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Friday, December 14th, 2018

Huron County/Greenwich 10-year-old’s death under investigation

Authorities in Huron County are looking into the death of a 10-year-old boy from Greenwich.

Klint Shirk passed away Wednesday at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

The Norwalk Reflector said a representative for Huron County Coroner Jeffery Harwood told them that the sheriff’s office is investigating the case; but could not comment on anything else.

 

Huron County/Norwalk Post Trooper of the Year named

For the third consecutive year, Nathan Waldock has been selected as the Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year at the Norwalk Post.

The award was given to Waldock in recognition of outstanding service; based on his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public.

The 25-year-old from Attica has served at the Norwalk post his entire career, which began in 2014.

 

State News/6-State Trooper Project Targeted Impaired Driving

The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project enforcing and raising awareness of impaired driving from December 7th through December 9th.

During the initiative, the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested 280 drivers for OVI.

 

Erie County/Woman allegedly tries to deposit fake money

Perkins Township Police charged a woman with criminal simulation after she allegedly tried to deposit close to $1,000 in fake money.

According to Fox 8 News, information from a Perkins Township police report shows that a Fifth Third Bank teller on Milan Road called authorities to tell them a woman was trying to deposit counterfeit bills.

Nora Calim said she found the cash last weekend in some grass next to a gas station.

Apparently the money had “motion picture” printed on the front of it.

 

Lorain County/Police drones

Elyria City Council will consider a request from Police Chief Duane Whitely, to buy two airborne drones.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, the drones would be used to find missing-persons and for aerial photography of crime-scenes.

 

Huron County/Holiday food safety from health department

Family dinners, potlucks with friends and delicious desserts are hallmarks of the holidays….but don’t let harmful bacteria make it on the menu this year…says Huron County Public Health.

They’re offering a number of food safety tips including:

-Wash your hands with soap and water before, during, and after preparing food.

-Cook food thoroughly and use a food thermometer if need be. 

-Keep food from growing harmful bacteria by keeping HOT food HOT and COLD food COLD.

-Do not eat dough or batter.

Visit www.huroncohealth.com for more food safety recommendations.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14TH, 2018

 

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of rain.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

 

Saturday

A chance of rain.  Cloudy, with a high near 44.

 

Sunday

A slight chance of rain.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Huron County/Pay raises for Norwalk management employees

An ordinance involving a two-and-a-half percent pay raise for 21 management employees for the city of Norwalk has been passed by council.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, the annual pay increase will happen over the next three years.

A comparable pay bump was also approved a week ago for non-management and part-time workers for the city.

Norwalk City Council will further discuss the pay for the jobs of police and fire chiefs and public works and safety-service directors.

 

Huron County/Willard HS receives ‘Purple Star’ designation

Willard High School is one of 54 schools in the state to be recognized for their commitment in honoring the nation’s military.

Willard has received a ‘Purple Star’ designation – that will be displayed at the school.

The school hosted a Veterans Day program last month that included close to 200 local military members and their families…and will hold their 2nd annual Honor Run 5K in March of 2019.

The ‘Hometown Hero’ program is also currently taking orders to recognize veterans on banners throughout the town from May to November of next year.

 

Erie-Ottawa-Sandusky County/Multiple arrests in guns and hunting gear thefts

Nine people from Port Clinton have been arrested and charged in an alleged series of thefts of firearms in Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky counties.

According to the Sandusky Register, close to 40 burglaries occurred over a nine-month period with the suspects taking firearms from homes, garages, boats and hunting lodges…and then selling them at gun shows.

 

Erie-Lorain County/Vermilion e-mail scam

Police in Vermilion are warning residents about an e-mail scam.

Several residents say, they have received an email, saying they’ve been hacked, and need to transfer nearly 1-thousand-dollars to a Bitcoin account to make things right.

Vermilion police say, this is a scam, and don’t click on anything the least bit suspicious.

 

Lorain County/Voting machines

When Lorain County voters cast ballots in the May primary, they might be doing so, on new voting machines.

