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Monday, April 18, 2016

Today is Tax Day, and the clock is ticking.

Forms must be e-filed by midnight tonight. If you’re mailing forms, they must have today’s postmark.

 

The Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post and the FAA are investigating last Wednesday’s small plane crash in Willard.

Lt. Doug Hamman said a single engine Piper J3 took off in LaGrange, and got caught up in a crosswind while approaching the Willard Airport. The plane skipped off the runway, and went into a ditch. The pilot, from Elyria was unharmed. The plane sustained damage to the front propeller and nose.

 

He was on the run for months, and now he’s in the Erie County Jail.

28-year-old Mohammad Hamad of Sandusky is one of three men accused of stealing $150,000 worth of jewelry from an elderly woman in 2014. Police and U.S. Marshals found him in Virginia Beach earlier this month. He was brought back to Ohio, and is awaiting trial in Erie County Common Pleas Court. Two accomplices have admitted guilt, and are serving prison sentences of 3 and 5 years.

 

Tomorrow is Pizza Bake Off Day in Norwalk.

The Rotary Club’s 17th annual Pizza Bake Off begins at 4:30 at Norwalk High School. Tickets are available at the door. Adults are $10, kids 10 and under are only $5 and senior citizens are $8.

Enjoy pizza from seven different vendors to support Rotary’s Caring for Kids Program. Melissa Sharp will be broadcasting live from Norwalk high school starting at 4.

 

The city of Norwalk’s annual spring trash pickup is underway.

You may place up to three large items or 9 extra bags out for pickup on your regular trash day. One large item equals three bags. Large items are limited to things like mattresses, couches or TVs. Construction or remodeling debris will not be picked up.

 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Today is Tax Day, and the clock is ticking.

Forms must be e-filed by midnight tonight. If you’re mailing forms, they must have today’s postmark.

 

The Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post and the FAA are investigating last Wednesday’s small plane crash in Willard.

Lt. Doug Hamman said a single engine Piper J3 took off in LaGrange, and got caught up in a crosswind while approaching the Willard Airport. The plane skipped off the runway, and went into a ditch. The pilot, from Elyria was unharmed. The plane sustained damage to the front propeller and nose.

 

He was on the run for months, and now he’s in the Erie County Jail.

28-year-old Mohammad Hamad of Sandusky is one of three men accused of stealing $150,000 worth of jewelry from an elderly woman in 2014. Police and U.S. Marshals found him in Virginia Beach earlier this month. He was brought back to Ohio, and is awaiting trial in Erie County Common Pleas Court. Two accomplices have admitted guilt, and are serving prison sentences of 3 and 5 years.

 

Tomorrow is Pizza Bake Off Day in Norwalk.

The Rotary Club’s 17th annual Pizza Bake Off begins at 4:30 at Norwalk High School. Tickets are available at the door. Adults are $10, kids 10 and under are only $5 and senior citizens are $8.

Enjoy pizza from seven different vendors to support Rotary’s Caring for Kids Program. Melissa Sharp will be broadcasting live from Norwalk high school starting at 4.

 

The city of Norwalk’s annual spring trash pickup is underway.

You may place up to three large items or 9 extra bags out for pickup on your regular trash day. One large item equals three bags. Large items are limited to things like mattresses, couches or TVs. Construction or remodeling debris will not be picked up.

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A suspected drunk driver from Castalia suffered serious injuries last night, after crashing his car into the Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

 

Troopers said 24-year-old Dakota Clouse was driving at a high rate of speed, when he lost control and went off U.S. Route 6 and drove across grass and landscaping, before hitting a large concrete sign and crashing into the front of the patrol post. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and was ejected from his car. Clouse was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center.

 

No troopers were injured, but the patrol post sustained damage to the walls and windows of the conference room, which had been occupied an hour prior to the crash. Clouse didn’t have a license, due to a September, 2015 DUI conviction. He was also wanted on a felony warrant from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Charges connected to the crash are pending.

 

 

She performed last night on live nationwide TV and tonight, we’ll find out if Wakeman’s own Emily Keener has advanced on to next week, on ‘The Voice.’

 

The results show begins at 8 on NBC-TV.

 

 

 

The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio has wrapped up its annual Harvest-For-Hunger campaign, and they reached their goal of raising enough money to provide 100,000 meals to those in need, in Huron, Erie Lorain and Crawford Counties.

 

 

 

As expected, the Norwalk Board of Education has okayed a move from the NOL to the Sandusky Bay Conference.

 

Approval came during last night’s school board meeting. The change will take effect with the 2017-2018 school year. As you know, five other NOL schools are joining the SBC to form an 18-team conference for football and 21 teams for most other sports. For football, Norwalk will be in the SBC’s Lake Division along with Bellevue, Clyde, Perkins, Sandusky and Tiffin Columbian.

 

 

A former employee has been found guilty of stealing more than $1,300 from Norwalk’s Pizza Hut.

