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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Early voting will NOT start today in Ohio.

That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 yesterday to delay early voting until next Tuesday, October 7th. We’ll have more, in news later today.


A standoff in Monroeville ended peacefully this morning.

23-year-old Marcus Thornsberry held village police, Huron County Deputies and Highway Patrol Troopers at bay for about seven hours while inside a trailer near Pean’s Pizza.  A Highway Patrol negotiator convinced him to surrender at approximately 9 this morning.  Thornsberry’s currently in the Huron County Jail on charges of domestic violence and inducing panic, with more charges possible.  According to Monroeville Police Chief Gary Lyons, the incident began shortly before 2am this morning across the street from the police station.  Thornsberry was highly intoxicated and was involved in a dispute with his girlfriend.  A passing officer noticed what was happening and ordered Thornsberry to stop.  Instead, he went to the trailer about three blocks away.  Lyons said Thornsberry may have been armed with a semi-automatic weapon.  As a precaution, some of U.S. Route 20 was shut down and classes were canceled in the Monroeville Schools and at St. Joseph’s.


Norwalk firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze that damaged a mobile home.

Crews were summoned to Key Estates just after 7am yesterday. They arrived to find light smoke coming from the rear, and flames near a water heater. Firefighters had the blaze under control within 20 minutes. A mother and three children were home at the time. No one was injured.


Rain has delayed the re-opening of the intersection of Benedict and Elm in Norwalk until tomorrow.


A second Willard man has been arrested, in connection with a car theft ring.

18-year-old Donovan Sparkman was arrested last week in Tennessee, on charges of motor vehicle theft, and tampering with evidence. Willard police say Sparkman is a co-conspirator with Eddie Tackett Jr. They’re accused of stealing cars, and taking them to a chop shop in Mansfield. Tackett is scheduled to stand trial in November.


The Second Harvest Food Bank of North-Central Ohio is asking for your help, this time, by voting online.

Second Harvest is in the running for a $60,000 grant from Wal-Mart. The website is walmart.com/fight hunger.


The city of Bellevue is getting a new fire truck.

City council met in special session last night, to approve the $270,000 purchase. The custom-built truck should be ready by next summer.


A milder winter is expected, and that should translate into lower heating costs for most Ohioans.

Heating costs shot up last winter, which was one of the coldest and snowiest in decades.


The Ohio State University student body slammed to the Ohio Stadium turf will be in court today.

OSU police say Anthony Wunder is charged with criminal trespassing, for running onto the field during Saturday’s Buckeyes-Cincinnati Bearcats game. Wunder’s dash was stopped abruptly by Ohio State strength coach Anthony Schlegel, who planted him to the turf. Schlegel is a former Buckeye linebacker.

Monday, September 29, 2014

If you heard two loud booms in Norwalk and the outlying area Saturday night, they were part of a Civil War re-enactment at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club.

Services are set, for James Berens of Norwalk. Berens was murdered at his Morley Drive home September 19th. Friends may call between 5 and 7 Wednesday night, at the Walker Funeral Home on West Main. Graveside services will be held at 11 Thursday morning, at Woodlawn Cemetery.


The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an early Sunday morning crash involving a semi-truck and a pedestrian.

The patrol says 38-year-old Quincy Latrell Thomas of Toledo was killed at 3:40 yesterday morning on State Route 51, near the Ottawa-Wood county line. A report says visibility was poor due to heavy fog, and Thomas was wearing dark clothing, when he stepped into the path of the semi. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.


Mansfield police say they’ll release more information today, about the death of Richland County prosecutor Jim Mayer.

Mayer shot and killed himself at home Friday evening. He had been county prosecutor since 1988. The county commissioners will appoint an interim prosecutor later today.


A second Willard man has been arrested in connection with a car theft ring.

18-year-old Donovan Sparkman was arrested last week in Tennessee on charges of motor vehicle theft and tampering with evidence.  Willard Police say Sparkman is a co-sponsor with Eddie Tackett Jr.  They’re accused of stealing cars and taking them to a chop shop in Mansfield.  Tackett is scheduled to stand trial in November.


The man behind this summer’s popular “Imagine Norwalk” events will be honored by city council.

A resolution honoring Chris Castle is on tomorrow night’s work session agenda.


The state’s fall colors are expected to peak right on schedule.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says fall colors should peak in northern Ohio around mid-October, in central Ohio the third week of October, and in southern Ohio at the end of October.


A former Sandusky used car dealer already sentenced to weekends in jail for fraud is in trouble again.

29-year-old Brian Vanvlerah was arrested late last week, for passing thousands of dollars in bad checks. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison. Vanvlerah will spend October and November weekends in the Erie County Jail, for previously altering buyer agreements with customers, and not handing over car titles. Vanvlerah owned Hometown Car Sales.


The figures are in and estimates have attendance at yesterday’s Wooly Bear Festival in Vermilion at 100,000.


