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Friday, September 19, 2014

It should be a nice night for high school football.

Expect clear skies, and a low of 56. Tonight, we’re live in Tiffin, as the Columbian Tornadoes take on the state-ranked Norwalk Truckers. It’s a matchup of the defending champs, and the preseason favorites. Join us ‘In the Huddle’ at 6:30. Kickoff is at 7. After Norwalk and Tiffin Columbian, it’s Pigskin Playback action, featuring state-ranked St. Paul at South Central.

 

A Bellevue man is facing up to six months in the Huron County Jail, for allegedly hitting a five-year-old boy.

28-year-old Corey Oakes was charged yesterday, after admitting to deputies that he struck the boy. Deputies were contacted, after Oakes dropped the boy off at day care. Staff members noticed facial injuries that were out of the ordinary.

 

Cedar Point’s ‘Mantis’ roller coaster will have a new name, and a different look in 2015.

Park officials announced Thursday that Mantis will become Rougarou, named after a werewolf-like creature in French folklore. It’ll be a floorless coaster, much like Raptor. The current yellow track will become bright orange.

 

The inmate who escaped from jail in Bowling Green is back behind bars.

24-year-old Jhon Rosado was arrested by a SWAT team Thursday evening. He was found hiding in the attic of an apartment of a woman he was accused of raping earlier this year. He’s now facing a charge of escape. The woman in the apartment has been charged with harboring a fugitive.

 

No change in Ohio’s unemployment rate.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it was 5.7 percent in August, the same as July.  The state’s August unemployment rate was lower than the U.S. average.

 

Two successful events will combine later today in Norwalk.

The former Autumn Leaves Festival is now being called ‘Imagine Harvest.’ It’s tied to this summer’s popular ‘Imagine Norwalk’ events.

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two Ohioans have been killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan.

41-year-old Major Michael Donahue of Columbus, and 39-year-old Stephen Byus of Reynoldsburg died Tuesday in Kabul, of injuries suffered during an enemy attack. Byus was a civilian worker for the Department of Defense.

 

Another jail break, this time, in Bowling Green.

Inmate Jhon Rosado climbed a fence at the Northwest Ohio Community Corrections Center last night, and ran to a nearby cornfield. The 24-year-old was last seen wearing a blue jail jump suit, with an orange sweatshirt. Students at Bowling Green State University have been alerted to Rosado’s escape. He was in jail, for domestic violence. Rosado’s escape comes a week after Chardon High School shooter TJ Lane and two others escaped from a prison in Lima. All three were apprehended within hours.

 

A Willard man allegedly involved with a stolen car ring says he’s not guilty.

24-year-old Eddie Tackett Jr. entered his plea this week, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He’s charged with theft of a motor vehicle, and he’s facing up to 18 months behind bars. Tackett and others are accused of stealing cars, then taking them to a chop-shop in Mansfield. He’s scheduled to stand trial November 4th.

 

Monroeville village administrator Mike Goodwin has resigned.

Village council accepted his resignation earlier this week. Goodwin’s last day was last Friday. He left, for the private sector. Mayor Mike Adelman said the search for a new village administrator will begin soon.

 

Weather permitting, road work will begin Monday on Norwalk’s East Main Street between Woodlawn Avenue and Chatham Street.

The project will include sewer improvements and new pavement.  Work is expected to last three months.

 

The USDA has designated seven northeast Ohio Counties, including Lorain County, as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and loss caused by a freeze from January 2nd to April 17th.

Farmers from Huron and Erie Counties also qualify for assistance because their county is contiguous.  All qualified farm operators in the affected areas are eligible for low interest emergency loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

 

UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the upcoming holiday season.

Positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers.  Last year, UPS underestimated the number of deliveries during the holiday shipping season causing some deliveries to be delayed until after Christmas.  To apply, go to UPSjobs.com.

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cedar Point will NOT name a roller coaster after NBA superstar LeBron James.

