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Monday, October 6, 2014

A Greenwich woman will spend 30 day in the Huron County Jail, for stealing from her employer.

In addition, Tara Barber will be on probation for five years, and must pay $12,000 in restitution to Dollar General in Plymouth. Barber was store manager there, when she skimmed the money over a seven-month period, starting late last year.


Good news, if you’re buying pumpkins this month.

A bumper crop is expected, meaning there’s no shortage of pumpkins. Ohio is a major pumpkin producer, ranking third in the U.S. in acres planted and pumpkins produced.


The village of North Fairfield has a new administrator.

Bob Morgan was sworn in last week. He’s replaced Carl Essex, who passed away in August. Morgan ran for Huron County Commissioner in May, but lost a tight primary race to incumbent Joe Hintz.


Starting today, workers from Erie Blacktop will begin placing “No Parking” signs along Columbus Avenue in Sandusky, in preparation for pavement milling and resurfacing that will occur throughout the week.

No on-street parking will be available while this work is being completed. This work is part of an approximately $600,000 effort to resurface sections of US Route 250 and State Route 4 in the city of Sandusky.


General Motors are recalling more than 60,000 vehicles in their latest round of recalls.

The company announced three new recalls on Saturday. The recalls are 2008 and 2009 Pontiac G8s, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV left-hand-drive sedans from 2011 thru 2013. GM says the ignition switch key may shift from the “run” position when touched by the driver’s knee. Another recall involves Cadillac CTS sedans from the 2004 thru 2007 and Cadillac STS models from 2006 and 2007On some vehicles, the fuel pump module electrical terminal may overheat. They have also issued a recall of 304 of the 2014 Chevrolet Sonics in the U.S., stating the vehicles may have a loose electrical connection in the steering column that could affect the driver-side air bag. For a complete list of recalled vehicles visit media.gm.com

Friday, October 3, 2014

Cleveland police are investigating the death of a Norwalk native.

42-year-old Yosanda “Nikki” Grandberry was found stabbed to death early yesterday morning. She lived in Lakewood, but her body was found inside a Cleveland apartment. Grandberry’s suspected killer, a 52-year-old man, was tased by police, after threatening to commit suicide, by jumping from an 11th story balcony. He’s in custody, with charges pending. Grandberry was a 1990 graduate of Norwalk High School.


Two Mansfield police officers who shot and killed a homicide suspect from Norwalk have been cleared, and are back at work.

Sgt. Patrick Williams and officer Orlando Chatman fatally shot 39-year-old Shane Lambert September 22nd, during an overnight confrontation at a vacant house in Mansfield. At the time, Lambert was wanted for questioning, in connection with the September 19th death of James Berens. Berens was laid to rest yesterday.


The intersection of Benedict and Elm in Norwalk is finally open.

It re-opened early yesterday afternoon.


Two Berlin Township roads will close next week for bridge repairs.

Barnes Road at its bridge over State Route 2 and Coen Road at its bridge over Route 2 will close Monday.  Both should re-open in early November.


To Sandusky, where a homeless man has been charged with felony theft, for allegedly stealing construction equipment, then selling it for scrap.

32-year-old Erik Milleson is accused of stealing steel forms, steel spikes, a trailer axle and more from Scheid Concrete. Police received information from a witness, and used it to track down Milleson. He was taken to the Erie County Jail.


A top honor, for Norwalk Catholic Elementary School.

The school has earned the prestigious 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. Only exemplary, high-performing public and private schools are able to apply for the award.


$10,000 is coming to the Willard City Schools.

 It’s a farming-related grant from Monsanto. The check will be presented during halftime of tonight’s Willard-Shelby football game.


If it’s accurate, some good news about gas prices.

Experts say prices at the pump will soon fall below $3 a gallon.


It could be a wet night for high school football.

