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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Michigan man was arrested in Perkins Township, for his involvement in big scale thefts.

23-year-old Dontez Patton is accused of stealing $30,000 worth of Dyson vacuum cleaners from Meijer stores in three different states. He’s also facing federal ID theft charges. Patton is now in jail in Michigan, along with several co-defendants.

 

The speed limit will NOT increase, on the Ohio Turnpike and parts of interstate freeways.

 A proposal to increase the speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour died in Columbus yesterday.

 

The city of Norwalk’s annual spring trash pickup is set for the week of April 13th.

Resident will be able to place three extra items out for pickup. Norwalk’s annual spring brush pickup is scheduled for the week of May 4th.

 

Bellevue and Norwalk police teamed up to arrest two Bellevue residents on drug charges.

 36 year old Matthew James was arrested for marijuana trafficking, and 27 year old Kelly Rupp for cocaine possession. The pair was also charged with possession of criminal tools and drug paraphernalia. The pair is being held at Huron County jail. Norwalk and Bellevue police joined forces to conduct a drug trafficking investigation near Bellevue middle school, and expect additional arrests as a result.

 

A Kentucky man has been arrested in Erie County for sex crimes.

19 year old Travis Vartorella of Florence Kentucky was extradited to Erie County on Tuesday to face charges stemming from his involvement with a 13 year old Berlin Township girl. According to police, Vartorella began communicating with the girl through social media sometime in 2013. The girl’s parents later allowed the man to move into their home. In January of 2014, the girl’s father found questionable messages on the girls computer and reported the incident to officials. Vartorella allegedly gave the girl a laptop containing pornography and according to officials, asked the girl to send him explicit photos of herself. The case was presented to an Erie County grand jury earlier this month, and resulted in 10 felony indictments. Vartorella has been arrested on one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, and three counts each of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, obscenity involving a minor, and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material. He is currently being held in Erie County on $275,000 bond.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

From flurries yesterday, to 64 and possible thunderstorms tomorrow.

Some parts of western Ohio received three or more inches of snow yesterday.

 

An electrical problem is believed to have sparked a blaze that damaged a Lyme Township barn.

Bellevue firefighters were summoned to the Prairie Road site shortly after 4:30 yesterday afternoon.  Smoke and flames were visible when they arrived at the scene.  Firefighters were there for about four-and-a-half hours.  The barn housed a woodworking shop and an apartment.  Total losses were placed at $65,000.

 

The investigation continues into last week’s bomb threat that cleared MTD Products in Willard.

The South Conwell Avenue factory was evacuated last Thursday, while authorities from Willard and beyond searched one million square feet. No bomb was found. Once the person is found, he or she will face criminal charges.

 

A woman charged in connection with the December death of a friend’s four-year-old son is now on house arrest.

Records show 32-year-old Lindsay Gundlach of Huron was released from the Erie County Jail March 11th, after a relative posted 10 percent of her $100,000 bail. While out of jail, Gundlach must wear a GPS monitor, refrain from drinking alcohol, and not have contact with the victim’s family. She’s facing several charges tied to the late December death of Javin Jaques.

Gundlach allegedly was under the influence of alcohol December 22nd, when she backed from a driveway, into the Huron River in the Franklin Flats area of Milan Township. Jaques and a seven-year-old girl were in her car. Gundlach and the girl escaped from the sinking car. The boy did not.

 

A Marblehead man is facing several charges after being arrested for two DUI’s in two days.

40-year-old Scott Thompson was jailed Monday night after he hit and injured a woman in Portage Township.  He was also picked up Sunday evening after crashing his car in Danbury Township.  Thompson is facing two counts of DUI, aggravated vehicular assault and red light violations.

 

Willard residents will soon have a new option to pay utility bills.

Starting next month, the city will accept debit and credit cards for utility payments. More information will be included with April or May water bills.

 

Erie County deputies are investigating the theft of thousands of dollars worth of construction equipment.

The items were stolen from a box trailer and storage container on Route 4, near the Ohio Turnpike in Groton Township. The thief or thieves apparently used bolt cutters to gain access to the equipment. Among the missing items: three large generators, and three pricey power saws. All told, the missing equipment was worth $14,000.

