Thursday, April 10, 2014

Felony charges have been filed, in connection with a theft and chase in Sandusky.

The suspect in the case: An 11-year-old boy. He was arrested Tuesday night, after snatching a cell phone from a CVS employee, then threatening her with a combination ice scraper-snow brush. The boy fled the store on food, but was found a short time later. According to reports, the boy was cornered in the backyard of a Sycamore Line home. He taken to the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center, on charges of robbery, tampering with evidence, theft and obstruction.


Some like it, others don’t.

Either way, the Sandusky Bay Barge Party is back. It’ll be held July 12th. The Barge Party was called off last year, due to financial and legal reasons. In 2012, it was marred by underage drinking.


Norwalk and Huron City Schools are now sharing an interim treasurer.

Betty Schwiefert has been working in Norwalk since early this year. She stepped in, after the retirement of longtime treasurer Kenn France. She’s now been hired for the same post in Huron, after the retirement of Mike Weiss. Schwiefert retired as North Point Education Service Center’s treasurer in 2012. North Point is helping both Norwalk and Huron, in finding new treasurers.


A traffic stop in Wakeman led to two felony arrests this week.

The car was pulled over for erratic driving. A check of the driver, 25-year-old Jonathon Minaya of North Olmsted, turned up a warrant for felony robbery. A passenger, 27-year-old Christopher Young of Cleveland was wanted for rape. Suspected drugs were found in the car. Both men were taken to the Huron County Jail.


If you’re wondering what’s going on with Norwalk’s Wendy’s restaurant…

It’s being torn down, to make room for a bigger restaurant. The neighboring Royal Motel is coming down too, as part of Wendy’s expansion plans. The new building should be open in June.


After more than two years of study and review, a state panel is finalizing a report on capital punishment in Ohio.

The report by the Ohio Supreme Court Death Penalty Task Force includes sweeping changes.  Among them: banning executions of the mentally ill, requiring DNA evidence or a videotaped confession, eliminating certain crimes from the possibility of a death sentence, including kidnapping, rape, aggravated arson and aggravated robbery.  Some of the proposed changes would have to be approved by the General Assembly and sign into law by the governor.


The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments in two months on the use of traffic cameras.

A motorist in Toledo is the latest person to challenge so-called ‘red light cameras.’  Several motorists around the state have won recent lawsuits.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It’s a baseball doubleheader day on 95.3.

At noon, it’s the Tribe and San Diego Padres. At four, it’s live high school baseball from All-Pro Freight Stadium, as the Norwalk Truckers take on the Clyde Fliers.


Another sizable jump, in gas prices.

At some area stations, yesterday’s jump was nearly 30 cents. At most pumps, self-serve regular is now $3.79 per gallon.


Starting tomorrow, the State Highway Patrol will join local law enforcement agencies, in a push to reduce distracted driving-related crashes, and to raise awareness about the dangers distracted driving creates.

The Patrol will also enforce Ohio’s texting while driving law.


The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has announced plans to work high visibility traffic enforcement throughout the county, for DUI and speed enforcement, and prom season.

Special attention will be paid to State Routes 2, 4, 6, 60 and 61, along with U.S. Route 250.


Uptown Norwalk is losing a business.

Crumbs Confections on East Main will close for good, May 3rd. The bakery opened three years ago.


Norwalk City Schools and North Central State College in Mansfield are teaming up to offer dual-enrollment classes.

Starting with the 2014-2015 school year, Norwalk High School students will be able to take psychology, sociology, and Calculus I and II classes through North Central State College.  Students can choose to take those classes for high school OR college credit.  More dual-enrollment courses may be offered later.


The Margaretta Local Schools’ Board of Education has scheduled four special board meetings, to discuss hiring a new superintendent.

The first meeting was held last night. Future meetings are scheduled for Friday, and next Tuesday and Wednesday. All meetings will be held behind closed doors, at the board office in Castalia. Current superintendent Ed Kurt is leaving this summer. He’s been hired for the same job in Findlay. More than 20 people have applied replace Kurt.


A Norwalk man is facing a grand jury indictment for allegedly setting fire to a house in Willard.

58-year-old Samuel Sherck is currently charged with arson in connection with a late March fire that destroyed a home on B&O Pike.  No one was injured in the blaze.


Three people have been arrested, for running an illegal casino in northeast Ohio.

Authorities said the trio ran their own casino in Canton, complete with 200 slot machines. The three now face federal charges.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Huron County storm spotter training will be offered tonight, in Norwalk.

