Friday, July 31, 2015

Weather should be perfect for tomorrow night’s 95.3 WLKR and K96 Summer Jam in Huron.

You’ll hear live music by Kentucky Thunder, The Relations and Chew Dat Frawg, and you can chow down on food from the Frosty Frog and Steinmetz Giant Perch, and enjoy drinks from the Huron Rotary Club and Maple City Ice. The free Summer Jam begins at 5:30 tomorrow, at the Huron Boat Basin.


The investigation continues, into Tuesday’s homicide in Willard.

50-year-old James H. Blair is accused of shooting and killing his neighbor, 62-year-old Linda Ciotto for mowing her Kirkwood Drive lawn too late. According to Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard, Ciotto was shot once in the head at approximately 9 Tuesday night. However, deputies weren’t notified until just after 11 that night. They’re investigating the two-hour time lapse. Blair is charged with murder. He remains in the Huron County Jail, in lieu of $1,000,000 bond. He’s due in Norwalk Municipal Court Tuesday. Blair’s mother was jailed yesterday, for tampering with evidence. Sheriff Dane Howard said 73-year-old Billie Ann Hinkle hid a .38-caliber handgun used in the shooting, then lied to investigators.


A mid-week call of shots fired at a Groton Township home turned into much more.

Erie County deputies were summoned to the Route 4 scene late Wednesday night, after two shots were fired into the home. Both bullets were recovered, and deputies learned the shots might have been drug-related. Armed with a search warrant, they went back to the scene yesterday, and found more than three dozen marijuana plants, and possible evidence of heroin trafficking and other drug activity. The resident, 31-year-old Jeremiah Lazzara was arrested and jailed on unrelated warrants. Drug charges are pending. No suspects have been identified in the shooting.


It appears governor John Kasich is getting closer to securing a spot in next week’s primetime GOP Presidential debate in Cleveland.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Kasich is tied for 8th, out of 17 Republicans running for president. Fox News will take the top 10 finishers, based on an average of five unspecified national polls. The nationally televised debate will be held next Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.


The village of Plymouth is ready to celebrate its 200th birthday.

Plymouth’s weeklong Bicentennial celebration will begin tomorrow, and run through August 8th. For more information, go to Plymouth’s website,, or the Plymouth Bicentennial Facebook page.


Members of the METRICH drug enforcement unit seized more than 100 marijuana plants in Richland County this week.

Arrests are pending.


More news from Richland County…

A drone flew over the Mansfield Correctional Institution Wednesday afternoon, while inmates were outside in the recreation yard. It’s not known if contraband was dropped from the unmanned aircraft, on to the grounds of the State Route 13 prison. Few details have been released, and the incident is under investigation.


This afternoon’s special meeting of the Perkins Board of Education has been canceled.

The school board was scheduled to meet at 1:30, to take action on district personnel.


It’s a busy sports weekend at the Radio Ranch.

At 6:05 tonight, the voice of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Paul Keels, will host a special Season Kickoff Show. The Locker Room returns at 9 tomorrow morning. Guests include Eric Frantz of, Plymouth athletic director Andrew McFarland, former Norwalk High School athlete Jordan Johnson, and Tim Stried with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Sunday is a racing doubleheader day. At 12:30 on K96, it’s NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, the Windows 10. At 1:30 on Kool Gold 1510, it’s The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. All of that, plus the Tribe and Oakland Athletics at 9:35 tonight, 9:05 tomorrow and 4:05 Sunday on 95.3, WLKR.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

The latest, on Tuesday’s apparent homicide in Willard.

The victim has been identified as 62-year-old Linda Ciocotto of Kirkwood Drive. She was shot and killed Tuesday night, while mowing her lawn. The sole suspect is her neighbor, 50-year-old James H. Blair. He was arrested early yesterday morning, after authorities used tear gas to force him from his home. He had been holed up for several hours. Blair is currently charged with murder. He’s in the Huron County Jail, in lieu of $1,000,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday, in Norwalk Municipal Court. Huron County deputies, Willard and Monroeville police and state agents were at the Kirkwood Drive scene again this morning. Sheriff Dane Howard said authorities believe they know the motive, but he declined to say more, due to the ongoing investigation.


A crash in the village of Monroeville has claimed a Sandusky man.

86-year-old Robert Joiner died Wednesday, after the accident on U.S. Route 20, at Fort Monroe Industrial Parkway. According Monroeville police Chief Gary Lyons, Joiner pulled from the parkway late yesterday morning, into the path of a cement truck driven by an Ashland man. He was taken by Lifeflight to a Toledo hospital, but was later pronounced dead.


Perkins police are reviewing surveillance video, in hopes of learning more about the theft of an excavator.

The large piece of equipment was swiped from a construction site near Meijer on Milan Road. It was last seen Friday night.


A Hamilton County grand jury has charged a white University of Cincinnati police officer accused of killing a black man during a recent traffic stop.

Ray Tensing is facing murder and manslaughter charges, tied to the July 19th fatal shooting of Sam DuBose. The incident was filmed on Tensing’s body cam. If convicted, he faces life in prison.


Two Ohio men have been hospitalized with West Nile virus.