 

Authorities in Summit County are looking for three people in a string of thefts from eyeglass stores.

They say one of the three, a man, doesn’t have a left arm, but had help from two women in distracting vision store employees while pocketing expensive frames. Employees at one store said the trio swiped 30 frames worth more than $3,000.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It’s a great day for fans of college basketball.

The full NCAA men’s tournament tips off early this afternoon. 16 games will be played today, with 16 more scheduled for tomorrow. Ohio State will take on VCU in Portland, Oregon. Pregame coverage will begin at 4, with tipoff at 4:40, on 95.3 WLKR. If the Buckeyes win, they’ll play again Saturday.

 

Once found, the person responsible for a bomb threat at MTD Products in Willard will likely face criminal charges.

The factory was evacuated yesterday, and was shut down for about six hours, while authorities searched more than 1 million square feet of space. No bomb was found. Willard police and firefighters were at the scene, along with the highway patrol  and the Ashland County Bomb Squad. Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in from Bowling Green, Cleveland, Columbus, Kent and Toledo. As a precaution, the Willard City School District was placed under a controlled lockdown, meaning all doors were locked, and students and staff were told to remain inside. Anyone with information on yesterday’s bomb threat at MTD should contact the Willard Police Department.

 

To the east of us, police in Elyria have arrested 30 people, suspected of having a hand in a long-running cocaine distribution network.

Almost all are members of three related families. Police said they seized $400,000 worth of cocaine, plus $84,000 in cash and five guns.

 

No word yet, on when a Milan Township road will re-open to traffic.

McIntyre Road was closed Tuesday, after a developing sinkhole was discovered. Milan Township Trustees met last night to discuss ways to fix the problem, and re-open the road.

 

The fight over ‘first flight’ continues, between lawmakers from Ohio and Connecticut.

A resolution moving through the Ohio Statehouse challenges Connecticut’s claim that one of its aviators beat the Ohio natives Wilbur and Orville Wright to the first flight by more two years. If passed, the measure would reject Connecticut’s claim that Gustave Whitehead successfully flew a plane he designed in August of 1901. If true, that would predate the Wright Brothers’ famous flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in December of 1903. Supporters say the Wright Brothers’ flight was witnessed and clearly photographed. They also said details of Whitehead’s flight are sketchy at best, with a very blurry picture, and a claim that Whitehead’s aircraft was a glider, and not a plane. There’s also a believe that Whitehead’s feat was achieved in 1905, in San Jose, California.

 

New figures show Ohio had one of the nation’s highest foreclosure rates during the month of February.

According to RealtyTrac, Ohio’s foreclosure rate was 9th highest in the country.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Ohio River crested yesterday at its highest level in nearly 20 years, and forecasters say flooding problems will linger much of this week.

The river crested at 57.7 feet, or seven feet below the 1997 level that caused severe widespread flooding in the Cincinnati area. The Ohio River is expected to remain above its 52-foot flood stage most of this week.

 

Just one area boys basketball team is left in the tournament.

In Division IV Sweet 16 action, the Plymouth Big Red will take on Wayne Trace tomorrow night at Bowling Green State University.  Pregame coverage begins at 6, with tipoff at 6:15 on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

 

President Barack Obama is coming to Ohio.

He’ll appear at the Cleveland City Club this Wednesday, and will talk middle-class economics.

 

A Huron County grand jury has charged a Willard teen accused of hitting his mother with a baseball bat.

19-year-old Quinton Hinojosa is facing two counts of felonious assault, in connection with the January incident. The attack occurred, after a disagreement between the two. She was taken to Mercy Willard Hospital, for treatment of a large cut.

 

An open house will be held in Norwalk this weekend, for those interested in joining the Ohio Military Reserve, which includes the Ohio Army and Air National Guard, and the Ohio Naval Militia.

The open house will be held at the Norwalk Armory on West Main between 9am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday. The all-volunteer unit is open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 60.

 

If you drive along Campbell Street, between West Strub and West Bogart in Perkins Township, you’ll have to go a bit slower.

The speed limit on that stretch of Campbell Street has dropped from 55, to 45 miles per hour.

