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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Two Norwalk residents are in the Huron County Jail this morning, facing child abuse and drug charges.

27-year-old Andrew Scott Missler is accused of badly beating his girlfriend’s seven-year-old daughter. He’s been charged with assault, permitting child abuse and several counts of cocaine and heroin possession.

His girlfriend, 27-year-old Amy Holtz is facing identical charges. Both are due in court next Tuesday.

Missler is accused of using a belt to beat the girl multiple times, leaving the girl bruised all over. According to reports, Holtz knew of the beatings, but did nothing to stop them. Deputies and Children’s Services were alerted by school employees. The girl, along with two younger siblings are now staying with a relative.


We now know exactly when the Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland.

Officials said yesterday the convention will be held July 18-21 of 2016.


As expected, a division of Caesar’s Entertainment has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Caesar’s Entertainment Operating Company is trying to get out from more than $18 billion in debt. The filing won’t affect casinos in Cleveland or Cincinnati.


An ISIS supporter from Cincinnati was arrested yesterday, after federal authorities said he planned to bomb the U.S. Capitol.

FBI agents arrested 20-yearold Christopher Cornell, at a range and gun shop. He had just bought two semi-automatic guns, and about 600 rounds of ammo. According to the FBI, Cornell planned to build, plant and set off pipe bombs at and near the U.S. Capitol building. He also planned to shoot officials and employees trying to escape.


Between 9 and 3 today is when water service will be shut off along Norwalk’s Rosedale Boulevard.

Crews will replace a water line valve. The project was originally scheduled for Monday.


The search continues, for a Sandusky man missing since last Friday.

29-year-old AJ Fresch was last seen Friday afternoon, after parking his car in the downtown parking garage, then walking toward the Sandusky Library. Police have tried to track him via cell phone, but his phone has been off. Anyone with information should contact the Sandusky Police Department.

 

Elementary students in Vermilion will have to wait until next year to enjoy classes in the district’s new building.

Construction of the new Vermilion Elementary School has been delayed.  It was scheduled to be complete by early December with students moving in after the winter break.  Now, it appears construction won’t be complete until sometime in March.  Noting possible disruptions in a mid-semester move, school officials agreed to delay switching to the new building until the new school year.

 

If you’re expecting a tax refund, you may have to wait.

There’s word that federal income tax refunds might be delayed due to budget cuts.  And state income tax refunds may be delayed because of a new ‘fraud filter’ being installed to catch phony tax returns.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Ohio State Buckeyes are champions of the college football world.

The Buckeyes topped Oregon 42-20 in the first-ever College Football Playoff national championship game. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

Today’s the day Norwalk residents will be able to share their thoughts, as the Board of Education prepares to find a new superintendent.

A consultant with the Ohio School Boards Association will meet with community members at noon and 6 today, in the Fisher-Titus Learning Center at Norwalk High School. She’ll accept input, and discuss three main areas: major issues facing the district, performance expectations for the next superintendent, and personal and professional expectations to be sought in the next superintendent. The consultant will meet with meet with administrators, teachers and support staff during the afternoon hours.

Tom Dunlap will serve as president of the Huron County Commissioners in 2015.He was elected, during yesterday’s re-organizational meeting.

Gary Bauer was elected vice-president. The commissioners will continue to meet every Tuesday, and the first and third Thursdays of each month, at the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk. If you plan to address the commission, you’ll need to sign in, and you’ll have three minutes to speak, during the public participation portion of each meeting.

Bill Monoghan will again serve as president of the Erie County Commissioners.

He’s been president since 2009. Tom Ferrell was chosen to serve as vice-president.

A water line valve replacement project along Norwalk’s Rosedale Boulevard has been bumped to later this week.

Work was scheduled to be done yesterday, but it was moved to Thursday. That means no water along Rosedale between 9 and 3 this Thursday.

A new contract has been approved between the city of Willard, and the police union.

