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News October 9, 2015

Rain shouldn’t be a problem for tonight’s high school football games.

On K96, it’s live SBC football action from Huron, as the Tigers take on Port Clinton.

We’ll Countdown to Kickoff at 6:30, with game time at 7.

On 95.3 WLKR it’s an NOL doubleheader…Live 7, it’s Norwalk at Bellevue,

followed by Pigskin Playback at 9:30, with Ontario at Willard.

During the Norwalk and Bellevue game, we’ll have updates on Ashland Crestview

and St. Paul.

If you have questions for incumbent Norwalk mayor Rob Duncan, or challenger

Ryan McDonnell, you still have time to email them to us at wlkr@wlkrradio.com.

Questions must be received by 5pm Monday, October 12th.

Duncan and McDonnell will be featured at 7:30 next Wednesday night, on 95.3


During the special program, they’ll answer questions, and offer other thoughts

and comments.

Former Put-in-Bay Police Chief Rick Lampela must pay a $150 fine and court costs,

 after being found guilty of a ‘minor misdemeanor’ charge of ‘disorderly conduct’.

Lampela was cleared of dereliction of duty and falsification charges, stemming

from an investigation into whether he tried to squelch sexual assault claims from

two employees against a former officer.


Officials in northwest Ohio say, a toxic algae crisis appears to be over, but the

region will take a ‘hit’ in treating affected areas of Lake Erie.


Officials in Toledo said yesterday they’ve already spent $6 million to keep the algae out of people’s homes.

And charter boat operators say, the algae is responsible for a 20-percent loss in business.


October 14th is the deadline for customers of classmates.com to file a

complaint with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, to be considered for a refund

under a $3 million multistate settlement fund established earlier this year.


Consumers may be eligible if they purchased a subscription service from

classmates.com between January 1st of 2008 and June 5th of this year, and have

had trouble canceling the service, or were signed up without authorization.


To file a consumer complaint, go online to OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.


A look ahead…

The city of Norwalk’s fall leaf pickup is scheduled for the week of November 16th.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Maintenance at refineries in the Midwest is being blamed for yesterday’s gas price increase.

At some stations, pump prices increased 30 cents or more, to $2.59.


An update, on the trial of former Put-in-Bay police chief Ric Lampela.

Yesterday, visiting judge James Hoover acquitted Lampela of dereliction of duty and falsification. With Tuesday’s dismissal of a second charge of falsification, Lampela is facing one remaining charge, aggravated menacing. Since Lampela opted for a bench trial, Judge Hoover will rule on the remaining charge.


With the arrests of two people, Sandusky police believe they’ve solved a recent rash of business break-ins.

53-year-old Gary Simcox is facing charges of breaking and entering and criminal damaging, while 40-year-old Kathleen George is charged with breaking and entering, theft, criminal damaging and possession of drugs. More charges are expected against both. The two are accused of breaking into Pizza House West and Pizza House East, Marco’s Pizza, Jack’s Deli, Nachos Restaurant, Tokyo Rock, Butts ‘N More, and MHD Corporation. Simcox and George remain in the Erie County Jail.


The mayor’s race in the city of Norwalk features two men—incumbent Republican Rob Duncan, and Independent challenger Ryan McDonnell.

Both men will be in the spotlight at 7:30 next Wednesday night on 95.3, WLKR. Duncan and McDonnell will answer various questions, and will offer other thoughts and comments. If you have a question for Duncan and/or McDonnell, simply e-mail it to wlkr@wlkrradio.com. Questions must be received by 5pm Monday.


The Norwalk High School Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominations through November 13th, for the 2016 Hall of Fame class.

There are three different categories: academic, athletic and distinguished citizen. Nomination forms are on the Norwalk City Schools website, or at Norwalk High School. The Norwalk High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 30th, at the Norwalk-Bellevue boy’s basketball game.


To Willard, where city officials may consider a plan to close city hall an hour earlier each day.

If approved, city hall would close at 4pm. The change could begin next year.


Monday is Columbus Day, a federal holiday.

Local, state and federal government offices will be closed, along with most banks. Trash pickup will stay on its normal schedule.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fog caused a few school delays this morning.

If and when school is delayed or closed, we’ll have the information on the air every 10 minutes, starting at 6am. You’ll also find a complete list on our website.


We’ll know in about five months, if the city of Norwalk is getting a new fire station.

Last night, Norwalk City Council approved legislation placing the issue on the March, 2016 primary ballot. According to council president Steve Euton, the decision was unanimous. If Norwalk voters approve the issue, the city will be able to use $3.5 million in trust fund money, to build a new fire station. The money in the trust fund is from the early 1970’s sale of Norwalk’s old light plant.


