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Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Morning Show will be on the road this Wednesday.

 

We’ll broadcast live from Media Day, as Cedar Point unveils Valravn, which is billed as the world’s tallest, fastest, longest dive roller coaster. All told, Valravn will break 10 different records. We’ll tell you much more about it, starting at 6 Wednesday morning. Cedar Point will open for the season this Saturday.

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Don’t forget: Drive-through drop-off dump day is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Shelby Street Public Boat Launch in Sandusky.

Open only to city residents, people can drop off unwanted furniture, tires, appliances, electronics, mattresses and the like. Workers won’t accept TVs, paint or liquids of any kind. Volunteers, including the Sandusky High School basketball team, will help collect the materials.

 

A nostalgic nautical attraction that had been submerged for two decades should be making ripples in Sandusky Bay in a few weeks.

The beloved Cedar Point ferryboat service returns to Sandusky this summer. Passengers can board a Jet Express boat at the Jackson Street Pier for a 10-minute trip to Cedar Point Marina and vice versa.

All trips from Sandusky to Cedar Point also journey to Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay.

 

The cost for a one-way trip breaks down with: Anyone 13 or older pays $5, Children between 6 and 12 pays $2.50, and Anyone 5 or younger gets to ride for free. A Sandusky man was arrested this week after he waved a knife at his family, police said.

 

Don Toennies was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, and two counts each of aggravated menacing and threat of domestic violence after pulling a knife on his mother after she told him to turn the TV down, and then his brother.

He is now being held without bond at the Erie County jail.

 

A Sandusky woman is behind bars on one count of felonious assault over change for a dollar.

The report stated after Courtney Reyna of Sandusky slammed a woman on the ground and head butted her in the face after being denied change for a dollar, the victim was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where staff determined she had a “nasal fracture,”

Reyna is being held at the Erie County jail on a $20,000 bond.

 

A state court dismissed a misdemeanor charge against a fremont city councilman accused of inappropriately touching a city employee.

Mike Koebel no longer faces disorderly conduct offense after he allegedly held the recreation superintendent.

Koebel’s attorney believes there to be a financial motive for filing the charge, as the woman involved is married to at the time Fremont interim police chief.

 

A Sandusky woman allegedly assaulted a corrections officer while being booked into the Erie County jail.

Kutila Mitchell was charged with fifth-degree felony assault after she was uncooperative during booking and began arguing with corrections staff.Reports say Mitchell stood up and lunged at the corrections officer, causing her to be pushed into some drawers and underneath a countertop.

The officer said she injured her knee as a result of the incident.

 

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

A man who was last seen in 2006 has been named and his sister is asking for the community’s help identify what happened.

Robert Slack was reported missing 2014 and, as of a few months ago, was identified among Kentucky police records as John Doe, a body that had washed up in Beargrass Creek, Louisville that they could not identify.

The family is looking for answers to what happened during that time span.

 

The Milan-Berlin library district invites children of all ages and the special women in their lives to celebrate mothers day with a tea party on May 7 from 11am-12:30 pm at the Milan Public Library.

Space is limited and registration is required and those

interested can call the library to reserve a spot.

 

A tragedy in Vermilion happened late last night.

Savanah Haynie was identified as the victim who was struck and killed by a train in an alleged suicide.

First responders were called to the scene around 11:25 pm and shortly after met who they believe to be the victim’s mother. The woman came across a suspected suicide note and told officials that the victim was having “personal issues.”

 

The Democratic Women of Erie County have announced they are one again offering a $500 college scholarship to Erie county female high school graduates and cuurent college students.

A student must have a 3.0 GPA and if they are old enough, be registered to vote to be eligible, A 250-500 word essay isincluded and the deadline to apply is June 3rd.

 

The Coast Guard medically evacuated a man off of a dredging

barge in Lake Erie near Sandusky on Wednesday evening.

A good Samaritan called Coast Guard Station Marblehead At about 5:45 p.m. to report two men on a dredging barge who needed help due to injuries. The rescue team launched from the shore in a skiff ice inflatable boat, normally used for ice rescue, and brought the man back to awaiting emergency medical services.

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

A man who was last seen in 2006 has been named and his sister is asking for the community’s help identify what happened.

Robert Slack was reported missing 2014 and, as of a few months ago, was identified among Kentucky police records as John Doe, a body that had washed up in Beargrass Creek, Louisville that they could not identify.

The family is looking for answers to what happened during that time span.

