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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Nearly 47 million Americans are hitting the road for Thanksgiving.

AAA says it’s the highest number since 2007, and it’s the seventh consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel. About 42 million will go by car, while 3.6 million are flying. The rest are going by bus or train. The Thanksgiving travel holiday begins today, and runs through Sunday.


Busy roads mean an increase in law enforcement officers throughout Ohio.

Authorities will be watching for crash causing violations, including speeding and drunk driving.


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means all schools, government offices and banks will be closed.

No mail and no trash pickup.


Hunters will be out in full force, starting Monday.

That’s the start of the Ohio’s traditional deer-gun season. Hunting hours are one half-hour before sunrise, to 30 minutes after sunset.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Michigan man and his dog were fatally struck by a train in Huron Township yesterday.

Witnesses said the gates were down and they could see and hear the train as Anthony Borg, of Taylor, Michigan, attempted to cross the tracks in his Ford Econoline Van.Borg, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene.  His dog, a jack Russell terrier mix, also died in the crash.


The Coast Guard and divers from T & T Salvage in Huron have removed 1 of 8 hazardous tanks of liquid chemicals and oil from a shipwreck 8 miles east of Kelley’s Island.

The barge, Argo, went down in Lake Erie in October of 1937. The tank they emptied contained ten thousand gallons of Benzol, a chemical used in petroleum products. With 7 tanks still to empty, the Coast guard is asking boaters to not enter their safety zone of one thousand feet around the dive position. Work will continue as weather permits.


A Fremont man is being held on a five hundred thousand dollar bond after being charged with felonious assault after shooting another man outside a bar on Saturday.

Terry Starks, 53, allegedly shot Steven Davis, 43, in the chest. Detectives found a glock 380 caliber handgun near the shooting. The glock had been reported stolen to the Norwalk Police Department. Starks, who has entered a plea of not guilty with the Freemont Municipal Court, was convicted of a murder in Chicago in 1981. Davis is in stable condition.


The US Attorney’s Office has disclosed another man has been charged for his alleged part in a local embezzlement scheme.

Anthony Jones from Kyklos Bearing International was charged last week with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The fraud includes the co-owners of Construction Equipment and Supply, George Dunlap the third of Huron and Scott Wagner of Perkins Township along with the caretaker of Castalia Farms, Michael Conrad of Margaretta Township. Dunlap and Conrad have already plead guilty for their roles in the scheme. Allegedly, Wagner would submit the invoices to Jones at KBI, who then charged the purchases to a company credit card.


A special meeting has been scheduled for the Norwalk School Board at 7:30 pm on December second at Norwalk High School.

Contract negotiations and employee compensation are supposed to be discussed.


The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Erie County is looking to give away scholarships for the 2016 – 2017 academic year.

Applicants must be Erie County residents, currently enrolled at OSU, and have completed 30 credit hours by the end of spring semester 2016 with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Applications are available at erie-county-buckeyes-dot-com. The deadline for submitting is February sixth.


Three people, including a seven year old boy were shot and killed by a home invader in Columbus yesterday evening.

The gunman, identified as their neighbor, Barry Kirk, was shot by police after a shooting was reported around 5 pm. He later died at the hospital. Only after chasing Kirk did police discover the victims, identified as John Anderson, 31, his wife, Christine Anderson, 30, and their son, Landon, 7. The Andersons’ 12 year old daughter was wounded in the shooting and is currently in critical condition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


The Huron County Board of Elections will meet on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. for a Special Board meeting.

This meeting is to conduct a recount for Milan Village Council.  The meeting will be held at the office of the Board, located at the County Administration Building, 180 Milan Ave., Norwalk.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Good news, for the Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton.

It’s getting a state grant of nearly $640,000, to rehabilitate the airport’s taxiways and its primary runway. The grant announcement was made Friday.


We told you Friday that Ohio’s October unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, the lowest since August of 2001.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, employment went up by nearly 31,000 last month. Ohio’s unemployment rate is lower than the U.S. average of five percent.


The city of Norwalk’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is set for this Saturday.

