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FRIDAY, AUGUST 7th, 2020

Authorities in Medina County have arrested a man, in connection with the shooting deaths of two people, found yesterday in a home on Baxter Road in Medina.

52 year-old Robert Dick was arrested late last night, after a search that stretched into Wayne County.

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It appears Governor Mike DeWine does not have the Corona Virus after all.

The governor tested negative, twice yesterday, after testing positive prior to President Trump’s arrival in Cleveland.

Governor DeWine will be tested again tomorrow, along with his wife Fran and his staff.

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President Donald Trump visited Ohio on Thursday, spending an hour or so touring the Whirlpool factory in Clyde.

Trump concluded his day with a campaign fundraiser near Cleveland.

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Erie County remained at a Level 3 Red Alert county in the latest Ohio Public Health Advisory System ratings for COVID-19 spread, released Thursday.

Huron County stayed as a Level 2 orange county.

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Norwalk City Schools are going with a hybrid model of learning when they begin classes August 31st.

Students will go to school 2 days a week and have online learning the other 3 days.

The hybrid model will remain in effect through at least October 9th, and could be adjusted based on COVID-19 numbers
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The state will host a virtual, public hearing later this month regarding the construction of the Emerson Creek Wind Farm in Erie and Huron counties.

The hearing will be held August 20th at 3:00 pm; with a purpose of allowing local residents affected by the project, who are not parties to the case, to provide testimony about the project.

Those interested in taking part must register with the Ohio Power Sitting Board by August 19th.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation is set to start a couple of road construction projects in Erie and Huron counties next week.

In Erie County, Route 13, between Alpha and Omega roads will close for railroad crossing repairs; and will remain closed for around 2 weeks.

In Huron County, Route 601, just south of Route 20, will close Monday for a bridge repair project; and will be shut down through early October.

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It’s ‘no sales tax weekend’ in Ohio.

No sales tax will be charged for those purchasing school supplies and related items today, tomorrow and Sunday.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 58.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 81.

 

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 86.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6th, 2020

President Donald Trump is set to visit the Buckeye State today.

He’ll be in Sandusky County, where he’ll tour the Whirlpool factory in Clyde; and also at a fundraiser near Cleveland.

Governor Mike DeWine has cancelled his regular COVID-19 media briefing today as he’ll be in Cleveland, greeting President Trump when he arrives this afternoon.

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Another resident of Lorain County has died of the Corona Virus.

…a woman in her 50’s.

Lorain County Public Health reports; the county’s death toll stands at 72.

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The Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash in Columbia Township that put a Westlake man, in the hospital.

It happened yesterday morning on Route 252 near Route 82.

Troopers say, a motorcycle driven by 20 year old Joseph Stanco struck an SUV as it pulled out of a driveway.

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A Cuyahoga Falls woman has been charged with aggravated robbery following a carjacking incident on the Ohio Turnpike in Clyde on Tuesday.

According to the State Highway Patrol, 33 year-old Lisa Todaro threatened a man with a knife while at the service plaza gas station and demanded keys to the vehicle.

The man refused, and Todaro took off inside the plaza where she was taken into custody with the use of a tazer.

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The Erie County Health Department is recommending that all schools in the county implement a plan for virtual education this upcoming school year, through October.

Health officials say it’s due to a significant increase in the number of young people who are infected by the virus

They also recommend that Erie County school districts follow all current O-H-S-A-A and Governor Dewine’s orders related to sports activities.

Vermilion schools announced Wednesday that they will follow the Erie County Health Department’s recommendation and will do online learning only, for the first nine weeks.  Superintendent Phil Pempin says, about 6 weeks in, they’ll determine whether to open any school buildings, later in the fall.

Bellevue Schools is going with a blended model of 2 days in-class learning and 3 days online.

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Students who learn in a classroom this year will be outfitted with masks.

The feds are sending 2-million face masks to Ohio, with about 50-thousand of them, earmarked for students and teachers in Lorain County.

