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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A Norwalk woman was flown to a Toledo hospital, after her car hit a semi-truck.

27-year-old Dawn Weatherspoon was injured shortly before 5:30 yesterday morning on U.S. Route 250, near State Route 13 in Milan. According to the highway patrol, Weatherspoon’s small car hit a tractor-trailer, after going left of center. Milan firefighters were called in to use the Jaws of Life, and Weatherspoon was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, with incapacitating injuries. Her current condition is unknown. The trucker wasn’t hurt. The highway patrol is trying to determine why Weatherspoon went left of center. Alcohol use has been ruled out.

 

A Willard man has been charged with felonious assault, for allegedly running over his ex-fiancee.

29-year-old Ian Robinson was arrested late Saturday night, after the incident outside a home on Section Line Road near Bellevue. According to reports, the two had been arguing, and when Robinson tried to leave, the victim stood in front of his car, and wouldn’t move. Robinson then bumped her and knocked her down, before running over two-thirds of her body. She suffered substantial injuries, and was taken for treatment. Robinson was taken to the Huron County Jail. He’s due in court next Monday.

 

A girls basketball coach with area ties could be out of a job.

According to the Mansfield News Journal, Mansfield Madison head coach Brian Carr was suspended last week, after school officials learned of an earlier domestic violence incident. Carr was arrested at his Plymouth home in late August. He initially pleaded not guilty, but later changed his plea to no contest to a reduced charge of attempted negligent assault. He was given a suspended 30-day jail sentence and was placed on two years’ probation, was fined $200, and was told to attend anger management counseling. Carr failed to notify the school of his arrest, and the outcome of the case. Officials learned about the situation via a newspaper article. Carr has been the girls head coach at Madison since 2012. He previously did the same job at Plymouth, and had coached at other area schools.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued for a northwest Ohio woman who failed to appear for her arraignment.

62-year-old Marilyn Perry of Lindsey was due in Huron County Common Pleas Court yesterday morning, to answer to a charge of aggravated vehicular assault. The felony charge is tied to an early August incident in downtown Bellevue. While allegedly intoxicated, Perry hit a woman who was exiting her car. The victim suffered serious injuries. She continues to recover.

 

Hunters checked 64,485 deer during Ohio’s seven-day deer gun season, which ended Sunday.

That’s about 10,000 less than last year.

 

Two Sandusky teens were taken to juvenile lockup, after they were caught going through cars parked at the Sandusky Mall.

The boys, ages 15 and 17 were arrested Sunday afternoon, after they were confronted by a shopper. When questioned by police, the two initially denied the allegations, before the younger boy admitted to the crimes. The two teens were charged with criminal trespassing and receiving stolen property.

 

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

The public is welcome to attend.


Monday, December 8, 2014

The 2014 high school football season is complete.

The Maria Stein Marion Local Flyers won their fourth consecutive state championship, with a 41-0 victory over Norwalk St. Paul in Saturday’s Division VII title game at Ohio Stadium. St. Paul finished the season 13-2.

 

73 years ago today is when President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his famous Pearl Harbor speech.

The full speech was a declaration of war against Japan.

 

A car/semi truck crash shut down some of U.S. Route 250 in Milan this morning.

The driver of the car was taken from the scene by Lifeflight.

 

The parent company of Sears and Kmart is closing more stores by the end of this month.

Instead of the previously announced number of 130, Sears Holdings will soon close 235 stores. The reason: the company lost $548 million in the third quarter alone.

 

Gas prices continue to fall.

This morning, pump prices ranged from $2.36 in Sandusky to $2.59 in Willard.  In Cleveland, some stations were selling gas for $2.21 a gallon.

 

The Ohio State Buckeyes are in college football’s first ever playoff.

According to Vegas, the Bucks are big underdogs against Alabama odds makers say Ohio State is a nine-point underdog. Ohio State and Alabama will face off in the Sugar Bowl January 1st. The winner play Oregon or Florida State for the national championship.

 

Huron County deputies continue to investigate a late November break-in at a business in Olena.

According to reports, burglars forced their way into Kickers Drive-Thru on U.S.Route 250. Anyone with information should contact the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Norwalk City Council will soon pay tribute to second-ward councilman Bob Carleton.

Carleton passed away last month, at age 72. A resolution commemorating and honoring Carleton is on tomorrow night’s work session agenda.

 

The results are in from Saturday’s annual K96 and 95.3 WLKR Firefighters Chili Cook-Off held at Lyman Harbor.

