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News

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A suspected drunk driver from Castalia suffered serious injuries last night, after crashing his car into the Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

 

Troopers said 24-year-old Dakota Clouse was driving at a high rate of speed, when he lost control and went off U.S. Route 6 and drove across grass and landscaping, before hitting a large concrete sign and crashing into the front of the patrol post. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and was ejected from his car. Clouse was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center.

 

No troopers were injured, but the patrol post sustained damage to the walls and windows of the conference room, which had been occupied an hour prior to the crash. Clouse didn’t have a license, due to a September, 2015 DUI conviction. He was also wanted on a felony warrant from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Charges connected to the crash are pending.

 

 

She performed last night on live nationwide TV and tonight, we’ll find out if Wakeman’s own Emily Keener has advanced on to next week, on ‘The Voice.’

 

The results show begins at 8 on NBC-TV.

 

 

 

The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio has wrapped up its annual Harvest-For-Hunger campaign, and they reached their goal of raising enough money to provide 100,000 meals to those in need, in Huron, Erie Lorain and Crawford Counties.

 

 

 

As expected, the Norwalk Board of Education has okayed a move from the NOL to the Sandusky Bay Conference.

 

Approval came during last night’s school board meeting. The change will take effect with the 2017-2018 school year. As you know, five other NOL schools are joining the SBC to form an 18-team conference for football and 21 teams for most other sports. For football, Norwalk will be in the SBC’s Lake Division along with Bellevue, Clyde, Perkins, Sandusky and Tiffin Columbian.

 

 

A former employee has been found guilty of stealing more than $1,300 from Norwalk’s Pizza Hut.

 

As part of a plea bargain, 21-year-old Thomas Morrow agreed to plead guilty to charges of breaking and entering and theft. Records from Huron County Common Pleas Court show prosecutors dismissed a charge of safecracking. Morrow stole the money last fall, then was arrested after telling family members about the crime. He’ll be sentenced May 25th, and he’s expected to receive probation, and he’ll have to make restitution.

 

 

The Ohio Turnpike’s 2016 construction season is underway, with its largest capital improvements program in 15 years.

 

As part of the program, the Ohio Turnpike is investing $76 million to replace original pavement from 60 years ago. Some of that work will cover five miles in the eastbound lanes from Groton Township to Oxford Township in Erie County.

 

Citing security risks and other factors, state prison officials have announced plans to close all ten of the state’s prison farms, and sell the land.

 

They’ll be phased out by the end of this year. That includes prison farms in Mansfield and Grafton.

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

There’s more information about a weekend drug raid in New London.

As we told you yesterday, village police found suspected cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia during a search of a Lincoln Street home. Also found during the raid: a ledger full of names and alleged sales. Charges are pending.

Saturday’s raid was the second in two days in New London. Police seized drugs, drug paraphernalia and cash from a Pearl Street apartment last Friday. Two people in the apartment are expected to face charges.

 

44 people have applied to become state superintendent of public schools.

Just five will be interviewed sometime next month, and one will be hired in late May or early June. The new state superintendent will replace Dr. Richard Ross, who retired December 31st.

 

Emily Keener needs your votes.

As you know, the 17-year-old from Wakeman has advanced to the Live Round Playoffs on NBC’s ‘The Voice’, and she’ll sing tonight.

There are four ways to vote. If you need more information, go online to emilykeener.com, scroll down and click on ‘blog posts.

Friday, April 8, 2016

1 to 3 inches of snow is expected tonight.

 

For going above and beyond the call of duty and performing heroic actions in combat, three area veterans will be inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame.

Marine Corporal Timothy Russell of Wakeman, Army Sgt. Bradley Porter of Plymouth and Private First Class Joshua Conley of Tiro will be honored April 29th at the Ohio Statehouse. We’ll have more in news later today.

 

A Huron man is facing charges, for allegedly soliciting sex from a police officer posing as a 14-year-old boy.

40-year-old David Morris is being held in the Erie County Jail without bond. He’s charged with importuning, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. According to reports, after chatting online, Morris sent a nude photo and arranged for sex with the undercover officer. The two were supposed to meet at a business in Huron. Morris was arrested a short time after showing up. After the arrest, Huron police went to his apartment and seized his computer and phone.

 

Area authorities are receiving more calls about an IRS scam.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Huron and Erie counties have been told that residents are getting calls from someone posing as an IRS agent, claiming back taxes are owed. In some cases, the caller has threatened legal action or jail. Keep in mind the IRS does not contact taxpayers by phone. If you receive such a call, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

 Preparations continue for the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland.

 

This week, leaders from the RNC hosted about 600 media-members from around the world and gave updates on everything from covering the convention to lodging.

 

The Republican National Convention will open at Quicken Loans Arena July 18th.

 

Good news, for VFW Post 2529 in Sandusky.