 

As part of a plea bargain, 21-year-old Thomas Morrow agreed to plead guilty to charges of breaking and entering and theft. Records from Huron County Common Pleas Court show prosecutors dismissed a charge of safecracking. Morrow stole the money last fall, then was arrested after telling family members about the crime. He’ll be sentenced May 25th, and he’s expected to receive probation, and he’ll have to make restitution.

 

 

The Ohio Turnpike’s 2016 construction season is underway, with its largest capital improvements program in 15 years.

 

As part of the program, the Ohio Turnpike is investing $76 million to replace original pavement from 60 years ago. Some of that work will cover five miles in the eastbound lanes from Groton Township to Oxford Township in Erie County.

 

Citing security risks and other factors, state prison officials have announced plans to close all ten of the state’s prison farms, and sell the land.

 

They’ll be phased out by the end of this year. That includes prison farms in Mansfield and Grafton.

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

There’s more information about a weekend drug raid in New London.

As we told you yesterday, village police found suspected cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia during a search of a Lincoln Street home. Also found during the raid: a ledger full of names and alleged sales. Charges are pending.

Saturday’s raid was the second in two days in New London. Police seized drugs, drug paraphernalia and cash from a Pearl Street apartment last Friday. Two people in the apartment are expected to face charges.

 

44 people have applied to become state superintendent of public schools.

Just five will be interviewed sometime next month, and one will be hired in late May or early June. The new state superintendent will replace Dr. Richard Ross, who retired December 31st.

 

Emily Keener needs your votes.

As you know, the 17-year-old from Wakeman has advanced to the Live Round Playoffs on NBC’s ‘The Voice’, and she’ll sing tonight.

There are four ways to vote. If you need more information, go online to emilykeener.com, scroll down and click on ‘blog posts.

Friday, April 8, 2016

1 to 3 inches of snow is expected tonight.

 

For going above and beyond the call of duty and performing heroic actions in combat, three area veterans will be inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame.

Marine Corporal Timothy Russell of Wakeman, Army Sgt. Bradley Porter of Plymouth and Private First Class Joshua Conley of Tiro will be honored April 29th at the Ohio Statehouse. We’ll have more in news later today.

 

A Huron man is facing charges, for allegedly soliciting sex from a police officer posing as a 14-year-old boy.

40-year-old David Morris is being held in the Erie County Jail without bond. He’s charged with importuning, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. According to reports, after chatting online, Morris sent a nude photo and arranged for sex with the undercover officer. The two were supposed to meet at a business in Huron. Morris was arrested a short time after showing up. After the arrest, Huron police went to his apartment and seized his computer and phone.

 

Area authorities are receiving more calls about an IRS scam.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Huron and Erie counties have been told that residents are getting calls from someone posing as an IRS agent, claiming back taxes are owed. In some cases, the caller has threatened legal action or jail. Keep in mind the IRS does not contact taxpayers by phone. If you receive such a call, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

 Preparations continue for the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland.

 

This week, leaders from the RNC hosted about 600 media-members from around the world and gave updates on everything from covering the convention to lodging.

 

The Republican National Convention will open at Quicken Loans Arena July 18th.

 

Good news, for VFW Post 2529 in Sandusky.

Officials there have worked out a deal with the IRS. The post owes about $30,000 in back taxes, leading the IRS to threaten foreclosure. Money issues at the post go back to 2008, when more than $200,000 went missing.

 

The state says Lake Erie fishing should be good in 2016.

Officials with ODNR are optimistic about this year’s perch, walleye, steelhead and white bass catch. Smallmouth bass is fair, but improving.

 

Friday, April 8, 2016

1 to 3 inches of snow is expected tonight.

 

For going above and beyond the call of duty and performing heroic actions in combat, three area veterans will be inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame.

Marine Corporal Timothy Russell of Wakeman, Army Sgt. Bradley Porter of Plymouth and Private First Class Joshua Conley of Tiro will be honored April 29th at the Ohio Statehouse. We’ll have more in news later today.

 

A Huron man is facing charges, for allegedly soliciting sex from a police officer posing as a 14-year-old boy.

40-year-old David Morris is being held in the Erie County Jail without bond. He’s charged with importuning, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. According to reports, after chatting online, Morris sent a nude photo and arranged for sex with the undercover officer. The two were supposed to meet at a business in Huron. Morris was arrested a short time after showing up. After the arrest, Huron police went to his apartment and seized his computer and phone.

 

Area authorities are receiving more calls about an IRS scam.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Huron and Erie counties have been told that residents are getting calls from someone posing as an IRS agent, claiming back taxes are owed. In some cases, the caller has threatened legal action or jail. Keep in mind the IRS does not contact taxpayers by phone. If you receive such a call, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

 Preparations continue for the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland.

