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Friday, August 8, 2014

More nice weather, for today’s ‘Imagine Norwalk’ event in downtown Norwalk.

Things will get underway at 5. Imagine Norwalk features art, music, literature, unique retail, distinct dining, kids events and more.

 

The Huron Rotary Fine Arts and Food Festival begins today.

It’ll open at 5, at the boat basin, and continues tomorrow and Sunday. Mike Jeffries will broadcast live from the Huron Rotary Fine Arts and Food Festival, starting at 5.

 

Today is Senior Fest, at the Erie County Fair.

There’s free admission for anyone 60 and over, until 4pm. At noon, 400 seniors will enjoy a free lunch. Registration for that begins at 9am, in the Multipurpose Building. Senior Fest activities will begin at 10, in the Multipurpose Building. On tap tonight: the NTPA Tractor Pulls, featuring mini-modified tractors, pro stock tractors, heavy super stock tractors and more. It begins at 6:30, and grandstand admission is $5.

 

Tomorrow is Veterans Day at the Erie County Fair.

Veterans with proper ID and family members will get in free until 4. Free admission does not include rides.

 

Local authorities are joining other law enforcement agencies, in the 2014 ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown.

Erie County deputies will pay special attention to State Route 4, U.S. Route 250, State Routes 60, 61, 2 and 6. Starting next Friday, Norwalk police will focus enforcement efforts along U.S. Routes 20 and 250, State Routes 18 and 61, along with Whittelsey Avenue and League Street.

 

A Sandusky man convicted of killing a child will be sentenced this afternoon.

26-year-old Michael Milner could receive life behind bars, or a chance of being paroled after 20, 25 or 30 years. Milner pleaded guilty to aggravated murder earlier this year, in connection with the 2012 beating death of three-year-old Owen Barker. The boy was the son of Milner’s then-girlfriend.

 

A Put-in-Bay teen missing since early yesterday morning has been found.

15-year-old Carter Pugh was found at approximately 8:30 this morning at a relative’s home on the mainland.  Before that, he had been missing since 2am Thursday.

 

A new reports says, Ohio’s per capita consumer spending rose 12 percent in the three years after the recession that ended in 2009.

 

If you’re a Columbia Gas budget plan customer, you’ll pay nearly 20 percent more this winter.

According to a new forecast from Columbia Gas of Ohio, a typical budget-billing customer will pay $80 per month, up from $67 a year ago.

 

In sports…

We’ll begin our preview of the 2014 high school football season during tomorrow’s ‘Locker Room’ show.  You will hear comments from Edison Head Coach Jim Hall, Bellevue’s Ed Nasonti, Huron’s Tony Legando and Western Reserve’s Mike Stoll.  The Locker Room airs at 9am each Saturday.

 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Great weather for day number three of the Erie County Fair.

Tonight’s grandstand attraction is the Farm Tractor Pull. It gets underway at 7. Also on today’s schedule: a dog show at 11:30, and the junior miss pageant, featuring girls ages 9 to 12. It begins at 7, in the multipurpose building.

Tomorrow is Senior Fest. Erie County fairgoers 60 and over can get in free of charge before 4pm. The first 400 seniors will get a free lunch. Registration for that begins at 9 tomorrow morning.

 

A brother and sister have been crowned as Erie County Fair royalty.

Grant and Teresa Puckrin of Sandusky were crowned Junior Fair King and Queen Tuesday night. Grant is a freshman at Terra State Community College, while Teresa entering her junior year of high school.

 

A heads-up from Erie County Auditor Rick Jeffery

Employees are currently not auditing property countrywide.  There are three employees inspecting new construction and random farms.  Those employees will have official ID, a distinctive shirt and an official car with the county seal.  Jeffery said if someone comes to your door without ID or the correct apparel, do not allow them access to your property and contact the nearest law enforcement agency.

 

A big crowd was on hand, for yesterday’s groundbreaking in Norwalk.

