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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Six area high school football teams are ranked in this week’s statewide poll.

In Division III, Norwalk is down one spot to #6, while Clyde remains 10th.  In Division IV, Bellevue is back in the poll at 14th.  In Division V, Huron has moved up one spot to number 9.  And in Division VII, St. Paul remains at #5, while Plymouth is ranked 11th.

District volleyball begins tonight at Willard High School.  In Division IV, two state-ranked teams, St. Paul and Buckeye Central will play at 6.  After that, it’s state-ranked Monroeville and South Central.


Mental health issues may have played a role, in a bizarre high-speed chase involving a semi-truck.

The driver, 61-year-old Ronald Weaver of Tennessee was hospitalized, after Sunday’s chase. Weaver fled Dollar General in Sandusky, after employees confronted him about shoplifting an armful of items. He drove his rig west into Ottawa, Lucas and Wood counties, before he was stopped on I-75 near Bowling Green. Law enforcement officers used ‘stop sticks’ multiple times during the chase. When it ended, some of Weaver’s tires were completely off the rims. All told, the chase lasted 75 miles and an hour and 15 minutes, with speeds up to 95 miles per hour. Weaver was taken to a Toledo hospital, for a mental health evaluation. He’s currently charged with fleeing and eluding, with more charges pending.


The highway patrol has released information, about a major drug bust, on the Ohio Turnpike.

260 pounds of marijuana, worth $1.3 million dollars, was discovered during a routine traffic stop last Thursday in Wood County. During the stop, a trooper smelled raw marijuana, leading to a search that turned up nine duffel bags full of pot. Two people, Tiffany Samuels of Pittsburgh, and Santos Romero of Las Vegas were jailed on charges of marijuana trafficking and possession.


A Perkins Township girl missing for several weeks has been found, in Dubuque, Iowa.

15-year-old Chyanne Crawford-Nickles was found, safe and sound Saturday. She had been missing since early September.

 

Ohio is getting much-needed funds to help fight the state’s Ebola crisis.

Lawmakers have approved spending $800,000 for protective clothing and the cleanup of places where the virus might be present.

 

Unemployment in Huron County and the surrounding area decreased in September, according to new figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Huron County’s jobless rate was 6.1 percent last month compared to 6.6 percent in August.  Erie County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly to 4.6 percent.  Jobless rates also went down in Lorain, Ashland, Richland, Crawford, Seneca and Sandusky Counties.


Election Day is two weeks from today.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Officials with Fisher-Titus Medical Center and the Huron County Health District have announced plans to hold a community forum, about Ebola.

It’s scheduled for 7pm tonight, in the auditorium of the Main Street School. During the forum, Huron County Health Commissioner Tim Hollinger and Dr. Shankar Kurra, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Fisher-Titus will provide a brief update on Ebola, then will answer questions. The public is encouraged to attend tonight’s forum.

 

State health officials say there are NO cases of Ebola in Ohio, but the Ohio Department of Health is monitoring more than 150 people.

Three of those are being quarantined, but remain at low-risk.

 

This week’s in-person early voting hours at the Board of Elections Office: Today through Friday, 8am until 5pm, and Saturday, 8 until 4.

 

A Tennessee trucker is in jail, for leading authorities on a four-county, high-speed chase in a semi-truck last night.

According to the highway patrol, 61-year-old Ronald Weaver allegedly stole items from Dollar General in Sandusky, then fled in his Kenworth rig. Troopers and other law enforcement officers pursued Weaver through parts of Erie, Ottawa, Lucas and Wood counties. Heavy-duty stop sticks were deployed multiple times during the chase, until the semi went off the road on I-75 in Wood County. The chase lasted about an hour and 15 minutes, and reached speeds of 95 miles per hour. Weaver was taken into custody without incident. So far, he’s facing a single charge of fleeing and eluding, with more charges expected.

 

Two local fugitives on the run since late last week were found and arrested last night.

According to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old John Youngless III of New London, and 24-year-old Brittany Fernekees of Greenwich were caught by a bail bondsman. Authorities had been searching for Youngless since Friday morning. He had slipped away from the Huron County Courthouse after declining a plea agreement on drug charges. Authorities said after fleeing the courthouse, he met up with Fernekees. She was wanted, on felony drug charges. Both were taken to the Huron County Jail.

 

It could be a big weekend at Whitney Field in Norwalk.

Friday night, the Norwalk Truckers can clinch at least a share of this year’s NOL football championship. Norwalk will host Shelby. The Whippets are coming off an incredible 83-82 overtime loss to Tiffin Columbian. Saturday, the St. Paul Flyers will host Mapleton. A win by the Flyers will give the defending Firelands Conference champs at least a share of this year’s title.

 

Old State Road, between Executive Drive and State Route 18 is scheduled to be closed today through Thursday, from 7:30am until 6pm, as crews begin work on a waterline replacement project.

Friday will be used as a special work or makeup day.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

No doubt you noticed yesterday’s sudden and steep increase at the pumps.

Gas prices jumped by as much as 44 cents, to $3.19 a gallon. No real reason was given.

 

Today is National Grouch Day.

It’s also National ‘I Love Lucy’ Day in honor of the hit TV show that made its debut October 15th, 1951.