 

The Milan-Berlin library district invites children of all ages and the special women in their lives to celebrate mothers day with a tea party on May 7 from 11am-12:30 pm at the Milan Public Library.

Space is limited and registration is required and those

interested can call the library to reserve a spot.

 

A tragedy in Vermilion happened late last night.

Savanah Haynie was identified as the victim who was struck and killed by a train in an alleged suicide.

First responders were called to the scene around 11:25 pm and shortly after met who they believe to be the victim’s mother. The woman came across a suspected suicide note and told officials that the victim was having “personal issues.”

 

The Democratic Women of Erie County have announced they are one again offering a $500 college scholarship to Erie county female high school graduates and cuurent college students.

A student must have a 3.0 GPA and if they are old enough, be registered to vote to be eligible, A 250-500 word essay isincluded and the deadline to apply is June 3rd.

 

The Coast Guard medically evacuated a man off of a dredging

barge in Lake Erie near Sandusky on Wednesday evening.

A good Samaritan called Coast Guard Station Marblehead At about 5:45 p.m. to report two men on a dredging barge who needed help due to injuries. The rescue team launched from the shore in a skiff ice inflatable boat, normally used for ice rescue, and brought the man back to awaiting emergency medical services.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

If they can play, we’ll have Indians baseball this afternoon on 95.3 WLKR.

The Tribe and Seattle Mariners are scheduled to finish their three-game series, starting at 12:10.

 

It appears the Ohio Turnpike was busier than ever last year.

Turnpike executive director Randy Cole said 53.4 million trips were made in 2015, an increase of more than four percent. A new national report says the Ohio Turnpike was one of 23 tolling agencies across the country that saw record-breaking travel volumes last year.

 

South Central Local Schools treasurer Beth Lykins will leave at the end of next month.

She’s accepted a job at Ashland Crestview. The South Central school board will meet one week from today, to begin the search for a replacement.

 

Two Norwalk businesses have stepped up in a big way, to help with the city’s new fire station.

Chief John Soisson told city council this week that Schaffer Excavating and Trucking has offered to tear down existing buildings at the site of the new fire station, dispose of the debris and prepare the area for construction, all free of charge. And Norwalk Concrete has offered to donate precast molds for the project.

 

A former Clyde police officer is facing up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine, for giving alcohol to a 16-year-old boy.

In court this week, 33-year-old Ryan Robinson pleaded guilty to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He’ll be sentenced May 16th. The charge is tied to a December, 2014 incident. He was suspended a month later, then resigned from the force.

 

It’s described as the country’s largest steel foundry and now, it’s in danger of shutting down for good.

Unless it’s sold, Columbus Castings will close its doors, putting nearly 800 people out of work. Company officials said they are in talks with a potential buyer. Columbus Castings has been in operation at its same location since 1902. It was formerly known as Buckeye Steel.

 

Violations involving hazing and alcohol have led two fraternity suspensions at Miami University in Oxford.

Phi Kappa Tau is suspended for three years, while Pi Kappa Phi is suspended until January.

 

May 7th and 8th is when Ohioans will be able to enjoy free fishing.

It’s the only weekend all year when Ohio residents 16 and over can fish any of the state’s public waters without a license.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mostly sunny and 70 today, but 10 degrees cooler near Lake Erie.

Tragic news from Greenwich and Vermilion

A three-year-old Mennonite girl died instantly during a farming accident. It happened Monday morning, at the family farm on U.S. Route 224 in Greenwich Township. Bethann Zimmerman died of massive head injuries. According to reports, Zimmerman and two-year-old sister were in the bucket of a Bobcat skid steer when she fell backward and got caught in the wheels of the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A report has been sent to the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office for possible criminal charges.

 

A boy from Vermilion died yesterday as a result of electrocution.

First responders were called for a medical emergency at about 6 p.m., administered treatment, then transported the boy to Lorain Mercy Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Erie County deputies said it appeared the boy was electrocuted while in the process of conducting an experiment he saw on YouTube called Jacob’s Ladder, which is described as a high-voltage traveling arc of electricity between two points. Deputies also say that the boy’s family was at home and inside while he was in the garage conducting the experiment.

 

It was a sudden and heartbreaking end.

Emily Keener’s time on The Voice came to an end last night. Despite high praise from the judges, the 17-year-old from Wakeman was eliminated during last night’s live results show. It came down to Keener and Owen Danoff of Washington D.C. They each gave a last ditch performance, before viewers were told to Tweet in their choice. In the end, more viewers chose Danoff.

 

Norwalk City Council declined to vote on golf cart legislation last night.

