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Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn, 2014 officially begins at 10:29 tonight.

 

Authorities are searching for a man wanted for questioning, in the disappearance

of a Norwalk man.

The suspect is identified as 39-year-old Shane Lambert. He was last seen in Mansfield, driving a car owned by 57-year-old James Berens of Morley Drive in Norwalk. Police were notified Saturday morning, after a neighbor noticed Berens’ windows open, and his dogs missing. The home was checked, and nothing was found to be out of the ordinary. Later in the day, an officer was watching a video posted on a law enforcement social media outlet, and saw Lambert breaking into a Mansfield convenience store and stealing cigarettes. The video showed Lambert getting into Berens’ gold 2001 Ford Taurus, and driving away. Lambert was with an unidentified person. He’s considered armed and dangerous.

 

Thumbs up, to students and staff at EHOVE Career Center.

They raised nearly $2,800, through the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ The money will go to the ALS Association.

 

There’s a noticeable difference in gas prices around the area.

In Huron County, gas prices range from $3.09 in Norwalk, to $3.27 in Monroeville. In Erie County, you’ll find gas for as low as $2.93 in Sandusky, to as high as $3.19 in Berlin Heights.

 

A reminder…Old State Road, between Penn Road and State Route 162 in North Fairfield is closing today, for a bridge replacement project.

Work should last three months.

 

And in Norwalk, East Main, between Woodlawn and Chatham is closing for three months, starting today.

 

Four teenage inmates attacked two staff members, and tried to escape from a juvenile detention center near Dayton Saturday night.

They smashed out a window and tried to climb out, but were stopped and restrained by corrections officers. The two staff members suffered minor injuries. The teens are facing charges of felonious assault, vandalism and escape.

 

An investigation is underway, into exactly how an inmate was able to walk out of the Ashland County Jail.

According to reports, 34-year-old Jeremy Williamson left the jail Friday morning, after telling a guard he was leaving for community service. Williamson was arrested Friday afternoon, in Lexington, Kentucky. Authorities said he was driving a stolen pickup truck, and was traveling to see his girlfriend. He had been in jail for just two days, on a charge of tampering with evidence.

 

The Ohio man who invented the icy treat “Slush Puppies” has died.

Will Radcliff died last Thursday, in Cincinnati. He was 74. Radcliff concocted the first Slush Puppy in 1970.

 


Friday, September 19, 2014

It should be a nice night for high school football.

Expect clear skies, and a low of 56. Tonight, we’re live in Tiffin, as the Columbian Tornadoes take on the state-ranked Norwalk Truckers. It’s a matchup of the defending champs, and the preseason favorites. Join us ‘In the Huddle’ at 6:30. Kickoff is at 7. After Norwalk and Tiffin Columbian, it’s Pigskin Playback action, featuring state-ranked St. Paul at South Central.

 

A Bellevue man is facing up to six months in the Huron County Jail, for allegedly hitting a five-year-old boy.

28-year-old Corey Oakes was charged yesterday, after admitting to deputies that he struck the boy. Deputies were contacted, after Oakes dropped the boy off at day care. Staff members noticed facial injuries that were out of the ordinary.

 

Cedar Point’s ‘Mantis’ roller coaster will have a new name, and a different look in 2015.

Park officials announced Thursday that Mantis will become Rougarou, named after a werewolf-like creature in French folklore. It’ll be a floorless coaster, much like Raptor. The current yellow track will become bright orange.

 

The inmate who escaped from jail in Bowling Green is back behind bars.

24-year-old Jhon Rosado was arrested by a SWAT team Thursday evening. He was found hiding in the attic of an apartment of a woman he was accused of raping earlier this year. He’s now facing a charge of escape. The woman in the apartment has been charged with harboring a fugitive.

 

No change in Ohio’s unemployment rate.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it was 5.7 percent in August, the same as July.  The state’s August unemployment rate was lower than the U.S. average.

 

Two successful events will combine later today in Norwalk.

The former Autumn Leaves Festival is now being called ‘Imagine Harvest.’ It’s tied to this summer’s popular ‘Imagine Norwalk’ events.

 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Two Ohioans have been killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan.

41-year-old Major Michael Donahue of Columbus, and 39-year-old Stephen Byus of Reynoldsburg died Tuesday in Kabul, of injuries suffered during an enemy attack. Byus was a civilian worker for the Department of Defense.

 

Another jail break, this time, in Bowling Green.

