11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
COLLINS - The Western Reserve Board of Education continued to fill vacant positions Wednesday by hiring Melanie Conaway to serve as assistant elementary principal in the fall to replace Rodge Wilson, who was promoted to assistant superintendent. Conaway, 43, the kindergarten through sixth-grade counselor, has worked at Western for seven years. She graduated from South Central High School and has degrees from Capital University and Heidelberg College. She will receive a salary of $56,000.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
Most area communities were incorporated in the 19th century and this provided with a municipal government to establish local rules and laws. Having a mayor and council allowed for improvements such as better police and fire protection, improved streets and sidewalks and eventually to have municipal electric lighting systems. One Huron County community (Fitchville) did the opposite in 1907. It surrendered its corporate status after about 70 years as a village with a mayor and other elected officers. Two towns were incorporated in the 20th century North Fairfield and Wakeman. I've written about North Fairfield's incorporation, but the story of Wakeman Village becoming official had escaped me. What happened was that in 1921 several Wakemanites wanted electric service in their homes as well as street lights. Power lines were built from Birmingham to Wakeman, 80 homes were wired and 32 street lights were installed. It was planned that the township trustees, who governed the village, would pay the bill for the street lights. It was quickly discovered that they could not legally expend public money for the street lights, so meetings were held and petitions circulated to have the trustees release the land from township government and allow for a special election in the question of establishing village government. The election was held Dec. 31, 1921, with 201 votes cast. Of these, 171 were in favor of a village government and 30 were opposed. Village officers were elected on Feb. 28, 1922, with Frederick Burk elected the first mayor over W.W. Scutt by a vote of 82 for Burk and 69 for Scutt. Mr. Burk enjoyed his position for a little more than one year. He died Jan. 30, 1923, at the age of 70, and was followed by Charles Thomas, I believe. The newspapers were irregular in reporting Wakeman news, so I have express uncertainty on some matters.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
COLLINS - A benefit for Western Reserve volunteer coach, husband and father Drew Riley is scheduled or 5 p.m. June 21 at the Heitsche residence, 2342 Collins Road, Collins. Riley has suffered multiple blood clots and could use help meeting medical expenses.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
Murder suspect Jeffrey A. Resor didn't want to wake up his then-girlfriend's infant son who had fallen asleep on his chest. So Resor got up from the sofa in the dark, but reportedly tripped over a pile of clothes and bruised the child's legs as he tried to get the boy into his crib as he fell.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
Stephen Miller remembers his son as a person who "lived his life to the fullest.' The body of Ben Miller, 21, of Berlin Heights, was found near Lyman Harbor in the Sandusky Bay on Monday, a day after his boat collided with another on Lake Erie.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
Dr. James Besunder, the chief of the Akron Children's Hospital pediatric intensive care unit, is certain why 10-month-old Donavan Lykins died Feb. 25, 2007. "Donavan died as a consequence of shaken baby syndrome," he said Wednesday.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
Late Feb. 24, 2007, Gwen Herber put her son to bed with a bottle. "He seemed to be fine. He wasn't crying or anything," she said.
