6:00 PM Jul 25, 2010
Designer's Touch is handicap accessible
6:00 PM Jul 25, 2010
mlboose@norwalkreflector.com Dr. Dee Zeffiro-Krenisky, superintendent of Christie Lane, denied the claim of a former employee that a climate of intimidation hangs over employees. "They are a cohesive team," Zeffiro-Krenisky of her employees, adding the work climate at the school and workshop for people with disabilities is "phenomenally wonderful." She said she has not seen high turnover in employees in almost 13 years at the agency, but it was her decision to not renew the contract for Lysa Cook. "I do have a reason. I choose not to comment," said Zeffiro-Krenisky.
6:00 PM Jul 25, 2010
TOLEDO A Norwalk man is going to trial in a federal case in connection with selling marijuana and cocaine for more than four years. Michael D. Baker, 43, of 4645 Leland Road, faces life in prison on one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine. He was one of 16 suspects arrested at the conclusion of an Drug Enforcement Administration investigation that lasted from April 2001 through October 2005. "Michael Baker was the main target," said Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin, who testified Thursday. "Eventually things fell into place and they indicted him." Baker is accused of selling a "substantial" amount of drugs, McLaughlin said. The drug investigator estimated the street value was "hundreds of thousands of dollars."
6:00 PM Jul 25, 2010
cashby@norwalkreflector.com WAKEMAN Investigators found suspected Oxycontin on a male suspect while using a search warrant Thursday in the 5800 block of Ohio 303. The man is not being named because he hasn't been charged or arrested. Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said officers found 39 pills in a prescription bottle with its label partially ripped when police were patting down the man. Howard said all charges are pending until the drugs are tested at a Mansfield police lab. "We should have results in a few days," he added.
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PLYMOUTH A dropped cigarette was the cause of a Mulberry Street house fire Monday. The blaze caused about $50,000 worth of damage. "It can be redone, but it's not livable at this time," Plymouth Fire Chief Tim Redden said Friday about the house. "I think it was accidental." It's unknown where the owners are staying now. Redden said the couple was out of state when the fire was reported at 7:15 a.m. Monday, but their son was house-sitting. Nobody was injured. "The living room area was (fully) involved," Redden said about what firefighters discovered upon arrival.
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cashby@norwalkreflector.com CEYLON A Lorain man is accused of stabbing two local men during an altercation Friday morning in a field off Ohio 61. North Central EMS initially transported the Norwalk man, 22, to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. A medical helicopter later flew him to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. There was no listing for him early Friday afternoon. The 28-year-old Berlin Heights man went to Lorain Community Health Partners Hospital in Elyria, where he was released from the emergency room. Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said the suspect, Tyrone Cash, 22, stabbed the Norwalk man in the back and the Berlin Heights man in the head.
6:00 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON - The Huron County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of telecommunication copper wire. About 3 a.m. Nov. 21, Sgt. Annette McLaughlin was in her cruiser monitoring an Ohio 60 home - the site of an earlier theft - when she saw a gray Dodge Caravan turn into the driveway.
6:00 PM Jul 25, 2010
The Ohio Public Works Commission is just waiting for more details before it decides whether or not to fund 90 percent of a permanent repair to U.S. 250. Laurence Bicking, director of OPWC, said this morning that he got a phone call from the Ohio Department of Transportation last week about the project and he agreed to consider it. But neither ODOT or the village of Milan has sent any details.
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MILAN - It only took a Huron County crew a day to temporarily repair U.S. 250 to make the road safe for the coming winter. Heavy rains caused extensive erosion on the northbound lane in the village limits and when Milan informed the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the state agency demanded the village spend $100,000 to make immediate repairs.
6:00 PM Jul 25, 2010
Frank Lovato Jr. no longer rides race horses for a living. But, the Norwalk resident said the satisfaction he gets from helping people through his current endeavor makes him feel as though he's won the Kentucky Derby.
6:00 PM Jul 25, 2010
Visitation for 33-year-old S.Sgt. Jon Martin, who died on Thanksgiving from injuries sustained in Iraq, will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. today It will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, followed by a military burial service in Bellevue Catholic Cemetery. Anyone planning on joining the funeral procession to the cemetery after the service must enter the church parking lots from Broad Street; Center Street will be blocked off.
