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Monday, October 21, 2013

The S-word is in the forecast.

Rain and SNOW showers are possible tomorrow night through Thursday.

 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of yesterday’s marina fire in Vermilion.

Firefighters were summoned to Don Parsons Marina shortly after 3pm. They had the blaze under control within 30 minutes. No one was injured. Early damage estimates have been placed at $300,000.

 

Criminal charges could be filed against a Norwalk woman accused of making a false rape allegation.

The 18-year-old claimed she had been raped by an 18-year-old man sometime within the last two weeks.  When questioned further by deputies, she admitted she lied and said sex between the two was consensual.  A report will be sent to the Norwalk law Director’s Office for consideration of charges.

 

A Sandusky police officer has been suspended for 10 days, for sleeping on the job.

Officer Robert Gardin slept in his cruiser for nearly two hours on October 1st. He was caught, by a fellow officer. He confessed, during an interview with commanding officers.

 

The chief of staff at the Ohio Department of Medicaid is taking over the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Cynthia Dungey’s appointment was made official Friday, by Governor John Kasich. She’s replacing Michael Colbert, who resigned to pursue other opportunities. Colbert served as director for 2 ½ years.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections is offering extended hours for absentee voting.

The office, at 180 Milan Ave in Norwalk will be open this Wednesday and Thursday, from 8:30am until 6pm. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 until 4. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th.

 

Checking some of the ballot…

In Norwalk, voters will decide on several issues and races. Two are school issues—A 1.25 percent replacement income tax in the Norwalk City School district, and a half-mill replacement tax for EHOVE Career Center. Huron County Services for Aging also has a renewal and increase on the ballot, for Norwalk and the rest of the county. It’s .55 mills, for five years.

In the city of Norwalk, five people are running for four at-large council seats. The list includes incumbents Kelly Beck, Steve Euton, Scott Meyer and Steve Schumm, along with challenger David Wallace.

There’s just one ward race—In Norwalk’s third ward, incumbent Samantha Ludwig is being challenged by Shelley Robenalt. Also on the ballot—A two-man race for Norwalk Municipal Court Judge. Eric Weisenberger was appointed to the bench earlier this year. He’s been challenged by T. Douglas Clifford. Their names are on the ballot throughout Huron County, except for Lyme and Sherman Townships.

In the Norwalk City School district, five names are on the ballot, but just four are running for three Board of Education seats. That list includes incumbents Steve Linder and Rob Ludwig, and challengers John Ashemeier and Kevin Cashen. Incumbent Janet Broz recently withdrew from the school board race. Her name will appear on the ballot, but votes cast for her won’t count.

 

State Route 601, near U.S. Route 20 in Norwalk will close next Monday for a culvert replacement project.

Work is scheduled to be complete by November 18th.

 

State Route 547, between Baker and Labeau Streets in Monroeville will close next Monday for railroad crossing repairs.

That project should be done by November 8th.

 

Checking current lottery jackpots…

Powerball is up to $216 million.  Mega Millions is worth $55 million, and Ohio’s Classic Lotto jackpot stands at $49.1 million.