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FRIDAY, MAY 7th, 2021

An Ottawa County man accused of killing his wife has updated his plea.

According to the Sandusky Register, 43-year-old John Eichner’s attorney has entered a plea of ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’.

He previously had pled just ‘not guilty’ to 28 charges, including aggravated murder.

The body believed by authorities to be his wife, Amber, was discovered in south Toledo late last month.

John Eichner’s trial date for July has been canceled.

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In Medina County…

Police in Wadsworth say, they have arrested 7 people in connection with the shooting-death of Iron Cannon of Akron…last seen in Wadsworth in October of last year.

His body has not yet been found.

Police believe, a resident of Uniontown was the trigger-man.

4 others are accused of covering up the crime and two more are accused of hampering the investigation.

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In Huron County COVID-19 numbers…

3 new cases were reported on Thursday.

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The numbers are in, and they show, Ohio’s COVID-19 case-rate has dropped for the third week in a row, similar to October of last year…right before another spike.

County-by-county numbers show; Lorain County has the 14th highest case-rate among the state’s 88 counties.

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Governor Mike DeWine has announced that the state’s mass vaccination clinic at the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland will start offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week. 

Anyone age 18 or older may receive the single-dose vaccine from next Tuesday through Monday, May 17th.

The clinic will continue offering first doses of the Pfizer vaccine to anyone age 16 or older through Monday… and second doses of Pfizer, beginning Tuesday May 18th for those who received their first doses at the Wolstein Center in late April and early May.

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A volunteer athletic coach at Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville is free on bond.

38-year-old Jason DiMacchia is charged with sexual battery involving a female student.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram…

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The Avon School Board is in the market for a new member.

Heather Mahoney has resigned after nearly 10 years of service.

She and her family are moving out of state.

The Avon School System is accepting applications for the school board seat through May 17th.

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Singer-songwriter Emily Keener of Wakeman…who made the Top-12 on “The Voice” in 2016…has announced, she will perform her first-and-final spring-and-summer concert in Cleveland, on May 22nd.

Emily says, she will be moving out of state to serve Americorps through October.

Americorps is a voluntary, national public service program that helps those in need.

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Work on the Old State Widening Phase 5 Project in Norwalk is slated to begin next week.

Old State Road, between Main Street and Gallup Avenue, will be closed to through traffic.

Local residents only will be allowed through, with access to Sofios Park to be allowed from the north end only.

The project is expected to be completed by August 1st.

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The City of Sandusky’s ‘Love Where You Live’ cleanup and beautification series becomes ‘Love Where You Play’ on Saturday.

Cleanup efforts will focus on the city’s parks.

Volunteers are invited, beginning at 9:00 am.

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Triple-A is throwing its support behind a bill that would make ‘distracted driving’, a primary offense in Ohio.

The Highway Patrol says, from 2013 to 2019, there were more than 91-thousand distracted driving crashes in Ohio, resulting in more than 47-thousand injuries and more than 300 deaths.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians finished off a 4-game sweep of the Royals in Kansas City on Thursday, winning 4-0.  The Tribe opens up a 3-game home series against Cincinnati tonight.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible in the late afternoon.

Partly cloudy, with a high near 54.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

 

Sunday – Mother’s Day

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible in the late afternoon.

High near 54.

THURSDAY, MAY 6th, 2021

A Toledo man faces charges following a shooting outside of Kalahari resort Tuesday night. 

According to multiple media outlets, 18-year-old Evan McKinney has been charged with attempted murder and felonious assault in connection with the shooting.

Authorities say that McKinney was in a dispute with someone else before the two exchanged gunfire.

A search is still on for the second alleged shooter.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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Lorain County Public Health has confirmed three additional deaths over the past week due to COVID-19.

The local death toll now stands at 429 since the pandemic began.

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In Huron County COVID-19 figures…

10 new cases were reported on Wednesday, with the death toll holding at 119.

