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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cedar Point’s big announcement wasn’t what some expected.

Instead of renaming a roller coaster ‘King James’, the park has established a long-term partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation.  Among the highlights: Cedar Point will host all the kids involved in the foundation’s “Wheels for Education” program and Akron “I PROMISE” Network for a day of fun with their families next summer.  Also Cedar Point will hold a first ride auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the LeBron James Family Foundation.


The Highway Patrol is investigating a bizarre suicide attempt in Lorain County’s Pittsfield Township.

It occurred late yesterday morning, at the intersection of U.S. Route 20, and State Route 58. 28-year-old Hugo Ramos of Cleveland got out of his car, and walked in front of a semi-truck. He was hit, then walked back to his car, pulled out a can of gasoline, drank some, then poured the rest on his body, before setting himself on fire. The flames were extinguished by a passing motorist, and Ramos was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he’s in critical condition. Three children in Ramos’s car witnessed the entire incident.


An interim city manager has been named in Willard.

Water and maintenance superintendent Shawn Tappel will step in after current city manager Brian Humphress leaves.  Humphress is resigning this Friday at the request for Willard City Council.  Prior to coming to Willard, Tappel was village administrator in New London.


A new study shows wind turbines killer far fewer birds, than do cats, or collisions with cell towers.

Wind turbines kill between 214,000 and 368,000 birds annually, compared to 6.8 million fatalities from collisions with cell and radio towers, and up to 3.7 billion deaths from cats. The study was conducted by two federal scientists, and an environmental consulting firm.


A Perkins Township woman is facing a felony theft charge, for claiming prize that didn’t belong to her.

31-year-old Jennifer Ryerson allegedly went to J&J Sales in Huron last month, and claimed she won a four-wheeler the business contributed to the Maritime Museum’s ‘Big Splash Raffle.’ She showed her ID, and a representative confirmed that a ‘Jennifer Ryerson’ had indeed won the ATV. Ryerson claimed she didn’t have several hundred dollars to pay taxes on the four-wheeler, so the business agreed to keep the ATV, and give her $4,500 instead. It wasn’t long before the correct Jennifer Ryerson, came forward to claim her prize.

An investigation ensued, and the Perkins Township Ryerson was brought in for questioning by deputies. She claimed she thought a friend might have entered her in the raffle, and she said she spent most of the $4,500.


Old State Road, between Penn Road and State Route 162 in North Fairfield will close next Monday for a bridge replacement project.

Work should last about three months.


The Norwalk Area United Fund’s annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast is set for this Thursday, at 7:30am, at the Eagles Club on Cline Street.

The 2015 fundraising goal is $360,000. Money raised will help nearly two dozen local non-profit agencies.


In sports…

Several area high school football teams are ranked in the first weekly statewide poll.  In Division III, Clyde is ranked fourth, while Norwalk is ranked 11th.  In Division VII, Plymouth is ranked 7th, Buckeye Central 9th and St. Paul 10th.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Plymouth police are searching for a male suspect who stole several bags of money from a grocery store in the village.

According to reports, the man made his way into the office of the Community Market Friday evening then removed several money bags from the store’s safe. Pictures taken at the scene are being analyzed the Ohio Attorney General’s crime lab.


Formal charges have been filed against a Norwalk man accused of injuring an eight-week-old baby.

A Huron County grand jury has charged 24-year-old Nathan Wohlever with assault and child endangerment. The alleged crime occurred over the summer, while the child was in Wohlever’s care. The infant was flown to an Akron Hospital for treatment of various bruises. It’s believed the boy suffered no long-term harm.


A new poll by the Columbus Dispatch shows Governor John Kasich leads challenger Ed Fitzgerald, 59 percent to 29 percent.


Ohio’s Classic Lotto jackpot is up to $5 million.

Mega Millions is worth $62 million, and Powerball is up to $171 million.


Cedar Point announced a big change on Sunday.

According to the park’s official Twitter account, an announcement will be made about the Lebron James roller coaster. The Tweet said “It’s Bigger, It’s Better, it’s our news on King James Tuesday, 9/16 11:00 am.” Park spokesman Bryan Edwards wouldn’t provide further comments.


The Volunteer Center of Erie County is looking for helpers for the Color Run this Saturday at Cedar Point.

The Color Run organizers are looking for 100 volunteers to help run the event. Volunteers can help at check-in, aid stations and the finish line, and people are also needed to toss colorful, non-toxic powder on the runners. Individuals and groups are welcome to help, and volunteers can receive a donation to a charity, church, school or team of their choice. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call The Volunteer Center of Erie County at 419-627-0074


Friday, Septmeber 12, 2014

Unlike last Friday, it should be a cool, crisp night for high school football.

