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Monday, August 3, 2015

Two Indiana residents remain in critical condition, after Friday night’s pickup truck/mini-van crash in Bronson Township.

19-year-old Timon Stermer and 17-year-old Justin Nickless, both of Floyds Knobs, Indiana are at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. They were passengers in a mini-van that failed to yield, and was hit at the intersection of Townline Road 131 and Greenwich-Milan Townline Road. Another passenger suffered serious injuries, and was taken to St. V’s.18-year-old Samuel Stermer is no longer listed as a patient there. The driver and two other passengers suffered lesser injuries, and were transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. The driver of the pickup truck, 31-year-old Charles Hammond Jr. of Norwalk suffered minor injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus.


Some good news out of Bellevue.

Tower Automotive has announced plans to add at least 138 new jobs to its Bellevue location. Planned expansion will be complete by next spring.


Officials have lifted the boil advisory in North Fairfield.


A $5,000 reward is being offered, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who set fire to a Plymouth home last month.

The July 7th blaze destroyed the Trux Road home, and damaged a detached garage. If you have information on the arsonist, contact the Plymouth Police Department.


State Route 60, at the CSX Railroad tracks in the village of New London is closed until Friday for crossing repairs.


It’ll be festival weekend in Berlin Heights and Plymouth.

The Berlin Heights Basket Festival and the Plymouth Fireman’s Festival will be held Friday and Saturday. Also taking place all week in Plymouth: the village’s Bicentennial celebration


An NFL coach with area ties has been suspended for six games, without pay.

Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will return for the team’s Week 7 games against Jacksonville. Kromer allegedly punched a boy in the face, and threatened to kill the victim’s family in a dispute over beach chairs. The alleged incident occurred last month in Walton County, Florida. Kromer is a 1985 graduate of Margaretta High School.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Weather should be perfect for tomorrow night’s 95.3 WLKR and K96 Summer Jam in Huron.

You’ll hear live music by Kentucky Thunder, The Relations and Chew Dat Frawg, and you can chow down on food from the Frosty Frog and Steinmetz Giant Perch, and enjoy drinks from the Huron Rotary Club and Maple City Ice. The free Summer Jam begins at 5:30 tomorrow, at the Huron Boat Basin.


The investigation continues, into Tuesday’s homicide in Willard.

50-year-old James H. Blair is accused of shooting and killing his neighbor, 62-year-old Linda Ciotto for mowing her Kirkwood Drive lawn too late. According to Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard, Ciotto was shot once in the head at approximately 9 Tuesday night. However, deputies weren’t notified until just after 11 that night. They’re investigating the two-hour time lapse. Blair is charged with murder. He remains in the Huron County Jail, in lieu of $1,000,000 bond. He’s due in Norwalk Municipal Court Tuesday. Blair’s mother was jailed yesterday, for tampering with evidence. Sheriff Dane Howard said 73-year-old Billie Ann Hinkle hid a .38-caliber handgun used in the shooting, then lied to investigators.


A mid-week call of shots fired at a Groton Township home turned into much more.

Erie County deputies were summoned to the Route 4 scene late Wednesday night, after two shots were fired into the home. Both bullets were recovered, and deputies learned the shots might have been drug-related. Armed with a search warrant, they went back to the scene yesterday, and found more than three dozen marijuana plants, and possible evidence of heroin trafficking and other drug activity. The resident, 31-year-old Jeremiah Lazzara was arrested and jailed on unrelated warrants. Drug charges are pending. No suspects have been identified in the shooting.


It appears governor John Kasich is getting closer to securing a spot in next week’s primetime GOP Presidential debate in Cleveland.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Kasich is tied for 8th, out of 17 Republicans running for president. Fox News will take the top 10 finishers, based on an average of five unspecified national polls. The nationally televised debate will be held next Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.


The village of Plymouth is ready to celebrate its 200th birthday.

Plymouth’s weeklong Bicentennial celebration will begin tomorrow, and run through August 8th. For more information, go to Plymouth’s website, plymouthoh.org, or the Plymouth Bicentennial Facebook page.


Members of the METRICH drug enforcement unit seized more than 100 marijuana plants in Richland County this week.

Arrests are pending.


More news from Richland County…

A drone flew over the Mansfield Correctional Institution Wednesday afternoon, while inmates were outside in the recreation yard. It’s not known if contraband was dropped from the unmanned aircraft, on to the grounds of the State Route 13 prison. Few details have been released, and the incident is under investigation.


This afternoon’s special meeting of the Perkins Board of Education has been canceled.

