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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.

 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

It ended around 2am this morning.

A 12th inning, walk-off homerun gave the Cleveland Indians a 7-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. Asdrubel Cabrera was the hero.

 

Today is the final day of classes, for students in the Norwalk City Schools.

 

A former Fremont Ross coach is facing a sex charge, for his involvement with a 17-year-old female student.

36-year-old Johnny Alridge was arrested yesterday for sexual battery. The former assistant football and track coach resigned, before his arrest. According to reports, Alridge and the girl had sex several times between February and May, at a Fremont motel. Authorities are investigating allegations that Alridge had sex with other students. He’s currently free on $25,000 bond.

 

Another mental health evaluation could be in store, for a Norwalk woman trying to plead ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’, for allegedly trying to stab a Huron County deputy.

Public Defender David Longo has until Monday, to request a second evaluation of 54-year-old Blanche Myers. Longo said he has questions about the first report, which says Myers doesn’t have a mental defect or disability. Myers is charged with felonious assault, for allegedly trying to stab a deputy, after a February disturbance at her Greenwich-Milan Townline Road home. She’s scheduled to stand trial next month.

 

A Lancaster, Ohio man will spend over a decade in prison for holding up a Willard grocery store.

Yesterday, Huron County Common Pleas Court Judge James Conway sentenced 47-year-old Michael Fette to 12 years behind bars for robbing Missler’s IGA at gunpoint last August.  He was caught minutes after the holdup.  Fette will begin serving the sentence after he’s done serving eight years for crimes committed in Logan County.  He also has pending cases in four other Ohio counties.

 

A weak tornado touched down in southwest Ohio yesterday.

The EF-0 twister, with winds of 85 miles per hour, damaged the roof of Lynchburg-Clay High School in Highland County. There were no injuries.

 

Members of the Republican National Convention’s Site Selection Committee have left Cleveland.

The group is now in Kansas City. The committee is gathering information about Cleveland and KC, and will make stops in Dallas and Denver. One of those cities is expected to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

 

A big weekend is in store, at Cedar Point.

‘CoasterMania!’ is scheduled for tomorrow. Adrenaline junkies from around the globe will ride Cedar Point’s world-renowned roller coasters. Sunday, it’s ‘Coasting for Kids’. Participants will ride the Gemini and Magnum XL-200 all day, to help raise money for Give Kids the World, a non-profit organization that treats children with life- threatening illnesses and their families to a cost-free fantasy vacation.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohioans are being targeted by tax scams.

Since the April 15th tax filing deadline, DeWine’s office has received more than 50 reports of tax-related scams. Losses have ranged between $700 and $28,000. In a typical variation of the scam, a con artist will call, claiming to be an IRS agent. The caller claims the victim owes money for back taxes, or is under investigation for tax fraud. The caller then tells the victim to send money using a prepaid card to correct the issue. The phone number that appears on caller ID may have a 202-Washington DC area code, but the number is likely spoofed, or made up, and the caller is likely located outside the country. To report a potential scam, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

 

230 new jobs could be coming to Norwalk.

Borgers USA is considering the Maple City as a possible location for a second U.S.manufacturing location. The other is in Alabama, and the company also has operations in Germany and China. The company’s largest business division is the automotive sector. Borgers USA has filed paperwork for local incentives. Norwalk City Council will review the information tonight.

 

It appears carbon monoxide poisoning may have caused the deaths of a Huron Township woman and her son.

The badly decomposed bodies of 87-year-old Eunice Tuttle, and 62-year-old David Tuttle were discovered in mid-May, inside their Cleveland Road townhouse. The two had been dead at least three weeks. A coroner’s report will be issued, once final test results are in.

 

No water for about five hours tomorrow, for residents and businesses along Norwalk’s Milan Avenue, between Union Street, and Wendy’s.

Crews will disband the old water main. Streets in that area will not be closed. A boil advisory will be in effect for 24 hours, after the water service is restored.

 

Bids are in, for the Bellevue Public Library’s addition and major renovation project.

Five bids range from $1.9 to $2.3 million. City officials will choose a contractor, after reviewing the bids. Once underway, the project should take a year.

 

Around the state…

A woman was hurt Sunday, after walking into a spinning airplane propeller. Middletown authorities said she was flown to a Dayton hospital, for treatment of head injuries. The woman is an employee of a skydiving business.

 

A kindergarten teacher in Mt. Blanchard has been charged with child endangering, for pushing a student against a wall, and grabbing his face and shirt. It was caught on surveillance video. The teacher, Barbara Williams, was suspended for 10 days. The boy’s parents want her fired.

 

The Department of Health says two rabid bats have been found in Delaware County. The discovery has prompted health advisories. Statewide, five rabid bats have been found this year, and up to five percent of all Ohio bats have the rabies virus.

 

They were caught in the act, and now they’re facing criminal charges. Three teens were arrested over the weekend, a short time after a Midtown Manor homeowner found them inside his residence. The three fled the home with prescription medicine and tobacco. 18-year-old Austin Florek, and 18-year-old Ryan Sawyer Jr. were jailed for burglary. A 16-year-old girl was taken to juvenile lockup. All three live in Midtown Manor.

