7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Montana was relieved of his duties this morning in connection with violating a "last chance agreement' with the sheriff and Montana's union. Sheriff Dane Howard said the decision was effective as of 9 a.m. today and was the result of violating a "last chance agreement we had with him.' The Nov. 11 agreement was with Montana, Howard and the union representing Montana, the Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Several people with information about Sunday's robbery of the Norwalk Hy-Miler have been interviewed. Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said the investigator, Capt. Bob McLaughlin, interviewed several tipsters Tuesday and continues to receive more calls.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Fisher-Titus Medical Center and Port Clinton's Magruder Hospital patients will soon know detailed information about a medical professional who enters their room - without even asking the person. Health care providers at the hospitals will know information such as a patient's allergies before entering his room - without looking at any papers or talking to the patient or anyone else.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - An Elyria drug suspect accused of selling marijuana to undercover officers is out on bond. Undercover officers with the Wakeman Police Department reportedly bought marijuana from Alex M. Duelley, 20, on three different occasions, Chief Tim Hunker said. The transactions were part of a nearly month-long joint investigation involving Wakeman, METRICH, a 10-county drug task force, and the Huron County Sheriff's Office.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
MARGARETTA TWP. - A woman walking along U.S. 6 was struck and killed by a passing car Tuesday night after allegedly celebrating lottery winnings at a nearby tavern. Deborah McDonald, 47, of Crystal Rock, was pronounced dead at the scene, which was near the intersection of Ohio 269 in this Erie County township, said troopers with state Highway Patrol's Sandusky post. McDonald was suspected of consuming alcohol prior to the 9:46 p.m. accident, troopers said. Her body was taken to Ransom Funeral Home.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com In a continuing effort to save money, the village will not be mailing out income tax forms this year, according to village administrator Jonna Rowland. Rowland told council Monday residents will receive postcards informing them of this and letting them know forms are available at the village hall, the library and on line atwww.newlondonohio.com. For more information, contact Melissa Wilson at (419) 929-4461 or Rowland at (419) 929-4091. Police Chief Mike Marko told council he wants to continue as chief and council agreed not to accept the resignation he submitted at the last meeting. He thanked members for their support.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
More than 200 Norwalk Catholic School students wanted to show solidarity with the people of Haiti. So on Wednesday, the students didn't have breakfast, lunch or dinner just bread and water. "We chose to do it one day," sophomore Kelsey Barna said. "They have to (fast) all the time."
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk Reflector's family of Web sites has a new sibling. The paper and its sister paper, the Sandusky Register, have launched Firelands411.com, a directory designed to help customers find local businesses.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Ohio House of Representatives this afternoon approved a resolution that will allow voters across Ohio to change the location for the Columbus casino. Voters last fall approved an Ohio Constitutional amendment that allows casinos to be built in four cities in the state including Columbus, but objections to the designated Arena District site led to an effort to find a different location. The resolution authorizes a Columbus casino on the site of the former Delphi plant on the west side.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Calling it a "contained situation," Huron County Health Commissioner Tim Hollinger said parents should not panic over a bacterial meningitis case at Norwalk Catholic School Early Childhood Center. A pre-school/kindergarten aide at the school has been in Firelands Hospital since Sunday night with what is believed to be bacterial meningitis.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund's response to a head-on collision about 20 years ago says a lot about what kind of officer Englund is. The Peru Center Road crash ripped the engine off one car, throwing it into a nearby ditch.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - A fuel line leak from a sport utility vehicle is being blamed for the fire that destroyed the garage Tuesday at 1856 Ohio 269. Homeowner Gene Muehling started storing a 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada in the 24-foot by 48-foot building Sunday.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com In her first book, Milan resident Mary Strayer teaches you how to be a frugal gardener. In her most recently published book, "Ohio's Gardens Wonderland," she wants you to go out, enjoy, relax and perhaps experience some spiritual fulfillment. The 81-page, full color-book features pictures of "every public garden and park I could locate in Ohio." It includes descriptions and directors to each garden, with information about picnicking and walks.
