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Friday, October 2, 2015

It is not a good day to be out on Lake Erie.

A Lakeshore Flood Warning is in effect for Erie, Ottawa and Lucas counties until 10am tomorrow. Northeast gales up to 35 knots will cause waves of 8 to 10 feet, which will contribute to lakeshore flooding and beach erosion.


You may have to dodge some raindrops, if you’re going Sunday’s Woolly Bear Festival in downtown Vermilion.

Ohio’s largest one-day festival begins at 9am, and runs until 6.


Our own Mike Adelman will be laid to rest tomorrow.

A funeral service for Mike will begin at 10:30am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, also in Monroeville. Mike passed away Wednesday. He was 65. He’s survived by his wife Melodie, five children and 14 grandchildren.


When it comes to deer-car crashes, Lorain and Richland counties have been identified as “hotspots.”

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Lorain County ranked second in the state last year, with 510 deer-car crashes. Richland County was third in Ohio, with 503 deer-car crashes.


A Willard man was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center early yesterday morning, after rolling his car on Ridge Road in Bronson Township.

According to reports, 35-year-old Matthew Stevens failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road into a nearby cornfield, and flipped over several times. Stevens was able to free himself, and despite serious injuries, made it to a nearby home to ask for help. The highway patrol believes alcohol was a factor in the crash, and charges are pending.


If you’re voting in Huron County this fall, you’ll notice something different—New optical scan voting machines.

Sharon Locke, Director of the Huron County Board of Elections said a change was necessary, because the county’s touch-screen voting machines were aging, and were becoming prone to failure. An open house will be held between 10-12 and 5 and 7 next Wednesday, to help introduce Huron County voters to the new optical scan machines.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

It is a sad day at the Radio Ranch.

Our own Mike Adelman passed away yesterday afternoon. He was 65. Mike was a man of many talents. He was an account executive here at the Radio Ranch, and you most likely heard him broadcasting Willard High School football and basketball games, or talking about high school sports on Saturday mornings on 95.3, WLKR. In the 1970’s, 80’s and much of the 90’s, Mike worked in a similar capacity at the former Wizard radio station in Shelby. Until his death, Mike served as mayor of Monroeville, and previously served as a Huron County Commissioner. Friends and family may call between 11-8 tomorrow, at the Pfeil Funeral Home in Monroeville. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 Saturday morning, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville.


It’s considered Ohio’s largest one-day festival, and it’s happening this Sunday in Vermilion.

The 43rd annual Woolly Bear Festival will begin at 9am in downtown Vermilion. A complete schedule of events and offerings is online, at vermilionchamber.net.


The man responsible for a hit-skip crash in Sandusky turned himself in yesterday afternoon.

29-year-old Brandon Wilson is now facing charges of leaving the scene, and failure to yield. The Highway Patrol said Wilson was turning from the Sandusky Plaza late Tuesday afternoon, and hit a motorcycle driven by 35-year-old Bradley Harrison of Huron. Harrison suffered serious injuries, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Wilson fled the scene on foot.


The Ohio Turnpike is celebrating its 60th anniversary today.

The turnpike fully opened to traffic on October 1st, 1955. When it opened, it had 18 access points. It now has more than 30.


The state of Ohio is getting $1.3 million, to help in the fight against crystal meth.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will help authorities investigate activities tied to the manufacture and distribution of the illicit drug. California, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, New York and Tennessee received identical grants.


Our story on Huron County’s new voting machines will air in tomorrow’s news.

Sharon Locke, Director of the Huron County Board of Elections will talk about the new machines, and she’ll have details on next week’s open house at her office.


In sports…

The Cleveland Indians will NOT play in Major League Baseball’s postseason. Yesterday’s split with the Minnesota Twins, and a Houston win over Seattle finished off any chance a wild-card spot. The Tribe and Twins will finish their series, starting at 7:10 tonight, then the Boston Red Sox will come to Cleveland for a three game series that will end the season.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

It’s a doubleheader day, in Cleveland.

After last night’s rainout, the Indians and Minnesota Twins will play a traditional doubleheader, with game one at 4:10, and game two about a half-hour after the first game. We’ll have both games on 95.3, WLKR. Indians Warm Up will start things off, at 3:37.


