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Thursday, June 5, 2014

It ended around 2am this morning.

A 12th inning, walk-off homerun gave the Cleveland Indians a 7-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. Asdrubel Cabrera was the hero.

 

Today is the final day of classes, for students in the Norwalk City Schools.

 

A former Fremont Ross coach is facing a sex charge, for his involvement with a 17-year-old female student.

36-year-old Johnny Alridge was arrested yesterday for sexual battery. The former assistant football and track coach resigned, before his arrest. According to reports, Alridge and the girl had sex several times between February and May, at a Fremont motel. Authorities are investigating allegations that Alridge had sex with other students. He’s currently free on $25,000 bond.

 

Another mental health evaluation could be in store, for a Norwalk woman trying to plead ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’, for allegedly trying to stab a Huron County deputy.

Public Defender David Longo has until Monday, to request a second evaluation of 54-year-old Blanche Myers. Longo said he has questions about the first report, which says Myers doesn’t have a mental defect or disability. Myers is charged with felonious assault, for allegedly trying to stab a deputy, after a February disturbance at her Greenwich-Milan Townline Road home. She’s scheduled to stand trial next month.

 

A Lancaster, Ohio man will spend over a decade in prison for holding up a Willard grocery store.

Yesterday, Huron County Common Pleas Court Judge James Conway sentenced 47-year-old Michael Fette to 12 years behind bars for robbing Missler’s IGA at gunpoint last August.  He was caught minutes after the holdup.  Fette will begin serving the sentence after he’s done serving eight years for crimes committed in Logan County.  He also has pending cases in four other Ohio counties.

 

A weak tornado touched down in southwest Ohio yesterday.

The EF-0 twister, with winds of 85 miles per hour, damaged the roof of Lynchburg-Clay High School in Highland County. There were no injuries.

 

Members of the Republican National Convention’s Site Selection Committee have left Cleveland.

The group is now in Kansas City. The committee is gathering information about Cleveland and KC, and will make stops in Dallas and Denver. One of those cities is expected to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

 

A big weekend is in store, at Cedar Point.

‘CoasterMania!’ is scheduled for tomorrow. Adrenaline junkies from around the globe will ride Cedar Point’s world-renowned roller coasters. Sunday, it’s ‘Coasting for Kids’. Participants will ride the Gemini and Magnum XL-200 all day, to help raise money for Give Kids the World, a non-profit organization that treats children with life- threatening illnesses and their families to a cost-free fantasy vacation.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohioans are being targeted by tax scams.

Since the April 15th tax filing deadline, DeWine’s office has received more than 50 reports of tax-related scams. Losses have ranged between $700 and $28,000. In a typical variation of the scam, a con artist will call, claiming to be an IRS agent. The caller claims the victim owes money for back taxes, or is under investigation for tax fraud. The caller then tells the victim to send money using a prepaid card to correct the issue. The phone number that appears on caller ID may have a 202-Washington DC area code, but the number is likely spoofed, or made up, and the caller is likely located outside the country. To report a potential scam, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

 

230 new jobs could be coming to Norwalk.

Borgers USA is considering the Maple City as a possible location for a second U.S.manufacturing location. The other is in Alabama, and the company also has operations in Germany and China. The company’s largest business division is the automotive sector. Borgers USA has filed paperwork for local incentives. Norwalk City Council will review the information tonight.

 

It appears carbon monoxide poisoning may have caused the deaths of a Huron Township woman and her son.

The badly decomposed bodies of 87-year-old Eunice Tuttle, and 62-year-old David Tuttle were discovered in mid-May, inside their Cleveland Road townhouse. The two had been dead at least three weeks. A coroner’s report will be issued, once final test results are in.

 

No water for about five hours tomorrow, for residents and businesses along Norwalk’s Milan Avenue, between Union Street, and Wendy’s.

Crews will disband the old water main. Streets in that area will not be closed. A boil advisory will be in effect for 24 hours, after the water service is restored.

 

Bids are in, for the Bellevue Public Library’s addition and major renovation project.

Five bids range from $1.9 to $2.3 million. City officials will choose a contractor, after reviewing the bids. Once underway, the project should take a year.

 

Around the state…

A woman was hurt Sunday, after walking into a spinning airplane propeller. Middletown authorities said she was flown to a Dayton hospital, for treatment of head injuries. The woman is an employee of a skydiving business.

