10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are few perfect crimes, though an Attica, Ohio, case appears to have gone unsolved even though a defendant was tried three times before he was acquitted two years later. This story started on the morning of Aug. 23, 1917, when Walter Bigham of Attica found his wife, Mary, dying in the kitchen of their home with a dagger plunged into her left side. She was lying on a blanket which she apparently had spread on the floor, and died before a physician arrived. Bigham and his wife's father, William Fulks of Spencer, Ohio, were both asleep on the second floor and said they were awakened by the sound of Mrs. Bigham falling to the floor. Mr. Fulks had been visiting, and is said to have presented his daughter with the dagger as a gift. Despite a coroner's inquest and a decision of suicide, the prosecutor had Mr. Bigham arrested for first degree murder. Walter operated an auto repair shop and sold autos in Attica and was considered a respected businessman. The waters were muddied at the inquest when it was revealed that Mary Bigham had met surreptitiously at Norwalk with one Elwood Yonker of Toledo, a former employee of Walter's. Mr. Yonker admitted meeting her and admitted he had written a letter to her through a third party, telling her that he'd kill himself, wife and child if she didn't meet him.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
On Saturday, the state's remaining chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) will rededicate a monument to Confederate Civil War prisoners who died in the Johnson's Island prison. According to the Sandusky Register, it was 100 years ago Tuesday "the eyes of the nation looked to Northwest Ohio as it unveiled the first monument on Northern soil honoring the Civil War's Confederate dead.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
From Local and MCT reports In the test kitchen at the corporate headquarters for Domino's Pizza Inc. in Michigan, a chef dressed in a starched white coat was going through the familiar motions: Sauce on crust, cheese on sauce, pepperoni on cheese, then bake. But this pizza's different, as it has been in Domino's stores across the U.S. since late December. The 9,000-unit chain took a big chance, not only reformulating its signature product for the American market but also disparaging its long-standing recipe in a straight-talk marketing campaign. The old crust? "Cardboard," the company admitted in its ads. The old sauce? "Ketchup." The staff? Weary of customers trashing the food.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
The following children are registered for Class No. 1 of the Norwalk Police Department's Safety Town this summer: Andrew Meyer, Arthur Meyer, Malone Phillips, Emily Koenig, Isaac Thimke, Ella Wangler, Wesley Whitman, Summer Legg, Kohen Horvath, Tristan Fox, Landon Devanna, Jakob Adelman, Connor Livingston, Daisy Peiples, Megan Miller, Camryn Hurst, Ellyana Gee, Alyssa Missler, Spencer Colahan, Aydenn Crumrine, Aryn Nickoli, James Roth, Emma Foltz; Analiese King, Ashlynn Kerby, Nevaeh Walton, Conner Schaffer, Baylee Chapin, Hayden Fry, Natalie Barber, Bryan Sommers, Christopher Vargas, Leticia Cruz-Gison, Anna McClish, Breonna Matheny, Brayden Mullins, Carter Rejman, Brayson Malson, Audrey Westerhold, Alina Bigler, Jack Signs, Alana Downing, Jossalyn Kreps, Gavin Leto, Rocky Frazier; Mason Martinez, Iris Morales, Tristan Pfingsten, Logan Wiegel, Nathan Olah, Jameson Lee, Austin Miller, Bryce Fitzgerald, Ashlynn Gatton, Brendon Gross, Dylon Gross, Alli Jo Kurdinat, Pilar Mina Vasquez, Cloe Salmons, Alexa Hurst.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ridgefield Country Kids This 4-H club met on June 1 at the Huron County Fairgrounds. The club planted flowers in the flower bed and Haley and Kylie Roth gave demonstrations. Club members will go to Henry Ford and Greenfield Village .
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 19-year-old Norwalk man was killed Wednesday night when he was struck by a train in Milan Township. The full story will appear on this site later this morning.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Convicted heroin dealer Stephanie L. Broz said she's confident she can stay sober. "I learned a lot in prison about myself. I'll take that and move on,' she said Monday moments after finding out she was being released to a community-based corrections facility (CBCF). CBCFs are a form of prison which focus on education and substance abuse treatment.
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Michael S. Goodwin, the 36-year-old new village administrator, said he plans to remain in his position until he retires. His top task is jumping-start the local economy. "I'm bound and determined to fill these buildings," said Goodwin, whose young children attend Monroeville achools and whose wife teaches there. "I want this to be the best village around and I think it can be. I think it's going to take every single person in the village coming together and working their tail off."
