9:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
An area property caretaker confronted two suspects accused of stealing scrap metal from a Townline Road 79, Greenwich, residence Wednesday. The woman reported catching the two men in the act of stealing a refrigerator, a couple of washing machines and various scrap metal from the property, Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said. The property caretaker called 9-1-1 about the incident, which happened south of Wakeman, at 1:21 p.m.
9:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - The official Cleveland Cavaliers Watch Party for Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals will take place Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers will be playing the Boston Celtics on the road. Fans are invited to watch together to be a part of all the excitement of a Cavaliers home game at The Q while cheering the team as it plays in Boston. Doors open at 6 p.m. with live game action on ESPN featured on Q-Tube beginning at 7 p.m.
9:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mary Stewart knows how to hug a tree. But now, the nearly life-long Norwalk resident will get to hug a real tree the Cleveland Select Pear Tree that planted for her outside St. Paul Episcopal Church while Stewart, friends and community members gathered around. During the ceremony in honor of Stewart and Arbor Day, Stewart, who is in her early 90s, quipped "I know how to hug a tree."
9:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two Huron County men were sentenced to 17 months in prison for a botched Newton Street burglary. Norwalk resident Christopher A. Clements, 24, of 140 N. Hester St., pleaded guilty March 8 to an amended charge of attempted conspiracy to commit burglary for the Dec. 14 incident. His accomplice, Ricky D. Maye, 36, of 110 E. Pearl St., Willard, pleaded guilty the next day to an amended count of attempted burglary.
9:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Rainy weather conditions have forced Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park to postpone its season opener for the second straight weekend. "We apologize to those that were looking forward to this event this weekend," park officials said in a statement on their Web site, http://summitmotorsportspark.com.
9:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of "Free Fishing Days" Saturday and Sunday, experiencing the great fishing this state has to offer. For these two days only, Ohio anglers may fish in any of the state's public waters without having to buy a fishing license, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
9:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's hard to imagine so, but the results of the death of a laborer in Norwalk reached the attention of King Victor Emmanuel of Italy in 1910. An Italian citizen named Carmelo Tranchita had come to the United States to work, and was employed here by the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad. On the morning of June 25, 1910, he and three others had been working near Huron Junction near the end of Huron Street where the railroad formerly branched for the Milan and Huron branch. The four were en route back to the yards on North Pleasant on a handcar, with Tranchita pumping the handcar and facing the rear. As they rounded the bend south of West Main in the valley, the others saw an engine and two freight cars emerging from under the West Main Street bridge.
9:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
The undoing of a southeast Michigan militia group was an undercover federal agent who infiltrated the unit and helped make the bombs it planned to use in an uprising against the government, prosecutors said during a four-hour hearing Wednesday in federal court in Detroit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet called the nine recently arrested members of the Hutaree meaning Christian warrior organization "a group of like-minded people who chose to oppose by force by using violence and weapons."
9:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Elvis impersonator Brendan Paul has two new celebrity photos for his Wall of Fame at the Graceland Wedding Chapel, and he's hoping one of them is the next "American Idol.' A pair of "Idol' finalists, Crystal Bowersox and "Big Mike' Lynche, and their significiant others made a surprise personal visit to the chapel Friday. Lynche, the 300-pound former college football standout, and his wife, Christa, renewed their vows with their infant child strapped on the chest of "Big Mike.'
9:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ottawa County resident Crystal Bowersox again wowed the "American Idol' judges Tuesday night, putting her in good position to survive tonight's elimination on Fox's talent show. Wearing a black gown, the 24-year-old single mom sang "People Get Ready' by the Impressions, doing so without playing an instrument - a first for her on the show. By the end of the song, she had tears in her eyes.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - Facing urgent questions about one of the most popular new benefits of the recently enacted health care overhaul, the Obama administration Tuesday moved to reassure parents that they would not have to pay additional taxes to keep children on their health plans up to age 27. The president and his congressional allies have billed the new benefit for older children as one of the most immediate advantages of health legislation that in other respects remains highly controversial.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Just as the American economy was gathering steam - with consumers starting to spend more and the housing market showing signs of stabilizing - a widening financial crisis in Europe is threatening to put a damper on the recovery both here and abroad. Germany offered a hopeful word Wednesday, putting aside months of reluctance and saying it could rush through a plan to foot its share of an International Monetary Fund-European Union bailout for Greece that now looks to exceed $132 billion.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
MEXICO CITY (MCT) - As many as six out of every 10 Central American women and girls are raped as they pass through Mexico hoping to cross illegally into the United States, Amnesty International said Wednesday. The rapists include criminal gang members as well as local authorities in collusion with them, said Rupert Knox, an Amnesty International researcher on Mexico.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
A new attraction awaited parents and students attending Main Street School's annual open house Thursday evening. (NOTE - Pictures of the event can be viewed here.)
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
In these tight economic times, it appears Norwalk residents are keeping a collective eye on just about everything. At Tuesday night's council meeting, Kayleen Lee, of 6 Brian Lane, asked city officials what happened to the wood from the trees that were cut down at the future soccer complex site on the city's north side.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - A Pentagon report presented a sobering new assessment Wednesday of the Taliban-led insurgency, saying that its abilities are expanding and its operations are increasing in sophistication, a view that highlights the extent of the challenge still confronting the Obama administration's war strategy. The report, requested by Congress, gives the most realistic and comprehensive U.S. view in years of the Taliban and other insurgent groups, and for the first time portrays a movement with deep roots and broad reach, able to withstand repeated U.S. onslaughts and to re-establish its influence, while discrediting and undermining the country's western-backed government.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Saint Mary's College of California has punished a singing instructor, who is the brother of a college trustee, for his choice to use a song that uses racist terms in a voice class last month. College leaders said Monday the incident called into question Louis Lebherz's future at the school. The musician already has been forced to apologize to the class and to complete diversity training, said Beth Dobkin, the college's provost.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (MCT) - Beating victim Josie Lou Ratley entered a new stage of recovery Wednesday morning, joined by family members she will be leaning on during a long, painful and uncertain rehabilitation process, her family's lawyer said. Ratley, 15, was taken to an undisclosed local rehabilitation facility Tuesday after spending close to six weeks at Broward General Medical Center. She was brought to the Fort Lauderdale hospital on March 17 after she was brutally assaulted on the Deerfield Beach Middle School campus.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Brian Trumpower knows about dangers within the workplace: He lost a friend and co-worker to an on-the-job accident a couple years ago. The two were fairly close, "got along really well" and "it troubled me quite a bit." While Trumpower, of Norwalk, might not need a reminder about dangers working people face, he still attended Wednesday's Workers Memorial Day ceremony in town.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT CLINTON (MCT) - Three former workers at the farm of Robin Vess, who's accused of starving dozens of horses, testified in court Thursday that the animals were fed on a regular basis, but they said the animals seemed to have lost weight in the winter months. Megan Stover, Tim Stayancho, and Daniel Majers, who said he regularly helped out on the farm for free, told jurors in Ottawa County Municipal Court that they fed the horses frequently.
9:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
PORT CLINTON (MCT) - A psychiatrist for Robin Vess, the Oak Harbor woman standing trial on charges she starved 42 horses, told a court yesterday Vess suffered from "major depression,' a condition that could have affected her ability to care for her animals. Testifying on behalf of the defense, Dr. Agha Shahid told jurors he treated Vess while she was at a hospital in February, shortly after the Humane Society of Ottawa County removed all the live horses from her farm the night of Jan. 29.