6:00 PM Jul 25, 2010
A former Christie Lane employee claims a culture of intimidation at the agency has allowed a teacher to hurt a student and punished employees who reported the abuse. Lysa Cook said Christie Lane Superintendent Dr. Dee Zeffiro-Krenisky started a "pattern of retaliation and discrimination' against all five staff members who reported the possible abuse in 2005. Cook said all five have either been let go or resigned because of the way they were treated by the superintendent after reporting the incident.
5:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
On USDA's Web site the publication "For the Good of the People" can be found. This publication provides food for thought. Conservation programs, which save precious soil from wind or water erosion and benefit wildlife, are easy for both urban and rural consumers to understand and accept. However, subsidy payments are not so easily understood. For that reason you will see a great deal of negative publicity for USDA farm programs especially when congress is negotiating a new Farm Bill. Urban folks, who have no connection to the farm, have no understanding about what is needed to farm the land or why subsidies are necessary. USDA-FSA subsidies help provide stability in rural America and for the agricultural economic sector, besides providing US consumers an affordable, safe and abundant food supply. For example, in India 51.3 percent of a person's income is needed to supply adequate food for their family; in Mexico 24.5 percent, South Africa 27.5 percent, Japan 17.6 percent, etc.
5:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk's own Scott Gfell will perform in the Purdue University Christmas Show from Dec. 7 to 9. Gfell, a 2005 St. Paul High School graduate, is a junior at Purdue studying building construction management technology. He is also a member of the school's varsity Glee Club, which performed in Norwalk twice in recent years.
5:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
BELLEVUE - Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" has spawned a number of spoofs and adaptations that have played out on stages. Now, Bellevue Society of the Arts is poised to bring you "Scrooge Steps Out." The original musical is a modern-day parody of Dickens' classic about a penny pincher who learns the true meaning of Christmas.
5:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
Persuasive passion pervades the powerful production of "Twelve Angry Men," the gripping, thoroughly engrossing play on-stage at Cleveland's Playhouse Square Center. This national tour of the award-winning Broadway production plays through Dec. 9 in Cleveland.
5:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
AVERY The design for a lapel pin created by an EHOVE Career Center student is in the running to become the winning entry for a statewide pin traded statewide and nationally among Business Professionals of America (BPA) student members. Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school and college students preparing for careers in business and office occupations. Each year, student BPA members trade their state pins at national competition in the spring.
5:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
AVERY Thirty one students from EHOVE's culinary arts program hit the road Nov. 18 and 19 to visit Connecticut Culinary Institute in Hartford, Conn. They were accompanied by their instructor Chef Michael Edwards, certified culinary secondary educator. The field trip was designed to give students a realistic picture of current culinary arts training at the college level, to prepare them for advancement in their field.
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Oklahoma "Boomer Sooner'
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Thanksgiving is turkey time. Not a good time to be a turkey, because most turkeys are dead, roasting in the ovens of homes across America. And so this column is dedicated to turkeys past, present and future... I can remember shopping with my mother many years ago, and the store clerk said to me (a small, skinny girl of 7 or so), "Are you looking forward to eating turkey at Thanksgiving?" I honestly gave her my answer: "No." This stunned my mother; it wasn't the polite answer the store clerk had been looking for, either. But I wasn't much of an eater then, and I didn't understand why people got so excited about a dead bird.
5:55 PM Jul 25, 2010
As president of Ohio's largest Cleveland Browns Backers chapter, the Buckeye Browns Backers (with more than 950 members), I know that true football fans love their teams to a fault. Every Cleveland Browns' away game, our club is jam-packed with screaming, barking fans cheering our Browns on to victory. They may not always win, but the die-hard fans keep filling Cleveland Browns Stadium every week, just as they keep returning to the Browns Backers watch-parties every Sunday. Regardless of whether you follow the Browns, the Bengals or the Buckeyes, football is a way of life in Ohio. Unfortunately, some of the best football programming cannot be seen by millions of Ohio football fans because of cable companies' refusal to carry NFL Network. DirecTV, Dish Network and now AT&T U-Verse all carry NFL Network at no additional charge to their customers; however, Ohio's largest cable provider, Time Warner Cable, continues to ignore football fans by not offering NFL Network or The Big Ten Network to its subscribers.