4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Baumann Auto Group, 339 Milan Ave., had a great week of business - thanks to the federal government's so-called "Cash for Clunkers' rebate program. "It's been a good success,' said sales manager Jeff Miller, whose business has had at least 50 or 75 people inquiring about rebates for 2009 fuel-efficient vehicles this week.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
Western Reserve assistant varsity football coach Mike Martz wasn't sure why he was being called out to Summit Motorsports Park. When he arrived and read the letter one of his players, Cody Webb, had written to Bill Bader Sr., he was shocked - and moved.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A Collins man was ordered Wednesday to pay $4,219 in restitution for ramming a deputy's cruiser during a Feb. 25 pursuit. Charles P. Ring, 39, of 2652 Collins Road, Collins, also must pay a $500 fine during his three years of probation for failing to comply with the order of a police officer. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway gave the defendant an Aug. 28 report date to serve 80 days of a 120-day sentence at the Huron County Jail. The judge credited Ring with already serving 40 days behind bars. Conway also suspended Ring's driver's license for three years, the minimum required for the third-degree felony.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com The good news is the wolf hybrid which was loose on Yingling Road was captured. The bad news is he got out just as quickly. "The owner caught it. He didn't elaborate how. I guess it went into the kennel," Huron County Dog Warden Bill Duncan said.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
The face of the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post is about to change. Lt. Jim Bryan's last day there is Friday. He is taking a voluntary demotion to sergeant to transfer to the Mansfield post, where he had his first assignment as a state trooper starting in late 1990.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
St. Paul Festival patrons will get a sneak preview of the new Flyer Fitness Center this weekend. Booster president Gregg Smith will provide tours of the new facility, which is nearing completion. Jim and Mike Wasiniak laid the final bricks about noon Tuesday and all that remains outside is some cleanup work, new sidewalks and landscaping.
4:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
In an effort to save jobs at the Norwalk Public Library, director Martin Haffey has agreed to step down, effective Sept. 1. Haffey's assistant, Sarah Contreras, will serve as interim director.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
I was pleased to see that my fellow columnist Jim Busek wrote about the Huron Playhouse production of "Our Town" in his column earlier this week. I, too, love that play. And I, too, have a long history with it.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Public Library Director Martin Haffey has agreed to step down effective Sept. 1 as a cost saving measure. Haffey's assistant, Sarah Contreras, will serve as interim director.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Most fishing readers would like to catch a serious largemouth bass a three-pounder, four, or even (dare we hope) five. But probably well over half don't know how to go about it. They read about crankbaits, spinnerbaits, pig and jigs, structure, wood, and other mystic words thrown around by veteran bass hunters, and haven't the faintest idea what they mean. But they would still like to catch a nice bass. If that's your situation, I have an answer, the simplest possible seek them with live bait.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Western Reserve assistant varsity football coach Mike Martz wasn't sure why he was being called out to Summit Motorsports Park. When he arrived and read the letter one of his players, Cody Webb, had written to Bill Bader Sr., he was shocked and moved. Webb, a 16-year-old junior at Western who works at the track, had asked for Bader's help in honoring Martz for helping him with his conditioning.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Investigators have identified the male suspect who escaped from a sheriff's cruiser June 23. Police said the same man is "a person of interest" in a New London burglary about two weeks ago. Randall C. Cain II, 37, of 1900 Ohio 18, Wakeman, was charged Monday with escape and stolen property. Sheriff Dane Howard said today he's confident the suspect is in southern Ohio near the river and authorities there are tracking him down. About 11 p.m. June 23, several employees at Expressions Gentlemen's Club, 1301 U.S. 250, reported someone was stealing from inside of several nearby vehicles. The suspect was gone when two deputies arrived.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
All's well that ends well? That could be the final slogan for the case of the felled trees on South Norwalk Road. Sarah Gomez, who lives on Ridge Road, called the Reflector recently to report that trees, branches and bushes were down. The mess began on the corner of Ridge Road and South Norwalk Road and extended all the way down South Norwalk Road.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
CELERYVILLE The new Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station in Celeryville was dedicated Thursday morning. Huron County ranks No. 1 in Ohio in vegetable production and 99th out of all U.S. counties comprising almost 10 percent of the 47,000 acres dedicated to vegetable crops in the state and boasting of the nation's largest vegetable operations. The dedication was part of the program of this year's Muck Crops Field Day, sponsored by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and Ohio State University Extension. Established in 1948, the 15.5-acre Mucks Crop Agricultural Research Station is the oldest among OARDC's statewide network of 10 outlying research farms. It is dedicated to research and outreach specific to the needs of fresh-market vegetable production in both high-organic-matter-content (muck) and mineral soils.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
A local Ohio University student, charged in connection with the death of a fellow student who fell to his death from a fourth-floor dormitory window, currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail. James T. Wagers, 20, of 702 Spanish St., Willard, appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court this morning for an extradition hearing on involuntary manslaughter and aggravated trafficking in drugs. A jail spokeswoman said U.S. marshals brought the suspect into the jail on the Athens County charges and was booked into custody at 12:56 p.m. Tuesday.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - He's elusive - and still on the lam. The half-wolf half-malamute dog has been missing from the 5000 block of Yingling Road since early this week.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Not since Tammy Wynette confiscated and hid husband George Jones' car keys and the country singer drove his lawn mower to town drunk back in the 1970s, has a single person done more for the cause of non-car DUI than Robert Tite of Wakeman. On Sunday, Tite was arrested for apparently operating a front-end loader while drunk. According to Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker, Tite was driving the small, heavy machinery recklessly through the village down Verlin Street about 6 p.m. "By the time the officer caught up with him, he was at (U.S.) 20 and Verlin. ... He crossed Main Street without even looking," Hunker told the Reflector.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Painting, pizza and pop. Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard bought lunch for the two jail inmates who painted the trim of the sheriff's command post at the Huron County Fairgrounds. Prisoners Chuck Logue and Scott Woolsey started their work detail about 10:30 a.m. Monday and painted for about 4 1/2 hours.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk resident Jim Graves loves trees. That's part of the reason he's upset that the trees in Uptown Norwalk are dying at an alarming rate. Graves, who owns the Sears store uptown, said Monday afternoon there are four dead trees just on the block his store is located. In all, 44 of the 100 trees in the uptown area are dead, Graves said.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
DAYTON - The state Highway Patrol is seeking the public's assistance in locating a Richmond, Ind. man who escaped custody during a Harrison Township traffic stop Tuesday. A Dayton-based trooper stopped Cordis D. Berard, 25, on Needmore Road in connection with multiple marked lanes violations and driving the wrong way near the Marathon Gas Station at 2:24 a.m. Anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Berard is asked to call (937) 832-4794.
4:41 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Magistrate Bradley Sales, despite being charged with criminal trespassing, will be able to keep his job for the time being.