Instead it was tabled and sent to council’s safety committee for further review. In its present form, the measure would make golf carts street legal on roads with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less.

 

Authorities say more than 300 pigs were killed during a barn fire in north-central Ohio.

The fire broke out Monday morning in the office area of the barn in Hayesville. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours, and it threatened a second barn before it was contained. No people were inside the barn at the time, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

The date is set for the 44th annual WoollyBear Festival.

It’ll be held October 2nd in downtown Vermilion. The WoollyBear Festival is Ohio’s largest one-day festival. It’s hosted by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and Fox 8’s Dick Goddard.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It was another top-notch performance by Wakeman’s Emily Keener.

During last night’s episode of The Voice, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter sang Jeff Buckley’s Lilac Wine, and received a standing ovation from the judges. You still have time to vote for Keener via the show’s mobile app or website, or Facebook. Two of 12 contestants will eliminated during tonight’s results show.

 

Golf cart legislation is on tonight’s Norwalk City Council agenda.

A vote is expected on a measure that would make golf carts street-legal in the Maple City. It’s not expected to pass. However, it could be tabled for revisions and a future vote.

 

Three Sandusky teens will be tried as adults, with two more likely to follow, for their alleged involvement in a robbery-turned-shooting in MacArthur Park.

16-year-old Xayvion Bridges and two 17-year-olds—Charles Rickard and Michael Adams—have bonds set at $100,000. Two more teen suspects are waiting for their cases to be transferred from juvenile to adult court. All five teens were armed at the time of the robbery, and the victim of the shooting is recovering from injury.

 

Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign has him in five different states this week.

Kasich was in New York yesterday, and today he’ll make stops in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Annapolis, Maryland. He’ll make two more stops in Pennsylvania on Thursday, then he’ll head to Connecticut Friday, and Rhode Island Saturday.

 

Months after he allegedly used excessive force and attacked a defenseless suspect during a problematic arrest, Vermilion police officer Aaron Bolton received two assault charges yesterday – a misdemeanor and a felony- in relation to the alleged incident last September outside of Rudy’s Bar and Grill.

Bolton turned himself into authorities after deputies looked for him at his home and after less than 90 minutes in jail, he posted $30,000 cash bond. In 2013, Bolton received a 10-day suspension for harassing a colleague. He’s currently on a paid suspension.

 

The Perkins police department is investigating a hotel room fire that happened on Saturday at the Comfort Inn in Perkins Township.

A Sandusky Man and a Toledo woman were in the hotel room, and the woman told police she was spraying the beds with rubbing alcohol to get rid of bed bugs when a candle’s flame caught the spray and burst in flames. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under review.

 

Pizza time, in Norwalk.

The Norwalk Rotary Club’s 17th annual Pizza Bake Off runs from 4:30 until 7 today at Norwalk High School. It’s a chance to help raise money for Rotary’s “Caring For Kids” program, and a way to enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza from seven different places: Cameo at the Creek, Domino’s, East of Chicago, Pizza Brothers, Pizza Cravin’, Pizza Hut and the Pizza Post. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 and over and $5 for kids 10 and under. Melissa Sharp will broadcast live from today’s Pizza Bake Off.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Today is Tax Day, and the clock is ticking.

Forms must be e-filed by midnight tonight. If you’re mailing forms, they must have today’s postmark.

 

The Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post and the FAA are investigating last Wednesday’s small plane crash in Willard.

Lt. Doug Hamman said a single engine Piper J3 took off in LaGrange, and got caught up in a crosswind while approaching the Willard Airport. The plane skipped off the runway, and went into a ditch. The pilot, from Elyria was unharmed. The plane sustained damage to the front propeller and nose.

 

He was on the run for months, and now he’s in the Erie County Jail.

28-year-old Mohammad Hamad of Sandusky is one of three men accused of stealing $150,000 worth of jewelry from an elderly woman in 2014. Police and U.S. Marshals found him in Virginia Beach earlier this month. He was brought back to Ohio, and is awaiting trial in Erie County Common Pleas Court. Two accomplices have admitted guilt, and are serving prison sentences of 3 and 5 years.

 

Tomorrow is Pizza Bake Off Day in Norwalk.

The Rotary Club’s 17th annual Pizza Bake Off begins at 4:30 at Norwalk High School. Tickets are available at the door. Adults are $10, kids 10 and under are only $5 and senior citizens are $8.