State and local officials, business leaders and others showed up for yesterday’s ceremony in the Industrial Parkway. Borgers USA is spending $60 million to build a new plant there. Once it’s up and running, the manufacturing operation will employ approximately 230 workers. The company produces textile products—trim, carpeting and insulation for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Borgers is based in Germany. Norwalk will be the company’s second U.S. manufacturing operation. The other is in Alabama.

 

A state trooper arrested for DUI has been found guilty of a similar charge.

Sgt. Tony Myers pleaded ‘no contest’ to physical control Tuesday in Huron Municipal Court. He was given a suspended 90-day jail sentence. However, Myers must attend a driver intervention course, or spend three days in the Erie County Jail. His driver’s license was suspended for one year, although he will have occupational driving privileges. He must pay over $1,000 in fines and court costs.

Myers was arrested early Sunday morning, at a Huron gas station. He and a passenger were found slumped in his car. He refused to submit to any sobriety tests. Myers is assistant post commander in Norwalk. For now, he’s restricted to administrative duties. He’s facing work penalties, including possible termination.

 

Federal charges have been filed against the owner of a local winery.

David Kraus lives in New York, but owns Hermes Vineyards and Winery in Sandusky. He’s facing a five-count indictment, for allegedly bilking the government for loans made to his business. Federal prosecutors claim Kraus sold approximately $2 million worth of assets pledged as collateral for USDA loans. He’s also accused of making false statements on loan applications. Kraus will appear in federal court at a later date.

 

U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan is coming to Norwalk.

He’ll speak during a town hall meeting at 7pm, August 19th at Norwalk High School. Jordan represents Ohio’s wide-ranging 4th Congressional District, which includes Norwalk and northern Huron County and points east, as far west as Lima, and as far south as Champaign County.

 

The dog with the nation’s nest name can be found in Columbus, Ohio.

A small dog who answers to the name ‘Peanut Wigglebutt’ beat out dozens of other unique names in an online vote at wackypetnames.com.

 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The 2014 Erie County Fair begins today.

Tonight’s grandstand attraction is the Broken Horn Rodeo. It begins at 7:30. Admission to the rodeo is $3. Tomorrow is Kids Day, with free admission for children under 16, until 4pm. Free admission does not include rides. Friday is Senior Fest, with free admission for those 60 and over, until 4pm. Saturday is Veterans Day at the Erie County Fair, with free admission for veterans with proper ID, and family members. Melissa Sharp will broadcast live from the Erie County Fair, between 4 and 6 today.

 

A published report says the same toxins that led to a water ban in Toledo have been found in this area.

According to the Sandusky Register, a detectable amount of the toxin was found at Sandusky’s water filter plant. None of the toxin was detected in the city’s treated water, which is safe to drink. The treatment process has been adjusted for the toxins, and officials said the city will test for toxins each day.

 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is checking possible price gouging complaints regarding bottled water, as a result of Toledo’s water crisis.

 

Charges are pending against a man, in connection with a late July house fire in Willard.

The unnamed suspect was sent to a hospital, for a mental health evaluation. Once the assessment is complete, charges will likely be filed. The State Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the blaze at the Keefer Street home as arson.

 

North Street in Monroeville is closed for repairs.

Thru-traffic is off-limits, but emergency vehicles and residents who live from Broad Street to the base of the hill will have access to their homes. Work should be complete by next Friday. The State Route 99/103 Resurfacing Project is underway in Willard. Expect one-lane of traffic. In Erie County, State Route 2, from the Bay Bridge to Route 269 is down to one lane, for resurfacing. According to ODOT, work will last until next June.

 

Officials with the Democratic Party will be in Columbus this week, to scout out the city for the 2016 national convention.

They’ll be looking at hotels, meeting sites and transportation options. Also in the running to host the Democratic National Convention: Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York City, and Birmingham, Alabama. The city that winds up hosting the convention could see an economic boost of up to $200 million.

 

A North Fairfield woman accused of embezzling money from a youth sports league will stand trial in October.

