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Thursday, April 04, 2013

The Cleveland Indians are now 2-0, after last night’s 3-2 extra innings win over Toronto.

 

Norwalk firefighters continue to investigate the cause of yesterday’s blaze that destroyed a home on North Hester Street.

The call to 150 North Hester came in shortly after 9am. According to reports, the fire began between the second and third floors, then spread to the attic of the home. Firefighters were on scene for about two hours. Damages estimates were placed at more than $50,000.

 

Former Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox is expanding his defamation suit, filed several months ago.

Board of Education members Donna Green and Scott Slocum have been added as defendants. Board member Tim Sowecke was originally named in the suit. Sowecke, Green and Slocum voted Tuesday to fire Fox. It’s not yet known if Fox will appeal his dismissal, in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

 

The city of Norwalk’s Compost Facility will open for the season tomorrow.

The Facility, on Austie Shadle Drive near Baines Park will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 6pm. City residents can drop off yard wate, brush, dirt and rocks. It’s for residential use only. Anyone using the compost facility must show proof of city residency.

 

The city of Norwalk’s Sanitation Department will offer a Spring Large Item Trash Pickup the week of April 22nd.

Households will be allowed to set out three large items, or nine extra trash bags or any equivalent combination at no additional charge.

 

6pm Monday is when State Representative Chris Redfern will host a Town Hall meeting, at Perkins High School.

He’ll be joined by Superintendent Jim Gunner, the Perkins Board of Education and Steve Dyer of Innovation Ohio. The topic: school funding, both in this area and around the state. All area residents are encouraged to attend, and comments and questions will be welcome from the audience.

 

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has announced plans for increased patrols, during the upcoming prom season.

Target areas will include U.S. Route 250, and State Routes 4, 60 and 61. Deputies will watch for impaired drivers, speeders and seat belt violations.

 

The former manager of the Lorain County Community College bookstore is facing more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing books and selling them online.

Prosecutors said Claudette Farrell made almost $100,000 by selling 1,600 books she swiped from the LCCC bookstore back in 2009.

 

The State of Ohio is teaming up with the USDA to crack down on food stamp fraud.

According to federal estimates, Ohio might be home to $30 million in fraudulent food stamp use.  USDA is currently in charge of investigating food stamp fraud by retailers and vendors, while state and county agencies investigate possible fraud by local recipients.  The state and USDA will now share information in hopes of identifying suspicious activities.

 

Tickets are still available for a second ‘Ghost Tour’ of the old Huron County Jail.

The tour, sponsored by Main Street Norwalk, is scheduled for April 12th. VIP tickets are $40. Tickets for just the tour are $22. For more information or tickets, go to mainstreetnorwalk.org.

 

Coming up this Saturday:  The 10th annual Tool Time.

It’s a fundraiser for the Norwalk Area Fund.  It’ll be held from 1-4 in the Expo Center at the Huron County Fairgrounds.  This year’s grand prize:  A $5,900 golf cart.  WLKR 95.3 will broadcast live from Tool Time this Saturday.