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Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

More details on Monday’s Elyria Murder/Suicide suspect

Police in Elyria say, the man who shot and killed his live-in girlfriend late Sunday-night did so in front of her two teenage daughters. Keisha Betton was 40 years-old. 42 year-old Leonzo Bufford shot and killed himself after shooting two other people in South Euclid, then leading police on a chase into Cleveland. According to Elyria Police, Bufford was updating the woman’s Facebook page after the shooting, prior to killing himself.

 

Monday Fire in Milan causes $150,000 in Damage, No Injuries

No one was injured in a house fire on 307 South Main Street in Milan on Monday afternoon, but nearly $150,000 in damage was done to the home. Milan Township Fire Chief Brian Rospert told the Norwalk Reflector that the fire was caused by the ‘careless smoking’ of a construction worker, who was on the roof.

 

Prayer Vigil in Elyria tonight for Shooting-Victim

A prayer vigil will be held tonight for another shooting-victim. 26 year-old Steven Dukes was found shot to death outside his Sheffield Village apartment last Friday.  So far, no arrests have been made, and police have not released a possible motive.  Tonight’s vigil will be held at 6 on Ely Square in downtown Elyria, Dukes’ hometown.

 

Ohio State Fair draws over 900,000 this year

The numbers are in, and they show, more than 920,000 people passed through the gates of this year’s State Fair in Columbus, the second most since the fair was scaled back to 12 days in 2004.

 

Area Girl Students participating in Science event this Week

24 female seventh-graders from northeast Ohio, including students from Norwalk and Elyria, are taking part this week in the ‘Activating and Energizing Girls in Science’ project in Valley View and Independence. The students will be involved in building what’s called an ‘energy bike’ and will also have a chance to interact and learn from women in science-related careers, during the ‘Women in Science Panel Discussion’.  The event runs through Wednesday.

 

Erie County Fair begins today

The Erie County Fair in Sandusky begins today, and runs through Sunday.  Today’s highlights include the ‘Broken Horn Rodeo’ tonight at 7:30 pm in the Grandstand Arena, and earlier on today will be a classic car-truck-bike show in the Heritage Area at 4:00 pm, with various beautiful baby contests throughout the morning and afternoon.  Kyle Knight from K-96 will be live on the air from the fair tonight from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

Monday, August 8th, 2016

 Murder/Suicide begins in Elyria last night

Police in Elyria are investigating a murder/suicide that began in Elyria and ended in Cleveland. 42 year-old Leonzo Bufford was accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend late last night at her home on Revere Lane, then travelling to South Euclid where he shot two more people.  Police spotted him on the shoreway in Cleveland and chased him to University Circle where Bufford stopped his car and shot himself to death.

 

Grant will help remove lead paint out of houses in Erie and Lorain Counties

The Erie and Lorain County health departments have snagged a 3-year federal grant to remove lead-based paint from low-income housing. The grant is worth more than $1.5 million; and recognizes a unique partnership between the two health-districts. (In Lorain County, 80 housing units will be targeted.)

 

 Michigan man arrested after multiple overdoses at Richland County Concert Festival

28 year-old Matthew Gross of Ypsilanti, Michigan has been charged with drug trafficking after 23 people overdosed on THC-laced candy at a concert festival in Butler, Ohio, near Mansfield, in Richland County. THC is the intoxicant ingredient found in marijuana.  Gross was seen in pictures throwing several packets of the drug-laced candy into the crowd during “The Last Weekend on Earth” concert festival at the Ohio Dreams Sports Camp on Saturday.  The sports camp said in an article on the Cleveland Fox 8 News website, that it rented the property to the concert organization, and it was not a camp-sponsored event.

 

Highway Patrol encouraging drivers to Move Over for Law Enforcement vehicles

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to help keep other drivers and law enforcement officers safe by following Ohio’s Move Over law. A sergeant was serious injured in Geauga County recently, when he was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop near Chardon. All drivers should move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside, according to Ohio law. If moving over is not possible, motorists should slow down and proceed with caution.

 

Ohio Ranks among worst for Student Debt

(from The Ohio News Connection)-Aside from mortgages, student loans now make up the biggest piece of the debt puzzle in this country, and a new analysis finds Ohioans are carrying some of the heaviest burdens. Jill Gonzalez with the online-survey website WalletHub said Ohio ranks 42nd in the nation in her group’s analysis of the best and worst states for student debt. This means high debt loads for former students. Researchers also looked at the unemployment rates for young adults, the percentage of students with past-due loans, and the availability of jobs for recent graduates.

