Thursday, March 19, 2015

It’s a great day for fans of college basketball.

The full NCAA men’s tournament tips off early this afternoon. 16 games will be played today, with 16 more scheduled for tomorrow. Ohio State will take on VCU in Portland, Oregon. Pregame coverage will begin at 4, with tipoff at 4:40, on 95.3 WLKR. If the Buckeyes win, they’ll play again Saturday.


Once found, the person responsible for a bomb threat at MTD Products in Willard will likely face criminal charges.

The factory was evacuated yesterday, and was shut down for about six hours, while authorities searched more than 1 million square feet of space. No bomb was found. Willard police and firefighters were at the scene, along with the highway patrol  and the Ashland County Bomb Squad. Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in from Bowling Green, Cleveland, Columbus, Kent and Toledo. As a precaution, the Willard City School District was placed under a controlled lockdown, meaning all doors were locked, and students and staff were told to remain inside. Anyone with information on yesterday’s bomb threat at MTD should contact the Willard Police Department.


To the east of us, police in Elyria have arrested 30 people, suspected of having a hand in a long-running cocaine distribution network.

Almost all are members of three related families. Police said they seized $400,000 worth of cocaine, plus $84,000 in cash and five guns.


No word yet, on when a Milan Township road will re-open to traffic.

McIntyre Road was closed Tuesday, after a developing sinkhole was discovered. Milan Township Trustees met last night to discuss ways to fix the problem, and re-open the road.


The fight over ‘first flight’ continues, between lawmakers from Ohio and Connecticut.

A resolution moving through the Ohio Statehouse challenges Connecticut’s claim that one of its aviators beat the Ohio natives Wilbur and Orville Wright to the first flight by more two years. If passed, the measure would reject Connecticut’s claim that Gustave Whitehead successfully flew a plane he designed in August of 1901. If true, that would predate the Wright Brothers’ famous flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in December of 1903. Supporters say the Wright Brothers’ flight was witnessed and clearly photographed. They also said details of Whitehead’s flight are sketchy at best, with a very blurry picture, and a claim that Whitehead’s aircraft was a glider, and not a plane. There’s also a believe that Whitehead’s feat was achieved in 1905, in San Jose, California.


New figures show Ohio had one of the nation’s highest foreclosure rates during the month of February.

According to RealtyTrac, Ohio’s foreclosure rate was 9th highest in the country.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Ohio River crested yesterday at its highest level in nearly 20 years, and forecasters say flooding problems will linger much of this week.

The river crested at 57.7 feet, or seven feet below the 1997 level that caused severe widespread flooding in the Cincinnati area. The Ohio River is expected to remain above its 52-foot flood stage most of this week.


Just one area boys basketball team is left in the tournament.

In Division IV Sweet 16 action, the Plymouth Big Red will take on Wayne Trace tomorrow night at Bowling Green State University.  Pregame coverage begins at 6, with tipoff at 6:15 on 95.3 WLKR and


President Barack Obama is coming to Ohio.

He’ll appear at the Cleveland City Club this Wednesday, and will talk middle-class economics.


A Huron County grand jury has charged a Willard teen accused of hitting his mother with a baseball bat.

19-year-old Quinton Hinojosa is facing two counts of felonious assault, in connection with the January incident. The attack occurred, after a disagreement between the two. She was taken to Mercy Willard Hospital, for treatment of a large cut.


An open house will be held in Norwalk this weekend, for those interested in joining the Ohio Military Reserve, which includes the Ohio Army and Air National Guard, and the Ohio Naval Militia.

The open house will be held at the Norwalk Armory on West Main between 9am and 4pm Saturday and Sunday. The all-volunteer unit is open to men and women between the ages of 17 and 60.


If you drive along Campbell Street, between West Strub and West Bogart in Perkins Township, you’ll have to go a bit slower.

The speed limit on that stretch of Campbell Street has dropped from 55, to 45 miles per hour.


Bellevue, Norwalk and Willard police, along with the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol teamed up over the weekend, leading up to tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

The group made 135 traffic stops, 7 DUI arrests and 9 driving under suspension arrests. Law enforcement officers also issued 46 seat belt citations, 165 warnings, and 4 citations for possession for marijuana and drug paraphernalia.


