CLEVELAND - An area tradition now in its 19th season, the I-X Indoor Amusement Park will be open through April 13. More than 20 acres of family-filled fun await, including the return of popular attractions such as high-flying spinning rides Freakout and Skater, and the Wacky Worm kiddie coaster.
A rural Norwalk couple are accused of stealing between $50,000 and $60,000 from an elderly couple. Investigators said the defendants used the money to support their heroin habit. James E. Miller, 41, and his girlfriend Roberta D. Bisel, 31, both of 4303 Ohio 601, each must post a $30,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. Both suspects are charged with one count of grand theft with an elderly person specification.
Norwalk High School Principal Robert Duncan is resigning, effective July 31. But he won't be leaving the district. The Norwalk school board voted Tuesday to hire him as the director of student services for three years starting Aug. 1. The move is coming with about an $8,000 paycut: Duncan is making $96,627 as principal and will make $88,579 in his new position.
April Smith, who was convicted by a jury of failing to confine dogs, was arrested Wednesday morning on a probation violation warrant. Huron County Sheriff's Major Greg Englund saw a rottweiler dog in the dining room when he came to Smith's 1066 Old State Road home about 10:30 a.m. He was there with Sgt. Mike Martz and Huron County Dog Warden Bill Duncan. "The other (dog) was at the door, but it wasn't causing a problem. She was more concerned about the rott," Englund said.
Len Riemersma did not mind losing Thursday night as long as the youngsters won. Thursday night's main event at Willard Middle School was titled "Are You Smarter than a Middle School Student?"
COLLINS - If you watched Kelsey Telquist at work Wednesday during a dress rehearsal for "Guys and Dolls," you wouldn't think she was a theater novice. The Western Reserve High School sophomore sat in a chair off-stage, usually reserved for the most experienced director, wearing a headset and following along with a script.
WILLARD - A Willard teenager wrestled with sheriff's deputies Wednesday night after he cut off his court-ordered ankle monitor. Deputies responded to the report of a removed ankle monitor at 6:55 p.m. at 4248 Ohio 103, the home of Ronald T. Babione, 18.
HIGHWAY PATROL n Mark R. Young, 57, of Jenera, was charged with failure to control Wednesday after he failed to negotiate a left curve on Ohio 547 and went off the right side, causing yard damage and hitting a driveway embankment.
Recently, representatives from the Huron County EMA were in the area going door to door in order to assess the damage from the flooding that still plagues us to this day. When I found out they were coming I thought "Thank God' someone is going to help us with the thousands and thousands of dollars in damages we have all suffered. The gentleman arrives at my house and asked what damages we have? We asked him if he would like to come in and inspect the damage himself to which he replied "That will not be necessary,' Not Necessary? How can anyone assess damage unless they actually see it? They did not step foot in any home! But can say that the damage wasn't severe enough for us to receive help?? If he had actually inspected the damage he would have found that my basement floor is now a spider web of large cracks that have water spouts coming out of them every where, he would also have seen that one of the walls has started to buckle in from the pressure, or that parts of the foundation around my house has cracked and the foundation has shifted is several spots, or that my front porch has cracked down the center and has shifted. The list goes on and is true for pretty much everyone this flooding has affected.
I am, to say the least, disgusted to have read an article which you printed of a man having sex with an umbrella pole. My daughter, who is 12-years-old, reads the front page of your newspaper every day.
I'm used to businesses where anything offered for sale can be printed out on paper to take home and consider. That is how many people comparison shop. That doesn't happen in payroll lending. Payroll lending businesses do not provide any information other than a rate chart on the wall until they get a look at a customer's financial information. Advance America, 101 Plank Road, was the first store I entered for a story on payroll lending (See Page A-1). The employee was polite, but couldn't give me any information until I brought in a pay stub and checking account information. Once I gave him information, he could discuss specifics. I explained I had never applied for such a loan before and didn't have those items. Then I started to copy down the rate information displayed on the wall showing annual percentage rates and the straight fees for loans of different amounts.