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Oberlin College Assistant Professor on paid leave for Social Media Post

An assistant professor at Oberlin College has been put on paid leave for comments that she put on Facebook that were perceived as anti-Semitic. Joy Karega came under fire earlier this year for her posts on the Social Media website implying that Israel and Jewish people were to blame for the September 11th attacks.   Oberlin College president Marvin Krislov says Karega will remain on paid leave until the college concludes a review process of her posts.

 

16 year-old Elyria girl facing Attempted Murder Charges for Stabbing

Elyria Prosecutors are asking a judge to try a 16-year old girl as an adult, as she’s facing attempted murder charges for stabbing a man in the back. The young girl has faced charges six different times for incidents including assault, burglary and theft. Because of low IQ scores the minor has previously been found incompetent to stand trial in the previous charges brought against her.

 

Gas leak forces Sandusky residents out of their homes

A gas leak Thursday morning led to Sandusky residents being evacuated from their homes.  A construction crew reportedly ruptured a gas line at around 10:30 am, according to the Sandusky Register, on the 600 block of West Adams Street, which led to people being asked to leave their homes between Lawrence and Decatur streets.  Those that had to leave were given water and shelter at the main Sandusky Fire Station and a church nearby.  At about 3:00 pm, representatives from Columbia Gas contained the gas leak, making it safe again for residents to return home.

 

Berlin Heights and Plymouth holding Festivals this weekend

It’s festival time again in the villages of Berlin Heights and Plymouth this weekend. Berlin Heights is hosting their annual ‘Basket Festival’ today and Saturday, with a Queens and Little Prince and Princess contests tonight, and a parade on Saturday at 1:30 pm and live music throughout the evening. As for Plymouth, the annual Silver King and Fireman’s Festivals are going on today and tomorrow with rides and plenty of food.  Mud volleyball takes place tonight and Saturday, with a parade Saturday night at 7:00 pm.

 

‘Stuff the Bus’ wrap-up event happening Saturday at Sandusky Mall

Erie County’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ school supply fundraiser comes to a close Saturday with a Family Wrap Up Event at the Sandusky Mall from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  You can drop off your final school supplies or monetary donations at Center Court in the mall or you can drive up and drop them off at entrance #3.  The event will feature character appearances, give-aways, along with information from local organizations.  The school supply drive will benefit students K through 5 at Sandusky City Schools, Perkins Township Schools, and Sandusky Central Catholic Schools.

 

Date set for Thomas Edison statue Dedication in Washington D.C.

The Thomas Edison statue will be moving to its permanent home in Washington D.C. next month.  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has announced that a dedication ceremony for the Edison statue will happen on September 21st at the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol in Washington. The statue will represent the state of Ohio, along with a statue of President James Garfield.  The statue has made its way throughout Ohio since May of 2015, and is currently on display in the Milan library. More details on the ceremony will be announced later.

 

Erie MetroParks offering Youth Hunting Lottery Drawing on Saturday

For children interested in hunting, Erie Metro-Parks is hosting the Steinen Youth Lottery Drawing Saturday at 8:30 am, taking place at Osborn Metro Park, between Huron and Sandusky, in the Frost Center Erie room. 18 upland game permits, 8 trapping permits, and 7 deer archery permits will be distributed on Saturday morning.

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Lorain woman charged with Murder of disabled man

A Lorain woman has been charged with the murder of a disabled man who required an oxygen machine to live. 46 year-old Michele Noble has been charged with murder, tampering with evidence and obstructing official business. 53 year-old John Whitfield was found dead in his Lorain home around 10:00 am Tuesday.

 

Elyria man perishes in Wellington cycle crash

Police in Wellington believe, a medical issue resulted in a motorcycle crash on Jones Road. Charles Proctor of Elyria was killed.  He was 58.  So far there’s no official word on the cause of death.

 

Norwalk ‘Stuff the Bus’ supply collection to take place tomorrow

A school supply collection event will happen tomorrow to help benefit Norwalk City School students.  Unused school supplies such as pens, paper, and crayons can be dropped off from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Norwalk Board of Education Office on Benedict Avenue.  The supplies will be distributed to those who registered on Wednesday (August 10th) of next week from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Salvation Army in Norwalk.

 

Back to School money-saving options from Ohio Attorney General

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is offering some back-to-school shopping tips for consumers ahead of the sales tax holiday Those tips include: monitoring your credit, checking and savings accounts; understanding return policies before you buy, checking the exclusions and limitations of an offer, keeping your receipts, and watching for scams.

During the sales tax holiday, the following items generally are exempt from sales tax: clothing priced at $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less and school instructional materials priced at $20 or less.

