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Monday, December 1, 2014

Following a 41-13 win over Glouster Trimble Saturday night at Yellow Jacket Stadium in Mount Vernon.

For the fifth time since 1997, the St. Paul Flyers will play for a state football championship. The Flyers will play Maria Stein Marion Local at 10am this Saturday, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. St. Paul’s previous state championship game appearances came in 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2009. The Flyers won the 2009 state championship, topping Delphos St. John, 24-21. Marion Local has won three consecutive state championships. Saturday’s St. Paul-Marion Local game will air live on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com. The early forecast for Columbus this Saturday: Partly sunny, and 48.

 

Ohio’s 2014 deer-gun season begins today, and runs through Sunday.

Hunting hours are one half-hour before sunrise, to 30 minutes after sunset. Hunters must have a deer permit, and a valid Ohio hunting license.

 

A Willard man is facing criminal charges, connected to a recent break-in at Strawberry Hill, on State Route 4.

30-year-old Jason Wolford is currently charged with breaking and entering, theft and possession of criminal tools. Wolford and a second suspect allegedly broke into business November 22nd, and stole several hundred dollars, and numerous cartons of cigarettes. He was arrested several days later. The second suspect remains at-large.

 

A worker at Kohl’s in Perkins Township has been charged with felony and misdemeanor theft, for allegedly failing to ring up more than $1,000 worth of items.

27-year-old Heather Jensen was jailed last week, after store officials and police learned she didn’t scan bar codes of certain items, and allowed her boyfriend and two others to leave the store with the unpaid merchandise. The boyfriend, 29-year-old Dale Ryan is charged with receiving stolen property.

 

Pizza Cravin is back in business.

The uptown pizza shop re-opened Friday afternoon a little more than a month after it closed. Lanny Gilbert and his girlfriend, Tami Stamm, are the new owners. Hours will be 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 to midnight on the weekends. “We will have carryout only after midnights,” Gilbert said. “If people are still calling I will still be open.”

 

Columbus police say a body found this afternoon in the University District is that of missing Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge.

He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Karageorge, 22, graduated from Thomas Worthington High School and wrestled for three years as a Buckeye before joining the football team in August. He appeared in one game, against Penn State. Karageorge would have been one of 24 seniors recognized at Ohio Stadium on Saturday before their final home game against Michigan.

 

It was ugly for the Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills yesterday with a final score of 26-10 leaving the Browns tied in 4th place with Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the AFC North all three teams are 7-5.

Although a gloomy day for the Dawg Pound, Manziel made his debut at 12:00 in the 4th quarter making a 10-yard touchdown. Cleveland will take on the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at Browns Stadium kickoff at 1pm.

 

With a loss of a fellow team mate, the Ohio State Buckeyes came out of Saturday’s game in Columbus with a win over rivals Michigan State final score 42-28.

Coming up this Saturday the Buckeyes will face off against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio State 8:17pm game time. You can hear that live on your home for the Buckeyes, 95.3 WLKR.

 

The Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes returns on Dec. 7-8.

Visitors will be able to look at eight homes — six private homes, and also the Follett House Museum and the Cooke-Dorn House. This will be the 35th year of what’s become a local holiday tradition. Get more information on our community calendar at wlkrradio.com.

 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans to be cautious of opportunities to make extra money this holiday season.

Some job offers and work-from-home opportunities are scams. In 2014, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received nearly 100 complaints involving job or business-opportunity potential scams. The average reported loss is more than $1,300. To avoid scams, DeWine encourages job seekers to research the company offering the work by contacting the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the local Better Business Bureau.

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers had some time off after a win against The Indiana Pacers on Saturday final score 109-97.

You can catch the next game; Cavaliers vs. The Milwaukee Bucks Tomorrow the 2nd live with John Michael right here on 95.3 WLKR.

 

Spending tumbled an estimated 11 percent over the weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.

And more than 6 million shoppers who had been expected to hit stores never showed up. Consumer spending fell to $50.9 billion over the past four days, down from $57.4 billion in 2013, according to the NRF. It was the second year in a row that sales declined during the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday weekend, which had long been famous for long lines and frenzied crowds. Today is Cyber Monday, many are estimated to take advantage of final deals with on-line savings today.

