4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville will host its 49th annual festival Saturday and Sunday. The festival will begin from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday with an "Adults Night Out" in the village park. Food and refreshments, games of chance and live entertainment will be featured. A corn hole tournament will begin at 7 p.m., weather permitting. Registration begins at 6 p.m. The entry fee is $10 and cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place and the winner of the consolation bracket. Bring the whole family on Sunday when the midway opens at 11 a.m. As always, the festival will feature Jerry's famous barbecue chicken, buttered noodles, green beans, coleslaw and pies. Barbecue rib dinners also will be served. Dinners will be available in the air-conditioned dining room or at the carryout from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bratwursts, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade french fries, ice cream, homemade lemonade and much more will be provided on the midway.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
WOODVILLE - The state Highway Patrol's Fremont post is currently investigating a one-vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Ohio 51 just north of U.S. 20 in Sandusky County's Washington Township. The crash occurred at 2:30 a.m. today when the southbound 2000 Kia Spectra being driven by Lee Johnson, 20, of Toledo, went off the left side of the road and struck a cement culvert, troopers said. The vehicle continued off the left side and came to rest in a deep ditch. Lee told troopers he fell asleep while driving.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Nate Pettinga is one guy who doesn't mind rolling up his sleeves and getting dirty. He may be a teacher and principal at Celeryville Christian School, but don't be surprised to see him outside with a tool or paintbrush in his hands.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Kurtis J. DeWitt will be sentenced Sept. 15 for stealing OxyContin pills from Kaiser-Wells Pharmacy and then hiding them in his body. DeWitt, 24, of Norwalk, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated robbery, possession of OxyContin, tampering with evidence and conveying contraband into a detention facility. His girlfriend, Megan R. Lillo, 21, faces a Sept. 1 trial on similar charges in connection with being DeWitt's accomplice and getaway driver.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
A state personnel board of review judge has ruled in favor of Huron County in a 2-year-old appeal involving employees of Job and Family Services. The county commissioners just received the news of the decision issued by Marcie M. Scholl, administrative law judge of the state personnel board of review.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Christi Moscicki isn't sure what she saw on the horse racing track that solidified her decision to become a jockey. But for the 19-year-old, the sight of the track served as a huge "Ah Ha!" moment, as she called it.
4:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mayor Sue Lesch is back from vacation and is ready to tackle a familiar issue: tax increment financing (TIF). She took the time Monday afternoon to clear some things up about the TIF that was passed by council in 2008 as an incentive for development of several parcels of the Norwalk Commons area.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Cleveland Browns today announced the training camp schedule for Aug. 10-16. The Browns will announce the practice schedule each Wednesday for the following Saturday through Friday. Gates open one hour prior to the start of each practice session. Training camp will be open to the public through the week beginning Monday, August 24. The following practice dates and times have been announced: Mon., Aug. 10.......... No Practice
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city officials will take another step toward finding a new police chief this evening. City council's safety committee, which consists of council members Chris Mushett, committee chairman Bob Carleton, Dwight Tkach and Shane Penrose, will meet prior to tonight's council meeting with the sole purpose of recommending a "regular citizen" to the police chief selection board. Council will then consider the recommendation and may give its approval.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - The hairy Harry Houdini has been caught. However, Huron County Dog Warden Bill Duncan said the Yingling Road owner hadn't placed the roof on the kennel for his wolf hybrid as of Monday, when Duncan was at the man's house. The dog warden said the owner intends to do so, but will need assistance.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's not finished yet. Just after the Huron County commissioners had received notice that an appeal of three laid off employees from the Department of Job and Family Services had been denied by a state review board judge, an attorney for those employees has filed an objection to the decision.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - The drowning death of a 3-year-old boy at Kalahari Waterpark Resort on Sunday is being considered accidental. Hassan Itani, of Dearborn, Mich., was pronounced dead at Firelands Regional Medical Center after the incident that was reported to the Erie County Sheriff's Office at 3:12 p.m. The boy was found face-down in an outside, walk-in pool, Capt. Paul Sigsworth said.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, meeting privately with the leader of the nation's largest veterans service organization this morning, pledged to keep the medical care system administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs essentially as is quelling fears that VA healthcare would be absorbed into a national health care system. "(I) got his very strong assurance the VA as our veterans know it will continue to exist," said National Commander David K. Rehbein. "It will not be diluted or folded into some sort of national system and that the folks who go to the VA...that will be considered their insurance, so any insurance requirements (will be met) simply by being enrolled in the VA."
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - More than 20 animals and their owners entered Saturday's pet parade that kicked off the New London Community Club Farmer's Market/Flea Market in the parking lot across from the Post Office. Most of the animals in the parade were dogs, but a cat named Bootsy and a toad named Trouble rounded out the non-human participants.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach painted a somewhat bleak picture of the county's finances this morning. When asked if shorter work weeks or layoffs might be on the horizon, Tkach wasn't sure.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Willard man was sentenced Wednesday to 11 months in prison for trafficking in heroin. Celand Hall, 45, of 203 Central Ave., also was fined $500 and ordered to pay $580 in restitution to the Willard Police Department. The defendant pleaded guilty June 18 to one trafficking charge in exchange for the state dismissing two similar counts. "I know what I did was wrong," Hall said in court about his offense.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Here is an official statement to the Norwalk Reflector provided by Daylene Stroebe, Director of Waterpark Safety and Compliance at Kalahari Resorts, in response to the drowning of 3-year-old Hassan Itani, of Dearborn, Mich., on Sunday: Over the last 24 hours, we have been working closely with the Erie County Sheriff's Department to further investigate details of a tragic accident that occurred in our outdoor waterpark on August 2.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
To: Chris Hipp, Mayor of Wakeman Mayor Hipp: I saw you and your family atop a fire truck at the Wakeman Homecoming Firemen's Festival last week. One of the great perks of being mayor, I am sure: the whole family gets a ride on a fire truck. Very nice.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk will be one of thousands of neighborhoods throughout the country joining forces tonight for the 26th annual "National Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. All area residents are encouraged bring their chairs, blankets, family and friends for the local celebration from 5 until 9 p.m. at 80 Whittlesey Ave. (the former Giant Eagle store). There is no admission fee.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
TIFFIN - The state Highway Patrol's Fremont post is currently investigating a one-vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred Sunday evening on Ohio 18 in Seneca County's Clinton Township, just east of this city.
4:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
The third annual FTMC Maple City Triathlon will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Lake Park. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday.