10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A rural Norwalk mobile home was a total loss after a kitchen fire Tuesday morning. The residence at 1224 Peru Center Road was fully engulfed when the Norwalk Fire Department arrived at 7:14 a.m. The eight firefighters, who arrived with a pumper tanker and a regular tanker, had the blaze at lot 17 extinguished in 15 to 20 minutes. Although none of the residents was inside when first-responders arrived, firefighter Curtis Stang said he believes the family actually was there, but got out before the fire department was on-scene.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Kimberly Crigger, one of three missing Huron County teens, was located early this morning in Beaver Creek in Green County. Crigger, 16, of New London, was discovered about 1:56 a.m. in an apartment "with a few other guys," including the apartment complex manager and a distant cousin, New London Police Chief Mike Marko said. Crigger had been missing since May 21. Marko said police apprehended Crigger and charged her with delinquency after a strange set of incidents.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Victim Assistance Program and FOP No. 185/33 is sponsoring the third annual golf scramble, which will be held July 14 at Eagle Creek Golf Club, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Scramble proceeds will benefit the Huron County Victim Assistance Programs and the FOP No. 185/33. This annual golf event is $90 per person. This includes: 18 holes of golf, 18 holes of golf to be used at a later date, golf cart, lunch (hamburgers and brats), driving range and a Blue Ribbon-catered steak dinner at the conclusion of the outing. Golfers will have an opportunity to participate in 50/50 raffles, skill prizes (proximity, longest drive, etc.) and this year, the golf scramble features two hole-in-one prizes, a car donated by Kasper Chevrolet Buick and a vacation package for two with round-trip air and three-night room and breakfast package, donated by Liberty Mutual. "This is going to be a great day and we hope that you can come and join in on the fun," said Eva Gorby, the director of the victim/witness division of the Huron County Prosecutor's Office
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The city of Norwalk is considering tweaking its law involving yard and garage sales. "Businesses were calling me saying people are abusing it," Councilman Dwight Tkach said. "They were saying these sales were hurting local businesses. They also said these garage sales were running weeks on end. It was something that needed addressed."
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 17-year-old Norwalk boy was found guilty of robbery after a bench trial Tuesday in Huron County Juvenile Court. The defendant originally was charged with two counts of robbery in connection with a May 6 incident. The boy, who was found guilty of one of the second-degree felonies if committed by an adult, has been in custody at the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center since the offense. "It was two charges out of the same incident. The judge found him delinquent of the most serious incident," court administrator Chris Mushett said. "He basically stole a bike from a kid and shot the kid with a BB gun," Mushett said.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch appeared quite pleased Wednesday with the results from a series of meetings with community leaders. Lesch said the meetings, which were called "innovation forums,' started out as only one, but turned into four total get-togethers. "The program is called Restarting Our Engines,' she said. "It involved hours of people's time. The basic concept was, what can we do to restart our economic engine for the community? What can we do to spur growth in current companies?'
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Clean-up crews contained a hydrochloric acid leak Thursday night at the CSX railroad yard and transferred the chemical to a special tanker brought in from Cleveland. The transfer process ended about 1 a.m. Friday, Willard Assistant Fire Chief Joe Reiderman said. "They had to clean the original tanker out. They had to take that product to a disposal site," he explained. "It's quite a process."
