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Thursday, August 14, 2014

It’s Senior Citizens Day at the Huron County Fair.

Admission is just one penny, for seniors 60 and over. The annual Senior Fair King and Queen Contest will begin at 10:30 this morning. Each nursing home in Huron County will send contestants. The small livestock sale begins at 6, and tonight’s grandstand attraction is Motocross races. Action will start at 7. Carrie Danger will broadcast live from the Huron County Fair, starting at 3.

 

Officials are investigating a train derailment in eastern Huron County.

The train derailed yesterday morning, near Sunrise Co-Op in Clarksfield Township. Agricultural products spilled from the train.

 

Old State Road, between Gallup Avenue in Norwalk and State Route 601 in Milan will be closed tomorrow, from 7:30am until 4pm.

Local traffic only will be permitted, with no through-traffic.

 

The former manager of Dollar General in Plymouth has been found guilty of theft, and will play thousands of dollars in restitution.

An investigation by the Plymouth Police Department revealed Tara Barber of Greenwich skimmed as much as $12,000 over a seven-month period, starting late last year. She’ll be sentenced in October, in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education will meet in special session this morning, to tour schools in the district.

The meeting will begin at 8:30, at the Main Street School.

 

Smokers may soon be able to light up, while playing slots on outdoor patios at 9 of Ohio’s casinos and racinos.

Three of four of the state’s casinos, and four of five racinos are seeking approval from the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, and Belterra Park in Cincinnati don’t have outdoor gambling areas. Ohio law prohibits smoking in public places, including casinos. Smoking is permitted at casinos in most other states.

 

Ohio Attorney general Mike DeWine has sent letters to nearly 60 businesses, asking them to explain the cost of bottled water they sold during Toledo’s recent water crisis.

The inquiry is part of a state investigation into alleged price gouging. DeWine’s office received a few dozen consumer complaints against Toledo-area retailers, for selling water at high prices August 2nd, 3rd and 4th. One store in Perrysburg Township charged $60 for two cases of water.

 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A 2008 Western Reserve High School graduate will make his big league pitching debut today.

Andrew Chafin will start for Arizona, when the Diamondbacks take on the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. It’ll be game one of a traditional doubleheader, starting at 4:05. You can hear both games on 95.3, WLKR. The Tribe and Diamondbacks are playing two, because of rain last night.

 

Today is Veterans Day at the Huron County Fair.

Admission for veterans with proper ID is just one cent. It’ll be loud at the fairgrounds tonight. The OSTPA Tractor Pull will begin at 6:30. General grandstand admission is free. Box and pit seats are $5. Kelly Rose will broadcast live from the fair, between 10 and 3 today.

 

Congratulations to this year’s Huron County Junior Fair Royalty.

19-year-old Nicholas Bischoff of Monroeville was crowned as king last night. He’s a student at Bowling Green State University. 18-year-old Olivia Scheid is this year’s Junior Fair Queen. She’s a recent St. Paul graduate, and will attend the Ohio State University.

 

A second 3-2 vote has been cast, in favor of hiring Will Folger as interim superintendent of the Norwalk City Schools.

The re-vote was cast, during last night’s Board of Education meeting. Before that, board members rescinded a July 29th vote to hire Folger, because of ‘potential irregularities.’ Last night’s vote was the same as before, with ‘no’ votes cast by board members Steve Linder and Ralph Ritzenthaler. Assistant superintendent Sue Goodsite was a finalist for the top job. She claimed she was offered the position, before Folger was hired.

 

A change, involving Norwalk’s Christie Avenue.

On school mornings only, left turns will be prohibited from Christie onto Norwood Avenue, and Christie onto Benedict Avenue. Signs will be posted at both ends of Christie Avenue. Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder said the change will improve traffic flow at both intersections, and will increase safety for pedestrians.

 

Old State Road, between Milan Manor and State Route 601 in Milan will be closed from 7 until 3 Friday, for tree removal.

 

A Collins man has admitted to improperly receiving thousands of dollars worth of unemployment benefits.

In court this week, Matthew Clifton pleaded guilty to felony theft. As part of the plea, he’s expected to pay nearly $8,600 restitution, and he’ll likely be sent to jail with work release privileges. He’ll be sentenced in September. Clifton accepted unemployment benefits between April of 2011, and June of last year. Prosecutors said he worked about four months during that time, but continued to receive about $500 a week from the state.

 

Charges have been upgraded against a Sandusky County woman accused of hitting a pedestrian in downtown Bellevue.

62-year-old Marilyn Perry of Lindsey is now charged with aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony. She’s also charged with DUI. According to reports, Perry was drunk when she hit Pamela Beckham last Thursday evening. Beckham was standing next to her car, in front of the Bellevue Public Library. She suffered broken bones and other injuries, and was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She remains there, in stable condition.

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It’s Senior Day and Free Day at the Huron County Fair.

There’s free admission for all, until 3 this afternoon. Rides will be extra. The Kiddie Tractor Pull will begin at noon, and various children’s activities will start at 1. The Junior Fair King and Queen contest will be held at 6:30. Tonight’s grandstand attraction is the Hot Farm Truck or Tractor Pull.