One is 34, and from the Cleveland area. The other is 77, from the Cincinnati area.


The first Saturday in August brings with it the annual 95.3 WLKR and K96 Summer Jam, at the Huron Boat Basin.

We’ll have much more, in news tomorrow.


In sports…

The Cleveland Indians made it official this morning. The team traded Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky. Moss hit .217, with 15 homeruns for the Indians. Kaminisky was the Cards’ first-round pick two years ago. He’s currently playing Single-A ball. The Indians will play seven straight out west. First up…Four in Oakland. Tonight’s game against the Athletics will begin at 10:05. You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Republican officials will begin the search, for a new state rep for Erie and Ottawa counties.

Steve Kraus of Huron was removed from office yesterday, after an Ottawa County jury found him guilty of theft, for stealing items from a Danbury Township home during the spring of 2014. The jury found him not guilty of breaking and entering. Kraus has denied wrongdoing, and may appeal the verdict. He’s scheduled to be sentenced August 21st. He could receive up to a year in prison, but is more likely to be placed on probation.


A New London woman suffered non-life threatening injuries, when her ATV was hit by a car.

20-year-old Kaleigh Bracken was injured at approximately 6:30 last night, on Townline Road 187 near State Route 60, at the Huron-Ashland County line. According to the Highway Patrol, Bracken pulled from a yard onto the road, and was hit from behind by a Greenwich man. She was taken by ambulance to Samaritan Regional Health System in Ashland. Charges are pending.


The Utopia Pipeline and a road usage agreement will be the topic of discussion, during tonight’s special session of the Huron County Commissioners.

The meeting will begin at 7 in meeting room A, in the basement level of the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.


By a 3-2 vote, the Huron school board has agreed to place a new 10-year, 4.9 mill levy on the fall ballot.

The decision was made, during last night’s hour-long special meeting. If approved, the emergency operating levy would generate about $1.5 million annually, for day-to-day operations of the Huron City Schools. Officials say more money is necessary, because under Governor John Kasich’s new budget, the school system will receive about 18 percent less, in terms of annual state funds.


State Route 60, at the CSX Railroad tracks in the village of New London will close Monday, for crossing repairs.

Work should be complete by next Thursday.


A police captain from Vermilion has been placed on leave.

Michael Reinheimer is accused of driving with a suspended license. He was pulled over July 20th near Berlin Heights.


This year’s second and final guided walking tour of Norwalk’s historic Woodlawn Cemetery is set for this Sunday.

It’ll begin at 1, at the cemetery’s public mausoleum. Local historian Henry Timman will be the tour guide.


In sports…

The media and the coaches agree…The Perkins Pirates are the preseason favorites to win the 2015 Sandusky Bay Conference football title. Defending champion Huron was picked second, followed by Clyde. After that, the media picked a fourth-place tie between Edison and Port Clinton, while the coaches picked Port Clinton fourth, and Edison fifth. The media and coaches picked Oak Harbor sixth. The 2015 high school football season kicks off August 28th and 29th.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Alcohol may have played a role in a weekend crash in Norwalk Township.

31-year-old David Schuler-Nickles of Sandusky was hurt Friday night, when he lost control of his car and went off Lovers Lane Road, near Field Road. According to the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, his car hit a guardrail and went airborne into a wooded ravine. Troopers said Schuler-Nickles wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and was ejected from the car. He was flown from the scene to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.


A Vermilion man was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, after rolling his pickup truck in eastern Erie County.

23-year-old Arthur Mead was injured early yesterday morning on Mason Road, near Harrison Road in Vermilion Township. His condition is unknown. Mead told troopers he swerved to avoid a deer. He was charged with driving under the influence and failure to control.


The State Highway Patrol announced this morning that troopers will operate multiple DUI checkpoints this week.

The county where the checkpoints will be held will be announced the day before and location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.


A weekend blaze destroyed a home in New London.

Flames were visible when emergency crews arrived at the East Street scene Saturday afternoon. No one was injured, and the blaze was brought under control within an hour. The residents of the home, Bill and Dalee Speicher and their children lost everything. Friends and family members are accepting donations for the Speichers.


The jury in the Steve Kraus trial went back to work this morning.

Ottawa County jurors are deciding if he’s guilty or innocent of breaking and entering and theft. The Republican from Huron is accused of stealing antiques and a shotgun from a Port Clinton home last spring. He took the stand last week, and denied the allegations. If convicted of either or both charges, Kraus would lose his seat in the Ohio House.


Norwalk City Council is off this week.

City council will meet again next Tuesday night.


Mosquito spraying continues in the city of Bellevue.

It’ll be done at dusk every Monday night until September.


In sports….

The best team in the American League is in Cleveland, for a three-game series against the Indians. The Kansas City Royals and the Tribe will play at 7:10 tonight and tomorrow night and at 12:10 Wednesday. You can hear all three games on 95.3, WLKR.


The Locker Room show returns at 9am this Saturday!

Our guests will include Tim Stried with the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Plymouth Athletic Director Andrew McFarland, former Norwalk High School athlete Jordan Johnson and Eric Frantz of JJHuddle.