 

Bellevue, Norwalk and Willard police, along with the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol teamed up over the weekend, leading up to tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

The group made 135 traffic stops, 7 DUI arrests and 9 driving under suspension arrests. Law enforcement officers also issued 46 seat belt citations, 165 warnings, and 4 citations for possession for marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 

A proposal to legalize marijuana in Ohio is a step closer to being placed on the ballot.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved ResponsibleOhio’s revised proposal.  If the group wins approval from the State Ballot Board and obtains about 300,000 signatures on petitions, the issue will appear on the fall ballot.

 

Friday, March 13, 2014

Area rivers and creeks remain at risk for ice jam-flooding, so a Flood Watch remains in effect until 4 Sunday afternoon for Huron, Erie, Lorain, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties.

 

Exclusive live coverage of State Wrestling resumes at 10 this morning on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

 

A construction worker was injured late yesterday morning, while working at the site of Huron County’s new License Bureau and Title Office in Norwalk.

36-year-old Steven Tucker of Green Springs was taken by ambulance from the Shady Lane site, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He was then transferred to a different hospital. Officials did not specify which one, and his condition is unknown. According to reports, Tucker was working on the roof of the building, when he lost his footing, and tumbled to the ground.

 

EHOVE Career Center has a new principal.

Erika Beckman, an assistant director at the school has been chosen to fill the spot. Since 2010, Beckman has managed EHOVE’s healthcare, technology, business and cosmetology programs.

 

May 21st is when Clyde-Green Springs superintendent David Stubblebine is scheduled to stand trial, on a charge of obstructing official business.

The trial date was set yesterday by Sandusky County Judge John Kolesar. Stubblebine was charged in January, a month after authorities said he blocked a marijuana investigation at McPherson Middle School. If convicted, Stubblebine faces up to 90 days in jail, and a $750 fine.

 

Charges have been filed against a Sandusky woman accused of driving to her probation appointment while drunk.

29-year-old Veronica Dwyre-Shaver was arrested late Wednesday morning, after her probation officer smelled alcohol, and called Erie County deputies. She also had her 18-month-old son with her. Dwyer-Shaver was charged with DUI, and child endangering. She was released to a sober relative. The boy was turned over to social workers.

 

Boys tournament basketball continues tonight on 95.3 and wlkrradio.com.

Live at 7, it’s Division IV District Championship action from Willard between Plymouth and Buckeye Central.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Due to warming temperatures, the National Weather Service says area rivers and creeks are at risk for ice-jam flooding.

Accordingly, a Flood Watch has been issued for Erie, Huron, Lorain, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.  It’s in effect until 4 Sunday afternoon.

 

The 78th annual State Wrestling tournament begins today in Columbus.

Action begins at 3 this afternoon, and we’ll have exclusive live coverage on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

 

Starting April 1st, tornado warnings in northern Ohio will change.

The Cleveland Office of the National Weather Service will begin using “Enhanced” Tornado Warnings. The warnings will include where a potential twister is, its potential path, and areas that may be affected. Warnings will also state if a tornado is actually spotted, or is radar-indicated. The enhancements will come, when a tornado has been observed. That’s when the warning will include a “Tornado Damage Threat Tag”, which will include one of two classifications: “Considerable” and “Catastrophic.” “Catastrophic” will be reserved for EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes.

 

The Norwalk Area United Fund will be closed tomorrow, as officials there complete a move to a new location.

The United Fund is moving from East Main, to the corner of Seminary and Benedict. The new office will be open for business on Monday.

 

Former Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox is facing criminal charges, for allegedly not disclosing gifts received while on the job.

An Erie County grand jury has charged Fox with two counts of falsification, first-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to six months in jail, and $1,000 in fines. Fox is accused of not reporting approximately $1,000 in gifts he received from Kalahari, back in 2011. Fox was fired by the Huron school board nearly two years ago, amid allegations he turned in improper expense reports, had an inappropriate business relationship with a vendor, and had an extramarital affair on school time.

 

A two-month long investigation has led to a meth lab bust in Clyde,

Local, state and federal authorities raided a Mechanic Street home yesterday morning and found items used to make crystal meth.  Two men and two women were taken in for questioning.  A two-year-old found in the home was turned over to a relative.  Charges are pending.

