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Friday, Septmeber 12, 2014

Unlike last Friday, it should be a cool, crisp night for high school football.

Tonight’s forecast calls for cloudy skies, and a low near 50. We’ll check our broadcast schedule, and other games in sports.


Convicted Chardon High School shooter TJ Lane is back behind bars, after escaping from a western Ohio prison.

Two other inmates escaped with Lane. One was caught last night, the other, around 4:30 this morning.


The National Weather Service has confirmed that four small tornadoes touched down in northeast Ohio Wednesday evening.

All four were classified as EF-0 twisters, with winds up to 85 miles per hour. Three of the tornadoes touched down in Portage County, while the other hit Summit County. Another small tornado touched down near Delphos, in western Ohio.


18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for a Monroeville man accused of growing marijuana in Norwalk.

32-year-old Thomas Sterling was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.  Sterling was arrested in March after police found dozens of marijuana plants growing inside the former Berardi’s building on Cleveland Road.  Authorities said it was one of the largest marijuana growing operations in Huron County.


A lawmaker from Sandusky County wants to toughen Ohio’s laws on texting-while-driving.

Republican Rex Damschroder of Fremont wants texting-while-driving to become a primary offense, meaning police would not need another reason for pulling over offenders. Texting-while-driving is currently considered a secondary offense, just like driving without a seat belt. Damschroder wants the Ohio House to consider the change this fall.


BGSU-Firelands in Huron will present its 44th annual College Night, from 6:30 until 8pm Tuesday, in the main conference room of the Cedar Point Center.

High school students and adults will be able to speak with representatives from dozens of colleges, universities and schools of nursing.Information on financial aid will be available as well.


Halloweekends are back at Cedar Point.

The Sandusky amusement park will be open from 6pm until midnight Fridays, 11am until midnight Saturdays, and 11am until 8pm Sundays. Halloweekends will run through November 2nd.


The North Street Phase II Project in Monroeville is complete, and the street is open.

A reminder that North Street is a 25 mph zone.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There are no reports, confirmed or otherwise, of funnel clouds or tornados in southern Huron County.

A tornado warning was issued shortly after 8:30 last night for southeastern Huron County, northern Ashland County, and southern Lorain County, after Doppler radar showed a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Fitchville. The warning was canceled shortly after 9, and Huron County deputies said they received no reports of twisters. The warning led tornado sirens to sound in Norwalk. A few hours earlier, tornado warnings were issued for eight northeast Ohio counties. Twisters may have touched down in Rittman, Akron and Stow.


Flags  should be flown at half-staff today, in honor of lives lost in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.

A moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 this morning.


The state highway patrol has released details about last weekend’s arrest of a drunken truck driver.

The report, released yesterday, says 48-year-old Michael Craycraft of Cleveland was arrested Saturday, near the Ohio turnpike exit in Milan. Craycraft was stopped, after troopers received reports of a semi-truck driving erratically. He was taken to the Milan patrol post, where he blew a .256 during a breath test. That’s more than three times Ohio’s legal limit. Craycraft was charged with DUI, a marked lanes violation and open container. Records show it’s his third DUI arrest.


The all-clear has been given in Willard.

Earlier this week, city officials sent a sample of reservoir water for testing, after noticing signs of potential algae bloom toxins. The Ohio EPA said the water is free of toxins, and is safe to drink.


Willard city council did NOT name an interim city manager, during Tuesday’s special meeting.

City council will meet again next Monday. At the request of council, current city manager Brian Humphress is stepping down. His last day will be next Friday.


A Huron County deputy remains on paid leave, amid allegations he used excessive force during a recent arrest.

Sgt. Chuck Summers has been on administrative leave since September 1st. He’s accused of choking a drunk suspect, during an August 30th arrest at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club. Summers and two other deputies were sent there, to investigate a fight at a wedding reception. Some of the alleged incident involving Summers and his accuser was caught on cell phone video. A special investigator with the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association is looking into the incident. Once the investigation is complete, a report will be sent to Sheriff Dane Howard for potential discipline.


