Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Budget cuts were a topic of discussion, during last night’s meeting of the Norwalk Board of Education.

Officials said more cuts will be necessary, should the Norwalk City Schools ‘five-for-five’ levy fail in May. Superintendent Dennis Doughty says those cuts would be across-the-board. A list of recommended cuts includes 4 teachers, 2 librarians, 8 building aides, along with reductions in the central office. Athletic participation fees would increase to $200 per sport at the high school level, and $100 per sport at Norwalk Middle School. Doughty said the board of education and administrators are formulating campaign plans for the ‘five-for-five’ levy.


Margaretta Local Schools superintendent Ed Kurt is leaving.

He’s been hired for the same job in Findlay. His first official day will be August 1st. Kurt was given a three-year contract, with a starting salary of $138,000. Kurt has been superintendent of the Margaretta schools for 12 years.


Norwalk High School Director of Student Activities Ray Scheid is changing jobs.

Last night, the school board approved a transfer to Norwalk Middle School.  Scheid will teach technology and will serve as athletic director.  Former Norwalk High AD Dave Rehnborg will step in as interim Director of Student Activities.


A convicted sex offender from Monroeville will spend at least four years in prison, for having sex with a teenage girl.

22-year-old Brad Todd was sentenced Tuesday, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Authorities said Todd and a 14-year-old girl had sex in a cemetery, near her home. Authorities also said Todd lied to the girl and her family, and claimed he was a 16-year-old home-schooled student. Todd is on parole for a similar conviction in 2011. Additional time for violating parole could be tacked on to Tuesday’s sentence. Todd is a Tier II sex offender, meaning once released from prison, he’ll have to register his address every six months, for 25 years.


A Bellevue man has been jailed in connection with a December home invasion. 

Jason Wiswell is facing charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and theft of firearms.  The charges are tied to an armed robbery at an Attwood Terrace home.  The victim was tied up before Wiswell and a second suspect stole several rifles, a crossbow and cash.  DNA evidence from a ski mask was used to link Wiswell to the crime.  The other suspect has fled the state.


Not one, but two fires in Perkins Township last night.

Firefighters were summoned to America’s Best Value Inn, at Routes 250 and 2. The vacant hotel is connected to the old Roadhouse restaurant. Few details are available, but that blaze has been labeled as suspicious. It remains under investigation. Before that fire, firefighters were summoned to a Shady Lane home, where one of two fireplaces may have sparked a blaze that did heavy damage. No one was injured.


No one was hurt in a minor crash involving an Edison school bus.

It happened yesterday in Milan.  The driver went off the road into a ditch.


A drug raid, in Huron.

Law enforcement officers swarmed a Westport Boulevard home late yesterday morning. They seized a small amount of drugs, drug paraphernalia and ammo. 10 people were detained, but none were arrested. Arrests are expected, once the items seized are tested by a crime lab.