Thursday, April 3, 2014

Today and tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the Super Tornado Outbreak of 1974.

The outbreak was one of the worst in U.S. history. Nearly 150 tornadoes touched down in 13 states, including Ohio. 330 people were killed, and 5,000 injured. In southwest Ohio, the city of Xenia was hit by an F-5 tornado. The twister killed 34 people, injured more than 1,100, and destroyed over 1,000 homes, along with churches, schools and businesses. The same tornado also struck Wilberforce University and Central State University, destroying many buildings and injuring several people on each campus.


Locally heavy rainfall is expected today and tomorrow…It could lead to flooding, especially tomorrow.


Three Norwalk residents face drug charges, after a raid of their Route 61 home.

Thomas Vermilion and Felicia Eldridge are charged with possession of oxycodone. Darrell Keegan is charged with possession and trafficking, and tampering with evidence. All three were arrested yesterday morning.


A Norwalk woman will stand trial next week, after turning down a plea bargain on drug trafficking charges.

Heather Hodgkinson is accused of selling ‘magic mushrooms.’ Her case will be heard in Huron County Common Pleas Court. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison.


Trial has been delayed for a Fremont man charged with killing his estranged wife.

Randy Ross’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court, but it was moved to October 6th.  Ross is accused of shooting Amy Ross at her sister’s home near Oak Harbor in late March of 2013.  He then turned the gun on himself, but survived two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head.  He’s now facing death by lethal injection.


22 people have applied to become superintendent of the Margaretta Local Schools.

Several applicants are local, including former Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox, who was fired last year. Current Margaretta superintendent Ed Kurt is leaving for Findlay.


Kent police have arrested a man thought to have fired a shot at Kent State.

The suspect was arrested late last night, a few hours after the initial report. No one was hurt. The campus was on lockdown for more than two hours.


Two Ohio cities remain in contention, to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Cleveland and Cincinnati are finalists, along with Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas and Kansas City. Columbus is out of the running.


In sports…

Weather permitting, the Cleveland Indians will open the home portion of the schedule tomorrow against the Minnesota Twins.  Gametime is scheduled for 3:05, with Indians Warm-Up at 2:37 on 95.3, WLKR.  Before that, we’ll broadcast live from Progressive Field starting at noon.  You’ll hear comments from players, coaches and front office personnel.