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Thursday, July 31, 2014

A bolt of lightning hit the Perkins Fire Station yesterday afternoon.

It happened around 4pm. The strike knocked out phone lines at the Milan Road building.

 

The interim superintendent of the Norwalk City Schools will be paid $110,000.

Dr. Will Folger’s first day will be tomorrow. His last day will be June 30th of next year. The Norwalk Board of Education approved Folger’s contract Tuesday night.

 

Erie County deputies are investigating a possible sex offense involving two teens.

According to reports, the alleged offense involving a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl occurred last week, during a summer camp at Beulah Beach. The two initially denied any wrongdoing, but the girl later claimed the boy coerced her into sexual acts.

 

A New London man will spend up to six months in the Huron County Jail for stealing his ex-father-in-law’s truck and then setting it on fire.

28-year-old Elliot Shepherd II was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.  While in jail, Shepherd will have work release privileges.

 

Two Cleveland residents were jailed this week, after trying to swipe nearly $2,500 worth of clothes from Macy’s, in the Sandusky Mall.

Leroy Glass, and Carieda Pollard-Glass were charged with felony theft, and possession of criminal tools. According to reports, the two stuffed high-end clothes in plastic bags, then walked out. They were stopped by a Macy’s security guard, then were turned over to Perkins police.

 

Governor John Kasich has maintained a sizable lead over his challenger.

The results of a new Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday show the Republican incumbent leads Democrat Ed Fitzgerald, 48-36 percent. The margin is essentially the same, compared to a previous poll.

 

The question in Vermilion is…now what?

After three years of securing grants and soliciting donations, the city of Vermilion has purchased the building that once housed the lakefront Inland Maritime Museum.  The Museum has since re-opened in Toledo.  The city will schedule public hearings to find out what residents might want at that site.

 

Five people suffered minor injuries, in a crash at the intersection of State Routes 61 and 601 in Norwalk.

The accident occurred just before noon yesterday. It was handled by the State Highway Patrol.

 

State prison officials say their food service provider is close to losing their contract.

The warning shot was fired yesterday in a meeting with lawmakers about ongoing problems with Aramark Correctional Services.  Aramark was fined $130,000 last week for not cleaning up problems, including maggots in food, food shortages and employee misconduct.  It’s the second six-figure fine levied by the state this year.  Aramark has a two-year, $110 million dollar contract with the state.

 

If you’re looking for a bargain, you may just find it this weekend, in Bellevue.

Nearly 100 homes will take part in the annual community-wide garage sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shoppers can see a listing of many of the garage sales, by going to cityofbellevue.com/garagesale.

 

Yesterday, we told you about a new dress code at the Richland County Fair.

Now, it’s off the table. After learning the rule may be unenforceable, the fair board met yesterday, and rescinded the decision to  ban saggy pants, and biker colors.

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An interim superintendent has been hired in Norwalk.

The Board of Education has hired Dr. Will Folger to step in for retiring superintendent Dennis Doughty. Last night’s vote was 3-2, with board members Steve Linder and Ralph Ritzenthaler voting no. Folger previously served as superintendent of the Huron City Schools, and retired as head of the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools last December. The Norwalk school board will re-advertise the superintendent position this winter, with a goal of hiring someone by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

 

Traffic in western Huron County was diverted late last night, after a semi-truck hauling produce overturned.

The accident occurred at 10:45 last night on State Route 4, near U.S. Route 20 in Lyme Township. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.

 

Erie County Deputies are investigating a possible sex offense involving two teens.

According to reports, the alleged offense involving a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl occurred last week during a summer camp at Beulah Beach.  The two initially denied any wrongdoing, but the girl later claimed the boy coerced her into sexual acts.  The investigation continues.

 

The Columbus Avenue underpass in Sandusky will be closed to all traffic between 7 and 10 this morning, for repairs.

 

It’s a chance to check out Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s new North Side Medical Office on Milan Avenue.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 4:30 this afternoon, followed by public tours until 7:30. The near-12,000 square foot building cost $2.4 million. The new building is home to Northern Ohio Foot and Ankle Specialists, Fisher-Titus Industrial Health Services, along with Convenient Care, Outpatient Laboratory Services and Physical Therapy Services.

