6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Fire in the hole!" Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Hillier yelled the phrase three times before the Ashland County Bomb Squad detonated a homemade pipe bomb Wednesday outside the Huron County Sheriff's Office.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk woman was charged with driving under the influence after a rollover crash Wednesday on Whittlesey Road. Mimi L. Lee, 32, of 18 Cline St., also was charged with failure to control in the crash that happened at 4:08 p.m. in the 4800 block of Whittlesey Road. Trooper Joe Glascox, of the state Highway Patrol, said Lee was heading south when she went off the right and left sides of the road.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Police Officer Janet Lichoff will be changing uniforms soon. Lichoff, 40, will be sworn in as a Huron County sheriff's deputy Monday. While she will be handling road patrol duties and responding to criminal complaints, her primary responsibility will be tracking down long-time deadbeat parents who are fugitives of justice.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLARKSFIELD - The Blizzard of 1977 had just passed and people were stuck in their homes. If you didn't have basic items, such as milk, you had to do without unless Carl Gibson delivered some milk to your home. Gibson, of Clarksfield, got on his snowmobile and delivered milk to several area homes.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
RIPLEY TWP. - A Willard driver was killed Thursday night after he failed to stop for an Old State Road stop sign at the Boughtonville Road intersection. Dustin York, 20, of 142 U.S. 224, was heading south on Old State Road before the collision with the 2000 GMC Sierra driven by Kyle Griffin, 23, of 314 Crestwood Drive, No. 32, Willard.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - A Cleveland attorney for the two oldest children kept in cages by Sharen and Michael Gravelle filed a lawsuit Monday against the former Clarksfield Township couple. Attorney Jack Landskroner is arguing the Gravelles were not fit parents and officials never should have allowed them to take custody of the children. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Cuyahoga County, involves adoptive parents, caseworkers and the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLLINS - The Western Reserve Board of Education rejected the findings of referee Victor Kademenos in the Doug Solet matter Wednesday and unanimously voted "to terminate any and all employment contracts of Douglas Solet." The 12-page resolution adopted by the board lists 32 separate errors in the referee's findings and concludes these are "sufficient grounds for termination of employment." (NOTE - You can read the entire resolution by clicking here.) Solet, who had been hired in 2007 as superintendent on a three-year contract, was placed on unpaid administrative leave in February of 2008 after a female employee accused him of sexual misconduct.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Western Reserve eighth-grade student has the H1N1 virus, but district officials are staying mum on the case involving the 13-year-old rural Norwalk boy. Huron County Health Commissioner Tim Hollinger said the school hasn't reported the case to the Huron County General Health District. He said the boy probably went to a doctor's office, had a "rapid flow" test done and tested positive for influenza type A, which means it's likely H1N1.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk will welcome a new grocery store in the upcoming weeks. Valu King Food Market has submitted plans at city hall to renovate and occupy about half of the former Giant Eagle store located on Whittlesey Avenue.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com GREENWICH The South Central Board of Education discussed drug testing Tuesday night in a round-table session during its monthly meeting. Board Members Jeff Oney and Steve Gray said they felt that not enough is done to help the students who test positive that is counseling by the second positive test. They also questioned if tobacco use should be listed in the same category of mind-altering drugs. Several parents were present and joined in the discussion. They said other parents would like to give their opinions but hesitate to attend board meetings.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Eight Norwalk firefighters had Wednesday's blaze at 17 Grand Ave. under control in about 20 minutes. "The preliminary cause is a furnace malfunction," Chief Doug Coletta said. "Since there's a crawl space, the furnace was on the first floor." The date, age and condition of the furnace is unknown.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Columbus is the capital of Ohio. We recently celebrated Columbus Day, although not every employee has the day off to celebrate. I never gave Columbus Day much thought, other than to hope for a possible day off work. In elementary school, teachers made a big deal about "the man who discovered America." We would have Columbus Day pageants, with students each reciting a fact about Christopher Columbus. I can remember a song we had to sing about the man; the lyrics went something like this: "Columbus was a sailor and he could not rest, because he thought that India lay toward the west...and off he sailed in August 1492." Later, in high school, the only thing I remember about Christopher Columbus was that my Italian friends would proudly brag that the man who discovered America was actually Italian. But I never thought about what he did and why we celebrate him. I know there is some negative historical truth about how, after his first voyage, the Spaniards mistreated the natives. And that Columbus didn't "discover" America as if it was a vast wilderness in fact, native Americans were living here, and doing just fine, long before Columbus ever arrived.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com PERU TOWNSHIP Four candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for two trustee seats in Peru Township. Incumbents Ricky Schaffer and Nick Stang, along with newcomers Robert J. Smith and Robert Wilhelm are looking to join Brad Sparks on the board of trustees. Sparks is not up for election this year. Schaffer, of 2025 Hettle Road, and his wife Debora, are the parents of daughters Trisha and Lynsey.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
