News

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

In Lorain County, the Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash on the Ohio Turnpike in Brownhelm Township that left one person dead and another seriously hurt.

The crash happened last night at about 6:00 pm, with a commercial truck veering off the road, vaulting over exit-ramp lanes, striking a minivan, then catching fire.

The driver of the truck, a 50-year-old man from South Carolina, was trapped inside, and died.

A passenger in the minivan, 45-year-old Emma Yates-Bourg of Olmsted Falls, was flown to Lorain Mercy Hospital.

 

Police in Lorain are investigating a reported shooting on G Street.

A 23-year-old woman told them, she was sitting in her home Tuesday night when she heard gunfire, and took a bullet in the leg.

 

A doctor from Port Clinton has been indicted on charges that accuse him of repeatedly prescribing a variety of painkillers without just cause.

82-year-old William Bauer faces 200 counts of distribution of controlled substances and 14 counts of healthcare fraud…allegedly taking place with 7 patients between 2015 and 2018. 

 

A Sandusky man faces his sixth OVI conviction. 

According to the Sandusky Register, 62-year-old William Moore was arrested Monday night after police stopped him at Milan Road and McKelvey Street. 

Moore’s previous OVI convictions date back to 1981…along with 2003, 2016 and two times in 2017.

 

Governor Mike DeWine has announced the creation of a specialized division of Ohio Homeland Security devoted to the safety of Ohio’s students and schools.

DeWine says the division will assist local schools and law enforcement in preventing, preparing for, and responding to threats and acts of violence, through a holistic, solutions-based approach to improving school safety.

 

The State Highway Patrol has announced that an OVI Checkpoint will take place tomorrow evening in Huron County.

The location of that checkpoint will be released tomorrow morning.

 

A Sandusky woman announced on social media Wednesday that she’ll be running for the Ohio House of Representatives in 2020.

Alexis Miller will run on the Democratic ticket in District 89; which encompasses Erie and Ottawa Counties.

Republican Douglas Swearingen of Huron currently holds the seat; which he was recently appointed to after the retirement of Steve Arndt. 

 

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to know about a fraud alert.

They say they personally received an automated message call from a North Carolina number allegedly from a social security officer investigator…saying that the recipient of the call had 45 minutes to speak with the investigator or law enforcement would be sent to their residence.

This, again, is a scam.

 

The Erie Shores Walk to End Alzheimer’s has named their chairperson of this year’s event.

Sandusky’s Providence Care Center Director of Marketing Holly Caudill has been bestowed with the honor.

The annual event will take place Saturday, September 21st at Shoreline Park in Sandusky…which raises money for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.

 

The annual Progressive Cedar Point Boat Show and Demo gets underway today at the Cedar Point Marina.

The show features hundreds of power and sailboats…as well as in-water demos, a marketplace and local food trucks.

It all runs through Sunday.

 

National Weather Service Forecast

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

The Norwalk Post of the State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Huron County.

Authorities say 53-year-old Liane Field of Greenwich drove left of center on State Route 60 in Clarksfield Township…and struck another vehicle head-on. 

Field was killed…with two passengers sustaining serious injuries, 50-year-old Mark Howell and a two-year-old child; both flown to MetroHealth in Cleveland.

The other vehicle’s occupants, 74-year-old Michael and 72-year-old Patricia Abfall of New London received non-serious injuries.

 

A storm roared through Sandusky County yesterday…causing power outages in Clyde.

Police say a substation there was hit directly by lightening.

 

A woman from Vermilion was taken to jail Saturday night after allegedly punching a restaurant worker and kicking a police officer.

According to the Sandusky Register, police arrived at a restaurant on Liberty Avenue after receiving a call about an intoxicated woman.

Police say they tried to give 41-year-old Julia Fein a ride home.

Fein was charged with assault and assaulting a police officer.

 

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced a road closure for next week in Huron County.

Starting Monday, State Route 99 between Egypt Road and Townline Road 12 West will shut down for culvert repairs.

It’s scheduled to reopen the following Friday…August 30th.

Detours are planned.

 

An unused water tower was taken down yesterday in Erie County.

It was located on Harris Road in Oxford Township…it hadn’t been filled with water for the last 12 years or so.

 

Today, school officials in Elyria will host their final open house for investors and developers, who might be interested in buying a closed school building.

Tours will be held at the former Franklin Elementary School from 5 to 7pm.

 

Today is Day 3 of the Lorain County Fair in Wellington…

Tonight in the grandstands, it’s the O-S-T-P-A Truck Pull…

 

National Weather Service Forecast

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

One area of water at Monroeville Schools has tested positive for lead.

In a letter posted on the school’s website, Superintendent Ralph Moore says the water taps in the school’s kitchen received the positive or bad results from a test earlier this month.

Moore goes on to say that the positive lead test is most likely the result of the water not being used during the summer; and that once the water lines are purged, the issue will be resolved.

The kitchen taps are scheduled to be re-tested this morning.

