Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Norwalk School Board will meet again tonight, to continue the search for a new superintendent.

Tonight’s closed-door meeting will begin at 8, at the central office. The board conducted first round interviews with five finalists last week, then began second-round interviews on Tuesday. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is set to retire one week from today.


An Erie County grand jury has boosted charges against a Groton Township couple accused of letting their son die of severe injuries caused by neglect.

A special grand jury has charged 54-year-old David Arthur Jr, and 46-year-old Deborah Arthur with murder and patient endangerment. They were originally charged with involuntary manslaughter. The charges are tied to the mid-June death of 33-year-old David Arthur Jr. Erie County deputies said Arthur was extremely malnourished and was covered in bed sores. Deputies learned the man had been bedridden for six months. The Arthurs remain in the Erie County Jail, in lieu of $500,000 bond.


A Monroeville man facing several charges for growing marijuana has accepted a plea bargain.

32-year-old Thomas Sterling pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of cultivating marijuana. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed four other charges. He’ll be sentenced September 11th, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Sterling was arrested in March, after police found dozens of marijuana plants, and $10,000 worth of equipment used to grow pot, at the former Berardi’s Restaurant on U.S. Route 20.


It may be weeks, before we know what caused the death of Cory Barron.

The Fremont man’s body was found Tuesday at the Lorain County Landfill in Oberlin. Barron was last seen four days earlier, at a Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Police believe Barron may have somehow fallen from a fifth-level garbage chute, into a dumpster in the basement of the ballpark. Initial autopsy results provided no new information. Ongoing tests may take several weeks.


The Red Cross has put out an urgent call for blood donations.

Red Cross officials said donations are down eight percent, resulting in 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is serious enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. Eligible donors with types O-negative, B-negative and A-negative blood are especially needed.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day baseball today, in Minneapolis.

The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will wrap their three-game series, starting at 1:10. You can hear this afternoon’s game on 95.3, WLKR.


Authorities are investigating the death of a Fremont man who disappeared during a concert at Progressive Field.

The body of 22-year-old Cory Barron was found yesterday, at the Lorain County landfill in Oberlin. Barron disappeared Friday night, during the Jason Aldean concert. Investigators say Barron may have fallen down a fifth-level garbage chute at the ballpark.


30 years in a federal prison for an Ashland man accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman.

28-year-old Jordie Callahan was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court.  Federal prosecutors were hoping for a life sentence.  Callahan and his girlfriend, Jessica Hunt, held the woman and her young daughter captive for nearly two years, until late 2012.  During that time, the two stole the woman’s public assistance checks, forced her to have sex and stole painkillers prescribed by her doctor.  Hunt will be sentenced tomorrow.


The results are in from a weekend ‘under-21′ alcohol sting in Bellevue.

Out of 11 businesses, three sold alcohol to someone under 21.  Clerks at those three businesses were given misdemeanor citations.


It’s day one of the Ohio State Fair.

The opening ceremony will be held at 9am. The 161st state fair runs through August 3rd, in Columbus.


Jobless rates in Huron and Erie counties were unchanged last month.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Huron County’s June unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, while Erie County’s was 4.7 percent. Jobless rates increased in all other area counties. Among the state’s 88 counties, Monroe County had Ohio’s highest unemployment rate last month, 11.7 percent. Mercer County had the state’s lowest jobless rate, just 3.3 percent.


Sandusky voters will decide on a proposed, bundled tax increase this fall.

If approved, the city’s income tax would increase from one to 1.25 percent, while Sandusky’s admissions tax would increase one percent, to four percent. Combined, the two would generate $2.3 million annually.


Ohioans who bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act could see premiums skyrocket, due to a federal court ruling.

An appeals court has ruled, low and middle income people who bought policies through the federal insurance exchange are not eligible for billions of dollars in tax credits.


Biologists with the Division of Wildlife verified 200 bobcat sightings in Ohio in 2013.

It’s the first time sightings increased to 200.  Bobcats were confirmed in 36 counties last year, but most of the sightings were in southeast Ohio.  In addition to the 200 verified sightings, there were 226 unverified bobcat sightings last year.  The bobcat was recently removed from the Ohio Endangered and Threatened Species list, but it remains protected in the state.


