Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Ohio State classes back in session after yesterday’s attack

Classes resume today at The Ohio State University after yesterday’s on-campus attack that put more than half-a-dozen students in the hospital. An 18 year old student from Somalia drove onto the sidewalk and struck several people, then got out and started cutting people with a butcher knife. He was shot and killed by a University Police Officer. The FBI is investigating whether the attack was an act of terrorism; based on a Facebook posting and ISIS recently telling their supporters to use cars and knives to attack Americans.


Wellington pedestrian struck and killed by driver

A Wellington man died early Monday evening while crossing the street near his home. 51 year-old Michael Richley was struck by a Ford Taurus driven by 30 year-old Ray Hughes of Berlin Heights as he was walking his dog across the road near his driveway on State Route 18 in Brighton Township in Lorain County. Speed, alcohol, and drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash.


Willard Police looking for information on armed robbery of Hy Miler

The Willard Police Department is looking for information on the gunpoint robbery of the Hy Miler gas station on East Tiffin Street that took place Saturday around 1:00 am. The suspect, described as a 5 foot-6 inch white male with a thin build, entered the store with a handgun and had the clerk empty the cash drawer and hand the money to him, before fleeing.  A $500 reward is being offered by Willard Police for any info that leads to an arrest or conviction of the suspect. Please call Willard PD with any information.


Giving Tuesday event going on today at Sandusky Mall

The United Way of Erie County and its’ 20 funded social service agencies are holding a ‘Giving Tuesday’ event today at the Sandusky Mall from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.  To give back, visit the mall today or go online to You can also sign up to win a $500 mall gift card with a $10 donation.


Bellevue Christmas Tree lighting is tonight

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bellevue takes place tonight. It runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Central Park; featuring the official lighting at 6:30 pm along with Christmas Carols from the Bellevue High School Choir and a visit from Santa.  The Bellevue Christmas Parade is Thursday at 6:00 pm.


Final day of Norwalk leaf pickup

Today marks the final day of leaf pickup in Norwalk. Crews will be collecting leaves on the south side of town, or on the south side of Main Street.


Attorney General DeWine offers tips for ‘Giving Tuesday’

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is offering some charitable giving tips on this “Giving Tuesday,” when donors are urged to make charitable contributions during this holiday shopping season. At the same time, scammers also compete for these contributions. To avoid potential scams, donors should: develop a giving plan, research charities, ask how your donation will be used, and watch for red flags including high-pressure tactics, and requests for checks made out to an individual (instead of a charity).


Gas prices up

We are paying more today, to fill up our gas tanks. Yesterday, some service stations pumped up their pump prices 20 to 30-cents-a-gallon. This coming after prices had fallen to about $1.90 a gallon at Thanksgiving.


It’s a good day to shop

Today might be a good day to head to the mall. Some retail studies indicate that this will be the least hectic shopping day between now and Christmas Eve.


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Monday, November 28th, 2016

Norwalk pedestrian injured during holiday events Saturday

A Norwalk woman was struck by a vehicle Saturday night during Norwalk’s holiday festivities. The Norwalk Reflector reports that 46 year-old Kristen Zuccaro was hit by 28 year-old Joseph Anderson of Norwalk while lawfully crossing Whittlesey Avenue from east to west.  Zuccaro was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, and was then released Sunday, after hitting her head on the pavement.  Anderson was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian


Narcan kits to be distributed in Wakeman tonight

Huron County Public Health is holding a Project DAWN, drug-overdose training event tonight in Wakeman. Project DAWN kits, including the drug-overdose antidote Narcan, will be distributed tonight at the event at the Huron County Community Library in Wakeman starting at 6:00 pm.   Visit the Facebook or website of Huron County Public Health for more information and to fill out an intake form.


Sandusky Police investigating car fires

The Sandusky Police Department is investigating three car fires that took place Saturday. The first fire happened on Carr Street early Saturday morning; and while police responded, a call was received about two more car fires a few miles away on East Jefferson and Perry streets.  Detective Jon Huffman told the Sandusky Register over the weekend that he believed the fires were not just a random act.  Police continue to investigate; and anyone with information should call Detective Huffman at 419-627-5866.


