Friday, April 24, 2015

After last night’s 103-95 victory, the Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from advancing to the next round of the NBA Playoffs.


Once again, Thursday was gas price ‘hike’ day.

Pump prices at virtually all area stations increased to $2.59 per gallon.


A plan to consolidate the nation’s two largest cable companies appears to be all but dead.

Several national reports say Comcast is ready to back out of the $45 billion deal to buy Time Warner, because of serious concerns by federal regulators. Time Warner and Comcast tried to convince the FCC and the Justice Department that a combined company wouldn’t hold too much control over the marketplace.


It’s been a dangerous week on area roads.

Yesterday, William Wiley Jr. of Sandusky fell asleep while driving, and caused a head-on collision on State Route 101, near the Castalia Quarry. According to the highway patrol, Wiley and the other driver, Mahamed Hanafy Ali, also of Sandusky were flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

Also yesterday, a Sandusky County man was killed, when his car hit the back of a semi-trailer on U.S. Route 20 in Fremont. 24-year-old Joseph Andrade was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wednesday, the Ohio Turnpike, near the Erie-Lorain County line was shut down, after a pickup truck ran into a car carrier. The pickup caught fire, and five Jeeps on the carrier were destroyed by flames. There were no serious injuries, but the eastbound lanes of the turnpike were closed for about three hours.


Monroeville officials will huddle up next month, to discuss the search for a new village administrator.

In an email dated Wednesday, the top choice, current Edgerton village administrator Kevin Brooks told Mayor Mike Adelman he won’t take the job in Monroeville, because of significant health issues. Monroeville has been without an administrator since the September, 2014 resignation of Michael Goodwin.


Owens Community College, and Central State University have been placed on fiscal watch by the Ohio Board of Regents, due to financial problems.

Both schools are now required to submit a three-year financial recovery plan, or face a state takeover.


A Sandusky man is $1 million richer, after buying a winning scratch-off lotto ticket in Norwalk.

Jon Thomson claimed his prize this week. Thomson bought the winning “$500 million Spectacular” lottery ticket at Friendship Food Store on Milan Avenue. He won $40,000 a year, for 25 years. After mandatory taxes, he’ll receive just over $28,000 annually.


It’s a chance to fish for free.

Ohio’s annual free fishing weekend will be held next weekend, May 2nd and 3rd.  Free Fishing Days are open to all Ohio residents and extend to all of the state’s public waters, including Lake Erie.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in Boston, for game 3 of their playoff series against the Celtics.

Tipoff is at 7, and you can hear tonight’s game on 95.3 WLKR. The Cavs lead the series two-games-to-none.


A New London man was jailed Wednesday, amid allegations he stabbed another man in the face.

39-year-old Ronald Ohm is charged with felonious assault, with more charges expected. According to reports, Ohm stabbed the victim during a fight. The attack occurred late yesterday morning, at a home on Greenwich Townline Road 79, near the Huron-Ashland County line. Deputies later seized the knife used in the stabbing, from Ohm’s Walnut Street home. The victim was taken to Ashland Samaritan Hospital for treatment of a substantial facial injury.


A group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio has filed an elections complaint against another group, claiming illegal ‘infiltration.’

The Ohio Rights Group wants to place a medical marijuana question on the ballot this fall, but now, officials say they likely won’t be able to collect enough signatures by the July 1st deadline, due to alleged interference by ResponsibleOhio. ResponsibleOhio is collecting signatures on petitions, to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to legalize marijuana for personal use. In a letter to the state elections commission, Ohio Rights Group officials claim their campaign has been disrupted and infiltrated by individuals associated with ReponsibleOhio. The Ohio Elections Commission will hold a hearing May 21st.


This year’s WoollyBear Festival will be held Sunday, October 4th.

The announcement was made yesterday. It’s usually held during the Cleveland Browns’ bye week, but that isn’t until November 22nd. Now in its 43rd year, Vermilion’s WoollyBear Festival is Ohio’s largest one-day festival.


Saturday night was a successful one, for seven members of Project Leadership of Huron County’s Class of 2015.

During a fundraiser held at the Collonade Banquet Facility in Milan, the group raised more than $16,000, to benefit Teen Challenge of the Firelands.


The Wall Street Journal says there has been a major setback in a proposed merger between two cable giants, Time-Warner and Comcast.

FCC staff are recommending the $45 billion deal be sent to an administrative judge for a hearing.  Experts say such a hearing would likely be a protracted process that would likely kill the deal.  Time Warner and Comcast are trying to convince the FCC and the Justice Department that the combined company won’t hold too much control over the marketplace.


Monroeville’s choice for a new village administrator has changed his mind.

In an email sent to Mayor Mike Adelman, current Edgerton Village Administrator Kevin Brooks said he’s removing himself from consideration in Monroeville because of significant health issues.  Adelman and village council will meet next month to discuss how to proceed.


Cabela’s is coming to Lorain County.

The hunting, fishing and camping retailer will build an 81,000 square-foot store off of I-90 in Avon.  Construction will begin later this year with the store scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.  Cabela’s expects to employ 225 full time, part time and seasonal workers.


An early morning crash shut down some of State Route 101 in Castalia this morning.

