News

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Huron County/Local men sentenced to prison

Two men have been sentenced to multiple years of prison time in Huron County for separate, unrelated crimes.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that it’s 25-years-to-life for 51-year-old Lucas Mejia of Plymouth after he pled guilty to rape in a plea deal in which eight other sexual crime charges were dropped.  Mejia has been designated as a Tier 3 sex offender following his arrest in August.

Also, Bellevue’s Matthew Robbins is going to prison for close to five years for robbery. The 21-year-old was arrested in August…then accepted a plea deal where a firearm specification charge was dismissed.

 

Erie County/Sheriff’s Office reports vehicle entries

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says they received a number of reports of people illegally entering vehicles yesterday morning in Margaretta Township.

They say the reported incidents took place in the area of Bardshar Road, Bogart Road and Rockwood Drive…with cash and loose change taken from unlocked cars.

 

Erie County/Sandusky bar shooting suspect pleads guilty

A suspect who allegedly fired a gun multiple times from outside a Sandusky bar last month has turned himself in to authorities.

According to the Sandusky Register, 25-year-old Davonte Williams of Toledo was charged with aggravated riot, carrying a concealed weapon and another charge related to allegedly firing a gun outside of the Dog House Bar on West Jefferson Street.

No one was hurt in the incident.

 

State News/DeWine calls to increase tobacco-buying age

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine joined state health officials yesterday to warn parents that vaping is not a safer alternative to smoking and called to increase the age to purchase tobacco and vaping products in Ohio to 21.

The governor’s 2020-2021 budget proposal calls for the tobacco age increase; which has the support of the state’s Children’s Hospital Association and chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

Lorain County/First female leprechaun at Notre Dame from Elyria

A graduate of Midview High School has made history at the University of Notre Dame…

The University has announced; Elyria native Lynette Wukie will become the first female Leprechaun in the school’s history.

Wukie is entering her junior year at Notre Dame…majoring in film, television and theater.

She will officially don the famous green suit and hat in the fall.

 

State News/Part-time jobs survey

A new study shoots down predictions that the recession that began in 2007 would re-shape America’s workforce, with more people having several part-time jobs rather than one full-time job.

New numbers show;  those with more than one part-time job stand at 10-percent…DOWN from 11 percent before the recession hit.

 

State News/Latest on Ohio sports betting

The Ohio House and Senate have put forth proposals on the way sports betting should be handled statewide.

The House says to let the Ohio Lottery Commission control it with a 10-percent tax going to education and gambling addiction issues. That would include betting at casinos, racinos, horse tracks and veterans fraternal organizations.

The Senate wants the Casino Control Commission to handle it…with operators to pay a gross income tax from all wagers.  Where the money would go has not yet been decided.  The proposal also limits the physical locations…allowing for online and mobile betting as well as in-person at casinos and racinos.

 

State News/Lake Erie boating season

The Lake Erie boating season is right around the corner, and in Avon Lake, crews are getting ready, dredging the boat launch at Miller Road Park.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Cloudy and breezy with a high near 75.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Low around 44.

 

Friday

Showers.  High near 49.

 

Saturday

Showers likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 50.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Sandusky County/Fremont missing teen

Authorities in Fremont are asking for the public’s help in locating a teen girl that was reported as a runaway Monday night.

McKenzie Stover is 5-7, 125 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Her photo can be found on the Fremont Police Department’s Facebook page.

 

Erie County/20+ years in prison for Sandusky child sex offender

A Sandusky man has been sentenced to 22 years behind bars in connection with sex crimes involving two young children in late 2017.

According to the Sandusky Register, 47-year-old Eddie Cox pled guilty to five charges, including attempted rape, in exchange for having nearly 30 other charges dropped.

Once released, Cox will have to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life.

 

Huron County/Storm damage assessment meeting

***MEETING CANCELED***

The North Coast Community Emergency Response Team is hosting a meeting tonight focused on the basics of damage assessment in the wake of a severe storm.

Officials say the 90-minute session will familiarize attendees with how to document damage levels.

