Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
A letter from a convict about the same case against his half-brother might lead to a new trial. Eric D. Cover, 21, of Ashland, was supposed to be sentenced Tuesday morning for a March 18, 2007 home invasion on Greenwich Milan Townline Road. In early July, a Huron County Common Pleas Court jury convicted him of seven felonies including kidnapping, aggravated burglary, burglary, aggravated robbery, robbery and conspiracy. The jurors acquitted Cover of felonious assault. After a lengthy delay before Tuesday's hearing, defense attorney David Longo requested a "brief continuance" because he received an unsolicited letter last week from Cover's older half-brother, Jeremy Holmberg. The former New London resident is serving 13 years in prison for masterminding the home invasion. Without going into details, Longo told the court he considered the contents of the letter to be a "new development" in the case, which could be considered "new evidence." He said he ultimately might have to file a motion for a new trial.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
Leonard Mingus never met his great-grandmother, Jemima Ewing. But, the stories he's heard about Ewing and her husband, Noah, painted a picture of them in his mind: They were "both real good people; good down to earth family people' who took their children on horse, wagon and sleigh rides.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
The president of Industrial Realty Group, one of the investment firms now negotiating to take over Norwalk Furniture, said recently he hopes to have the deal finalized within a couple of weeks. Stuart Lichter, IRG president, told an area newspaper he anticipated closing the deal soon. "We have pretty much worked out the terms, but it's a very complicated deal. We're moving forward," he said. "The negotiations are done. The terms are set," said Joe Mosbrook, vice president of the public relations firm handling the deal, adding the investment firms of IRG and Blackbird are completing their due diligence before signing final paperwork.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
COLLINS The Western Reserve board of education recently discussed the proposed repeal of both parts of the 1.25 percent income tax. Two petitions have been filed to repeal the .75 percent tax, which is used for current expenses, and the .5 percent tax, which is used for permanent improvements such as buildings and books. Treasurer Brett Robson said without the money generated by the taxes, the district would be in the red by the end of the first year, and it is imperative voters know how important this money is to the schools. Board members are asking for community volunteers to form a levy committee to fight the repeal effort.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
Jobs First Mobile Unit announces September schedule Here is the Jobs First Mobile Unit schedule for September. For more information, contact the Mobile Unit Job Store, Sue and Mary, (419) 357-0790 or (419) 357-3032. Sept. 1: Labor Day Sept. 2: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Gas Depot, New London.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
With the close of the Beijing Olympics, we now return to our regularly scheduled election season. In the United States, the pinnacle of our quadrennial extravaganza to select a new president reaches its zenith, not with the counting of the chads in November and into December, but with the political conventions of both parties in late summer. The Democrats are up this week and following right on their heels are the Republicans next week. This has been what seems to be an abnormally long presidential primary and campaign. But then again, Barack Hussein Obama has been running for president since shortly after delivering the keynote address at the previous Democratic convention in 2004 which is longer than he has been a U.S. Senator. And maverick John McCain has been in the running since about 1973 when he was released from captivity as a POW in North Vietnam. The Democrats have anointed Joe Biden as their vice-presidential candidate. Biden has been described this past weekend as a "kinda" nice guy with shoot-from-the-hip interrogation tactics and a keen eye toward foreign diplomacy. Just remember that he has been in the Senate longer than McCain and Obama combined and that makes him just another professional politician, easier for him because he has a short commute from Delaware to Washington every day on AMTRAK. We have to wonder, how long will it take before he shoots off some vitriol and embarrasses the ticket? Forgive us for being less than enthusiastic about the whole campaign at this time, but it seems it has gone on forever and we've known who the parties' candidates would be for quite awhile. Couldn't both parties save the expense of the conventions and use the money for something useful, like more presidential political ads? No, wait, bad idea go ahead and have the conventions, please. Heck, while you're at it, rent INVESCO Field in Denver for Barack's latest change-for-the-sake-of-change speech tonight, just so he can play to a larger crowd than in the convention hall.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
The Lady Flyers opened the season and Firelands Conference schedule with a convincing 25-10, 25-14, 25-10 win over Crestview Tuesday night at the convocation center. "It was a great first match,'' St. Paul coach Nancy Miller said. "I was proud of all the girls, especially with how young we are. I thought the freshmen's composure was awesome in their first varsity match and the juniors are doing a good job of being leaders.''
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The check's not in the mail because the bills are six years late. By Ohio Revised Code, Huron County and Sandusky County are required to pay for part of the court costs for Bellevue Municipal Court. Bellevue stopped sending invoices in 2002, but now the city is sending hefty bills to both Huron and Sandusky Counties $99,000 for Huron County and a reported $103,000 for Sandusky County. The Bellevue auditor's office didn't respond to phone calls Monday or Tuesday.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
NEW LONDON Cats, both wild and tame, are still free to roam at large in the village because New London council voted down the proposed cat ordinance Monday. Introduced at the July 28 council meeting, the ordinance would have required cats to be immunized, made it illegal for them to run at large and prohibited the feeding of wild cats. Resident Bill Terrell spoke in favor of the ordinance by saying, "Feral cats have ruined my life and cost me a fortune." He said he was against "irresponsible owners," not the cats themselves and was unable to keep bird feeders on his property or have a flower or vegetable garden because of cats. Gina Smith said although she was in favor of cats being licensed and wearing collars with indentification, she was against the ordinance.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Attorneys argued their positions Monday in the case against shaken baby suspect Jeffrey A. Resor again. On June 27, a jury acquitted Resor of murder and child endangerment in the death of the infant son of Resor's now ex-girlfriend. There was a hung jury on one count of involuntary manslaughter. Defense attorney K. Ronald Bailey, while supporting his motion to dismiss, said the murder and involuntary manslaughter charges cover the same offense. He further argued that sending Resor to trial on involuntary manslaughter is an example of double jeopardy.
