Friday, August 29, 2014

The 2014 high school football season kicks off tonight.

On 95.3, WLKR, we’ll be live at Whitney Field in Norwalk, as the Truckers take on the Edison Chargers. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30, with kickoff at 7. After Norwalk and Edison, we’ll head to Castalia, for Pigskin Playback action between Margaretta and Willard. On K96, you’ll hear live coverage of the first ever ‘Shoreline Showdown’, between Huron and Sandusky. Tomorrow night, it’s St. Paul and St. Mary, on 95.3, WLKR.


A Bellevue man was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, after a rollover crash on State Route 547 in Sherman Township.

20-year-old Anson Hupp was injured late yesterday afternoon. According to the highway patrol, Hupp went off 547, hit an embankment and overturned multiple times. He was ejected from the car. Troopers said Hupp wasn’t wearing his seat belt. He was flown from the scene to St. V’s. Hospital officials had no condition update this morning.


The manager of a Put-in-Bay bar has been charged with raping a woman who was unconscious.

32-year-old Chris Blessing of Port Clinton works at Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grill. He appeared in court yesterday, and pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape. The woman told authorities she lost consciousness one night in early May, when she and Blessing were drinking together. She regained consciousness during the alleged rape, and she told investigators she believe she was drugged. Blessing is free on $100,000 bond.


The investigation continues into a garage fire in Monroeville. 

Firefighters were summoned to the Route 99 scene late Wednesday night.  The blaze did about $50,000 damage.


It’s festival time in New London and Milan.

The Firelands Festival begins today at Recreation Park in New London. The Melon Festival begins tomorrow in Milan. Both festivals run through Labor Day. The Melon Festival’s Grand Parade begins at 2 Sunday afternoon. If you’d like to go, get there early.


The Labor Day weekend is expected to be the busiest in several years on Ohio’s roads.

AAA says nearly 1.5 million Ohioans will travel by car through Monday. The auto club says it’s the highest number of people to go out of town, to wrap up the summer since the 2008 recession.


Monday is Labor Day.

Schools will be closed, along with local, state and federal government offices. Most banks will be closed as well. No mail Monday, and trash pickup will be delayed by one day.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The ban has been lifted, on Norwalk’s upper reservoir.

It was lifted late yesterday afternoon, by the Ohio EPA and city officials. The upper reservoir had been off-limits since last Monday, due to potentially harmful algae toxins.


Traffic will be restricted today, at the intersection of Norwalk’s Benedict Avenue and Elm Street, as workers continue seeding and grading the boulevard.

Motorists should use alternate routes, as traffic will be delayed.


A Sandusky man is behind bars, charged in connection with a 1987 murder in Florida.

64-year-old Carl McCauley was arrested yesterday at home, on a warrant issued by Polk County deputies. He’s accused of stabbing and killing 41-year-old Karen Watson in the Tampa Bay-area 27 years ago. McCauley has lived and worked in Sandusky for at least 15 years. He’s now facing extradition back to Florida.


Bond is set at $150,000 for a Bellevue woman accused of running a meth lab in her apartment.

Julie Singleton was arraigned yesterday in Bellevue Municipal Court.  She’s facing six felony charges with more charges possible.  A Monday search of her Thomas Avenue apartment turned up materials used to make crystal meth.  Singleton’s case is expected to be bound over to a grand jury.


U.S. Route 6, just west of State Route 269 in Margaretta Township will close on Tuesday, September 2nd for a culvert replacement project.

Work should last a month.


Ohio State University officials want former band director Jonathon Waters to go away.

A statement from the school yesterday denied Waters’ request for a name-clearing hearing saying the decision to fire him was final.  Waters’ attorney says if Ohio State won’t let him state his case, the federal courts might.


Time Warner officials continue to investigate yesterday’s nationwide internet outage.

The outage lasted several hours.


As we first told you yesterday, crews from The Weather Channel will be in Huron today and tomorrow, filming segments for a high school football-themed show called 12 weeks, 12 towns.

The series will debut September 5th. Along with Huron, the famed Massillon Tigers football program will be featured on the show.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Authorities have shut down a meth lab in Bellevue.