You can support Norwalk Area United Fund on Amazon

For those shopping online today on ‘Cyber Monday’; you can also help out a local organization. If you shop Amazon, you can support the Norwalk Area United Fund by visiting, select them as your charity; and Amazon will donate a half-percent of your purchase to the Norwalk Area United Fund.


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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Collins foster couple charged in case involving alleged abuse of developmentally disabled man

A foster couple from Collins faces numerous charges after being accused of abusing a 22 year-old developmentally disabled man. The Norwalk Reflector reports that 56 year-old Robert Spishak is charged with felony counts of abduction, unlawful restraint and assault; while his wife 55 year-old Barbara, is charged with felony counts of complicity to assault, abduction and unlawful restraint. The couple has entered “not-guilty” pleas for each charge. They both face separate trial dates in March of 2017.


Light-up Norwalk and Small Shop Saturday taking place this weekend

This Saturday is a busy one for the city of Norwalk; as bicentennial activities get underway along with ‘Small Shop Saturday’. The events run from 4:00 to 7:00 pm including the arrival of Santa Claus, an open air market, and Christmas story readings.  The tree lighting ceremony will happen at 7:00 pm in Suhr Park with a live nativity at First Baptist Church.The Norwalk-opoly board game, featuring local businesses and streets, goes on sale Saturday night with limited quantities available; as well as bicentennial merchandise. Those can be purchased at the open-air market next to Berry’s Restaurant.


Sandusky Christmas Tree lighting is Friday

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Sandusky takes place Friday at 6:00 pm. Santa will progress up Columbus Avenue into Washington Park while being escorted by the Sandusky police and fire departments.  The procession will stop at the Gazebo for a countdown to the lighting.


Attorney General DeWine warns of holiday scams

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has issued a warning to consumers on scams to avoid this holiday season. Those include: Seasonal job scams, Package delivery scams, Advance-fee loan scams, Online shopping scams, and Charity scams. Signs of a possible scam include:

-Requests for payment using money-transfer services, prepaid cards, or gift cards.

-Pressure to act immediately.

– No written or contact information.


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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Sandusky woman charged with OVI and child endangerment

A Sandusky woman has been arrested for driving while intoxicated and child endangerment. 38 year-old Arminda Lopez-Velasquez was pulled over Friday evening after Norwalk Police received a call of a possible impaired driver going southbound on Whittlesey Avenue from Erie County.  After being stopped, Velasquez’s three children, ages 1, 7 and 15, were located inside the vehicle.  She was transported to the Huron County Jail and held on three charges of Child Endangerment; and also charged with driving without a license.


Highway Patrol reminds drivers to wear safety belts this Thanksgiving holiday

AAA predicts that nearly 49 million Americans, including over two-million Ohioans, will travel at least 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving weekend. In anticipation of increased traffic, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to buckle up, never drive impaired and always follow traffic laws. Last year during this time, nine people were killed in seven fatal crashes on Ohio’s roadways; with five of those nine fatalities being the result of an impaired driver. Troopers will be out in full force this weekend to remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.


Monroeville School District sharing savings on bonds with taxpayers

After saving over $760,000 on the refinancing of construction and improvement bonds from their elementary school project, the Monroeville School District will be sharing the savings with taxpayers over the next 30 years. Taxpayers in Monroeville will see a decrease in their real estate tax collection as early as their 2017 tax payments.


City of Norwalk and Willard leaf pick-up information

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Norwalk and Willard have some changes in their leaf pickup schedule. In Norwalk, there will be no leaf pickup this week. The final pickup will be next Monday (11/28) on the north side of town; and next Tuesday (11/29) on the south side.  The Norwalk compost facility will be open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. In Willard, leaf pickup will take place today on the west side of Myrtle Avenue. The City of Willard asks residents to not rake leaves out after noon on Wednesday.

