1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
WILLARD - A Greenwich man remains in custody after being accused of trespassing at an East Tiffin Street business and breaking into several employee vehicles. And Willard Police Chief Joe Daniel credits the employees with helping authorities with arresting the suspect.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
The 1989 abduction of Amy Mihaljevic prompted a young James Renner to do his own investigation. "Amy was just a few months younger than me. I would search for her and her abductor in crowds at Westgate Mall when I was 11," he said in an exclusive e-mail interview with the Reflector.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
A simple act like getting his son to and from the school bus became much easier for Ed Schoewe when Precision Paving showed up to pave the driveway to his home. Schoewe's son, 9, has multiple handicaps and is confined to a wheelchair. Pushing his chair through the stone driveway in all kinds of weather was difficult. To make matters even harder for the family, Schoewe's wife, Sherry, died from a heart attack in September.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
ASHLAND - Nearly two decades have passed since a jogger discovered the dumped body of Amy Mihaljevic, a 10-year-old girl from Bay Village, in a field off County Road 1181. Former Ashland County Sheriff Kenneth Etzwiler remembers the victim didn't show any signs of assault or sexual abuse.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk Custom Order Furniture said OK to union demands, but an "overwhelming majority" of employees have signed a petition rejecting the union. The petition was turned over to the National Labor Relations Board and that office will now conduct a secret ballot election at the plant in December.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
CLEVELAND - The third annual Fabulous Food Show takes place this weekend. Enjoy a mix of new ingredients including the key ones: Paula Deen, who returns to the show, this time accompanied by her son Bobby and husband Michael; Cleveland's own Michael Symon, who will emcee the first-ever Sub-Zero/Wolf Cleveland's Best Sous-Chef Competition; Food Network's Guy Fieri of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives' fame; and Curtis Stone of the hit series "Take Home Chef' on TLC.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
BAY VILLAGE - A magazine article writer says he's uncovered the "person of interest' in the 1989 abduction of a Cleveland-area girl whose body was found outside of New London. However, authorities said the FBI "does not possess enough information to indict anyone' in connection with the death of Amy Mihaljevic, 10, of Bay Village.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Nichelle Borders brings a smile to the faces of the county auditor's staff when she delivers interoffice mail through her job with Christie Lane Industries, so they decided to bring a smile to her recently. Borders showed up with the mail and the staff surprised her with a birthday card, cupcakes, a song and a shirt with Border's signature lines as she delivers mail "I am happy" and "I am cute." Christie Lane Industries, part of the county's Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) program, has the county contract for interoffice mail delivery. Borders has worked at her job for several years.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
LORAIN - Convicted embezzler Kay D. Wilczak is working to repay $80,000 to her former employer, Dr. John Gray, of Community Health Partners in Lorain. Wilczak, 36, of 9411 Huron Avery Road, Milan, is on the work release program at the Lorain County Jail. She is serving a six-month sentence for theft as part of her five years of probation. It's unknown where she currently works.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
A: In receiving an "Excellence in Economic Development" award, the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation was recognized by the International Economic Development Council for our Business Appreciation Week program, which fit into the category of Business Retention Expansion programs that have been implemented for 3 years or more by a community with a population of less than 50,000 people. I believe it is an acknowledgment not only of the hard work that NEDC has done for the past five years in organizing the program, but also of all the partners that made the program possible through their participation. Each year, over 40 volunteers from a variety of organizations and agencies participated in the business visits. They came from the NEDC Board of Directors, the City of Norwalk, the Chamber, the County, and a variety of education and state government partners. Q: What have your years been like working in Norwalk?
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Bob Andrews was honored with the Jack Gerken Award and three businesses received Golden Maple awards at the annual Norwalk Economic Development Corp. investor's luncheon. "I'm very honored and humbled,' said Andrews, who is retired from National City Bank. "Jack was a friend and I consider him an icon. To be thought of in the same breath as Jack Gerken is an esteemed honor.'
