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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The ban has been lifted, on Norwalk’s upper reservoir.

It was lifted late yesterday afternoon, by the Ohio EPA and city officials. The upper reservoir had been off-limits since last Monday, due to potentially harmful algae toxins.

 

Traffic will be restricted today, at the intersection of Norwalk’s Benedict Avenue and Elm Street, as workers continue seeding and grading the boulevard.

Motorists should use alternate routes, as traffic will be delayed.

 

A Sandusky man is behind bars, charged in connection with a 1987 murder in Florida.

64-year-old Carl McCauley was arrested yesterday at home, on a warrant issued by Polk County deputies. He’s accused of stabbing and killing 41-year-old Karen Watson in the Tampa Bay-area 27 years ago. McCauley has lived and worked in Sandusky for at least 15 years. He’s now facing extradition back to Florida.

 

Bond is set at $150,000 for a Bellevue woman accused of running a meth lab in her apartment.

Julie Singleton was arraigned yesterday in Bellevue Municipal Court.  She’s facing six felony charges with more charges possible.  A Monday search of her Thomas Avenue apartment turned up materials used to make crystal meth.  Singleton’s case is expected to be bound over to a grand jury.

 

U.S. Route 6, just west of State Route 269 in Margaretta Township will close on Tuesday, September 2nd for a culvert replacement project.

Work should last a month.

 

Ohio State University officials want former band director Jonathon Waters to go away.

A statement from the school yesterday denied Waters’ request for a name-clearing hearing saying the decision to fire him was final.  Waters’ attorney says if Ohio State won’t let him state his case, the federal courts might.

 

Time Warner officials continue to investigate yesterday’s nationwide internet outage.

The outage lasted several hours.

 

As we first told you yesterday, crews from The Weather Channel will be in Huron today and tomorrow, filming segments for a high school football-themed show called 12 weeks, 12 towns.

The series will debut September 5th. Along with Huron, the famed Massillon Tigers football program will be featured on the show.

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Authorities have shut down a meth lab in Bellevue.

Police, Sandusky County deputies and state agents searched a Thomas Drive apartment Monday night, and found materials used to manufacture crystal meth. One person was arrested. 43-year-old Julie Singleton is facing six charges, including illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs. Additional felony charges are possible. She’s in the Sandusky County Jail, without bond. During the raid, police and firefighters evacuated nearby apartments, after the area was deemed unsafe. They were allowed back in when investigators cleared the scene, around midnight.

 

The Weather Channel is coming to Huron.

Producers will be in town tomorrow and Friday, to compile footage for a new series called “12 Weeks, 12 Towns.” The program profiles communities across the country that possess a deep, citywide passion for high school football. The segment will feature interviews with local supporters of Huron football, and possible visits to businesses that support the football program. Weather Channel producers will be on the sidelines Friday night for the first-ever “Shoreline Showdown”, filming elements of the Huron-Sandusky football game. The game will be broadcast live on K96.

 

The ban on Norwalk’s upper reservoir MAY be lifted today.

We’ll let you know when it happens.

 

The city of Norwalk will soon have its own equipment to test for toxins in algae.

A $10,000 grant from the EPA will cover the cost.  The city currently has to send samples to a Put-In-Bay lab or to the University of Cincinnati.

 

A one-car crash on Bogart Road, near State Route 4 in Perkins Township sent a Sandusky man to the hospital for treatment of serious leg injuries.

According to reports, 21-year-old Cole Green went off the road, clipped two trees, then hit a third tree head-on. The impact threw the engine from the car, into a nearby driveway. Green was flown to a Toledo hospital for treatment. Perkins police believe speed may have played a role in the crash.

 

If you have internet service through Time Warner, you may have been affected by an early morning outage.

Company officials said the nationwide outage was caused by a problem that occurred during routine maintenance.

 

A new study finds beer is good for Ohio, in terms of jobs.