Huron County Public Health officials have scheduled a series of drive-thru seasonal flu vaccine clinics.

Those drive-thru clinics will be held in late October and early November. The first one is set for 8 until 11am October 21st, at the Huron County Fairgrounds in Norwalk. A second one is scheduled for 2 until 5pm October 26th, at the Willard Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Huron County Public Health officials will be at St. Mary’s Church in Wakeman between 2-5pm October 29th, and they’ll be at the First Baptist Church in New London from 3 until 5pm November 2nd. Those getting ‘drive-up’ flu shots must be at least 18, and must bring a photo ID and an insurance card. Most insurance types will be accepted.


Ottawa County Commissioner Steve Arndt resigned yesterday, ahead of being sworn in as the newest member of the Ohio House.

As we told you yesterday, Arndt was chosen by Republicans to represent the 89th District, which covers all of Erie and Ottawa counties. The seat was previously held by Steve Kraus, who was dismissed from office in late July, after being found guilty of theft. Republican officials in Ottawa County will need to find a replacement for Arndt as a commissioner.


Erie County Public Defender Jeffery Whitacre is now a member of the Edison Local Schools Board of Education.

He’s replacing Holly Kamm, who resigned September 5th after taking a job out-of-state. Whitacre was one of four people who applied for the opening. All four were interviewed by the Edison Board of Education Monday night.


A late Tuesday afternoon hit-skip crash sent a Huron motorcyclist to the hospital with serious injuries.

35-year-old Bradley Harrison was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, then was transferred to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, after yesterday’s crash on Cleveland Road, near Sycamore Line in Sandusky. According to the Highway Patrol, Harrison’s motorcycle was hit, when 29-year-old Brandon Wilson of Sandusky pulled into his path from a private drive. Wilson fled on foot, and was still at-large as of this morning.


The November 3rd ballot is a full one.

Along with three statewide issues, voters throughout Ohio will decide on more than 1,700 local issues, along with mayor, city and village council, township trustee and school board races. We’ll have more on local and area issues and races throughout October. In tomorrow’s news, we’ll tell you about new voting machines coming to Huron County.


Police in Willard continue to investigate recent thefts from businesses.

Late last week, a thief or thieves broke into Ace Hardware and Farm Supply on Walton Street, smashed a display case, and stole three handguns and two rifles. Before that, two large-screen TV’s were stolen from Rent-A-Center on Blossom Center Boulevard. Evidence recovered at both scenes was sent to a state lab for analysis. Anyone with information should contact the Willard Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 419-933-6110.


Ohioans disposed of 13.5 tons of unneeded, unwanted or expired prescription drugs during Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Road work on Norwalk’s West Main Street has been delayed by a day.

That means work on West Main, at the intersection of North West Street is now scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday. The city of Norwalk’s General Services Department says to expect delays, as traffic will be flagged and maintained in one lane only. If possible, motorists should use alternate routes.


He’s been an Ottawa County Commissioner for 27 years and now, he’s been chosen to fill a vacant seat in the Ohio House.

Republican Steve Arndt was one of 14 people who applied for the empty 89th District House seat. He was picked, after meeting with a five-member screening panel earlier this month. He’s replacing Steve Kraus, who lost the seat in July, after being found guilty of theft. Arndt could be sworn in as early as tomorrow. He’ll represent Erie and Ottawa counties for the remainder of this year and next year, and he’s expected to seek a full term at the end of 2016.


Monday, October 5th is the deadline to register to vote, or update information in time for the November 3rd general election.

Voters may begin casting absentee ballots in-person and by mail, starting October 6th. More than 1700 local issues will appear on the ballot across Ohio.


It could be a very quick meeting of Norwalk City Council.

Just two items are on tonight’s work session agenda. One is resolution is a housekeeping matter, concerning a three-tenths mill renewal levy for current expenses. The other item on the agenda is an ordinance granting a taxicab franchise to Church’s Cab Company.


A 14-year-old Western Reserve student is expected to face charges, for allegedly selling marijuana-laced brownies at school.

Huron County deputies were summoned to the school Friday, after officials learned the boy had sold pot-laced brownies to several students. While investigating, deputies found a loaded BB gun in the boy’s locker. All information has been sent to the Prosecutor’s Office for review.