It’ll be held at 6:45, on West Main Street in Downtown Norwalk. It’s all part of Shop Small Saturday, and Light Up Norwalk. Santa will be at the Norwalk Theater on East Main between 2 and 6, and free carriage rides will be offered downtown between 2:30 and 5:30. Also on tap: a kids craft corner at the Norwalk Public Library between noon and 4, and free tours of the Firelands Historical Museum from 3 until 6.


Ohio Governor John Kasich is taking jabs at Donald Trump.

As Trump gets ready to speak at the Greater Columbus Convention Center today, Kasich told Meet the Press yesterday that it’s quote “nonsense” for the US to close some mosques and that he has been quote “in a virtual war with Donald trump over these things.  I’ve flat out condemned the idea that we were going to have Muslims register.”


A new safe haven for domestic violence victims is in the works for Sandusky.

2010 Perkins High School Graduate, Alysia Gilliam is overseeing work on Crystal Towers. It will be a sober living transitional setting for women and their children escaping violence. She is still trying to meet her goal of $10,000 to open the triplex on Hancock Street in early 2016. To donate, you can go to go-fund-me-dot-com-slash-crystal-tower.


It looks as though Norwalk City Schools and the Norwalk Teachers Association have reached a tentative agreement in contract negotiations.

Details are not available until both sides have voted and ratified it. Norwalk Teachers Association president, Rob Thimke, told the Norwalk Reflector, quote, “We have an agreement and it will be up to the members to agree to the terms and conditions.” He also said the earliest the vote could happen is December first. The school board will vote on the contract agreement after the teachers approve it.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Some good news, if you heat your home using natural gas.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says Ohioans will save about 10 percent on heating costs this winter.


It’ll most likely be early December, before a contract is officially approved between the Norwalk Board of Education and the Norwalk Teachers Association.

Members of NTA must review the contract before voting on it. Once it’s approved, the school board will meet to ratify the agreement. As we first told you yesterday morning, the two sides reached a tentative deal Wednesday night.


BGSU-Firelands unveiled its newest expansion this morning.

The college held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am, to showcase its $12 million, two-story expansion at its North Building. The newest addition features 13,000 square feet of space, 10 science labs, student study lounges and more.


The state’s unemployment rate decreased slightly last month.

According to figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it was 4.4 percent in October, compared to 4.5% in September. It’s Ohio’s lowest jobless rate since August of 2001.


To Sandusky, where a homeless man has been charged with arson, for allegedly setting fire to an apartment complex on East Adams Street.

26-year-old Justin Favre is accused of using a lighter to set several items ablaze outside the apartment complex last Saturday morning. The flames quickly spread to the building itself. It took firefighters seven hours to extinguish the blaze. Authorities later learned a possible motive. Favre was involved in a disturbance with a resident a few hours before the fire was set. He’s being held in the Erie County Jail.


Former President Bill Clinton was in Columbus yesterday.

He delivered a speech at Ohio State and later stopped by football practice.


It is a busy sports weekend at the Radio Ranch.

Tonight on 95.3 WLKR, we’ll tip off coverage of girls’ high school basketball, with Perkins at Norwalk. Game time is 7:30. On K96, it’s Division V Region 16 championship football action from Medina, between Edison and Doylestown Chippewa. Pregame coverage begins at 7, with kickoff at 7:30. Tomorrow on 95.3, it’s a football doubleheader…Ohio State and Michigan State at 3:30, then Bellevue and Columbus Bishop Hartley at 7. Sunday on K96, it’s the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, the Ford Ecoboost 400. Coverage begins at 2.



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Yesterday’s official high in Norwalk was 70 degrees, just shy of the record of 71, set in 1954.


As we first told you earlier today, a tentative contract agreement has been reached, between the Norwalk school board and the union representing teachers.

A statement issued this morning reads “The Norwalk Teachers Association and the school board have reached a tentative agreement. Both the teachers and the board need to review and ratify the agreement. No information will be released regarding the agreement until the contract has been ratified by both parties.” In July, the Norwalk Board of Education and OAPSE Local 269 approved a three-year contract, with raises of 2.25, 2 and 2.25 percent, along with a $500 contract agreement payment. The union represents support staff and other school workers. Historically, the Norwalk Teachers Association and OAPSE Local 269 have received the same contracts.


