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Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Thanks to local crews, kids in Sandusky will have a new place to spend their summer afternoons.

A new playground is set to open at Shoreline Park by Memorial Day that will be equipped with new age equipment. The area will be able to accommodate a maximum 105 children, have various types of swings, slides, a curved balance beam and a toddler area

A new food establishment has opened up in Huron.

The Rustic Oar Bar and Brill on North Main Street opened yesterday features a full menu, bar, patio, 150-person banquet room and live entertainment. Hours are 11am to 11pm on Sunday-Thursday and 11am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

New sights continue to dominate Cedar Point’s landscape.

An anonymous donor recently provided several thousands of dollars in labor and materials to spruce up green space next to Butler Street. The upgrades debuted just before Cedar Point’s opening day Saturday and include vibrant and well manicured grass, trees, flowers and other plants, accompanied by a Sandusky sign. The change circles back to a new citywide initiative to clean up corridors so visitors enter and leave with a more positive perception of Sandusky.

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

The fast-tracked bill, that passed on a 71-26 vote Tuesday, would bar patients from smoking the substance but allow them to use it in vapor form and not allow them to grow it at home. House leaders said they expect the legislation to reach to the Governor Kasick’s desk by the end of May.

A woman who could have faced 64 years in prison will possibly be pleading down on multiple felonies.

The Ottawa County Common Pleas Court offered Daisy Silva a plea deal where they would drop six of the eight felonies ‑ all relating to illegal acts involving a minor ‑ and, if she accepts, will be offered probation but must register as a sex offender.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Thanks to local crews, kids in Sandusky will have a new place to spend their summer afternoons.

A new playground is set to open at Shoreline Park by Memorial Day that will be equipped with new age equipment. The area will be able to accommodate a maximum 105 children, have various types of swings, slides, a curved balance beam and a toddler area

 

A new food establishment has opened up in Huron.

The Rustic Oar Bar and Brill on North Main Street opened yesterday features a full menu, bar, patio, 150-person banquet room and live entertainment. Hours are 11am to 11pm on Sunday-Thursday and 11am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

New sights continue to dominate Cedar Point’s landscape.

An anonymous donor recently provided several thousands of dollars in labor and materials to spruce up green space next to Butler Street. The upgrades debuted just before Cedar Point’s opening day Saturday and include vibrant and well manicured grass, trees, flowers and other plants, accompanied by a Sandusky sign. The change circles back to a new citywide initiative to clean up corridors so visitors enter and leave with a more positive perception of Sandusky.

 

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

The fast-tracked bill, that passed on a 71-26 vote Tuesday, would bar patients from smoking the substance but allow them to use it in vapor form and not allow them to grow it at home. House leaders said they expect the legislation to reach to the Governor Kasick’s desk by the end of May.

 

A woman who could have faced 64 years in prison will possibly be pleading down on multiple felonies.

The Ottawa County Common Pleas Court offered Daisy Silva a plea deal where they would drop six of the eight felonies ‑ all relating to illegal acts involving a minor ‑ and, if she accepts, will be offered probation but must register as a sex offender.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Asa Miller, 54, or Sandusky was sentenced to the maximum 33 years in prison after being found guilty of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and 2 counts of rape.

Erie County common pleas court judge Roger Binette gave Miller the maximum 22 years for rape and 11 years for burglary and assault after hearing testimony last month from the victim, Miller’s neighbor. Miller received the maximum sentence due to the violent nature of the crime. After sentencing, he told the Sandusky Register that he has been falsely accused.

 

Senate Republicans are holding firm on their refusal to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court, but a majority of Ohio voters say they want the hearings and an up-or-down vote.

According to a bipartisan survey released by the Center for American Progress, Ohioans want the stalemate over Merrick Garland’s US Supreme court nomination to end. Some Republicans, including Senator Rob Portman, oppose confirming any person nominated by the president. The court is expected to rule on over 2 dozen cases by the end of June. Why Courts Matter Ohio is a coalition of Ohio groups supporting a vote for the nominee.

 

A new bill has reached committee in the Ohio Senate aimed at easing the fears felt by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

House Bill 359 would establish a voluntary program that would create a confidential address for victims that could be used for work, school, voting and other public services. According to the Secretary of State’s office, the program would be funded by offender fees and would cost an estimated $40,000 a year for more than 60,000 victims of domestic violence in Ohio each year. If passed, Secretary of State Jon Husted has said the program could be in place by the November election.