 

For 32 years, Holy Angels and Zion Lutheran churches in Sandusky have teamed up to serve Thanksgiving dinners to the community.

Volunteers had about 90 cooked turkeys to prepare for dinner plates. About 300 volunteers participated over the two days to make the dinner possible, whether prepping and cooking the meal or helping serve or deliver the meals.

 

One death Sunday afternoon after apartment fire on Venice Road in Sandusky, the identity of the man has not been released yet.

Bystander’s say they believe a cigarette caused the apartment fire but the Sandusky Fire Dept. doesn’t know that for sure.

 

Huron is making headway with new projects and revivals.

Including ConAgra site’s face lift, a possible modern roundabout for Berlin and Cleveland Roads, unifying the divided Main Street, and finally bringing life to the Show Boat on North Main Street. The revitalization of Huron will take some time but it is sure to bring new life to the city.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Roads are expected to be busy for Thanksgiving.

As we first told you last week, AAA says 46.3 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home between today and Sunday. It’s the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2007.

 

Despite Tuesday’s jump, road trippers will pay the lowest Thanksgiving fuel price in five years.

There’s no mail or trash pickup tomorrow, and all government offices will be closed. All services will resume Friday.

 

Republicans are working to fill a vacant seat on Norwalk City Council, after the unexpected November 16th death of 2nd-ward councilman Bob Carleton.

A search committee will make recommendations, then will forward those to precinct personnel in Ward 2, for an appointment. Anyone interested should contact Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan, or drop off a resume at city hall.

 

Be on the lookout for deer while you’re traveling this week, Ohio Insurance Institute indicates deer-vehicle crashes from 2013 were nearly 21,000. Down about 4% from 2012.

Sgt. Tim Hoffman suspects most crashes are due to having some of the most traveled roads in the state, including State Route 2 with 22 deer crashes. With a majority of these crashes happening in the change of the season.

 

 

Out of Cleveland, several hundred protesters temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic Tuesday night making a peaceful stand against a police officer’s fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a real looking toy gun.

Protesters marched to City Hall after leaving the highway, the demonstration came as protesters across the country blasted the decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

EHOVE Career Center has received an Auditor of the State award for a clean financial audit report. The award was officially awarded on Nov. 20th indicates districts have met financial and legal requirements on federal, state, and local levels. 

Other Sandusky schools to receive this award include Bellevue, Clyde-Green Springs, Huron, Margaretta, and Vermilion schools.

 

 

Sandusky and Erie County officials have reached an agreement, clearing a major obstacle to getting construction started soon on the Bay View sewer system.

The new 40-year agreement was sought by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is providing a majority of the funding for the $7 million project to replace septic tank systems with a sewer system.

As of now it is likely the county will be able to seek construction bids for the project early next year.

 

32nd Community Celebration of Thanksgiving with a free Thanksgiving Meal complete with all the trimmings at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky, from 11 – 1:30 p.m. 

If you need to schedule transportation to the meal or a meal delivery contact the church by Wednesday, 11/26 @ 419-625-3698. 

Meal delivery & carry outs for shut-ins will start at 11:30 a.m.  Free take home bag of groceries available for those who attend the meal. 

 Event sponsored by Holy Angels Catholic Church & Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

 

Small Business Saturday is upon us, coinciding with Light Up Norwalk.

Receive a free Shop Small bag when you show your support in Uptown Norwalk this Saturday from 10-7pm with local business open houses.

Light Up Norwalk with Santa arriving at 3 p.m.  Also, Christmas car cruise in, local entertainment featuring the Womack Family Band, carriage rides, free refreshments, tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Today is the first day presale tickets will be sold, for Saturday’s Division VII state semi-final football game between St. Paul and Trimble.

Tickets will be sold in the St. Paul athletic office between noon and 6:30. Tomorrow, presale tickets will be sold between 8 and noon, and Friday, between 9 and 1. Presale tickets are $8 each, with a portion of the proceeds going to St. Paul. Tickets at the gate are $10. St. Paul and Trimble will play at Mount Vernon’s Yellow Jacket Stadium, with kickoff at 7 Saturday night. If you can’t make it, the game will air live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.


A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification of the person or persons who intentionally set fire to a vacant home in Bellevue.

