3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ever had a play date with nature? That was the goal of the Norwalk Parks & Recreation Department's Earth Day Scavenger Hunt on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Lake Park. In addition to the hunt, where one matched rocks and leaves on a display board with what was nearby, families also did some fishing, went on an educational hike and built a fire during the free event.
3:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Collins husband and wife face multiple charges in connection with a suspected gambling operation at their business, Tom & Lisa's Gulf Inn. Both Tom S. Buckingham Jr., 60, and Alisa A. Williams, 49, of 2858 E. U.S. 20, are scheduled to be arraigned May 4 in Huron County Common Pleas Court on four fifth-degree felony counts each of conducting an illegal bingo game. Each defendant also was charged with four first-degree misdemeanor charges of operating a gambling house.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - A Western Reserve High School student punched a sheriff's deputy in the face Friday while throwing a fit over not being allowed to participate in a physical education class. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund responded to the school just before noon for the report of a disturbance. Capt. Ted Patrick and Capt. Bob McLaughlin arrived later, as did Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker, after the rural Norwalk boy, 16, reportedly hit Englund.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Don't panic. Take normal precautions. Two medications can help. Those are the messages from Huron County health officials about the swine flu that's spread from Mexico to Elyria and across the globe.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Monroeville man who fled an unsubstantiated shooting Friday morning at Midtown Manor was arrested near his home where police recovered a loaded weapon. Alan A. Osborn, 21, of 22 Manchester St., currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail on a charge of aggravated burglary. Norwalk Police Sgt. David Smith said the third-degree felony is in connection with a Milan Avenue incident reported at 10:58 a.m.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A man pleaded guilty to attempted gross sexual imposition Monday for a Nov. 12 bathing incident involving a 7-year-old girl in Huron County. As part of the plea deal, Brandon W. Lewis, 26, of Sandusky, agreed to pay $750 for a diagnosis at the District 5 Forensic Center. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said the defendant, when he is sentenced June 10, should expect to be classified as a Tier I sex offender, meaning he will have to register his address with the sheriff's office for the next 15 years.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
As I mentioned last week, twice a year for as long as I can remember, I made a business trip to North Carolina. It was a little different from most long trips because I drove the 500 miles instead of flying.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two swine flu samples taken from suspected victims in Huron County have come back negative, Huron County General Health District Commissioner Tim Hollinger said. The samples had been sent to a laboratory Monday.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Life has been a little slow this year for local mushroom hunters. It's been unusually cold with few warm spells, and until recently wet and getting wetter. But a few people found some blacks several weeks ago, and just last week a woman reported finding a goodly cluster of fine grays. With the recent warm weather, the big yellows should be peeping through forest litter as you read this or will be shortly, and those are the ones we hurry out to seek each year. Large, dark gold, succulent fungi that taste better than anything I've yet found in a supermarket. There have been plenty of articles written about how to find morels, and I've written a few myself. The basic fact is that you walk until you find some, wherever they may be. You'll find them here this year, there next year, sometimes within five minutes, sometimes after half a day. It's a matter of paying your dues. But what do you do after than onion sack is filled with tasty morels? Lots of things. First, do use a loose mesh onion sack, because the experts say your travels around woods and fencerows will cause bagged morels to drop some spores and hopefully start a few for next year. When you get the fungi home, the first step is to slice them lengthwise and soak the lot in light salt water for half an hour or so to dislodge any tiny insects that have made a home inside. Then rinse them well, set some aside for immediate use, and freeze the others. One top way to freeze mushrooms is to fill a half gallon milk carton with them, add water and freeze. "There's no freezer burn this way." I was told by one old timer. "I've kept them for two years in cartons and had them taste fresh when I thawed them out."