Former treasurer Tammy Ward is charged with theft, for allegedly stealing as much as $4,000 from the South Central Youth League. She’s denied wrongdoing, and recently entered a plea of not guilty. If convicted, she faces up to 18 months in prison.

 

The Huron County Democratic Party Central and Executive Committees will at 7pm tomorrow night, at the 224 Varsity Club in Willard.

On the agenda: the regular quarterly meeting, and appointing new members to committees.

 

Pleasant weather is getting credit for pushing attendance at this year’s Ohio State Fair to record levels.

More than 916,000 people came through the Ohio Expo Center gates during the 12-day fair, shattering the record set last year.

 

 

 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Water throughout the Firelands area is safe to drink.

More on that, in a bit.

 

The water ban is over in Toledo.

At a morning press conference, Mayor D. Michael Collins declared Toledo’s water safe to drink.  Since Saturday, residents were urged not to drink, cook or wash with Toledo tap water, after tests showed high levels to toxins.  Those toxins could have caused severe health problems.  The ban led many Toledo residents to drive 60 miles or more for bottled water.

 

A Norwalk man suspected of abusing an eight-week-old girl is free on bond.

24-year-old Nathan Wohlever is charged with assault and child endangerment. He was arrested last Thursday. According to reports, the victim, an eight-week-old girl suffered bruises to the face and legs, while in Wohlever’s care. She was taken to Fisher-Titus, then to Akron Children’s Hospital, where she was treated and released.

 

A drug bust, on the Ohio Turnpike in Milan.

Two Pennsylvania men were arrested Friday morning, after they were caught with 188 small packages of heroin. The discovery was made, after a routine traffic stop. Both men were taken to the Erie County Jail. They’re currently charged with heroin possession and trafficking.

 

A giant fuel spill has closed westbound U.S. Route 30 in Wayne County until Thursday or Friday.

The spill was caused by a crash involving two semi-trucks. One of the trucks was hauling 6,400 gallons of gasoline, and 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel. One of the truckers suffered burns and broken bones. He’s in critical condition.

 

Multiple fire departments were called on yesterday, to battle a massive house fire in Margaretta Township.

The Maple Avenue blaze broke out late yesterday afternoon. Crews from six departments fought the fire for more than three hours. Despite their efforts, the home was completely destroyed.

 

The State Route 99/103 Resurfacing Project is underway in Willard. 

Expect one-lane of traffic.  The project could last until mid-October. 

 

State Route 2, from the Bay Bridge to Route 269 is down to one lane for resurfacing. 

According to ODOT, work will last until next June.

 

Officials with the Democratic Party will be in Columbus this week to scout out the city for the 2016 national convention.

They will be looking at hotels, meeting sites and transportation options.  Also in the running to host the Democratic National Convention:  Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York City and Birmingham, Alabama.  The city that winds up hosting the convention could see an economic boost of up to $200 million.

 

The 2014 Ohio State Fair is history.

The 12-day event wrapped up yesterday with the annual Sale of Champions at which young people sell their blue-ribbon animals to community and business leaders.  Fair organizers say a near-record $343,500 was raised at the sale to be split between the youth and state livestock programs. 

 

The 2014 Erie County Fair begins tomorrow.

The Huron County Fair starts one week from today.

 

Friday, August 1, 2014

A medical condition likely caused a man to drive his car through a Perkins Township business last night.

The man’s Cadillac smashed through the front entrance to Dick’s Sporting Goods, then continued down the center aisle, until hitting a rear wall. Along the way, the car hit merchandise and displays, and left the store in shambles. The driver and his passenger were trapped, until Perkins police and firefighters arrived at the scene. The man and woman were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. No one else was injured. Perkins police continue to investigate the crash.

 

It’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ day, in Norwalk.

Between 7:30 and 4, school supplies may be dropped off at the Norwalk Board of Education office on Benedict Avenue. Those supplies will be distributed to public and parochial school children in need August 13th, at the Salvation Army in Norwalk. Registration for school supplies will be held between 5 and 7pm August 5th, and 10am until noon August 6th. Stuff  the Bus is sponsored by Project Leadership of Huron County.

