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.



Friday, October 2, 2015

It is not a good day to be out on Lake Erie.

A Lakeshore Flood Warning is in effect for Erie, Ottawa and Lucas counties until 10am tomorrow. Northeast gales up to 35 knots will cause waves of 8 to 10 feet, which will contribute to lakeshore flooding and beach erosion.


You may have to dodge some raindrops, if you’re going Sunday’s Woolly Bear Festival in downtown Vermilion.

Ohio’s largest one-day festival begins at 9am, and runs until 6.


Our own Mike Adelman will be laid to rest tomorrow.

A funeral service for Mike will begin at 10:30am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, also in Monroeville. Mike passed away Wednesday. He was 65. He’s survived by his wife Melodie, five children and 14 grandchildren.


When it comes to deer-car crashes, Lorain and Richland counties have been identified as “hotspots.”

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Lorain County ranked second in the state last year, with 510 deer-car crashes. Richland County was third in Ohio, with 503 deer-car crashes.


A Willard man was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center early yesterday morning, after rolling his car on Ridge Road in Bronson Township.

According to reports, 35-year-old Matthew Stevens failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road into a nearby cornfield, and flipped over several times. Stevens was able to free himself, and despite serious injuries, made it to a nearby home to ask for help. The highway patrol believes alcohol was a factor in the crash, and charges are pending.


If you’re voting in Huron County this fall, you’ll notice something different—New optical scan voting machines.

Sharon Locke, Director of the Huron County Board of Elections said a change was necessary, because the county’s touch-screen voting machines were aging, and were becoming prone to failure. An open house will be held between 10-12 and 5 and 7 next Wednesday, to help introduce Huron County voters to the new optical scan machines.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

It is a sad day at the Radio Ranch.

Our own Mike Adelman passed away yesterday afternoon. He was 65. Mike was a man of many talents. He was an account executive here at the Radio Ranch, and you most likely heard him broadcasting Willard High School football and basketball games, or talking about high school sports on Saturday mornings on 95.3, WLKR. In the 1970’s, 80’s and much of the 90’s, Mike worked in a similar capacity at the former Wizard radio station in Shelby. Until his death, Mike served as mayor of Monroeville, and previously served as a Huron County Commissioner. Friends and family may call between 11-8 tomorrow, at the Pfeil Funeral Home in Monroeville. A funeral service will begin at 10:30 Saturday morning, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville.


It’s considered Ohio’s largest one-day festival, and it’s happening this Sunday in Vermilion.

The 43rd annual Woolly Bear Festival will begin at 9am in downtown Vermilion. A complete schedule of events and offerings is online, at


The man responsible for a hit-skip crash in Sandusky turned himself in yesterday afternoon.

29-year-old Brandon Wilson is now facing charges of leaving the scene, and failure to yield. The Highway Patrol said Wilson was turning from the Sandusky Plaza late Tuesday afternoon, and hit a motorcycle driven by 35-year-old Bradley Harrison of Huron. Harrison suffered serious injuries, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Wilson fled the scene on foot.


The Ohio Turnpike is celebrating its 60th anniversary today.

The turnpike fully opened to traffic on October 1st, 1955. When it opened, it had 18 access points. It now has more than 30.


The state of Ohio is getting $1.3 million, to help in the fight against crystal meth.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will help authorities investigate activities tied to the manufacture and distribution of the illicit drug. California, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, New York and Tennessee received identical grants.


Our story on Huron County’s new voting machines will air in tomorrow’s news.

Sharon Locke, Director of the Huron County Board of Elections will talk about the new machines, and she’ll have details on next week’s open house at her office.


In sports…

The Cleveland Indians will NOT play in Major League Baseball’s postseason. Yesterday’s split with the Minnesota Twins, and a Houston win over Seattle finished off any chance a wild-card spot. The Tribe and Twins will finish their series, starting at 7:10 tonight, then the Boston Red Sox will come to Cleveland for a three game series that will end the season.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

It’s a doubleheader day, in Cleveland.

After last night’s rainout, the Indians and Minnesota Twins will play a traditional doubleheader, with game one at 4:10, and game two about a half-hour after the first game. We’ll have both games on 95.3, WLKR. Indians Warm Up will start things off, at 3:37.


Huron County Public Health officials have scheduled a series of drive-thru seasonal flu vaccine clinics.

Those drive-thru clinics will be held in late October and early November. The first one is set for 8 until 11am October 21st, at the Huron County Fairgrounds in Norwalk. A second one is scheduled for 2 until 5pm October 26th, at the Willard Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Huron County Public Health officials will be at St. Mary’s Church in Wakeman between 2-5pm October 29th, and they’ll be at the First Baptist Church in New London from 3 until 5pm November 2nd. Those getting ‘drive-up’ flu shots must be at least 18, and must bring a photo ID and an insurance card. Most insurance types will be accepted.


Ottawa County Commissioner Steve Arndt resigned yesterday, ahead of being sworn in as the newest member of the Ohio House.

As we told you yesterday, Arndt was chosen by Republicans to represent the 89th District, which covers all of Erie and Ottawa counties. The seat was previously held by Steve Kraus, who was dismissed from office in late July, after being found guilty of theft. Republican officials in Ottawa County will need to find a replacement for Arndt as a commissioner.


Erie County Public Defender Jeffery Whitacre is now a member of the Edison Local Schools Board of Education.

He’s replacing Holly Kamm, who resigned September 5th after taking a job out-of-state. Whitacre was one of four people who applied for the opening. All four were interviewed by the Edison Board of Education Monday night.


A late Tuesday afternoon hit-skip crash sent a Huron motorcyclist to the hospital with serious injuries.

35-year-old Bradley Harrison was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, then was transferred to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, after yesterday’s crash on Cleveland Road, near Sycamore Line in Sandusky. According to the Highway Patrol, Harrison’s motorcycle was hit, when 29-year-old Brandon Wilson of Sandusky pulled into his path from a private drive. Wilson fled on foot, and was still at-large as of this morning.


The November 3rd ballot is a full one.

Along with three statewide issues, voters throughout Ohio will decide on more than 1,700 local issues, along with mayor, city and village council, township trustee and school board races. We’ll have more on local and area issues and races throughout October. In tomorrow’s news, we’ll tell you about new voting machines coming to Huron County.


Police in Willard continue to investigate recent thefts from businesses.

Late last week, a thief or thieves broke into Ace Hardware and Farm Supply on Walton Street, smashed a display case, and stole three handguns and two rifles. Before that, two large-screen TV’s were stolen from Rent-A-Center on Blossom Center Boulevard. Evidence recovered at both scenes was sent to a state lab for analysis. Anyone with information should contact the Willard Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 419-933-6110.


Ohioans disposed of 13.5 tons of unneeded, unwanted or expired prescription drugs during Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.