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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Thanks to rain last night, it’s now a doubleheader day for the Cleveland Indians and Oakland A’s.

The Tribe and A’s will play at 3:35, and 9. You can hear both games on 95.3, WLKR.

 

A trucker suffered only minor injuries, after rolling his rig on the Ohio Turnpike in eastern Erie County.

The highway patrol said the Maryland trucker lost control in Florence Township yesterday around noon. The semi hit a guardrail, then wind caught the trailer, causing the rollover. The crash slowed traffic for several hours.

 

A published report says CSX has paid the city of Willard nearly $30,000, for a late November train derailment.

According to the Sandusky Register, CSX has reimbursed about $28,000 for firefighters, police officers and maintenance workers who helped railroad employees protect the city from hazardous materials. About 400 households had to evacuate, after the derailment and chemical spill. Those affected spent several days living at a makeshift shelter at Willard High School, or stayed with family members or at hotels paid for by CSX.

 

Area firefighters spent some of yesterday dealing with field fires.

Those fires occurred at Routes 20 and 601 in Norwalk, and Milliman Road in Milan Township. Others  were on Deyo (Day-YO) Road, and Bardshar and Heywood roads in Margaretta Township. Firefighters said high winds fanned the blazes.

 

Norwalk’s Ridge Road, just south of the bypass is closed for three or four weeks for storm sewer work.

 

The city of Norwalk’s compost facility, on Austie Shadle Drive near Baines Park will open for the season this Friday.

It’ll be open through November on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 6pm. City residents can take extra yard waste to the compost pile. Anyone using the compost facility must show proof of city residency, such as a driver’s license. It’s for residential use only, not commercial use.

 

The Margaretta school board will continue its search, for a new superintendent.

The board of education will meet behind closed doors, at 5:30 tomorrow in the board office. Current superintendent Ed Kurt is leaving to become superintendent in Findlay.

 

A Willard man running for State Senate has pulled out of the race.

Dr. Eric Kaple was sent to run against Marcus Madison of Elyria in the May 6th primary.  Madison will now face incumbent Gayle Manning in the fall.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Indians won their season-opener, topping the Oakland A’s, 2-0.

Game two of the three game series is set for 10:05 tonight.  You can hear it live on 95.3, WLKR.  Cory Kluber will start for the Indians, opposite former Tribe Pitcher Scott Kazmir.

 

State officials have extended the deadline, for help with high winter heating bills.

The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program was scheduled to end yesterday. The new deadline is April 15th.

 

Early voting period begins today throughout Ohio.

In-person voting hours are 8am until 5pm Monday through Friday, 8am until 9pm Monday, April 7th and Saturday May 3rd, between 8am and noon. Registered voters may also request a ballot by mail. The primary election is May 6th.

 

An area man has been sentenced to prison, for stealing from area homes, businesses and churches.

51-year-old Thomas Spurlock of Sandusky was sentenced yesterday to 10 years and two months behind bars. Authorities said the drug-fueled crime spree occurred last spring. He was arrested on 20 charges.

 

Tonight’s when Norwalk City Council will honor the state champion Norwalk Truckers boys’ basketball team.

City Council will pass a resolution, commending players and coaches. The Truckers won the Division II state title last month, by beating Columbus Bishop Watterson 65-58. A podcast of the game is available on our website, wlkrradio.com.

 

The city of Norwalk’s compost facility on Austie Shadle Drive near Baines Park will open for the season this Friday.

It’ll be open through November on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 6pm.  City residents can take extra yard waste to the compost pile.  Anyone using the compost facility must show proof of city residency, such as a driver’s license.  It’s for residential use only, not commercial use.

 

 

A bar owner is in hot water, for allowing underage drinking in his establishment.

Eugene McDuffy owns DJ’s Sports Bar in Sandusky. He’s been charged with three counts of permitting underage consumption, plus permitting a curfew violation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was charged over the weekend, after police noticed three drunken teenage girls stumble outside the Cleveland Road bar. The girls are facing charges of underage consumption, curfew violation and obstruction.

 

A look ahead to 2015…

Officials are working on plans to demolish Willard High School. It’s expected to come down late next year. 2015-2016 classes will be held in the new building.

