9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
Let's try this again. The Norwalk skate park was re-opened to the public on Friday after being locked up for two months. The most recent lock-up was the third in three years.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - It's rare that you see teenagers investing in the stock market. It's also not often that you see teenagers at city council meetings and perhaps even more unusual to see enthusiastic youngsters attending such a meeting.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kids may start drinking much younger than parents anticipate, so it's important to start conversations about alcohol early and to look for signs of potential abuse. That's advice from an adolescent medicine specialist at Baylor College of Medicine.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (PA SPORTSTICKER) - The Clevelands Indians lost the game and their shortstop Monday night. Asdrubal Cabrera broke his left forearm diving for a groundball Monday night against Tampa Bay and is headed for the disabled list.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
In 1969, I bought a Yashica twin lens reflex camera. It used 120mm film, and I could take 12 pictures with each roll. I used it to shoot pictures for this newspaper. It was a good camera. (NOTE - To watch video related to this column, click here.)
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Summer officially is here in Norwalk. It came Saturday with a bang. It's not the cars and buses rolling through town to Cedar Point or Kalahari. And it's not the trucks hauling boats to Lake Erie.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
The city of Norwalk is currently reviewing its emergency weather warning systems. Safety-Service Director Linda Hebert is concerned about residents receiving necessary information when bad weather is approaching. "Given the number of severe weather incidents of recent weeks and the accidental triggering of the sirens on one occasion, it is necessary to make sure that our systems are working properly and can provide the most accurate and current information possible to residents," she said. Norwalk's emergency warning system currently consists of a series of 10 tornado sirens placed throughout the city, emergency weather alerts broadcast on Time Warner, and television and radio weather broadcasts.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County grand jury indicted six people Wednesday, including the teen accused of setting an April 14 fire at Willard High School. Brandon J. Lewis, 19, of 515 W. Emerald St., Willard, was indicted on charges of aggravated arson and vandalism. He was arrested April 15, the day after a fire was set intentionally in a second-floor boy's bathroom in the 200 wing of the high school. The fire caused extensive soot and smoke damage.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Authorities were called to a Wakeman home after being told a suicidal armed man was holding his girlfriend hostage Following 1 1/2 hours of negotiation, Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard was able to get the man to peacefully end the hostage situation, which took place Friday night.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
It might be surprising to hear someone say she feels "blessed' to have faced disappointments in her life. But Miss Maple City 2010 Marisa Buchheit views rejection and setbacks as opportunities - chances to learn and grow. Buchheit imparted this and other wisdom to Norwalk Catholic School elementary students Friday.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - The Erie County Sheriff's Office is investigating the suspected rape of a 19-year-old New London woman in the Berlin Heights area. A Firelands Regional Medical Center employee called deputies at 3 a.m. Saturday about treating the suspected rape victim, who came to the Sandusky hospital with her mother. Capt. Paul Sigsworth said the New London woman reported being raped by an adult male acquaintance.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Charges are pending after a 6-year-old Norwalk girl was bitten by a neighbor's dog. The girl was bitten in the leg by a Labrador retriever/German shepherd/husky mix on Monday. She was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where she received two stitches to close up the wound.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
An area boy is fighting for his life after being hit by a drunk driver while walking along a ditch with a friend Tuesday night. The accident occurred at 9:36 p.m. on Darrow Road in Vermilion Township.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
A retired former Marine who neighbors say obsessed over his lawn is being held on $3 million bond, accused of gunning down a neighbor whose puppy allegedly urinated on the man's well-manicured grass. Charles J. Clements, 69, of University Park, Ill., routinely wins the Chicago suburb's beautification and lawn upkeep award but is also known for threatening children or adults who dare set foot in his yard, neighbors said.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A Willard City Schools cafeteria supervisor is facing a termination hearing following a state audit that found numerous violations and discrepancies, including $71,000 of misused funds. A hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Monday for Melodie Adelman with the Willard School District and legal counsel for the district.
9:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Before shooting his father six times Sept. 17, Steven J. Rodvold and his dad argued about the young's man unemployment status. A few hours before that, Rodvold threatened to shoot an unemployment representative. About 1:55 p.m., the Columbus unemployment call center received a call from Rodvold. The woman handling Rodvold's objection to having his unemployment rejected held up a sign letting her co-workers know she had a "dangerous' caller, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said in his opening statement.
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Our President Obama says "small government" is the cause of our financial and economic slide. He says they are also the cause of our home foreclosures and real estate losses. He said it was too small to check operations of big corporations. I'm sure you have heard about Fannie Mae. They have been mentioned as responsible for these huge losses. They are a big, big real estate giant. Has our president discussed this situation with Democrat Barney Frank and his pals? I don't think so. Naturally like most companies, Fannie Mae has a board of directors. Guess who has a close friend on this board? Barney Frank I don't think Barney Frank, Democrat, wants this to be known or would care to discuss this situation. "Disgusting," I call it.
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Considering how many things irritate me, it is surprising how happy I am. I do not like it, for instance, that most fast-food workers manage to put their fingers into my empty drink cup while handing it to me. Gum chewing, in general, bothers me. I do not like bubbles, popping or any vigorous jaw action. I am not keen on e-mail forwards.
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
Wow! I knew the rhetoric was heated at the state and federal level, but I naively expected more civility within our community. I do believe that people of good will can disagree, and that you should have healthy discussion, and yes even disagreement, to get to better decisions and good government. But I also believe that you can disagree without being disagreeable, without resorting to name calling, and without unfounded accusations. Recent discussion about the sanitation fund and decisions surrounding it may prove me wrong. Because I want to ensure that you have accurate information, I want to outline the decision-making process used to suspend the Spring and Fall trash pick-ups. Much time and effort was spent from May to September 2009 analyzing the budget projections for 2010. All departments made severe cuts to their budgets. Employees sacrificed.
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) Since its inception in 1991, the largest and longest-running study of American child care has generated plenty of controversial and to many working parents, infuriating conclusions about the effects on kids of early care outside the family. The latest findings of the federally funded Early Child Care Research Network are certain to be no exception. At age 15, according to a study being published Friday in the journal Child Development, children who spent long hours in day care as preschoolers are more impulsive and more prone to take risks than are teens whose toddler years were spent largely at home. To be sure, the differences between kids who logged long hours in day care and those who did not were slight. Filling out inventories that measured their impulsiveness, teens rated themselves about 16 percent more rash in their behavior for every additional 10 hours they spent per week in day care as a preschooler. In terms of risk-taking, the link to time spent in day care was more marginal: 10 more hours a week in day care prompted the average teen to answer one out of 30 questions with an admission of more risky behavior.
9:32 AM Jul 26, 2010
MAY 19, 1942 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 68 years ago: Wife of former Norwalk Japanese Restaurant man reported suicide Mrs. Marie Okagi, 54, wife of the Vermilion restaurant man, M. Okagi, the latter a former restaurant proprietor in Norwalk, was found dead yesterday in a motor car parked in the family garage.