Former Browns player to spend almost two years in Prison

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Reggie Rucker has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison. Rucker had pled ‘guilty’ to stealing more than 100-thousand-dollars from two charities to feed his gambling addiction.

 

Police cars up for auction in Huron next week

If you’re in the market for a used police car, The City of Huron has just what you need. Four police cars will be among the items up-for-auction next Wednesday at The City of Huron’s Service Complex.  Bidding starts at 5:00 pm Wednesday.

 

Tips from PUCO to reduce your Energy bill during the Summer Heat

As the temperatures and heat rise, so does the consumption of energy to cool the inside of your home.  The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has some tips to help manage your energy bills, and to help your household stay cool. They include: blocking the heat from the sun by closing windows and curtains, turn the thermostat up when you are away from home, look for an air conditioning unit that is ENERGY STAR approved, and if you use a window air conditioning unit, make sure it fits correctly into the window to reduce the amount of cool air lost.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2016

Fugitive thought to be in Norwalk has been found in a nearby state

Wade Crone, who is wanted in Indiana on a parole violation, has been located in Pennsylvania, according to Norwalk Police. The Norwalk PD had reported Crone as likely being in the Norwalk area in the last day or so.

 

Semi crashes into home near Bellevue Tuesday night

A semi driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a house in Lyme Township near Bellevue Tuesday evening. 50 year-old Randy Wright of Collins was north bound on State Route 4, just south of Seel Road, when he travelled off the right side of the road, into the ditch, then severely struck a home on State Route 4. Collins suffered minor injuries, along with one of the home’s residents, with the home sustaining significant damage. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be crash-causing factors.

 

Huron County Public Health offering Free Mosquito Dunks to County Residents

During this summer and fall, Huron County Public Health is handing out free mosquito “dunks” to residents of Huron County.  The dunks, which look like small donuts, float on water and give off bacteria that kill mosquito eggs.  They can be used in ponds or anywhere where water collects for a long time.  A small supply will be given to residents on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of one pack per household.  They can be picked up in the basement of the County Administration Building in Norwalk.

 

Ehove Police Academy now forming

The fall class is forming now at the Ehove adult Police Academy. The class is 17 weeks long; with the school providing all uniforms and equipment needed, including a duty belt, firearm, and ammunition. More information is available online at www.ehove.net .

 

Blood Donations needed throughout Ohio

(from Ohio News Connection)-Health officials are asking Ohioans to consider helping to save a life during the dog days of summer. Rodney Wilson with American Red Cross Blood Services said there’s typically a spike in traumatic injuries during the summer, while at the same time, blood donations drop.Wilson notes summer blood shortages usually affect those blood types that are needed most, but this year’s need is urgent for all blood types. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old, or 16 with signed parental consent

 

Lorain County murder suspect to appear in court Thursday

A murder suspect has been returned to Lorain County, and is due in court tomorrow. 38 year-old Larry Brown is accused of shooting and killing 66 year old Lani Smith of Lorain 3 weeks ago.  Brown was arrested in a Baltimore hospital where he was being treated for an ankle injury.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Norwalk Police looking for ‘armed and dangerous’ man wanted in Indiana

The Norwalk Police Department is looking for a man wanted in Indiana on a parole violation. Norwalk Police has received information that a Wade Crone is in the Norwalk area, and it’s been reported that he’s staying with a man named ‘Josh Hobbs’. Crone is considered armed and dangerous; so if you do see him or know the whereabouts of him or Hobbs, do not approach them, instead contact the Norwalk Police Department at 419-663-6780.  Pictures of Crone are currently on the Norwalk Police Department Facebook page.

 

Fatal Motorcycle Crash Monday in Danbury Township

A man from Fremont lost his life Monday after his motorcycle crashed in Danbury Township in Ottawa County. 33 year-old Marcus Zimmerman was pronounced dead around 5:00 pm Monday when he merged his motorcycle westbound on State Route 2 from State Route 269.  The cycle went off the left side of the roadway, struck a guardrail and overturned.  The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol and/or drug use is unknown at this time.

 

ZIKA Virus Warning for Pregnant Women

The Ohio Department of Health has joined the centers for Disease control, in issuing new warnings about the Zeeka virus. They’re telling pregnant women, NOT to travel to the Miami area…that’s where a local, mosquito-born virus-transmission has been confirmed. They say, pregnant women who travelled to that area on-or-after June 15th should talk with their healthcare provider and be tested for Zeeka.

 

Sandusky Touch–a—Truck to take place Today

The 3rd annual City of Sandusky Touch-a-Truck event is today from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Paper District Marina.  Over 80 large trucks, heavy machinery, emergency vehicles, and more will be there for kids to check out; plus children can also submit their choice for the name of the new Sandusky police dog. The event is also part of “America’s Night Out Against Crime”.