The school board was scheduled to meet at 1:30, to take action on district personnel.


It’s a busy sports weekend at the Radio Ranch.

At 6:05 tonight, the voice of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Paul Keels, will host a special Season Kickoff Show. The Locker Room returns at 9 tomorrow morning. Guests include Eric Frantz of JJHuddle.com, Plymouth athletic director Andrew McFarland, former Norwalk High School athlete Jordan Johnson, and Tim Stried with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Sunday is a racing doubleheader day. At 12:30 on K96, it’s NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, the Windows 10. At 1:30 on Kool Gold 1510, it’s The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. All of that, plus the Tribe and Oakland Athletics at 9:35 tonight, 9:05 tomorrow and 4:05 Sunday on 95.3, WLKR.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The latest, on Tuesday’s apparent homicide in Willard.

The victim has been identified as 62-year-old Linda Ciocotto of Kirkwood Drive. She was shot and killed Tuesday night, while mowing her lawn. The sole suspect is her neighbor, 50-year-old James H. Blair. He was arrested early yesterday morning, after authorities used tear gas to force him from his home. He had been holed up for several hours. Blair is currently charged with murder. He’s in the Huron County Jail, in lieu of $1,000,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday, in Norwalk Municipal Court. Huron County deputies, Willard and Monroeville police and state agents were at the Kirkwood Drive scene again this morning. Sheriff Dane Howard said authorities believe they know the motive, but he declined to say more, due to the ongoing investigation.


A crash in the village of Monroeville has claimed a Sandusky man.

86-year-old Robert Joiner died Wednesday, after the accident on U.S. Route 20, at Fort Monroe Industrial Parkway. According Monroeville police Chief Gary Lyons, Joiner pulled from the parkway late yesterday morning, into the path of a cement truck driven by an Ashland man. He was taken by Lifeflight to a Toledo hospital, but was later pronounced dead.


Perkins police are reviewing surveillance video, in hopes of learning more about the theft of an excavator.

The large piece of equipment was swiped from a construction site near Meijer on Milan Road. It was last seen Friday night.


A Hamilton County grand jury has charged a white University of Cincinnati police officer accused of killing a black man during a recent traffic stop.

Ray Tensing is facing murder and manslaughter charges, tied to the July 19th fatal shooting of Sam DuBose. The incident was filmed on Tensing’s body cam. If convicted, he faces life in prison.


Two Ohio men have been hospitalized with West Nile virus.

One is 34, and from the Cleveland area. The other is 77, from the Cincinnati area.


The first Saturday in August brings with it the annual 95.3 WLKR and K96 Summer Jam, at the Huron Boat Basin.

We’ll have much more, in news tomorrow.


In sports…

The Cleveland Indians made it official this morning. The team traded Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky. Moss hit .217, with 15 homeruns for the Indians. Kaminisky was the Cards’ first-round pick two years ago. He’s currently playing Single-A ball. The Indians will play seven straight out west. First up…Four in Oakland. Tonight’s game against the Athletics will begin at 10:05. You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Republican officials will begin the search, for a new state rep for Erie and Ottawa counties.

Steve Kraus of Huron was removed from office yesterday, after an Ottawa County jury found him guilty of theft, for stealing items from a Danbury Township home during the spring of 2014. The jury found him not guilty of breaking and entering. Kraus has denied wrongdoing, and may appeal the verdict. He’s scheduled to be sentenced August 21st. He could receive up to a year in prison, but is more likely to be placed on probation.


A New London woman suffered non-life threatening injuries, when her ATV was hit by a car.

20-year-old Kaleigh Bracken was injured at approximately 6:30 last night, on Townline Road 187 near State Route 60, at the Huron-Ashland County line. According to the Highway Patrol, Bracken pulled from a yard onto the road, and was hit from behind by a Greenwich man. She was taken by ambulance to Samaritan Regional Health System in Ashland. Charges are pending.


The Utopia Pipeline and a road usage agreement will be the topic of discussion, during tonight’s special session of the Huron County Commissioners.

The meeting will begin at 7 in meeting room A, in the basement level of the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.


By a 3-2 vote, the Huron school board has agreed to place a new 10-year, 4.9 mill levy on the fall ballot.

The decision was made, during last night’s hour-long special meeting. If approved, the emergency operating levy would generate about $1.5 million annually, for day-to-day operations of the Huron City Schools. Officials say more money is necessary, because under Governor John Kasich’s new budget, the school system will receive about 18 percent less, in terms of annual state funds.