Music News November 21 2016

The Killers to Release New Christmas Charity Album!

The Killers will release a Christmas charity album in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of (RED), a charity co-founded by Bono that works to eradicate AIDS in Africa. Don’t Waste Your Wishes will feature songs the band previously recorded for the charity alongside a new track. For the past 10 years, the Killers have crafted an annual holiday single to benefit (RED). The new album compiles those 10 previously released tunes in addition to one new song, “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” Their new rendition on the classic holiday song features a duet with Brandon Flowers and his fourth grade teacher, Ned Humphrey Hansen. Flowers attributes learning the meaning behind the song to his former teacher.

Get more info here..

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Bucyrus man dies after tree-trimming crew crash on SR 13 in Huron County A Bucyus man has died from injuries sustained in Thursday’s crash on State Route 13 near Fitchville in Huron County. 34 year-old Zachary Warner passed away Saturday morning at a Toledo hospital; after being part of a tree-trimming crew that were struck by a semi-truck.  The crash remains under investigation with charges still pending for the 62 year-old truck driver from Ashland.   Sandusky High/Middle Schools closed today Due to an electrical outage from high winds, Sandusky High School and Sandusky Middle School are closed today. Students and faculty at both schools are not to report.  All other district buildings are open.   Norwalk Bicentennial Pageant to be held Tuesday 2017 marks Norwalk’s bicentennial; and to get ready for it, a Bicentennial Royalty event will be held this Tuesday night at the Norwalk VFW. One Queen and one Ambassador will be selected during the pageant from a panel of around a dozen Norwalk residents. The royalty will then represent Norwalk in 2017.  Admission for the event, which starts at 6:00 pm, is one non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Miriam House.  “Light-Up Norwalk”, marking the official start of bicentennial festivities, is set for this Saturday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.   Edison Middle School receives state award The Ohio State Board of Education has named Edison Middle School as a recipient of a 2016 ‘Momentum Award’, for the second year in a row. The award recognizes schools with all A’s on each measure of the Ohio School Report Card.  In a letter given to the school, the state says that students at Edison Middle School have made greater than expected progress in math and reading.   Edison advances, St. Paul season over in High School Football Playoffs Congrats to the Edison Chargers! They are back in the high school football state semi-finals for the 2nd straight season; after a come from behind win Saturday night 27-20 over Norwayne at a snowy, cold Medina High School.  Edison (12-1) will now take on 9-3 Canton Central Catholic in the Division 5 state semi-finals on Saturday night at 7:00 pm at Strongsville’s Pat Catan Stadium.  It’s a rematch of last year’s state semi’s, in which the Chargers lost on a last second field goal, 17-14.  In a Division 7 Regional Final, St. Paul lost to Warren JFK on Saturday night in a snowstorm at Strongsville, 48-13. The Flyers end another outstanding season with a record of 12-1.  K-96 will broadcast the Edison state semi-final game live Saturday night beginning at 6:30 for pre-game, 7:00 pm kickoff.

Music News November 18, 2016

Music News November 18, 2016

View All the Music Videos for Metallica’s New Album

They are back and ready to rock with their new album Hardwired to Self-Distruct, Check out all the music videos here.

New Music From Soundgarden?

This is a pretty big week for Soundgarden with the 25th anniversary release of their landmark album Badmotorfinger, but with 2017 just around the corner, it sounds like we can expect new music from the band.

Guitarist Kim Thayil recently spoke with WRIF’s Meltdown, and he offered an update on the band’s recording process and when to expect a new studio release: check out the interview here…

John Mayer Drops New Single and Talks Upcoming Album and Tour

There may be six weeks left in 2016, but John Mayer fans are already looking forward to the new year.The “Gravity” singer took to Facebook Live on Thursday (Nov. 17) to unveil his first single in two years, “Love on the Weekend,” and reveal that a new album is on the way in 2017.

