9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man added to his troubles Monday after providing Norwalk police with a false name. Jordan Aldrich, 20, of 37 1/2 Norwood Ave., was charged with theft and also obstruction of justice after he provided the Norwalk police the false name of "Zachary Blanton" upon his arrest over the weekend.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Would-be Ohio gamblers can rest easy: The slot machines at the state's four casinos will pay back, on average, at least 85 percent of the money people put into them. Gamblers at new casinos in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo will be able to drink until 2:30 a.m., but none of the booze will be free. They won't be able to smoke.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - No charges have been filed after a 78-year-old man was attacked and bitten by a dog in the village Monday. Lynn A. Clemons, 78, of Bellevue, was found by Monroeville police officer Troy J. Kimball lying in the parking lot of a Ridge Street business with his head on the sidewalk. The report indicated Clemons had a laceration on his left arm above his wrist.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO (MCT) - The inaugural annual report by the federal task force in charge of revitalizing communities hard hit by the collapse of the automotive industry cites Toledo as a "model of cooperation.' Release of the report yesterday coincided with a daylong conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington that featured several top administration officials and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) and Rep. John Dingell (D., Dearborn) among its speakers.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - Visitors from Italy got a personal tour Tuesday afternoon of the Milan Historical Society and Thomas Edison museums in Milan. (NOTE - To view pictures of this event, click here. To watch related videos, click here and here.)
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Safety-Service Director Linda Hebert said she's been working with local police and leaders from the PNC Bank in uptown Norwalk on the parking situation. "They have a lot of good ideas on parking enforcement," Hebert told Norwalk City council on Tuesday.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today joined Whirlpool representatives and local leaders to kick off the re-opening of the former W.C. Wood facility in Ottawa. The project is expected to create 324 jobs at the facility, bringing back many of the workers whose jobs were lost when the facility ceased operations last year. "This is a great day in Putnam County as we watch the doors open once again on this facility,' Strickland said. "Whirlpool has recognized something we've known for a long time - there's no place better than Ohio, no workforce better than Ohio's, for making high quality products. I sincerely thank Whirlpool and the local leaders here today for their hard work in making this day possible.'
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
It took a jury less than three hours to determine Steven J. Rodvold murdered his father. The verdict came shortly after 4 p.m. today in Huron County Common Pleas Court. The trial began May 11 and included four days of testimony. Closing arguments were presented this morning, and then the jury began diliberating.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
A former Boy Scout troop leader was found not guilty Monday of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy he befriended in 1999 and took under his wing amid troubles the boy was having at home. "I am innocent, and I am glad that my attorney was able to present all the facts in a clear way,' Gene Giordano, 58, said outside a New Jersey court immediately after the jury forewoman's reading of the verdict.
9:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
You half expected there to be a hole in the marine layer covering the Raiders' compound Wednesday. Brilliant sunlight shining through on the capitol building of Raider Nation. A new day. A new era. JaMarcus Russell is gone. Cut. Sent packing after collecting some $30 million of Al Davis' money.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
SPRINGFIELD Ohio Master Gardener volunteers love plants and teaching others about gardening so much so that they spent more than 151,000 hours last year leading beautification projects, giving horticultural presentations and raising gardening awareness. Their volunteer efforts resulted in $3.3 million worth of community service contributions throughout Ohio. The contributions of Master Gardener volunteers are being celebrated this week, which is Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week. This year's theme is "Master Gardener Volunteers Give Back," and activities and programs will be held throughout Ohio's counties emphasizing that theme. "The purpose of Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week is to recognize the outstanding MGV programs in the state and the work that our volunteers are doing in their communities," said Pam Bennett, Ohio State University Extension statewide Master Gardener Volunteer coordinator. "Each county will celebrate the week by selecting a program, new or ongoing, that best emphasizes this year's theme." Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week, which began in 2008, honors the hard work and dedication of master gardener volunteers throughout Ohio and recognizes OSU Extension's efforts in promoting the Master Gardener volunteer program. The program provides leadership and educational development to individuals interested in gardening and giving back to their communities. "The grassroots efforts taking place in the counties are deserving of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week recognition. Volunteers are quietly making a difference in their communities focusing on community gardens, beautification projects, best management practices in the landscape, and many more activities," Bennett said. "Volunteers often do their projects with little or no funding; therefore, partnerships are a large component of each program in each county." Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week, which began in 2008, honors the hard work and dedication of master gardener volunteers throughout Ohio and recognizes OSU Extension's efforts in promoting the Master Gardener volunteer program. The program provides leadership and educational development to individuals interested in gardening and giving back to their communities. "The grassroots efforts taking place in the counties are deserving of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week recognition. Volunteers are quietly making a difference in their communities focusing on community gardens, beautification projects, best management practices in the landscape, and many more activities," Bennett said. "Volunteers often do their projects with little or no funding; therefore, partnerships are a large component of each program in each county."