 

The Berlin Heights Basket Festival gets underway today.

Things begin at 3, and that’s when Kelly Rose will start broadcasting live from Berlin Heights. The Silver Kings and Firemen’s Festival continue today and tomorrow in Plymouth.

 

A felony theft charge has been filed against a cashier accused of stealing more than $1,500.

31-year-old Kristy Tickles of Sandusky admitted to stealing the money from multiple cash registers, while working at Target. She was taken to the Erie County Jail.

 

A New London man will spend up to six months in the Huron County Jail, for stealing his ex-father-in-law’s truck, then setting it on fire.

28-year-old Elliot Shepherd II was sentenced Wednesday, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. While in jail, Shepherd will have work release privileges.

 

A new poll shows President Barack Obama’s approval rating is falling in Ohio.

According to the Quinnipiac University poll, the president’s approval rating is 36 percent, down from 39 percent in May. Among Democrats, Obama’s approval rating was 74 percent, compared to just four percent among Republicans.

 

We hope to see you at the Huron Boat Basin tomorrow, for the K96/95.3 WLKR Summer Jam.

Along with live music, there’s going to be food and vendors. Things will start at 5.

 

In sports…

High School football practice is underway.  The Norwalk Truckers began practicing at 12:01 this morning.  High school football kicks off four weeks from today. 

The ‘Locker Room’ returns at 9am tomorrow morning.  The featured guest will be Tim Stried, Director of Information Services with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.  He’ll talk about all the changes coming to high school football in 2014.

 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A bolt of lightning hit the Perkins Fire Station yesterday afternoon.

It happened around 4pm. The strike knocked out phone lines at the Milan Road building.

 

The interim superintendent of the Norwalk City Schools will be paid $110,000.

Dr. Will Folger’s first day will be tomorrow. His last day will be June 30th of next year. The Norwalk Board of Education approved Folger’s contract Tuesday night.

 

Erie County deputies are investigating a possible sex offense involving two teens.

According to reports, the alleged offense involving a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl occurred last week, during a summer camp at Beulah Beach. The two initially denied any wrongdoing, but the girl later claimed the boy coerced her into sexual acts.

 

A New London man will spend up to six months in the Huron County Jail for stealing his ex-father-in-law’s truck and then setting it on fire.

28-year-old Elliot Shepherd II was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.  While in jail, Shepherd will have work release privileges.

 

Two Cleveland residents were jailed this week, after trying to swipe nearly $2,500 worth of clothes from Macy’s, in the Sandusky Mall.

Leroy Glass, and Carieda Pollard-Glass were charged with felony theft, and possession of criminal tools. According to reports, the two stuffed high-end clothes in plastic bags, then walked out. They were stopped by a Macy’s security guard, then were turned over to Perkins police.

 

Governor John Kasich has maintained a sizable lead over his challenger.

The results of a new Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday show the Republican incumbent leads Democrat Ed Fitzgerald, 48-36 percent. The margin is essentially the same, compared to a previous poll.

 

The question in Vermilion is…now what?

After three years of securing grants and soliciting donations, the city of Vermilion has purchased the building that once housed the lakefront Inland Maritime Museum.  The Museum has since re-opened in Toledo.  The city will schedule public hearings to find out what residents might want at that site.

 

Five people suffered minor injuries, in a crash at the intersection of State Routes 61 and 601 in Norwalk.

The accident occurred just before noon yesterday. It was handled by the State Highway Patrol.

 

State prison officials say their food service provider is close to losing their contract.

The warning shot was fired yesterday in a meeting with lawmakers about ongoing problems with Aramark Correctional Services.  Aramark was fined $130,000 last week for not cleaning up problems, including maggots in food, food shortages and employee misconduct.  It’s the second six-figure fine levied by the state this year.  Aramark has a two-year, $110 million dollar contract with the state.

 

If you’re looking for a bargain, you may just find it this weekend, in Bellevue.