As we first told you yesterday, instead of renaming a roller coaster ‘King James’, the park has established a long-term partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation.

Among the highlights: Cedar Point will host Akron kids involved in the foundation’s “Wheels for Education” program and the Akron “I PROMISE” Network for a day of fun with their families next summer.

Also, Cedar Point will hold a first ride auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the LeBron James Family Foundation.

Back in July, Cedar Point officials said they’d honor LeBron by renaming one of the park’s 17 roller coasters, if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

Talk of student drug testing continues in Huron.

It was discussed last night by the Board of Education. No decision was made.

 

A new superintendent has been hired at Christie Lane School in Norwalk.

Kari Smith was hired yesterday by the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  She’s currently an administrator at the school.  Her new duties will begin January 1st.

 

Monroeville village administrator Mike Goodwin has resigned.

Village Council accepted his resignation last night.  Goodwin’s last day was last Friday.  He left for the private sector.  Mayor Mike Adelman said the search for a new village administrator will begin soon.

 

The Plymouth Police Department continues to investigate last Friday’s robbery at the Community Market, and an attempted robbery at Mickey Mart.

It appears a man and a woman were involved in the crimes. As we first told you Monday, four bags of money were stolen from the grocery store’s office, shortly after 6pm Friday. Just minutes before, a man entered the office of Mickey Mart, and went through desk drawers and filing cabinets, while a female accomplice kept employees occupied. Police have pictures and video of both crimes, and authorities believe the two may be involved in similar robberies nearby. Both suspects are black. The man is described as 23 to 33 years old, 5-9 to 5-11, and 210 to 230 pounds. The woman is 23 to 33, 5-3 to 5-6, and 190 to 220 pounds. Anyone with information should contact the Plymouth Police Department.

 

The man involved in a bizarre suicide attempt in Lorain County has been connected to a homicide in Cleveland.

28-year-old Hugo Ramos is accused of killing a 25-year-old woman. He told police where her body could be found. Ramos tried to end his own life late Monday morning, at Routes 20 and 58 in Pittsfield Township. He stepped in front of a semi-truck, was hit, then went to his car and grabbed a can of gasoline. After swallowing some, Ramos poured the rest on his body, then set himself on fire. A bystander put out the flames, and Ramos was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

 

October 6th is the deadline to register to vote or change voter information, in time for the November 4th general election.

You may register to vote, if you’re a U.S. citizen, and are 18 or will be 18 by election day.

In related news, a federal judge has extended early voting hours for the upcoming election. That means Ohioans will have more chances, including nights and weekends to cast early ballots. Early voting will begin September 30th.

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cedar Point’s big announcement wasn’t what some expected.

Instead of renaming a roller coaster ‘King James’, the park has established a long-term partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation.  Among the highlights: Cedar Point will host all the kids involved in the foundation’s “Wheels for Education” program and Akron “I PROMISE” Network for a day of fun with their families next summer.  Also Cedar Point will hold a first ride auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the LeBron James Family Foundation.

 

The Highway Patrol is investigating a bizarre suicide attempt in Lorain County’s Pittsfield Township.

It occurred late yesterday morning, at the intersection of U.S. Route 20, and State Route 58. 28-year-old Hugo Ramos of Cleveland got out of his car, and walked in front of a semi-truck. He was hit, then walked back to his car, pulled out a can of gasoline, drank some, then poured the rest on his body, before setting himself on fire. The flames were extinguished by a passing motorist, and Ramos was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he’s in critical condition. Three children in Ramos’s car witnessed the entire incident.

 

An interim city manager has been named in Willard.

Water and maintenance superintendent Shawn Tappel will step in after current city manager Brian Humphress leaves.  Humphress is resigning this Friday at the request for Willard City Council.  Prior to coming to Willard, Tappel was village administrator in New London.

 

A new study shows wind turbines killer far fewer birds, than do cats, or collisions with cell towers.

