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Friday, February 12, 2016

A Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect from 10 tonight, until 10 Sunday morning.

 

Columbia Gas service has been fully restored to western Sandusky and Bay View.

And, after a water main break in Bay View, a boil advisory is in effect until 8 tonight.

 

A fight outside Kalahari has led to criminal charges against a Norwalk man.

27-year-old Michael Day is accused of assaulting a 28-year-old Huron man early Sunday morning. The victim suffered serious facial injuries. The fight broke out, after an argument over which branch of the military is better. Day has been charged with felonious assault and disorderly conduct by intoxication. He’s currently free on $5,000 bond.

 

A Norwalk city council member has scheduled a meeting to discuss a request to allow backyard chickens.

Second ward councilman David Wallace will meet with residents at 7pm March 3rd, at the Norwalk Reservoir clubhouse. Wallace and other council members are seeking feedback from residents. The city currently has an ordinance banning backyard chickens. But at a recent meeting, retired Norwalk public works director Ralph Seward asked city council to reconsider the ban. He said he’d like to have four chickens at his Fair Road residence for the eggs. Since then, council members have received positive and negative feedback.

 

It appears another ride is coming down at Cedar Point.

Park officials wouldn’t confirm or deny it, but the Sandusky Register says ‘Shoot the Rapids’ is being torn down. The water ride debuted in 2010 in Frontier Town. In July of 2013, seven Cedar Point guests were on a Shoot the Rapids boat that malfunctioned. While ascending a lift hill, the boat suddenly went backward nearly 200 feet, then continued until hitting a concrete flume and overturning, with riders still inside.

 

In sports…

With just three games left in the regular season, Monroeville boys basketball coach Jeremiah Diebler has resigned, for personal reasons. The resignation took effect immediately. Monroeville is 3-16, and 2-10 in the Firelands Conference. Assistant coaches Ted Caldwell and Anthony Langhurst will coach the team for the remainder of the season.

 

An All-American wrestler from Sandusky has died.

Kevin Randleman passed away last night, at age 44. According to reports, Randleman died from heart failure. Randleman won a state wrestling championship in 1989, and then won two national championships at Ohio State. He later became the UFC heavyweight champion.

 


Thursday, February 11, 2016

A gas line malfunction is being blamed as the cause of last night’s and this morning’s Columbia Gas outage in western Sandusky and Bay View.

More than 900 customers were affected. Columbia Gas crews from the area and beyond were called in to fix the problem, and to go door-to-door to restore service. However, about 100 customers still didn’t have natural gas service this morning. Jackson Jr. High in Sandusky was opened as an emergency shelter.

 

The village of Bay View was without natural gas and water last night.

Along with the Columbia Gas outage, water service was shut off, after a water main break. A boil advisory is in effect in Bay View until 8 tomorrow morning.

 

Slick roads led to a number of crashes yesterday.

One was a rollover crash on Washington Road, near Drake Road in Norwalk. According to reports, Timothy Hovatter of Norwalk was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

One arrest was made, and more are pending, after a raid at a Whittelsey Avenue residence.

60-year-old William Schwab was the target of an investigation into illegal sales of the prescription painkiller oxycodone. He was charged with drug trafficking, after Norwalk Police searched his Key Estates home, and found drugs, drug paraphernalia, cash and guns.

 

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Ohio tomorrow.

He’ll appear in Cincinnati, for a ‘get out the vote’ event, and he’ll attend a fundraiser for his wife Hillary. The Clintons daughter Chelsea will campaign for her mother in Cleveland next Monday.

 

Meanwhile, Ohio governor John Kasich is campaigning in South Carolina, ahead of that state’s February 20th primary.

He held town hall meetings yesterday, and is doing the same thing today.

 

Next Wednesday, the Edison High School Marching Band and Sound Dimension Show Choir will depart for sunny warm Florida.

The band and choir will perform at the Universal Studios, and they’ll be featured at the Thomas Edison Festival of Light Parade. While there, the young musicians will tour the Universal Studios Theme Parks, the Edison Museum and estates of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. They’ll also see ‘The Blue Man Group, tour Ft. Myers, and enjoy a dinner cruise. The trip is being made possible through the Edison Music Boosters, and various fundraising efforts.