Nearly 100 homes will take part in the annual community-wide garage sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shoppers can see a listing of many of the garage sales, by going to cityofbellevue.com/garagesale.

 

Yesterday, we told you about a new dress code at the Richland County Fair.

Now, it’s off the table. After learning the rule may be unenforceable, the fair board met yesterday, and rescinded the decision to  ban saggy pants, and biker colors.

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An interim superintendent has been hired in Norwalk.

The Board of Education has hired Dr. Will Folger to step in for retiring superintendent Dennis Doughty. Last night’s vote was 3-2, with board members Steve Linder and Ralph Ritzenthaler voting no. Folger previously served as superintendent of the Huron City Schools, and retired as head of the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools last December. The Norwalk school board will re-advertise the superintendent position this winter, with a goal of hiring someone by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

 

Traffic in western Huron County was diverted late last night, after a semi-truck hauling produce overturned.

The accident occurred at 10:45 last night on State Route 4, near U.S. Route 20 in Lyme Township. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.

 

Erie County Deputies are investigating a possible sex offense involving two teens.

According to reports, the alleged offense involving a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl occurred last week during a summer camp at Beulah Beach.  The two initially denied any wrongdoing, but the girl later claimed the boy coerced her into sexual acts.  The investigation continues.

 

The Columbus Avenue underpass in Sandusky will be closed to all traffic between 7 and 10 this morning, for repairs.

 

It’s a chance to check out Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s new North Side Medical Office on Milan Avenue.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 4:30 this afternoon, followed by public tours until 7:30. The near-12,000 square foot building cost $2.4 million. The new building is home to Northern Ohio Foot and Ankle Specialists, Fisher-Titus Industrial Health Services, along with Convenient Care, Outpatient Laboratory Services and Physical Therapy Services.

 

Nearly 7,500 people have signed their name to an online petition demanding the rehiring of Ohio State University’s former band director.

The petition at change.org was launched three days ago in response to Jon Waters’ firing amid claims of a ‘sexualized culture’ within the marching band.  OSU band members and alumni have rushed to Waters’ defense claiming he’s being made a scapegoat for decades of band traditions.

 

Saggy pants have been banned, from this year’s Richland County Fair, which opens this Sunday.

Biker colors are prohibited as well. Fair officials said the new dress code will provide a more family-friendly atmosphere.

 

Governor John Kasich has maintained a sizable lead over his challenger.

According to the results of a new Quinnipiac University poll, the Republican incumbent leads Democrat Ed Fitzgerald, 48-36 percent.  The margin is essentially the same, compared to a previous poll.

 

A new study ranked the 100 biggest cities in the country, from most entertaining to least entertaining.

Cincinnati, Ohio came in number one.  Rankings are based on 24 different categories, including the cost of movies and pizza, the number of parks, pools and beaches and the nicest weather.  The least entertaining city in the country is Newark, New Jersey.

 

 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Final negotiations are underway, as the search for a new Norwalk City Schools superintendent winds down.

The Board of Education met with an applicant last night, and will meet again at 7 tonight. If negotiations are successful, the man will be introduced as the new superintendent. He’s not among the original five applicants interviewed by the school board. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring this Thursday. Friday, he’ll become president of Norwalk Catholic School.

 

A New London Township man wanted for domestic violence and other charges is in the Huron County Jail.

44-year-old Jason Kruki turned himself in late yesterday morning. Deputies tried to arrest Kruki Friday evening, but he slipped away from his Chenango Road home.

 

State officials will arrive at Cedar Point this week, to help find the cause of a weekend mishap involving Skyhawk.

A cable on the giant swing ride snapped, injuring two riders. Skyhawk will remain closed, until it’s repaired, and reviewed by inspectors from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The agency oversees all amusement park rides in the state.

 

A central Ohio man spent 24 hours in the waters of Lake Erie, after his kayak overturned.

