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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cleanup continues in Willard, an area hit hard by yesterday’s storms.

Numerous trees and lines came down, during strong evening storms. After those storms rolled through, residents were told to stay indoors, for safety reasons. There was at least one unconfirmed sighting of a funnel cloud, just outside the city limits. Storms hit Norwalk as well. Trees hit at least two homes. Power remains out in spots around the area. Crews are working to restore service.

 

If they can play, day baseball is planned in Cleveland.

The Indians and Angels are scheduled to play at noon. Last night’s game was rained out. A makeup date is pending.

 

It’s being called a case of medical neglect, and Erie County deputies say it’s one of the worst they’ve ever seen.

A 33-year-old Groton Township man is dead, and his father and stepmother have been charged in connection with his death. 54-year-old David Arthur, and 46-year-old Deborah Arthur turned themselves in yesterday. They were charged with involuntary manslaughter, and failing to provide for a functionally impaired person. Both are in the Erie County Jail. Deputies were called to the family home on Billings Road Sunday, and found David Arthur Jr. dead, severely malnourished and covered in bed sores. Once weighing 300 pounds, he weighed just 94 pounds.

 

A former Plymouth-Shiloh booster convicted of stealing thousands of dollars was in court yesterday.

41-year-old Jodi Kidd was sentenced to five years probation, and was told to pay back nearly $12,000. Authorities said Kidd stole the money between September of 2012, and May of last year. At the time, she was president and treasurer of the Big Red Music Boosters Association. She was caught, when another booster discovered discrepancies.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three fishermen from Lake Erie after their boat capsized yesterday morning near Kelley’s Island.

They were tossed into the water by strong waves.  None of the men were hurt.  All three were wearing life jackets.

 

A Sandusky woman who stole nine TV sets from Norwalk’s Wal-Mart will spend time in the Huron County Jail.

Vanessa Medina will spend two months behind bars.  Her probation officer will decide if she should serve two more months after that.  She’s also been banned from all Wal-Mart stores.  It’s Medina’s first felony offense, but she has numerous misdemeanor theft convictions.

 

Longtime Greenwich Mayor Lowell Etzler has resigned.

He stepped down Tuesday, for health reasons. Etzler served as mayor for 10 years. Before that, he was a member of Greenwich Village Council for 15 years.

 

State Route 60, near Lincoln Road in Wakeman Township will close Monday for a culvert replacement.

The road should re-open next Friday.

 



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A jury has been selected, in the case of a Groton Township man accused of abducting and raping a Lorain woman last fall.

Brian Jury was arrested in November, hours after his victim escaped from a camper on his Strecker Road property. The woman was naked and bound with zip ties, when she was helped by a passing motorist. Testimony in the case will begin today, and jurors are expected to view the property where the alleged crimes occurred.

 

The weekend death of a Bellevue-area man is being treated as suspicious.

The man’s body was sent for an autopsy, after it was discovered in suspicious circumstances at his home on Billings Road, in Groton Township. Due to the ongoing investigation, no other information is available.

 

A substantial financial blow, for some teachers at Sandusky Central Catholic.

According to the Sandusky Register, a new pay scale would cut the salaries of veteran teachers by anywhere from 12 to 20 percent. Some less experienced teachers would receive modest pay increases. Teachers and others are emailing letters of protest to church officials.

 

Fundraising efforts continue for the city of Norwalk’s annual July 4th fireworks display.

Checks should be made out to the VFW and dropped off at Norwalk City Hall.

 

Norwalk City Council has approved an incentive program aimed at attracting big businesses.

It’ll provide a discount for businesses using more than 750,000 gallons of water per month.  Last night’s vote was 6-1 with fourth-ward Councilman Chris Mushett voting no.

 

New early voting hours have been set for upcoming major elections.

All 88 county elections boards will be open 8am until 4pm the Saturday before the election, 1 until 5pm Sunday, and 8am until 2pm Monday, the day before the election. Previously, voters were unable to vote on the Sunday and Monday before Election Day.

 

The Hollywood Casino, Toledo has been fined $4,000, for violations involving four slot machines.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission said those machines had not been verified or sealed by casino regulators. State and casino officials said the violation did not impact the outcomes on the machines.

 

Ohio education officials say most third-graders are mastering their reading skills.

The Ohio Department of Education says 88-percent of students statewide passed the third-grade reading test this year to advance to fourth grade.  The remaining 12-percent are in danger of repeating third grade if they don’t pass makeup tests this summer.

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

For the seventh time in just four seasons, Sandusky High is searching for a new head basketball coach.

Former BGSU-standout Anthony Stacey was hired as head coach in late April. Yesterday, he announced he’s accepted a job as an assistant men’s basketball coach for the University of Toledo. He’s the third Sandusky coach to leave, without coaching a game. Two others were dismissed, for DUI. Three others worked for just one season each. School officials said they hope to have a new coach within two weeks.