At least one recount is coming in Erie County.

That’s because just 12 votes separate two people, in race for Huron City Council. Results certified by the Erie County Board of Elections show challenger Glen Ginesi received a dozen more votes than incumbent Rodney Kilbury. A recount is scheduled for November 25th. Other recounts may happen in the race for Milan village council, and Vermilion school board.


Former Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox has a new job.

He’s been named superintendent of the Wynford Local Schools, in Crawford County. Fox was fired by the Huron school board in 2012, amid allegations of having an improper business relationship with a vendor, and engaging in an extramarital affair on school time. A press release from Wynford school officials said Fox was fired without cause, and was exonerated in 2014.


The head of Ohio’s failed marijuana campaign says the push to legalize pot is regrouping for next year.

ResponsibleOhio Executive Director Ian James acknowledged yesterday the campaign made two big mistakes. One was limiting production to 10 sites, and using the cartoonish mascot “Buddie”, which critics said was inappropriately aimed at children. James said the next plan will include a free market, a different tax structure and hemp farming.


Ohio’s youth deer-gun season is set for this weekend.

Hunters 17 and under may hunt deer, as long as they have a youth hunting license, have a deer permit, and have a non-hunting adult with them. All youths and non-hunting adults must wear hunter orange.


North Fairfield village residents will soon be able to pay their utility bills online.

The service should be available, starting next Tuesday.


The city of Willard’s annual Christmas parade will begin at 6:30 tomorrow night.

Santa will arrive on the city’s ladder truck.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In terms of weather, a big change is coming.

We’ll go from 72 today, to 34 and possible snow showers on Sunday.


Donald Trump is coming to Ohio.

The outspoken billionaire and Republican presidential hopeful will speak at a campaign rally at 7pm Monday, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. It’ll be Trump’s first visit to Ohio since he announced he’s running for president. Tickets are free, but must be obtained online at Eventbrite.com.


Contract negotiations are scheduled to resume later today, between Norwalk school officials and the Norwalk Teachers Association.

The union’s previous contract expired over the summer.


Businesses in downtown Norwalk will be allowed to fly flags during the holiday season.

During last night’s meeting of Norwalk City Council, Mayor Rob Duncan said city’s zoning department will not enforce rules against flags flying. However, businesses will have to bring their flags in at night. Recently, two downtown businesses were told to remove their flags from outside their locations.


A large brush fire shut down some of Chapin Road in Berlin Township yesterday.

A box truck was destroyed by the flames, but no one was injured.


A Vermilion police officer says, he will appeal his dismissal by the city.

Captain Michael Reinheimer was fired yesterday in the aftermath of several infractions, including wearing a button on his police jacket, supporting the legalization of marijuana. Reinheimer was a 15-year veteran of the force.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

A High Wind Warning is in effect until 10 tonight.

Winds of 55 or 60 miles may damage trees, power lines and property.


An alleged rape in Milan Township is under investigation by Erie County Deputies.

The alleged victim came forward Sunday, and claimed she was raped August 1st, at the Huron River Valley Campgrounds. The 23-year-old Ashland County woman said after a night of drinking, she went to her camper to get her cell phone, when one of her husband’s relatives made unwanted sexual advances, then raped her. The woman said she didn’t go to the hospital, but did call a rape crisis hotline soon after the incident. After talking with family members, she spoke with deputies this past weekend. So far, no charges have been filed.


As you know, Norwalk’s leaf collection begins Monday.

Leaves will be picked up the day after your normal trash day. If your trash day is tomorrow, your leaves will be picked up on Monday. Some things to keep in mind…Leaves must be curbside by 7:30am on the day of scheduled pickup. They can’t be mixed with brush or yard waste and leaves in bags will not be picked up. Also, leaves behind parked cars cannot be picked up.


A Vermilion man has entered a ‘not guilty’ to charges connected to a car crash.

43-year-old Michael McFarland is accused of causing a three-car crash while texting, on Route 20 near Oberlin back in August. A 48-year-old Lorain man was killed and another driver was hurt.


