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Friday, October 10, 2014

A former assistant football and track coach at Fremont Ross High School is facing up to five years in prison, for having sex with a student.

36-year-old Johnny Alridge  was found guilty yesterday, after entering a plea of ‘no contest’ to a charge of sexual battery. Alridge was arrested in early June, after school officials and authorities learned he had sex with a 17-year-old female student. Sentencing is pending, in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court.

 

Police are investigating back-to-back burglaries, at a Bellevue car dealership.

The break-ins occurred at Caranfa Ford Sunday evening and Monday night. The thief or thieves made off with four tires and four older scooters. Anyone with information should contact the Bellevue police department.

 

From Norwalk City Hall…

State Street, between League and Clifton Street will be closed from Monday until October 29th for repairs to the St. Mary Church steeple.

 

Greenwich Village Council has a new member.

Ralph Wilson was appointed early this week. He’s stepping in for Travis Wilson, who recently moved out of Greenwich.

 

Charges of felonious assault and domestic violence have been filed against a Sandusky woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend.

52-year-old Tina Gebard was arrested early yesterday morning, after the incident at her Reese Street home. According to reports, during an argument, Gebard stabbed the victim in his shoulder. He was treated at Firelands Regional Medical Center. She was taken to the Erie County Jail.

 

Norwalk High School is accepting applications for the Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Nomination forms for the Athletic Hall of Fame and Academic or Distinguished Citizen Hall of Fame are available on Norwalk High School’s website, and the high school office.

 

It’s a big night for high school football.

Tonight on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com, we’ll have two games featuring four state-ranked teams.  Live at 7, its 10th ranked Bellevue at #7 Norwalk.  After Bellevue at Norwalk, it’s Pigskin Playback from Mary Fate Park in Plymouth as the 9th ranked Big Red host #5 St. Paul.

 

 


Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Sandusky police officer involved in a controversial traffic stop is now on paid leave.

Officer Christopher Denny is off, until an investigation is complete, which could take three weeks. The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation. It centers around Denny’s actions, during a recent traffic stop involving Andre Stockett and his girlfriend. Denny is white, Stockett is black. After they were pulled over October 1st, Stockett argued with Denny about whether the stop was justified. Denny wanted to see Stockett’s ID, claiming he matched the description of a man wanted on felony charges, a request Stockett refused. Stockett used his cell phone to record the exchange. He’s claiming racial profiling.

 

An argument over their relationship may have led to the stabbing death of a Norwalk native.

42-year-old Yosanda Grandberry of Lakewood was killed one week ago, inside a Cleveland apartment. Police learned she and 52-year-old Gregory Hart had been arguing about their on-and-off again relationship. Hart is in the Cuyahoga County Jail, charged with aggravated murder. Grandberry was a 1990 graduate of Norwalk High School.

 

Police are investigating back-to-back burglaries at a Bellevue car dealership.

The break-ins occurred at Caranfa Ford Sunday evening and then again Monday night.  The thief or thieves made off with four tires and four older scooters.  Anyone with information should contact the Bellevue Police Department.

 

The intersection of Foster and Monroe streets in Norwalk will be closed all next week, for gas line repairs.

Locals are encouraged to use alternate routes around the intersection.

 

A Cleveland-area firm has been hired by the Perkins Board of Education, to help the school board with its superintendent search.

Finding Leaders will be paid $7,500. Current superintendent Jim Gunner is retiring next June. The same firm is helping the Sandusky City Schools find a new treasurer. That search has been suspended for two months. Earlier this week, board members agreed to advertise the vacant position for a third time, in hopes of finding new, qualified applicants. The board will accept applications from December 1st, to January 9th.

 

If you have AT&T cell service, you may have some money coming your way.

AT&T has reached a settlement with Ohio and other states to resolve allegations that it placed unauthorized third-party charges on customers’ cell phone bills in a practice known as ‘mobile cramming.’  As part of the settlement, AT&T Mobility has agreed to pay $105 million of which $80 million will be used for customer refunds.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said hundreds of thousands of Ohioans may be affected by the settlement.  If you think you have a claim, go to ftc.gov/att.

 

Monday is Columbus Day, a federal holiday.

Government offices and most banks will be closed. No mail, but trash pickup will go on as usual.

 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

If you’re looking for the lunar eclipse, it’s underway.

It should peak at 6:25.

 

A chain-reaction crash shut down some of U.S. Route 250 in Milan, and sent four people to three different hospitals.

The accident occurred at three yesterday afternoon, just north of the Radio Ranch. According to reports, a northbound pickup truck turned in front of two cars. Three people were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, with one of them later transported to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. A third was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. All lanes of Route 250 were closed for over an hour.

 

What began as a routine traffic stop in Sandusky is making national news in part because a man recorded his controversial arrest on his phone and it’s gone viral.

At a news conference yesterday, Police Chief John Orzech said officer Christopher Denny acted “lawfully but not perfectly” when he arrested Andre Stockett and his girlfriend and threatened to take the couple’s two-week old baby from them if they didn’t cooperate.  Denny said he pulled the couple over because the woman was driving without headlights.  Then he thought Stockett was somebody else with felony warrants.  When asked to provide ID, Stockett refused to provide it.  In Ohio when a police offer asks for ID, you’re required by law to show it.

 

September wasn’t exactly a banner month for Ohio’s four casinos.

