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Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Avon Lake man dies in Motorcycle crash on Wednesday

A motorcycle accident just after midnight Wednesday has resulted in the death of an Avon Lake man.  35 year-old Matthew Hatfield of Avon Lake died after being ejected off his cycle after driving off the right side of the road, then crashing into a large sign and utility pole guy-wire.  Unsafe speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash, according to The Ohio State Highway Patrol Elyria Post.

 

Public Forums on Parks and Recreation to start tonight in Norwalk

The City of Norwalk will begin hosting a series of 5 public forums tonight focused on parks and recreation.  The first forum is tonight at 7:00, and will be all about youth and adult programs with a different forum each Thursday night through August 11th , taking place each evening at the Ernsthausen Community Room at 100 Republic Street.  Other topics to be discussed at future forums include neighborhood parks, the aquatic center, and designing the Jaycee Park.

 

Firefighters back to work in Lorain

Laid-off firefighters in the city of Lorain are going back to work.  The city has shagged a 2-year, 3-million-dollar federal grant for first responders.  The firefighters were laid off 2 weeks ago tomorrow, as the city tries to balance its budget.

 

Travel Magazine names Oberlin a top small cities Destination

Oberlin was named one of the 10 most charming towns and small cities in the state by Travel Magazine, an online publication that recommends travel locations to its readers.  The survey asked 100 photographers, travel writers and professionals to pick their three favorite small towns with populations between 5,000 and 50,000 in the midwest state they considered “most appealing”.  The article describes Oberlin as a “quintessential college town” with heavy community ties.

 

New Riddell sports equipment facility breaks ground Wednesday 

Ground has officially been broken in North Ridgeville, for Riddell’s new facility on Center Ridge Road.  Ceremonies were held yesterday.  The complex will be the size of 6 football fields.  The maker of football gear is moving from a small sight a few miles away in Elyria.

 

Lottery underway for beginning Fly-Fishing Clinics at Castalia State Fish Hatchery

Anglers interested in learning fly fishing and practicing their skills on Cold Creek at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery are encouraged to enter a lottery for beginning fly-fishing clinics.  To apply, applicants must submit a postcard listing name, address, customer ID number and phone number.  Only one postcard per applicant is allowed.

For more info, call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.gov.Postcards should be sent to: ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio, 45840 Attention: Beginner Fly Fishing Clinics.There are 125 slots available for the program, which begins September 2nd.  Submissions for the lottery must be postmarked by August 13th.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Woman from Wadsworth dies in Danbury Township crash

A two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Danbury Township claimed the life of a Wadsworth woman.  64 year-old Jetta Fete of Wadsworth was killed after failing to yield at a stop sign on South Danbury Road while attempting to turn on to State Route 269, and was then struck by another vehicle, shortly after 4:00 pm on Monday.  A passenger in Fete’s vehicle, 32 year-old Megan Mahoney of Spencer was reported in critical condition following the crash.  A second passenger in Fete’s car as well as the driver of the other vehicle, were also injured.  The crash remains under investigation by the Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

 

Elyria man facing prison time for Involvement in Pizza Shop Robbery

It’s four years in prison for 36 year-old Matthew Ware of Elyria for his role in an armed robbery last year at Sambino’s Pizza.  Police say, Ware was an ‘inside man’ working at the pizza place; and helping three other men rob the shop.  All have pled ‘guilty’ and likely face prison-time.

 

Tiffin woman perishes in two-vehicle crash near Fostoria

The Highway Patrol believes, a blown front tire triggered a two-vehicle, head-on crash on Route 18 in Loudon Township near Fostoria.  Troopers say, 76 year-old Carol Engle of Tiffin died, when a pick-up driven by 22 year-old Keith Gottfried of Upper Sandusky veered left of center after blowing a tire.  Gottfried was not seriously hurt.

 

Ohio’s Gas Prices continue to drop

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.10 in Monday’s survey from AAA Auto Club Ohio, dropping 11 cents from the average reported last week and 60 cents under the state average a month ago.  Monday’s national average of $2.23 is higher than Ohio, but 15 cents below the national average a month ago.  This time last year, the state average was $2.62 and the national average was $2.76.  Gas prices at the pump continue to benefit from crude oil remaining relatively less expensive than in recent years.

 

Wooster/Marshall Phase 5 Project Continues in Norwalk

Now through Friday, Wooster Street between Franklin Street and Rule Street will be closed in Norwalk, as the 2016 Wooster/Marshall Phase 5 Project continues.  Crews will have the mentioned section of Wooster Street closed for concrete restoration work.  Follow the City of Norwalk on Facebook for timely updates.

