Monday, July 27, 2015

Alcohol may have played a role in a weekend crash in Norwalk Township.

31-year-old David Schuler-Nickles of Sandusky was hurt Friday night, when he lost control of his car and went off Lovers Lane Road, near Field Road. According to the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, his car hit a guardrail and went airborne into a wooded ravine. Troopers said Schuler-Nickles wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and was ejected from the car. He was flown from the scene to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.


A Vermilion man was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, after rolling his pickup truck in eastern Erie County.

23-year-old Arthur Mead was injured early yesterday morning on Mason Road, near Harrison Road in Vermilion Township. His condition is unknown. Mead told troopers he swerved to avoid a deer. He was charged with driving under the influence and failure to control.


The State Highway Patrol announced this morning that troopers will operate multiple DUI checkpoints this week.

The county where the checkpoints will be held will be announced the day before and location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.


A weekend blaze destroyed a home in New London.

Flames were visible when emergency crews arrived at the East Street scene Saturday afternoon. No one was injured, and the blaze was brought under control within an hour. The residents of the home, Bill and Dalee Speicher and their children lost everything. Friends and family members are accepting donations for the Speichers.


The jury in the Steve Kraus trial went back to work this morning.

Ottawa County jurors are deciding if he’s guilty or innocent of breaking and entering and theft. The Republican from Huron is accused of stealing antiques and a shotgun from a Port Clinton home last spring. He took the stand last week, and denied the allegations. If convicted of either or both charges, Kraus would lose his seat in the Ohio House.


Norwalk City Council is off this week.

City council will meet again next Tuesday night.


Mosquito spraying continues in the city of Bellevue.

It’ll be done at dusk every Monday night until September.


In sports….

The best team in the American League is in Cleveland, for a three-game series against the Indians. The Kansas City Royals and the Tribe will play at 7:10 tonight and tomorrow night and at 12:10 Wednesday. You can hear all three games on 95.3, WLKR.


The Locker Room show returns at 9am this Saturday!

Our guests will include Tim Stried with the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Plymouth Athletic Director Andrew McFarland, former Norwalk High School athlete Jordan Johnson and Eric Frantz of JJHuddle.



Friday, July 24, 2015

An accomplice to an armed robbery in Willard is going to prison.

21-year-old Dalton Parrott of Greenwich was sentenced yesterday to two years behind bars, for complicity. He was the getaway driver in the April 30th holdup at Hy-Miler on Tiffin St. The man who robbed the gas station, 20-year-old Caleb Hale was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.


State Representative Steve Kraus took the stand yesterday, and said he did nothing wrong when he entered a Port Clinton home.

Kraus is on trial in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court. He’s charged with breaking and entering and theft. A charge of burglary was dismissed during yesterday’s proceedings. Kraus also works as an auctioneer. He’s accused of entering the home without permission, and stealing antiques and a shotgun. He testified that he was there to appraise various items, and he claimed the homeowner lied, when she testified she didn’t give permission for him to be in the home. More testimony was heard this morning. Kraus is a Republican from Huron. He represents the 89th House District, which is made up of Erie and Ottawa counties. If convicted of a felony, he could be forced out of office.


The city of Norwalk is in need of a new zoning administration officer.

That’s because current zoning officer James Frado is leaving for a private sector job. A job description and application can be found under ‘job postings’ on the city’s website, Pay for the job ranges from more than $16 an hour, to just over $27 an hour.


Upgrades are planned, at Norwalk’s Stoutenburg Park.

A new gazebo, along with a new drinking fountain and new concrete will be installed later this year. A state grant will pay for 75 percent of the cost.


Sandusky police are investigating a break-in at the Erie County Senior Center.

A worker called it in Monday morning. Entry was gained through a smashed window, and the burglar stole a small amount of cash, plus several items from the gift shop. Several drops of blood were found at the scene. So far, no suspects have been identified.


Finances and a possible November tax levy will be discussed during Monday’s special meeting of the Huron school board.

The meeting will begin at 6pm, in the conference room at Shawnee Elementary.


In sports…

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is now…Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller. He’ll make the change for the upcoming season.

The Cleveland Indians will try to shake off last night’s 8-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Tonight’s game starts at 7:10, and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

NASCAR Sprint Cup racing continues this Sunday, with the Brickyard 400. You can hear complete coverage, starting at 2:30 Sunday on K96.


