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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day baseball, and a possible sweep by the Cleveland Indians.

The Tribe and Minnesota Twins will play at 1:10 this afternoon at Target Field. The Indians won last night’s game, 5-0.

 

From Norwalk City Hall…

The Water Treatment Plant is re-applying chemicals to treat the upper reservoir, while awaiting lab results from samples taken yesterday. Recreational restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Traffic delays are possible, at the railroad crossing on Norwalk’s Woodlawn Avenue. New gates and flashers are being installed there.

Expect traffic delays on Benedict Avenue, south of Elm Street, due to sidewalk repairs.

Left turns are prohibited from Christie onto Norwood, and Christie onto Benedict. The ban is in effect only during school mornings.

 

It’s the first day of school, in Bellevue.

 

A felony drug charge has been filed against a Detroit man caught with two pounds of heroin.

Christopher Triplett was stopped for speeding on I-75 near Findlay. A highway patrol trooper became suspicious, and called in a drug-sniffing dog. A search of Triplett’s car turned up $136,000 worth of heroin under the air filter in the engine compartment. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail. If convicted of heroin possession, he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

 

The highway patrol is investigating a fatal crash that claimed a Bellevue woman.

77-year-old Loretta Meacham was killed Tuesday night, at the intersection of U.S. Route 42 and State Route 302 in Ashland County. Also killed in the crash: 25-year-old Autumn Meacham of West Salem. They were passengers in a mini-van that was hit by a driver who ran a stop sign.

 

Grant money is coming to Erie County, to demolish at least 20 blighted homes.

The county has secured $500,000 from the state-run Neighborhood Initiative Program.

 

Perkins police are searching for the person or persons who stole several catalytic converters from cars parked in hotel parking lots.

Those thefts occurred over the weekend. The converters can be sold for scrap.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s the first day of school for students in Norwalk.

School also starts today in Huron and Willard.

 

No change, at the Norwalk Reservoir.

The upper reservoir remains off-limits, due to a potentially harmful algae bloom. The lower reservoir isn’t affected, meaning Norwalk’s drinking water supply is safe. We’ll let you know when the ban on the upper reservoir is lifted.

 

A Tuesday evening crash in Ashland County killed two women, one from the area.

The victims were identified as 77-year-old Loretta Meacham of Bellevue and 25-year-old Autumn Meacham of West Salem.  They were passengers in a mini-van that was hit at the intersection of U.S. Route 42 and State Route 302.  According to the Highway Patrol, the driver of the car ran a stop sign.

 

Unemployment was up last month, in Huron County and nearly all surrounding counties.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, unemployment in Huron County increased by two percent, to 8.8 percent. That’s fourth highest in Ohio. Jobless rates increased slightly in Erie, Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Ashland and Richland counties. Only Lorain County saw a slight decrease.

 

A Sandusky business owner has been arrested, for allegedly stealing money meant for an ailing friend.

Timothy Nyman was picked up Monday, for felony theft. He was taken to the Erie County Jail, but has since been released. Nyman owns Black Tie Dance Studio. Last year, he agreed to host three fundraisers for a friend with MS. The friend, Brian Stuckey died in December. Family members recently reached out to Nyman about money raised for medical expenses, then turned to Sandusky police, after becoming suspicious. Investigators found Nyman transferred much of the money from the donation account to his personal account. They also learned Nyman made large cash withdrawals, and used the money for personal expenditures. If convicted, Nyman faces up to 18 months in prison.

 

A Willard man has been charged, in connection with a multi-county stolen car ring.

So far, Eddie Tackett is charged with motor vehicle theft, with more charges expected against him and others. Authorities recovered more than 20 stolen cars in Ashland County. They believe the cars were taken from Huron County, and the surrounding area. The investigation continues.

 

An update, on Monday’s fatal car-motorcycle crash near Plymouth.

The highway patrol says 65-year-old Billy D. Jones of Willard was killed, when his motorcycle was hit head-on, on State Route 61. The driver of the car, Jennifer Woodhull of Shelby was flown from the scene to Grant Hospital in Columbus. Her condition is unknown. The highway patrol is investigating the crash.

 

In sports…

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has named Brian Hoyer as the team’s starting quarterback for the season opener in Pittsburg.  He announced his decision this morning. 