They’ll be distributed by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County.

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Teachers in the Elyria School System will begin the new school year with a new contract.

Last night, the Elyria school board endorsed a two year contract.

Teachers will see a 2-percent increase in pay each year, but they will also pay a greater share of healthcare coverage.

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COVID 19 concerns have Oberlin College expanding on-campus housing plans this year.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, 60 students will move into The Hotel at Oberlin for the 2020/21 academic year.

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The names of the three finalists for the Norwalk Fire Chief job have been released.

Norwalk Ohio News.com reports that they are:

-Mansfield Madison Township fire chief Donald Luttrell-the 2nd

-Margaretta Township Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Strayer

-Oberlin Assistant Fire Chief Michael Streator

All 3 were to be interviewed on Wednesday.

Former fire chief John Soisson officially retired last March.

Fire Captain Rick Perry is serving as interim chief.

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Huron County’s Dog Warden is retiring.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, Gary Ousley is calling it a career after holding the job for 16 years.

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‘Love-Norwalk’ is set to take place Saturday on Main Street in uptown Norwalk.

Multiple Norwalk churches will be joining together to offer a number of free items including food, haircuts, backpacks and more.

The event runs from 6 to 8 pm.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 76.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 82.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5th, 2020

The Erie County Health Department has identified a spike in drug overdose incidents.

They’ve issued a “Bad Batch Alert” for Erie County…

Nine overdoses occurred in the county from Monday to Tuesday.

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A mask mandate for schools… 

Governor Mike DeWine is set to make masks mandatory for all students K through 12, starting this school year.

There are exceptions for those with health issues.

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With the fall high school sports season looming, there’s still uncertainty on whether contact sports, such as soccer and football, will be allowed to play.

Governor Mike DeWine said the state needs more time before a decision is made.

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Police in Lorain say, charges have been filed against 17 Lorain County residents for gang-related crimes, including drive-by shootings and drug-related deaths.

Police say, the charges resulted from an investigation that began a year ago.

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A former fire chief in Elyria Township has died.

James Kerstetter was 84.

He was a firefighter for more than 30 years, and served as chief from 1987 to 1991.

Kerstetter was the father of Jimmy Kerstetter, an Elyria police officer, shot and killed in the line of duty in 2010.

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Governor DeWine announced Tuesday that Ohio is entering into a multi-state purchasing agreement with Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia to expand the use of rapid point-of-care tests.

Officials say that more rapid point-of-care testing will help Ohio detect outbreaks sooner with faster turnaround time, expand testing in high-population settings, and make testing more accessible for the most high-risk and hard-hit communities.
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A local TV legend has passed away. 

Weatherman Dick Goddard was 89.

Goddard spent 50 years working for WJW Channel 8 in Cleveland; along with being an animal activist and founding the Woolybear Festival in Vermilion.

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With the fall high school sports season looming, there’s still uncertainty on whether contact sports, such as soccer and football, will be allowed to play.

Governor Mike DeWine said the state needs more time before a decision is made.

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The Corona Virus pandemic has forced another annual event to be called off.

Cedar Point announced Tuesday that this year’s HalloWeekends event has been cancelled.

HalloWeekends is being replaced by what’s being called a “Tricks and Treats Fall Fest”.

The park will also have limited hours after Labor Day, only being open Saturday and Sunday with an expected last day of operation on November 1st.

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Norwalk Catholic School and St. Paul High School are going with a 5-day, in-person, learning plan for the upcoming school year.

Online schooling will also be available for those who prefer the option.

Classes begin August 31st.

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Over $90,000 in unexpected money is going into the Huron County general fund.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, the money, announced Tuesday at the Huron County Commissioners meeting, is from a 2016 criminal case that included the sale of a house and other items.

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Some state grant money has been put aside for the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Huron.

They’re set to receive over $18,000 from the Ohio Arts Council to assist with their events and programs

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Former State Health Director Dr. Amy Acton is moving on.

