5:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Stan Obrenovich said the city needs to eliminate a parking space on Whittlesey Avenue so trucks can unload their goods to uptown businesses. "It's a safety issue," said Obrenovich, who owns the corner building that houses the Diamond Collection, Uptown Cafe and Quadax Corp.
5:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
Jason Roblin is the new Huron County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) chief, replacing Bill Ommert, who retired earlier this year. Roblin has been Ommert's assistant since July 2006.
5:46 AM Jul 26, 2010
There are a number of council races coming up in the Nov. 3 general election. The biggest field will be in Norwalk where there are a pair of races. Five people incumbents Dwight Tkach, Shane Penrose and Steve Euton along with newcomers Harry Brady and Jim Graves, are vying for four at-large seats. The other race will be in Ward 1 where incumbent Scott Krichbaum will face Jim Loughton.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
FINDLAY Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services is receiving a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation for shelter operations as part of Mary Kay's annual $3 million national domestic violence grant program. "This grant is such a blessing to Open Arms. It couldn't have come at a better time," executive director Beth Meeks said in a prepared statement. Open Arms is one of 150 domestic violence organizations participating in the Mary Kay program and has applied for similar grants in the past. While Open Arms predicted in the fall being about $60,00 in the hole, that amount doubled in the middle of 2009 because of uncollectable client fees and state cuts. "We had already lost two full-time positions, cut the hours of 38 percent of our staff and renegotiated everything from utility costs to health insurance. After all that, we still had a gap," Meeks said.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt connected with receiver Stephen Williams for a 51-yard touchdown connection with 27 seconds left in regulation to complete a dramatic come-from-behind victory in a 37-30 road win at Ball State. With the victory, Toledo has won consecutive road games for the first time since 2002 and improved to 3-2 on the year.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Editor's note: This is the next installment of a series of stories provided by Norwalk Economic Development Corporation Director Ellen Heinz, along with Main Street Program Manager Kristie Wert. Staying in the area after graduation to be near family and friends seemed like a sensible choice to Matt Raymond and Kyle Lisy, owners of New Look Upholstery and Embroidery. The two started their business in February 2005. Located at 623 Ohio 18 in Norwalk, they upholster modern, office and antique furniture, make pillows, cushions and corn hole bags, repair work clothes and even install patches on varsity jackets. They also do embroidery, silk screening and heat transfers for numerous applications. In addition to their upholstery and embroidery business, they also operate Simply, Business Cards LTD providing business cards, flyers and brochures.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
A LifeFlight helicopter transported a New London driver to a Toledo hospital after a one-vehicle crash on Ohio 162 Monday afternoon. David A. Thomas, 19, of 166 New London Ave., went off the right side of the road while heading east about 2:10 p.m., said Trooper Matthew Gramlich, of the state Highway Patrol. After hitting a culvert, the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier went airborne and overturned, stopping on its tires.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
Across the state, Ohio's State Teachers Retirement System paid out more than $741 million in pension benefits last school year. The money was spread out among 15,857 faculty and staff members who were still working for school systems and building up a second retirement plan, according to a recent story in the Columbus Dispatch. That's an average of almost $46,800 in annual pension payments per retired-rehired worker more than Ohio's median household income in 2007, Bill Bush of the Dispatch reported in his story. Almost 1,100 employees statewide were receiving an average pension payment last school year of $67,100 while simultaneously earning from $70,000 to more than $100,000 working for a school district. Of that group, 299 went back to work earning more than $100,000 a year while earning pensions averaging $80,500, according to the system's records.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
A burglary suspect and his getaway driver currently are in custody at the Huron County Jail awaiting their bond hearings. Stephen V. Hamman, 36, of 335 Austin Drive, Willard, is charged with burglary while Dustin Blackburn, 18, of 3076 Hanville Corners Road, Monroeville, is charged with complicity to burglary. Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said the resident in the 3400 block of Hanville Corners Road was there when Hamman broke in and stole some jewelry and prescription drugs Saturday.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
ADAMS TOWNSHIP - Paramedics transported nine people to two area hospitals after a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Ohio 18 and Seneca County Road 21 Sunday. Edwin H. Willis, 72, of Clyde, was charged with failure to yield while turning left.
5:45 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - City Council agreed by consent Monday to hear legislation at its next meeting that would increase utility rates for the upcoming year. The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in council chambers at city hall. The legislation will be introduced at that meeting and the public hearing and vote will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2.
5:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
BELLEVUE - An accused armed robber was arrested without incident Monday morning at his girlfriend's rural Ohio 4, Bellevue, home in connection with an incident Saturday at Strawberry Hill Farm Market. Dustin J. Lewis, 22, of Huron, is being held without bond until his arraignment Friday in Erie County Municipal Court. Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth credited the superb quality of the video recording system at Strawberry Hill and the subsequent work of several tipsters in identifying the suspect.
5:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - A Wakeman woman was sentenced Monday to four years of probation for stealing $56,500 from her ex-boss, a Vermilion attorney. Margaret A. Knott, 45, was ordered to repay the money with interest. Erie County Common Pleas Court records show Knott pleaded guilty in July to seven counts of forgery for signing the name of attorney Gayle A. Reeves on seven checks from November 2007 to September 2008.
5:44 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mr. Cranky Pants returned to "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday. Which celebrities should be eliminated during tonight's episode? Who is your favorite dancer? Click here to share your opinions and read those of others.
5:43 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com PLYMOUTH One of the four soldiers accused of harassing U.S. Army Pvt. Keiffer P. Wilhelm before he committed suicide Aug. 4 will be arraigned overseas next month. Sgt. Jarrett Taylor "has not submitted an offer to plead guilty so he will be arraigned (advised of his rights and how do you plead) on 16 October and his court date will be determined on that day," wrote Fort Bliss, Texas victim liaison officer Dan Barr in a recent e-mail to the Wilhelm family. Staff Sgts. Enoch Chatman and Bob Clements "will have a joint Article 32 hearing on 9 October and afterwards, the prosecutor expects them to request separate trials as well," Barr also wrote.
5:43 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bacon Season was longer than usual this year. Thank goodness. What's that? You are not familiar with the bacon season concept?
5:43 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com Norwalk city council has another tough decision on its hands. On Tuesday, council will likely vote on the legislation for the purchase of property on the city's north side that will ultimately become a soccer complex. Council is also considering the 2010 budget.
5:43 AM Jul 26, 2010
Pat Stofira doesn't have to cook; her husband, John, does all the food preparation in the house. Background music helps inspire the retired Met Life employee. The style of music depends on the type of food he's making. If he's cooking an Italian meal, Italian music fills the air, for example. He even dances, said Pat, who is retired from Oberlin College.
5:43 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man is accused of stealing a computer worth $800 from Walmart on Saturday. Eric T. Recard, 40, of 7 Fuller Drive, "was caught on video," said Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara.
5:43 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com If Sarah Contreras reads the books her parents read to her, the stories might transport her to her childhood. But there's another, more realistic way for Contreras to relive her childhood. She can simply show up for work.
5:42 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - Two people were hospitalized after a single-vehicle crash on Ohio 2 just east of Ohio 61 in Berlin Township.