 

The Toledo suburb of Perrysburg was hit hard by heavy rain yesterday morning.

Parts of the city received five inches of rain in a short amount of time.

 

A small tornado touched down in Muskingum County yesterday.

The EF-0 twister was on the ground for less than 60 seconds, near Frazeyburg. Damage was minimal.

 

A Collins man accused of rape has been indicted by a Huron County Grand Jury.

37-year-old Jeffery Knox is facing charges of rape, attempted rape and burglary.  The charges are tied to an early July incident involving a 28-year-old woman. 

Also charged by the grand Jury:  two men accused of running a meth lab.  Billy Jo Kilgore and Jeffery Vogel are charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.  Vogel is also charged with tampering with evidence.

 

Two people were taken to the hospital after a crash involving a semi-truck and three cars.

The crash occurred yesterday afternoon on U.S. Route 250 South in Norwalk.  A crash report from the Highway Patrol is incomplete.

 

The Norwalk City Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session tonight.

The meeting will begin at 7:30, at Norwalk High School. It’s a full agenda.

Among the items listed: A resolution addressing the hiring of interim superintendent Will Folger, and additional work days for assistant superintendent Sue Goodsite. Also on the agenda: a request for the board to authorize the Norwalk Athletic Boosters to begin construction on the Norwalk High School All-Sports Complex.

 

A change involving Norwalk’s Christie Avenue.

On school mornings only, left turns will be prohibited from Christie onto Norwood Avenue and Christie onto Benedict Avenue.  Signs will be posted at both ends of Christie Avenue.  Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder said the change will improve traffic flow at both intersections and will increase safety for pedestrians.

 

Strecker Road, between Kelly and Thomas roads in Milan will be closed this Friday for railroad repairs.

The closure should last just one day.

 

A federal judge has extended a moratorium on executions in Ohio, to allow the state more time to implement a new lethal injection procedure.

That means no executions will occur until at least January 15th of next year. The order by U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost also means four scheduled executions are on hold. Executions had been scheduled for next month, October, November and early January. In May, Frost halted all executions until this month, after death row inmate Dennis McGuire unexpectedly took 25 minutes to die, using a new lethal injection procedure. A state review found McGuire suffered no pain, but officials said in the future, they’ll increase the dosages of drugs for future executions. McGuire’s family has filed suit in federal court.

 

Monday, August 11, 2014

The 93rd Huron County Fair gets underway today.

Kelly Rose will broadcast live from the fair, between 10 and 3. Country singer Tyler Farr is tonight’s grandstand attraction. He’ll perform at 7:30. Ticket prices range from $12 to $20.

A quick rundown…

Tomorrow is Kids Day and Free Day at the Huron County Fair. Admission minus rides is free until 3.

Wednesday is Veterans Day, featuring one cent admission for veterans with proper ID.

Thursday is Senior Citizens Day…Seniors 60 and over will get in for a penny.

Regular daily admission to the Huron County Fair is $7.

 

A Bellevue woman is fair condition, after being hit by a suspected drunk driver.

Pamela Beckham is a patient at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. She was flown there Thursday evening, after she was hit on East Main, near the Bellevue Public Library. According to reports, she was leaving her car, when she was struck by 62-year-old Marilyn Perry of Lindsey. Perry was arrested for DUI, and was taken to the Huron County Jail.

 

The state highway patrol is investigating a weekend crash that killed a teenage girl.

It happened shortly before 1:30 yesterday morning on State Route 105, in southwestern Ottawa County. An SUV driven by 18-year-old Austin Limpf of Curtice, Ohio went off the road, before overturning several times. A passenger, 14-year-old Miranda Marie Cleveland was ejected, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Limpf was taken to a nearby hospital, for treatment of minor injuries. He told troopers he fell asleep at the wheel.

 

Another rollover crash in Ottawa County injured two people.

That one happened yesterday afternoon on State Route 2 in Carroll Township.  Traffic was backed up for about two miles in both directions.  The crash is under investigation.

 

Huron County deputies have arrested a Norwalk man suspected of dealing cocaine.

David DeLeon was arrested Thursday, at the Rustic Hills Mobile Home Park. He was charged with cocaine trafficking, with more charges and more arrests expected. Cocaine with a street value of $4000 was seized from DeLeon’s home. Deputies said he was involved in a ‘fairly significant’ trafficking operation.

 

Charges are pending against a Bellevue man who crashed through a cemetery fence.

The crash occurred Friday night on West Center Street.  According to reports, the driver, Matthew Carbary left the scene but was found a short time later.  He was taken to The Bellevue Hospital.

 

The Norwalk City Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session tomorrow night.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 at Norwalk High School.  It’s a full agenda.  Among the items listed:  A resolution addressing the hiring of interim superintendent Will Folger and additional work days for assistant superintendent Sue Goodsite.  Folger will officially be hired tomorrow night.  Also on the agenda: a request for the board to authorize the Norwalk Athletic Boosters to begin construction on the Norwalk High School All-Sports Complex.

 

Strecker Road, between Kelly and Thomas Roads in Milan will be closed this Friday for railroad repairs.

The closure should last just one day.

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.