A 13-year-old Clyde boy is in trouble, for allegedly threatening to bring a gun to McPherson Middle School.

The boy made the threat on social media Sunday night. He was arrested at home, after a school employee tipped off Clyde police. According to reports, the boy confessed to making the threat, and was taken for a mental health evaluation. Police don’t believe he had access to guns. Even so, he’ll likely face charges in Sandusky County Juvenile Court.


Nearly 200 late model cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and trailers will be up for grabs this weekend in Columbus.

They’ll be sold, during the State of Ohio’s largest surplus vehicle auction of the year. The auction will begin at 10am Saturday, at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road in Columbus. All vehicles will be sold as-is with no warranties, and all vehicles must be paid for in full the day of the auction.


The U-S Department of Justice and the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau have reached an 18-million-dollar settlement to resolve allegations that Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank engaged in a practice or pattern of discrimination against African-Americans and Hispanics in its ‘indirect auto lending business’.

The settlement is pending court approval.


Monday, September 28, 2015

For the most part, clouds hampered the view of last night’s rare lunar eclipse/blood moon/super moon combo.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now working with the Ohio Department of Education and various law enforcement agencies, investigating bomb threats made at schools throughout the state.

On Friday, a bomb threat was phoned into Furry Elementary in Perkins Township. As a precaution, police cleared the school and the surrounding area. No bomb was found.


It shouldn’t be long, before Erie and Ottawa counties have a new state rep.

Ohio House Republicans are thought to be near naming a replacement for Steve Kraus, who was dismissed from office in late July, after he was convicted of theft. A five-member screening panel met earlier this month, to interview 14 Republicans who applied to fill the empty seat. The panel was expected to recommend of one those people, and forward the name to the full Ohio House Republican Caucus for a vote.


A group called the North Central Ohio Confederate supporters rallied in downtown Norwalk yesterday.

A few members of the group gathered in front of the Huron County Courthouse, to show support for the Confederate flag. One of the members said the group’s goal is to educate the public. The flag has come under fire in recent months…Many people believe it’s a racist symbol, but the group say it’s a sign of southern heritage.


The Edison Local Schools Board of Education will meet in special session at 6 tonight and tomorrow night, in the Edison Elementary School conference room.

Public action is possible.


To Huron, where the intersection of Cleveland Road and Main Street will close today, due to construction on the Main Street reconnection project.

The intersection is scheduled to re-open October 12th. The intersection of South Street and Main Street in Huron will close October 12th and will re-open on the 30th.


Triennial valuation notices have gone out to property owners in Huron County.

Friday, September 25, 2015

A reminder, you’ll be able to see a rare lunar eclipse/blood moon/supermoon combo starting at 9:07 Sunday night.

It should last until just after midnight.


Ohio governor John Kasich is on the road.

He’s making presidential campaign stops in Charleston and Hilton Head, South Carolina. One of his GOP rivals, Dr. Ben Carson was in Ohio this week. He made campaign stops in the Dayton area, Sharonville, and in Findlay.


The trial of Richland County Health Commissioner Martin Tremmel has been pushed back to October 15th.

Tremmel is charged with domestic violence, in connection with a July incident on Kelley’s Island. He was scheduled to stand trial yesterday in Erie County Municipal Court, but it was delayed, due to new motions filed this week. Among them—a request to exclude a recording of his wife’s 911 call, and video from a body cam worn by the arresting officer. Tremmel was arrested July 11th, after his wife claimed she had been struck numerous times. Both had been drinking. Tremmel denied the allegations, and several days later, his wife claimed she wasn’t abused. He’s on paid leave as Richland County’s health commissioner. His wife is a school administrator in suburban Columbus…She too is on paid leave.


The city of Norwalk’s General Services Department will be doing road work in the westbound lane of West Main, at North West Street next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Delays are expected, as traffic will be flagged. Motorists should use an alternate route if possible.


It’s not every day that nine Miss America’s get together to perform, but that day is coming.

On Saturday, October 3rd, Miss America 1963, Jackie Mayer of Sandusky, will host 8 other winners at the Sandusky State Theater. You’ll find more information online, at sanduskystate.com.


