7:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
CAREY - The state Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of Trooper Andrew C. Baldridge, who died following a one-vehicle crash in Wyandot County. The crash occurred at 6:05 p.m. Thursday on Township Road 95, just south of Ohio 103 near Carey. Baldridge and a passenger, Trooper Mark McLaughlin, both of the Patrol's Bucyrus post, were heading southbound on 95 when their Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor went off the right side of the road and rolled. Both troopers appear to have been wearing seat belts.
7:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Former Willard City Schools Superintendent Dennis Doughty and current Willard High School Principal Jeff Ritz are going to bat for Michael Lillo. The former Willard HS athletic director, in a federal lawsuit, is accused of baiting "a certain black basketball player for Fostoria High School" after a Jan. 30, 2009 basketball game. Lillo also reportedly "engaged in ongoing verbal abuse and/or assaults" of members of Fostoria's basketball team.
7:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Undercover Boss' is this year's entrant in what is considered one of broadcast TV's plum time slots - immediately following the Super Bowl. Airing an unfamiliar show as the Super Bowl lead-out (as they say in the TV biz) is a throwback of sorts. Since 1999, the networks have played it safe, preferring to put on new episodes of well-established series (like last year's one-hour "Office"). You can't blame the networks for being more conservative. The strategy of airing new shows in that time slot has had decidedly mixed results:
7:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - UAW Local 913, in conjunction with several area agency partners, is hosting a series of free workshops for union members in Huron County and Erie County and their surrounding counties. These workshops are designed to provide the information necessary to assist laid off workers in breaking down the barriers to available resources. The following workshops will be free and open to all union members and their families affected by recent lay-offs and closings. Pre-registration is encouraged but walk-ins will be welcome:
7:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's a red-letter event for marketers, one in which a captive universe of TV sports fans resists the hot wings and high-fives to create a hushed calm during commercial breaks. The next morning, those fleeting moments become water-cooler fodder: Did you see Kevin Federline as a rapping fast-food cook? The talking Chihuahua? Wassssup!!!
7:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
MIAMI (MCT) -- Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne is money in the bank for the Indianapolis Colts. The way things have been going with banks, maybe it shouldn't have been such a shock that when Manning looked to his ninth-year wideout, needing five yards on third down from the Saints' 31, down a touchdown late, cornerback Tracy Porter jumped the route and cradled Manning's pass as if it had been thrown to him.
7:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
Boy tackles mom. That was about it. The ad that made Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam, the unintended stars of the Super Bowl was not a screed against abortion. Nor was it a heartwarming story about a mother ignoring doctors' advice and having her baby.
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
MIAMI (MCT) - When Saints kicker Garrett Hartley gazes across the field today, he will see the oldest player ever to participate in a Super Bowl, Matt Stover, ready to handle the kicks for the Colts. He also will see Adam Vinatieri, the only player with two final-play Super Bowl winning field goals and four rings overall, there to lend Stover support.
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Three popular children's programs are featured in DVDs being released this month. It's the biggest building collection ever when "Bob the Builder: Best of Bob' hammers onto DVD Tuesday from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
The winter storm making its way through the Firelands today has forced some local boys' and girls' basketball games to be postponed. Here is what we knew as of 6:15 p.m.:
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - New Huron River Joint Fire District Chief Tom Beck quite literally has fire-fighting in his blood. His father, Jim, was with the fire department for just short of 30 years. He retired as the chief in 1984.
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - A ferocious blizzard, dubbed the "snowpocalypse' and "snowmageddon,' descended on Washington Friday, shutting federal offices early, closing schools and sending residents scurrying to stock up on supplies to carry them through the weekend. Forecasters predicted 30 inches or more of snow, which would easily break the area's snowfall record of 28 inches set in 1922. The area has only seen more than a foot of snow 13 times since 1870, according to the National Weather Service.
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
LAKEWOOD - Edison High School graduate Adam Thatcher's road to stardom probably won't follow the path of the play "Is He Dead?" to Broadway. The 28-year-old's next big step toward achieving his aspirations comes Friday. That is when he and fellow "Is He Dead?" cast members open a three-week run of the Mark Twain farce at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood.
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
TIFFIN - A Norwalk man charged with hitting two 18-year-old bicyclists in September will remain behind bars for five years. Coleman Flanigan, 28, Norwalk, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony vehicular assault and two felony counts of failure to stop after a crash. A Seneca County judge sentenced him Wednesday to the maximum penalty.
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Two southern Huron County men were sentenced to 17 months in prison Tuesday for separate drug offenses. Robert L. Hively, 37, of 28 W. Broadway St., Plymouth, pleaded guilty Dec. 21 to one count each of trafficking in oxycodone and trafficking in heroin. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said METRICH investigated the offenses in the southern part of the county. METRICH is a 10-county drug task force. "There was a volume of the heroin.... It exceeded 10 doses as a I recall," Kasper said, noting the fourth-degree felonies include a presumption of prison time.
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Former Huron River Joint Fire District Chief Ronald Stang once told Wes Brewer if he ever was named firefighter of the year, he'd resign. Stang retired Sunday. And coincidentally, guess who is Huron River's firefighter of the year?
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
AKRON - Summit County Sheriff Drew Alexander has filed a complaint with the Ohio Supreme Court against the Erie County prosecutor, accusing him of mishandling a grand jury case here. Prosecutor Kevin J. Baxter never should have served as a special prosecutor in Summit County because he was the focus of an unrelated state criminal investigation that included allegations of perjury and nonconsensual sex with a witness in a decade-old Erie County murder case, Alexander said told the Akron Beacon-Journal.
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Ten young women will compete for the title of Miss Maple City 2010 on Saturday. The Miss Maple City 2010 Scholarship Program, sponsored by The Maple City Ice Co. of Norwalk, will be held at 7 p.m. at The Main Street School in Norwalk. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 each, which includes a reception for Miss Maple City 2010 after the pageant.
7:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - No way. No how. School administrator Michael Lillo said racially baiting someone is "totally against every fabric of my being.' In a federal lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Toledo, the former Willard High School athletic director is accused of baiting "a certain black basketball player for Fostoria High School' after a Jan. 30, 2009 basketball game.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
It's to be hoped that Norwalk will have a new fire station in the foreseeable future. Not that the present one has served a long time, but it does still have evidence of the stables for horses. This goes back almost a century to when this building was built in 1912. Norwalk's fire department has its origins in the bucket brigade of pioneer times. One of the first village ordinances in 1828 ordered every householder to keep one or two leather buckets near their front door for use in case of a fire. Men, women and children would line up to pass full buckets from a well or cistern to the fire, and then return the empties for another round.
7:33 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sheriff's deputies are meeting with Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand about a female subject who sent an inappropriate sexual message to a male subject. Capt. Ted Patrick said the recipients were a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old male suspect, but the order of who received it first is unclear.