 

For the first time in eight years, teachers in Monroeville are getting raises.

A new three-year contract between the Monroeville Teachers Association and the Board of Education calls for a three percent raise the first year, one percent the second and a ‘re-opener’ in year three.  The teachers’ current contract expires June 30th.

 

It’s being called the second-largest marijuana bust ever, by the highway patrol.

Troopers seized more than 2,300 pounds of pot, worth $11.6 million. It happened over the weekend, in southwest Ohio’s Preble County. According to reports, the marijuana was found in a U-Haul truck that was pulled over on I-70. Two men, one from Texas, the other from Mexico were taken to jail.

 

Closer to home, authorities seized $70,000 worth of counterfeit perfume,counterfeit cash and drugs, during a joint enforcement effort involving Seneca and Sandusky counties.

Last Thursday and Friday, authorities made 900 traffic stops, and 200 arrests.

 

New state figures show motorcycle fatalities have fallen 21 percent since 2010.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will meet behind closed doors tomorrow morning, to discuss personnel.

Tomorrow’s special executive session will begin at 8:30am, in the Board office, at the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.

 

It may be close to 90 degrees today, but Norwalk City Council will discuss winter tonight.

More specifically, council members are expected to approve a measure allowing Mayor Rob Duncan to enter into an agreement with ODOT, to buy rock salt for the winter months. The cost of rock salt is expected to skyrocket this year.

 

Governor John Kasich has signed a budget bill update that includes two increased tax breaks for low-income Ohioans.

One of the breaks increases the earned income tax credit from 5 to 10 percent. The other includes larger personal exemptions for low-and-middle income workers. Those exemptions will increase by as much as $500.

 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Warm and muggy weather is on tap for much of this week.

Highs will be in the 80’s all week, including upper 80’s tomorrow and Wednesday.

 

To start a new workweek, gas prices are down.

After soaring to $3.95 last week, you’ll find self-serve regular as low as $3.77 per gallon.

 

Roadwork resumes today, on U.S. Route 250 in Norwalk.

Crews will pickup south of the railroad tracks on Benedict Avenue. Traffic delays should be expected, and motorists should consider using alternate routes.

 

Weather delays have stalled the re-opening of State Route 99, near 113 in Monroeville.

Instead of last Friday, the road will open this Friday. Crews are replacing a culvert.

 

After weeks of speculation, it’s now official.

Retiring Norwalk City Schools superintendent Dennis Doughty is set to lead Norwalk Catholic School. He’ll take over August 1st, a day after he retires from the city’s public school system. Doughty is a 1972 St. Paul graduate. He taught and coached there, and served as principal from 1989-1997, before leaving to become superintendent in Willard, then Norwalk. When he came to Norwalk, he replaced the retiring Dr. Wayne Babcanec, the same man he’s replacing in August.

 

It took over 2 ½ years, but someone has finally won Ohio’s Classic Lotto.

At least one ticket had Saturday’s numbers, 3-8-26-28-34 and 35. The jackpot was worth $73.3 million. It’s not yet known where the winning ticket was sold.

 

It’s Miss Ohio Week in Mansfield.

Various events are planned, leading up to Saturday’s scholarship pageant at the Renaissance Theater. Miss Ohio 2014 will compete for the title of Miss USA. The field of 25 includes Miss Maple City 2014, Sarah Clapper.

Friday, June 13, 2014

A full moon AND Friday the 13th.

That won’t happen again, until 2049.

 

A Monroeville-area boy was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, after falling from a grain silo.

Emergency crews were summoned to the Huber Road scene at 4:30 yesterday afternoon, after the boy slipped, then hit his head on concrete. The boy also suffered a broken leg. His condition is unknown.

 

No roadwork today or this weekend, on U.S. Route 250 in Norwalk.

Work will resume on Monday, when crews pick up south of the railroad tracks on Benedict Avenue.

 

It’s festival weekend.

There’s Bacon Fest today on Kelley’s Island, and the Duck Tape Festival in Avon today through Sunday.

Also getting underway today—The 48th annual Festival of the Fish. It begins at noon and runs until Sunday evening, in downtown Vermilion. For more information, go to vermilionohio.com. We’ll broadcast live from the 48th annual Festival of the Fish between 1 and 3 tomorrow.

 

It’s a chance to meet Sandusky’s new city manager.

The Sandusky Main Street Association will host a meet-and-greet with Eric Wobser from 5:30 until 7:30 June 24th, at the State Theatre. He’ll share his plans for Sandusky, and will answer questions.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It’s a weekly event…gas prices declining, then rising sharply.

Yesterday, self-serve regular soared to $3.95. In some cases, the increase was more than 35 cents per gallon.

