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Thursday, May 14, 2015

South of us, in Richland, Ashland and Crawford counties, a Frost Advisory remains in effect until 8 this morning.

 

It’s a big sports doubleheader day on 95.3 WLKR.

At 12:10 this afternoon, the Cleveland Indians will wrap up their interleague series against the St. Louis Cardinals. At 8 tonight, it’s Game 6 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference semi-finals, between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls.

 

Former Clyde-Green Springs superintendent Todd Helms is a free man.

After serving five years of an eight-year prison sentence, Helms was given early release yesterday. Helms was sent to prison in 2010, for stealing nearly $300,000 from the school system. Last month, Helms used over $240,000 from his pension account to repay the Clyde-Green Springs schools…He still owes about $32,000.

 

To Lorain County, where the former clerk-treasurer of the village of South Amherst will be arraigned today, on charges she stole more than $500,000 from the town’s coffers.

Investigators said Kim Green spent most of the money on lottery tickets. She handled the books for South Amherst from 2010, until she resigned last month.

 

10 years in prison, for a former Norwalk man accused of robbing and beating an 80-year-old man in his Holiday Lakes home late last year.

30-year-old Anthony Hoover of Ashland was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Once released from prison, Hoover will be on parole for five years, and must pay over $9,000 restitution. An accomplice, 27-year-old Heather Graves of Norwalk, is in the Huron County Jail, and will be sentenced next month. The two stole money from the victim, to buy drugs.

 

It’s your chance to check out Norwalk’s Water Treatment Plant, and the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

City officials have scheduled tours for both—June 9th for the Water Treatment Plant, and June 16th for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Both tours will start at 6pm. It’s a chance to get a behind-the-scenes-look, and learn about what happens to water going down the drain, and how your drinking water is made safe. If you’d like to tour one or both, RSVP by calling Norwalk City Hall, or by emailing publicworks@norwalkoh.com.

 


Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Cavs bounced back from Monday’s playoff loss, with a resounding victory last night.

The Cavaliers topped the Chicago Bulls, 106-91. Game three of the playoff series is tomorrow night.

 

A judge has dismissed criminal charges, against former Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox.

Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone ruled yesterday that the statute of limitations had passed. On March 11th, Fox was charged with two misdemeanor counts of falsification, for allegedly failing to disclose gifts he received from Kalahari in 2011. In Ohio, the statute of limitation is two years from the date the alleged crime was committed. Fox’s legal fight continues…He’s suing three board members and the Huron Schools for wrongful termination. He was fired in April of 2013.

 

A light ballot led to a very light voter turnout this week.

In Huron County, 10.8 percent of registered voters cast ballots. In Erie County, the number was 6.5 percent.

 

Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard announced yesterday that he’ll seek re-election in 2016.

He’s currently in his second term as sheriff.

 

State Route 4, a half-mile south of Bogart Road in Perkins Township will close on Monday, for a culvert replacement.

Work should be complete by next Friday.

 

The extreme endurance event known as Tough Mudder will be held in Lexington this weekend.

It’ll be held Saturday and Sunday, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. For more information, go to ToughMudder.com.

 

An Ohio man on the run for 56 years has been found. 

The story goes like this…Frank Freshwaters was involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian in 1957.  He was sentenced to 1 to 20 years for voluntary manslaughter.  But, the sentence was suspended and he was placed on five years’ probation.  In 1959, he was found guilty of violating probation and his original sentence was imposed.  He spent a few months at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield and then was transferred to the Sandusky Honor Farm.  In September of 1959, Freshwaters escaped.  In October of 1975, he was caught in West Virginia but was released when the governor refused to send him back to Ohio.  Now 79 years old, Freshwaters remained free until Monday when U.S. Marshals found him living in Melbourne, Florida, under the name William Harold Cox.  He’s being held in Florida, pending extradition back to Ohio.

 

Officials with Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy’s have announced plans to sell 640 restaurants to franchisees to generate cash and reduce expenses.

The first-food giant will also sell its bakery operation, based in Zanesville later this month.

 

Afternoon baseball will hit the airwaves this afternoon.

The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals will wrap up their three-game series starting at 2:10.  You can catch all the action starting with Indians Warm-up at 1:37 on 95.3 WLKR.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Heavy fog caused a number of school delays and a couple of school closings this morning.

Anytime weather closes or delays area schools, we’ll have the info on the air every 10 minutes and post it on our website and on Facebook.

 

The only countywide issue in Huron County failed, during yesterday’s election.

A 20-year bond issue to raise $5.5 million for a new building for Senior Enrichment Services went down, 1978-1832, or 52 to 48 percent.

It was a different story in the Monroeville school district. Voters there approved an emergency 10-year, 4.95 mill levy. Totals from Huron and Erie counties show it passed 729-478, or 60 to 40 percent.

Also passing yesterday: an income tax renewal in the city of Bellevue, a one-percent income tax in the Seneca East school district, a 5-mill renewal in the Firelands school district, plus natural gas aggregation issues in Wakeman Village and Township, New London and Vermilion.