10:16 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk school board president Michael Grose decided to take a chance with his good friend Dave Rehnborg. Tuesday's meeting at Norwalk High School (NHS) was Rehnborg's last before he retires. He has been the NHS director of student activities since the 2003-2004 school year and has been with the district for 36 years. "He's done a great job. I just want to say thank-you publicly," Grose said.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
A tearful Andrea L. Whitcomb pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of driving under the influence, an open container violation and child endangerment in connection with her 2-year-old daughter being in the vehicle. Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge suspended Whitcomb's license until Sept. 3 and set a pre-trial hearing for 10:30 a.m. June 29.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
Steve Euton saw first hand Monday the power of Mother Nature. The Norwalk city council member spent more than 12 hours in Millbury on Monday, helping with the rebuilding and recovery efforts after that village was devastated by a tornado over the weekend.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
Several Norwalk city council members are looking forward to tonight's discussion about the recently-announced possibility the city might obtain additional land near the proposed soccer complex on the city's north side.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
The driver convicted of a March 2007 crash that killed a Collins teenager will be sentenced for a probation violation July 12. Defendant Steven V. Maxey, 21, of Columbus, was ordered to be held without bond during his probation violation hearing Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Maxey had his driver's license suspended as recently as April and was supposed to have his license suspended until sometime next year. In mid-January 2008, Maxey was sentenced to four months in jail for the March 18, 2007 death of his passenger, Michael W. Allgyre, 18, of Collins.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) - It takes people working around the clock to keep modern society functioning. But studies show people who work night or graveyard shifts pay a price. Working at night is linked to disrupted sleep patterns and an increased risk for several types of health problems, including obesity, heart disease and cancer. The fatigue that results from working odd hours increases the rate of accidents and mood disorders, too. A new study shows just how sensitive humans are to work shifts. Using a mathematical model, researchers found that the total duration of sleep ranges from 4.5 hours to 8 hours depending on the start time of a person's work shift. The maximum estimated sleep duration occurs among people who start shifts between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., said the researchers, from Washington State University's branch in Spokane. The minimum estimated sleep duration occurs when the shift starts between 8 p.m. and midnight.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk city council chambers were packed Tuesday night, as supporters of the Sofios Park development made their thoughts known. The city is preparing to apply for a $200,000 grant that will assist in the purchase of property and help develop a wetlands habitat near the proposed soccer complex.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said the city is considering applying for a federal grant that would pay the salary and benefits of a full-time officer for three years if the city agreed to pick up those costs in a fourth year. Light said at Tuesday's council meeting the city wouldn't be adding an officer, since it is already down five officers, but simply replacing one of the vacant spots.
10:15 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - Josie Lou Ratley could not have sent the text messages that infuriated Wayne Treacy and led him to attack the 15-year-old Deerfield Beach Middle School student as she waited for a bus on campus, the girl's father says. Storm Ratley says the more he reads the March 17 messages from Josie Ratley's phone to Treacy's computer, the more he is convinced that his daughter was not part of the conversation.
10:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's a story we've written too many times. Plants closing. Furlough days. Cutbacks. Early retirements. People losing their jobs.
10:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Fourth of July Fireworks celebration will be held in the city of Norwalk on Sunday, July 4, at the Huron County Fairgrounds. The show will begin at dusk. Norwalk has a tradition of great fireworks shows. Funded by generous donations from citizens, the fireworks are a staple of the Independence Day celebration. The grandstands at the fairgrounds will be full of eager faces, anxious for the ground show, as exciting as the explosion of color in the sky. People from all over town will be gathered in their yards, sitting on lawn chairs, blankets, and the tops of their cars, watching another great display put on by Terry Granneman. The VFW is handling the funds again this year. Heading up the donation drive is Councilman Dwight Tkach, "The July 4 fireworks provide a great opportunity for our community to come together. Even with tough economic times, residents generously contribute to making this event happen." Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact Tkach at (419) 577-0091.
10:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
In April, my younger son told me that Yoko Ono was going to give a talk at Oberlin College. He could get me tickets, if I wanted to go. Did I want to go! For those of you who don't know, Yoko Ono was married to John Lennon. She is that crazy Japanese lady with the shrieky, shrill voice who John adored, for some reason I never understood. I went to see her at Oberlin, and there she was. I felt like I was in the presence of royalty not because I admire her music or her art, but because she once was close to the great John Lennon. She is a tiny woman and soft spoken. She showed videos of herself as a child, and she spoke about the importance of world peace. She gave out little flashlights, and gave us a code which, when flashed, means "I love you."
10:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio 99, between Egypt Road and Maple Ridge Road in Greenfield Township, is now open. The road was previously closed for a culvert replacement. For additional information on lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, or other related traffic events, visitwww.buckeyetraffic.org.