The meeting is free and open to the public; taking place at 7:00 pm at the Willard Fire Station.

 

State News/Bicycle helmet campaign

Nearly 9-thousand bicycle helmets will be going to children across Ohio this spring, thanks to the Put A Lid On It! Campaign.

It’s a partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Thanks in part to a 12-thousand-dollar grant from Honda of America in Marysville, these helmets will be provided at no cost to children across Ohio, to keep them safe while enjoying a bicycle ride.

Between 2009 and 2018, 182 Ohioans were killed while riding a bicycle, a 22 percent increase from the previous decade.

Twelve percent of bicycle-related fatalities in the last five years were children between the ages of 5 to 14.

 

Huron-Ottawa County/Now hiring for city jobs

Now hiring…both the City of Norwalk and Put-In-Bay…

Norwalk is looking for a full-time Account Specialist for City Hall. Visit www.NorwalkOH.com for more info.

Put-In-Bay is in need of a couple of paramedics through Mercy Health. A link to information is posted on the Put-In-Bay EMS Facebook page.

 

Erie County/Free health screenings in Sandusky

Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky is offering two free health screenings later this month…

A breast cancer screening will take place Saturday from 9 to noon at Firelands Center for Breast Care.

A skin cancer screening is also planned for April 30th from 4 to 7-pm at the University Hospitals’ Seidman Cancer Center at Firelands.

 

Huron County/Stieber retires 

A local, decorated, amateur wrestler has announced his retirement from competition.

Logan Stieber won five state titles at Monroeville High School and four national championships at Ohio State.

Stieber’s other career accolades include winning a world championship in 2016 and being a two-time U.S. World Team member.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

Cloudy, with a high near 64.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms

Partly sunny and breezy; with a high near 71.

 

Friday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.  High near 54.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Local News/Shelby tornado

The National Weather Service has ruled Sunday’s tornado in Shelby as an EF-2 (the highest being an EF-5).

Weather officials say the twister had estimated max wind speeds of 125 miles-per-hour and was up to a half-mile wide at times.

Heavy damage was done to a few homes…with some businesses receiving some major destruction; including the Rocket Chevrolet dealer on Route 39.

There were at least 6 injuries; but no fatalities.

 

Huron County/Pastor’s residence burglary suspect arrested

A 38-year-old man has been arrested in relation to Friday’s robbery of a pastor’s residence at a church in Norwalk.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Ryan Justice was nabbed in Norwalk on Friday and charged with burglary…facing two to eight years of prison time if convicted.

The robbery in question took place at St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church on West League Street.

No one was hurt.

 

Lorain County/Drug pipeline arrests

Three residents of Lorain County are facing drug charges in Richland County…

They’re accused of being part of a drug pipeline from Houston to North-Central Ohio.

Police say, they found more than 1-million-dollars of cocaine in hidden compartments of the suspect’s car.

 

Ottawa County/Davis-Besse’s future

Two nuclear power plants in Ohio could be saved if a proposed bill by the speaker of the Ohio House is approved.

According to the Sandusky Register and Associated Press, Larry Householder’s “Ohio Clean Air Program” includes placing an extra $2.50 on residential electrical bills; that would add up to $300 million a year…half of that going to keep two nuclear power plants in operation, one of those being Davis-Besse in Oak Harbor.

Both plants are set to close in 2021 unless a solution is found by this summer.

State Representative Steve Arndt of Port Clinton said the bill would save 600 jobs in Ottawa County.

 

Huron County/Phone scam

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning about a phone scam.

The scam concerns a caller saying they’re from the Social Security Administration and that your Social Security number has been suspended.

Authorities say that this is a scam…and to never give your Social Security number to anyone you weren’t expecting to receive a request from.

 

State News/Ohio’s alcohol law reminders

During prom and graduation season, the Ohio Investigative Unit says that parents and teens need to understand Ohio’s underage drinking laws; such as…

For parents, it is illegal to provide a place for your underage child and their friends to drink in a “safe” environment…It is illegal to purchase alcohol for anyone under 21…If you are under 21 and are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or higher, you can be arrested.