A proposal to legalize marijuana in Ohio is a step closer to being placed on the ballot.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved ResponsibleOhio’s revised proposal.  If the group wins approval from the State Ballot Board and obtains about 300,000 signatures on petitions, the issue will appear on the fall ballot.


Friday, March 13, 2014

Area rivers and creeks remain at risk for ice jam-flooding, so a Flood Watch remains in effect until 4 Sunday afternoon for Huron, Erie, Lorain, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties.


Exclusive live coverage of State Wrestling resumes at 10 this morning on 95.3 WLKR and


A construction worker was injured late yesterday morning, while working at the site of Huron County’s new License Bureau and Title Office in Norwalk.

36-year-old Steven Tucker of Green Springs was taken by ambulance from the Shady Lane site, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He was then transferred to a different hospital. Officials did not specify which one, and his condition is unknown. According to reports, Tucker was working on the roof of the building, when he lost his footing, and tumbled to the ground.


EHOVE Career Center has a new principal.

Erika Beckman, an assistant director at the school has been chosen to fill the spot. Since 2010, Beckman has managed EHOVE’s healthcare, technology, business and cosmetology programs.


May 21st is when Clyde-Green Springs superintendent David Stubblebine is scheduled to stand trial, on a charge of obstructing official business.

The trial date was set yesterday by Sandusky County Judge John Kolesar. Stubblebine was charged in January, a month after authorities said he blocked a marijuana investigation at McPherson Middle School. If convicted, Stubblebine faces up to 90 days in jail, and a $750 fine.


Charges have been filed against a Sandusky woman accused of driving to her probation appointment while drunk.

29-year-old Veronica Dwyre-Shaver was arrested late Wednesday morning, after her probation officer smelled alcohol, and called Erie County deputies. She also had her 18-month-old son with her. Dwyer-Shaver was charged with DUI, and child endangering. She was released to a sober relative. The boy was turned over to social workers.


Boys tournament basketball continues tonight on 95.3 and

Live at 7, it’s Division IV District Championship action from Willard between Plymouth and Buckeye Central.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Due to warming temperatures, the National Weather Service says area rivers and creeks are at risk for ice-jam flooding.

Accordingly, a Flood Watch has been issued for Erie, Huron, Lorain, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.  It’s in effect until 4 Sunday afternoon.


The 78th annual State Wrestling tournament begins today in Columbus.

Action begins at 3 this afternoon, and we’ll have exclusive live coverage on 95.3 WLKR and


Starting April 1st, tornado warnings in northern Ohio will change.

The Cleveland Office of the National Weather Service will begin using “Enhanced” Tornado Warnings. The warnings will include where a potential twister is, its potential path, and areas that may be affected. Warnings will also state if a tornado is actually spotted, or is radar-indicated. The enhancements will come, when a tornado has been observed. That’s when the warning will include a “Tornado Damage Threat Tag”, which will include one of two classifications: “Considerable” and “Catastrophic.” “Catastrophic” will be reserved for EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes.


The Norwalk Area United Fund will be closed tomorrow, as officials there complete a move to a new location.

The United Fund is moving from East Main, to the corner of Seminary and Benedict. The new office will be open for business on Monday.


Former Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox is facing criminal charges, for allegedly not disclosing gifts received while on the job.

An Erie County grand jury has charged Fox with two counts of falsification, first-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to six months in jail, and $1,000 in fines. Fox is accused of not reporting approximately $1,000 in gifts he received from Kalahari, back in 2011. Fox was fired by the Huron school board nearly two years ago, amid allegations he turned in improper expense reports, had an inappropriate business relationship with a vendor, and had an extramarital affair on school time.


A two-month long investigation has led to a meth lab bust in Clyde,

Local, state and federal authorities raided a Mechanic Street home yesterday morning and found items used to make crystal meth.  Two men and two women were taken in for questioning.  A two-year-old found in the home was turned over to a relative.  Charges are pending.


A new report finds, thousands of Ohioans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

According to the annual ‘State of Poverty in Ohio’ report, nearly half of the state’s households don’t have the financial reserves necessary to cushion a job loss or medical emergency.


A sales tax increase is in the works in Richland County.

If all goes as planned, Richland County’s sales tax will go up one-quarter percent, to 7.25 percent, effective July 1st.


State Wrestling coverage starts at 3, then at 8 tonight, it’s Division III boys district semi-final basketball from Ashland University as Willard takes on Col. Crawford.