Well over 1,000 people showed up to sample chili made by 16 area fire departments.  A panel of judges awarded first place to the Rochester Fire Department, Florence Township was second and Huron along with Perkins tied for third.  Danbury won the coveted ‘People’s Choice’ award.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

There’s two more chances, to buy presale tickets for Saturday’s Division VII state championship game in Columbus.

Advance tickets will be sold in the St. Paul High School Athletic Office between 8 and 7 today, and between 8 and noon tomorrow. The Flyers will take on three-time defending state champ Maria Stein Marion Local at 10am Saturday, at Ohio Stadium. If you can’t go, it’ll air live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

 

The city of Norwalk’s 2015 budget is in place.

It was approved during Tuesday’s meeting of city council.

 

Big cuts, at Ohio-based Bob Evans.

Officials declined to give specifics, but some jobs have been slashed, along with the company’s stake in its corporate jet. Sales at Bob Evans haven’t increased since June of last year.

 

The search continues, for a new Ohio Democratic Party Chairperson.

Yesterday, party officials met with Sharen Neuhardt, who was the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor last month. She has the support of the state’s high-ranking elected Democrat, Senator Sherrod Brown. Also meeting with Democratic Party officials yesterday: David Pepper, who ran unsuccessfully against Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, and Antoinette Wilson, a former assistant Ohio Secretary of State. A decision will come later this month. The person picked will replace Chris Redfern, who announced his resignation, after last month’s Republican sweep of statewide offices.

 

A man on death row for nearly 20 years must be resentenced, because his attorneys did a poor job looking for evidence that may have swayed the jury’s decision.

By a 4-3 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that defense lawyers failed to make an issue of Willie Herring’s ‘dysfunctional childhood.’ Herring was sentenced to death in 1996, for killing three people in Mahoning County. Two others were shot, but survived. He’s now expected to face life without parole.

 

We now know the names of two people who authorities believe broke into numerous homes and businesses in a four-county area.

37-year-old James Brant Jr., and 32-year-old Katherine Straughn allegedly targeted locations in Bellevue, Norwalk and Willard, plus other places in Richland, Seneca and Ottawa counties. So far, they’re each facing a single count of burglary, with more charges expected. Brant is also charged with receiving stolen property. Both are in jail. Charges may be filed against others as well. Huron County deputies recovered approximately $50,000 worth of stolen goods, including jewelry and guns.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hunters checked 17,512 white-tailed deer on Monday, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun season.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, that’s way down from last year, when opening day hunters checked 22,619 deer. Close to home, Ashland County had the highest number—353, followed by Richland County—337, then Huron County, 296.

Hunters harvested 1,238 wild turkeys, during Ohio’s fall wild turkey season, which began October 13th, and ended November 30th.

 

There’s been a third delay, in the trial of a Fremont man accused of killing three others.

The trial of Igmidio ‘Roger’ Mista was supposed to begin yesterday in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court, but it was postponed until February 17th, due to new evidence. Mista is accused of shooting and killing three men at the Last Call Bar in March. One of the victims was an off-duty police officer.

 

Roughly eight months after Norwalk won the Division II state basketball championship, a book has been written about the season, and the events leading up to it.

“Norwalk’s Championship: A historic state title—and the maligned city that embraced it” was written by Sandusky Register Sports Editor Mark Hazelwood. The book is 166 pages long, and thoroughly covers Norwalk’s 29-1 season, plus the previous three seasons, and much more.

The cost of the book is $20, and it goes on sale, starting December 11th.

A portion of the proceeds will be given to the “Weekends Without Hunger” program, which ensures Norwalk and St. Paul elementary students who qualify for free or reduced meals at school are fed on weekends throughout the school year.

 

A bizarre fight between a Sandusky man and his wife has led to criminal charges.

38-year-old George Hawkins, and 31-year-old Amanda Hawkins were arrested Monday night, on charges of felonious assault, domestic violence and child endangering. After an argument over Facebook, George Hawkins swung a hammer at his wife, while she allegedly brandished a knife.

According to reports, he tried to grab the knife, and suffered a deep cut that severed a tendon. The couple’s eight-year-old son was home during the skirmish. Sandusky police learned about the fight, after George went to the hospital.

 

Investigators may have to turn to DNA to confirm the identity of a man who died at a halfway house in Sandusky.

As we told you yesterday, detectives hoped to use medical records but were unsuccessful.  The man died in a Sunday afternoon fire at the Beacon House on Venice Road.  Foul play isn’t suspected.

 

The State Highway Patrol says 19 people died in crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, defined as last Wednesday through Sunday.

That number is comparable to previous years.