 

A Castalia man who barreled into the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol last month had a blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit.

Dakota Clouse’s lab results came back with a blood alcohol content of point-273-percent. He was treated at Fireland’s Regional Medical Center for serious injuries after the crash.He faces charges of OVI, failure to control, driving without a valid license and failure to wear a seatbelt.

 

The Senate Ways and Means Committee put an amendment into a tax cleanup bill that would keep Ohio municipalities from regulating pet stores.

The amendment seems aimed at Grove City, who voted in March to only allow pet stores to purchase animals from animal shelters, humane society groups and rescue groups. The amendment added to House Bill 166 states that regulating pet stores is a matter of general statewide interest and requires statewide regulation. The bill could pass the Senate as early as this week.

 

Bird-watching enthusiasts heading to the Lake Erie Shores for The Biggest Week in American Birding.

More than 77,000 people from 47 states and 22 countries visited the marsh last year during the event to catch a glimpse of rare birds.Jane Lucal, 78, of Sandusky told the Toledo Blade she liked the event because “The deeper level is seeing something really beautiful and brining that into your life.  We should do that more every day.” The event runs through May 15th near the Magee Marsh Wildlife area.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Asa Miller, 54, or Sandusky was sentenced to the maximum 33 years in prison after being found guilty of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and 2 counts of rape.

Erie County common pleas court judge Roger Binette gave Miller the maximum 22 years for rape and 11 years for burglary and assault after hearing testimony last month from the victim, Miller’s neighbor. Miller received the maximum sentence due to the violent nature of the crime. After sentencing, he told the Sandusky Register that he has been falsely accused.

 

Senate Republicans are holding firm on their refusal to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court, but a majority of Ohio voters say they want the hearings and an up-or-down vote.

According to a bipartisan survey released by the Center for American Progress, Ohioans want the stalemate over Merrick Garland’s US Supreme court nomination to end. Some Republicans, including Senator Rob Portman, oppose confirming any person nominated by the president. The court is expected to rule on over 2 dozen cases by the end of June. Why Courts Matter Ohio is a coalition of Ohio groups supporting a vote for the nominee.

 

A new bill has reached committee in the Ohio Senate aimed at easing the fears felt by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

House Bill 359 would establish a voluntary program that would create a confidential address for victims that could be used for work, school, voting and other public services. According to the Secretary of State’s office, the program would be funded by offender fees and would cost an estimated $40,000 a year for more than 60,000 victims of domestic violence in Ohio each year. If passed, Secretary of State Jon Husted has said the program could be in place by the November election.

 

A Castalia man who barreled into the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol last month had a blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit.

Dakota Clouse’s lab results came back with a blood alcohol content of point-273-percent. He was treated at Fireland’s Regional Medical Center for serious injuries after the crash.He faces charges of OVI, failure to control, driving without a valid license and failure to wear a seatbelt.

 

The Senate Ways and Means Committee put an amendment into a tax cleanup bill that would keep Ohio municipalities from regulating pet stores.

The amendment seems aimed at Grove City, who voted in March to only allow pet stores to purchase animals from animal shelters, humane society groups and rescue groups. The amendment added to House Bill 166 states that regulating pet stores is a matter of general statewide interest and requires statewide regulation. The bill could pass the Senate as early as this week.

 

Bird-watching enthusiasts heading to the Lake Erie Shores for The Biggest Week in American Birding.

More than 77,000 people from 47 states and 22 countries visited the marsh last year during the event to catch a glimpse of rare birds.Jane Lucal, 78, of Sandusky told the Toledo Blade she liked the event because “The deeper level is seeing something really beautiful and brining that into your life.  We should do that more every day.” The event runs through May 15th near the Magee Marsh Wildlife area.

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

As you know by now, Governor John Kasich has withdrawn from the presidential race.

Now the question is, will or won’t he be Donald Trump’s running mate. Trump said yesterday he’d consider Kasich for vice president.

 

Two people were treated for injuries suffered in a crash on the Thomas Edison Bridge on State Route 2 in Margaretta Township.

 According to the highway patrol’s Sandusky post, yesterday’s mid-morning crash was triggered by a trucker hauling stone, who struck a guardrail in the westbound lanes. One section of the guardrail penetrated the cab and trailer, while another section flew into the eastbound lanes and was hit by two oncoming cars.

