Friday, June 12, 2015

The Golden State Warriors reclaimed home court advantage, with last night’s 103-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The series is now tied at two games each. Game 5 of the NBA Finals is set for 8 Sunday night in Oakland, with Game 6 Tuesday night in Cleveland. If necessary, Game 7 will be played a week from today in Oakland. All games will air on 95.3, WLKR.


The Highway Patrol has announced that tonight’s OVI checkpoint will be held from 8-10, along U.S. Route 6, in the city of Vermilion.

It’ll be manned by troopers from the Sandusky patrol post, Erie County Deputies and Vermilion police.


A scary moment, when a Milan woman was pinned between a car and a guardrail.

It happened yesterday afternoon, on State Route 2 in Huron Township. According to reports, 19-year-old Morgan Moore pulled her car off the road after it broke down, and was walking to a safer location. That’s when an SUV swerved to avoid the disabled car, but hit and pushed another stopped car into Moore. She suffered serious leg injuries, and was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. The driver of the SUV, Cassandra Moment of Sandusky and her three children suffered minor injuries. She was later charged with assured clear distance.


By a 93-0 vote, a bill protecting the freedom to display flags has passed the Ohio House.

House Bill 18 would prohibit condo and neighborhood associations, mobile home parks and landlords from restricting the display of American flags, service flags and P.O.W. and M.I.A. flags. The bill is now before the Ohio Senate for consideration.


Consumer Reports says when it comes to appliances, ones built in Ohio are among the best made in America.

Among the top appliances listed in Consumer Reports’ July issue: Maytag, Amana and Whirlpool washers made in Clyde. Also listed: Maytag, Amana and Whirlpool dryers made in Marion, KitchenAid dishwashers made in Findlay,  Amana and Maytag freezers made in Ottawa, Ohio, KitchenAid stand mixers made in Greenville, and high-performance blenders made in Strongsville.


A Norwalk man picked the wrong time and place to steal booze.

42-year-old David Hartman was arrested Wednesday night, after swiping a bottle of liquor from Bassett’s Market. Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick was in the store at the time, and began chasing Hartman, after hearing a store employee telling him to stop. A U.S. Army serviceman joined in the chase, as did a Virginia state trooper vacationing in the area. Hartman was quickly restrained, and taken to jail. He’s currently charged with theft.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

We’ll find out tonight if the Cavs can take a decisive three-games-to-one lead in the NBA Finals.

The Cavs and the Golden State Warriors will tip off at 9:10, at Quicken Loans Arena. You can hear all the action on 95.3, WLKR. A couple of notes…The Cavs are 9-0 at home against the West, and teams that led The Finals three-games-to-one have never lost the series.


The Highway Patrol believes alcohol was a factor in a crash that claimed a Bellevue man.

20-year-old Samuel Stokes died late Tuesday night, when his pickup truck went off York Township Road 278, struck a tree and burst into flames.


Student-athletes at Norwalk High School must earn at least a 1.5 grade point average, to be eligible to play.

The Norwalk Board of Education approved the change this week. The previous minimum GPA was 1.3.


One pro-marijuana group says it’s good to go, while two others are postponing plans to go to voters.

Officials with ResponsibleOhio say the group has more than enough signatures on petitions to place a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot. Officials with Better for Ohio, and Ohio Rights Group say they’ll wait until 2016.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced this morning that an OVI checkpoint will be held in Erie County tomorrow evening in cooperation with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department and a local police agency. 

The checkpoint is designed to deter and intercept impaired drivers.The location of the checkpoint will be announced tomorrow morning.


As debate continues over raising Ohio’s minimum wage, new economic research suggests a higher wage shouldn’t hurt employment.

Critics of increasing low-end pay say it prices some workers out of the job market. Ohio’s $8.10 minimum wage is higher than the federal standard of $7.25.Senate Bill 25 was introduced earlier this year, and if passed, would increase Ohio’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in 2016.


A new cell tower is going up, near Perkins High School.

Florida-based SBA Towers will install it near the baseball diamond. In exchange, the company will provide free lighting for the field, and will pay the Perkins Local Schools $1,000 a month.


Believe it or not, fair season has begun in Ohio. The first fair of the year, the Paulding County Fair runs through Saturday.

