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Thursday, December 12th, 2019

The Highway Patrol is investigating what triggered a crash yesterday on Route 20 in Camden Township that left a Grafton woman, dead.

Virginia Taylor was 71.

Troopers believe, her SUV drifted left-of-center and struck on oncoming dump truck.

The trucker from Cleveland was treated for his injuries.

A portion of Route 20 was closed for about 4 hours.

 

A Bellevue man was air-lifted to a Toledo hospital with serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in Huron County.

The State Highway Patrol says 62-year-old Stephen Vogel rear-ended another vehicle while driving on Route 113, just east of State Route 4.

The other vehicle’s occupants, 26-year-old Joshua Munson of Clyde and 26-year-old Cullen Keegan of Vickery, were treated at the scene with non-life threatening injuries.

 

A pregnant woman is OK after being pulled from a sinking car last night near Vermilion.

According to the Sandusky Register, 22-year-old Mariah Bodi told authorities that her vehicle’s brakes might have failed; causing her car to go into a pond on West Lake Road, near Route 6.

 

The Lorain Academic Distress Commission has named Greg Ring, interim Chief Executive Officer of the Lorain City Schools.

He’ll take over duties of departing CEO David Hardy, Jr. on January 3rd.

Greg Ring previously served as Superintendent of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County from 2012 to August 2018, when he retired.

And before that, he was superintendent of the Firelands School System from 2008 and 2012.

 

Yesterday marked 150 days from the opening of Cedar Point’s 2020 season; which happens to be their 150th anniversary.

To mark the occasion, the park announced some items to look forward to next year…including a multi-sensory nighttime celebration, new food choices, a revamped boat ride – ‘Snake River Expedition’ and that they’ll be choosing 150 people to receive free admission to the park for life. 

 

The Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ottawa County has joined the American Bird Conservancy, in filing a lawsuit in federal court, to block construction of wind turbines, nearby, in Lake Erie.

Birding officials say, they support efforts to develop alternate energy sources, but the wind turbines would be in the flight path of one of North America’s largest bird migration zones.

 

Thor-Sport Racing in Sandusky is opening its doors to the community this evening. 

The race team is hosting a Holiday Open House and Celebration from 4 to 8 pm, featuring appearances and autographs from all 4 of Thor-Sport’s Truck Series drivers; along with vehicle displays and shop access. 

 

On Christmas Eve, a local fire station will transform into Santa’s Workshop.

Sandusky Fire Department Station Number-1 will help put toys together for anyone who drops them off between 8 am and 8 pm Christmas Eve. 

No questions asked…just pick the toys back up before midnight.

 

In the market for a new ride?  Well the state might have just what you’re looking for this Saturday.

More than 150 cars, SUVs, trucks and vans will be up for bid at this Saturday’s surplus vehicle auction.

It begins at 9:00 am at the state’s General Services Division headquarters
on Surface Road in Columbus.

All vehicles are sold “as-is” with no warranties.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Increasing clouds, with a high near 38.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.

 

Friday

Increasing clouds, with a high near 44.

 

Saturday

A chance of rain and snow.  Cloudy, with a high near 41. 

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

A Fremont man and woman made their first court appearance Tuesday in Erie County, in connection with the stabbing death of a 32-year-old Golden Corral restaurant worker in Sandusky.

A $1 million bond has been set for both Demetrius Hall and Tausha Patch.

Hall is charged with murder, accused of stabbing Cevin Stanley of Sandusky in the parking lot of the restaurant; while Patch faces a complicity to murder charge, accused of picking up Hall in a car and driving off.

 

Elyria Police are asking for your help in finding a missing 16-year-old girl.

Police say, 16-year-old Taylor Huddleston left her mother’s home this past Saturday, and has not been seen since.

Her picture…in today’s Chronicle Telegram

 

A Huron County man faces a charge of aggravated arson.

Authorities say that 26-year-old Troy Carroll of Wakeman admitted to them that he started a fire inside a mobile home next to his property on U.S. 20. 

The blaze took place this past October…resulting in a total loss of the home.

Police in Lorain are asking for your help in tracking down the person who robbed the Metro PCS on Broadway at gunpoint.

It happened yesterday morning, at about 11:30.

You can check out a picture of the suspect, taken from surveillance video, in today’s Chronicle Telegram

 

A 38-year-old man from Bellevue has been charged with voyeurism.

The Tiffin-Advertiser Tribune reports that Nicholas Dendinger, a golf professional at Mohawk Golf and Country Club in Tiffin, was criminally charged after a recording device was reportedly discovered in a women’s locker room. 

He has pled ‘not guilty’. 

 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says they arrested over 200 drivers for OVI during a recent campaign to raise awareness of impaired driving.

