10:11 PM Jul 25, 2010
MILAN Authorities were forced to close a 27-mile stretch of the Ohio Turnpike because of a passing storm Friday night. Two minor property damage crashes occurred from vehicles hitting storm debris on the road. The storm passed through the area about 9:30 p.m., damaging a large, high-voltage metal tower that supported power lines crossing the turnpike. Lt. John Maxey, the Milan post commander of the state Highway Patrol, said the lines supported by the tower dropped to an unsafe height over the turnpike and forced the roadway to be closed. The eastbound and westbound lanes were closed from gate 118 (U.S. 250 in Erie County) to gate 145 (Ohio 57 in Lorain County). After the lines dropped, troopers and turnpike maintenance workers responded to the scene and assisted motorists off the closed portion of the road by using exit ramps and access roads. Maxey said Ohio Edison crews worked through the night to repair the damaged structure and are continuing their work.
10:11 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK - The following people recently were convicted of drunken driving in Norwalk Municipal Court: Amanda L. Tansey, 33, 10 Depot St., Wakeman. Violation date: Dec. 29, 2007. Conviction date: Apr. 4. Defendant shall have dismissal due to plea on associated offense.
10:11 PM Jul 25, 2010
MONROEVILLE - American Legion Post 547 of Monroeville is soliciting names for all who served in the armed forces from the Monroeville school district since 1982. A plaque in their honor will be mounted in the new building at Commons Park. Forms may be picked up at the American Legion location on Main Street in Monroeville; or by phoning the legion at (419) 465-2034.
10:11 PM Jul 25, 2010
APRIL 18, 1912 The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date 96 years ago: Loss of life when liner sinks may exceed all the former estimates New York Confirming the most liberal estimates of loss of life and exceeding in horror the worst catastrophe conceived by imagination, the elements of the great tragedy at sea the sinking of the $10,000,000 liner Titanic early on the morning of April 15 - are slowly coming to light.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - A Wakeman man remains in the Erie County Jail on multiple sex-related charges. An Erie County grand jury indicted Brian C. Barnhill, 24, of 10519 Harrison Road, on four counts of rape and three charges of gross sexual imposition after the grand jurors convened April 2 through 4. Erie County Assistant Prosecutor Vicki Palmer said the Erie County man is accused of sexually abusing a child older than the age of 10 sometime between November and December.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
WAKEMAN A small plane made an emergency landing in an open field Sunday night. A retired military pilot landed the two-person plane in a Wakeman field near U.S. 20 and Lorain County Line Road 2 after having some mechanical issues, said Sgt. Anthony DeChoudens of the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post. Pilot Larry Diemand guessed the problem had to do with the carburetor, DeChoudens said, but he is still trying to determine the exact difficulty. Neither Diemand, 60, of Chagrin Falls, nor his passenger, Victor Pawlak, 65, of Parma, were injured. They were flying from Greenwood, S.C. to the Lorain County Airport where the men keep the plane.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Bob Carleton, second ward councilman, has decided to go strictly cellular, but is worried people will have trouble reaching him since cell phone numbers are not allowed in phone books. His cellular number is (419) 706-6853 and he has disconnected his land line.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: Bryan K. Rogers, 36, 16 1/2 W. Main St., Wakeman; no dog license; conviction date: Mar. 25; fine, $30; costs, $50. Michelle Jones, 36, 110 W. Emerald St., Willard; no dog license; conviction date: Mar. 31; fine, $30; costs, $50. Thomas R. Bennett, 21, 19 Cooper St., Wakeman; dangerous dog; conviction date: Mar. 31; fine, $100; costs, $60; jail, 30 days, 30 days suspended; defendant shall have two years probation; defendant shall have two years no convictions; defendant shall show proof within 14 days that the dog has been euthanized or that the defendant has a locked topped pen for the dog and $100,000 liability insurance covering the dog; defendant shall pay dine and cost within 60 days.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
