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Friday, August 28, 2015

The 2015 high school football season kicks off this weekend, and we’ll have four games in two nights!

Tonight on K96, it’s Bellevue at Perkins. We’ll Countdown to Kickoff at 6:30, with game time at 7. On 95.3 WLKR, it’s Margaretta at Willard. Join us In the Huddle at 6:30…Kickoff is at 7. A doubleheader is on tap tomorrow night on 95.3. Live at 7, it’ll be Norwalk at Mentor Lake Catholic. After that, it’s Pigskin Playback between St. Mary Central Catholic at St. Paul.

 

They could swap offices.

Republican State Representative Terry Boose of Norwalk has announced plans to run for Huron County Commissioner next year. Meanwhile, Democratic County Commissioner Tom Dunlap says he’ll run for the 57th District House seat, currently held by Boose. Due to term limits, Boose can’t seek re-election to the Ohio House. He served as a Huron County Commissioner from 1997 until 2004. Dunlap is in his first term as a county commissioner. He served one term as Huron County Sheriff in the 80’s.

 

If you’re on the Ohio Turnpike this weekend, you’ll notice more Highway Patrol Troopers.

It’s part of an initiative to stop traffic fatalities. Troopers say they’ll also work to reduce serious injury crashes, and apprehend drivers using the toll road for illegal purposes.

 

If you live or drive along Norwalk’s Central Boulevard, heads up…

Starting next week, crews will begin mobilizing, in preparation for the 2015 Waterline Replacement Project. Actual work will begin the week of September 8th, and that means during construction, Central Boulevard will be closed to thru traffic from 7am until 6pm Monday through Thursday. If necessary, work will take place on Friday, to stay on schedule. Driveways may be temporarily blocked. School busses and emergency services will have access during construction. Central Boulevard residents can expect minor disruptions to water service, once work begins.

 

The Orion spacecraft is undergoing testing at NASA Plum Brook in Sandusky.

The tests center around Orion’s service module, which will be used on future manned missions to Mars.

 

A Norwalk man is facing drunk driving charges, after his arrest earlier this week.

According to reports, 54-year-old Donald W. Johnson was going 88 miles per hour Tuesday night on U.S. Route 20 in Townsend Township. His blood alcohol content was .137, well above Ohio’s legal limit of .08. Johnson was convicted of DUI in 2000 and 2001. He was charged in 2006, but was found not guilty.

 

The Lorain County Democratic Party will not be represented at the Lorain County Fair the rest of this week.

They’ve pulled out in protest of a vendor allowed to sell Confederate flags and other gear.

 


Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Wakeman resident was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, after crashing her car into a tree.

26-year-old Ashley Absher was injured late yesterday morning on U.S. Route 20, near Wakeman Townline Road in Wakeman Township. Alcohol and drugs are not considered factors in the crash. However, Absher was not wearing a seat belt. The accident remains under investigation by the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

 

A Sandusky man was jailed Wednesday, for allegedly pointing a gun at his wife’s head.

29-year-old Brandon Jones was arrested at his Stone Street home, after a brief standoff with Sandusky police. He’s facing several charges, including kidnapping. According to reports, Jones and his wife had been arguing about their relationship ending when he allegedly pulled a gun and threatened to kill her or her children. She was able to escape a short time later, and contact police. Officers arrived, and coaxed Jones from the home about 30 minutes later. They recovered a loaded gun. During the incident, nearby Osborne School was placed on lockdown.

 

Dayton has become the first major Ohio city to offer paid parental leave.

Full-time city workers—male or female—can take six weeks off immediately after the birth or adoption of a child. It’s not exactly fully-paid time off. The first two weeks are considered an unpaid waiting period. The remaining four weeks will be paid at a 70 percent rate. Vacation or sick time can be used to cover the other 30 percent.

 

A Cedar Point police officer and part-time Lorain County deputy is out of work after pleading ‘no contest’ to soliciting sex from a woman he met on Craigslist.

24-year-old Christopher Cassell was charged Tuesday night, and was in court yesterday. He was given a suspended two-month jail sentence, and was fined $250. Tuesday’s encounter didn’t go as Cassell planned. After responding to the woman’s online ad, he went to an Elyria motel and was beaten, choked and robbed by three men who stormed the room. Police have arrested the woman and two of the men.

 

A Medina County man will spend eight years in prison, for orchestrating an investment scheme that primarily targeted senior citizens.

Along with prison time, 64-year-old Dennis Flood of Brunswick must pay more than $1 million in restitution to his victims. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said between 2009 and last year, Flood stole from 45 victims in Ohio and Pennsylvania by deceiving them into buying fictitious investment certificates through his company, D.L. Flood Agency. The victims, primarily in their 70’s and 80’s, were promised large returns on their investments. At least one of the victims was from Huron County.

 

Bellevue officials are seeking state grants, to cover the cost to demolish two vacant downtown buildings.

127 and 129 East Main, between Level Up and the Green Emerald restaurant were damaged by a July, 2013 tornado, and have since been condemned. The cost to tear down the buildings will run between $100,000 and $150,000.

 


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

When it comes to unemployment in the Buckeye State, figures show Monroe County in southeast Ohio has the highest rate, 9.9 percent.