I'm on the school bus, riding home with a group of sophomores who have just been to Cleveland to see a play. One of them is on his cell phone, talking to his mother. "I'm lost!' he shrieks into the phone. "The bus left without me, and I'm in Cleveland somewhere, and I don't know where I am! There's no one here to help me!'
Two Norwalk residents want to help other women navigate life's challenges. To that end, Suzie Skoglund and the two have organized the first Godgirls in Motion, slated for 7 to 9:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Kalahari's NIA Center. The Christian-oriented conference, which will become an annual event, is designed to help women find joy in their every journey.
MUNICIPALITIES Bellevue Keith L. and Kimberly S. Zoller or survivor to Jeffrey D. and Lashelle R. Wagner or survivor, 412 Goodrich Road, $122,000. Kenneth M. and Mary S. Dendinger to Kenneth M. Dendinger etal., 150 Wood St., $38,250.
A Norwalk man accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy has been ordered to be evaluated at the Forensic Diagnostic Center. Joseph P. Shepherd, 18, of 26 Spring St., Apt. A23, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Monday to two counts of rape in connection with a Feb. 3 incident on Franklin Street. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway wants the report back from the Mansfield facility within 30 days.
NORWALK The following people recently were convicted of drunken driving in Norwalk Municipal Court: Angelica M. Ornelas, 33, 2577 U.S. 20, Collins. Violation date: Jan. 20. Conviction date: Apr. 2. 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). Gary M. Warner, 57, 520 Milan Ave., Lot 9, Norwalk. Violation date: Mar. 29. Conviction date: Mar. 31. 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 AIP. Edward D. Youngless, 51, 500 U.S. 250 South, New London. Violation date: Mar. 29. Conviction date: Mar. 31. Sentence: $600 fine, $70 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 Apr.. 13 to Sept. 29 valid only with restricted plates; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall abide by laws and have no convictions for two years; defendant shall show proof of six months alcohol counseling by Oct. 30.
Hard work and dedication. Those assets are what led to the Norwalk Lions Club naming Dave Wallace the firefighter of the year. The same also was said of Jim Montana as the full-time police officer and Janet Lichoff as the reserve officer of the year, who also were honored last month.
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Eleven-year-old Asher Nikolajevs is blind, and therefore cannot see his dog, Gracie. But Nikolajevs, who has a terminal illness, can certainly feel the 2 1/2-year-old black Labrador golden retriever mix licking and kissing him. And when the blonde-haired Berlin Heights boy's parents tell him Gracie is nearby, he smiles and immediately reaches for her. The two sleep together, and Gracie doesn't mind him laying on top of her or hugging her. His family received Gracie about three weeks ago from Assistance Dogs of America. The Swanton-based organization helps children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual's daily needs.
A Willard man was sentenced to six months in prison Tuesday for trying to spit on several Huron County Jail corrections officers. On Dec. 4, Robert J. Criss, 48, of 590 Emerald St., attempted to spit on corrections officers five different times within about 2 1/2 hours after being brought into the booking area. Sgt. Larry Coleman, who witnessed one incident by camera, has said the first one happened when Criss was being searched a standard jail procedure. The defendant's Jan. 4 indictment indicates he committed the offenses "with the knowledge that (he) is a carrier of a hepatitis virus."
Payday lending is cast in two lights. Detractors say it is a way to trap people struggling financially into a cycle of debt and supporters say it is a legitimate business offering temporary help when needed. Whichever is true, business is booming. Ohioans pay more than $318 million in payday loan fees annually and the average borrower in the state takes out 12.6 loans per year, according to the Ohio Coalition for Responsible Lending.
The Ohio Department of Transportation will spend more than $8 million to resurface U.S. 20 across Huron County in two separate projects, one which includes a new turn lane in front of Western Reserve High School. ODOT announced 2008 projects Monday and Huron County is featured in several. A $5.2-million project will resurface U.S. 20 from Norwalk to Ohio 58 in Lorain County. That project will include widening the road in front of Western Reserve to add a turn lane for school traffic.