6:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
After weeks of burning the midnight oil, Norwalk city council had an easy one Tuesday night. Not that it was planned that way.
6:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
For the third year in a row and fifth time ever, Brian J. Gockstetter has been named the Trooper of the Year at the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post. "I think it's an honor to be selected," the 1992 Western Reserve High School graduate said.
6:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
jcenters@norwalkreflector.com FAIRBORN Too big. Too strong. Too tough. St. Paul's volleyball season came to an end Saturday afternoon as the Lady Flyers dropped a 25-17, 20-25, 25-10, 25-13 decision to Marion Local in the Div. IV state championship game. It was the rubber match between the two teams in the state finals.
6:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Area authorities ran a drug interdiction detail in the southern end of the county Thursday night. "It involved the Huron County Sheriff's Office, state Highway Patrol, the Willard Police Department and the Adult Parole agency,' said Capt. Ted Patrick, of the sheriff's office.
6:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County commissioners continued to hammer out the 2010 budget at Thursday's work session. The board is faced with cutting around $800,000 from next year's budget.
6:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A limousine to McDonald's? That was the double treat a select number of Main Street School students received Thursday.
6:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com A limousine to McDonald's? That was the double treat a select number of Main Street School students received Thursday. The fifth- and sixth-graders were asked to sell "Fun Cards" to raise money for the school's PTO. The money helps pay for the cost of educational speakers and supplies.
6:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Lots of hard work and sacrifice went into preparing Norwalk's 2010 budget. Mayor Sue Lesch, along with finance director Diane Eschen presented that budget to city council Tuesday. Council needs to pass it or pass some form of it by Dec. 1. "It's extraordinary what she and her staff have done," Lesch said about all the time Eschen and staff put into the budget.
6:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE The Harlem Wizards will perform at the Monroeville Elementary at 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets will be $12 at the door. The Harlem Wizards' history dates back to 1962. Unlike most basketball teams, the Harlem Wizards are not primarily focused on winning matches instead, their aim is to entertain the crowd using a variety of basketball tricks and alley-oops.
6:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com For a luncheon program with the theme "celebrating area business the fabric of our community," Norwalk Custom Order Furniture was the perfect setting. Norwalk Economic Development Corp. (NEDC) Director Ellen Heinz said NCOF is the "perfect example" of something extraordinary happening in Norwalk in the midst of a struggling economy. NCOF opened Oct. 27, 2008 out of the ashes of the defunct Norwalk Furniture Corp. with 83 production and office employees. One year later, NCOF has 117 employees and 350 active accounts. "They turned potential tragedy into triumph," Heinz said.
6:23 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Local Republicans hailed State Rep. Terry Boose on Thursday as someone who can fix Ohio and blamed the economic doldrums on Gov. Ted Strickland and the Obama administration. The Republicans gathered for the 95th annual Huron County McKinley Club Banquet, in honor of William McKinley 25th president of the United States and former Ohio Governor. Rep. William Batchelder, the Ohio House Minority Leader and Thursday's keynote speaker, said Boose, a Norwalk resident, has "backbone and courage."
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
A North Olmsted man was sentenced Tuesday to up to six months in a community-based corrections facility for breaking into two businesses in the spring. As part of his three years of probation, Daniel J. Campbell, 19, was fined $250 and ordered to pay about $952 in restitution to C Stop Inc. and pay back $450 to Pine House Pizza Ltd. The two April 26 break-ins happened just under four hours apart.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Authorities discovered and impounded three vehicles Tuesday associated with the former Sandusky resident accused of kidnapping and murdering his ex-live-in girlfriend. However, David "Jody" L. Kromer, 56, remains at large. Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said Kromer is considered armed and dangerous. The suspect possibly is carrying a firearm, which Sigsworth said isn't believed to have been used in the murder of Carla P. Westhofen, 58.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) submitted an order for 434,800 doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday afternoon. The vaccine will be shipped directly to 315 local health departments and hospitals in all 88 Ohio counties, including Huron County. The order includes 67,800 doses of nasal-spray vaccine and 367,000 shots of H1N1 flu vaccine.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
HURON - The body of accused killer David "Jody' L. Kromer was found this afternoon inside a cottage near this city. Kromer, 56, apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. Kromer was being sought in the kidnapping and murder of his ex-live-in girlfriend, Carla P. Westhofen, 58, formerly of Huron. About 12:40 p.m. today, the manager at Wildwaves Motel on Cleveland Road East called Erie County's sheriff's deputies to report a strong odor of natural gas coming from a motel room at the Firefly Beach Resort. Upon arrival, deputies found Kromer dead inside a cottage he had rented.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - If there's a gadget that can track a ghost, 20-year-old Edison High School graduate Ben Smith can make it work. Smith will be appearing on TV tonight.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
PLYMOUTH - Bruce Tanner is an unusual businessman. One was not enough for Tanner, who plans to open two new businesses on the square in downtown Plymouth. He started by asking the community of Plymouth to help by answering a survey of what type of business was needed. He has answered them with a gym and a bakery. The bakery is tentatively scheduled to open on Dec. 1.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Out-of-work Huron County residents, whose unemployment compensation was about to run out, can breath easier - at least for four more months. On Friday, President Obama signed a law extending unemployment compensation benefits so that eligible jobless Ohioans may receive up to an additional 20 weeks of benefits.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Berlin and Milan Elementary students sang and played patriotic songs this morning in honor of Veterans Day. "The Star Spangled Banner," "My Flag," "Put Your Hand on Your Heart," "In the Heart of America" and "We the People" were among the singing selections. Meanwhile, the fifth-grade students played "Yankee Doodle" with their flute-o-phones and pre-schoolers performed patriotic music on hand bells. Student council members as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts presented flags. The guest speaker and presents was Michael Peacock of the Warrant Officer Training Division from Ft. Eustis, Va.
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
Tuesday's Huron County commissioners' meeting was action-packed. First, the board voted 2-1 to supplement the jail budget with funds that were originally earmarked for the health insurance appropriation, but due to the insurance holiday in October, able to be transferred to the jail. Commissioner Larry Silcox voted "no."
6:22 AM Jul 26, 2010
The search continues for former Sandusky resident David "Jody" L. Kromer, 56, in connection with the kidnapping and murder of his ex-live-in girlfriend. The body of Carla P. Westhofen, 58, was found in a rolled-up carpet Saturday in Fairview Township in rural Erie, Pa. The wooded area is just across the Ohio- Pennsylvania state line. Erie County, Pa. Coroner Lyell Cook has ruled the Huron Township woman died of blunt trauma and/or penetrating trauma to the head.