 

A new report finds, thousands of Ohioans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

According to the annual ‘State of Poverty in Ohio’ report, nearly half of the state’s households don’t have the financial reserves necessary to cushion a job loss or medical emergency.

 

A sales tax increase is in the works in Richland County.

If all goes as planned, Richland County’s sales tax will go up one-quarter percent, to 7.25 percent, effective July 1st.

 

State Wrestling coverage starts at 3, then at 8 tonight, it’s Division III boys district semi-final basketball from Ashland University as Willard takes on Col. Crawford.

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Dense fog caused more than a dozen area school delays this morning.

 

It’s official. East Palestine Schools superintendent George Fisk has been hired for the same job in Norwalk.

Last night’s vote by the Board of Education was 4-1, with board member Steve Linder voting no. Fisk was given a three-year contract that pays $125,000 annually. His first day will be August 1st.

 

As mentioned, Norwalk’s new superintendent will be paid $125,000 annually.

A check of area superintendents’ salaries shows the range is $85,500 in Monroeville, to over $161,000 in Sandusky. Fisk’s $125,000 salary is equal to that of new Perkins Superintendent Jodie Hausmann. Norwalk’s student population is about 2,900, while Perkins has 2,300 students. Also by comparison…Huron’s student population is slightly over 1,400, and the superintendent’s salary is more than $128,000. When other perks and benefits are factored in, Norwalk’s superintendent compensation still ranks 6th, out of 11 area schools.

 

Some of U.S. 250 near Olena was closed for an hour this morning due to downed lines.

It closed around 6:30 and then partially re-opened around 7:30.  The Highway Patrol believes a high-profile truck clipped a wire.

 

New figures show Huron County had one of the state’s highest unemployment rates in January.

Huron County’s jobless rate was 10.3 percent, fourth highest in Ohio, trailing onlyAdams, Monroe and Meigs counties. According to the Ohio Department Job and Family Services, Ottawa County’s January unemployment rate was 10.2 percent, or fifth highest. Erie County’s jobless rate was 8.4 percent, 13th highest in the state. No other area counties were in the top 30.

 

A Florida woman is in the Erie County Jail, accused of scamming thousands of dollars from local banks.

Shellanna Phillips was arrested Thursday. An alleged accomplice fled, and hasn’t been found. Phillips made off with nearly $17,000, by using a phony ID to cash phony checks at banks in Sandusky and Perkins Township. She was caught, when she tried to cash another check worth almost $9,500 at a bank in Castalia. Phillips was hit with a number of felony charges, including forgery, theft by deception and passing bad checks. She remains in jail, without bond. An alleged accomplice who was driving, fled the scene and hasn’t been found.

 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of an early Tuesday morning fire that did substantial damage to an apartment house in Bellevue.

Firefighters were summoned to 146 Kilbourne Street at 2:20 yesterday morning, after a resident saw smoke and flames. It took firefighters about two hours to fully extinguish the blaze. The Victorian-style home was built in the 19th century, and was turned into a triplex. Losses were placed at $125,000.

 

In Mansfield, an investigation is underway into the death of a man at a halfway house.

29-year-old Terrance Moxley died yesterday afternoon after being tased by Mansfield Police.  The incident occurred at the V.O.A. halfway house.  Police were called there after Moxley became violent.  The officers involved in the incident were placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

 

Also in Mansfield, and all of Richland County, a sales tax increase is in the works.

If all goes as planned, starting July 1st, Richland County’s sales tax will be seven-and-a-quarter percent.

 

A new report finds thousands of Ohioans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

According to the annual ‘State of Poverty in Ohio’ report, nearly half of the state’s households don’t have the financial reserves necessary to cushion a job loss or medical emergency.

 

In sports…

For the second straight year, Bellevue is back in the Elite Eight.  The Lady Red will play Toledo Rogers at 7 Friday night at Ontario High School with the winner advancing to next week’s Final Four.  Presale tickets will be available at Bellevue High School between 7 and 3 tomorrow.

Plymouth will play for a district title Friday night.  The Big Red will take on Buckeye Central at Willard High School.  Game time is at 7 and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.  The winner will claim a spot in next week’s Sweet 16.