The cause of last Wednesday’s blaze at 324 East Main Street was ruled as arson by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Anyone with information should contact the Bellevue police or fire departments, or the State Fire Marshal’s Office.


A Sandusky man accused of killing an 86-year-old relative, then setting fire to his home, made his initial court appearance yesterday.

33-year-old Joseph Sandy entered a not guilty plea to several charges, including aggravated murder and arson. His next appearance in Erie County Common Pleas Court will be December 22nd. Sandy is accused of fatally stabbing 86-year-old George Martin last December. Authorities said he also set fire to Martin’s Campbell Street home. His wife, 24-year-old Bethany Sandy is facing charges as well. She remains in the Erie County Jail.

 

Following a statewide trend, unemployment rates went down around most of the region.

Huron County’s October jobless rate was 5.8 percent, down from 6.1 percent in September.  In Erie County, unemployment decreased slightly to 4.5 percent.  According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, October unemployment rates also dropped in Ashland, Lorain, Richland, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.  Jobless rates rose in Crawford and Ottawa counties.


As expected, gas prices have jumped ahead of Thanksgiving.

Area pump prices rose as much as 40 cents yesterday, to $2.89 a gallon.


The announcement was made yesterday…Columbus has been named as one of three finalists, to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The capital city is up against Philadelphia and New York. Phoenix and Birmingham, Alabama are out of the running. Democratic leaders are expected to make a final decision in late December or early January. Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention.


Tomorrow is the final day of leaf pickup in Willard.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A high wind warning will begin at 10 this morning, and will end at 10 tonight.

Gusts could hit 60 miles per hour.


The St. Paul Flyers are one game away from playing for a state football championship.

We have presale information for Saturday’s Division VII State Semi-Final Football Game between the St. Paul Flyers and the Glouster Trimble Tomcats.  You can buy presale tickets in the St. Paul Athletic Office between noon and 6:30 tomorrow, 8am and 12 pm Wednesday and 9 until 1 Friday.  Advance tickets are $8 each and St. Paul gets a portion of the proceeds.  If you buy tickets at the gate, they are $10 each.  St. Paul and Trimble will play at Mount Vernon’s Yellow Jacket Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7pm Saturday.  The game will air live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com. The winner will advance to the Division VII State Championship game and will play Columbus Grove or Maria Stein Marion Local on December 6th at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.


A Willard man is behind bars this morning, accused of having sexual contact with three young girls.

According to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, 34-year-old Mario Felipe is charged with multiple counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor. The alleged victims 10, 9 and 6. In addition to criminal charges, Felipe is being held as an immigration detainee.


At least for now, no charges will be filed, in connection with a late October prank at Summit Motor Sports Park.

Norwalk Law Director Stu O’Hara declined to press charges. However, he’s sending all information to the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office for review. A loud explosion, and claims of a plane crash sent deputies to the raceway October 25th. After learning the information was false, Sheriff Dane Howard sought charges, saying raceway officials went too far.


Arrests are pending, in connection with a burglary and fencing ring in Huron, Seneca and Ottawa counties.

Huron County deputies cracked the case last week, and recovered more than $50,000 worth of stolen items, including guns, jewelry and tools. As many as 10 people are expected to face charges.


Columbus Avenue, between Division and Scott streets in Sandusky will be closed between 7am and 6pm today and tomorrow, for sewer repairs.

Detour signs are posted.


Ohio’s unemployment rate for October was 5.3 percent, down from 5.6 percent in September.

County numbers will be released tomorrow.


Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Norwalk Township Trustees’ monthly meeting has been rescheduled for 7pm tomorrow, at the Norwalk Township building.

Friday, November 21, 2014

AAA says more than 46 million Americans will hit the road for Thanksgiving.

It’s the largest number of Thanksgiving Day travelers since 2007. 90 percent of travelers will go at least 50 miles by car, and AAA says road trippers will likely pay the lowest price for Thanksgiving fuel in five years.

 

The cost for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will cost a bit more than last year.

A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows the cost of a feast for 10 is $49.41, an increase of just 37 cents. That includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, veggies, pumpkin pie, coffee and milk.

 

A reminder that Ohio’s youth deer-gun season is tomorrow and Sunday.

It’s open to licensed hunters 17 and under, with a non-hunting adult.  Normal bag limits apply.