The three-year deal calls for a three percent raise the first year, 2.5 percent the second year, and a two percent raise in year three.

 

 


Monday, January 12, 2015

It’s Game Day.

Ohio State and Oregon will play for college football’s National Championship. Tonight’s game kicks off at 8:30. Pregame coverage starts at 7, on 95.3 WLKR.

 

Snow shut down schools throughout Huron County today.

A few Erie County schools went on a two-hour delay.  Conditions promoted Level 1 snow emergencies in Huron and Erie Counties.


The Huron County Commissioners will meet this morning, to set up 2015.

The commissioners will elect a president and vice-president, and will set meeting times and more. The special re-organizational meeting will begin at 9am, at the Huron County Administration Building.


If you live along Norwalk’s Rosedale Boulevard, you won’t have water between 9 and 3 today.

Crews will be replacing a water line valve. A boil advisory will be in effect for 24 hours, once water service has been restored along Rosedale Boulevard.

 

Governor John Kasich has his second inaugural today, the same day as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Oregon Ducks.

Kasich has beer, lasagna and chocolate Buckeyes on the line in a bet with Oregon’s governor.


A Sandusky woman is in trouble, accused of stealing money from her employer.

Surveillance video showed Michelle Price taking $500 from a safe at Denny’s Restaurant last Thursday night. She went back for more later that night, but was caught by a manager. Price is facing charges of safecracking, theft and attempted theft.

 

A new contract has been approved between the city of Willard and the police union.

The three-year deal calls for a three percent raise the first year, 2.5 percent the second year and a two percent raise in year three.  The previous contract expired last month.

 

A Norwalk man is facing a charge of felony voyeurism for allegedly using a cell phone camera to take pictures of an 11-year-old boy using the restroom at Wal-Mart.

27-year-old Matthew Ball was arrested last week after the boy told a parent.  Ball is due in court this Friday.


 


Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect until 4 this afternoon, for Huron County, and points south and west.

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until 4, for Erie County.


Firefighters had to battle brutally cold temperatures, and a blaze at a home in Ridgefield Township last night.

Firefighters from Monroeville and Norwalk were summoned to the Field Road home  shortly before 7:30. They arrived to find flames coming from a second-floor window. Crews quickly contained the blaze. No one was home at the time. A chimney malfunction was blamed as the cause. Early damage estimates were placed at $100,000.


The Perkins Board of Education has canceled a special session, scheduled for this Saturday.

The school board was set to meet at 7:30am, to discuss personnel, levy options and budget cuts.

 

It’s a chance to offer input into selecting a new superintendent for the Norwalk City Schools.

The board of education has scheduled a series of focus group sessions for next Tuesday at Norwalk High School’s Fisher Titus Learning Center.  A consultant with the Ohio School Boards Association will meet with community members at noon and 6pm.  She’ll also meet with administrators, teachers and support staff during the afternoon.  Among the topics to be discussed: major issues facing the district, performance expectations and personal and professional qualities to be sought in the next superintendent.  The school board hopes to name a new superintendent in the spring.


Water and sewer rates are going up in Norwalk.

Starting with bills received next month, water rates for those living within the city limits will increase from 72 to 78 cents per hundred gallons, while sewer rates will go from 81 to 86 cents per hundred gallons.

For water and sewer customers outside the Norwalk city limits, water rates will increase from $1.44 to $1.56 per hundred gallons. Sewer rates will go from $1.13 to $1.20 per hundred gallons.

Minimum rates for water and sewer are going up as well. The new combined rate for city residents will be $8.20, an increase of 55 cents. For customers outside the city limits, the new minimum rate will be $13.80, an increase of 95 cents.

 

A trade newspaper has given Ohio’s educational system a ‘C’.

In its annual Quality Counts report, Education Week ranked Ohio 18th and gave the Buckeye State a score of 75.8 out of a possible 100.  That’s slightly higher than the national average of 74.3.  The national report card grades are based on factors such as educational financing, student achievement and graduation rates.