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
A tropical storm will likely avoid the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this week as the system heads in a different direction toward Mexico City, forecasters said Sunday. Tropical Storm Alex was crossing the Yucatan Peninsula, far south and west of the spill and was expected to continue heading west instead of north towards the spill.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A railroad tanker at the CSX Willard terminal leaked hydrochloric acid Thursday, forcing clean-up crews to spend most of the day at the site. The spilled acid eventually was transferred to another car.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com WAKEMAN A teenage rural Wakeman driver and her passenger were transported to a Cleveland trauma center after an early morning crash Wednesday on Butler Road. A LifeFlight helicopter transported Jaclyn R. Hales, 16, of 6365 Leroy Road, and her passenger, Jill E. Bowman, 16, of 6579 Ferry Toad, Wakeman, to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with incapacitating injuries. Hospital spokeswoman Phyllis Harmon said both girls were treated and released. Bowman, who was trapped in the car, had to be extracted by mechanical means by the Wakeman Fire District, said Trooper Steven Drew, of the state Highway Patrol. The trooper reported Hales and Bowman were wearing their seatbelts.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Mickey Mart was robbed of about $187 early Tuesday morning. Police are searching for the suspect who fled the north-side business on foot. The male suspect entered the store, went into the back room where the clerk was, led her to the cash register and had her open it, Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said. The woman was the only person in the gas station/convenience store when the incident happened shortly before 4 a.m. "She was visibly shaken," Fulton said.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Two drug defendants were convicted of separate crimes Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Keith A. Wilhelm, 22, formerly of 8 Harkness St., pleaded guilty to trafficking in marijuana for a Feb. 11 incident. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the defendant sold 874 grams of dope to two confidential informants and admitted to the sales when the Norwalk Police Department used a search warrant at his home. Starting Feb. 2 after getting a tip about "a major marijuana trafficker in this area," detectives said they started making numerous buys from various suspects. Police seized more than $16,000 in suspected drug money and between 4 and 5 pounds of marijuana during one of the drug raids when Wilhelm was arrested.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ft. Wayne, Ind. resident Scott Cox may not attend races at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk. But the way he sees it, by selling and purchasing tickets each year in Norwalk, he's doing track co-owner Bill Bader Jr. a service by putting some money into the local economy by eating here and paying for a motel stay.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
BRUSSELS (MCT) - A committee set up by the Belgian Catholic Church to investigate cases of alleged sex abuse of children by members of the clergy is to be dismantled following a police raid on its offices, media reports said Monday. The panel, made up of clergymen and chaired by a top Belgian child abuse expert, Peter Adriaenssens, was set up to allow confidential reporting of abuses, even in cases that have fallen outside of the statute of limitations and would no longer be punishable by the law.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Don't have your ticket to the midnight showing in Norwalk of the latest "Twilight" movie? It's too late; too many people have eclipsed your effort to get to the box office before the tickets are gone. Tickets to tonight's local midnight showing of "Twilight: Eclipse" were gone Saturday night, said Cindy Livengood, manager of the Norwalk location of Premiere Theatres.
10:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS (MCT) - Only 6 percent of Minnesotans treated for depression at primary care clinics report that they're free of symptoms within six months, according to a new report by MN Community Measurement, a health-care quality group. But an innovative treatment program known as "Diamond" was able to boost the success rate to 26 percent, the organization found in a report released Friday.
10:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Crystal Bowersox, this year's "American Idol" runner-up, has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/Jive Records for what E! Online is describing as "her bluesy folk rockin' debut album" to be released later this year. "I'm really grateful to be given this opportunity to make an album and let people hear my music and I'm looking forward to working with all of the folks at 19/Jive," the former Oak Harbor High School student told E! Online.
10:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com An Oberlin man who severely injured two women in a New London bar brawl was released early from prison Wednesday. After being imprisoned for two months of his 15-month sentence, Alan J. Revercomb Jr., 40, was granted judicial release. He will remain in custody at the Huron County Jail until he is interviewed for possible acceptance into a community-based corrections facility (CBCF). Defendants typically spend between four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment. "The state adamantly objects to judicial release," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said during a passionate speech to Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
10:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
There will be a raft of economic data, new legislation and a small handful of earnings reports, any or all of which could add to stock-market volatility, for investors to digest as July gets under way It was a rough past week in the markets as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell four of five days, or 306.83 points, almost 3 percent, by Friday's close. The index is still up .07 percent for June but down 2.73 percent on the year.
10:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
About 250 pounds of marijuana was shipped from Arizona to a Toledo address through a local freight company. "They want to remain anonymous," Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin said about the local business.
10:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD Melodie Adelman has requested a hearing before the full Willard City Schools Board of Education, board attorney Michael J. Loughman said. Adelman, the district's food service supervisor who is accused of converting more than $71,000 worth of goods and monies to her personal use, also had the option of a hearing before a third party, Loughman said. A date for a hearing before the board, which Adelman has requested be closed to the public, has not been set. The board recently voted unanimously to act follow Superintendent David Danhoff's recommendation to proceed to terminate Adelman. The vote came after the board met in executive session for a little less than an hour with Danhoff and Loughman.