 

Sentencing is set for June 23rd, for a Milan Township man convicted of sexually abusing two young girls.

Yesterday, an Erie County Common Pleas Court jury found 62-year-old Joseph Wagner guilty of ten counts of rape. He had been on trial for several days. The crimes occurred between 2011 and early last year, at Wagner’s home.

 

17 years in prison, for a Bellevue man who assaulted his wife, held her against her will, then set fire to his home, while holding police at bay.

Lloyd Hicks was sentenced yesterday in Seneca County Common Pleas Court, on charges of aggravated arson, abduction and assault. The charges are connected to last September’s incident, at Lloyd’s County Road 29 home. After an argument, Lloyd held his wife hostage, burned down his home and fired at responding officers.

 

One ticket had the correct numbers, to win last night’s $260 million Powerball jackpot.

The winning ticket was sold in Tennessee.

 

More details have been released, about Tuesday’s emergency plane landing at Cedar Point.

The pilot, 24-year-old Eric Ryba of Huron was forced to land on the beach, after an airborne duck hit the windshield of his single engine plane. The impact shattered the windshield, and the small plane lost the ability to gain altitude. Ryba was able to safely set the plane down minutes later. Ryba and a passenger, 21-year-old David Carratola of Milan suffered minor injuries.

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A small plane made was forced to make an emergency landing late afternoon Tuesday on Cedar Point beach, after a duck hit the windshield mid-flight.

 There was no major damage to the plane injuries to anyone inside the plane. The highway patrol is investigating the incident.

 

Former EHOVE instructor, 48-year-old Michael Edwards, is going to prison.

 The former culinary arts instructor was sentenced yesterday to thirty months behind bars on three counts of felony sexual battery. He was labeled a sex offender for life. Edwards was arrested late last year after allegations that he had sex with a 16-year-old female student in multiple locations around Erie County. Edwards avoided the 15-year maximum.

 

An update on resurfacing along route 250 in Norwalk.
Traffic may be stopped at times due to construction. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes for the duration of the project. Weather permitting, the project is expected to last through late August.

 

Traffic may be slow-going on Whittlesey Avenue near the Norwalk Post Office beginning Monday.
Crews will begin construction on a sewer project between Monroe and Main Street. Traffic will be maintained in each direction, however, parking will be affected. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

 

Sewer lining work will begin next Monday in Norwalk.
Work will take place on Newton Street between West Main and Jefferson. When work is complete, the crew will move to Grove Avenue, south of Williams. Once again, traffic will be maintained as needed. Locals are encouraged to use familiar routes around the construction zone. All work is expected to be complete by next Wednesday.

 

Norwalk High School is searching for members of the class of 1994.

The 20th reunion is planned for August 9th. Registration must be made by June 20th. For more information, email n-h-s truckers ninety four at gmail dot com.

Around Ohio…

Charges are pending against a corrections officer accused of stealing cases of shotgun shells from a prison arsenal and then selling them online.  The guard lives in Grove City, but works at a state prison in London, Ohio.  He resigned yesterday.

One of five soldiers killed in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan this week was from Ohio.  He’s been identified as Justin Helton of Beaver, in southern Ohio.

Cleveland Police have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting his two-year-old son.  Police said the man was arguing with the child’s mother when he fired a shot that hit the boy in the head.  The man is a convicted felon.

Day baseball today in Kansas City.

The Indians and Royals will close their short two-game series at 2:10.  You can hear all the action starting with Indians Warm Up at 1:37 on 95.3, WLKR.  The Tribe lost last night’s game 9-5.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

It was a history-making night for Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.

We’ll have more, in sports.

 

A missing adult alert was issued this morning after a 93-year-old man left the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.

Paul Berkild was last seen yesterday afternoon.  He was wearing khaki pants, a turquoise shirt, yellow coat and a white hat and was driving a tan Buick Lecerne.  Berkild has several medical conditions and is in need of his medications.  Anyone with information should contact Sandusky Police.

 

Two 13-year-old Huron girls who disappeared over the weekend were found yesterday.

Authorities had been searching for Zoe Koehler and Maggie Freeman since Sunday morning. The two went to Ohio Bike Week Saturday night, without permission, then met up with two Sandusky boys. They were found late yesterday morning, at CVS in Sandusky. Both girls were taken to the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center, and were later released to relatives. The two girls now face delinquency charges.

 

Today is when Erie Blacktop crews will begin resurfacing U.S. Route 250, at the city limits on Norwalk’s north side.

Crews will continue, until the city limits are reached on the south end of town. Once that happens, crews will turn around and move from south to north. Flaggers will maintain one lane of traffic during the process. Motorists should find alternate routes, or expect delays. The repaving of Route 250 in Norwalk is expected to last until late August.

 

More street work, in Norwalk.