Two cars were involved and at least one person was flown from the scene by Lifeflight.  We’ll have more in news tomorrow morning.


All three eastbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike near the Lorain-Erie County border were shut down for about three hours yesterday after a crash involving a pickup truck and a car carrier.

According to the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just before noon when the pickup hit the rig.  Shortly after the impact, the Ford truck caught fire and also destroyed five Jeep Wranglers being hauled on the carrier.  There were no major injuries.  Turnpike traffic was rerouted to the US Route 250 exit in Milan.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Wind Advisory has been issued for the entire 95.3 WLKR/K96 listening area, from 11 this morning, until 7 tonight.

According to the Cleveland Office of the National Weather Service, gusts could reach 50 miles per hour.


If you don’t have dinner plans for tonight, you may want to check out the Norwalk Rotary Club’s 16th annual Pizza Bake Off.

It’ll be held between 4:30 and 7 at Norwalk High School. Seven different pizza places will be on hand with their finest pies. All-you-can-eat admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62 and over, and $5 for children 10 and under. Proceeds will benefit Rotary’s “Caring for Kids” program.


A Wakeman woman was one of two people killed in a late Sunday night crash near Medina.

25-year-old Jessica Shortland died, when her car was hit by a minivan, at the intersection of State Route 83 and West Smith Road in Litchfield Township. Also killed in the crash: 36-year-old Mary Curney of Elyria. According to the highway patrol, Shortland and Curney were ejected from their car. Two people in the minivan, an 84-year-old man, and an 80-year-old woman suffered serious injuries.


A rare strain of canine influenza has dog owners on high alert.

The canine flu has struck more than 1,100 dogs in the Midwest. In Ohio, there have been some reports of the flu, but no confirmed cases. Dr. Thomas Mullaney with Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine says most dogs that catch this strain of flu will have mild symptoms—a cough, loss of appetite, sneezing or a runny nose—that only require supportive care. But, he says it can take a more serious turn. Mullaney also said the canine flu isn’t a health threat to humans, but it is highly contagious, and can pass from dog to dog, and even dog to cat very quickly.


An Ohio House panel has approved a two-year, $71.5 billion dollar state budget bill, with some changes.

Among them: boosting state funds for schools, and deleting certain tax increases. A full House vote is expected tomorrow.


State Route 13, near Rundel Street in Fitchville Township is now open.

It was closed for several weeks for repairs.


It was announced this morning…

First Lady Michelle Obama will give the commencement speech at Oberlin College May 25th.


In terms of unemployment, Huron County remains in the top 10.

The county’s March jobless rate was down slightly to 8.8 percent, or 4th highest in Ohio, along with Ottawa and Pike Counties.  Erie County’s March unemployment rate was seven percent and rates in nearby counties ranged from 5.6 in Sandusky, to 6.4 percent in Lorain County.


The numbers are in and they show more than 10,000 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in March. 

That’s up from the previous month and the previous year.

In sports…

Cavs playoff basketball will be on the air tonight.  It’s game two of the playoff series between the Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.  The Tip-Off Show begins at 6:30 and game time is at 7 on 95.3, WLKR.

Monday, April 20, 2015

A house fire in Norwalk claimed one dog, but emergency crews were able to resuscitate four others.

Firefighters and North Central EMS were summoned to 24 West Washington Street early Saturday evening, and found heavy smoke coming from the home. Firefighters quickly contained the fire to one room, then found the dogs in cages on the first floor. EMT’s helped revive four of them. The blaze did about $15,000 damage. The cause remains under investigation.


The highway patrol continues to investigate last week’s two-car crash that sent both drivers to the hospital with serious injuries.

35-year-old Mary Keene of Plymouth was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, after Friday’s crash on State Route 13, south of Plymouth East Road in Greenwich Township. The other driver, 56-year-old Donald Vasquez of Willard was taken by Lifeflight to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. Troopers said Keene went left of center, and hit Vasquez head-on. According to a report from the Norwalk Patrol Post, drugs were likely a factor, and charges are pending.


Two people were rescued yesterday morning, after their boat capsized near South Bass Island.

According to reports, they were trying to fish, when high winds and 6-8 foot waves flipped their boat. Another boater saw the men, and rescued them within minutes.


The North Coast Inland Trail is about to expand.

According to a press release from Firelands Rails to Trails, volunteers already have begun work on a new portion of the trail between North West and Baker Streets, on Norwalk’s west side. Meanwhile, city officials are making plans to route the trail on city streets through the rest of Norwalk. Signage, along with markings on pavements and curbs will guide people through the uptown area, to the east side of town. Altogether, the Norwalk route will add about three miles to the North Coast Inland Trail. With other projects underway, it’s expected that the trail will be complete and continuous by the end of 2016 from Elyria to Elmore.


From the District 3 office of the Ohio Department of Transportation…

State Route 2, at its bridge between Berlin Road and State Route 61 in Erie County will be reduced to one lane of traffic, for bridge repairs. Work will be done in October.


Vermilion Local Schools superintendent Phil Pempin has a new contract extension.

The Board of Education approved the three-year deal last week. It’ll take him through the 2018-2019 school year. Pempin’s annual salary is just over $125,000.