7:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
A boom in natural-gas drilling in Pennsylvania could bring millions of barrels of salty toxic waste into Ohio. That's a warning Ohio's oil and gas industry and environmentalists are sounding as hundreds of deep wells are drilled into Marcellus shale.
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LONDON (MCT) - The threat of renewed sectarian violence is at its highest in years. But it's a seamy affair between Northern Ireland's most famous female politician and a man nearly 40 years her junior that has put the province's fragile peace pact between Roman Catholics and Protestants in danger of unraveling. The woman in question is Iris Robinson, the glamorous wife of the leader of Northern Ireland and a canny lawmaker in her own right. For months, she maintained a sexual relationship with a 19-year-old, then allegedly helped set him up in business with money secretly lent her by a pair of property developers.
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A record 84 percent of Honda's U.S. sales last year were vehicles assembled in North America, the company said late last week. If the results can be maintained in a year with more-normal sales than the horrid numbers posted last year, it will be good news for Honda's two Ohio plants, which account for about 45 percent of North American production. "As part of our long-standing commitment to build Honda and Acura products close to our customers, we have steadily deepened our automobile manufacturing roots in the U.S. and the North America region,' said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., based in Torrance, Calif.
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FINDLAY - Two men will be arraigned in Findlay Municipal Court on felony drug charges after state Highway Patrol troopers seized 95 pounds of marijuana, worth about $215,000, during a traffic stop early Sunday in HancockCounty. The driver, Gabino Reyes-Serna, 43, of Mexico, and passenger, Oscar Campos, 44, of Weslaco, Texas, were charged with aggravated possession of marijuana, and aggravated trafficking, both second-degree felonies, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Reyes-Serna was also charged with identity theft, a fifth-degree felony.
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LAS VEGAS (MCT) - Is this the gaffe that will haunt Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid? The Nevada Democrat who, over the years, has called Alan Greenspan a hack, Washington tourists smelly and President George W. Bush a liar was pummeled by Republicans on Sunday for impolitic comments about President Obama's potential for winning the White House.
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WILLARD - "It all started when I had back surgery in 2000." That's what Todd Picklesimer said about what led him to being a heroin addict one year later.
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KENT - Forensic computer experts have found more than 100,000 images, most of which are sexually-oriented, on the computer of a former ultrasound technician from Willard. Jamie Aguirre, 43, of 68 Sandy Trail, is accused of taking and compiling nude photos of juvenile and adult patients during medical testing procedures at Advanced Medical Imaging in Tiffin.
7:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
JAN. 12, 1979 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 31 years ago: Meese resigns for police job Bill Meese is resigning from his position with the Norwalk City Schools to resume his original career as a policeman.
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WILLARD The Willard Community Diversity Council will celebrate the life of The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Willard High School Commons area. The council continues the tradition of having an event that allows the whole community to join in celebration. The activities will start with a presentation by the Willard Area Ministerial Association. The ministers will present a program, including music, which will reflect on King's many good works, his belief in the brotherhood of mankind and the importance of accepting one another no matter the race, ethnic background or religion. Winners of the middle school essay contest will read their winning entries. The essays will reflect the theme "Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream; what would be your dream for America?" Winners will also receive Willard Chamber Checks good toward purchases of goods and services at any member chamber business.
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I was disappointed to see, in your 1/6/10 issue, a Norwalk official visiting China for purposes of learning the language to work together on the global economy. I would hope that school administrator Sue Goodsite knows that the global economy has failed after 25 years of experiment. Just the unemployment rate should tell us that. The expansion of credit, which passes for growth in a consumer-based economy, has ended. There are people in China making $1 an hour, 16 cents an hour, and people in jail working for the food they eat. Don't forget, China is a communist country. They still have American prisoners from the Korean War. Did she get to see those on her visit? We should be backing away from relations with the Chinese, not increasing them. We should be applying substantial tariffs to goods made in China. We should replace manufacturing in China with manufacturing in America. And we should certainly not be learning the Chinese language. The Chinese Language Council, contrary to claims of being non-governmental, is affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, of the Peoples' Republic of China. Paying the expenses of the 400 education officials was a public relations gambit expected to yield results, as it apparently has in the recommendation of a Chinese language program
7:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man suspected of being responsible for 15 separate vehicle break-ins remains behind bars at the Huron County Jail. Kiley J. White, 19, of 251 W. Main St., also is accused of stealing a woman's credit card and using it to order a PlayStation 3 video game system that was delivered to his home Dec. 31, Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said. The package, which was purchased online from Best Buy, arrived by UPS.
7:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - The board of education started the new year with treasurer Gina Blackman giving the oath of office to new members Susan Porter and Bill Givens and re-elected member Chris Pondy. Superintendent Carol Girton said the state is mandating all schools have all-day, every-day kindergarten programs by the 2011-12 school year, and New London would not qualify for a waiver for this coming year.
7:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Linda Hebert officially took over as safety-service director Monday. Hebert, a city of Norwalk employee since 1981, started training under Dale Sheppard late last year.
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The rural Norwalk family that lost everything in a Dec. 14 mobile home fire has a set up a bank fund for monetary donations. Ed and Susan Sokolowski established the fund Friday at Croghan Colonial Bank, 60 Whittlesey Ave., under Ed's name. Residents interested in dropping off donations of food or clothing can leave items at Amerihost Inn & Suites on Milan Avenue.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Jeff Picklesimer knows his younger brother Todd isn't without his faults. "My brother is no angel; I'll give you that," Picklesimer said.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. America's Heartland , a television program dedicated to connecting rural and urban America, traveled overseas with the U.S. Grains Council and U.S. Wheat Associates to understand the vital role U.S. farmers play in feeding the world. Dave and Sue Roehm, farmers from Leesburg, Ohio, traveled with the film crew in August to Egypt and Morocco where they saw the investments in their producer checkoff programs hard at work. With sponsorship from the Ohio Corn Marketing Program, the couple were able to show how global their fourth generation family farm is. "This trip was a big revelation to me," Sue said. "It was phenomenal the impact export market development programs orchestrated by the Council and U.S. Wheat are having overseas. "When I look at our corn and wheat in Ohio, I will have a whole different perspective. My family's harvest is truly improving lives thousands of miles away."
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SHANANDOAH - Investigators have concluded their on-scene examination of the mobile home fire Saturday morning which took the lives of four people. The mobile home, located on Clayberg Road in Shanandoah, was destroyed in the fire.
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PLYMOUTH - Philip and Hilary Cobb are staying with relatives in Crestline after their home was destroyed in a fire Thursday morning. The blaze was reported at 5:31 a.m. The Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department was on-scene until about 11. "The occupants were home at the time. ... They had working smoke detectors that alerted them," Chief Rich Metzger said. "We don't know the exact value, but we're taking it as a total loss right now," he said.
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akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD The call came from Iraq to Willard High School. It wasn't the dreaded call every military family fears receiving, but a call from a soldier to express gratitude. Although he couldn't reveal his full identity, school officials believe it was Jonathan Mitchell, a Willard High School graduate and a member of the 101st Engineer Battalion. He wanted to thank Willard's students for sending boxes of necessities to his unit.
7:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mother Nature started her annual wintertime battle Thursday with the Firelands area. In Norwalk, a total of 3 inches of snow was reported at the wastewater treatment plant, while around Huron County, as many as 6 inches of the white stuff fell in the southern half.
7:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Ohio Department of Health launched the Ohio Hospital Compare Web site, giving people a chance to compare hospitals around the state - from heart surgery to surgical care. The site at www.odh.ohio.gov, launched Monday, compares state hospitals on more than 100 different performance measures.