Felony charges have been filed against a Port Clinton couple accused of bankruptcy fraud, and stealing more than $160,000 from a senior citizen.

63-year-old Iris Stephenson is facing eight counts, including first-degree felony theft, and defrauding creditors. Her husband, 61-year-old Hugh Stephenson is charged with one count each of theft and defrauding creditors. The alleged bankruptcy fraud, and theft involving the Stephensons and the 83-year-old victim occurred in 2011. The two are due in court September 29th.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The all-clear has been given in Willard.

City officials sent a sample of reservoir water for testing after noticing signs of potential algae bloom toxins.  The Ohio EPA said the water is free of toxins and is safe to drink.


Delays are possible today, tomorrow and Monday, because of road construction in Norwalk.

Today, crews are scheduled to work on the southbound lane of Milan Avenue, along with Wooster and Marshall streets, all between League and Franklin. Tomorrow, crews will work on St. Mary’s Street, between Grove and Mack. Monday’s schedule includes various sections of Old State Road between East Main and Route 20, the intersection of Benedict and Elm, and portions of West Main.


Willard city council did NOT name an interim city manager during last night’s special meeting.

City council will meet again next Monday.  At the request of council, current city manager Brian Humphress is stepping down.  His last day will be next Friday.


Perkins Police are searching for a missing teenage girl.

15-year-old Chyanne Crawford-Nickles was last seen near Perkins High School.  Anyone with information should contact the Perkins Police Department.


As expected, a Bellevue man charged with manufacturing crystal meth has had his case bound over to a grand jury. 

32-year-old John Ruffing has been in the Huron County Jail since his late August arrest.  His bond is set at $50,000.  A co-defendant, 43-year-old Julie Singleton, also of Bellevue is facing charges and remains jailed in Sandusky County, in lieu of $150,000 bond.  The two allegedly manufactured meth at Singleton’s Thomas Drive apartment.


Tickets are now being sold for EHOVE Career Center’s popular Senior Citizen Fall Festival.

Tickets are $5 each, and must be purchased in advance at EHOVE’s Adult Education Office. This year’s Senior Citizen Fall Festival is Wednesday, September 17th, and Thursday, September 18th from 11am until 1pm.


Train Fest 2014 is coming to Willard.

Displays and events will be held around the city between 9 and 5 this Saturday. Suitcase trains and a custom-built Norfolk and Southern HO gauge business train will be on display at the Willard Senior Center. Ashland Railway will bring in full-sized trains, including the ‘Polar Xpress’, and a full-sized diesel engine. At Central Elementary, the Monroeville Model Railroad Group will have an HO gauge layout on display. Other train displays can be seen downtown.


Weather permitting, Fisher-Titus Medical Center will have resealing and striping work done this weekend.

That means starting at 8am Friday, cars will not be able to enter the Fisher-Titus Parkway entrance across from Burger King. Fisher-Titus Parkway at Shady Lane will be fully open to traffic. Signs will be in place, to guide traffic. Work should be complete by 4:30am Monday.


Governor John Kasich has ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, in honor of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001.

The governor also wants all Ohioans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46am tomorrow.


Believe it or not, a new study shows Cleveland is NOT the most tortured sports city in the U.S.

Cleveland is second, behind San Diego.  Cleveland’s last major pro sports championship was won in 1964.  But the San Diego Padres have never won a World Series and the Chargers have never won the Super Bowl.  Plus, San Diego has had two NBA franchises leave town—The Rockets and the Clippers.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about a weekend ATV crash that killed a young boy.

Six-year-old Lincoln Gilbert of New London died Saturday afternoon, a short time after  the accident on a trail near Prairie Road in Bellevue. According to chief deputy Ted Patrick, the boy was driving a four-wheel ATV, with a 17-year-old boy sitting in the passenger seat. The ATV rolled on top of Gilbert, after the two went around a curve. He was taken to The Bellevue Hospital, where he died of injuries suffered in the crash. The teen was not hurt.

