Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A break from the rain, but more is on the way.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected late tonight and tomorrow morning. After more than 1.6 inches of rain fell in the Maple City, the Norwalk Police Department issued a Flood Warning for the Norwalk Creek. The creek was expected to reach flood stage this morning. A Flood Warning was issued for the Huron River at Milan, due to minor flooding issues.

 

You may have heard tornado sirens in Norwalk this morning.

They went off around 7:30. It was a false alarm, caused by a malfunction.

 

At least one tornado touched down in western Ohio yesterday.

An EF-1 twister hit the small village of Phillipsburg in Montgomery County. It damaged at least one house and a barn. Funnel clouds were spotted in Darke, Preble, Shelby and Miami counties.

 

Bond is set at $80,000 for a Willard man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

62-year-old Thomas J. McDaniel is charged with rape. He was arrested over the weekend, after a short investigation by Huron County deputies. The alleged incident occurred at McDaniel’s home on State Route 99. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 22nd, in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

 

According to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, more than 417,000 Ohioans took advantage of early voting.

The deadline to cast early ballots was 2pm yesterday. More than 255,000 ballots were cast by mail, while 162,000 were cast in person.

 

It is primary election day.

The polls are open until 7:30 tonight, and we’ll have results, starting at 7:45. Along with the presidential primary, there are some local high-profile races and issues.

Voters in Norwalk are deciding on a proposal to use $3.5 million from the city’s Capital Improvement Trust Fund to build a new fire station.

In the Perkins school district, voters are deciding on a five-year, 5.8 mill emergency operating levy.

If approved, it would generate $2.5 million annually for day-to-day operations. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home just over $200 a year.

 

As far as local races, Republicans in Huron and Lorain counties must pick one person to run for 57th District State Representative.

The list includes Kathryn Frombaugh of Rochester, Timothy Opsitnick of Avon, Dick Stein of Norwalk and Lee Charles Waldrup of Bellevue. The winner will face Democrat Tom Dunlap of Norwalk this fall. In the race for the 89th District House seat, former Sandusky City Commissioner Danny Edmon is running against Ottawa County Auditor Lawrence Hartlaub. Both are Democrats, and the winner will face Republican incumbent Steven Arndt later this year.

 

Huron County Republicans must choose of one two people running for county commissioner.

The winner between Bob Morgan of North Fairfield and Skip Wilde of Norwalk will square off against Democrat Michael Nottke of Bellevue in November.

In Sandusky County, incumbent Republican Sheriff Kyle Overmyer is being challenged by Clyde police chief Bruce Gower. The winner will appear on the fall ballot.

 

Of course, all eyes are on Ohio’s presidential primary.

Many polls suggest governor John Kasich is in a tight race with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders has closed the gap in Ohio, but Hillary Clinton is expected to win the state’s Democratic primary.