Thursday, October 8, 2015

Maintenance at refineries in the Midwest is being blamed for yesterday’s gas price increase.

At some stations, pump prices increased 30 cents or more, to $2.59.


An update, on the trial of former Put-in-Bay police chief Ric Lampela.

Yesterday, visiting judge James Hoover acquitted Lampela of dereliction of duty and falsification. With Tuesday’s dismissal of a second charge of falsification, Lampela is facing one remaining charge, aggravated menacing. Since Lampela opted for a bench trial, Judge Hoover will rule on the remaining charge.


With the arrests of two people, Sandusky police believe they’ve solved a recent rash of business break-ins.

53-year-old Gary Simcox is facing charges of breaking and entering and criminal damaging, while 40-year-old Kathleen George is charged with breaking and entering, theft, criminal damaging and possession of drugs. More charges are expected against both. The two are accused of breaking into Pizza House West and Pizza House East, Marco’s Pizza, Jack’s Deli, Nachos Restaurant, Tokyo Rock, Butts ‘N More, and MHD Corporation. Simcox and George remain in the Erie County Jail.


The mayor’s race in the city of Norwalk features two men—incumbent Republican Rob Duncan, and Independent challenger Ryan McDonnell.

Both men will be in the spotlight at 7:30 next Wednesday night on 95.3, WLKR. Duncan and McDonnell will answer various questions, and will offer other thoughts and comments. If you have a question for Duncan and/or McDonnell, simply e-mail it to Questions must be received by 5pm Monday.


The Norwalk High School Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominations through November 13th, for the 2016 Hall of Fame class.

There are three different categories: academic, athletic and distinguished citizen. Nomination forms are on the Norwalk City Schools website, or at Norwalk High School. The Norwalk High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 30th, at the Norwalk-Bellevue boy’s basketball game.


To Willard, where city officials may consider a plan to close city hall an hour earlier each day.

If approved, city hall would close at 4pm. The change could begin next year.


Monday is Columbus Day, a federal holiday.

Local, state and federal government offices will be closed, along with most banks. Trash pickup will stay on its normal schedule.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fog caused a few school delays this morning.

If and when school is delayed or closed, we’ll have the information on the air every 10 minutes, starting at 6am. You’ll also find a complete list on our website.


We’ll know in about five months, if the city of Norwalk is getting a new fire station.

Last night, Norwalk City Council approved legislation placing the issue on the March, 2016 primary ballot. According to council president Steve Euton, the decision was unanimous. If Norwalk voters approve the issue, the city will be able to use $3.5 million in trust fund money, to build a new fire station. The money in the trust fund is from the early 1970’s sale of Norwalk’s old light plant.


A new poll shows Governor John Kasich is trailing other GOP presidential hopefuls in Ohio.

The Quinnipiac University poll shows Ohio Republicans favor Donald Trump over Dr. Ben Carson, 23% to 17%. Kasich was third, with 13% of the vote. The poll also shows Ohio Democrats favor Hillary Clinton over Vice-President Joe Biden, 40%-21%.


An Oxford Township man is facing several charges, after crashing his truck into his neighbor’s Mason Road home.

36-year-old Bobby Hupp is charged with DUI, driving under suspension, failure to control, menacing and disorderly conduct. According to reports, Hupp hit the house Friday night, causing damage to the exterior. He’s also accused of threatening the homeowner. After a short investigation, deputies arrested Hupp, and took him to the Erie County Jail.


Today’s the day Huron County residents can check out the county’s new optical scan voting machines.

An open house will be held between 5 and 7 tonight, at the Huron County Board of Elections Office, in the county administration building on Milan Avenue in Norwalk.


Testimony will resume this afternoon, in the trial of former Put-in-Bay Police Chief Ric Lampela.

He’s facing charges of dereliction of duty, aggravated menacing and falsification. Yesterday, the prosecution dismissed a second count of falsification. The charges are tied to alleged incidents that date back to 2003.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is set to announce more than $50 million in grants that will be distributed, as part of a new initiative to help victims of crime in the Buckeye State.

He’ll also detail several new programs that will be developed as a result of the funding. DeWine’s announcement will begin at 2 this afternoon, in Columbus.


Also in Columbus…

The Ohio House and Senate are expected to give final approval to a charter school reform bill. If approved, the measure would tighten operations of a $1 billion charter school industry.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

If it looks like a major disaster, don’t worry, it’s just a drill.

Local agencies, organizations and first responders will spend some of Wednesday, working on emergency preparedness. Tomorrow’s mock drill will involve a simulated chemical incident at a location in Erie County, requiring the activation of various emergency plans, including decontamination and treatment facilities. More than 350 people from police and fire, area hospitals, Erie County agencies, local organizations and schools will take part in the exercise. The public may see a large police and fire presence, and the setup of decontamination tents at the mock incident location and at local hospitals. Responders may be dressed in full protective equipment while helping mock victims. Tomorrow’s exercise will begin at 9am, and will conclude by early afternoon.