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MUNICIPALITIES Bellevue
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
Two tent installers, Garren Schaffer (left) and Josh Mark, tighten the lines of a tent to be used as the "Kids Zone' as Monroeville prepares for the Dam Festival this weekend.The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. today with the crowning of the royalty. Events Saturday run from 8 a.m. with the final act, "Midnight Express,'beginning at 8 p.m. Action resumes at 11 a.m. Sunday and concludes with a tractor pull at 2 p.m. The parade is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
AVERY - A truck driver from Monroeville suffered serious injuries after his rig collided with a Jeep at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Mason Road just before 1 p.m. Wednesday. Juliette Blinco, 58, of Lorain, was driving a 1996 Jeep Cherokee SUV north on 250 when she tried to turn left onto Mason Road, entering the path of a southbound 2005 International 9400I tractor-trailer being driven by Thomas L. Rusynyk, 57, of Monroeville, troopers with the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol said. The ensuing collision caused the rig to overturn and strike a 1995 Ford Explorer SUV being driven by Norwalk Fire Chief Douglas Coletta, 52, of Norwalk.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
Couple starting cleaning business Norwalk residents Cory and Isabel Albright are starting a cleaning business, and they are currently accepting clients, both residential and commercial. The couple, who have previous experience in the cleaning profession, are flexible when it comes to the frequency of the jobs, whether the clients want the cleaning performed weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or even seasonal. They also clean windows and are willing to work windows-only jobs as well.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: Taylor Haney, 18, 104 S. Main St., North Fairfield; disorderly conduct; conviction date: June 4; fine, $100; costs, $107; jail, 30 days, 30 days suspended; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall have two years no convictions; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 120 days.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
Gwen Herber held her head between her legs as the medical examiner discussed the PowerPoint presentation showing pictures from her infant son's autopsy. A relative scratched the obviously distressed woman's back. In the same Huron County Common Pleas courtroom, defendant Jeffrey A. Resor watched the screen. Relatives and friends sobbed and gasped loudly at times as Summit County Medical Examiner Dr. Lisa Kohler testified Thursday.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
Susan B. Soboslai of Wakeman Education: Western Reserve High School, 1971; Ohio Wesleyan University, 1975; Keller Graduate School of Management, 1998.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
Author and Beetles memorabilia collector Dave Schwensen will be the featured speaker at the Norwalk Kiwanis new membership drive meeting at 11:45 p.m. Thursday at the Norwalk Eagles. Schwensen is a nationally recognized comedy coach; his workshops and seminars are sold-out events in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other locations. He has have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hollywood Reporter, Back Stage Newspaper, Cleveland Magazine, Ohio Magazine, and many others. He has also made numerous television and radio appearances as a featured guest and comedy expert.
11:04 PM Jul 25, 2010
Family and friends of Kylie Houtchings raised more than $3,150 for children's cancer research through a lemonade stand recently. That puts the Houtchings family at 90 percent toward their goal of $3,500. This year marked the fifth annual nonprofit Alex's Lemonade Stand in memory of Houtchings, a Wakeman 10-year-old who died in August 2006 of cancer.
11:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
There's nothing quite like an outdoor concert experience. Whether it's Blossom Music Center, Riverbend Music Center, The Plain Dealer Pavilion or the DTE Energy Music Theatre, I love concerts outside.
11:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
MONROEVILLE - A Monroeville High School student was sent home for a dress-code violation, and the result was an angry parent threatening the principal. After his child was sent home from school for having blue hair, Richard Saville called Monroeville High School Principal David Stubblebine and left a message saying that he needed to call him. Otherwise, he said, as soon as he was back in town he would inflict bodily harm on Stubblebine. A short time later, Saville called and left another message demanding again to be called or "you're not going to like the outcome!" "I'm going to beat his ***. I'm fully prepared to take what consequences I have to ... I will stand for what is right!"
11:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk is floating the idea of a TIF - tax increment financing - agreement for development at Norwalk Commons, but local businesses are raising questions about tax breaks for real estate developers. Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch and David Conwill, developer of Norwalk Commons, said a TIF would benefit the entire community by spurring development on the 92-acre property.
11:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
U.S. 250 was the location of traffic accidents involving tractor-trailers north and south of Norwalk this afternoon. A tanker hauling dry cement mix collided with a Jeep at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Mason Road in Avery about 1 p.m. State Patrol troopers, firefighters and EMS personnel were called to the scene, and the road was closed. A LifeFlight helicopter landed at the nearby Comfort Inn motel and then took the driver of the truck to a medical facility in Toledo.
11:03 PM Jul 25, 2010
Former attorney Thomas L. Root, of Norwalk, was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for federal convictions for conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion. After a four-day trial in April, a federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania convicted the defendant. On Friday, Root was ordered to pay about $25,000 in restitution and $200 assessment fee.