1:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's amazing Norwalk Catholic School sixth-grader Lauren Ott has any time to cook at all. The 11-year-old is involved in Hartland Scramblers 4-H club, academic challenge, Math Counts, News Bowl and plays piano and trumpet.
1:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Stop me if you've heard this one. On second thought, don't.
1:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Brent Besancon has decided to leave New London as its football coach to take a similar position at Rittman High School. Besancon, who was hired in March 2007, is a dairy farmer who lives in Smithville.
1:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man accused of inappropriately touching a female nursing home patient for sexual gratification was indicted Friday. Jerry A. Albritton, 67, of 199 Collingwood Ave., declined to discuss being charged with three counts of gross sexual imposition. Two Norwalk police officers, during a Dec. 10 Norwalk Municipal Court hearing, testified the defendant admitted the Nov. 23 incident gave him a brief "sexual thrill."
1:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Winter weather postponed Friday's boys' basketball games, including games from the Northern Ohio League, Firelands Conference and Sandusky Bay Conference. Those games in the NOL included Galion at Norwalk, Willard at Tiffin Columbian, Bellevue at Upper Sandusky at Shelby at Fostoria.
1:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two retired sheriff's deputies are asking for nearly $29,000 in accrued benefits. Former Huron County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Bob Sutherland, who retired Sunday, is requesting $3,842 in accrued sick and vacation time. That figure is significantly lower than the nearly $15,000 he told county commissioners in July he was owed.
1:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Plymouth man accused of shooting his wife and stepdaughter on Christmas faces seven charges after being indicted by a Huron County grand jury Friday. Nicanor Garcia, 32, of 5181 Bevier Road, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, four counts of felonious assault - all with firearm specifications - and one charge of possession of criminal tools in connection with the Christmas Day incident.
1:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
Last week I mentioned the fact that this year marks the bicentennial of the settlement of several townships in our area. The townships were surveyed in 1808 and the sufferers' claims were allotted out late in 1808. This allowed a landowner to sell a farm to an actual settler. Actually, most of the first settlers who came here to the western edge of civilization were at first "squatters" who built a cabin and cleared a small farm on someone's land, and then tried to but the land when they could learn who owned it. This was commonly used, and sometimes they "squatted" on a tract of land with the approval of the absent landowner. I made the statement in the last paragraph that Huron and Erie counties were at the edge of civilization. Actually, they were several miles beyond the edge of civilization. The closest doctor was in Cleveland, and there was just one store south of Huron on the east side of the river. A number of the earliest residents came here in the spring, cleared and improved their little farm and then returned to the east for the winter season. It's difficult to determine exactly where and when the first settlement was made. When Americans arrived at Huron in 1809 they found a few people living there already, and John B. Flamand had his trading post along the river. There were Moravian Indians and their missionaries living at Milan even before 1808, and they welcomed the Americans in 1809.
1:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The Monroeville High School academic challenge team is achieving historic success. For the first time, Monroeville placed first at the annual Firelands Conference Academic Challenge tournament, which took place at New London on Thursday evening.
1:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - The Bellevue Police Department is investigating an armed robbery involving the theft of prescription narcotics Thursday from the Medicine Shoppe, 234 W. Main St. Chief Dennis Brandal said a white male suspect with his face concealed entered the pharmacy about 9:10 a.m., brandished a handgun and demanded the two clerks give him prescription narcotics. After the employees complied, the culprit fled the scene on foot, heading north out of the store. No one was injured.
1:55 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are many stories about a boy and his dog. Did you hear the local one about the teenager who was reunited with his snake? About a week before Amy Williams' family moved to Georgia, their 2-foot long snake named Taz went missing.
1:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
It was an inauspicious start to our trip. We had just headed south on U.S. 250. Our ultimate destination about 600 miles away was Raleigh, N.C., where our older son lives. It was about 7:30 in the morning, a half hour later than we'd hoped to leave. I was just starting to relax in the passenger seat and I was contemplating my breakfast coffee and a doughnut. I took my coffee cup out of the cup holder, and started to lift it to my mouth for that first sip, when the entire cup of coffee splashed out, all over the car floor. Apparently I didn't have the top fastened securely it was a twist top rather than a push-on top for my portable thermos mug and so there I was, coffee stains on my jeans, using tissues to mop up spilled coffee from the floor of the car.
1:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bellevue swept past Norwalk and Edison Wednesday in a high school wrestling tri-match in Norwalk. The Redmen topped the Truckers 39-21 and Edison 33-30, while Edison beat the Truckers 35-34.
1:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Willard voters will get another shot at getting help from the Ohio School Facilities Commission to build three new schools. School board members began the process Monday night to put another levy on the May 5 ballot.
1:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County Common Pleas Court jury found a Lorain man guilty Wednesday of passing counterfeit money at a local McDonald's after a two-day trial. Brent R. Willis, 31, will be sentenced Jan. 27 for possessing criminal tools for the April 19 incident when he used a bogus $100 bill.
1:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
PHOTO BY GEORGE KOCHANIEC JR./THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS Toni Theisen, center, sings a song in French with senior students Tuesday during a French 4 class at Loveland High School. Theisen has been selected by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages as the 2009 Foreign Language Teacher of the Year. By GARY MASSARO Rocky Mountain News
1:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Defendant David M. Sherman apparently wanted to defend his relationship with a runaway teenage girl when he was arrested in January 2007 at a Norwalk motel, where he had been staying with her. The Greenwich man told police he would continue contacting the girl, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand said despite there being an active Huron County Common Pleas protection order prohibiting the two from associating. The court re-issued the order Sept. 12 when Sherman was arraigned in the case.
1:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com Not long after Orville Wright won the coin flip with his brother, Wilbur, on the sands of North Carolina's Kill Devil Hill, two Norwalk brothers had their own visions of flying. Paul and Josh Wilber were in the process of designing and then building what was known then as the "aeroplane" a gawky, unsteady, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants engine-powered air machine that would make a community of fewer than 8,000 part of Ohio aviation history. To put dates in perspective, the Wright Brothers got things off the ground for the first time in 1900 but it was not until 1905 that they managed to turn a glider into a engine-powered aeroplane that flew as far as 24 miles. Paul Wilber, on Oct. 7, 1912, made his maiden flight and shortly thereafter was making flights as far as New London.
1:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - One convicted embezzler down, one to go. On Tuesday, Scott L. Miller, the former president of the Monroeville Athletic Boosters, was sentenced to 90 days in jail on the work release program for stealing about $20,000 from the organization. He used the money to make his payroll at his construction business and has paid the full amount of restitution. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered him to perform 400 hours of community service and fined him $1,000.
1:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk resident Kristie A. Wert has been selected as the new Main Street program manager for the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC), announced Ken Schafer, president of the NEDC board of directors. The action was made official by a vote of the Main Street Norwalk board of directors on Wednesday after a recommendation to employ Wert by the NEDC's Main Street search committee.
1:51 AM Jul 26, 2010
Water and sewer rates in Norwalk have gone up. Water and sewer bills received in February for January consumption will reflect an increase in rates for consumers using more than 1,000 gallons of water. The water rate for users within Norwalk city limits will increase from $5.70 per thousand to $5.80 per thousand gallons and sewer rate will increase from $5.60 per thousand gallons to $6.60 per thousand gallons.