6:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two Huron County men face separate driving under the influence (DUI) charges in connection with recent unrelated traffic stops by the state Highway Patrol. Charles E. Crawford, 48, of 23 Westwind Drive, was charged with DUI and DUI while driving with a suspended license stemming from an incident Sunday. Another driver, Skip M. Barnhart, 18, of 2342 Fitchville River Road, Wakeman, was charged with DUI in connection with a single motorcycle crash Nov. 28, troopers said.
6:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
After her mother died, 18-year-old Catherine Stankiewicz talked about her feelings with James H. Harkness, 80, who lived down the street on Glover Avenue. The two talked about God and how Stankiewicz's mother was now in his hands.
6:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
Now more than ever, the Norwalk community needs to step up and help its own. "I challenge people who still have a job, who did get a raise, who maybe didn't have to take a pay cut, to this year adopt a family or a cause," Mayor Sue Lesch said.
6:50 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Subway is looking a lot more festive, thanks to several talented Monroeville Elementary School students. (NOTE - To see the artwork created by these students, click here.)
6:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
Help is on the way for Huron County employers. The Huron County Department of Job and Family Services (JFS)is working with area, state and federal governments to provide this assistance.
6:48 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two Bellevue men were indicted Wednesday in connection with assaulting a mentally challenged man. Andrew R. Ohler, 26, of 170 Wood St., and Joseph Herbert, 19, of 120 Orchard St., were charged with one count each of felonious assault stemming from an Oct. 13 incident. If convicted, each defendant faces two to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.
6:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Valu King Food Market officially opened its doors this morning. The Norwalk store is located in the former Giant Eagle building on Whittlesey Avenue. It is the third Valu King to open in the past year.
6:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com From the time Sandusky High School graduate Lynn Wintersteller won the lead role in a youth theater production at age 13, her friends shunned her. Wintersteller got down on her hands and knees, but it wasn't to beg them to reconsider. She enjoyed playing the lead so much that she begged God to "Please, please let me be an actress." It's safe to say her prayers were answered.
6:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO (MCT) - Three times in two months, Jose Calderon and Belinda Vega were stopped by a police officer and an immigration officer in Plymouth and their identities were questioned - each time with their two young children present and each time with no ticket or citation given. The stops, according to lawyers with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, were not a result of Calderon's driving, but because of the color of his skin.
6:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two men forcibly stole a woman's purse outside a local grocery store at 6:41 p.m. Tuesday and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash. According to a Norwalk Police Department report, the victim told Capt. Jack O'Neil she had shopped in Gardner's SuperValu on Whittlesey Avenue.
6:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLARKSFIELD - Harold M. Stevens wasn't scared or injured when the tractor-trailer combination he was driving overturned. "The only thing that scared me was how I was going to get out. I couldn't get my seatbelt unbuckled (at first)," said the Norwalk man who eventually crawled out.
6:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - Tiger Woods is taking an indefinite leave of absence from professional golf. Using the word "infidelity" for the first time since his bizarre car accident outside his Isleworth home on Nov. 27, the world's top golfer issued a statement on his Web site Friday night in which he announced he's taking a break from the sport he's dominated for more than a decade.
6:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Schools board member Scott Truxell seconded his last motion Wednesday night. Ironically, it was to end the board meeting at League Elementary his last after 6 1/2 years. Truxell was appointed to the board in June 2003 to complete the 2 1/2 years left in Dennis Miller's term.
6:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The U.S Census Bureau will hire 24,000 Ohioans to make sure everyone is counted during the 2010 Census, Treasurer Kevin L. Boyce announced today. Nationwide, the Bureau is seeking to hire hundreds of thousands of census takers to help locate households and conduct brief personal interviews with residents in an effort to ensure that everyone is counted in the 2010 Decennial Census.
6:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Norwalk High School Athletic Boosters are doing research to add a new weight room to the school off the present site. "As you know, the current weight room is too small for the amount of students who use it," president Mike Adams told the school board at Wednesday's meeting.
6:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Fisher-Titus Medical Center's Primecare Advantage program is helping not only the people it serves, but needy individuals who may not seek any assistance. Primecare, which offers a variety of benefits to people older than 55, raised $350 this week during its Second Annual White Reindeer Auction, with proceeds going to the Norwalk Area United Fund. Fisher-Titus employees donated items for the White Reindeer Auction, which raises money for a different charity each year.
6:47 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - Wakeman Fire Chief Jim Tansey attributes his department being recognized for the best chili to a group effort. "We've been doing the same thing for several years," he said.
6:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Reach Our Youth (ROY) Big Brother/Big Siister-type program of Huron County will be holding its 29th annual Christmas party Saturday at the Norwalk VFW. About 140 local children and volunteers are expected to attend this gala event. Huron County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Cardwell and ROY Executive Director Kathy Noftz will be welcoming the crowd along with master of ceremonies Nathan Perani, the intervention court and court services administrator. Highlights include a luncheon served by court staff members, magical entertainment by Greg Carson and a visit from Santa Claus. ROY is a one-to-one mentoring program for youth and is funded largely through the Huron County Juvenile Court. It also receives funding from the Willard and Norwalk Area United Funds.
6:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
MANSFIELD A Richland County man will be sentenced Dec. 21 for forging clients' signatures and misusing their funds. Bret A. Swisher, of Mansfield, completed "letters of authorization" forms and forged clients' signatures to obtain funds from brokerage accounts without their permission, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Securities. Officials said the defendant transferred the clients' funds into accounts he controlled and converted the funds to his own personal use without the victims' knowledge or authorization. Commerce authorities also said Swisher also stole money from some clients and used the funds to pay back other clients. Swisher was formerly licensed with Legg Mason and McDonald Investments at the time. The state commerce department referred the case to Richland County Prosecutor James Mayer Jr.'s office.
6:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
In Thursday's story about actress Lynne Winterseller, who will perform Sunday at the Sandusky State Theatre, the "e" was left off her first name.
6:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
State Auditor Mary Taylor's office has presented Huron County officials with the "Making Your Tax Dollars Count" award for their fiscal year 2008 audit. Fewer than 5 percent of all Ohio government agencies are eligible for this award. "I am pleased to recognize Huron County for properly accounting for the tax dollars they spend," Taylor said. "The community should be proud of their commitment to making sure that each tax dollar is spent appropriately."