8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT CLINTON (MCT) - In a brief court hearing, a judge Friday denied the request of an Oak Harbor woman to throw out evidence in her animal-cruelty case in which 36 Arabian horses were seized in January because of their emaciated condition. Ottawa County Municipal Judge Fritz Hany said he denied the motion by Robin Vess for two reasons: he felt oral consent had been given to enter the property and the circumstances of the severe condition of the horses.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Even though I believe strongly in preservation of old buildings, I came to the conclusion several years ago that not everything old can be preserved. I do like a great deal to see an architecturally significant house preserved, but I also realize that if a person owns a property it is his to do with as he pleases ... sad to say sometimes. I'm leading into the fact that we found it necessary late last year to tear down the farm barn on our property. It was an old one, built perhaps as early as 1845 by the Trumble family. I give that date due to the 1846 tax reappraisal record indicating there was a frame barn (as opposed to a log barn) on the property. Perhaps it was a few years older; I don't know for sure.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - It was a special day for Karen Sommers and her 3-year-old daughter, Katie. The two were painting an Easter basket, spending their time together on a Sunday afternoon.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Monroeville was the top team out of 67 entries from 15 high schools Wednesday at the ninth annual Kick Some Butts anti tobacco video contest held in the Fisher-Titus Medical Center learning center at Norwalk High School. The field was narrowed to 10 finalists and Monroeville won $1,000 plus a gift basket for their entry "Cancer Stix." It was the first time Monroeville won the contest.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Prosecutors are continuing to review the case of a Monroeville High School senior accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old Wakeman girl. The suspect, an 18-year-old Monroeville man, is accused attempting to have sex with the girl Feb. 20, police said. The Reflector is withholding his name until charges are filed.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Shupp is waiting to interview a local college student about receiving a racy "sexting" message. Capt. Ted Patrick, citing the limited financial resources of the sheriff's office, said Shupp is waiting for the 20-year-old Kent State University student to return to Huron County on a break before interviewing him. Patrick said the investigator has already interviewed a 17-year-old Western Reserve High School student who received the message at apparently the same time the college student did.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Eight states give prisoners access to citizens' Social Security numbers and other personal information despite federal officials' warnings against it, according to a federal audit. And because of that, the Social Security Administration will propose a law to forbid the practice, the SSA office of inspector general reported in its recent audit. Two pending federal bills also would make it illegal.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Former Norwalk city councilman Tom Stoll said this morning the community has been overwhelming with support since he resigned from his third-ward council post in March. Stoll, a councilman since 1999, said at the time he didn't want to be a "distraction" to the city. He appeared before a panel in Columbus on March 12 and admitted he was at fault in 19 of 22 complaints filed against him in his job as a private attorney. The complaints mainly dealt with failing to file paperwork in cases. The Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline, which is considering Stoll's case, has yet to make a decision and will meet again April 9.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two Norwalk Middle School students were prohibited from coming to school Thursday after a girl found a hit list in the Stoutenburg Park gazebo Wednesday. Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light and Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Dennis Doughty said the police and school took immediate action for the list that could have been created as a joke. Both officials said the two students involved, a boy and a girl, said it wasn't meant to be taken seriously.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The Huron County Sheriff's Office is coming to 9 Myrtle Ave. Sheriff Dane Howard has reached an agreement with the Huron County Department of Job & Family Services (HCDJFS) to use a part of the welfare agency's Willard office space as a substation. The sheriff said he hopes to have the outpost up and running by the end of this month or early May after the necessary renovations are complete. To read more about this story, see today's Reflector.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
For two weeks, police said, a 10-year-old girl went to school terrified that her father would kill her and her 2-year-old brother if she told anybody what had happened at home. Her mother was missing, and her two sisters, ages 13 and 1, had already been killed. Their bodies were locked in an upstairs bedroom of the family's south Charlotte, N.C. apartment, police said.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it is reviewing the results of a multi-state investigation that found that shoppers have been paying for large amounts of ice that are not supposed to be included in the price of frozen seafood. The investigation conducted by weights and measures inspectors in 17 states, including Ohio found that a coating of ice applied to frozen seafood to preserve quality during storage and distribution was often wrongly included as part of the labeled weight of seafood. In some instances, the investigation found, ice accounted for up to 40 percent of the product's weight.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
The North Fairfield pedestrian who was hit by a car in front of Berry's Restaurant in early March has died. The Lucas County Coroner's Office contacted the Norwalk Police Department on Thursday to report Thomas E. Jordon, 71, of 737 Edwards Road, died from injuries he sustained from the March 15 accident.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) - SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau suffered "blunt force' injuries to her neck, head and torso after a killer whale pulled her under water last month, according to a final autopsy report released Wednesday. The report confirms last month's preliminary findings by the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner's Office that Brancheau's cause of death was from multiple traumatic injuries and drowning.
8:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEATTLE (MCT) - The bank robber dubbed the "F-bomb bandit' because of the profane notes she handed tellers during several robberies is a 16-year-old Seattle girl, according to charging documents filed in King County Superior Court. Shennell Kennebrew was arrested earlier this month after her father brought her down to police headquarters when he saw a photo of his daughter on a local television newscast, according to court charging paperwork. Authorities have linked Kennebrew to five bank robberies in the Seattle area.
8:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County resident Keith Bailey was sick with a cough and fighting with the armed services in Iraq, several thousand miles from his home and family. A pill or two could temporarily relieve symptoms.
8:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Twenty-one students from Norwalk Catholic School Junior High and St. Paul High schools will advance to the Ohio State Science Fair on May 8.
8:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - It appears local entities were shut out in the latest round of stimulus funding. Ohio announced that 28 state projects will receive $15 million in grant awards funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant: Local Governments program. These awards are part of the total $25 million allocated to Ohio through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) said he is disappointed that none of the requests from Huron and Erie counties were approved for those stimulus funds, but added local government entities need to make sure they apply for every dollar out there.
8:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
DETROIT (MCT) - The nine members of the radical militia group Hutaree gathered materials to make bombs, stockpiled and used firearms, made a hit list of influential officials, and conducted war-like training exercises as part of their plan for a massive attack on authorities, a federal prosecutor said in court yesterday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet also said that David Brian Stone, Sr., 44, the leader of the Lenawee County-based group, wanted to control Lenawee, Hillsdale, and Washtenaw counties by driving out police from southeast Michigan.
8:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Area residents have another reason to stay in -- stay in their cars that is. Sonic, America's Drive-In, a restaurant where you order your meal and eat right from the comfort of your own vehicle, opened its first drive-in in Sandusky.
8:21 AM Jul 26, 2010
Shannen Doherty became the first celebrity to exit "Dancing With the Stars" this season, meaning Kate Gosselin and Buzz Aldrin each dodged a bullet after poor performances in Weeks 1 and 2. (NOTE - To share your thoughts about the show, visit our DWTS blog here. To make your predictions as to which three celebrities will advance to the finals, click here.)