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Friday, August 22, 2014

The summer’s final ‘Imagine Norwalk’ event will be held this evening in the uptown area.

Things will get underway at five. Kristie Wert, Program Manager, Main Street Norwalk also says a ‘Princess Parade’ will begin at 6. For more information, go to imaginenorwalk.com.


A Cleveland-area teen is facing a criminal charge in Erie County, for allegedly fondling a five-year-old male relative.

The 16-year-old North Olmsted boy is charged with gross sexual imposition. He remains in juvenile lockup. The alleged incident occurred last weekend, during a family gathering at Edison Park in Milan. When interviewed by deputies, the boy admitted to the allegation.


She was instrumental in helping bring the company to Norwalk, and now, she’s leaving to work there.

Norwalk Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Ellen Heinz is stepping down effective September 16th, and then will join Borgers USA.  The automotive supplier is building a $60 million dollar manufacturing facility at the Firelands Industrial Park.  Heinz has been with the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation for six years.  Officials hope to have her replacement hired sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.


Mercy Willard Hospital has been given naming rights to the inside walking track at the new school.

In exchange, the hospital will provide a physical therapist for the next 10 years.


The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is asking principals at its Catholic schools not to encourage students to raise money for the ALS Association, via the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ 

The Archdiocese doesn’t want money to be sent to the association because it funds at least one study using embryonic stem cells.  Officials said that’s against Catholic teachings.


A published report says the state will not sell naming rights for the Ohio Turnpike.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, officials are willing to sell advertising and sponsorships that could be displayed on turnpike road signs, trucker lounges and snow plows. Governor John Kasich wants to use the turnpike as a revenue source to help fund the state’s transportation budget. In previous years, he talked about selling naming rights for the toll road.


No change, in the status of Norwalk’s upper reservoir.

It remains off-limits to humans, boats and pets, due to a potentially harmful algae bloom.


If you are going to Cleveland tomorrow, good luck finding a place to park.

City officials are bracing for 100,000 people to fill downtown tomorrow night for the Indians-Astros game at 7, the Browns-Rams preseason game at 8 and the Cleveland Gladiators in ArenaBowl 27 at the Q at 8.  Fans are being urged to arrive downtown early, use RTA busses and trains, and watch for on-street parking bans before, during and after the games.


If the projection is correct, it will be the busiest Labor Day travel period since 2008.

AAA says 34.7 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more between next Thursday and Labor Day.  That’s a 1.3 percent increase, compared to last year.


Tonight’s multi-state Mega Millions jackpot is worth $180 million.


A DUI checkpoint will be held between 8 and 10 tonight in Port Clinton.

The Highway Patrol, Port Clinton Police and Ottawa County Deputies will set up on East Perry Street, near Maple Avenue.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day baseball, and a possible sweep by the Cleveland Indians.

The Tribe and Minnesota Twins will play at 1:10 this afternoon at Target Field. The Indians won last night’s game, 5-0.


From Norwalk City Hall…

The Water Treatment Plant is re-applying chemicals to treat the upper reservoir, while awaiting lab results from samples taken yesterday. Recreational restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Traffic delays are possible, at the railroad crossing on Norwalk’s Woodlawn Avenue. New gates and flashers are being installed there.

Expect traffic delays on Benedict Avenue, south of Elm Street, due to sidewalk repairs.

Left turns are prohibited from Christie onto Norwood, and Christie onto Benedict. The ban is in effect only during school mornings.


It’s the first day of school, in Bellevue.


A felony drug charge has been filed against a Detroit man caught with two pounds of heroin.

Christopher Triplett was stopped for speeding on I-75 near Findlay. A highway patrol trooper became suspicious, and called in a drug-sniffing dog. A search of Triplett’s car turned up $136,000 worth of heroin under the air filter in the engine compartment. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail. If convicted of heroin possession, he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.


The highway patrol is investigating a fatal crash that claimed a Bellevue woman.

77-year-old Loretta Meacham was killed Tuesday night, at the intersection of U.S. Route 42 and State Route 302 in Ashland County. Also killed in the crash: 25-year-old Autumn Meacham of West Salem. They were passengers in a mini-van that was hit by a driver who ran a stop sign.


Grant money is coming to Erie County, to demolish at least 20 blighted homes.

