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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The forecast for tomorrow night’s trick-or-treat in Norwalk and Willard: not good.

According to the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland, there’s a 100% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Trick-or-treat in Willard is scheduled from 5:30 until 6:30, and in Norwalk, from 6:30 until 8 tomorrow night.

 

More than three dozen firefighters from five different departments spent Tuesday night and the early morning hours fighting a massive blaze that destroyed a storage facility in Margaretta Township.

Emergency crews were summoned to Killingsworth Interior Storage on Bardshar Road at 7 last night. It took nearly two hours to bring the fire under control. The facility housed dozens of boats, campers, cars and more. The cause appears to be accidental, but the State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate. It could be a week before firefighters can determine financial losses.

 

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.

 

Testimony is underway, in the triple murder trial of Curtis Clinton.

The Sandusky man is facing life in prison, or death by lethal injection, if convicted of killing 23-year-old Heather Jackson and her two young children. All three were strangled, in their Wayne Street home last September. Yesterday, the jury saw pictures of Jackson and the children, and several witnesses took the stand. The trial will continue today, in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

 

Under investigation in Bellevue—An armed robbery at a home on County Road 296.

A resident told Sandusky County deputies that a man entered his home just before midnight on Monday. The intruder threatened the man and a woman with a pistol, and demanded they turn over everything they had. At one point, one of the residents was struck with the pistol, after threatening the robber with a knife. The intruder eventually left with the knife, and a small amount of cash. The residents told deputies they recognized the suspect’s voice, but couldn’t identify him.

 

A drug bust in the village of North Fairfield.

After receiving calls from concerned citizens, authorities searched a South Main Street home yesterday and found a significant amount of marijuana, prescription medication and $1,300 in cash.  Deputies arrested 62-year-old Randall Mullins on felony charges.

 

An 11-year-old Norwalk boy will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty to sex crimes involving three girls, ages 6, 8 and 11.

The boy entered the plea last week in Huron County Juvenile Court.  He’ll remain under house arrest until his disposition hearing.  The boy was accused of sexually assaulting the girls over the summer.  One of two adult co-defendants, Jason Wooten of Norwalk is serving 15-years-to-life for the same crimes.  A second adult co-defendant, Justin Collins, also of Norwalk will stand trial in January.

 

After dipping to near $3 a gallon at some area stations, gas prices shot back up yesterday to $3.39 for self-serve regular.