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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A third arrest has been made, in connection with a multi-county burglary ring.

28-year-old Jamie Brant of Monroeville is facing one count of receiving stolen property. Brant’s brother—James Brant—and Katherine Straughn of Bellevue are key suspects as well. Both were arrested last week. All three are accused of breaking into homes and businesses in Huron, Seneca and Ottawa counties. Deputies have recovered $50,000 worth of stolen items. More arrests are possible.


A Willard man accused of manufacturing crystal meth is going to prison.

36-year-old Billy J. Kilgore was sentenced yesterday to 18 months behind bars. Kilgore was arrested by Willard police in late June.


A former Clyde man who stole numerous grave ornaments must pay nearly $8,000 restitution.

In addition, 25-year-old Jeffery Huey of Solon must serve three years probation. Huey was arrested in June of 2013, after detectives learned he had stolen urns, benches and more from graves in Michigan, all the way to Sandusky. He was caught in the act, after authorities placed a hidden camera at the Oakland Cemetery in Perkins Township.


The Huron County Commissioners continue to work on the 2015 budget.

An interim budget must be in place by the end of this month. The final budget must be approved by March 31st.


A Norwalk woman injured in a car-semi truck crash in Milan remains in critical condition.

27-year-old Dawn Weatherspoon was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, after Monday’s crash at Routes 250 and 13. The highway patrol continues to investigate the crash.


The Ohio Senate has approved a bill legalizing firecrackers, bottle rockets and other consumer-grade fireworks.

Currently, Ohioans can buy consumer-grade fireworks, but must sign paperwork saying they’re taking them out of state within 48 hours. Senate Bill 386 would change that, and would tax fireworks at four percent to fund firefighter training and enforcement. It does give counties and townships the power to ban fireworks, or restrict dates and times when fireworks could be set off. The measure was sent to the Ohio House for a vote.


Statewide gambling revenue was down 11 percent in November.

Figures from the state show the biggest drop was at the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, were revenues fell 20 percent, compared to last year. Revenues fell by 10 percent at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, five percent at the Hollywood Casino Toledo, and four percent at Hollywood Casino Columbus.


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A Norwalk woman was flown to a Toledo hospital, after her car hit a semi-truck.

27-year-old Dawn Weatherspoon was injured shortly before 5:30 yesterday morning on U.S. Route 250, near State Route 13 in Milan. According to the highway patrol, Weatherspoon’s small car hit a tractor-trailer, after going left of center. Milan firefighters were called in to use the Jaws of Life, and Weatherspoon was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, with incapacitating injuries. Her current condition is unknown. The trucker wasn’t hurt. The highway patrol is trying to determine why Weatherspoon went left of center. Alcohol use has been ruled out.


A Willard man has been charged with felonious assault, for allegedly running over his ex-fiancee.

29-year-old Ian Robinson was arrested late Saturday night, after the incident outside a home on Section Line Road near Bellevue. According to reports, the two had been arguing, and when Robinson tried to leave, the victim stood in front of his car, and wouldn’t move. Robinson then bumped her and knocked her down, before running over two-thirds of her body. She suffered substantial injuries, and was taken for treatment. Robinson was taken to the Huron County Jail. He’s due in court next Monday.


A girls basketball coach with area ties could be out of a job.

According to the Mansfield News Journal, Mansfield Madison head coach Brian Carr was suspended last week, after school officials learned of an earlier domestic violence incident. Carr was arrested at his Plymouth home in late August. He initially pleaded not guilty, but later changed his plea to no contest to a reduced charge of attempted negligent assault. He was given a suspended 30-day jail sentence and was placed on two years’ probation, was fined $200, and was told to attend anger management counseling. Carr failed to notify the school of his arrest, and the outcome of the case. Officials learned about the situation via a newspaper article. Carr has been the girls head coach at Madison since 2012. He previously did the same job at Plymouth, and had coached at other area schools.


An arrest warrant has been issued for a northwest Ohio woman who failed to appear for her arraignment.

62-year-old Marilyn Perry of Lindsey was due in Huron County Common Pleas Court yesterday morning, to answer to a charge of aggravated vehicular assault. The felony charge is tied to an early August incident in downtown Bellevue. While allegedly intoxicated, Perry hit a woman who was exiting her car. The victim suffered serious injuries. She continues to recover.