“Next year is a year of more music coming than I’ve ever put out in one year,” Mayer said in his live fan Q&A after announcing that the album’s title will be The Search for Everything. “That’s really sort of what my career has been, it’s what my life has been, it’s the way that my mind works — it sort of consumes everything. That is very true to the nature of the record, which is sort of like a mixtape of all the music that inspires me and all the styles that I’ve made before, but certainly in my own certain way of doing it.”

Music News November 17, 2016

Music News November 17, 2016

Leonard Cohen Died in his Sleep After a Fall, Manager Says…

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died in his sleep after falling down in the middle of the night at his Los Angeles home, his manager said Wednesday (Nov. 16).

“The death was sudden, unexpected and peaceful,” manager Robert B. Kory said in a statement.The details from Kory provided the first glimpse of how Cohen died. No cause was given last week in the initial announcement of his death.

The statement also said that Cohen died on Nov. 7 — three days before his passing was made public.The singer, songwriter and poet behind “Hallelujah,” ”Bird on a Wire” and “Suzanne” was 82 when he died. Cohen had been in declining health for much of the year, though he revealed few details.

He is survived by his children, Adam and Lorca, and his three grandchildren, Cassius, Viva and Lyon, the statement said.Cohen was buried in Montreal in a small ceremony on Nov. 10, the same day his death was announced.

“With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father,” Adam Cohen wrote in a statement last week.

Cohen’s representatives say a memorial in Los Angeles is being planned.

Bob Dylan Confirms He will Not Accept his Nobel Prize

The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel prizes, said it had received “a personal letter” saying he was unable to attend next month’s Nobel ceremony “due to pre-existing commitments”.

Dylan, the organisation said, felt “very honoured” and wished he could receive the prize personally.The singer is required to give a Nobel lecture between now and next June.

‘New poetic expressions’

The 75-year-old will not be the first recipient of the prestigious award to have been a no-show at the prize-giving ceremony.Harold Pinter and Doris Lessing, winners of the prize in 2005 and 2007 respectively, were among others who did not attend the event.”The prize still belongs to them, just as it belongs to Bob Dylan,” the Academy said in a statement.


Metallica is Back on Napster

Mention the word “Napster” and you’ll get one of two reactions:  Either “Are they still around?” . . . or, “What’s a Napster?”  But Napster IS still around.

After the file-sharing debacle of the turn of the century, it became a LEGAL service.  It’s been kicking around in one form or another ever since.

In 2011, it was purchased by Rhapsody, and this past summer, Rhapsody basically phased out their own brand and BECAME Napster.

As everyone knows, METALLICA led the charge against Napster when it was an illegal file-sharing service, and sued them in 2000 . . . which helped bring it down.

But times have changes, and now the band’s entire catalog is coming to

Right now, they basically just have three songs on there:  “Atlas Rise!”, “Moth to Flame”, and “Hardwired” . . . off the upcoming album “Hardwired . . . To Self Destruct” . . . plus cover tracks off Deep Purple and Dio tribute albums.

Meanwhile, Metallica is in the process of releasing videos for ALL the songs on the new album.  (Click here for details.)

Ed Sheeran Serenaded a Nine-Year-Old Girl in the Hospital

There’s a nine-year-old girl named Melody, who’s a big ED SHEERAN fan . . . but she can’t go to see him in concert because she’s spent 80% of her life in the hospital.

Melody suffers from a rare neurological disorder called ‘Rett Syndrome,’ which caused a bunch of other issues.  She can’t walk or talk . . . and tragically her body is in very rough shape.  But she can understand things, and she LOVES music . . . especially Ed Sheeran.

So, Ed surprised her at the hospital last week . . . and he serenaded her with a private performance.  He sang all her favorite songs, all the way through.  Melody was THRILLED, and her parents posted video and photos on Facebook.

They also posted a long ‘thank you‘ afterward, where they heaped praise on Ed . . . and even credited him and his music with Melody’s SURVIVAL over the years.  So yeah, she’s a HARDCORE fan.