Officials there have worked out a deal with the IRS. The post owes about $30,000 in back taxes, leading the IRS to threaten foreclosure. Money issues at the post go back to 2008, when more than $200,000 went missing.

 

The state says Lake Erie fishing should be good in 2016.

Officials with ODNR are optimistic about this year’s perch, walleye, steelhead and white bass catch. Smallmouth bass is fair, but improving.

 

Friday, April 8, 2016

1 to 3 inches of snow is expected tonight.

 

For going above and beyond the call of duty and performing heroic actions in combat, three area veterans will be inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame.

Marine Corporal Timothy Russell of Wakeman, Army Sgt. Bradley Porter of Plymouth and Private First Class Joshua Conley of Tiro will be honored April 29th at the Ohio Statehouse. We’ll have more in news later today.

 

A Huron man is facing charges, for allegedly soliciting sex from a police officer posing as a 14-year-old boy.

40-year-old David Morris is being held in the Erie County Jail without bond. He’s charged with importuning, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. According to reports, after chatting online, Morris sent a nude photo and arranged for sex with the undercover officer. The two were supposed to meet at a business in Huron. Morris was arrested a short time after showing up. After the arrest, Huron police went to his apartment and seized his computer and phone.

 

Area authorities are receiving more calls about an IRS scam.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Huron and Erie counties have been told that residents are getting calls from someone posing as an IRS agent, claiming back taxes are owed. In some cases, the caller has threatened legal action or jail. Keep in mind the IRS does not contact taxpayers by phone. If you receive such a call, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

 Preparations continue for the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland.

 

This week, leaders from the RNC hosted about 600 media-members from around the world and gave updates on everything from covering the convention to lodging.

 

The Republican National Convention will open at Quicken Loans Arena July 18th.

 

Good news, for VFW Post 2529 in Sandusky.

Officials there have worked out a deal with the IRS. The post owes about $30,000 in back taxes, leading the IRS to threaten foreclosure. Money issues at the post go back to 2008, when more than $200,000 went missing.

 

The state says Lake Erie fishing should be good in 2016.

Officials with ODNR are optimistic about this year’s perch, walleye, steelhead and white bass catch. Smallmouth bass is fair, but improving.

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

They’ll try again today.

The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox will open this season this afternoon, at 1:10. The game will air on 95.3 WLKR. Yesterday’s game was postponed shortly after 2:30. The club issued a statement, blaming a changed forecast and wind chills dropping into the teens.

 

A convicted child rapist from Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.

51-year-old Michael Walls was sentenced yesterday to eight life sentences. He has no chance at parole. Walls stood trial last month in Erie County Common Pleas Court, and was found guilty on more than 20 counts of rape. Officials said Walls raped a girl multiple times a week from the time she was 3 or 4, into her teens. During yesterday’s hearing, Walls said he was innocent, and said he plans to appeal his conviction and sentence.

 

Norwalk police are still looking for a man who swiped more than $1,200 worth of beer and liquor from Gardner’s SuperValue.

It happened at 4pm last Tuesday. According to Captain Mike Conney, the man loaded up his cart twice, and left the store undetected both times.

He made off in a gray newer-model Toyota Camry. The man is described as heavy-set, bald and 40 to 45. Pictures of the man have been posted on the Norwalk Police Department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information should contact the Norwalk Police Department.

 

Ground will be broken this Friday, for the Cedar Point Sports Center at the former Griffing- Sandusky Airport site on Cleveland Road.

Officials said phase one of the youth sports facility will include nine multipurpose synthetic turf fields, four NCAA regulation baseball fields, a championship baseball and softball stadium, eight NCAA regulation lacrosse fields, sports-specific training areas and an ADA-accessible community use field. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 Friday afternoon. Phase one is expected to be complete by this fall, with spring and summer of 2017 serving as the inaugural season for Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center.

 

Former Ohio State University marching band director Jonathon Waters will again lead a college band.

He’s been hired as an assistant professor of music, and director of bands at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. Waters was dismissed by Ohio State in the summer of 2014, after an investigation revealed the OSU band contained a ‘sexualized culture.’

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

It’ll be a cold, blustery day for Cleveland Indians baseball.

The season opener against the Boston Red Sox is scheduled to begin at 4:10 this afternoon. The forecast for Cleveland calls for rain and snow showers to move out by game time, but windy conditions will continue, with temperatures falling to about 33. We’ll broadcast live from Progressive Field, starting at 1 this afternoon. You’ll hear comments from Cleveland Indians players and front office personnel, and we’ll get you ready for today’s game. Then we’ll join the Indians Radio Network for Indians Warm-Up at 3:37, leading up to today’s scheduled 4:10 start time on 95.3 WLKR.

 

Two Norwalk High School students are facing charges, for allegedly selling marijuana at school last month.