 

Plymouth is in need of volunteers, to help plan the village’s 200th birthday celebration in 2015.

A meeting will be held next Tuesday at 7pm in the village hall. The birthday party may be held the same weekend as the annual Fireman’s Festival.

 

Drivers who use the Ohio Turnpike will start seeing more orange barrels this week.

Turnpike officials say the list of projects includes repaving about six miles of the turnpike, near Clyde.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The forecast for Oakland, California: Showers, and maybe thunderstorms.

The Indians and A’s are scheduled to open their respective seasons tonight in Oakland. Indians Warm-Up begins at 9:37, with game time 10:05 on 95.3, WLKR. The home opener for the Indians is this Friday, against the Minnesota Twins. Game time at Progressive Field is set for 3:05. We’ll broadcast live from the home opener, starting at noon.

 

A suspected heroin dealer from Norwalk is facing charges.

25-year-old Kyle Barker was arrested and jailed late last week, after a short investigation by Norwalk police. According to reports, police were able to confirm that Barker was using and selling heroin from his West Main Street home. Just prior to Barker’s arrest, police stopped 26-year-old Aaron Arnold of Norwalk. He was leaving Barker’s home, and found in possession of heroin. He too, was jailed.

 

A drug dealer from Willard is off to prison.

56-year-old Matthew Sweet Sr. was sentenced Friday to two years behind bars, on charges of heroin trafficking.

 

To Richland County, where a man accidently struck and killed his two-year-old daughter outside Wal-Mart.

Police said 25-year-old Andrew Brooks pulled his SUV to the front doors, to let his family out at the entrance. He then pulled forward, before two-year-old La’Naya Brooks got out of the way, accidently hitting her with the SUV. Bystanders performed CPR, and the girl was taken to a nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead. The girl’s father was not arrested, but the investigation is ongoing. Alcohol is not considered a factor in the accident.

 

By a 4-3 vote, the Sandusky City Commissioners have fired city manager Nicole Ard.

It wasn’t completely unexpected. In January, the commission gave Ard an ultimatum: Improve her job performance within 60 days, or be dismissed. Ard was hired in the fall of 2011. She could receive more than $60,000 in termination pay. Law Director Don Icsman has been named interim Sandusky city manager, while the commissioner begins the search for Ard’s replacement.

 

A reminder that Monday, April 7th is the deadline to register to vote, or update voter information in time for the May 6th primary election.

You can register to vote at the Board of Elections office. Voter registration forms are also available at license bureaus, county treasurer’s offices, the Department of Job and Family Services and local libraries.

Friday, March 28, 2014

A mother and son from Norwalk are facing drug charges, stemming from illegal sales of prescription painkillers.

58-year-old Patricia Rapp, and 34-year-old Thomas Rapp were arrested Tuesday evening, at their home on Benedict Avenue. Both appeared in court Wednesday, and entered not guilty pleas. The two are accused of selling oxycodone.

 

A Norwalk man caught with synthetic cannabis is awaiting court proceedings in Sandusky County.

Joseph McCarty was arrested Tuesday morning, after a traffic stop in Woodville. An officer noticed the drugs, commonly known as K-2 or Spice in the car. McCarty was charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Approximately 32,000 Ohioans have until April 15th to claim nearly $25 million in income tax refunds left over from 2010.

If the refunds aren’t claimed, the federal government gets to keep them.

 

Milan Village Administrator Kevin Ackerman has announced his retirement.

He’s stepping down May 16th.  Ackerman also serves as Milan’s water and wastewater superintendent.

 

Sandusky school officials have unveiled new plans to help make graduates globally competitive.

Among the items in the Transformation Plan: cost-free college education. Graduating seniors would receive associate’s degrees, along with high school diplomas. More details can be found on the Sandusky City Schools’ website.

 

A new bill in Columbus would ‘up the ante’, for drug dealers.

They could be charged with murder, if one of their customers dies from an overdose. Under House Bill 508, illegally selling drugs to someone who overdoses would bring a lifetime prison sentence. Offenders would be eligible for parole in 20 years if the victim was over 18, and 25 years if the victim was under 18. Dayton-area Republican Jim Butler is sponsoring the measure. He hopes it would serve as a deterrent. Several states have similar laws.