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Lorain County Administrator Tom Williams says, an analysis is underway at Lorain County 9-1-1, after a brief power outage this past weekend.

The commissioners are expecting a full report within 30 days.

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Mayor Dave Light has appointed Daniel Strayer as the new Assistant Fire Chief for the Norwalk Fire Department.

Strayer, a Castalia resident, has over 25 years of experience.

Strayer currently serves as the Assistant Fire Chief at the Margaretta Township Fire Department.

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Commissioners in Huron County have agreed to file for a grant to help lower-income homeowners with housing upgrades.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the county is teaming up with Norwalk and Willard to apply, with the 3 entities eligible for up to $400,000 in funding.

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The City of Norwalk is paying tribute to local military members.  

They’ve announced a Hometown Hero Dedication Community Celebration for later this month.

All 87 of the city’s Hometown Hero military tribute banners will be on display in the uptown corridor; along with shopping, food trucks, live music and yard games.

It’s planned for May 15th from 5 to 9 pm at Suhr Family Park, with a banner dedication ceremony at 5:30 pm.

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The Lorain County Commissioners are moving ahead with plans, to replace the Peck-Wadsworth Road bridge in Wellington Township in several years.

The commissioners have approved a proposal from Burgess and Niple to assist in necessary environmental and design documentation.

The estimated cost to replace the bridge is just over 1-million-dollars, with the feds picking up 80-percent of the tab.

According to Bridge Reports dot com, the National Bridge Inventory has listed the Peck-Wadsworth bridge in ‘poor’ condition since 2010.

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Fisher-Titus has nominated vice president of quality clinical resource management, Karen Dickinson, for a state honor.  

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, Dickinson is a nominee for the Ohio Hospital Association’s Health Care Worker of the Year award.

The winner will be announced this fall.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals last night, 5-4.

-The Cleveland Cavaliers were blown out by Portland last night, 141-105.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers, mainly in the late afternoon.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 59.

 

Tonight

Showers.

Low around 44.

 

Friday

A chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5th, 2021

No one was hurt in a shooting outside of Kalahari resort last night. 

According to the Sandusky Register, multiple gunshot rounds were found in front of the resort.

18-year-old Evan McKinney of Toledo was arrested this morning in connection with the shooting…with authorities searching for another man allegedly involved.

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Here are your election results from Tuesday night…

In Huron County:

-A school levy for Monroeville failed.

-A tax levy passed for North Fairfield.

-2 levies, for cemeteries and parks, passed by just a vote each in Greenwich, with a recount likely.

-A Greenwich tax levy for roads failed.

*Voter turnout was at 4 percent.

In Erie County:

-A levy for Huron Schools failed.

-A levy for Margaretta Schools passed.

-In Vermilion, current Mayor Jim Forthofer and challenger Jerry Kyle received the two most votes in the primary, advancing to this November’s election

*Voter turnout was at 21 percent.

In Lorain County:

-In Columbia Township, a levy for roads failed.

-In Sheffield Township, a levy for fire and EMS failed.

-The Clearview School System levy failed.

-Levies all passed  for branches of the Lorain Public Library System in Avon Lake, Oberlin, Lorain and in Sheffield Lake for Domonkas.

-Voter turnout was at 6 ½ percent (fewest numbers of voters in at least 20 years)

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A Lorain man is due in court…a suspect in the shooting death last week of 36-year-old Edwin Guzman.

28-year-old Joshua Oquendo is charged with ‘murder’.

Police say, they found Guzman, shot several times in a car that sideswiped several others and came to rest on the front lawn of a home on East 29th.

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Police in Lorain have arrested a suspect in a shooting that put another man in the hospital.

22-year-old Kenton Taylor is charged with ‘attempted murder’.

19-year-old Marquis Smallwood of Lorain was shot at the Cotton Club on East 28th in March.

He remains at Metro in Cleveland.

Police say, 2 other people were also hurt.

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Checking Huron County COVID-19 figures…

1 new death and 3 new cases were reported on Tuesday.