 

Nearly 7,500 people have signed their name to an online petition demanding the rehiring of Ohio State University’s former band director.

The petition at change.org was launched three days ago in response to Jon Waters’ firing amid claims of a ‘sexualized culture’ within the marching band.  OSU band members and alumni have rushed to Waters’ defense claiming he’s being made a scapegoat for decades of band traditions.

 

Saggy pants have been banned, from this year’s Richland County Fair, which opens this Sunday.

Biker colors are prohibited as well. Fair officials said the new dress code will provide a more family-friendly atmosphere.

 

Governor John Kasich has maintained a sizable lead over his challenger.

According to the results of a new Quinnipiac University poll, the Republican incumbent leads Democrat Ed Fitzgerald, 48-36 percent.  The margin is essentially the same, compared to a previous poll.

 

A new study ranked the 100 biggest cities in the country, from most entertaining to least entertaining.

Cincinnati, Ohio came in number one.  Rankings are based on 24 different categories, including the cost of movies and pizza, the number of parks, pools and beaches and the nicest weather.  The least entertaining city in the country is Newark, New Jersey.

 

 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Final negotiations are underway, as the search for a new Norwalk City Schools superintendent winds down.

The Board of Education met with an applicant last night, and will meet again at 7 tonight. If negotiations are successful, the man will be introduced as the new superintendent. He’s not among the original five applicants interviewed by the school board. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring this Thursday. Friday, he’ll become president of Norwalk Catholic School.

 

A New London Township man wanted for domestic violence and other charges is in the Huron County Jail.

44-year-old Jason Kruki turned himself in late yesterday morning. Deputies tried to arrest Kruki Friday evening, but he slipped away from his Chenango Road home.

 

State officials will arrive at Cedar Point this week, to help find the cause of a weekend mishap involving Skyhawk.

A cable on the giant swing ride snapped, injuring two riders. Skyhawk will remain closed, until it’s repaired, and reviewed by inspectors from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The agency oversees all amusement park rides in the state.

 

A central Ohio man spent 24 hours in the waters of Lake Erie, after his kayak overturned.

34-year-old Travis Casper of Galloway, Ohio had set out from Marblehead to Kelley’s Island Sunday afternoon. But his kayak overturned, and he spent all of Sunday night and much of Monday holding on to his boat. Passing boaters pulled him in just before 5pm yesterday. Casper was taken for medical treatment.

 

Voters in the Sandusky school district can expect to see a new bond issue on the fall ballot.

The proposed measure, called ‘Building Better Dreams’ would fund two new buildings, and renovate others. Hancock Elementary would be torn down, and a new pre-school through 3rd grade building would be built near the current site. Ontario Elementary would be demolished, and replaced by a new fourth-thru-sixth grade building at the same site. Plans also call for transforming Mills Elementary into an adult education building, and Venice Heights Elementary into the Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies. Science labs at Sandusky High would be renovated as well. The total cost of the project is $58 million, with the state providing $28 million. The 34-year, 3.98 mill bond issue cost the average Sandusky homeowner about $140 annually. State Route 547, near Farr Road in Monroeville will be closed for three weeks, for a culvert replacement. The closure will begin Wednesday, August 6th. A detour will be posted.

 

State Route 547 near Farr Road in Monroeville will be closed for three weeks for a culvert replacement.

The closure will begin Wednesday, August 6th.  A detour will be posted.

 

Former members of the Ohio State University marching band want ousted band director Jon Waters reinstated.

They protested yesterday on campus.  Waters was fired last week by university officials who claim he tolerated a ‘sexualized culture’ among band members.

 

Dual festivals begin tomorrow in Plymouth.

The Fireman’s and Silver King Festivals will run through Saturday.  And this Friday and Saturday, it’s the Berlin Heights Basket Festival.

 

Getting underway one week from today—The 2014 Erie County Fair.

It runs through Sunday, August 10th.  The Huron County Fair will begin August 11th.