The Beer Institute says Ohio ranks sixth in the nation for the number of jobs supported by the brewing industry.  Nearly 83,000 people help brew, bottle and serve beer in the state, including farmers, truck drivers and bartenders.

 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A brief cool down is on the way.

Tomorrow’s high will be 80 and Thursday, 78.  By football Friday, temperatures will climb to the mid-80′s.

 

A state board has approved construction of a wind farm in Greenwich Township.

Approval came, despite protests by nearby residents. They voiced concerns about potential health effects, harm to wildlife and noise. Greenwich Wind Park plans to build up to 25 wind turbines across 4,600 acres, spanning from the Huron-Richland County line, to the area near U.S. Route 250.

 

A longtime member of the Bellevue police force has been named chief.

Mark Kaufman had been serving as interim chief since last fall. He’s a lifelong Bellevue resident, and has been with the police department for nearly 20 years.

 

Huron County Deputies are investigating a weekend crash that sent two boys to two different hospitals.

The head-on accident involving two four-wheelers occurred in Collins behind a home on Hartland Center Road.  Nine-year-old Kyle Leimeister of Collins was taken by Lifeflight to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center.  He’s in fair condition.  10-year-old Wyatt Pleska was injured as well and was taken by ambulance to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.  His condition is unknown.

 

A Willard man convicted of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from an 89-year-old woman is going to prison.

For how long remains to be seen. 25-year-old Tyler Branham has been sentenced to 17 months, for theft from the elderly. He’ll receive credit for roughly five months already spent in the Huron County Jail, and he may be eligible for early release from prison. Branham took the victim’s jewelry from her home in January, after shoveling snow from her driveway.

 

Norwalk officials are waiting for state approval before lifting a ban on the city’s upper reservoir. 

It was closed last Monday after tests showed a potentially harmful algae bloom.  Workers treated the water twice last week.

 

The state’s newest ‘racino’ will open this week.

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway will open for business this Thursday. It’ll be the sixth racino in Ohio. A seventh one will open next month near Youngstown.

 

An investigation is underway, into a deadly plane crash east of Cleveland.

Willoughby Hills police say, four people were killed last night, shortly after the plane took off from the Cuyahoga County Airport. The plane went down, and burst into flames.

 

The man in charge of Toledo’s troubled water treatment plant is stepping down.

David Leffler will resign, effective Monday. According to the Toledo Blade, Mayor Michael Collins requested Leffer’s resignation.

 

In sports…

The Indians will begin a stretch of 30 games in 30 days tonight against the White Sox.  Game time in Chicago will be 8:10 and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

 

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Coast Guard will resume its search today for a 33-year-old man who jumped off a boat last night near Whiskey Island in Cleveland, and did not make it to shore.

His girlfriend did, but the man went underwater and did not re-surface.

 

Arrests are pending, in connection with a number of pot plants recently found in Erie County.

About 40 plants were seized from a field behind the former movie theater near Wal-Mart on Milan Road in Perkins Township. 40 more were seized near the intersection of Wikel and Knight roads in Berlin Township.

 

Charges may be filed against a driver who hit a road construction worker in Norwalk.

45-year-old Kathryn Marchlewski of Toledo was struck early Friday afternoon near the intersection of Benedict, Norwood and Summit.  She was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  A report has been sent to Law Director Stu O’Hara.

 

A Willard man convicted to stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from an 89-year-old woman is going to prison.

For how long remains to be seen.  25-year-old Tyler Branham was sentenced late last week to 17 months for theft from the elderly.  He’ll receive credit for roughly five months already spent in the Huron County Jail and he may be eligible for early release from prison.  Branham took the victim’s jewelry from her home in January after shoveling snow from her driveway.  The two knew each other through church.

 

Two long-running festivals will be held this weekend.

The 106th Firelands Festival begins Friday, and runs through Monday at New London Recreation Park. And the 56th annual Milan Melon Festival begins Saturday. It runs through Labor Day Monday.

 

The state’s newest ‘racino’ will open this week.