Patrick said a crash reconstructionist from the state highway patrol has been called in, in hopes of learning more about the accident. Gilbert was a first grader at Immaculate Conception School.


Willard City Council is expected to name an acting city manager, during a special meeting scheduled for 5pm today.

Longtime city manager Brian Humphress is resigning, effective September 19th.


Charges are pending against a 17-year-old Sandusky boy accused of posting a sexually explicit video of his 14-year-old ex-girlfriend on Facebook.

The prosecutor’s office is reviewing a report. The teen posted the video last month. A friend of the ex-girlfriend saw it, and told Facebook officials. It’s since been removed from the site.


The death penalty is looming over an accused killer in Bucyrus.

Crawford County prosecutors say Donald Hoffman is facing a host of charges, including aggravated murder with death penalty specifications.  Hoffman is accused of killing four men Labor Day weekend.


The former superintendent of two local school systems has died.

Carol Girton passed away Sunday. She was 66. She was hired as superintendent of the Monroeville Local Schools in 2001, and later held the same position in New London. She retired last year.


Tickets are now being sold for EHOVE Career Center’s popular Senior Citizen Fall Festival.

Tickets are $5 each and must be purchased in advance at EHOVE’s Adult Education Office.  This year’s Senior Citizen Fall Festival is Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th from 11 am until 1pm.


The State of Ohio is planning to resume executions in February after a court-imposed moratorium.

Executions were halted last month to allow officials time to make changes in the lethal injection procedure.


In sports…

Presale tickets will be available starting tomorrow for ‘The Battle of Route 20.’ 2-0 Bellevue will host 2-0 Clyde this Friday night.  You can buy presale tickets at Bellevue High School and Bellevue Middle School between 7 and 3 tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.  A large crowd is expected at the game.  Reserve seats are $7.  Adults are $6 and students and senior citizens are $4.

Monday, September 8, 2014

What a difference a day makes.

Friday’s official high in Norwalk was 94.  Saturday’s official high in the Maple City was 72.  After 83 tomorrow and Wednesday, highs will drop to 72 Thursday, 65 Friday and just 62 Saturday.


It’ll be nice, for afternoon baseball in Cleveland.

The Indians and LA Angels will play a makeup game at 1:05 this afternoon. You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.


A six-year-old boy is dead, the victim of an ATV accident in Bellevue.

It occurred Saturday night on Prairie Road, near Edmonds Road. A preliminary report said the boy died at The Bellevue Hospital. Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said more information will be released today.


It’s official…

Brian Sears has been named fire chief in Bellevue.  He served as interim chief since last September.  He’s a Bellevue native and a 23-year member of the department.


A notice to all Norwalk residents: The Norwalk Fire Department will be flow testing hydrants in random locations around the city for the next two weeks.

In some areas, testing may turn the water a brownish color. Residents should let it run until it flows clear, before drinking it or doing laundry.


According to a new survey by Amusement Today, Cedar Point is the best amusement park in the U.S., but not the world.

The Sandusky park won the ‘best in the world’ title for 16 consecutive years, but was deemed second-best this year, behind Europa-Park in Germany. But, Cedar Point’s Millennium Force continued its run of Best Steel Roller Coaster. Other results from the poll show Kings Island’s Banshee came in second for best new ride. Kalahari Resort came in second for best indoor water park, behind one in Texas.


Road work continues, on U.S. Route 20 between Monroeville and Bellevue.

The highway is down to one lane of traffic each way. According to ODOT, work should be complete by late September.


Around Ohio…

Investigators are trying to find the cause of a blaze that destroyed a 19th century building in Canal Fulton.  The Exchange Building went up in flames yesterday afternoon.  It was built in 1898.

Ohio motorists are paying a little less for gas.  Today’s statewide average is $3.43, down about two cents from last week.  It’s also a penny less than the nationwide average.

Community colleges across Ohio are now facing a new state funding formula.  New rules that took effect last week will tie funding to graduation rates and course completion, instead of enrollment.



Friday, September 5, 2014

A cool-down is on the way.

