11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
The U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is continuing its investigation of suspected immigration violations by area Casa Fiesta restaurants. However, the federal agency is staying mum on the details. The July 23 raid shut down the Casa Fiesta in Norwalk about lunch time. ICE agents used nine federal search warrants to arrest 58 people at eight restaurants in the chain and local owner Ramon Ornelas' Norwalk home. The incidents came after a more than a year-long investigation.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk, Ohio a century ago was a center for interurban, or electric railway, lines. Public roads were still quite primitive, as automobiles were not yet common. Railroads were numerous, but couldn't connect easily with a majority of the towns. The public was always looking for clean and easy transportation. The Lake Shore Electric ran from Toledo to Cleveland with a northern division through Sandusky and a southern division through Norwalk. The Cleveland, Southwestern and Columbus line terminated in Norwalk, while the Sandusky, Norwalk and Mansfield ran from Mansfield through Norwalk to Sandusky.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Storm clouds threatened again Thursday, but no big rain came to dampen enthusiasm at the county fair. According to the Fair Board office, 6,655 people paid for admission Thursday.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Ohio's 2008 early teal season will begin Sept. 1 with a four-bird limit. Do you care? Probably not, because few waterfowlers indeed take advantage of this first opportunity to bag some ducks. Most don't know where to find such early arrivals, and the rest are too busy building blinds and refurbishing decoys for more serious hunting. But these small, fast flying waterfowl are worth the effort for several reasons. One is that they just might be the tastiest waterfowl that flies, so good that back in the 1800s they were shot by market hunters for sale to the finest restaurants in New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. I've eaten a good many of the one pound birds, and came to call them "butterballs" because their meat almost melts in your mouth. Just for the fun of argument, I rank wood ducks No. 2, followed by canvasbacks, redheads and grain fed mallards in about that order. Two, they don't require huge blocks of decoys and laboriously-built blinds. A shotgun, good boots and the necessary stamps are all that's required because bluewing teal and the far more rare greenwings don't care much for big lakes. They feed on the seeds of aquatic plants, the plants themselves, weed loving insects and a little grain or soybeans.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
The former Monroeville Athletic Boosters treasurer was indicted Friday on an allegation he stole about $21,000 from the organization. Scott L. Miller, 45, of 175 North St., was charged with theft in connection with an incident from January through August 2007. If convicted of the fourth-degree felony, the Monroeville man faces six to 18 months behind bars and a $5,000 maximum fine.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Amid the rides, food stands and games at the Huron County Fair, under a tent that offers near complete shade, you'll find Curly and Moe, Coco and ReeBok, Bell and Snowflake, Lester and Leona and others. They are living in their temporary home for Huron County Fair Week 2008: Babyland, a petting zoo being run by the Western Reserve FFA to educate people about animals and raise money to adopt a needy family living in the school district.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Two Huron County men are in jail in connection with coordinating the Aug. 7 robbery at Mickey Mart, 123 Whittlesey Ave. James A. Stewart Jr., 21, of 21 W. League St., is accused of stealing between $400 and $600 during the incident that happened about 11 p.m., Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Todd Temple said. The suspect was charged with robbery after detectives interviewed him early Monday afternoon. "The clerk is also being charged ... with complicity," Temple said about Casey J. Moore, 20, of 3436 Ohio 13, Greenwich.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
The proposed deal by Blackbird Capital and IRG Capital to purchase Norwalk Furniture is off. A brief statement from NFC Chairman Jim Gerken and NFC Vice Chairman Bill Gerken was e-mailed to employees.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
It finally appears the race in the 58th district is under way. In one corner is Norwalk Republican Terry Boose, who has been there all along.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
Alex Bauer has no experience showing poultry at the fair. This year marked his first showcasing poultry and other animals in the Huron County Fair's Showman of Showmen Contest Friday.
11:51 PM Jul 25, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Sandusky man accused of pushing past a security officer after a shoplifting incident was indicted Friday. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 26, first purchased a computer in the electronics department of Wal-Mart, but is accused of later putting a laptop computer power cord into his bag, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said. "I think it was a $58 item," he added, mentioning Rodriguez paid for a third item in another part of the Westwind Drive store.
11:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Nothing beats the homemade ice cream at the county fair on a hot day. Unless its the crazy cones or the slushies or the smoothies or the fresh lemonade or heck the dozens of other delicious options to help fairgoers cool off. Of course, fairgoers shouldn't eat just sweets. So they've got to try the burgers, gyros, steak sandwiches and tons of other foods available. Fairgoers can even eat healthy if they get the fresh fruit and vegetables available at some booths. Some of the venders at Huron County have been around for years, but two new concession stands showed up this year.
11:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
One of the biggest events of the year is going on right now. Beijing may have the Summer Olympics, but Norwalk has the Huron County Fair. Oh, sure, that was a pretty good opening ceremony they had in Beijing (the city formerly known as "Peking" when we studied China in social studies when I was a kid) and there will be almost every conceivable sport contested at the 2008 Olympics. But the fair is the place to be. Remember, you can't drive to Beijing, and they don't have a demolition derby. My memories of a county fair go back many decades to Richland County. From being a spectator to a participant in 4-H, I became immersed in the fair from start to finish. Despite all those hours of involvement, and what seemed like as many hours on the road between Shiloh and Mansfield, we never stayed overnight at the fair. My dad could see nothing but folly in spending all that money on a camper we might only use one or two times each year. A couple of years ago found us with a son very active in 4-H at the fair, myself wanting to spend more and more time there (and not just for the deep fried Oreos) and more and more hours on the road between rural Plymouth and Fair Road. We wanted to camp, but we had heard there was a long waiting list for camping sites.
11:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
Mother Nature continued to cooperate with the Huron County Fair Scheduled Wednesday, as only a few sprinkles fell on the fairgrounds. Senior Fair Office Worker Ruth Swander said that was quite a contrast from the conditions at her Ridge Road home at about 9:40 p.m. She said as she returned from the fair, she could not see the road.
11:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk police detectives are seeking James A. Stewart Jr., 21, to interview him about information on a "strong-armed robbery" last week at Mickey Mart, 123 Whittlesey Ave. Detective Sgt. Todd Temple considers Stewart "a person of interest" in connection with the incident that happened about 11 p.m. Aug. 7. However, the detective said he is not naming the man as a suspect at this time.
11:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
Local majorette group the Red Marauders are the newly-crowned international champion in the senior parade corps division. This competition took place recently in Canton. The Red Marauders were also the recipient of the high point trophy because they were the highest-scoring parade corps in all age divisions. This is the third consecutive year they won the award.
11:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
Government of the people, by the people and for the people was front and center Wednesday when the Huron County commissioners held a meeting at the Huron County Fair. "It is important to get out where the public can attend if they want," commissioner Gary Bauer said, adding the board likes to give fairgoers the chance to see government in action.
11:50 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Greenwich man is out on bond after being arrested Monday in connection with growing marijuana in his mobile home. Jeremy L. Duposky, 28, of 3764 U.S. 224, Lot 32, was released Tuesday from the Huron County Jail after posting 10 percent of a $2,000 bond. He was charged with cultivation of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana. The cultivation charge is punishable by two to eight years in prison and a $15,000 maximum fine. The Tri-Community Fire District responded to a fire in the bathroom at Duposky's mobile home at 5:39 p.m. Monday in Woodland Acres Mobile Home Park. After the blaze was under control, firefighters discovered a marijuana plant in a closet doorway of the laundry room.
11:47 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk, Ohio a century ago was a center for interurban, or electric railway, lines. Public roads were still quite primitive, as automobiles were not yet common. Railroads were numerous, but couldn't connect easily with a majority of the towns. The public was always looking for clean and easy transportation. The Lake Shore Electric ran from Toledo to Cleveland with a northern division through Sandusky and a southern division through Norwalk. The Cleveland, Southwestern and Columbus line terminated in Norwalk, while the Sandusky, Norwalk and Mansfield ran from Mansfield through Norwalk to Sandusky.
11:47 PM Jul 25, 2010
MARION The latest USDA production numbers show that Ohio's corn crop is doing well despite setbacks due to a soggy spring planting season. The government figures show 3.35 million acres of corn in production in Ohio, down slightly from last year but still the second highest harvest on record. "The numbers show that corn growers are resilient," said Mark Drewes, president of the Ohio Corn Growers Assocation (OCGA). Corn growers in Ohio have increased yields from 150 bushels per acre to a projected 160 bushels per acre. The average crop yield in the U.S. is projected at 155 bushels per acre. Higher yields make it possible to plant more corn on fewer acres. Across the nation, USDA's first survey-based forecast for 2008 corn production is 12.3 billion bushels, up 573 million from last month's projection with higher forecast yields and increased harvested area.
11:47 PM Jul 25, 2010
A TIF tax increment financing deal allowing taxes paid to be spent on specific projects benefiting both a developer and the city and a tiff about sidewalks were both discussed at Tuesday's city council work session. Both issues might soon be decided. Council will probably consider legislation regarding the TIF for four parcels in the Norwalk Commons development on the city's north side at next week's meeting. Property owners Shelley Smetzer and Dan Shupe, who both own property slated for mandatory sidewalks in that area, were advised to file an appeal to the city's zoning board.