8:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
NEW LONDON - Police are searching for a 16-year-old New London girl who is missing from her East Fir Street home. The New London Police Department has alerted other state agencies to be on the look-out for the missing juvenile. The girl's guardian woke up just before 6 a.m. today to wake up the teenager and discovered she was gone, Officer Ken Blackburn said. The woman called police at 5:57 a.m.
8:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
When he was the church's chief enforcer of doctrine 25 years ago, Pope Benedict XVI declined to defrock immediately a California priest who pleaded no contest to child sexual abuse, saying he needed more time to consider the impact of the case on "the good of the Universal Church,' according to a letter released Friday. The 1985 letter to Bishop John Cummins of Oakland, Calif., is the latest document to shed light on Benedict's handling of the sexual abuse crisis in his earlier career, when he was known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and headed the Vatican office that ultimately assumed full responsibility for such cases.
8:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
A long-time Norwalk City Schools maintenance worker who was fired for a 1976 burglary conviction is suing the district and school board. Paul W. Brown, of Wakeman, was fired in September 2008 after a background check revealed he was convicted of a burglary when he was 18. School officials said Norwalk followed the state law that demanded the district terminate his employment.
8:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
The four new casinos in Ohio would not be granted 24-hour liquor permits, nor would they be able to offer free alcoholic drinks to players, under the set of ground rules that House Democrats plan to introduce within the next two weeks. "Of the states around us, none allow 24-hour liquor operations, and very few allow complimentary drinks,' said Rep. Todd Book, D-McDermott. "I think we are going to be very similar to what we are seeing in other states.'
8:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Greenwich man who jumped from the Huron County Jail mezzanine in 2008 is suing the county. Former prisoner Joshua M. Aumend is contending he didn't get proper medical treatment for his heroin withdrawal, county officials said. The Greenwich man filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Toledo and names retired Huron County Sheriff Richard Sutherland, current Sheriff Dane Howard, the jail doctor and the county in the lawsuit.
8:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Schools Superintendent David Danhoff said June 6 through 8 will be the district's "big moving dates" to prepare for the reconfiguration it adopted earlier this year. The plan, which the board made official after several meetings with the public, includes closing Greenfield Elementary at the end of the year. Next year, Central will house kindergarten through second-graders, while New Haven and Richmond will educate third- and fourth-graders (those students will attend either school, depending on where they live). The middle school will remain a fifth through eighth-grade building and the high school ninth through 12th. There will be no changes at the preschool.
8:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - These culprits must have been thirsty. The Erie County Sheriff's Office received a call about 9:25 p.m. Sunday about the theft of some pop and Gatorade from the Edison High School field house. The building is behind the school and adjacent to the football field.
8:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
Last week's first glorious 80 degree days reminded me once again of the scary side of sunshine. People laugh when I tell this story, but it wasn't all that funny to me.
8:36 AM Jul 26, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE (MCT) - Deerfield Beach, Fla., beating victim Josie Lou Ratley suffered brain damage, cannot breathe on her own, is fighting off pneumonia and likely will lose some use of the right side of her body, her family's lawyer said Wednesday. Speaking at Broward General Medical Center, the Fort Lauderdale hospital where Ratley, 15, is being treated, attorney Rick Freedman said she suffered damage to the left side of her brain and is on life support.
8:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Perhaps Firelands Historical Society Museum Curator Eli Beechy best described the significance of a photograph he recently discovered: "The Smithsonian does not have this photo."
8:35 AM Jul 26, 2010
Five years after selling wild Ohio deer to a southern hunting preserve, 62-year-old Danny L. Parrott finally got his punishment. U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley sentenced him to 21 months in prison Thursday after a lengthy argument by attorney Phillip D. Lehmkuhl in the federal courtroom in Columbus.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Cleveland lawyer has filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to stop a California company from transmitting unsolicited spam text message ads to Ohio cell phones. San Diego-based American Satellite Inc. sent thousands of texts nationwide in December, promoting an offer to provide "great' satellite TV service, consumer protection attorney Joseph R. Compoli Jr. said.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
Working mothers who are breast-feeding and need to express their milk must have break times and a private location - not a bathroom - to do so in the workplace, according to a little-noticed provision of the new health care law. "It flew under the radar and took everybody by surprise,' said Andrew Rodman, partner with Stearns Weaver Miller, a Miami law firm that sent out an advisory on the new law to clients this week.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON - After receiving threatening late-night calls at home and having the term "baby killer' shouted as he spoke on the House floor, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., on Friday became perhaps the most prominent casualty of the health care debate, announcing that he will retire from Congress. His decision to retire, after becoming a target of both sides in the abortion debate, added to the problems of Democrats fighting to hold on to their majority in the November midterm elections.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
President Barack Obama and potential rival Sarah Palin traded barbs over nuclear weapons policy in an exchange that provided an early look at what a 2012 election campaign between the two might look like. Each politician was openly dismissive of the other Friday.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - For the better part of three months, Norwalk city officials debated adult arcades. Some said they didn't want arcades within the city limits while others said let the market decide. After all was said done, Norwalk council let the arcades in -- sort of -- with pretty restrictive zoning.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
Looking ahead to the April 20 regular session, Norwalk city council will likely vote on the contract between the city and North Central EMS for ambulance/EMS services. The contract is for nine years. Mayor Sue Lesch said at last week's council meeting the city stands to save at least $300,000 over the course of the contract compared to the expiring one.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A fire has displaced a local family of five. It also killed their two cats. "The Red Cross was giving them assistance," Willard Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Joe Reiderman said about occupant Shana Hambey and her family. Firefighters responded to the blaze reported at 7:41 a.m. Friday at 3322 Ohio 598 in New Haven Township. The fire started in the kitchen area in a rear addition on the house built in the 1850s.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk will have a different look next week. Missing will be the mountains of trash piled up on every city street. The reason for this is, a few months back, Norwalk city officials put an end to the spring and fall trash pickup, citing budgetary concerns.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
Making something positive out of an overwhelming tragedy - that's the goal of an event is being held in memory of Charlotte "Charlie" Sweet, the Norwalk High School junior who took her own life in May 2009 at the age of 17. The benefit for the "To Write Love on Her Arms organization" will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. April 24 at the "Old Rec" on Monroe Street. The event is called "Remember the Sweet Things in Life" and is intended to remember those who have died by suicide and those currently struggling with depression.
8:29 AM Jul 26, 2010
Music video footage of singer Erykah Badu stripping off her clothes while strolling through downtown Dallas has dominated coverage of the Grammy winner for the past week. On Saturday, life was more down to earth as the singer smiled, chatted and laughed while signing CDs and fliers for several hundred hometown fans at Good Records on Greenville Avenue. Dressed in sweatpants and a purple hoodie, the Dallas native was swarmed by people who weren't calling for her arrest.