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Friday, December 11, 2015

Water service should be turned back on early this afternoon, in the area of Hull and Galloway roads.

It was shut off this morning, after a water main break. The Erie County Water Division says once service is restored, a boil advisory will be in effect for 24 hours.

 

The intersection of State Routes 99 and 547 in Monroeville re-opened this morning.

It had been closed since Monday, due to a gas leak.

 

Charges could be filed against a man accused of making threats toward R.R. Donnelley and Sons in Willard.

The man is described as a ‘disgruntled ex-employee.’ He lives in Seneca County, and he allegedly made threats toward the plant. No other information was released about the threats. As a precaution, a Willard police officer was stationed at the factory Wednesday and yesterday. Willard police also contacted Seneca County deputies about the situation.

 

Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer has come under fire, for following porn stars on Twitter.

According to the Fremont News Messenger, before deleting his Twitter account yesterday, Overmyer followed at least five female adult film stars. When questioned, the Sheriff said he unintentionally followed them. The News Messenger said information on Overmyer’s account was revealed by Clyde police Chief Bruce Gower. Gower has filed petitions to run against Overmyer in the March primary election.

 

An Elyria woman who stole several thousand dollars from a Norwalk construction company will be sentenced next month, after pleading guilty to a charge of felony theft.

Michelle Dawley confessed to swiping the money from BOCA Construction. The theft occurred over the summer. She’s expected to receive probation, and make full restitution.

 

About 85 workers at the Erie County Health Department are getting raises.

After discussing a three-percent increase, the health board agreed on a two-percent raise. The increase will take effect in January.

 

Next Tuesday is when Norwalk City Council is expected to approve the city’s 2016 budget.

 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Record-setting highs could happen this weekend.

Saturday’s projected high is 63, while Sunday’s high temperature could reach 67.

 

Authorities are investigating the death of a Huron woman.

31-year-old Lauren Reeves was killed Monday night, when she was hit by a train on East Cleveland Road. According to reports, the conductor saw Reeves walking on the tracks, but was unable to stop in time.

 

Voters in the Perkins Local School District will see a new levy on the March primary ballot.

The Board of Education voted yesterday to seek approval of a 5.8 mill levy. It would generate approximately 2.5 million in new money each year.

 

A Crawford County man who wrote a bad check to buy a truck from a Norwalk dealership is going to prison.

52-year-old Gary Murphy of Bucyrus was sentenced yesterday to six months behind bars. With credit for time already served in the Huron County Jail, he’ll be in prison for about two months. In May of this year, Murphy gave a $48,000 check to Smiley Automotive, for a 2013 Chevy Silverado. But the check bounced, and authorities later recovered the truck and returned it the dealership. Murphy has previous convictions for passing bad checks, and for failing to pay child support. He’s also wanted on warrants out of Union and Franklin counties.

 

A new census snapshot shows Ohio incomes are flat, while poverty is up.

Compared to the previous five years, household incomes were down in 54 counties, the same in 32 counties, and up in just two counties. Poverty increased in 54 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

 

In sports…

Longtime Huron head football coach Tony Legando is stepping down .He announced his retirement last night. In 28 years, all at Huron, Legando’s teams won 211 games, 8 SBC titles and made 14 playoff appearances. Since 1966, Huron has had just two head football coaches…Tony Munafo, and Tony Legando.

 

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A weekend warm-up is coming.

Projected highs are 61 on Saturday, and 63 on Sunday.

 

With one week left until the deadline, three people have filed petitions in hopes of running for Huron County Commissioner.

Two Republicans—Bob Morgan and Skip Wilde—are seeking the seat currently held by Gary Bauer. Bauer is retiring, once his term is over. Morgan and Wilde will square off in the March primary. Morgan is a member of the South Central Board of Education, and is North Fairfield village administrator. It’s the second time he’s run for county commissioner. Wilde is a former Norwalk City Councilman, and a former member of the Norwalk Board of Education. Lyme Township Trustee and Democrat Mike Nottke has taken out petitions to run for Bauer’s seat, but he has yet to file.

 

Republican state representative Terry Boose has filed petitions to run for the seat currently held by Tom Dunlap.

Boose can’t seek re-election to the statehouse, because of term limits. He’s a former Huron County Commissioner. Dunlap recently announced plans to run for the Statehouse seat currently held by Boose.