Hunters checked 64,485 deer during Ohio’s seven-day deer gun season, which ended Sunday.

That’s about 10,000 less than last year.


Two Sandusky teens were taken to juvenile lockup, after they were caught going through cars parked at the Sandusky Mall.

The boys, ages 15 and 17 were arrested Sunday afternoon, after they were confronted by a shopper. When questioned by police, the two initially denied the allegations, before the younger boy admitted to the crimes. The two teens were charged with criminal trespassing and receiving stolen property.


The Norwalk Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 tonight, at Norwalk High School.

The public is welcome to attend.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The 2014 high school football season is complete.

The Maria Stein Marion Local Flyers won their fourth consecutive state championship, with a 41-0 victory over Norwalk St. Paul in Saturday’s Division VII title game at Ohio Stadium. St. Paul finished the season 13-2.


73 years ago today is when President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his famous Pearl Harbor speech.

The full speech was a declaration of war against Japan.


A car/semi truck crash shut down some of U.S. Route 250 in Milan this morning.

The driver of the car was taken from the scene by Lifeflight.


The parent company of Sears and Kmart is closing more stores by the end of this month.

Instead of the previously announced number of 130, Sears Holdings will soon close 235 stores. The reason: the company lost $548 million in the third quarter alone.


Gas prices continue to fall.

This morning, pump prices ranged from $2.36 in Sandusky to $2.59 in Willard.  In Cleveland, some stations were selling gas for $2.21 a gallon.


The Ohio State Buckeyes are in college football’s first ever playoff.

According to Vegas, the Bucks are big underdogs against Alabama odds makers say Ohio State is a nine-point underdog. Ohio State and Alabama will face off in the Sugar Bowl January 1st. The winner play Oregon or Florida State for the national championship.


Huron County deputies continue to investigate a late November break-in at a business in Olena.

According to reports, burglars forced their way into Kickers Drive-Thru on U.S.Route 250. Anyone with information should contact the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.


Norwalk City Council will soon pay tribute to second-ward councilman Bob Carleton.

Carleton passed away last month, at age 72. A resolution commemorating and honoring Carleton is on tomorrow night’s work session agenda.


The results are in from Saturday’s annual K96 and 95.3 WLKR Firefighters Chili Cook-Off held at Lyman Harbor.

Well over 1,000 people showed up to sample chili made by 16 area fire departments.  A panel of judges awarded first place to the Rochester Fire Department, Florence Township was second and Huron along with Perkins tied for third.  Danbury won the coveted ‘People’s Choice’ award.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

There’s two more chances, to buy presale tickets for Saturday’s Division VII state championship game in Columbus.

Advance tickets will be sold in the St. Paul High School Athletic Office between 8 and 7 today, and between 8 and noon tomorrow. The Flyers will take on three-time defending state champ Maria Stein Marion Local at 10am Saturday, at Ohio Stadium. If you can’t go, it’ll air live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.


The city of Norwalk’s 2015 budget is in place.

It was approved during Tuesday’s meeting of city council.


Big cuts, at Ohio-based Bob Evans.

Officials declined to give specifics, but some jobs have been slashed, along with the company’s stake in its corporate jet. Sales at Bob Evans haven’t increased since June of last year.


The search continues, for a new Ohio Democratic Party Chairperson.

Yesterday, party officials met with Sharen Neuhardt, who was the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor last month. She has the support of the state’s high-ranking elected Democrat, Senator Sherrod Brown. Also meeting with Democratic Party officials yesterday: David Pepper, who ran unsuccessfully against Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, and Antoinette Wilson, a former assistant Ohio Secretary of State. A decision will come later this month. The person picked will replace Chris Redfern, who announced his resignation, after last month’s Republican sweep of statewide offices.


A man on death row for nearly 20 years must be resentenced, because his attorneys did a poor job looking for evidence that may have swayed the jury’s decision.

By a 4-3 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that defense lawyers failed to make an issue of Willie Herring’s ‘dysfunctional childhood.’ Herring was sentenced to death in 1996, for killing three people in Mahoning County. Two others were shot, but survived. He’s now expected to face life without parole.