A reminder: Early voting starts tomorrow, throughout Ohio.

For those who need to register to vote, or update voter information, the deadline for that is next Monday, October 6th.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Norwalk man murdered last week died from strangulation.

That’s in contrast to previous reports that said 57-year-old James Berens was stabbed by 39-year-old Shane Lambert. Blood found at the scene, and on Lambert’s clothes came from a forehead laceration. Lambert killed Berens last Friday, in his car, in the garage of Berens’ Morley Drive home. Lambert was shot and killed by Mansfield police early Monday morning.


Fisher-Titus Medical Center will have more resealing and striping work done on a portion of Fisher-Titus Parkway this weekend.

Beginning at 7:30 tomorrow night, the middle portion of Fisher-Titus Parkway, from the Patient Pavilion parking lot entrance, to the Fisher-Titus Medical Park Entrance 2 will be closed. Vehicles will not be able to access Medical Park 3, and the Carriage House-Garden Level parking lot this weekend. Fisher-Titus Parkway will be open to traffic at the Shady Lane entrance, to access the Patient Pavilion. All other traffic should use the Route 250 entrance, across from Burger King. The Parkway will re-open at 4:30 Monday morning.


A teenage boy reported missing has been found.

15-year-old Thayne Fitch of Wakeman was found safe and sound yesterday afternoon. No other information is available.


Jimmy John’s in Sandusky is NOT one of the stores affected by data breach.

Credit and debit card info was stolen from 216 locations between mid-June and early-September.  Some of the affected Jimmy John’s locations are in northeast Ohio.


Some sort of mechanical failure likely caused a blaze that destroyed a combine. 

The farm machine was in use Tuesday evening in Peru Township when a passerby noticed flames.  Monroeville and Norwalk Firefighters were summoned to the scene.  No one was hurt.  Damage estimates were placed at $350,000.  The blaze remains under investigation.


Ohio’s Deer-Archery season begins this Saturday.

It runs through February 1st. All deer hunters must have a valid hunting license and a valid deer permit.


In sports…

The Indians’ playoff hopes remain alive, barely.  For the Indians to qualify for an A.L. Wildcard spot:  The Tribe will need to sweep Tampa Bay this weekend.  Kansas City OR Oakland would need to be swept in each team’s four-game series.  Kansas City is playing the White Sox, while Oakland plays Texas.  And…Seattle would need to lose at least one of its four remaining games.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A fund has been established, to help a Huron family hit hard by a house fire.

Donations to the “Lynch Family Fund” can be made at any Citizens Bank Branch, or at Huron High School. 48-year-old Robert Lynch II died early Monday morning, when his trailer was destroyed by flames. Lynch was home alone. His wife Ruby, and their 14-year-old son, Bobby were out of town, visiting family. Bobby is a freshman at Huron High School. Lynch graduated from Norwalk High School in the mid-80’s.


While Ohio’s unemployment rate didn’t change in August, jobless rates in every area county went down.

Huron County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.8 to 6.5 percent. Erie County’s was 4.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent. Rates in all surrounding counties dropped about one percent.


Items ranging from office furniture to cars will be sold this Saturday, by the city of Norwalk.

Officials will host a public auction at 10am, at the city’s maintenance building on Franklin Street. A partial list of items to be sold: Desks and file cabinets, tools, snowplows, bikes, various vehicles and Christmas decorations.


There’s an opening, on Greenwich Village Council.

Council member Travis Wilson stepped down last week, after moving out of Greenwich. Anyone interested in filling the vacant seat should send a letter of intent to the mayor’s office. Applicants must have lived in the village for at least a year, and voted in the May election. Letters of intent should include information about applicants, and a reason for wanting be on council. The deadline is October 1st.


Authorities still have not determined how a Fremont man fell five stories down a trash chute at Progressive Field in July.

The body of 22-year-old Cory Barron was discovered in a landfill near Oberlin five days after he was last seen at a Jason Aldean concert. An autopsy report released yesterday says Barron died of multiple blunt force trauma. But authorities remain unsure how Barron got into the trash chute. The report did say there was no sign of foul play.


A published report says investigators dug up an infant’s remains yesterday afternoon in Vickery.

According to the Sandusky Register, deputies and state agents dug a large patch of earth at a home on North County Road 268. Several neighbors told the newspaper that authorities recovered the body of a three-month-old infant. They also claimed a man dressed in jail inmate clothes showed deputies where to dig. Citing the ongoing investigation, officials declined to release more information.


It’s billed as Ohio’s largest one-day festival, and it’s happening this Sunday.

The 46th annual Woollybear Festival will take place from 9am until 5pm, on Main Street in downtown Vermilion. For more information, visit vermilionchamber.net.


Tickets for the 10th annual ‘Girls Night Out’, presented by the Cleveland Clinic are now on sale.