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Bellevue man dies in one-vehicle crash Saturday morning

A Bellevue man died Saturday morning in a one-car crash caused by a medical condition, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.It took place at 7:30 am in Perkins Township on Campbell Street just south of Bogart Road, when 65 year-old Kenneth Gerhardstein of Bellevue pulled out of a driveway where he suffered an unknown medical condition, causing his vehicle to cross over the roadway and eventually crash into two parked cars.  He passed away due to the medical condition.  Alcohol or drugs were not a factor.

 

Sandusky police involved in Stand-off Sunday

An armed Sandusky man held a woman hostage, then made threats to shoot at police during a six-hour standoff Sunday on Vine Street in Sandusky.  The Sandusky Register reports that after negotiating, 25 year-old Darvell Martin, gave himself up and was taken into custody without incident.  Martin is now being held without bond on charges of felonious assault, inducing panic, and unlawful restraint. He will stay at the Erie County jail until he’s arraigned at Sandusky Municipal Court.

 

Medina man Sentenced for leaving Deceased Infant in crib for over a Month

A Medina man begins the week in prison, for leaving the body of his 20-month-old daughter in her crib for more than a month.  34 year-old Eric Warfel has been sentenced to 3 years behind bars.

 

Two-Vehicle weekend crash claims the life of Indiana Man

A two vehicle crash on Rooot 19 in Ottawa County has left one person, dead.  John Word of Fremont Indiana was 64.  Troopers say, Word died this past weekend when he ran a stop sign on Duff- Washa Road and his mini-van was rammed by a pick-up truck that was towing a boat.

 

Bellevue Police Department looking to hire two full-time Officers

The Bellevue Civil Service Commission is now accepting applications for Full-Time Police Officer testing, with the intention of hiring two full-time officers.  Starting today, applications will be available at the Civil Service Commission Secretary Office at Bellevue City Centre (3000 Seneca Industrial Parkway) from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm or by emailing terri.sanders@cityofbellevue.com.  A $20 fee will be charged when turning in the application. The deadline to submit is July 21st by 4:00 pm.  On Saturday, July 30th a written and physical-fitness test will be given to applicants.

 

 Tuesday is “Governor’s Fish Ohio Day” on Lake Erie

 Tomorrow (7/12) is “Governor’s Fish Ohio Day” off the coast of Lake Erie near Port Clinton.  The private event will include state officials and outdoor writers with a focus on fishing and learning how to keep the lake healthy.  After the fishing concludes, a luncheon will occur featuring Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer.  This is the 37th year for the event.

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Bellevue now has “safe zone” for Online Sales Exchanges

The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Police Department have set up what’s called an “E-Commerce Exchange Zone” for online sales transactions; located in the parking lot next to the municipal court and police department. Two parking spaces next to the court have now been designated as “E-Commerce Exchange Zones” and will be monitored by a security camera.

 

Five Police Officers killed in Dallas shootings on Thursday

A peaceful demonstration against police in Dallas, Texas turned deadly with snipers ambushing police, killing five officers while wounding six officers and a civilian.Three suspects have been arrested with a fourth suspect apparently shooting himself after a standoff with police.

 

Nearly a Third of Cleveland Police Officers expected to work at RNC

Cleveland’s police chief says about a third of the city’s officers will be assigned to duties related to the Republican National Convention during the event this month. Chief Calvin Williams said in a letter Wednesday, that remaining officers will staff neighborhood districts and specialized units. The department has close to 300 supervisors and 1,200 patrol officers.  Cleveland police, according to Williams, are partnering with agencies from throughout the country to ensure there’s an acceptable law enforcement presence at the event, which is expected to attract nearly 50,000 people.

 

17 Heroin Overdoses reported in one day in Akron

Police in one Ohio city who dealt with 17 suspected heroin overdoses in one day, say they believe the drugs involved in some of the cases were laced with fentanyl, a powerful painkiller.  Akron Police say 17 adults overdosed on Tuesday; ranging in age from 19 to 58, including a 44-year-old man who died.  Officials say they saw signs that the drugs involved were less responsive to the overdose antidote, naloxone (Narcan).  Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan calls the recent increase in overdoses a “public health crisis.”

