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Thursday, October 23, 2014

If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a partial solar eclipse later today.

If you can see it, the eclipse will reach its peak at approximately 5:45pm.


Monthly Social Security benefits will increase slightly, starting in January.

Officials with the Social Security Administration say the average recipient will notice an increase of roughly $20 a month.


A weekend crime spree has led to several criminal charges against a Sandusky man.

35-year-old William Peabody is accused of swiping his father’s pickup and cell phone, stealing his parents’ credit cards, and breaking his girlfriend’s nose. He’s currently in the Erie County Jail, on charges of theft and grand theft, felonious assault, domestic violence and possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s also facing two outstanding Huron warrants for theft and burglary.


Huron County Deputies are investigating a burglary at a gas station on Norwalk’s north side.

It occurred at Shell, outside of Tractor Supply Company.  No other information is available.  Deputies are also investigating break-ins at Indian Trails Campgrounds in Fitchville and the former Lyme Elementary School in Bellevue.

 

Norwalk City Council has given approval to a request from Police Chief Dave Light to trade in the department’s existing guns for new ones.

The trade will greatly reduce what the city has to pay for new firearms.


The state has issued a warning about an unclaimed funds scam that’s making the rounds in Ohio.

A company called the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators is sending out postcards, asking people to call a toll-free number, to search for unclaimed funds. Callers are prompted to provide their Social Security number and other information. Officials say the company isn’t registered with the state, and isn’t authorized to do business in Ohio. To search for unclaimed funds for free, simple Google ‘Ohio Treasure Hunt.’


Coming up this Saturday in Uptown Norwalk—Monsters on Main.

It’s a chance for parents and children to enjoy Halloween fun. As Kristie Wert, Program Manager, Main Street Norwalk explains, there’s something new this year: a superhero parade. Other activities include merchant trick-or-treat from noon until 2, face-painting, food, a Fall Family Photo Spot, along with pizza and popcorn.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Unemployment in Huron County and the surrounding area was down last month, according to new figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Huron County’s September unemployment rate was 6.1 percent, compared to 6.6percent in August. Erie County’s jobless rate went from 4.7 percent in August, to 4.6 percent last month. Rates also went down in Lorain, Ashland, Richland, Crawford, Seneca and Sandusky counties. The state’s highest unemployment rate last month was in southeast Ohio’s Monroe County, 10.1percent. Mercer County, in western Ohio had the state’s lowest jobless rate, just 2.9 percent.


At least so far, in-person early voting is down in Huron County.

Sharon Locke, Director of the Huron County Board of Elections says early voting is slower than usual. Registered voters can cast ballots ahead of the November 4th election by mail, or at the Huron County Board of Elections Office, between 8am and 5pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday hours will be offered next weekend as well, 8 until 4 Saturday, and 1 until 5 next Sunday. Early in-person voting will be offered Monday, November 3rd between 8am and 2pm.


An update, from Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder

Storm and sanitary sewer work on East Main is complete. Early next week, driveways should get poured, and new asphalt placed on the road. The next phase of the Wooster-Marshall Street project is well underway. The main line should be tied in over the next week. The final portion of Norwalk’s 2014 street resurfacing project will take place next week on Milan Avenue between St. Mary’s Street and Main, and on Linwood Avenue, between Chestnut and Forest streets. Expect traffic delays.

 

An Ohio man detained in North Korea for five months is back home.

56-year-old Jeffery Fowle of Miamisburg was abruptly allowed to leave yesterday.  He arrived at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton early this morning.  Fowles was arrested in May for allegedly leaving a Bible in a North Korean nightclub.  Two other Americans remain in custody.

 

State health officials are monitoring more people for possible exposure to the Ebola virus.

The Ohio Department of Health says 159 people are being monitored, but so far, no symptoms of Ebola have been reported.


The clock is ticking, on efforts to save world history for Ohio’s high school students.

Students need to learn world history to pass the current Ohio Graduation Test, but the test will be phased out next year, and replaced by exams that only cover American History and government. Corbin Moore with the Ohio Council for Social Studies says if the class is an elective, students won’t take it, and will miss out on learning about important global events. Senate Bill 96 would add World History to the list of social studies credits required for graduation. It passed the Senate in the spring, but has been in a House committee since then. The House has until the end of the year to act.


It’s a chance help Huron be named as one of the “Coolest Small Towns in America.”

The city is in budgettravel.com’s national contest, for 2015. As of yesterday, Huron was second among 70 cities, trailing Hillsborough, North Carolina. To vote, go to budgettravel.com.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Six area high school football teams are ranked in this week’s statewide poll.