 

Perkins Township Trustee Jeff Ferrell has announced he’s running for Erie County Commissioner.

He’ll run as a Democrat. His brother, Tom Ferrell, also a Democrat has served as an Erie County Commissioner since the late 1980’s.

 

Three people were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, after a fire at a home just outside Norwalk.

All three suffered from smoke inhalation. Firefighters from Norwalk, Monroeville and Fairfield Township were summoned to the Peru-Hollow Road scene early Monday afternoon. They had the blaze under control within minutes. However, damage estimates were placed at $70,000. The cause of the fire isn’t considered suspicious, but it remains under investigation.

 

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office will use more than $37,000 federal grant money to step up enforcement patrols during the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

High-crash areas scheduled to be targeted include U.S. Route 250, State Routes 2, 4, 60 and 61, along connecting county roads, including Darrow, Mason and Strecker Roads.

 

A former Mansfield teacher is free on $15,000 bond, after pleading not guilty to charges connected to an alleged sexual relationship with a student.

31-year-old Noelle Devlin is facing 15 counts of sexual battery, and 14 counts of child endangering. Authorities believe she and a now 17-year-old boy had sex on multiple occasions between June and October of this year. Devlin was fired in October from Mansfield Choice Academies.

 

Federal regulators have given the OK for Davis-Besse to operate until at least April of 2037.

The nuclear power plant near Oak Harbor was re-licensed yesterday.

 

An Akron man accused of being loyal to ISIS, and calling for the killings of military personnel has been arrested.

The feds say 25-year-old Terrance McNeil used social media to call for a jihad, right here in the U.S.

 

Saturday, the state of Ohio will put up for auction more than 200 vehicles.

Some have outlived their usefulness, and some were seized from crime scenes. The list includes a classic 1965 LeMans. A complete rundown can be found on the website of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.

 

The city of Norwalk’s Planning Commission will meet at 7 tonight, in the Norwalk Police Department training room.

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Westwind Drive at Milan Avenue in Norwalk will be closed until 5 today.

 

Due to a gas leak, the intersection of State Routes 547 and 99 in the village of Monroeville is closed until Friday.

A detour is posted.

 

Delays should be expected the rest of today and tomorrow, at the Columbus Avenue underpass in Sandusky…

Crews are resurfacing the roadway.

 

A home was destroyed, and a cat was killed in a Monday morning house fire in Berlin Township.

Firefighters were summoned to the Collins Road scene just after 9:30 yesterday morning. They brought the blaze under control within 45 minutes, but the home sustained substantial damage. Mutual aid came from Milan, Wakeman and Townsend Township firefighters. According to reports, the blaze began in a pickup truck, and spread from a garage to the house.

 

A Huron man is in the Erie County Jail, after a brief standoff in Milan Township.

22-year-old Jordan Beres was arrested early Monday afternoon, at Motel 6 on U.S. Route 250. Deputies went to the motel to check on three young children, and to arrest Beres on warrants for receiving stolen property, misuse of a credit card, possession of drugs and driving under suspension. With the children in the room with him, Beres allegedly threatened to shoot deputies. He surrendered about 45 minutes later, and was charged with endangering children, aggravated menacing and obstructing official business. Deputies said Beres didn’t have a gun. The children were turned over to social workers.

 

A former Mansfield teacher is facing nearly 30 charges, for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student.

31-year-old Noelle Devlin was arrested yesterday, and was taken to the Richland County Jail. She’s charged with 15 counts of sexual battery, and 14 counts of child endangering. She’s due in Richland County Common Pleas Court this afternoon. The alleged sexual conduct between Devlin and a 16-year-old boy occurred between June and October of this year, while Devlin was a teacher at Mansfield Choice Academies. Police and school officials were alerted by the boy’s mother.

 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters checked more than 73,000 deer, during last week’s deer-gun season.

That’s up from last year’s harvest of more than 65,000 deer. Ohio’s deer-gun will reopen for two days, December 28th and 29th.

 

In sports…

It’s an early season showdown between two undefeated girls’ basketball teams. 4-0 Norwalk will take on 4-0 Bellevue at Bellevue High School. Complete coverage begins at 7:30 on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

 

Monday, December 7, 2015

This is Pearl Harbor Day, marking the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U-S Pacific fleet in Hawaii—an attack that drew the U.S. into World War II.

