9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A man imprisioned for a drug crime in Willard might be freed, thanks to an appeals court. The 6th District Court of Appeals ruled Huron County prosecutors committed hearsay violations during the trial for Damone L. Kirk, 27, of Akron, in January. He was convicted of possessing crack cocaine.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - It's all in the timing. And as far as Lesley Ruszkowski is concerned, the timing Friday night was just about perfect. It could have been better, she said, but it could have been much worse. Just moments after the graduation ceremony at Bowling Green State University Firelands wrapped up, the season's first big Spring storm rolled through the area.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Lena Horne, the silky-voiced singing legend who shattered Hollywood stereotypes of African Americans on screen in the 1940s as a symbol of glamour whose signature song was "Stormy Weather," died Sunday. She was 92 Horne died at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, a spokeswoman said. No cause of death was given.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Schools could be going back to the voters in November. The school board authorized treasurer Kenneth France to contact the district's law firm to write up ballot language for a renewal permanent improvement levy. The 3-mill tax generates $442,650 per year and expires Dec. 31, 2011. "It's no new taxes. ... So far, the board hasn't decided to put it on the November ballot," Superintendent Dennis Doughty said after Monday's meeting. "People don't want new taxes; we know that."
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council members are expected to continue the solid waste agreement discussion at tonight's work session. Presently, the city of Norwalk and Huron County are trying to hammer out a new five-year solid waste agreement.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County grand jury today indicted six people, including the teen accused of setting a fire at Willard High School. Brandon Lewis, 19, of 515 W. Emerald St., Willard, was indicted on charges of aggravated arson and vandalism. He was arrested April 15, the day after a fire was set intentionally in a second-floor boy's bathroom in the 200 wing of the high school. The fire caused extensive soot and smoke damage.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Her childhood wasn't so much stolen as it was sold. And in a courtroom Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo., a young woman who, beginning at age 12, was trained and used as a sexual dominatrix gave an impassioned accounting of her torment.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
It appears Huron County escaped Mother Nature's wrath again Tuesday. Though tornado sirens were blaring twice within the city of Norwalk Tuesday evening, no real reports of any major damage have surfaced within Norwalk or around the county.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to the solid waste agreement currently being hashed out between the city and Huron County. The agreement, which ultimately needs presented to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, requires Norwalk's approval since it is the largest municipality in the county.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk woman injured Sunday in a Woodlawn Avenue fire remains hospitalized and the investigation continues. "The fire on Woodlawn remains under investigation at this time," state fire marshal spokesman Shane Cartmill said Friday. "Investigators have not yet been able to speak with the occupant pulled from the fire."
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
It is just in the past couple of years that I have begun visiting Ernsthausen Community Center on a regular basis. It is a valuable local resource, and I am glad we have it.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
MAY 12, 1985 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 25 years ago: Vern Enders bidding farewell to fairgrounds After five years of taking care of Huron County's fairgrounds, Vernon Enders has decided to take care of himself.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A convicted rapist was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a teenager at League Elementary in Norwalk. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway gave Michael C. Miller consecutive terms of nine years for rape and another six for kidnapping. A three-year sentence for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor will run at the same time.
9:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
PERKINS TOWNSHIP - Kalahari this month will unveil its latest expansion, an African-themed Safari Outdoor Adventure Park featuring a zip line tour, ropes course and climbing walls. Scheduled to open May 22, the adventure park will add to the outdoor entertainment at the resort, which already includes a 77,000-square-foot outdoor waterpark, playground, shuffleboard, sand volleyball courts and Safari Adventure Animal Park the last of which opened last summer, providing up-close encounters with giraffes, zebras and other African animals. (NOTE - To see photos of the animal park, click here.)
9:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - A federal appeals court has rejected an effort to strip the word "God" from presidential oaths. Citing largely technical reasons, a three-member appellate panel ruled Friday that California attorney Michael Newdow and his allies weren't in a position to legally challenge the oaths. Newdow, an atheist, had hoped to avoid formal invocation of the deity's name in the 2013 and 2017 inaugurations.
9:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Texas EquuSearch (TES) founder Tim Miller is hopeful the volunteer search and recovery team will find the remains of Michael A. Sheppard. The victim's mother, Rosalie Gottwald, of Milan, said finding her son's body will give her closure in his suspected murder. The 35-year-old Perkins Township man was last seen May 8, 2003 in Huron County. "It's awful not taking care of a funeral for him. ... I won't do that until they find him," Gottwald said.
9:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Texas-based mounted search and recovery team is offering a $5,000 reward for credible information leading to the discovery of a missing man's remains. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I) contacted Texas EquuSearch (TES) on April 19 requesting assistance in recovering the remains of Michael Sheppard, TES said on its Web site, texasequuseacrh.org. TES issued the reward Thursday.
9:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city officials spent a good deal of time about two years ago discussing all aspects of outdoor wood furnaces. Before city council could adopt any official legislation on the subject, the state indicated it would make the decision.
9:20 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler offered a plea deal to murder defendant Steven Rodvold. Ohio Assistant Public Defender William Mooney said he and his Clarksfield Township client discussed the unspecified plea deal before Friday's hearing, but said Rodvold -- the man accused of killing his father -- wants to go to trial.
9:19 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Berlin-Milan Local Schools' levy may have been presented slightly differently, but it was the same result. Voters in Erie and Huron counties turned down 6.9-mill, five-year additional property tax on the ballot that would have covered general fund expenses. This would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $211.35 per year.
9:18 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - A former grocery executive will meet a veteran member of Congress in the November general election, as Rich Iott prevailed in the Republican primary Tuesday for the right to challenge U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) in the general election. In the 9th Congressional District, Iott handily defeated Jack Smith, a former Toledo police chief, in the Republican primary.