They said, quote, “I’m so glad she chose you to be her Prince.  To us, you are our hero.  I keep playing the videos over and over.  I can’t help it.  Thank you for everything.  For just being you.  You are Melody’s guarding Angel.”  (Here’s another video.)

Thursday, November 17th, 2016


Father of baby found unsupervised in Sandusky has been charged

The dad of a baby found alone in a Sandusky park on Tuesday has been charged with child endangerment.  The Sandusky Register reports that 26 year-old Jeremy Quillen was found unresponsive in Farwell Park on top of a slide a couple of hours after Sandusky Police received a call from a construction worker who found the nearly one year-old baby crawling around the park. According to Sandusky police lieutenant Scott Dahlgren, Quillen was unresponsive due to drug usage.  Quillen was medically treated and then booked at the Erie County jail; while the child was under temporary custody of children’s services and with a family member; pending a hearing.


Criminal Activity Alert in Willard

Willard Police are reporting that a number of break-ins have been going on recently in the city and rural areas; with some of those break-ins resulting in cars being stolen from unlocked garages.  Willard police urge residents to keep homes and vehicles locked at all times; including connecting doors from garages to residents’ homes.  Police also caution citizens to keep valuables and merchandise out of sight during the upcoming holiday season.  Residents should call police to report suspicious activity.


Child Self-esteem presentation in Willard tonight

An event titled “Helping Children Develop Self-Esteem” is taking place tonight in Willard.  The presentation features a licensed-family therapist speaking on children’s confidence, the importance of positive self-esteem, and mistakes to avoid.  It runs from 7:00 to 8:00 pm tonight at St. Francis Xavier Church; and is free and open to the public.


Car seat safety event happening this Saturday in Norwalk

Huron County Public Health is hosting a child passenger seat safety course this Saturday.  The event will educate caregivers on the proper use of child safety seats, including hands-on demonstrations.  You can register for the event by going to the Huron County Public Health website or their Facebook page.  It takes place from 9:00 am to 12 noon Saturday in Meeting Room A of the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Sandusky Police report an “unprecedented” level of recent drug overdoses

The Sandusky Police Department has expressed their concern on what Chief John Orzech calls an “unprecedented” level of recent drug overdoses in the city. The Sandusky PD reports they’ve had as many as 20-plus overdoses and four suspected deaths due to overdoses in the past two weeks alone. Police Chief Orzech says he has met with the Erie County Sheriff and will begin combined investigation efforts immediately to combat the epidemic. The phone number for the Sandusky Police Drug Tip Hotline is 419-627-5980 to help save a loved one from drug addiction or report a dealer.


Plymouth man completes “Pursuit of Positivity”

A Plymouth man is back home after completing his “Tireless Pursuit of Positivity”. 39 year-old Bruce Tanner, owner of Levels Gym in Plymouth and Willard, returned home last night after an over 700-mile, 21-day journey that started in Portland, Maine. Tanner did not drive back home though; he relied only on the positivity of people to bring him back home; equipped with just a backpack. Tanner was welcomed back by a crowd a family and friends after receiving three rides back to his hometown on Tuesday from Elyria; ending his trip by walking from Willard; joined by a police escort.


Applications available for Willard Payroll Clerk

The City of Willard is now taking applications for a full time Payroll Clerk in the Finance Department. Applications must be turned in on Tuesday, November 29th by 12:00 noon; which includes a $5.00 fee for testing materials. A written exam will then be given on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00 pm at City Hall.


Holiday Travel numbers from AAA

The Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching, and AAA expects nearly 49-million Americans to travel at least 50 miles from home during that extended weekend. That’s an increase of about 2-percent from a year ago; and the most since 2007.


Fall Festival taking place at South Central Middle School on Saturday

South Central Middle School in Greenwich will play host to a Fall Festival this Saturday. The event includes a craft show and chili cook-off along with over 20 area vendors on-hand. It takes place from 4:00 to 7:00 pm with an admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 for students.