Governor John Kasich has ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff until sunset tonight.

 

After a lengthy investigation, a Huron County grand jury has charged a Plymouth woman accused of causing a fatal crash this past spring.

36-year-old Mary Keene is facing charges of vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, DUI, and failure to reinstate her license. The charges are tied to a mid-April crash on State Route 13, near Greenwich. According to the highway patrol, Keene was under the influence when she went left of center, and hit 56-year-old Charles Vasquez of Willard head-on. Vasquez died about three weeks later.

 

The Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in last week’s fatal crash in Vermilion.

Troopers said 54-year-old Gary Carte and Catherine Peterson of Lorain were killed when a car driven by 35-year-old Tim Edwards of Lorain veered left-of-center. Edwards remains at Metro in Cleveland.

 

Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Norwalk City Schools Board of Education has been postponed until December 15th.

 

About 1,000 people showed up and the Wellington Fire Department took top honors, during Saturday’s 15th annual K96 and WLKR Firefighter’s Chili Cook-Off at Lyman Harbor.

The judges agreed Florence Township’s smoky bacon chili was second and Milan Township third.

 

Last week, we told you about the discovery of a pound of marijuana and $5,000 cash in a car parked outside the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

More information has been released. The pot and cash belonged to a Norwalk business owner who’s currently serving a three-month sentence for marijuana trafficking. 53-year-old Kenneth Green, owner of KG’s Automotive Repair on East Water Street is expected to face new charges.

He was on work release, but those privileges were revoked after the marijuana was found during a random patrol of the Sheriff’s property. When interviewed by deputies, Green admitted the pot was his, and he said he put it in his car and parked it at the Sheriff’s office, because he thought the marijuana would be stolen while he was in jail. He also said he thought deputies would never find it.

 

Friday, December 4, 2015

A head-on crash in Vermilion has claimed two lives.

A man and a woman, both 54 were killed yesterday morning on Liberty Avenue. Their names have not been released, because of difficulties notifying family members. The highway patrol is trying to establish the identity of the other driver. Troopers said the person has given conflicting information. It’s not yet known what caused the crash. Troopers continue to investigate.

 

An inmate at the Huron County jail will face more charges, after deputies found a pound of marijuana and $5,000 cash inside his car that was parked at the Sheriff’s Office.

The discovery was made Wednesday by the department’s K9 unit, during a random patrol of the property. The inmate—whose name hasn’t been released—is currently jailed for marijuana trafficking, with new charges pending.

 

A Norwalk factory is facing $44,000 in fines, for workplace safety violations.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Americraft Carton has been cited for seven serious infractions. After receiving a complaint of unsafe working conditions, OSHA found the paperboard packaging plant failed to use locking devices on certain machines, train employees in machine safety procedures, install safety guards on pulleys, belts and horizontal shafts, and conduct daily safety inspections of powered industrial vehicles. Americraft Carton will be able to contest the findings.

 

A Norwalk man will make it official tomorrow morning.

Republican Dick Stein will announce he’s seeking the GOP nomination for the 57th District seat in the Ohio House. The seat is currently held by Terry Boose, but he can’t seek re-election, due to term limits. The 57th District is made up of Huron and Lorain counties.

 

Ohio has set a record for child support collections.

In federal fiscal year 2015, which ended September 30th, Ohio collected 69 percent of current child support owed. The rate was higher than the national average of 64 percent. And through a partnership with the Casino Control Commission and the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services also seized nearly $2.7 million in unpaid support from jackpot winners at Ohio casinos and racinos.

 

The Plymouth-Shiloh Board of Education has accepted the resignation of Plymouth High School principal Amanda Mahon.

It’ll take effect December 18th. She’s leaving for a job with the Mid-Ohio Educational Services Center.

 

The South Central Local Schools Board of Education will meet in special session December 17th to interview applicants for an open school board seat.

The meeting will begin at 5:30pm in the board conference room at South Central High School.

 

In sports…

It’s NOL doubleheader night on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com. Live boys basketball action tips off at 7:30, with Norwalk at Shelby. After that, it’s Roundball Replay, with Willard at Bellevue. At 2:30 tomorrow afternoon, it’s girls basketball action, featuring Willard at Norwalk.

 

 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Two more waterline breaks, in Norwalk.