34-year-old Travis Casper of Galloway, Ohio had set out from Marblehead to Kelley’s Island Sunday afternoon. But his kayak overturned, and he spent all of Sunday night and much of Monday holding on to his boat. Passing boaters pulled him in just before 5pm yesterday. Casper was taken for medical treatment.

 

Voters in the Sandusky school district can expect to see a new bond issue on the fall ballot.

The proposed measure, called ‘Building Better Dreams’ would fund two new buildings, and renovate others. Hancock Elementary would be torn down, and a new pre-school through 3rd grade building would be built near the current site. Ontario Elementary would be demolished, and replaced by a new fourth-thru-sixth grade building at the same site. Plans also call for transforming Mills Elementary into an adult education building, and Venice Heights Elementary into the Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies. Science labs at Sandusky High would be renovated as well. The total cost of the project is $58 million, with the state providing $28 million. The 34-year, 3.98 mill bond issue cost the average Sandusky homeowner about $140 annually. State Route 547, near Farr Road in Monroeville will be closed for three weeks, for a culvert replacement. The closure will begin Wednesday, August 6th. A detour will be posted.

 

State Route 547 near Farr Road in Monroeville will be closed for three weeks for a culvert replacement.

The closure will begin Wednesday, August 6th.  A detour will be posted.

 

Former members of the Ohio State University marching band want ousted band director Jon Waters reinstated.

They protested yesterday on campus.  Waters was fired last week by university officials who claim he tolerated a ‘sexualized culture’ among band members.

 

Dual festivals begin tomorrow in Plymouth.

The Fireman’s and Silver King Festivals will run through Saturday.  And this Friday and Saturday, it’s the Berlin Heights Basket Festival.

 

Getting underway one week from today—The 2014 Erie County Fair.

It runs through Sunday, August 10th.  The Huron County Fair will begin August 11th.

 

In sports…

The media and coaches agree…Clyde is the preseason favorite to win the 2014 Sandusky Bay Conference Football Championship. At 12:01 this Friday morning, the Norwalk Truckers will punch in for the first annual ‘Third Shift Practice’ at Norwalk High School. Family, friends and fans can bring lawn chairs and family-friendly beverages and watch the first football practice of the season.  The Third Shift Practice will include grilled food, music and football parents selling apparel and game jerseys.  The Truckers are coming off a nine-win season and the school’s first playoff appearance since 1974.

 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Final negotiations are underway, as the search for a new Norwalk City Schools superintendent winds down.

The Board of Education met with an applicant last night, and will meet again at 7 tonight. If negotiations are successful, the man will be introduced as the new superintendent. He’s not among the original five applicants interviewed by the school board. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring this Thursday. Friday, he’ll become president of Norwalk Catholic School.

 

A New London Township man wanted for domestic violence and other charges is in the Huron County Jail.

44-year-old Jason Kruki turned himself in late yesterday morning. Deputies tried to arrest Kruki Friday evening, but he slipped away from his Chenango Road home.

 

State officials will arrive at Cedar Point this week, to help find the cause of a weekend mishap involving Skyhawk.

A cable on the giant swing ride snapped, injuring two riders. Skyhawk will remain closed, until it’s repaired, and reviewed by inspectors from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The agency oversees all amusement park rides in the state.

 

A central Ohio man spent 24 hours in the waters of Lake Erie, after his kayak overturned.

34-year-old Travis Casper of Galloway, Ohio had set out from Marblehead to Kelley’s Island Sunday afternoon. But his kayak overturned, and he spent all of Sunday night and much of Monday holding on to his boat. Passing boaters pulled him in just before 5pm yesterday. Casper was taken for medical treatment.

 

Voters in the Sandusky school district can expect to see a new bond issue on the fall ballot.