A new poll shows Governor John Kasich is trailing other GOP presidential hopefuls in Ohio.

The Quinnipiac University poll shows Ohio Republicans favor Donald Trump over Dr. Ben Carson, 23% to 17%. Kasich was third, with 13% of the vote. The poll also shows Ohio Democrats favor Hillary Clinton over Vice-President Joe Biden, 40%-21%.


An Oxford Township man is facing several charges, after crashing his truck into his neighbor’s Mason Road home.

36-year-old Bobby Hupp is charged with DUI, driving under suspension, failure to control, menacing and disorderly conduct. According to reports, Hupp hit the house Friday night, causing damage to the exterior. He’s also accused of threatening the homeowner. After a short investigation, deputies arrested Hupp, and took him to the Erie County Jail.


Today’s the day Huron County residents can check out the county’s new optical scan voting machines.

An open house will be held between 5 and 7 tonight, at the Huron County Board of Elections Office, in the county administration building on Milan Avenue in Norwalk.


Testimony will resume this afternoon, in the trial of former Put-in-Bay Police Chief Ric Lampela.

He’s facing charges of dereliction of duty, aggravated menacing and falsification. Yesterday, the prosecution dismissed a second count of falsification. The charges are tied to alleged incidents that date back to 2003.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is set to announce more than $50 million in grants that will be distributed, as part of a new initiative to help victims of crime in the Buckeye State.

He’ll also detail several new programs that will be developed as a result of the funding. DeWine’s announcement will begin at 2 this afternoon, in Columbus.


Also in Columbus…

The Ohio House and Senate are expected to give final approval to a charter school reform bill. If approved, the measure would tighten operations of a $1 billion charter school industry.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

If it looks like a major disaster, don’t worry, it’s just a drill.

Local agencies, organizations and first responders will spend some of Wednesday, working on emergency preparedness. Tomorrow’s mock drill will involve a simulated chemical incident at a location in Erie County, requiring the activation of various emergency plans, including decontamination and treatment facilities. More than 350 people from police and fire, area hospitals, Erie County agencies, local organizations and schools will take part in the exercise. The public may see a large police and fire presence, and the setup of decontamination tents at the mock incident location and at local hospitals. Responders may be dressed in full protective equipment while helping mock victims. Tomorrow’s exercise will begin at 9am, and will conclude by early afternoon.


Two area fugitives are behind bars today.

42-year-old David Turpin of Fremont, and 26-year-old Brittney Lesher of Republic were captured by Perkins police, while having lunch at China Dragon Buffett on Milan Road. Area authorities, along with U.S. Marshals had been searching for the two. As we told you yesterday, Turpin is facing burglary charges in connection with two break-ins in Bellevue…He had been at-large since July. Lesher was wanted for violating probation.


Law enforcement officers are looking for an Ohio Walmart manager accused of stealing $117,000 from the store’s safe.

According to various reports, 36-year-old Nicholas Sibbio of Stow swiped the money from Walmart in Fairlawn early Sunday morning. Surveillance video shows the assistant night manager stuffing the cash into Walmart bags, then leaving about halfway through his shift. He hasn’t been seen since. Sibbio is now wanted for grand theft.


The trial of former Put-In-Bay Police Chief Ric Lampela began this morning in Ottawa County Municipal Court.

Lampela is charged with two counts of falsification, and one count each of dereliction of duty and aggravated menacing. He’s accused of covering up two rapes, and threatening the victims if they filed criminal complaints. Lampela opted for a bench trial, meaning a judge, not a jury will decide his guilt or innocence.


The city of Norwalk’s annual brush pickup is scheduled for the week of October 26th.

That’s also the final week for curbside yard waste collection.


Absentee voting is underway throughout Ohio.

Along with three statewide issues, the ballot features a number of local issues, and races for mayor, city and village council, township trustees and school board.


Monday, October 5, 2015

The city of Vermilion held its 43rd Annual Woolly Bear festival yesterday, and if you believe the furry little creatures, good things could be ahead, in terms of winter weather.

Based on the thickness of the coat of the Woolly Bear, Fox 8 meteorologist Dick Goddard says it should be a relatively mild winter. If you’re wondering…a Woolly Bear is a moth caterpillar with woolly hairs.


By order of Governor John Kasich, flags are being flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds throughout Ohio until sunset tomorrow, in honor of the lives lost in Roseburg, Oregon.


To Sandusky, where an early Sunday morning shooting put one man in the hospital, and another in jail.