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
Three Huron County township roadway improvement projects have been awarded almost $1 million from Ohio's Small Government Commission, according to County Engineer Joe Kovach. "Grant applications from New Haven, Ripley and Wakeman townships bested more than 90 other applicants from across the state" Kovach said. "This is really good news for our townships." The Huron County's township projects initially qualified for funding in October when the township grant applications were selected as three of only five Ohio Public Works Commission's District 9 applications to be sent to Columbus. "Huron County's township projects are the only township projects to receive funding in all of OPWC District 9," Lyme Township trustee Mike Nottke said.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Erie County Sheriff's Office has joined "Click It or Ticket 2010" to reduce crash deaths. Motorists will see stepped up seat belt enforcement efforts from May 24 to June 6. In 2008, 12,671 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly two-thirds of those who died were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crashes, compared to less than half of the passenger vehicle occupants killed during the daytime hours of 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m. Nighttime drivers and passengers continue to be among those least likely to wear seat belts. Consequently, they are also among those most likely to die in motor vehicle crashes. The Erie County Sheriff's Office is joining with hundreds of law enforcement agencies, highway safety representatives, and safety advocates nationwide who have vowed support of the annual "Click It or Ticket" mobilization. Particular attention this year will be given to nighttime enforcement efforts.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
As graduation season approaches, the Norwalk Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit would like to remind parents that it is illegal to host or allow underage drinking parties in your home. As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen's friends under the age of 21, under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parents' permission, according to a spokesman from the unit. You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol. If you break the law, you can face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Dennis Doughty appeals to parents and students to be smart. "Graduation is a time of great concern for all school districts. It seems that young people and even parents forget 'common sense' and attempt to celebrate their commencement in an inappropriate way. Accidents, injuries, and even death can be the result of the misuse of alcohol especially by our young people. I urge parents and our young people to make good decisions and celebrate graduation without alcohol." Walt Klimaski, Norwalk Catholic School President, recalls a personal experience with underage drinking.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com A jury found Steven J. Rodvold guilty late Wednesday afternoon of murder with a gun specification in the death of his father, Keith. The jury deliberated for a little more than two hours before returning the verdict. Wednesday was the fourth day of testimony.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com The Norwalk Dance Center has expanded and one of the benefits for area residents is another place to book birthday parties. The center, located at 461 Milan Ave., Suite 1, will host birthday parties from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays as well as 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays. The cost is $199 for two hours. Sara Wilson, the center's new assistant director and preschool events manager, said she knows what it's like to search for new places to hold birthday parties.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - Too few Ohioans are making it into a federal program that helps homeowners avoid foreclosure, according to counselors who guide people through red tape to modify their loans. The federal Home Affordable Modification Program has resulted in modifications to 16.6 percent of loans that are 90 days or more past due in Ohio. That places the state's rate of loan modifications nearly last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
OAK HARBOR (MCT) - Make no mistake: Ottawa County has found its idol. Crystal Bowersox, a virtual unknown just five months ago, arrived back on her native turf Friday to throngs of cheering fans and official fanfare.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE St. Joseph School will be in session Wednesday despite the planned power outage in the village. Kindergarten through fourth-graders will have class in Trinity Lutheran Church classrooms while fifth through eighth graders will study in St. Alphonsus classrooms. The public school will not be affected by the outage. The purpose of the power outage is to perform an equipment upgrade at the Gerber Lee substation. The power outage is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. but an exact time frame is impossible to predict, according to village officials.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey James will perform tonight as the top three remaining finalists of this season's Fox reality show "American Idol.' Each will sing a song of his or her choice and a judge's choice song.
9:34 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Since its inception in 1991, the largest and longest-running study of American child care has generated plenty of controversial - and to many working parents, infuriating - conclusions about the effects on kids of early care outside the family. The latest findings of the federally funded Early Child Care Research Network are certain to be no exception. At age 15, according to a study being published Friday in the journal Child Development, children who spent long hours in day care as preschoolers are more impulsive and more prone to take risks than are teens whose toddler years were spent largely at home.