Last month, we told you approximately 1,000 Ohio rail crossings that don’t have flashing lights or gates are getting stop signs.

Crews have begun installing them in some locations. In Huron County, five rail crossings in Ripley Township are getting stop signs, along with one in Willard, two in Monroeville, two in Bellevue, two in Clarksfield Township, two in Townsend Township, one in New London Township and one in Ridgefield Township. Three rail crossings in Erie County’s Groton Township are getting stop signs, along with 10 in the Richland County portion of Plymouth and Plymouth Township.


In sports…

You have one more chance to buy presale tickets for Monroeville state semi-final volleyball. Advance tickets will be sold in the Monroeville High School Athletic Office between 6 and 7 tonight. Monroeville will play Jackson Center at 4 tomorrow, at Wright State University. The match will air live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com. Win or lose, Monroeville will celebrate the volleyball team’s season at 6pm this Sunday in the elementary gym. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

It is Veteran’s Day, a federal holiday.

There’s no mail today, as all government offices are closed. However, trash pickup is running on its normal schedule.


Distracted driving is thought to be the cause of a Tuesday morning fatal crash in Sandusky County.

According to the Fremont Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 72-year-old James Vallance of Gibsonburg was killed when his car was hit head-on, along State Route 51 in Woodville Township. Troopers said 17-year-old Steven Squires of Woodville went left of center, causing the crash. Squires and a passenger, 18-year-old Molly Wilburn of Elmore, were taken to St. Vincent Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.


Monroeville village council has a new member.

Bob Whitacre was sworn in Monday night. He’s filling the spot previously held by Melissa Fries. Fries became mayor of Monroeville, after the September 30th passing of Mike Adelman.


A number of Norwalk city employees are set to receive raises.

If approved by city council, new contracts with the police and fire departments call for pay increases of two percent next year and 2017, and three percent in 2018. Other Norwalk city employees will receive the same raises.


A southern Ohio man will spend six years behind bars, for his role in a cattle rustling scheme.

28-year-old Brandon White of Lucasville was sentenced yesterday in Hocking County Common Pleas Court, after pleading guilty in September to charges of theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Along with prison time, White must pay nearly $50,000 restitution. According to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, White used bad checks and falsified documents to steal cattle and trailers in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Under the names B&S Trucking and Livestock, and Brandon’s Cattle Company, White targeted farmers who advertised cattle for sale on Craigslist. He bought the animals using accounts with insufficient funds, and then sold the cattle quickly, before the checks bounced. He also falsified documents to steal trailers to transport the cattle. A co-defendant will be sentenced next month.


As many as four election recounts are possible in Erie County.

Races are too close to call for Milan Village council, Huron city council, Huron Township fiscal officer and Vermilion school board. In the race for Milan village council, challenger Richard Maloney has eight more votes than incumbent Mary Basterash. In Huron, challenger Glen Ginesi has 13 more votes than incumbent Rodney Kilbury. In Huron Township, challenger Cathy Myers has 61 more votes than incumbent fiscal officer Diane Adams, and in the race for Vermilion school board, just 46 votes separate incumbent David Rice and challenger Melanie Williamson. About 450 provisional ballots could come into play. Those ballots will be counted next week.


In sports…

Advance tickets are being sold in the St. Paul athletic office until 6:30 tonight, for St. Paul’s regional semi-final football game against Mogadore. The game will be played Friday night in Medina. Monroeville High School is pre-selling state semi-final volleyball tickets between 6 and 7 tonight. Monroeville will play Jackson Center at 4 Friday afternoon, at Wright State University. You can hear the volleyball match and the football game live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Norwalk man charged with the summer slaying of a Florida man will not stand trial.

That’s because 23-year-old Eric Carroll will spend ten years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence. Carroll entered a guilty plea to the charges yesterday, in exchange for the prosecutor’s office dismissing charges of murder and felonious assault, and a joint recommendation of ten years behind bars. The charges were tied to the August 21st death of 24-year-old Ronald Wisniewski of Florida. Carroll fatally stabbed Wisniewski, during a dispute outside a Bouscay Avenue apartment.


More trouble, in the Vermilion police department.

