10:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
MAY 16, 1937 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 71 years ago: Jack Godfrey buys 2 story Osborn building Jack Godfrey of 40 State St., proprietor of a dry cleaning establishment on Benedict Ave. near Seminary St., has bought the two story brick block at 42 and 44 Benedict Ave. from Mrs. Lillian Osborn. He will move his establishment to No. 44 Benedict, now occupied by the Furniture Exchange. C.H. Heller will move his barber shop from Room 42 in the newly purchased building to the location to be vacated about June 1 by Godrey.
10:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
Once again, the Huron County Fair Board has lured rising stars to the county fair - this year Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum will perform on Monday, August 11. Luke Bryan, whose 2007 single "All My Friends Say,' brought him to the forefront of the country music scene, will headline the Huron County Fair concert.
10:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
Timeless tales of friendship, cooperation and teamwork abound in three fun DVDs for the preschool set are being released this month by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment at HIT Entertainment. "Barney: Hi! I'm Riff' features the first new dino to join Barney & Friends in 13 years.
10:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD - School board members learned Monday about different options to finance the construction of new school buildings which could open for the 2011-2012 school year. Marvin Founds, vice president of public finance at Wachovia Securities, discussed options such as a bond issues, permanent improvement levies and income tax-backed bonds. Columbus-based Wachovia would underwrite the bonds and sell them to investors. The funding would cover the local share of the project's cost. The state will foot 58 percent of the bill, with the school district paying 41 percent. School officials have said the total cost will be more than $52 million.
10:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk High School has a new principal and he's a familiar face. The school board unanimously approved a three-year contract for Brad Cooley, the NHS assistant principal since 2004, effective Aug. 1. He was making about $75,000 and will be paid about $88,000 in his new position.
10:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
There was hardly a seat available in the Norwalk High School cafeteria Tuesday night, thanks to the nearly 400 people wearing shirts symbolizing solidarity during the ongoing teacher negotiations. "This is a spectacular turnout," said Matt Lark, the president of the Norwalk Teachers Association (NTA). "It's moments like this that makes me proud to be your president."
10:36 PM Jul 25, 2010
MONROEVILLE - The school district has a new superintendent. Current Junior High/High School Principal David Stubblebine will succeed Carol Girton, who has accepted the position of New London Local Schools Superintendent.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
Identity theft has become a major problem in recent years, even though it is not a completely modern scam. Similar scams have been tried through the years. One such scam that has come to my attention involved two well-known Norwalk families - those of A.J. Baltes and Ed M. Esker, who were married to sisters. In the summer of 1932 Mr. and Mrs. Esker took an auto trip through the western United States, and spent one night at the hotel in Pie Town, Mexico. That evening, Anne Esker wrote a letter to her sister Gertrude Baltes. In the morning she left it to be mailed, but it was picked up by a con artist who sent a collect telegram to Mr. Baltes, saying that he was Ed Esker and that they had been forced off the road and over a cliff, badly damaging their auto. He asked for at least $100 to get them on the road.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
Identity theft has become a major problem in recent years, even though it is not a completely modern scam. Similar scams have been tried through the years. One such scam that has come to my attention involved two well-known Norwalk families those of A.J. Baltes and Ed M. Esker, who were married to sisters. In the summer of 1932 Mr. and Mrs. Esker took an auto trip through the western United States, and spent one night at the hotel in Pie Town, Mexico. That evening, Anne Esker wrote a letter to her sister Gertrude Baltes. In the morning she left it to be mailed, but it was picked up by a con artist who sent a collect telegram to Mr. Baltes, saying that he was Ed Esker and that they had been forced off the road and over a cliff, badly damaging their auto. He asked for at least $100 to get them on the road. A.J. sent $150 via Western Union to Carlsbad immediately. That evening (a Sunday) the Eskers drove back into Norwalk in their own auto. It didn't take long to figure out the deception, and word was sent to Carlsbad to hold up on the payment. When the con artist showed up to claim the $150, he was unable to answer correctly a series of questions from the telegraph operator. Thus, the plot unraveled but I could not find that the suspect ever was apprehended, although the police has a description. I guess everyone felt lucky enough that the $150 was safe. It is a story in the Esker family that always afterward Ed warned his family to never leave mail with hotel employees to mail, but to be sure personally that it was safely in the mailbox.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