The city’s street resurfacing continues this week, with crews focusing on Simpson Street, South Church Street, Eastwood Drive, Henry Street, Rosedale Blvd, Wooster Street, West Water Street and Clifton Street.

 

To Perkins Township where East Strub Road, near Milan Road is closed to all thru traffic until after July 4th.

However, nearby businesses will remain accessible.  Plans call for the pavement to be removed and replaced.

 

Grant money is being used, to pay for high visibility DUI, speed and seat belt patrols in Erie County.

Deputies are paying special attention to the State Routes 2, 4, 6, 60 and 61 corridors, along with U.S. Route 250.

 

Charges are pending against three teens accused of vandalizing homes and cars in New London.

According to village police, a 19-year-old and two 17-year-olds used spray paint to leave graffiti over the weekend. There were 16 total incidents, including 4 cars.

 

Jobless workers must post their resumes on Ohio’s online job-search site, take three assessments and finish a career questionnaire to keep receiving unemployment compensation.

State officials hope the new rules will expedite the job-search process for many unemployed workers.  In most cases, unemployment benefits will be suspended for those who fail to meet the requirements.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Cedar Point will re-open today.

The park unexpectedly closed Saturday and, due to a water main break.

 

More than a dozen people were arrested after a large fight inside a Cedar Point employee rec center.

Cedar Point and Sandusky Police were called to the scene early Saturday.  Those involved were described as park employees or friends of employees.  They were charged with various offenses and were booked into the Erie County Jail.

 

Some are sad, others are glad.

Either way, Ohio Bike Week 2014 is in the books.

 

Huron and Sandusky police are looking for two 13-year-old girls missing since Saturday.

Zoe Koehler and Maggie Freeman went to Ohio Bike Week on their own, and haven’t been seen since. A cell phone locator last placed them in Sandusky. Anyone with information should contact Sandusky or Huron police.

 

The highway patrol is investigating a weekend crash that left one person dead, and injured five others.

The accident occurred late Saturday on State Route 53 near Port Clinton, when a pickup truck turned in front of two motorcycles. 53-year-old Thomas Lamb of Boardman was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger on the bike, 49-year-old Angela Lamb, and the driver of the pickup, 35-year-old Susie Gonzales of Port Clinton were flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center with serious injuries. A passenger in the pickup, and two people on the second motorcycle were taken to Magruder hospital.

 

Charges are pending in Mansfield against two suspected kidnappers.

Police arrested Charly Ray Ledbetter and Deana Hebert this past weekend after the pair allegedly snatched a two-year-old child.  According to reports, they held the child for ransom in exchange for ingredients used to make crystal meth.  The child was not hurt.

 

The 2013-2014 school year is complete.

Yesterday, Norwalk High School graduated 184 seniors, while Edison said goodbye to 135 seniors. Also graduating yesterday: seniors at New London and Vermilion high schools.

 

The city of Norwalk is accepting donations for the annual July 4th fireworks show at the Huron County Fairgrounds.

Checks should be made out to the VFW, but dropped off at city hall.

 

Expect delays on U.S. Route 250 in Norwalk.

Starting tomorrow, crews will begin resurfacing 250 on the north side of town. The project will continue until the city limits are reached on the south side of Norwalk. Once that happens, crews will turn around and complete the process. If possible, residents should use alternate routes.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Tonight is when the Perkins Pirates will play for a spot in the Division II state baseball title game.

The Pirates will take on top-ranked Bloom-Carroll, in the second of two state semi-final games at Huntington Park in Columbus. We’ll have more in sports.

 

Edison, New London and Norwalk high schools will graduate their seniors this Sunday.

Norwalk’s commencement ceremony will begin at 2. New London and Edison seniors will graduate at 3.

 

It’s the final three days of Ohio Bike Week.

Things will end Sunday evening.

 

Starting next Tuesday, crews will begin resurfacing U.S. Route 250 in Norwalk.

The project will begin at the city limits on the north side of town, and continue to the city limits on the south side. At that point, crews will turn around, and complete the process. Residents are encouraged to use alternate routes for the duration of the project.

 

$6 million of state money will be used, to restore the former Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island.

The former tourist attraction closed in 2000, after a terrace collapsed, killing one and injuring 75. The state acquired the property after that. State money is also coming to North and South Bass islands, Catawba Island and East Harbor State Park.

 

Ohio State University trustees are expected to freeze tuition, for in-state undergraduates.

Fees for other students will likely increase. Housing for all students is expected to increase by 4.3 percent.

 

If you’d like to celebrate, today is National Donut Day!

 

The Erie County Health Department is having a free children’s Dental Clinic .

Free dental care will be available for children with no dentist or are uninsured for dental care Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Erie County Health Department. This event is provided by the Erie County Health Department in partnership with the Ohio Dental Association and Dr. Lata Stefano. A parent or guardian must accompany their children. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.