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Thursday, May 14, 2015

South of us, in Richland, Ashland and Crawford counties, a Frost Advisory remains in effect until 8 this morning.


It’s a big sports doubleheader day on 95.3 WLKR.

At 12:10 this afternoon, the Cleveland Indians will wrap up their interleague series against the St. Louis Cardinals. At 8 tonight, it’s Game 6 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference semi-finals, between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls.


Former Clyde-Green Springs superintendent Todd Helms is a free man.

After serving five years of an eight-year prison sentence, Helms was given early release yesterday. Helms was sent to prison in 2010, for stealing nearly $300,000 from the school system. Last month, Helms used over $240,000 from his pension account to repay the Clyde-Green Springs schools…He still owes about $32,000.


To Lorain County, where the former clerk-treasurer of the village of South Amherst will be arraigned today, on charges she stole more than $500,000 from the town’s coffers.

Investigators said Kim Green spent most of the money on lottery tickets. She handled the books for South Amherst from 2010, until she resigned last month.


10 years in prison, for a former Norwalk man accused of robbing and beating an 80-year-old man in his Holiday Lakes home late last year.

30-year-old Anthony Hoover of Ashland was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Once released from prison, Hoover will be on parole for five years, and must pay over $9,000 restitution. An accomplice, 27-year-old Heather Graves of Norwalk, is in the Huron County Jail, and will be sentenced next month. The two stole money from the victim, to buy drugs.


It’s your chance to check out Norwalk’s Water Treatment Plant, and the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

City officials have scheduled tours for both—June 9th for the Water Treatment Plant, and June 16th for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Both tours will start at 6pm. It’s a chance to get a behind-the-scenes-look, and learn about what happens to water going down the drain, and how your drinking water is made safe. If you’d like to tour one or both, RSVP by calling Norwalk City Hall, or by emailing publicworks@norwalkoh.com.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Cavs bounced back from Monday’s playoff loss, with a resounding victory last night.

The Cavaliers topped the Chicago Bulls, 106-91. Game three of the playoff series is tomorrow night.


A judge has dismissed criminal charges, against former Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox.

Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone ruled yesterday that the statute of limitations had passed. On March 11th, Fox was charged with two misdemeanor counts of falsification, for allegedly failing to disclose gifts he received from Kalahari in 2011. In Ohio, the statute of limitation is two years from the date the alleged crime was committed. Fox’s legal fight continues…He’s suing three board members and the Huron Schools for wrongful termination. He was fired in April of 2013.


A light ballot led to a very light voter turnout this week.

In Huron County, 10.8 percent of registered voters cast ballots. In Erie County, the number was 6.5 percent.


Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard announced yesterday that he’ll seek re-election in 2016.

He’s currently in his second term as sheriff.


State Route 4, a half-mile south of Bogart Road in Perkins Township will close on Monday, for a culvert replacement.

Work should be complete by next Friday.


The extreme endurance event known as Tough Mudder will be held in Lexington this weekend.

It’ll be held Saturday and Sunday, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. For more information, go to ToughMudder.com.


An Ohio man on the run for 56 years has been found. 

The story goes like this…Frank Freshwaters was involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian in 1957.  He was sentenced to 1 to 20 years for voluntary manslaughter.  But, the sentence was suspended and he was placed on five years’ probation.  In 1959, he was found guilty of violating probation and his original sentence was imposed.  He spent a few months at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield and then was transferred to the Sandusky Honor Farm.  In September of 1959, Freshwaters escaped.  In October of 1975, he was caught in West Virginia but was released when the governor refused to send him back to Ohio.  Now 79 years old, Freshwaters remained free until Monday when U.S. Marshals found him living in Melbourne, Florida, under the name William Harold Cox.  He’s being held in Florida, pending extradition back to Ohio.


Officials with Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy’s have announced plans to sell 640 restaurants to franchisees to generate cash and reduce expenses.

The first-food giant will also sell its bakery operation, based in Zanesville later this month.


Afternoon baseball will hit the airwaves this afternoon.