2014 was a deadly year, in terms of fatal drug overdoses in Ohio.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, nearly 2,500 people died from accidental overdoses last year, an 18 percent increase over 2013. In Huron County, there were 17 fatal drug overdoses last year. Erie County had 16 and in Lorain County it was 70.


In sports…

It’s week number five of the high school football season. Tonight on 95.3 WLKR, we’ll be live in Tiffin, as the Columbian Tornadoes take on the Bellevue Redmen. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30, with kickoff at 7. Also tonight…updates on games between Norwalk and Ontario and Perkins at Clyde, then Pigskin Playback, featuring St. Paul and New London.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bad news, for dozens of workers at KBI in Sandusky.

According to a mandatory notice sent to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, about one-third of factory’s 540 employees will be laid off, starting November 30th. Union workers at the Sandusky plant recently rejected a final contract offer by the company, and last week, members of UAW Local 913 voted to authorize a strike.


Two more organizations have announced strong opposition to State Issue 3.

The Ohio Nurses Association and the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police have joined a large coalition of other medical professionals, hospital associations, and law enforcement groups opposing Issue 3, which would legalize marijuana in the Buckeye State. Meanwhile, a different group supports efforts to make pot legal. The Ohio ACLU says it’s in favor of Issue 3.


Absentee ballots will be available starting October 6th, for the November 3rd general election.

You may vote early in-person at the Board of Elections Office, or request a ballot by mail.


Earlier this week, we told you that Huron County’s August unemployment rate matched the statewide average of 4.7 percent.

More figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show the state’s highest jobless rate last month was in Monroe County, 8.3 percent. The lowest unemployment rate was in Mercer County, just 2.7 percent.


The first presidential debate of 2016 will be held near Dayton.

Wright State University will host the first of four debates in which the final two presidential hopefuls will debate each other. It’s scheduled for September 16th, at the Ervin J. Nutter Center.


In sports…

We’ll see if the Indians can avoid a sweep, against the Minnesota Twins. Tonight’s game begins at 8:10, and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Due to heavy fog, a handful of area schools were forced to go on a two-hour delay this morning.

A reminder that anytime schools are delayed or closed, we’ll have the information on the air every 10 minutes, starting at 6am. You’ll also find the information on our website, and on Facebook.


We should get a great view of this weekend’s full lunar eclipse.

It’ll begin at 9:07 Sunday night, and will end just after midnight. There’s more…It’ll also be a “Blood Moon” with a reddish-tint, and a “Super Moon”, meaning it’ll appear much larger in the sky.


The early damage estimate is in, from yesterday’s fire at Marco’s Pizza in Norwalk.

Fire chief John Soisson said this morning the blaze at the Whittelsey Avenue pizza place did between $175,000 and $200,000 damage. Soisson also said the cause appears to be electrical, as the blaze began behind a soda cooler. Norwalk firefighters were summoned to the scene shortly after 5am yesterday, after someone noticed an orange glow and black smoke coming from the building. Monroeville and Milan firefighters were called in to help.


Officials have fired a Sandusky Taco Bell employee, after a picture showing him with his hand down the back of his pants went viral.

Taco Bell confirmed to the media that the picture was taken at its Fun Drive location, and the company released a statement that says: “This is completely unacceptable. Our franchisee took immediate action, and has terminated the employee and retrained the entire staff.” The statement also said the person in the picture was never in contact with food, and that the Erie County Health Department inspected the restaurant and approved its operations.


A Wakeman man will be sentenced November 4th, for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl last fall.

30-year-old Louis Timms was in Huron County Common Pleas Court yesterday, and entered a guilty plea to a charge of sexual battery. In exchange, the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to drop charges of rape and gross sexual imposition. Timms could be sentenced to as little as two years, and as long as eight years behind bars. Once released, he’ll be classified as a Tier III sex offender, meaning he’ll be required to register his address every 90 days for life.


An Akron man is facing charges, for allegedly trying to throw a gun, several phones and heroin over a fence at the Richland Correctional Institution in Mansfield.

19-year-old Jawuan Scruggs was arrested at the scene Sunday. He’s being held on $250,000 bond.


In sports…

It was made official this morning: Josh McCown will start Sunday’s Browns game against the Oakland Raiders. A concussion forced McCown to miss last week’s game against the Titans.

