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By AARON KRAUSE Reflector Staff Writer akrause@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON Despite what some might think, New London Township Trustees are not responsible for upkeep of the cemetery on Ohio 60, just south of Cook Road, trustee Robert Harris said.
10:40 AM Jul 26, 2010
The search continues for Abbi Obermiller, a 17-year-old North Fairfield girl who has been missing since June 7. Norwalk police were hopeful early Sunday morning after they received what they thought was a tip from an anonymous female caller.
10:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
Willard High School graduate Randy Adams feels he just got his first big break. When your first big break is co-producing the Tony Award winning best musical on Broadway, that's a nice one to have.
10:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN TOWNSHIP - A driver was killed today on the Ohio Turnpike after a truck tire flew across the median and hit his windshield, causing the vehicle to crash. Douglas L. Wise, 51, of Grove City, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Erie County coroner, said troopers with the state Highway Patrol's Milan post. His body was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk.
10:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
A woman shopping at Miller Bros. Super Valu in New London reported seeing Abbi Obermiller in the back of her boyfriend's vehicle recently. However, an investigator said, the woman didn't notify authorities immediately because she didn't realize the 17-year-old North Fairfield girl was still missing.
10:38 AM Jul 26, 2010
MANSFIELD - Don't anyone tell 22 year-old Becky Minger that she can't get what she wants. For five years, she has "really, really wanted to be Miss Ohio," and this past weekend her wish finally came true. (NOTE - To see photos of Miss Ohio action, click here, here and here.)
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Step aside, Zhu Zhu Pets there's a new super fad in town. Kids, parents and grandparents are scouring stores and the Internet to get their hands on rubbery little bands shaped like monkeys, French fries, sea animals and princesses. While there are several companies that make the bands, the best known is Silly Bandz, from BCP Imports of Toledo, Ohio.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake with an epicenter located on Canada's Quebec-Ontario border rocked the northeastern half of the United States early Wednesday afternoon, with the 10-second tremor being felt as far away as Huron County. The quake occurred at 1:41 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no reports of damage in Ohio.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city officials discussed the tree located in front of the Uptown Cafe for the majority of Tuesday night's meeting. The tree has been in the spotlight lately as Uptown Cafe owner Miguel Lugo has requested the city remove it because he feels it blocks some signage.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com It had been 12 years since Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick had participated in the Ohio Police and Fire Games. The 48-year-old deputy brought home the gold during the June 16 event in Toledo. He won the top medal for the shot-put event in the age division called Golden Masters, covering police officers and firefighters who are ages 45 to 49. Patrick threw the shot-put 42 feet, 4 inches.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Cleveland man found himself in the Lorain County Jail Saturday after a traffic crash in Elyria involving a stolen car from Norwalk. Joseph D. McElroy, 41, of Cleveland, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property after troopers with the Elyria post of the state Highway Patrol detained him following a traffic crash in Elyria. The vehicle McElroy was driving was found to be stolen from a Falconcrest Drive residence in Norwalk.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council will treat residents to a special session and work session at its meeting Tuesday night. It will be the final meeting for a bit, as council will not meet on June 29 or July 6, as it typically takes a break during the summer.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Police responded to a West Washington Street location Friday evening after receiving several reports of a man with a gun. The reports ranged from the man threatening to commit suicide to chasing a female down the sidewalk with a gun.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD City residents could be looking at a one-half percent income tax increase proposal on November's ballot to cover road repairs. City council agreed to have an ordinance drawn up to reflect the need for the increase, which would cost a person making $40,000 an additional $200 a year. The tax, which would only cover earned income, would generate $920,000 a year for four years. The city's current income tax is 1 3/8 percent. Council members could hear the first reading of the ordinance at the next meeting. Generally, it takes three readings before council votes on whether to make a measure law.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk woman is facing at least a felony charge after assaulting more than one police officer Thursday night. Vanessa J. Bailey, 37, of 461 Ridge Road, has been charged with assault on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, after an incident at a Ridge Road location about 8 p.m.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County sheriff's office lost power and phone service for a brief period Saturday morning. At about 8:40 a.m. Saturday, the power went out in the dispatch area at the sheriff's office. The dispatching area lost phone service for a few minutes and then later could only call within the building. The 9-1-1 service also was down.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's the phone call nobody ever wants to get. Ken Bleile was on the wrong side of that call Thursday as information came in from the Canton area about the tragic death of Kevin Meyer. Meyer, 26, of Grove City and formerly of Bellevue, was electrocuted in a road construction accident while working for Lake Erie Construction. Bleile, safety director for LEC, said there was an empty feeling around the office Monday morning. As tough as it was, work and life must go on.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Ohio Department of Transportation will be working on two sections of Ohio 13 for separate projects. Ohio 13, between U.S. 250 and the Richland County line, is restricted to one lane of traffic as part of a resurfacing project. One lane of two-way traffic will be maintained at all times with flaggers. The project is expected to be completed by Aug. 15. Ohio 13, about 7/10 mile north of Omega Road in Fitchville Township, is closed for a bridge replacement. The road will reopen July 14.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk's Woodlawn Cemetery has had a self-guided walking tour pamphlet available for several years, and every now and then (when I feel ambitious) I lead guided walking tours in the summer. One of the tours will take place at 1 p.m. July 18 and the other is set for 1 p.m. Aug. 22. Meet at the public mausoleum. The very first actual burial in Woodlawn was a six-month-old infant, Herbert Barnhart. He was the son of John and Juliette Roscoe Barnhart, who lived on Drake Road northwest of Norwalk. The Barnharts moved to Keokuk Co., Iowa, after the Civil War. Little Herbert's original monument still exists and is a stop on the tour. Woodlawn Cemetery is operated by the Norwalk Cemetery Association, a nonprofit corporation organized in 1854 to establish a new cemetery for the town. Prior to that time most burials took place in the Episcopal Cemetery behind the church on West Main. This location was a chronic problem, though. The church sold burial lots there but there never was a care program established. Cows and pigs roamed freely through the grounds and there was no attention given to cutting grass, trimming brush, etc. After Woodlawn was opened, many burials were transferred from the old cemetery.
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com 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?"
10:37 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com A little help would be nice. But help from his neighbors or not, Bill Bader Jr. is ready to go with this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Action in the four-day event kicked off today, with the big boys scheduled to take to the track for the first time at 4:45 p.m. Friday. The finals are set to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.