 

The City of Norwalk will soon institute a new water meter reading process, designed to shorten the time between the reading date and the billing date, to better provide residents with more timely information on their water usage. 

The first step in this process will require new account numbers for all users, which will be reflected on the bills received in April.  Residents will need to use this new number when paying, to ensure that the payment is credited properly. The next step is scheduled to take place for bills received in May.  Depending on the previous reading date, the bill could cover a longer or shorter period of time for the first month of the change. 

 

A Memphis, Tennessee man with a lengthy rap sheet has been arrested for allegedly cheating at the Hollywood Casino, Toledo.

51-year-old Ellis Quinn Jr. is facing three felony counts of casino cheating for ‘postbetting’ on craps.  It’s a form of cheating in which the gambler places a bet or increases his bet after the dice stop rolling.  According to reports, Quinn is so good at it that officials used surveillance video of his moves to train law enforcement officers in Missouri.  He’s been banned from all Missouri casinos and he’s been arrested for cheating at casinos in Louisiana, Mississippi and Nevada.

There’s more…

A Defiance man upset over losing has learned his fate.  Randy Marks must spend 4 months in jail then serve three years probation and pay $10,000 restitution.  He’s also been banned from the Hollywood Casino, Toledo.  Marks was convicted of punching out nine slot machines at the casino.

 

In sports…

The Cleveland Cavaliers are back in action tonight.  It’s the Cavs and Nets in Brooklyn.  Pregame is at 7, with tipoff at 7:30 on 95.3, WLKR.

Steve Gray, head coach of the State Champion Norwalk Truckers Boys’ Basketball Team will join us on tomorrow’s Locker Room show.  Also on the show:  Tim Stried with the Ohio High School Athletic Association and Indians play-by-play announcer Jim Rosenhaus.  The Locker Room begins at 9am.

NASCAR Sprint Cup racing resumes Sunday with the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia.  Coverage begins at noon on K96.

 

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A rollover crash spilled more than 20 tons of scrap metal, and shut down some of U.S. Route 250 in Milan.

Yesterday’s crash occurred just after 6am yesterday, when the rig flipped at State Route 113 West and 250. According to the highway patrol, the trucker from Tipp City, Ohio wasn’t familiar with the intersection, and was unable to stop before rolling onto 250. He suffered minor injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He was later charged with failure to control. Northbound 250 was completely closed for more than three hours.

 

Snowy weather may have been a factor, in a car/semi-truck crash in eastern Huron County.

Yesterday’s crash at Fitchville River and Zenobia roads in Clarksfield Township sent four people to the hospital with serious injuries. Troopers said Kayla Warrer of Sandusky failed to stop at the intersection…Her car hit a semi, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. Warrer and three passengers—Matthew Born of Collins, Michael Shepperd of New London and Brett Ziemke of Norwalk were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Warrer, Born and Shepperd were later flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Ziemke was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center. The trucker wasn’t hurt. The crash remains under investigation.

 

Bellevue police are investigating two separate rape complaints.

Both claims were made on Sunday. One of the alleged sexual assaults occurred at the Bellevue Inn and Suites, the other, at a private residence.

 

Absentee ballots will be available, starting April 1st, for the May 6th primary election.

Ballots may be cast at the Huron County Board of Elections Office in Norwalk between 8am and 5pm.  The office will be open until 9pm on Monday, April 7th and from 8am until noon on Saturday, May 3rd.

 

This past winter could go down as one of the most expensive ever for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

ODOT officials say they’ve spent nearly $117 million to keep roads clear of snow and ice statewide, including the cost of one million tons of road salt.

 

The results are in, from yesterday’s 14th annual Sandusky Rotary Club Pizza Challenge.

Chet and Matt’s took top honors, in the Best Pepperoni Pizza category, followed by Pizza Hut and Kalahari. Kalahari’s Breakfast Pizza was the winner, in the Specialty Pizza category. After that, it was Wink’s Chicago-Style Pizza, then the Philly Steak and Cheese Pizza from the Huron Pizza House. Hundreds of people showed up at yesterday’s event. Proceeds are going to Rotary’s ‘Clothes Kids’ program.