Two area fugitives are behind bars today.

42-year-old David Turpin of Fremont, and 26-year-old Brittney Lesher of Republic were captured by Perkins police, while having lunch at China Dragon Buffett on Milan Road. Area authorities, along with U.S. Marshals had been searching for the two. As we told you yesterday, Turpin is facing burglary charges in connection with two break-ins in Bellevue…He had been at-large since July. Lesher was wanted for violating probation.


Law enforcement officers are looking for an Ohio Walmart manager accused of stealing $117,000 from the store’s safe.

According to various reports, 36-year-old Nicholas Sibbio of Stow swiped the money from Walmart in Fairlawn early Sunday morning. Surveillance video shows the assistant night manager stuffing the cash into Walmart bags, then leaving about halfway through his shift. He hasn’t been seen since. Sibbio is now wanted for grand theft.


The trial of former Put-In-Bay Police Chief Ric Lampela began this morning in Ottawa County Municipal Court.

Lampela is charged with two counts of falsification, and one count each of dereliction of duty and aggravated menacing. He’s accused of covering up two rapes, and threatening the victims if they filed criminal complaints. Lampela opted for a bench trial, meaning a judge, not a jury will decide his guilt or innocence.


The city of Norwalk’s annual brush pickup is scheduled for the week of October 26th.

That’s also the final week for curbside yard waste collection.


Absentee voting is underway throughout Ohio.

Along with three statewide issues, the ballot features a number of local issues, and races for mayor, city and village council, township trustees and school board.


Monday, October 5, 2015

The city of Vermilion held its 43rd Annual Woolly Bear festival yesterday, and if you believe the furry little creatures, good things could be ahead, in terms of winter weather.

Based on the thickness of the coat of the Woolly Bear, Fox 8 meteorologist Dick Goddard says it should be a relatively mild winter. If you’re wondering…a Woolly Bear is a moth caterpillar with woolly hairs.


By order of Governor John Kasich, flags are being flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds throughout Ohio until sunset tomorrow, in honor of the lives lost in Roseburg, Oregon.


To Sandusky, where an early Sunday morning shooting put one man in the hospital, and another in jail.

24-year-old Tevin Strauder was hit by a bullet, during a scuffle near 7-Eleven on Camp Street. He was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The alleged shooter, 24-year-old Min Derryl Jones Jr. of Sandusky was arrested at the scene, and was charged with felonious assault, having a weapon under disability and tampering with evidence. He was taken to the Erie County Jail. A second person, 30-year-old Alton Wraggs of Sandusky was charged with misconduct during an emergency, for refusing to cooperate with police at the scene. He was later released.


The U.S. Marshal’s Office is now assisting area law enforcement officers, in the search for fugitives.

One is 42-year-old David Turpin of Fremont. He had been jailed, in connection with two Bellevue burglaries. He’s been at-large since July, when he was released from jail to attend his mother’s funeral. The other fugitive is 26-year-old Brittany Lesher of Republic. She’s wanted for violating probation. While her alleged crime is less serious, U.S. Marshal’s are looking for her, because she’s traveling with Turpin.


Tomorrow night is when Norwalk City Council is expected to decide on a measure asking voters to allow officials to use trust fund money, to build a new fire station.

If approved by city council, the issue would be placed on the March, 2016 primary ballot. Officials want permission to use $3.5 million, from the early 1970’s sale of Norwalk’s old light plant.


The former CEO of Ohio-based Longaberger is suing the basket-making company and its parent company for $1 million.

Tami Longaberger said she loaned the money last year, when the company was going through a severe cash crisis. She now says the company hasn’t paid any principal or interest. Longaberger’s parent company has until October 12th to respond to the suit.


If your license has been suspended by Huron County’s Child Support Enforcement Agency, there’s a chance to ‘get back in the driver’s seat.’

The Child Support Enforcement Unit is hosting a ‘License Amnesty Week’, October 26th through the 30th, for those who have had their driver’s license suspended for non-payment of support. Four steps must be followed: You must speak with a child support caseworker that week, and fill out an updated information sheet; you must work with a caseworker to create or update your resume; you must register with OhioMeansJobs, Huron County, and pay $50 in cash on each of your child support obligations.


Dr. Andrew Kurtz has been named permanent dean of BGSU-Firelands in Huron.

Kurtz had been serving as interim dean since June. Before that, Kurtz served as the college’s executive associate dean, and was responsible for many of BGSU-Firelands daily operations. Kurtz joined the college in 1997, as a full-time English professor, and steadily moved up.


A reminder…Today is the deadline to register to vote, or update voter information in time for the November 3rd general election.

Absentee voting begins tomorrow. As we told you Friday, voters can check out Huron County’s new voting machines during Wednesday’s open house at the Board of Elections Office in Norwalk. Open house hours will be 10am until noon, and 5 until 7.