 

As mentioned, Huron County’s voter turnout was just under 11 percent.

Due to just four issues in outlying areas, only 338 total ballots were cast in Erie County, which led to a 6.5 percent turnout.  Lorain County’s turnout was 11.6 percent.

 

The man believed responsible for last week’s gas station robbery in Willard is behind bars.

20-year-old Caleb Hale was arrested without incident early yesterday afternoon, in Mansfield…According to reports, he was found napping in a home. Hale is charged with aggravated robbery, in connection with an early Thursday morning robbery at Hy-Miler on Tiffin Street. Willard police said he used a gun to rob the store of several hundred dollars, and cigarettes.

 

Officials from Destination Cleveland now say, hotels in Sandusky are being included in discussions with the Republican National Convention committee.

Officials say, some people will arrive a week BEFORE the convention, and some of them might want to stay in Sandusky and make Cedar Point a vacation-destination. The Republican National Convention will be held in downtown Cleveland in July of next year.

 

Cedar Point’s 2015 season officially begins this Saturday.

Single-day admission is $62, or three percent more than last year. However, discounted tickets are available at cedarpoint.com, Meijer and Discount Drug Mart. Cedar Point will unveil Rougarou to the media this Friday. We’ll broadcast live from Cedar Point, starting at 6 Friday morning.

 

An Ohio man on the run for 56 years has been found.

Frank Freshwaters was involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian in 1957. He was sentenced to 1 to 20 years for voluntary manslaughter. But, the sentence was suspended, and he was placed on five years’ probation. In 1959, he was found guilty of violating probation, and his original sentence was imposed. He spent a few months at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, then was transferred to the Sandusky Honor Farm. In September of 1959, Freshwaters escaped. In October of 1975, he was caught in West Virginia but was released, when the governor refused to send him back to Ohio. Now 79 years old, Freshwaters remained free until Monday, when U.S. Marshals found him living in Melbourne, Florida, under the name William Harold Cox. He’s being held in Florida, pending extradition back to Ohio.

 

An important game for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Cavs and Chicago.  The Bulls won Monday’s series opener.  The Tip-Off Show begins at 6:30 with game time set for 7 tonight on 95.3, WLKR.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It is Election Day, with a very light ballot.

In Huron County, there’s one countywide issue. It’s a 20-year bond issue that would raise $5.5 million for a new building for Senior Enrichment Services. Among other issues on today’s ballot: an additional 10-year, 4.95 mill levy for the Monroeville Local Schools. The polls are open from 6:30 this morning, until 7:30 tonight. We’ll post the results online tonight. Simply go to our Facebook page, 95.3 WLKR or K96 WKFM.

Around Ohio, voters in 74 of 88 counties will decide numerous local races, and 336 local issues, including school and local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments.

 

It appears there will be a race for Norwalk mayor.

Ryan McDonnell filed petitions to run, ahead of yesterday’s 4pm deadline. Once the petitions are certified by the Huron County Board of Elections, McDonnell will run as an independent against incumbent Republican Mayor Rob Duncan this fall. Duncan is seeking his second term in office. Former city councilman Dwight Tkach circulated petitions to run for Norwalk mayor, but opted not to enter the race.

 

Willard City Council is getting closer to naming a new city manager.

Last week, city council interviewed three applicants for the job, and last night, council members went behind closed doors to discuss all three. Council president Josh Gerber said last night that Willard City Council hopes to announce a decision later this month.

 

A local financial advisor based in Milan is facing criminal charges, for allegedly swiping over $400,000 from a former friend.

54-year-old Kenneth Dunnavant Jr. owns Lakeside Financial Planners. He’s now charged with theft and forgery and is due in court later this month.  Court documents state between 2008 and 2013 he stole the money from Lakeside Heart and Lung Center and Hot Dog Tony’s, both in Sandusky.  The two businesses are owned by the same person, heart surgeon Dr. Anthony DeRiso.  According to reports, most of the money came from the medical practice, but more than $30,000 was taken from Hot Dog Tony’s.  DeRiso learned of the alleged thefts over a year ago after being approached by the IRS.  He’s already filed and won a half-million dollar civil suit against Dunnavant.

 

Willard police have named the prime suspect, in last week’s gas station robbery.

The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Caleb Myles Hale, of Dale Avenue. He’s wanted on a warrant charging him with aggravated robbery, and he’s considered armed and dangerous. He may have left the state. Hale is accused of using a gun to rob Hy-Miler on Tiffin Street early Thursday morning…He made off with cigarettes, and several hundred dollars. Anyone with more information about the robbery, or on Hale’s whereabouts should contact the Willard Police Department.

 

The State of Ohio is sending a sizable grant to the city of Norwalk, to help Borgers-Ohio build a new facility and create more than 200 jobs.

The 112-thousand-dollar grant is earmarked for infrastructure improvements at Industrial Parkway.  Borgers is spending more than 60-million-dollars on the project.