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Monday, July 28, 2014

Storms that were supposed to hit the area fizzled out yesterday.

However, parts of northeast Ohio were socked by heavy rains, and flooding.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education will meet again tonight.

The closed door meeting will begin at 7:30, at the Board office. Board action may follow the executive session. The school board has met several times recently, to interview applicants for superintendent. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty’s last day is this Thursday.

 

Cedar Point’s Skyhawk is closed indefinitely, after a weekend mishap that injured two guests.

A cable snapped on the ride Saturday night, hitting two riders. One was treated at the park, while the other was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. Cedar Point officials are investigating the malfunction.

 

Cory Barron, the 22-year-old Fremont man found dead at the Lorain County Landfill will be laid to rest today.

Barron disappeared July 18th, while at a Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field. Cleveland police believe Barron fell through an upper-level garbage chute, into a stadium dumpster. A funeral service will begin at 11:30 this morning, at Sacred Heart Church in Fremont.

 

Authorities from three different counties were summoned to a New London-area home Friday evening, after a man allegedly assaulted his wife, destroyed her cell phone, then threatened deputies.

When the first deputy arrived at the Chenango Road home, Jason Kruki was on the front porch, armed with three firearms. According to reports, Kruki went back inside, then released a German Shepherd. The victim and the couple’s teenage son escaped from the home, as did Kruki. Mansfield SWAT found the home empty, about eight hours after the initial call. New London, Willard and Ontario police were at the scene, along with deputies from Huron and Lorain counties.

 

U.S. Route 250 in Fitchville is open.

It re-opened Friday. It had been closed since last fall, for a bridge replacement.

 

A plane crash in northwest Ohio has claimed two people.

The occupants were killed early yesterday morning, when the small plane went down near Findlay. The crash is under investigation.

 

A bizarre, slow-speed chase in southwest Ohio has led to charges against a Cincinnati-area man.

Christopher McFerron was jailed Saturday, after leading dozens of officers on a chase with speeds ranging from 2 to 30 miles per hour, while holding a gun to his head. The chase lasted over an hour. It ended, when McFerron ingested heroin, then gave up.

 

After a slow start, a $66 million state effort to help welfare recipients find jobs is picking up steam.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, nearly 2,400 Ohioans have found jobs through the ‘Ohio Works’ incentive program.  More than 90 of the placements were made in the past six months.

 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Weather should be good, for today’s ‘Imagine Norwalk’ event, in downtown Norwalk.

Things will get underway at 4. For more information, go to imaginenorwalk.com.

 

A winning lottery ticket worth $1 million was sold in Sandusky.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions ticket was sold at ‘Butts and More!’ It matched all five numbers, but not the Mega Ball number.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Willard woman who showed up for sentencing for burglary, but left before the hearing.

24-year-old Rebecca Hale was in the Huron County courthouse Wednesday morning. She disappeared, after learning she was going to be sent to jail, for not cooperating during a pre-sentence investigation. Once found, she’ll likely face new charges.

 

Two people were taken to Fisher-Titus yesterday after a crash at U.S. Route 20 and State Route 601 in Norwalk.

Two SUV’s and a car were involved in the accident.  Injuries were not considered life-threatening.

 

A Clyde man is facing charges, after a high-speed chase that began in Sandusky County, and ended in Erie County.

The chase involving Brandon Cooksey began on State Route 101, and ended near the Castalia Quarry. Speeds reached 100 miles per hour.

 

One week from today, it’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ in Norwalk.

School supplies for public and parochial students may be dropped off August 1st, between 7:30am and 4pm, at the Norwalk Board of Education Office on Benedict Avenue. Supplies will be distributed August 13th, at the Salvation Army. Registration for supplies will be held between 5 and 7pm August 5th, and 10am until noon August 6th.

 

Norwalk Board of Education members will resume their superintendent search tomorrow morning.

The Board of Education will meet at 9am at the central office.

 

A name change, involving Mercy Willard Hospital’s parent healthcare system.

Catholic Health Partners will now be called Mercy Health.

 

Cedar Point is in the running to be named ‘Best Theme Park in the Country.’ 

The park is competing with 19 other sites for the top spot as part of a readers’ choice contest put on by USA Today and 10Best.  Online voting ends August 11th.

 

A popular Huron establishment is set to re-open.

I-5’s will be back in business August 1st.

