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Monday, December 15, 2014

Two men from Oregon state were arrested last week, after they were caught with a substantial amount of marijuana.

The two were arrested, after they were pulled over for speeding on the Ohio Turnpike, near the Route 250 exit in Milan. During the stop, a trooper smelled raw marijuana. A search of the car turned up cookies with pot, and marijuana wrapped like Christmas gifts. The men were taken to the Erie County Jail.

Records show Governor John Kasich spent more than $17 million, in his bid for re-election.

His chief opponent, Democrat Ed Fitzgerald spent about $4.6 million. Kasich won re-election, with nearly two-thirds of the vote.

Meanwhile, State Senator Gayle Manning spent more than $1 million, to remain in office.

Her opponent, Marcus Madison spent approximately $55,000. Manning represents the 13th district, which includes Huron and Lorain counties.

Bankruptcy is looming for Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation, the operator of Horseshoe Casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Las Vegas-based Caesar’s owns or operates 52 casinos worldwide. The company generated $8.6 billion in revenue over 12 months, but lost $3.5 billion during the same period. Part of the problem: annual interest payments alone are $2 billion. Caesar’s has closed three casinos this year. Even if the company files for bankruptcy protection, experts say casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati won’t be affected.

A bizarre story out of Columbus…

A man who smashed his pickup truck into a school bus claims he crashed, because he was being assaulted. The driver said he was weaving through traffic at a high rate of speed Friday morning, trying to get to police headquarters, because his girlfriend was beating him with a pop can. But the man’s truck slammed into a school bus at Broad and High streets, pushing the bus onto the sidewalk. Two people crossing the street were hit. One, a 21-year-old Ohio State student was killed. The other, the city’s engineer suffered serious injuries. Three special needs students on the bus were unharmed. The bus driver suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the pickup and his girlfriend remain hospitalized. Columbus police continue to investigate the crash.

Tomorrow night is when Norwalk City Council will pay tribute to Bob Carleton.

The second-ward councilman passed away last month, at age 72. A resolution honoring and commemorating Carleton is expected to be approved, during tomorrow night’s meeting of city council. The meeting will be the first for Carleton’s replacement, Erin Smetzer.

The Erie County Engineer’s office is considering dropping the speed limit, along some of Campbell Street in Perkins Township.

If approved, Campbell, between Bell Avenue and Bogart Road would drop from 55 to 45 miles per hour. A decision could come next week.


This Saturday is when Willard High School’s baseball and softball teams will hold a fundraiser for the ALS Association.

A silent auction featuring signed Major League Baseball memorabilia will be held in the Willard High School Commons Area during the boy’s basketball game against Bellevue.  Bidding will end at halftime of the varsity game.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A boil advisory remains in effect for the village of Bay View.

It was issued late yesterday morning, after a water main break. It should be lifted by late this afternoon or early evening.


Norwalk City Council has a new member.

Erin Smetzer will represent the second ward. She was appointed yesterday. She’s filling the seat of longtime councilman Bob Carleton, who died last month. Smetzer is a Norwalk native, and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford. She’s the owner and administrator of Junior Explorers Child Development Center.


A man who recently won election to the statehouse was in court yesterday, to plead ‘not guilty’ to three felony charges.

Steve Kraus is charged with burglary, breaking and entering and theft. He’s accused of stealing valuables from a home in Danbury Township this past spring. Kraus is scheduled to stand trial in April. He’s currently free on bond. Kraus beat Chris Redfern in the race for Ohio’s 89th House district, which includes Erie and Ottawa counties. It’s not known if Kraus will be sworn into office next month.


A Norwalk Middle School student was rushed to the hospital yesterday, after he was hit by a car while walking home from school.

The accident occurred shortly after 2:30 on Norwood Avenue. Witnesses told police the 14-year-old boy crossed the street, and was darting between cars, when he was hit. The boy was taken by ambulance to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. His injuries weren’t considered life-threatening. So far, no charges have been filed.


A former nurse from Bellevue is facing nearly 40 felony charges, for allegedly stealing prescription medication from patients.

37-year-old Andrea Alley is charged with 23 counts of illegal processing of drug documents, and 16 counts of theft of dangerous drugs. Alley was a nurse at Windsor Lane Healthcare Center in Gibsonburg. She was fired in July, after nursing home officials investigated allegations against her. The case will be turned over to a grand jury.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Old State Road in Norwalk will be open to traffic as normal tomorrow.

New water and service lines are installed, and are working. More work, including pavement widening will take place in the spring.

One more vote, and so-called “red light cameras” will likely become history.