Casinos in Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati pulled in just over $63 million last month. It was the seventh straight month that totals dipped from last year, and it was $5.5 million less than September of 2013. So far this year, Ohio’s casinos have pulled in $612 million.

 

The state’s poverty rate has dipped slightly, according to new U.S. Census estimates.

Last year’s poverty rate was 16 percent, down from 16.4 percent in 2011. Estimates show about 1.8 million Ohioans live in poverty. A family of four is considered poor, if its income is less than $24,000.

 

The former treasurer of the South Central Youth League will be sentenced next month, for swiping several thousand dollars meant for boys and girls T-ball, softball and baseball teams.

Tammy Ward of North Fairfield appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court yesterday, and entered a guilty plea to a charge of felony theft. She could be sentenced to time in the county jail, and will have to pay restitution. Prosecutors said Ward embezzled approximately $5,000 between January of 2012 and June of last year.

 

An arrest has been made in connection with the October 2nd death of a Norwalk native.

52-year-old Gregory Hart of Cleveland is charged with aggravated murder for allegedly killing 42-year-old Yosanda Grandberry of Lakewood.  According to reports, Grandberry was stabbed to death inside a Cleveland apartment early last Thursday morning.  Sources said the two were arguing before Grandberry was killed.  The two reportedly had an on-and-off again relationship.  Hart is in the Cuyahoga County Jail.

 

A southwest Ohio jury says a 19-year-old man should be put to death, for killing an 18-year-old Navy recruit, and dumping his body several counties away.

Yesterday, a Warren County jury recommended death by lethal injection for Austin Myers, of Clayton, Ohio. A judge will have the final say, during a sentencing hearing scheduled for next week. At 19, Myers would become Ohio’s youngest death row inmate by five years. Myers and an accomplice killed Justin Back, during a January burglary at Back’s home. They later dumped his body in a wooded area in Preble County. The accomplice, 19-year-old Timothy Mosley, is facing life in prison.

 

Cleveland Indians fans can own a part of Progressive Field.

The team is selling some of the stadium’s seats at the Progressive Field team shop, for $600 a pair. The seats are being removed, as part of a massive renovation project at the ballpark.

 

Firefighters in Lima continue to battle a blaze that swept through several warehouses in the downtown district.

The enormous blaze broke out early yesterday afternoon. It was fueled by rubber and plastic, and officials said those materials will burn for several days. Smoke could be seen for miles, and firefighters were forced to pull water from a nearby lake, to help battle the blaze.

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Today marks the start of early voting in Ohio.

This week’s in-person early voting hours at the Board of Elections office: 8am until 5pm.

 

A construction worker injured while working at the new school in Willard remains in critical condition.

The worker was hurt September 25th. No other information has been released.

 

A Bellevue man who nearly died from a drug overdose is now behind bars.

27-year-old Lucas Chumley was arrested late last week at the Sandusky County Jail.  According to reports, Chumley was there waiting to see his girlfriend.  Chumley and 26-year-old Pamela Pena overdosed on heroin and prescription painkillers the previous weekend.  Pena was taken to the Bellevue Hospital and then to jail.  Chumley was near death when he was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center.  He was released within a few days.  Combined, the two are facing nearly two dozen drug charges.

 

A 19-year-old southwest Ohio man could become the state’s youngest death row inmate.

A jury in Warren County is deciding the fate of Austin Myers, life in prison without parole or death by lethal injection.  Myers killed a Navy recruit in January.  At age 19, Myers would be Ohio’s youngest death row inmate by five years.

 

Early risers may see something different in the skies before dawn tomorrow morning.

The second total lunar eclipse of the year will take place in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. If you miss it, two more will occur in 2015.

 

Many Ohio farmers will see their property taxes skyrocket next year, due to imperfections in a formula used to calculate farm taxes.

For some, tax bills will double or more. The Ohio Department of Taxation has a program called Current Agricultural Use Value, that’s designed to make farming financially easier for operators. According to the Columbus Dispatch, it calculates farmland values based on crop yield, soil conditions and market prices. But low interest rates and swings in grain prices are revealing imperfections in the formula, and adding up to higher property taxes next year. Most of Ohio’s 75,000 farmers take part in the voluntary program, because it saves them thousands of dollars annually. The Ohio Farm Bureau is looking into the situation.

 

Presale tickets will soon be available for Friday’s Bellevue-Norwalk football game at Whitney Field.

They will be sold in the Norwalk High School Athletic Office from 8 until 4 tomorrow and 8 until 3 Thursday and Friday.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.  Norwalk is ranked seventh in the state in Division III, while Bellevue is ranked 10th in Division IV.  You can hear Friday’s game live on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com.  After that game, it’s Pigskin Playback from Plymouth.  The 9th ranked Big Red will take on #5 St. Paul.

 

A 15-year-old Bucyrus girl missing since late September has been found.

Acting on a tip, and after analyzing cell phone records, FBI agents and area authorities found Becky Kemper late yesterday afternoon, in an apartment in Mansfield. She was returned to her family, while the Sheriff’s office investigates the case.

 

Tonight is when Norwalk City Council will honor the man behind this summer’s ‘Imagine Norwalk’ events.

A resolution honoring Chris Castle is on tonight’s agenda.

 

Cleveland Indians fans can own a part of Progressive Field.

The team is selling some of the stadium’s seats at the Progressive Field team shop for $600 a pair.  The seats are being removed as part of a renovation project that includes a new Gate C entrance, larger Kids Clubhouse area and new social spaces.