The girls, ages 16 and 17 are charged with marijuana trafficking. They’ll answer to the charges in Huron County Juvenile Court.

 

A Huron County grand jury has charged two local men, in connection with different sex crimes.

19-year-old Nathanial ‘JR’ Parsons of New London is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stem from two alleged incidents with a now 15-year-old girl. One occurred last fall, the other in February.

Also charged by the grand jury: 62-year-old Thomas J. McDaniel of Willard. He’s facing a single count of sexual battery, for the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in late February.

 

Governor John Kasich is in New York today.

On the schedule: campaign stops at Hofstra University and Huntington.

 

An elected official in Sandusky says he has doubts about the future of Ohio Bike Week, which typically runs between late May and early June.

Dennis Murray Jr. serves as a city commissioner and ex-officio mayor. According to the Sandusky Register, Murray said one of the chief complaints about Ohio Bike Week is excessive noise caused by hundreds of motorcycles. The city of Sandusky recently signed a five-year contract extension with Ohio Bike Week, through 2021. In the story, Murray said the city would honor the contract, but may not renew it unless changes are made.

 

More news from Sandusky…

It appears a city commissioner is going to jail, for not paying child support.

Court paperwork shows Greg Lockhart must report to the Erie County Jail by April 15th, to begin serving a 30-day sentence. His attorney appealed the sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court, but the motion was denied. Lockhart won a four-year term last fall. Despite the pending jail term, it appears Lockhart’s spot on the commission is safe.

 

A decision won’t be made tomorrow night, but Norwalk City Council will hear the first reading of legislation allowing golf carts on city streets.

As we told you last week, members of city council will debate the pros and cons. The measure could be approved as is, modified or voted down.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016

State regulators have approved a plan that will lead to higher electric bills for many Ohio consumers.

Despite opposition from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio okayed the plan yesterday. FirstEnergy customers will pay more to subsidize the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, while American Electric Power customers will pay more to subsidize an aging coal-fired plant. The average residential customer will see an average monthly bill increase of about $10. The rate hike will begin in June.

 

Another victory, for supporters of medical marijuana…

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified a proposal to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the Buckeye State. The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must now collect more than 300,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

 

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a recent fire in Clyde.

The March 6th blaze damaged the Clyde Car Wash on West Maple Street, and nearby storage units. Investigators quickly ruled the cause as arson. Anyone with information should contact the Clyde Police Department.

 

Perkins school officials appear close to hiring a new treasurer.

Out of 33 applicants, two are finalists. One is Daniel Bowman, current treasurer of the Parma Schools. The other is Cheryl Swisher, treasurer of Van Buren Schools. A decision could come this month.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has honored eight Huron County employers for their strong workplace safety records.

To receive an award, a business must have at least 500,000 hours and six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

Leading the list: David Price Metal Services in Norwalk…The company worked nearly 1.2 million hours without a serious injury. Also on the list: Delany Staffing Group, Kaiser-Wells, LakePark Industries, New Horizons Baking Company, the Norwalk Public Library, PolyOne, and Wiers Farm.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Could golf carts be allowed on Norwalk city streets?

This week, city council discussed proposed legislation that would give the green light to golf-carts and other “under-speed” vehicles on the streets of Norwalk. According to Councilman Chris Mushett, the legislation will be up for first reading next week. Mushett also said the measure could eventually be approved as-is, modified or voted down.

 

A Willard resident is in critical condition, after crashing her pickup truck in New Haven Township.

According to the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 65-year-old Joyce Zellner suffered serious head injuries, after driving off State Route 99 at Fisher Street late Tuesday night. Troopers said her truck vaulted over Fisher Street, and came to rest in a nearby yard.

As we first told you yesterday, Zellner was taken by ambulance to Mercy Willard Hospital, then was air-lifted to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. The crash remains under investigation.

 

A vote scheduled for later today could have an impact on your electric bill.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will decide if consumers should pay more to subsidize certain aging coal-fired and nuclear power plants, modernize the power grid, reduce carbon emissions and guarantee profits. First Energy and AEP want the PUCO to approve a plan that would charge customers higher rates over the next eight years. The average increase would be approximately $100 a year. If approved, the plan would take effect June 1st.

 

The Edison school board will meet in special session at 6 tonight, at Edison Elementary…Public action is expected.

 

She’s being called a serial thief of tip jars, and now, she’s in jail.

29-year-old Stefanie Eshack of Norton is accused of stealing tip jars from businesses in Rocky River, Garfield Heights, Fairview Park, Westlake, Parma, North Olmsted and Avon. Police were able to connect Eshack to the string of thefts, by reviewing video footage at each location. She was arrested Tuesday.

 

Scenes for the ‘Fast and Furious 8’ will be shot in Cleveland.

Filming could begin as soon as next month. The movie is scheduled to be released in April of next year.