11:30 AM Jul 25, 2010
COLUMBUS - A new law governing access to records on concealed weapons permits is confusing some county sheriffs and stirring disagreement among legislative supporters. At least one state official is calling for it be challenged in the courts. The law, set to take effect Sept. 29, was passed in December as a compromise between lawmakers backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and others who think the permits should be public records.
11:30 AM Jul 25, 2010
Wendy Russell and Howard Wilde, an engaged Norwalk couple, were injured when their motorcycle hit a deer in Lorain County Tuesday evening and are in stable condition at Cleveland Metro Hospital. Russell, 48, was lifeflighted to Cleveland Metro to be treated for broken ribs, a broken clavicle and a skull fracture. Wilde, 51, suffered broken ribs, a broken collarbone, broken bones in his face and a punctured lung and was taken to Allen Memorial Hospital in Oberlin. He was later transferred to Cleveland Metro. The hospital reported that both Russell and Wilde are in stable condition.
11:30 AM Jul 25, 2010
After receiving 10 citations for violating zoning regulations, Spin to Win has filed a lawsuit in United States District Court to stop what the business calls "continuing illegal harassment" from Norwalk officials. The suit asks for $200,000 in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages for Spin to Win owner David Pugh, business operators Ed and Bonnie Cordle, and James Loyer, the owner of the Water Street property where the business is located.
11:30 AM Jul 25, 2010
A fire engulfed a trailer this morning owned by Charles Case, located on Ohio 601 between Gibbs Road and U.S. 20. Charles' sister, Janet Castle, said Case has no insurance and is looking for some help. He is raising his 5-year-old grandson.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
SEPT. 12, 1974 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 33 years ago:
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk resident Natalie Thurston said she holds the Republican administration and their foreign policies, not all Republican voters, responsible for the Iraq policy. Also, she is a former Tiffin University student, not a current one.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
Watching a little bit of the Gen. David Patraeus/Ambassador Ryan Crocker appearance before a couple House committees Monday afternoon, I couldn't help come to the conclusion that U.S. servicemen and women will be in Iraq in large numbers for a long time. At least until Jan. 20, 2009, when it is widely predicted that, for good or ill, some sort of Democrat will be moving into the White House.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
A Greenwich man was sentenced Tuesday to three months in jail for cultivating marijuana and possessing criminal tools. In addition to the 90-day jail sentence, Christopher D. Junk, 47, of 2165 Omega Road, was sentenced to three years of probation for the Jan. 29 offense. He also was fined a total of $1,000 for the two fifth-degree felonies and had his driver's license suspended for six months.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
SANDUSKY - The North American In-Water Boat Show opens today and runs through Sunday. The show features more than 700 power and sail boats and dozens of on-land display booths. Now an end-of-the-summer boating tradition, the show got its start in 1973 after Norm Schultz, then president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, visited an in-water boat show in Annapolis, Md.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
Brandon Taft's face is still tender from the severe beating he sustained during a violent March 18 burglary. He testified he believed there were two suspects "on me all the time" and another person who dragged his fiancee out of her bed. The couple's 2-month-old son was in the Greenwich Milan Townline Road mobile home at the time.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
HURON - The University of Toledo College of Nursing, in cooperation with Bowling Green State University College of Health and Human Services, will hold an open forum for registered nurses from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the East Lounge of Foundation Hall at BGSU Firelands. The open forum is for individuals interested in pursuing the RN to bachelor of science in nursing degree and master of science in nursing (MSN) degree with majors in adult nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric-mental health clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
HIGHWAY PATROL Troopers are investigating a crash Tuesday on Old State Road near Ohio 162. Steven M. Smith, 34, of 3571 Austin Drive, Willard, went off Old State Road and hit a ditch while avoiding an oncoming white pickup truck that continued heading south. Smith reported possible injuries, but wasn't transported.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
Two key volunteers are being sought this month as the Norwalk Girl Scout service unit reorganizes and open registration for Girl Scouts is taking place, according to Christine Michael, membership services field manager, Girl Scouts of Erie Shores. The positions are service unit director and service unit treasurer. The Norwalk service unit is one of more than 30 service units in the Erie Shores Council, which serves Huron, Erie, Lorain, Sandusky and Seneca counties. It is the largest service unit in Huron County with 27 troops and more than 360 girls.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
Last month those of us that care about the environment lost a true friend. The former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson died at the age of 94. When you talk about "Green" at least in the '60s, you might think about hippy-type protesters chanting about the polluted air and water. But right there in the environment fight, and in it for the long hall, was Mrs. Johnson.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
Norwalk City Council members got some good news and also discussed potential changes in new zoning regulations to force Spin to Win to change locations in Tuesday night's work session. The good news is the city has been awarded a grant of almost $1.2 million from the Ohio Department Of Transportation to relieve congestion on U.S. 250 by building a new road on the unused railroad tracks on the east side of the highway from Williams to Gallup.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
Rumor has it this morning that the Browns are in the midst of a trade that will send Willard native Charlie Frye packing. I have not been able to confirm the rumor, though I suspect it is legitimate. The team plans to bring back quarterback Ken Dorsey, a mentor for first-round pick Brady Quinn, today, so a roster move must be made. If a suitor cannot be found, Frye might be cut. Or, if Cleveland wants to buy more time, they might cut fill-in punter Paul Ernster, since regular punter Dave Zastudil said Monday he thinks he will be ready to go this Sunday.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
MONROEVILLE - Village council decided Tuesday the fire department's insurance company will have to pay for an accidental water line break that occurred during work performed by the department two weeks ago. Council members initially disagreed as to whether the village should waive the cost and pay for the repairs or the insurance company should fork over the roughly $3,000. The accident occurred during a training exercise, and was a first-time occurrence, clerk/treasurer Bonnie Beck said.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
A little boy once asked Dave Leedy to pick him up and literally fly with him. Leedy was amused by the youngster's request, but he doesn't don a superhero's cape and tights to fly around like Superman.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
Does Assistant Superintendent Mike Gordon have it too easy? That was the question brought up at Tuesday night's school board meeting. Scott Ford, a recently retired teacher and former president of the teacher's union, spoke during the public participation segment:
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
After moving from the Chicago area to Norwalk five years ago, Jiffy Products of America will close down its local operation and move 21 jobs to Lorain by next summer. "We've expanded and grown. We're going to move because we don't like our current lease deal," Jiffy President Daniel Schrodt said. The company will move from its current location on Industrial Parkway to the former Ford Assembly Plant on Baumhart Road.
11:25 AM Jul 25, 2010
CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns starting quarterback Charlie Frye, benched before halftime in the season opener, was traded to Seattle for an undisclosed draft pick on Tuesday, a stunningly swift move as Cleveland clears the way for rookie Brady Quinn. The teams have an agreement in place, said a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not finalized.