7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ramon J. Ornelas, 42, of Norwalk, has been charged with eight counts of harboring and concealing illegal aliens, three counts of mail fraud and seven counts of subscribing to a false tax return. According to the information released late Thursday by Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, an information was filed against Ornelas. An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County received three proposals to fix the courthouse clock Thursday. Those proposals ranged anywhere from $23,980 to $39,943 to do the work.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
EUCLID - Northeast Ohio's original and longest running home and garden show will mark its 67th year of providing springtime inspirations to homeowners with a 10-day January engagement in a new suburban venue. The "Cleveland Home & Garden Show,' presented by the community hospitals of Cleveland Clinic, will debut Friday at the Great Lakes Expo Center in Euclid. The show will run through Jan. 31. A different and unrelated home and garden show will take place at the I-X Center in early February, the Cleveland Home & Garden Show's former home and traditional time of the year. "The Great Big Home & Garden Expo' and its line-up of attractions, hundreds of exhibitors, and products and promotions will take place from Feb. 6 to 14 at the I-X Center. (Look for a separate story about that show in an upcoming issue of the Norwalk Reflector). The Great Lakes Expo Center, located across from Euclid Square Mall at 1200 Babbitt Road, is the new permanent home to sophisticated garden displays, expert horticulture advice and interior design ideas. Relocating the Cleveland Home & Garden Show presented by the community hospitals of Cleveland Clinic to the 215,000 square-foot convention facility enabled Cleveland-based Show Producer Expositions, Inc. to extend the Show's event dates and modify its traditional February timing.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - Charges are pending in an early morning crash Monday in which authorities suspect alcohol was a factor. North Central EMS transported the driver, Zachary R. Klaiber, 21, of 8003 Main Road, Berlin Heights, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where he was treated for serious injuries. He later was transferred to another medical facility. Fisher-Titus spokeswoman Johnna Young, citing medical privacy laws, has said she couldn't say what facility that was.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
I realize I work in a "dinosaur,' or "legacy,' industry and that such a person would naturally be somewhat critical or skeptical of competing media, but this new media stuff is really starting to creep me out. I have bookmarked on my computer 10 to 15 sites I visit almost daily that deal with newspapers, journalism, Web journalism, the future of media and that type of thing.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
We will take nominations until Feb. 12 and then name our winner Feb. 22 in our Firelands Insight '10 edition. It will be the fourth and final Insight special with one appearing each Monday in February. Last year's winner was Tom Smith, of Monroeville, joining previous winners Scott Ford and Reta Stark.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - Whether you prefer the slimy or the sparkly, there's something for everyone at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's new event, Fairytales & Frogs. Taking place in The RainForest from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Presidents' Day (Monday, Feb. 15), the day focuses on frogs, but with a twist. Not only will guests learn about the importance of frogs, but they'll also celebrate the special role these amphibians have played in fairytales and legends throughout history.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - The Sandusky Bay Area Chef's Association is conducting a scholarship fundraising dinner Saturday at Sawmill Creek Lodge to benefit the promotion of culinary education in the Sandusky Bay Area. The goal of this gourmet multi-course dinner and silent auction is to raise $4,000 to be able to provide scholarships to Sandusky Bay Area high school students and others interested in furthering their education in the culinary arts. Tickets cost $45 and are available through the SBACA president, Chef Michael Edwards, at the EHOVE Career Center. Call (419) 499-4663 for more information.
7:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - With tax return season upon us, some tax preparation companies, payday lenders and even car dealers advertise tax refund products as "fast cash refunds" or "instant refunds." Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray warns that, unfortunately, the only "fast" things about many of these "refunds" are the fees that go with them, often turning what would have been extra cash into a high-interest loan.
7:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Greg Gilbert's hands and knees shook. Bell time was approaching for the amateur boxer. He was so nervous he was out of breath, and the fight hadn't even begun.
7:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
By Ben Sutherly Dayton Daily News (MCT) Since Paul Burkhart of Sidney lost his job at an automotive parts supplier a year ago, help for his health care expenses has come from an unlikely source in the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has been paying 80 percent of Burkhart's $360 monthly premium through its Health Coverage Tax Credit program. HCTC in 2009 paid more than $100 million in health care premiums nationwide.
7:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Local authorities are urging motorists to slow down as they approach incidents on the road where emergency vehicles are present. If Huron County Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund hadn't warned deputies Janet Lichoff and Steven Shupp about a passing Pontiac Grand Am that lost control Thursday, there could have been a disaster.
7:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON Second Baptist Church in New London is seeking volunteers to sort items bound for disaster relief in Haiti. The church needs volunteers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the church, 41 N. Maple St. The church also seeks donations of items such as non-perishable food, First Aid kits, long grain rice, dried beans, diapers, wipes, baby care items and dry milk. A list of other items needed in Haiti is available atwww.isohimpact.org. Water and glass items are not needed, even though they may be listed on the site. The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be at the church on Jan. 30 to receive monetary donations only. The Second Baptist Church will not receive any of the monies donated. People who wish to volunteer on Jan. 30 should call the church between 9 a.m. and noon Tuesday through Friday.
7:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
American Legion Post 41 is going green. If all goes right, by summer, those passing by the Norwalk location won't be able to miss the 100-foot-tall wind turbine that should be up by June.
7:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sisyphus from Greek mythology figured into Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch's 2009 year in review address Tuesday. Sisyphus' destiny was to "push a boulder up a mountain each day, with it inevitably rolling back down," Lesch said. She added that the next day he had to start all over.
7:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (MCT) - U.S. forces rushed Tuesday to prepare new airports to increase the flow of aid to Haiti, but a week after an earthquake devastated its capital the relief effort was increasingly hampered by a crimp in the supply chain: a shortage of gasoline that left medicine, food and water sitting out of reach of the needy. President Rene Preval said Haitian authorities had buried 72,000 victims of the quake, a figure that does not include an untold number buried privately. Officials have estimated that 200,000 people may have died, but the true figure may never be known.
7:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
You are never quite sure what you are going to see when you visit The Calico Cat antique and collectible shop on Main Street in Clyde. If you stop by there through the end of this month you will see a collection of mouse traps and rat traps - courtesy of Ralph Bissell of Norwalk. The store's owner, Mary Jane Dawes, a former Norwalk resident, said she learned of the collection from a mutual friend and that Bissell loaned her the items.
7:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO - Two men will be arraigned in Maumee Municipal Court on felony drug charges after state Highway Patrol troopers seized 20 kilos (44 pounds) of cocaine, valued at about $2 million during a traffic stop this past Friday in Lucas County. The driver, Audel Rios, 31, of Meriden, Conn., and passenger, Christian Paul Carrillo-Meza, 27, of Mexico, were charged with aggravated possession of cocaine, and aggravated trafficking, both first-degree felonies.
7:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
After Norwalk City Council voted Tuesday on a resolution honoring former councilman Skip Wilde, the result was ... a tie. In good natured fun, council members Chris Mushett, Scott Krichbaum and Shane Penrose "voted against" the measure, prompting this response from Wilde: "These used to be my friends."
7:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
A pregnant Norwalk woman was hospitalized in a Toledo hospital after a Sherman Township single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning. Alaina C. Konik, 27, of 18 Ford St., was listed in good condition at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center as of press time, a hospital spokeswoman said this morning. A LifeFlight helicopter transported her there with possible injuries after the accident about 10 a.m. on Dogtown Road.
7:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two stores in Norwalk are on their way out, and the city now has two fewer restaurants. El Paso Mexican Grill and Taco Loco Bar & Grill on Milan Avenue have closed their doors.