 

Huron River Fest begins today

 

The 25th edition of Huron River Fest gets underway later today at the Huron Boat Basin.  The midway opens at 5:00 pm with opening ceremonies at 5:30 pm, the Queen’s Competition at 6:00 pm, live music at 7:30 pm, and fireworks this evening at 10:15 pm.  95.3 WLKR will be broadcasting live from the event tonight.

 

Safe Driving Tips to use when on the road with Semi-Trucks

Ohio ranks fifth in the most highly traveled states in the country, with an increased number of motorists sharing the road with semi-trucks. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is offering these safe driving tips, when it comes to driving near semis.  They include staying visible; as semis also have blind spots like cars do, to pay attention and drive carefully near semi tractor-trailers, avoid aggressive driving, and to stay alert at all times.

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Sandusky Woman dies in three-vehicle crash Wednesday in Margaretta Township

A three-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in Margaretta Township claimed the life of a Sandusky woman.  76 year-old Dorothy Wilson was killed while a passenger in a Saturn Vue that was side-swiped by a commercial truck, then when left of center where her vehicle hit a Dodge Charger head-on. It took place around 2:45 pm on U.S. 6 just east of State Route 269. The driver in the Saturn, 78 year-old Bruce Rueckert of Lansing, Michigan suffered serious injuries and was life-flighted to Toledo.  The drivers of the other two vehicles received minor injuries.  The crash is under investigation. Alcohol and drug impairment are not suspected.

 

Norwalk PD issues letter warning concerning Heroin and Fentanyl Overdoses

The Norwalk Police Department released a letter on their Facebook page Wednesday concerning the heroin/fentanyl epidemic.  Norwalk PD Chief David Light says in the letter that most of the marijuana that they’re taking off the streets of Norwalk has been laced with fentanyl. He also points out that most of the heroin has fentanyl added to it, and that the Norwalk PD have noticed a strong increase in heroin/fentanyl overdoses in the recent months.  The Norwalk PD warns that if you or a family member comes in contact with any unknown substance, to not touch it, but to call them at 419-668-3311. The letter concludes by stating that The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a nationwide alert on fentanyl as a threat to health and public safety back in March of 2015.

 

 

Remains found in Pittsfield Township yet to be Positively-Identified 

There’s still hasn’t been a positive I-D on the remains of a body found a few weeks ago in Pittsfield Township. They are, however, believed to be those of Clarence William Thomas, who disappeared from Lorain 14 years ago.  A man serving time in a West Virginia prison for a triple homicide 4 years ago, reportedly told authorities, he had buried Thomas in the farm-field in 2002.

 

Indictment brought against man accused of planning to kill Federal Judge

A grand jury in Toledo has brought a three-count indictment against a suspected member of Al-Qaeda, accused of plotting to kill a federal judge. 37 year-old Yahya Farooq Mohammed is already facing separate charges of funneling money to forces in Iraq to battle U-S military personnel.

 

HEAP Program offers financial assistance for Summer Electric Bills

(Courtesy of Ohio News Connection) Eligible Ohioans can now apply for the HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) Summer Crisis Program to help avoid the heat, while receiving financial assistance with the costs of a utility bill, air conditioner or fan.  To qualify, households must have a gross annual income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. The program offers up to $500 in assistance. It runs through August 31st.

 

25th Huron River Fest starts Friday

Huron River Fest is celebrating its’ 25th anniversary this year, running this Friday through Sunday at the Huron Boat Basin.   The 3-day festival also includes fireworks Friday night, then on Saturday a classic car show at 9:00 am with a parade at 11:00 am, and a pet parade Sunday morning.  Also, new this year to the festival is a boat decorating contest with a $100 cash prize.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Norwalk man arrested for DUI in four-vehicle injury crash on US 250 Tuesday

A four vehicle injury crash took place Tuesday afternoon at about 1:00 pm in Milan Township on US 250 near State Route 13, resulting in a Norwalk man being arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol.  21 year-old Dylan Barnett of Norwalk was arrested at the scene of the crash after he displayed signs of impairment, and was breath tested at a 150 blood-alcohol content. Barnett’s Chevy Impala drove left of center where it caused a chain-reaction crash that involved three other vehicles, including a semi. 59 year-old Mary Cotton of Norwalk was injured in the crash and transported to Fisher-Titus Hospital.  The accident remains under investigation by The Sandusky Highway Patrol Post.

 

Elyria Man facing Murder Charge

An Elyria man has been charged with ‘attempted murder’.  40 year-old Robert Gilbert of 16th Street is accused of stabbing 31 year old Justin Ballew during an argument over money.  Ballew is being treated at Metro.