State Route 60, at the CSX Railroad tracks in the village of New London will close Monday, for crossing repairs.

Work should be complete by next Thursday.


A police captain from Vermilion has been placed on leave.

Michael Reinheimer is accused of driving with a suspended license. He was pulled over July 20th near Berlin Heights.


This year’s second and final guided walking tour of Norwalk’s historic Woodlawn Cemetery is set for this Sunday.

It’ll begin at 1, at the cemetery’s public mausoleum. Local historian Henry Timman will be the tour guide.


In sports…

The media and the coaches agree…The Perkins Pirates are the preseason favorites to win the 2015 Sandusky Bay Conference football title. Defending champion Huron was picked second, followed by Clyde. After that, the media picked a fourth-place tie between Edison and Port Clinton, while the coaches picked Port Clinton fourth, and Edison fifth. The media and coaches picked Oak Harbor sixth. The 2015 high school football season kicks off August 28th and 29th.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Alcohol may have played a role in a weekend crash in Norwalk Township.

31-year-old David Schuler-Nickles of Sandusky was hurt Friday night, when he lost control of his car and went off Lovers Lane Road, near Field Road. According to the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, his car hit a guardrail and went airborne into a wooded ravine. Troopers said Schuler-Nickles wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and was ejected from the car. He was flown from the scene to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.


A Vermilion man was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, after rolling his pickup truck in eastern Erie County.

23-year-old Arthur Mead was injured early yesterday morning on Mason Road, near Harrison Road in Vermilion Township. His condition is unknown. Mead told troopers he swerved to avoid a deer. He was charged with driving under the influence and failure to control.


The State Highway Patrol announced this morning that troopers will operate multiple DUI checkpoints this week.

The county where the checkpoints will be held will be announced the day before and location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.


A weekend blaze destroyed a home in New London.

Flames were visible when emergency crews arrived at the East Street scene Saturday afternoon. No one was injured, and the blaze was brought under control within an hour. The residents of the home, Bill and Dalee Speicher and their children lost everything. Friends and family members are accepting donations for the Speichers.


The jury in the Steve Kraus trial went back to work this morning.

Ottawa County jurors are deciding if he’s guilty or innocent of breaking and entering and theft. The Republican from Huron is accused of stealing antiques and a shotgun from a Port Clinton home last spring. He took the stand last week, and denied the allegations. If convicted of either or both charges, Kraus would lose his seat in the Ohio House.


Norwalk City Council is off this week.

City council will meet again next Tuesday night.


Mosquito spraying continues in the city of Bellevue.

It’ll be done at dusk every Monday night until September.


In sports….

The best team in the American League is in Cleveland, for a three-game series against the Indians. The Kansas City Royals and the Tribe will play at 7:10 tonight and tomorrow night and at 12:10 Wednesday. You can hear all three games on 95.3, WLKR.


The Locker Room show returns at 9am this Saturday!

Our guests will include Tim Stried with the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Plymouth Athletic Director Andrew McFarland, former Norwalk High School athlete Jordan Johnson and Eric Frantz of JJHuddle.



Friday, July 24, 2015

An accomplice to an armed robbery in Willard is going to prison.

21-year-old Dalton Parrott of Greenwich was sentenced yesterday to two years behind bars, for complicity. He was the getaway driver in the April 30th holdup at Hy-Miler on Tiffin St. The man who robbed the gas station, 20-year-old Caleb Hale was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.


State Representative Steve Kraus took the stand yesterday, and said he did nothing wrong when he entered a Port Clinton home.

Kraus is on trial in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court. He’s charged with breaking and entering and theft. A charge of burglary was dismissed during yesterday’s proceedings. Kraus also works as an auctioneer. He’s accused of entering the home without permission, and stealing antiques and a shotgun. He testified that he was there to appraise various items, and he claimed the homeowner lied, when she testified she didn’t give permission for him to be in the home. More testimony was heard this morning. Kraus is a Republican from Huron. He represents the 89th House District, which is made up of Erie and Ottawa counties. If convicted of a felony, he could be forced out of office.


The city of Norwalk is in need of a new zoning administration officer.

That’s because current zoning officer James Frado is leaving for a private sector job. A job description and application can be found under ‘job postings’ on the city’s website, norwalkoh.com. Pay for the job ranges from more than $16 an hour, to just over $27 an hour.


Upgrades are planned, at Norwalk’s Stoutenburg Park.

A new gazebo, along with a new drinking fountain and new concrete will be installed later this year. A state grant will pay for 75 percent of the cost.