 

A kindergarten teacher in Mt. Blanchard has been charged with child endangering, for pushing a student against a wall, and grabbing his face and shirt. It was caught on surveillance video. The teacher, Barbara Williams, was suspended for 10 days. The boy’s parents want her fired.

 

The Department of Health says two rabid bats have been found in Delaware County. The discovery has prompted health advisories. Statewide, five rabid bats have been found this year, and up to five percent of all Ohio bats have the rabies virus.

 

They were caught in the act, and now they’re facing criminal charges. Three teens were arrested over the weekend, a short time after a Midtown Manor homeowner found them inside his residence. The three fled the home with prescription medicine and tobacco. 18-year-old Austin Florek, and 18-year-old Ryan Sawyer Jr. were jailed for burglary. A 16-year-old girl was taken to juvenile lockup. All three live in Midtown Manor.

 

Friday, May 30, 2014

A former Perkins School employee is suing the district for gender discrimination.

25 year girls track coach, and 19 year health teacher Tracy Hiss was suspended for allegedly distributing prescription-strength pain relief patches to high school students in 2013. Hiss says the district handled her investigation differently than a similar incident involving a male coach. According to Hiss, in 2012, Travis Crabtree, a wrestling coach, allegedly offered a student a prescription pain killer and received only a three-match suspension, and retained his job while Hiss’ case was turned over to Perkins police. The lawsuit states that superintendent Jim Gunner does not provide evidence to support the allegations, only hearsay. Hiss vehemently denies the claims the lawsuit states.

 

Sandusky police are trying to identify an ATM thief.

An unknown culprit broke into Mickey Mart on Columbus Ave. Thursday morning and made off with the ATM machine. The phone lines behind the store were severed, disabling the alarm, and the front door and window were shattered. Police found the ATM machine in nearby bushes, showing the thief had gained access to the contents. Police have not identified any suspects, but they are obtaining surveillance from nearby businesses. Anyone with information should call 627-0824.

 

The Sandusky State Theater, City of Sandusky, and Cedar Point are looking for volunteers for events in June.

The State Theater needs groups of volunteers aged 14 and up to help during Bike Week. If a non-profit can recruit enough volunteers to cover 30 percent of its membership roster, the group will get 4 hours free to use the State Room, the Art Gallery, or the theater itself for free. To volunteer call the ticket office at 626-1950.

 

The city of Sandusky’s Recreation department needs help for its Coaster Classic Softball Tournament.

If the same group helps all three days of the event, the group can earn a percentage of the proceeds from the paid parking. To volunteer contact Victoria Kurt 627-5886

Cedar Point is looking for volunteers for the parks Run and Ride 5K half marathon. Each volunteer will receive a t-shirt and a $10 donation to the charity of their choice. To participate visit Cedarpoint.com

 

Harlequins Community Theater in Sandusky is offering a $500 scholarship to local students interested in studying theater. College students majoring or minoring are eligible to apply.

Applications to apply are available at harlewuinstheater.org. The Deadline to apply is June 15.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

26 year old Michael Milner pleaded guilty to the beating death of 3 year old Owen Barker.

Milner pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated murder, avoiding the possibility of the death penalty. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of murder, felonious assault and child endangering. Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter has agreed not to ask for life without parole, He is recommending Milner be sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 20, 25, or 30 years. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 7.

A suspect in the George Martin murder case has been indicted.

24 year old Bethany Sandy of Norwalk has been indicted on charges of complicity to aggravated murder, arson, robbery, burglary, and tampering with evidence. According to police, Sandy, and her alleged accomplice, went to Martin’s home to rob him. Martin was stabbed to death, and then the house was set on fire to hide the crimes. Sandy’s alleged accomplice, Joseph Sandy, has yet to be charged.

State health officials are urging Ohioans to get vaccinated for measles and mumps.

The Ohio Department of Health says graduation celebrations and summer travel can be opportunities for the diseases to spread. At least 396 cases of mumps have been confirmed in an outbreak in central Ohio. 164 cases of measles have been reported. The department has distributed 13,000 doses of the MMR vaccine to fight the outbreak.

