8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - Before the two best-actor Oscars, the hit movies and other distinguished projects that catapulted him into Hollywood's elite ranks, Tom Hanks was an un-pretty woman. In 1980, Hanks got one of his first breaks with "Bosom Buddies,' an ABC show in which he and Peter Scolari played bachelor ad men who move into an all-female apartment house after their building is condemned. The actors donned wigs, bras, pantyhose and skirts as they hung out with their neighbors, including a blond bombshell (Donna Dixon) who was the object of Hanks' affections.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
MANSFIELD - A Willard man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for abducting a 63-year-old woman and taking her to Florida in mid-November. Denver Taylor Jr., 49, of 404 W. Main St., pleaded guilty Wednesday in Richland County Common Pleas Court to aggravated burglary, kidnapping and aggravated robbery, all third-degree felonies. In a plea deal, the state dropped charges of tampering with evidence, gross sexual imposition, theft, possession of criminal tools and robbery. He was sentenced Monday.
8:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
I have been a KISS fan since 1980. That was when, at age 8, I first saw KISS on a children's show called "Kids Are People Too." It was on that day KISS introduced its new drummer, Eric Carr, the Fox.
8:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
In the period between about 1900 and 1930, many rural school districts in our nation provided "busing" for their students, even though buses as we know them didn't yet exist. The transportation provided was by literal horsepower pulling running gears with a box or cabin built on it. This was called a Kid Wagon, and perhaps a few people reading this still recall riding in these unheated, horse-drawn conveyances to and from school. Kid Wagons don't sound too pleasant, but they must have been much better than walking on the mud roads, and they were almost imperative after the rural districts began consolidating from seven or eight one-room schools in a township to just three or four. My mother rode the Kid Wagon during her school years in Townsend, and apparently enjoyed every minute. Of course, there was the time they were tossing around the driver's hat inside, and someone missed catching it. It sailed out the front and one of the mules stepped in it! Some of the entries in her autograph album show jumpy writing, created while the writer was riding with her on the Kid Wagon. On the negative side, one day the driver used the Kid Wagon during the day to haul manure from his barn, and my mother soiled her coat on some residue that afternoon. This brought forth a long lecture from Grandma about carelessness and the expense of dry cleaning.
8:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
They call it the "Human Bomb." It is one of the most impressive parts of the Mickey Mart Reward Season Opener presented by Donald Graham and Associates.
8:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Area deputies arrested a Wellington woman Thursday after she threatened to shoot Huron County Department of Job and Family Services (HCDJFS) employees. The suspect, Norma M. Lyons, 52, originally called HCDJFS to discuss a child support issue about her husband, Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said. He said Lyons became upset and said she was going to shoot everyone in the welfare agency - "every single one of them.'
8:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - Good news is coming in bunches for 13-year-old Greenwich cancer patient Levi Oney. The South Central eighth-grader underwent a successful stem cell transplant, a recent CAT scan showed no abnormalities and doctors have pulled his port. The lifting of Oney's port from his chest meant the lifting of restrictions, such as playing baseball, hunting and swimming. He is in remission and If everything goes well, Oney will be able to return to school in the fall he's been out since last March and only briefly returned this year.
8:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's jobless picture might be worse than state statistics show. "We've never had a clear picture, as delivered from the state, on the numbers themselves,' Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman said. "They just take a sampling in each county.'
8:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
The circumstances of a human fetus found Thursday in an area junk yard remains under investigation by the Huron County Sheriff's Office. A man turned the human remains into the Norwalk Police Department between 3 and 3:30 p.m.
8:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
On Earth Day Thursday, the sun cast its bright reflection on the Pleasant Elementary grass, dotted with purple and yellow flowers. Trees swayed gently, creating a cool breeze below a cloudless sky.
8:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tonight's season opener at Summit Motorsports Park, sponsored in part by the Norwalk Reflector, has been rained out. The event is rescheduled for 7 p.m. May 1. See Monday's Reflector for full details.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
Those of you who do not wear glasses may not want to read any further. You will not be able to understand the panic I felt when, in the middle of North Carolina earlier this month, I realized that one of the lenses of my glasses was lost. Gone.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Don't deny the highway in my soul" - James Taylor, "Let Me Ride" I usually write this column on the preceding Sunday, which some of you may find ironic, given the vitriol usually expressed here about our current president and his stooges in Congress. Getting started early gives me plenty of time before deadline for proof reading by my bride and the ensuing re-writes.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
The city wants to gauge public interest in a community gardens program. People interested in having their own space to plant should contact the Ernsthausen Community Center at (419) 663-6775. "It's like a garden in your backyard; it just wouldn't be in your yard," Norwalk Recreation Director Joe Lindenberger said. There will be no charge for each space and the program is open to city residents.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD A Willard woman was killed Thursday in a fire at her residence Thursday, Willard Fire Chief Rich Myers said. The blaze that killed Imelda Muniz, 39, of 524 Pleasant St., is under investigation with the state fire marshal's office, chief public information officer Shane Cartmill said. "It's too early for us to say" whether the blaze was intentionally set or was accidental, Cartmill said Friday. Authorities received a call about 6 p.m. about the fire, which was confined to the corner and exit of the living room and caused about $12,000 in damage, Myers said.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS The Berlin Township Volunteer Fire Department has received a federal grant to install a sprinkler system into Station No. 1. The federal government is contributing $88,051 toward the $92,685 Assistance to Firefighters grant (AFG), which is from the eleventh round of stimulus money. The local money will be coming from the township fire levy passed in November. The grant is comprised of $16,005 for training. Chief Jim Vartorella said the department will use the money to get all 30 Berlin Township firefighters classified as "firefighter 1," which requires 120 hours of training. "This will be a two-year schooling," Vartorella said.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
Deputies arrested a Wellington woman Thursday after she threatened to shoot Huron County Department of Job & Family Services (HCDJFS) employees. The suspect, Norma M. Lyons, 52, originally called HCDJFS to discuss a child support issue about her husband, Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said. He said Lyons became upset and said she was going to shoot everyone in the welfare agency "every single one of them." HCDJFS called the sheriff's office immediately. Patrick said local deputies and the Lorain County Sheriff's Office located Lyons in Wellington. The Norwalk Police Department assisted with the investigation. Lyons was charged with intimidation, a third-degree felony punishable by one to five years behind bars. She currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Feeling generous? Do you want to support local law enforcement agencies? Be careful. Area residents are being warned about fraudulent callers attempting to raise money for the New London Police Department and Huron County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Dane Howard said New London-area residents specifically have reported there have been people saying they are fund-raising for the two departments, but they aren't authorized to do so.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE A suspected drug dealer currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail after officers forced their way into her Bellevue home early Thursday afternoon. Three Huron County sheriff's deputies and two Bellevue police officers attempted to knock on the door of the 127 1/2 Broad St. home of suspect Jessica R. Pannell, 32, before forcing their way in, sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said. He said authorities forced their way after Pannell didn't open the door. "No one saw her initially. ... There was a high likelihood she was in there," Patrick said. Officers found Pannell in an upstairs bedroom. Patrick said authorities saw movement behind a blanket Pannell was using as to cover a doorway and then arrested and handcuffed her without further incident.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The students grilled the attorneys. Prosecutors and defense attorneys had four cases heard Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court by the Ohio Supreme Court. Immediately afterward, those same lawyers debriefed their cases and answered questions from Bellevue, Monroeville, Norwalk, St. Paul, Willard and EHOVE Career Center high-school students. Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Van and Cuyahoga County Assistant Public Defender Cullen Sweeney argued the constitutionality of community notification for sex offenders due to a change in law because of the Adam Walsh Act.
8:49 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD The Huron County Sheriff's Office released tapes Friday that indicate Willard resident Imelda R. Muniz intentionally set the fire that killed her at her Willard residence Thursday. Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said the cause of the 39-year-old's death was smoke inhalation and the manner of death was suicide. Authorities received three 9-1-1 calls about 6 p.m. Thursday from Muniz, who said she'd just set her furniture on fire at her residence, 524 Pleasant St.