 

In sports…

The media and coaches agree…Clyde is the preseason favorite to win the 2014 Sandusky Bay Conference Football Championship. At 12:01 this Friday morning, the Norwalk Truckers will punch in for the first annual ‘Third Shift Practice’ at Norwalk High School. Family, friends and fans can bring lawn chairs and family-friendly beverages and watch the first football practice of the season.  The Third Shift Practice will include grilled food, music and football parents selling apparel and game jerseys.  The Truckers are coming off a nine-win season and the school’s first playoff appearance since 1974.

 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Final negotiations are underway, as the search for a new Norwalk City Schools superintendent winds down.

The Board of Education met with an applicant last night, and will meet again at 7 tonight. If negotiations are successful, the man will be introduced as the new superintendent. He’s not among the original five applicants interviewed by the school board. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring this Thursday. Friday, he’ll become president of Norwalk Catholic School.

 

A New London Township man wanted for domestic violence and other charges is in the Huron County Jail.

44-year-old Jason Kruki turned himself in late yesterday morning. Deputies tried to arrest Kruki Friday evening, but he slipped away from his Chenango Road home.

 

State officials will arrive at Cedar Point this week, to help find the cause of a weekend mishap involving Skyhawk.

A cable on the giant swing ride snapped, injuring two riders. Skyhawk will remain closed, until it’s repaired, and reviewed by inspectors from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The agency oversees all amusement park rides in the state.

 

A central Ohio man spent 24 hours in the waters of Lake Erie, after his kayak overturned.

34-year-old Travis Casper of Galloway, Ohio had set out from Marblehead to Kelley’s Island Sunday afternoon. But his kayak overturned, and he spent all of Sunday night and much of Monday holding on to his boat. Passing boaters pulled him in just before 5pm yesterday. Casper was taken for medical treatment.

 

Voters in the Sandusky school district can expect to see a new bond issue on the fall ballot.

The proposed measure, called ‘Building Better Dreams’ would fund two new buildings, and renovate others. Hancock Elementary would be torn down, and a new pre-school through 3rd grade building would be built near the current site. Ontario Elementary would be demolished, and replaced by a new fourth-thru-sixth grade building at the same site. Plans also call for transforming Mills Elementary into an adult education building, and Venice Heights Elementary into the Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies. Science labs at Sandusky High would be renovated as well. The total cost of the project is $58 million, with the state providing $28 million. The 34-year, 3.98 mill bond issue cost the average Sandusky homeowner about $140 annually. State Route 547, near Farr Road in Monroeville will be closed for three weeks, for a culvert replacement. The closure will begin Wednesday, August 6th. A detour will be posted.

 

State Route 547 near Farr Road in Monroeville will be closed for three weeks for a culvert replacement.

The closure will begin Wednesday, August 6th.  A detour will be posted.

 

Former members of the Ohio State University marching band want ousted band director Jon Waters reinstated.

They protested yesterday on campus.  Waters was fired last week by university officials who claim he tolerated a ‘sexualized culture’ among band members.

 

Dual festivals begin tomorrow in Plymouth.

The Fireman’s and Silver King Festivals will run through Saturday.  And this Friday and Saturday, it’s the Berlin Heights Basket Festival.

 

Getting underway one week from today—The 2014 Erie County Fair.

It runs through Sunday, August 10th.  The Huron County Fair will begin August 11th.

 

In sports…

The media and coaches agree…Clyde is the preseason favorite to win the 2014 Sandusky Bay Conference Football Championship. At 12:01 this Friday morning, the Norwalk Truckers will punch in for the first annual ‘Third Shift Practice’ at Norwalk High School. Family, friends and fans can bring lawn chairs and family-friendly beverages and watch the first football practice of the season.  The Third Shift Practice will include grilled food, music and football parents selling apparel and game jerseys.  The Truckers are coming off a nine-win season and the school’s first playoff appearance since 1974.

 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Storms that were supposed to hit the area fizzled out yesterday.

However, parts of northeast Ohio were socked by heavy rains, and flooding.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education will meet again tonight.

The closed door meeting will begin at 7:30, at the Board office. Board action may follow the executive session. The school board has met several times recently, to interview applicants for superintendent. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty’s last day is this Thursday.