Inmate Jhon Rosado climbed a fence at the Northwest Ohio Community Corrections Center last night, and ran to a nearby cornfield. The 24-year-old was last seen wearing a blue jail jump suit, with an orange sweatshirt. Students at Bowling Green State University have been alerted to Rosado’s escape. He was in jail, for domestic violence. Rosado’s escape comes a week after Chardon High School shooter TJ Lane and two others escaped from a prison in Lima. All three were apprehended within hours.

 

A Willard man allegedly involved with a stolen car ring says he’s not guilty.

24-year-old Eddie Tackett Jr. entered his plea this week, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He’s charged with theft of a motor vehicle, and he’s facing up to 18 months behind bars. Tackett and others are accused of stealing cars, then taking them to a chop-shop in Mansfield. He’s scheduled to stand trial November 4th.

 

Monroeville village administrator Mike Goodwin has resigned.

Village council accepted his resignation earlier this week. Goodwin’s last day was last Friday. He left, for the private sector. Mayor Mike Adelman said the search for a new village administrator will begin soon.

 

Weather permitting, road work will begin Monday on Norwalk’s East Main Street between Woodlawn Avenue and Chatham Street.

The project will include sewer improvements and new pavement.  Work is expected to last three months.

 

The USDA has designated seven northeast Ohio Counties, including Lorain County, as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and loss caused by a freeze from January 2nd to April 17th.

Farmers from Huron and Erie Counties also qualify for assistance because their county is contiguous.  All qualified farm operators in the affected areas are eligible for low interest emergency loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

 

UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the upcoming holiday season.

Positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers.  Last year, UPS underestimated the number of deliveries during the holiday shipping season causing some deliveries to be delayed until after Christmas.  To apply, go to UPSjobs.com.

 

 

 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cedar Point will NOT name a roller coaster after NBA superstar LeBron James.

As we first told you yesterday, instead of renaming a roller coaster ‘King James’, the park has established a long-term partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation.

Among the highlights: Cedar Point will host Akron kids involved in the foundation’s “Wheels for Education” program and the Akron “I PROMISE” Network for a day of fun with their families next summer.

Also, Cedar Point will hold a first ride auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the LeBron James Family Foundation.

Back in July, Cedar Point officials said they’d honor LeBron by renaming one of the park’s 17 roller coasters, if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

Talk of student drug testing continues in Huron.

It was discussed last night by the Board of Education. No decision was made.

 

A new superintendent has been hired at Christie Lane School in Norwalk.

Kari Smith was hired yesterday by the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  She’s currently an administrator at the school.  Her new duties will begin January 1st.

 

Monroeville village administrator Mike Goodwin has resigned.

Village Council accepted his resignation last night.  Goodwin’s last day was last Friday.  He left for the private sector.  Mayor Mike Adelman said the search for a new village administrator will begin soon.

 

The Plymouth Police Department continues to investigate last Friday’s robbery at the Community Market, and an attempted robbery at Mickey Mart.

It appears a man and a woman were involved in the crimes. As we first told you Monday, four bags of money were stolen from the grocery store’s office, shortly after 6pm Friday. Just minutes before, a man entered the office of Mickey Mart, and went through desk drawers and filing cabinets, while a female accomplice kept employees occupied. Police have pictures and video of both crimes, and authorities believe the two may be involved in similar robberies nearby. Both suspects are black. The man is described as 23 to 33 years old, 5-9 to 5-11, and 210 to 230 pounds. The woman is 23 to 33, 5-3 to 5-6, and 190 to 220 pounds. Anyone with information should contact the Plymouth Police Department.

 

The man involved in a bizarre suicide attempt in Lorain County has been connected to a homicide in Cleveland.

28-year-old Hugo Ramos is accused of killing a 25-year-old woman. He told police where her body could be found. Ramos tried to end his own life late Monday morning, at Routes 20 and 58 in Pittsfield Township. He stepped in front of a semi-truck, was hit, then went to his car and grabbed a can of gasoline. After swallowing some, Ramos poured the rest on his body, then set himself on fire. A bystander put out the flames, and Ramos was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

 

October 6th is the deadline to register to vote or change voter information, in time for the November 4th general election.

You may register to vote, if you’re a U.S. citizen, and are 18 or will be 18 by election day.

In related news, a federal judge has extended early voting hours for the upcoming election. That means Ohioans will have more chances, including nights and weekends to cast early ballots. Early voting will begin September 30th.