The Ohio House has passed a bill that requires a law enforcement officer to be present for tickets at all traffic cameras. Critics of the measure say the mandate would make such cameras too expensive to operate. The measure is off to the Senate for a vote.

2015 may be the year Ohio has a ‘sales tax holiday.’

A House Committee has approved the measure. It now awaits a vote by the full House. If approved, it would establish August 7th, 8th and 9th of next year as days when certain school supplies, clothes and instructional materials would be exempt from county and state sales taxes. It won’t include computers or tablets, or sports equipment.

Erie County deputies are investigating an early Tuesday morning ATM theft, in Margaretta Township.

According to reports, a thief used a sledgehammer and a crowbar to smash open an ATM at Bayside Tavern and Drive-Thru. The crime was caught on video, but the man’s face was covered, and he wore gloves and heavy clothing. He made off with more than $2,000.

A Democrat from Cincinnati says he has the votes, to be named the state party’s next Chairman.

David Pepper claims he has the support of nearly two-thirds of the Ohio Democratic Party’s executive committee. A formal vote is expected next week. Pepper is a former Hamilton County Commissioner who ran unsuccessfully last month for Ohio Attorney General. Party chairman Chris Redfern announced his resignation, after Republicans swept statewide offices, during the November election.

Today’s the day a book about Norwalk High School basketball is released.

Norwalk’s Championship: A Historic State Title, and the Maligned City That Embraced It will be sold at Sheri’s Coffee House between 3 and 6 today and tomorrow, and between 9am and noon Saturday. The book is 166 pages long, and costs $20. It was written by Mark Hazelwood, a Norwalk resident, and Sports Editor of the Sandusky Register.


After weeks of rumors, it’s now official.

The Sandusky Bay Conference will expand by absorbing the entire six-team Sandusky River League and adding Vermilion.  The expansion will begin with the 2016-2017 school year and the 15-team conference will consist of two divisions:  Bay and River.  For football and wrestling, the Bay Division will consist of Clyde, Edison, Huron, Oak Harbor, Perkins, Port Clinton and Vermilion.  The River Division will consist of Margaretta and current Sandusky River League teams Lakota, Fremont St. Joseph, Sandusky St. Mary, Fostoria St. Wendelin and Tiffin Calvert.  For all other sports, Margaretta will be in the Bay Division with two other SRL members, New Riegel and Old Fort participating in the River Division.  In most sports, there will be two divisions with a champion crowned in each and crossover games for schools that are interested.


SBC President Jeff Goodwin will join us live during this Saturday’s Locker Room Show to talk more about the expansion.

The Locker Room airs from 9 until 10am.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A third arrest has been made, in connection with a multi-county burglary ring.

28-year-old Jamie Brant of Monroeville is facing one count of receiving stolen property. Brant’s brother—James Brant—and Katherine Straughn of Bellevue are key suspects as well. Both were arrested last week. All three are accused of breaking into homes and businesses in Huron, Seneca and Ottawa counties. Deputies have recovered $50,000 worth of stolen items. More arrests are possible.


A Willard man accused of manufacturing crystal meth is going to prison.

36-year-old Billy J. Kilgore was sentenced yesterday to 18 months behind bars. Kilgore was arrested by Willard police in late June.


A former Clyde man who stole numerous grave ornaments must pay nearly $8,000 restitution.

In addition, 25-year-old Jeffery Huey of Solon must serve three years probation. Huey was arrested in June of 2013, after detectives learned he had stolen urns, benches and more from graves in Michigan, all the way to Sandusky. He was caught in the act, after authorities placed a hidden camera at the Oakland Cemetery in Perkins Township.


The Huron County Commissioners continue to work on the 2015 budget.

An interim budget must be in place by the end of this month. The final budget must be approved by March 31st.


A Norwalk woman injured in a car-semi truck crash in Milan remains in critical condition.

27-year-old Dawn Weatherspoon was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, after Monday’s crash at Routes 250 and 13. The highway patrol continues to investigate the crash.


The Ohio Senate has approved a bill legalizing firecrackers, bottle rockets and other consumer-grade fireworks.

Currently, Ohioans can buy consumer-grade fireworks, but must sign paperwork saying they’re taking them out of state within 48 hours. Senate Bill 386 would change that, and would tax fireworks at four percent to fund firefighter training and enforcement. It does give counties and townships the power to ban fireworks, or restrict dates and times when fireworks could be set off. The measure was sent to the Ohio House for a vote.


Statewide gambling revenue was down 11 percent in November.

Figures from the state show the biggest drop was at the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, were revenues fell 20 percent, compared to last year. Revenues fell by 10 percent at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, five percent at the Hollywood Casino Toledo, and four percent at Hollywood Casino Columbus.