The Lorain County Board of Elections is moving ahead with plans to buy so-called hybrid machines…ones that feature touch-screens…and a printed paper ballot that would be scanned.

Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams says, the cost will be about four-and-a-half-million-dollars…he says the state will pick up nearly three-million…and he plans on asking the county commissioners for the rest.

 

Erie-Huron-Ottawa County/Step Up for Soldiers campaign still running

The first round of K96 and WLKR radio “Step Up for Soldiers” donations was dropped off yesterday to the USO of Northern Ohio.

Donations of snack food and health and wellness items are still being accepted at various locations in Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties, which will again be delivered to the USO in a few weeks.   Those locations include (name a few):

-Firelands Federal Credit Union in Bellevue, Monroeville and Norwalk

-Huron County Veteran’s Service Office and Schild’s IGA (in Norwalk)

-Koch Aluminum (in Sandusky)    

-Firelands Electric Co-op (in New London)

-Otterbein Senior Living (in Lakeside/Marblehead)

 

Ottawa County/Bloody Battle

A fundraiser to find the best Bloody Mary drink will take place Friday night in Port Clinton.

“Bloody Battle” will run from 6 to 8 pm at Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille on West Lakeshore Drive.

Ticket holders will sample eight different concoctions with money raised to benefit the United Way of Ottawa County.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2018

 

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

 

Tonight

Cloudy, with a low around 35.

 

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

 

Saturday

A chance of rain.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Lorain County/Attempted murder

An Elyria man has been charged with ‘attempted murder’.

A Lorain County Grand Jury has indicted 19 year old Curtis Mack of Thornwood Street for an incident at Wilkes Villa in October.

Authorities say, several people were shooting a rap video when Mack and 27-year-old Aaron Jackson got into an argument that led to Mack pulling out a gun and wounding Jackson.

 

Huron County/Monroeville Police photo enforcement

The Village of Monroeville has announced that the police department has expanded its traffic photo enforcement capabilities.

Monitoring for red light violations are taking place at the U.S. 20 – State Route 547 intersection.

Speed enforcement photo monitoring is also occurring on U.S. 20 for east and westbound traffic in 25 mile-per-hour zones and for westbound traffic at U.S. 20 from the overpass to the Huron River bridge; that has a speed limit of 45.

 

Sandusky County/Project Lifesaver

The Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office says their county has implemented “Project Lifesaver”, an international search and rescue program designed to reduce potential injuries and death for “at risk” individuals wander due to cognitive issues.

The program uses state of the art locating technologies, innovative search and rescue methods and community policing educational courses.

 

Huron County/Norwalk hiring for Probation Officer

The City of Norwalk is looking for a part-time probation officer/deputy bailiff.

The city says applicants should have a general knowledge of arrest procedures, court polices and criminal justice.

The deadline to apply is January 4th.

 

Lorain County/LCCC roundtable

The chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education will spend part of his day on the campus of Lorain County Community College.

John Carey will join college president Marsha Ballinger in a roundtable discussion of a program launched four years ago, to address the needs of low-income students.

 

Huron County/Dispatch Center not impacted by construction

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center on Shady Lane in Norwalk is reminding residents that they are operating as normal during construction.

They’re asking the community to be patient while upgrades are going on over the next two weeks.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH, 2018

 

Today

A slight chance of rain, possibly mixing with snow this afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of rain and snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

 

Friday

A chance of afternoon rain.  Cloudy, with a high near 44.

Aretha Franklin Slams Dionne Warwick for Saying She Was Whitney Houston’s Godmother Five Years Ago

Aretha Franklin Slams Dionne Warwick for Saying She Was Whitney Houston’s Godmother Five Years Ago

Some people think that ARETHA FRANKLIN was WHITNEY HOUSTON’s godmother . . . but according to Aretha, that’s FAKE NEWS.

DIONNE WARWICK was Whitney’s cousin . . . and even she called Aretha Whitney’s godmother at Whitney’s funeral.  It’s unclear whether she misspoke, or if she was under that assumption like a lot of other people . . .