24-year-old Tevin Strauder was hit by a bullet, during a scuffle near 7-Eleven on Camp Street. He was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The alleged shooter, 24-year-old Min Derryl Jones Jr. of Sandusky was arrested at the scene, and was charged with felonious assault, having a weapon under disability and tampering with evidence. He was taken to the Erie County Jail. A second person, 30-year-old Alton Wraggs of Sandusky was charged with misconduct during an emergency, for refusing to cooperate with police at the scene. He was later released.


The U.S. Marshal’s Office is now assisting area law enforcement officers, in the search for fugitives.

One is 42-year-old David Turpin of Fremont. He had been jailed, in connection with two Bellevue burglaries. He’s been at-large since July, when he was released from jail to attend his mother’s funeral. The other fugitive is 26-year-old Brittany Lesher of Republic. She’s wanted for violating probation. While her alleged crime is less serious, U.S. Marshal’s are looking for her, because she’s traveling with Turpin.


Tomorrow night is when Norwalk City Council is expected to decide on a measure asking voters to allow officials to use trust fund money, to build a new fire station.

If approved by city council, the issue would be placed on the March, 2016 primary ballot. Officials want permission to use $3.5 million, from the early 1970’s sale of Norwalk’s old light plant.


The former CEO of Ohio-based Longaberger is suing the basket-making company and its parent company for $1 million.

Tami Longaberger said she loaned the money last year, when the company was going through a severe cash crisis. She now says the company hasn’t paid any principal or interest. Longaberger’s parent company has until October 12th to respond to the suit.


If your license has been suspended by Huron County’s Child Support Enforcement Agency, there’s a chance to ‘get back in the driver’s seat.’

The Child Support Enforcement Unit is hosting a ‘License Amnesty Week’, October 26th through the 30th, for those who have had their driver’s license suspended for non-payment of support. Four steps must be followed: You must speak with a child support caseworker that week, and fill out an updated information sheet; you must work with a caseworker to create or update your resume; you must register with OhioMeansJobs, Huron County, and pay $50 in cash on each of your child support obligations.


Dr. Andrew Kurtz has been named permanent dean of BGSU-Firelands in Huron.

Kurtz had been serving as interim dean since June. Before that, Kurtz served as the college’s executive associate dean, and was responsible for many of BGSU-Firelands daily operations. Kurtz joined the college in 1997, as a full-time English professor, and steadily moved up.


A reminder…Today is the deadline to register to vote, or update voter information in time for the November 3rd general election.

Absentee voting begins tomorrow. As we told you Friday, voters can check out Huron County’s new voting machines during Wednesday’s open house at the Board of Elections Office in Norwalk. Open house hours will be 10am until noon, and 5 until 7.



Friday, October 2, 2015

It is not a good day to be out on Lake Erie.

A Lakeshore Flood Warning is in effect for Erie, Ottawa and Lucas counties until 10am tomorrow. Northeast gales up to 35 knots will cause waves of 8 to 10 feet, which will contribute to lakeshore flooding and beach erosion.


You may have to dodge some raindrops, if you’re going Sunday’s Woolly Bear Festival in downtown Vermilion.

Ohio’s largest one-day festival begins at 9am, and runs until 6.


Our own Mike Adelman will be laid to rest tomorrow.

A funeral service for Mike will begin at 10:30am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, also in Monroeville. Mike passed away Wednesday. He was 65. He’s survived by his wife Melodie, five children and 14 grandchildren.


When it comes to deer-car crashes, Lorain and Richland counties have been identified as “hotspots.”

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Lorain County ranked second in the state last year, with 510 deer-car crashes. Richland County was third in Ohio, with 503 deer-car crashes.


A Willard man was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center early yesterday morning, after rolling his car on Ridge Road in Bronson Township.

According to reports, 35-year-old Matthew Stevens failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road into a nearby cornfield, and flipped over several times. Stevens was able to free himself, and despite serious injuries, made it to a nearby home to ask for help. The highway patrol believes alcohol was a factor in the crash, and charges are pending.


If you’re voting in Huron County this fall, you’ll notice something different—New optical scan voting machines.

Sharon Locke, Director of the Huron County Board of Elections said a change was necessary, because the county’s touch-screen voting machines were aging, and were becoming prone to failure. An open house will be held between 10-12 and 5 and 7 next Wednesday, to help introduce Huron County voters to the new optical scan machines.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

It is a sad day at the Radio Ranch.