The United Way of Greater Lorain County has announced the launch of a new community collaborative that will include 14 partners providing free programs and services to ensure that all children in the Oberlin City School district will be prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

 Oberlin Kids is a collaborative that looks to identify the needs of each pre-school aged child and its family and put them on a track to be prepared for kindergarten. More information on the Oberlin Kids Collaborative can be found at oberlinkids.org

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ohio Bike week kicks off this Saturday.

The event will start with a memorial ride in honor of Kristina McGraw, who was killed in a motorcycle crash during festivities last year. Registration begins at Fox Cycle Works in Sandusky, Saturday morning at 9:00 am. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

Sandusky officials have agreed to fund new paving projects.

The city will spend an additional $32,000 to pave the stretch of route 250 from Route 6 to Sycamore line, including both sides of the Milan Rd. overpass, and, Route 4 from Hayes Ave and West Park St to the route 6 intersection. The projects should start in April and end in October.

A bomb threat was called in at CVS on Venice Road in Sandusky yesterday afternoon.

The threat was called in around 1:15. Police responded and evacuated the building. After investigating the scene, police determined the threat to be a hoax. No arrests have been made.

The bomb squad was called to a Norwalk home over the weekend.

Residents of Orchard Loop were doing some digging in their back yard when they discovered a World War II era grenade. Firefighters and Police secured the area, and the Ashland County bomb squad was called in. It was determined the grenade was a pineapple style inert training grenade. The bomb squad took the grenade to the reservoir for a controlled detonation.

A virus that has killed as many as 7 million pigs has caused a surge in the price of pork.

PEDv, which does not affect humans or food safety, kills almost 100 percent of the piglets that contract it. The virus began to emerge as a problem a year ago, and since then more than 4,000 outbreaks have been reported in at least 30 states. Many restaurant and grocery store owners who so far have avoided boosting prices say they won’t be able to do so much longer. The National Pork Producers Council estimated that hog prices would rise by 15 to 25 percent and consumer prices for pork by 10 to 12 percent.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Sandusky man was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to set a woman on fire.

52 year old Bonnie Bower told police she had been asleep in 57 year old Daniel Johnson’s bed after a night of drinking. According to Bower, Johnson woke her and told her to leave, when she told him she was too drunk, he poured lighter fluid on her and lit it severely burning her right thigh. Johnson has been charged with second degree felonious assault.

Clyde Green Springs schools are looking to voters for a renewal levy.

The district’s 5.25-mill, five-year renewal operating levy will expire next year, and board members are seeking support of a 10 year extension. The levy generates $1.265 million annually for general operations. The levy will not increase taxes, it will just double the time frame.

Non-township residents causing accidents in Perkins, might notice a new bill.

Perkins police’s “crash-cash” program is in effect. In an agreement with Cost Recovery Corporation, rebates are provided to officers handling crashes. They do this by billing at-fault drivers responsible for collisions or public property damage. Township residents will not get a bill, nor will drivers with adequate insurance. So far, Perkins police have received almost $15,000 from the program.

The former Commercial Vehicle Group property has been sold again.

Mac Lehrer, a Realtor from Hoty Enterprises put together a new deal for a buyer in the amount of $700,000. Norwalk Patriot had just purchased the facility on April 10th for $550,000, a deal which Lehrer also handled.

Friday, May 23, 2014

An arrest has been made, in connection with an early December murder and arson in Sandusky.

According to the Sandusky Register, 24-year-old Bethany Sandy of Norwalk was arrested early this morning, on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated arson and aggravated robbery. She’s accused of killing 86-year-old George Martin, then setting fire to his Campbell Street home. A press conference will be held this afternoon at Sandusky City Hall.

 

Wednesday night’s strong storms did substantial damage to a home in Norwalk.

A large tree fell on a house at 255 West Main.  Two cars were damaged ads well.  No one was injured.

 

If you’re traveling this holiday weekend, you won’t be alone.

AAA says more than 36 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home. In Ohio, that number is 1.3 million. Those numbers are post-recession highs. ODOT says most of the state’s 900-plus road projects will be suspended over the weekend.

 

Monday is Memorial Day, which means local, state and federal government offices will be closed, along with schools and most banks.

No mail Monday, and trash pickup will be delayed by one day.

 

In terms of weather, it should be good for the holiday weekend.

Sun is in the forecast each day, with highs warming to 80 by Monday.

