8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Prosecutors are reviewing the case of an 18-year-old Monroeville man accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old Wakeman girl. The girl told Monroeville police officers the man put his hand down her pants and attempted to have sex with her Feb. 20 after he picked her up at her home and drove her to his house. The man, who is a senior at Monroeville High School, told police he and the girl were sitting on opposite ends of a couch and started to make out when things became more involved, all of which he believed was consensual.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County's unemployment rate rose to 18.3 percent in January, the exact rate it was a year ago when it ranked No. 1 among Ohio's 88 counties. This time, though, five counties have worse rates when it comes to unemployment.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Never count out Norwalk resident Patrick Saunders. Less than 24 hours after the Huron County Board of Elections voted 4-0 to remove Saunders from the 58th district primary ballot, he has announced his candidacy to run as an Independent against Democrat Sen. Sue Morano of Lorain this November in the 13th district senate race.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Thelma K. Miller of Norwalk was one of about 200 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) honored with the Congressional Gold Medal today - the highest civilian honor given by Congress, in a ceremony on Capitol Hill. A staff member from the office of U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), confirmed that Miller was one of the honorees.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two teams. Two state championships. One common denominator. Jeff Stieber was a member of the Monroeville High School 1984 state championship basketball team. Now, 26 years later, Stieber's two sons, Logan and Hunter, are members of the 2010 state championship wrestling team. Jeff Stieber was taking it all in Saturday night on the floor at Schottenstein Center in Columbus as the Eagles were putting the finishing touches on their team title. Earlier, Logan captured his fourth straight state crown just the 19th wrestler in Ohio wrestling history to win four while Hunter won his third title.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The next session of Ballroom and Social Dance at the Ernsthausen Community Center will start on Sunday. Join instructors from Black Tie Dance Studio in Sandusky as you are guided through the foxtrot, waltz, rumba, swing and salsa. Grab your spouse, friend or parent and enjoy the challenge of learning something new or just refresh your memory. Dancing is always great exercise and a wonderful way to bond with that special someone. For more information about the studio, instructors or the dances you will learn visitwww.blacktiedancestudio.com. Participants 16 and older are welcome to register. Classes will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sundays for Level 1 and 4 to 5:30 p.m. for Level 2 at the Ernsthausen Community Center. The cost is $16 at the time of registration (per couple) and $50 to the instructor at the first class per couple.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com A lot has happened since Guadalupe G. Lara was shunned by her friend in high school because of her Mexican roots. She has become a nationally-known licensed master social worker and holds leadership positions at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Still, the pain of rejection lingers.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
ABC announced today that former "Dancing With the Stars' champion Brooke Burke is the new co-host for the network's hit reality show. Burke, who along with professional dancer Derek Hough won season seven of DWTS, will join Tom Bergeron in handling the hosting duties when Season 10 begins March 22.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk High School (NHS) Principal Brad Cooley received correspondence today from an Arizona man who got a short, profane message from a NHS teacher earlier this morning. The recipient, in an e-mail message sent to Cooley and the Reflector, said the teacher sent him a message calling him an "idiot' and told him to "f--- off' from an "Ohio Public Schools Internet account.' The teacher's message was sent at 5:26 a.m. today.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County Board of Elections unanimously ruled this morning to remove Green Party candidate Patrick Saunders from the primary ballot. The emergency hearing was called this morning after Victoria Lynn Polachek of Willard filed a protest claiming the part-petition 2 for Saunders was actually circulated by Tina Bentley of Norwalk, a registered Democrat.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - An Ohio State University custodial worker, thought to be upset about a poor job evaluation, opened fire in a maintenance building at 3:30 a.m. today, killing a manager and then himself. The gunman, Nathaniel Brown, 51, sustained a self-inflicted gunshot at the scene and was transported to OSU Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.
