3:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Biting convict Dwight L. Druckemiller was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for biting the flesh off a Norwalk man's arm during a Feb. 27 drunken melee. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also ordered the defendant to pay about $47,000 in restitution to cover medical bills. Victim Kenneth Mason was in Fisher-Titus Medical Center for three days after being sucker-punched by Druckemiller and then savagely bitten on his upper left arm.
3:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
My nephew, Drake Toney, will be graduating from college this month, exactly 40 years after I did. Although we started from similar backgrounds, his college career turned out to be nothing like mine.
3:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Kate seems just like any other American teenager counting down the days until the end of school chatting with friends between classes and laughing with the anticipation of summer freedom. But close attention to her flawless English and a look at her full name Katarzyna Rajca reveals she is actually an exchange student from Poland who will spend her summer in Europe after a year at St. Paul High School. Rajca's hometown is Nowysacz, Poland, a small city about two hours from Krakow. She'd traveled in Slovakia, Spain, Italy and Germany in Europe, but this was her first trip to the United States.
3:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
The Oakland Raiders upped the number of quarterbacks on their roster to six Monday by signing veteran Charlie Frye. Frye, a Willard graduate who turns 28 in August, spent most of the past two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks after arriving via trade soon after the start of the 2007 season.
3:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Health officials have confirmed a Huron County child has tested positive for H1N1 influenza type A more commonly known as the swine flu. The child is recovering at home and doing well, according to a statement issued Friday by the Huron County General Health District.
3:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
MONROEVILLE Huron County Commissioner Mike Adelman has announced the recipients of the ninth annual Mike & Melodie Adelman Scholarships. "After reviewing the many scholarship applications that were submitted, we were again impressed and challenged, as selections were made from a number of outstanding students in our county," Mike Adelman said. "Melodie and I hope that the presentation of these scholarships will be of some help as these graduates travel down their next path of education." The $500 scholarships have been presented to 11 students that are Huron County residents and members of the graduating class of 2009 at the following high schools: Bellevue Stephany Claus, who plans to attend BGSU Firelands.
3:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Willard man was arrested and charged with public indecency in connection with an incident Monday on Milan Avenue near Norwalk Catholic School. The report by Norwalk Police Capt. Jack O'Neil reads: "(A woman) advised a white male in his thirties pulled out his erect penis and was shaking his erect penis at her as he drove by her, while she was walking on Milan Avenue near St. Paul School.'
3:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Norwalk 90 kicked off its fifth year Saturday at the Huron County Heart Walk and residents are now walking off pounds, "We thought it would be the perfect place to kick of this year's Norwalk 90 at a health-related event that promotes walking and fitness and supports a great cause," said Joyce Hill, director of rehabilitation services at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
3:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Norwalk man and a Wakeman woman accused of significantly vandalizing cars must post $500 to be released from jail, a judge ruled Friday. Joshua Boldman, 20, of 1359 Greenwich Milan Townline Road and Stacy Neal, 22, of 5810 U.S. 20, are each charged with vandalism, a fifth-degree felony.
3:57 AM Jul 26, 2010
Even while in prison, Michael and Sharen Gravelle haven't stopped fighting for their legal rights. The estranged Clarksfield Township couple have filed a new appeal of their convictions for endangering their adopted children, according to the Ohio Supreme Court. The appeal, which the court docket lists as "open," was filed May 15.
3:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
At this time of year in the 1880s era, Norwalkians looked forward to the arrival of a theatrical group called The Idlers. These folks were professional performers who were out of work in the summer and chose a small community where they could rusticate. One of them had some connections in Norwalk and were invited here, often spending the summer in the house at 102 West Main St.
3:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com The Firelands Museum, touted as the oldest museum in the state, has a new exhibit featuring four seasons of fun from the 1800s through the 1900s. Mary Carabin, a volunteer for the museum and the Firelands Historical Society, said the new exhibit is in the upstairs space for changing exhibits in the 1836 Federal-style house at 4 Case Avenue. It has a wide variety of items from bats used by Norwalk High's first baseball team in the 1890s to a pair of bloomers worn when most women were still in long skirts.
3:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
A Monroeville man suspected of going from Columbus to his village with heroin was indicted Friday by a Huron County grand jury. Nicholas A. Taylor, 22, of 62 Monroe St., was charged with possession of heroin in connection with being a passenger in an April 15 traffic stop on North Street. Monroeville Police Officer Wallace Johnson assisted Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin with the arrest after the sheriff's detective said he received "information from a reliable and confidential informant.'
3:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
WAKEMAN - No arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation of two violent incidents Saturday at Poorehouse Bar and Grill, 29 W. Main St. "We finally got some names," Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker said.
3:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
EDITOR'S NOTE - Pat Renna compiled this memory of D-Day from his copy of "The 90th, A History of the 90th Division in World War II." Through April and May 1944 there ran through the world symptoms of "Invasion Fever."
3:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
Beginning this week, motorists entering Huron and Erie counties on state highways will see a new sign. Firelands Council of Historical Societies, a group composed of representatives of area groups, has been working for several years to have signs delineating the Fire Lands, the area granted to victims of the Revolutionary War destruction.
3:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Norwalk Wednesday through June 14. The Clydesdales' home base will be the Huron County Fairgrounds. Open viewing will be available when the horses are not on the road.
3:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
COLUMBUS - Individuals considering about running for their local school board can learn more about the public office through the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA). OSBA is conducting a workshop for those who haven't made up their minds whether to run for office or not. The session begins at 10 a.m. and ends at noon July 25.
3:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
For the second year in a row, Morgan Rarick, a seventh-grader in Monroeville, has earned a national award for excellent handwriting. "It feels amazing,' she said after accepting a Nintendo DS, a game package, a medal, an engraved pen and a $500 savings bond for her accomplishment.
3:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com One-hundred sixty-one Norwalk High School students will be able to call themselves alumni after their graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday. Principal Brad Cooley said he feels a connection with the class of 2009 since he has been with them the last seven years starting when he was the assistant principal. He will miss the talents of the class artists, athletes, musicians and scholars. "They served as cheerleaders for each other and provided our building with quite a spirit," Cooley said.
3:56 AM Jul 26, 2010
"Can I work on your computer, Dad?" It was a question I had expected to hear sometime from my inquisitive 4 1/2 year-old son. He had sat with me in our basement office many times, watching me hammer out the minutes for a township trustee's meeting or crunching numbers in a database for calculating my pick-up truck's fuel economy. Now he wanted to do the same. "Let me check with our computer guy at work," I said, stalling the inevitable. The next day, computer guy Brian Houghtby told me, "Sure, let him play with it." And to berate my use of an antiquated operating system, he added, "You're still running DOS, he won't hurt it." By that evening, Ben was happily typing away, filling a blank computer screen with "words" and "calculations."