The Indians quest for the postseason continues tonight. Just three games back in the A.L. Wild Card race, the Indians will play the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Tonight’s game begins at 8:10, and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR. Also, the Indians announced yesterday that Major League Baseball has given the club permission to prepare for postseason play. So just in case, tickets for the A.L. Division Series will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 2nd at 10am. Tickets will be sold online only, on the team’s website.


An update, from the Erie County Engineer’s Office.

Plank Road, between Lais and Shaw Mill Road in Milan Township will close tomorrow, for a bridge replacement. Work should last until mid-November. The road was originally supposed to close September 14th.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Today is the final full day of summer.

Autumn, 2015 begins at 4:21 tomorrow morning.


The Norwalk Fire Department is investigating an early morning blaze that destroyed Marco’s Pizza on Whittelsey Avenue.

Firefighters received a 911 call shortly after 5 this morning. They arrived within five minutes, and found heavy black smoke coming from the pizza place. Firefighters had the blaze under control in 15 minutes, but remained at the scene about two hours. Mutual aid came from Milan and Monroeville. According to Norwalk fire chief John Soisson, the blaze began behind coolers near the front of the store.


Figures released today show August unemployment in Huron and Richland counties matched the statewide average of 4.7 percent.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the August unemployment rate in Erie and Seneca counties was 4.1 percent. It was just 3.7 percent in Sandusky County, 4.2 percent in Ashland County, 4.9 percent in Crawford County, and 5.3 percent in Lorain County.


They’re accused of breaking into one Bellevue home, and trying to break into another, and now they’re facing criminal charges.

27-year-old Kyle Strong of Bellevue and 30-year-old Robert Gilbert of Akron were arrested Friday morning, a short time after they allegedly broke into a home on Elm Street, and stole food and money. They’re also accused of trying to a home on Gunther Street. Both men are charged with two counts of burglary, attempted burglary and disrupting public services. Gilbert also faces drug charges. Both men are in the Huron County Jail.


A Detroit man is facing a misdemeanor charge, for allegedly using phony $50 bills at Cedar Point.

34-year-old Jameel Walker was arrested Sunday for criminal simulation. If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail, and a $1,000 fine. Walker’s accused of using two counterfeit $50 bills in the games area at Cedar Point. After reviewing surveillance video, officers found him in a different area of the park. He agreed to be searched, and officers found a third counterfeit $50 bill. He was taken to the Erie County Jail, and later posted $3,000 bond. Officers said Walker had an accomplice, but he refused to identify him.


From the Erie County Engineer’s Office…

Thorpe Road, between Frailey and Stephens roads in Berlin Township will close to all traffic Monday, for a bridge replacement. The project should last approximately two months.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

It is September 17th, and it’s WLKR’s 53rd birthday.

95.3 WLKR first went on the air September 17th, 1962.


A car-bus accident has led to charges against a Sandusky woman.

49-year-old Suann Hefflinger is facing a handful of charges, including DUI, in connection with yesterday morning’s crash on Wahl Road. According to reports, Hefflinger hit the back of a Margaretta bus that had stopped to pick up a student. Eight children were on the bus. They escaped injury, but Hefflinger was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. Deputies found three prescription pill bottles in her car…two were empty.


Ohio governor John Kasich was one of 11 GOP presidential hopefuls who took part in last night’s “upper tier” debate on CNN.

He said the more voters learn about him, the more they’ll like him. Kasich also said he’s the strongest of the field, when it comes to managing the government’s money.


You may have noticed…

Plank Road near Shaw Mill Road in Milan Township is NOT closed. A bridge replacement project was scheduled to begin Monday, but according to the Erie County Engineer’s Office, it’s been delayed until further notice.


A Georgia man must pay fines and restitution of $1.6 million for illegal deer trafficking in Ohio.

Federal officials say it’s the largest sum an individual has had to pay for a U.S. wildlife crime. According to court documents, 61-year-old Benjamin Chason and a co-conspirator trafficked in live white-tailed deer, and sold illegal white-tailed deer at a hunting preserve he co-owns in Logan, Ohio.


2016 promises to be a big year in Cleveland.

Along with the Republican National Convention, Cleveland will host the 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest. More than 1,000 people from more than 30 countries will compete next August.