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The city of Huron is the benefactor of some state funding from the Ohio Water Development Authority.

They’re receiving a low interest loan of around $900,000 for 20 years for the construction of a waterline along Berlin Road to replace aging water lines and eliminate dead ends.

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A Memorial Day tradition will take place this year.  

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the city of Norwalk will host a Memorial Day Parade on the 31st of this month.

It will begin at 9:30 am, and go the route of Woodlawn Avenue, ending at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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More than 1 year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the worldwide economy is beginning to rebound.

In Lorain, Mayor Jack Bradley says, that brings the possibility of Republic Steel restarting its rolling mill…perhaps this year.

The plant has been idled since 2016.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram…

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COVID-19 hit the auto industry hard in April of 2020.

This year…a different story.

According to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, local sales of new vehicles were up last month by more than 90-percent from a year ago, and sales of USED vehicles were up by more than 100-percent.

Your volume leader last month…Ford, followed by Chevrolet and Honda.

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A warning from the U-S Postal Service…

They say, scammers are sending bogus emails and text messages, prompting consumers to confirm their personal delivery information by clicking a link or downloading an attachment.

The Postal Service says, this is a scam…and if you click on the link or open the attachment, it can activate a virus and steal information such as usernames, passwords and financial account info.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians won their second straight in Kansas City last night, besting the Royals 7-3.  The Indians play the Royals again tonight in KC.

-The Cleveland Cavaliers fell at home in overtime last night to the Phoenix Suns 134-118.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers, mainly this morning.

Partly cloudy, with a high near 55.

 

Tonight

Patchy fog overnight.

Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 39.

 

Thursday

Patchy fog early.

A chance of showers.

Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 60.

 

Friday

A chance of showers.

Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

TUESDAY, MAY 4th, 2021

In Huron County COVID-19 numbers…

3 new cases were reported on Monday.

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Firelands Regional Medical Center is hosting 2 separate COVID-19 vaccination clinics today. 

…A scheduled appointment clinic running from 8 am to 4 pm

…And a walk-in clinic from 10 am to 2 pm

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Governor Mike DeWine gave an update Monday on COVID-19 testing for nursing home staff.  

A new Ohio Department of Health order will exempt fully vaccinated staff in nursing homes and assisted living facilities from routine testing.

Staff members who are not fully vaccinated will be required to be tested twice a week.

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Police in Lorain are investigating another homicide.

This one, from early yesterday at Bruce Towers on Oberlin Avenue…

Police say, they received reports of ‘shots fired’ early yesterday morning and found 42 year old John Armstrong, dead, in one of the apartments.

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An Ottawa County man accused of killing his wife has pled ‘not guilty’ to 28 charges related to her death, including murder.

According to the Sandusky Register, a $1-and-a-half million dollar bond has been set for 43-year-old John Eichner of Genoa.

The body of his wife, Amber, was likely found in south Toledo, with DNA-testing pending.

A trial for Eichner has been scheduled for July.

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It’s Election Day…

Polls will be open until 7:30 tonight.

Some communities have local, contested party races and issues.

Others do not.

Voting is expected to be on the lighter side.

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No one was hurt following a threat made at Port Clinton High School’s True Lay Stadium on Monday.  

The stadium was evacuated, with all events there canceled.

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Extra Sandusky County Sheriff’s patrol are scheduled to be on the road this month, thanks to a state grant.

They’ll be looking to draw awareness to traffic during the high school prom season and ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign.

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This month is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month…

The State Highway Patrol says there was an increase of 24 percent in motorcycle serious injuries and a 33 percent rise in motorcycle fatalities last year.

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Today is the last day to sign up to be a part of Willard’s Community-Wide Yard Sale later this month. 

The cost to register is 3-dollars, with money going to the Willard Area Food Bank.

The place to sign up is Willard City Hall.

The yard sale is scheduled for May 13th, 14th and 15th.

