8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - The Erie County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft reported Wednesday of virtually all of the copper from a vacant Southwest Road house. Capt. Paul Sigsworth said this is the fourth such complaint about abandoned or vacant houses in Groton Township in the last couple of months.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The foreclosure crisis that has impacted Summit County homeowners has been a financial boon for a select few friends of Sheriff Drew Alexander. Fifteen men, mostly retired police officers with little or no appraising experience, combined to earn more than $1.2 million working part time setting property values for the sheriff's office last year.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
A former area police officer accused of molesting a 13-year-old female was arraigned on five felonies Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Colonel G. Willis Jr., 50, of 55 State St., entered a "not guilty" plea to one charge of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition in connection with incidents between June 1 and Nov. 30. The suspect also was arraigned on two additional charges of gross sexual imposition stemming from incidents between September 2006 and March 8, 2009. Willis' trial is set for June 29.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The labor-management cooperation conference held Wednesday at the Norwalk High School Performing Arts Gallery appeared to be a big success. Sandy Simon, executive director for the Northwest Ohio Center for Labor-Management Cooperation, brought a team of management experts with her. Representatives from local companies, such as Commercial Vehicle Group and New Horizons, also were in attendance.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The situation regarding the renovation of the Huron County Courthouse clock appears to be getting more costly by the minute. For the past year, the talk was repairing the clock and getting the chimes working as well.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
RIDGEFIELD TOWNSHIP - Area officials are continuing to keep a close eye on the oil shale fire located near River Road north of Monroeville. The fire, which has been burning for the better part of a year, might be slowing down.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - Supporters of climate-change legislation are using a surprising figure to promote their cause: Ronald Reagan. Radio ads asking "What would Reagan do?' are airing during the conservative talk shows of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck on stations in New Hampshire and are planned in other states in the drive to get Congress to act on global warming legislation.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEWPORT NEWS (MCT) - The Hampton Roads office of the FBI confirmed Monday that it's investigating death threats on popular ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews. The gossip site TMZ has reported that a Newport News man is accused of sending ESPN the threatening emails about Andrews, who is also participating in the current season of "Dancing With the Stars.'
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Deerfield Beach Wayne Treacy is a ninth-grader who takes his studies seriously, but his friends say he has a sweet and funny side as well. Last fall, he went through a personal tragedy no one would want to endure, finding his older brother, who had committed suicide, dangling from a tree. Now the 15-year-old Deerfield Beach High student is in juvenile detention, accused of stomping on a girl's head with his steel-toed boots with such brutal force that a week and a half later, she remains in critical condition in a medically inducted coma. And Treacy's friends are left to struggle with the question: Why?
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - The right is rewriting history. The most ballyhooed effort is under way in Texas, where conservatives have pushed the state school board to rewrite guidelines, downplaying Thomas Jefferson in one high school course, playing up such conservatives as Phyllis Schlafly and the Heritage Foundation, and challenging the idea that the Founding Fathers wanted to separate church and state. The effort reaches far beyond one state, however. In articles and speeches, on radio and TV, conservatives are working to redefine major turning points and influential figures in American history, often to slam liberals, promote Republicans and reinforce their positions in today's politics.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
By the time all the local National City Bank branches close at 4 p.m. today, National City will be no more in northern Ohio. On Monday morning, those same banks will re-open as PNC Bank.
8:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tool Time has moved to the evening to accommodate the people expected to be the biggest donors at the Norwalk Area United Fund fundraiser - the contractors. The sixth annual event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the St. Paul Convocation Center at Norwalk Catholic School, 93 E. Main St. Tickets, priced at $5, will be available at the door.
8:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
REDINGTON BEACH, Fla. - Barbara Burkett stood among the mangroves where her dead grandson once played, surrounded by the things that he loved. To the left was the backyard pool where 9-year-old Chase Brubaker swam for hours. He liked to climb a swing set anchored in nearby sand. To the right sat the boats he rode, moored steps away at the dock.
8:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Two local law enforcement agencies have begun the investigation of a suspected rape. A 32-year-old woman reported being raped at an undisclosed "Huron County location" while she was being treated Sunday at Willard Mercy Hospital. The complaint was reported by the Willard Police Department to the Huron County Sheriff's Office at 5:16 a.m.
8:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Thomas Jordan's obituary includes his horse, Buster, as a survivor. Buster isn't listed on a separate line, but with immediate family members such as his mother and siblings.
8:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The visiting preacher at Maple City Church of God called out Tricia Robinson and told her God would open new doors for her. A couple weeks after the service, the Norwalk resident learned new doors would indeed open for her - doors to the first home she has ever owned.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN The Culinary Vegetable Institute, located in Milan, offers many options for making your wedding day environmentally and socially responsible. The vegetables the institute serves are all fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce from the Chef's Garden, and for the carnivores the meat used is sustainable and local as much as possible. The Culinary Vegetable Institute pays close attention to its environmental impact and is an ardent proponent of sustainable agriculture. Farmers and chefs focus on the "Earth to Table" method by coming together to use in-season produce grown on the premises. The site itself is a green facility that was built from local limestone and timber. It includes large windows to allow for minimum indoor lighting. All the table decorations at Culinary Vegetable Institute come directly from its flower and herb gardens, as do the micro herbs used for specialty cocktails. Here are some of the sample menu items available: Beet "Lollypops" with Spices, Crushed Almonds and Scented Oils
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Gentlemen, start your engines! Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park will kick off the 2010 season with its 27th annual Mickey Mart Rewards Season Opener, sponsored by the Norwalk Reflector and Don Graham & Associates.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The City of Norwalk has one of the premier Sanitation programs in the area. Many cities do not provide trash pick-up. Instead, they require their citizens to contract this work to a private company. Norwalk citizens decided in 1991 to fund the Sanitation Department by using part of the city income tax. This allows Superintendent Jeff Montgomery and his staff to provide a full range of services for city residents. Included in this list is curbside trash pick-up and curbside recycling pick-up once per week. During the normal growing season, yard waste is also picked up at the curb on the same day as your trash. The city compost area located on Austin Shadle Drive by the Wastewater Treatment Plant is open from early April until early November for residents to drop off yard waste and pickup compost. The compost area is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Unlimited bags of recyclables can be set out for pickup. Yellow recyclable tags should be placed on the bag. Tags are available free of charge at City Hall and numerous stores throughout town. Items that are recyclable are listed on the back of the tag.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com GREEN is the latest buzzword. However, for some of us who have always been good stewards of our soil, water and other resources by recycling, using up and wearing out things before we buy new, GREEN is not a buzzword, but a way of life. Many of us have been reusing rain water caught in barrels, composting instead of land-filling, reusing fabrics and textiles with hand-me-downs, canning and freezing our extra garden treasure and creatively using leftover and salvage materials. Many new books are preaching GREEN. Some of the ideas are as old as civilization. Some are enhanced with high-tech methods. Some are so down-home, we think everyone is doing it. Unfortunately they aren't. As circumstances change the economy, our concern for the earth we need to change our ways of thinking. Many older citizens can teach our younger generations a thing or two about making ends meet. Gardening for food production is one such time-honored practice. As gardeners, we have knowledge that will help others deal with new challenges. We understand the relationship between chemicals and health.
8:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
In 2009, Walmart started participating in the "Feeding America" program. Walmart donates food to "Feeding America" which is then distributed to local food banks. By participating in this program, landfill waste has been reduced by 59,000 tons at the Norwalk location alone. Walmart also participates in everyday recycling in Norwalk. Cardboard, plastic, paper, aluminum cans, tires and batteries are all being recycled. Paystubs are now paperless. Not only are we recycling, we carry many earth-friendly products everything from cleaning products to organic towels to bamboo cutting boards to mulch made from recycled tires. Walmart is committed to finding new ways to help the environment.