 

Investigation continues into False ISIS Claim Incident in Avon

Avon Police say, they are turning the investigation into the hotel clerk who triggered a 9-1-1 incident last week to the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office. The clerk believed, a visitor at the front desk was pledging allegiance to ISIS.  Police responded to the Fairfield Inn, ordered the man to the ground and handcuffed him, then determined that the allegations were false.  The city has since apologized to the man, and it appears, the clerk no longer works at the inn.

 

Former Vermilion Police Dispatcher has Firing Upheld

An arbitrator has upheld the termination of a police dispatcher in Vermilion.  Dispatcher Katie Kovach and Patrolman David Jones admitted to have sex while Jones was on duty and Kovach was not.  Both were fired in November for violating the police department’s code-of-ethics.

 

Ohio State Highway Patrol reports 12 Traffic Deaths during July 4th weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting that 12 people lost their lives in 11 traffic crashes during the 4th of July reporting period, which ran from Friday through Monday.  Impairment was proven to be a factor in four of those crashes. Also during that four-day period, troopers made 673 arrests for impaired driving and 325 for drug-related charges. The Patrol responded to 655 crashes and made more than 45,000 traffic contacts in total, which included assisting more than 3,900 motorists.

 

“Rockin the Rez” is this Saturday in New London

New London Reservoir Campground will again host the one-day music fest, “Rockin the Rez”, this Saturday.  The band schedule features KK Farnsworth Eclecticity at 2:00 pm,  Roxy Mae at 4:00, Monica Robbins and The Ninja Cowboys at 6:00, then Aerosmith tribute band “Toys in the Attic” finishes up the concert from 8:30 to 10:30 pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the gates, which open at 11:00 am, with camping also available if spots remain.  Fireworks will wrap up the event shortly after 10:30 pm.

 

Attorney General DeWine Warns of “Grandparent Scam”

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning residents of phone scams that are targeting Ohio grandparents, following a rise in complaints. Over the past month, 11 Ohioans have reported losing an average of $3,800 to what’s called the “grandparent scam.” Most said they paid over the phone using gift cards after receiving a call saying their grandchild was in trouble.  The caller then pretends to be someone else while telling the grandparent to send money to have charges dismissed, to cover court costs, or to allow the grandchild to return home.

Attorney General DeWine is encouraging consumers to take some steps to protect against grandparent scams including communicating with your family members, limiting the amount of information you share online, and to be cautious of unusual payment requests.  To learn more or to report scams to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, visit www.OhioProtects.org.

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Sandusky Highway Patrol Post investigating Hit-Skip Crash that left one seriously injured

The Sandusky Post of the Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-skip injury crash that occurred around 10:30 pm Sunday night in the city of Sandusky.  The crash took place at the intersection of Camp Street and Pierce Street; sending an international exchange worker to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

19 year-old Zaide Guler Narmanli of Turkey suffered those injuries when she was riding her bicycle northbound on the sidewalk on the east side of Camp Street, when she entered the intersection of Pierce Street and was struck by an eastbound vehicle that fled the scene.  Narmanli was eventually air-lifted to Mercy St. Vincent hospital in Toledo.  The patrol has a possible lead on the second vehicle involved in the crash, but is looking for any and all information regarding the incident.

 

Three-Vehicle Crash claims the lives of two Lorain women

Charges are possible against an Elyria man from a three vehicle crash on Route 113 in Amherst Township that left two people dead.  Troopers say, an SUV driven by 42 year old Matthew Glaze rear-ended a car waiting to turn onto Route 58. There were three women from Lorain in the car.  One was hurt.  Two were killed; 58 year old Iris Candelario and 58 year old Maria Maldonado.

 

Norwalk Independence Day Parade held Monday morning

The 46th annual Norwalk 4th of July parade took place Monday morning.  Sister station Kool Gold 1510 was there broadcasting the event live; which featured 111 entries including marching bands from Norwalk City and Norwalk St. Paul schools and Parade Grand Marshal Scott Ford from The Lefty Grove Baseball Program.  Some of the parade award winners were Fog Horn Designs for Best Commercial Float, Olde Wrestling for Most Unusual, Maplewood Acres for Best Theme, and Huron River Valley Resort won for Best Business Float.