Police, Sandusky County deputies and state agents searched a Thomas Drive apartment Monday night, and found materials used to manufacture crystal meth. One person was arrested. 43-year-old Julie Singleton is facing six charges, including illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs. Additional felony charges are possible. She’s in the Sandusky County Jail, without bond. During the raid, police and firefighters evacuated nearby apartments, after the area was deemed unsafe. They were allowed back in when investigators cleared the scene, around midnight.


The Weather Channel is coming to Huron.

Producers will be in town tomorrow and Friday, to compile footage for a new series called “12 Weeks, 12 Towns.” The program profiles communities across the country that possess a deep, citywide passion for high school football. The segment will feature interviews with local supporters of Huron football, and possible visits to businesses that support the football program. Weather Channel producers will be on the sidelines Friday night for the first-ever “Shoreline Showdown”, filming elements of the Huron-Sandusky football game. The game will be broadcast live on K96.


The ban on Norwalk’s upper reservoir MAY be lifted today.

We’ll let you know when it happens.


The city of Norwalk will soon have its own equipment to test for toxins in algae.

A $10,000 grant from the EPA will cover the cost.  The city currently has to send samples to a Put-In-Bay lab or to the University of Cincinnati.


A one-car crash on Bogart Road, near State Route 4 in Perkins Township sent a Sandusky man to the hospital for treatment of serious leg injuries.

According to reports, 21-year-old Cole Green went off the road, clipped two trees, then hit a third tree head-on. The impact threw the engine from the car, into a nearby driveway. Green was flown to a Toledo hospital for treatment. Perkins police believe speed may have played a role in the crash.


If you have internet service through Time Warner, you may have been affected by an early morning outage.

Company officials said the nationwide outage was caused by a problem that occurred during routine maintenance.


A new study finds beer is good for Ohio, in terms of jobs.

The Beer Institute says Ohio ranks sixth in the nation for the number of jobs supported by the brewing industry.  Nearly 83,000 people help brew, bottle and serve beer in the state, including farmers, truck drivers and bartenders.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A brief cool down is on the way.

Tomorrow’s high will be 80 and Thursday, 78.  By football Friday, temperatures will climb to the mid-80′s.


A state board has approved construction of a wind farm in Greenwich Township.

Approval came, despite protests by nearby residents. They voiced concerns about potential health effects, harm to wildlife and noise. Greenwich Wind Park plans to build up to 25 wind turbines across 4,600 acres, spanning from the Huron-Richland County line, to the area near U.S. Route 250.


A longtime member of the Bellevue police force has been named chief.

Mark Kaufman had been serving as interim chief since last fall. He’s a lifelong Bellevue resident, and has been with the police department for nearly 20 years.


Huron County Deputies are investigating a weekend crash that sent two boys to two different hospitals.

The head-on accident involving two four-wheelers occurred in Collins behind a home on Hartland Center Road.  Nine-year-old Kyle Leimeister of Collins was taken by Lifeflight to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center.  He’s in fair condition.  10-year-old Wyatt Pleska was injured as well and was taken by ambulance to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.  His condition is unknown.


A Willard man convicted of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from an 89-year-old woman is going to prison.

For how long remains to be seen. 25-year-old Tyler Branham has been sentenced to 17 months, for theft from the elderly. He’ll receive credit for roughly five months already spent in the Huron County Jail, and he may be eligible for early release from prison. Branham took the victim’s jewelry from her home in January, after shoveling snow from her driveway.


Norwalk officials are waiting for state approval before lifting a ban on the city’s upper reservoir. 

It was closed last Monday after tests showed a potentially harmful algae bloom.  Workers treated the water twice last week.


The state’s newest ‘racino’ will open this week.

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway will open for business this Thursday. It’ll be the sixth racino in Ohio. A seventh one will open next month near Youngstown.


An investigation is underway, into a deadly plane crash east of Cleveland.

Willoughby Hills police say, four people were killed last night, shortly after the plane took off from the Cuyahoga County Airport. The plane went down, and burst into flames.


The man in charge of Toledo’s troubled water treatment plant is stepping down.

David Leffler will resign, effective Monday. According to the Toledo Blade, Mayor Michael Collins requested Leffer’s resignation.


In sports…

The Indians will begin a stretch of 30 games in 30 days tonight against the White Sox.  Game time in Chicago will be 8:10 and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.