Sandusky police are investigating a break-in at the Erie County Senior Center.

A worker called it in Monday morning. Entry was gained through a smashed window, and the burglar stole a small amount of cash, plus several items from the gift shop. Several drops of blood were found at the scene. So far, no suspects have been identified.


Finances and a possible November tax levy will be discussed during Monday’s special meeting of the Huron school board.

The meeting will begin at 6pm, in the conference room at Shawnee Elementary.


In sports…

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is now…Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller. He’ll make the change for the upcoming season.

The Cleveland Indians will try to shake off last night’s 8-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:10, and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

NASCAR Sprint Cup racing continues this Sunday, with the Brickyard 400. You can hear complete coverage, starting at 2:30 Sunday on K96.


The State Highway Patrol, Port Clinton police and the Ohio Investigative Unit are teaming up to hold an OVI checkpoint between 9 and 11 tonight, on State Route 163, near Maple Street in Port Clinton.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Highway Patrol says a Norwalk woman injured in a crash last week has died.

76-year-old Arlene Brezicky died Monday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. She was a passenger in a mini-van that was hit last Friday on U.S. Route 250, near State Route 2 in Perkins Township. Three others were injured in the crash.


A Willard man who held up a gas station is going to prison.

20-year-old Caleb Hale of Willard was sentenced yesterday to four years behind bars. Hale walked into Hy-Miler on Tiffin Street during the early morning hours of April 30th, flashed a gun, and robbed the store of several hundred dollars and cigarettes. Hale fled the scene, but was arrested several days later in Mansfield.


Testimony resumed this morning, in the trial of State Representative Steve Kraus.

The Republican from Huron is charged with breaking and entering, burglary and theft, for allegedly stealing antiques and a shotgun from a home in Port Clinton in April of last year. Among those testifying so far: The 67-year-old homeowner, who said Kraus didn’t have permission to enter the house or remove any of the contents, and a neighbor who took pictures of Kraus, while he was taking items from the home. Kraus, an auctioneer, has denied the allegations, and said he had authorization to enter the home and appraise items.


Federal grant money is coming to two area fire departments.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said yesterday the Norwalk Fire Department will receive nearly $6,600, while the Florence Township Fire Department is getting nearly $24,000. Money from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program can be used for training, upgrades and supplies.


The Huron County Commissioners will meet in special session next Tuesday night, to discuss a road usage agreement, due to the Utopia Pipeline going through Fairfield, Peru, Sherman, Ripley and Greenfield Townships.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 7pm, in meeting room A, in the basement level of the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.


In sports…

The Indians are home for seven straight. First up: four against the Chicago White Sox. Game time tonight, tomorrow and Saturday is 7:10, and you can hear all four games on 95.3, WLKR.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Coming up this afternoon on 95.3, WLKR—Cleveland Indians baseball.

The Tribe and Milwaukee Brewers will close out their two-game series at Miller Park. Indians Warm-Up is at 1:37, and game time is at 2:10. The Indians lost last night’s game 8-1.


Norwalk police continue to investigate a bomb threat that cleared a fast food restaurant, on the city’s north side.

Officers and Norwalk firefighters were summoned to Taco Bell on Milan Avenue yesterday afternoon. As a precaution, they evacuated the restaurant to search for a bomb. Nothing was found. Police have the phone number used to call in the threat.


Administrative changes have been approved by the Norwalk City Schools Board of Education.

Last night, the board hired Norwalk Middle School principal Corey Ream as Director of Operations. It’s a new position that replaces the job of assistant superintendent. He was given a three-year contract that pays $99,500 annually. The board approved two other moves. Norwalk High School Director of Student Activities Gary Swartz will fill Ream’s post at the middle school, and Maplehurst kindergarten teacher Josh Schlotterer will take over Swartz’s job at the high school. They were given two-year contracts.


In other business, the Norwalk school board approved a contract with OAPSE Local 269. The union represents various support staff.

The three-year agreement includes a 2.25 raise, and a $500 contract agreement payment in the first year, with raises of 2 percent, and 2.25 in years two and three. It also includes increased health insurance co-pays and potential increased yearly deductions, along with future increased employee contributions to healthcare. Contract negotiations continue with the Norwalk Teachers Association.


To Ottawa County, where jury selection began this morning, in the trial of State Representative Steve Kraus.

He’s facing charges of breaking and entering, burglary and theft. Kraus is accused stealing items from a home in Port Clinton last spring, but has denied the allegations. The Republican from Huron represents the 89th District, which is made up of Erie and Ottawa counties.