Our own Mike Adelman passed away yesterday afternoon. He was 65. Mike was a man of many talents. He was an account executive here at the Radio Ranch, and you most likely heard him broadcasting Willard High School football and basketball games, or talking about high school sports on Saturday mornings on 95.3, WLKR. In the 1970’s, 80’s and much of the 90’s, Mike worked in a similar capacity at the former Wizard radio station in Shelby. Until his death, Mike served as mayor of Monroeville, and previously served as a Huron County Commissioner. Friends and family may call between 11-8 tomorrow, at the Pfeil Funeral Home in Monroeville. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 Saturday morning, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville.


It’s considered Ohio’s largest one-day festival, and it’s happening this Sunday in Vermilion.

The 43rd annual Woolly Bear Festival will begin at 9am in downtown Vermilion. A complete schedule of events and offerings is online, at vermilionchamber.net.


The man responsible for a hit-skip crash in Sandusky turned himself in yesterday afternoon.

29-year-old Brandon Wilson is now facing charges of leaving the scene, and failure to yield. The Highway Patrol said Wilson was turning from the Sandusky Plaza late Tuesday afternoon, and hit a motorcycle driven by 35-year-old Bradley Harrison of Huron. Harrison suffered serious injuries, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Wilson fled the scene on foot.


The Ohio Turnpike is celebrating its 60th anniversary today.

The turnpike fully opened to traffic on October 1st, 1955. When it opened, it had 18 access points. It now has more than 30.


The state of Ohio is getting $1.3 million, to help in the fight against crystal meth.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will help authorities investigate activities tied to the manufacture and distribution of the illicit drug. California, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, New York and Tennessee received identical grants.


Our story on Huron County’s new voting machines will air in tomorrow’s news.

Sharon Locke, Director of the Huron County Board of Elections will talk about the new machines, and she’ll have details on next week’s open house at her office.


In sports…

The Cleveland Indians will NOT play in Major League Baseball’s postseason. Yesterday’s split with the Minnesota Twins, and a Houston win over Seattle finished off any chance a wild-card spot. The Tribe and Twins will finish their series, starting at 7:10 tonight, then the Boston Red Sox will come to Cleveland for a three game series that will end the season.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

It’s a doubleheader day, in Cleveland.

After last night’s rainout, the Indians and Minnesota Twins will play a traditional doubleheader, with game one at 4:10, and game two about a half-hour after the first game. We’ll have both games on 95.3, WLKR. Indians Warm Up will start things off, at 3:37.


Huron County Public Health officials have scheduled a series of drive-thru seasonal flu vaccine clinics.

Those drive-thru clinics will be held in late October and early November. The first one is set for 8 until 11am October 21st, at the Huron County Fairgrounds in Norwalk. A second one is scheduled for 2 until 5pm October 26th, at the Willard Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Huron County Public Health officials will be at St. Mary’s Church in Wakeman between 2-5pm October 29th, and they’ll be at the First Baptist Church in New London from 3 until 5pm November 2nd. Those getting ‘drive-up’ flu shots must be at least 18, and must bring a photo ID and an insurance card. Most insurance types will be accepted.


Ottawa County Commissioner Steve Arndt resigned yesterday, ahead of being sworn in as the newest member of the Ohio House.

As we told you yesterday, Arndt was chosen by Republicans to represent the 89th District, which covers all of Erie and Ottawa counties. The seat was previously held by Steve Kraus, who was dismissed from office in late July, after being found guilty of theft. Republican officials in Ottawa County will need to find a replacement for Arndt as a commissioner.


Erie County Public Defender Jeffery Whitacre is now a member of the Edison Local Schools Board of Education.

He’s replacing Holly Kamm, who resigned September 5th after taking a job out-of-state. Whitacre was one of four people who applied for the opening. All four were interviewed by the Edison Board of Education Monday night.


A late Tuesday afternoon hit-skip crash sent a Huron motorcyclist to the hospital with serious injuries.

35-year-old Bradley Harrison was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, then was transferred to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, after yesterday’s crash on Cleveland Road, near Sycamore Line in Sandusky. According to the Highway Patrol, Harrison’s motorcycle was hit, when 29-year-old Brandon Wilson of Sandusky pulled into his path from a private drive. Wilson fled on foot, and was still at-large as of this morning.


The November 3rd ballot is a full one.

Along with three statewide issues, voters throughout Ohio will decide on more than 1,700 local issues, along with mayor, city and village council, township trustee and school board races. We’ll have more on local and area issues and races throughout October. In tomorrow’s news, we’ll tell you about new voting machines coming to Huron County.


Police in Willard continue to investigate recent thefts from businesses.