A look ahead…The Erie County Fair will be held August 11th-16th.The 2015 Huron County fair will be held August 17th-22nd.

Wednesday. June 10, 2015

The Cleveland Cavaliers are just two wins away from claiming their first-ever NBA Championship.

Last night at jam-packed Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavs topped the Golden State Warriors 96-91, to take a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals. Once again, LeBron James led the way with 40 points and 12 rebounds. Game 3 is set for 9:10 tomorrow night. You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.


No charges have been filed yet, in connection with a crash that injured seven people.

It happened just before 7 last night on U.S. Route 20, near Sand Hill Road in Bellevue. According to the highway patrol, Floridalina Rameriz of Willard turned from a median crossover, and was hit by a semi-truck. Ramirez and a two-year-old passenger were flown from the scene to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. Five other passengers in van were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.


The William and Julia Reagan All-Sports Complex is now the property of the Norwalk City Schools.

Last night, the board of education accepted the donation from the athletic boosters. That means the school district is now responsible for its operation and upkeep. The complex was paid for, with private funds.


In Erie County, officials are working to make a new sports complex a reality, and they now have the support of State Senator Randy Gardner.

Gardner is in favor of a plan that would allow the county commissioners to raise the county’s so-called bed tax by one percent. The increase would generate about $17 million. It’s not a done-deal. The increase must be approved by the Ohio House and Senate, Governor John Kasich, and at least two Erie County Commissioners. If the plan comes to fruition, a youth sports complex would be built at the former Griffing Sandusky Airport site on U.S. Route 6. It would cater to various sports, including baseball, softball and soccer.


A new fire station was a big topic of discussion, during last night’s meeting of Norwalk City Council.

City officials may tap into $3.5 million of the ‘light fund’, which came from the 1972 sale of the Norwalk’s old light plant. In 40-plus years, no one has requested to use those funds. Voter approval would ultimately be required to use the money. It could appear on the ballot this fall. Norwalk’s current fire station was built in 1912. A new fire station would be built near the corner of Whittelsey Avenue and Franklin Street.


Two streets in Bellevue are being eyed for improvement.

If all goes as planned, some of County Road 302 will be widened and paved. Also set for paving—Walnut Street.


Governor John Kasich is taking his presidential exploratory campaign west.

He’ll meet with Republicans in Las Vegas tomorrow, and then will attend an economic summit in Utah Friday. Kasich was in New Hampshire last week, and is scheduled to appear in Iowa later this month. He could announce a presidential run next month.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The NBA’s championship series has come to Cleveland.

Tonight at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers will take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. A couple of notes…The Game 3 winner in a 1-1 Finals have gone on to win the series 31 of 37 times. The Cavs have won 26 of their last 28 games at the Q. We’ll broadcast live, “Courtside at the Q”, starting at 7. The Tipoff Show begins at 8:30, and game time is at 9, all on 95.3 WLKR.If you’re going to tonight’s game, expect higher-than-normal prices to park, especially close to the Q.If you’re still looking for a ticket…brokers are asking $350 to $32,000.


Police in Sandusky and Perkins Township are investigating the theft of six motorcycles and one car, all stolen during Ohio Bike Week.

None of the bikes have been recovered.The car was found, partially submerged in a pond near Vermilion.


The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has announced plans to conduct a DUI checkpoint.

More details will be released later this week.


A Bellevue woman is going to prison, for running a meth lab in her home.

38-year-old Kara Hale was convicted of illegally manufacturing drugs, and child Endangerment. Last week, she was sentenced to four years behind bars. Hale was arrested last October, after Bellevue police raided her Hamilton Street home. Her three children, ages 9, 12 and 14 were removed from the home and placed in foster care.


Huron County Veterans Service Office employees will be in Willard this week, to explain various benefits available to veterans.

They’ll be at American Legion Post 514 Thursday, between 1 and 5.Veterans should bring their DD 214 form or discharge papers, and information about their time in the service.


The Ohio Supreme Court has set execution dates, for five Death Row inmates.

Those dates range from October of 2018, to May of 2019.Ohio has not had a lethal injection since January of 2014, when Dennis McGuire struggled and gasped for air during the procedure.


The Norwalk Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting will begin at 7:30 tonight, at Norwalk High School.

Norwalk City Council will meet in work session at 7:30, at Norwalk Municipal Court.