6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com Thanks to the Huron County 9-1-1 Technical Advisory Committee, the sheriff's office will be able to hire two new dispatchers for 2010. The committee approved $115,000 Wednesday. Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said the funding is essentially a one-year grant. "We were down to four dispatchers. ... This (money) will actually increase our full-time dispatchers from four to six," he said.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com CANTON A Dalton driver is a free man after he was acquitted Thursday in a 2008 head-on collision that killed a rural Monroeville man. Defendant Kevin M. Phillips, 53, hit the stationary 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck driven by Donald J. Gravenhorst, 47, of 4390 Pontiac Section Line Road, about 8:05 p.m. Nov. 3, 2008. The collision happened on U.S. 30 in Tuscarawas Township inside the Stark County line near Wayne County. Phillips was charged with two felony counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Brenda Robertson feels she lost her daughter for many years. During that time, Anna Robertson hung out with the wrong crowd. Heroin and other drugs ravaged Anna's body and mind, turning her into a remorseless, selfish and numb being.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com WILLARD Central Elementary Principal Sandra Sutherland wanted third grader Preston Hunter to have a bigger American flag than the one he sets outside his home every day. She wasn't looking for anything fancy. And she certainly didn't expect a United States congressman to secure a flag that had flown atop the capitol building. But that's exactly what happened.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Huron County Dog Warden Bill Duncan thought he was being called to a meeting at the Norwalk Veterinary Medical Center. Here's what he discovered: Patsy the dog dressed as a reindeer, Felix the Elf Cat, some other Santa elves, an oversized, symbolic $725 check for his department and Christmas stockings filled with goodies for the dogs at the pound. 'Tis the season of giving.... and surprises, apparently.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com A local official has been recognized at the state level. The County Commissioners Association of Ohio has named Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman as CCAO second vice president. The recent announcement really overwhelmed Adelman.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY Cedar Fair will be acquired by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, a move that makes the publicly-traded company private. Under the terms of the agreement, Cedar Fair unitholders will receive $11.50 in cash for each Cedar Fair limited partnership unit they hold. The transaction is valued at approximately $2.4 billion, including the refinancing of the company's debt.
6:53 AM Jul 26, 2010
sseitz@norwalkreflector.com In what is being called an amazing display of generosity, Norwalk Salvation Army officials picked up more than 1,200 cans and boxes of donated food at E's Glow Tanning and Salon on Wednesday. In mid-November, Erica Knoll, salon owner, said she researched online what other salons were doing around the nation to help during the holidays. Most were offering free tans for the donation of five cans of food.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Three male suspects are in custody after their intended victim, an elderly man, literally slammed the door on their robbery plans. Christopher A. Clements, 23, Ricky D. Maye, 35, and a 16-year-old boy who were living at a Newton Street apartment, "came up with a plan to do a home invasion" at an apartment "right around the corner," Norwalk Police Capt. Dave Light said.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com NORTH FAIRFIELD The Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department contained a fuel oil leak from a vacant property in the Huron River on Wednesday. The Huron County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) received a call about 8:30 a.m. from a Second Street resident about an odor. EMA Director Jason Roblin said the caller also mentioned "some sort of fuel in the catch basin." Firefighters, who were assisted by a North Fairfield street department worker, were able to track the source of the leak to 9 W. First St., which is near the West Ashtabula Street intersection.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com Although 86 doses of a lot of pediatric H1N1 vaccine under voluntary recall were dispensed locally, there is no need to worry, a Huron County health official said. Huron County General Health District Epidemiologist Angie Smith said the four lots of vaccine just recently under voluntary recall are not dangerous. "Sometime between the release of the vaccine and (Tuesday), the antigens, or the part of the vaccine that causes a person to develop immunity, fell below the preferred level for vaccine effectiveness," Smith said. "The concern here is not safety."