I have been a teacher for the Norwalk City Schools for more than 20 years. My entire teaching career has been with Norwalk. I have worked under numerous administrators and school board members. I first met Steve Linder as an involved parent of a student. I have since gotten to know Steve on a personal basis. He is a hardworking man of integrity. He will do right by the students, taxpayers and staff of Norwalk City Schools. Vote Steve Linder for Norwalk School Board. Michele Hershey McConnell
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
A LifeFlight helicopter flew a race car driver to a hospital from Summit Motorsports Park after the car hit a wall while going between 100 and 110 mph. Norwalk Fire Capt. Bill Knadler estimated the car was going 128 mph sometime before the car swerved into the wall at 9:08 p.m. Wednesday. His report indicates the crash happened between the 1/8 and 1/4 mile area.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
In these uncertain times many people are losing hope, as well as security and homes. The real danger here is this when a person loses hope this cuts to the very soul of the individual. The core energy of the person starts to dim. In these times of uncertainty in life, we must feed the soul so that it can surpass the ego (personality) and still illuminate the light within. When bad things happen, the ego helps it inside as fear and pain and diminishes the energy of the real you. The soul. We must all connect with this basic idea, and change the egos response to negativity. Find a way to look inside and change one concept at a time.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Five candidates will vie for two seats in the Sherman Township Trustee race next month. Incumbent Todd Bischoff will square off against challengers Andrew Bischoff, Timothy Gates, Ronald Myers and Richard Russell. Bischoff, 34, served eight years as a Sherman Township Trustee and two years as a Northern Ohio Rural Water board member.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Read this if you enjoy eating beef, pork, chicken, and eggs and drinking milk or if you want to support our local farmers, Issue 2 will protect our farmers from the United States Humane Society (please don't get this organization confused with our local Humane Society). The United States Humane Society wants to eventually get rid of livestock on farms or in other words they don't want us to butcher animals for meat. The first step that they want to take is to make it so we cannot put animals in cages which would obviously result as disastrous to farmers who depend on their animals for income and need to keep them from running lose everywhere. If we want citizens to have jobs, why would we let such a thing happen that would hurt many farmers, especially in an area like Huron County where a lot of people are farmers. Believe it or not, our country's economy does depend on our livestock. Without butchering animals, the price of food would go up in insane amounts and if the few lucky rich people who wanted meat would have to get it imported which is the last thing our poor economy needs. The more we import, the more money we give to other countries and the farther we go in debt. I am not saying caring for animals is a bad thing, but there is a fine line we cannot cross. The United States Humane Society will try to convince you that farmers are cruel to their animals. I can assure you that they are definitely not. People have lived off animals for many years. Don't let people with extreme ideas stop us now. Once again please vote "Yes" on issue 2 to protect our farmers.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
Most Rev. Leonard Blair, Bishop of the Toledo Diocese was the Celebrant of the anniversaries of five Brother Knights Oct. 18 at the Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo. Sam and Mamie Giallombardo (65 Years) Dave and Robyn Rospert (Silver) Alvin and Gertrude Buggele (Golden)
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are few public services used more than the U.S. Postal Service. Day in and day out postal workers do a fantastic job of receiving, sorting, and delivering millions of pieces of mail each year. These under-appreciated and over-worked men and women render a real service to the nation. In particular, I'm writing to give special recognition to the postal workers here in our own Norwalk Post Office. I'm amazed at how well the window personnel move long lines of postal patrons as quickly as possible while always having a kind word or cheery hello for each customer. This is not easy to do. No one likes to wait in a line but out postal workers make it as tolerable as possible. Think of how rough some winter days are here in northern Ohio. Schools are closed, activities canceled, with many people forced to stay inside. Then, from down the block, comes the mail carrier making mail deliveries. On days that we just want to stay home, the mail carriers are out there continuing to do their jobs. No service or business is perfect. Mistakes are made. However, considering the volume of mail that our postal workers handle each year the quality of their work is truly outstanding. Thank you Norwalk postal workers for having such pride and dedication in your work. There are thousands of us out here in the public who really do appreciate all that you do but are guilty of not saying thank you enough. To all of our postal workers please accept our heartfelt thanks for the job that you do.
6:07 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Monday Night Men's and Tuesday Night Women's pool leagues are hosting their annual fundraiser for area elementary schools and needy families. Items needed are hats, cloves, coats, sweatshirts, sweaters, boots and non-perishable food items. The following drop-off sites have been established with a cutoff date of Dec. 1. Ernsthausen Community Center, Norwalk.