Governor Mike DeWine Tuesday announced that Action is leaving her current role as his advisor to return to her former job with the Columbus Foundation.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 79.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4th, 2020

A Berlin Heights man was taken to a Cleveland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following a two-vehicle crash near Norwalk.

Norwalk Ohio News.com reports that 58 year-old Steve Scheufler hit a semi-truck head on with his car while on Route 20, near Medusa Road, yesterday afternoon…according to the State Highway Patrol.

Drugs and/or alcohol use is suspected of Scheufler. 
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Police in Elyria have released the name of the person whose body was found Friday in the Black River near Lake Avenue.

Joseph Francisco was 46.

Police believe Francisco was homeless; and fell about 50 feet from a cliff into the water.

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A long-time educator and former Medina County Commissioner has died.

Charles Hawley is also credited with being a driving force behind construction of a new high school in Brunswick, and development of the Medina county Career Center.

Charles Hawley was 85.

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Good news…of sorts…on the COVID 19 front…

Lorain County Public Health reports; more than 1-thousand county residents have recovered from the virus.

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Lorain County Public Health is investigating a report of a large crowd ignoring health and safety protocols this past weekend at the Antlers Ballroom in downtown Lorain.

This…after someone posted video on Facebook….

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The president has scheduled a visit to Sandusky County.

Donald Trump will reportedly tour the Whirlpool washing machine plant in Clyde on Thursday.

It will be Trump’s first visit to Ohio since the pandemic began.

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Sandusky’s longtime fire chief is calling it a career.

Rick Wilcox has announced his retirement after 29 years of service.

Wilcox was Sandusky’s first African American fire chief.

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The Ohio High School Athletic Association has responded to the Ohio Health Department’s recent order that requires COVID-19 testing 72 hours before each game for student athletes in contact sports such as football and soccer.

The OHSAA says that the order is “temporary” and that they will work with the Governor’s Office and Department of Health regarding any potential changes to the order.

The OHSAA says they are still targeting late August for school versus school matchups in contact sports.

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Second Harvest Food Bank will host a drive-thru food pantry event this afternoon in Vermilion.

It will run from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at Vermilion Elementary School.

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Bobcat sightings in Huron County…

Norwalk Ohio News.com reports that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have received multiple reports here recently of bobcats being seen in the Monroeville area.

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A quick update on 2020 Census numbers in Sandusky…

Sandusky’s response rate is at 56 percent; compared to the state average of 67 percent.

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5-day, in-person learning…that’s the option that Perkins Schools in Erie County is going with for this school year.

According to the Sandusky Register…the decision came last night at a special public, school board meeting…

For those not comfortable with sending their children to school, an opt-out, online-only option is still available.

The first day of school at Perkins is August 31st.

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The Ohio Department of Education is sending a 1-million-dollar grant to the Oberlin Schools.

The money will be used to help elementary school students who are struggling with reading.

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Students in the Lorain School System will begin the year at home.

CEO Jeff Graham has announced:

  • All classes for all grades will be held remotely from September 8th through October 16th
  • All school activities are on hold…there will be no in-person athletics or band practice beginning today.

Dr. Graham said, he made those decisions after learning that young children are more susceptible to the Corona Virus than originally thought.

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Road work in Norwalk…

Old State Road, from East Main to Gibbs Road, is closed until 12 noon today.

The city says there will be limited access for residents living in that corridor.

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In Erie County, Route 60, between Holiday Drive and Darrow Road in Vermilion Township, is now back open.

It had been closed since last night due to a water main break.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Decreasing clouds, with a low around 57.

 

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

 

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 78.

MONDAY, AUGUST 3rd, 2020

A fourth and fifth COVID-19 fatality were reported in Huron County during the past week.

Huron County Public Health says the victims were a female in her early 60’s from Greenwich, and a female in her mid 70’s from Bellevue.

The recovery rate in the county is at 86 percent.

