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In a plea bargain that will keep her out of prison, Elaine Woudstra, 57, pleaded guilty Friday to a fourth degree felony of grand theft and agreed to court-ordered restitution and some form of community control. Woudstra was accused of embezzling about $200,000 when she worked in a local physician's office. She was originally charged with a third degree felony of aggravated theft. Judge Judith A. Cross set a hearing to determine a sentence and a restitution plan for Woudstra at 9 a.m. Aug. 11. Neither Woudstra nor her attorney, K. Ronald Bailey, had any comment after Friday's hearing.
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mlboose@norwalkreflector.com FITCHVILLE After the initial firestorm of controversy with the news that Freedom Valley Campground would be the state's first all-male campground catering to gays, the new owners were a little concerned about the community's reaction. Their sexual orientation wasn't a big deal in Cleveland, but they had chosen a rural, conservative area and a gay campground in Fitchville was a big change. A successful opening this spring, including about 200 campers over Memorial Day weekend, has allayed those concerns and they now looking forward to adding to the local economy.
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NORWALK - The following were the results of health department inspections of Norwalk-area food establishments and schools in April: FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS
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mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Through her 31 years of teaching, Mary Kay Cillo has learned one thing "Kids can teach us a lot if we let them." Recently honored with the Teacher of the Year award for the Norwalk school district, Cillo said she's not even considering retirement even though she's put in enough years. "I still love what I do and I love being around the kids and everybody I teach with," she said. "I'm not even thinking about it yet." Cillo has worked with Norwalk school her entire career.
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GREENWICH - New State Road between Greenbush Road and U.S. 224 was closed for about two hours Wednesday as firefighters battled a house fire. Flames were coming out of two upstairs windows in the southeast corner of the house when about 12 members of the Tri-Community Joint Fire District arrived. Chief David Seidel said the mother reported it between 5:30 and 6 p.m. after one of her children discovered the fire when he went upstairs to get a glove for his Little League game.
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After a recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning at a local restaurant, the Huron County health department director has suggested a county-wide rating system for all restaurants to give "grades' posted at the entrances. Tim Hollinger said some cities and other states have found success with a rating program based on inspections. He said his department now inspects nearly 500 food service facilities across the county.
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A North Foster Street house fire caused about $100,000 worth of property damage Thursday afternoon. The two-unit home is considered a total loss. "The downstairs resident had just come home and discovered the fire and that's who called," Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta said at the scene. "Both of the families that were living there have been displaced."
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PLYMOUTH - A Willard man was injured when a Plymouth man shot at him during a suspected drug deal Sunday. Tharon Reed, 25, most recently of 120 Spring St., cut his hand when he tried to grab the gun, but refused medical treatment at the scene, Plymouth Police Chief Charles Doan said. The Trux Street altercation happened just before 6 p.m.
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By CARY ASHBY Reflector Staff Writer cashby@norwalkreflector.com MILAN From being a dental hygienist to a music educator, all of the top-five students at Edison High School have career plans for after college. And they still won't graduate from high school until Sunday.
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sseitz@norwalkreflector.com PLYMOUTH Plymouth High School has announced its top-five seniors. Leading the way is valedictorian Brittany Rietschlin, while Courtney Bisel claimed salutatorian honors. Rounding out the top five are Brandon Ritchie, Mandy Burrer and T.C. Burkett, respectively.
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Medical experts had conflicting testimony Thursday about whether an infant died last year from shaken baby syndrome or a "non-accidental head injury." "They're definitely at odds," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said about the lack of consensus in the testimony. "Judge Bowman took it under advisement and we're probably going to get a judgment within a week."
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NORWALK The following cases recently went through Huron County Common Pleas Court: Divorces Allan L. Hohman, 601 Seminary Road, Norwalk, vs. Marianne D. Hohman, Cape Vincent, N.Y.; Marianne restored to former name of Doud. Lauri L. Perdue, 950 Woodbine St., Willard, vs. Lew Michael Perdue, Huron.
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NORWALK The following people recently were convicted of drunken driving in Norwalk Municipal Court: Cory R. Webb, 24, 49 W. Chestnut St., Norwalk. Violation date: Feb. 16. Conviction date: May 15. Sentence: $600 fine, $60 costs, six-month license suspension and three days in jail; credited with $250 and three days in jail time upon completion of alcohol intervention program (AIP); defendant shall have limited driving only on proof of insurance and occupation from May 15 to Aug. 16. Melody Delong, 36, 5110 Ohio 601, Norwalk. Violation date: May 17. Conviction date: May 19. Sentence: $700 fine, $60 costs, six-month license suspension and 30 days in jail; credited with $250 and three days in jail time upon completion of AIP; defendant shall have limited driving only on proof of insurance and occupation from June 3 to Nov. 19; defendant shall have 27 days in jail suspended; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall abide by laws and have no convictions for two years; defendant shall show proof of restitution to the court within 90 days.
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NORWALK The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: Travis R. Lescher, 20, 1728 Hartland Center Road, Collins; disorderly conduct; conviction date: May 13; fine, $150; costs, $50; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 90 days. Anthony M. Bonner, 20, 3696 U.S. 20 East, Collins; disorderly conduct; conviction date: May 13; fine, $150; costs, $50; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 90 days. Travis R. Lescher, 20, 1728 Hartland Center Road, Collins; littering; conviction date: May 13; fine, $300; costs, $50; jail, 60 days, 60 days suspended; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall have two years no convictions; defendant shall pay fine and cost within 90 days.
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sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk High School will graduate 185 at the 3 p.m. Sunday commencement. And leading the way will be its top five seniors. Joseph Leffler, son of Russ and Debbie Leffler, is the class of 2008 valedictorian.
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NORWALK The following cases recently went through Huron County Common Pleas Court: Foreclosures Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, in care of Chase Home Financial LLC, San Diego, Calif., vs. Andrew F. Olaniyan and Carolyn Olaniyan, 56 Parsons St., Norwalk; plaintiff's notice of voluntary dismissal of complaint without prejudice at plaintiff's cost. Bayview Loan Servicing LLC, Coral Gables, Fla., vs. Jim L. Bottomlee and Jane Doe, unknown spouse of Jim L. Bottomlee, 2208 Rome Greenwich Road, Greenwich; Jane Doe, unknown spouse of Veron Redick, 2208 Rome Greenwich Road, Greenwich; Creditor: Treasurer of Huron County, 16 E. Main St., Norwalk; case settled and dismissed without prejudice at plaintiff's cost.
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MUNICIPALITIES Bellevue Keith Richard Boak to Christine L. Farris, 229 Gunther St., $77,250. Edith H. Phillips to Brianne N. Stang, 418 Brinker St., $85,500.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com BERLIN HEIGHTS Two suspects are accused of stealing a beige lock box Thursday night from the office area of the Berlin Heights Marathon. The male suspect was described as a thin, clean-cut, light-skinned black man wearing a white T-shirt and dark jeans. The female suspect has long brown hair, is considered heavy-set and wore a light-colored top. Both people are about 5 feet four inches tall. "They looked to be about college age," Berlin Heights Police Chief Charity Schafer said. "She (the clerk) thinks she'd seen the girl around before."
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NEW LONDON - Bradley A. Romano was unanimously chosen the district's next high school principal at the Wednesday board of education meeting. Romano, 32, is currently a high school social studies teacher in the Garfield Heights City Schools, where he has taught since 1999.