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Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Sandusky PD K-9 Fund receives several thousand dollars in donations

Nearly $20,000 in donations have recently been received by the K-9 fund of the Sandusky Police Department.  A check totaling just over $16,000 was presented by the Leadership Erie County team to the Sandusky City Commission Monday night.  Imagine Entertainment and Steve Ernst also donated $3,500 to the K-9 fund, who helped match donations during Ohio Bike Week.  Overall, Ohio Bike Week raised $8,500 for the K-9 fund.

 

Willard Festival in the Park gets underway today

The 30th annual Willard Festival in the Park runs today through Saturday. Today is “Kids Day” with balloon art at 4:30 and a magician at 6:30 pm.  There will be three nightly dog shows from The Marvelous Mutts. A parade is set for 5:00 pm Saturday with fireworks Saturday night at 10:30 pm.  Live music, fair food, and nightly live music are also part of the event.

95.3 WLKR will be broadcasting live at the festival today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

 

Free Children Books Available to those in “Reach Our Youth” Program

A $1,000 grant is being used for free children’s’ books to children enrolled in the Reach Our Youth (ROY) program in Norwalk. The ROY program received the grant through the local team of the First Book organization in Huron County.  The First Book organization has distributed over 125 million free and low cost books to communities around the United States.

 

Attorney General DeWine announces multi-state Volkswagen Settlement

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced Ohio’s participation in a multi-state settlement requiring Volkswagen to pay more than $570 million for violating state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices concerning diesel vehicles.  The terms of the settlement require Volkswagen to pay Ohio over $13 million.  Once approved by the court, affected Volkswagen owners will receive restitution payments of at least $5,100 and a choice between a buyback of the vehicle (based on its pre-scandal value) or modifications to reduce emissions.

 

Ohio BMV to begin taking Credit Cards

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles says its deputy registrars will soon accept credit cards as payment, after years of people requesting it as an option.  By Friday, Ohioans should be able to use credit cards for driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals and other transactions.  In the past, only checks and cash were accepted because the bureau hadn’t been allowed to pass along to customers the fees charged for using credit cards. State lawmakers have now changed those restrictions.


Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Elyria man to spend 18-years-to-life for Murder Plea in Fatal Shooting

An Elyria man, one of three involved in a fatal shooting, has been sentenced to 18-years-to-life in prison.  20 year old Terrence Nevins had pled ‘guilty’ to numerous charges, including ‘murder’, in the shooting death of Adam McNeal.Police say, McNeal was shot last year during a drug robbery at the Colonial Oaks Mobile Home Park.  The two other suspects also received 18 years to life.

 

Sonic Restaurant in Sandusky robbed early Monday Morning

Perkins Township Police responded to a call early Monday morning (1:30 am) concerning a robbery at the Sonic Drive-Thru on Milan Road.  A male wearing a mask and orange sweatshirt allegedly told the restaurant manager to put money in a bag in order for things to go smoothly. The suspect was able to take some deposits before getting away. Investigators are already working on a lead, according to The Sandusky Register.

 

Lorain Bank Robbery Suspect has been caught

 Police in Lorain believe, they have their man, the man who robbed First Federal Savings of Lorain on East 42nd.  32 year old Henry Cobb of Apple Avenue is accused of robbing the bank Saturday-morning, then taking off in a stolen car. The robbery was captured in crystal-clear surveillance video.

 

July 4th Safety Tips from Huron County Public Health

Independence Day is less than a week away now, which brings cookouts and many outdoor activities including fireworks.  Huron County Public Health has some tips to help keep you safe this holiday. When it comes to cookouts, the most important thing to remember when preparing food is to keep cold food cold and hot food hot, to help prevent bacteria from multiplying. As for outdoor activities, protect yourself from the sun by using at least a SPF 15 sunscreen, stay hydrated, and wear insect repellent.Also if you plan to use fireworks; some tips to remember include: to make sure to wear safety glasses, light one firework at a time, use fireworks in a clear area, and obey all local laws.

 

Erie County unveils new website for Volunteer Registration

A new website has recently been launched by The Volunteer Center of Erie County, which links volunteers with possible opportunities from non-profit organizations.  The site can be found at http://Erie.Voly.Org.  Agencies and volunteers are encouraged to contact The Volunteer Center of Erie County to create an account. More info can also be found at www.thevolunteercenter.com or by calling 419-627-0074.

 

Lorain County is getting Older

Lorain County’s population is getting older, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  The percentage of county residents 19 or younger has dropped over the past 25 years as the population 65 and older has gone up.  The average age of people living in the county has also grown.  In 1990, the average age for a county resident was 32.8 years old, but by 2015, that figure had climbed to 41.3 years old, according to the Census Bureau.  By 2010, Lorain County had an older population than both the rest of the state and country.


Monday, June 27th, 2016

OVI Checkpoint results from Saturday in Perkins Township

An OVI checkpoint took place on State Route 4, south of Perkins Avenue in Perkins Township on Saturday night. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that during the two-hour operation, 806 cars passed through the checkpoint, with 12 motorists held back for additional investigation.  No drivers were found to be impaired, but five arrests were made for possession of illegal drugs.