 

Plymouth High School senior Laura Grube has been chosen as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

She’ll compete with 15,000 Finalists, to be selected as one of 7,400 Merit Scholars. Grube is the first Plymouth High School senior to be selected as a National Merit Scholarship participant.

 


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Today is Ash Wednesday.

 

While still a distant second, Ohio governor John Kasich fared much better in yesterday’s New Hampshire presidential primary.

Kasich finished second, with 16% of the vote, compared to less than two percent at last week’s Iowa Caucus. Donald Trump was first in New Hampshire, at 35%. Bernie Sanders easily won the Democratic race, with 60% of the vote.

 

A rollover crash shut down some of Seminary Road in Milan Township last night.

According to reports, a car went off the road and flipped into a creek. Two people suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

 

The Willard school board is looking for a new head football coach.

Monday, the board non-renewed the supplemental contract of Mark Matula. Matula served as head coach for four seasons, and finished with 6 wins and 34 losses, including a 4-6 record in his first season.

 

Prayer before meetings is being addressed by the Norwalk City Schools Board of Education.

Last night, the school board saw the first draft of a measure allowing an invocation or a moment of silence before monthly meetings. Either would be voluntarily delivered by a certified clergy member, and members of the board and those in attendance could choose to participate, or not participate. The policy is being drafted, in response to last year’s request to refrain from prayer by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In other business last night, the Norwalk school board saw the first draft of the 2016-2017 school calendar. In its present form, classes would begin August 22nd. The final day of school would be May 26th.

 

No charges will be filed against a Sandusky City Commissioner accused of sexual misconduct.

Special prosecutor Michael McNamara said yesterday there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Greg Lockhart. The alleged incident involving Lockhart and a 29-year-old Akron woman occurred in late November. She told authorities she thought Lockhart had sex with her, while she was under the influence of alcohol. No signs of sexual assault were found, and Lockhart claimed the encounter was consensual.

 

Parts Distributors in Norwalk has re-opened.

It closed last month, after the death of owner Tom Olak. It’s been purchased by Cleveland-based Car Parts Warehouse.

 

In sports…

The Willard Lady Flashes have earned a share of the NOL girls basketball title, with last night’s 44-38 win at Ontario. Willard’s unlikely run to the title came after an 0-2 start in league play. The winner of Saturday’s game between Bellevue and Shelby will get a share of the title. Bellevue is the five-time defending champ. And if the Norwalk Lady Truckers beat Ontario Saturday, they’ll earn a piece of their first-ever NOL girls basketball championship. You can hear that game live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

 


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Snow is falling in other parts of Ohio.

The Cincinnati area and parts of southeast Ohio could wind up with six inches of snow. Four inches of snow is possible in central Ohio.

 

Ohio governor John Kasich is hoping for a better finish at today’s New Hampshire primary.

Kasich had a dismal showing, at last week’s Iowa Caucus. He did notch a victory in a tiny northern New Hampshire town. Dixville Notch has nine registered voters and they cast the first ballots of the primary as soon as the clock strikes midnight. Of the nine registered voters, five are Republicans. Three of them voted for Kasich, while two voted for Donald Trump. Dixville Notch has backed the eventual Republican nominee in every election cycle since 1968.

 

Norwalk mayor Rob Duncan will deliver his annual ‘State of the City’ address during tonight’s Norwalk City Council work session.

 

Yesterday’s fire that destroyed a home on Butler Road near New London may have started in the kitchen.

Firefighters from New London, Wakeman and Rochester were called on to battle the early morning blaze. Two residents got out safely, along with their two cats.

 

A Monday morning house fire in Norwalk did $125,000 damage.

The blaze at 27 ½ State St. broke out, when the homeowner tried to light his stove, causing gas to flash and set fire to nearby items. The resident tried to extinguish the flames, before calling 911. It took firefighters nearly 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control. No one was injured.

 

The Norwalk City Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session at 7:30 tonight, at Norwalk High School.

 

The City of Norwalk’s Planning Commission will meet at 7 tomorrow night, at city hall.

 

A Sandusky man remains in the Erie County Jail, accused of throwing a brick through the window of a temporary employment agency.

44-year-old Marvin Roberts was arrested early yesterday morning for felony vandalism and misdemeanor menacing. He’s accused of hurling a brick through a window at Flex-Temp Employment Services on East Farwell Street. Nearby residents heard glass shattering, and contacted police.