Monday, April 20, 2015

A house fire in Norwalk claimed one dog, but emergency crews were able to resuscitate four others.

Firefighters and North Central EMS were summoned to 24 West Washington Street early Saturday evening, and found heavy smoke coming from the home. Firefighters quickly contained the fire to one room, then found the dogs in cages on the first floor. EMT’s helped revive four of them. The blaze did about $15,000 damage. The cause remains under investigation.


The highway patrol continues to investigate last week’s two-car crash that sent both drivers to the hospital with serious injuries.

35-year-old Mary Keene of Plymouth was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, after Friday’s crash on State Route 13, south of Plymouth East Road in Greenwich Township. The other driver, 56-year-old Donald Vasquez of Willard was taken by Lifeflight to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. Troopers said Keene went left of center, and hit Vasquez head-on. According to a report from the Norwalk Patrol Post, drugs were likely a factor, and charges are pending.


Two people were rescued yesterday morning, after their boat capsized near South Bass Island.

According to reports, they were trying to fish, when high winds and 6-8 foot waves flipped their boat. Another boater saw the men, and rescued them within minutes.


The North Coast Inland Trail is about to expand.

According to a press release from Firelands Rails to Trails, volunteers already have begun work on a new portion of the trail between North West and Baker Streets, on Norwalk’s west side. Meanwhile, city officials are making plans to route the trail on city streets through the rest of Norwalk. Signage, along with markings on pavements and curbs will guide people through the uptown area, to the east side of town. Altogether, the Norwalk route will add about three miles to the North Coast Inland Trail. With other projects underway, it’s expected that the trail will be complete and continuous by the end of 2016 from Elyria to Elmore.


From the District 3 office of the Ohio Department of Transportation…

State Route 2, at its bridge between Berlin Road and State Route 61 in Erie County will be reduced to one lane of traffic, for bridge repairs. Work will be done in October.


Vermilion Local Schools superintendent Phil Pempin has a new contract extension.

The Board of Education approved the three-year deal last week. It’ll take him through the 2018-2019 school year. Pempin’s annual salary is just over $125,000.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Waterline work is done, and Old State Road, between Executive Drive and Akron Road in Norwalk is open.


A Willard man is in the Huron County Jail this morning, charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a child.

37-year-old Karl Lengyel was arrested late Wednesday night, after Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard’s Special Response Team forcibly entered his Bullhead Road home. According to reports, Lengyel tried to flee, but was captured by deputies. He was charged with sexual battery, and was taken to jail. He’s due in court next Thursday.


More news from the Sheriff’s Office…

It appears Russian hackers have attacked the Sheriff’s computers and server with a virus that infects and encrypts certain files. The hackers want the Sheriff’s Office to pay to restore the files. The FBI is now looking into the situation.


Sandusky City Schools superintendent Dr. Eugene Sanders has unveiled plans to launch the region’s only arts academy.

Sanders made the announcement, during yesterday’s “State of the Schools” speech. The Great Lakes Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Sandusky High will offer classes in dance, vocal and instrumental music, visual arts and theater. Applications are being accepted from students entering the 9th and 10th grades this fall. Also set to begin this fall: Blue Streak University, which will offer college credits to students at Sandusky High School.


A former northeast Ohio police chief is going to prison, for stealing $80,000.

57-year-old Gerald Smith Jr. served as police chief in Kirtland Hills from 1988 until last year. Now, he’ll spend two years behind bars for falsification and mail fraud. Federal prosecutors said Smith used village credit cards to fully furnish a home he owned in Florida. He also spent village money on other personal items, and a 2007 hunting trip.


A near month-long hunger strike at a supermax prison is Youngstown is over.

Prisoners at the Ohio State Penitentiary ate meals on Wednesday. More than three dozen prisoners began striking March 16th, to protest concerns over new programming and religious restrictions.


No change in Ohio’s unemployment rate.

According to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it was 5.1 percent last month, the same as February.  That means the state’s jobless rate remains at a 13-year-low and it’s lower than the U.S. rate, which was 5.5 percent.  During the month of March, 295,000 Ohio workers were unemployed.  That’s 50,000 less than March of last year.


In sports…

The Indians are in Minnesota for a weekend series against the Twins.  Tonight’s game begins at 8:10 and then 2:10 tomorrow and Sunday.  You can hear the first two games of the series on 95.3 WLKR.

Sunday, we’ll have Cleveland Cavaliers playoff basketball as the Boston Celtics come to Quicken Loans Arena.  Pregame coverage begins at 2:30 with tipoff at 3. 