Showers are expected with a thunderstorm possible as well.  And, temperatures will dip into the 40′s.  Tonight on K96, we’ll be live in Sandusky as the Blue Streaks take on the unbeaten and state-ranked Norwalk Truckers.  Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30, with kickoff at 7.  On 95.3, WLKR, tonight’s live game will come from Bellevue as the Redmen host the Tiffin Columbian Tornadoes.  After that game, it’s Pigskin Playback with Shelby at Willard.  Tomorrow on 95.3, it’s Ohio State at Maryland at noon and then at 7, it’s New London at St. Paul.


Ohio’s antlerless muzzleloader season is set for next weekend, October 11th and 12th.

Hunters checked more than 5,600 antlerless deer last season.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

New early voting hours have been set throughout Ohio.

In-person early voting hours will be 8am until 5pm October 7th through the 10th, October 14th through the 17th, October 20th through the 24th, and the 27th through the 31st. Saturday in-person early voting hours are 8am until 4pm October 25th and November 1st. On Sunday, November 2nd, early voting will be held between 1 and 5pm. The day before the election, November 3rd, in-person early voting will be allowed between 8am and 2pm.


The Edison Charger Marching band will perform live on TV, tomorrow morning.

The Charger band, led by Denise Reilly, will be on Fox-8 in Cleveland, starting at 6:55 tomorrow morning. The band will appear in several different segments, up until 8:55.


Two Mansfield Police Officers who shot and killed a homicide suspect from Norwalk have been cleared and are back to work.

The two fatally shot 39-year-old Shane Lambert September 22nd during an overnight confrontation at a vacant house in Mansfield.  At the time, Lambert was wanted for questioning in connection with the September 19th death of James Berens.  Berens was laid to rest this morning.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning residents to beware of computer repair scams, where callers tell consumers their computers are infected with a virus, and falsely claim they will fix the problem. 

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received more than 50 calls about computer scams in the last month. The scammer will ask for remote access to a computer, and for payment information. Some consumers have experienced hundreds or even thousands of dollars in unauthorized credit card charges. DeWine says among other things, don’t trust a caller who says your computer has a virus, and don’t give an unknown caller remote access to your computer.


Columbia Gas customers are being warned of a telephone scam.

The utility says, someone claiming to be from Columbia Gas is calling customers to threaten them with a shutoff if they don’t pay an overdue bill. Customers are being told to pay up with a prepaid debit card, something the gas company says they’ll never do.


A top honor, for Norwalk Catholic Elementary School.

The school has earned the prestigious 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. Only exemplary, high-performing public and private schools are able to apply for the award.


$10,000 is coming to the Willard City Schools.

It’s a farming-related grant from Monsanto. The check will be presented during halftime of tomorrow night’s Willard-Shelby football game.


It’s the time of year, when deer-car crashes increase in Ohio.

The greatest risk is October, November and December. The Ohio Department of Public Safety says deer-car collisions did decrease by nearly four percent last year. Even so, there were more than 20,000 deer-car crashes statewide. Peak hours were 5pm to 1am, and 5am to 8am. The five counties with the highest number of reported deer-car crashes were Stark, Richland, Lorain, Hamilton and Clermont. According to State Farm data, damage from deer collisions averages nearly $4,000 per claim.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Early voting will NOT start today in Ohio.

That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 yesterday to delay early voting until next Tuesday, October 7th. We’ll have more, in news later today.


A standoff in Monroeville ended peacefully this morning.

23-year-old Marcus Thornsberry held village police, Huron County Deputies and Highway Patrol Troopers at bay for about seven hours while inside a trailer near Pean’s Pizza.  A Highway Patrol negotiator convinced him to surrender at approximately 9 this morning.  Thornsberry’s currently in the Huron County Jail on charges of domestic violence and inducing panic, with more charges possible.  According to Monroeville Police Chief Gary Lyons, the incident began shortly before 2am this morning across the street from the police station.  Thornsberry was highly intoxicated and was involved in a dispute with his girlfriend.  A passing officer noticed what was happening and ordered Thornsberry to stop.  Instead, he went to the trailer about three blocks away.  Lyons said Thornsberry may have been armed with a semi-automatic weapon.  As a precaution, some of U.S. Route 20 was shut down and classes were canceled in the Monroeville Schools and at St. Joseph’s.