The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals will wrap up their three-game series starting at 2:10.  You can catch all the action starting with Indians Warm-up at 1:37 on 95.3 WLKR.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Heavy fog caused a number of school delays and a couple of school closings this morning.

Anytime weather closes or delays area schools, we’ll have the info on the air every 10 minutes and post it on our website and on Facebook.


The only countywide issue in Huron County failed, during yesterday’s election.

A 20-year bond issue to raise $5.5 million for a new building for Senior Enrichment Services went down, 1978-1832, or 52 to 48 percent.

It was a different story in the Monroeville school district. Voters there approved an emergency 10-year, 4.95 mill levy. Totals from Huron and Erie counties show it passed 729-478, or 60 to 40 percent.

Also passing yesterday: an income tax renewal in the city of Bellevue, a one-percent income tax in the Seneca East school district, a 5-mill renewal in the Firelands school district, plus natural gas aggregation issues in Wakeman Village and Township, New London and Vermilion.


As mentioned, Huron County’s voter turnout was just under 11 percent.

Due to just four issues in outlying areas, only 338 total ballots were cast in Erie County, which led to a 6.5 percent turnout.  Lorain County’s turnout was 11.6 percent.


The man believed responsible for last week’s gas station robbery in Willard is behind bars.

20-year-old Caleb Hale was arrested without incident early yesterday afternoon, in Mansfield…According to reports, he was found napping in a home. Hale is charged with aggravated robbery, in connection with an early Thursday morning robbery at Hy-Miler on Tiffin Street. Willard police said he used a gun to rob the store of several hundred dollars, and cigarettes.


Officials from Destination Cleveland now say, hotels in Sandusky are being included in discussions with the Republican National Convention committee.

Officials say, some people will arrive a week BEFORE the convention, and some of them might want to stay in Sandusky and make Cedar Point a vacation-destination. The Republican National Convention will be held in downtown Cleveland in July of next year.


Cedar Point’s 2015 season officially begins this Saturday.

Single-day admission is $62, or three percent more than last year. However, discounted tickets are available at cedarpoint.com, Meijer and Discount Drug Mart. Cedar Point will unveil Rougarou to the media this Friday. We’ll broadcast live from Cedar Point, starting at 6 Friday morning.


An Ohio man on the run for 56 years has been found.

Frank Freshwaters was involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian in 1957. He was sentenced to 1 to 20 years for voluntary manslaughter. But, the sentence was suspended, and he was placed on five years’ probation. In 1959, he was found guilty of violating probation, and his original sentence was imposed. He spent a few months at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, then was transferred to the Sandusky Honor Farm. In September of 1959, Freshwaters escaped. In October of 1975, he was caught in West Virginia but was released, when the governor refused to send him back to Ohio. Now 79 years old, Freshwaters remained free until Monday, when U.S. Marshals found him living in Melbourne, Florida, under the name William Harold Cox. He’s being held in Florida, pending extradition back to Ohio.


An important game for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Cavs and Chicago.  The Bulls won Monday’s series opener.  The Tip-Off Show begins at 6:30 with game time set for 7 tonight on 95.3, WLKR.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It is Election Day, with a very light ballot.

In Huron County, there’s one countywide issue. It’s a 20-year bond issue that would raise $5.5 million for a new building for Senior Enrichment Services. Among other issues on today’s ballot: an additional 10-year, 4.95 mill levy for the Monroeville Local Schools. The polls are open from 6:30 this morning, until 7:30 tonight. We’ll post the results online tonight. Simply go to our Facebook page, 95.3 WLKR or K96 WKFM.

Around Ohio, voters in 74 of 88 counties will decide numerous local races, and 336 local issues, including school and local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments.


It appears there will be a race for Norwalk mayor.

Ryan McDonnell filed petitions to run, ahead of yesterday’s 4pm deadline. Once the petitions are certified by the Huron County Board of Elections, McDonnell will run as an independent against incumbent Republican Mayor Rob Duncan this fall. Duncan is seeking his second term in office. Former city councilman Dwight Tkach circulated petitions to run for Norwalk mayor, but opted not to enter the race.


Willard City Council is getting closer to naming a new city manager.