Late last week, a thief or thieves broke into Ace Hardware and Farm Supply on Walton Street, smashed a display case, and stole three handguns and two rifles. Before that, two large-screen TV’s were stolen from Rent-A-Center on Blossom Center Boulevard. Evidence recovered at both scenes was sent to a state lab for analysis. Anyone with information should contact the Willard Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 419-933-6110.


Ohioans disposed of 13.5 tons of unneeded, unwanted or expired prescription drugs during Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Road work on Norwalk’s West Main Street has been delayed by a day.

That means work on West Main, at the intersection of North West Street is now scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday. The city of Norwalk’s General Services Department says to expect delays, as traffic will be flagged and maintained in one lane only. If possible, motorists should use alternate routes.


He’s been an Ottawa County Commissioner for 27 years and now, he’s been chosen to fill a vacant seat in the Ohio House.

Republican Steve Arndt was one of 14 people who applied for the empty 89th District House seat. He was picked, after meeting with a five-member screening panel earlier this month. He’s replacing Steve Kraus, who lost the seat in July, after being found guilty of theft. Arndt could be sworn in as early as tomorrow. He’ll represent Erie and Ottawa counties for the remainder of this year and next year, and he’s expected to seek a full term at the end of 2016.


Monday, October 5th is the deadline to register to vote, or update information in time for the November 3rd general election.

Voters may begin casting absentee ballots in-person and by mail, starting October 6th. More than 1700 local issues will appear on the ballot across Ohio.


It could be a very quick meeting of Norwalk City Council.

Just two items are on tonight’s work session agenda. One is resolution is a housekeeping matter, concerning a three-tenths mill renewal levy for current expenses. The other item on the agenda is an ordinance granting a taxicab franchise to Church’s Cab Company.


A 14-year-old Western Reserve student is expected to face charges, for allegedly selling marijuana-laced brownies at school.

Huron County deputies were summoned to the school Friday, after officials learned the boy had sold pot-laced brownies to several students. While investigating, deputies found a loaded BB gun in the boy’s locker. All information has been sent to the Prosecutor’s Office for review.


A 13-year-old Clyde boy is in trouble, for allegedly threatening to bring a gun to McPherson Middle School.

The boy made the threat on social media Sunday night. He was arrested at home, after a school employee tipped off Clyde police. According to reports, the boy confessed to making the threat, and was taken for a mental health evaluation. Police don’t believe he had access to guns. Even so, he’ll likely face charges in Sandusky County Juvenile Court.


Nearly 200 late model cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and trailers will be up for grabs this weekend in Columbus.

They’ll be sold, during the State of Ohio’s largest surplus vehicle auction of the year. The auction will begin at 10am Saturday, at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road in Columbus. All vehicles will be sold as-is with no warranties, and all vehicles must be paid for in full the day of the auction.


The U-S Department of Justice and the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau have reached an 18-million-dollar settlement to resolve allegations that Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank engaged in a practice or pattern of discrimination against African-Americans and Hispanics in its ‘indirect auto lending business’.

The settlement is pending court approval.


Monday, September 28, 2015

For the most part, clouds hampered the view of last night’s rare lunar eclipse/blood moon/super moon combo.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now working with the Ohio Department of Education and various law enforcement agencies, investigating bomb threats made at schools throughout the state.

On Friday, a bomb threat was phoned into Furry Elementary in Perkins Township. As a precaution, police cleared the school and the surrounding area. No bomb was found.


It shouldn’t be long, before Erie and Ottawa counties have a new state rep.

Ohio House Republicans are thought to be near naming a replacement for Steve Kraus, who was dismissed from office in late July, after he was convicted of theft. A five-member screening panel met earlier this month, to interview 14 Republicans who applied to fill the empty seat. The panel was expected to recommend of one those people, and forward the name to the full Ohio House Republican Caucus for a vote.


A group called the North Central Ohio Confederate supporters rallied in downtown Norwalk yesterday.

A few members of the group gathered in front of the Huron County Courthouse, to show support for the Confederate flag. One of the members said the group’s goal is to educate the public. The flag has come under fire in recent months…Many people believe it’s a racist symbol, but the group say it’s a sign of southern heritage.


The Edison Local Schools Board of Education will meet in special session at 6 tonight and tomorrow night, in the Edison Elementary School conference room.

Public action is possible.


To Huron, where the intersection of Cleveland Road and Main Street will close today, due to construction on the Main Street reconnection project.

The intersection is scheduled to re-open October 12th. The intersection of South Street and Main Street in Huron will close October 12th and will re-open on the 30th.


Triennial valuation notices have gone out to property owners in Huron County.