7:28 AM Jul 26, 2010
JAN. 30, 1929 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 81 years ago: Banquet speakers hold crowd enthralled Never in the whole 26 years of its history has the Huron County McKinley Club enjoyed a finer banquet or better speeches than they did last night, when more than 400 gathered in the high school auditorium.
7:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Council is currently hashing out three pieces of legislation dealing with skill-based machine businesses. Two are ordinances involving zoning, while the third is a resolution that would put a one-year moratorium on these businesses from entering the city until council establishes zoning for the adult arcades.
7:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
January isn't the most popular fishing season, but I wanted to share some history of the Norwalk reservoirs. This is prompted by questions from an inveterate fisherman who may be fishing at the reservoirs even today! Norwalk's first municipal water supply came from the Huron River in 1871. The original pumping station still stands west of town and south of the Armory. This system soon showed the inefficiency of pumping water from an unreliable supply uphill, while maintaining an acceptable pressure. As early as 1888, Norwalk city councilman Jay F. Laning proposed building a new reservoir/reservoirs at a high altitude for better supply and pressure. He favored the present location at Woodlawn and Old State. As we might expect, there were as many opinions as there were councilmen. Engineers investigated Mr. Laning's site, plus a site with springs just south of West Hartland as well as the Read's Creek which crosses under Ridge Road just south of U.S. 20. After six years of haggling and engineering reports, the Laning site was selected, but not without considerable lip service from local citizens. It was decided to build what we call the upper and lower reservoirs, with a pumping station and a standpipe for storage at the corner of Old State and Woodlawn. In those days Woodlawn went through straight east and crossed the railroad. Beyond Old State it was called the Medina Road.
7:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland highlighted green energy jobs during his annual State of the State speech on Tuesday by highlighting the economic, environmental and national security benefits of corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels. Strickland vowed to replace Ohio's reputation as a Rust Belt state with being the "undisputed home of advanced energy." The governor used his speech to promote an enhanced emphasis on "green-energy" jobs. "I believe in Ohio because you can't write the history of the world without us," Strickland said, highlighting many of the important inventions in the Buckeye State over time. "I believe in Ohio because Ohio will power the future." Ohio produces nearly 300 million gallons of ethanol annually at four plants throughout the state and later this year the state will add another 110 million gallons when the Valero - Bloomingburg plants reopens. Corn ethanol is a clean-burning renewable fuel that has been blended with the nation's fuel supply since the 1970s. In addition to the economic and environmental benefits of corn ethanol, its usage decreases the nation's dependence on foreign oil, which helps ensure national security.
7:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Eleven-year-old Dominique Workley said she's never saved a life before - prior to Jan. 6, anyway. She, her 8-year-old brother Sean and their friend, 9-year-old Eryka Schwartz, were recognized by Monroeville Village Council Tuesday for quite possibly saving the life of their 87-year-old neighbor, Anita Vizyak. The Monroeville woman had fallen on her porch on the afternoon of Jan. 6 with the temperature in the 20s.
7:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's tough to tell where Norwalk city council is headed with skill-based amusement machine businesses. Currently, council has a pair of ordinances dealing with the zoning of the businesses in various stages of consideration. Both of these ordinances could come up for a vote on Feb. 16, but that isn't likely.
7:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - In what was described as the largest such move ever by an automaker in the United States, Toyota said Tuesday it had halted sales of eight models of its cars and trucks that account for more than half its U.S. sales until it could find a fix for sticking accelerator pedals under a safety recall. The move, which will cut production for at least a week at seven Toyota plants in North America, comes six days after the Japanese automaker announced the recall of 2.3 million vehicles due to the accelerator problem that it first encountered in 2007.
7:27 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Willard Police Officer Joshua M. Dorsey was released Monday morning from Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center after accidentally shooting himself in the leg with his personal weapon Sunday. The incident, which happened about 9:55 p.m. in the police locker room as Dorsey was reporting for duty, remains under investigation because it involved an officer, a firearm and an injury, the police chief said.