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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Flags at all public buildings and grounds in Ohio are being flown at half-staff, in honor of Nancy Reagan.
The former first lady passed away Sunday, at age 94.

New figures show Huron County’s January unemployment rate was nearly twice the statewide average.
While Ohio’s average was 4.9 percent, Huron County’s jobless rate was 9.6 Percent, or 10th highest in the state. Rates in surrounding counties ranged from 5.6 percent in Lorain County, to 7.7 percent in Erie County. According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the state’s highest unemployment rate was in Monroe County, 13.8 percent. Delaware and Mercer counties had the lowest jobless rate, four percent.

It appears Norwalk has lost a restaurant.
Los Buenos Amigos on Cline Street apparently closed for good Sunday. Decorations and all furniture were removed from the building. The Mexican restaurant opened in the summer of 2014.

A spokesperson for US Steel declined to comment on specifics, but union officials say the plant in Lorain will be idled until further notice on March 27thdue to a lack of orders.

That means, about 300 workers will be off the job, along with another 300 already sitting at home.
Firefighters have determined an electrical issue sparked a weekend blaze that damaged a home on Arlington Road in Berlin Township.
As we told you yesterday, firefighters from Berlin and Milan Townships and Norwalk were summoned to the scene late Friday night. The fire had been going for at least 30 minutes when crews arrived at the home. It took about 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control. No one was injured.

A blast that was heard from miles away could lead to criminal charges.
A Milan man shot at an exploding target Sunday evening along Huron Avery Road in Huron Township, causing a loud boom to be heard in Berlin Heights, Milan, Huron and some of Sandusky. Erie County deputies were dispatched to the scene, and found a man used a rifle to shoot at Tannerite. Deputies seized the rifle, and a report was sent to the prosecutor’s office for consideration of charges.

The city of Norwalk’s Planning Commission will meet at 7pm tomorrow, in the City Hall Conference Room.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Just one area basketball team is left in the tournament.
The Edison Chargers will play the state’s #1 team this Wednesday. We’ll have more in sports.

A weekend blaze at a home on Arlington Road remains under investigation.
Firefighters from Berlin and Milan townships, and Norwalk were summoned to 13-512 Arlington Road shortly after 10:30 Friday night. They arrived to find flames and smoke pouring from the home. No one was injured, and the cause remains unknown.

More than 116,000 concealed carry licenses will issued or renewed in Ohio in 2015.

Members of Willard City Council are expected to approve a $910,000 contract with Precision Paving of Milan, for 2016 street improvements.
A vote is expected, during tonight’s meeting.

During a weekend visit to Columbus, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed governor John Kasich for President.
Kasich will campaign in Michigan today and tomorrow morning, then will appear at a rally in Broadview Heights at 5pm tomorrow, then travel to a function in Columbus tomorrow night. Kasich will make two campaign stops in Illinois on Wednesday.

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is returning to Ohio this Saturday.
He’ll appear at 2pm rally at the IX Center in Cleveland. Trump was in Columbus last week.

Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be in the state capital this Sunday.
Both will speak at the Ohio Democratic Party’s Legacy Dinner, at the Columbus Convention Center.

A tiny village on the Ohio River in southwest Ohio may dissolve, due to problems with finances.
Voters in Neville will decide next Tuesday if the village should survive, or disband. Since 2005, eight Ohio villages have voted to dissolve.

This is the weekend we ‘Spring Ahead’ one hour to Daylight Saving Time.
The time change will occur at 2am Sunday.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

It’s a “Sportstacular” day on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

Exclusive live coverage of the 79th annual State Wrestling Tournament will begin at 3 this afternoon…Mark Lane and Todd Fox will have the action.

At 6:15 tonight, it’s Division III boys district semifinal basketball from Norwalk.Edison will take on Willard. During that game, we’ll have updates from Elida, as the New London LadyCats take on Gorham Fayette, in Division IV regional semifinal action. It’s New London’s first-ever Sweet 16 appearance.

After Edison and Willard, we’ll have an update from the state wrestling tournament, then move onto tonight’s second live boys game, Western Reserve and Galion.

 

She dazzled a nationwide TV audience Tuesday night, and with any luck, she’ll be in the 95.3 WLKR studio tomorrow.

Emily Keener aced an audition on NBC’s ‘The Voice’, she’ll join Kelly Rose, during tomorrow’s ‘Local Music Spot.’

The show will start shortly after 1, after coverage of state wrestling.

 

A Greenwich man is facing multiple charges, in connection with a traffic stop in southern Huron County.