But Aretha thinks it was intentional, and she’s still FUMING about it.

She said, quote, “She blatantly lied on me . . . fully well knowing what she was doing.”

For some reason, Aretha held her anger inside all this time, but she finally set the record straight this week with a fax to the Associated Press.  And she thinks what Dionne said is somehow LIBELOUS.

Yes, it’s been five years since Whitney’s funeral . . . and 15 years since fax machines were used . . . but that didn’t stop her.

To be clear, DARLENE LOVE was Whitney’s godmother, and Aretha was her “honorary aunt.”  It’s unclear why Aretha is so upset about this . . . but it sounds like the beef between her and Dionne goes WAY back.

Win a Contest to Brunch with Ringo Starr!

Ringo Starr will host one charitable fan at his 77th birthday brunch on July 7th in Los Angeles to benefit the David Lynch Foundation. By making a minimum $10 donation through Omaze, participants will be entered into a giveaway; the winner (and a guest) will be flown to the event, where they’ll join Starr and his friends at brunch, say “peace and love” alongside VIP guests in front of Capitol Records and stay at a four-star hotel.

In a video announcing the campaign, Starr promoted his yearly birthday tradition, encouraging everyone to spread “peace and love” on July 7th noon local time. “Wherever you are: on the bus, in the factory, having dinner, having lunch,” he says. “No matter what part of the world you’re in.”

Filmmaker David Lynch founded his titular organization in 2005 to help “prevent and eradicate the all-pervasive epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk population” through promoting the implementation of Transcendental Meditation.

The Original Bananarama is BACK and Elton John is Recovering…

Elton John Is Recovering from a “Rare and Potentially Deadly” Infection

ELTON JOHN canceled nine upcoming shows, including his remaining dates at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas.  And he has a good excuse:  He almost DIED.

He recently performed a series of shows in South America, and he became “violently ill” on the flight back.  As it turned out, he’d contracted a “harmful and unusual” bacterial infection.

His rep says, quote, “Upon returning to the U.K., his doctors admitted him to hospital, where he underwent immediate treatment to remove the infection . . . Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly.”

Fortunately, it sounds like Elton will be all right.  He was discharged on Saturday, and is now resting at home, where he’s expected to make a full recovery.

At this point, he’s planning on being able to perform again in June, when he launches a European tour.  Refunds are available for all the canceled shows. 

The Original Bananarama is Back Together for the First Time in 30 Years!

BANANARAMA: They were the ’80s band whose name you could spell for DAYS if you weren’t careful.  And now they’re back in their original form for their first tour in almost 30 YEARS.

After hitting the charts with songs like Cruel Summer and Venus, SIOBHAN FAHEY left the group in 1998 to form Shakespears Sister.  Their biggest hit was Stay.

The two remaining Banarama members, SARAH DALLIN and KEREN WOODWARD, kept going with a replacement for a few years . . . but they’ve been a duo ever since.

So far, the only activity announced for the reunited Bananarama is a brief U.K. tour in November and December.  But hopefully, there’ll be more.

Kenny G Helped Raise Money for the American Cancer Society and The Top 10 Albums of the Week

Kenny G Played Smooth Jazz on a Flight from Tampa to L.A.

Today, we have a story of a NEW kind of airline torture to share with you . . . Passengers on a Delta flight from Tampa to Los Angeles were treated to a live KENNY G performance on Saturday. 

The flight crew was raising money for the American Cancer Society, and he promised to play his saxophone if passengers helped hit their goal of $2,000.  Apparently, there were enough smooth jazz fans on board to get it done.

Kendrick Lamar Is #1 After Scoring the Best Sales Week of the Year

KENDRICK LAMAR just landed his third #1 album.  His latest, “Damn”, sold 603,000 copies in its first week, which is the best sales week for ANY album so far this year.  

In fact, it’s the biggest week since DRAKE sold over a million copies of “Views” in its first week back in May of last year.

JOHN MAYER came in second.  His new album sold 132,000 copies in its first week out. 

Here are this week’s Top 10 albums . . .