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Daniel Brooks' body is accepting the gift of life. Brooks, 43, of Norwalk, recently received a kidney from sister-in-law and fellow Norwalkian Carrie Light at the Cleveland Clinic.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
Aaron Lynch said he was just doing his job, but Julie Mullins believes he is a hero for saving her life by carrying her out of her burning apartment last July. The State Fire Marshall agrees with Mullins and gave Lynch the state Award for Heroism. Mayor Sue Lesch added the city's thanks to Lynch this morning with a proclamation honoring his service in a ceremony at the fire station.
1:06 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Sandusky man was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in prison for buying two pounds of marijuana in a Norwalk mobile home park. Fermin D. Farias, 53, also was fined $500 for the May 14 incident. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the defendant's three accomplices waited in a 2008 Honda Civic while Farias "went in to get the marijuana."
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Ladies' Union Aid Society was formed in Norwalk in 1877 to provide relief to less fortunate people and to those who found themselves in an emergency situation. This Society is considered to be the direct ancestor of our present United Fund. I had found information on the origins of the Aid Society and believed at the time that it might have been the first such organized group in Norwalk. Of course I was aware of earlier informal efforts, especially those of the Mothers In Israel in the early and middle 19th century. Every community had Mothers In Israel. They were women who at a moment's notice would go to care for a sick person, soothe the dying and prepare the dead for burial. A happy side to their avocation was that they often helped deliver new babies. This was in the time when all such events took place at home. There were no hospitals, no extended care facilities and no compensation for the duties described. Just as soon as I was comfortable in considering the organized aid of 1877, I found that in 1850 an earlier aid group was formed. It does not appear to have lasted very many years, however. The Village Relief Society was formed in December of 1850 for two main purposes: 1. To provide for the personal wants of the indigent sick; and 2. To clothe, or assist in clothing, the children of parents in low circumstances, in a suitable and comfortable manner to attend our public schools. The present graded school system began operating in 1850 and there must have been a number of families who could not afford to clothe and equip their children for school. Newspaper account show that garments were sewn at regular meetings by the ladies. More than 200 were available for the sick each winter besides dresses, aprons, sack coats, pantaloons, shoes and stockings. The Relief Society also raised money to purchase slates and school books for students.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
akrause@norwalkreflector.com COLLINS Sunlight streams through the white, patterned curtains of Kathy Pausch's home and casts a shadow on the wooden floor.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - Carrie Field fought back tears as she cradled the folded flag that had draped her grandfather's casket. The sixth-grader was ceremoniously handing over the flag Tuesday to Berlin Elementary School during its annual Veterans Day assembly.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
We feel more comfortable when things are familiar. When I enter the home of a person I don't know, if that home is cluttered, with kids' artwork on the walls, I automatically feel at ease, even if I haven't met the people who live there. That's because it resembles my own house. But if the home is formal, fancy, with professional artwork on the walls and new-looking furniture and everything in its place (no tumbling piles of papers and magazines), I feel stiff and out of place, because it is so unfamiliar.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
A judge has allowed a Lorain man to withdraw his guilty plea on an allegation he presented counterfeit money to a Norwalk fast-food restaurant. In May, a grand jury indicted Brent R. Willis, 31, on possession of criminal tools and forgery, in connection with an April 19 incident. The defendant pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to the possession of criminal tools charge, but his attorney, Kenneth Ortner, filed a motion Oct. 30 to withdraw that plea.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
I want to make one more pitch for the Reflector Forums. You can get to these on the home page of norwalkreflector.com. Just look at the navigation bar and click on forums. I think participating in forums is about the most fun you can have online. There is no better way to waste precious work time than by discussing and arguing various matters with members of a like-minded community. One I belong to and reference almost daily has to do with West Virginia University football. It's fun to give opinions and read those of others on the play calling (which stinks), coaches (who are in over their heads), fans (who are mostly of the fair-weather variety), and players, (who also stink). The Reflector's forums are about Norwalk and Huron County. If you have anything on your mind about your hometown, the Reflector Forums are the place to air it out.
1:05 AM Jul 26, 2010
Buckeye Construction was given the Tradition of Service Award from the Firelands Catholic Education Development Office (FCEDO) this morning. At FCEDO's annual Business and Professional Breakfast, Buckeye Construction owners Keith Moffit, Jeff Nickoli and Dave Nickoli were honored for their contributions to both the parish and the school. Moffit and Jeff Nickoli are 1987 graduates of St. Paul High School.