7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County grand jury has declined to indict a Wellington man on rape and burglary charges. Joel D. Hill, 51, had the felony charges transferred from Norwalk Municipal Court to Huron County Common Pleas Court in late July. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the allegations were from an incident that month in New London.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Willard woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending sexual photos and text messages to a teenage boy. Kendra N. Hoskins, 20, of 407 Myrtle Ave., will be sentenced late next month for attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. She will be classified as a Tier-II sex offender, meaning she will have to register her address for 25 years.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS (MCT) - U.S. Senate candidate Rob Portman will be able to keep his Republican powder dry for the November election while the Democratic race to challenge him has suddenly turned into a four-way fight. After threatening to expend some of his personal fortune to take on Mr. Portman, Cleveland area auto dealership owner Tom Ganley did not file petitions to seek the GOP nomination by yesterday's deadline.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron County Common Pleas Court grand jury today indicted 18 people. Five of the defendants face drug-related charges, while seven others face felonies for not paying child support. One case involves sex with a minor.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Richard Alleshouse isn't sure what made him try out for the band as a Norwalk seventh-grader - his mother probably encouraged him, he said. If that's true, Alleshouse has her, in part, to thank for his position today - principal double bassist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
It does not appear the NASA Plumbrook airstrip project will be awarded a federal Tiger grant. In an announcement today, only two Ohio projects received the awards and those were the National Gateway Freight Rail Corridor and the Kent Central Gateway Multimodal Transit Facility.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Area motorists beware. Things could get interesting just north of Norwalk later this year or next. The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning to repair the bridge on U.S. 250 that's located right between Milan and Norwalk. This is the same bridge that's been tossed back and forth between the village of Milan and ODOT in recent years.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Today, Gov. Ted Strickland's campaign will file 2,984 signatures with the Secretary of State's office, officially putting Strickland and his running mate, Judge Yvette McGee Brown, on the May 4 ballot. Strickland released the following statement: "I am honored by the support and encouragement that Yvette and I have received from the people across Ohio,' Strickland said. "Ohioans face a critical choice in this election: we can continue to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth by investing in education, creating jobs in high-growth industries, and making it easier to do business in Ohio or we can return to the failed Washington-Wall Street policies that got us into this economic mess. Yvette and I look forward to this debate and discussing how we will continue to build on the last three years by ensuring Ohio's economy emerges from this global economic crisis stronger than ever.'
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk business has reported the loss of nearly $23,000 in telecommunication services. Eric Breznicki, the general manager of Emerald FX, reported Monday there have been hundreds of unauthorized telephone calls totaling more then $10,000 being billed to the company's Time Warner account in the last several months. He told police there were about 30 pages of calls made to Guatemala.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - The Richmond Township trustees unanimously turned down New to You business owner Judy Smith's request to have part of U.S. 224 rezoned to be commercial tonight. Smith wanted 1,225 feet of U.S. 224 from Paul Road zoned commercial so she could re-open her family-owned-and-operated business that targets the needy. The request involved four parcels of land.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
TOLEDO - The Toledo Metro Drug Task Force searched a Toledo-area home recently in connection with an investigation by Norwalk detectives of a local man accused of selling prescription drugs. The Norwalk detective bureau began its investigation of the suspect in December and led to a Toledo source, Chief Dave Light said.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
A two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon left the driver of pickup truck in a precarious position. The driver ended up on a guy wire with two wheels off the ground.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
In Huron County, we're healthier than our practices might suggest, according to a state report released Wednesday. The County Health Rankings report lists Huron County 33rd among Ohio's 88 counties in "Health Outcomes," which include sub-categories such as mortality, poor or fair health, low birthweight and premature death. When it comes to health behaviors such as binge drinking, adult smoking and adult obesity, the report ranks Huron County 69th.
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
People love transformations.....when one thing is changed into something else. Like the David Bowie song goes, "ch-ch-changes....." That's why snow is so magical, changing the everyday brown and gray landscape into beautiful, sparkling white although after a while, when we've had enough of the white stuff, we wish it would change back again. And that's why fall is so beautiful, changing the everyday green leaves into beautiful orange, red and yellow. That's why fairy tales are so special, too. The raggedy Cinderella becomes the beautiful princess, and the ugly duckling changes into a beautiful swan. And, oddly, that's why I love cooking. You can take ordinary margarine, melt a few tablespoons in a pot, add a bit of flour, then add some milk, heat it up, stir and magically it becomes a thick white sauce. You take raw eggs, and so many transformations can take place. Boil them for 10 minutes, and instead of runny and liquid-y, they become "hard boiled." Or stir them in a bowl, fry them, stirring some more and you have scrambled eggs. Or fry them without stirring, and the pale, translucent stuff becomes white and you have wonderful fried eggs!
7:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
I wrote here recently about anonymous comments on our Web site stirring up a little trouble. At the risk of beating a dead horse, I wanted to revisit the issue today to discuss a matter related to those comments. When a person posts a comment on a story on norwalkreflector.com or one of our forums, there is no guarantee of anonymity. The same goes for any of the gazillions of news sites and comment boards that flood the Web. In the Reflector's case, all that is "guaranteed" is that your name will not appear along with your comment. Be that as it may, if someone really wants to find out who made a particular comment, it's not that tough to do.
7:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
A number of short stories have accumulated on my desk. None of them is a sufficient base for a complete column, but they tell us that there isn't much new under the sun. People in our time have the same problems that our ancestors had. Late in 1910 an elderly man stopped at a farmhouse near Norwalk and asked for something to eat and a chance to rest. He was carrying a suitcase and showed the farm family the fine clothes in his luggage. His story was that he owned a livestock farm in Pennsylvania and had gone with his wife to a funeral in Iowa. He was returning home and was robbed on the train while returning home alone. After staying the night and a good breakfast, the man prepared to leave to locate relatives in Willoughby. The farmer took him to the train station in Norwalk and gave him $5, which the "victim" promised to pay back as soon as he reached home. Days passed and no mail, so a letter was written to "Henry William Brown" at Lancaster, Pa. Still no answer. A second letter to the postmaster there revealed that this man was not known in that community, but that he had fleeced other people by using the same story and different aliases.
7:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch shared her concerns Tuesday with council about the county hiking the city's tipping fees to dump trash at the Huron County Transfer Station. The current cost to the city is $58.75 per ton. Lesch said she has a meeting with county officials and invited council members to attend. Council members also suggested that the county commissioners attend a council meeting to discuss the issue.
7:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Week of Feb. 22 to 26 (All meals served with milk) Berlin-Milan Monday: Grilled burger /bun, baked potato rounds, peaches, ice cream
7:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
GREENWICH - The South Central Board of Education, during a round-table discussion, again talked about the school's drug testing policy. Board president Brian Hammon read the proposed changes in the policy with the main change separating alcohol use and discipline from drug use.
7:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
WASHINGTON (MCT) - Two million jobs have been saved or created due to the stimulus act signed into law by President Barack Obama a year ago, the White House said Tuesday as it marks the anniversary of the $787-billion spending package. "Jobs have been created thanks to tens of thousands of projects now under way nationwide,' Vice President Joe Biden wrote to Obama in a 31-page progress report about the stimulus. Biden said the act is laying groundwork for "the economy of the next century,' as the U.S. invests in high-speed rail, health technology, clean cars and other projects.
7:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
AVERY - Perfect attendance paid off for EHOVE Career Center student Sara Hugo. To determine Tuesday's winner from the five finalists in a contest to win a car, the students took turns selecting an envelope taped to a 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Those students had perfect attendance since the beginning of the 2008 school year through Tuesday.