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SPORTS

The Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals last night, 8-6.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers.

Cloudy, with a low around 48.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers, mainly in the morning.

Partly cloudy, with a high near 57.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers.

Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

MONDAY, MAY 3rd, 2021

Lorain County’s 9-1-1 system is back online.

It was offline last night for about half an hour, in the 9 o’clock hour.

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In area COVID-19 numbers…

Erie County saw no new deaths and 85 new cases from April 23rd through 30th.  The death toll remains at 209.

In Huron County, 6 new cases were reported from Saturday to Sunday, with the death toll remaining at 118.

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Three people were treated for minor injuries…when the vehicle of a suspect that was allegedly fleeing from authorities sideswiped a minivan and struck a Sandusky Police cruiser head-on.

According to the Sandusky Register, it took place Friday afternoon at the intersection of Hayes Avenue and North Depot Street in Sandusky.

23-year-old Amir Ashakih of Bowling Green faces charges of cocaine possession and trafficking, OVI, and fleeing and eluding.

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A dedication and open house event has been planned for the new Vermilion Fire Station #1.  

It will take place May 15th at 12 noon at the corner of Devon and Douglas Streets.

Speakers will be on hand, tours will be offered and refreshments will be available.

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A road work project starts up this week in Erie County.

Route 4, just south of Fox Road, will be closing today for a culvert replacement.

Work is expected to be complete on Friday.

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From the City of Norwalk…

There will be no on-street parking on Marian Drive this week due to sidewalk repair and installation.

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In Lorain…

New work today on Colorado Avenue…

Colorado will be closed at “F” Street for ‘water work’.

A detour will be posted…

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The new month brings new work on I-90 in Avon.

Crews will be rebuilding the bridges over the railroad tracks between Route 611 and French Creek Road.

Work will continue through July of 2022…

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Circle your calendars…as Second Harvest Food Bank has set their drive-thru food pantry event schedule for May.  

Among their stops in Erie and Huron counties…

-May 10th at Huron High School

-May 18th at Edison High School

-May 26th at Willard Parks and Rec

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians shut out the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, 5-0.  The Tribe begins a 4-game series tonight in Kansas City.

-Kyle Busch won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

High near 69.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly overnight.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

They’ll try again today.

The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox will open this season this afternoon, at 1:10. The game will air on 95.3 WLKR. Yesterday’s game was postponed shortly after 2:30. The club issued a statement, blaming a changed forecast and wind chills dropping into the teens.

 

A convicted child rapist from Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.

51-year-old Michael Walls was sentenced yesterday to eight life sentences. He has no chance at parole. Walls stood trial last month in Erie County Common Pleas Court, and was found guilty on more than 20 counts of rape. Officials said Walls raped a girl multiple times a week from the time she was 3 or 4, into her teens. During yesterday’s hearing, Walls said he was innocent, and said he plans to appeal his conviction and sentence.

 

Norwalk police are still looking for a man who swiped more than $1,200 worth of beer and liquor from Gardner’s SuperValue.

It happened at 4pm last Tuesday. According to Captain Mike Conney, the man loaded up his cart twice, and left the store undetected both times.

He made off in a gray newer-model Toyota Camry. The man is described as heavy-set, bald and 40 to 45. Pictures of the man have been posted on the Norwalk Police Department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information should contact the Norwalk Police Department.

 

Ground will be broken this Friday, for the Cedar Point Sports Center at the former Griffing- Sandusky Airport site on Cleveland Road.

Officials said phase one of the youth sports facility will include nine multipurpose synthetic turf fields, four NCAA regulation baseball fields, a championship baseball and softball stadium, eight NCAA regulation lacrosse fields, sports-specific training areas and an ADA-accessible community use field. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 Friday afternoon. Phase one is expected to be complete by this fall, with spring and summer of 2017 serving as the inaugural season for Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center.

 

Former Ohio State University marching band director Jonathon Waters will again lead a college band.