Wind turbines kill between 214,000 and 368,000 birds annually, compared to 6.8 million fatalities from collisions with cell and radio towers, and up to 3.7 billion deaths from cats. The study was conducted by two federal scientists, and an environmental consulting firm.

 

A Perkins Township woman is facing a felony theft charge, for claiming prize that didn’t belong to her.

31-year-old Jennifer Ryerson allegedly went to J&J Sales in Huron last month, and claimed she won a four-wheeler the business contributed to the Maritime Museum’s ‘Big Splash Raffle.’ She showed her ID, and a representative confirmed that a ‘Jennifer Ryerson’ had indeed won the ATV. Ryerson claimed she didn’t have several hundred dollars to pay taxes on the four-wheeler, so the business agreed to keep the ATV, and give her $4,500 instead. It wasn’t long before the correct Jennifer Ryerson, came forward to claim her prize.

An investigation ensued, and the Perkins Township Ryerson was brought in for questioning by deputies. She claimed she thought a friend might have entered her in the raffle, and she said she spent most of the $4,500.

 

Old State Road, between Penn Road and State Route 162 in North Fairfield will close next Monday for a bridge replacement project.

Work should last about three months.

 

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast is set for this Thursday, at 7:30am, at the Eagles Club on Cline Street.

The 2015 fundraising goal is $360,000. Money raised will help nearly two dozen local non-profit agencies.

 

In sports…

Several area high school football teams are ranked in the first weekly statewide poll.  In Division III, Clyde is ranked fourth, while Norwalk is ranked 11th.  In Division VII, Plymouth is ranked 7th, Buckeye Central 9th and St. Paul 10th.

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Plymouth police are searching for a male suspect who stole several bags of money from a grocery store in the village.

According to reports, the man made his way into the office of the Community Market Friday evening then removed several money bags from the store’s safe. Pictures taken at the scene are being analyzed the Ohio Attorney General’s crime lab.

 

Formal charges have been filed against a Norwalk man accused of injuring an eight-week-old baby.

A Huron County grand jury has charged 24-year-old Nathan Wohlever with assault and child endangerment. The alleged crime occurred over the summer, while the child was in Wohlever’s care. The infant was flown to an Akron Hospital for treatment of various bruises. It’s believed the boy suffered no long-term harm.

 

A new poll by the Columbus Dispatch shows Governor John Kasich leads challenger Ed Fitzgerald, 59 percent to 29 percent.

 

Ohio’s Classic Lotto jackpot is up to $5 million.

Mega Millions is worth $62 million, and Powerball is up to $171 million.

 

Cedar Point announced a big change on Sunday.

According to the park’s official Twitter account, an announcement will be made about the Lebron James roller coaster. The Tweet said “It’s Bigger, It’s Better, it’s our news on King James Tuesday, 9/16 11:00 am.” Park spokesman Bryan Edwards wouldn’t provide further comments.

 

The Volunteer Center of Erie County is looking for helpers for the Color Run this Saturday at Cedar Point.

The Color Run organizers are looking for 100 volunteers to help run the event. Volunteers can help at check-in, aid stations and the finish line, and people are also needed to toss colorful, non-toxic powder on the runners. Individuals and groups are welcome to help, and volunteers can receive a donation to a charity, church, school or team of their choice. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call The Volunteer Center of Erie County at 419-627-0074

 

Friday, Septmeber 12, 2014

Unlike last Friday, it should be a cool, crisp night for high school football.

Tonight’s forecast calls for cloudy skies, and a low near 50. We’ll check our broadcast schedule, and other games in sports.

 

Convicted Chardon High School shooter TJ Lane is back behind bars, after escaping from a western Ohio prison.

Two other inmates escaped with Lane. One was caught last night, the other, around 4:30 this morning.

 

The National Weather Service has confirmed that four small tornadoes touched down in northeast Ohio Wednesday evening.