 

Friday, May 30, 2014

A former Perkins School employee is suing the district for gender discrimination.

25 year girls track coach, and 19 year health teacher Tracy Hiss was suspended for allegedly distributing prescription-strength pain relief patches to high school students in 2013. Hiss says the district handled her investigation differently than a similar incident involving a male coach. According to Hiss, in 2012, Travis Crabtree, a wrestling coach, allegedly offered a student a prescription pain killer and received only a three-match suspension, and retained his job while Hiss’ case was turned over to Perkins police. The lawsuit states that superintendent Jim Gunner does not provide evidence to support the allegations, only hearsay. Hiss vehemently denies the claims the lawsuit states.

 

Sandusky police are trying to identify an ATM thief.

An unknown culprit broke into Mickey Mart on Columbus Ave. Thursday morning and made off with the ATM machine. The phone lines behind the store were severed, disabling the alarm, and the front door and window were shattered. Police found the ATM machine in nearby bushes, showing the thief had gained access to the contents. Police have not identified any suspects, but they are obtaining surveillance from nearby businesses. Anyone with information should call 627-0824.

 

The Sandusky State Theater, City of Sandusky, and Cedar Point are looking for volunteers for events in June.

The State Theater needs groups of volunteers aged 14 and up to help during Bike Week. If a non-profit can recruit enough volunteers to cover 30 percent of its membership roster, the group will get 4 hours free to use the State Room, the Art Gallery, or the theater itself for free. To volunteer call the ticket office at 626-1950.

 

The city of Sandusky’s Recreation department needs help for its Coaster Classic Softball Tournament.

If the same group helps all three days of the event, the group can earn a percentage of the proceeds from the paid parking. To volunteer contact Victoria Kurt 627-5886

Cedar Point is looking for volunteers for the parks Run and Ride 5K half marathon. Each volunteer will receive a t-shirt and a $10 donation to the charity of their choice. To participate visit Cedarpoint.com

 

Harlequins Community Theater in Sandusky is offering a $500 scholarship to local students interested in studying theater. College students majoring or minoring are eligible to apply.

Applications to apply are available at harlewuinstheater.org. The Deadline to apply is June 15.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

26 year old Michael Milner pleaded guilty to the beating death of 3 year old Owen Barker.

Milner pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated murder, avoiding the possibility of the death penalty. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of murder, felonious assault and child endangering. Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter has agreed not to ask for life without parole, He is recommending Milner be sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 20, 25, or 30 years. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 7.

A suspect in the George Martin murder case has been indicted.

24 year old Bethany Sandy of Norwalk has been indicted on charges of complicity to aggravated murder, arson, robbery, burglary, and tampering with evidence. According to police, Sandy, and her alleged accomplice, went to Martin’s home to rob him. Martin was stabbed to death, and then the house was set on fire to hide the crimes. Sandy’s alleged accomplice, Joseph Sandy, has yet to be charged.

State health officials are urging Ohioans to get vaccinated for measles and mumps.

The Ohio Department of Health says graduation celebrations and summer travel can be opportunities for the diseases to spread. At least 396 cases of mumps have been confirmed in an outbreak in central Ohio. 164 cases of measles have been reported. The department has distributed 13,000 doses of the MMR vaccine to fight the outbreak.

The United Way of Greater Lorain County has announced the launch of a new community collaborative that will include 14 partners providing free programs and services to ensure that all children in the Oberlin City School district will be prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

 Oberlin Kids is a collaborative that looks to identify the needs of each pre-school aged child and its family and put them on a track to be prepared for kindergarten. More information on the Oberlin Kids Collaborative can be found at oberlinkids.org

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ohio Bike week kicks off this Saturday.

The event will start with a memorial ride in honor of Kristina McGraw, who was killed in a motorcycle crash during festivities last year. Registration begins at Fox Cycle Works in Sandusky, Saturday morning at 9:00 am. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

Sandusky officials have agreed to fund new paving projects.

The city will spend an additional $32,000 to pave the stretch of route 250 from Route 6 to Sycamore line, including both sides of the Milan Rd. overpass, and, Route 4 from Hayes Ave and West Park St to the route 6 intersection. The projects should start in April and end in October.

A bomb threat was called in at CVS on Venice Road in Sandusky yesterday afternoon.

The threat was called in around 1:15. Police responded and evacuated the building. After investigating the scene, police determined the threat to be a hoax. No arrests have been made.

The bomb squad was called to a Norwalk home over the weekend.

Residents of Orchard Loop were doing some digging in their back yard when they discovered a World War II era grenade. Firefighters and Police secured the area, and the Ashland County bomb squad was called in. It was determined the grenade was a pineapple style inert training grenade. The bomb squad took the grenade to the reservoir for a controlled detonation.

A virus that has killed as many as 7 million pigs has caused a surge in the price of pork.

PEDv, which does not affect humans or food safety, kills almost 100 percent of the piglets that contract it. The virus began to emerge as a problem a year ago, and since then more than 4,000 outbreaks have been reported in at least 30 states. Many restaurant and grocery store owners who so far have avoided boosting prices say they won’t be able to do so much longer. The National Pork Producers Council estimated that hog prices would rise by 15 to 25 percent and consumer prices for pork by 10 to 12 percent.