6:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dave Light is Norwalk's new police chief. The announcement was made this morning by Mayor Sue Lesch.
6:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman presented the board a tentative 2010 budget at Tuesday's meeting. Adelman said the proposed budget is simply a "starting point."
6:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
The race for Norwalk city council's first-ward seat is heading down the stretch drive with only a handful of days remaining until Tuesday's election. In one corner, there is Republican incumbent Scott Krichbaum. In the other, Independent challenger Jim Loughton. The two were asked a series of questions recently regarding city issues.
6:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
Receiving stolen property and drug-related charges and arrests are pending against the people who bought stolen items from a Norwalk burglary suspect. The defendant, Channing W. Waggoner, 23, of 23 Westwind Drive, is charged with three counts of burglary and one count of tampering with evidence. He has been unable to post a $70,000 bond since being booked into the Huron County Jail at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
6:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
BRIMFIELD - A traffic stop led officers to discover that a Willard man allegedly has been compiling nude photos of patients from the medical facility where he worked. Jamie Aguirre, 43, of 68 Sandy Trail, was arrested late Sunday night and charged with four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented materials, a second degree felony, Brimfield Police Chief David Blough said. Aguirre currently is in custody in the Portage County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond.
6:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
Grace Hutchinson feels now is the time to leave the Norwalk volleyball program. The veteran coach announced Friday she is stepping down as the school's varsity coach.
6:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Quadax employees in Norwalk, for the most part, were going to the dogs. Dalmatians to be exact, plus cats, a Snow Queen, a backwards skeleton, and the swine flu. (Front left) Carolyn Paterson, Becky Blanton, Lorna Sams, and Chelle Gulyas; (second row left) Becky Kimble, Beth Wendt, Alta Eads, and Jeanne Stieber; (back row left) Kathy Dearth, Heather Newkirk, Sue Langsdale, and Brenda Fannin.
6:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
Accused getaway driver Megan Lillo testified Wednesday she told her long-time boyfriend "it was a stupid idea' to rob Kaiser-Wells Pharmacy. Kurtis J. DeWitt is serving 15 years in prison for stealing 499 Oxycontin pills from Kaiser-Wells on April 15 while wearing Lillo's pajama bottoms fashioned into a mask and carrying a knife in his pants. Before the crime, Lillo said her boyfriend kept asking her to drive and then threatened her with a knife after pushing her onto a chair.
6:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
Testimony wrapped up this morning in the criminal case against Megan Lillo. The former Bank Street resident is accused of driving her red Pontiac Grand Am to Kaiser-Wells Pharmacy on April 15. Lillo's longtime boyfriend, Kurtis J. DeWitt, is serving 15 years in prison for stealing 499 Oxycontin pills from the Benedict Avenue business while wearing Lillo's pajama bottoms fashioned into a mask and carrying a knife in his pants. Witnesses said Lillo put about 20 pills in a cellophane package in her vagina before she was arrested and while she was in jail April 16, gave them to two female prisoners.
6:13 AM Jul 26, 2010
Eric Ebinger may not try to emulate the Energizer Bunny in the future, but he's not quitting his long-distance running just yet. The 32-year-old New London author will complete in the last leg of "Firelands 200' on Saturday.
6:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
The lure of gold and riches drew a number of men (and a few women) to leave their comfortable Ohio homes and head for California. Some of these hardy souls were eminently successful; some were lucky to return alive; and some lost out on both counts. One of the successful gold seekers was Isaac Banta of the Bellevue area. A newspaper report from April of 1849 located him at Independence, Mo,, with the Bellevue Mining Co., with a group of 18 other men, preparing to cross the plains and mountains to the west. Isaac had been born in New York State and came to Ohio as a young. In 1846, he was married to Mary Hooper of Hunt's Corners in Lyme Township. They settled on a farm there but the lure of gold in 1849 took Isaac away from hearth and home. He apparently returned successful as he began buying farmland, and built the fine brick house at 4191 Ohio 547. Long-time residents know that farm as the Harold and Sadie Heyman farm. The 1877 tax lists show Isaac as owning 870 acres in Lyme, Ridgefield, and Sherman Townships. Not only was he a large and successful farmer, but he was also an avid Republican in his politics. In August of 1872 he erected a 120-foot liberty pole on his property and sponsored a gala. Gen. Frank Sawyer of Norwalk was the main speaker; dinner was served to 200 people; and a dance floor was "laid in the grove" for entertainment. Music for the day came from the Monroeville Brass Band all at Mr. Banta's expense.
6:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Testimony wrapped up this morning in the criminal case against Megan Lillo. The former Bank Street resident is accused of driving her red Pontiac Grand Am to Kaiser-Wells Pharmacy on April 15. Lillo's longtime boyfriend, Kurtis J. DeWitt, is serving 15 years in prison for stealing 499 Oxycontin pills from the Benedict Avenue business while wearing Lillo's pajama bottoms fashioned into a mask and carrying a knife in his pants. Witnesses said Lillo put about 20 pills in a cellophane package in her vagina before she was arrested and while she was in jail April 16, gave them to two female prisoners. Lillo testified Wednesday she didn't think she could drive away from the Kaiser-Wells parking lot when she was in the car by herself because she feared DeWitt would hunt her down and hurt her and/or relatives. Before the crime, Lillo said DeWitt kept asking her to drive and when she refused, he pushed her onto a chair and threatened her with a knife.
6:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Students who have Mary Beth Hall as a high school guidance counselor do not get the easy way out. If they claim a class is too hard, she tells she faced a much harder task: If she could enter that school for the first time when she was new, knowing nobody and with a bald head from chemotherapy, they can at succeed in a difficult class. This "Bald Chick" imparts life lessons, with humor, to people of all ages across the country when she speaks about her first published book: "Lessons From A Bald Chick."
6:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Sandusky Mall celebrates Halloween from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday with a Sweet Scavenger Hunt from participating stores. Children ages 12 ad under will be given instructions in Center Court where the scavenger hunt begins (while supplies last). Also included is the annual Halloween Costume Contest that will be held in Center Court at 3 p.m. Children 12 and under can show off their costumes on stage for a chance to impress our judges and win prizes. Register for the contest between 1 to 3 p.m. in Center Court. See Customer Service for details.
6:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
Megan Lillo's mother painted a picture of her daughter's relationship with Kurtis DeWitt of being full of physical and verbal abuse. A woman who dated DeWitt's brother for about three years testified both siblings were controlling and violent. Jeanne Lillo, of Willard, said her daughter was "very happy" and outgoing as a young girl.
6:12 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk mother accused of driving drunk with her three children in the vehicle entered "not guilty" pleas to driving under the influence, endangering children and reckless operation. Mimi L. Lee, 32, of 18 Cline St., spoke to Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge via closed circuit television Monday morning. She has been jailed since Wednesday's wreck in the 4800 block of Whittlesey Road.
6:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Willard woman accused of daily driving to Columbus for drugs had her bond revoked following three positive drug tests. Christina M. Perkins, 40, of 549 Kennedy Drive, had "three positive drug screens in 13 days," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer DeLand told the court Monday. The prosecutor mentioned Perkins tested positive for opiates during at least one drug test.
6:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man was convicted Monday of providing a 13-year-old girl with cigarettes in exchange for oral sex. Justin K. Loudy, 19, of 64 N. Hester St., pleaded guilty to an amended count of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He will be sentenced Dec. 8 for the consensual incident that happened at the beginning of June.
6:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Due to higher than expected attendance at previous clinics, the Erie County Health Department has distributed all adult seasonal flu vaccine. The only remaining seasonal flu vaccine is for children ages 6 months through 18 years of age. A walk-in clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, as supplies last, at the health department, 420 Superior St., Sandusky. The cost of the children's vaccine is $10 and cash, Medicaid and Medicare will be accepted.
6:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
Accused getaway driver Megan Lillo testified today she told her long-time boyfriend "it was a stupid idea" to rob Kaiser-Wells Pharmacy. Kurtis J. DeWitt is serving 15 years in prison for stealing 499 Oxycontin pills from Kaiser-Wells on April 15 while wearing Lillo's pajama bottoms fashioned into a mask and carrying a knife in his pants. Before the crime, Lillo said her boyfriend kept asking her to drive and then threatened her with a knife after pushing her onto a chair.
6:11 AM Jul 26, 2010
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