All four were classified as EF-0 twisters, with winds up to 85 miles per hour. Three of the tornadoes touched down in Portage County, while the other hit Summit County. Another small tornado touched down near Delphos, in western Ohio.

 

18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for a Monroeville man accused of growing marijuana in Norwalk.

32-year-old Thomas Sterling was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.  Sterling was arrested in March after police found dozens of marijuana plants growing inside the former Berardi’s building on Cleveland Road.  Authorities said it was one of the largest marijuana growing operations in Huron County.

 

A lawmaker from Sandusky County wants to toughen Ohio’s laws on texting-while-driving.

Republican Rex Damschroder of Fremont wants texting-while-driving to become a primary offense, meaning police would not need another reason for pulling over offenders. Texting-while-driving is currently considered a secondary offense, just like driving without a seat belt. Damschroder wants the Ohio House to consider the change this fall.

 

BGSU-Firelands in Huron will present its 44th annual College Night, from 6:30 until 8pm Tuesday, in the main conference room of the Cedar Point Center.

High school students and adults will be able to speak with representatives from dozens of colleges, universities and schools of nursing.Information on financial aid will be available as well.

 

Halloweekends are back at Cedar Point.

The Sandusky amusement park will be open from 6pm until midnight Fridays, 11am until midnight Saturdays, and 11am until 8pm Sundays. Halloweekends will run through November 2nd.

 

The North Street Phase II Project in Monroeville is complete, and the street is open.

A reminder that North Street is a 25 mph zone.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There are no reports, confirmed or otherwise, of funnel clouds or tornados in southern Huron County.

A tornado warning was issued shortly after 8:30 last night for southeastern Huron County, northern Ashland County, and southern Lorain County, after Doppler radar showed a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Fitchville. The warning was canceled shortly after 9, and Huron County deputies said they received no reports of twisters. The warning led tornado sirens to sound in Norwalk. A few hours earlier, tornado warnings were issued for eight northeast Ohio counties. Twisters may have touched down in Rittman, Akron and Stow.

 

Flags  should be flown at half-staff today, in honor of lives lost in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.

A moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 this morning.

 

The state highway patrol has released details about last weekend’s arrest of a drunken truck driver.

The report, released yesterday, says 48-year-old Michael Craycraft of Cleveland was arrested Saturday, near the Ohio turnpike exit in Milan. Craycraft was stopped, after troopers received reports of a semi-truck driving erratically. He was taken to the Milan patrol post, where he blew a .256 during a breath test. That’s more than three times Ohio’s legal limit. Craycraft was charged with DUI, a marked lanes violation and open container. Records show it’s his third DUI arrest.

 

The all-clear has been given in Willard.

Earlier this week, city officials sent a sample of reservoir water for testing, after noticing signs of potential algae bloom toxins. The Ohio EPA said the water is free of toxins, and is safe to drink.

 

Willard city council did NOT name an interim city manager, during Tuesday’s special meeting.

City council will meet again next Monday. At the request of council, current city manager Brian Humphress is stepping down. His last day will be next Friday.

 

A Huron County deputy remains on paid leave, amid allegations he used excessive force during a recent arrest.

Sgt. Chuck Summers has been on administrative leave since September 1st. He’s accused of choking a drunk suspect, during an August 30th arrest at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club. Summers and two other deputies were sent there, to investigate a fight at a wedding reception. Some of the alleged incident involving Summers and his accuser was caught on cell phone video. A special investigator with the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association is looking into the incident. Once the investigation is complete, a report will be sent to Sheriff Dane Howard for potential discipline.

 

Felony charges have been filed against a Port Clinton couple accused of bankruptcy fraud, and stealing more than $160,000 from a senior citizen.