Three Sandusky men were arrested Wednesday night in connection with having two pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop north of Norwalk. Fermin Faris, 54, was charged with trafficking in marijuana while Morgan D. Scott and Keith L. Roberts Jr., both 19, face one count each of possession of marijuana.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Edison High School "Charger" Marching Band will pay a musical tribute to U.S. Veterans and Armed Services during Summit Motorsports Park's opening ceremony Saturday. The Edison band will be one of the first features presented Saturday, which is also Armed Forces Day.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK - The following people recently were convicted of drunken driving in Norwalk Municipal Court: Kelly W. Dellisanti, 23, 4654 Medusa Road, Norwalk. Violation date: Mar. 1. Conviction date: May 7. Sentence: $800 fine, $70 costs, six-month license suspension and 180 days in jail; defendant shall have 174 days suspended; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall have two years no convictions; defendant shall show proof of six month alcohol counseling by Dec. 8; defendant shall show proof of restitution to the court within 60 days; defendant shall have limited driving only on proof of insurance and occupation from May 7 to Sept. 1.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - A Lorain man accused of stabbing two deer hunters in the fall is scheduled to stand trial this summer. Tyrone P. Cash, 22, faces two counts each of attempted murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and theft in Erie County Common Pleas Court. He also is charged with one count of aggravated robbery in connection with the Nov. 30 incident. Cash had been at North Coast Behavioral Center in Toledo since Dec. 7 undergoing psychiatric treatment. Erie County Jail Administrator Capt. Todd Dempsey said the defendant wasn't giving corrections officers any problems, but "he was displaying symptoms consistent with a mental illness" at the time.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
A judge ordered the county to divide about $173,900 in a wrongful death lawsuit between an 11-year-old foster girl's two brothers, her adult half-brother and grandfather. Connre Dixon died Oct. 18, 2004 after being stabbed to death by her Monroeville foster father, Paul Efaw. He is expected to be released Oct. 15 from the Hocking Correctional Facility after serving three years for voluntary manslaughter.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
BELLEVUE - The members of Chapter K2, Bellevue, would like to remind drivers that May is Motorist Awareness Month. Chapter members belong to the Gold Wing Road Riders Association of Ohio, Region D. To start the May is Motorist Awareness campaign, the members did a meet and greet at the Bellevue post office last week. This was in conjunction with the post office cancellation stamp in honor of Motorist Awareness. If you collect cancellation stamps and would like a copy, contact the Bellevue post office or Alice Schauss at (440) 839-2194. You can get a copy of the stamp until the end of May.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Toledo man was sentenced this morning to a mandatory eight-year prison term for helping ship 160 pounds of marijuana from Phoenix to Huron County in the fall. Earlier this month, a Huron County Common Pleas Court jury found John E. Nunley Jr., 35, guilty of possession of marijuana for the Sept. 20 incident. Several officers involved in the investigation had testified Nunley drove his father's 2002 black Chevrolet pickup truck to pick up four crates of marijuana from R & L Transfer. Authorities from several agencies arrested Nunley and two suspected accomplices on U.S. 250 north of Milan after following the two vehicles from the rural Norwalk business.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON - Announcements about upcoming events took up much of Monday's council meeting. Administrator Shawn Tappel said the New London Steering Committee meets at the village hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Fire Chief John Chapin announced the department's chicken barbecue begins at noon Sunday at the fire station. The Community Club's duck derby follows at 12:30 in the creek next to the station.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
A rural Norwalk couple pleaded innocent Tuesday to stealing between $50,000 and $60,000 from an elderly couple to support their heroin habit. James E. Miller, 41, and his girlfriend Roberta D. Bisel, 31, both of 4303 Ohio 6O1, each were arraigned in Huron County Common Pleas Court on theft from the elderly. Miller's trial is scheduled for June 24 and his co-defendant goes to court exactly one week later.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Village council member Jason Kamann wants council to act before someone gets hurt or worse. Kamann proposed at Tuesday's council meeting a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Chapel and Broad Streets. Kamann said when it is difficult for motorists to see either way when school and church is in session. He added he witnessed two near misses last week.
10:35 PM Jul 25, 2010
Craig Franklin and Eric Wlodarsky, the state troopers fired May 2 for their involvement in a KKK prank, are lobbying to get their jobs back. The Sandusky post troopers will appear at a Step 2 hearing within 20 days of the state receiving the grievances; union and state representatives also will be present. An attorney representing the Ohio State Troopers Coalition said the case probably will go to arbitration if the grievances are denied initially.