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Monday, February 23, 2015

Frigid conditions led to a number of schools delays and a few closing today. 

 

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until noon tomorrow.

 

Wet and slippery roads may have led to a weekend crash that claimed a Fremont man.

21-year-old Jose Ramon Leal Jr. was killed Saturday afternoon on the Ohio Turnpike, near the Milan exit. According to the highway patrol, Leal was eastbound, when he lost control of his car and hit a guardrail, then was hit by two cars and a tractor-trailer. Troopers continue to investigate the crash.

 

Two Pennsylvania residents are in the Erie County Jail this morning, for allegedly running a theft and fraud operation.

Lynette Lucas and Eric Steighner were arrested Thursday, after using a stolen credit card to buy nearly $3,000 worth of items from Menard’s in Perkins Township. Store officials were tipped off by the corporate office, after the two did the same thing at Menard’s in Massillon. They used a U-Haul truck, to pick up almost $5,000 worth of goods there. Lucas and Steighner also hit at least three other Menards’ stores in Ohio, using the same stolen credit card, and a glitch in the system. Authorities believe the two, plus a possible third person sell the stolen merchandise online, or return it and receive store gift cards, then sell those online as well.

 

The 14th annual Huron County Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Show is set for this Saturday.

More than 70 area businesses will be on hand between 10 and 4, at Norwalk Middle School. We’ll have more in news later this week, and we’ll broadcast live from the Home and Business Show between 10 and 1.

 

The Bellevue Board of Education has agreed to form a committee, to explore a proposal to build an arts galleria.

If it’s built, it would take about two years, and $1.5 million. The cost would be covered by private donations and grants.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education will meet twice this week for a second round of interviews with superintendent applicants.

The school board will meet behind closed doors at 7pm Wednesday and Thursday.  Both meetings will take place at Norwalk High School.

 

The Perkins Board of Education will meet in special session tomorrow night to hire and introduce the district’s new superintendent.

Sources said Jodie Hausmann will replace current superintendent Jim Gunner.  She’s currently director of teaching and learning in the Parma City Schools.  Tomorrow’s special meeting will begin at 6:30 at Perkins High School.

 

School officials in Elyria are planning visits to Huron and Columbus as part of their superintendent search.

According to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, the two finalists for the top job are Huron Schools Superintendent Dennis Muratori and Columbus School Deputy Superintendent John Stanford.  Current Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda is retiring at the end of the current school year.

 


Friday, February 20, 2015

The Wind Chill Warning has been changed to a Wind Chill Advisory.

It runs until noon.

 

It was a record-setting night in Norwalk.

Last night’s official low was 12-below zero.  That broke the previous record of 9-below set back in 1936.  Records were shattered around the state.  The official low at Hopkins International Airport was -17.  At Toledo Express Airport was -19.  The Village of Orwell in Ashtabula County reported a low of -35.

 

For the second straight day, all area schools were closed due to sub zero temperatures.

 

If your school district uses the ‘One Call’ for school closings and delays, and you’re not getting the information, keep in mind that we have the information on the air every ten minutes, plus online and on Facebook.

 

An inmate at the Erie County Jail is accused of plotting a possible escape.

36-year-old Randy Young of Memphis, Tennessee is behind bars, for allegedly robbing a gas station and an ATM. Late Wednesday night, corrections officers noticed Young had used the wooden end of a scrub brush to punch holes in the window of his cell. When questioned, Young denied wrongdoing. Officials said bars in the window would have prevented any type of escape.

 

A snowmobile fire in Norwalk did about $12,000 damage.

It happened early Wednesday evening, in the garage of an East Main Street home. According to a report, the resident was working on the snowmobile, when it caught fire. It was destroyed by the blaze, along with some siding on the garage.

 

Down Route 61, to Mt. Gilead, where a highway patrol trooper there recently resigned, after admitting to having sex in his cruiser, while on duty.

The encounter involving 23-year-old Cody Nevers and a woman occurred in December. She told his superiors, after learning he had a fiancée.

 

The Ohio Supreme Court is coming to Sandusky County.

The state’s high court will hear oral arguments in Fremont in September. During the session, select high school students will be able to attend, and ask questions.

 

Starting this April, 500,000 Wal-Mart employees will be getting a raise.

Starting pay at the nation’s leading retailer is being bumped to at least $9 an hour and according to the company, workers’ pay will go up to $10 an hour next year. 

 

Lake Erie is 98 percent covered by ice.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Cleveland Office of the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for the area, from 4 this afternoon, until noon Friday.