63-year-old Iris Stephenson is facing eight counts, including first-degree felony theft, and defrauding creditors. Her husband, 61-year-old Hugh Stephenson is charged with one count each of theft and defrauding creditors. The alleged bankruptcy fraud, and theft involving the Stephensons and the 83-year-old victim occurred in 2011. The two are due in court September 29th.

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The all-clear has been given in Willard.

City officials sent a sample of reservoir water for testing after noticing signs of potential algae bloom toxins.  The Ohio EPA said the water is free of toxins and is safe to drink.

 

Delays are possible today, tomorrow and Monday, because of road construction in Norwalk.

Today, crews are scheduled to work on the southbound lane of Milan Avenue, along with Wooster and Marshall streets, all between League and Franklin. Tomorrow, crews will work on St. Mary’s Street, between Grove and Mack. Monday’s schedule includes various sections of Old State Road between East Main and Route 20, the intersection of Benedict and Elm, and portions of West Main.

 

Willard city council did NOT name an interim city manager during last night’s special meeting.

City council will meet again next Monday.  At the request of council, current city manager Brian Humphress is stepping down.  His last day will be next Friday.

 

Perkins Police are searching for a missing teenage girl.

15-year-old Chyanne Crawford-Nickles was last seen near Perkins High School.  Anyone with information should contact the Perkins Police Department.

 

As expected, a Bellevue man charged with manufacturing crystal meth has had his case bound over to a grand jury. 

32-year-old John Ruffing has been in the Huron County Jail since his late August arrest.  His bond is set at $50,000.  A co-defendant, 43-year-old Julie Singleton, also of Bellevue is facing charges and remains jailed in Sandusky County, in lieu of $150,000 bond.  The two allegedly manufactured meth at Singleton’s Thomas Drive apartment.

 

Tickets are now being sold for EHOVE Career Center’s popular Senior Citizen Fall Festival.

Tickets are $5 each, and must be purchased in advance at EHOVE’s Adult Education Office. This year’s Senior Citizen Fall Festival is Wednesday, September 17th, and Thursday, September 18th from 11am until 1pm.

 

Train Fest 2014 is coming to Willard.

Displays and events will be held around the city between 9 and 5 this Saturday. Suitcase trains and a custom-built Norfolk and Southern HO gauge business train will be on display at the Willard Senior Center. Ashland Railway will bring in full-sized trains, including the ‘Polar Xpress’, and a full-sized diesel engine. At Central Elementary, the Monroeville Model Railroad Group will have an HO gauge layout on display. Other train displays can be seen downtown.

 

Weather permitting, Fisher-Titus Medical Center will have resealing and striping work done this weekend.

That means starting at 8am Friday, cars will not be able to enter the Fisher-Titus Parkway entrance across from Burger King. Fisher-Titus Parkway at Shady Lane will be fully open to traffic. Signs will be in place, to guide traffic. Work should be complete by 4:30am Monday.

 

Governor John Kasich has ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, in honor of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001.

The governor also wants all Ohioans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46am tomorrow.

 

Believe it or not, a new study shows Cleveland is NOT the most tortured sports city in the U.S.

Cleveland is second, behind San Diego.  Cleveland’s last major pro sports championship was won in 1964.  But the San Diego Padres have never won a World Series and the Chargers have never won the Super Bowl.  Plus, San Diego has had two NBA franchises leave town—The Rockets and the Clippers.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about a weekend ATV crash that killed a young boy.

Six-year-old Lincoln Gilbert of New London died Saturday afternoon, a short time after  the accident on a trail near Prairie Road in Bellevue. According to chief deputy Ted Patrick, the boy was driving a four-wheel ATV, with a 17-year-old boy sitting in the passenger seat. The ATV rolled on top of Gilbert, after the two went around a curve. He was taken to The Bellevue Hospital, where he died of injuries suffered in the crash. The teen was not hurt.

Patrick said a crash reconstructionist from the state highway patrol has been called in, in hopes of learning more about the accident. Gilbert was a first grader at Immaculate Conception School.