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There were a total of 46 overall cases of the Corona Virus in Huron County last week, bumping the total to 375.

The average age of someone with COVID-19 in Huron County is 40.

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Huron County Public Health is investigating 4 new outbreaks of COVID-19 in the county.

They include The Willows at Bellevue, GVM Inc. of Bellevue, Eastman Funeral Home of New London, and Junior Explorers Child Development Center in Norwalk.

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No injuries are reported from fire that destroyed a vacant house set for demolition, in Penfield Township.

The cause of last night’s fire on Jones Road remains under investigation.

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A man accused of breaking into a home in Lorain and beating a 78 year old Vietnam War veteran is due in court today.

22 year old Jonathan Quillen of Elyria spent the weekend in the Lorain County Jail after being arrested last week.

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The Norwalk Fire Department is down to three candidates in their search for a new fire chief.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, the three unnamed finalists will be interviewed for the first time on Wednesday, with background and reference checks to possibly follow.

Former Fire Chief John Soisson officially retired last March.

Fire Department Captain Rick Perry has been serving as Interim Chief.

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In an order released Saturday night, the health department is now requiring all student athletes, coaches and staff in contact sports, such as football and soccer, to be tested for the Corona Virus 72 hours before each game.

One positive test would then cancel that team’s game, with the whole team having to quarantine.

Fans would also not be allowed at any games involving contact sports.

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An issue involving a new Huron County senior center will not be on the ballot this November. 

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, the board that manages the facility is waiting for next spring to take the issue back to voters; due to the current pandemic.

Last spring, the issue failed by about 400 votes.

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The Medina County Junior Fair opens today.

It’s one of the first cancelled fairs that will focus exclusively on young people.

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Road work is set to commence in Norwalk today.

Milling and paving is scheduled to begin on Old State Road between Main Street and Cleveland Road.

Only local traffic will be allowed in the work area.

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The Charles Berry “Bascule” Bridge in downtown Lorain is closing again this week…as crews wrap up the bridge’s overhaul…now…in year-three.

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In Plymouth, structure issues with a building are forcing a road closure for the time being.

State Route 603 has been closed in the village for safety precautions.

Detours have been set up.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of isolated showers this morning, with scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 80.

 

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely with patchy fog early.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

 

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

They’ll try again today.

The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox will open this season this afternoon, at 1:10. The game will air on 95.3 WLKR. Yesterday’s game was postponed shortly after 2:30. The club issued a statement, blaming a changed forecast and wind chills dropping into the teens.

 

A convicted child rapist from Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.

51-year-old Michael Walls was sentenced yesterday to eight life sentences. He has no chance at parole. Walls stood trial last month in Erie County Common Pleas Court, and was found guilty on more than 20 counts of rape. Officials said Walls raped a girl multiple times a week from the time she was 3 or 4, into her teens. During yesterday’s hearing, Walls said he was innocent, and said he plans to appeal his conviction and sentence.

 

Norwalk police are still looking for a man who swiped more than $1,200 worth of beer and liquor from Gardner’s SuperValue.

It happened at 4pm last Tuesday. According to Captain Mike Conney, the man loaded up his cart twice, and left the store undetected both times.

He made off in a gray newer-model Toyota Camry. The man is described as heavy-set, bald and 40 to 45. Pictures of the man have been posted on the Norwalk Police Department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information should contact the Norwalk Police Department.

 

Ground will be broken this Friday, for the Cedar Point Sports Center at the former Griffing- Sandusky Airport site on Cleveland Road.

Officials said phase one of the youth sports facility will include nine multipurpose synthetic turf fields, four NCAA regulation baseball fields, a championship baseball and softball stadium, eight NCAA regulation lacrosse fields, sports-specific training areas and an ADA-accessible community use field. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 Friday afternoon. Phase one is expected to be complete by this fall, with spring and summer of 2017 serving as the inaugural season for Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center.

 

Former Ohio State University marching band director Jonathon Waters will again lead a college band.