J.T. Barrett will be Ohio State’s starting quarterback when the Buckeyes open the season against Navy.  The announcement was made after Ohio State confirmed Braxton Miller will miss the upcoming season after re-injuring his right shoulder.

The Cleveland Indians rallied from 5 down to beat the Twins, 7-5.  Game two of the three game series is set for 8:10 tonight at Target Field.  You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The city of Norwalk’s upper reservoir is closed off, after water plant personnel detected a possible harmful algae bloom similar to the one in Toledo.

The discovery was made yesterday. According to Public Works Director Josh Snyder, there are no similar blooms in the other two reservoirs. Norwalk’s drinking water is produced from water in the lower reservoir, and is unaffected by the bloom in the upper reservoir. The algae in the upper reservoir is capable of producing toxins harmful to humans and pets.

City officials treated the upper reservoir with chemicals last night, after receiving the okay from the EPA. Workers are watching it closely, for a re-application. In the meantime, no boats are allowed in the upper reservoir, and no humans or pets should have any contact with water in the upper reservoir.

 

A head-on car/motorcycle crash has left one person dead.

The accident occurred shortly before 3 yesterday afternoon on State Route 61 in Plymouth Township. According to the highway patrol, the car veered left of center, and hit the motorcycle head-on. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at a hospital in Shelby. The driver of the car was flown to a Columbus hospital. Names will be released later today.

 

Unemployment was up last month in Huron County and nearly all surrounding counties.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, unemployment in Huron County increased by two percent to 8.8 percent.  That’s fourth highest in Ohio.  Jobless rates increased slightly in Erie, Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Ashland and Richland Counties.  Only Lorain County saw a slight decrease.

 

According to the U.S. Labor Department, Ohio lost more than 12,000 jobs in July, by far the worst in the nation.

Economists say the losses show Ohio counties to lag behind other states in recovering jobs lost during the recession.

 

The Sandusky County Fair begins today, in Fremont.

 

Two-way traffic has been restored along Norwalk’s Benedict Avenue.

But, Elm at Benedict remains closed. It should re-open in about two weeks.

 

With school starting tomorrow in Norwalk, a reminder that traffic patterns will be altered on Christie Avenue.

During school mornings only, left turns will be prohibited from Christie onto Benedict, and Christie onto Norwood.

 

 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Tomorrow’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth $160 million.

The cash option is worth $95 million.

 

There’s more information about a fatal ambulance accident in Mansfield.

A patient was killed, in the Friday night rollover crash at I-71 and State Route 13. The victim was identified as 56-year-old Michael Willis of Cleveland. He was being transported from a Cleveland hospital, to one in Columbus, when the ambulance smashed through a guardrail, and flipped over several times. Willis was ejected, and was pronounced dead at the scene. An EMT and the driver were taken to a nearby hospital, for treatment of minor injuries. The highway patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

The highway patrol has announced plans for another DUI checkpoint.

More information will be released later this week.

 

The Perkins police department is taking part in the national ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign.

Through Labor Day, increased patrols will be used, to look for impaired drivers.

 

Erie County deputies are investigating an alleged sex offense against a five-year-old Margaretta Township girl.

The alleged crimes occurred a year ago, but the child just recently came forward with details. So far, no one has been arrested.

 

A weekend power surge at Cedar Point left some visitors stranded on rides.

Amusement park officials said the ‘power bump’ caused several roller coasters to stop mid-ride, but riders were safely evacuated.  Among the rides affected: the Millennium Force and the Iron Dragon.  The park remained open while affected rides were inspected for safety.

 

A top honor, for Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted a three-year accreditation with commendation to the cancer program at Fisher-Titus. Among the requirements to earn accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 quality care standards. Fisher-Titus  has been accredited since 1989. There are 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals.

 

The figures are in for July and they show more than 69-hundred entities filed new business-applications with the state…down from 73-hundred a year ago.

And the percentage of people launching ON-LINE businesses has jumped from 20-percent to 33-percent over the past year.

 

The 93rd annual Huron County Fair is in the books.

The Lorain County Fair begins today, in Wellington. The Sandusky County Fair starts tomorrow in Fremont.