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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two more nights of bitter cold conditions are in store.

Tonight’s projected low is eight-below zero, and tomorrow night, seven-below.

 

The Village of Greenwich’s water supply has a chlorine level currently above the EPA threshold.

Do NOT consume the water at this time.  The Village will have their system flushed by 4pm today.  After 4pm please run your faucets for 5 minutes before consuming the water.

 

A 14-year-old Norwalk boy escaped serious harm, after being hit by a car.

The accident occurred at 4:20 yesterday afternoon. According to reports, Kyle Burton ran in front of traffic on Whittelsey, near the intersection of League Street, when he was hit. The boy was alert and talking when emergency crews arrived on scene. As a precaution, he was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. No charges are expected.

 

More interviews tonight, at Norwalk High School.

The Board of Education will meet behind closed doors at 7, for second-round interviews with superintendent applicants. Interviews were held last night as well.

 

At least one Sandusky teen may face charges, for sharing pictures of a nude underage girl.

Sandusky police are investigating the incident, involving a 13-year-old boy, and an 11-year-old girl. According to reports, after repeated requests, the girl recently sent the boy the illicit images. He then shared them with friends, and the pictures eventually wound up online. The girl and her mother went to police, after friends told her the pictures were being shared. The boy, and anyone else who shared the images could be charged with child pornography.

 

For the second time this week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected proposed marijuana legislation.

The reason: the petition didn’t have enough valid signatures. It required 1,000 for a legal review…It had 883. A group called Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis wants to legalize growing, using and selling marijuana and related products in Ohio by individuals 18 and older. It’s a different proposal than one submitted by ResponsibleOhio. That group’s petition was rejected earlier this week, because of wording issues. ResponsibleOhio officials said they will make corrections and re-submit by tomorrow. If it’s approved, that issue could appear on the ballot this fall.

 

The Ohio Department of Transportation is borrowing some of Toledo’s road salt and giving it to District Two counties that are running low.

20,000 tons will be distributed among 8 counties, including Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.

 

Scenes for the new Bruce Willis movie might NOT be shot in Marblehead after all.

“The Plain Dealer” reports crews have stopped shooting the independent film “Wake” in Cleveland after 10 days because they ran out of money.  No word yet whether filming will be completed…or whether crews will be in Marblehead in April.

 

In sports…

Girl’s tournament basketball continues tonight and we’ll be live at Mansfield Sr. High School for Division II action between Norwalk and Willard.  Pre-game coverage begins at 6 with the tipoff at 6:15.

 


Tuesday, February 24, 2105

Once again, extreme cold conditions caused a number of area schools to delay the start of classes today.

A handful of schools closed for the day.

 

A statewide Amber alert has been issued for a three-year-old Delaware girl who was abducted by her father.

Elinor Trotta was taken from her New Castle home late Sunday night. Authorities believe the girl is in imminent danger. She’s described as white, 60 pounds, with brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a purple puffy coat, pink pants and “Frozen” sneakers. Her father, 39-year-old Michael Trotta may be headed to Ohio. He’s considered armed and dangerous. He’s described as white, 5-8, 160 pounds, and balding with a scruffy beard and mustache. Trotta is believed to be driving a gray 1989 Mazda 626, with Delaware plates 247457. If you see the two or the car, call 911 immediately.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education will meet twice this week, for a second round of interviews with superintendent applicants.

The school board will meet behind closed doors at 7pm Wednesday and Thursday. Both meetings will take place at Norwalk High School.

 

As we first told you yesterday, the Perkins Board of Education will hire and introduce the school system’s new superintendent tonight.

Sources said Jodie Hausmann will replace Jim Gunner, who’s retiring this summer. Hausmann is currently Director of Teaching and Learning in the Parma City Schools. She was one of seven applicants recently interviewed by the Norwalk School Board.

 

A Norwalk man with a lengthy criminal history is facing more charges, for allegedly trying to set fire to a Bouscay Avenue residence.

38-year-old Quran Bowman was arrested and jailed Saturday on felony charges of aggravated arson and domestic violence. According to reports, Bowman tried to burn down the home, by setting fire to a towel, and spraying it with hair spray. No damage was done. Bowman’s bond is set at $65,000. He’s due in court next Tuesday.

 

Cedar Point fans braved icy cold conditions Saturday, to raise money for a worthy cause.

600 people bundled up, and enjoyed the park’s “Winter Chill Out” walking tour that helped raise $27,000 for Give Kids The World, a non-profit organization in Orlando, Florida, that provides free weeklong vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Cedar Point will open to much warmer conditions May 9th.

 

If you’re driving in Sandusky today, keep in mind that West Monroe Street, between Winnebago Avenue and Marquette Street will be closed between 7 and 4, for emergency water line repairs. Detour signs are posted.

 

Governor John Kasich’s annual ‘State of the State’ address will be delivered this evening in Wilmington.

 

A third state has legalized recreational marijuana.

Alaska joins Colorado and Washington state.

