Thursday, June 20th, 2019

A local radio leader passed away Tuesday…

Dave Mehling was 78.

Mehling helped purchase WLKR radio before taking the reigns as General Manager at WLEC in 1975.

He spent over 50 years in the radio business overall; including his later years helping call high school sports with Mark Fogg and others on ‘LEC.


A Wellington police officer faces charges after a one-car crash Sunday…believed to be a suicide attempt.

According to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, 35 year old Richard Nysel drove off a bridge on Route 60 in Florence Township.

He was taken to Firelands Regional Medical in Sandusky for a mental health evaluation.


Rosperts Market of Norwalk has announced a voluntary recall of nearly 23-thousand pounds of beef, pork, and lamb products that were possibly produced with the use of a water supply that failed to meet the Ohio Department of Health’s microbiological standards for private water systems in Ohio.

The beef, pork, and lamb products were produced between May 21st and June 17th, and also sold through Smith’s Country Counter on Lehigh Road in Norwalk.


The school board at New London Local Schools has agreed to a resolution to again place a 2.9 mill, five-year permanent improvement levy on this November’s ballot.

That also includes general bonds of $6.7 million.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the levy money would be used for various improvements including security upgrades and roof repairs; while the money from the bonds would go towards building a stadium and field house.

Residents voted against the 2.9 mill levy last November.


Slow down…says the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office…especially if you’re driving County Road 175, just east of Clyde.

A number of citations were issued there yesterday morning after complaints were made by residents.

They say they’ll also have extra patrol on the roads come next month with a focus on travelers during the 4th of July…with a focus on distracted and impaired driving, seat belt violations and speeding.


City Hall in Sandusky is on the move…and that means residents will need to go to a new location to pay their sewer and water bills.

The city says customer accounting is relocating from their current spot on Meigs Street to their new home on Columbus Avenue…beginning Monday.

Residents have until this Friday at noon to make their payments at the Meigs Street office before the transition.

Payments can also still be made online.


A one-day Huron County road closure to tell you about…

According to The Ohio Department of Transportation, U.S. 224 between Lane and Greenwich Milan Township Roads will be closed today for railroad crossing repairs.

Officials say the road is expected to be back open on Friday.


The numbers are in, and they show, Lorain County is getting older…now ranking in the top-10 statewide, in the percentage of people, 65 and older.

According to the U-S Census Bureau, that segment of Lorain County’s population has more than doubled since 1980.

(A full breakdown at chronicle-t-dot-com…)


A state senate committee led by Republicans has removed language regarding so-called “Academic Distress Commissions” from their version of the state budget.

The state house previously endorsed language that would eliminate Academic Distress Commissions and return local control to school boards in Lorain, Youngstown and East Cleveland.

The house and the senate have 10 days to work out their differences, and approve a state budget.




*A Flash Flood Watch is in effect now through 8:00 pm tonight.


Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.

High near 69.



Showers and thunderstorms likely, with heavy rain possible.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan has released a statement concerning the recent absence of City Fire Chief John Soisson.

In Duncan’s announcement, he says Soisson is an “extremely important leader” and “beloved member of the (Norwalk) community”.

Duncan goes on to say that the city has the necessary personnel and structure in place to provide appropriate coverage and continuity of operations…and will share further information when and if possible.


A new report from the Highway Patrol indicates that a broken axle on a rail car triggered last month’s train derailment in Wellington.

Two engines and 22 rail cars eventually jumped the tracks.

No one was hurt, but clean-up of diesel-fuel continues.


A portion of U.S. 224 has reopened in Huron County…

ODOT says U.S. 224, just east of Bullhead Road, is now back open; after previously being closed for a culvert replacement.

Bullhead Road will remain closed in the meantime…and is expected to reopen Wednesday, July 3rd.


Due to inclement weather, the City of Norwalk’s Street Resurfacing Project has been delayed.

The City says they plan to start work back up after the July 4th holiday weekend.


The City of Willard is looking for parade entrants for their upcoming, 33rd annual Festival in the Park.

Those looking to be part of the festivities can find a form online at the city’s website ( and return it to the Recreation Department.

The parade takes place Saturday, June 29th at 5:00 pm.


The Village of Plymouth has an open seat on Council.

The village says those interested should send a letter to the Village Fiscal Officer.


A new “Stop Bullying” license plate will soon be available in Ohio.

A design contest was held…with drawings by Independence Middle School student Brooke Balser chosen as the winner.

The plate features a multicolored peace sign on the left side with the words “Bully Free”…along with “Bully Free Car” printed below the license plate number.

Sale of the plates will help fund grants for bullying prevention programs.