Crews fixed early morning breaks on Milan Avenue and Eastwood Drive.  A boil advisory is in effect for Eastwood and some of the surrounding area. 3,800 gallons per minute spilled out, during a Tuesday night waterline break on Milan Avenue.

 

State troopers throughout Ohio and five other states will take part in a weekend multi-state crackdown designed to make roadways safer.

Troopers will join state police from Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia between 12:01am tomorrow, and 11:59 Sunday night, in removing impaired drivers from the road.

 

After months of negotiations, teachers in Norwalk have a new three-year contract.

The Norwalk Teachers Association approved the deal Tuesday night, and it was ratified by the Norwalk Board of Education last night. According to a joint statement, teachers will receive a raise of 2.25 percent the first year, two percent the second year, and 2.25 percent in year three, along with a one-time $500 contract payment agreement. It’s the first base wage increase since 2011. Financial terms are identical to ones approved earlier this year by support staff members. The contract also calls for members of NTA to move to a new cost-saving healthcare benefit program, effective February 1st of 2016. Teachers will contribute more toward their insurance, and will have higher co-pays.

 

Two men have been arrested, in connection with an early November bank robbery in Richland County.

Taylor Crisman and Chris Hill were arrested yesterday, during a traffic stop in Galion. Crisman is accused of forcing the manager to help him rob a Key Bank branch in Ontario, while Hill held the man’s family hostage.

 

An update, on a feud between adults in Fremont and Sandusky.

Three Fremont residents and one Sandusky resident have been formally banned from school property. If they violate the order, they could be arrested. Those four people were involved in a fight in a school hallway, after a November 20th girls basketball game at Ross High School. Police later learned that problems were possible at the November 27th Sandusky-Ross boys basketball game. The game was rescheduled for Tuesday, and then was canceled, along with a swim meet between the two schools. The reason given was “safety and security concerns.” Due to an ongoing investigation, school officials and police declined to release more information.

 

Two residents of Lorain face charges from a fight after Tuesday night’s basketball game at Lorain High School.

According to reports, as many as 100 people were involved in the scuffle.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Crews in Norwalk spent some of Tuesday evening dealing with a massive water main break on Milan Avenue.

The broken waterline was spilling 3,800 gallons per minute, and it led to reports of discolored water around the area. Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder said the break was reported at 5, and was fixed by 8:30 last night.

 

A number of Norwalk city employees will earn more, starting next year.

Last night, Norwalk City Council approved pay increases of two percent next year and in 2017, and three percent in 2018. In other business, Norwalk City Council heard the first reading of the city’s 2016 budget. It’s expected to be approved December 15th.

 

Safety and security concerns forced officials to cancel last night’s Sandusky at Fremont Ross boys basketball game, and the Ross at Sandusky swim meet.

Fremont police have been investigating reports of a fight after a November 20th girl’s basketball game between the two schools. The fight involving adults occurred in a school hallway. Since then, additional threats have been made, which prompted the cancelation of last night’s events.

 

Mason Road, between Chapin and Jeffries roads in Berlin Township is closed today for pavement repairs.

No traffic will be able to access the area until work is complete.

 

Two weeks from today is the deadline for partisan candidates to file petitions to appear on the March primary ballot.

Among potential primary races: county commissioner and state rep. December 16th is also the deadline to file paperwork for issues to appear on the ballot.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education will meet in special session at 7:30 tonight, to approve a new contract agreement with the teachers union.

The meeting will take place at Norwalk High School. Members of the Norwalk Teachers Association ratified the agreement last night. Contract details could be released tonight or tomorrow.

 

Hunters checked more than 22,000 deer on Monday, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun season.

Deer-gun season is open through Sunday, and then will re-open for two additional days, December 28th and 29th.

 

The State Highway Patrol says fewer people were killed on Ohio’s roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

Nine people died in seven crashes between last Wednesday and Sunday. That’s a substantial drop from last year, when 23 people were killed during Thanksgiving holiday crashes.

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It’s a basketball doubleheader day on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com, with both games coming from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

At 3 o’clock, it’s Monroeville and South Central boys basketball, then at 7, it’s the Cavs and Washington Wizards.

 

If you have internet service through Time Warner and you had trouble getting online last night, you weren’t alone.

Time Warner had a major internet outage that affected parts of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

 

A Perkins Township man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend was arraigned yesterday in Sandusky Municipal Court.

