6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
A dark cloud is beginning to appear over the land purchased for a proposed soccer complex on the city's north side. Norwalk city council approved the acquisition of 22 acres at its Oct. 6 meeting.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
While Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta doesn't know how many fire fatalities there have been in the city, he said "they are few and far between." James H. Harkness, 80, of 72 Glover Ave., was found dead inside in his bedroom, which was on the west side of house, early Wednesday morning. He was a passionate gardener, whom neighbors remembered as being a friendly and hard-working person.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Murder suspect Steven J. Rodvold is continues to be unhappy with Huron County Public Defender George Ford. His dissatisfaction was obvious from the beginning to the end of Monday's hearing. Rodvold shook his head briskly early in the proceedings when Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said for the record that Ford was "representing the defendant."
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
ALAMEDA, Calif. (PA SPORTSTICKER) - Dave and Sally Frye of Willard, Ohio, must be glowing with excitement. Their son, Charlie Frye, will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders this weekend, replacing injured starter Bruce Gradkowski. Oakland plays at Denver this Sunday.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
In nearly a complete reversal from two weeks ago, Norwalk city council voted to suspend longevity pay for 2010 at its meeting Tuesday night. The suspension legislation, which required six positive votes to pass since the ordinance was now on emergency, got those six votes. Councilman Shane Penrose was the only "no" vote.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com Inspiration 2010 will be held at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. The second annual fundraiser will raise money for Teen Leadership Corps. Keynote speaker will be Danny Ferry, general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Teen Leadership Corps is reaching the midway point of its first year in eight area schools Norwalk, St. Paul, Willard, St. Mary Central Catholic, Vermilion, Perkins, Margaretta and Sandusky.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD All a little West Jefferson boy dying of cancer wants for Christmas is 1 million cards. Kindergartners at Central Elementary School in Willard are trying to help him get that many. Doctors have predicted this will be the last one for Nathan Elfrink, a brain cancer patient receiving hospice care. Teacher Amy Carlson said she received an e-mail about the boy's request.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH The South Central Board of Education met Tuesday evening and again discussed the drug policy at length. Board members will try to finalize the drug policy before they meet Jan. 12. Two parents and a student were present and had requested an appeal hearing. After explaining the situation in which their daughter and another girls ended up pushing and fighting, the other student was allowed to continue play practice and participate. The other girl received a two-day suspension with 50 percent of her homework recorded. After a lengthy discussion the board returned to regular session and modified the suspension to in-school suspension with time served with 100 percent credit of all work turned in to date. Any tests or quizzes are to be made up by Friday.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD It sounds like these suspects didn't get word that Christmas is the time of giving, not taking. Residents on Spring and Elizabeth streets reported their houses were burglarized Dec. 9. Willard Police Chief Joe Daniel said the victims reported the theft of several hundred dollars' worth of electronic equipment, video game systems, games and DVDs along with other Christmas presents. Officers developed suspects in the case, interviewed several witnesses and recovered several of the stolen items, Daniel said. Police have forwarded reports to Willard Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel for review and the filing of charges. Christophel couldn't be reached for comment.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
DEC. 17, 1925 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 84 years ago: Kiwanians elect Supt. Patterson as president The Rev. Donald Wonders of Grace Church, Sandusky, gave an excellent address before the Norwalk Kiwanis Club this noon, on "What doest Thou." It was an argument that a man must develop his own individuality and constantly make progress with the material given him. There were 76 diners present and a rousing meeting.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
The seven Ohio Supreme Court justices are coming to Norwalk. And that's a good thing. The judges will be arriving in the area April 20 to hear oral arguments the next day in the Huron County Courthouse.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The boil alert for the village of Monroeville water customers has been lifted. For details, call the village office at (419) 465-2922 or the water department at (419) 465-4182.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEWARK - It started as a family business and today more than 45,000 home consultants throughout the U.S. sell Longaberger products directly to customers. The Longaberger Company, founded in 1973, very much resembles Norwalk Furniture in its heyday a family business that sells only high-quality products. And like NFC, Longaberger has gone through some tough times as it has had to downsize over the last decade.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON John Hess' family is living with his wife's parents in Greenwich because of a devastating house fire. The Hess home on Cook Road, about a half-mile west of Ohio 60, is a total loss, New London Volunteer Fire Chief John Chapin said. He estimated the total damages including contents was $130,000. Firefighters received a 9-1-1 call about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. "They were home at the time John, his wife and their boys, 9 (years) and 13 months," Chapin said.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD It was a hot time Friday in Willard at least for Willard Fire & Rescue. Crews responded to three calls in just under seven hours. At 8:40 a.m., firefighters responded to a garage fire at 548 Kennedy Drive. "The guy had taken ashes out. He actually had them in a metal can, but the wind caught them," Assistant Chief Joe Reiderman said.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council is expected to vote on the suspension of longevity pay for city employees at tonight's meeting. Mayor Sue Lesch has said if the longevity pay is suspended for 2010, the city will save $40,000. This is the second piece of legislation regarding longevity. The first piece died on the council floor due to a lack of second upon the motion to adopt.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The school board voted unanimously Monday to hire David Danhoff as district superintendent for the next three years, starting on Aug. 1. The terms of Danhoff's contract have not yet been determined by the board. Since August, he has served as the district's interim superintendent, replacing Dennis Doughty, now the Norwalk City Schools superintendent. Danhoff's contract as interim superintendent was good for one year. He made $92,500.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD Shopping for a Christmas tree may have saved Debra Holida's life. Willard Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire at 668 Keefer St. at 3:39 p.m. Friday. Debra Holida had lived there three or four years. "We were dispatched for a structure fire with possible entrapment," Assistant Chief Joe Reiderman said.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com One dangerous drug suspect. Two highly-trained tactical squads. Seven members of the Norwalk Police Department and Huron County Sheriff's Office special response teams (SRTs) used a "no-knock search warrant" because of the "unpredictable temperament" of Edward E. Blair, Chief Dave Light said. He was on-hand along with five detectives when officers used the warrant about 11 p.m. Saturday. Three people saw Blair with a handgun "all within the last month," Light said. However, the SRTs weren't able to find the weapon at the suspect's 32 Glover Ave. home Saturday.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE Bellevue firefighters had to alert residents about a kitchen blaze in their own house early Saturday morning. Lt. Tony Schaffer said there were smoke detectors at 1021 E. Main St., but they didn't wake up the residents. "Two of the three residents were at home. A lady was at work," he said. The Bellevue Fire Department received the call about a house fire at the intersection of East Main and Gunther streets at 12:37 a.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home filled with smoke from a smoldering fire in the kitchen near the stove.
6:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Feelings ran high at Monday's council meeting concerning the fate of the former fire station on South Main Street and actions of administrator Shawn Tappel. About 100 townspeople attended the meeting which was held in the Hileman Building at the Recreation Park and which started out with businessman Rich Smothers explaining why he moved his business into the old station in April but moved out in August.