Skywarn training will begin at 6:30 at Norwalk High School. It’s free, and the program will last about two hours. Among the topics to be covered: how to identify severe weather, reporting it to the National Weather Service, and weather safety. Those attending will be given a Skywarn spotter ID card.


An 80-year-old Willard man accused of raping an autistic Plymouth woman pleaded not guilty yesterday.

Howard Zerkle was arraigned in Huron County Common Pleas Court, on charges of rape, sexual battery and kidnapping. His bond was set at $150,000. He’s scheduled to stand trial in June. Zerkle was arrested Friday, on a secret indictment. The alleged incident involving Zerkle and the 18-year-old victim occurred in January.


Seven years in prison, for a gunman who shot a man at a Sandusky car wash last year.

Marcus Campbell learned his fate yesterday. There’s more… The victim in the case was arrested before sentencing. Bart Carruthers is charged with aggravated menacing, for allegedly threatening Campbell. According to reports, Carruthers called the Erie County Jail, and told a corrections officer to make sure Campbell wore a flak jacket to his sentencing hearing. Campbell shot Carruthers at a self-serve car wash in January of 2013. The shooting turned out to be a robbery setup gone wrong.


Fundraising efforts are underway in Willard, to restore the old clock tower.

It was built in 1913, and sat atop the former city hall building. It was removed and placed in storage in 1997. Now, a group of residents and businesses want to place the clock tower at the old city hall site. It would stand about 45 feet tall. The fundraising goal is $100,000. If you’d like to donate, or want more information, go to Facebook, and search for ‘Save Willard’s Clock.’


The city of Norwalk’s Street Department will begin hydrant flushing next Monday.

The project should be complete by the end of April. Flushing may result in cloudy or discolored water. Residents should run cold water for 15 to 30 minutes, and the problem should disappear.


From ODOT…

State Route 99, between Routes 4 and 113 in Erie County is closing Monday for a culvert replacement and structure repair work.  The closure should last a month.



Monday, April 7, 2014

A federal judge says he’s striking down Ohio’s voter-approved ban on same sex marriages.

Judge Timothy Black announced his intentions Friday. His ruling will force the state to recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere. State attorneys plan to appeal.


Today is the deadline to register to vote, or update voter information.

Also, the Board of Elections Office will be open until 9 tonight, for early voting.


A Norwalk man is in critical condition after a crash on U.S. Route 250 in Avery.

58-year-old Efilas Lopez is at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.  Also at V’s:  24 year-old Daniela Lopez of Norwalk.  She is in fair condition.  The driver, Lorenzo Lopez and a third passenger, Elver Lopez of Norwalk were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.  According to reports, they were injured Saturday when the other driver, 16-year-old Trenton Sheldon of Norwalk turned into Lopez’s path, while turning from 250 into the Colonial Inn South.  Sheldon was taken into Fisher-Titus.  He was later charged with failure to yield. 


An 80-year-old Willard man is facing charges of rape, sexual battery and kidnapping.

Howard Zerkle was arrested Saturday by Willard police, on a secret indictment out of Huron County Common Pleas Court. He was taken to the county jail. The victim is an autistic 18-year-old Plymouth woman, and the alleged incident occurred in January.


Sandusky police are investigating a double stabbing, at a home on Shelby Street.

According to reports, a man and woman were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center last night, both with serious injuries. Police said it appears the two were the only ones involved.


Around Ohio…

Vandals have destroyed dozens of Civil War-era headstones, at a cemetery in Zanesville. Nearly 100 headstones were knocked over or broken last week. Authorities are looking for the person or persons responsible.


A Cleveland television station has issued an apology, after an inaccurate report that said Browns owner Jimmy Haslam had been indicted.

The information was posted Friday, on the station’s website. WEWS Channel 5 officials said an internal investigation is underway, to determine how the erroneous report was posted. Haslam has never been charged, in connection with a fuel rebate scandal at his family’s business, Pilot Flying J.


More Ohio news…

It was a record-setting weekend for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”  The film brought in $96.2 million during its first weekend in theaters, a record for April.  Much of the movie was shot in northeast Ohio, including Cleveland.


Ohio’s Classic Lotto jackpot is up to $66 million.

The next drawing is tonight. No one has won the jackpot since October of 2011.


The city of Norwalk’s annual limited spring trash pickup will begin one week from today.

Residents may dispose of three large items, or nine extra bags.