The Norwalk Rotary Club’s annual Pizza Bake-Off will be held April 15th.

 

The Monroeville Board of Education will meet behind closed doors next Monday, to discuss personnel.

The executive session will begin at 7pm, in the Charles Eby meeting room.

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Finances, and the Norwalk City Schools ‘Five for Five’ levy will be discussed, during a community meeting scheduled for one week from today.

The April 1st meeting will begin at 6:45pm, at Norwalk High School’s Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. Superintendent Dennis Doughty and members of the Norwalk Board of Education will be there to provide information, and answer questions. The meeting should last about 45 minutes.

 

Cedar Point continues to hire, for the upcoming season.

The Sandusky amusement park is in need 5,000 workers, to fill more than 70 different types of jobs, including rides, food service and security. Interviews will be held between 11am and 7pm this Saturday, at Castaway Bay. Anyone interested should apply online, cedarpoint.com/jobs, before attending the interview session.

 

95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com will re-broadcast Norwalk’s state championship game against Bishop Watterson.

The special encore presentation will air at 7 Thursday night. Norwalk beat Watterson, 65-58, to claim the Division II state title.

 

Greenwich officials are considering using laser surveillance, to catch speeders.

If village council agrees, Maryland-based Optotraffic would install a laser tower that would measure time, speed and distance between two laser detectors. When a car is found to be speeding, the device would take a picture of the license plates and a ticket would be sent to the car’s owner. The person ticketed would then have to pay the fine or appear in court. Revenue from speeding tickets would be split 60-40 between the village and Optotraffic. Possible target areas are Main Street and Townsend Street.

 

An overturned truck shot down some of U.S. Route 250 in Milan this morning.

The rig was hauling scrap metal when it flipped near Route 113 West.  The accident closed the northbound lanes for over three hours.  It re-opened at approximately 9:30.  The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.

 

A Meijer employee is facing a theft charge, for allegedly stealing pricey video game equipment from the Perkins Township store.

25-year-old Bryan Combs of Collins is accused of swiping about $400 worth of video games and accessories. The alleged theft occurred last week.

 

It’s pizza challenge day in Erie County.

The Sandusky Rotary Club’s 14th annual Pizza Challenge runs from 4 until 7 at Kalahari. 13 different pizza places will be on hand. All you-can-eat admission is $12 for adults, and $6 for children 12 and under, and seniors 65 and older.

 

Hot off the press…The Spring/Summer 2014 edition of the free Voice of the Firelands magazine.

It includes schedules for the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Toledo Mud Hens, Columbus Clippers and Lake Erie Crushers, along with a chance to win Indians tickets and a limo ride to the game. For NASCAR fans, the newest Voice of the Firelands magazine has the Sprint Cup Series schedule and roster. The magazine can be found at select businesses around the area. There’s also copies at the Radio Ranch.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A boil advisory remains in effect until 8 o’clock tonight, for the Southgate Acres subdivision in Perkins Township.

Water should be boiled for one or two minutes before consumption. The boil advisory was issued yesterday afternoon, after a water main break on Didion Drive.

 

There’s a new gold trophy on display at Norwalk High School.

The boys basketball team brought it, and the Division II state championship to the Maple City Saturday. Norwalk won the state title, by defeating defending state champ Columbus Bishop Watterson, 65-58 at the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State. It’s the school’s first-ever state basketball title.

 

A large number of fans turned out to honor the Truckers, as the team returned home from Columbus Saturday night.

Fans lined the streets as the team bus went through town. Afterward, a short ceremony was held at Norwalk High School. Team members and others spoke, and thanked everyone for their support.

 

Saturday’s Division II state game between Norwalk and Bishop Watterson was the highest attended game over the weekend.

14,462 fans showed up to watch the game.

 

95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com will re-broadcast Saturday’s state championship game at 7pm Thursday night.

 

Congratulations to Monroeville’s Logan Stieber.

Stieber won his third consecutive national collegiate wrestling championship Saturday night.  The 141 pounder wrestles for Ohio State.  His previous two national championships were at 113 pounds.  Stieber won four consecutive state titles while wrestling for Monroeville High School.