 

Due to the snow, leaf pickup in Norwalk is running a bit behind schedule.

Leaf pickup should be complete next week.

 

The non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking representatives to work with volunteer host families and international exchange students locally.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, supervise the exchange students throughout the year, and interview American students who want to study abroad. Representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. For more information visit host.asse.com

 

A Wednesday night house fire in Bellevue has been ruled as arson.

The blaze destroyed the Bellevue home, despite emergency responder’s hour and a half battle with the flames. The Ohio State Fire Marshall’s investigators found the fire was intentionally set. As of Thursday, Bellevue police have not made any arrests.

 

An Ottawa County grand jury indicted Ohio Republican Representative Steven Kraus on Wednesday.

The newly-elected state lawmaker has been indicted on felony charges of burglary, breaking and entering and theft. A police report alleges 55 year old Kraus of Huron, took antiques, a shotgun and musical instruments from a home in Port Clinton earlier this year. Kraus, who is an auctioneer, admitted to taking the items, but said a real estate agent selling the home asked him to take them and inventory them for auction.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No change…Huron, Erie, Richland and Seneca counties remain under Level 1 snow emergencies.

Roads continue to be hazardous, due to blowing and drifting snow, and ice.


Ice and snow led to numerous crashes around the area yesterday.

One of those crashes sent a man to a Toledo hospital, for treatment of serious injuries. That crash occurred at approximately 7:45 yesterday morning, on Peru Center Road, near Johnson Road. No other information is available.


Crews spent yesterday dealing with a train derailment, in Avery.

Several cars hauling grain went off the tracks, near Certainteed.


A Monroeville man is going to prison, for his role in a bar fight.

32-year-old Joseph Moffit was sentenced Monday to seven years. During a November, 2013 fight outside Daly’s Bar in Sandusky, Moffit stabbed another man, identified as Jason Dendy. Dendy suffered serious injuries, and was unconscious for several days. Moffit stood trial last month, and was found guilty of felonious assault and tampering with evidence.


The superintendent of the Clyde-Green Springs schools has been given a written reprimand, for engaging in a romantic relationship with a district principal.

David Stubblebine will face no other discipline, for his relationship with McPherson Middle School principal Rachael Aldrich. Aldrich was not disciplined. An investigation showed the two did not engage in inappropriate behavior on school grounds. Both were hired last year. Stubblebine previously served as superintendent of the Monroeville Local Schools.


A Tuesday evening mobile home fire in Galion has left three people dead.

The victims were 23, 5 and 3.


Numerous elected officials throughout the state may get their first pay raise in years.

A fast-moving bill in Columbus calls for outright pay raises for lawmakers, judges, county commissioners, sheriffs, township trustees and others. Future pay increases would be tied to inflation.

 

Advance tickets are being sold for Saturday’s Division VII, Region 23 championship game between the St. Paul Flyers and the Berlin Center Western Reserve Blue Devils.

You can buy presale tickets in the St. Paul Athletic Office until 6:30 tonight, between 8 and 3 tomorrow and between 8 and 2 Friday.  The game will be played at Copley Stadium near Akron.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Level 1 snow emergencies remain in effect in Huron, Erie and Seneca counties.

Level 1 means roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow, and ice. Drivers should be very cautious.


The father and stepmother of a disabled man who died will each spend 10 years in prison.

54-year-old David Arthur Sr., and 46-year-old Deborah Arthur were sentenced yesterday in Erie County Common Pleas Court, after pleading guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and failing to provide for a functionally impaired person. The two were arrested in June, after 33-year-old David Arthur Jr. died at their Groton Township home. Authorities said Arthur died of neglect. He required constant care and supervision, after being injured in a crash 15 years ago. At one point, Arthur weighed 300 pounds. When he died, he was just 94 pounds.

 

One person was rushed to Fisher-Titus Medical Center yesterday after a small, accidental explosion on a barn on Halfway Road in Ridgefield Township.

The man suffered blunt force trauma and other injuries while turning a large steel drum into a burn barrel.  According to reports, a spark lit accelerant in the bottom of the barrel causing it to explode.


Tonight’s meeting of Norwalk City Council has been postponed, until 7:30 tomorrow night.