1.  NEW“Damn”, Kendrick Lamar . . . 603,000 copies

2.  NEW“The Search for Everything”, John Mayer . . . 132,000 copies

3.  “More Life”, Drake . . . 87,000 copies

4.  “Divide”, Ed Sheeran . . . 66,000 copies

5.  “Memories . . . Do Not Open”, The Chainsmokers . . . 61,000 copies

6.  The “Moana” soundtrack . . . 50,000 copies

7.  “24K Magic”, Bruno Mars . . . 44,000 copies

8.  “Future”, Future . . . 38,000 copies

9.  The “Beauty and the Beast” soundtrack . . . more than 37,000 copies

10.  NEW:  The “Fate of the Furious” soundtrack . . . 37,000 copies

Cuba Gooding Sr. has Died, Prince Sold More Albums Last Year, and Bill Murray is Back at it..

Singer Cuba Gooding Sr. Has Died

Soul singer CUBA GOODING SR. was found dead in a parked car in the L.A. area yesterday.  He was 72.

Cuba is the father of actor CUBA GOODING JR., but he was a big deal himself back in the ’70s.  He was the lead singer of the group THE MAIN INGREDIENT, and they had hits with Everybody Plays the Fool and Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely.

He also did some solo stuff, and had a few minor acting roles.

There’s no cause of death yet.  There were no signs of foul play.  He was found slumped over the wheel . . . and officials say there were empty alcohol bottles and drug paraphernalia in the car.

So, there’s some talk that it might have been an overdose.  Surveillance video shows his car pulling up to the area around 3:30 in the morning.  A witness saw him sitting in the car at 10:00 A.M. wiping his brow.

And it was around 1:00 P.M. that the police were called to the scene.  They tried to revive him, but unfortunately, it was too late.

Prince Sold More Albums in 2016 Than Anyone Else

Today is the one-year anniversary of PRINCE’s death.  And I don’t want to say anything good came of it, but whoever’s collecting his royalties sure made some bank.

In the year since his death, Prince has sold 7.7 million albums and songs.  Most of that happened in the MONTH after his death.

In all of 2016, Prince sold 2.23 million albums.  That’s more than ANY OTHER ARTIST.  Even ADELE couldn’t match him.  She sold 2.21 million.  His best-selling albums were “The Very Best of Prince”, “Purple Rain”, and “1999”.  (Billboard)

Bill Murray is Working on a Musical Stage Show

BILL MURRAY is working on a musical stage show called “New Worlds”.   He’ll sing songs, including selections from “West Side Story” . . .  and also read stuff like Walt Whitman and Ernest Hemingway.

He’ll be backed by a trio that performs classical music and standards.  In one segment, Bill will read from “Huckleberry Finn” while the trio plays “Moon River”.

The show will make its debut on July 20th at an event called Festival Napa Valley.  There will be a North American tour after that, but dates haven’t been announced.  (Rolling Stone)

The New Prince EP Was Yanked Off Streaming Services

“Deliverance”, that new EP of unreleased PRINCE music, might not see the light of day after all.  It turns out his estate had nothing to do with it, and they had it yanked from streaming services.

It was supposed to be available for download tomorrow, with a physical copy going on sale June 2nd.  But now that’s not happening, either.  Prince’s estate is suing the producer for control of the songs.

They say he signed an agreement that any recordings he made with Prince would remain Prince’s sole property.

A New Six-Song Prince EP Is Coming Out Soon

Friday is the one-year anniversary of PRINCE’s death, and we might be able to celebrate his legacy with some new music.  There’s a new EP called “Deliverance” hitting iTunes on Friday, for $3.99.

According to “Spin”, the songs were recorded between 2006 and 2008.  And the “majority of sales will benefit Prince’s estate.”  So, it sounds like they approved the release.  You can listen to the title track on Soundcloud.

By the way “Billboard” says that Prince left behind a “treasure trove” of things to see at his Paisley Park compound.  There are more than 7,000 artifacts, including costumes and shoes, and more than 121 guitars and instruments.  Apparently, Prince would “hang onto everything.”