Enjoy pizza from seven different vendors to support Rotary’s Caring for Kids Program. Melissa Sharp will be broadcasting live from Norwalk high school starting at 4.

 

The city of Norwalk’s annual spring trash pickup is underway.

You may place up to three large items or 9 extra bags out for pickup on your regular trash day. One large item equals three bags. Large items are limited to things like mattresses, couches or TVs. Construction or remodeling debris will not be picked up.

 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Today is Tax Day, and the clock is ticking.

Forms must be e-filed by midnight tonight. If you’re mailing forms, they must have today’s postmark.

 

The Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post and the FAA are investigating last Wednesday’s small plane crash in Willard.

Lt. Doug Hamman said a single engine Piper J3 took off in LaGrange, and got caught up in a crosswind while approaching the Willard Airport. The plane skipped off the runway, and went into a ditch. The pilot, from Elyria was unharmed. The plane sustained damage to the front propeller and nose.

 

He was on the run for months, and now he’s in the Erie County Jail.

28-year-old Mohammad Hamad of Sandusky is one of three men accused of stealing $150,000 worth of jewelry from an elderly woman in 2014. Police and U.S. Marshals found him in Virginia Beach earlier this month. He was brought back to Ohio, and is awaiting trial in Erie County Common Pleas Court. Two accomplices have admitted guilt, and are serving prison sentences of 3 and 5 years.

 

Tomorrow is Pizza Bake Off Day in Norwalk.

The Rotary Club’s 17th annual Pizza Bake Off begins at 4:30 at Norwalk High School. Tickets are available at the door. Adults are $10, kids 10 and under are only $5 and senior citizens are $8.

Enjoy pizza from seven different vendors to support Rotary’s Caring for Kids Program. Melissa Sharp will be broadcasting live from Norwalk high school starting at 4.

 

The city of Norwalk’s annual spring trash pickup is underway.

You may place up to three large items or 9 extra bags out for pickup on your regular trash day. One large item equals three bags. Large items are limited to things like mattresses, couches or TVs. Construction or remodeling debris will not be picked up.

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A suspected drunk driver from Castalia suffered serious injuries last night, after crashing his car into the Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

 

Troopers said 24-year-old Dakota Clouse was driving at a high rate of speed, when he lost control and went off U.S. Route 6 and drove across grass and landscaping, before hitting a large concrete sign and crashing into the front of the patrol post. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and was ejected from his car. Clouse was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center.

 

No troopers were injured, but the patrol post sustained damage to the walls and windows of the conference room, which had been occupied an hour prior to the crash. Clouse didn’t have a license, due to a September, 2015 DUI conviction. He was also wanted on a felony warrant from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. Charges connected to the crash are pending.

 

 

She performed last night on live nationwide TV and tonight, we’ll find out if Wakeman’s own Emily Keener has advanced on to next week, on ‘The Voice.’

 

The results show begins at 8 on NBC-TV.

 

 

 

The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio has wrapped up its annual Harvest-For-Hunger campaign, and they reached their goal of raising enough money to provide 100,000 meals to those in need, in Huron, Erie Lorain and Crawford Counties.

 

 

 

As expected, the Norwalk Board of Education has okayed a move from the NOL to the Sandusky Bay Conference.

 

Approval came during last night’s school board meeting. The change will take effect with the 2017-2018 school year. As you know, five other NOL schools are joining the SBC to form an 18-team conference for football and 21 teams for most other sports. For football, Norwalk will be in the SBC’s Lake Division along with Bellevue, Clyde, Perkins, Sandusky and Tiffin Columbian.

 

 

A former employee has been found guilty of stealing more than $1,300 from Norwalk’s Pizza Hut.

 

As part of a plea bargain, 21-year-old Thomas Morrow agreed to plead guilty to charges of breaking and entering and theft. Records from Huron County Common Pleas Court show prosecutors dismissed a charge of safecracking. Morrow stole the money last fall, then was arrested after telling family members about the crime. He’ll be sentenced May 25th, and he’s expected to receive probation, and he’ll have to make restitution.

 

 

The Ohio Turnpike’s 2016 construction season is underway, with its largest capital improvements program in 15 years.

 

As part of the program, the Ohio Turnpike is investing $76 million to replace original pavement from 60 years ago. Some of that work will cover five miles in the eastbound lanes from Groton Township to Oxford Township in Erie County.

 

Citing security risks and other factors, state prison officials have announced plans to close all ten of the state’s prison farms, and sell the land.

 

They’ll be phased out by the end of this year. That includes prison farms in Mansfield and Grafton.