Among the charges against 22-year-old Devin L. Smith: DUI, driving under suspension, improperly transporting a firearm, possession of marijuana, assaulting a police officer, harassment by an inmate and obstructing official business. Smith was pulled over late Tuesday afternoon, after the highway patrol received a report of a reckless driver in Greenwich Township. He was stopped, near the intersection of U.S. Route 224 and State Route 13.

Smith refused to get out of his truck, then struggled with troopers. According to reports, they were forced to subdue him with a Taser and mace. During the struggle, Smith began spitting at troopers. Once in custody, troopers searched Smith’s truck and found an AK-style rifle and marijuana.

He was taken to the Huron County Jail.

 

Bond is set at $10,000, for an accused sex offender from New London.

19-year-old Nathaniel “JR” Parsons is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He’s accused of having sex with a teenage girl, starting last fall. She was 14 at the time. Huron County deputies were contacted by a family member last month.

 

It appears Governor John Kasich’s presidential hopes are on the ropes.

Kasich endured a sub-par showing during Super Tuesday. However, he’s still campaigning. Kasich will host three town hall events in Michigan tomorrow and Saturday, and he’ll be the keynote speaker at a Republican gathering in Birch Run, Michigan.

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cleveland Indians Spring Training baseball comes your way this afternoon on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

The Tribe and Reds will play at 3, at Goodyear Ballpark in sunny, warm Goodyear, Arizona.

 

Local singer-songwriter Emily Keener of Wakeman wowed the judges, and a nationwide TV audience, during last night’s episode of NBC’s hit show ‘The Voice.’

Emily turned all 4 chairs, meaning all 4 judges wanted her on their ‘team.’ She chose Pharrell Williams, and will be a part of Season 10 of ‘The Voice.’

 

Area gas prices are creeping toward $2.

Yesterday’s increase put self-serve regular at $1.99 per gallon.

 

Columbia Gas customers are paying their lowest natural gas bills since 1996.

That’s based on the market price, and a warmer-than-normal winter.

 

The race for Sandusky County Sheriff has suddenly become a crowded one.

Incumbent Sheriff Kyle Overmyer is being challenged by Clyde Police Chief Bruce Gower is this month’s primary election. Now, two more people have taken out petitions to run as independents. One is retired sheriff’s Captain Jim Consolo, who previously planned to run for Sandusky County Commissioner. The other is Chris Hilton of Townsend Township…He’s currently a Lt. with the Perkins Police Department.

 

It appears voters across Ohio are taking advantage of early voting.

As of last Friday, nearly 70-thousand votes had already been cast statewide.

 

Mosquito spraying may return to the Maple City.

With concerns about Zika and other viruses, Norwalk city officials are discussing it. Mosquito spraying was cut from the budget several years ago.

 

Meijer has announced plans to open nine new supercenters, and remodel 32 other stores.

Officials said the investment will cost $400 million.

 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Police in Sandusky are investigating an early Sunday morning murder-suicide, involving a man and his girlfriend.
According to reports, 36-year-old Raphael Greaves shot 31-year-old Angela Tierney, then turned the gun on himself. It happened shortly before 1am yesterday, at a residence on Fallen Timber Drive. Before the shootings, Sandusky police received a 911 call from Tierney, who claimed she was the victim of domestic violence. Officers arrived at the scene, and found Tierney and Greaves dead.

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump will be in Ohio tomorrow.
He’s scheduled to appear at a noon event, at Port Columbus International Airport.

A Sunday morning blaze destroyed a barn in Margaretta Township.
Firefighters from Castalia, Bay View, Perkins and Sandusky were summoned to the Heywood Road scene at approximately 8 yesterday morning. Heywood Road, between Maple Avenue and State Route 2 was closed for about three hours.

More than a dozen people have been sickened by bacteria linked to a Dole processing plant in southwest Ohio.
The bacteria—listeriosis is often found in raw vegetables and meats, along with certain cheeses.
The Ohio Department of Health has linked the outbreak to packaged salads produced near Dayton. Products include Dole, and store brands for Wal-Mart, Meijer, Aldi and Kroger.

We may see local singer Emily Keener on nationwide TV tonight, tomorrow or next week.
The 17-year-old from Wakeman recently auditioned for the popular NBC show “The Voice.” The show will air at 8 tonight and tomorrow night, then March 7th and 8th. Due to an agreement with NBC, Keener couldn’t be interviewed before her episode.

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Ted Cruz for President campaign will be in Erie County tonight.

Supporters of the GOP Senator from Texas are welcome to attend a Northern Ohio ‘CruzCrew’ meet and greet at 7pm at the Village Pizza House in Castalia. County chairs and volunteers from around Ohio will be there, along with the Ted Cruz coordinator for Ohio.

 

After a 20 percent drop in profits, Kohl’s has announced plans to close 18 underperforming stores.