Second ward councilman Bob Carleton passed away Sunday at home. His calling hours will be held between 6 and 8 tonight, at the Walker Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 tomorrow morning, at the First United Methodist Church.


A priest who formerly served at Norwalk St. Paul has been placed on administrative leave, amid allegations of inappropriate, intimate relationships with adult women.

Rev. David Reinhart is not allowed to function as a priest, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Toledo Diocese. Reinhart had been serving at parishes in Delphos and Landeck, both in northwest Ohio. Reinhart was an associate pastor at Norwalk St. Paul between 1998 and 2002.


The Michigan Wolverines have dismissed starting defensive end Frank Clark from the football team, after his weekend arrest in Erie County.

Clark is charged with domestic violence and assault, for allegedly hitting and injuring his girlfriend in their room at Maui Sands. Each charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail. Clark was arraigned yesterday in Sandusky Municipal Court, and was later freed on bond. Court records don’t indicate when he’s due back in court.


The Norwalk Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 7pm next Monday, at Norwalk High School.

Board members will meet behind closed doors to discuss personnel. Action is expected after the executive session.


The  city of Willard’s annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting will be held at 6:30 this Friday night, in downtown Willard.

 

Crews were summoned to a train derailment in Avery this morning.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until noon.

Blowing snow is expected this afternoon.

 

Huron County is under a Level 1 Snow Emergency until further notice.

Level 1 means roads are slippery and drivers should be cautious.

 

Snowy conditions led to slippery roads and school closings this morning.

Christie Lane, New London, Pioneer Career and Technology Center and Willard canceled classes.  Any time schools delay or close, we’ll have the information on the air every ten minutes, on our website and on Facebook.


Just two area high school football teams remain in the playoffs.

Clyde will take on Toledo Central Catholic Friday night, at Millbury Lake High School. The St. Paul Flyers will travel to Copley Saturday, to play Berlin Center Western Reserve.


A member of Norwalk City Council has passed away.

Second ward councilman Bob Carleton died yesterday, at home. He was 72. Carleton first joined council in the mid-90’s, and missed just one term.


A University of Michigan football player remains in the Erie County Jail, in connection with the alleged assault of his girlfriend.

21-year-old Frank Clark was arrested by Perkins Township police late Saturday night. The starting defensive end for the Wolverines allegedly attacked the victim in their room at Maui Sands. She suffered facial injuries, but refused treatment. Clark is currently charged with domestic violence and assault. He’s due in Sandusky Municipal Court this morning. Michigan was off this weekend. The Wolverines will play Maryland Saturday, then Ohio State next weekend.


A Collins man has been charged, in connection with a drunk driving crash on Whittelsey Road, near Lais Road in Norwalk Township.

24-year-old Stephen Hahn of Collins was arrested late Saturday afternoon, for DUI and failure to yield. Additional charges are pending. According to reports, Hahn’s car hit a pickup truck driven by 45-year-old Francisco Martinez of North Fairfield. Martinez suffered serious injuries, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. His condition is unknown.


Leaf pickup is scheduled to begin this week in Norwalk.

Leaves will be picked up the day after your normal trash day.


From ODOT…

State Route 13, between Old Mudbrook Road and Hoover Road in Milan will close at 8am Wednesday, for pavement research. The road should re-open by 6pm.

 

In sports…

St. Paul and Berlin Center Western Reserve will play for the Division VII, Region 23 Football Championship this Saturday at Copley Stadium near Akron.  Kickoff is set for 7 and you can hear the game live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.  It’s a rematch of last year’s regional championship game, won by Blue Devils, 22-2.

It’s a busy week for the Cavs…They’ll host Denver at 7 tonight, the Spurs at 7 Wednesday and then will play the Wizards in Washington at 8 Friday.  You can hear all three games on 95.3, WLKR.

Friday, November 14, 2014

If you’re going to playoff football tonight, you’ll want to bundle up.

Tonight’s low will dip to 23. Our playoff football broadcast schedule goes like this: Tonight on K96, live from Fremont, it’s Bellevue and Wauseon. On 95.3 WLKR, live from Perkins, Norwalk will take on Clyde. Both games will kick off at 7:30. Tomorrow night on 95.3, live from Bellevue, it’s St. Paul and Mapleton. Game time is set for 7. If you’re going to St. Paul and Mapleton, keep in mind it’ll cost $2 to park. Also tomorrow night, updates on the game between Huron and Coldwater.