We now know the names of two people who authorities believe broke into numerous homes and businesses in a four-county area.

37-year-old James Brant Jr., and 32-year-old Katherine Straughn allegedly targeted locations in Bellevue, Norwalk and Willard, plus other places in Richland, Seneca and Ottawa counties. So far, they’re each facing a single count of burglary, with more charges expected. Brant is also charged with receiving stolen property. Both are in jail. Charges may be filed against others as well. Huron County deputies recovered approximately $50,000 worth of stolen goods, including jewelry and guns.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hunters checked 17,512 white-tailed deer on Monday, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun season.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, that’s way down from last year, when opening day hunters checked 22,619 deer. Close to home, Ashland County had the highest number—353, followed by Richland County—337, then Huron County, 296.

Hunters harvested 1,238 wild turkeys, during Ohio’s fall wild turkey season, which began October 13th, and ended November 30th.


There’s been a third delay, in the trial of a Fremont man accused of killing three others.

The trial of Igmidio ‘Roger’ Mista was supposed to begin yesterday in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court, but it was postponed until February 17th, due to new evidence. Mista is accused of shooting and killing three men at the Last Call Bar in March. One of the victims was an off-duty police officer.


Roughly eight months after Norwalk won the Division II state basketball championship, a book has been written about the season, and the events leading up to it.

“Norwalk’s Championship: A historic state title—and the maligned city that embraced it” was written by Sandusky Register Sports Editor Mark Hazelwood. The book is 166 pages long, and thoroughly covers Norwalk’s 29-1 season, plus the previous three seasons, and much more.

The cost of the book is $20, and it goes on sale, starting December 11th.

A portion of the proceeds will be given to the “Weekends Without Hunger” program, which ensures Norwalk and St. Paul elementary students who qualify for free or reduced meals at school are fed on weekends throughout the school year.


A bizarre fight between a Sandusky man and his wife has led to criminal charges.

38-year-old George Hawkins, and 31-year-old Amanda Hawkins were arrested Monday night, on charges of felonious assault, domestic violence and child endangering. After an argument over Facebook, George Hawkins swung a hammer at his wife, while she allegedly brandished a knife.

According to reports, he tried to grab the knife, and suffered a deep cut that severed a tendon. The couple’s eight-year-old son was home during the skirmish. Sandusky police learned about the fight, after George went to the hospital.


Investigators may have to turn to DNA to confirm the identity of a man who died at a halfway house in Sandusky.

As we told you yesterday, detectives hoped to use medical records but were unsuccessful.  The man died in a Sunday afternoon fire at the Beacon House on Venice Road.  Foul play isn’t suspected.


The State Highway Patrol says 19 people died in crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, defined as last Wednesday through Sunday.

That number is comparable to previous years.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Presale tickets will be available today through Friday, for the Division VII state championship game between the St. Paul Flyers and Maria Stein Marion Local.

You can buy presale tickets in the St. Paul Athletic Office between 8 and 7 today,8 and 3 tomorrow, 8 and 7 Thursday, and 8 until noon on Friday. St. Paul and three-time defending state champion Marion Local will kick off at 10am Saturday, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. You can hear complete live coverage on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

Various news reports say gas prices could drop to around $2 a gallon by the end of this year.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and the Washington Post,only some parts of the country will see pump prices that low. In some parts of the south and Midwest, gas prices are already averaging $2.20 a gallon.

A second arrest has been made, in connection with a recent break-in at a Groton Township gas station.

47-year-old Kurtis Wolford of Norwalk was arrested Sunday on charges of breaking and entering, theft and possession of criminal tools. Wolford and his nephew, 30-year-old Jason Wolford of Willard allegedly broke into Strawberry Hill in late November, and stole several hundred dollars, and numerous cartons of cigarettes. The younger Wolford was arrested last week. Deputies are working to identify a third person, who remained in the parking lot, while the two robbed the store.


The investigation continues into a weekend blaze at a halfway house in Sandusky.

The Sunday fire at the Beacon House on Venice Road left one man dead.  Detectives are looking at medical and dental records to confirm the victim’s identity.  So far, foul play is not suspected.


To Fremont…The trial of a man accused of killing three others has been delayed for a third time.