Just days after a patrolman and a dispatcher were fired for having an affair while the officer was on duty, a captain has been suspended for supporting marijuana legalization. A picture on Facebook shows Michael Reinheimer wearing a pin that says I Support Legalize 2016, near his badge on his uniform jacket. Vermilion officials said the pin violates department policy to endorse any kind of political issue. Reinheimer will have a pre-disciplinary hearing later this week. He could face termination.


Tonight’s the night members of Norwalk City Council will get their first look at the city’s proposed 2016 budget.

City Council has until December 31st to approve the budget.


Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, which means all government offices and most banks will be closed for the day.

No mail, but trash pickup will go on as scheduled.


State Route 13, between Alpha Road and U.S. Route 224 in Greenwich Township will be closed all of next week, for railroad crossing reconstruction.

An official detour will be posted.


Today marks the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The ore carrier on its way to Cleveland went down in a storm on Lake Superior taking 29 lives. This year, the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo is presenting 29 programs on the carrier. The museum’s Chris Gillcrist says, they’re premiering a new documentary on those 17 years of the Edmund Fitzgerald.


We have presale ticket information, for Monroeville state semifinal volleyball.

Advance tickets will be sold in the Monroeville Athletic Office tomorrow and Thursday, from 7am until 3pm, and between 6 and 7pm. Presale tickets are $8 each, and $9 at the arena. Second-ranked Monroeville will play #3 Jackson Center at 4 Friday afternoon, at Wright State University. If you can’t make it to the match, we’ll have it live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.



Monday, November 9, 2015

Excitement is high in Monroeville…

That’s because the Lady Eagles are one match away from playing for a state volleyball championship. Fresh off Saturday’s stunning comeback win over top-ranked McComb, #3 Monroeville will play #2 Jackson Center in the Division IV state semi-finals at 4 this Friday afternoon, at Wright State University. You can hear the match live on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com. If Monroeville wins, the Lady Eagles will play for the state championship at 5 Saturday.


Thanks to a passerby, no one was hurt in a Sunday morning house fire in Milan Township.

Seven people inside the home were unaware of the blaze, until a driver stopped to help, after noticing smoke billowing from the roof. Milan Township firefighters were called, and firefighters from Berlin Heights and Norwalk were summoned for mutual aid. The blaze was brought under control within 30 minutes. It’s believed a problem with the chimney sparked the blaze. River Road, between Jeffries Road and State Route 113 was closed while emergency crews worked at the scene.


Leaf pickup in Norwalk will begin next Monday.

Leaves will be picked up, the day after your normal day of trash pickup. If your trash is collected on Friday, your leaves will be picked up next Monday.


The Huron County Board of Elections will meet at 9am next Wednesday, to accept or reject provisional ballots from Tuesday’s election.

The Board of Elections will meet again at 7am next Friday, to certify the results from the general election. Both meetings will be held in the board office, in the Huron County Administration building in Norwalk.


Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has ordered the Hamilton County Board of Elections to conduct a review of problems experienced by voters and precinct election officials in their implementation of electronic pollbooks during last Tuesday’s election.

The review is to be complete by Friday, December 11th. Problems at Cincinnati-area polls led to a lawsuit, 90 extra minutes of voting time, and delayed results this past Tuesday night.


A Castalia man is now a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

88-year-old Ernest Bowman was inducted last week. Bowman is a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served in World War II. He also served as chaplain of American Legion Post 83, and later, commander of Post 83.


Officials at the University of Toledo want more students living on campus.

Next fall, the school will require students to live on-campus their first two years, if they live more than 25 miles from the university.


The future of U.S. manned space-flight will be passing through northern Ohio. 

NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Perkins Township will be used to test the impact of flight acoustics on the Orion spacecraft.


Our broadcast schedule is set of this weekend’s regional semi-final football games.

At 7:30 Friday night, Edison and Swanton will air live on K96. The game will be played in Tiffin. At the same time, St. Paul and Mogadore play at Medina, and that game will air live on 95.3, WLKR. Saturday night on 95.3, we’ll be live in Findlay, as the Bellevue Redmen take on the Kenton Ridge Cougars. Kickoff will be at 7.