After 90 today, highs will be in the low-to-mid 70’s tomorrow and Sunday.


Classes at BGSU-Firelands are canceled due to a power outage.

However, staff members should report back at 1 this afternoon.  Evening programs will proceed as scheduled, including the Carol Crane Youth Theater production of Seussical.


It’s Football Friday and tonight on sister station K96, we’ll be live in Huron as the Tigers take on Bellevue.

Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 with kickoff at 7.  On 95.3 WLKR, it’s John Hay at Norwalk, followed by Monroeville at Edison.  Tomorrow night, we’ll have Tiffin Calvert at St. Paul, and then we’ll join the Ohio State and Virginia Tech in progress.


A $500 reward is being offered, for information leading to the arrests of three suspects who broke into a Bellevue business earlier this week.

The three entered Thomas Steel on Elm Street just after midnight Tuesday. According to reports, they were there for an hour, and damaged doors, cabinets and equipment, before making off with a small amount of cash. The burglary was caught on video. You can see it, on the Bellevue Police Department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information should contact the Bellevue Police Department.


Bellevue Police are looking into an alleged stabbing involving two siblings, ages 11 and 15.

It happened Wednesday at a home on East Center Street.  A domestic violence charge is pending.


A man accused of killing four men in Bucyrus is due back in court one week from today.

41-year-old Donald Wayne Hoffman was in Crawford County Municipal Court yesterday, where bond was set at $10 million. Hoffman is charged with four counts each of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. He reportedly confessed to killing the men earlier this week.


Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach is encouraging qualified homeowners to submit homestead applications for the next tax year.

The homestead exemption allows homeowners who are 65, or will turn 65 this year, or who are totally and permanently disabled to reduce the value of their homestead property by $25,000 of the market value from property taxes. Any homeowner currently receiving the homestead exemption does not need to re-apply this year. Applications are available online at huroncountyauditor.org.


A new TV series highlighting Huron High School’s football program is debuting today on The Weather Channel.

Last week, a production crew was in Huron, to film segments for ’12 weeks, 12 towns’. The program focuses on passionate high school football towns. Segments will air once each hour, between the :30 and :50 minute mark. It’s not known which hour Huron will be featured. Also, breaking news or weather updates could affect air times.


In terms of fundraising, August was a successful month for Governor John Kasich.

The Republican incumbent raised $1.2 million for his re-election campaign. That’s about 10 times more than Democratic challenger Ed Fitzgerald brought in.


Good news, for some Cleveland Browns fans.

Raycom-owned television stations are back on DirecTV. That includes Channel 19, WOIO in Cleveland, and WTOL, Channel 11 in Toledo. Those channels, along with WUAB, Channel 43 were blacked out earlier this week, due to a contract dispute between Raycom and DirecTV. That means Browns fans who subscribe to DirecTV will be able to watch Sunday’s opener against Pittburgh.


A federal judge has blocked state officials from cutting evening and weekend hours from early voting.

The judge said the law hurts low-income and minority voters.  Early voting would begin September 30th under the judge’s order, but state officials say they will appeal.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lockwood Road, between U.S. Route 250 and State Route 601 in Milan will be closed between 6:30 and 3 today, for road repaving.

Local traffic will be maintained. All others should use an alternate route.


The highway patrol continues to investigate yesterday’s fatal accident in Greenfield Township.

54-year-old Sandra Lovato of Norwalk, and 76-year-old Roger Dearsman of Green Springs died yesterday morning, after the crash at the intersection of State routes 61 and 162. Troopers said Dearsman failed to yield at a stop sign, and hit Lovato’s car. Lovato was taken to Willard Mercy Hospital, where she died of injuries suffered in the crash. Dearsman was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, but died of severe injuries. A passenger, 71-year-old Evelyn Dearsman was taken to Fisher-Titus, then was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.


Two mobile home parks in Norwalk were without water for a brief time yesterday.