Norwalk firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze that damaged a mobile home.

Crews were summoned to Key Estates just after 7am yesterday. They arrived to find light smoke coming from the rear, and flames near a water heater. Firefighters had the blaze under control within 20 minutes. A mother and three children were home at the time. No one was injured.


Rain has delayed the re-opening of the intersection of Benedict and Elm in Norwalk until tomorrow.


A second Willard man has been arrested, in connection with a car theft ring.

18-year-old Donovan Sparkman was arrested last week in Tennessee, on charges of motor vehicle theft, and tampering with evidence. Willard police say Sparkman is a co-conspirator with Eddie Tackett Jr. They’re accused of stealing cars, and taking them to a chop shop in Mansfield. Tackett is scheduled to stand trial in November.


The Second Harvest Food Bank of North-Central Ohio is asking for your help, this time, by voting online.

Second Harvest is in the running for a $60,000 grant from Wal-Mart. The website is walmart.com/fight hunger.


The city of Bellevue is getting a new fire truck.

City council met in special session last night, to approve the $270,000 purchase. The custom-built truck should be ready by next summer.


A milder winter is expected, and that should translate into lower heating costs for most Ohioans.

Heating costs shot up last winter, which was one of the coldest and snowiest in decades.


The Ohio State University student body slammed to the Ohio Stadium turf will be in court today.

OSU police say Anthony Wunder is charged with criminal trespassing, for running onto the field during Saturday’s Buckeyes-Cincinnati Bearcats game. Wunder’s dash was stopped abruptly by Ohio State strength coach Anthony Schlegel, who planted him to the turf. Schlegel is a former Buckeye linebacker.

Monday, September 29, 2014

If you heard two loud booms in Norwalk and the outlying area Saturday night, they were part of a Civil War re-enactment at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club.

Services are set, for James Berens of Norwalk. Berens was murdered at his Morley Drive home September 19th. Friends may call between 5 and 7 Wednesday night, at the Walker Funeral Home on West Main. Graveside services will be held at 11 Thursday morning, at Woodlawn Cemetery.


The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an early Sunday morning crash involving a semi-truck and a pedestrian.

The patrol says 38-year-old Quincy Latrell Thomas of Toledo was killed at 3:40 yesterday morning on State Route 51, near the Ottawa-Wood county line. A report says visibility was poor due to heavy fog, and Thomas was wearing dark clothing, when he stepped into the path of the semi. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.


Mansfield police say they’ll release more information today, about the death of Richland County prosecutor Jim Mayer.

Mayer shot and killed himself at home Friday evening. He had been county prosecutor since 1988. The county commissioners will appoint an interim prosecutor later today.


A second Willard man has been arrested in connection with a car theft ring.

18-year-old Donovan Sparkman was arrested last week in Tennessee on charges of motor vehicle theft and tampering with evidence.  Willard Police say Sparkman is a co-sponsor with Eddie Tackett Jr.  They’re accused of stealing cars and taking them to a chop shop in Mansfield.  Tackett is scheduled to stand trial in November.


The man behind this summer’s popular “Imagine Norwalk” events will be honored by city council.

A resolution honoring Chris Castle is on tomorrow night’s work session agenda.


The state’s fall colors are expected to peak right on schedule.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says fall colors should peak in northern Ohio around mid-October, in central Ohio the third week of October, and in southern Ohio at the end of October.


A former Sandusky used car dealer already sentenced to weekends in jail for fraud is in trouble again.

29-year-old Brian Vanvlerah was arrested late last week, for passing thousands of dollars in bad checks. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison. Vanvlerah will spend October and November weekends in the Erie County Jail, for previously altering buyer agreements with customers, and not handing over car titles. Vanvlerah owned Hometown Car Sales.