The proposed measure, called ‘Building Better Dreams’ would fund two new buildings, and renovate others. Hancock Elementary would be torn down, and a new pre-school through 3rd grade building would be built near the current site. Ontario Elementary would be demolished, and replaced by a new fourth-thru-sixth grade building at the same site. Plans also call for transforming Mills Elementary into an adult education building, and Venice Heights Elementary into the Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies. Science labs at Sandusky High would be renovated as well. The total cost of the project is $58 million, with the state providing $28 million. The 34-year, 3.98 mill bond issue cost the average Sandusky homeowner about $140 annually. State Route 547, near Farr Road in Monroeville will be closed for three weeks, for a culvert replacement. The closure will begin Wednesday, August 6th. A detour will be posted.

 

State Route 547 near Farr Road in Monroeville will be closed for three weeks for a culvert replacement.

The closure will begin Wednesday, August 6th.  A detour will be posted.

 

Former members of the Ohio State University marching band want ousted band director Jon Waters reinstated.

They protested yesterday on campus.  Waters was fired last week by university officials who claim he tolerated a ‘sexualized culture’ among band members.

 

Dual festivals begin tomorrow in Plymouth.

The Fireman’s and Silver King Festivals will run through Saturday.  And this Friday and Saturday, it’s the Berlin Heights Basket Festival.

 

Getting underway one week from today—The 2014 Erie County Fair.

It runs through Sunday, August 10th.  The Huron County Fair will begin August 11th.

 

In sports…

The media and coaches agree…Clyde is the preseason favorite to win the 2014 Sandusky Bay Conference Football Championship. At 12:01 this Friday morning, the Norwalk Truckers will punch in for the first annual ‘Third Shift Practice’ at Norwalk High School. Family, friends and fans can bring lawn chairs and family-friendly beverages and watch the first football practice of the season.  The Third Shift Practice will include grilled food, music and football parents selling apparel and game jerseys.  The Truckers are coming off a nine-win season and the school’s first playoff appearance since 1974.

 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Storms that were supposed to hit the area fizzled out yesterday.

However, parts of northeast Ohio were socked by heavy rains, and flooding.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education will meet again tonight.

The closed door meeting will begin at 7:30, at the Board office. Board action may follow the executive session. The school board has met several times recently, to interview applicants for superintendent. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty’s last day is this Thursday.

 

Cedar Point’s Skyhawk is closed indefinitely, after a weekend mishap that injured two guests.

A cable snapped on the ride Saturday night, hitting two riders. One was treated at the park, while the other was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. Cedar Point officials are investigating the malfunction.

 

Cory Barron, the 22-year-old Fremont man found dead at the Lorain County Landfill will be laid to rest today.

Barron disappeared July 18th, while at a Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field. Cleveland police believe Barron fell through an upper-level garbage chute, into a stadium dumpster. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 this morning, at Sacred Heart Church in Fremont.

 

Authorities from three different counties were summoned to a New London-area home Friday evening, after a man allegedly assaulted his wife, destroyed her cell phone, then threatened deputies.

When the first deputy arrived at the Chenango Road home, Jason Kruki was on the front porch, armed with three firearms. According to reports, Kruki went back inside, then released a German Shepherd. The victim and the couple’s teenage son escaped from the home, as did Kruki. Mansfield SWAT found the home empty, about eight hours after the initial call. New London, Willard and Ontario police were at the scene, along with deputies from Huron and Lorain counties.

 

U.S. Route 250 in Fitchville is open.

It re-opened Friday. It had been closed since last fall, for a bridge replacement.

 

A plane crash in northwest Ohio has claimed two people.

The occupants were killed early yesterday morning, when the small plane went down near Findlay. The crash is under investigation.

 

A bizarre, slow-speed chase in southwest Ohio has led to charges against a Cincinnati-area man.

Christopher McFerron was jailed Saturday, after leading dozens of officers on a chase with speeds ranging from 2 to 30 miles per hour, while holding a gun to his head. The chase lasted over an hour. It ended, when McFerron ingested heroin, then gave up.

 

After a slow start, a $66 million state effort to help welfare recipients find jobs is picking up steam.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, nearly 2,400 Ohioans have found jobs through the ‘Ohio Works’ incentive program.  More than 90 of the placements were made in the past six months.