News

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Coast Guard will resume its search today for a 33-year-old man who jumped off a boat last night near Whiskey Island in Cleveland, and did not make it to shore.

His girlfriend did, but the man went underwater and did not re-surface.

 

Arrests are pending, in connection with a number of pot plants recently found in Erie County.

About 40 plants were seized from a field behind the former movie theater near Wal-Mart on Milan Road in Perkins Township. 40 more were seized near the intersection of Wikel and Knight roads in Berlin Township.

 

Charges may be filed against a driver who hit a road construction worker in Norwalk.

45-year-old Kathryn Marchlewski of Toledo was struck early Friday afternoon near the intersection of Benedict, Norwood and Summit.  She was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  A report has been sent to Law Director Stu O’Hara.

 

A Willard man convicted to stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from an 89-year-old woman is going to prison.

For how long remains to be seen.  25-year-old Tyler Branham was sentenced late last week to 17 months for theft from the elderly.  He’ll receive credit for roughly five months already spent in the Huron County Jail and he may be eligible for early release from prison.  Branham took the victim’s jewelry from her home in January after shoveling snow from her driveway.  The two knew each other through church.

 

Two long-running festivals will be held this weekend.

The 106th Firelands Festival begins Friday, and runs through Monday at New London Recreation Park. And the 56th annual Milan Melon Festival begins Saturday. It runs through Labor Day Monday.

 

The state’s newest ‘racino’ will open this week.

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway will open for business this Thursday.  It’ll be the sixth racino in Ohio.  A seventh one will open next month near Youngstown.

 

From the Ohio Department of Transportation…

Until the end of September, U.S. Route 20, between Monroeville and Bellevue will be down to one lane each way, for sealing work. Also, State Route 547 in Monroeville has re-opened a few days ahead of schedule. It had been closed, for culvert work.

 

Peach season is here, but there’s a good chance the ones you buy are from out-of-state.

The Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association says, this year’s brutal winter nearly wiped out the state’s peach crop.

 

Today’s statewide average for gas is $3.42.

Expect pump prices to rise in time for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

 


Friday, August 22, 2014

The summer’s final ‘Imagine Norwalk’ event will be held this evening in the uptown area.

Things will get underway at five. Kristie Wert, Program Manager, Main Street Norwalk also says a ‘Princess Parade’ will begin at 6. For more information, go to imaginenorwalk.com.

 

A Cleveland-area teen is facing a criminal charge in Erie County, for allegedly fondling a five-year-old male relative.

The 16-year-old North Olmsted boy is charged with gross sexual imposition. He remains in juvenile lockup. The alleged incident occurred last weekend, during a family gathering at Edison Park in Milan. When interviewed by deputies, the boy admitted to the allegation.

 

She was instrumental in helping bring the company to Norwalk, and now, she’s leaving to work there.

Norwalk Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Ellen Heinz is stepping down effective September 16th, and then will join Borgers USA.  The automotive supplier is building a $60 million dollar manufacturing facility at the Firelands Industrial Park.  Heinz has been with the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation for six years.  Officials hope to have her replacement hired sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

 

Mercy Willard Hospital has been given naming rights to the inside walking track at the new school.

In exchange, the hospital will provide a physical therapist for the next 10 years.

 

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is asking principals at its Catholic schools not to encourage students to raise money for the ALS Association, via the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ 

The Archdiocese doesn’t want money to be sent to the association because it funds at least one study using embryonic stem cells.  Officials said that’s against Catholic teachings.

 

A published report says the state will not sell naming rights for the Ohio Turnpike.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, officials are willing to sell advertising and sponsorships that could be displayed on turnpike road signs, trucker lounges and snow plows. Governor John Kasich wants to use the turnpike as a revenue source to help fund the state’s transportation budget. In previous years, he talked about selling naming rights for the toll road.

 

No change, in the status of Norwalk’s upper reservoir.

It remains off-limits to humans, boats and pets, due to a potentially harmful algae bloom.

 

If you are going to Cleveland tomorrow, good luck finding a place to park.

City officials are bracing for 100,000 people to fill downtown tomorrow night for the Indians-Astros game at 7, the Browns-Rams preseason game at 8 and the Cleveland Gladiators in ArenaBowl 27 at the Q at 8.  Fans are being urged to arrive downtown early, use RTA busses and trains, and watch for on-street parking bans before, during and after the games.

 

If the projection is correct, it will be the busiest Labor Day travel period since 2008.

AAA says 34.7 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more between next Thursday and Labor Day.  That’s a 1.3 percent increase, compared to last year.

 

Tonight’s multi-state Mega Millions jackpot is worth $180 million.

 

A DUI checkpoint will be held between 8 and 10 tonight in Port Clinton.

The Highway Patrol, Port Clinton Police and Ottawa County Deputies will set up on East Perry Street, near Maple Avenue.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day baseball, and a possible sweep by the Cleveland Indians.