 


Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Norwalk School Board will meet again tonight, to continue the search for a new superintendent.

Tonight’s closed-door meeting will begin at 8, at the central office. The board conducted first round interviews with five finalists last week, then began second-round interviews on Tuesday. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is set to retire one week from today.

 

An Erie County grand jury has boosted charges against a Groton Township couple accused of letting their son die of severe injuries caused by neglect.

A special grand jury has charged 54-year-old David Arthur Jr, and 46-year-old Deborah Arthur with murder and patient endangerment. They were originally charged with involuntary manslaughter. The charges are tied to the mid-June death of 33-year-old David Arthur Jr. Erie County deputies said Arthur was extremely malnourished and was covered in bed sores. Deputies learned the man had been bedridden for six months. The Arthurs remain in the Erie County Jail, in lieu of $500,000 bond.

 

A Monroeville man facing several charges for growing marijuana has accepted a plea bargain.

32-year-old Thomas Sterling pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of cultivating marijuana. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed four other charges. He’ll be sentenced September 11th, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Sterling was arrested in March, after police found dozens of marijuana plants, and $10,000 worth of equipment used to grow pot, at the former Berardi’s Restaurant on U.S. Route 20.

 

It may be weeks, before we know what caused the death of Cory Barron.

The Fremont man’s body was found Tuesday at the Lorain County Landfill in Oberlin. Barron was last seen four days earlier, at a Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Police believe Barron may have somehow fallen from a fifth-level garbage chute, into a dumpster in the basement of the ballpark. Initial autopsy results provided no new information. Ongoing tests may take several weeks.

 

The Red Cross has put out an urgent call for blood donations.

Red Cross officials said donations are down eight percent, resulting in 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is serious enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. Eligible donors with types O-negative, B-negative and A-negative blood are especially needed.

 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day baseball today, in Minneapolis.

The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will wrap their three-game series, starting at 1:10. You can hear this afternoon’s game on 95.3, WLKR.

 

Authorities are investigating the death of a Fremont man who disappeared during a concert at Progressive Field.

The body of 22-year-old Cory Barron was found yesterday, at the Lorain County landfill in Oberlin. Barron disappeared Friday night, during the Jason Aldean concert. Investigators say Barron may have fallen down a fifth-level garbage chute at the ballpark.

 

30 years in a federal prison for an Ashland man accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman.

28-year-old Jordie Callahan was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court.  Federal prosecutors were hoping for a life sentence.  Callahan and his girlfriend, Jessica Hunt, held the woman and her young daughter captive for nearly two years, until late 2012.  During that time, the two stole the woman’s public assistance checks, forced her to have sex and stole painkillers prescribed by her doctor.  Hunt will be sentenced tomorrow.

 

The results are in from a weekend ‘under-21′ alcohol sting in Bellevue.

Out of 11 businesses, three sold alcohol to someone under 21.  Clerks at those three businesses were given misdemeanor citations.

 

It’s day one of the Ohio State Fair.

The opening ceremony will be held at 9am. The 161st state fair runs through August 3rd, in Columbus.

 

Jobless rates in Huron and Erie counties were unchanged last month.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Huron County’s June unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, while Erie County’s was 4.7 percent. Jobless rates increased in all other area counties. Among the state’s 88 counties, Monroe County had Ohio’s highest unemployment rate last month, 11.7 percent. Mercer County had the state’s lowest jobless rate, just 3.3 percent.

 

Sandusky voters will decide on a proposed, bundled tax increase this fall.

If approved, the city’s income tax would increase from one to 1.25 percent, while Sandusky’s admissions tax would increase one percent, to four percent. Combined, the two would generate $2.3 million annually.

 

Ohioans who bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act could see premiums skyrocket, due to a federal court ruling.

An appeals court has ruled, low and middle income people who bought policies through the federal insurance exchange are not eligible for billions of dollars in tax credits.

 

Biologists with the Division of Wildlife verified 200 bobcat sightings in Ohio in 2013.

It’s the first time sightings increased to 200.  Bobcats were confirmed in 36 counties last year, but most of the sightings were in southeast Ohio.  In addition to the 200 verified sightings, there were 226 unverified bobcat sightings last year.  The bobcat was recently removed from the Ohio Endangered and Threatened Species list, but it remains protected in the state.

 

Today is National Hot Dog Day.

It’s also National Batman Day.  Batman is 75.