6:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
The first day of testimony in Megan Lillo's criminal case almost didn't happen Friday. The 22-year-old former Bank Street resident was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. with what was reported to be contractions. With her trial supposed to start at 9 a.m., attorneys and Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway hadn't talked about what to do as of 9:15 a.m. The first juror had arrived about 40 minutes earlier.
6:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Two Wakeman women were injured in a traffic accident around 11:30 a.m. today on U.S. 20 just west of the village. Evelyn Edler, 68, was eastbound on U.S. 20 in a 2005 Honda Accord when she went left of center and collided with a westbound tractor trailer being driven by Timothy Elesky, 42, of Parma, according to troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol.
6:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
He may be done as a coach and as a television broadcaster, but Mike Gottfried is anything but retired. Along with a couple of radio shows and speaking engagements, Gottfried spends much of his time with Team Focus, an organization he started to help out boys who don't have a father.
6:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk mother charged with endangering children and driving under the influence was scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Norwalk Municipal Court. Mimi L. Lee, 32, of 18 Cline St., was heading south when she went off the right and left sides of Whittlesey Road at 4:08 p.m. Wednesday. Trooper Joe Glascox, of the state Highway Patrol, said Lee's 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe hit a traffic sign and two mailboxes before rolling over onto its right side.
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
FREMONT State Highway Patrol troopers have charged a Marblehead man with operating a motor vehicle under the influence (OVI), his sixth lifetime OVI offense. Terrance Wharton, 51 was arrested Saturday after he was involved in a crash. Wharton was driving a 2010 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic north on Townline Road 174 north in Rice Township when he failed to negotiate a curve. He went off the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned, causing him to be ejected from the bike. He was taken to Physicians Choice Hospital. Wharton was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Sandusky County Court in Clyde.
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com FAIRFIELD Twp. Six candidates are competing for two seats on the Fairfield Township Board of Trustees in the Nov. 3 election. Running are incumbents Larry Coy and Edwin Woodworth, and challengers Edward Eden, Matthew Ott, Tina Patterson and Adam Smith. The winners will join trustee Don Sweeting and fiscal officer Amy Schwanger as elected officials in this township.
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com The Fix the Clock Committee has surpassed the halfway point. Huron County Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer, who also is the committee treasurer, said the group has collected around $16,000 so far. Estimates have come in at $25,000 to $30,000 to repair the courthouse clock and get the chimes working once again.
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Phoebe Simonds was overcome with emotions. She was thrilled to death about the makeover her house just got from a group of people most of whom she didn't even know. "I think it's just wonderful. I can't believe it ... the flowers in front are just gorgeous," Simonds said Saturday.
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Plew has a partner who has a nose for fighting crime. She rides in the very back of a specially converted sport utility vehicle. The seating arrangement is no power trip. You see, Bee is a 5-year-old certified police dog.
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
They thought it would never come to this. Several Norwalk city council were solemn Wednesday when asked about the pending layoffs within the police and fire departments.
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
What's worse, getting the H1N1 swine flu virus or worrying about getting it? This is the flu season and people are going to get sick. Deciding what kind of flu you have sometimes really doesn't matter.
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH Eight people will vie for four spots on Greenwich Village Council in the November race. Newcomer Steve Bovia, 62, said he has no previous public service "of note." However, the postal worker said he wants to make a difference. "I've always believed if something is bothering you, getting involved is the only way to make an improvement," Bovia said. "I'm tired of government that knows what's best for me instead of one that represents me. The only practical place to begin working toward insuring some form of representation is in my own backyard."
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
Murder suspect Steven J. Rodvold is asking to be represented by the public defender. Court papers claiming Rodvold cannot afford to hire his own attorney have been filed through Huron County Common Pleas Court in his behalf. Judge Jim Conway has yet to rule on the request.
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE Bellevue City Schools could be allocated as much as $7.6 million from federal stimulus money. But if voters don't support the 4.9 mill bond issue, that money could go to another school system. Ohio School Facilities Commission Chief Financial Officer Eric Bode said $100 million will be allocated among 38 school districts, contingent on voter approval of the bond issue in November. The 4.9 mill bond issue on the Nov. 3 ballot represents Bellevue's portion of a $39 million building project. The other portion of $21 million is made up of state and federal dollars: $16 million from the state and $5 million from federal stimulus money. District officials said the federal stimulus savings are not guaranteed after the November election. "The actual allocation for each district will depend on the number of bond issues that are successful. Based on average voter approval rates and Bellevue's issue passing, Bellevue's allocation could be as high as $7.6 million," Bode said in a prepared statement.
