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Friday, March 24, 2017

Wakeman woman dies in Lorain County crash

A Thursday morning crash in Lorain County resulted in the death of a Wakeman woman.

50 year-old Joanette Mullins was killed while a passenger in a vehicle that ran a stop sign at the intersection of State Route’s 511 and 303 in Camden Township; which was then struck in the side by a pick-up truck and eventually hit a utility pole and street sign.

The drivers of both vehicles were injured and last listed in stable condition.

 

Boy banned permanently from Huron County Fairgrounds

A boy has been permanently prohibited from visiting the Huron County Fairgrounds and could face charges; after he allegedly started fires in a men’s restroom last weekend.

The Norwalk Reflector says the young man told a Huron County Sheriff’s Deputy that he started two fires “because he was bored”.

The boy was apparently brought to the fairgrounds by his grandfather for a gun show; and had stolen a lighter from his mother.

The fires didn’t cause any damage.

 

Milan hires new Fiscal Officer

The Village of Milan has hired one of their own to be their new Fiscal Officer.

Edison High School graduate and accountant Michael Scott Palmer was chosen among 12 candidates to replace Mary Bruno, who was let go last month due to alleged monetary irregularities.

Palmer’s first day on the job was Thursday.

 

Huron County Public Health promoting dangers of secondhand smoke

Huron County Public Health has received an anti-tobacco state grant; which they will be using to promote awareness on the dangers of secondhand smoke and the benefits of smoke-free environments.

According to numbers from the Center for Disease Control, secondhand smoke leads to the death of over 41,000 non-smokers and 400 infants each year in the US.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – March 24th

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Breezy, with gusts as high as 36 mph.

Tonight

A slight chance of showers after midnight.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Saturday

Rain showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 65.

Sunday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 62.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Norwalk man pleads guilty to rape

A Norwalk man has pleaded guilty to rape and kidnapping with a sexual motivation.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that 24 year-old Kristofher Johnson of Adams Street faces three to 11 years in prison as well as being classified as a Tier III sex offender; after being arrested back on November 5th from an incident outside the Norwalk VFW.

Johnson will be sentenced on May 5th.

 

New London Schools considering drug testing

The New London school district is tossing around the idea of a student drug-testing policy.

The policy would test random students in grades 7 through 12 on a monthly basis who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities or drive to school.

Public forums are planned to address questions and concerns from the community.

Area schools such as South Central and Western Reserve have comparable policies.

 

Fremont Police Officer to retire after OVI arrest

The police officer from Fremont who recently pled no contest to OVI, will now retire.

The Fremont News Messenger says 59 year-old Robert Schultz, who was stopped by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office for driving down the wrong side of a U.S. 20 in Lyme Township while off-duty, had been scheduled for a disciplinary hearing earlier this month until the police union told the city that Schultz was filing for retirement.

Schultz has been with the Fremont Police Department for 20 years.

 

Sewer project underway in Norwalk

Work has now begun in Norwalk on the 2017 Sewer Lining Project.

It’s scheduled to continue throughout this week and wrap up on Monday the 27th.

Work will take place from East Main Street to Townsend Avenue.

Follow the City of Norwalk on Facebook for timely updates.

 

IRS phone scams increasing as tax deadline approaches

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers about the increased risk of tax-related scams as the April 18th filing deadline is approaching.

The most common scam is the “IRS” phone scam where a caller claims the consumer is in trouble with the IRS and asked to pay to resolve the ‘supposed’ problem.

Some advice from DeWine to avoid phone scams includes:

-Don’t’ trust threatening callers

-Avoid making payments over the phone

-Don’t respond to robo-calls

-Don’t rely on caller ID

-Check into call-blocking options

The Attorney General’s Office has logged more than 150 scams in just the month of March alone.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – March 23rd

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

Tonight

A chance of showers overnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.

Friday

Mostly cloudy, breezy, with a high near 65.

Saturday

A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 66.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Norwalk City Council debates medicinal marijuana

Debate continued last night for Norwalk City Council on the hot button issue of medicinal marijuana cultivation inside city limits.

4th Ward Councilman Chris Castle said that signs are pointing towards the issue passing in Norwalk; according to last night’s numbers from council.

The discussion has been tabled by council for a second reading at their next meeting on April 4th.

(Thanks to WLKR’s Brandon Helman for the above story)

 

Statewide Tornado Drill to take place this morning

This marks Ohio Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Huron County EMA Interim Director Jason Roblin told WLKR News that this week is all about preparation; including today’s statewide tornado drill, taking place at 9:50 am.

For those also interested in becoming a tornado spotter for the National Weather Service, a program will be held at the Willard Elementary Café on April 11th.

 

Willard High School hosting ‘Family Night’ this evening

The Willard Police Department and Willard City Schools are playing host to ‘Family Night – Willard Community Night’ at the Willard High School gym this evening.

The event features Reggie Dabbs, a nationally known, motivational youth speaker.

It gets underway at 6:00 pm.

 

Norwalk hiring police dispatcher

The City of Norwalk is hiring for a full-time police dispatcher.

The deadline to submit an application is April 20th; which includes a $20 examination fee.

You can find applications as well as a full job description online at www.norwalkoh.com.

 

United Fund’s ‘Dine-Out’ fundraiser at East of Chicago today

You can dine out for the ‘fund’ of it today at East of Chicago Pizza in Norwalk.

The weekly fundraiser for the Norwalk Area United Fund makes a stop there today; where a portion of today’s revenue will go to support the fund’s 37 local programs and grants.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 3/22

Today

Mostly sunny, windy, with a high near 33. Wind gusts near 30 mph.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 16.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

Friday

A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

State Patrol investigating serious injury crash in Huron County

Alcohol is considered a factor in a Huron County crash Monday night that left multiple people injured; some serious.

A vehicle driven by 23 year-old Draven Matthews of New London ran a stop sign on Cook Road and struck a car driven by 23 year-old Bridget Kistler of New London on Route 60, north of New London.

Kistler and her child passenger, as well as 20 year-old Calvin Neal; a passenger of Matthews; were seriously injured and flown to Cleveland Metro.

Matthews and another passenger, Krystiana Strokin of Medina, were also injured and taken to Fisher Titus Medical Center in Norwalk.

 

Medical marijuana discussion continues tonight in Norwalk

Norwalk City Council will continue to discuss the possibility of medical marijuana cultivation businesses at tonight’s meeting.

Also on tonight’s agenda, is discussion on ordinances involving a possible shooting range in Norwalk, as well as compensation for the new position of water protection technician.

This evening’s meeting begins at 7:30 pm at Norwalk Municipal Court.

 

Bellevue man charged with rape

A 68 year-old Bellevue man faces rape charges.

Kenneth Jordan also faces gross sexual imposition and felony falsification charges from an attempt he made to acquire a concealed carry license.

The Fremont News Messenger reports that information on the rape charges have yet to be released.

Two Fremont residents were also charged with child endangerment; as part of Jordan’s investigation.

 

New law in effect for drivers and bicyclists

It’s the law.

Drivers of motor vehicles must now put three feet between themselves and bicyclists.

Previously, it had been, ‘a safe distance’.

The state of Ohio wants to encourage more people to ride bicycles, and the new law is designed to raise awareness and make the roads safer for those traveling on 2 wheels instead of 4.

 

Cell phone utility poles being installed in Norwalk

The City of Norwalk wants to let residents know what the large utility poles are that are being installed throughout the city.

The Safety/Service Department says they are utility poles for Sprint cell phone service; and that the poles are the new way that cell phone companies are providing their services; instead of the larger towers.

 

Edison kindergarten registration information

Kindergarten registration is fast approaching in the Edison Local School District.

The school says appointments should be made as soon as possible by calling the elementary school office beginning on April 3rd.

Children must be 5 years-old by August 1st to register for next school year.

Kindergarten registration will take place at Edison Elementary School from May 16th through 18th.

 

WEATHER FORECAST – 3/21

Today

Areas of fog early this morning. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.