 

In case you missed it, we tied a record low in Norwalk Sunday night. The official low in the Maple City was 10-below zero, tying the mark set back in 1943.

We could set a new record tomorrow night. The projected low is 13-below zero.

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

 

With extreme cold expected tomorrow, the city of Norwalk Utility Billing Department is reminding residents that there is a drive-thru drop-off box in front of the Norwalk Police Department for payment of water bills.

Residents can use the drop box to avoid having to leave their cars.

 

The Norwalk Police Department is investigating a weekend break-in, at the Huron County Humane Society.

Two people entered the building early Sunday morning, and stole a small amount of cash. Some of the crime was caught on tape, and officers have pictures of the suspects and their car. Anyone with more information should contact the Norwalk Police Department.

 

The $60 million building that will house Borgers USA in Norwalk is nearing completion.

Mayor Rob Duncan talked about that and more, during last night’s ‘State of the City’ address. The German-based automotive supplier broke ground last August, in the Firelands Industrial Park. Once it’s up and running, the factory will employ over 200 workers. Also mentioned during Duncan’s speech: the 2014 Norwalk Truckers Division II state basketball championship, Imagine Norwalk, waterline replacement, and the need for a new fire station.

 

A man charged in a triple homicide in Fremont will spend at least 44 years in prison.

34-year-old Igmidio “Roger” Mista was scheduled to stand trial yesterday, but instead, he agreed to plead guilty to three counts of murder. According to the Fremont News Messenger, he was immediately sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole until 2059. Last March, Mista opened fire at the Last Car Bar, killing three men, including an off-duty Elmore police officer. The motive remains unknown.

 

The search will begin soon, for a new school treasurer in New London.

Susan Gutherie is resigning, effective July 31st. The Board of Education accepted her resignation Monday night.

 

A group pushing a ballot issue to legalize marijuana in the Buckeye State is changing its proposed constitutional amendment.

Revisions by ‘ResponsibleOhio’ include allowing Ohioans to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use and reducing the tax rate from 15 to 5 percent.  If approved, marijuana grown at home would have to be raised indoors and in a secure location inaccessible to anyone 21 or under.  ‘ResponsibleOhio’ is gathering signatures on petitions in hopes of getting the issue on the ballot this November.  One or two other issues to legalize pot could be on the same ballot.

 


Tuesday, February 18, 2015

Students across Ohio will begin taking the new Common Core test today.

The exam replaces the former state proficiency tests in math and reading. In addition to increasing opposition from educators and parents, there are concerns about possible internet connection issues.

 

An Akron man is facing a handful of charges, after a weekend chase in southern Huron County.

19-year-old Damien Hester fled from a Greenwich police officer early Saturday morning. Speeds reached 100 miles per hour, and the pursuit was called off after four miles, because of dangerous conditions. However, Hester was involved in a crash a short time later, and was stopped by Plymouth police and Huron County deputies. After a blood alcohol test, Hester was jailed on charges of DUI, reckless operation, driving with a suspended license and failing to comply. He’s currently free on bond.

 

Tonight is when Norwalk City Council will hear the first reading of an ordinance that toughens the law against people with unpaid city income taxes.

According to the proposal, court costs, attorney fees, and fees paid to a collection agency could be passed along in tax cases three years old or older.

 

Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will kick off its annual ‘Harvest for Hunger’ campaign.

The Food Bank serves Huron, Erie, Crawford and Lorain counties.

 

Tax season is underway, and the IRS has issued its annual list of most common tax scams, called the ‘Dirty Dozen’

Identity theft tops the list, followed by potential tax swindles pitched by phone and email. IRS spokesman Mike Dobzinski says scammers may even try to file taxes in your name, to claim your refund. Other tax deceptions on the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list include schemes to hide money offshore, and promises of ‘free money’ for inflated refunds.

 

The brutal cold has Lake Erie nearly covered in ice, and it’s putting a dent in fish supplies.

According to various reports, ice is blocking commercial fishing boats, leading to a shortage of yellow perch, at a time when they’re served up at Lenten fish fries that begin this week.

 

To southwest Ohio, where a convicted felon is running for mayor.

Steven Williams was released from prison in 2000, after serving three years for kidnapping. Now, he’s seeking the top spot in the city of Hillsboro, a town with about 6,600 people. He says he’s turned his life around, earned a college degree, and is now a logistics analyst. Nothing is preventing Williams from running. Ohio law states that felons can regain their voting rights after completing all terms of their sentence. The current mayor of Hillsboro, Drew Hastings, is seeking re-election. In addition to being mayor, he’s a professional comedian.