The county has secured $500,000 from the state-run Neighborhood Initiative Program.


Perkins police are searching for the person or persons who stole several catalytic converters from cars parked in hotel parking lots.

Those thefts occurred over the weekend. The converters can be sold for scrap.


The Highway Patrol has announced plans to conduct a DUI checkpoint tomorrow night in Ottawa County.

The exact location will be announced tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s the first day of school for students in Norwalk.

School also starts today in Huron and Willard.


No change, at the Norwalk Reservoir.

The upper reservoir remains off-limits, due to a potentially harmful algae bloom. The lower reservoir isn’t affected, meaning Norwalk’s drinking water supply is safe. We’ll let you know when the ban on the upper reservoir is lifted.


A Tuesday evening crash in Ashland County killed two women, one from the area.

The victims were identified as 77-year-old Loretta Meacham of Bellevue and 25-year-old Autumn Meacham of West Salem.  They were passengers in a mini-van that was hit at the intersection of U.S. Route 42 and State Route 302.  According to the Highway Patrol, the driver of the car ran a stop sign.


Unemployment was up last month, in Huron County and nearly all surrounding counties.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, unemployment in Huron County increased by two percent, to 8.8 percent. That’s fourth highest in Ohio. Jobless rates increased slightly in Erie, Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Ashland and Richland counties. Only Lorain County saw a slight decrease.


A Sandusky business owner has been arrested, for allegedly stealing money meant for an ailing friend.

Timothy Nyman was picked up Monday, for felony theft. He was taken to the Erie County Jail, but has since been released. Nyman owns Black Tie Dance Studio. Last year, he agreed to host three fundraisers for a friend with MS. The friend, Brian Stuckey died in December. Family members recently reached out to Nyman about money raised for medical expenses, then turned to Sandusky police, after becoming suspicious. Investigators found Nyman transferred much of the money from the donation account to his personal account. They also learned Nyman made large cash withdrawals, and used the money for personal expenditures. If convicted, Nyman faces up to 18 months in prison.


A Willard man has been charged, in connection with a multi-county stolen car ring.

So far, Eddie Tackett is charged with motor vehicle theft, with more charges expected against him and others. Authorities recovered more than 20 stolen cars in Ashland County. They believe the cars were taken from Huron County, and the surrounding area. The investigation continues.


An update, on Monday’s fatal car-motorcycle crash near Plymouth.

The highway patrol says 65-year-old Billy D. Jones of Willard was killed, when his motorcycle was hit head-on, on State Route 61. The driver of the car, Jennifer Woodhull of Shelby was flown from the scene to Grant Hospital in Columbus. Her condition is unknown. The highway patrol is investigating the crash.


In sports…

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has named Brian Hoyer as the team’s starting quarterback for the season opener in Pittsburg.  He announced his decision this morning. 

J.T. Barrett will be Ohio State’s starting quarterback when the Buckeyes open the season against Navy.  The announcement was made after Ohio State confirmed Braxton Miller will miss the upcoming season after re-injuring his right shoulder.

The Cleveland Indians rallied from 5 down to beat the Twins, 7-5.  Game two of the three game series is set for 8:10 tonight at Target Field.  You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The city of Norwalk’s upper reservoir is closed off, after water plant personnel detected a possible harmful algae bloom similar to the one in Toledo.

The discovery was made yesterday. According to Public Works Director Josh Snyder, there are no similar blooms in the other two reservoirs. Norwalk’s drinking water is produced from water in the lower reservoir, and is unaffected by the bloom in the upper reservoir. The algae in the upper reservoir is capable of producing toxins harmful to humans and pets.

City officials treated the upper reservoir with chemicals last night, after receiving the okay from the EPA. Workers are watching it closely, for a re-application. In the meantime, no boats are allowed in the upper reservoir, and no humans or pets should have any contact with water in the upper reservoir.


A head-on car/motorcycle crash has left one person dead.

The accident occurred shortly before 3 yesterday afternoon on State Route 61 in Plymouth Township. According to the highway patrol, the car veered left of center, and hit the motorcycle head-on. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at a hospital in Shelby. The driver of the car was flown to a Columbus hospital. Names will be released later today.