 

 Cedar Point to close ‘Mean Streak’ in September

Cedar Point has announced that wooden roller coaster, Mean Streak, will be closing in September.   Mean Streak opened in 1991 as the world’s tallest (161 feet) and fastest (65 mph) wooden coaster, with more than 26 million guests riding it throughout the years. The ride will permanently close on Friday night, September 16th with one last public riding session from 6:00 to 7:00 pm during opening night of “HalloWeekends.”  The park is making room for future development in Frontier Town.

 

New ‘Fin Feather Fur’ store to open today in Milan area

 Fin Feather Fur Outfitters will open its doors for the first time today at its’ Milan location on US 250 North, just south of the Ohio Turnpike.  It begins with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning at 9:30 am.  The new store covers over 20,000 square feet and will carry a huge inventory of hunting and fishing gear.  This will be their fifth location which includes other Ohio locations in Ashland, Canton, Middleburg Heights and Boardman.  A grand opening celebration runs today through Sunday.  Fin Feather Fur employs over 260 men and women.

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Cedar Point/Soak City back to normal hours after water main break over the Weekend

Cedar Point and its’ water park, Soak City, are back to normal operations today, after repairs were completed to the main water line into the park. A water main break Saturday night forced Soak City to be closed on Sunday. Cedar Point will open today at 9:00 am for Early Entry guests and 10:00 am for everyone else; with Soak City opening at 11:00 am.

 

Highway Patrol to focus on causes of recent Fatal Crashes

During August, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be focusing all their efforts on two-lane state and federal highways in Erie and Ottawa Counties between 2:00 and 5:00 pm.  Troopers will be firmly be enforcing improper passing, left of center/marked lanes, following too close, and seat belt violations.  In 2016, there has been seven fatal crashes in Erie and Ottawa Counties, with three happening in July.  Of those seven crashes, three were caused by improper passing or left of center violations.

 

Street Resurfacing Program continues today in Norwalk

Crews are set to be back in Norwalk today to continue the 2016 Street Resurfacing Program.  They are slated to begin on State Street, and progress to Wooster Street, Linwood Avenue, Hickory Street, Harris Avenue, and West Chestnut Street. Also, disrupted sidewalks and driveways along Pleasant and Washington streets will be restored.  Next week, crews plan to pave the Rec Center and City Hall parking lots.  Follow the City of Norwalk on Facebook for timely updates.

 

Purchase School Supplies tax free this upcoming Weekend

Ohio’s “Sales Tax Holiday” returns Friday through Sunday. The program is designed to help families save a little money during their “back to school” shopping.  Shoes and clothing priced less than 75-dollars will be tax-exempt along with School supplies and instructional materials under 20-dollars.

 

Clothing Drive to benefit Plymouth Band 

A clothing drive is being put on by the Plymouth High School Band to benefit the music boosters.  To donate, bring items to the three large red bins located near the fieldhouse at the Plymouth High School campus.  They are accepting items such as: clothing, blankets, towels, small kids’ toys, kitchen wares, DVDs, and jewelry.

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Lorain teen pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Juvenile Murder Charge

A Lorain teenager, being held in connection with the shooting-death of an Elyria man, has pled ‘not guilty’ to a juvenile charge of murder. 16 year-old Darius Ramey surrendered to police last week. 31 year-old Kenneth Shinafelt was shot in the head on Reeves Avenue in Lorain on July 11th and died a day later.  Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

 

Sandusky Fire Department purchases new Equipment

Commissioners in Sandusky have approved the purchase of fire equipment for the new Ladder Co. 951 of the Sandusky Fire Department. The equipment includes two fire hoses, high- pressure air bags, a vehicle stabilization kit, fire nozzles, and gas-powered saws. The total cost is just over $46,500, and will be paid from the EMS Fund of the Fire Department.

 

 Bellevue PD promotes officer to Sergeant

The Bellevue Police Department has announced the promotion of Todd Trego to the rank of Sergeant. Trego has been with the Bellevue PD for three years after previously spending time as Sergeant with the Pioneer Police Department in northwestern Ohio.

 

 Former Wellington Superintendent now at Margaretta

Wellington Schools Superintendent Dennis Mock is on the move. Mock’s final day in Wellington will be August 5th.  He’s scheduled to begin his new job, as interim superintendent in the Margaretta Schools on August 8th, to be closer to home. Mock worked in Wellington for just over one year.