Today is National Hot Dog Day.

It’s also National Batman Day.  Batman is 75.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The head of Christie Lane School and Workshop in Norwalk is retiring.

Denise Zeffiro-Krenisky will leave, as the end of the year. She’s been with the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities for nearly 20 years. The Board will begin an immediate search for a replacement.


The Willard Police Department continues to investigate a rash of stolen cars.

7 cars were stolen in 10 days in the city. Some of those cars had keys left inside, and some were running. Anyone with information should contact the Willard Police Department.


The search continues for a Fremont man missing for several days.

22-year-old Cory Barron was last seen at last Friday’s Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field in Cleveland.  Search efforts began Sunday when friends and family couldn’t reach him.  Cleveland Police have searched by foot, car and air.  Yesterday they searched rugged terrain near Progressive Field.  Friends have joined in the search and have posted hundreds of flyers.


Area unemployment rates stayed the same or went up in June according to new figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Huron County’s jobless rate was unchanged, 6.7 percent.  Erie County was unchanged as well, 4.7 percent.  June unemployment rates increased in Ashland, Crawford, Lorain, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.  Among the state’s 88 counties, Monroe County had Ohio’s highest unemployment rate last month, 11.7 percent.  Mercer County had the state’s lowest jobless rate, just 3.3 percent.


Ohio’s online sales tax collections are up…WAY up.

According to the Ohio Department of Taxation, this year’s collections have reached $45 million, an increase of 68 percent.


Taxes may be going up, in Sandusky.

Tonight, the city commissioners will discuss increasing Sandusky’s one-percent income tax, and the city’s three-percent admissions tax. The discussion will take place during a special 6pm meeting at City Hall. If the majority of commissioners vote yes, the proposed increases will appear on the ballot in November.


The State Highway Patrol has announced plans to operate multiple DUI checkpoints this week.

More information will be released later this week.


On tap this weekend:  The annual Shiloh Fireman’s Ox Roast.

It’ll take place Friday and Saturday in downtown Shiloh.  More than 8,000 pounds of beef will be served, along with over 300 pies.  Other food will be offered as well.  Proceeds will be used to buy new equipment for the Shiloh Fire Department.  Also featured at the Ox Roast: live music and a parade.



Monday, July 21, 2014

Ohio’s unemployment rate didn’t change, according to new figures from Job and Family Services.

It was 5.5 percent in May and June. County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates will be released tomorrow.


Second round interviews will be held tomorrow, in the search for a new Norwalk City Schools superintendent.

The Board of Education will interview applicants behind closed doors, starting at 7:30 tomorrow night. The executive session will be held at the central office.


Norwalk firefighters were called on, to battle a weekend blaze, at a home on State Street.

The call to 18 State Street came in just after 3:30am Saturday. The structure is a three-apartment dwelling. The blaze was contained to a first-floor apartment, but the apartment and its contents were destroyed. Two other apartments sustained smoke damage. The cause of the fire is undetermined.


Firefighters are still searching for the cause of last week’s large fire at Eagle Creek Golf Club.

Last Thursday’s blaze destroyed a storage shed that housed 70 golf carts and golf course maintenance items. The fire caused about $500,000 damage. No one was injured.


The former head of Erie County Job and Family Services has filed his final appeal, in hopes of reclaiming his job and lost wages.

According to the Sandusky Register, Aaron Voltz is fighting a federal judge’s June decision to dismiss his wrongful termination case. Voltz was fired in July of 2011, after he was accused of raping a 26-year-old Huron woman. He was never formally charged. Voltz, who is Hispanic, is claiming racial and gender discrimination.


The 2014 Ohio State Fair begins this Wednesday.

It runs through August 3rd. This year’s concert lineup in includes Boyz II Men, Lady Antebellum, Scotty McCreery, the Beach Boys, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Aretha Franklin. John Stamos will join the Beach Boys on guitar, vocal and drums.


Tuition is going up at most public universities in Ohio this fall.

Tuition will rise at 11 of the 13 traditional four-year public universities.


The city of Cleveland has withdrawn its bid, to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Cleveland will host the Republican National Convention in 2016.