 

In Norwalk, the 6th annual Great American Treasure Hunt will be held at Suhr Park on West Main Street, between 8am and 2pm tomorrow.

 

The Walleye Festival is underway in Port Clinton.

It’ll run through Monday.

 

This is the weekend that Cedar Point is offering free admission to all active, retired and honorably discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Family members can buy special discounted tickets.

 

The city of Cleveland has been named as a finalist, to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The announcement was made yesterday. Cleveland is up against Dallas, Denver and Kansas City. Cincinnati and Las Vegas withdrew bids to host the convention.

 

A twist, in a push to outlaw traffic cameras in Ohio.

A bill that would all but ban those cameras has stalled in the Senate, but now, critics of the devices are throwing support behind legislation that would allow the cameras to be used, but only when an officer is present. Senate Bill 342 also calls for signs to be posted at camera locations to warn drivers, and it sets rules for issuing and challenging traffic camera tickets. Speeders caught on camera couldn’t be ticketed, unless they were driving 10 miles per hour above the speed limit, or 6 miles per hour faster in school zones. The bill reportedly has bi-partisan support.

 

In sports…

It’s a busy weekend at the Radio Ranch.  On 95.3, WLKR, the Indians and Orioles will play at 7:05 tonight, 12:35 tomorrow and 1:35 Sunday.  At 11am Sunday on Kool Gold 1510, it’s the Indy 500 and at 5 p.m. on K96, it’s NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, the Coca-Cola 600.

 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

So much for lower gas prices, for the holiday weekend.

Yesterday, area pump prices shot up by as much as 30 cents, to $3.89 a gallon for self-serve regular.

 

U.S. Route 6, or Cleveland Road in Huron Township is closed until tomorrow.

It was scheduled to re-open yesterday, but unforeseen conditions beneath the road’s surface have led to additional work to replace a culvert.

 

In Huron County, the results of the May 6th primary election are official.

They were certified yesterday, by the Board of Elections.

 

A Fremont man is in the Erie County Jail, charged with raping a 12-year-old girl in a Perkins Township hotel room.

The alleged incident between 22-year-old Nicholas Wohn and the Toledo girl occurred earlier this month, at Maui Sands. His case will go before a grand jury.

 

To Columbus, where a juror had to explain why he didn’t show up for deliberations, in a murder trial.

20-year-old Ke’Chaun Lewis was due in Franklin County Common Pleas Court Monday morning, but failed to show. His excuse: He was in jail. Lewis was arrested Sunday for allegedly robbing a man, and was still locked up Monday morning.

 

Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation creating enhanced driver’s licenses that could be used in place of passports when traveling to Canada or Mexico.

The proposed bill has cleared the Ohio House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. A few states, including Michigan, already offer enhanced driver’s licenses.

 

A change, involving Saturday’s ‘Great American Treasure Hunt’ in Norwalk…

It’ll be held at Suhr Park on West Main Street, instead of the middle of Main. The hours are the same, 8am until 2pm.

 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Cleveland Cavaliers have the top pick, in next month’s NBA draft.

 

If they can play today, the Indians will go for the sweep against division rival Detroit.

It’s scheduled to be a noon start in Cleveland.

 

A 12-year-old Collins boy is in juvenile lockup for allegedly raping a 6-year-old female relative.

The alleged incident occurred over the weekend.  The girl told her parents who then contacted the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies are investigating possible previous incidents.

 

A mixed bag, in terms of area jobless rates.

According to new figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Huron County’s unemployment rate dropped 2.5 percent last month, to 7.9 percent. That’s still well above the statewide average of 5.7 percent. It’s also fifth highest in Ohio. Erie County’s April unemployment rate came in at 5.4 percent. Seneca, Sandusky and Ashland counties also had jobless rates under the state average. Unemployment in Lorain, Richland and Crawford counties was above Ohio’s average.

 

An Erie County deputy has quit amid allegations he used Ohio’s crime database to snoop on co-workers and others.

Sheriff Paul Sigsworth confirmed that Adam Klepper resigned Friday afternoon, when confronted with the allegations. Klepper was assigned to Job and Family Services. Authorities believe that’s where he accessed the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway database, to run names through the system for personal reasons. Klepper’s alleged misconduct could lead to a felony arrest. The investigation has been turned over to Sandusky police.

 

Authorities have released more information, about two badly decomposed bodies found in Huron Township.