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com CLEVELAND The two oldest former adoptive children of Sharen and Michael Gravelle are doing well. Sharen Gravelle, 18, is a freshman attending an out-of-state college, Cleveland attorney Jack Landskroner said. He is representing the young woman and her brother Michael, 17, in a Cuyahoga County lawsuit which seeks in excess of $25,000 in damages against the elder Gravelles, caseworkers and the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS). When asked what Sharen's major is, Landskroner said: "I think she wants to help people. ... She may well want to help kids."
6:10 AM Jul 26, 2010
We have always been proud that John Magnuson is godfather to our Beth. So we were all disappointed when he could not make it to her wedding to Ken Scheid last July. Disappointed, but not completely surprised. You see, John Magnuson has multiple sclerosis, a disease which inflicts unpredictable health upon its host. On wedding day, he wasn't feeling well enough to attend.
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are, in my opinion, many reasons to vote against Ohio's Issue 3, the Casino Gambling proposal. Here is one. The social costs will probably negate any tax income hoped for by the state. A study co-authored by Keith Schwer of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and casino gambling expert Bill Thompson states that "Problem gambling among Southern Nevadans has a social cost (for the state of Nevada) conservatively pegged at between $300 million to $450 million a year." And these estimates, the authors point out, include only Southern Nevadans, not the compulsive gamblers visiting from the other parts of the state. The costs to a state's social programs include such things as divorces and subsequent welfare payments, children's services and all social aspects and costs of a broken home. Also there is the effect on the workforce in missed work hours/days. Then there is the increased load on the criminal justice system: Thefts, drugs, robberies, prostitution, alcohol abuses and increased violence, including spousal and child abuse; this increased the need for larger police forces, fire departments and EMT personnel.
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
We encourage Norwalk School District voters to return Janet Broz to the Board on Election Day. Janet has 12 years experience in helping lead this outstanding district. She has served with distinction, all the while maintaining her enthusiasm and passion for the position. We are fortunate to have her commitment and urge voters to reward her with another term. Jeanne and Ken Leber Norwalk
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
I am writing to ask the citizens of the first ward to re-elect Scott Krichbaum to Norwalk City Council. During his first term as our first ward councilman, Scott has been very busy. In addition to attending the council meetings, he has addressed the various concerns of our first ward. People have called Scott to discuss a variety of issues. Scott has made neighborhood visits and has worked closely with the necessary departments at city hall to help resolve these concerns that have been brought to his attention. Scott has also served as a member of three council committees. Scott enjoys serving the city and first ward as our councilman. He is a good listener and will take the time to research and find answers to concerns that the citizens may have. Recently, Scott spent many hours researching various soccer complexes and speaking with employees from park & recreation departments around the area. Scott spent time canvassing the neighborhoods in the area of the proposed site to gather input from the residents. He spent that time so that he could cast an informed vote. Scott is willing to take the time to listen to the residents of the first ward. Amy Krichbaum
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
We would like to express our support for DeAnn McKillips in her bid for a seat on the Norwalk City School Board of Education. We believe that DeAnn is the sound choice on Election Day. She will bring a much needed new voice and a fresh perspective to the Board of Education. DeAnn offers us an opportunity to choose someone who has no personal agenda other than to promote the positive learning outcomes for the students in our school district. Her decisions will be based on fact and community input to ensure the best long-range success of our schools and of our children. We believe DeAnn McKillips will serve all citizens of The Norwalk City School District with dedication, honor, and distinction. Mary Kay and Stephen A. Cillo
6:08 AM Jul 26, 2010
The rating the Norwalk City Schools recently received is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of so many people. We have the best teachers, staff and school board members. One such member is Janet Broz. She has proven to be a strong board member with a positive attitude and a deep concern for the students. She is dedicated and has always been committed to do what is best for everyone to make sure that our school system continues to be "Excellent with Distinction." There are many reasons to be proud to live in this community, but at the top of our list of reasons is our excellent schools. We urge you to re-elect Janet Broz as a school board member so that Norwalk City Schools can continue that distinction. Don and Debi Helton Norwalk