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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Monroeville and Norwalk volleyball teams won their regional matchups last night, and the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers will open their season tonight.

We’ll have more in sports.

 

Classes in the Monroeville Local Schools are delayed by two hours today.

Trick-or-treat in Norwalk will be held from 6:30 until 8 tonight. Children should go only to homes with a front porch light on. Motorists should be extra careful.

 

Perkins Township police are looking for three men posing as police officers.

The three entered a Boston Road home Tuesday night with guns drawn, and handcuffed a man inside. The man was the son of a construction worker sent to the home to retrieve a tool. The imposters told him he was breaking and entering. The man was able to convince them he had permission to be there. The three released the man a short time later, and left the scene. The imposters were wearing baseball caps and windbreakers with the Perkins police logo, along with police duty belts. Perkins police officers do not wear caps or windbreakers. All officers have photo ID, including a badge number and name.

 

Testimony is underway, in the trial of an 81-year-old Willard man charged with rape, sexual battery and kidnapping.

The case of Howard Zerkle is being heard in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He’s accused of sexually assaulting a mentally impaired 18-year-old Plymouth girl in late January. If convicted of all charges, Zerkle could spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

Huron County Recorder Jan Tkach is warning residents about a wave of mail and phone calls that county residents may be receiving from several companies.

These companies may send an official-looking letter, or may call homeowners with an offer to provide a certified copy of their deed for exorbitant fees. Property owners can receive copies of their deeds for a nominal fee from the county Recorder’s office. If you have questions, simply contact the Huron County Recorder’s Office.

 

Norwalk’s East Main, at Milan and Woodlawn will be re-paved today.

Manhole covers will be adjusted afterward, and the road should be open to traffic by tomorrow evening.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It’s regional volleyball night at the “O-Rena” at Ontario High School, and at the Elida Fieldhouse.

Norwalk will play Bowling Green at Ontario, and Monroeville will play Toledo Christian at Elida. We’ll have updates on both matches on Twitter (@953WLKR) and on Facebook, (95.3, WLKR).


Huron County’s new 2-1-1 service is up and running.

It ‘went live’ yesterday morning. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-dial service for information and referral to area services and resources, 24-hours-a-day, 365 days a year. 2-1-1 is offered by the Norwalk Area United Fund.

 

Felony charges could be filed in connection with a loud explosion that rang out along the eastern edge of Norwalk Saturday morning.

According to Major Mike Cooksey with the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, deputies raced to Summit Motor Sports Park after dispatchers fielded numerous calls from people who heard it.  Some people claimed a plane crashed and they were advised to stay in their homes.  After checking the area and finding nothing, deputies began questioning raceway employees.  That’s when they learned the explosion was a Halloween prank.  Cooksey said deputies are still taking statements.  Once the investigation is complete, a report will be sent to the Norwalk Law Director’s Office for consideration of charges.


The Edison school board will meet behind closed doors tonight, to discuss personnel.

Tonight’s executive session will begin at 5:30, in the conference room of Edison Elementary. Action is possible, after the closed-door meeting.


A Huron man is facing several charges, for allegedly trying to hit his girlfriend with his car, then smashing the door of a nearby residence.

21-year-old Brandon Torres was arrested Monday, on charges of attempted vehicular assault, attempted aggravated burglary, aggravated menacing and domestic violence. Huron police were summoned to a Berlin Road apartment complex Monday morning, after a witness said a man was trying to run over his girlfriend in the parking lot. The two had been arguing. When he learned one of the residents was calling police, he smashed the caller’s front door, before fleeing the scene. He was stopped a short time later, and was taken to the Erie County Jail.


The Vatican has defrocked three greater Cincinnati priests, for sexual misconduct involving children.

All three—Thomas Kuhn, Thomas Feldhaus and Ronald Cooper—had been on leave for years, and had been barred from all church activities. Kuhn had been suspended since 2002, Feldhaus since 2003, and Cooper since 2004.


An Akron dad facing charges, for allegedly driving his son to fight another boy, then cheering him on.

Walter Ganous is charged with inciting violence, child endangering and complicity to assault. Police said the man’s son is 13 and over 200 pounds, while the victim is 12, and 100 pounds. A video shows the younger boy’s ankle was shattered, and Ganous could be heard urging the boy to continue the attack.


Trick-or-treat in Norwalk will be held between 6:30 and 8 tomorrow night.

 

The final planned honor flight from Toledo to Washington D.C. left this morning with 118 Vietnam Veterans.

Those vets are sightseeing in the nation’s capital, including a visit to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial.  They’ll return tonight.  The final flight was paid for by an anonymous donor.  Since 2005, the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio has made 37 trips from Toledo to D.C. carrying over 2,000 Veterans to the nation’s capital.  The Honor Flight was originally created to take aging World War II Veterans to see the World War II Memorial.  It was later expanded to include Korean and Vietnam Veterans.

 

Mega Millions has grown to $284 million.

The next drawing is Friday night.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A big cool down is on the way.

Mid-70’s yesterday, 72 today, 53 tomorrow, 51 Thursday, and 47 Friday. Rain and snow showers are likely Friday night, followed by a high of just 39 on Saturday.