The figures are in and estimates have attendance at yesterday’s Wooly Bear Festival in Vermilion at 100,000.


A reminder: Early voting starts tomorrow, throughout Ohio.

For those who need to register to vote, or update voter information, the deadline for that is next Monday, October 6th.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Norwalk man murdered last week died from strangulation.

That’s in contrast to previous reports that said 57-year-old James Berens was stabbed by 39-year-old Shane Lambert. Blood found at the scene, and on Lambert’s clothes came from a forehead laceration. Lambert killed Berens last Friday, in his car, in the garage of Berens’ Morley Drive home. Lambert was shot and killed by Mansfield police early Monday morning.


Fisher-Titus Medical Center will have more resealing and striping work done on a portion of Fisher-Titus Parkway this weekend.

Beginning at 7:30 tomorrow night, the middle portion of Fisher-Titus Parkway, from the Patient Pavilion parking lot entrance, to the Fisher-Titus Medical Park Entrance 2 will be closed. Vehicles will not be able to access Medical Park 3, and the Carriage House-Garden Level parking lot this weekend. Fisher-Titus Parkway will be open to traffic at the Shady Lane entrance, to access the Patient Pavilion. All other traffic should use the Route 250 entrance, across from Burger King. The Parkway will re-open at 4:30 Monday morning.


A teenage boy reported missing has been found.

15-year-old Thayne Fitch of Wakeman was found safe and sound yesterday afternoon. No other information is available.


Jimmy John’s in Sandusky is NOT one of the stores affected by data breach.

Credit and debit card info was stolen from 216 locations between mid-June and early-September.  Some of the affected Jimmy John’s locations are in northeast Ohio.


Some sort of mechanical failure likely caused a blaze that destroyed a combine. 

The farm machine was in use Tuesday evening in Peru Township when a passerby noticed flames.  Monroeville and Norwalk Firefighters were summoned to the scene.  No one was hurt.  Damage estimates were placed at $350,000.  The blaze remains under investigation.


Ohio’s Deer-Archery season begins this Saturday.

It runs through February 1st. All deer hunters must have a valid hunting license and a valid deer permit.


In sports…

The Indians’ playoff hopes remain alive, barely.  For the Indians to qualify for an A.L. Wildcard spot:  The Tribe will need to sweep Tampa Bay this weekend.  Kansas City OR Oakland would need to be swept in each team’s four-game series.  Kansas City is playing the White Sox, while Oakland plays Texas.  And…Seattle would need to lose at least one of its four remaining games.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A fund has been established, to help a Huron family hit hard by a house fire.

Donations to the “Lynch Family Fund” can be made at any Citizens Bank Branch, or at Huron High School. 48-year-old Robert Lynch II died early Monday morning, when his trailer was destroyed by flames. Lynch was home alone. His wife Ruby, and their 14-year-old son, Bobby were out of town, visiting family. Bobby is a freshman at Huron High School. Lynch graduated from Norwalk High School in the mid-80’s.


While Ohio’s unemployment rate didn’t change in August, jobless rates in every area county went down.

Huron County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.8 to 6.5 percent. Erie County’s was 4.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent. Rates in all surrounding counties dropped about one percent.


Items ranging from office furniture to cars will be sold this Saturday, by the city of Norwalk.

Officials will host a public auction at 10am, at the city’s maintenance building on Franklin Street. A partial list of items to be sold: Desks and file cabinets, tools, snowplows, bikes, various vehicles and Christmas decorations.


There’s an opening, on Greenwich Village Council.

Council member Travis Wilson stepped down last week, after moving out of Greenwich. Anyone interested in filling the vacant seat should send a letter of intent to the mayor’s office. Applicants must have lived in the village for at least a year, and voted in the May election. Letters of intent should include information about applicants, and a reason for wanting be on council. The deadline is October 1st.