The truck driver was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, and was later charged with failure to control and driving with impaired alertness, after inspectors found discrepancies in his log book. The driver of one of the cars was taken to Magruder Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.Troopers said traffic was maintained in one lane in each direction, while crews cleared the scene.

 

The question of golf carts on Norwalk city streets may be a moot point.

Under legislation approved by state lawmakers, road-ready golf carts will be street legal starting January 1st, 2017. The blanket law will cover all of Ohio.City council has been mulling legislation to make golf carts street legal in the Maple City. Now, it appears no action will be necessary.

 

Water customers in Huron will soon be able to pay their bills online.

The service will be available next month on the city’s website. Electronic checks and all major credit cards will be accepted.

 

Tough Mudder is returning to north central Ohio.

 The extreme endurance challenge will be held this weekend, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. Last year’s event drew thousands of people to the Richland County region.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Cedar Point’s new record-breaking dive coaster didn’t fail to disappoint.

The park’s newest ride was unveiled during today’s Media Day festivities, and reviews have been positive. At its tallest point, Valravn is more than 20 stories high, with a 214-foot, 90 degree drop. It also features loops, turns and much more. All told, Valravn has shattered ten records, including longest, fastest and tallest dive coaster.

Ted Cruz has bowed out of the presidential race, meaning GOP voters have just two Republicans to choose from: Billionaire Donald Trump, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

And even though he trails by a wide margin, Kasich campaign officials say he’s staying in the race, at least for now. According to a statement issued by the ‘Kasich for America Team’, Governor Kasich will remain in the race, unless Trump reaches the required 1,237 delegates before the Republican National Convention.

Campaign officials noted Kasich is the best person to win a contested convention, and win in November. They also noted Trump’s brash style and “…disrespectful ramblings”, and said Kasich has a “…positive and inclusive approach.”

Investigators are seeking the cause of yesterday’s gas station explosion in Ashland.

The blast at Mobil Mart on East Main occurred shortly before 3:30am. It destroyed much of the building. One employee was there, but wasn’t harmed. The State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post has announced plans to operate a DUI checkpoint later this week. More information will be released closer to the time.

A freshman at Bowling Green State University is in big trouble, for allegedly stealing a catering truck while drunk.

19-year-old Monique Vanderhulst is charged with underage consumption, DUI, giving false information and receiving stolen property. She’s free on bond. Vanderhulst was arrested over the weekend, a short time after Bowling Green police received a stolen vehicle complaint. During the arrest, she told officers she thought she was in her own car.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Cedar Point’s new record-breaking dive coaster didn’t fail to disappoint.

The park’s newest ride was unveiled during today’s Media Day festivities, and reviews have been positive. At its tallest point, Valravn is more than 20 stories high, with a 214-foot, 90 degree drop. It also features loops, turns and much more. All told, Valravn has shattered ten records, including longest, fastest and tallest dive coaster.

 

Ted Cruz has bowed out of the presidential race, meaning GOP voters have just two Republicans to choose from: Billionaire Donald Trump, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

And even though he trails by a wide margin, Kasich campaign officials say he’s staying in the race, at least for now. According to a statement issued by the ‘Kasich for America Team’, Governor Kasich will remain in the race, unless Trump reaches the required 1,237 delegates before the Republican National Convention.

Campaign officials noted Kasich is the best person to win a contested convention, and win in November. They also noted Trump’s brash style and “…disrespectful ramblings”, and said Kasich has a “…positive and inclusive approach.”

 

Investigators are seeking the cause of yesterday’s gas station explosion in Ashland.

The blast at Mobil Mart on East Main occurred shortly before 3:30am. It destroyed much of the building. One employee was there, but wasn’t harmed. The State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post has announced plans to operate a DUI checkpoint later this week. More information will be released closer to the time.

 

A freshman at Bowling Green State University is in big trouble, for allegedly stealing a catering truck while drunk.

19-year-old Monique Vanderhulst is charged with underage consumption, DUI, giving false information and receiving stolen property. She’s free on bond. Vanderhulst was arrested over the weekend, a short time after Bowling Green police received a stolen vehicle complaint. During the arrest, she told officers she thought she was in her own car.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

12pm only!

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear in southeast Ohio this afternoon. She’ll be at Jackie O’s Production Brewery and Taproom in Athens. The stop will be part of Clinton’s two-day “Breaking Down Barriers” tour.