Last week, city council interviewed three applicants for the job, and last night, council members went behind closed doors to discuss all three. Council president Josh Gerber said last night that Willard City Council hopes to announce a decision later this month.


A local financial advisor based in Milan is facing criminal charges, for allegedly swiping over $400,000 from a former friend.

54-year-old Kenneth Dunnavant Jr. owns Lakeside Financial Planners. He’s now charged with theft and forgery and is due in court later this month.  Court documents state between 2008 and 2013 he stole the money from Lakeside Heart and Lung Center and Hot Dog Tony’s, both in Sandusky.  The two businesses are owned by the same person, heart surgeon Dr. Anthony DeRiso.  According to reports, most of the money came from the medical practice, but more than $30,000 was taken from Hot Dog Tony’s.  DeRiso learned of the alleged thefts over a year ago after being approached by the IRS.  He’s already filed and won a half-million dollar civil suit against Dunnavant.


Willard police have named the prime suspect, in last week’s gas station robbery.

The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Caleb Myles Hale, of Dale Avenue. He’s wanted on a warrant charging him with aggravated robbery, and he’s considered armed and dangerous. He may have left the state. Hale is accused of using a gun to rob Hy-Miler on Tiffin Street early Thursday morning…He made off with cigarettes, and several hundred dollars. Anyone with more information about the robbery, or on Hale’s whereabouts should contact the Willard Police Department.


The State of Ohio is sending a sizable grant to the city of Norwalk, to help Borgers-Ohio build a new facility and create more than 200 jobs.

The 112-thousand-dollar grant is earmarked for infrastructure improvements at Industrial Parkway.  Borgers is spending more than 60-million-dollars on the project.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Tomorrow is Election Day.

The polls will be open between 6:30am and 7:30pm. We’ll have results online tomorrow night. Simply go to our Facebook page, 95.3 WLKR and K96.


Today marks 45 years, since the May 4th shootings at Kent State University.

Four students were killed, and nine others were injured by gunfire from Ohio National Guardsmen. Those students, and many others were protesting the Vietnam War.


Authorities are looking for the person or persons who purposely set yesterday’s fire near the Huron Pier.

Huron firefighters intended to use the space today for a controlled burn, but yesterday afternoon, someone entered an unauthorized area near the Huron North Main Pier, and set the fire. Black smoke could be seen for miles. If you have information about yesterday’s blaze, contact the Huron Fire Department.


Willard police continue to investigate last Thursday’s armed robbery, at Hy-Miler.

A man entered the store shortly before 4:30am, showed a gun, and demanded money and cigarettes…His face was concealed by a sweatshirt and a bandana. The man made off with several hundred dollars, and a few packs of cigarettes. Anyone with information should contact the Willard police department.


A single-vehicle crash in southern Huron County sent a Willard man to the

hospital for treatment of serious injuries.


47-year-old Richard Walker was injured Friday evening on New State Road, near

Boughtonville Road in Ripley Township.


According to the highway patrol, Walker lost control after passing a farm vehicle, went off the road and overturned several times.

He was flown from the scene to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. The crash remains under investigation.


The federal government has awarded nearly $3 million, to help support domestic violence victims in Ohio.


NBA playoff action resumes tonight in Cleveland, as the Cavs take on the Chicago Bulls.


Cedar Point opens this Saturday.


This Sunday is Mother’s Day.


This weekend is when postal carriers will do their part, to help feed needy families.

The National Association of Letter Carriers annual food drive is scheduled for this Saturday. You can help out by collecting and bagging non-perishable food items, and placing them by your mailbox for your letter carrier to deliver to local food banks and pantries.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A preliminary autopsy report shows a Fremont woman recently killed in Clyde was shot twice in the back.

The autopsy of Heather Bogle also revealed signs of blunt force trauma. Her body was found stuffed in the trunk of her car April 10th. No arrests have been made, but Sandusky County deputies previously said they had ‘persons of interest.’ Clyde, Bellevue and Fremont police are assisting with the investigation, and a $5,000 reward is being offered, for information leading to an arrest.


A 27-hour standoff in Mansfield ended tragically yesterday.