Jul 26, 2010 (All day)
Tim Hinkle had everything going for him, or so one would have thought. The 45-year-old owned two successful businesses, a trucking company and a used car lot, had a beautiful wife and two healthy, handsome children; a big home in one of the most picturesque locales in West Virginia (and that's about as picturesque as it gets) and scads of friends. About two weeks ago, he went to work as usual, cleaned up his office (he was reportedly a little messy), paid all the bills for his business and home, went to the bathroom, folded a towel and placed it on the floor, laid down using the towel as a pillow, and shot himself in the chest. By the time he was found 30 minutes later he was dead. Tim's death rocked the little town of Summersville, W.Va., where I grew up. That night I received calls from people I had not seen or spoken to in years. Nobody saw it coming. Nobody could believe it.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
AUG. 27, 1968 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 40 years ago: 14 girls seek festival crown Miss Melon Festival queen contestants have been announced by Mrs. Louis Weiss, Queen Contest chairman.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
Some call him Bob, others call him John, but after Friday, you can call Bob Hester one more thing ... retired. Hester has been the face of Shipley's for more than 7 years since it opened in 2001 and had been making office supply deliveries years before for Ebert's. Hester wanted to keep going until he was 80, but he decided now is a good time so he can enjoy his retirement. He retired from New Departure, and years later started with Ebert's in the early 1990s. Hester delivered to Norwalk, Milan, Huron, Vermilion and Sandusky.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
From local and wire reports CLEVELAND A pair Norwalk Furniture Corp. company-owned retail stores at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst and Crocker Park in Westlake have closed, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported today. In addition, area companies that supplied advertising and public relations services to the 106-year-old family-owned furniture maker and retail chain said they have not received payment for recent work and don't know whether they will. Calls this morning to both the Westlake and Lyndhurst stores went unanswered. The message at the Lyndhurst location said the store was temporarily closed for inventory.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
The first Baines Party in the Park had its up and downs this past weekend. "The event went well, but there was not a lot of attendance," said Joe Lindenberger, Norwalk parks and recreation director. "Attendance was low on Friday, but we were going up against high school football and the race track," he said. "Attendance was better Saturday, but then it was 95 degrees out."
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
Local Democrats approve of Barack Obama's choice of Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware for vice-president, saying it adds to the foreign policy and military defense aspects of the campaign. "It's a good choice,' said Richard Hauser, Huron County chairman for the party. He said Biden shores up the areas in which the public perceives Obama to be weak. "I think Obama increased his chances,' Hauser said. "The polls show the two of them (Obama and Republican candidate John McCain) neck and neck for the last few weeks.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - Although their journey will begin in dozens of cities scattered throughout the nation, Roseville, Minn., Crozet, Va., and Fairfield, Calif., to name a few, they all have a common destination: a peninsula jutting into Lake Erie in Sandusky. Nearly 600 people, and growing every day, will be taking to the airways or the highways during Labor Day Weekend to attend the first "Back to the Point," a four-day reunion for employees who worked seasonally or full-time at the Cedar Point amusement park/resort. Families of employees also are invited to attend.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Norwalk High School Class of 1968 held its 40th class reunion recently. And I was there. Not as a member of the class, of course, (I ahem am a little older) but as spouse to the girl formerly known as Charlynne Rew. Miss Rew/Mrs. Busek was asked to devise a way to award some prizes to the assembled classmates, and she opted for something more creative than Most Grandchildren or Changed The Least.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
Students in Norwalk and in many school districts around the area reported for the first day of classes this morning. So far, so good.
11:57 PM Jul 25, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com First, the film was "cursed." Now, the locally filmed horror movie, "Curse of the Flesh," is an award winner.
11:56 PM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL No citation was immediately issued Friday after Shawn D. Randall Sr., 48, of 14 Greenwich East Townline Road, New London, swerved to avoid a cow while heading north on Fitchville River Road. He went off the right and left sides of the road and hit a utility pole and telephone box, when his pickup truck overturned. Randall reported minor injuries, but no further information was available. Aarron P. Tuttle, 24, of 116 Hayes St., Willard, was charged with failure to control and driving under the influence Sunday after he went off the right side of Whittlesey Road and hit a mailbox and tree stump. Tuttle and one of his two passengers, Corey E. Danhoff, 19, of 111 Hayes St., Willard, reported minor injuries, but weren't transported. NORWALK FIRE