REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: All is quiet on the quiet front

Sometimes doing cop calls can get frustrating. Cop calls are when a reporter calls the various law enforcement agencies in the area
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010


Sometimes doing cop calls can get frustrating. Cop calls are when a reporter calls the various law enforcement agencies in the area asking what, if anything, has happened in the particular police agency's jurisdiction. About half of dispatchers always say "nothing."

You could hear sirens blaring in the background, gunshots going off and screaming, and they'd still say, "all quiet here."

The Norwalk Police Department is notorious for this. They say "nothing" every time.

A little later, when a reporter finds out there was an assault or shooting, they call back and the dispatcher says, "You want information about that?"

Don't hold your breath waiting to hear back from police in certain areas, either.

Apparently they are too busy with this supposed "nothing" that's going on.

-- Cory Frolik

A comforting decoy

Huron County Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday agreeing to set the county buildings' thermostats at 72 degrees to maximize energy efficiency.

But commissioner Gary Bauer was struck with an idea.

Let's hang a disconnected thermostat on the wall so people who feel it's too hot can go play with it all they want, he joked.

They could turn the temperature down to sub-zero temperatures for all the good it'd be worth.

Bauer was joking, but it sounded as though commissioners had seen such decoys before. Makes people feel in control, they said. And sometimes that's all that matters.

-- Cory Frolik

Reading the paper can get you in trouble

Now it can be told -- George Mylander was just being a good guy when he read the newspaper years ago in the middle of a Sandusky City Commission meeting.

Mylander, a member of the board that runs the Erie County Health Department and former school teacher, recalled last week he was publicly scolded once for reading our paper in public.

One day, he was hurrying from school to a commission meeting and didn't have time to go home for his paper. He needed to find out the visitation time for paying respects to the family of someone he knew who had died, so he bought a Register and put it on the floor next to him in the commission chambers.

During a discussion, Mylander opened his paper, still on the floor, and discreetly noted he'd be able to attend the visitation later that night, when the meeting ended.

But he was spotted. The Register later ran a sarcastic letter to the editor asking why Mylander was reading the paper during the meeting. Mylander said he never wrote in to explain.

Mylander always listens attentively during health board meetings and asks lots of questions.

But if he ever chooses to tune out and read the Register instead, we stand with him. We're sure it would be for a good reason.

-- Tom Jackson