11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Treasurer Gina Blackman told the board of education Monday the district ended the fiscal year June 30 "not in a deficit situation." She said with a slight increase in revenue over last year and a 3 percent decrease in expenses, "we are in better shape than we thought we'd be in." Members noted part of the reason for this was the postponing of bus and textbook purchases, a measure that only works for a short time. Martin Linder, the new elementary principal, reported he has been getting acquainted with the staff and is looking forward to the fall.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com Calling it "cozy and comfortable," Emily Abazi said she and her husband, Elvir, are happy to be the newest addition to Main Street, Norwalk. The owners of Executive Cleaners will move their business from 164 Milan Ave. to 72 E. Main St. the former home of East of Chicago Pizza. The business will close its doors on Milan Avenue for the final time at 2 p.m. Saturday then reopen at 7 a.m. Monday on Main Street.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
This one appears to be a no-brainer. After years of claiming to be "business friendly" but not always acting like it, city officials voiced nearly unanimous support at Tuesday's city council meeting for the proposed land swap between Norwalk and Berry's Restaurant. The city would receive a small stretch of Bresson Park, an easement on the soon-to-be Berry's property for foot traffic, $18,000 and the property that used to house both medical offices that Berry's recently purchased. Berry's will receive a major portion of Bresson Park that Doug Berry has said will be transformed into an outdoor dining facility with the plan to sell alcohol once all permits are approved.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man's bond hearing was scheduled for today in connection with his arrest Sunday on a charge of aggravated robbery with a gun. Michael L. Gheta, 33, entered Aldi Sunday with a 22-caliber rifle and took off with more than $800 in cash, Norwalk Police Sgt. Jim Fulton said Sunday night. Fulton declined to release further details of the robbery, saying they would be available today.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - President Barack Obama escalated his attacks on Republicans Monday, blasting them for opposing an extension of benefits for the out-of-work while pushing tax cuts for the wealthy. Obama appeared with three out-of-work Americans whose benefits have expired or about to expire, saying they are victims of a Republican minority in the Senate that has three times blocked an extension of the benefits.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
A former Norwalk man was sentenced Wednesday to 17 months in prison for several 2009 transactions involving methadone and oxycodone. "I'm not here to make excuses. I am an addict; I admit to that," Joseph R. Saldania, 32, told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The Senate on Thursday voted 60-39 to approve the most sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial regulatory system since the Great Depression, clearing the historic legislation for President Barack Obama to sign into law. Obama hailed the measure's passage, calling it "a Wall Street reform bill that will bring greater economic security to families and businesses across the country. ... All told, this reform puts in place the strongest consumer financial protections in history. ... Because of this reform, the American people will never again be asked to foot the bill for Wall Street's mistakes."
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Senate's inability to extend jobless benefits this week means more than 300,000 Ohioans are losing their sole source of income. On Thursday, Senate Republicans rebuffing a plea from President Barack Obama once again blocked legislation to reinstate long-term unemployment benefits for people who have exhausted their aid.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Under escalating pressure to reduce federal deficit spending, congressional Democrats on Wednesday were forced for the second time in a month to scale back the scope of legislation extending benefits for the long-term unemployed. The move to retrench came after the Senate voted 45-52 to block a $140 billion bill that would link the extension of jobless benefits to a hodgepodge of other proposals -- a delay in Medicare fee cuts for doctors, continuation of an array of business tax cuts, and aid to states to help them cover health care costs for the poor under Medicaid.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
=Norwalk resident Sheri Rodriguez says she's seen enough. Rodriguez attended the Huron County commissioners meeting Thursday to inform the board about a peaceful protest planned for Tuesday out near the fairgrounds.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON TOWNSHIP - A "live" mermaid made a big splash at Kalahari Resort on Thursday as part of an effort to remind children and parents about swim safety at the height of summer. (NOTE - To see pictures of this event, click here.)
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Unemployment benefits are a lifeline, but some economists contend they can give job seekers a reason to turn down work. A stormy debate among politicians is likely to heat up as the U.S. Senate resumes session this week. Senators declined, for the fourth time, to act on an unemployment insurance extension before its July 4 break. A new bill quickly passed by the House still faces obstacles, including its $33 billion price tag.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILLBURY (MCT) - Damage from the June 5 tornado that blew through Wood, Ottawa, Fulton, and Lucas counties ran up at least $22.1 million in paid insurance claims, and that doesn't include the estimated $19.1 million cost of the destroyed Lake High School. The new $22.1 million estimate of damage to personal and business property and autos was released Wednesday by the Ohio Insurance Institute.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man's bond hearing was scheduled for today in connection with his arrest Sunday on a charge of aggravated robbery with a gun. Michael L. Gheta, 33, entered Aldi Sunday with a 22-caliber rifle and took off with more than $800 in cash, Norwalk Police Sgt. Jim Fulton said Sunday night. Fulton declined to release further details of the robbery, saying they would be available today.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
McDonald's is giving Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan customers a new experience with the introduction of McCaf Real Fruit Smoothies -- the latest addition to the McCaf menu. McCaf Real Fruit Smoothies are a blend of real fruit, fruit juice, and low-fat yogurt, blended with ice. To support the launch and offer the public a taste of the delicious beverages, McDonald's restaurants throughout Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan will offer a free sample to area residents on July 22 to 24.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
The state has declined to file charges against a recent Monroeville High School graduate accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old Wakeman girl. The suspect, an 18-year-old Monroeville man, was accused of attempting to have sex with the girl Feb. 20. The male subject was a senior at the time of the allegations.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
A woman accused three people she didn't know of assaulting her early Wednesday morning in Norwalk. The 38-year-old complainant from Savannah, found barefoot walking in the driveway of 19 Glover Ave., also reported someone shot at her, but she ducked behind a nearby tractor.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Police are seeking help in identifying the anonymous caller who claimed Abbi Obermiller had been strangled to death by her boyfriend. A clearer audio recording of the call has been posted on this Web site. Dispatchers received the call regarding the missing 17-year-old North Fairfield girl at 12:44 a.m. June 20. (NOTE - To listen to the 9-1-1 tape, click here.)
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - It's been about six weeks since funding for extended jobless benefits expired, and by the end of this week, an estimated 2.5 million people will have lost federal aid. Although Congress returned Tuesday from a 10-day Fourth of July break, those jobless workers will have to wait a little longer before they get help.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - As the Senate scrambles to scale back a $140 billion recession relief bill, the poor, the elderly and the unemployed are bearing the brunt of the squeeze. But NASCAR track developers, movie producers and other special interests are likely to escape unscathed. Those businesses stand to gain $32 billion in tax breaks as part of the bill, which has been stalled for weeks because of rising complaints about deficit spending.
11:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
FREMONT (MCT) - Sandusky County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a Fremont man Sunday night during a confrontation at his parents' home. Bryan P. Jones, 26, was pronounced dead at the home on Tiffin Road, south of Fremont, about 11:30 p.m.