Mercer County in western Ohio has the state’s lowest jobless rate, 3.3 percent. At 6.2 percent, Lorain County is ranked 16th, and with a jobless rate of 5.7 percent, Huron County is 29th. Crawford County is 32nd, Richland County 34th, Erie County 43rd, Ashland County 50th, Seneca County 53rd, and Sandusky County 69th.

 

Police in Norwalk, along with Erie County deputies continue to investigate a series of recent break-ins that may be connected.

Burglaries occurred at Gibson’s Landscaping, Warnike Carpet, Smetzer Paint and Supply, Heartland Mechanical Services and Old Towne Windows and Doors, all on U.S. Route 250 in Milan Township. In Norwalk, recent break-ins occurred at NAPA and DS Express Carriers, both on Republic Street. An attempted break-in also occurred at Norwalk Motor Sales on Milan Avenue. Anyone with information should contact the Norwalk Police Department, or the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

 

A former Sandusky man is facing a lengthy prison term, for sexually abusing a young girl.

This week, a jury in Erie County found 48-year-old James Henry of Cleveland guilty on three counts of rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of attempted rape. The crimes occurred in Erie and Lorain counties, and began when the victim was 7, and continued until she was 12. Henry will be sentenced September 25th.

 

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will be in Ohio tomorrow.

She’ll lead a 10am grassroots organizing meeting at Case Western Reserve University and later, she’ll attend a private $2,700 per-person fundraiser. In Ohio, Clinton leads all other Democrats.

 

A one-car accident near Davis-Besse shut down Route 2 for an hour yesterday.

According to the Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred shortly before 5:30. Troopers said 54-year-old Cynthia Elizondo of Royal Oak, Michigan went off the road, hit a cement culvert and overturned. Elizondo and a passenger, 17-year-old Jacob Elizondo suffered incapacitating injuries, and were taken to St. Charles Hospital in Toledo. She was charged with failure to control.

 

Burger King on Norwalk’s north side is open again.

Over the summer, crews tore down the old fast food restaurant, and replaced it with an updated building.

 

Good news, if the information is accurate.

Gasbuddy.com says pump prices in Ohio will drop between 20 and 50 cents in the coming days. Gas prices recently spiked, because of problems at a BP refinery in Indiana. Those problems have been fixed, and the refinery is now up and running.

 


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Autopsy results show a Florida man killed in Norwalk last week died of a single stab wound to the heart.

Those results and more information will be sent to state agents for processing. Norwalk police say 24-year-old Ronald Wisniewski of Lake Worth, Florida was fatally stabbed shortly before 2am last Friday, outside a Bouscay Avenue apartment. The sole suspect is 23-year-old Eric Lee Carroll of Norwalk. He’s in the Huron County Jail, charged with murder. According to Norwalk PD Sgt. Jim Fulton, Carroll was upset that his ex-girlfriend was involved with Wisniewski. Fulton also said Carroll had been drinking heavily the day of the attack. Carroll is a convicted sex offender, and has been arrested numerous other crimes.

 

A Huron woman could spend eight years in prison, after pleading guilty to a felony charge of vehicular homicide.

32-year-old Lindsey Gundlach entered the plea yesterday in Erie County Common Pleas Court. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed four other charges, including DUI. Gundlach backed her car into the Huron River in Milan Township’s Franklin Flats last December, with two passengers in the back seat…Four-year-old Javin Jacques and seven-year-old Autumn Collinsworth. Gundlach and the girl escaped from the sinking car. Jacques did not. Gundlach will be sentenced in November.

 

A proposed Huron County wind farm will be discussed Thursday in Columbus.

The Ohio Power Siting Board is expected to rule on an application for a rehearing for the controversial Greenwich Windpark. Last year, plans were approved to build a 25-turbine wind park, covering more than 4,500 acres in Greenwich Township. However, nearby residents voiced opposition, causing those plans to be delayed. The wind park was scheduled to be operational by the end of this year.

 

A mixed bag in terms of area unemployment.

New figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show July unemployment increased slightly in Huron, Erie and Crawford counties. It remained the same in Ashland and Richland counties, and decreased in Lorain, Sandusky and Seneca counties.

 

Norwalk City Council is off tonight.

City council’s next meeting will be September 1st.

 

More information has been released, about a Norwalk man accused of rape.

Police believe 72-year-old Hershel Prater Jr. sexually abused a 10-year-old victim late last month or early this month. He’s also suspected of sexually abusing a 14-year-old earlier this month, and a 15-year-old in 2012. Last week, a Huron County grand jury charged Prater with rape, importuning and two counts of gross sexual imposition. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

 

State Senator Gayle Manning is coming to eastern Huron County.

She’ll hold district office hours between 4 and 5 this Thursday, at the Wakeman Community Library. She’ll listen to concerns, and answer questions. Manning represents Ohio’s 13th Senate district, which covers Huron and Lorain counties.

 

Friday is the deadline for Republicans to apply for a vacancy in the Ohio House.

Qualified residents of Erie and Ottawa counties can email House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger at Rep91@ohiohouse.gov. The 89th District House seat came open last month, when Republican Steve Kraus of Huron was convicted of theft.