Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Updating totals from yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon: Over 140 injured, and three dead.

Three Bellevue residents, including the city’s law director are safe, after the explosions. David Wallingford, along with Vicki Schoen and Brandi Hines ran yesterday’s marathon. Again, all three are safe.  James Kasten Jr. of Norwalk ran the marathon.  He finished an hour before the explosion and was on the tram with his family when the bombs went off. 


Old State Road, between Hasbrock and Peru-Olena Roads in Bronson Township is closed for emergency bridge repairs. 

Work is expected to last two days.


Yesterday’s other big story: The feds raiding the Tennessee headquarters of Pilot Flying J.

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III is CEO of the company. Sources said the raid was connected to taxes.


Authorities in Erie County are investigating the discovery of a bone found in the Wakeman area.

A man unearthed the bone Sunday, while digging hear his home on State Route 113. The possible human femur was turned over to coroner Brian Baxter.


If you are doing some spring cleaning, keep in mind that the city of Norwalk’s Spring Trash Pickup is scheduled for next week.

Households will be allowed to set out three large items or nine extra bags on their normal trash day.  One large item is equal to three bags, so residents may set out one item and six bags, or any equivalent combination.  The pickup will be limited to household items only, including mattresses, couches and TV’s.  It does not include construction or remodeling debris, such as carpet, lumber or drywall.  Items with Freon must be tagged to show the Freon has been removed.


Family and friends continue to search for a missing kayaker and his 12-year-old daughter.

Jonathan and Viola Francis have been missing since April 6th. The two were last seen kayaking near Crystal Rock. Since then, groups of people have searched the shoreline, and from Lake Erie, from Port Clinton to Cedar Point. Also helping: ODNR, and area fire departments. Last week, a commercial fisherman volunteered labor and equipment.


A Huron County Grand Jury has charged a brother and sister in connection with a March home invasion in Fitchville Township.

Jeremy Sax of Norwalk is charged with burglary and robbery, tampering with evidence and possession of heroin.  Treva Campbell, also of Norwalk, is charged with burglary and tampering.  Sax broke into the victim’s home and ‘pistol-whipped’ the man.  Campbell came in toward the end of the assault.  Authorities said another man was at the scene.  His name wasn’t on the list of grand jury indictments.  Sax and Campbell remain in the Huron County Jail.


Also charged by the Grand Jury:  John Stewart of Norwalk.

He’s facing a single count of felonious assault in connection with a late February stabbing at his Cline Street residence.  The victim, identified as Stewart’s nephew, suffered serious injuries but survived the attack.


Jury selection is scheduled to begin this morning, in the case of a Bellevue man accused of sexually assaulting two female relatives.

Victor Veliz is facing more than 30 felony charges. If convicted on all counts, he faces life in prison. His case will be heard, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Last week, Veliz turned down a plea bargain that called for ten years behind bars.


4:30 today is when the doors will open, to the Norwalk Rotary Club’s 14th annual Pizza Bake Off.

All-you-can-eat pizza from eight different places will be available until 7, at Norwalk High School. Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under, and seniors 65 and over.