7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Things are quiet this time of year in Columbus. "But it is an interesting time in Columbus now," said state Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk). "It's my second year now and it is a whole lot different now that the budget has been settled. It seems like now, nothing is moving. There are no big bills."
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Bellevue man who attempted to use a stolen credit card in the city was sentenced Thursday to a community-based corrections facility (CBCF). Michael W. Highlander, 26, of 304 Northwest St., could spend up to six months in the form of prison which focuses on education and substance abuse treatment as part of his three years of probation. He pleaded guilty Dec. 7 to receiving stolen property.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLYDE - An investigation led by state Auditor Mary Taylor's office resulted in an eight-year prison sentence for Todd Helms, former superintendent of the Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village Local School District. Helms, 45, of Clyde, was convicted in November on 10 counts including theft in office, filing a false or fraudulent tax return, tampering with records, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and six counts of theft.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The flow of aid supplies into Haiti by air and sea picked up Friday, and more shops reopened for business but a sharp aftershock jangled nerves, giving an extra push to those considering whether to leave the shattered capital city. The aftershock, measuring 4.4, was one of many that have shaken Port-au-Prince since the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach has filed petitions to seek re-election. Tkach currently is serving his first term as auditor after being the county treasurer from 2001 to 2007.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Rising unemployment and sinking wages have pushed record numbers of Ohioans into poverty. The State of Poverty in Ohio unveiled four days before Gov. Ted Strickland's official State of the State speech was released today by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. It provides some startling statistics and reveals what many Ohioans know firsthand.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County grand jury indicted 20 suspects Wednesday. Sammie L. Barnett II, 24 of Port Clinton, on burglary, theft of firearm, safecracking, two counts each of receiving stolen property (checks) and complicity to forgery in connection with incidents on Dec. 18 and 14.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - A judge has rejected director Roman Polanski's bid to be sentenced in absentia in a three-decade-old child-sex case. Judge Peter Espinoza ruled that Polanski, 76, will have to come back Los Angeles to be sentenced.
7:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
ELYRIA - President Barack Obama talked about the realistic challenges facing his administration to a crowd of about 1,200 people and 200 members of the press Friday at Lorain County Community College. Obama said he entered the White House about one year ago "in the middle of a raging economic storm that was wreaking devastation on your town and communities everywhere."
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON New London Police Chief Michael Marko said he is "seriously reconsidering" his possible resignation. Marko turned in his resignation to village council and New London Mayor Darwin Anderson during the Jan. 11 meeting. "One of the councilmen asked him to reconsider," said Anderson, who hopes to hear back from Marko at Monday's meeting.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
President Barack Obama's visit to Lorain County on Friday couldn't come at a better time, as local officials hope to express their concerns about jobs heading out of the country. Specifically, they want the president to remember the name Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG).
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com It may not have been a marriage made in heaven, but for the Cerillis, getting married in Rome was pretty close. Angelo and Joanne Cerilli were married July 23, 1959 in Rome, Italy. The two celebrated their 50th anniversary last summer and are going strong in their 51st year together. "We went to Vegas for five days," Angelo said. "Vegas was good. I made a little money. I got lucky."
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Greg Gilbert's hands and knees shook. Bell time was approaching for the amateur boxer.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ramon J. Ornelas, 42, of Norwalk, has been charged with eight counts of harboring and concealing illegal aliens, three counts of mail fraud and seven counts of subscribing to a false tax return. According to the information released late Thursday by Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, an information was filed against Ornelas. An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County received three proposals to fix the courthouse clock Thursday. Those proposals ranged anywhere from $23,980 to $39,943 to do the work.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
EUCLID - Northeast Ohio's original and longest running home and garden show will mark its 67th year of providing springtime inspirations to homeowners with a 10-day January engagement in a new suburban venue. The "Cleveland Home & Garden Show,' presented by the community hospitals of Cleveland Clinic, will debut Friday at the Great Lakes Expo Center in Euclid. The show will run through Jan. 31. A different and unrelated home and garden show will take place at the I-X Center in early February, the Cleveland Home & Garden Show's former home and traditional time of the year. "The Great Big Home & Garden Expo' and its line-up of attractions, hundreds of exhibitors, and products and promotions will take place from Feb. 6 to 14 at the I-X Center. (Look for a separate story about that show in an upcoming issue of the Norwalk Reflector). The Great Lakes Expo Center, located across from Euclid Square Mall at 1200 Babbitt Road, is the new permanent home to sophisticated garden displays, expert horticulture advice and interior design ideas. Relocating the Cleveland Home & Garden Show presented by the community hospitals of Cleveland Clinic to the 215,000 square-foot convention facility enabled Cleveland-based Show Producer Expositions, Inc. to extend the Show's event dates and modify its traditional February timing.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Charges are pending in an early morning crash Monday in which authorities suspect alcohol was a factor. North Central EMS transported the driver, Zachary R. Klaiber, 21, of 8003 Main Road, Berlin Heights, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where he was treated for serious injuries. He later was transferred to another medical facility. Fisher-Titus spokeswoman Johnna Young, citing medical privacy laws, has said she couldn't say what facility that was.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
I realize I work in a "dinosaur,' or "legacy,' industry and that such a person would naturally be somewhat critical or skeptical of competing media, but this new media stuff is really starting to creep me out. I have bookmarked on my computer 10 to 15 sites I visit almost daily that deal with newspapers, journalism, Web journalism, the future of media and that type of thing.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - Whether you prefer the slimy or the sparkly, there's something for everyone at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's new event, Fairytales & Frogs. Taking place in The RainForest from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Presidents' Day (Monday, Feb. 15), the day focuses on frogs, but with a twist. Not only will guests learn about the importance of frogs, but they'll also celebrate the special role these amphibians have played in fairytales and legends throughout history.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
We will take nominations until Feb. 12 and then name our winner Feb. 22 in our Firelands Insight '10 edition. It will be the fourth and final Insight special with one appearing each Monday in February. Last year's winner was Tom Smith, of Monroeville, joining previous winners Scott Ford and Reta Stark.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - The Sandusky Bay Area Chef's Association is conducting a scholarship fundraising dinner Saturday at Sawmill Creek Lodge to benefit the promotion of culinary education in the Sandusky Bay Area. The goal of this gourmet multi-course dinner and silent auction is to raise $4,000 to be able to provide scholarships to Sandusky Bay Area high school students and others interested in furthering their education in the culinary arts. Tickets cost $45 and are available through the SBACA president, Chef Michael Edwards, at the EHOVE Career Center. Call (419) 499-4663 for more information.