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com CLEVELAND "Anytime you get the opportunity to inspire youth, it is not just important it is a responsibility." That's the reason Mark Shapiro, general manager of the Cleveland Indians, said he hosted Inspiration 2009 Saturday to benefit Teen Leadership Corps at Progressive Field. Shapiro, whose wife Lissa Bockrath Shapiro is a Norwalk native, hosted the benefit at Saturday's game against the Minnestoa Twins to help the area organization raise funds to bring the program to more schools. "I feel connected to northeast Ohio, but I feel a strong connection to Norwalk and Sandusky," Shapiro said, adding TLC creator Mary Ann Creamer inspired him and his wife to support the organization.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com "Life is important to us, no matter what age" that's the message the executive director of Abigail Ministries hopes to spread. "There's girls out there that don't even know we're here," Sandra Eckler said. "They don't even know there are alternatives to abortion." The faith-based organization offers counseling, parenting classes, support and maternity and children's clothes and supplies to help women through pregnancies and into motherhood. "We start out every morning in prayer," Eckler said, then they go about providing every service they can to women and men facing crisis pregnancies and other issues.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Convicted burglar Kurtis J. DeWitt is facing more charges. DeWitt was indicted Friday on six felonies in connection with bringing stolen drugs to the Huron County Jail after an April 15 robbery. Meanwhile, DeWitt's live-in girlfriend and accused getaway driver, Megan R. Lillo, of 25 Bank St., faces charges of complicity to aggravated robbery, complicity to robbery, possession of oxycodone, complicity to theft of drugs and conveying contraband into a detention facility.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
An oath, the promise of a chicken dance and some encouraging words were meant Friday to put Pleasant Elementary School students in the right frame of mind for the Ohio Achievement Tests. Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Wayne Babcanec, Pleasant Principal Janice Smith and several Norwalk High School students all spoke to the school's third- and fourth-graders. Smith had gathered a group of high school students who either attended Pleasant or have parents who teach in the school.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Rhonda M. Roe expressed remorse for embezzling nearly $11,000 from her one-time employer. "I'm very sorry for what I did. I accept my responsibility for what I did," the Willard woman told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Like all grandmothers, Karen Rosales thinks her 3-year-old grandson is adorable. On Sunday she'll get the chance to show him off to all of America. "America's Funniest Home Videos' will run a clip Rosales sent in featuring the boy, Cruz Uballe. The ABC show starts at 7 p.m.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
The news of the tragedy flashed through the community like wildfire - six Norwalk men were killed 25 years ago today when the plane carrying them to a construction job in Georgia crashed. Since some workers had driven to the site and others took off at 4:30 a.m. from the Huron County airport, it took some time for even officials at Paul E. Bleile Construction Company to figure out just who was on the plane.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Sarah Oney had $2,000 in her savings account. It was money the 15-year-old home-schooled student had earned by working more than 12 hours a week. She figured she was about $1,000 short of buying a truck for when she starts driving.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
As I mentioned last week, twice a year for as long as I can remember, I made a business trip to North Carolina. It was a little different from most long trips because I drove the 500 miles instead of flying. Driving, especially in the spring and fall time frames, put me in contact with my exact opposite the vacation traveler. At hotels, for instance, business travelers like me just want a room and a good night's sleep. And we don't want to talk to anybody about it. We get up, eat breakfast, make sure to get a receipt for the expense account, check out, stumble to the parking lot and go.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
One of my students told me recently that his 5-year-old brother found his note cards for his research project and played with them, making them unreadable and unusable. Was this merely an excuse for not having note cards? Or did it really happen? It could be a true story; little brothers are like that. I had a little brother once. He was 10 years younger than me. Still is.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Matt White is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to highlight the move of Automotive Services to 35 Whittlesey Avenue. White ran the business from a smaller location on the city's west side for six years, but needed the larger space to expand. Ed Mackey, service manager for the company, said the move expands their garage space from three to six bays and also offers more office space.
3:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Monroeville suspect who fled an unsubstantiated shooting Friday morning at Midtown Manor has been arrested near his home. Alan A. Osborn, 21, of 22 Manchester St., is expected to be charged with aggravated burglary in connection with the Milan Avenue incident reported at 10:58 a.m., Norwalk Police Sgt. David Smith said. A Huron County Jail spokesman said Osborn was not in custody as of the posting of this story.