The Tribe and Minnesota Twins will play at 1:10 this afternoon at Target Field. The Indians won last night’s game, 5-0.

 

From Norwalk City Hall…

The Water Treatment Plant is re-applying chemicals to treat the upper reservoir, while awaiting lab results from samples taken yesterday. Recreational restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

Traffic delays are possible, at the railroad crossing on Norwalk’s Woodlawn Avenue. New gates and flashers are being installed there.

Expect traffic delays on Benedict Avenue, south of Elm Street, due to sidewalk repairs.

Left turns are prohibited from Christie onto Norwood, and Christie onto Benedict. The ban is in effect only during school mornings.

 

It’s the first day of school, in Bellevue.

 

A felony drug charge has been filed against a Detroit man caught with two pounds of heroin.

Christopher Triplett was stopped for speeding on I-75 near Findlay. A highway patrol trooper became suspicious, and called in a drug-sniffing dog. A search of Triplett’s car turned up $136,000 worth of heroin under the air filter in the engine compartment. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail. If convicted of heroin possession, he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

 

The highway patrol is investigating a fatal crash that claimed a Bellevue woman.

77-year-old Loretta Meacham was killed Tuesday night, at the intersection of U.S. Route 42 and State Route 302 in Ashland County. Also killed in the crash: 25-year-old Autumn Meacham of West Salem. They were passengers in a mini-van that was hit by a driver who ran a stop sign.

 

Grant money is coming to Erie County, to demolish at least 20 blighted homes.

The county has secured $500,000 from the state-run Neighborhood Initiative Program.

 

Perkins police are searching for the person or persons who stole several catalytic converters from cars parked in hotel parking lots.

Those thefts occurred over the weekend. The converters can be sold for scrap.

 

The Highway Patrol has announced plans to conduct a DUI checkpoint tomorrow night in Ottawa County.

The exact location will be announced tomorrow morning.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It’s the first day of school for students in Norwalk.

School also starts today in Huron and Willard.

 

No change, at the Norwalk Reservoir.

The upper reservoir remains off-limits, due to a potentially harmful algae bloom. The lower reservoir isn’t affected, meaning Norwalk’s drinking water supply is safe. We’ll let you know when the ban on the upper reservoir is lifted.

 

A Tuesday evening crash in Ashland County killed two women, one from the area.

The victims were identified as 77-year-old Loretta Meacham of Bellevue and 25-year-old Autumn Meacham of West Salem.  They were passengers in a mini-van that was hit at the intersection of U.S. Route 42 and State Route 302.  According to the Highway Patrol, the driver of the car ran a stop sign.

 

Unemployment was up last month, in Huron County and nearly all surrounding counties.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, unemployment in Huron County increased by two percent, to 8.8 percent. That’s fourth highest in Ohio. Jobless rates increased slightly in Erie, Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Ashland and Richland counties. Only Lorain County saw a slight decrease.

 

A Sandusky business owner has been arrested, for allegedly stealing money meant for an ailing friend.

Timothy Nyman was picked up Monday, for felony theft. He was taken to the Erie County Jail, but has since been released. Nyman owns Black Tie Dance Studio. Last year, he agreed to host three fundraisers for a friend with MS. The friend, Brian Stuckey died in December. Family members recently reached out to Nyman about money raised for medical expenses, then turned to Sandusky police, after becoming suspicious. Investigators found Nyman transferred much of the money from the donation account to his personal account. They also learned Nyman made large cash withdrawals, and used the money for personal expenditures. If convicted, Nyman faces up to 18 months in prison.

 

A Willard man has been charged, in connection with a multi-county stolen car ring.

So far, Eddie Tackett is charged with motor vehicle theft, with more charges expected against him and others. Authorities recovered more than 20 stolen cars in Ashland County. They believe the cars were taken from Huron County, and the surrounding area. The investigation continues.

 

An update, on Monday’s fatal car-motorcycle crash near Plymouth.

The highway patrol says 65-year-old Billy D. Jones of Willard was killed, when his motorcycle was hit head-on, on State Route 61. The driver of the car, Jennifer Woodhull of Shelby was flown from the scene to Grant Hospital in Columbus. Her condition is unknown. The highway patrol is investigating the crash.

 

In sports…

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has named Brian Hoyer as the team’s starting quarterback for the season opener in Pittsburg.  He announced his decision this morning. 

J.T. Barrett will be Ohio State’s starting quarterback when the Buckeyes open the season against Navy.  The announcement was made after Ohio State confirmed Braxton Miller will miss the upcoming season after re-injuring his right shoulder.

The Cleveland Indians rallied from 5 down to beat the Twins, 7-5.  Game two of the three game series is set for 8:10 tonight at Target Field.  You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.