 

The group trying to legalize marijuana in Ohio is rewriting its proposal before going to the ballot in November.

Yesterday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected ResponsibleOhio’s proposed constitutional amendment.  DeWine citied a failure to fully explain the measure.  Leaders of the pro-pot campaign say they’ll have new language on DeWine’s desk by the end of the week.

 

In sports…

Girl’s tournament basketball tips off around the area tonight.  We’ll be live at Mansfield Sr. High School for Division II action featuring Norwalk and Edison.  Pregame coverage begins at 6, with tipoff at 6:15.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Frigid conditions led to a number of schools delays and a few closing today. 

 

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until noon tomorrow.

 

Wet and slippery roads may have led to a weekend crash that claimed a Fremont man.

21-year-old Jose Ramon Leal Jr. was killed Saturday afternoon on the Ohio Turnpike, near the Milan exit. According to the highway patrol, Leal was eastbound, when he lost control of his car and hit a guardrail, then was hit by two cars and a tractor-trailer. Troopers continue to investigate the crash.

 

Two Pennsylvania residents are in the Erie County Jail this morning, for allegedly running a theft and fraud operation.

Lynette Lucas and Eric Steighner were arrested Thursday, after using a stolen credit card to buy nearly $3,000 worth of items from Menard’s in Perkins Township. Store officials were tipped off by the corporate office, after the two did the same thing at Menard’s in Massillon. They used a U-Haul truck, to pick up almost $5,000 worth of goods there. Lucas and Steighner also hit at least three other Menards’ stores in Ohio, using the same stolen credit card, and a glitch in the system. Authorities believe the two, plus a possible third person sell the stolen merchandise online, or return it and receive store gift cards, then sell those online as well.

 

The 14th annual Huron County Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Show is set for this Saturday.

More than 70 area businesses will be on hand between 10 and 4, at Norwalk Middle School. We’ll have more in news later this week, and we’ll broadcast live from the Home and Business Show between 10 and 1.

 

The Bellevue Board of Education has agreed to form a committee, to explore a proposal to build an arts galleria.

If it’s built, it would take about two years, and $1.5 million. The cost would be covered by private donations and grants.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education will meet twice this week for a second round of interviews with superintendent applicants.

The school board will meet behind closed doors at 7pm Wednesday and Thursday.  Both meetings will take place at Norwalk High School.

 

The Perkins Board of Education will meet in special session tomorrow night to hire and introduce the district’s new superintendent.

Sources said Jodie Hausmann will replace current superintendent Jim Gunner.  She’s currently director of teaching and learning in the Parma City Schools.  Tomorrow’s special meeting will begin at 6:30 at Perkins High School.

 

School officials in Elyria are planning visits to Huron and Columbus as part of their superintendent search.

According to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, the two finalists for the top job are Huron Schools Superintendent Dennis Muratori and Columbus School Deputy Superintendent John Stanford.  Current Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda is retiring at the end of the current school year.

 


Friday, February 20, 2015

The Wind Chill Warning has been changed to a Wind Chill Advisory.

It runs until noon.

 

It was a record-setting night in Norwalk.

Last night’s official low was 12-below zero.  That broke the previous record of 9-below set back in 1936.  Records were shattered around the state.  The official low at Hopkins International Airport was -17.  At Toledo Express Airport was -19.  The Village of Orwell in Ashtabula County reported a low of -35.

 

For the second straight day, all area schools were closed due to sub zero temperatures.

 

If your school district uses the ‘One Call’ for school closings and delays, and you’re not getting the information, keep in mind that we have the information on the air every ten minutes, plus online and on Facebook.

 

An inmate at the Erie County Jail is accused of plotting a possible escape.

36-year-old Randy Young of Memphis, Tennessee is behind bars, for allegedly robbing a gas station and an ATM. Late Wednesday night, corrections officers noticed Young had used the wooden end of a scrub brush to punch holes in the window of his cell. When questioned, Young denied wrongdoing. Officials said bars in the window would have prevented any type of escape.

 

A snowmobile fire in Norwalk did about $12,000 damage.

It happened early Wednesday evening, in the garage of an East Main Street home. According to a report, the resident was working on the snowmobile, when it caught fire. It was destroyed by the blaze, along with some siding on the garage.

 

Down Route 61, to Mt. Gilead, where a highway patrol trooper there recently resigned, after admitting to having sex in his cruiser, while on duty.

The encounter involving 23-year-old Cody Nevers and a woman occurred in December. She told his superiors, after learning he had a fiancée.

 

The Ohio Supreme Court is coming to Sandusky County.

The state’s high court will hear oral arguments in Fremont in September. During the session, select high school students will be able to attend, and ask questions.

 

Starting this April, 500,000 Wal-Mart employees will be getting a raise.

Starting pay at the nation’s leading retailer is being bumped to at least $9 an hour and according to the company, workers’ pay will go up to $10 an hour next year. 

 

Lake Erie is 98 percent covered by ice.