The numbers for May are in, and they show…

New vehicle sales are down…used vehicle sales are up…here in northern Ohio.

According to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, your local volume-leader last month was Chevrolet.




A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from tonight at 8:00 pm through Thursday at 8:00 pm.


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

Partly sunny, with a high near 78.



Showers and thunderstorms.

Some of the storms could produce heavy rain.

Low around 63.



Showers and thunderstorms, with heavy rain possible.

High near 68.



Sunny, with a high near 74.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

He is described as a ‘person of interest’ in a fatal shooting early Sunday in Lorain…and yesterday…29 year old Tramaine White made his first appearance in court…

White has initially been charged with felonious assault…with more charges expected at the county level.

Witnesses say, 16-year-old Kevin Price was shot and killed as a birthday party was winding down on Vine Avenue.


A Huron boy faces criminal charges after allegedly sending an unwanted obscene photo and video to two female classmates earlier this year.

According to the Sandusky Register, the boy is also being investigated by authorities and Huron school officials for a second incident where he allegedly attempted to sexually assault one of the two girls.


Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth and Deputies have been recognized by the state for their heroic actions.

They’ve received the Buckeye State Sherriff’s Association Life Saving Award.

In two separate incidents, they performed CPR on people until paramedics arrived.


A former firefighter has been honored by Huron County officials. 

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the death of Townsend Township Fire Captain Charles Horning has recently been deemed job-related.

Horning passed away from a heart attack in October 2015.

A commemorative service was held this past weekend at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Norwalk on Shady Lane Drive; where Horning’s name was added to five others who perished in the line of duty.


The Ohio Department of Health is urging people to take precautions, to prevent mosquito bites and the diseases they might carry.

The most common diseases spread by mosquitoes in Ohio include West Nile virus and La Crosse virus.

Last year in Ohio, there were 65 West Nile virus cases, including six deaths, and 39 La Crosse.


The state of Ohio is launching a pilot program in central Ohio, with the goal of reducing the time people spend in line at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The program is called, “Get in Line, Online”, and allows people to check in online, go to the BMV and check in at a self-service kiosk, then claim their spot in line.


Thursday, the Ohio Special Olympics Torch will begin its trek through more than 130 communities, on its way to Columbus for the State Summer Games that open June 28th.

All facets of law enforcement will walk, run or bicycle to raise awareness and money, for the Special Olympics.


A new eatery opened its doors yesterday on a busy Milan Road in the Sandusky-area.

Culver’s – known for their butter-burgers and frozen custard – opened up in Perkins Township; next to the Mickey Mart and across the street from Meijer.

Groundbreaking for the restaurant was held back in January.





Patchy fog early.

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.



Showers.  High near 72.

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Lorain Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old male early Sunday.

Officers say they responded to shots fired in the 300 block of Vine Avenue where they discovered the body of the young man.

Detectives say they believe the shooting occurred after a disagreement at a nearby party.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lorain Police.


Huron County Safe Communities Coalition has released their latest crash fatality update.

They say in May, the county experienced one fatal crash resulting in one death.

The single vehicle accident occurred on Fitchville River Road in Hartland Township.

There have been two fatal crashes in Huron County so far this year; compared to four fatal crashes a year ago at this time.


Over $5 million in federal grant money is going to the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says the two grants will be used for renovations to windows and the heating and cooling system at the 427-bed facility on Columbus Avenue.


The Medina Police Department says they have found an elderly man who went missing over the weekend.

A state wide alert was issued after 72-year-old Raymond Davis Jr., who suffers from dementia, went missing from his home on Homestead Street Saturday night.

About 24 hours later, Medina Police were able to return him to his family.


Officials in Huron County are looking to update their health department’s .25-mill levy this fall.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, Huron County Public Health board members have agreed to put a replacement levy on the ballot in November…the current levy costs a $100,000 home owner $7.21 annually…the replacement levy would cost the same person $8.25 a year.


A State lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require school districts in Ohio to name a valedictorian and salutatorian.

The bill introduced by Republican State Rep Niraj Antani of Miamisburg comes after Mason High School in southwestern Ohio decided that it will stop awarding the academic honors.

In Lorain County, both Elyria and Avon have also stopped with the practice, due to concerns about unhealthy competition, or students forgoing rigorous coursework just to achieve an ‘A’.


A reminder to Huron County drivers…

ODOT says that State Route 99, between Bauman and North Greenfield Roads is closing today for a culvert replacement.

The road is expected to reopen a week from Friday.





Patchy fog before noon.

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 71.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Patchy fog possible.

Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 60.



Patchy fog early.

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

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.