Woman caught breaking into Nacho’s Restaurant in Sandusky

Nacho’s Restaurant on Cleveland Road was broken into Friday morning by a woman with a hammer.  The Sandusky Register reports that 41 year-old Kimberly George of Sandusky was arrested on charges of breaking and entering, felony vandalism, safecracking and possession of criminal tools. It’s the second time in a year she’s allegedly broken into the business.  While inside the restaurant, George raided a cabinet near the cash register, Sandusky police Detective Gary Wichman told The Sandusky Register Friday.  She was later taken into custody and sent to the Erie County Jail.

Sandusky man Arrested on Drug Charges after Traffic Stop Discovery

A Sandusky man was arrested on drug charges Saturday night after initially being stopped for littering. 19 year-old Mark Castile Jr. of Sandusky was pulled over when someone from his car tossed a lit cigarette out the window which landed underneath an Erie County Sheriff’s Office vehicle. While conducting the stop, a bag was discovered that appeared to contain cocaine.  Castile was taken to Erie County Jail; and was charged with possession of cocaine, obstructing official business, driving under suspension, along with having three active warrants.

 

nti-Bullying Workshop to be held at Margaretta High School

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is presenting an anti-bullying parent workshop this Thursday (6/30) at Margaretta High School at 7:00 pm. Items to be discussed include cyber bullying, physical and verbal bullying, sexting, and social media.  Parents, guardians, and students from grades K through 12 are invited to attend.

Police seeking help locating Bank Robbery Suspect in Lorain on Saturday

Police in Lorain have released a photo from surveillance video,of a man accused of robbing First Federal Savings of Lorain on East 42nd Saturday morning.  Police are asking you to give them a call if you recognize the guy.


Friday, June 24th, 2016

New Developments in 1989 Amy Mihalevic Abduction and Murder Case

 

Officials in Bay Village believe, a hand-made blanket, converted into a small curtain, and a store-bought blanket, might hold the keys to finding the person who abducted and killed 10 year-old Amy Mihalevic in 1989. The items were found in a ditch about 1-thousand feet from her body, which was found in a corn field in Ashland County.  Investigators are now convinced, based on modern-day technology, that the curtain and the blanket were used to wrap Amy’s body.

 

City of Norwalk asking for assistance to help fund 4th of July Fireworks

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan is asking for help in sponsoring the city’s fireworks display on July 4th.  Duncan says in the past the fireworks have been funded through local businesses, and this year is the same. For those businesses and individuals interested in helping with a monetary gift, checks can be dropped off at City Hall or sent to P.O. Box 872 in Norwalk.  Checks should be made payable to VFW with “fireworks” on the memo. The fireworks will take place July 4th at the Huron County Fairgrounds at dusk. The 4th of July parade will be at 10:30 am, and will be broadcasted live on Kool Gold 1510 AM.

 

Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center Progressing Nicely

Construction of Sports Force Parks at the Cedar Point Sports Center is ahead of schedule, as crews continue to build the youth sports facility located just miles across the bay from Cedar Point. The park in Sandusky is expected to open for tournament play in March of 2017.

Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center will consist of four NCAA regulation baseball fields, eight NCAA regulation soccer and lacrosse fields and eleven youth baseball and softball fields. It will also feature miniature golf, rope courses, dining, and more.  Construction on the sports park is scheduled to finish up in the fall.

 

Bellevue Community Days Festival rolls on…

Community Days Fest in Bellevue continues today and tomorrow.  Tonight’s highlights include a 5K walk/run tonight at 7:00 pm, live music at 7:30 pm, and fireworks at 10:30 pm.  On Saturday, a classic car show takes place from 8:00 am to 12 noon, with a parade at 10:00 am.

 

Comedy Benefit show to be held Sunday in Sandusky

Plum Brook Country Club Pool in Sandusky will host “The Caddyshack” Open Comedy Night benefit on Sunday night at 6:00 pm. The comedy show will raise money for The Foundation for Firelands cancer program.

The show includes two comedians; Mark Cordes with 35 years in the industry, and Cleveland-native Jason Lawhead from Last Comic Standing season nine.  Tickets for the show are $50. More info can be found at www.FoundationForFirelands.com/Golf .

 

NHRA Nationals being held in Norwalk this Weekend

The 10th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals continues this weekend at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, just outside of Norwalk.  Qualifying was last night and also tonight with fireworks planned for this evening as well.  Saturday includes two rounds of pro qualifying, and then it’s “Championship Sunday” with the finals beginning at 3:35 pm. Gates will open at 7:30 am today and tomorrow, and at 8:00 am on Sunday.

 

EHOVE offering class to prepare Students for Specific Programs

A free “Boost Your Skills” class is now being offered at EHOVE Career Center.  The “Boost Your Skills” class will run Monday and Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, from July 11th through August 31st. The class is intended to help students become prepared for their preferred program at EHOVE. The class also helps students lift their levels for the Work Keys entrance exam; and those who complete the class will be given their Work Keys re-test for free. To sign up, call EHOVE at 419-499-4663 ext. 280.