 

In Lorain County, firefighters in LaGrange continue their investigation into a fire that damaged a house and a garage on Fairway Drive.

No one was hurt in Sunday afternoon’s fire.

Firefighters believe, it began in a bedroom, behind the garage.

 

A man was rescued from the waters of Lake Erie near Port Clinton after reportedly hanging on to his capsized sailboat for around 11 hours throughout the night.

According to the Sandusky Register, a fishing charter vessel spotted the man and pulled him to safety before he was checked out by first responders.

 

The Huron Fire Department’s dive team will be conducting training this morning on Nickel Plate Beach.

Scheduled to run from 7am until around 12 noon…

Authorities are asking beach goers to keep a safe distance from dive team personnel and equipment. 

 

Today is your final day to check out the tall ship made famous by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

A replica of the Nao Santa Maria is docked near the Barrel House Saloon…open today from 10am to 7pm…with admission charges for adults and children.

 

Today is opening day of the Sandusky County Fair in Fremont.

Grandstand events include Fremont Speedway races tonight, the Broken Horn Rodeo on Thursday, Demo Derby on Friday and the NTPA Tractor Pull on Saturday. 

 

It’s day two of the Lorain County Fair in Wellington…

One of the new entertainment options this year…the Great Lakes Timber Show, which goes on several times each day.

Tonight’s grandstand entertainment…classic rock band Foreigner.

 

National Weather Service Forecast

Today

Patchy fog early.  

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 88.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 75. 

Monday, August 19th, 2019

An Elyria man is due in court, accused of stabbing and killing his foster brother.

27 year-old Antonio Sprinkle was arrested Friday for the death of 27 year-old Antwan Dormendo.

Dormendo was found early Friday by police, bleeding, outside the Gas-n-Go convenience store on Lake Avenue.

He died a short time later.

 

Police are investigating a reported shooting in Fremont early Sunday.

Authorities say a 39-year-old male was located on West State Street with what appeared to be a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

He was treated for his injuries. 

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

 

An area man has been indicted on multiple sex charges involving a minor.

According to the Sandusky Register, 31-year-old Samuel Steele of Norwalk and Sandusky faces counts of sexual battery, gross sexual imposition and extortion. 

Authorities say Steele allegedly made inappropriate contact with a child and took pictures and video of the act.

 

A man and woman were arrested Friday after allegedly taking a purse from a 95-year-old woman at the Meijer store in Sandusky.

Perkins Township Police say Robert Johnson and Tara Ohara previously stole a van from a Missouri hospital as well as being in possession of suspected stolen credit cards and driver’s licenses. 

 

The Norwalk Post of the State Highway Patrol has announced plans for an OVI sobriety checkpoint this week.

The patrol says the county where the checkpoint will take place will be publicized the day prior to the checkpoint; and the location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.

 

Perkins Township first responders say that 22 pints of blood were donated during last week’s ‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive.

That amount of blood will reportedly help save 66 lives. 

Donators were asked to pick their favorite…between the Perkins Police or Fire Departments….authorities say the winner was ‘the community’…as the votes were not officially tracked.

 

A longtime member of the Norwalk City School Board says he will not run for re-election.

John Lendrum tells the Norwalk Reflector that it was time for him to “take a break”…after wrapping up his sixth term and a total of 24 years on the board.

Board president Lisa Wick… Norwalk Middle School teacher Duane Moore …and local business owner Jeremy Norris…are reportedly running for the now…two open positions on the board.

 

A Western Reserve seventh grader is giving back all of the money he earned at the Huron County Fair last week.

Diesel Pippert has donated $15,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; money he received for livestock premiums. 

 

Huron County will see another road construction project get underway today…

The Ohio Department of Transportation says U-S 20 eastbound, just east of the U-S 250 exit ramp on the Norwalk Bypass, will have a single lane closure for slide repair work…along with construction on the retaining wall on U-S 20.

The project is expected to be complete in October.

 

Fisher-Titus Medical Center has named a new Chief Operations Officer.

Matthew Mattner has been selected to join the management team in Norwalk…bringing 30 years of leadership in the military and private sectors.

Mattner most recently served as C-O-O at Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital in downtown Cleveland.

 

The Lorain County Fair opens today in Wellington.

Tonight will feature country music artist Granger Smith…

Tomorrow night, classic rockers Foreigner will return…their set, a couple of years ago, was cut short by heavy rain.

                                                                           

Once again this year, Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti and his staff will be on hand at the Lorain County Fair, hoping you “Cram The Cruiser”.

It’s their 5th annual campaign to collect school-supplies.

If you can’t make it to the fair, you can drop off items at the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office on Murray Ridge Road.

 

Twilight Nursing and Rehab in Norwalk on West Main are hosting a ‘Back to School’ event today from 2 to 6pm. 

Free school supplies and free haircuts will be provided along with food and games.

 

National Weather Service Forecast

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.

 

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 85. 

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.