A sniper shot and killed 58-year-old David Parker late yesterday morning. Authorities were first summoned to the scene Monday morning, after Parker threatened to shoot a Columbia Gas employee. Over the next 20-plus hours, Parker fired at officers. They responded by firing numerous tear gas canisters, and by filling his basement with water, in hopes of flushing him out.


A math teacher at Shelby Middle School is on paid leave, pending the outcome of her criminal case.

24-year-old Paige Poffenbaugh is charged with disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. According to reports, five male students saw nude images of Poffenbaugh on her cell phone. She had let the students use the phone as a calculator.


The Ohio Senate says, Pete Rose should be allowed back into baseball.

A newly introduced resolution is calling for Rose to be reinstated to baseball, and placed on the next Hall of Fame ballot. Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader was banned for life in 1989, for betting on games.


Free sports physicals are scheduled for Saturday, May 9, for all Norwalk High School and Norwalk Middle School students who will be in grades 7-12 in the fall, and who plan to play a sport next school year.

All physicals are by appointment only, and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students and parents must make an appointment in their athletic office. Parent’s whose students are currently in 6th grade should call the high school athletic office for an appointment.


More accolades for Monroeville’s Logan Stieber.

State Representative Terry Boose of Norwalk recently presented a resolution on the House floor honoring Stieber and his four NCAA National Wrestling Championships at Ohio State.  After college, Stieber hopes to join Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Bond is set at $25,000 for a Perkins Township man accused of trying to rob a Sandusky hotel earlier this month.

52-year-old Douglas Brown is facing a single count of aggravated robbery in connection with the April 11th incident.  Authorities said Brown held his hand to make it appear he had a gun when he approached an employee of the Quality Inn on Cleveland Road and demanded cash.  Instead of handing over the money, the worker hit the panic alarm and Brown fled the scene.  He remained at-large until last Friday.


A reminder…

Free fishing days are scheduled for this weekend.  Residents may fish any of Ohio’s public waters without cost.


In sports…

After last night’s 11-5 loss, the Cleveland Indians will try to avoid a sweep by the Kansas City Royals.  Tonight’s game begins at 6:10 and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It should be nice, but a few degrees cooler for high school baseball at the Pipe Yard in Lorain.

This afternoon, live on Kool Gold 1510 WLKR, it’s the Maple City Classic, featuring Norwalk and state-ranked Huron. Game time is set for 4.


A Perkins High School freshman is facing felony and misdemeanor charges, after attacking the school’s computer network, and taking out dozens of other schools’ internet access as well.

The 14-year-old boy is charged with unauthorized use of property and disrupting public service. Those charges are tied to last week’s incident. According to reports, the boy was bored in study hall, and used his school-issued laptop to knock out the network. After officials figured out what happened, the boy was arrested, and taken to the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center.


A standoff in Mansfield is nearing 24 hours.

An armed man has held police at bay since yesterday morning, and the suspect, identified as David Parker, remains holed up in his basement, and has fired off several rounds. Police were called to the Randall Road scene, after he alleged threatened to shoot a Columbia Gas employee. Authorities have tried negotiating, and tried use a fire hose to flush him out, but to no avail.


In hopes of gaining early release from prison, former Clyde-Green Springs Schools superintendent Todd Helms has paid back a sizeable amount of money he stole from the district.

Helms used his pension account to repay more than $240,000. He still owes about $32,000. Helms was sent to prison in 2010, after pleading guilty to 10 felony charges, for falsifying invoices, putting district money in his own accounts, and misusing the district’s credit card. As part of a deal with prosecutors, he agreed to turn over his pension to the Clyde-Green Springs Schools. Possible early release after five years was part of the deal as well. A judge will decide on his request next month.


Election Day is one week from today.


A Sandusky man is facing his sixth DUI charge, after a crash just east of Norwalk.

The highway patrol arrested 63-year-old Robert Nelson Friday night on U.S. Route 20 in Townsend Township. No information was made available about the accident, but Nelson also was charged with possession of marijuana, after pot was found in his car. Records show Nelson has been convicted of DUI five times, between 1999 and 2008.


Monday, April 27, 2015

We begin the week with pump prices on the rise.

