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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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

More nice weather, for today’s ‘Imagine Norwalk’ event in downtown Norwalk.

Things will get underway at 5. Imagine Norwalk features art, music, literature, unique retail, distinct dining, kids events and more.


The Huron Rotary Fine Arts and Food Festival begins today.

It’ll open at 5, at the boat basin, and continues tomorrow and Sunday. Mike Jeffries will broadcast live from the Huron Rotary Fine Arts and Food Festival, starting at 5.


Today is Senior Fest, at the Erie County Fair.

There’s free admission for anyone 60 and over, until 4pm. At noon, 400 seniors will enjoy a free lunch. Registration for that begins at 9am, in the Multipurpose Building. Senior Fest activities will begin at 10, in the Multipurpose Building. On tap tonight: the NTPA Tractor Pulls, featuring mini-modified tractors, pro stock tractors, heavy super stock tractors and more. It begins at 6:30, and grandstand admission is $5.


Tomorrow is Veterans Day at the Erie County Fair.

Veterans with proper ID and family members will get in free until 4. Free admission does not include rides.


Local authorities are joining other law enforcement agencies, in the 2014 ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown.

Erie County deputies will pay special attention to State Route 4, U.S. Route 250, State Routes 60, 61, 2 and 6. Starting next Friday, Norwalk police will focus enforcement efforts along U.S. Routes 20 and 250, State Routes 18 and 61, along with Whittelsey Avenue and League Street.


A Sandusky man convicted of killing a child will be sentenced this afternoon.

26-year-old Michael Milner could receive life behind bars, or a chance of being paroled after 20, 25 or 30 years. Milner pleaded guilty to aggravated murder earlier this year, in connection with the 2012 beating death of three-year-old Owen Barker. The boy was the son of Milner’s then-girlfriend.


A Put-in-Bay teen missing since early yesterday morning has been found.

15-year-old Carter Pugh was found at approximately 8:30 this morning at a relative’s home on the mainland.  Before that, he had been missing since 2am Thursday.


A new reports says, Ohio’s per capita consumer spending rose 12 percent in the three years after the recession that ended in 2009.


If you’re a Columbia Gas budget plan customer, you’ll pay nearly 20 percent more this winter.

According to a new forecast from Columbia Gas of Ohio, a typical budget-billing customer will pay $80 per month, up from $67 a year ago.


In sports…

We’ll begin our preview of the 2014 high school football season during tomorrow’s ‘Locker Room’ show.  You will hear comments from Edison Head Coach Jim Hall, Bellevue’s Ed Nasonti, Huron’s Tony Legando and Western Reserve’s Mike Stoll.  The Locker Room airs at 9am each Saturday.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Great weather for day number three of the Erie County Fair.

Tonight’s grandstand attraction is the Farm Tractor Pull. It gets underway at 7. Also on today’s schedule: a dog show at 11:30, and the junior miss pageant, featuring girls ages 9 to 12. It begins at 7, in the multipurpose building.

Tomorrow is Senior Fest. Erie County fairgoers 60 and over can get in free of charge before 4pm. The first 400 seniors will get a free lunch. Registration for that begins at 9 tomorrow morning.


A brother and sister have been crowned as Erie County Fair royalty.

Grant and Teresa Puckrin of Sandusky were crowned Junior Fair King and Queen Tuesday night. Grant is a freshman at Terra State Community College, while Teresa entering her junior year of high school.


A heads-up from Erie County Auditor Rick Jeffery

Employees are currently not auditing property countrywide.  There are three employees inspecting new construction and random farms.  Those employees will have official ID, a distinctive shirt and an official car with the county seal.  Jeffery said if someone comes to your door without ID or the correct apparel, do not allow them access to your property and contact the nearest law enforcement agency.


A big crowd was on hand, for yesterday’s groundbreaking in Norwalk.

State and local officials, business leaders and others showed up for yesterday’s ceremony in the Industrial Parkway. Borgers USA is spending $60 million to build a new plant there. Once it’s up and running, the manufacturing operation will employ approximately 230 workers. The company produces textile products—trim, carpeting and insulation for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Borgers is based in Germany. Norwalk will be the company’s second U.S. manufacturing operation. The other is in Alabama.


