4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp has been assigned as secretary of police and will serve as acting police chief for the city until a new police chief can be appointed. Mayor Sue Lesch made the announcement today.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
VERMILION - A Vermilion teen was killed in a car accident Sunday night. The crash occurred at 10:36 p.m. on Ohio 60 at the intersection of Darrow Road in Erie County, the state Highway Patrol reported.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Norwalk runaway Calvin Riley admitted to charges of inducing panic and theft of a motor vehicle this afternoon in Huron County Juvenile Court. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of theft of a firearm. After the hearing, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand said the state didn't have sufficient evidence that Riley, who was 13 during the incidents from May 12 through 13, had "prior knowledge' there was a .22 caliber rifle in the white 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck he stole from a neighbor's field.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - When you meet Greg Grossman at this year's Food & Wine Celebration, he might share the recipe for one of the first dishes he ever prepared: Pan-seared local scallops on a truffled micro-green salad with sake foam. Grossman also might dazzle you with his advanced culinary vocabulary. Most likely, Grossman will tell you about some of his biggest passions: Getting youngsters to eat healthy and encouraging families to cook together when the children are small.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk teenager Levi A. Blank knows he's lucky to be alive. On Wednesday afternoon, Blank was driving a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am that rear-ended a dump truck driven by Jason Hale, 24, of Greenwich, at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Dublin Road.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Monroeville man who brandished a loaded weapon after trespassing at a Norwalk victim's home was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison. Alan A. Osborn, 21, of 22 Manchester St., also was ordered to pay $950 in restitution to cover the victim's blood work. "You worry about what you might catch from these guys," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said about Osborn, who was suspected of drug activity at some point and was bleeding during the incident.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Wilma Lemke was sure God wasn't going to take her. She and her husband, Ron, had just received custody of their 2-year-old great-grandson, Jordan.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk teenager was in serious condition this morning after his car collided with a dump truck Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Dublin Road. Levi A. Blank, 18, of 1136 E. Peru Olena Road, is hospitalized in the intensive care unit of St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. A LifeFlight helicopter flew him to the Toledo hospital from the scene of the crash. The Huron County Sheriff's Office received numerous 9-1-1 calls about the accident starting at 2:20 p.m.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The first step in repairing the Huron County Courthouse clock is to get organized. The clock hasn't been functioning properly for several months.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
The new League Elementary principal is coming from a school in Crestline, but he still might be a familiar face to Norwalk residents. Shelby native Corey Ream said his wife has cousins in Norwalk, several members of the Herner Family. He said he's familiar with the city from attending family reunions and now he is looking forward to working at League Elementary. During a brief meeting, the Norwalk board of education voted unanimously to hire Ream, who receives a three-year contract with a starting salary of $73,975.
4:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Hallie Vaschak of Milan described her horse, Zipafied, as an "all around horse (who's) good at everything.' The Pinto horse's versatility and Vaschak's ability to work with him paid off recently at the Pinto World Championship.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 14-year-old rural Norwalk boy was stabbed in the abdomen during an altercation near his home this morning and was treated at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. The victim's assailant remains at large as of press time. Hospital officials notified the Huron County Sheriff's Office they were treating the victim at 2:50 a.m. Maj. Greg Englund said investigators are trying to determine the time of the incident in the 2400 block of Ohio 18 in Townsend Township.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Identical twins Alex and Ian Kashian of Norwalk saw their parents and their mouths dropped. They were in trouble and the kindergartners couldn't do any switching trick with mom and dad watching. Heck, even Harry Houdini would probably prove worthless for them. During school one day, the boys, who are now 8, were wearing the same clothes and decided to switch seats to trick the teacher.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
The conclusion of July will be the end of an era for Norwalk City Schools. The district's top two administrators, Superintendent Wayne Babcanec and Assistant Superintendent Michael Gordon, will be retiring July 31. The two educators have a total of 71 years of experience in the field.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
JJ Boyce had wanted to donate his organs ever since he received his driver's license. The Boyce family followed through on his wish when the 2008 Western Reserve Graduate died in a car crash in December.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A familiar, friendly voice at the Huron County Sheriff's Office for the last decade is being quieted. The pull of "more family-friendly hours" and being closer to her New London home means Melanie Cucco will be working her last day in the dispatching center Thursday. Cucco, 30, will be employed in the private sector as a full-time administrative assistant.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Hallie Vaschak of Milan described her horse, Zipafied, as an all around horse (who's) good at everything." The Pinto horse's versatility and Vaschak's ability to work with him paid off recently at the Pinto World Championship.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
If you're going to be a senior at Norwalk High School next year, you'll have laptop computer available to use. On Tuesday, the school board approved a $100 student fee for the One-to-One Tablet program for the 2009-2010 school year. Sixty dollars will be refundable if the computer is returned in good condition.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN The Wakeman Police Department received a new radar unit free from the Ohio Department of Public Safety this week. Police received the new enforcement tool based on a state grant, using statistics in the "Click It or Ticket" safety program held in May. ODPS representative Frank Avary presented Chief Tim Hunker and Officer Briana Keegan with the traffic equipment, valued at just under $1,000, at the police station Wednesday. "We have been very fortunate with grants and donations over the years and this definitely is a bonus that I wasn't expecting," Hunker said. Over the past decade, the village has received at least $30,000 in grants and donations for the police department. As a result, the department has been able to purchase items such as office computers, laptops, Internet service, Tasers, report programs, patrol bicycles and in-car video cameras, plus numerous hours of needed training and materials.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - Diehard Superman fanboys (and girls!), casual fans and Cleveland history enthusiasts all should have a good time this weekend at the Screaming Tiki Cleveland Super-Con. The event, taking place Friday through Sunday, is being held in conjunction with the fifth annual Ingenuity Festival Cleveland. The Super-Con is the first major comic book show in Cleveland since 1991. At 10 a.m. Sunday will be ribbon-cutting ceremony at Jerry Siegel's restored childhood home at 16022 Kimberly Ave. in Glenville. Siegel co-created Superman with Joe Shuster.
4:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Wilma Lemke was sure God wasn't going to take her. She and her husband, Ron, had just received custody of their 2-year-old great-grandson, Jordan. God wasn't going to take her away from him; she was sure of it.