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
The American people need to wake up and speak out now while we still can. It's time we demand the American government stop over spending. This $1.1 trillion pork fat laden bill is an outrageous expense. Many of the expenditures hidden within this bill are simply lining the pockets of big business and greedy politicians. Who is our government working for, big business? We need to demand and to expect this nonsense to stop. This bill, by the way, does not include defense spending. So next month, after they send 30,000 troops overseas, more money will be needed. The president demands that banks reform, however, his administration continues to overspend. Is that the change that the American people voted for? Is the change that you have in your pocket the change that Obama wants us to have when we are done? There is a limit that we should demand. Can we as a nation with a great history sit back and let this continue? Enough is enough. The last sentence of the Declaration of Independence reads, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Honor."
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
I was at a plastics injection molding company yesterday when a truck pulled up to get some of its production tooling for shipment to China. The tooling was originally made it China. The dimensions and specifications were sent by e-mail. Then the tooling was made there, shipped over here and used at this shop for about a year. But the labor costs here were "too high." How can you compete with labor at a dollar an hour unless you're willing to make that yourself? This particular shop is in a poor area of Cleveland. It's only a matter of time until someone loses their job over this. A week ago, makers of auto and truck components in Norwalk and nearby Milan announced that they will be dismissing their production workers and moving their plants to Mexico. That was 120 jobs in total. Due to manufacturing in China, Mexico and other low-wage countries, our economy is circling the drain and about to go down. The recession will become a depression if the people who created this problem members of Congress going from 25 years ago to the present do not act in the interests of the people. Clearly, their experiment with the global economy has failed. We now need to reverse course and go back to the economic model that made America what it is, or used to be. Whether we like it or not, we have to apply crushing tariffs to products made in low-wage countries. They have to be so big that U.S. banks and U.S. manufacturers will say "we can make that and still stay in business." As it is right now, they can't. Write or call Sens. George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown and tell them you want to go back to a protectionist economy, you want your jobs back, and you want them now.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Marine Corps League volunteers Jim Griffin and Jeff Ryan like giving back to area children. For the last 16 years, volunteers have been collecting toys for Toys For Tots to be delivered to children in Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Sandusky and Vermilion. Today is the last day for donations. Anyone interested in donating toys should call Griffin at (419) 483-1752.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Huron man turned himself into the Norwalk Police Department this morning in connection with a domestic violence incident at the Huron River Valley Campground. Chad M. Sanders, 28, is being held in the Erie County Jail without bond until his arraignment Friday in Erie County Municipal Court. He is charged with felonious assault and domestic violence.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk city council honored the St. Paul Flyer football team at Tuesday night's meeting. The Flyers, who finished 15-0, won the Division VI state championship on Dec. 5 with a come-from-behind 24-21 win over Delphos St. John's. Flyer head coach John Livengood, along with Norwalk Catholic School president Walt Klimaski and all 17 senior football players were in attendance to accept the resolution.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Once again, the village finds itself without an administrator. Tony Ames, Monroeville's village administrator since February, has left a vacancy after stepping down. Council decided Tuesday the village will not advertise the position but would like to fill it by about Feb. 1. Mayor Sharon Miller said in the meantime, she, clerk/treasurer Bonnie Beck and employees are handling the administrator's responsibilities.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Police have identified two 17-year-old Western Reserve High School juniors as the culprits responsible for defacing a wooden sign celebrating the St. Paul football team's state championship. "They're from Norwalk. ... They are not athletes," Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said this morning.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
Days after announcing plans to shut down its Norwalk plant next year, Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. told investors it expects to shut down an overseas facility in the coming weeks. The New Albany, N.Y.-based truck parts maker said it will close down a 115,000-square-foot wire harness product facility in the Czech Republic by January. The operations will be folded into an existing plant in the country and no jobs will be cut as a result, the company said.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
A dark cloud is beginning to appear over the land purchased for a proposed soccer complex on the city's north side. Norwalk city council approved the acquisition of 22 acres at its Oct. 6 meeting.
6:52 AM Jul 26, 2010
While Norwalk Fire Chief Doug Coletta doesn't know how many fire fatalities there have been in the city, he said "they are few and far between." James H. Harkness, 80, of 72 Glover Ave., was found dead inside in his bedroom, which was on the west side of house, early Wednesday morning. He was a passionate gardener, whom neighbors remembered as being a friendly and hard-working person.