Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The American League will have home field advantage in this year’s World Series, after last night’s 5-3 win, in the All-Star Game at Target Field.


Voters in the Monroeville school district will see a new combo tax issue this fall.

The Board of Education will place a combined property/income tax on the November ballot.  The 2.5 mill property tax would generate more than $220,000 annually and would cost the average homeowner about $90 a year.  The half-percent income tax would raise about $390,000 annually and would cost the average Monroeville household about $250 a year.  The money would go toward operating expenses.


A record amount of money, about $74.5 million was returned to Ohioans over the last budget year from unclaimed funds held by the state.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Unclaimed Funds said yesterday the total was an increase of 7.6 percent from the previous year. The average distribution was nearly $1,600. Unclaimed funds are money, or the rights to money that have been dormant, including dormant checking and savings accounts, forgotten deposits and uncashed insurance policies. To see if you have funds coming, simply Google ‘Ohio Treasure Hunt.’


A convicted killer from Sandusky suffered a broken nose, during a jailhouse fight over LeBron James.

25-year-old Michael Milner was injured Friday, a few hours after LeBron announced he’s returning to Cleveland. According to reports, Milner was punched by 19-year-old Bryce Stokes on the basketball court inside the Erie County Jail’s recreation area. Milner was treated for his injuries. He’s awaiting sentencing next month, for killing his former girlfriend’s three-year-old son. He’s facing life without parole.

Stokes is facing charges of rape and gross sexual imposition, for the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl at Kalahari. He’s also expected to face charges tied to Friday’s fight.


The number of plaintiffs suing Whirlpool alleging the company’s Clyde factory is responsible for Cancer is growing.

A local TV station says there are now 46 plaintiffs in the case, nearly double the original number.  Federal and state health agencies haven’t been able to find the source of a cancer cluster in the area, while the plaintiffs accuse Whirlpool of dumping toxic sludge and releasing dangerous chemicals at its former Whirlpool Park property in Green Springs.  A company spokesperson has denied the allegations and called the charges ‘unfounded and irresponsible.’


Still no word from Cedar Point officials as to which of the park’s 17 coasters will be renamed ‘King James’, in honor of Lebron’s return to Cleveland.


The first round of interviews began last night, as the Norwalk Board of Education tries to find a new superintendent.

Five applicants made the cut, although others may be interviewed. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring at the end of this month.


Barring a plea bargain, a Norwalk man accused of cultivating a large amount of marijuana will stand trial next month.

Thomas Sterling is charged with illegal cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of criminal tools and tampering with evidence. His trial is expected to take two days. The former Monroeville man was arrested in March, after authorities found dozens of pot plants, and $10,000 worth of equipment inside the former Berardi’s Restaurant in Norwalk. Sterling is free on bond.


The fight is over between Toledo’s NBC affiliate and Buckeye Cable.

WNWO and the cable company agreed on a new, two-year re-transmission deal on Monday.  WNWO had been blacked out by Buckeye Cable for seven months.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Groton Township man convicted of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a Lorain woman last fall will spend 36 years in prison.

39-year-old Brian Jury was sentenced yesterday in Erie County Common Pleas Court. He was fined $15,000. Late last month, Jury was found guilty on two counts of rape and abduction, and a single count of felonious assault. The charges were connected to a November 1st incident. Jury abducted the victim at gunpoint, took her to his Strecker Road camper, raped her repeatedly, then left her bound and gagged. After Jury left, the woman was able to escape, and get help from a passing motorist.


An update, on storm clean-up costs in Willard.

The price tag is expected to soar to as much as $150,000. A severe storm with straight line winds, and an unconfirmed tornado hit Willard in mid-June. It left behind numerous downed trees and power lines, and damaged city-owned property, along with homes and businesses. The Willard City Park sustained heavy damage, and much of the city lost power for over 24 hours. Full cleanup is expected to take several more weeks.


If you receive an email form ‘E-Z Pass Info’, don’t open it.

The Ohio Turnpike Commission says it’s a scam designed to steal personal information and money from unsuspecting customers.  The same scam has been reported in several other states and the District of Columbia.


Willard City Council will meet in special session this Thursday, to vote on a proposed tax break for a new flour mill.

A required public hearing will be held at 4pm at Willard City Hall, with a vote expected after the hearing. If all goes as planned, the Star of the West Mill will be built next to Pepperidge Farm.


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


The Norwalk Board of Education will meet at 7:30 in the Board Office, to interview applicants for superintendent.


Milan police are investigating a rash of car break-ins.

Cars were entered over the weekend, and the thief or thieves stole items ranging from money to GPS units.


A former Plymouth man accused of setting a fire at a Willard apartment has entered a guilty plea to a charge of arson.

19-year-old Christopher Barber will likely be sentenced to probation instead of prison.  But he will have to register on the state’s arsonist list.  Barber set the small fire last June at a Rae Court apartment.  No one was injured.


Ohio has been named a ‘Comeback State’ by CNBC.