The bodies are those of 87-year-old Eunice Tuttle, and her son, 62-year-old David Tuttle. They were found Saturday, inside their Beachwood Villas home. The two had been dead at least three weeks. Deputies are investigating potential causes of death. Foul play has been ruled out.

 

The search for a new Ohio State president was a pricey one.

Newly-released documents show the university spent over $600,000, before selecting University of California-Irvine chancellor Michael Drake. Among the expenses: over $230,000 for an executive head-hunting firm, nearly $200,000 for private jet service, plus $85,000 for an ad in the New York Times.

 

Norwalk City Hall will be closed Monday, for Memorial Day.

Trash pickup will be delayed by one day.

 

Hundreds of area walkers will meet in Norwalk June 7th for the American Heart Association’s annual Huron County Heart Walk.

It’ll begin at 8am at Veteran’s Memorial Lake Park.  The event will feature a two-mile walk, a health fair, vendor booths, healthy snacks, kid’s activities and more.  For more information or to register, log on to heart.org/huroncountywalk.com.

 

Free sports physicals will be offered at Norwalk High School on Saturday, May 31st from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for all high school and middle school students who will be in grades 7-12 in the fall, and who plan to play a sport next school year.

All physicals will be by appointment only on a first-come, first -serve basis.  Current 7th & 8th graders can schedule appointments at the middle school and 9th, 10th & 11th grade athletes should make their appointments in the high school athletic office.  Parent’s whose students are currently in 6th grade should call the high school athletic office for an appointment.

 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

No one was injured, when a semi-truck hit a van hauling a boat.

It happened late yesterday morning, on State Route 2, near Ohio 61 in Berlin Township. According to reports, the van was traveling at a low rate of speed, when the rig slammed into it from behind. Some of the road was closed for a few hours, while troopers cleared the scene.

 

An update, on two badly decomposed bodies found in Huron Township.

Autopsies were delayed until today, and deputies believe they’ve found a relative, out of state. The two bodies were discovered Saturday, inside a Beachwood Villas townhome. According to Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth, it’s believe to be a mother and son. The woman was in her 80’s, and the male, in his 60’s. There were no signs of foul play, but deputies continue to investigate possible causes of death.

 

Sandusky police continue to investigate an early Sunday morning shooting, at Geno’s Party Center, an after-hours club on Cleveland Road.

Seven people were shot, but none suffered life-threatening injuries. One man, from Lorain was severely beaten. He remains in the hospital. No arrests have been made yet.

 

In related news, Geno’s Party Center is no more.

Sandusky officials yesterday shut down the club for good, and the landlord evicted the owner.

 

A Huron County Grand Jury has charged a Mansfield man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old Willard girl.

43-year-old William Moore is facing two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and tampering with evidence.  The charges are tied to alleged incidents in February and March.  Moore is scheduled to stand trial July 8th.

 

The investigation is underway into a fourth possible case of E. coli in northwest Ohio.

So far, three people have been sickened by contaminated ground beef.  The Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Company has recalled nearly two-million-pounds of ground beef sold for restaurant use in four states, including Ohio.

 

Hundreds of students will be honored this Friday, during EHOVE Career Center’s annual Senior Recognition ceremony, at the Sandusky State Theatre.

Due to a large number of students and family members, two separate ceremonies have been planned. Session one will begin at 8:30am, and the second, at 11am.

 

A mixed bag in terms of area jobless rates.

According to new figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Huron County’s unemployment rate dropped 2.5 percent last month, to 7.9 percent.  That’s still well above the statewide average of 5.7 percent, and it’s the fifth highest in Ohio.  Erie County’s April unemployment rate came down to 5.4 percent.  Seneca, Sandusky and Ashland Counties had jobless rates under the state average.  Unemployment in Lorain, Richland and Crawford Counties was above Ohio’s average.

 

Cedar Point has announced plans to honor military personnel, during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend.

All active, retired and honorably-discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces will receive free admission into Cedar Point, Friday through Monday, with a valid military ID. Family members will receive special discounted tickets.

 

Ohio’s roads will be busy during the Memorial Day weekend.

Triple-A says more than one-point-three-million Ohioans will travel 50 miles or more from home this year, the most since before the recession.  The auto club says an improving economy and families suffering from cabin fever after the long winter are driving the increase.