from the three payments the state will make for the upcoming school year. Schools that will see additional funds next year are Bellevue ($384,422), Willard ($119,634), Monroeville ($55,916) and Western Reserve ($10,356).
11:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
A man caught in an online sex sting by Wakeman police has pleaded guilty to three felony charges. Thomas E. Marquis, Jr., 26, of Bellefontaine, was indicted earlier this month on six counts of importuning and four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles in connection with Internet chats that took place over a seven-month period.
11:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
"Jeff Resor admitted he shook this child." That was the message Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler had for the jury in his closing argument Thursday morning.
11:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
JUNE 25, 1984 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 24 years ago: Milan native accused of heading international drug ring A former rural Milan man wanted for allegedly leading an international marijuana smuggling ring, has been apprehended in the Netherlands after a two-year search.
11:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
JUNE 26, 1984 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 24 years ago: North Fairfield bank robbery suspect caught The prime suspect in Friday's robbery of the First Buckeye Bank branch in North Fairfield was arrested near Brigham City, Utah, Monday afternoon after he allegedly held up a drug store and kidnapped two people.
11:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
Berlin-Milan Middle School eighth grader Lindsay Bolding has two dogs and two cats. She feels her experience as an owner of animals will come in handy when she cares for a pig beginning Thursday, and continuing through Saturday. The pig she will care for is Wilbur (portrayed by a human being), one of the characters in the children's fairytale "Charlotte's Web,' which area youngsters, including Bolding, will perform at the Harlequins Community Theatre Thursday, Friday and Saturday.