From the state’s pre-recession peak and at the end of 2006 to the end of 2009, Ohio lost more than 400,000 jobs, mostly high-paying manufacturing jobs.  Many of those jobs are still lost and unlikely to return.  So the state has targeted new industries, including biotech, medical equipment and energy production.  Experts say job growth in those industries is powering a comeback.


A new poll suggests Republican Governor John Kasich’s lead over Democratic challenger Ed Fitzgerald is down to a single percentage point.

The poll by Public Policy Polling shows Kasich leads Fitzgerald, 45-44 percent.  Republican officials dismissed the results saying the poll was commissioned by the Ohio Democratic Party.


Monday, July 14, 2014

It’s not really a polar vortex, but unseasonably cool weather is coming.

Expect highs of just 72 tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. Lows tomorrow night and Wednesday night will be in the mid-50’s.


A mid-June severe storm that rolled through Willard was a costly one.

The city alone will pay more than $50,000 for clean-up.  Straight line winds and an unconfirmed tornado brought down trees and power lines throughout Willard.  Home and businesses were damaged as well.  According to city manager Brian Humphress, full clean up will take a few more weeks.


More than a decade of sexual abuse has led to 28 charges against a Sandusky man.

49-year-old Michael Walls is charged with 24 counts of rape and four counts of pandering obscenity.  He’s in the Erie County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.  The alleged abuse began when the victim was 4 and continued until she was 17.


The Norwalk Board of Education will meet at 7:30 tomorrow night, to interview applicants interested in becoming the school district’s next superintendent.

The meeting will be held at the Board office. Five applicants made the cut. A second round of interviews is expected. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring July 31st.


Cedar Point officials are mulling which coaster will be renamed ‘King James.’

Last week, the park promised to rename one of its 17 roller coasters ‘King James’, if LeBron James returned to Cleveland, to play for the Cavaliers. Spokesman Brian Edwards said Cedar Point will now make good on its promise.


An update, on roadwork along U.S. Route 250.

Instead of mid-August, 250 resurfacing in Norwalk is now scheduled to be complete by the end of August. And Route 250 in Fitchville is now scheduled to re-open July 24th, instead of July 22nd.


No one was hurt, after a boat capsized yesterday morning in Sandusky Bay.

Four teens from Fremont were in the 19-foot ski boat when it capsized between the Bay Point Sand Bar and the coal docks. Friends of the teens picked them up in jet skis.


Good news for Pioneer Career and Technology Center.

Pioneer is getting a $1.5 million state grant. The ‘Straight-A Fund’ money will be used to increase training in Robotics, Manufacturing and Engineering.


The North Fairfield Peach Festival is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, July 11, 2014

It’s the Polar Vortex, Part II…sort of.

An upcoming mass of cool air, on its way from the Gulf of Alaska will bring unseasonably cool temperatures to the area early next week. Temperatures could be 15 degrees below average. Forecasters say it should warm up by the end of next week.


Norwalk police believe Wednesday’s break-in at Discount Drug Mart may be connected to similar crimes at businesses in plazas along the city’s north side.

An alarm activation just before 1 yesterday morning sent police to the Cline Street store. No one was there, and it’s unclear if anything was stolen. Officers are processing evidence collected at the scene. Anyone with information should contact the Norwalk Police Department.


Investigators say the cause of a mid-April boating incident that claimed four lives on Lake Erie is inconclusive.

A final report issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the circumstances surrounding the incident are unknown, because all four people on the boat died, and there were no witnesses. Investigators did note that alcohol was not a factor. There was no trauma on any of the bodies, and minimal damage to the boat. Two men, one woman and a teenage girl died in the incident. The cause of death was drowning for all four victims. The four were last seen fishing near South Bass Island.


The city of Sandusky has a new fire chief.

Captain Dave Degnan will take over next week.


Relay for Life is underway, at Norwalk’s Whitney Field.

The fundraiser for the American Cancer Society runs until 7 tomorrow morning. Kelly Rose will broadcast live from Relay, between 3 and 6.


Also underway…Huron River Fest.

The annual fireworks show will begin at 10:15 tonight. Carrie Danger will broadcast live from River Fest, starting at 1 tomorrow.


Huron County deputies are investigating an alleged sex offense in Wakeman.

It happened at Firelands Manor Mobile Home Park.We’ll have more, as details become available.


A former assistant football and track coach at Fremont Ross High School has been indicted on two counts of sexual battery.

36-year-old Johnny Alridge is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old female student on multiple occasions, dating back to February.


Retiring EHOVE Career Center treasurer Larry Hanneman will stay on, for the upcoming school year.

That’s because his replacement is unable to take the job, due to health and family concerns. Hanneman was set to retire July 31st.


When it comes to home and auto insurance, rates in Ohio are among the cheapest in the nation.

In 2013, homeowners insurance was 6th lowest in the country, averaging about $650, compared to nearly $1,000 nationally. Auto insurance in Ohio was 9th lowest in the U.S., with an average of $620.The national average was nearly $800.