Wednesday, March 20, 2013

400 people showed up to the Huron school board’s special meeting last night to decide the fate of ousted school superintendent Fred Fox.

 Audience members spoke for nearly an hour before the board voted 3-2 to table the decision. Board president Scott Slocum says they now have the 2,700 pages of transcripts from Fox’s hearings that they need to work their way through. The board expects to host a special meeting to make their decision sometime in the next few weeks, but they have not decided on a time or place.

Perkins schools have released a final list of cuts.

After mulling over the decision for more than a month, the cuts totaling $12 million dollars will include almost 40 jobs, field trips and more to be eliminated over the next 2 years to balance the district’s budget. Foreign languages, busing and sports are not included in the cuts, but the cost of pay to play athletic fees could increase. Board members are planning to approve two rounds of cuts at their April meeting. The first round is permanent, but the second round can be reversed if voters pass 2 levies.

On July 1, the Danbury Township Fire Department will make its debut, providing fire and emergency medical response service to those in the area.

After two years of talk and debate among area officials it was decided that they would combine resources to “continue to offer the services that residents and visitors on the Marblehead Peninsula have come to expect and appreciate,” according to a statement provided by the Danbury Township trustees. Previously, Danbury officials contracted with the Marblehead Volunteer Fire Department and the Lakeside Volunteer Fire Protective Association for fire and emergency services. Danbury previously never had a fire department or emergency medical services unit.

A Fairfield County judge sentenced a driver Tuesday to 360 days in jail, and suspended all but 30 days of it, for causing a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Violet Township.

Common Pleas Court Judge Chris A. Martin sentenced 46 year old Timothy A. Vedrinski, of Canal Winchester, as part of a plea agreement. Vedrinski was responsible for causing a crash that killed 53 year old Thomas G. Bender, of Pickerington. Bender died at Grant Medical Center after the crash on Oct. 5, 2011. Vedrinski had pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide and falsification, and the judge sentenced him to 180 days in jail for each of the first-degree misdemeanors, to be served consecutively. Under the deal, a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, also a first-degree misdemeanor was dismissed.

A Bellevue man accused of possessing child pornography made his first appearance Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

25 year old Cory M. Hartshorn, of Bellevue, is charged with two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, both fourth-degree felonies. Huron County Sheriff’s Deputy Rich Larson served Hartshorn with the indictment Monday before his arraignment. A Huron County grand jury indicted the suspect Friday. Judge Jim Conway didn’t order any restrictions on Hartshorn, who is out on a personal recognizance bond. The trial is scheduled to start May 28.

The Chardon school shooter was sentenced yesterday.

18 year old TJ Lane pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students, and killing 3, in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. In the courtroom, he had the word “killer” written on his shirt, and was defiant and smirking during the sentencing. He also surprised everyone by speaking to the families of the victims using vulgarity and profanities. Lane was given 3 life sentences without parole, and an additional 37 years for attempted murder and felonious assault and using a weapon in the crimes.

Notice to all Erie county property owners

Filing deadline for complaint against the valuation of real property is extended to Monday, April 1. Applications & instructions for filing are available on the Erie county auditor’s website or can be picked up at auditor’s office, 247 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.