Yesterday’s official high in Norwalk was 79 degrees.

It was three degrees shy of the record set in 1927.


A jury has convicted a Monroeville man charged in connection with a November, 2013 stabbing outside a Sandusky bar.

32-year-old Joseph Moffit was found guilty yesterday of felonious assault and tampering with evidence. Moffit stabbed 32-year-old Joseph Dendy, after a fistfight outside of Daly’s Bar. Dendy suffered four stab wounds, and was unconscious for three days. A sentencing date for Moffit has not been set. An accomplice, Dustin Ramsey of Sandusky will be sentenced next month, for misdemeanor assault. He was originally charged with felonious assault, but agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge, in exchange for testimony against Moffit.

 

No new business so no meeting of Norwalk City Council tonight.

Council’s next meeting will be next Tuesday.


Last week, we told you about plans by Sears Holdings Corporation to close dozens of Sears and Kmart stores.

Sears is closing four stores in Ohio, but none are local. Affected stores are in Fairborn, Marion, Solon and Springfield.


The Main Street School in Norwalk will again be the site of Miss Maple City.

The annual scholarship pageant will be held there this Saturday. 10 young women will compete for the title, with the winner representing Norwalk at the 2015 Miss Ohio scholarship pageant.


Tough Mudder is on the move.

Next year’s extreme endurance event will be held May 9th and 10th, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. It had been held at Lahm Airport in Mansfield.

 

In sports…

For the second straight week, the Norwalk Truckers are ranked #6th in Division III in the statewide high school football poll.  Clyde is 9th in Division III.  In Division IV, Bellevue is holding steady at #14.  In Division V, the Huron Tigers are up one spot to #8.  In Division VII, St. Paul is down one to #6.  Plymouth dropped a spot to #12.

 

Amy Mihaljevic’s murder remains unsolved after 25 years, but authorities say new leads may be on the horizon.

They’ve put out a call for friends and acquaintances of Amy’s late mother, Margaret McNulty, to come forward with any information.  The FBI says the man who lured the Bay Village girl from a shopping center in 1989 knew her after-school routine and family history, leading to a theory that her killer knew her mother.  The 10-year-old girl’s body was found in a field in Ashland County’s Ruggles Township.


Monday, October 27, 2014

A New London woman remains in critical condition, after a one-car crash in Fitchville Township.

30-year-old Kathryne Couch was injured late Friday morning, when she lost control on U.S. Route 250. Her car went off the road, and flipped over several times. She was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. A passenger, 42-year-old Thomas Burnsworth of New London suffered lesser injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus.


The highway patrol says alcohol was a factor in a weekend motorcycle crash that left a Fremont woman dead.

30-year-old Tianna Graham was critically injured late Friday night. She later died at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. Troopers said Graham was a passenger on a motorcycle that failed to negotiate a curve on Port Clinton Road in Sandusky Township. The Yamaha motorcycle hit a mailbox and a tree, before ejecting Graham and the driver, 34-year-old Jason O’Grady of Fremont. O’Grady suffered minor injuries, and refused treatment. He was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, DUI, driving under suspension, no motorcycle license and failure to control.


There’s more information about last week’s meth lab bust in Bellevue.

According to reports, three children, ages 14, 12 and 9 were present, when police raided a home on Hamilton Street Wednesday night. All three were taken to The Bellevue Hospital for medical evaluations. After that, they were turned over to children’s services. Bellevue police arrested three people, after discovering materials used to make crystal meth. Kara Hale, Michael Highlander and Shane Williams remain in the Sandusky County Jail, unable to post bond.


This week’s in-person early voting hours: 8am until 5pm today through Friday, 8 until 4 Saturday, and 1 until 5 Sunday.

A reminder that leaf pickup in the city of Norwalk will begin the week of November 17th.


Today’s average for gas in Ohio: $2.93.

The lowest average in the U.S. is in South Carolina and Missouri, $2.80. The highest average is in Hawaii, $4.05.


The Ohio Senate is ready to begin debate on a bill that would create a nearly year-round school year.

The measure being introduced today would add 40 days to the school year in public and charter schools. Supporters say the measure puts students in classrooms longer to learn more, and eliminate the summer “brain drain.”


Tonight’s Ohio Classic Lotto jackpot is worth $7.4 million.

Tomorrow’s Mega Millions prize is worth $252 million, with a cash option of $153 million. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is up to $142 million.


A Ross County bank manager is facing 33 years in prison, for embezzling $4 million.

Prosecutors said Joseph Molnar of Chillichothe swiped the money from Huntington Bank over a seven-year period, ending in 2012. He pleaded guilty to federal charges last week. A sentencing date has not been set.


A bridge replacement project continues on Old State Road, between Penn Road and State Route 162 in North Fairfield

According to ODOT, the project should be complete by December 21st.


This is the weekend we “fall back” to Eastern Standard Time.

The one-hour time change will occur at 2am Sunday.

 

Last week we told you about plans by Sears Holdings Corporation to close dozens of Sears and Kmart stores.

Sears is closing four stores in Ohio, but none are local.  Affected stores are in Fairborn, Marion, Solon and Springfield.