The State Highway Patrol, Port Clinton police and the Ohio Investigative Unit are teaming up to hold an OVI checkpoint between 9 and 11 tonight, on State Route 163, near Maple Street in Port Clinton.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Highway Patrol says a Norwalk woman injured in a crash last week has died.

76-year-old Arlene Brezicky died Monday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. She was a passenger in a mini-van that was hit last Friday on U.S. Route 250, near State Route 2 in Perkins Township. Three others were injured in the crash.


A Willard man who held up a gas station is going to prison.

20-year-old Caleb Hale of Willard was sentenced yesterday to four years behind bars. Hale walked into Hy-Miler on Tiffin Street during the early morning hours of April 30th, flashed a gun, and robbed the store of several hundred dollars and cigarettes. Hale fled the scene, but was arrested several days later in Mansfield.


Testimony resumed this morning, in the trial of State Representative Steve Kraus.

The Republican from Huron is charged with breaking and entering, burglary and theft, for allegedly stealing antiques and a shotgun from a home in Port Clinton in April of last year. Among those testifying so far: The 67-year-old homeowner, who said Kraus didn’t have permission to enter the house or remove any of the contents, and a neighbor who took pictures of Kraus, while he was taking items from the home. Kraus, an auctioneer, has denied the allegations, and said he had authorization to enter the home and appraise items.


Federal grant money is coming to two area fire departments.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said yesterday the Norwalk Fire Department will receive nearly $6,600, while the Florence Township Fire Department is getting nearly $24,000. Money from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program can be used for training, upgrades and supplies.


The Huron County Commissioners will meet in special session next Tuesday night, to discuss a road usage agreement, due to the Utopia Pipeline going through Fairfield, Peru, Sherman, Ripley and Greenfield Townships.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 7pm, in meeting room A, in the basement level of the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.


In sports…

The Indians are home for seven straight. First up: four against the Chicago White Sox. Game time tonight, tomorrow and Saturday is 7:10, and you can hear all four games on 95.3, WLKR.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Coming up this afternoon on 95.3, WLKR—Cleveland Indians baseball.

The Tribe and Milwaukee Brewers will close out their two-game series at Miller Park. Indians Warm-Up is at 1:37, and game time is at 2:10. The Indians lost last night’s game 8-1.


Norwalk police continue to investigate a bomb threat that cleared a fast food restaurant, on the city’s north side.

Officers and Norwalk firefighters were summoned to Taco Bell on Milan Avenue yesterday afternoon. As a precaution, they evacuated the restaurant to search for a bomb. Nothing was found. Police have the phone number used to call in the threat.


Administrative changes have been approved by the Norwalk City Schools Board of Education.

Last night, the board hired Norwalk Middle School principal Corey Ream as Director of Operations. It’s a new position that replaces the job of assistant superintendent. He was given a three-year contract that pays $99,500 annually. The board approved two other moves. Norwalk High School Director of Student Activities Gary Swartz will fill Ream’s post at the middle school, and Maplehurst kindergarten teacher Josh Schlotterer will take over Swartz’s job at the high school. They were given two-year contracts.


In other business, the Norwalk school board approved a contract with OAPSE Local 269. The union represents various support staff.

The three-year agreement includes a 2.25 raise, and a $500 contract agreement payment in the first year, with raises of 2 percent, and 2.25 in years two and three. It also includes increased health insurance co-pays and potential increased yearly deductions, along with future increased employee contributions to healthcare. Contract negotiations continue with the Norwalk Teachers Association.


To Ottawa County, where jury selection began this morning, in the trial of State Representative Steve Kraus.

He’s facing charges of breaking and entering, burglary and theft. Kraus is accused stealing items from a home in Port Clinton last spring, but has denied the allegations. The Republican from Huron represents the 89th District, which is made up of Erie and Ottawa counties.


The investigation continues, into Tuesday’s early morning blaze that destroyed two homes in Sandusky.

Firefighters from multiple departments were summoned to 712 and 716 West Adams Street at 12:30 yesterday morning. Both homes were engulfed in flames. Several people in the homes got out safely, but a dog was killed, and a Sandusky firefighter suffered non-life threatening injuries. A witness told investigators that a person was spotted running from the scene, but it’s not yet known if there’s a connection.