Authorities still have not determined how a Fremont man fell five stories down a trash chute at Progressive Field in July.

The body of 22-year-old Cory Barron was discovered in a landfill near Oberlin five days after he was last seen at a Jason Aldean concert. An autopsy report released yesterday says Barron died of multiple blunt force trauma. But authorities remain unsure how Barron got into the trash chute. The report did say there was no sign of foul play.


A published report says investigators dug up an infant’s remains yesterday afternoon in Vickery.

According to the Sandusky Register, deputies and state agents dug a large patch of earth at a home on North County Road 268. Several neighbors told the newspaper that authorities recovered the body of a three-month-old infant. They also claimed a man dressed in jail inmate clothes showed deputies where to dig. Citing the ongoing investigation, officials declined to release more information.


It’s billed as Ohio’s largest one-day festival, and it’s happening this Sunday.

The 46th annual Woollybear Festival will take place from 9am until 5pm, on Main Street in downtown Vermilion. For more information, visit vermilionchamber.net.


Tickets for the 10th annual ‘Girls Night Out’, presented by the Cleveland Clinic are now on sale.

Until November 1st, tickets are $40 each. After the 1st, tickets will be $50 each. Tickets can be purchased online, at girlsnightoutcharity.com. This year’s charity event will be held November 25th, at the Kalahari Resort Convention Center. Proceeds will benefit Cancer Services, the Fisher-Titus Mannography Fund, the Firelands Regional Medical Center Cancer Program Fund, and the North Coast Cancer Foundation.


Columbus will soon be home to an arena for video game tournaments.

Major League Gaming officials say they’ll open a flagship venue near Easton featuring spectator seating and soundproof booths for players.


In sports…

It’s do-or-die time for the Cleveland Indians.  After last night’s 7-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Indians are out of the A.L. Central Division race.  And with a loss tonight, the Tribe will be out of the running for a Wild-Card playoff spot.  Tonight’s game against the Royals begins at 7:10.  You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An autopsy is scheduled for today, to determine the official cause of death of a Norwalk man killed by a friend.

Norwalk police believe 57-year-old James Berens was killed by 39-year-old Shane Lambert Friday afternoon, before Lambert dumped the body off Washington Road. Lambert was killed by Mansfield police early yesterday morning. According to reports, Lambert was inside a vacant home, and was shot, after confronting officers.


A fire in Huron has left one person dead.

48-year-old Robert Lynch II died early yesterday morning, during a blaze at his trailer in Oster’s mobile home park, just off Cleveland Road West. The cause of the blaze has not been released. Foul play is not suspected. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.


Just hours before his trial was set to begin, a Sandusky man accused of killing another man pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping.

36-year-old Tommy Reogas had been in jail for more than two years, awaiting trial. He was facing a number of felony charges, connected to the July, 2012 death of 50-year-old John Debski. Authorities said Reogas used a staple gun to fatally bludgeon Debski in his home. He also kidnapped his on-and-off girlfriend, and held her captive in a hotel for three days. Reogas will be sentenced October 30th.


Items ranging from office furniture to cars will be sold this Saturday by the city of Norwalk.

Officials will host a public auction at 10am at the city’s maintenance building on Franklin Street.  A partial list of items to be sold: desks and file cabinets, tools, snowplows, bikes, various vehicles and Christmas decorations.


While Ohio’s unemployment rate didn’t change in August, jobless rates in every area county went down.

Huron County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.8 to 6.5 percent.  Erie County’s was 4.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent.  Rates in all surrounding counties dropped about one percent.


So much for lower gas prices.

Yesterday morning, and with little warning, area pump prices shot up anywhere between 14 and 40 cents, to $3.39 for self-serve regular. No reason was given.


A new tool for evaluating teachers will be discussed, during tonight’s special meeting of the Norwalk Board of Education.

The special session will begin at 7:30, at Norwalk High School. Board action is expected.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn, 2014 officially begins at 10:29 tonight.