 

Republican National Convention delegates from California are unhappy with the fact they’ll be staying an hour or so away from the July convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

With a police escort, they’ll be bused from a hotel in Sandusky to “The Q.”A California Republican official said “…we’re like the ugly stepchild.”

 

Willard City Council is in the market for a new city manager.

That’s because current city manager Shawn Tappel is leaving to become general manager of Norwalk-based Northern Ohio Rural Water. His resignation will take effect June 3rd. Tappel was hired as full-time city manager last May. Before that, he served as interim city manager for about seven months. He stepped in for Brian Humphress, who resigned in the fall of 2014.

 

A name change…

Mercy Willard Hospital is now known as Mercy Health-Willard Hospital. Mercy Health is Ohio’s largest health system, and fourth largest employer.

 

 

Three years in prison, then three years parole for a Bellevue man who seriously injured a baby.

25-year-old Tyson Charles was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court, immediately after pleading guilty to a charge of child endangering. Charles injured his girlfriend’s nine-month-old baby last November. Doctors said the infant had been vigorously shaken.

 

 

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland is closing—but it’s only temporary.

The gambling establishment in downtown Cleveland will close at 11:59pm Monday, May 9th and will re-open 40 hours later as JACK Cleveland Casino. Officials said the closure is necessary so daily operations and branding can be transferred from Caesar’s Entertainment to JACK Entertainment.

 

Arrests are pending, after authorities discovered a large, sophisticated marijuana growing operation in Coshocton County.

During the weekend bust, deputies found 140 hydroponic pot plants, with a street value of $170,000. They seized the marijuana and the equipment used to cultivate it.

 

State Senator Gayle Manning is coming to Huron County.

The Republican from North Ridgeville will hold district office hours from 12:30 until 1:30 May 20th, at the Monroeville Public Library. No appointment is necessary, and anyone is welcome to attend. Manning represents Ohio’s 13th Senate District, which includes Huron and Lorain counties.

 

The Morning Show will broadcast live from Cedar Point’s Media Day.

Melissa and Scott will be on hand tomorrow morning, with a firsthand account of the park’s new record-breaking coaster Valravn, and they’ll have plenty of other info about the ride and the upcoming Cedar Point season.

 

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Morning Show will be on the road this Wednesday. We’ll broadcast live from Media Day, as Cedar Point unveils Valravn, which is billed as the world’s tallest, fastest, longest dive roller coaster. All told, Valravn will break 10 different records. We’ll tell you much more about it, starting at 6 Wednesday morning. Cedar Point will open for the season this Saturday.   The investigation continues, into the April 22nd killings in southern Ohio. No arrests have been made in connection with the eight murders. All eight victims were shot execution style. They ranged in age from 16 to 40. It’s believed the killings were drug-related.Authorities have collected dozens of pieces of evidence, and have received hundreds of tips.   Golf carts on city streets will be the topic of discussion, during tomorrow night’s meeting of Norwalk City Council’s Safety Committee. The meeting will begin at 7pm, in the city hall conference room. Last month, Norwalk City Council was scheduled to vote on the measure, but sent it to the safety committee for further discussion and possible changes.   An update on road work along U.S. Route 250 in the Sandusky area…  Starting tomorrow, the right lane of southbound 250, between State Route 2 and Bogart Road in Perkins Township will be closed for 10 days. Access to driveways and businesses will be maintained during the work.   State Route 162, just east of Clinton Street in New London is open. It had been closed, for railroad crossing repairs   A grand jury has charged three people accused of trying to sneak drugs into the Huron County Jail.  26-year-old Jordan Aldrich of Bellevue, 30-year-old Amber Lynch of Plymouth and 56-year-old Jeffery McClain of Mansfield each face charges of conveying drugs into a correctional facility. The alleged crimes are separate, and each occurred in January.   A reminder…  This weekend is Free Fishing Weekend in Ohio. Anyone can fish in any of the state’s public waters without a fishing license.

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Morning Show will be on the road this Wednesday.

 

We’ll broadcast live from Media Day, as Cedar Point unveils Valravn, which is billed as the world’s tallest, fastest, longest dive roller coaster. All told, Valravn will break 10 different records. We’ll tell you much more about it, starting at 6 Wednesday morning. Cedar Point will open for the season this Saturday.