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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

By a 4-1 vote, the Norwalk Board of Education has hired the Ohio School Boards Association, to aid in the search for a new superintendent.

Board member Steve Linder cast the only “no” vote, during last night’s school board meeting. OSBA will be paid $6,900, plus other expenses. Board members hope to hire a new superintendent by next spring. Interim superintendent Dr. Will Folger is under contract for the current school year.

 

Charges of aggravated murder, arson, burglary, robbery and tampering with evidence have been filed against a man accused of killing an 86-year-old Sandusky man, then setting fire to his home last December.

If convicted, 33-year-old Joseph Sandy faces life in prison, or death by lethal injection. Prosecutors believe Sandy fatally stabbed George Martin in his Campbell Street home, then set the house ablaze. The two are related, and a relative said Sandy was a pallbearer at Martin’s funeral. Since Martin’s death, Sandy has been in and out of prison.

Also charged: Sandy’s wife. 24-year-old Bethany Sandy is facing charges of complicity, arson, burglary, robbery and tampering with evidence. She may testify against her husband.

 

More trouble, for the Ohio Democratic Party, and its outgoing chairman.

According to the Plain Dealer, Democratic State Representative John Barnes Jr. of Cleveland has filed a defamation suit against the party, and Chris Redfern, for allegedly making false statements against him, during this year’s primary election. Barnes claims the party endorsed his opponent, as retaliation for his refusal to join the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, an organization within the General Assembly. Barnes, who is black, said his views sometimes conflict with the Caucus. Barnes won the primary election, and was re-elected to his seat last week. He’s seeking $50,000 in damages, and said any award will be given to charities in his district.

After sweeping losses, Redfern announced he’ll step down as Democratic Party chairman by the end of the year.

 

State lawmakers are expected to consider two controversial new bills. State Senator Eric Kearney plans to introduce a resolution urging Congress to require women to register for military Selective Service. Currently, nearly all men between 18 and 25 must register.

The other proposal is Senate Bill 386, which would allow Ohioans to legally set off consumer-grade fireworks, including roman candles and bottle rockets. The measure would still allow local governments to ban such fireworks. Currently, Ohio residents may buy sparklers and other small novelty items. Consumers may buy larger fireworks as well, but must sign paperwork stating they’re taking them to another state within 48 hours.

 

A bus driver in Sandusky has been charged with driving under the influence, after crashing into a pole.

55-year-old Christie Plummer was charged yesterday, after the Erie Residential Living bus she was driving veered off Hancock Street, and hit a power pole. A handful of passengers were on the bus, but were not harmed.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Football fever continues in Norwalk.

The Truckers and the Flyers won their opening round playoff games, and will play again this weekend. 11-0 Norwalk will play 9-2 Clyde at Perkins Friday night. 10-1 St. Paul will play 8-3 Mapleton at Bellevue Saturday night. You can hear both games live on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com.

Also in action this weekend:  Bellevue and Huron.  Bellevue will play Wauseon Friday night in Fremont.  Huron will play two-time defending state champ Coldwater Saturday night in Tiffin.  Both games will air live on K96.


The highway patrol says alcohol may have played a role in a fiery crash that killed two men in northern Seneca County.

31-year-old Christopher Meyer of Republic, and 26-year-old Antony Ryon of Tiffin died late Friday night, on State Route 228. Troopers said Meyer failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road, then hit several trees before overturning multiple times. The car then burst into flames. Meyer and Ryon were pronounced dead at the scene.


Alcohol was not involved, in a Friday evening crash in Norwich Township.

According to reports, 23-year-old Kameron Kimble of Attica went off State Route 162, over corrected, and flipped over several times. Kimble was ejected from his Jeep. He was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. At last check, he was in critical condition.


The Norwalk Public Library is closed today, tomorrow and Wednesday, for new carpet installation.


Sandusky police are looking into the events surrounding a large fight, at a Sweet 16 party.

Officers were summoned to the Knights of Columbus building Saturday evening. Dozens of people were outside, and began to run, when police arrived at the scene. The birthday girl told officers older boys started picking fights, when they were denied access to the party. A 19-year-old woman tried to break up the fight, but was hit in the head with a brick. She was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. One person found speeding from the scene was charged with DUI.


Norwalk’s leaf pickup begins next week.

 

Help in finding a new superintendent will be discussed during tomorrow’s meeting of the Norwalk Board of Education.