The trial of Igmidio ‘Roger’ Mista was suppose to begin this morning in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court, but it was postponed until February 17th due to new evidence.  Mista is accused of shooting and killing three men at the Last Call Bar in March.  One of the victims was an off-duty police officer.

Water and sewer rates may rise, in Willard.

City Council is considering legislation that would raise water and wastewater rates by three percent.

Senator Rob Portman will not run for president in 2016.

The Republican from Cincinnati said yesterday that he’ll seek another term as a U.S. Senator from Ohio instead. Sources say Governor John Kasich may still seek the presidency.


State Route 13, between Old Mudbrook Road and Hoover Road in Milan is closed for pavement research.

A detour is posted.  The road should re-open by 6 tonight.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Following a 41-13 win over Glouster Trimble Saturday night at Yellow Jacket Stadium in Mount Vernon.

For the fifth time since 1997, the St. Paul Flyers will play for a state football championship. The Flyers will play Maria Stein Marion Local at 10am this Saturday, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. St. Paul’s previous state championship game appearances came in 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2009. The Flyers won the 2009 state championship, topping Delphos St. John, 24-21. Marion Local has won three consecutive state championships. Saturday’s St. Paul-Marion Local game will air live on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com. The early forecast for Columbus this Saturday: Partly sunny, and 48.


Ohio’s 2014 deer-gun season begins today, and runs through Sunday.

Hunting hours are one half-hour before sunrise, to 30 minutes after sunset. Hunters must have a deer permit, and a valid Ohio hunting license.


A Willard man is facing criminal charges, connected to a recent break-in at Strawberry Hill, on State Route 4.

30-year-old Jason Wolford is currently charged with breaking and entering, theft and possession of criminal tools. Wolford and a second suspect allegedly broke into business November 22nd, and stole several hundred dollars, and numerous cartons of cigarettes. He was arrested several days later. The second suspect remains at-large.


A worker at Kohl’s in Perkins Township has been charged with felony and misdemeanor theft, for allegedly failing to ring up more than $1,000 worth of items.

27-year-old Heather Jensen was jailed last week, after store officials and police learned she didn’t scan bar codes of certain items, and allowed her boyfriend and two others to leave the store with the unpaid merchandise. The boyfriend, 29-year-old Dale Ryan is charged with receiving stolen property.


Pizza Cravin is back in business.

The uptown pizza shop re-opened Friday afternoon a little more than a month after it closed. Lanny Gilbert and his girlfriend, Tami Stamm, are the new owners. Hours will be 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 to midnight on the weekends. “We will have carryout only after midnights,” Gilbert said. “If people are still calling I will still be open.”


Columbus police say a body found this afternoon in the University District is that of missing Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge.

He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Karageorge, 22, graduated from Thomas Worthington High School and wrestled for three years as a Buckeye before joining the football team in August. He appeared in one game, against Penn State. Karageorge would have been one of 24 seniors recognized at Ohio Stadium on Saturday before their final home game against Michigan.


It was ugly for the Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills yesterday with a final score of 26-10 leaving the Browns tied in 4th place with Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the AFC North all three teams are 7-5.

Although a gloomy day for the Dawg Pound, Manziel made his debut at 12:00 in the 4th quarter making a 10-yard touchdown. Cleveland will take on the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at Browns Stadium kickoff at 1pm.


With a loss of a fellow team mate, the Ohio State Buckeyes came out of Saturday’s game in Columbus with a win over rivals Michigan State final score 42-28.

Coming up this Saturday the Buckeyes will face off against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio State 8:17pm game time. You can hear that live on your home for the Buckeyes, 95.3 WLKR.


The Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes returns on Dec. 7-8.

Visitors will be able to look at eight homes — six private homes, and also the Follett House Museum and the Cooke-Dorn House. This will be the 35th year of what’s become a local holiday tradition. Get more information on our community calendar at wlkrradio.com.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans to be cautious of opportunities to make extra money this holiday season.

Some job offers and work-from-home opportunities are scams. In 2014, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received nearly 100 complaints involving job or business-opportunity potential scams. The average reported loss is more than $1,300. To avoid scams, DeWine encourages job seekers to research the company offering the work by contacting the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the local Better Business Bureau.