Unemployment was up last month in Huron County and nearly all surrounding counties.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, unemployment in Huron County increased by two percent to 8.8 percent.  That’s fourth highest in Ohio.  Jobless rates increased slightly in Erie, Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Ashland and Richland Counties.  Only Lorain County saw a slight decrease.


According to the U.S. Labor Department, Ohio lost more than 12,000 jobs in July, by far the worst in the nation.

Economists say the losses show Ohio counties to lag behind other states in recovering jobs lost during the recession.


The Sandusky County Fair begins today, in Fremont.


Two-way traffic has been restored along Norwalk’s Benedict Avenue.

But, Elm at Benedict remains closed. It should re-open in about two weeks.


With school starting tomorrow in Norwalk, a reminder that traffic patterns will be altered on Christie Avenue.

During school mornings only, left turns will be prohibited from Christie onto Benedict, and Christie onto Norwood.



Monday, August 18, 2014

Tomorrow’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth $160 million.

The cash option is worth $95 million.


There’s more information about a fatal ambulance accident in Mansfield.

A patient was killed, in the Friday night rollover crash at I-71 and State Route 13. The victim was identified as 56-year-old Michael Willis of Cleveland. He was being transported from a Cleveland hospital, to one in Columbus, when the ambulance smashed through a guardrail, and flipped over several times. Willis was ejected, and was pronounced dead at the scene. An EMT and the driver were taken to a nearby hospital, for treatment of minor injuries. The highway patrol continues to investigate the crash.


The highway patrol has announced plans for another DUI checkpoint.

More information will be released later this week.


The Perkins police department is taking part in the national ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign.

Through Labor Day, increased patrols will be used, to look for impaired drivers.


Erie County deputies are investigating an alleged sex offense against a five-year-old Margaretta Township girl.

The alleged crimes occurred a year ago, but the child just recently came forward with details. So far, no one has been arrested.


A weekend power surge at Cedar Point left some visitors stranded on rides.

Amusement park officials said the ‘power bump’ caused several roller coasters to stop mid-ride, but riders were safely evacuated.  Among the rides affected: the Millennium Force and the Iron Dragon.  The park remained open while affected rides were inspected for safety.


A top honor, for Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted a three-year accreditation with commendation to the cancer program at Fisher-Titus. Among the requirements to earn accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 quality care standards. Fisher-Titus  has been accredited since 1989. There are 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals.


The figures are in for July and they show more than 69-hundred entities filed new business-applications with the state…down from 73-hundred a year ago.

And the percentage of people launching ON-LINE businesses has jumped from 20-percent to 33-percent over the past year.


The 93rd annual Huron County Fair is in the books.

The Lorain County Fair begins today, in Wellington. The Sandusky County Fair starts tomorrow in Fremont.

Friday, August 15, 2014

It’s day number five of the Huron County Fair.

If you arrive by 1 this afternoon, you’ll get $1 off admission with a non-expired, non-perishable food item. All donations will go to the Salvation Army. On tap today: the best dressed animal contest, and the Showmen of Showmen Contest. The rough truck/car competition is tonight’s grandstand attraction. It begins at 6:30.

Tomorrow’s events at the fair include the Large Livestock Auction at 9am, and the annual closer, the Demolition Derby, starting at 6.


The highway patrol is investigating a deadly crash in Perkins Township.

93-year-old Delores Weichel was killed last evening, at the intersection of Old Railroad and Strub roads. Troopers said Weichel failed to yield, and was struck by Shannon Bramel of Castalia. Bramel and two children suffered minor injuries, and were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center.


Charges are pending against a Sandusky business owner accused of stealing charitable donations meant for an ailing friend.

Police have been investigating Black Tie Dance Studio owner Timothy Nyman since last month. He’s accused of taking approximately $5,000 raised for Brian Stuckey, and using it for himself. Stuckey died in late December. Later, family members turned to Sandusky police, wondering where the money raised for medical expenses had gone. Investigators checked bank records, and found the money had been transferred to Nyman’s personal account. He’s expected to face felony charges.


The third weekend in August brings with it the 8th annual Norwalk City Schools All-Classes Reunion.

It’ll be held from 2 until 5 this Sunday, at Norwalk High School. It’s free, no RSVP is necessary, and it’s casual dress. Norwalk High School’s 1974 state championship football team will be honored during the gathering.


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.