In Division III, Norwalk is down one spot to #6, while Clyde remains 10th.  In Division IV, Bellevue is back in the poll at 14th.  In Division V, Huron has moved up one spot to number 9.  And in Division VII, St. Paul remains at #5, while Plymouth is ranked 11th.

District volleyball begins tonight at Willard High School.  In Division IV, two state-ranked teams, St. Paul and Buckeye Central will play at 6.  After that, it’s state-ranked Monroeville and South Central.


Mental health issues may have played a role, in a bizarre high-speed chase involving a semi-truck.

The driver, 61-year-old Ronald Weaver of Tennessee was hospitalized, after Sunday’s chase. Weaver fled Dollar General in Sandusky, after employees confronted him about shoplifting an armful of items. He drove his rig west into Ottawa, Lucas and Wood counties, before he was stopped on I-75 near Bowling Green. Law enforcement officers used ‘stop sticks’ multiple times during the chase. When it ended, some of Weaver’s tires were completely off the rims. All told, the chase lasted 75 miles and an hour and 15 minutes, with speeds up to 95 miles per hour. Weaver was taken to a Toledo hospital, for a mental health evaluation. He’s currently charged with fleeing and eluding, with more charges pending.


The highway patrol has released information, about a major drug bust, on the Ohio Turnpike.

260 pounds of marijuana, worth $1.3 million dollars, was discovered during a routine traffic stop last Thursday in Wood County. During the stop, a trooper smelled raw marijuana, leading to a search that turned up nine duffel bags full of pot. Two people, Tiffany Samuels of Pittsburgh, and Santos Romero of Las Vegas were jailed on charges of marijuana trafficking and possession.


A Perkins Township girl missing for several weeks has been found, in Dubuque, Iowa.

15-year-old Chyanne Crawford-Nickles was found, safe and sound Saturday. She had been missing since early September.

 

Ohio is getting much-needed funds to help fight the state’s Ebola crisis.

Lawmakers have approved spending $800,000 for protective clothing and the cleanup of places where the virus might be present.

 

Unemployment in Huron County and the surrounding area decreased in September, according to new figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Huron County’s jobless rate was 6.1 percent last month compared to 6.6 percent in August.  Erie County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly to 4.6 percent.  Jobless rates also went down in Lorain, Ashland, Richland, Crawford, Seneca and Sandusky Counties.


Election Day is two weeks from today.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Officials with Fisher-Titus Medical Center and the Huron County Health District have announced plans to hold a community forum, about Ebola.

It’s scheduled for 7pm tonight, in the auditorium of the Main Street School. During the forum, Huron County Health Commissioner Tim Hollinger and Dr. Shankar Kurra, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Fisher-Titus will provide a brief update on Ebola, then will answer questions. The public is encouraged to attend tonight’s forum.

 

State health officials say there are NO cases of Ebola in Ohio, but the Ohio Department of Health is monitoring more than 150 people.

Three of those are being quarantined, but remain at low-risk.

 

This week’s in-person early voting hours at the Board of Elections Office: Today through Friday, 8am until 5pm, and Saturday, 8 until 4.

 

A Tennessee trucker is in jail, for leading authorities on a four-county, high-speed chase in a semi-truck last night.

According to the highway patrol, 61-year-old Ronald Weaver allegedly stole items from Dollar General in Sandusky, then fled in his Kenworth rig. Troopers and other law enforcement officers pursued Weaver through parts of Erie, Ottawa, Lucas and Wood counties. Heavy-duty stop sticks were deployed multiple times during the chase, until the semi went off the road on I-75 in Wood County. The chase lasted about an hour and 15 minutes, and reached speeds of 95 miles per hour. Weaver was taken into custody without incident. So far, he’s facing a single charge of fleeing and eluding, with more charges expected.

 

Two local fugitives on the run since late last week were found and arrested last night.

According to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old John Youngless III of New London, and 24-year-old Brittany Fernekees of Greenwich were caught by a bail bondsman. Authorities had been searching for Youngless since Friday morning. He had slipped away from the Huron County Courthouse after declining a plea agreement on drug charges. Authorities said after fleeing the courthouse, he met up with Fernekees. She was wanted, on felony drug charges. Both were taken to the Huron County Jail.

 

It could be a big weekend at Whitney Field in Norwalk.

Friday night, the Norwalk Truckers can clinch at least a share of this year’s NOL football championship. Norwalk will host Shelby. The Whippets are coming off an incredible 83-82 overtime loss to Tiffin Columbian. Saturday, the St. Paul Flyers will host Mapleton. A win by the Flyers will give the defending Firelands Conference champs at least a share of this year’s title.

 

Old State Road, between Executive Drive and State Route 18 is scheduled to be closed today through Thursday, from 7:30am until 6pm, as crews begin work on a waterline replacement project.

Friday will be used as a special work or makeup day.