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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A rollover crash has left a Norwalk woman in critical condition.

49-year-old Theresa Franz was injured shortly after 9:30 last night on Washington Road, near Halfway Road in Ridgefield Township. According to the highway patrol, Franz lost control, went off the road, and flipped over several times in a field. She was ejected from her car. Franz was flown from the scene to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Alcohol is considered a factor in the crash.

 

An Erie County dispatcher has been fired, for using a statewide police database to gather information about others.

In addition, Tracy Smith of Wakeman is facing a felony charge of unauthorized use of a computer. She’s accused of using the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway database to snoop on her ex-husband, her ex-boyfriend and various neighbors, along with several Erie County inmates, and Sandusky police officers. The program can only be used for criminal investigations.

 

Charges of inducing panic and obstructing official business have been filed against a Berlin Heights man, in connection with a brief standoff with deputies.

Cary Shupe was arrested early Sunday morning, after barricading himself inside his Burrows Road home, and threatening to kill himself. Deputies forcibly entered the home, and found several shotguns, and approximately 200 rounds of ammo. Shupe was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center.

 

Sandusky School officials have unveiled plans for a new school.

The Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies will be open to gifted students from Sandusky and surrounding districts.  The new full-time school will open in August in the former Jackson Junior High building.

 

The Huron County General Health District has a new name.

It’s now called ‘Huron County Public Health.’ Officials said the new name is easier to understand.

 

Area gas prices are back up.

Sunday, you could find self-serve regular for as low as $3.38 a gallon. But by early yesterday afternoon, pump prices jumped to as high as $3.79 a gallon.

 

Around the state…

Sales of instant lottery tickets are down.  According to a new analysis, Ohio Lottery scratch-off ticket sales have fallen 4 percent since May of last year…That translates into nearly $57 million.  Officials said competition from Ohio’s casinos and ‘racinos’ may be having an impact.

Red-light cameras have stopped running in a Toledo suburb.  Northwood officials have not renewed a contract with Redflex Traffic Systems.  The previous agreement expired in late April.  It’s not known if Northwood will re-up with Redflex.  Since red light cameras were installed in 2005, the city has made more than $1 million in traffic fines and fees.

A small school district in Knox County is doing away with its elementary building.  After a levy attempt last week, East Knox officials say they’ll close the elementary school and send kindergartners through fourth graders to the middle school.