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Published: Monday, 7/21/2008

Norwalk's largest manufacturer shuts today, idling more than 500

Norwalk Furniture Corp., the city s largest manufacturer and its second-biggest employer, suspended operations at its local facility today, idling more than 500 workers. In a weekend statement, the privately-held company blamed the suspension of operations at its plant in Norwalk and another in Tennessee on a slowing economy and changes in the furniture industry. Norwalk Furniture s sales dropped $8 million from 2006 to 2007.

Gregory L. Bryant-Bey has a date with Ohio's lethal injection chamber on Nov. 19 for the robbery murder of a North Toledo merchant in 1992. The Ohio Supreme Court set the date Monday after his federal and state appeals had run their course and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his case. Bryant-Bey, who will mark his 53rd birthday on Aug. 6 at Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, faces a death sentence for stabbing Dale Pinkelman, owner of Pinky's Collectibles. He was also convicted in a similar murder of Peter Mihas, owner of The Board Room restaurant in downtown Toledo.

Police were looking for a woman accused of stabbing her child's father in the back early Monday in the parking lot of a Maumee movie theater. Norman Allen, 23, of Hamilton Street in central Toledo, was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center, the former Medical College of Ohio Hospital, Maumee police said. A hospital spokesman said he had no information about a person by that name.

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