 

 

Sandusky Fire Department has a busy month of May

The City of Sandusky Fire Department reports May as their busiest month of the year so far, as they handled 621 incidents and calls for service, averaging to about 20 incidents per 24-hour shift. Their year-to-date average is 16 incidents on a 24-hour shift.  Their year-to-date total through May is 2,443 incidents with 3,075 responses.

 

Norwalk Music Festival begins Thursday

The 4th edition of the Norwalk Music Festival is this Thursday through Sunday at the Huron County Fairgrounds. The bluegrass music fest begins Thursday night, with live national and local bands throughout the day Friday and Saturday, and a few more on Sunday morning.  Tickets can be purchased at the gate with camping also available for $10 per day.   A complete schedule is online at www.NorwalkMusicFestival.com.

Friday, July 1st

Missing Girl reported in Lorain County

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in tracking down a possible runaway from Grafton Township.Lorena is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, African-American and weighs 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a red shirt and backpack and blue-jean Capri pants. According to the sheriff’s office, 12-year-old Lorena Zielinski was reported missing from her Mennell Road home by her mother about 10:00 pm Wednesday evening. She was last seen by her mother at 12:30 pm that afternoon, police said.Anyone with information on Lorena’s whereabouts can call detectives (440) 329-3742 or (440) 329-3710.Her photo can viewed online at: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2016/06/30/sheriffs-office-searching-missing-girl/.

Patrol to have Zero Tolerance for Impaired Drivers this Holiday Weekend

AAA is estimating that close to 1.8 million Ohioans will travel this weekend. With that, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force cracking down on impaired drivers the entire Fourth of July weekend. The patrol says they will have a zero-tolerance policy, as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign.  During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period, a total of eight fatal crashes killed 10 people, including three OVI-related fatal crashes that killed three. A total of 699 OVI arrests were also made during the holiday period. The Patrol encourages motorists to plan a sober ride home; and is also urging drivers to buckle up.

 

Area Fireworks Schedule for this weekend and the 4th of July

The Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and of course that means fireworks! Here’s your rundown of local fireworks displays.

 

Cedar Point – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (10:30 pm each night, with 3-D Fireworks on Monday)

Saturday:  

Huron – at Huron Boat Basin (10:30 pm),

Willard – as part of “Festival in the Park” (10:30 pm)

Sunday:

Clyde – at Community Park (10:00 pm)

Lorain – at Black River Landing (dark)

Oak Harbor – Downtown (dusk)

Wellington – at Lorain County Fairgrounds (dusk)

 

Monday (4th of July):

Lakeside – at Lakeside Chautauqua (9:45 pm)

Marblehead – at East Harbor State Park (9:00 pm)

Norwalk – at Huron County Fairgrounds (dusk)

Oberlin – at Recreation Complex (dusk)

Port Clinton – at Water Works Park (dusk)

Put-in-Bay – Barge over downtown harbor (dark)

 

Norwalk Fourth of July activities to feature live radio coverage of Parade

The City of Norwalk will feature a July 4th parade on Monday at 10:30 am. You can listen to the parade live on the radio – as 1510 AM Kool Gold, will have live coverage of the festivities with WLKR/K96 News and Sports Director Josh Bowman and William Bradley from the K96 Morning Crew.

Over 100 units are expected in the parade. Fireworks will also take place Monday night at the Huron County Fairgrounds in Norwalk, beginning at dusk.

 

Sandusky “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive is underway

Donations are now being accepted for the “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive in the Erie County. Heather Gilchrist, Marketing Coordinator for Vacation Land Credit Union, talks about the goal of this year’s collection event.  Donation drop-offs will be accepted through August 1st with a final wrap-up event set for Saturday, August 6th at the Sandusky Mall.  Monetary donations can also be made by making checks payable to The United Way of Erie County.

The complete list of collection sites and specific supplies needed are listed online on the WLKR Facebook page.  School supplies and back packs will go to students in grades K-5 at Perkins, Sandusky City, and Sandusky St. Mary’s Central Catholic schools.

 

$45 million could be coming to Ohio to help with Opioid Drug Epidemic

Ohio could be eligible for up to $45 million over two years beginning next year, to fight the opioid drug problem, and to expand access to treatment. A conference call was held earlier this week on the importance of Congress approving President Obama’s request for more than $1 billion in funding to fight the nationwide epidemic.  Tom Stuber, Chief Executive Officer and president of The LCADA Way (Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services), said “the $45 million will not go very far.”  He said the amount would be divided among the 88 counties in Ohio, leaving about $550,000 per county each year.  Stuber said his agency is among around 200 in the state that offers treatment services.