A state trooper arrested for DUI has been found guilty of a similar charge.

Sgt. Tony Myers pleaded ‘no contest’ to physical control Tuesday in Huron Municipal Court. He was given a suspended 90-day jail sentence. However, Myers must attend a driver intervention course, or spend three days in the Erie County Jail. His driver’s license was suspended for one year, although he will have occupational driving privileges. He must pay over $1,000 in fines and court costs.

Myers was arrested early Sunday morning, at a Huron gas station. He and a passenger were found slumped in his car. He refused to submit to any sobriety tests. Myers is assistant post commander in Norwalk. For now, he’s restricted to administrative duties. He’s facing work penalties, including possible termination.


Federal charges have been filed against the owner of a local winery.

David Kraus lives in New York, but owns Hermes Vineyards and Winery in Sandusky. He’s facing a five-count indictment, for allegedly bilking the government for loans made to his business. Federal prosecutors claim Kraus sold approximately $2 million worth of assets pledged as collateral for USDA loans. He’s also accused of making false statements on loan applications. Kraus will appear in federal court at a later date.


U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan is coming to Norwalk.

He’ll speak during a town hall meeting at 7pm, August 19th at Norwalk High School. Jordan represents Ohio’s wide-ranging 4th Congressional District, which includes Norwalk and northern Huron County and points east, as far west as Lima, and as far south as Champaign County.


The dog with the nation’s nest name can be found in Columbus, Ohio.

A small dog who answers to the name ‘Peanut Wigglebutt’ beat out dozens of other unique names in an online vote at wackypetnames.com.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The 2014 Erie County Fair begins today.

Tonight’s grandstand attraction is the Broken Horn Rodeo. It begins at 7:30. Admission to the rodeo is $3. Tomorrow is Kids Day, with free admission for children under 16, until 4pm. Free admission does not include rides. Friday is Senior Fest, with free admission for those 60 and over, until 4pm. Saturday is Veterans Day at the Erie County Fair, with free admission for veterans with proper ID, and family members. Melissa Sharp will broadcast live from the Erie County Fair, between 4 and 6 today.


A published report says the same toxins that led to a water ban in Toledo have been found in this area.

According to the Sandusky Register, a detectable amount of the toxin was found at Sandusky’s water filter plant. None of the toxin was detected in the city’s treated water, which is safe to drink. The treatment process has been adjusted for the toxins, and officials said the city will test for toxins each day.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is checking possible price gouging complaints regarding bottled water, as a result of Toledo’s water crisis.


Charges are pending against a man, in connection with a late July house fire in Willard.

The unnamed suspect was sent to a hospital, for a mental health evaluation. Once the assessment is complete, charges will likely be filed. The State Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the blaze at the Keefer Street home as arson.


North Street in Monroeville is closed for repairs.

Thru-traffic is off-limits, but emergency vehicles and residents who live from Broad Street to the base of the hill will have access to their homes. Work should be complete by next Friday. The State Route 99/103 Resurfacing Project is underway in Willard. Expect one-lane of traffic. In Erie County, State Route 2, from the Bay Bridge to Route 269 is down to one lane, for resurfacing. According to ODOT, work will last until next June.


Officials with the Democratic Party will be in Columbus this week, to scout out the city for the 2016 national convention.

They’ll be looking at hotels, meeting sites and transportation options. Also in the running to host the Democratic National Convention: Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York City, and Birmingham, Alabama. The city that winds up hosting the convention could see an economic boost of up to $200 million.


A North Fairfield woman accused of embezzling money from a youth sports league will stand trial in October.

Former treasurer Tammy Ward is charged with theft, for allegedly stealing as much as $4,000 from the South Central Youth League. She’s denied wrongdoing, and recently entered a plea of not guilty. If convicted, she faces up to 18 months in prison.


The Huron County Democratic Party Central and Executive Committees will at 7pm tomorrow night, at the 224 Varsity Club in Willard.

On the agenda: the regular quarterly meeting, and appointing new members to committees.


Pleasant weather is getting credit for pushing attendance at this year’s Ohio State Fair to record levels.

More than 916,000 people came through the Ohio Expo Center gates during the 12-day fair, shattering the record set last year.