3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Even though the last Pontiac will roll off the assembly line in 2010, a local dealer doesn't think he will have trouble selling the brand famous for muscle cars until then. General Motors has announced the brand will retire at the end of 2010. Pontiac became known for sporty cars in the 1960s. "We're going to sell a lot of Pontiacs," predicted Bryan Kasper, of Kasper Auto Group, with one Norwalk location and three in Sandusky. "They're great cars. They were always known as the sporty-type muscle cars."
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
While the Swine Flu is causing worldwide concern, local veterinarians are aware of an increase in area cases of an ailment affecting dogs. Dr. Wendy Stewart, of Mapleview Animal Hospital, said incidents of canine parvovirus are normally more plentiful during the warmer months. But the extent of this year's onslaught exceeds what is normal even for spring, Stewart said.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE - More than a half-year's worth of planning, organizing and record keeping will come to an end Saturday for 14-year-old Boy Scout Max Storm when he presents the village with six benches for Clark Park. While the Monroeville teenager didn't actually build the benches, he performed all the behind-the-scenes work for his Eagle Scout project, said Storm's mother, Laura.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Monroeville and Berlin-Milan schools are both looking to pass income tax levies Tuesday and Berlin-Milan also has a property tax renewal on the ballot. The income tax levies are on earned-income only so would not affect retirement payments, Social Security, capital gains, rental income, dividends, estate earnings, pensions or lottery winnings.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
news@norwalkreflector.com Josh White has a passion for body art. The owner of Forbidden Tattoos started tattooing in 2001 and has his own ideas about what constitutes a good tattoo. Cartoons posted on the walls of his tattoo parlor in downtown Norwalk spell it out. "If you want to barter, go to a flea market," reads one.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
Thanks to swine flu, 16 EHOVE students will miss their chance for national competition and experience in Dallas, Texas next week. Business Professionals of America cancelled the national conference and competition because of fears of the illness, now officially called H1N1. The conference has been rescheduled for June, but the students and teachers slated to go had conflicts with the summer date.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
SANDUSKY - A Norwalk man has been convicted of vehicular homicide for the June 15 boat crash that killed Berlin Heights resident Ben Miller. Kevin Lake, 24, of 845 Lais Road, could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine when he is sentenced July 1 in Sandusky Municipal Court.
3:26 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 67-year-old Norwalk man will be sentenced June 3 for inappropriately touching an elderly nursing home resident. Jerry A. Albritton, of 188 Collingwood Ave., pleaded guilty Friday to gross sexual imposition. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss two similar charges.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Monroeville resident Julie Perry said she supports the schools, but the proposed 1.5 percent income tax is too large and she won't vote for another penny in taxes until she sees where every cent will be spent. "I don't think people realize how much this tax is going to cost them," she said. "With the economy the way it is now, it is not a good time for any new taxes. Taxes from President Obama are going to be coming down the pike soon and we don't have any ideas what those will be." Perry said her husband lost his primary job when Norwalk Furniture folded and, with two children in college, they are struggling just to make ends meet.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com March was better than February for local and state housing sales, but the industry is still behind figures from a year ago and it is a buyer's market. In Norwalk, the average selling price for homes dropped from almost $142,000 in February/March of 2008 to less than $62,000 for the same period in March. Realtor Bob Whitacre, of Remax, attributed that to the number of foreclosures now on the market.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
By AARON KRAUSE Reflector Staff Writer akrause@norwalkreflector.com HURON The newly hired dean of BGSU Firelands said he's noticed the commitment the college makes to students and faculty.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Two adult accomplices in a foiled Concord Court burglary are scheduled to have separate Huron County Common Pleas Court jury trials at the end of May. Taylor S. Wadsworth, 18, of 5160 Ladow Road, Plymouth, and Robert Davis, 21, of 49 Jefferson St., have trials set for May 26 and 28 respectively. In February, Wadsworth was indicted on complicity to burglary while Davis was charged with burglary.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
The social networking phenomena completely passed me by. I mean, I usually go out of my way to avoid people in person. I have no desire to look them up online. But the world being what it is, we figured here at the Reflector that if that's where our readers are hanging out, maybe we better be there to. We started with a MySpace page probably two years ago. But it just kind of sat out there in cyberspace unloved. Within the past two months, however, things have really picked up. First, reporters started tweeting on Twitter about stuff they were writing and providing links to our Web site. Every reporter at the Reflector has an account. We also have a main Twitter account that News editor Matt Roche maintains. He posts top headlines there regularly. I think it now has something like 461 people following it. That's pretty cool.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - With public concern over the swine influenza outbreaks growing, Ohio State University Extension is working with numerous Ohio agricultural and public health organizations to educate citizens on what the virus is, its origins, how its spread and its human and animal health impacts. Specialists with OSU Extension's Agricultural Safety and Health Program have compiled information on swine influenza from a variety of sources, including the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio Department of Health and the National Pork Board.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Mayor Sue Lesch urged city council to consider spending another $5,000 for economic development geared to helping local businesses diversify and bring in new companies at Tuesday's work session. The city has already committed $58,000 to the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation for this year. Lesch and Ellen Heinz, NEDC director, explained how the extra $5,000 would be used.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A 23-month-old Texas child is the first confirmed U.S. fatality due to the swine flu originating in Mexico, but the Lorain County child with the illness continues to get better. Tim Hollinger, Huron County health department commissioner, said one of the biggest problems facing local officials now is misinformation.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
BERLIN HEIGHTS - A Green Springs man died after a two-vehicle collision Tuesday at the intersection of Ohio 61 and Mason Road. Billy B. McGough, 37, died from the undisclosed injuries he sustained in the crash that happened about 5:05 p.m. north of Berlin Heights.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
The two Huron County residents who tested negative for swine flu Monday did it the right way - they simply went to their doctor instead of heading to the emergency room, which has some hospital personnel worried. "That is the last thing we want,' said Angela Smith, director of community health/epidemiology for the Huron County health department. "Their doctor can handle doing the initial visit and determining if a test is even appropriate.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Western Reserve High School student accused of assaulting Huron County sheriff's deputy was released to Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Facility after a juvenile court hearing Monday. Capt. Ted Patrick said the boy became irate after he was told he couldn't participate in a physical education class because he wasn't properly attired and walked out of the office. School administrators locked down the building so he couldn't return.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
Dwight L. Druckemiller, charged in connection with severely biting a co-worker at a party, was sentenced to 11 months in prison Monday for trafficking in crack cocaine. The Norwalk man also was fined $500 and ordered to pay $135 in restitution to the Norwalk Police Department. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Druckemiller, 37, of 185 W. Main St., Apt. 11B, has a "shocking" criminal history that goes back 20 years and includes violent offenses involving women and children.
3:25 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man was convicted Monday of having multiple stolen items in his possession when authorities were searching for his brother in 2007. The Norwalk Police Department discovered stolen power tools and various electronic equipment at the former State Street home of Jeremy L. Chaffee Sr., 21, now of 23 Grand Ave., Apt. 17B, when sheriff's deputies were searching for the suspect's brother, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said. She didn't specify why his brother was wanted.