Until November 1st, tickets are $40 each. After the 1st, tickets will be $50 each. Tickets can be purchased online, at girlsnightoutcharity.com. This year’s charity event will be held November 25th, at the Kalahari Resort Convention Center. Proceeds will benefit Cancer Services, the Fisher-Titus Mannography Fund, the Firelands Regional Medical Center Cancer Program Fund, and the North Coast Cancer Foundation.


Columbus will soon be home to an arena for video game tournaments.

Major League Gaming officials say they’ll open a flagship venue near Easton featuring spectator seating and soundproof booths for players.


In sports…

It’s do-or-die time for the Cleveland Indians.  After last night’s 7-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Indians are out of the A.L. Central Division race.  And with a loss tonight, the Tribe will be out of the running for a Wild-Card playoff spot.  Tonight’s game against the Royals begins at 7:10.  You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An autopsy is scheduled for today, to determine the official cause of death of a Norwalk man killed by a friend.

Norwalk police believe 57-year-old James Berens was killed by 39-year-old Shane Lambert Friday afternoon, before Lambert dumped the body off Washington Road. Lambert was killed by Mansfield police early yesterday morning. According to reports, Lambert was inside a vacant home, and was shot, after confronting officers.


A fire in Huron has left one person dead.

48-year-old Robert Lynch II died early yesterday morning, during a blaze at his trailer in Oster’s mobile home park, just off Cleveland Road West. The cause of the blaze has not been released. Foul play is not suspected. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.


Just hours before his trial was set to begin, a Sandusky man accused of killing another man pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping.

36-year-old Tommy Reogas had been in jail for more than two years, awaiting trial. He was facing a number of felony charges, connected to the July, 2012 death of 50-year-old John Debski. Authorities said Reogas used a staple gun to fatally bludgeon Debski in his home. He also kidnapped his on-and-off girlfriend, and held her captive in a hotel for three days. Reogas will be sentenced October 30th.


Items ranging from office furniture to cars will be sold this Saturday by the city of Norwalk.

Officials will host a public auction at 10am at the city’s maintenance building on Franklin Street.  A partial list of items to be sold: desks and file cabinets, tools, snowplows, bikes, various vehicles and Christmas decorations.


While Ohio’s unemployment rate didn’t change in August, jobless rates in every area county went down.

Huron County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.8 to 6.5 percent.  Erie County’s was 4.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent.  Rates in all surrounding counties dropped about one percent.


So much for lower gas prices.

Yesterday morning, and with little warning, area pump prices shot up anywhere between 14 and 40 cents, to $3.39 for self-serve regular. No reason was given.


A new tool for evaluating teachers will be discussed, during tonight’s special meeting of the Norwalk Board of Education.

The special session will begin at 7:30, at Norwalk High School. Board action is expected.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn, 2014 officially begins at 10:29 tonight.


A man wanted for questioning in the apparent homicide of a Norwalk man was shot and killed early this morning in Mansfield.

According to reports, Mansfield Police were searching a vacant home for 39-year-old Shane Lambert when he confronted officers and was fatally shot.  He was pronounced dead at MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield.  Lambert was wanted for questioning in connection with the weekend disappearance and death of 57-year-old James Berens of Morley Drive.  Lambert had a criminal past and was on parole.  The Norwalk Police Department has scheduled a press conference at 1 this afternoon. 


Thumbs up, to students and staff at EHOVE Career Center.

They raised nearly $2,800, through the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ The money will go to the ALS Association.


There’s a noticeable difference in gas prices around the area.

In Huron County, gas prices range from $3.09 in Norwalk, to $3.27 in Monroeville. In Erie County, you’ll find gas for as low as $2.93 in Sandusky, to as high as $3.19 in Berlin Heights.


A reminder…Old State Road, between Penn Road and State Route 162 in North Fairfield is closing today, for a bridge replacement project.

Work should last three months.

And in Norwalk, East Main, between Woodlawn and Chatham is closing for three months, starting today.


Four teenage inmates attacked two staff members, and tried to escape from a juvenile detention center near Dayton Saturday night.

They smashed out a window and tried to climb out, but were stopped and restrained by corrections officers. The two staff members suffered minor injuries. The teens are facing charges of felonious assault, vandalism and escape.


An investigation is underway, into exactly how an inmate was able to walk out of the Ashland County Jail.

According to reports, 34-year-old Jeremy Williamson left the jail Friday morning, after telling a guard he was leaving for community service. Williamson was arrested Friday afternoon, in Lexington, Kentucky. Authorities said he was driving a stolen pickup truck, and was traveling to see his girlfriend. He had been in jail for just two days, on a charge of tampering with evidence.


No one was injured when a wall inside a vacant downtown Sandusky building collapsed.

It happened around 2am Sunday at 109 East Water Street.  The 19th century building has been empty for years.


The Ohio man who invented the icy treat “Slush Puppies” has died.

Will Radcliff died last Thursday, in Cincinnati. He was 74. Radcliff concocted the first Slush Puppy in 1970.


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.