Coverage of the 78th annual State Wrestling Tournament begins at 3 tomorrow on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Norwalk school board has its man.

Tonight, the board of education will formally hire George Fisk, as the district’s new superintendent. According to board president John Lendrum, Fisk will be given a three-year contract, worth $125,000 annually. His first day will be August 1st.

Fisk has been superintendent of the East Palestine Schools, in Columbiana County since 2012. Before that, he was an elementary school principal in the Ontario Schools. Fisk was one of 21 applicants who applied for the job, and was one of four finalists recently interviewed by the school board. He will be at tonight’s board meeting.

 

An update, on yesterday morning’s school bus-SUV crash in Norwalk.

The driver of the Erie-Huron CAC Head Start bus, Marcella Felver was taken by ambulance to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening. Three students and two aides on the bus were not injured. The driver of the SUV, Pleasant Elementary teacher Olivia Gamble and her eight-year-old son went to the hospital in a personal vehicle. According to reports, Felver lost control on a patch of ice near Pleasant Elementary, and hit Gamble’s SUV head-on.

The bus went through a guardrail, and slid down a hill near Jaycee Park. The bus was tilting, but did not overturn. Firefighters used a cable and a fire truck to stabilize the bus. Feliver was later charged with failure to control.

 

Norwalk police chief Dave Light is set to recap 2014.

The chief will give his annual report, during tonight’s meeting of Norwalk City Council.

 

The South Central FFA is getting a financial boost, thanks to a local farmer.

Rob Seidel has been selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities contest, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The program enrolls farmers for a chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the non-profit organization of the farmer’s choice. Seidel picked the South Central FFA to receive the donation. A check presentation ceremony will be held at 1pm tomorrow, at South Central High School.

 

There’s new information about the Perkins assistant band director placed on paid leave last month.

32-year-old Joel Miller is accused of ‘sexting’ a former student from Newark, Ohio. He remains under investigation by police there, but has yet to be charged with a crime. Miller was placed on leave February 18th, the same day Perkins police executed a search warrant, and seized his phone. His brother, 33-year-old Anthony Miller was a music teacher in Newark. He was arrested in February of 2014, for allegedly having sexual relationships with at least three of his students. He pleaded guilty last summer, and was sentenced to five years in prison.

 

New figures show Huron County had one of the state’s highest unemployment rates in January.

Huron County’s jobless rate was 10.3 percent, fourth highest in Ohio, trailing only Adams, Monroe and Meigs Counties.  According to the Ohio Department Job and Family Services, Ottawa County’s January unemployment rate was 10.2 percent or fifth highest.  Erie County’s jobless rate was 8.4 percent, 13th highest in the state.  No other counties were in the top 30.

 

In sports…

Boys district semi-final basketball tips off tonight on 95.3, WLKR.  Tonight, we’ll be live in Willard for Division IV action between Plymouth and Mansfield St. Peter’s.  Pregame coverage begins at 6, with tipoff at 6:15.  Also in action tonight: The Bellevue Lady Red.  Bellevue will take on Akron Hoban in the Division II regional semifinals at Ontario.  That game will start at 7.

 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Some good news…Highs all week will be in the mid-to-upper 40’s.

 

A Monroeville graduate who won four state wrestling titles is now a four-time Big Ten champ.

Logan Stieber claimed his fourth conference title with yesterday’s 16-1 technical fall win, in the 141-pound championship. The 2010 Monroeville High School graduate will now try for his fourth straight NCAA title next weekend, in St. Louis. That feat has been accomplished just three other times, in 85 years.

 

Speaking of wrestling, the 78th annual State Wrestling tournament begins this Thursday at Value City Arena in Columbus.

37 area wrestlers have qualified for the tournament.  We’ll have exclusive live coverage on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

 

Norwalk Police were on the scene of a school-bus SUV crash this morning.

The Erie-Huron CAC Head Start bus hit the SUV just before 8 this morning near Pleasant Elementary.  According to reports, the bus driver lost control on the ice.  The bus hit the SUV when went off the road, but didn’t overturn.  There were three students and two aids on the bus, but they escaped unharmed.  The driver was taken by ambulance to Fisher-Titus.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education is ready to hire a new superintendent.