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway will open for business this Thursday.  It’ll be the sixth racino in Ohio.  A seventh one will open next month near Youngstown.

 

From the Ohio Department of Transportation…

Until the end of September, U.S. Route 20, between Monroeville and Bellevue will be down to one lane each way, for sealing work. Also, State Route 547 in Monroeville has re-opened a few days ahead of schedule. It had been closed, for culvert work.

 

Peach season is here, but there’s a good chance the ones you buy are from out-of-state.

The Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association says, this year’s brutal winter nearly wiped out the state’s peach crop.

 

Today’s statewide average for gas is $3.42.

Expect pump prices to rise in time for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

 

Friday, August 22, 2014

The summer’s final ‘Imagine Norwalk’ event will be held this evening in the uptown area.

Things will get underway at five. Kristie Wert, Program Manager, Main Street Norwalk also says a ‘Princess Parade’ will begin at 6. For more information, go to imaginenorwalk.com.

 

A Cleveland-area teen is facing a criminal charge in Erie County, for allegedly fondling a five-year-old male relative.

The 16-year-old North Olmsted boy is charged with gross sexual imposition. He remains in juvenile lockup. The alleged incident occurred last weekend, during a family gathering at Edison Park in Milan. When interviewed by deputies, the boy admitted to the allegation.

 

She was instrumental in helping bring the company to Norwalk, and now, she’s leaving to work there.

Norwalk Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Ellen Heinz is stepping down effective September 16th, and then will join Borgers USA.  The automotive supplier is building a $60 million dollar manufacturing facility at the Firelands Industrial Park.  Heinz has been with the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation for six years.  Officials hope to have her replacement hired sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

 

Mercy Willard Hospital has been given naming rights to the inside walking track at the new school.

In exchange, the hospital will provide a physical therapist for the next 10 years.

 

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is asking principals at its Catholic schools not to encourage students to raise money for the ALS Association, via the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ 

The Archdiocese doesn’t want money to be sent to the association because it funds at least one study using embryonic stem cells.  Officials said that’s against Catholic teachings.

 

A published report says the state will not sell naming rights for the Ohio Turnpike.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, officials are willing to sell advertising and sponsorships that could be displayed on turnpike road signs, trucker lounges and snow plows. Governor John Kasich wants to use the turnpike as a revenue source to help fund the state’s transportation budget. In previous years, he talked about selling naming rights for the toll road.

 

No change, in the status of Norwalk’s upper reservoir.

It remains off-limits to humans, boats and pets, due to a potentially harmful algae bloom.

 

If you are going to Cleveland tomorrow, good luck finding a place to park.

City officials are bracing for 100,000 people to fill downtown tomorrow night for the Indians-Astros game at 7, the Browns-Rams preseason game at 8 and the Cleveland Gladiators in ArenaBowl 27 at the Q at 8.  Fans are being urged to arrive downtown early, use RTA busses and trains, and watch for on-street parking bans before, during and after the games.

 

If the projection is correct, it will be the busiest Labor Day travel period since 2008.

AAA says 34.7 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more between next Thursday and Labor Day.  That’s a 1.3 percent increase, compared to last year.

 

Tonight’s multi-state Mega Millions jackpot is worth $180 million.

 

A DUI checkpoint will be held between 8 and 10 tonight in Port Clinton.

The Highway Patrol, Port Clinton Police and Ottawa County Deputies will set up on East Perry Street, near Maple Avenue.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day baseball, and a possible sweep by the Cleveland Indians.

The Tribe and Minnesota Twins will play at 1:10 this afternoon at Target Field. The Indians won last night’s game, 5-0.

 

From Norwalk City Hall…

The Water Treatment Plant is re-applying chemicals to treat the upper reservoir, while awaiting lab results from samples taken yesterday. Recreational restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Traffic delays are possible, at the railroad crossing on Norwalk’s Woodlawn Avenue. New gates and flashers are being installed there.

Expect traffic delays on Benedict Avenue, south of Elm Street, due to sidewalk repairs.

