1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Three strikes and you're out. In 1986, James "Jamie" E. Young lost an appeal when he was convicted of murdering his parents. Two years later, he lost another appeal in which he claimed his legal defense team the late Jack Levin and his son Dennis was inadequate. Young, now 41, filed three lawsuits this summer against Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway and Huron County Sheriff Richard Sutherland. Most recently, visiting Judge Judith Cross ruled all three lawsuits, which asked for about $6 million in damages, were without legal merit.
1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Norwalk boy will be required to register as a sex offender for 20 years while being imprisoned at a community-based corrections facility (CBCF). The 16-year-old Wooster Street boy was convicted of gross sexual imposition for an offense involving a female relative who was 4 at the time. He will be required to register his address at the Huron and Erie county sheriff's offices because his aunt and uncle who have custody live in Huron County, but the boy will be in custody at the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center for an undetermined amount of time. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand said the victim's family was concerned the defendant, who was 15 during the crime, had a "lack of emotion and feel he's done nothing wrong." Because of his delinquent actions, she said the boy "has burned quite a few bridges" to be placed with relatives later.
1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Monroeville Local Schools' giving trees continue to give. This holiday season marks the third year several ornament-decorated trees will be stationed throughout the school. The ornaments have kids' wishes and needs printed on them. The primary goal is to deliver presents and a message of hope to needy Monroeville Local School youngsters hoping for a memorable Christmas. Students, staff, faculty and community members are encouraged to take an ornament and purchase a present for a child. Monetary donations are also accepted. Donations and presents can be dropped off at the guidance office through Dec. 17. This year, so far, the school the school is sponsoring seven families with a total of 25 children.
1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bellevue improved to 3-1 overall, 1-1 in the Northern Ohio League, while Norwalk fell to 1-3 and 0-2 in Tuesday's Northern Ohio League girls' basketball contest at Norwalk High School. Amy Rowland put in 25 points as Bellevue grabbed a 52-35 win.
1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
To borrow from Patrick Saunders, recent guest columnist: "The column by Mark Mix, spokesperson for the National Right to Work Committee echoed its same old tired refrain, blame the workers and unions, and arguing against helping the U.S auto industry - Ford, GM and Chrysler in their time of trouble.' Many times, it is what you cannot see, or they do not tell you or what they are telling you is not true. This sub-prime mess is bringing new revelations every day. People's 401k's and retirements have been compromised. People called it right when they rebelled against the privatized Social Security stock market accounts.
1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Illegal parking on West Street in the village drew the ire of council member Karen Reer Tuesday. "You might as well eliminate these ordinances because nothing's being done," Reer said. "Why have this stuff if you let them do what they want. Why do they think they can get away with it just because we're a small village?"
1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Willard man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in the Huron County Jail for possessing heroin during an April 2 incident. Timothy A. Chandler, 37, of 403 N. Main St., Willard, will serve the jail term as part of his three years of probation. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said Chandler was with a female friend who overdosed and was unconscious.
1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Have a loved one serving far away as a member of the United States Armed Forces? Send them a Christmas video message via the Norwalk Reflector . The paper will record and post video messages for anyone who will be missing part of their family over the holidays due to military service. A video camera will be set up to record messages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Dec. 8 to 12. The paper's staff will compile the messages and post them on this Web site.
1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff-elect Dane Andrew Howard will be sworn in at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Huron County Courthouse, 2 E. Main St. "I'm looking forward to it. I'm honored (Huron County Common Pleas) Judge Jim Conway has agreed to preside over the ceremony," Howard said this morning.
1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk school board has approved the district's use of an automated telephone system to notify parents about school delays or closings. The contract with One Call Now cost about $3,000 and the system is ready to be used. The board, during its meeting Monday, approved a contract through June 30, 2009 the end of this school year.
1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
The intersection near Summit Motorsports Park has been made a little safer. Highway department crews have installed "rumble strips' on Greenwich Milan Townline Road in advance of the intersection at Ohio 18, Huron County Engineer Joe Kovach said.
1:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
A look inside Mak's Art Studio in Norwalk leaves you with at least one impression: Pat and Joe Mak have put their own personal, loving touch on their artwork for 30 years. Detailed, carefully-wrought, realistic paintings, drawings and pottery pieces grace the walls and shelves of the business, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS Effective Monday, the state will be implementing new measures to increase efficiency and security when issuing temporary driving permits, commercial driver licenses and motorcycle endorsements. With the new procedure, customers will first visit a Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Driver Examination Station (DX) to take the knowledge test, rather than purchasing a temporary packet before taking the test. Customers will be required to show two acceptable documents before taking the test. A temporary photo will also be taken at this time. Passing the knowledge test does not guarantee a license, temporary instruction permit or endorsement will be issued. Acceptable documents must be presented and verified at the DR and a corresponding photo must be taken. The new temporary permit is an all inclusive plastic document. All documents presented and the photo taken at the OSHP DX are to establish a testing record only. Results of the knowledge test will be stored electronically and verified at a Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Deputy Registrar (DR) before a temporary permit or endorsement is issued. Customers will be able to purchase the temporary permit from the DR only after successfully passing the knowledge test. The Digest of Motor Vehicle Laws is still available for pick up at DRs, DXs or online (see pull-out box).
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Last weekend my son had his daughter's Christmas presents stolen as he waited for his apartment to become available. Just another heartache he had to endure during the past year. When he returned home from basketball last night there was a bag from Toy's R Us on his doorstep. Inside was everything that had been stolen plus more. As I sit here crying with thankfulness, we would like to thank "Santa." There are no words that can express how wonderful you are and we believe what goes around comes around. God bless you "Santa" and Merry Christmas! The Morrow family Norwalk
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com "We need the help of everybody," said Mary Mount of National City Bank, speaking about the bank's Stuff-A-Sock program for Christmas. For 17 years, 13 area branches of the bank have passed out stockings to collect gifts for children each Christmas. They expanded their program two years ago in Norwalk and Monroeville to also include donations for the United Fund basket basics program. Mount said the stocking program has evolved over the years with more and more people offering help. The bank used to buy stockings until volunteers stepped up to offer to make them. Now many of the 500 stockings filled annually are made by the Richmond Mothers Helpers 4-H club and clients from the Willard Senior Center.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - In the 2007-08 girls' basketball game, New London attained three wins. Monday, the Ladycats matched their win total from last season with a 62-25 win over Black River in non-league play.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
An allegation, investigation and denial. Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said Norwalk football coach Jeff Cole denies calling one student a vulgar name after the player had a 2 1/2-hour shoulder surgery. The boy's parent, Randy Alvord, of Gray Street, asked the school board Monday during its regular meeting about what has happened since he brought the allegation to the district's attention last month.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
"It was quite difficult at first to know that the choir was missing a tenor, but then I was able to listen and enjoy it,' said Karen Duncan of her family's visit to a concert at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Daniel Duncan, the son of Karen and Rob Duncan of Norwalk, was killed in September by a drunk driver while he was riding his bicycle preparing for the college's cycling team. Duncan was a 2008 graduate of St. Paul.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk firm is getting a $750,000 low-interest loan from the Ohio Department of Development to retain 110 jobs in the city. American Coating Specialists, which makes coatings for manufacturing processes, will get the loan from DOD through the Huron County Development Council. The total project for the company will cost $1 million.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man earlier convicted of public indecency is accused of inappropriately touching an elderly relative at a nursing home. Jerry A. Albritton, 67, is scheduled to appear Wednesday in Norwalk Municipal Court for a preliminary hearing on gross sexual imposition. The defendant has the right to waive the hearing and have the case transferred to Huron County Common Pleas Court for a possible grand jury indictment.
1:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
At one time, O.J. Simpson belonged to a very elite class. He was one of the best football players to ever live. A Heisman Trophy winner, a Hall-of-Famer, a person millions of people adored and looked up to. He was known simply as O.J. No last name needed. That was long before Magic and Michael and LeBron. From his days in the bright lights of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California to his years in the lunch-bucket town of Buffalo, he was THE man.