He’s been hired as an assistant professor of music, and director of bands at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. Waters was dismissed by Ohio State in the summer of 2014, after an investigation revealed the OSU band contained a ‘sexualized culture.’

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

It’ll be a cold, blustery day for Cleveland Indians baseball.

The season opener against the Boston Red Sox is scheduled to begin at 4:10 this afternoon. The forecast for Cleveland calls for rain and snow showers to move out by game time, but windy conditions will continue, with temperatures falling to about 33. We’ll broadcast live from Progressive Field, starting at 1 this afternoon. You’ll hear comments from Cleveland Indians players and front office personnel, and we’ll get you ready for today’s game. Then we’ll join the Indians Radio Network for Indians Warm-Up at 3:37, leading up to today’s scheduled 4:10 start time on 95.3 WLKR.

 

Two Norwalk High School students are facing charges, for allegedly selling marijuana at school last month.

The girls, ages 16 and 17 are charged with marijuana trafficking. They’ll answer to the charges in Huron County Juvenile Court.

 

A Huron County grand jury has charged two local men, in connection with different sex crimes.

19-year-old Nathanial ‘JR’ Parsons of New London is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stem from two alleged incidents with a now 15-year-old girl. One occurred last fall, the other in February.

Also charged by the grand jury: 62-year-old Thomas J. McDaniel of Willard. He’s facing a single count of sexual battery, for the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in late February.

 

Governor John Kasich is in New York today.

On the schedule: campaign stops at Hofstra University and Huntington.

 

An elected official in Sandusky says he has doubts about the future of Ohio Bike Week, which typically runs between late May and early June.

Dennis Murray Jr. serves as a city commissioner and ex-officio mayor. According to the Sandusky Register, Murray said one of the chief complaints about Ohio Bike Week is excessive noise caused by hundreds of motorcycles. The city of Sandusky recently signed a five-year contract extension with Ohio Bike Week, through 2021. In the story, Murray said the city would honor the contract, but may not renew it unless changes are made.

 

More news from Sandusky…

It appears a city commissioner is going to jail, for not paying child support.

Court paperwork shows Greg Lockhart must report to the Erie County Jail by April 15th, to begin serving a 30-day sentence. His attorney appealed the sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court, but the motion was denied. Lockhart won a four-year term last fall. Despite the pending jail term, it appears Lockhart’s spot on the commission is safe.

 

A decision won’t be made tomorrow night, but Norwalk City Council will hear the first reading of legislation allowing golf carts on city streets.

As we told you last week, members of city council will debate the pros and cons. The measure could be approved as is, modified or voted down.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016

State regulators have approved a plan that will lead to higher electric bills for many Ohio consumers.

Despite opposition from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio okayed the plan yesterday. FirstEnergy customers will pay more to subsidize the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, while American Electric Power customers will pay more to subsidize an aging coal-fired plant. The average residential customer will see an average monthly bill increase of about $10. The rate hike will begin in June.

 

Another victory, for supporters of medical marijuana…

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified a proposal to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the Buckeye State. The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must now collect more than 300,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

 

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a recent fire in Clyde.

The March 6th blaze damaged the Clyde Car Wash on West Maple Street, and nearby storage units. Investigators quickly ruled the cause as arson. Anyone with information should contact the Clyde Police Department.

 

Perkins school officials appear close to hiring a new treasurer.

Out of 33 applicants, two are finalists. One is Daniel Bowman, current treasurer of the Parma Schools. The other is Cheryl Swisher, treasurer of Van Buren Schools. A decision could come this month.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has honored eight Huron County employers for their strong workplace safety records.

To receive an award, a business must have at least 500,000 hours and six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

Leading the list: David Price Metal Services in Norwalk…The company worked nearly 1.2 million hours without a serious injury. Also on the list: Delany Staffing Group, Kaiser-Wells, LakePark Industries, New Horizons Baking Company, the Norwalk Public Library, PolyOne, and Wiers Farm.