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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Division II state champs are going back to Columbus.

This time, Norwalk High School’s boys’ basketball team will be honored on the floor of the Ohio statehouse. May 14th is when the Truckers will be lauded by lawmakers. After that, they’ll tour the capital building.

 

Facing upset customers, and questions from regulators, FirstEnergy has canceled plans to hit customers with a cold-weather surcharge.

The one-time surcharge was designed to cover costs associated with January’s bone-chilling temperatures. The ‘polar vortex’ surcharge would’ve been between $5 and $15 per household.

 

Election Day is one week from today.

There are no local primary races in Erie County, and just one local race in Huron County. Incumbent Republican county commissioner Joe Hintz of Norwalk is being challenged by Bob Morgan of North Fairfield. The winner will face Democrat Dennis Stieber of Norwalk this fall.

In the city of Norwalk, voters will decide on two proposed charter amendments. If approved, one would change city council terms from two to four years. The other would allow city leaders to look outside for new police or fire chiefs, if no internal personnel applies, or is qualified.

Also on the ballot, in Willard: A five-year, 5.4 mill renewal for the schools. During news at noon, you’ll hear comments from Norwalk City Schools superintendent Dennis Doughty, about the ‘five-for-five’ levy.

 

A Sandusky man accused of killing his former girlfriend’s young son has rejected a plea bargain, and will stand trial this summer.

25-year-old Michael Milner is facing death by lethal injection, for the July, 2012 death of three-year-old Owen Barker. Investigators said the boy was beaten to death. Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter offered to take the death penalty off the table, along with life without parole, in exchange for a guilty plea. But Milner and his lawyer refused the offer. Milner’s trial is expected to begin in early July. His former girlfriend, Danielle Flannery is serving 11 years, for permitting child abuse.

 

New London police say there’s no truth to rumors that the department is disbanding.

Rumors began in the village and on Facebook, after residents noticed two cruisers being hauled away, and a dumpster near the police department. The cruisers were sold to the Kelley’s Island Police Department, and the New London PD is remodeling the old council chambers into office space and a lobby. An open house will be held in June.

 

U.S. Route 224, between State Route 61 and Bullhead Road in New Haven Township is closed until Friday, for railroad crossing repairs.