A man wanted for questioning in the apparent homicide of a Norwalk man was shot and killed early this morning in Mansfield.

According to reports, Mansfield Police were searching a vacant home for 39-year-old Shane Lambert when he confronted officers and was fatally shot.  He was pronounced dead at MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield.  Lambert was wanted for questioning in connection with the weekend disappearance and death of 57-year-old James Berens of Morley Drive.  Lambert had a criminal past and was on parole.  The Norwalk Police Department has scheduled a press conference at 1 this afternoon. 


Thumbs up, to students and staff at EHOVE Career Center.

They raised nearly $2,800, through the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ The money will go to the ALS Association.


There’s a noticeable difference in gas prices around the area.

In Huron County, gas prices range from $3.09 in Norwalk, to $3.27 in Monroeville. In Erie County, you’ll find gas for as low as $2.93 in Sandusky, to as high as $3.19 in Berlin Heights.


A reminder…Old State Road, between Penn Road and State Route 162 in North Fairfield is closing today, for a bridge replacement project.

Work should last three months.

And in Norwalk, East Main, between Woodlawn and Chatham is closing for three months, starting today.


Four teenage inmates attacked two staff members, and tried to escape from a juvenile detention center near Dayton Saturday night.

They smashed out a window and tried to climb out, but were stopped and restrained by corrections officers. The two staff members suffered minor injuries. The teens are facing charges of felonious assault, vandalism and escape.


An investigation is underway, into exactly how an inmate was able to walk out of the Ashland County Jail.

According to reports, 34-year-old Jeremy Williamson left the jail Friday morning, after telling a guard he was leaving for community service. Williamson was arrested Friday afternoon, in Lexington, Kentucky. Authorities said he was driving a stolen pickup truck, and was traveling to see his girlfriend. He had been in jail for just two days, on a charge of tampering with evidence.


No one was injured when a wall inside a vacant downtown Sandusky building collapsed.

It happened around 2am Sunday at 109 East Water Street.  The 19th century building has been empty for years.


The Ohio man who invented the icy treat “Slush Puppies” has died.

Will Radcliff died last Thursday, in Cincinnati. He was 74. Radcliff concocted the first Slush Puppy in 1970.


Friday, September 19, 2014

It should be a nice night for high school football.

Expect clear skies, and a low of 56. Tonight, we’re live in Tiffin, as the Columbian Tornadoes take on the state-ranked Norwalk Truckers. It’s a matchup of the defending champs, and the preseason favorites. Join us ‘In the Huddle’ at 6:30. Kickoff is at 7. After Norwalk and Tiffin Columbian, it’s Pigskin Playback action, featuring state-ranked St. Paul at South Central.


A Bellevue man is facing up to six months in the Huron County Jail, for allegedly hitting a five-year-old boy.

28-year-old Corey Oakes was charged yesterday, after admitting to deputies that he struck the boy. Deputies were contacted, after Oakes dropped the boy off at day care. Staff members noticed facial injuries that were out of the ordinary.


Cedar Point’s ‘Mantis’ roller coaster will have a new name, and a different look in 2015.

Park officials announced Thursday that Mantis will become Rougarou, named after a werewolf-like creature in French folklore. It’ll be a floorless coaster, much like Raptor. The current yellow track will become bright orange.


The inmate who escaped from jail in Bowling Green is back behind bars.

24-year-old Jhon Rosado was arrested by a SWAT team Thursday evening. He was found hiding in the attic of an apartment of a woman he was accused of raping earlier this year. He’s now facing a charge of escape. The woman in the apartment has been charged with harboring a fugitive.


No change in Ohio’s unemployment rate.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it was 5.7 percent in August, the same as July.  The state’s August unemployment rate was lower than the U.S. average.


Two successful events will combine later today in Norwalk.

The former Autumn Leaves Festival is now being called ‘Imagine Harvest.’ It’s tied to this summer’s popular ‘Imagine Norwalk’ events.