6:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
Steven J. Rodvold faces one charge each of murder and aggravated murder in connection with shooting his 51-year-old father to death Sept. 17 after being indicted Wednesday. Speaking in general terms, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the difference between the two charges is aggravated murder, as defined by the Ohio Revised Code, "requires prior calculation and design." Woodruff said it's similar to the concept of premeditated murder.
6:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Miss Flame. The title might conjure up the image of a fire-breathing villianess out to spread the choking fumes of smoke, engulfing structures and lungs. But Miss Flame's task is heroic and it isn't a job that requires the abilities of someone with superpowers. The Willard Fire Department named Ashley Chandler its 2009 Miss Flame after a brief ceremony Wednesday honoring National Fire Prevention Week.
6:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
GROTON TOWNSHIP A two-vehicle injury crash in this township remains under investigation by the Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol. The two drivers, Gus Secor, 48, of Willard, and Roy Gardner, 56, of Huron, reported being injured, but both men refused treatment at the scene of the Thursday evening crash at the intersection of Ohio 99 and Harris Road. A LifeFlight helicopter transported Secor's passenger, Rich Elmlinger, 70, of Willard, to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo with serious injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said Elmlinger was in fair condition Friday night, an upgrade from when the patrol determined he was in stable condition Thursday. Gardner, who was eastbound on Harris Road, failed to yield from the Ohio 99 stop sign and was hit by Secor, who was heading south on Ohio 99, troopers said. Both vehicles stopped off the southwest corner of the intersection.
6:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
new@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON Voters will select four council members Nov. 3 from among seven candidates. Four of these, Stuart Cooke, Laura Davidson, John Martin and Janice Myers are incumbents finishing their first term. Cooke has been in business for himself for more than 30 years. He said with a background in the construction industry, he feels he has the experience and knowledge necessary to be a useful council member. Cooke said he believes the next four years are going to be even tougher than the past four because costs are going up for every village department. He said he wants to see the Prospect Street bridge project completed, as well as storm sewer improvements.
6:00 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND The 2009-2010 Cavalier Girls Calendar is almost ready to hit the stands, but before this 16-page pictorial goes to print, there's one more shot that needs to be chosen. Fans can visit cavs.com now through Oct. to vote for Katie, Cassandra or Toni as their pick to be the cover girl that will be the face of one of the hottest selling items in the Cavaliers Team Shop. Cassandra is a 2006 Norwalk High School graduate. Fans who vote will automatically be registered to win a grand prize that includes tickets to a Cavaliers game and a meet and greet with the Cavalier Girls. Every fan who votes will automatically be entered to win:
5:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
Before Norwalk City Council voted Tuesday to purchase land for soccer fields, Councilman Robert Carleton suggested he had a duty to vote "Yes." "I feel I would be shirking my responsibility as a councilman if I did not," he said.
5:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - Through the mystery of magic and the mastery of skill, audiences will be spellbound as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents "Zing Zang Zoomsm,' a thrill-filled, mind-blowing circus spectacular where family fun is no illusion. (NOTE - To view 50 photos of the circus, click here.)
5:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
MILAN - With several wineries and vineyards dotting the northern Ohio landscape between Toledo and Cleveland, the up-and-coming Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail is gaining recognition. As part of an effort to promote that wine train, Lake Erie Shores & Islands east and west visitor bureaus, along with the Lorain County Visitors Bureau and the Ohio Wine Producers Association (OWPA), is hosting a media tour this week.
5:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Dennis Doughty's goal is "stopping the bleed," especially with finances and students leaving the district. "There's no question we're in deficit spending," he said during the school board's finance meeting Tuesday.
5:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail made a stop in Norwalk on Thursday afternoon and local merchants welcomed them with open arms. The group of writers and promoters stopped for lunch at Mill Street Bistro, then toured the new D&D Smith Winery LLC, 401 W. Main St., just across from the Norwalk Armory.
5:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are trustee races in 12 of Huron County's 19 counties in the Nov. 3 election. There is just one person running for fiscal officer as Bridget Musso is the lone candidate for the spot in Norwalk Township vacated by Terry Boose.
5:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
The driver who ran an Ohio 601 stop sign this morning was transported to an area hospital by a LifeFlight helicopter after a collision with a tractor-trailer on Ohio 18. The crash happened about 6 a.m. on Ohio 18 just west of Ohio 601 nearly in front of Summit Motorsports Park. The truck went off the left side of Ohio 18 and crossed a ditch. The truck went up a slight embankment and flipped onto its right side on the grass just past the Ohio 601 intersection. There were deep tire ruts in the grass tracing its movement.
5:59 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com A former Norwalk man was sentenced Wednesday to 17 months in prison for traveling out-of-state to obtain drugs. Ryan L. Rang, 25, of Oberlin, pleaded guilty Aug. 28 to two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. On Wednesday, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered Rang to pay $550 in restitution to the Norwalk Police Department and fined him $500. Rang went to another state where the drugs were being cooked "fairly often," Detective Sgt. Todd Temple said in July. Police bought "crystal meth" twice from the defendant at his former home in the 100 block of Benedict Avenue.
5:58 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - The Wakeman Police Department is investigating the suspected intentional poisoning of at least 20 cats. Police have found carcasses on Verlin and Pearl streets as well as behind the old fire station. Officers started receiving the reports about mid-September.
5:58 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Huron County General Health District has scheduled the Norwalk and Bellevue drive-thru seasonal flu shot clinics. Pneumonia vaccine will also be available at the "drive-thru clinics' or by appointment at a health district office.
5:58 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - Homecoming officially began on Wednesday night at Willard High School with the students' favorite tradition the annual Noise Parade featuring class floats, the Homecoming Court and a surprise entry, the faculty float. The annual Homecoming community pep rally followed the Noise Parade in the football stadium.
5:58 AM Jul 26, 2010
Firelands Electric and Buckeye Power have a new supply of ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) available for exchange this fall. Previous CFL Exchange limits were "reset" and all Firelands members are eligible to exchange up to nine old incandescent light bulbs for the same number of energy-saving CFLs.
5:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN The village is asking voters to approve a five-year continuation of the 1 percent income tax, which is currently in effect but expires at the end of December. It is on the ballot as an emergency, so if it passed, there will be no break in collection. In 2008, 43 percent of the general operating budget came from this tax, and council members call it "essential" to keep the village running smoothly. Council members point out that money from the tax helped pay for the recent culvert project on West River Road, and $50,000 of the money was used on the water tower project. Senior citizens on fixed incomes do not pay the tax. However, if it fails, they and everyone else will be affected because water rates will have to rise to pay for water line replacement and repairs.
5:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
The 2009 North Coast Breast Cancer Conference will take place Oct. 17 at the Kalahari Resort in Huron Township. This year's event begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:35 p.m. A variety of breakout sessions are scheduled related to living with cancer, treatment options, breast health and supporting patients. A silent auction will take place throughout the day and the winners will be announced during the evaluation period. Credit cards will be accepted. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to North Coast Cancer Foundation.
5:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com NEW LONDON Three incumbents, Sharon McGrail, Chris Pondy and Don Race, are facing five challengers in the race for seats on the New London Board of Education. McGrail has been on the board for seven years, said she believes she has done a good job and wants to help deal with some unresolved issues in the next four years. These include a new weight room, bringing back the middle school concept and keeping the system in as good a financial situation as possible. She also wants to help continue the positive working relationship the board has with the teachers and administrators. Pondy is finishing his third consecutive term on the board. He said in this time of uncertainly he wants to help keep the school on a sound financial footing. He feels morale is high in the system, gives Superintendent Carol Girton and the other administrators much of the credit for that and wants to continue working with them.
5:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com COLLINS Two incumbents and one new candidate are running for two seats on the Western Reserve Board of Education. The current board president, Wendy Pickett, is finishing her first term on the board. She said the four years have been a learning experience and she would like to use this experience to continue to serve the school. She said managing the budget is probably one of the greatest challenges facing the board. She added she wants to help the district move forward and continue to give students a quality education.