 

Huron County/Norwalk Safety Town info

Registration is now open for 2019 Safety Town in Norwalk.

The program is designed for children entering kindergarten this fall.

To sign your child up, stop by the lobby of the Norwalk Police Department.

There are five different sessions; which start June 10th.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 63.

 

Tonight

Scattered showers.  Cloudy, with a low around 48.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 66.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Partly sunny and breezy; with a high near 73.

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Local News/Storms, apparent tornado in Shelby

Cleanup continues in Shelby (Richland County) today after a likely tornado touched down late Sunday afternoon.

No serious injuries were reported…but heavy damage was done to the Rocket Chevrolet dealership on Route 39.

Some homes were also damaged on Plymouth Springmill Road.

The storm, for the most part, had little impact on Lorain County.

However, several trees were blown down in Wellington, and today, officials from the National Weather Service will be in Shelby and Savannah…near Ashland…to confirm tornado touchdowns.

 

Erie County/Sandusky march planned to protest arrest

A march is planned in Sandusky to protest the way two arrests were handled by local law enforcement last month.

According to the Sandusky Register, the ‘March Against Brutality’ will take place April 27th…with the route running by both the Sandusky and Perkins police departments and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Those agencies were involved in the arrest of two Sandusky men at an apartment building, one of those believed to match the description of a man involved in the armed robbery of a convenience store; but were later let go and cleared of involvement.

The arrests were recorded on cell phone video and by police body cameras.

Law enforcement did an internal review…and said the officers did not violate “use of force” policies.

 

Ashland County/Escaped inmate nabbed

Authorities have captured an escaped inmate in the Ashland area.

Friday, 33-year-old Said Ali El Khatib escaped from a private inmate transport company when they stopped at a rest area on I-71 in Wayne County.

He was being taken from New York to Fort Wayne, Indiana where he’s wanted on a charge of receiving a stolen vehicle.

 

Lorain County/New fire chief

The new week brings a new fire chief to the city of Lorain.

Chris Radman will take the oath today.

Current chief…Matt Homolya…announced in December that he was stepping down…and will return to the Central Station.

 

Local News/Tax Day

It’s Tax Day…

For those filing through the regular mail, your tax return must be postmarked today.

Select post offices may be open later to accommodate.

 

Huron County/Norwalk pastor’s home robbed

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation joined Norwalk Police on Friday to investigate the suspected burglary of a pastor’s residence.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the apparent crime took place at St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church on West League Street.

No one was hurt in the incident, in which multiple items were stolen.

Authorities say they have suspects.

 

State News/Trooper project to focus on distracted driving

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is putting a major focus this week on distracted driving enforcement.

The initiative runs now through Saturday.

Last year, 51 people lost their lives and more than 6,800 were injured in Ohio as a result of distracted driving crashes.

Authorities say that sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.

 

Huron County/Road work

An update on a road construction project starting this week in Huron County…

ODOT says that U.S. 20 in Wakeman, at the structure over the Vermillion River, will have reduced lane widths and traffic shifts…in order to complete bridge repair work.

Two lanes of traffic will be maintained.

The project is expected to be complete by October.

 

Erie County/Pat Catan’s future in Norwalk and Sandusky

The future is now known for the closed Pat Catan’s craft store locations in Norwalk and Sandusky.

All 35 Pat Catan’s shut down in January after the Michael’s company purchased them…with 12 of those locations to turn into Michael’s stores.

A spokeswoman told the Sandusky Register that the location on East Perkins Avenue in Sandusky will be one of the stores rebranded as a Michael’s; which will reopen its doors later this year.

The Norwalk store is closing for good though.

 

Erie County/Sandusky on top of USA Today 10 Best poll

Sandusky is currently in the top spot for “Best Coastal Small Town” in the USA Today “10 Best” poll.

You can vote once a day at 10best.com through May 6th.

The top ten will be announced May 17th.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

Partly cloudy and breezy; with a high near 50.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

 

Wednesday

A chance of rain.  Cloudy, with a high near 66.

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.