He’s been hired as an assistant professor of music, and director of bands at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. Waters was dismissed by Ohio State in the summer of 2014, after an investigation revealed the OSU band contained a ‘sexualized culture.’

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

It’ll be a cold, blustery day for Cleveland Indians baseball.

The season opener against the Boston Red Sox is scheduled to begin at 4:10 this afternoon. The forecast for Cleveland calls for rain and snow showers to move out by game time, but windy conditions will continue, with temperatures falling to about 33. We’ll broadcast live from Progressive Field, starting at 1 this afternoon. You’ll hear comments from Cleveland Indians players and front office personnel, and we’ll get you ready for today’s game. Then we’ll join the Indians Radio Network for Indians Warm-Up at 3:37, leading up to today’s scheduled 4:10 start time on 95.3 WLKR.

 

Two Norwalk High School students are facing charges, for allegedly selling marijuana at school last month.

The girls, ages 16 and 17 are charged with marijuana trafficking. They’ll answer to the charges in Huron County Juvenile Court.

 

A Huron County grand jury has charged two local men, in connection with different sex crimes.

19-year-old Nathanial ‘JR’ Parsons of New London is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stem from two alleged incidents with a now 15-year-old girl. One occurred last fall, the other in February.

Also charged by the grand jury: 62-year-old Thomas J. McDaniel of Willard. He’s facing a single count of sexual battery, for the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in late February.

 

Governor John Kasich is in New York today.

On the schedule: campaign stops at Hofstra University and Huntington.

 

An elected official in Sandusky says he has doubts about the future of Ohio Bike Week, which typically runs between late May and early June.

Dennis Murray Jr. serves as a city commissioner and ex-officio mayor. According to the Sandusky Register, Murray said one of the chief complaints about Ohio Bike Week is excessive noise caused by hundreds of motorcycles. The city of Sandusky recently signed a five-year contract extension with Ohio Bike Week, through 2021. In the story, Murray said the city would honor the contract, but may not renew it unless changes are made.

 

More news from Sandusky…

It appears a city commissioner is going to jail, for not paying child support.

Court paperwork shows Greg Lockhart must report to the Erie County Jail by April 15th, to begin serving a 30-day sentence. His attorney appealed the sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court, but the motion was denied. Lockhart won a four-year term last fall. Despite the pending jail term, it appears Lockhart’s spot on the commission is safe.

 

A decision won’t be made tomorrow night, but Norwalk City Council will hear the first reading of legislation allowing golf carts on city streets.

As we told you last week, members of city council will debate the pros and cons. The measure could be approved as is, modified or voted down.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016

State regulators have approved a plan that will lead to higher electric bills for many Ohio consumers.

Despite opposition from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio okayed the plan yesterday. FirstEnergy customers will pay more to subsidize the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, while American Electric Power customers will pay more to subsidize an aging coal-fired plant. The average residential customer will see an average monthly bill increase of about $10. The rate hike will begin in June.

 

Another victory, for supporters of medical marijuana…

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified a proposal to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the Buckeye State. The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must now collect more than 300,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

 

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a recent fire in Clyde.

The March 6th blaze damaged the Clyde Car Wash on West Maple Street, and nearby storage units. Investigators quickly ruled the cause as arson. Anyone with information should contact the Clyde Police Department.

 

Perkins school officials appear close to hiring a new treasurer.

Out of 33 applicants, two are finalists. One is Daniel Bowman, current treasurer of the Parma Schools. The other is Cheryl Swisher, treasurer of Van Buren Schools. A decision could come this month.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has honored eight Huron County employers for their strong workplace safety records.

To receive an award, a business must have at least 500,000 hours and six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

Leading the list: David Price Metal Services in Norwalk…The company worked nearly 1.2 million hours without a serious injury. Also on the list: Delany Staffing Group, Kaiser-Wells, LakePark Industries, New Horizons Baking Company, the Norwalk Public Library, PolyOne, and Wiers Farm.