The investigation continues, into Tuesday’s early morning blaze that destroyed two homes in Sandusky.

Firefighters from multiple departments were summoned to 712 and 716 West Adams Street at 12:30 yesterday morning. Both homes were engulfed in flames. Several people in the homes got out safely, but a dog was killed, and a Sandusky firefighter suffered non-life threatening injuries. A witness told investigators that a person was spotted running from the scene, but it’s not yet known if there’s a connection.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Personnel and contract negotiations will be discussed, during tonight’s special session of the Norwalk Board of Education.

The meeting will begin at 7:30, at Norwalk High School. The board will go into executive session, and action is expected after the closed door meeting.


The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating an overnight blaze that destroyed two homes along West Adams Street in Sandusky.

The fire also killed a dog, and injured a firefighter. People were inside the homes at 712 and 716 West Adams, but managed to get out safely. Multiple fire departments were at the scene.


Erie County deputies continue to investigate weekend burglaries at businesses along U.S. Route 250 in Milan Township.

A thief or thieves stole a truck and trailer with two zero-turn mowers from Gibson’s Landscaping, next door to the Radio Ranch. The truck was later found at Schaffer Road and Lover’s Lane, near the Erie-Huron County line, but the trailer and mowers are still missing. Smetzer Paint and Supply was forcibly entered early Sunday morning, and $400 was stolen from the business. A neighboring business, Warnike Carpet was entered too, but nothing was stolen. Deputies believe all three burglaries are connected.


While the state’s jobless rate remained steady last month, Huron County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly, to 5.5 percent.

Erie County’s jobless rate went down as well, to 4.8 percent. It was a different story around the region. Unemployment rates went up in Ashland, Crawford, Lorain, Richland, Sandusky and Seneca counties, with Lorain County being the highest, at seven percent.


There may or may not be a marijuana issue on the fall ballot.

ResponsibleOhio needs nearly 30,000 more valid signatures, to place a marijuana legalization issue on the ballot in November. The pro-pot group submitted nearly 700,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office, but only 276,000 were ruled valid. ResponsibleOhio has 10 days to make up the difference.


It’s official…Governor John Kasich is running for president.

He made the announcement this morning. He’s the 16th person to seek the G.O.P. nomination.


One area city is ranked among the “50 Safest Cities in Ohio.”

Vermilion comes in at #37, on a list compiled by SafeWise. Bryan, in northwest Ohio was ranked #1.


Friday, July 17, 2015

A Castalia police officer has been charged with a misdemeanor for contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child after giving rides to a Margaretta High School teen.

37 year old Robert “Blake” Hawes was arrested after he allegedly gave a 15 year-old girl a ride to her boyfriend’s house at 12:30 am on June 17th without her parents’ knowledge or consent. According to reports, he complied with her request for another ride a few hours later. Hawes, who has been placed on paid administrative leave, serves as the Margaretta High School’s resource officer. Erie County Deputies learned he and the teen regularly text each other and there are allegations he’s behaved similarly with other Margaretta high teens. Hawes has been the school’s resource officer since last fall.


Hotel Kilbourne is the name of the new boutique hotel going in the Athletic Club building in Downtown Sandusky.

Nikki Lloyd and Ryan Whaley of Green Door Media Works announced on Monday that they are naming the small luxury hotel after the city of Sandusky’s designer, Kilbourne Flat. The four-story, nine room hotel will also have meeting space, city scape views, an open-air event space and a first floor bar. The couple also invited anyone interested in the progress of the building, which is projected to open in the spring of 2016, to visit the website, hotel-kilbourne-dot-com.


A Bellevue man is dead, the victim of a two-vehicle crash outside Monroeville.

38-year-old Scott Reilly was killed shortly before 10 yesterday morning, on State Route 547, near Section Line Road 30 in Sherman Township. According to the highway patrol, Reilly went left of center, and hit a semi-truck head on. The driver of the rig, Aaron Dahm of Monroeville suffered minor injuries, and was taken to The Bellevue Hospital. The crash remains under investigation.


A Norwalk man wanted on felony charges is now in the Huron County Jail.

29-year-old Derek Ward was arrested without incident early yesterday afternoon. The arrest was made, at a home on North Pleasant Street. Ward is accused of breaking into at least two homes, and stealing guns.


Residents of North Fairfield will be without water service at times next week, while crews replace fire hydrants around the village. Work will begin Monday, and run through Friday. A boil advisory will be in effect starting Monday in North Fairfield.