 

Cedar Point’s Skyhawk is closed indefinitely, after a weekend mishap that injured two guests.

A cable snapped on the ride Saturday night, hitting two riders. One was treated at the park, while the other was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. Cedar Point officials are investigating the malfunction.

 

Cory Barron, the 22-year-old Fremont man found dead at the Lorain County Landfill will be laid to rest today.

Barron disappeared July 18th, while at a Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field. Cleveland police believe Barron fell through an upper-level garbage chute, into a stadium dumpster. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 this morning, at Sacred Heart Church in Fremont.

 

Authorities from three different counties were summoned to a New London-area home Friday evening, after a man allegedly assaulted his wife, destroyed her cell phone, then threatened deputies.

When the first deputy arrived at the Chenango Road home, Jason Kruki was on the front porch, armed with three firearms. According to reports, Kruki went back inside, then released a German Shepherd. The victim and the couple’s teenage son escaped from the home, as did Kruki. Mansfield SWAT found the home empty, about eight hours after the initial call. New London, Willard and Ontario police were at the scene, along with deputies from Huron and Lorain counties.

 

U.S. Route 250 in Fitchville is open.

It re-opened Friday. It had been closed since last fall, for a bridge replacement.

 

A plane crash in northwest Ohio has claimed two people.

The occupants were killed early yesterday morning, when the small plane went down near Findlay. The crash is under investigation.

 

A bizarre, slow-speed chase in southwest Ohio has led to charges against a Cincinnati-area man.

Christopher McFerron was jailed Saturday, after leading dozens of officers on a chase with speeds ranging from 2 to 30 miles per hour, while holding a gun to his head. The chase lasted over an hour. It ended, when McFerron ingested heroin, then gave up.

 

After a slow start, a $66 million state effort to help welfare recipients find jobs is picking up steam.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, nearly 2,400 Ohioans have found jobs through the ‘Ohio Works’ incentive program.  More than 90 of the placements were made in the past six months.

 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Weather should be good, for today’s ‘Imagine Norwalk’ event, in downtown Norwalk.

Things will get underway at 4. For more information, go to imaginenorwalk.com.

 

A winning lottery ticket worth $1 million was sold in Sandusky.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions ticket was sold at ‘Butts and More!’ It matched all five numbers, but not the Mega Ball number.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Willard woman who showed up for sentencing for burglary, but left before the hearing.

24-year-old Rebecca Hale was in the Huron County courthouse Wednesday morning. She disappeared, after learning she was going to be sent to jail, for not cooperating during a pre-sentence investigation. Once found, she’ll likely face new charges.

 

Two people were taken to Fisher-Titus yesterday after a crash at U.S. Route 20 and State Route 601 in Norwalk.

Two SUV’s and a car were involved in the accident.  Injuries were not considered life-threatening.

 

A Clyde man is facing charges, after a high-speed chase that began in Sandusky County, and ended in Erie County.

The chase involving Brandon Cooksey began on State Route 101, and ended near the Castalia Quarry. Speeds reached 100 miles per hour.

 

One week from today, it’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ in Norwalk.

School supplies for public and parochial students may be dropped off August 1st, between 7:30am and 4pm, at the Norwalk Board of Education Office on Benedict Avenue. Supplies will be distributed August 13th, at the Salvation Army. Registration for supplies will be held between 5 and 7pm August 5th, and 10am until noon August 6th.

 

Norwalk Board of Education members will resume their superintendent search tomorrow morning.

The Board of Education will meet at 9am at the central office.

 

A name change, involving Mercy Willard Hospital’s parent healthcare system.

Catholic Health Partners will now be called Mercy Health.

 

Cedar Point is in the running to be named ‘Best Theme Park in the Country.’ 

The park is competing with 19 other sites for the top spot as part of a readers’ choice contest put on by USA Today and 10Best.  Online voting ends August 11th.

 

A popular Huron establishment is set to re-open.

I-5’s will be back in business August 1st.

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Norwalk School Board will meet again tonight, to continue the search for a new superintendent.

Tonight’s closed-door meeting will begin at 8, at the central office. The board conducted first round interviews with five finalists last week, then began second-round interviews on Tuesday. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is set to retire one week from today.