The Cleveland Cavaliers had some time off after a win against The Indiana Pacers on Saturday final score 109-97.

You can catch the next game; Cavaliers vs. The Milwaukee Bucks Tomorrow the 2nd live with John Michael right here on 95.3 WLKR.


Spending tumbled an estimated 11 percent over the weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.

And more than 6 million shoppers who had been expected to hit stores never showed up. Consumer spending fell to $50.9 billion over the past four days, down from $57.4 billion in 2013, according to the NRF. It was the second year in a row that sales declined during the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday weekend, which had long been famous for long lines and frenzied crowds. Today is Cyber Monday, many are estimated to take advantage of final deals with on-line savings today.


For 32 years, Holy Angels and Zion Lutheran churches in Sandusky have teamed up to serve Thanksgiving dinners to the community.

Volunteers had about 90 cooked turkeys to prepare for dinner plates. About 300 volunteers participated over the two days to make the dinner possible, whether prepping and cooking the meal or helping serve or deliver the meals.


One death Sunday afternoon after apartment fire on Venice Road in Sandusky, the identity of the man has not been released yet.

Bystander’s say they believe a cigarette caused the apartment fire but the Sandusky Fire Dept. doesn’t know that for sure.


Huron is making headway with new projects and revivals.

Including ConAgra site’s face lift, a possible modern roundabout for Berlin and Cleveland Roads, unifying the divided Main Street, and finally bringing life to the Show Boat on North Main Street. The revitalization of Huron will take some time but it is sure to bring new life to the city.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Roads are expected to be busy for Thanksgiving.

As we first told you last week, AAA says 46.3 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home between today and Sunday. It’s the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2007.


Despite Tuesday’s jump, road trippers will pay the lowest Thanksgiving fuel price in five years.

There’s no mail or trash pickup tomorrow, and all government offices will be closed. All services will resume Friday.


Republicans are working to fill a vacant seat on Norwalk City Council, after the unexpected November 16th death of 2nd-ward councilman Bob Carleton.

A search committee will make recommendations, then will forward those to precinct personnel in Ward 2, for an appointment. Anyone interested should contact Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan, or drop off a resume at city hall.


Be on the lookout for deer while you’re traveling this week, Ohio Insurance Institute indicates deer-vehicle crashes from 2013 were nearly 21,000. Down about 4% from 2012.

Sgt. Tim Hoffman suspects most crashes are due to having some of the most traveled roads in the state, including State Route 2 with 22 deer crashes. With a majority of these crashes happening in the change of the season.



Out of Cleveland, several hundred protesters temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic Tuesday night making a peaceful stand against a police officer’s fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a real looking toy gun.

Protesters marched to City Hall after leaving the highway, the demonstration came as protesters across the country blasted the decision in Ferguson, Missouri.


EHOVE Career Center has received an Auditor of the State award for a clean financial audit report. The award was officially awarded on Nov. 20th indicates districts have met financial and legal requirements on federal, state, and local levels. 

Other Sandusky schools to receive this award include Bellevue, Clyde-Green Springs, Huron, Margaretta, and Vermilion schools.



Sandusky and Erie County officials have reached an agreement, clearing a major obstacle to getting construction started soon on the Bay View sewer system.

The new 40-year agreement was sought by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is providing a majority of the funding for the $7 million project to replace septic tank systems with a sewer system.

As of now it is likely the county will be able to seek construction bids for the project early next year.


32nd Community Celebration of Thanksgiving with a free Thanksgiving Meal complete with all the trimmings at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky, from 11 – 1:30 p.m. 

If you need to schedule transportation to the meal or a meal delivery contact the church by Wednesday, 11/26 @ 419-625-3698. 

Meal delivery & carry outs for shut-ins will start at 11:30 a.m.  Free take home bag of groceries available for those who attend the meal. 

 Event sponsored by Holy Angels Catholic Church & Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.


Small Business Saturday is upon us, coinciding with Light Up Norwalk.

Receive a free Shop Small bag when you show your support in Uptown Norwalk this Saturday from 10-7pm with local business open houses.

Light Up Norwalk with Santa arriving at 3 p.m.  Also, Christmas car cruise in, local entertainment featuring the Womack Family Band, carriage rides, free refreshments, tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Today is the first day presale tickets will be sold, for Saturday’s Division VII state semi-final football game between St. Paul and Trimble.