 

This week, leaders from the RNC hosted about 600 media-members from around the world and gave updates on everything from covering the convention to lodging.

 

The Republican National Convention will open at Quicken Loans Arena July 18th.

 

Good news, for VFW Post 2529 in Sandusky.

Officials there have worked out a deal with the IRS. The post owes about $30,000 in back taxes, leading the IRS to threaten foreclosure. Money issues at the post go back to 2008, when more than $200,000 went missing.

 

The state says Lake Erie fishing should be good in 2016.

Officials with ODNR are optimistic about this year’s perch, walleye, steelhead and white bass catch. Smallmouth bass is fair, but improving.

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

They’ll try again today.

The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox will open this season this afternoon, at 1:10. The game will air on 95.3 WLKR. Yesterday’s game was postponed shortly after 2:30. The club issued a statement, blaming a changed forecast and wind chills dropping into the teens.

 

A convicted child rapist from Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.

51-year-old Michael Walls was sentenced yesterday to eight life sentences. He has no chance at parole. Walls stood trial last month in Erie County Common Pleas Court, and was found guilty on more than 20 counts of rape. Officials said Walls raped a girl multiple times a week from the time she was 3 or 4, into her teens. During yesterday’s hearing, Walls said he was innocent, and said he plans to appeal his conviction and sentence.

 

Norwalk police are still looking for a man who swiped more than $1,200 worth of beer and liquor from Gardner’s SuperValue.

It happened at 4pm last Tuesday. According to Captain Mike Conney, the man loaded up his cart twice, and left the store undetected both times.

He made off in a gray newer-model Toyota Camry. The man is described as heavy-set, bald and 40 to 45. Pictures of the man have been posted on the Norwalk Police Department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information should contact the Norwalk Police Department.

 

Ground will be broken this Friday, for the Cedar Point Sports Center at the former Griffing- Sandusky Airport site on Cleveland Road.

Officials said phase one of the youth sports facility will include nine multipurpose synthetic turf fields, four NCAA regulation baseball fields, a championship baseball and softball stadium, eight NCAA regulation lacrosse fields, sports-specific training areas and an ADA-accessible community use field. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 Friday afternoon. Phase one is expected to be complete by this fall, with spring and summer of 2017 serving as the inaugural season for Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center.

 

Former Ohio State University marching band director Jonathon Waters will again lead a college band.

He’s been hired as an assistant professor of music, and director of bands at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. Waters was dismissed by Ohio State in the summer of 2014, after an investigation revealed the OSU band contained a ‘sexualized culture.’

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

It’ll be a cold, blustery day for Cleveland Indians baseball.

The season opener against the Boston Red Sox is scheduled to begin at 4:10 this afternoon. The forecast for Cleveland calls for rain and snow showers to move out by game time, but windy conditions will continue, with temperatures falling to about 33. We’ll broadcast live from Progressive Field, starting at 1 this afternoon. You’ll hear comments from Cleveland Indians players and front office personnel, and we’ll get you ready for today’s game. Then we’ll join the Indians Radio Network for Indians Warm-Up at 3:37, leading up to today’s scheduled 4:10 start time on 95.3 WLKR.

 

Two Norwalk High School students are facing charges, for allegedly selling marijuana at school last month.

The girls, ages 16 and 17 are charged with marijuana trafficking. They’ll answer to the charges in Huron County Juvenile Court.

 

A Huron County grand jury has charged two local men, in connection with different sex crimes.

19-year-old Nathanial ‘JR’ Parsons of New London is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stem from two alleged incidents with a now 15-year-old girl. One occurred last fall, the other in February.

Also charged by the grand jury: 62-year-old Thomas J. McDaniel of Willard. He’s facing a single count of sexual battery, for the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in late February.

 

Governor John Kasich is in New York today.

On the schedule: campaign stops at Hofstra University and Huntington.

 

An elected official in Sandusky says he has doubts about the future of Ohio Bike Week, which typically runs between late May and early June.

Dennis Murray Jr. serves as a city commissioner and ex-officio mayor. According to the Sandusky Register, Murray said one of the chief complaints about Ohio Bike Week is excessive noise caused by hundreds of motorcycles. The city of Sandusky recently signed a five-year contract extension with Ohio Bike Week, through 2021. In the story, Murray said the city would honor the contract, but may not renew it unless changes are made.

 

More news from Sandusky…

It appears a city commissioner is going to jail, for not paying child support.

Court paperwork shows Greg Lockhart must report to the Erie County Jail by April 15th, to begin serving a 30-day sentence. His attorney appealed the sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court, but the motion was denied. Lockhart won a four-year term last fall. Despite the pending jail term, it appears Lockhart’s spot on the commission is safe.

 

A decision won’t be made tomorrow night, but Norwalk City Council will hear the first reading of legislation allowing golf carts on city streets.

As we told you last week, members of city council will debate the pros and cons. The measure could be approved as is, modified or voted down.