 

An Erie County grand jury has boosted charges against a Groton Township couple accused of letting their son die of severe injuries caused by neglect.

A special grand jury has charged 54-year-old David Arthur Jr, and 46-year-old Deborah Arthur with murder and patient endangerment. They were originally charged with involuntary manslaughter. The charges are tied to the mid-June death of 33-year-old David Arthur Jr. Erie County deputies said Arthur was extremely malnourished and was covered in bed sores. Deputies learned the man had been bedridden for six months. The Arthurs remain in the Erie County Jail, in lieu of $500,000 bond.

 

A Monroeville man facing several charges for growing marijuana has accepted a plea bargain.

32-year-old Thomas Sterling pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of cultivating marijuana. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed four other charges. He’ll be sentenced September 11th, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Sterling was arrested in March, after police found dozens of marijuana plants, and $10,000 worth of equipment used to grow pot, at the former Berardi’s Restaurant on U.S. Route 20.

 

It may be weeks, before we know what caused the death of Cory Barron.

The Fremont man’s body was found Tuesday at the Lorain County Landfill in Oberlin. Barron was last seen four days earlier, at a Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Police believe Barron may have somehow fallen from a fifth-level garbage chute, into a dumpster in the basement of the ballpark. Initial autopsy results provided no new information. Ongoing tests may take several weeks.

 

The Red Cross has put out an urgent call for blood donations.

Red Cross officials said donations are down eight percent, resulting in 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is serious enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. Eligible donors with types O-negative, B-negative and A-negative blood are especially needed.

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day baseball today, in Minneapolis.

The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will wrap their three-game series, starting at 1:10. You can hear this afternoon’s game on 95.3, WLKR.

 

Authorities are investigating the death of a Fremont man who disappeared during a concert at Progressive Field.

The body of 22-year-old Cory Barron was found yesterday, at the Lorain County landfill in Oberlin. Barron disappeared Friday night, during the Jason Aldean concert. Investigators say Barron may have fallen down a fifth-level garbage chute at the ballpark.

 

30 years in a federal prison for an Ashland man accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman.

28-year-old Jordie Callahan was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court.  Federal prosecutors were hoping for a life sentence.  Callahan and his girlfriend, Jessica Hunt, held the woman and her young daughter captive for nearly two years, until late 2012.  During that time, the two stole the woman’s public assistance checks, forced her to have sex and stole painkillers prescribed by her doctor.  Hunt will be sentenced tomorrow.

 

The results are in from a weekend ‘under-21′ alcohol sting in Bellevue.

Out of 11 businesses, three sold alcohol to someone under 21.  Clerks at those three businesses were given misdemeanor citations.

 

It’s day one of the Ohio State Fair.

The opening ceremony will be held at 9am. The 161st state fair runs through August 3rd, in Columbus.

 

Jobless rates in Huron and Erie counties were unchanged last month.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Huron County’s June unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, while Erie County’s was 4.7 percent. Jobless rates increased in all other area counties. Among the state’s 88 counties, Monroe County had Ohio’s highest unemployment rate last month, 11.7 percent. Mercer County had the state’s lowest jobless rate, just 3.3 percent.

 

Sandusky voters will decide on a proposed, bundled tax increase this fall.

If approved, the city’s income tax would increase from one to 1.25 percent, while Sandusky’s admissions tax would increase one percent, to four percent. Combined, the two would generate $2.3 million annually.

 

Ohioans who bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act could see premiums skyrocket, due to a federal court ruling.

An appeals court has ruled, low and middle income people who bought policies through the federal insurance exchange are not eligible for billions of dollars in tax credits.

 

Biologists with the Division of Wildlife verified 200 bobcat sightings in Ohio in 2013.

It’s the first time sightings increased to 200.  Bobcats were confirmed in 36 counties last year, but most of the sightings were in southeast Ohio.  In addition to the 200 verified sightings, there were 226 unverified bobcat sightings last year.  The bobcat was recently removed from the Ohio Endangered and Threatened Species list, but it remains protected in the state.

 

Today is National Hot Dog Day.