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Woman dies when struck by Green Springs Fire Truck

An unidentified woman has died after being hit by a Green Springs fire truck Tuesday night while walking around the top of Beaver Creek Reservoir on Township Road 196 near Green Springs.  According to The Sandusky Register, the woman was wearing earbuds at the time, when a fireman who didn’t see the woman, backed up the truck and hit her.  She died at the scene.  The fire crew was originally called to the reservoir because of two men who had overturned their boat.  Those men and their boat were rescued.

 

Michigan man injured in Motorcycle crash in Erie County facing possible Drug Charges

Charges are pending against a Michigan man, hurt in a motorcycle crash on the Ohio Turnpike  in Erie County.  Troopers say, it appears, Ben Houser The Third was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he lost control of his motorcycle Tuesday night and struck a concrete barrier.  They also say, they found two-and-a-half pounds of marijuana in his saddle bags.

 

“Light Up the Point” begins Friday at Cedar Point

This Friday through Monday, Cedar Point will be celebrating the 4th of July holiday with “Light Up the Point”.  Fireworks will be shot off each evening with 3-D fireworks on July 4th.  The park is also offering a VIP viewing party on the beach for the fireworks at an additional cost. Free admission is also being offered for all active, retired and honorably-discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

Willard Festival in the Park continues…

Willard Festival in the Park continues today through Saturday.  Today’s highlights include a co-ed baseball tournament, mud soccer, along with country music tonight from the Default Ridge Band and three “Marvelous Mutts” dog shows. You can visit www.willardohio.us for a complete listing of events.

 

Bogart Road/Columbus Avenue closed for a few hours due to Tanker Truck Spill

A tanker truck spilled nitrogen fertilizer near the intersection of Bogart Road and Columbus Avenue in Sandusky Wednesday night; forcing the intersection and Bogart east of the intersection to be closed.  It was reopened to traffic in around two hours, after law enforcement and EMA was called in to help with the cleanup.

 

New Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign to be Introduced

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will join two groups focused on ending human trafficking this morning to unveil a new human trafficking awareness campaign that will launch this week and continue during and after the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The campaign aims to raise public awareness and increase recognition of the signs of human trafficking in Ohio and across the country.

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Sandusky PD K-9 Fund receives several thousand dollars in donations

Nearly $20,000 in donations have recently been received by the K-9 fund of the Sandusky Police Department.  A check totaling just over $16,000 was presented by the Leadership Erie County team to the Sandusky City Commission Monday night.  Imagine Entertainment and Steve Ernst also donated $3,500 to the K-9 fund, who helped match donations during Ohio Bike Week.  Overall, Ohio Bike Week raised $8,500 for the K-9 fund.

 

Willard Festival in the Park gets underway today

The 30th annual Willard Festival in the Park runs today through Saturday. Today is “Kids Day” with balloon art at 4:30 and a magician at 6:30 pm.  A co-ed big ball baseball tournament also takes place throughout the festival as well as three nightly dog shows from The Marvelous Mutts. A parade is set for 5:00 pm Saturday with fireworks Saturday night at 10:30 pm.  Live music, fair food, and nightly live music are also part of the event.

95.3 WLKR will be broadcasting live at the festival today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

 

Free Children Books Available to those in “Reach Our Youth” Program

A $1,000 grant is being used for free children’s’ books to children enrolled in the Reach Our Youth (ROY) program in Norwalk. The ROY program received the grant through the local team of the First Book organization in Huron County.  The First Book organization has distributed over 125 million free and low cost books to communities around the United States.

 

Attorney General DeWine announces multi-state Volkswagen Settlement

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced Ohio’s participation in a multi-state settlement requiring Volkswagen to pay more than $570 million for violating state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices concerning diesel vehicles.  The terms of the settlement require Volkswagen to pay Ohio over $13 million.  Once approved by the court, affected Volkswagen owners will receive restitution payments of at least $5,100 and a choice between a buyback of the vehicle (based on its pre-scandal value) or modifications to reduce emissions.

 

Ohio BMV to begin taking Credit Cards

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles says its deputy registrars will soon accept credit cards as payment, after years of people requesting it as an option.  By Friday, Ohioans should be able to use credit cards for driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals and other transactions.  In the past, only checks and cash were accepted because the bureau hadn’t been allowed to pass along to customers the fees charged for using credit cards. State lawmakers have now changed those restrictions.