Midtown Manor on Milan Avenue, and Key Estates on Whittelsey Avenue had  service shut off, because of past due water bills. The two mobile home parks owed nearly $34,000 for July and August. Service was turned off around 9am yesterday, and was restored at 1, after payment was made. While the mobile home parks have different owners, a management company from Akron is responsible for paying water bills for both. Both parks had water turned off once last year, for non-payment.


Bond is set at $10 million for the man accused of killing four men in Bucyrus.

41-year-old Donald Wayne Hoffman is in the Crawford County Jail on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.  He’s accused of fatally beating the men in their homes.  Two of the bodies were discovered on Monday and the other two on Tuesday.  Hoffman reportedly confessed to killing the men.  The victims ranged in age from 55 to 65.  Hoffman’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Friday.  If eventually convicted of the charges, he faces life in prison or death by lethal injection.


A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrests of three suspects who broke into a Bellevue business earlier this week.

The three entered Thomas Steel on Elm Street just after midnight Tuesday.  According to reports, they were there for an hour and damaged doors, cabinets and equipment before making off with a small amount of cash.  The burglary was caught on video.  You can see it on the Bellevue Police Department’s Facebook page.  Anyone with information should contact the Bellevue Police Department.


The highway patrol says there were fewer fatal accidents, over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

11 people died in crashes between Friday and Monday. That’s down from 16, during the same period last year.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Early morning dense fog caused a number of school delays, mainly west of us.

Monroeville was on a two-hour delay this morning.  Port Clinton schools had to close for the day.


Longtime Willard City Manager Brian Humphress is stepping down.

Humphress announced his resignation, during last night’s meeting of Willard City Council. His last day will be September 19th. He was asked to resign by city council, but neither side would provide more information. Humphress has served as Willard City Manager for 13 years. City Council will hire his replacement.


To Bucyrus, where four men were found beaten to death, in four different homes.

Two bodies were found Monday, and two more, yesterday. The victims were between the ages of 50 and 70. Bucyrus police believe the four deaths are connected, but a link or motive has not been established. An unnamed suspect has been interviewed, but no charges have been filed.


The intersection of State Routes 61 and 162 in Greenfield Township was closed this morning due to an accident.

The Highway Patrol and other emergency responders were at the scene.  A dispatcher was unable to provide more information.


The city of Norwalk is stocking up on road salt.

Through a purchasing program offered by the Ohio Department of Transportation, city officials agreed to buy 1,500 tons of salt at a cost of just over $58 a ton.  It’s about $22 more per ton, compared to last year.


Cedar Point’s big announcement yesterday: Mantis will give its last ride October 19th.

The stand-up coaster made its debut in 1996. There’s speculation the ride may be transformed into something else. Cedar Point officials said more information will be released at a later date.


Phone records show a Bellevue woman was using Snapchat, when her car crashed into a garbage truck, critically injuring her three-year-old son.

24-year-old Heather Russell is charged with aggravated vehicular assault. She’s awaiting court proceedings. Investigators learned Russell was using the picture-sharing app, when her car hit the back of a garbage truck on Mason Road, near State Route 269 in Groton Township. The accident occurred in mid-March. Russell was arrested about two weeks ago. She’s currently free on bond. Her son continues to recover.


You can no longer buy tobacco products at CVS.

The drug store chain stopped selling all tobacco products at all of its 7,700 locations at midnight Tuesday.


A contract dispute between Raycom and DirecTV could cause some Cleveland Browns fans to miss this Sunday’s season opener.

Raycom owns CBS affiliates WOIO Channel 19 in Cleveland, and WTOL Channel 11 in Toledo. Those channels are blacked out locally, because Raycom and DirecTV are involved in a dispute over fees. If the two sides don’t strike a new deal by Sunday, Cleveland Browns fans who subscribe to DirecTV won’t be able to see the game. The Browns will play the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

If you’re a DirecTV subscriber, you currently don’t have CBS channels out of Toledo or Cleveland.

