3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com "Life is important to us, no matter what age" that's the message the executive director of Abigail Ministries hopes to spread. "There's girls out there that don't even know we're here," Sandra Eckler said. "They don't even know there are alternatives to abortion." The faith-based organization offers counseling, parenting classes, support and maternity and children's clothes and supplies to help women through pregnancies and into motherhood. "We start out every morning in prayer," Eckler said, then they go about providing every service they can to women and men facing crisis pregnancies and other issues.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Convicted burglar Kurtis J. DeWitt is facing more charges. DeWitt was indicted Friday on six felonies in connection with bringing stolen drugs to the Huron County Jail after an April 15 robbery. Meanwhile, DeWitt's live-in girlfriend and accused getaway driver, Megan R. Lillo, of 25 Bank St., faces charges of complicity to aggravated robbery, complicity to robbery, possession of oxycodone, complicity to theft of drugs and conveying contraband into a detention facility.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
An oath, the promise of a chicken dance and some encouraging words were meant Friday to put Pleasant Elementary School students in the right frame of mind for the Ohio Achievement Tests. Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Wayne Babcanec, Pleasant Principal Janice Smith and several Norwalk High School students all spoke to the school's third- and fourth-graders. Smith had gathered a group of high school students who either attended Pleasant or have parents who teach in the school.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Rhonda M. Roe expressed remorse for embezzling nearly $11,000 from her one-time employer. "I'm very sorry for what I did. I accept my responsibility for what I did," the Willard woman told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Like all grandmothers, Karen Rosales thinks her 3-year-old grandson is adorable. On Sunday she'll get the chance to show him off to all of America. "America's Funniest Home Videos' will run a clip Rosales sent in featuring the boy, Cruz Uballe. The ABC show starts at 7 p.m.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
The news of the tragedy flashed through the community like wildfire - six Norwalk men were killed 25 years ago today when the plane carrying them to a construction job in Georgia crashed. Since some workers had driven to the site and others took off at 4:30 a.m. from the Huron County airport, it took some time for even officials at Paul E. Bleile Construction Company to figure out just who was on the plane.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Sarah Oney had $2,000 in her savings account. It was money the 15-year-old home-schooled student had earned by working more than 12 hours a week. She figured she was about $1,000 short of buying a truck for when she starts driving.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
As I mentioned last week, twice a year for as long as I can remember, I made a business trip to North Carolina. It was a little different from most long trips because I drove the 500 miles instead of flying. Driving, especially in the spring and fall time frames, put me in contact with my exact opposite the vacation traveler. At hotels, for instance, business travelers like me just want a room and a good night's sleep. And we don't want to talk to anybody about it. We get up, eat breakfast, make sure to get a receipt for the expense account, check out, stumble to the parking lot and go.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
One of my students told me recently that his 5-year-old brother found his note cards for his research project and played with them, making them unreadable and unusable. Was this merely an excuse for not having note cards? Or did it really happen? It could be a true story; little brothers are like that. I had a little brother once. He was 10 years younger than me. Still is.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Matt White is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to highlight the move of Automotive Services to 35 Whittlesey Avenue. White ran the business from a smaller location on the city's west side for six years, but needed the larger space to expand. Ed Mackey, service manager for the company, said the move expands their garage space from three to six bays and also offers more office space.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Monroeville suspect who fled an unsubstantiated shooting Friday morning at Midtown Manor has been arrested near his home. Alan A. Osborn, 21, of 22 Manchester St., is expected to be charged with aggravated burglary in connection with the Milan Avenue incident reported at 10:58 a.m., Norwalk Police Sgt. David Smith said. A Huron County Jail spokesman said Osborn was not in custody as of the posting of this story.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
This morning Kurtis J. DeWitt pleaded with Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway to help him with his drug addiction. He begged not to receive the maximum sentence for a burglary conviction. His bid for a lighter sentence failed.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Third-graders at Maplehurst Elementary are taking their Earth Day message to the community by decorating paper bags for Schild's IGA. Reduce, reuse and recycle was the theme students had in mind when they came up with their own designs for the bags.
3:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
When Norwalk's tree board decided to plant a tree on Arbor Day in memory of the late Daniel Duncan, an oak tree immediately came to mind. That type of tree is strong just like Duncan was in his 18 years, tree board member Mary Hinckley said. "Even though Daniel left us so soon, the strength that he brought (to) us was enormous," she said. "He was just so strong in anything that he did. We wanted to honor his memory. "
3:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - More than 50 people were waiting at the door for Wednesday's job fair at Kalahari to open up at 1 p.m. and more than 650 eventually walked through the 70 booths set up by employers and educators. "There will be successes out of this career day,' said Rick Carson, workforce investment act administrator for Erie County Job & Family Services.
3:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Continuing forward from last week in our time machine, we'd find another great flurry of gossip and fear all across northern Ohio in 1819. The rumor mill was running at full speed with the news that two Huron County men had been murdered in their camp on the Portage River upriver from Port Clinton ... though Port Clinton didn't then exist. Not only did this cause gossip, it caused some concern that other local residents might be subject to similar mayhem.
3:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Luther Wireman was shocked and surprised to hear the county coroner ruled his son's train-related death Tuesday was a suicide. Daniel B. Wireman, 21, of Shiloh, was pronounced dead at 7:07 p.m. after being hit by a CSX train along the Edwards and Lane roads railroad tracks. He had been walking west before the incident.
3:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk couple will pursue custody of their grandchildren following the death of their daughter, a former Western Reserve High School student. Carey A. Flores, 32, of Lorain, suffered fatal injuries in a one-car crash Tuesday night in Lorain. She died while being flown from Community Regional Medical Center to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Lorain Police Officer Rick Soto said.
3:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lorain County Sheriff's Cpl. Jim Martin was at a distinct disadvantage. His "attacker' stood above him with a plastic knife; Martin lay on his back. The other man, Richland County Corrections Officer Christopher "Tank' Allen, held the fake weapon with two hands and plunged it toward Martin.
3:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
MARQUETTE, Mich. - The icy water was surging three to four feet and Michael Davis' boat kept slamming against the rocks. The engine wouldn't start afterwards.
3:17 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk school board has approved having six district employees retire only to be rehired for the next school year on a one-year contract. Effective July 1, the following employees will be retiring and rehired in August for the 2009-2010 school year: Elementary school librarian Linda Busco; Norwalk High School (NHS) guidance counselors Julia Gullett and Gilbert King; League Elementary School third-grade teacher Cynthia Hooker; League second-grade teacher Patricia Reda; and NHS Director of Student Activities David Rehnborg. That means those people will be collecting their respective retirement pay plus their salaries for one year.