Left turns are prohibited from Christie onto Norwood, and Christie onto Benedict. The ban is in effect only during school mornings.

 

It’s the first day of school, in Bellevue.

 

A felony drug charge has been filed against a Detroit man caught with two pounds of heroin.

Christopher Triplett was stopped for speeding on I-75 near Findlay. A highway patrol trooper became suspicious, and called in a drug-sniffing dog. A search of Triplett’s car turned up $136,000 worth of heroin under the air filter in the engine compartment. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail. If convicted of heroin possession, he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

 

The highway patrol is investigating a fatal crash that claimed a Bellevue woman.

77-year-old Loretta Meacham was killed Tuesday night, at the intersection of U.S. Route 42 and State Route 302 in Ashland County. Also killed in the crash: 25-year-old Autumn Meacham of West Salem. They were passengers in a mini-van that was hit by a driver who ran a stop sign.

 

Grant money is coming to Erie County, to demolish at least 20 blighted homes.

The county has secured $500,000 from the state-run Neighborhood Initiative Program.

 

Perkins police are searching for the person or persons who stole several catalytic converters from cars parked in hotel parking lots.

Those thefts occurred over the weekend. The converters can be sold for scrap.

 

The Highway Patrol has announced plans to conduct a DUI checkpoint tomorrow night in Ottawa County.

The exact location will be announced tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s the first day of school for students in Norwalk.

School also starts today in Huron and Willard.

 

No change, at the Norwalk Reservoir.

The upper reservoir remains off-limits, due to a potentially harmful algae bloom. The lower reservoir isn’t affected, meaning Norwalk’s drinking water supply is safe. We’ll let you know when the ban on the upper reservoir is lifted.

 

A Tuesday evening crash in Ashland County killed two women, one from the area.

The victims were identified as 77-year-old Loretta Meacham of Bellevue and 25-year-old Autumn Meacham of West Salem.  They were passengers in a mini-van that was hit at the intersection of U.S. Route 42 and State Route 302.  According to the Highway Patrol, the driver of the car ran a stop sign.

 

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.

 

A Sandusky business owner has been arrested, for allegedly stealing money meant for an ailing friend.

Timothy Nyman was picked up Monday, for felony theft. He was taken to the Erie County Jail, but has since been released. Nyman owns Black Tie Dance Studio. Last year, he agreed to host three fundraisers for a friend with MS. The friend, Brian Stuckey died in December. Family members recently reached out to Nyman about money raised for medical expenses, then turned to Sandusky police, after becoming suspicious. Investigators found Nyman transferred much of the money from the donation account to his personal account. They also learned Nyman made large cash withdrawals, and used the money for personal expenditures. If convicted, Nyman faces up to 18 months in prison.

 

A Willard man has been charged, in connection with a multi-county stolen car ring.

So far, Eddie Tackett is charged with motor vehicle theft, with more charges expected against him and others. Authorities recovered more than 20 stolen cars in Ashland County. They believe the cars were taken from Huron County, and the surrounding area. The investigation continues.

 

An update, on Monday’s fatal car-motorcycle crash near Plymouth.

The highway patrol says 65-year-old Billy D. Jones of Willard was killed, when his motorcycle was hit head-on, on State Route 61. The driver of the car, Jennifer Woodhull of Shelby was flown from the scene to Grant Hospital in Columbus. Her condition is unknown. The highway patrol is investigating the crash.

 

In sports…

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has named Brian Hoyer as the team’s starting quarterback for the season opener in Pittsburg.  He announced his decision this morning. 

J.T. Barrett will be Ohio State’s starting quarterback when the Buckeyes open the season against Navy.  The announcement was made after Ohio State confirmed Braxton Miller will miss the upcoming season after re-injuring his right shoulder.

The Cleveland Indians rallied from 5 down to beat the Twins, 7-5.  Game two of the three game series is set for 8:10 tonight at Target Field.  You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

 

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.