 

Festivals going on this Weekend in Wakeman and Shiloh

A couple of small-town fun festivals take place this weekend…with the Wakeman Fireman’s Homecoming Festival happening today through Sunday with a concert Saturday night including Emily Keener as well as fireworks, plus a parade in Wakeman Sunday afternoon. As for Shiloh, their 50th Fireman’s Ox Roast goes on today and Saturday in the Richland County village. Tonight, there’s a concert featuring 90’s country band Little Texas along with fireworks, followed by a parade on Saturday evening.

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Plymouth man charged after making Violent Threats

Violent threats made by a Plymouth man lead to his arrest on Tuesday. According to multiple media outlets, 42 year-old Ricky Beverly was arrested at his home on Plymouth Street after threats he made towards his father and others, including law enforcement, were reported by his brother.  Beverly was charged with the third-degree felony, aggravated menacing.  The Huron and Richland County Sheriff’s Department joined Plymouth Police at Beverly’s home where the arrest was made without incident. Beverly could face up to three years in prison.

 

$37,000 in Traffic Safety Funds received by Erie County Sheriff

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant totaling over $37,000 in federal traffic safety funds.  The grant will be used to conduct overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols in areas with a high number of serious traffic crashes, including US 250 and State Routes 2, 4, 60, and 61, along with connecting roads.  Enforcement under the grant will take place during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign period.  The goal is to reduce the number of fatal crashes in the county.

 

Sandusky Police Department looking to name new Police Dog

Area children have the chance to pick the name of The Sandusky PD’s new police dog.  Children can fill out forms, found on the Sandusky PD Facebook page, and drop them off at the police station, or at the Sandusky Touch-a-Truck event this Tuesday. The top three name choices will be selected, followed by a Facebook vote to decide the winner. The winner will receive a special meet and greet with the new police dog and a pizza party for them and their friends. Kids have until the conclusion of Touch-a-Truck this Tuesday to submit their names.

 

“Operation Open Heart” going on near Vermilion

“Operation Open Heart” is underway at the Vermilion River Reservation. The event lets 30 children spend a week camping with off-duty police officers where they take part in a wide range of activities. Operation Open Heart is in its 54th year; and is designed for at-risk, foster and children-in-need.

 

ATV Crash near Oberlin leaves Two Injured

Two people are being checked at Metro after an A-T-V crash on Whitney Road in Pittsfield Township, south of Oberlin. Police say, it appears that 19 year old Christopher Mohorman lost control of the ATV, went off the road and overturned. A 17 year-old passenger was also hurt.

 

Hilary Clinton thought about US Senator Sherrod Brown as Running Mate

U-S Senator Sherrod Brown, from Mansfield, now admits…he was being considered as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. At a breakfast yesterday with delegates from Ohio, Brown said, he was fully vetted by the Clinton campaign and spent 90 minutes with the Presidential nominee.

 

Democratic National Convention comes to a close tonight

(From CBS News)-The Democrats will wrap up their convention tonight with Hilary Clinton accepting their party’s nomination to run for the White House. Yesterday, Clinton received a warm nod from President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden. Chelsea Clinton will speak tonight at the DNC, before her mom Hilary Clinton takes the stage.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Police Officer and EMT recognized for saving woman’s life

Two first responders have been recognized with a Certificate of Merit and Exemplary Service for their role in saving a woman’s life in Bellevue.  Carla Schaffer of the Bellevue PD and EMT Marisa Tuttamore with North Central EMS worked together as Schaffer contacted Tuttamore during an urgent medical call involving a female. Tuttamore responded to help Schaffer on her own personal time, and decided to transport the woman to the Bellevue Hospital in the police cruiser, where medical attention was given to the female.  The woman then received medical care at the hospital, where she was fully resuscitated.

 

Man involved in Elyria to Huron County high speed chase to face 3-years Probation

It’s 3-years-probation for an Elyria man, accused of driving a stolen car, and leading police on a high speed chase from Elyria to Huron County. 20 year-old Taylor Clark had pled ‘guilty’ to several charges, including driving under suspension. Police say, speeds topped 100-miles-an-hour before Clark was eventually arrested on Route 60.

 

Community Drug Overdose Program taking place Thursday

Huron County Public Health (HCPH) will be providing training for Project DAWN (“Deaths Avoided with Naloxone”), a community-based drug overdose education and Naloxone distribution program.  It’s happening Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Huron County Community Library in Willard.  Huron County Public Health asks you to call them and complete an intake form located on their Facebook page and website, before attending.

 

Democratic National Convention continues…

(from CBS News)-For the first time in American history, a woman has been named the presidential nominee of a major political party, as Hilary Clinton officially received the Democratic nomination last night at the DNC. Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, also took to the stage yesterday in Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden will speak tonight at the DNC.