 

A weekend fire all but destroyed the downtown area of a small northeast Ohio village.

Despite the efforts of 30 different fire departments, 13 businesses along historic Main Street in Garrettsville, in Portage County were affected by the blaze. Most of the buildings were made of wood, and built in the 1800’s. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking into the cause.

 

A reminder that the city of Norwalk’s limited spring trash pickup will be held the week of April 14th.

Residents will be able to set out three large items or nine extra bags for pickup at no additional charge. One large item equals three bags.

 

If you don’t have dinner plans for tomorrow night, you may want to consider the Sandusky Rotary Club’s 14th annual Pizza Challenge.

The all-you-can-eat event will be held between 4 and 7 at Kalahari.  13 area pizza places will offer their best regular and specialty pizzas.  Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 & under and seniors 65 and older.  Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Clothes Kids Program.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It’s game day, in Columbus.

The 92nd annual state boy’s basketball tournament tips off this morning, at Value City Arena, inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center at Ohio State University. Leading off this year’s tournament: The Norwalk Truckers. Norwalk will take on Dayton Thurgood Marshall in the first of two Division II state semi-final games. We’ll begin live coverage at 9:30, with the Tester Tournament Tipoff Show, followed by the Domino’s Pizza Pre-game at 10:30, then the game at 10:45. You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com. Should the Truckers win, they’ll play for the state championship against either Columbus Bishop Watterson or Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Saturday morning at 10:30.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor says Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions.

The January state employment report released this week says 23 states reported more job hiring, while 27 said that the number of jobs fell. Among those adding jobs, Ohio ranked behind only Texas, which added 33,900 positions. In Ohio, the sectors that added the most jobs included construction, manufacturing and professional and business services.

 

Tonight’s when free Skywarn spotters training will be offered at Castaway Bay on Cleveland Road in Sandusky.

The session will begin at 6:30, and will last two hours. Certificates will be issued at the end of training. Volunteer spotters are needed, for what’s expected to be another active storm season. Last year, Ohio had 37 tornados.

 

The Willard Police Department is investigating a suspected theft involving a former employee of Willard City Schools.

An employee has been accused of stealing $200 in an incident involving ticket sales. A pre-disciplinary meeting was held March 3, the employee resigned March 7. Police are still investigating, and no one has been charged.

 

State Representative Chris Redfern has introduced a “Jake’s Law” reform bill to change the way suicides are investigated.

Inspired by the death of Jacob Limberios, House Bill 482 requires that the coroner or deputy coroner must go to the scene and take charge of the body of victims of apparent suicide. It also mandates carrying out an autopsy, and requires each county coroner in Ohio to complete at least one hour of training in conducting suicide investigations. Redfern says the bill would increase the costs for local governments, and that will make it more difficult for it to pass. Redfern’s bill has 30 co-sponsors and has been assigned to the Health and Aging Committee.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It’s the final day of winter.

Spring, 2014 officially begins at 12:57 tomorrow afternoon.

 

There’s still plenty of time to buy pre-sale tickets, for tomorrow’s Division II Final Four matchup, between Norwalk and Dayton Thurgood Marshall.

You can buy pre-sale tickets in the Norwalk High School athletic office until 6 tonight…Tickets are $10 each. Tomorrow’s state semi-final game tips off at 10:45am, at Ohio State’s Jerome Schottenstein Center. The game will air live on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com. The Tester Tournament Tipoff show begins at 9:30, followed by the Domino’s Pizza pre-game at 10:40.

The winner of tomorrow’s game will play for the state championship at 10:30 Saturday morning. The opponent: Columbus Bishop Watterson or Akron St. Vincent St. Mary. Those two teams will play at 2 tomorrow.

 

A 3-year-old Bellevue boy suffered serious injuries yesterday morning, when his mother’s car hit a stopped garbage truck on Mason Road.

Nevan Jordan was taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center, then was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. At last check, he was in critical condition. His mother, 23-year-old Heather Russell was taken to Firelands, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the garbage truck wasn’t hurt. According to the highway patrol, Russell was eastbound on Mason Road, near State Route 269 in Groton Township, when her car hit the back of the Cyclone Services garbage truck. Troopers don’t believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. Mason Road was closed for about three hours. The crash remains under investigation.