George Fisk will be hired during tomorrow night’s school board meeting.  He’s currently superintendent of the East Palestine School District in Columbiana County.  Fisk was one of 21 applicants.

 

A weekend mobile home fire in Norwalk did $30,000 damage.

Firefighters were summoned to Midtown Manor at 5:20 Saturday morning. They arrived to find light smoke, and a blaze in the kitchen. Food left on the stove sparked the fire. No one was hurt.

 

A grease fire did substantial damage to a home in Sandusky.

The fire at the Fifth Street broke out shortly before 1am yesterday. Firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control, but not before it melted siding on a neighboring house.

 

The highway patrol is investigating a crash that killed two 23-year-old Sandusky men, and left a third in critical condition.

According to the highway patrol, Devin Richards and Christon Williams died at the scene early Friday morning on Bowling Green Road, just east of Bowling Green. Reports indicate both men were thrown from the car. 26-year-old Phillip Lemon suffered serious injuries, and was taken to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. At last check, he was in critical condition. He was able to walk to a nearby home to call 9-1-1. Troopers aren’t sure who was driving the car. The driver lost control on a curve and hit a guardrail, causing the car to flip several times, before coming to rest in a nearby field. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

 

A former area school superintendent is waiting to hear if a judge will grant his request for early release from prison.

Todd Helms has been behind bars since 2010, for stealing nearly $300,000 from the Clyde-Green Springs Schools. After pleading guilty to 10 different felonies, he was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was told he could apply for early release after five years, if he gave up his pension, to repay the stolen money. Last month, he filed paperwork to get out early, but he has yet to sign documents to turn over his pension to the school district.

 

The South Central FFA is getting a financial boost, thanks to a local farmer.

Rob Seidel has been selected as a winner in American’s Farmers Grow Communities contest, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.  The program enrolls farmers for a chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the non-profit organization of the farmer’s choice.  Seidel picked the South Central FFA to receive the donation.  A check presentation ceremony will be held at 1pm Wednesday at South Central High School.

 

Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light is set to recap 2014.

The chief will give his annual report during tomorrow night’s meeting of Norwalk City Council.

 

 

Friday, March 6, 2015

If you hear tornado sirens at 9:50 this morning, it’s not a twister.

It’s part of Ohio’s annual statewide tornado drill. Tornado sirens were scheduled to go off at 9:50 Wednesday morning, but the drill was postponed, due to severe winter weather in southern Ohio.

 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of yesterday’s blaze that destroyed a home in Berlin Heights.

Firefighters from Berlin, Milan and Florence townships, along with crews from Huron arrived at the Center Street home late yesterday morning, and found it engulfed in flames. It took firefighters nearly two hours to bring the blaze under control. Crews remained at the scene until just after 5. One firefighter was injured, and was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 

The Huron County Health Board has temporarily closed a Norwalk restaurant, due to repeated health-code violations.

Panda Buffet was shut down yesterday, and will stay closed for at least a week. Once the Chinese restaurant re-opens, it’ll be subject to at least one health inspection every two weeks. The Milan Avenue establishment has racked up dozens of health-code violations, with many of them considered ‘critical violations.’ A sign at the door of Panda Buffet says the restaurant is ‘closed for remodeling.’

 

Erie County officials have issued a boil advisory for county water customers on Harris Road, between Portland Road and State Route 99 in Oxford Township.

The advisory, caused by a water main break is in effect until 8 tomorrow morning. Affected residents should boil water for two minutes, before consumption.

 

It’s the weekend we lose an hour of sleep.

We’ll ‘Spring Ahead’ to Daylight Saving Time at 2am Sunday.

 

No change in Ohio’s unemployment rate.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it was 5.1 percent last month, the same as December.

 

Speaking of jobs and employment, a reminder that Cedar Point will hold interviews between 9 and 3 tomorrow.

Park officials plan to hire more than 5,000 people for Cedar Point’s 2015 season.  If interested, fill out an application online at cedarpoint.com/jobs and then go to Breakers Express on Cedar Point Drive between 9 and 3 tomorrow.