Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A jury has been picked, and opening arguments will be heard this morning, in the triple murder trial of Sandusky resident Curtis Clinton.

The Erie County Common Pleas Court jury is made up of eight men and four women, plus six alternates. If the jury finds Clinton guilty of aggravated murder, they’ll decide if he should spend life in prison, or death by lethal injection. Clinton is the sole suspect, in the September 2012 deaths of Heather Jackson, and her two young children. All three were found strangled, in their Wayne Street home. The trial could take several weeks.


Plymouth village administrator Billy Sexton is back on the job.

Village council reinstated Sexton last week, a month after he was placed on paid leave for DUI. He’s scheduled for a jury trial in January.


A Sandusky man charged with fatally stabbing his infant cousin remains incompetent to stand trial.

19-year-old Denzel Castile has been a patient at the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo since late May. He’s entered a plea of ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’, to a single count of aggravated murder. The charge is tied to the mid-May stabbing death of 11-week-old Athena Castile of Norwalk.


The CEO of Cedar Fair is getting a raise.

Matthew Ouimet’s annual base salary will increase by $50,000, to $900,000. He’s also expected to receive certain bonuses. His contract has been extended by one year, through the end of 2016.


Election Day is one week from today.

The Huron County Board of Elections will offer two more days of extended in-person, absentee voting hours. The office, at 180 Milan Avenue in Norwalk will be open until 6pm tomorrow and Thursday.


Ohio’s poverty rate is rising.

U.S. Census numbers show 16.3 percent or one in six Ohioans lived in poverty in 2012.  In 2007, it was 13.1 percent.


Around Ohio…

Hundreds of Ohio school districts are hoping the state will help fund technology upgrades and new academic programs.  The ‘Dispatch’ says nearly 600 applications are under review for grants from Ohio’s new ‘Straight A Fund.’  The program makes $250 million available over the next two years for Innovative academic programs.

A power outage affected much of Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino this morning.  Generators were put into use.

A Highway Patrol trooper in central Ohio will be on desk duty after having his driver’s license suspended for 6 months.  Jacob Daymon was on the job…speeding…and using his in-car computer when he slammed into a couple on a motorcycle in Greene County in August.