8:02 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Council wrestled with the problem Monday of how to raise money so the village can remain solvent and provide vital services to its citizens. An ordinance was on the table to gradually reduce the income tax credit for people who work out of town and pay tax in another community. Currently, these people get a 100 percent credit so they pay none of the village's 1 percent income tax. Under this proposal, this credit would decrease to 75 percent in the first year, 50 percent in the second year and 25 percent in the third.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (MCT) - With his personal life in the spotlight after a DUI arrest, California state Sen. Roy Ashburn on Monday confirmed rumors he is gay, but defended his many votes against gay-rights bills. The Bakersfield, Calif., Republican broke his silence on a conservative radio show in his hometown. The disclosure makes him the first openly gay Republican to serve in the state Legislature.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
SEATTLE (MCT) - A woman accused of killing two fellow soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and kidnapping their baby in 2008 will face a general court martial after military authorities determined last week there was enough evidence to move forward with the case. Army Spec. Ivette Davila, 24, of Bakersfield, Calif., has been charged with two specifications of premeditated murder and kidnapping. She has been held in the brig at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor since March 5, 2008, after Pierce County prosecutors deferred prosecution of the case to the military.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
Starting in June last year, Jeff Laycock began asking people who live in or near Norwalk some thought provoking questions. He sent me the results recently and asked me to comment on them for a "community-client" letter his law firm, Freeman, Laycock & McDaniel, publishes.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES (MCT) Women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol don't gain as much weight in midlife as those who abstain, according to a study released Monday. However, the authors as well as alcohol abuse experts were quick to say that drinking should not be heralded as a new diet nor a path to better health. The study, to be published Tuesday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, is the first to find that alcohol may curb weight gain in women. Previous research suggested that moderate drinking has no effect on women's weight and contributes to weight gain in men. Typically, alcohol consumption is not advised for people trying to watch their weight or lose weight. A five-ounce glass of wine contains 125 calories while a 12-ounce regular beer contains 150 calories. In the study, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston examined data from 19,220 women enrolled in the long-running Women's Health Study. The women, all ages 39 and older at the start of the study and all originally of normal weight, provided information on questionnaires about their alcohol intake as well as other health and lifestyle information over an average of 13 years.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
By Anthony Colarossi The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. (MCT) Consider the predicament SeaWorld managers find themselves in nearly two weeks after the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau the third human fatality linked to a killer whale synonymous with the theme park's brand. In the short term, they have to manage the aftermath of a public tragedy and ensure the safety of their employees.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
By ROGER MOORE The Orlando Sentinel (MCT) The very title "She's Out of My League" might scare mere mortals away from wanting to play the "She," or even from that first meeting with the filmmakers. You can't have an ounce of humility about your looks if you're described in the script as "a ten, a HARD ten." Alice Eve didn't flinch.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) Fire rescue officials in Orange County Thursday released the 911 dispatch calls from the SeaWorld Orlando accident that claimed the life of killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau. In the first call, a SeaWorld employee is heard telling the dispatch operator "We have a trainer in the water with one of our whales. The whale they're not supposed to be in the water with." Moments later, the same employee calls 911 and tells the operator "they just pulled the AED (automatic external defibrillator)" referring to the portable electronic device used to restart a person's heart. The SeaWorld employee makes a third call, saying "they're gonna go ahead and bring them (rescue workers) in the park, can you let them know? They're (rescue workers) gonna bring the vehicle into the park. My guys are waiting for them at gate 3."
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (MCT) - The one-time lesbian parents of twin boys who will turn 1 next week have agreed to settle a paternity dispute that allows the women to maintain joint custody, the National Center for Lesbian Rights announced Friday. San Francisco attorney Deborah Wald, who along with the organization represented the non-biological mother, Kim T. Smith, said the agreement reached a week ago stipulates that both women will be "recognized as legal parents.' Wald said the women will continue to share custody as outlined in a previous Santa Cruz court ruling.
8:01 AM Jul 26, 2010
HOLLYWOOD (MCT) - "The Hurt Locker," a gritty, challenging and little-seen drama about bomb disposal in the Iraq war, won a leading six Academy Awards on Sunday night, including best picture and the first directing honor for a female filmmaker. Academy Award organizers had doubled this year's best-picture contest to 10 movies to rope in more mass-appeal hits and boost the ceremony's ratings; but "The Hurt Locker," an emotionally exhausting account of an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, stands apart as the lowest-grossing film in modern history to capture Hollywood's highest award.