 

The state trooper injured in last week’s pileup on the Ohio Turnpike continues to recover from his injuries.

Trooper Andrew Clouser is now in fair condition at a Toledo Hospital.  Clouser suffered a broken leg, cracked ribs and other injuries when he became pinned between two cars during the 50-vehicle pileup near Clyde.

 

Two tickets have the correct numbers, for yesterday’s $400 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot.

Those winning tickets were sold in Florida and Maryland.

 

To Willard, where police are investigating an alleged theft by a former school employee.

According to reports, the theft took place at a high school basketball game in mid-February. The employee is accused of taking $200 from ticket sales. The employee has since tendered her resignation. Charges are possible.

 

The FBI says they’re following up on new leads in the 25-year-old case of Amy Mihaljevic of Bay Village.

They’ve received several calls over the past week since launching a national podcast about the crime.  She was taken from a Bay Village shopping center in 1989 and was found dead several months later in Ashland County.

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Presale tickets are now available for Thursday’s Division II state semi-final game between Norwalk and Dayton Thurgood Marshall.

You can buy presale tickets in the Norwalk High School athletic office until 6 tonight, and from 7am until 6am tomorrow. Tickets are $10 each. Norwalk and Thurgood Marshall will tip off the 92nd annual state basketball tournament at 10:45 Thursday morning, at ‘the Schott.’

Our exclusive ‘tournament tipoff show’ will begin at 9:30. The show will include a look at the entire tournament, comments from Norwalk basketball coach Steve Gray, comments from Marc Pendleton of the Dayton Daily News and much more. The Domino’s Pizza pregame show will start at 10:30. All of that can be heard live on 95.3 WLKR and online, wlkrradio.com.

 

This isn’t Norwalk’s first appearance in the state tournament.

Things were much different back then, but Norwalk played in the 1917 and 1918 state tournaments. In 1917, Norwalk lost the opener to New Philadelphia, 25-20. According to Huron County Historian Henry Timman, Huron won the state championship that year. Huron topped Dayton Stivers, 21-15. In 1918, Norwalk topped Willoughby 16-10, then beat Montpelier 19-17. But Norwalk lost to Akron Central, 22-14.

 

Charges could be filed against a Sandusky man accused of having sex with a teenage girl.

The 20-year-old man could be charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, for his alleged sexual involvement with a 15-year-old girl. When interviewed by deputies, the two said they’ve had a sexual relationship for two years.

 

To Willard where police are investigating an alleged theft by a former school employee.

According to reports, the theft took place at a high school basketball game in mid-February.  The employee is accused of taking $200 from ticket sales.  The employee has since tendered her resignation.  Charges are possible.

 

A truck fire sent Norwalk firefighters to a Cleveland road business last night.

Firefighters were called to Interstate Towing on Cleveland Road just after 9:30. They arrived to find flames shooting from the Freightliner truck. The truck was involved in last week’s massive pileup on the Ohio Turnpike.

 

A reminder…Skywarn spotter training will be offered this Thursday at Castaway Bay in Sandusky.

The free training session will begin at 6:30, and will last two hours. Huron County’s Skywarn training will be held in three weeks, April 8th, at Norwalk High School.

 

The mumps outbreak at Ohio State University is growing.

Columbus health officials say 23-people are now recovering from the highly-contagious virus.

 

Time is running short for those working to legalize medicinal marijuana in Ohio.

The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment would allow marijuana for medical and therapeutic uses.  It would also create an Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control to regulate the use of medical marijuana.  Supporters need 385,000 signatures by July 2nd to get the issue on the November ballot.  John Pardee is president of the Ohio Rights Group.  He says the group hopes to build momentum in the coming months.  Last month, a Quinnipiac University poll found 87 percent of Ohio voters support the use of medical marijuana.

 

If you bought Mega Millions tickets for last Friday’s drawing, you may want to check them twice.

Lottery officials say two tickets matching five numbers were sold in Ohio. Those tickets are worth $1 million each. Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth $400 million.