Statewide, the going rate is about 2-59-a-gallon—even though supplies are up, demand is down, and overseas-prices dropped again last week.


State finances will be the topic of discussion, during this week’s “Coffee and Budget” meeting with State Senator Randy Gardner.

From 9 until 10:30 Thursday morning, Gardner will host an open forum at Perkins Restaurant on Milan Road in Sandusky. He’ll answer questions, and listen to concerns and ideas about the state budget. Gardner will provide an update on the budget, then will meet with citizens one-on-one to discuss any of the hundreds of issues contained in the bill.


The numbers are in, from last week’s Norwalk Rotary Club Pizza Bake Off.

More than 600 people attended the annual event held at Norwalk High School. This year’s net profit was approximately $8,500. The money will go toward Rotary’s “Caring for Kids” program.


Ground has been broken, for the Monroeville Local Schools’ new athletic complex.

A large crowd was on hand for Saturday’s special groundbreaking ceremony. Construction should take about eight months, and if all goes as planned, some Monroeville High School boys and girls basketball games will be played there this winter. So far, $2.2 million has been raised, including an anonymous $1 million donation. For more information about the project, or to donate, go online to monroevilleathleticcomplex.com.


Monroeville Village Council will meet behind closed doors tomorrow, to discuss the search for a village administrator.

The executive session will begin at 6pm, at 2 South Main. A work session is scheduled to take place after the closed-door meeting. Former administrator Michael Goodwin resigned last September. The man picked to replace him, Edgerton village administrator Kevin Brooks said last week he won’t take the job, due to health concerns.


A delay, in the trial of Clyde-Green Springs superintendent David Stubblebine.

Due to scheduling conflicts, his case will be heard June 25th, instead of May 21st. Stubblebine is facing a charge of obstructing official business, for his alleged failure to cooperate with Clyde police, during a December, 2014 marijuana investigation at McPherson Middle School. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail, and a $750 fine.


The countdown is on to the third annual Black River Clean Up in Lorain.

Volunteers will gather Saturday and Sunday…some will be in kayaks on the water…others will be on foot combing the river bank.  Organizers say last year they gathered up 22 TONS of trash, including tires, basketballs and car parts.


A few dozen Oberlin College students spent some of Friday protesting a planned 3.9 percent hike in tuition.

The students marched, conducted sit-ins inside several buildings and called for a tuition freeze.  College officials approved the increase last month.  It’ll push tuition at Oberlin to about $50,000 for the 2015-2016 school year.  The increase will mean Oberlin is one of the most expensive private schools in the country.

Friday, April 24, 2015

After last night’s 103-95 victory, the Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from advancing to the next round of the NBA Playoffs.


Once again, Thursday was gas price ‘hike’ day.

Pump prices at virtually all area stations increased to $2.59 per gallon.


A plan to consolidate the nation’s two largest cable companies appears to be all but dead.

Several national reports say Comcast is ready to back out of the $45 billion deal to buy Time Warner, because of serious concerns by federal regulators. Time Warner and Comcast tried to convince the FCC and the Justice Department that a combined company wouldn’t hold too much control over the marketplace.


It’s been a dangerous week on area roads.

Yesterday, William Wiley Jr. of Sandusky fell asleep while driving, and caused a head-on collision on State Route 101, near the Castalia Quarry. According to the highway patrol, Wiley and the other driver, Mahamed Hanafy Ali, also of Sandusky were flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

Also yesterday, a Sandusky County man was killed, when his car hit the back of a semi-trailer on U.S. Route 20 in Fremont. 24-year-old Joseph Andrade was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wednesday, the Ohio Turnpike, near the Erie-Lorain County line was shut down, after a pickup truck ran into a car carrier. The pickup caught fire, and five Jeeps on the carrier were destroyed by flames. There were no serious injuries, but the eastbound lanes of the turnpike were closed for about three hours.


Monroeville officials will huddle up next month, to discuss the search for a new village administrator.

In an email dated Wednesday, the top choice, current Edgerton village administrator Kevin Brooks told Mayor Mike Adelman he won’t take the job in Monroeville, because of significant health issues. Monroeville has been without an administrator since the September, 2014 resignation of Michael Goodwin.


