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Friday, February 13, 2015

If you’re the superstitious type, keep in mind today is Friday the 13th.

 

A published report says the criminal case against an area superintendent could be dropped.

According to the Fremont News-Messenger, attorney James Murray says he’s confident the case against Clyde-Green Springs superintendent David Stubblebine will be dismissed. Murray’s comments came yesterday, after a one-hour closed door meeting with a prosecutor. Stubblebine is charged with obstructing official business, for blocking Clyde police from investigating a marijuana complaint at McPherson Middle School in December. Stubblebine allegedly turned police away, after a student was caught with a small amount of pot.

According to the News-Messenger, it wasn’t the first time Clyde police were stopped from investigating a complaint in the Clyde-Green Springs Schools. Last May, officers were turned away, after receiving word a student may have brought a gun to Clyde High School. School officials told police it was a rumor, that the student was questioned, and no gun was found.

 

The former Clyde-Green Springs superintendent who stole nearly $300,000 from the district has applied for early release from prison.

51-year-old Todd Helms was sentenced to eight years in prison back in 2010, for using phony invoices, misusing the district’s credit card, and putting school money in his own bank accounts. As part of a deal with prosecutors, Helms agreed to plead guilty 10 to felony Charges, and forfeit his pension to pay back the stolen money. A possible early release in 2015 was also part of the plea bargain.

 

The city of Columbus will NOT host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Party leaders said yesterday the convention will be held in Philadelphia.

 

Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly will be sentenced next month, after being found guilty on 18 of 25 criminal counts, including theft and corruption.

A 12-person jury returned the verdict yesterday afternoon, following 16 hours of deliberation. Kelly was immediately declared a flight risk, and was cuffed and taken to jail, to await sentencing. Kelly stood trial last week and early this week, for selling county-owned property, and steal county and campaign funds.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education has wrapped up first-round interviews, with seven superintendent applicants.

Board members conducted interviews Tuesday, Wednesday and last night.

 


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Huron City Schools superintendent Dennis Muratori is now one of three finalists for the same job in Elyria.

Second round interviews are scheduled for February 21st, and a decision is expected next month.

 

Tonight is when the Norwalk Board of Education will interview three applicants for superintendent.

Three more interviews are scheduled for tomorrow night. One applicant was interviewed last night.

 

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows 55 percent of Ohioans approve of Governor John Kasich’s job performance.

30 percent disapprove.

 

As we first told you yesterday morning, workers at KBI in Sandusky overwhelmingly rejected the company’s contract offer.

435 of 442 union employees, or 98 percent, said no to the proposal, which contained substantial cuts in wages, health insurance and other benefits. It’s not yet known if the union and the company will meet again.

 

A Sandusky woman was arrested Tuesday, for allegedly swiping cash from her employer.

Jessica Sears is facing a felony charge of safecracking, and a misdemeanor count of theft. She’s accused of stealing more than $700 from a safe at Sears, in the Sandusky Mall. She’s currently free on bond.

 

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins will be laid to rest today.

The 70-year-old Collins passed away Friday, days after suffering cardiac arrest.

 

Jury deliberations are underway, in the corruption trial of Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly.

Kelly is charged with 25 criminal counts. Among the accusations against him: spending public money on himself, destroying records, and selling county-owned copper to a scrap yard.

 


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Willard Board of Education has approved a proposal for school uniforms.

Last night’s vote was 5-0, and the new policy will take effect with the 2015-2016 school year. A special committee will meet, to finalize details.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education is looking for public input, on the 2015-2016 school calendar.

The discussion will be held, during the public participation portion of tonight’s school board meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30, in the library at Norwalk High School.

 

A Norwalk man accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl is now facing up to a year-and-a-half in prison.

20-year-old Scott Eastman pleaded guilty yesterday, to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He’ll be sentenced in April, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. In addition to possible prison time, he’ll be labeled as a Tier I sex offender. Eastman and the 13-year-old girl engaged in a month-long relationship last fall.

 

A Sandusky man has been arrested a second time, in connection with a decades-old murder in Florida.

65-year-old Carl McCauley was arrested Friday, on a Polk County, Florida warrant charging him with murder and sexual battery. McCauley was first arrested last August, in connection with the 1987 stabbing death of a Tampa Bay woman. But, he was released about two weeks after his arrest, while Polk County detectives gathered more evidence. McCauley is being held in the Erie County Jail, pending extradition to Florida.

 

With the factory’s future in doubt, 98 percent of union workers at KBI in Sandusky have rejected the company’s contract offer.

The final tally was 435 no and 7 yes.  The results were confirmed this morning by a union official who wished to remain anonymous.  KBI’s proposal contained a number of substantial employee concessions, including wages and health insurance.  The plant manufacturers wheel bearings for cars.  Previous to KBI, the company was known as New Departure and then Delphi.

 

The city of Norwalk may soon crack down on those with unpaid income taxes.

With an eye on recouping expenses paid by the city, legislation on tonight’s work session agenda calls for reasonable administrative costs to be added to penalties and interest on unpaid Norwalk city income tax cases three years old, or older. According to the measure, administrative costs may include fees connected to tax collection or litigation, including court costs, filing fees, attorney fees, and any fees paid to a collection agency. Discussion is expected tonight. A formal vote could come later this month or in early March.

 

Supporters of a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio have unveiled ten proposed growing sites.

The nearest locations to us are Lorain and Toledo. The group ‘ResponsibleOhio’ is trying to get enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot this November.


Monday, February 9, 2015

A late Saturday night blaze destroyed a home on Bogart Road, across from Margaretta Elementary School.

The fire killed two dogs. It’s believed the blaze began in the kitchen.

A portable heater sparked a Saturday morning blaze that destroyed a garage in Norwalk.

The fire also damaged siding on the house at 231 West Main. No one was injured.

 

A Michigan woman remains in the Erie County Jail without bond, after admitting she tried to kill her infant daughter.

33-year-old Ruth Smith of Lansing, Michigan was arrested Friday, after trying to smother her seven-month-old daughter in the parking lot of Kalahari. Smith herself called 9-1-1, and said she was trying to kill her daughter. Deputies quickly arrived at the scene, and found the baby healthy and alert. As a precaution, the infant was taken to the hospital. When questioned, Smith said she was in custody dispute with the girl’s father, and would rather kill the baby, then let him have her. Smith is charged with attempted murder.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education will meet in special session twice this week.

The board will meet Wednesday and Thursday, at 7pm each night. The closed-door meetings will take place at Norwalk High School. The board is expected to interview applicants for the superintendent’s job.

 

Tonight is when the Willard Board of Education is expected to decide on mandatory school uniforms.

The meeting will begin at 7pm, in the board conference room.

 

As you may have heard, Radio Shack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and will close nearly 1,800 stores nationwide.

The list includes 82 Radio Shack stores in Ohio, including the one in the Sandusky Mall.

 

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot has grown to $450 million.

That’s because no one won Saturday’s $380 million dollar prize. However, there was one ‘Match 5’ winner, worth $1 million, in Ohio.