WTOL Channel 11, and WOIO Channel 19 are blacked out, because the satellite TV provider and Raycom failed to agree on a new carriage contract. Also out of DirecTV’s lineup, at least for now: Cleveland’s WUAB, Channel 43. 50 other Raycom-owned TV stations are affected by the dispute.


A memorial fund has been established for the family of a Bellevue man who died from injuries sustained in a crash.

20-year-old Anson Hupp passed away Friday, a day after his car went off State Route 547 in Monroeville. His car overturned multiple times, and Hupp was ejected. Contributions may be made at youcaring.com.


A suspected crystal meth maker from Bellevue has turned himself in.

32-year-old John Ruffing is charged with two counts of illegal possession of manufactured drugs. Ruffing had been at-large since last Thursday. That’s when Bellevue police and state agents searched his Section Line Road 30 home, and seized meth-related items. Ruffing’s arrest is part of the same investigation that led to last week’s arrest of Julie Singleton of Bellevue. She was arrested Thursday, after authorities searched her Thomas Drive apartment and found items used to manufacture crystal meth. She remains in the Sandusky County Jail.


The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and state investigators are following up on complaints about Put-In-Bay’s police officers.

The Toledo Blade says, complaints from residents and business owners include unlawful arrests and inappropriate, forceful tactics.


Kraft Foods is voluntarily recalling 7,500 cases of cheese after learning a supplier failed to store the cheese in accordance with Kraft temperature standards.

The company said it could cause premature spoilage or food-borne illness. So far, Kraft has received no consumer complaints. The recall is nationwide and includes packages of 16, 24 and 64 Kraft American singles all with an expiration date of February, 2015. If you have that cheese, it should be returned to the store for an exchange or a full refund.


A reminder that U.S. Route 6, near State Route 269 in Margaretta Township is closed until early October, for a culvert replacement.

Also, State Route 60, between Vermilion and the Erie-Huron county line is down to one lane of traffic, for paving work. The project should be complete by next June.







Friday, August 29, 2014

The 2014 high school football season kicks off tonight.

On 95.3, WLKR, we’ll be live at Whitney Field in Norwalk, as the Truckers take on the Edison Chargers. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30, with kickoff at 7. After Norwalk and Edison, we’ll head to Castalia, for Pigskin Playback action between Margaretta and Willard. On K96, you’ll hear live coverage of the first ever ‘Shoreline Showdown’, between Huron and Sandusky. Tomorrow night, it’s St. Paul and St. Mary, on 95.3, WLKR.


A Bellevue man was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, after a rollover crash on State Route 547 in Sherman Township.

20-year-old Anson Hupp was injured late yesterday afternoon. According to the highway patrol, Hupp went off 547, hit an embankment and overturned multiple times. He was ejected from the car. Troopers said Hupp wasn’t wearing his seat belt. He was flown from the scene to St. V’s. Hospital officials had no condition update this morning.


The manager of a Put-in-Bay bar has been charged with raping a woman who was unconscious.

32-year-old Chris Blessing of Port Clinton works at Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grill. He appeared in court yesterday, and pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape. The woman told authorities she lost consciousness one night in early May, when she and Blessing were drinking together. She regained consciousness during the alleged rape, and she told investigators she believe she was drugged. Blessing is free on $100,000 bond.


The investigation continues into a garage fire in Monroeville. 

Firefighters were summoned to the Route 99 scene late Wednesday night.  The blaze did about $50,000 damage.


It’s festival time in New London and Milan.

The Firelands Festival begins today at Recreation Park in New London. The Melon Festival begins tomorrow in Milan. Both festivals run through Labor Day. The Melon Festival’s Grand Parade begins at 2 Sunday afternoon. If you’d like to go, get there early.


The Labor Day weekend is expected to be the busiest in several years on Ohio’s roads.

AAA says nearly 1.5 million Ohioans will travel by car through Monday. The auto club says it’s the highest number of people to go out of town, to wrap up the summer since the 2008 recession.


Monday is Labor Day.

Schools will be closed, along with local, state and federal government offices. Most banks will be closed as well. No mail Monday, and trash pickup will be delayed by one day.