8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
On a December day about three months ago, Norwalk Catholic School Elementary Principal Valerie French sat inside and spoke enthusiastically about the then nearly finished playground. It was way too cold to stand outside and talk, let alone use the playground if it were completed.
8:03 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - A Norwalk woman was charged with failure to maintain assured clear distance in a Feb. 3 rear-end collision with injuries. Jeffrey A. Reineck, 46, of 31 S. Main St., Monroeville, was stopped heading south on U.S. 250 about 7:45 a.m. and was about to turn left into B & N Automotive when the crash occurred. Sandra K. Hull, 62, of 60 Parsons St., also was driving south when she diverted her attention because something fell in her vehicle and she slammed into the back of Reineck's 1994 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, police said.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - One of Norwalk's own on Wednesday received the highest civilian honor given by Congress for her efforts in flying airplanes during World War II. Thelma K. Miller received the Congressional Gold Medal along with about 200 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS). More than 1,100 WASPs served between 1942 and 1944, ferrying aircraft between U.S. bases, testing fighter planes and towing targets for the men to practice shooting at with live ammunition. They flew every type of aircraft flown by the Army Air Corps, including the B-26 bomber also known as the "widow maker" and the B-29 Superfortress. Thirty-eight of them died while serving their country.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Shupp's question-and-answer session Thursday with South Central fourth-graders made an impression on Brooke Goetz. "Sweet,' the 10-year-old girl said as she heard about Shupp talk reloading his Taser. "I wanna be a cop. That would be so cool.'
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE It's a good thing that gun the masked man had wasn't real. Monroeville Police Sgt. Frank Gleason, when responding to a suspicious persons report late Thursday night, initially found a 24-year-old Norwalk woman walking between some North Street buildings with her hands in her pockets. "(She) appeared to be nervous about my presence and hesitant to answer my questions, continuing to look over her left shoulder," Gleason wrote in his report. "At this time, she turned around from where she had first appeared and stated, 'Come out it's the cops!' A subject then exited from between the buildings wearing a ski mask and a holstered weapon," Gleason said.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Right computer. Wrong sender. A Norwalk High School teacher is accused of sending a brief, profane message to a Web site. But Superintendent Dennis Doughty said the message was sent by the teacher's college student at home on Spring break.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Village council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to hire former village administrator Kenneth Knuth to the position on a part-time, interim basis. Knuth, who served as village administrator from 2004 to 2006, will start March 17 on a two-year contract and be paid an hourly wage.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council might actually put this adult arcade topic to rest. At Tuesday's meeting, Councilman Chris Mushett proposed bringing all three pieces of legislation regarding adult arcades off the table, voting on all of them, with the hope of passing one and moving on to other things. Mushett's compromise includes placing the arcades in M-2 zoning, but with lesser distance restrictions between the business and places such as similar businesses, schools, churches and libraries.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Fire destroyed a barn and several goats were killed Thursday morning on Rome Greenwich Road in New London, according to New London fire Chief John Chapin. The barn was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. It was full of farm equipment and several goats, Chapin said. Chapin said most of the goats made it out alive, but was unsure how many perished. The barn was a total loss and much of the equipment was destroyed, he said.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council appeared to make some progress with the issue of adult arcades at Tuesday night's meeting. Councilman Chris Mushett, apparently frustrated with spending more than three months on the topic, proposed Tuesday bringing all three pieces of adult arcade legislation off the table at the next meeting and adopting one that would place the arcades in M-2 zoning, but with looser restrictions. "I've been looking over the maps and brainstorming on this," Mushett said. "It's time to move on from this."
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
A pre-lawsuit $1.2 million settlement has been reached with Huron County on behalf of 11 adopted and foster children who were mistreated by Michael and Sharen Gravelle, both of whom were convicted in Huron County of child abuse. The settlement was announced today.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - It might not be the most "common" topic brought up at a school board meeting. But Vern Hurst thought it important enough to bring it to school board members' attention at their meeting Monday night.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Prosecutors are reviewing the case of an 18-year-old Monroeville man accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old Wakeman girl. The girl told Monroeville police officers the man put his hand down her pants and attempted to have sex with her Feb. 20 after he picked her up at her home and drove her to his house. The man, who is a senior at Monroeville High School, told police he and the girl were sitting on opposite ends of a couch and started to make out when things became more involved, all of which he believed was consensual.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's unemployment rate rose to 18.3 percent in January, the exact rate it was a year ago when it ranked No. 1 among Ohio's 88 counties. This time, though, five counties have worse rates when it comes to unemployment.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Never count out Norwalk resident Patrick Saunders. Less than 24 hours after the Huron County Board of Elections voted 4-0 to remove Saunders from the 58th district primary ballot, he has announced his candidacy to run as an Independent against Democrat Sen. Sue Morano of Lorain this November in the 13th district senate race.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Thelma K. Miller of Norwalk was one of about 200 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) honored with the Congressional Gold Medal today - the highest civilian honor given by Congress, in a ceremony on Capitol Hill. A staff member from the office of U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), confirmed that Miller was one of the honorees.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two teams. Two state championships. One common denominator. Jeff Stieber was a member of the Monroeville High School 1984 state championship basketball team. Now, 26 years later, Stieber's two sons, Logan and Hunter, are members of the 2010 state championship wrestling team. Jeff Stieber was taking it all in Saturday night on the floor at Schottenstein Center in Columbus as the Eagles were putting the finishing touches on their team title. Earlier, Logan captured his fourth straight state crown just the 19th wrestler in Ohio wrestling history to win four while Hunter won his third title.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The next session of Ballroom and Social Dance at the Ernsthausen Community Center will start on Sunday. Join instructors from Black Tie Dance Studio in Sandusky as you are guided through the foxtrot, waltz, rumba, swing and salsa. Grab your spouse, friend or parent and enjoy the challenge of learning something new or just refresh your memory. Dancing is always great exercise and a wonderful way to bond with that special someone. For more information about the studio, instructors or the dances you will learn visitwww.blacktiedancestudio.com. Participants 16 and older are welcome to register. Classes will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sundays for Level 1 and 4 to 5:30 p.m. for Level 2 at the Ernsthausen Community Center. The cost is $16 at the time of registration (per couple) and $50 to the instructor at the first class per couple.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com A lot has happened since Guadalupe G. Lara was shunned by her friend in high school because of her Mexican roots. She has become a nationally-known licensed master social worker and holds leadership positions at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Still, the pain of rejection lingers.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
ABC announced today that former "Dancing With the Stars' champion Brooke Burke is the new co-host for the network's hit reality show. Burke, who along with professional dancer Derek Hough won season seven of DWTS, will join Tom Bergeron in handling the hosting duties when Season 10 begins March 22.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk High School (NHS) Principal Brad Cooley received correspondence today from an Arizona man who got a short, profane message from a NHS teacher earlier this morning. The recipient, in an e-mail message sent to Cooley and the Reflector, said the teacher sent him a message calling him an "idiot' and told him to "f--- off' from an "Ohio Public Schools Internet account.' The teacher's message was sent at 5:26 a.m. today.