Thursday, April 10, 2014

Felony charges have been filed, in connection with a theft and chase in Sandusky.

The suspect in the case: An 11-year-old boy. He was arrested Tuesday night, after snatching a cell phone from a CVS employee, then threatening her with a combination ice scraper-snow brush. The boy fled the store on food, but was found a short time later. According to reports, the boy was cornered in the backyard of a Sycamore Line home. He taken to the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center, on charges of robbery, tampering with evidence, theft and obstruction.


Some like it, others don’t.

Either way, the Sandusky Bay Barge Party is back. It’ll be held July 12th. The Barge Party was called off last year, due to financial and legal reasons. In 2012, it was marred by underage drinking.


Norwalk and Huron City Schools are now sharing an interim treasurer.

Betty Schwiefert has been working in Norwalk since early this year. She stepped in, after the retirement of longtime treasurer Kenn France. She’s now been hired for the same post in Huron, after the retirement of Mike Weiss. Schwiefert retired as North Point Education Service Center’s treasurer in 2012. North Point is helping both Norwalk and Huron, in finding new treasurers.


A traffic stop in Wakeman led to two felony arrests this week.

The car was pulled over for erratic driving. A check of the driver, 25-year-old Jonathon Minaya of North Olmsted, turned up a warrant for felony robbery. A passenger, 27-year-old Christopher Young of Cleveland was wanted for rape. Suspected drugs were found in the car. Both men were taken to the Huron County Jail.


If you’re wondering what’s going on with Norwalk’s Wendy’s restaurant…

It’s being torn down, to make room for a bigger restaurant. The neighboring Royal Motel is coming down too, as part of Wendy’s expansion plans. The new building should be open in June.


After more than two years of study and review, a state panel is finalizing a report on capital punishment in Ohio.

The report by the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force includes sweeping changes.  Among them: banning executions of the mentally ill, requiring DNA evidence or a videotaped confession, eliminating certain crimes from the possibility of a death sentence, including kidnapping, rape, aggravated arson and aggravated robbery.  Some of the proposed changes would have to be approved by the General Assembly and sign into law by the governor.


The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments in two months on the use of traffic cameras.

A motorist in Toledo is the latest person to challenge so-called ‘red light cameras.’  Several motorists around the state have won recent lawsuits.