 

Slippery conditions caused a number of crashes last night, especially in Erie County.

All lanes of State Route 2, between Route 13 and Rye Beach Road in Huron wereclosed last night, after some of the freeway became icy. At least 10 crashes occurred on Route 2. The Milan Road overpass in Sandusky was closed for a short time last night, due to a wreck. No serious injuries occurred in any of the crashes.

 

Due to a shortage of road salt, things are changing in Willard.

The city will continue to salt main roads, including routes 99, 103 and 224. All other streets in Willard will only be salted at slopes or intersections.

 

The Lake Erie snow machine is cranking up in northeast Ohio.

Parts of the snow belt could get 7 inches today, 5 more tonight, and 2 more tomorrow.

 

The former finance director of a nursing home is facing charges, for allegedly embezzling public money.

Melinda Langston lived in Sandusky, but recently moved to Georgia. An Erie County grand jury has charged her with theft in office, and tampering with records. She’s accused of swiping approximately $8,000 from the Erie County Care Facility, now known as The Meadows at Osborn Park. The nursing home is owned by the county. Officials began investigating last fall, and she was fired shortly after the allegations surfaced. Deputies are making arrangements to serve her with the charges.

   

 

Ohio’s 12th annual youth deer-gun season is set for next weekend.

The youth deer-gun season is open to youths 17 and under, with a valid youth hunting license and deer permit. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. Deer bag limits are determined by county.

 

Earlier this week, we told you about a house fire in Greenwich.

It appears the blaze that destroyed the home on Route 13, near Omega Road was caused by an electrical problem in the kitchen. No one was home at the time.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

By a 4-1 vote, the Norwalk Board of Education has hired the Ohio School Boards Association, to aid in the search for a new superintendent.

Board member Steve Linder cast the only “no” vote, during last night’s school board meeting. OSBA will be paid $6,900, plus other expenses. Board members hope to hire a new superintendent by next spring. Interim superintendent Dr. Will Folger is under contract for the current school year.

 

Charges of aggravated murder, arson, burglary, robbery and tampering with evidence have been filed against a man accused of killing an 86-year-old Sandusky man, then setting fire to his home last December.

If convicted, 33-year-old Joseph Sandy faces life in prison, or death by lethal injection. Prosecutors believe Sandy fatally stabbed George Martin in his Campbell Street home, then set the house ablaze. The two are related, and a relative said Sandy was a pallbearer at Martin’s funeral. Since Martin’s death, Sandy has been in and out of prison.

Also charged: Sandy’s wife. 24-year-old Bethany Sandy is facing charges of complicity, arson, burglary, robbery and tampering with evidence. She may testify against her husband.

 

More trouble, for the Ohio Democratic Party, and its outgoing chairman.

According to the Plain Dealer, Democratic State Representative John Barnes Jr. of Cleveland has filed a defamation suit against the party, and Chris Redfern, for allegedly making false statements against him, during this year’s primary election. Barnes claims the party endorsed his opponent, as retaliation for his refusal to join the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, an organization within the General Assembly. Barnes, who is black, said his views sometimes conflict with the Caucus. Barnes won the primary election, and was re-elected to his seat last week. He’s seeking $50,000 in damages, and said any award will be given to charities in his district.

After sweeping losses, Redfern announced he’ll step down as Democratic Party chairman by the end of the year.

 

State lawmakers are expected to consider two controversial new bills. State Senator Eric Kearney plans to introduce a resolution urging Congress to require women to register for military Selective Service. Currently, nearly all men between 18 and 25 must register.

The other proposal is Senate Bill 386, which would allow Ohioans to legally set off consumer-grade fireworks, including roman candles and bottle rockets. The measure would still allow local governments to ban such fireworks. Currently, Ohio residents may buy sparklers and other small novelty items. Consumers may buy larger fireworks as well, but must sign paperwork stating they’re taking them to another state within 48 hours.

 

A bus driver in Sandusky has been charged with driving under the influence, after crashing into a pole.

55-year-old Christie Plummer was charged yesterday, after the Erie Residential Living bus she was driving veered off Hancock Street, and hit a power pole. A handful of passengers were on the bus, but were not harmed.