29-year-old Brandon Twarek did not enter a plea. He’s expected to do that, during a second hearing this Thursday. A no-bond order was continued by Judge Erich O’Brien. Twarek was arrested last week, after the body of 22-year-old Karen Holmes of Marblehead was found inside his parents’ East Bogart Road apartment. Sources said she had been stabbed multiple times. Twarek is currently charged with murder, with more charges expected.

 

The city of Bellevue’s annual Christmas parade will take place this Thursday night.

It’ll start at 6 o’clock.

 

The Clyde-Green Springs board of education has accepted the resignation of Superintendent David Stubblebine.

It’ll take effect when his contract expires, July 31st of next year. His time in the Clyde-Green Springs school system has been marred by controversy. Last fall, he was reprimanded by the board of education for engaging in a romantic relationship with McPherson Middle School principal Rachel Aldrich. Earlier this year, Stubblebine was charged with obstructing official business, for allegedly hindering a December, 2014 marijuana investigation at McPherson Middle School. Citing a lack of evidence, a judge later dismissed the charge. Stubblebine previously served as superintendent of the Monroeville Local Schools.

 

Tonight is when Norwalk City Council is expected to approve raises for a number of city employees.

Also on the agenda: a first reading of the city’s 2016 budget. Tonight’s meeting of Norwalk City Council will begin at 7:30, in the Norwalk Muni Courtroom.

 

Crews in Willard will make one last sweep for leaves this Friday.

 

The Ohio Department of Commerce is encouraging you to contact them, if you think they might be sitting on some of your money.

The state’s “Unclaimed Funds” account has surged over $2 billion, money that might have come from forgotten rent or utility deposits, uncashed checks and dormant savings accounts. It’s easy to check…Just Google Ohio Treasure Hunt.

 

New security measures are in place at the Ohio Statehouse.

Effective immediately, all visitors must go through a metal detector, and backpacks are now banned from the building. Also, the High Street entrance to the Ohio Statehouse is now closed to the public.

 

Monday, November 30, 2015

It’s Cyber Monday, one of the busiest online shopping days of the year.

If you’re shopping online today or anytime during this busy holiday season, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the best way to avoid scams is to: 1) Install updates on your devices before shopping. 2) Don’t respond to pop up messages. 3) Use a secure internet connection. 4) Review complaints against sellers. 5) Pay by credit card, instead of a debit card.

 

The Norwalk City Schools Board of Education will meet in special session this week, to formally approve a new contract with the Norwalk Teachers Association.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 Wednesday night, at Norwalk High School.

 

No one was injured, in a weekend house fire in Erie County’s Florence Township.

Firefighters from Florence and Berlin Townships, along with Wakeman were summoned to the Angling Road scene shortly after 9 Saturday night. They were able to quickly extinguish flames on the roof of the home.

 

Ohio’s deer-gun season is underway.

It runs through Sunday. Daily hours are one-half hour before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

 

Recently released figures show local unemployment in October was slightly above the statewide average of 4.4 percent.

Huron County’s October jobless rate was 4.9 percent, while Erie County was at 4.5 percent. Richland and Lorain counties checked in at 4.8 percent, while Crawford County’s unemployment rate was five percent. At 4.3 percent, Ashland County came in just under the statewide average. The area’s lowest jobless rates were in Seneca and Sandusky counties, 3.8 percent.

 

An armed man was shot dead, after confronting an Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper.

It happened at 1:30 Sunday morning in Celina. The State Highway Patrol said the trooper was completing paperwork in his parked cruiser when 22-year-old Justin McHenry pulled up, approached the trooper on foot, pointed a 9mm handgun, and ordered him out of the cruiser. Officials said the trooper tried to disarm McHenry before shooting him. McHenry died later at a nearby hospital. The trooper wasn’t hurt. McHenry’s motive remains unclear.

 

To southern Ohio where 55 people have some explaining to do for skipping jury duty.

Washington County Judge Randall Burnworth has ordered all 55 to appear in court December 10th. They could be charged with contempt and face fines, for skipping the jury selection process in a recent high-profile murder case. A former deputy is accused of killing an ex-colleague nearly 35 years ago.

 

The 15th annual K96 and 95.3 WLKR Firefighters Chili Cook-off will be held this Saturday, at Lyman Harbor in Sandusky.

15 area fire departments will be on hand with their finest chili’s. Doors will open at 4.