Tonight’s forecast calls for cloudy skies, and a low near 50. We’ll check our broadcast schedule, and other games in sports.


Convicted Chardon High School shooter TJ Lane is back behind bars, after escaping from a western Ohio prison.

Two other inmates escaped with Lane. One was caught last night, the other, around 4:30 this morning.


The National Weather Service has confirmed that four small tornadoes touched down in northeast Ohio Wednesday evening.

All four were classified as EF-0 twisters, with winds up to 85 miles per hour. Three of the tornadoes touched down in Portage County, while the other hit Summit County. Another small tornado touched down near Delphos, in western Ohio.


18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for a Monroeville man accused of growing marijuana in Norwalk.

32-year-old Thomas Sterling was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.  Sterling was arrested in March after police found dozens of marijuana plants growing inside the former Berardi’s building on Cleveland Road.  Authorities said it was one of the largest marijuana growing operations in Huron County.


A lawmaker from Sandusky County wants to toughen Ohio’s laws on texting-while-driving.

Republican Rex Damschroder of Fremont wants texting-while-driving to become a primary offense, meaning police would not need another reason for pulling over offenders. Texting-while-driving is currently considered a secondary offense, just like driving without a seat belt. Damschroder wants the Ohio House to consider the change this fall.


BGSU-Firelands in Huron will present its 44th annual College Night, from 6:30 until 8pm Tuesday, in the main conference room of the Cedar Point Center.

High school students and adults will be able to speak with representatives from dozens of colleges, universities and schools of nursing.Information on financial aid will be available as well.


Halloweekends are back at Cedar Point.

The Sandusky amusement park will be open from 6pm until midnight Fridays, 11am until midnight Saturdays, and 11am until 8pm Sundays. Halloweekends will run through November 2nd.


The North Street Phase II Project in Monroeville is complete, and the street is open.

A reminder that North Street is a 25 mph zone.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There are no reports, confirmed or otherwise, of funnel clouds or tornados in southern Huron County.

A tornado warning was issued shortly after 8:30 last night for southeastern Huron County, northern Ashland County, and southern Lorain County, after Doppler radar showed a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Fitchville. The warning was canceled shortly after 9, and Huron County deputies said they received no reports of twisters. The warning led tornado sirens to sound in Norwalk. A few hours earlier, tornado warnings were issued for eight northeast Ohio counties. Twisters may have touched down in Rittman, Akron and Stow.


Flags  should be flown at half-staff today, in honor of lives lost in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.

A moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 this morning.


The state highway patrol has released details about last weekend’s arrest of a drunken truck driver.

The report, released yesterday, says 48-year-old Michael Craycraft of Cleveland was arrested Saturday, near the Ohio turnpike exit in Milan. Craycraft was stopped, after troopers received reports of a semi-truck driving erratically. He was taken to the Milan patrol post, where he blew a .256 during a breath test. That’s more than three times Ohio’s legal limit. Craycraft was charged with DUI, a marked lanes violation and open container. Records show it’s his third DUI arrest.


The all-clear has been given in Willard.

Earlier this week, city officials sent a sample of reservoir water for testing, after noticing signs of potential algae bloom toxins. The Ohio EPA said the water is free of toxins, and is safe to drink.


Willard city council did NOT name an interim city manager, during Tuesday’s special meeting.

City council will meet again next Monday. At the request of council, current city manager Brian Humphress is stepping down. His last day will be next Friday.


A Huron County deputy remains on paid leave, amid allegations he used excessive force during a recent arrest.

Sgt. Chuck Summers has been on administrative leave since September 1st. He’s accused of choking a drunk suspect, during an August 30th arrest at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club. Summers and two other deputies were sent there, to investigate a fight at a wedding reception. Some of the alleged incident involving Summers and his accuser was caught on cell phone video. A special investigator with the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association is looking into the incident. Once the investigation is complete, a report will be sent to Sheriff Dane Howard for potential discipline.


Felony charges have been filed against a Port Clinton couple accused of bankruptcy fraud, and stealing more than $160,000 from a senior citizen.

63-year-old Iris Stephenson is facing eight counts, including first-degree felony theft, and defrauding creditors. Her husband, 61-year-old Hugh Stephenson is charged with one count each of theft and defrauding creditors. The alleged bankruptcy fraud, and theft involving the Stephensons and the 83-year-old victim occurred in 2011. The two are due in court September 29th.