Locations will be announced by the end of March. In Ohio, Kohl’s has more than 50 stores, including Sandusky, Lorain and Mansfield.

 

An Ohio man who walked away from a prison camp, then lived a quiet life for 56 years will be released on parole in April.

The fate of 79-year-old Frank Freshwaters was determined yesterday by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority Board. In 1957, then 21-year-old Frank Freshwaters was speeding, and hit and killed an Akron man. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and was sentenced to five years probation. After violating probation, he was sent to prison, then a Sandusky prison honor farm. He fled the prison farm, went to West Virginia, then Florida and lived under the alias William Cox. He was found last May, living in a mobile home near Melbourne, Florida.

 

We hope to see you at tomorrow’s Huron County Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Show at Norwalk Middle School.

Carrie Danger will broadcast live from the show, starting at 10am.

 

Coverage of tournament basketball continues tonight on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

We’ll be at Monroeville, for both Division III sectional championship games. Live at 6:15, it’s Willard and New London, then live at 8 it’s Edison and Bucyrus. Plus, we’ll have scores from other games around the area. Tomorrow afternoon, it’s Division III girls district championship action between Willard and Seneca East. Coverage begins at 1:45 on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

It looks like we’ll avoid much of the winter storm that’s hitting western Ohio and points west.

Those areas could see six inches or more of snow.

 

Due to expected heavy snowfall and high winds, a limited travel ban is in effect until 6 tonight for a portion of the Ohio Turnpike in northwest Ohio.

From the Indiana border to Exit 59 near Toledo, all triple-trailer combinations are banned, along with box-type double trailers, mobile home trailers, boat and horse trailers and high profile campers. The travel ban does not affect normal passenger vehicles.

 

Outdoor conditions caused a number of schools to cancel classes today.

Huron and Erie counties are under a Level 1 snow emergency, due to snow and blowing snow. Motorists should drive cautiously.

 

About 65 vendors will be on hand for this Saturday’s 15th annual Huron County Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Show, at Norwalk Middle School…

Admission and demonstrations are free, and many vendors will offer freebies. The Norwalk Area United Fund will serve lunch for a small charge. The Home and Business Show will run from 10am until 4pm. If you’d like to enjoy the show with less hustle and bustle, you may want to attend between 2 and 4.

 

A huge crowd is expected this morning at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea for

presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

 

It’s his first stop in Ohio since November.

 

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

From Wakeman to Hollywood…

17-year-old singer-songwriter Emily Keener has auditioned for NBC’s top-rated show, “The Voice”. Her Facebook page reads “….tune in, starting Monday, February 29th to see what happens.” Emily has written dozens of songs, has recorded many of them, and has performed across Ohio for the past 5 years. She’s also appeared on Kelly Rose’s ‘Local Music Spot’, which airs at 1pm each Friday on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

 

New leadership responsibilities for State Senator Gayle Manning of North Ridgeville.

She’s been named Senate Majority Whip for the balance of this year. Manning has served Lorain and Huron Counties since 2011.

 

The primary election is March 15th, but people are already casting their ballots.

Statewide, more than 10,000 people cast ballots during the first three days of ‘early voting’.

 

A Tuesday afternoon rollover crash in Sherman Township injured three people.

Lifeflight and Monroeville firefighters were called in, after an SUV flipped over on State Route 547. Two people were flown to a Toledo Hospital. A third was taken by ambulance to The Bellevue Hospital. The occupants were from Crawford County. The Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

 

Nine local schools will share nearly $27,000 in grant money, courtesy of Fisher Titus Medical Center’s Health Education Grant Distribution Program.

Edison, Monroeville, New London, Norwalk, Norwalk Catholic, South Central, Wellington, Western and Willard schools will each receive about $3,000 from Fisher-Titus. The money will help fund various innovative educational programs in the areas of math, science and health. The Fisher-Titus Health Education Grant Distribution Program has been in place for 20 years.

 

Two men accused of taking part in over a dozen burglaries around Huron County and northern Richland County are in jail.

43-year-old Randy Ruff of Shiloh, and 38-year-old Jason Muhr of Willard were arrested early Monday morning, after a traffic stop in New Haven Township. The two had been under surveillance by Huron County deputies, and were arrested shortly after a home invasion in Peru Township. Both men face multiple charges. Ruff has previous felony convictions, while Muhr is scheduled to stand trial next month, in connection with a November burglary in Willard.

 

A South Central Elementary student could be charged, after he became upset and allegedly threatened to shoot other students and a teacher.

It happened yesterday afternoon. A deputy was called to the school to interview the boy, and to talk to school officials. The boy admitted to making the threat, and also said he had no intention of shooting anyone. He was released to his mother, and a report was sent to the prosecutor’s office for possible charges.