It was part of the 6-State Trooper Project; which took place during this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

A possible scam in the works in Huron County…

The Sheriff’s Office says there are reports of a person trying to purchase construction equipment while using names of local construction companies.

As a precaution, authorities are asking businesses to verify their customers

 

You have just a few days left to participate in VacationLand Federal Credit Union’s annual holiday toy drive

Unwrapped, new toys for children of all ages may be dropped off at all 5 VacationLand locations as well as Stefano Dental on Bogart Road in Perkins Township. 

The toy drive culminates with a Holiday Party at the Sandusky Mall on Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Increasing clouds, breezy, with a high near 27.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 18.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

The investigation continues into the reported stabbing death of a Sandusky Golden Corral worker on Sunday night.

28-year-old Demetrius Hall has been charged with murder and 33-year-old Tausha Patch faces a charge of complicity to murder in the death of 32-year-old Cevin Stanley of Sandusky.

Both were reportedly arrested in Fremont.

Initial reports say the incident began with an argument inside the restaurant that later spilled out into the parking lot.

 

A number of break-ins have been reported in Margaretta Township in Erie County.

According to the Sandusky Register, the break-ins involved 7 different vehicles on Bardshar Road and Debra Drive…with cash, a checkbook and a wallet all reported stolen.

No arrests have been made.

 

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Monday in Sheffield Village, for a new veteran’s outpatient clinic…

Officials hope to open the new, 20-million-dollar complex, one year from now.

It’ll be built near the current, temporary facility on North Abbe Road.

 

Elyria Police are asking for your help in identifying a ‘person of interest’, in a November theft from Planet Fitness.

Police have released a crystal-clear picture of the person, taken from surveillance video.

 

The Milan Post of the State Highway Patrol has named a Perkins High School grad as their Trooper of the Year. 

24-year-old Alex Schlottag of Sandusky is now in contention for the District and State Trooper of the Year Award.

 

When Huron City Council meets tonight, they’ll have a new mayor.

Sam Artino was recently appointed to the top job by his fellow council members. 

 

Work scheduled to get underway on a bridge deck replacement project in Norwalk.

Expect delays if travelling on West Main Street, just west of State Route 61; especially around the American Legion. 

 

Huron County Public Health is offering some holiday lighting safety tips…

They urge residents to stay safe from home fires by testing their smoke alarms and practicing their home fire escape plan.

Some safety precautions include…

  • If buying an artificial tree, look for the fire-resistant label.
  • When decorating outside, make sure decorations are for outdoor use.
  • Don’t use electric lights on metallic trees.
  • If hanging stockings on the fireplace mantel, don’t light the fireplace.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A slight chance of snow showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 33.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.

 

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 28.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. 

Monday, December 9th, 2019

A worker at the Golden Corral restaurant in Sandusky is dead after a reported stabbing incident last night.

According to the Sandusky Register, it included an argument inside the restaurant that later spilled outside into the parking lot.

Police are searching for the suspect.

 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with authorities from 5 nearby states this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday to enforce and raise awareness of impaired driving.

Last year, the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested 280 drivers for OVI during a similar campaign.

 

The Lorain Schools Academic Distress Commission is expected to announce this week, the name of the school system’s interim CEO.

That person will succeed David Hardy Junior…who has agreed to a ‘separation package’ that allows him to leave the district January 3rd.

 

Governor Mike DeWine has named an Erie County college student to a state committee.

AuBree LaForce of Vermilion has been appointed to serve as a student member on the Northeast Ohio Medical University Board of Trustees, now through June of 2021.

 

The 19th annual K96 and WLKR Firefighter’s Chili Cookoff took place Saturday evening at Lyman Harbor in Sandusky.

Winning first place among 12 fire departments was Danbury Township.

The “People’s Choice” winner went to Perkins Township.

All in all, around $6,000 was raised for local fire departments.

 

School history in Clyde…

The Fliers football team received a police escort back home after capturing a state championship in Division 4 on Saturday in Canton.

Clyde defeated Licking Valley 42 to 14.

It marks Clyde’s second football state title in school history;

It was a Cinderella run for the Fliers; after losing 4 games in the regular season and just barely making the playoffs as a number 8 seed.

Clyde is just the second number 8 seed in state history to win a state crown in football.

 

Tonight is the second and final night of Sandusky’s Christmas Candlelight Tour of Home.

The event includes a tour of 10 historic buildings and homes all decorated nicely for the holiday season.

$15 tickets can be purchased today at the Cooke-Dorne House and Follett House.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Rain.  High near 54.

 

Tonight

Rain showers likely.  Cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Tuesday

A chance of snow showers.  Little to no snow accumulation expected.

Cloudy, with a high near 34.

 

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.

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.