Tickets will be sold in the St. Paul athletic office between noon and 6:30. Tomorrow, presale tickets will be sold between 8 and noon, and Friday, between 9 and 1. Presale tickets are $8 each, with a portion of the proceeds going to St. Paul. Tickets at the gate are $10. St. Paul and Trimble will play at Mount Vernon’s Yellow Jacket Stadium, with kickoff at 7 Saturday night. If you can’t make it, the game will air live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification of the person or persons who intentionally set fire to a vacant home in Bellevue.

The cause of last Wednesday’s blaze at 324 East Main Street was ruled as arson by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Anyone with information should contact the Bellevue police or fire departments, or the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

A Sandusky man accused of killing an 86-year-old relative, then setting fire to his home, made his initial court appearance yesterday.

33-year-old Joseph Sandy entered a not guilty plea to several charges, including aggravated murder and arson. His next appearance in Erie County Common Pleas Court will be December 22nd. Sandy is accused of fatally stabbing 86-year-old George Martin last December. Authorities said he also set fire to Martin’s Campbell Street home. His wife, 24-year-old Bethany Sandy is facing charges as well. She remains in the Erie County Jail.


Following a statewide trend, unemployment rates went down around most of the region.

Huron County’s October jobless rate was 5.8 percent, down from 6.1 percent in September.  In Erie County, unemployment decreased slightly to 4.5 percent.  According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, October unemployment rates also dropped in Ashland, Lorain, Richland, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.  Jobless rates rose in Crawford and Ottawa counties.

As expected, gas prices have jumped ahead of Thanksgiving.

Area pump prices rose as much as 40 cents yesterday, to $2.89 a gallon.

The announcement was made yesterday…Columbus has been named as one of three finalists, to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The capital city is up against Philadelphia and New York. Phoenix and Birmingham, Alabama are out of the running. Democratic leaders are expected to make a final decision in late December or early January. Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Tomorrow is the final day of leaf pickup in Willard.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A high wind warning will begin at 10 this morning, and will end at 10 tonight.

Gusts could hit 60 miles per hour.

The St. Paul Flyers are one game away from playing for a state football championship.

We have presale information for Saturday’s Division VII State Semi-Final Football Game between the St. Paul Flyers and the Glouster Trimble Tomcats.  You can buy presale tickets in the St. Paul Athletic Office between noon and 6:30 tomorrow, 8am and 12 pm Wednesday and 9 until 1 Friday.  Advance tickets are $8 each and St. Paul gets a portion of the proceeds.  If you buy tickets at the gate, they are $10 each.  St. Paul and Trimble will play at Mount Vernon’s Yellow Jacket Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7pm Saturday.  The game will air live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com. The winner will advance to the Division VII State Championship game and will play Columbus Grove or Maria Stein Marion Local on December 6th at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

A Willard man is behind bars this morning, accused of having sexual contact with three young girls.

According to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, 34-year-old Mario Felipe is charged with multiple counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor. The alleged victims 10, 9 and 6. In addition to criminal charges, Felipe is being held as an immigration detainee.

At least for now, no charges will be filed, in connection with a late October prank at Summit Motor Sports Park.

Norwalk Law Director Stu O’Hara declined to press charges. However, he’s sending all information to the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office for review. A loud explosion, and claims of a plane crash sent deputies to the raceway October 25th. After learning the information was false, Sheriff Dane Howard sought charges, saying raceway officials went too far.

Arrests are pending, in connection with a burglary and fencing ring in Huron, Seneca and Ottawa counties.

Huron County deputies cracked the case last week, and recovered more than $50,000 worth of stolen items, including guns, jewelry and tools. As many as 10 people are expected to face charges.

Columbus Avenue, between Division and Scott streets in Sandusky will be closed between 7am and 6pm today and tomorrow, for sewer repairs.

Detour signs are posted.

Ohio’s unemployment rate for October was 5.3 percent, down from 5.6 percent in September.

County numbers will be released tomorrow.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Norwalk Township Trustees’ monthly meeting has been rescheduled for 7pm tomorrow, at the Norwalk Township building.