 

In sports…

Coverage of boy’s tournament basketball continues tonight on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

We’ll be at the Monroeville Athletic Complex, for Division III sectional semi-final action between Willard and Seneca East. Coverage will start at 6:45, with tip off at 7.

 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo is taking steps to address a $1.3 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

The measures–approved by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas–include a 20% reduction in expenses at the administrative offices of the Diocese, the ceasing of the Catholic Chronicle newspaper and website, and the elimination of the televised Sunday Catholic Mass on WTOL, Channel 11 out of Toledo. Other options are available for televised Sunday Mass. A national broadcast airs on EWTN at 8am and noon each Sunday, and Sunday Mass airs at 6am each Sunday on WJW, Channel 8 in Cleveland. The Diocese of Toledo covers all of northwest Ohio, and Huron and Erie counties.

 

It isn’t considered suspicious, but the investigation continues into a weekend barn fire in Erie County.

Berlin Township firefighters were summoned to the State Route 113 scene late Saturday night. They received help from the Milan Township, Huron and Norwalk Fire Departments. It took about 90 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The barn and its contents were destroyed. No animals were lost, but an ATV, two portable welders and three lawnmowers were consumed by the flames.

 

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is coming to the Cleveland area this week.

He’s scheduled to appear at Thursday morning rally at Baldwin-Wallace.

 

Governor John Kasich wants the General Assembly to convene in southeast Ohio, for his annual ‘State of the State’ address.

He’s requested a joint session April 6th, in Marietta. In previous years, Kasich has made his ‘State of the State’ speech in Steubenville, Lima, Medina and Wilmington.

 

The Huron County Commissioners are putting the finishing touches on the fiscal year 2016 budget.

Final budget numbers have been sent to department heads and elected officials, and approval is expected in the coming weeks.

 

In sports…

We’ll tip off coverage of boys tournament basketball tonight on 95.3 WLKR and wlkradio.com. We’ll be live at Ashland High School, for Division II sectional semi-final action between Norwalk and Mansfield Madison. Pregame coverage begins at 6, with tipoff at 6:15.

 

Monday, February 22, 2016

A new record temperature was set in Norwalk Saturday.

The official high was 69, breaking the previous record of 67 set in 1930.

 

A new poll by Public Policy Polling shows nearly three-quarters of Ohioans are in favor of amending the state constitution to make medical marijuana legal in the Buckeye State.

The issue could appear on the November ballot.

 

High winds led to multiple power outages around the area Saturday.

Parts of Milan, Huron and Perkins Townships, along with Sandusky and Norwalk were affected in the morning and afternoon.

 

A weekend fire destroyed a barn in Berlin Township.

Emergency crews were summoned to scene shortly after 10:30 Saturday night. State Route 113 was closed, between Arlington and Chapin roads. We’ll have more, as details become available.

 

Huron City Schools superintendent Dennis Muratori has a new contract.

He’s signed a three-year agreement, worth $129,600 annually.

 

Students at Bowling Green State University will pay more for room and board, starting with the next academic year.

BGSU trustees have approved increases totaling nearly five percent. Tuition rates and other fees have not been set.

 

Governor John Kasich will campaign in four different states this week.

Kasich will make stops in Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana.

 

A Wood County grand jury has charged two Norwalk men involved in bar fight that left one man dead, and another seriously injured.

52-year-old Kevin W. Knott is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault. His son, 27-year-old Kevin E. Knott is charged with felonious assault. The charges are tied to the mid-January death of 48-year-old Elwood Lock Jr. of Lorain. Lock was critically injured in a bar fight in Lake Township. He died about a week after the altercation. An Eastlake man was also injured in the fight. Knott and his son remain in the Wood County Jail.

 

News from Cedar Point…

Daily admission is going up this year. A single ticket will cost $65, up $3 from last year. However, tickets can be bought online for $39.99, plus a $5.99 processing fee. Also, discounted tickets can be purchased at Discount Drug Mart and other venues. Cedar Point has made it official—-Shoot the Rapids water ride will be removed, along with two rides in Challenge Park: Skyscraper and Challenge Racing. The park’s new attraction will be the record-breaking Valravn roller coaster. Cedar Point’s 2016 season begins May 7th.

 

Checking Ohio’s lottery jackpots…

Classic Lotto is up to $3.2 million. Mega Millions is worth $114 million, and the Powerball jackpot is up to $236 million.

 

The 2016 Huron County Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Show will be held this Saturday at Norwalk Middle School.

We’ll have more in news this week, and Carrie Danger will broadcast live from the Home and Business Show between 10 and 1 Saturday.