3:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
What does a mother of one child who operates a day care center have in common with jet-powered dragsters? Nothing whatsoever unless that woman's name is Elaine Larsen. The young lady who could easily pass for an everyday soccer mom spends her weekends blasting down the nation's dragstrips at the wheel of the 300 mph Embry-Riddle sponsored jet dragster. That may seem like an odd pastime for all but a stout hearted few, but for Larsen, it's a dream come true. Elaine Larsen grew up in Middleton, Mich., the youngest of six children. In a perfect storybook romance, Elaine met her husband, Chris, when they were both in high school, and married. Twenty-two years later, that marriage is stronger than ever, and their 12-year-old son, Andrew, or "Sparkplug' as he's affectionately known, is now part of the crew of mom's racecar.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A 15-year-old Norwalk girl admitted Monday to being the look-out for a Feb. 4 planned burglary near her Carriage Court home. The girl admitted to an amended charge of attempted complicity to burglary through Huron County Juvenile Court. A disposition hearing is still pending. Court administrator Chris Mushett said the girl was released to her mother on electronically-monitored house arrest after Monday's hearing. Information from a tipster led to the Norwalk Police Department special response team (SRT) vacating the targeted victims from their home. Chief Kevin Cashen has said the SRT members were there "a little more than three hours" before arresting Robert E. Davis, 21, his girlfriend Taylor S. Wadsworth, 18, and an 18-year-old Collins man who isn't being named because hasn't been charged yet.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Area post offices are not offering extended hours Wednesday for people to postmark their income taxes for April 15. What follows is a list of those offices, their hours and the deadline for an April 15 postmark: Bellevue: Hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a deadline of 5 p.m. Berlin Heights: Hours 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4:30 p.m., with a deadline of 4:30 p.m. Collins: Hours 7:30 to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., with a deadline of 4:15.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Its that time of the year again Tool Time. For the fifth year in a row, more than 70 companies have donated about $5,000 worth of tools that will passed out from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the St. Paul Convocation Center to lucky winners. The three top prizes will be given away at 2, 3 and 4 p.m., with smaller tool packages given away every 15 minutes.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Collins man was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail for contributing to the unruliness of a 15-year-old Norwalk Township boy. Charles J. Martin, 18, of 3693 Hartland Center Road, is allowed to serve his jail term on the weekends as long as he participates in an educational program, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said. "He picked up a juvenile in a vehicle and smoked marijuana in the vehicle," Shenker said about the Nov. 30 incident in a Westwind Drive business parking lot. Huron County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Cardwell also ordered Martin to undergo substance abuse counseling, obtain employment and his GED. He also was fined $100 and ordered to have no association with the boy or anyone under the age of 18 as part of his two years of probation.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Employees at Norwalk Custom Order Furniture (NCOF) overwhelmingly voted down union representation from United Steelworkers union, Local 48U (USWA). "I am grateful our employees have finally had a chance to have their voices heard and that they are willing to give us a chance to make something new here," said Dan White, president of the new company. "We are glad that this matter is now put to rest so that we can continue to move forward as an organization," said Tom Bleile, spokesman for the local investors that started up the company after the original Norwalk Furniture failed.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Galion man must post a $10,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail in connection with running from a state trooper while intoxicated Friday. Trooper Thomas Halko said in his report he saw Erik A. Schumacher, 20, driving a vehicle that "appeared to be weaving in its lane" while heading north on Ohio 61. The incident started about 1:15 a.m. in New Haven Township. As the vehicle passed, Halko reported hearing a loud exhaust and noticed the rear license plate light was out. As the trooper exited his cruiser, Halko said he saw Schumacher move to the passenger seat and flee from his vehicle into a nearby field. Halko said the suspect didn't follow his order to stop, but eventually fell in a yard and stayed still until he was apprehended. The trooper reported noticing a strong odor of alcohol on Schumacher, who told Halko he'd had 10 beers.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Feb. 28, 2008 warehouse fire on 49 Benedict Ave. ranks as the top fire loss for the Norwalk Fire Department for last year. The blaze behind H&R Block, 51 Benedict Ave., caused an estimated $220,000 worth of damage and started at a radial arm saw.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Summit Motorsports Park is gearing up for a big season starting next weekend and Norwalk Reflector readers will find free coupons for the event in the paper on Monday and Thursday. President Bill Bader Jr. said April 18 will usher in the biggest season the park has ever anticipated. But weather is always a factor in April in Ohio.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland says his proposed budget includes measures to create jobs. State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk), however, says those measures won't help his constituents in Huron County, where the unemployment rate is a state-leading 18 percent. Boose calls the Democratic governor's proposed budget "borderline-ridiculous" and challenges Strickland to talk with local residents about jobs.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - The state Highway Patrol seized more than 124 pounds of marijuana after stopping a man who was speeding Sunday on the Ohio Turnpike.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
President Obama was in Strasbourg, France recently for ceremonies celebrating the 60th anniversary of NATO. And in the opening words of his speech, he said "Good Afternoon" to the audience in both French and German.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Hundreds of children converged on McGuan Park Saturday afternoon for the annual egg hunt put on by the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Department. Recreation Director Joe Lindenberger said last year's event attracted about 300 children and he expected around 500 on Saturday.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Looking at the schedule of events at the senior centers in Norwalk and Willard could make young people tired. The senior citizens go everywhere and seem to be busy every minute. They play cards, they carve wood, they make stained glass, they travel, they take classes. Most of all, they enjoy themselves.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - The Eskins family doesn't have to look far for food. The rural Berlin Heights family is surrounded by it. Potential food sources include the many deer that cross the nearby road and even venture into their backyard.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Foundry property on Carey Place between Newton and Pleasant streets has been in the news for some time. It's hard to imagine an "abandoned" property, but that's the best description of it for several years. This spot was associated with the same type of business for more than a century. In the summer of 1894 a foundry opened here under the business name of the Norwalk Foundry & Machine Company. This was an expansion of the former Norwalk Machine Company at 38 Woodlawn Ave., operated by James R. Allan and William E. Sidnell. By 1900 the business was being operated by William Sidnell as president and Arthur Sidnell as secretary-treasurer.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Martz looks forward to coaching his son Theron in football at Western Reserve High School. "I've been coaching out there for 11 years," said Martz, whose son will be an outside linebacker and running back as a freshman next year.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - The Easter Bunny struck again. Residents in Berlin Heights noticed paw prints outside "every single home in the village" Sunday morning, Police Chief Charity Schafer said.
3:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
They're not career politicians. In fact, they've never held public office.
3:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - A new Monroeville business is banking on the racing theme in the area as The Speed Trap Bar.Grill.Fun will hold a grand opening Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. The new restaurant and bar, at 10 Monroe St., in the building formerly housing Kiley's, hopes to attract both casual diners and people from throughout the region with special entertainment on weekends.
3:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dreams are "the children of an idle brain." So says Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. Is that all dreams are? Children of an idle brain? And if so, even so, that is remarkable: that our brain is a busy thing, and even when idle, it creates dreams.