Owens Community College, and Central State University have been placed on fiscal watch by the Ohio Board of Regents, due to financial problems.

Both schools are now required to submit a three-year financial recovery plan, or face a state takeover.


A Sandusky man is $1 million richer, after buying a winning scratch-off lotto ticket in Norwalk.

Jon Thomson claimed his prize this week. Thomson bought the winning “$500 million Spectacular” lottery ticket at Friendship Food Store on Milan Avenue. He won $40,000 a year, for 25 years. After mandatory taxes, he’ll receive just over $28,000 annually.


It’s a chance to fish for free.

Ohio’s annual free fishing weekend will be held next weekend, May 2nd and 3rd.  Free Fishing Days are open to all Ohio residents and extend to all of the state’s public waters, including Lake Erie.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in Boston, for game 3 of their playoff series against the Celtics.

Tipoff is at 7, and you can hear tonight’s game on 95.3 WLKR. The Cavs lead the series two-games-to-none.


A New London man was jailed Wednesday, amid allegations he stabbed another man in the face.

39-year-old Ronald Ohm is charged with felonious assault, with more charges expected. According to reports, Ohm stabbed the victim during a fight. The attack occurred late yesterday morning, at a home on Greenwich Townline Road 79, near the Huron-Ashland County line. Deputies later seized the knife used in the stabbing, from Ohm’s Walnut Street home. The victim was taken to Ashland Samaritan Hospital for treatment of a substantial facial injury.


A group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio has filed an elections complaint against another group, claiming illegal ‘infiltration.’

The Ohio Rights Group wants to place a medical marijuana question on the ballot this fall, but now, officials say they likely won’t be able to collect enough signatures by the July 1st deadline, due to alleged interference by ResponsibleOhio. ResponsibleOhio is collecting signatures on petitions, to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to legalize marijuana for personal use. In a letter to the state elections commission, Ohio Rights Group officials claim their campaign has been disrupted and infiltrated by individuals associated with ReponsibleOhio. The Ohio Elections Commission will hold a hearing May 21st.


This year’s WoollyBear Festival will be held Sunday, October 4th.

The announcement was made yesterday. It’s usually held during the Cleveland Browns’ bye week, but that isn’t until November 22nd. Now in its 43rd year, Vermilion’s WoollyBear Festival is Ohio’s largest one-day festival.


Saturday night was a successful one, for seven members of Project Leadership of Huron County’s Class of 2015.

During a fundraiser held at the Collonade Banquet Facility in Milan, the group raised more than $16,000, to benefit Teen Challenge of the Firelands.


The Wall Street Journal says there has been a major setback in a proposed merger between two cable giants, Time-Warner and Comcast.

FCC staff are recommending the $45 billion deal be sent to an administrative judge for a hearing.  Experts say such a hearing would likely be a protracted process that would likely kill the deal.  Time Warner and Comcast are trying to convince the FCC and the Justice Department that the combined company won’t hold too much control over the marketplace.


Monroeville’s choice for a new village administrator has changed his mind.

In an email sent to Mayor Mike Adelman, current Edgerton Village Administrator Kevin Brooks said he’s removing himself from consideration in Monroeville because of significant health issues.  Adelman and village council will meet next month to discuss how to proceed.


Cabela’s is coming to Lorain County.

The hunting, fishing and camping retailer will build an 81,000 square-foot store off of I-90 in Avon.  Construction will begin later this year with the store scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.  Cabela’s expects to employ 225 full time, part time and seasonal workers.


An early morning crash shut down some of State Route 101 in Castalia this morning.

Two cars were involved and at least one person was flown from the scene by Lifeflight.  We’ll have more in news tomorrow morning.


All three eastbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike near the Lorain-Erie County border were shut down for about three hours yesterday after a crash involving a pickup truck and a car carrier.

According to the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just before noon when the pickup hit the rig.  Shortly after the impact, the Ford truck caught fire and also destroyed five Jeep Wranglers being hauled on the carrier.  There were no major injuries.  Turnpike traffic was rerouted to the US Route 250 exit in Milan.