9:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
AAA today projected the number of Americans traveling on vacation this Memorial Day holiday weekend will increase 5.4 percent from 2009 with approximately 32.1 million travelers taking a trip away from home. Last year, 30.5 million Americans traveled during the same period. "While the economy continues to be rocked by waves of occasional uncertainty, improved economic performance from one year ago should cause more Americans to take vacations this Memorial Day holiday weekend,' said Jim Lehman, executive vice president, AAA East Central. "AAA travel agents are reporting double-digit increases in the percentage of travelers making advanced bookings for tours and cruises, hotel bookings via AAA.com are increasing and AAA's many travel industry partners have reported improved business conditions this spring.'
9:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
In a taped interview, murder suspect Steven J. Rodvold told Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard his father threatened to kill him. Rodvold, 26, who is charged with murdering Keith R. Rodvold, 51, said he and his father argued about the younger man's unemployment status on Sept. 17, 2009. The elder Rodvold then made the threat to kill his son and headed inside their rural New London home toward a gun, the defendant is heard on the tape telling Howard. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler played the tape for the jury on Tuesday morning during Rodvold's trial. Howard was on the witness stand as the tape played.
9:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
A pair of Norwalk city council members have spoken out about the condition of a vacant lot on the city's north side. The lot is located near an unfinished street next to the new Bob Evans restaurant.
9:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Junk is the ultimate merchandise. The junk merchant does not sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to the product." William S. Burroughs There's no other way to say it trash is a messy subject. Yours, mine and ours, there is no good nor cheap way to get rid of it. Our local governments are trying to clean-up our collective mess and the going is sticky. Norwalk decided not to have their spring trash pick-up. Additionally, they think they are being penalized by the rates paid to Huron County, so they'd like to take their trash business to Erie County. However, Huron County says their rates are the same for everyone and now they need to appease the Ohio EPA with a signed solid waste management plan, which Norwalk so far has refused to sign. My bride and I are mesmerized by the TV show "Hoarders" where each week, their specialists deal with homes packed to overflowing with trash. By the end of the hour, the mountains of trash just seem to disappear.
9:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
When I received the e-mail at work, I stopped working as a feeling of sadness washed over me. The subject line was "Carol Germond," but when I opened it, it was her obituary. Carol Germond or Mrs. Germond, as she was known in our house was my daughter's second-grade teacher at Maplehurst Elementary. She died Sunday at the age of 69. As a teacher, I suppose I would feel sad reading of the death of any teacher. But Mrs. Germond was more than that.
9:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
Used to be when we missed a photo of some event, that was it. We were left to run a story without a photo. Technology and social media have changed that.
9:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
A pair of Norwalk city council members have spoken out about the condition of a vacant lot on the city's north side. The lot is located near an unfinished street next to the new Bob Evans restaurant.
9:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
By GREG SOWINSKI The Lima News (MCT) A woman accused of trying to extort $10,000 from her ex-husband to keep her mouth shut about a sexual rendezvous she had with him is scheduled to stand trial Monday. Sharon Downing, 47, on Wednesday waived her right to a trial by jury seeking to have Judge Richard Warren consider the case. She is charged with extortion, a third-degree felony that carries up to five years in prison.
9:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
Steven J. Rodvold will spend at least the next 18 years in prison for murdering his father. The Clarksfield Township man was sentenced this morning in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
9:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
DETROIT (MCT) - Three of nine members of the Lenawee County-based militia charged with attempting to overthrow the government were released yesterday from Detroit-area jails. David Stone, Jr., 19, of Adrian, Tina Stone, 44, of Clayton, Mich., and Jacob Ward, 33, of Huron, Ohio, were allowed to return home on electronic tethers after federal prosecutors dropped opposition to bond conditions imposed by U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Indiana congressman quits over affair with staffer FORT WAYNE, Ind. (MCT) - Saying he had "sinned against God, my wife and my family,' Rep. Mark Souder announced his resignation from Congress today - just two weeks after defeating three Republican challengers in a bid for his ninth term.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Police Department will be hosting a prescription drug turn-in event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event will be held in the lobby of the Norwalk Police Department. This event will give the citizens of Norwalk and the surrounding areas a chance to dispose of unwanted and expired medications.For details, call officer Seth Fry at (419) 663-6780 or e-mail sfry@norwalkohiopolice.com.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Steven J. Rodvold heard his father threaten his life and his military training kicked in. The younger Rodvold drew a weapon and aimed it at his father.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man added to his troubles Monday after providing Norwalk police with a false name. Jordan Aldrich, 20, of 37 1/2 Norwood Ave., was charged with theft and also obstruction of justice after he provided the Norwalk police the false name of "Zachary Blanton" upon his arrest over the weekend.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Would-be Ohio gamblers can rest easy: The slot machines at the state's four casinos will pay back, on average, at least 85 percent of the money people put into them. Gamblers at new casinos in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo will be able to drink until 2:30 a.m., but none of the booze will be free. They won't be able to smoke.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - No charges have been filed after a 78-year-old man was attacked and bitten by a dog in the village Monday. Lynn A. Clemons, 78, of Bellevue, was found by Monroeville police officer Troy J. Kimball lying in the parking lot of a Ridge Street business with his head on the sidewalk. The report indicated Clemons had a laceration on his left arm above his wrist.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO (MCT) - The inaugural annual report by the federal task force in charge of revitalizing communities hard hit by the collapse of the automotive industry cites Toledo as a "model of cooperation.' Release of the report yesterday coincided with a daylong conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington that featured several top administration officials and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) and Rep. John Dingell (D., Dearborn) among its speakers.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Visitors from Italy got a personal tour Tuesday afternoon of the Milan Historical Society and Thomas Edison museums in Milan. (NOTE - To view pictures of this event, click here. To watch related videos, click here and here.)
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Safety-Service Director Linda Hebert said she's been working with local police and leaders from the PNC Bank in uptown Norwalk on the parking situation. "They have a lot of good ideas on parking enforcement," Hebert told Norwalk City council on Tuesday.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today joined Whirlpool representatives and local leaders to kick off the re-opening of the former W.C. Wood facility in Ottawa. The project is expected to create 324 jobs at the facility, bringing back many of the workers whose jobs were lost when the facility ceased operations last year. "This is a great day in Putnam County as we watch the doors open once again on this facility,' Strickland said. "Whirlpool has recognized something we've known for a long time - there's no place better than Ohio, no workforce better than Ohio's, for making high quality products. I sincerely thank Whirlpool and the local leaders here today for their hard work in making this day possible.'
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
It took a jury less than three hours to determine Steven J. Rodvold murdered his father. The verdict came shortly after 4 p.m. today in Huron County Common Pleas Court. The trial began May 11 and included four days of testimony. Closing arguments were presented this morning, and then the jury began diliberating.