 

The State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that left one person dead.

It occurred at approximately 7 this morning on State Route 99 in Groton Township.  A male driver was killed when his car hit the trailer of a semi that was backing into the driveway of Miller’s Poultry Products.  We’ll have more as details become available.

 

Yesterday, we told you about the Norwalk Police Department taking steps, to acquire new guns.

The department wants to trade in its current Sig-Sauers, to help defray the cost of 35 new Glock 9 mm handguns. Now, Sandusky police are getting new Tasers. The city commissioners have accepted more than $12,000 in grant money, to cover most of the cost of 13 Tasers.

 

The Red Cross has kicked off a campaign, in hopes of reducing deaths and injuries from house fires, by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.

While working smoke detectors are important, the group’s Anne Marie Borrego says an escape plan is equally important. Fire experts estimate people have as little as two minutes to escape. The majority of people believe they have at least five minutes.

 

The speed limit will soon change, on two heavily-traveled Norwalk streets.

Westwind Drive will go from 35, to 25 miles-per-hour. Republic Street will go from 25, to 35.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education is considering a proposal by the Ohio School Boards Association to help with the search for a new superintendent.

For $6,900, OSBA would accept applications, screen them by using active and retired superintendents and then offer a list of first-rounders, along with identical scripted questions to ask during interviews.  OSBA would also offer help during second-round and subsequent interviews.  Officials said the process should take roughly 3 1/2 months.  A decision on hiring OSBA could come next month.

 

There’s a new website offered by the state, designed to help Ohioans with disabilities find jobs.

The website—OhioMeansAccesibility—also provides potential employers with details about hiring incentives, workplace accommodations and employment law. Again, the website is OhioMeansAccesibility.

 

Northern Ohio families who use propane to heat their homes should get some relief this winter.

The ‘Ohio Propane Gas Association’ says more propane is being produced in the state this year and a better delivery system is in place.  Last year’s brutal cold temperatures and heavy snow resulted in propane shortages.

 

The clock is ticking, on Cedar Point’s Mantis.

This Sunday will be the final time riders can ride the roller coaster, before it closes, and is transformed into the new Rougarou coaster, in time for the 2015 season. Cedar Point will be giving all guests who ride Mantis on Sunday, a free limited-edition button. Special Mantis prize packs will be given to select guests.

 

In recent years, more and more stores are opening earlier and earlier…launching Black Friday Sales on Thanksgiving.

This year, Macy’s says they will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 27th…two hours earlier than last year.

 

A Lancaster, Ohio man is in the Summit County Jail accused of impersonating a police officer.

David Scofield was nabbed on I-76 when he pulled over an off-duty police officer.  Investigators said Scofield’s car was disguised as a police cruiser, he had guns, a uniform and a bulletproof vest.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Norwalk Police Department is warning businesses and retail shops that fake $100 bills are being passed in the Maple City and the surrounding area.

The counterfeit bills appear to be very well done, and can easily be mistaken for real $100 bills. Police are urging businesses to make every effort to ensure $100 bills are real. If there’s any doubt, businesses and employees should contact the Norwalk Police Department at 419-668-3311. 9-1-1 may be called, if a person trying to pass counterfeit money is present.

 

Speaking of the Norwalk Police Department…

Chief Dave Light is seeking approval from city council, to trade in the department’s current handguns, for 35 new ones. The department wants to replace its Sig-Sauer guns, with 9 mm Glock handguns. Many of the police department’s current guns are nearly 10 years old.

 

A problem at an Ohio Edison substation in Wakeman is responsible for an outage affecting about 3,000 people.

Crews are at the scene, but its unknown when power will be fully restored.

 

Erie County deputies are investigating the theft of several thousand of dollars worth of Halloween and Christmas decorations, from Admiral Pointe Nursing Home in Huron.

It’s believed the items were swiped from a storage unit in early October. The theft could destroy the nursing home’s annual Halloween event. Anyone with information should contact the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.

 

This Saturday is when Edison High School will host its annual marching band review, featuring eight area marching bands.

Things will get underway at 7pm. This year’s lineup includes Buckeye Central, Clyde, Genoa, Monroeville, Norwalk, South Central, Willard, and of course, Edison, along with the Edison mini-majorettes. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $4 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased at the gate, starting at 5:30.

The Edison Marching band is also hosting a canned food drive. Donations of five non-expired canned foods will receive one free ticket. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is Josh Boose, from Cleveland’s News Channel 5. Boose is a former Edison High School marching band member, and an alumnus of the school’s Show Choir and Theater Department.

 

There’s a new website offered by the state designed to help Ohioans with disabilities find jobs.

The website—OhioMeansAccesibility—also provides potential employers with details about hiring incentives, workplace accommodations and employment law.  Again, the website is OhioMeansAccesibility.

 

In sports…

The Maple City has two top-5 football teams.  Norwalk is up two spots to number five in this week’s Division III poll, while St. Paul is ranked 5th in Division VII.  Also in the poll:  Clyde is number 10 in Division III; Huron 12th in Division V and Plymouth 11th in Division VII. 

The Cavs’ preseason continues tonight at the Q.  The Cavaliers will take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 7 and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.