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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A hearing officer with the Ohio Department of Education says Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox should be reinstated, with full back pay.

We first told you about this at noon yesterday. A copy of the hearing officer’s 53-page report was given to us, by Fox’s attorney, Patrick Murray. A portion of the report reads “…personal feelings appeared to replace sound judgment.” Another part says the Huron City Schools thrived under Fox’s leadership. In June of last year, the school board voted 3-2 to fire Fox for alleged personal and professional misconduct.

The Huron Board of Education will meet at 10am this Saturday, to discuss the state’s recommendation. Action is planned for the board’s March 19th meeting.

A New Haven man under investigation for a sex offense involving a six-year-old was found dead yesterday.

The body of 59-year-old Gary Francis was found in his car, outside the Milan Police Department. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Francis had been asked to come to the police department to make a statement. Milan police continue to investigate.

Ohio is getting more than $20 million, to continue efforts to turn around its lowest performing schools.

The money is coming from the U.S. Department of Education’s ‘School Improvement Grants’ program.

The search for a new Sandusky police chief is down to two.

Current assistant chief John Orzech, and Austin Peay (Pay) University police chief Terence Calloway are the two finalists. A third man, Columbus police Lt. Craig Stone has withdrawn from the race. A decision is expected soon.

Once again, the Norwalk Police Department will use grant money, to provide extra patrols, to search for impaired drivers and speeders.

For the rest of this month, officers will focus on U.S. Routes 20 and 250, State Routes 18 and 61, along with League Street and Old State Road.

The city of Norwalk is seeking seven volunteers, to serve on the Charter Review Commission.

For more information, email cityclerk@accnorwalk.com. Letters of interest must be turned into Norwalk City Hall by March 22nd.