A Norwalk man faces multiple misdemeanor charges on allegations he failed to stop for a state trooper and then struggled with officers Saturday. Seth Cochran, 25, of 184 W. Main St., is accused of driving away from the state Highway Patrol when ordered to stop while driving recklessly on Main Street, Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said. After the driver stopped, he reportedly refused to leave his 1991 two-door Chevrolet car and struggled with troopers, who later found a marijuana pipe in the center console, O'Hara said.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Sometime around the end of February, a dog infected with parvo came into the Huron County dog pound and despite daily disaffection about 20 dogs have had to be put down since then. Bill Duncan, dog warden, told county commissioners Tuesday the problem is the poor condition of the kennel's floors and walls. Parvo is a very aggressive and easily communicable disease that causes death without treatment, which Duncan said is expensive. According towww.workingdogs.com, dogs with parvo that don't get treatment die of dehydration and only about 50 percent of dogs survive with treatment. Even with treatment, dogs with parvo should be kept completely separate from all other dogs for at least a month, the Web site said. Duncan said the incubation period for parvo is five to seven days.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
NORWALK - The following people were recently convicted of crimes in Norwalk Municipal Court, Judge John Ridge presiding: Tracy Haynes, 190 N. Ridge St., Monroeville; two counts of failure to file Monroeville city income tax; conviction date: Mar. 24; fine, $100; costs, $100; defendant shall pay fines and costs within 30 days.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
NEW LONDON - Village council finalized an ordinance Monday to submit a request for a three-mill, five-year operating levy to the county auditor, who will determine how much money it will generate. Once council receives that information, steps will be taken to put it on the November ballot. Clerk Jonna Rowland said if passed, the levy should bring in around $90,000 a year.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Senior Health Fair, sponsored by businesses from local communities and Senior Enrichment Services, will take place at the following locations: Willard Enrichment Center, 315 E. Tiffin St., Willard, 1 to 4 p.m. Friday.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
The National Weather Bureau is once again offering the free Skywarn training program for area residents. The course will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Department of Job & Family Services. This program trains residents to watch for funnel clouds and tornado conditions.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - Sandusky State Trooper Eric Wlodarsky, involved in a KKK prank, said he is not a racist, but admitted he was "counseled previously for racial gestures or slurs." Wlodarsky used a cell phone camera to snap a photo of Trooper Craig Franklin wearing KKK-like garb while both were on duty at the post Jan. 20 just one day before Martin Luther King Day. Wlodarsky then forwarded the photo to Sgt. Jason Demuth of the Norwalk post.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
Willard City Schools students could be studying in three new buildings by the 2011-2012 school year. School officials, after three community meetings to get input from residents, have decided the district should take advantage of state money offered to the district by constructing three new buildings a new elementary school, housing pre-k through second-grade students, a new middle level school housing third- through sixth-grade students and a new middle/high school housing seventh- through 12th graders.
10:10 PM Jul 25, 2010
HURON - A benefit recently for Drew and Susan Gundlach got a surprise visitor - Kevin Shaffer, starting right tackle for the Browns. Drew has throat cancer and Susan is now staying at a long-term care facility after breaking both of her legs in an accident. A community effort between the Browns Backers, chapter 421, and many local businesses, the benefit raised almost $10,000 to help the couple.
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
April 15, 1922 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 86 years ago:
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
Pretty soon, John Byrne won't have any other comics character left to write, draw or ink. Considering he has handled everything from "Alpha Flight' to "Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch,' you shouldn't be surprised the comics legend will be playing in Gene Roddenberry's universe.
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
WILLARD POLICE The Willard Police Department blotter covering March 31 through April 6 had the following highlights:
10:08 PM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk School Board is considering making bowling a varsity sport at Norwalk High School. I would encourage the board members, Rob Ludwig, Janet Broz, John Lendrum, Mike Grose and Scott Truxell to vote for this measure. Per United States Bowling Congress, 60 to 90 percent of students who participate in high school bowling do not compete in any other sports. Many studies have shown that students who participate in extracurricular activities are much more likely to attain higher grades and they have lower drop-out rates than students who do not participate in any extracurricular activities.