 

Willard City Council is expected to name an acting city manager, during a special meeting scheduled for 5pm today.

Longtime city manager Brian Humphress is resigning, effective September 19th.

 

Charges are pending against a 17-year-old Sandusky boy accused of posting a sexually explicit video of his 14-year-old ex-girlfriend on Facebook.

The prosecutor’s office is reviewing a report. The teen posted the video last month. A friend of the ex-girlfriend saw it, and told Facebook officials. It’s since been removed from the site.

 

The death penalty is looming over an accused killer in Bucyrus.

Crawford County prosecutors say Donald Hoffman is facing a host of charges, including aggravated murder with death penalty specifications.  Hoffman is accused of killing four men Labor Day weekend.

 

The former superintendent of two local school systems has died.

Carol Girton passed away Sunday. She was 66. She was hired as superintendent of the Monroeville Local Schools in 2001, and later held the same position in New London. She retired last year.

 

Tickets are now being sold for EHOVE Career Center’s popular Senior Citizen Fall Festival.

Tickets are $5 each and must be purchased in advance at EHOVE’s Adult Education Office.  This year’s Senior Citizen Fall Festival is Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th from 11 am until 1pm.

 

The State of Ohio is planning to resume executions in February after a court-imposed moratorium.

Executions were halted last month to allow officials time to make changes in the lethal injection procedure.

 

In sports…

Presale tickets will be available starting tomorrow for ‘The Battle of Route 20.’ 2-0 Bellevue will host 2-0 Clyde this Friday night.  You can buy presale tickets at Bellevue High School and Bellevue Middle School between 7 and 3 tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.  A large crowd is expected at the game.  Reserve seats are $7.  Adults are $6 and students and senior citizens are $4.

Monday, September 8, 2014

What a difference a day makes.

Friday’s official high in Norwalk was 94.  Saturday’s official high in the Maple City was 72.  After 83 tomorrow and Wednesday, highs will drop to 72 Thursday, 65 Friday and just 62 Saturday.

 

It’ll be nice, for afternoon baseball in Cleveland.

The Indians and LA Angels will play a makeup game at 1:05 this afternoon. You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

 

A six-year-old boy is dead, the victim of an ATV accident in Bellevue.

It occurred Saturday night on Prairie Road, near Edmonds Road. A preliminary report said the boy died at The Bellevue Hospital. Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said more information will be released today.

 

It’s official…

Brian Sears has been named fire chief in Bellevue.  He served as interim chief since last September.  He’s a Bellevue native and a 23-year member of the department.

 

A notice to all Norwalk residents: The Norwalk Fire Department will be flow testing hydrants in random locations around the city for the next two weeks.

In some areas, testing may turn the water a brownish color. Residents should let it run until it flows clear, before drinking it or doing laundry.

 

According to a new survey by Amusement Today, Cedar Point is the best amusement park in the U.S., but not the world.

The Sandusky park won the ‘best in the world’ title for 16 consecutive years, but was deemed second-best this year, behind Europa-Park in Germany. But, Cedar Point’s Millennium Force continued its run of Best Steel Roller Coaster. Other results from the poll show Kings Island’s Banshee came in second for best new ride. Kalahari Resort came in second for best indoor water park, behind one in Texas.

 

Road work continues, on U.S. Route 20 between Monroeville and Bellevue.

The highway is down to one lane of traffic each way. According to ODOT, work should be complete by late September.

 

Around Ohio…

Investigators are trying to find the cause of a blaze that destroyed a 19th century building in Canal Fulton.  The Exchange Building went up in flames yesterday afternoon.  It was built in 1898.

Ohio motorists are paying a little less for gas.  Today’s statewide average is $3.43, down about two cents from last week.  It’s also a penny less than the nationwide average.

Community colleges across Ohio are now facing a new state funding formula.  New rules that took effect last week will tie funding to graduation rates and course completion, instead of enrollment.