It’s also National Batman Day.  Batman is 75.

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The head of Christie Lane School and Workshop in Norwalk is retiring.

Denise Zeffiro-Krenisky will leave, as the end of the year. She’s been with the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities for nearly 20 years. The Board will begin an immediate search for a replacement.

 

The Willard Police Department continues to investigate a rash of stolen cars.

7 cars were stolen in 10 days in the city. Some of those cars had keys left inside, and some were running. Anyone with information should contact the Willard Police Department.

 

The search continues for a Fremont man missing for several days.

22-year-old Cory Barron was last seen at last Friday’s Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field in Cleveland.  Search efforts began Sunday when friends and family couldn’t reach him.  Cleveland Police have searched by foot, car and air.  Yesterday they searched rugged terrain near Progressive Field.  Friends have joined in the search and have posted hundreds of flyers.

 

Area unemployment rates stayed the same or went up in June according to new figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Huron County’s jobless rate was unchanged, 6.7 percent.  Erie County was unchanged as well, 4.7 percent.  June unemployment rates increased in Ashland, Crawford, Lorain, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.  Among the state’s 88 counties, Monroe County had Ohio’s highest unemployment rate last month, 11.7 percent.  Mercer County had the state’s lowest jobless rate, just 3.3 percent.

 

Ohio’s online sales tax collections are up…WAY up.

According to the Ohio Department of Taxation, this year’s collections have reached $45 million, an increase of 68 percent.

 

Taxes may be going up, in Sandusky.

Tonight, the city commissioners will discuss increasing Sandusky’s one-percent income tax, and the city’s three-percent admissions tax. The discussion will take place during a special 6pm meeting at City Hall. If the majority of commissioners vote yes, the proposed increases will appear on the ballot in November.

 

The State Highway Patrol has announced plans to operate multiple DUI checkpoints this week.

More information will be released later this week.

 

On tap this weekend:  The annual Shiloh Fireman’s Ox Roast.

It’ll take place Friday and Saturday in downtown Shiloh.  More than 8,000 pounds of beef will be served, along with over 300 pies.  Other food will be offered as well.  Proceeds will be used to buy new equipment for the Shiloh Fire Department.  Also featured at the Ox Roast: live music and a parade.

 

 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ohio’s unemployment rate didn’t change, according to new figures from Job and Family Services.

It was 5.5 percent in May and June. County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates will be released tomorrow.

 

Second round interviews will be held tomorrow, in the search for a new Norwalk City Schools superintendent.

The Board of Education will interview applicants behind closed doors, starting at 7:30 tomorrow night. The executive session will be held at the central office.

 

Norwalk firefighters were called on, to battle a weekend blaze, at a home on State Street.

The call to 18 State Street came in just after 3:30am Saturday. The structure is a three-apartment dwelling. The blaze was contained to a first-floor apartment, but the apartment and its contents were destroyed. Two other apartments sustained smoke damage. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

 

Firefighters are still searching for the cause of last week’s large fire at Eagle Creek Golf Club.

Last Thursday’s blaze destroyed a storage shed that housed 70 golf carts and golf course maintenance items. The fire caused about $500,000 damage. No one was injured.

 

The former head of Erie County Job and Family Services has filed his final appeal, in hopes of reclaiming his job and lost wages.

According to the Sandusky Register, Aaron Voltz is fighting a federal judge’s June decision to dismiss his wrongful termination case. Voltz was fired in July of 2011, after he was accused of raping a 26-year-old Huron woman. He was never formally charged. Voltz, who is Hispanic, is claiming racial and gender discrimination.

 

The 2014 Ohio State Fair begins this Wednesday.

It runs through August 3rd. This year’s concert lineup in includes Boyz II Men, Lady Antebellum, Scotty McCreery, the Beach Boys, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Aretha Franklin. John Stamos will join the Beach Boys on guitar, vocal and drums.

 

Tuition is going up at most public universities in Ohio this fall.

Tuition will rise at 11 of the 13 traditional four-year public universities.

 

The city of Cleveland has withdrawn its bid, to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Cleveland will host the Republican National Convention in 2016.