Last month the board heard a proposal from the Ohio School Boards Association.  The cost for OSBA’s help:  $6,900.  Also offering to help:  North Point Educational Service Center. The school board is expected to make a decision tomorrow night.  The meeting will begin at 7:30 at Norwalk High School.  It’s open to the public.


Friday, November 7, 2014

An Arctic blast is coming…

By next Wednesday, highs will only be in the mid-30’s, with nighttime lows in the 20’s. The snow belt could see several inches of the white stuff.

 

For the first time in the city’s history, back-to-back playoff games will be played at Norwalk’s Whitney Field.

Tonight, the Norwalk Truckers will host the Perkins Pirates. Kickoff is at 7:30. Tomorrow night, the St. Paul Flyers will host the Vienna Mathews Mustangs, with kickoff at 7. You can hear both games on 95.3 and wlkrradio.com.

 

The Huron Lady Tigers will play for a state volleyball championship.

Last night, Huron swept Frankfort Adena in the Division III state semi-finals. Huron will play Gilmour Academy tomorrow.

 

After 12 hours of deliberations, a Huron County Common Pleas Court jury found an 81-year-old Willard man not guilty of rape, kidnapping and sexual battery.

Howard Zerkle was charged in early April, more than three months after he was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old mentally impaired Plymouth girl at his apartment. The victim took the stand during the trial. Zerkle did not.

 

Huron County health commissioner Tim Hollinger now has the power to authorize emergency quarantines, if warranted by a health menace.

The authority was granted by Huron County’s health board.

 

A federal appeals court has upheld a gay marriage ban in four states, including Ohio.

The decision by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati was split, 2-1. The matter is expected to wind up before the Supreme Court.

 

Monday is Veterans Day.

Many government offices and banks will be closed. Trash pickup will go on as usual.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tomorrow is when the speed limit will change, on two streets in Norwalk.

Republic Street will go from 25 to 35 miles per hour. Westwind Drive, from Wal-Mart to Whittelsey Avenue will drop from 35 to 25 miles per hour.


Jury deliberations are underway, in the trial of a Willard man accused of kidnapping and raping a mentally impaired girl.

81-year-old Howard Zerkle is accused of taking the 19-year-old victim from her home in Plymouth, to his apartment in Willard, where the alleged sexual assault occurred. The alleged crime occurred in late January. He was indicted in April, on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual battery.


A Sandusky police officer fired for exchanging nude pictures with his then-supervisor’s fiancée, and dishonesty may be back on the job soon.

According to the Sandusky Register, a visiting judge and an arbitrator agree that former officer Todd Smith was wrongfully dismissed in 2012. In addition, the judge strongly recommended that Smith be reinstated with back pay, which could top $100,000. Smith was fired for dishonesty, insubordination and conduct unbecoming an officer. Another officer, former Sgt. Stephen Ritterbach was fired for his involvement. He was later reinstated, but was demoted to the rank of officer.

According to reports, Ritterbach’s fiancée at the time told Smith she and Ritterbach had an open relationship, and wanted to have sex with both men. Smith and the woman then exchanged nude pictures, something Smith initially lied about to investigators. He later changed his story. The Sandusky City Commissioners will decide Monday if they’ll bring Smith back, or fight the ruling.


Odds and ends from Tuesday’s election…

Voter turnout in Huron County was higher than expected, 40 percent. In Erie County, it was 44 percent.

Statewide, 3.1 million voters cast ballots. That’s about 40 percent of Ohio’s registered voters. Officials say it’s the lowest voter turnout in a gubernatorial election since the Secretary of State began tracking it in 1978. They also said it could be lowest in Ohio

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office says more than 813,000 Ohioans voted before the polls opened Tuesday morning.

Voters across Ohio approved 65 percent of school issues on Tuesday’s ballot. Locally, several renewals passed, but new school levies in Monroeville and Sandusky failed.

Local results came in fairly quickly Tuesday night. That wasn’t the case in Lucas County…Final results there came in at 2:34am yesterday morning. All election results are unofficial, until certified by the board of elections later this month.


Perkins police are looking for the person who broke into a Milan Road business, and tried to cut open the store’s safe.

It happened late Monday or early Tuesday, at the Dollar Tree. The intruder was unable to access the safe.

 

Best of luck to the Huron Lady Tigers Volleyball Team.

The team is in tonight’s Division III State Semi-Finals at Wright State University.  Huron will play Frankfort Adena at 6.  The winner will advance to Saturday’s State Championship match.