And NASCAR Sprint Cup racing resumes Sunday on K96.  Coverage for the Food City 500 begins at noon.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Yesterday’s official high in Norwalk was 79 degrees.


Authorities in Sandusky County continue to search for clues in the death of 28-year-old Heather Bogle.

Her body was found inside the trunk of her car last Friday.  She had been severely beaten and shot twice.  She hadn’t been seen since leaving work at Whirlpool in Clyde the day before.  Yesterday, detectives executed a search warrant at the crime scene and they released surveillance photos of a white SUV that may be connected to the case.


Governor John Kasich said yesterday he’s “seriously considering” seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Kasich’s remarks came, during a luncheon with about 300 business leaders in Detroit. He also said while others are declaring their intentions, he won’t rush his decision. Kasich is scheduled to visit two early primary states—New Hampshire and South Carolina—this week.


Double trouble, for a Sandusky woman.

19-year-old Sydney Simcox was arrested yesterday morning, in a stolen car. Inside the car: a mobile meth lab. Simcox was picked up near Ohio Business College. Perkins police said she was under the influence, and after her arrest, officers searched the car and found ingredients used to make crystal meth. State agents were called in to decontaminate the scene. Simcox is facing several charges, ranging from DUI, to possession of drug abuse instruments. She remains in the Erie County Jail.


Barring a delay, tomorrow is when Republican State Representative Steve Kraus of Huron will stand trial on charges of burglary, theft and breaking and entering.

His trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30am, in the Ottawa County Courthouse. He’s accused of stealing items from a Port Clinton-area home last spring. He’s denied wrongdoing. Kraus was elected to the Ohio House last fall. He represents the 89th District, which is made up of Erie and Ottawa counties.


Tomorrow is tax deadline day, and in terms of federal taxes, a new analysis reveals exactly where those dollars are going.

Lindsay Koshgarian is the Research Director for the National Priorities Project. She says out of every federal income tax dollar paid last year, 27 cents went to the military, 26 cents went to health programs, and 15 cents went to interest on the national debt. Eight cents was spent on unemployment and labor and five cents on veterans benefits, leaving the remaining pennies for things like food, agriculture, transportation, housing and programs involving energy and the environment.


Norwalk City Council will meet in work session, at 7:30 tonight in the Norwalk Muni Courtroom.


The Norwalk Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30, at Norwalk High School.


Members of Norwalk High School’s Robotics team left for Louisville, Kentucky this morning.

The Norwalk Engineering Robotics Department, or N.E.R.D. Nation will compete in the 2015 Vex Robotics World Championship tomorrow through Saturday.  Norwalk’s seven member team will be up against more than 800 teams and 15,000 high school students from over two dozen countries.


Edison High School senior Shelby Vartorella has won first place in the Fourth District of Ohio’s 2015 Congressional Art Competition.

Her winning piece “Mossy Landscape” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol, along with other winners from around the country.  In addition to having her work displayed, she’s getting two plane tickets to Washington D.C. and she’s eligible for a scholarship.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A homicide investigation continues in Clyde.

Police are looking for the person who severely beat and shot 28-year-old Heather Bogle of Fremont. Before her death, she was last seen leaving work at Whirlpool early Thursday morning. Bogle was reported missing later in the day, when she didn’t pick up her five-year-old daughter from school. She was found dead in the trunk of her car Friday evening, in the parking lot of the Sumerton apartment complex. An autopsy revealed Bogle died of two gunshot wounds, and blunt force trauma throughout her body.

Authorities don’t have a prime suspect, but they do have some “persons of interest.” To help Bogle’s family, supporters have set up a “GoFundMe” account in her name.


U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s staff is coming to Norwalk.

Residents can meet with his representative between 10 and 11 this Thursday, at Norwalk City Hall. The staff member will listen to thoughts and concerns, and relay the information to Senator Portman.


Damon’s Bar and Grill is returning to Sandusky.

The popular rib-place will re-open next month at its former location, Battery Park Marina.


Lunch prices are going up slightly, in the Norwalk City Schools.

During tomorrow night’s meeting, the Board of Education is expected to approve a 10-cent increase. Lunches will range from $2.25, to $2.75. Breakfast prices are going up as well, to $1.30 for students in kindergarten through 8th grade, and $1.55 for high schoolers.


All-you-can-eat pizza is returning to the Maple City.

The Norwalk Rotary Club’s 16th annual Pizza Bake-Off will be held April 21st at Norwalk High School. Seven different establishments will showcase their finest pizzas. All-you-can-eat admission will be $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children.