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Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Woman from Wadsworth dies in Danbury Township crash

A two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Danbury Township claimed the life of a Wadsworth woman.  64 year-old Jetta Fete of Wadsworth was killed after failing to yield at a stop sign on South Danbury Road while attempting to turn on to State Route 269, and was then struck by another vehicle, shortly after 4:00 pm on Monday.  A passenger in Fete’s vehicle, 32 year-old Megan Mahoney of Spencer was reported in critical condition following the crash.  A second passenger in Fete’s car as well as the driver of the other vehicle, were also injured.  The crash remains under investigation by the Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

 

Elyria man facing prison time for Involvement in Pizza Shop Robbery

It’s four years in prison for 36 year-old Matthew Ware of Elyria for his role in an armed robbery last year at Sambino’s Pizza.  Police say, Ware was an ‘inside man’ working at the pizza place; and helping three other men rob the shop.  All have pled ‘guilty’ and likely face prison-time.

 

Tiffin woman perishes in two-vehicle crash near Fostoria

The Highway Patrol believes, a blown front tire triggered a two-vehicle, head-on crash on Route 18 in Loudon Township near Fostoria.  Troopers say, 76 year-old Carol Engle of Tiffin died, when a pick-up driven by 22 year-old Keith Gottfried of Upper Sandusky veered left of center after blowing a tire.  Gottfried was not seriously hurt.

 

Ohio’s Gas Prices continue to drop

A gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $2.10 in Monday’s survey from AAA Auto Club Ohio, dropping 11 cents from the average reported last week and 60 cents under the state average a month ago.  Monday’s national average of $2.23 is higher than Ohio, but 15 cents below the national average a month ago.  This time last year, the state average was $2.62 and the national average was $2.76.  Gas prices at the pump continue to benefit from crude oil remaining relatively less expensive than in recent years.

 

Wooster/Marshall Phase 5 Project Continues in Norwalk

Now through Friday, Wooster Street between Franklin Street and Rule Street will be closed in Norwalk, as the 2016 Wooster/Marshall Phase 5 Project continues.  Crews will have the mentioned section of Wooster Street closed for concrete restoration work.  Follow the City of Norwalk on Facebook for timely updates.


Monday, July 11th, 2016

Bellevue man dies in one-vehicle crash Saturday morning

A Bellevue man died Saturday morning in a one-car crash caused by a medical condition, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.It took place at 7:30 am in Perkins Township on Campbell Street just south of Bogart Road, when 65 year-old Kenneth Gerhardstein of Bellevue pulled out of a driveway where he suffered an unknown medical condition, causing his vehicle to cross over the roadway and eventually crash into two parked cars.  He passed away due to the medical condition.  Alcohol or drugs were not a factor.

 

Sandusky police involved in Stand-off Sunday

An armed Sandusky man held a woman hostage, then made threats to shoot at police during a six-hour standoff Sunday on Vine Street in Sandusky.  The Sandusky Register reports that after negotiating, 25 year-old Darvell Martin, gave himself up and was taken into custody without incident.  Martin is now being held without bond on charges of felonious assault, inducing panic, and unlawful restraint. He will stay at the Erie County jail until he’s arraigned at Sandusky Municipal Court.

 

Medina man Sentenced for leaving Deceased Infant in crib for over a Month

A Medina man begins the week in prison, for leaving the body of his 20-month-old daughter in her crib for more than a month.  34 year-old Eric Warfel has been sentenced to 3 years behind bars.

 

Two-Vehicle weekend crash claims the life of Indiana Man

A two vehicle crash on Rooot 19 in Ottawa County has left one person, dead.  John Word of Fremont Indiana was 64.  Troopers say, Word died this past weekend when he ran a stop sign on Duff- Washa Road and his mini-van was rammed by a pick-up truck that was towing a boat.

 

Bellevue Police Department looking to hire two full-time Officers

The Bellevue Civil Service Commission is now accepting applications for Full-Time Police Officer testing, with the intention of hiring two full-time officers.  Starting today, applications will be available at the Civil Service Commission Secretary Office at Bellevue City Centre (3000 Seneca Industrial Parkway) from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm or by emailing terri.sanders@cityofbellevue.com.  A $20 fee will be charged when turning in the application. The deadline to submit is July 21st by 4:00 pm.  On Saturday, July 30th a written and physical-fitness test will be given to applicants.

 

 Tuesday is “Governor’s Fish Ohio Day” on Lake Erie

 Tomorrow (7/12) is “Governor’s Fish Ohio Day” off the coast of Lake Erie near Port Clinton.  The private event will include state officials and outdoor writers with a focus on fishing and learning how to keep the lake healthy.  After the fishing concludes, a luncheon will occur featuring Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer.  This is the 37th year for the event.


Friday, July 8th, 2016

Bellevue now has “safe zone” for Online Sales Exchanges

The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Police Department have set up what’s called an “E-Commerce Exchange Zone” for online sales transactions; located in the parking lot next to the municipal court and police department. Two parking spaces next to the court have now been designated as “E-Commerce Exchange Zones” and will be monitored by a security camera.

 

Five Police Officers killed in Dallas shootings on Thursday

A peaceful demonstration against police in Dallas, Texas turned deadly with snipers ambushing police, killing five officers while wounding six officers and a civilian.Three suspects have been arrested with a fourth suspect apparently shooting himself after a standoff with police.

 

Nearly a Third of Cleveland Police Officers expected to work at RNC

Cleveland’s police chief says about a third of the city’s officers will be assigned to duties related to the Republican National Convention during the event this month. Chief Calvin Williams said in a letter Wednesday, that remaining officers will staff neighborhood districts and specialized units. The department has close to 300 supervisors and 1,200 patrol officers.  Cleveland police, according to Williams, are partnering with agencies from throughout the country to ensure there’s an acceptable law enforcement presence at the event, which is expected to attract nearly 50,000 people.

 

17 Heroin Overdoses reported in one day in Akron

Police in one Ohio city who dealt with 17 suspected heroin overdoses in one day, say they believe the drugs involved in some of the cases were laced with fentanyl, a powerful painkiller.  Akron Police say 17 adults overdosed on Tuesday; ranging in age from 19 to 58, including a 44-year-old man who died.  Officials say they saw signs that the drugs involved were less responsive to the overdose antidote, naloxone (Narcan).  Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan calls the recent increase in overdoses a “public health crisis.”

 

Huron River Fest begins today

 

The 25th edition of Huron River Fest gets underway later today at the Huron Boat Basin.  The midway opens at 5:00 pm with opening ceremonies at 5:30 pm, the Queen’s Competition at 6:00 pm, live music at 7:30 pm, and fireworks this evening at 10:15 pm.  95.3 WLKR will be broadcasting live from the event tonight.

 

Safe Driving Tips to use when on the road with Semi-Trucks

Ohio ranks fifth in the most highly traveled states in the country, with an increased number of motorists sharing the road with semi-trucks. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is offering these safe driving tips, when it comes to driving near semis.  They include staying visible; as semis also have blind spots like cars do, to pay attention and drive carefully near semi tractor-trailers, avoid aggressive driving, and to stay alert at all times.


Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Sandusky Woman dies in three-vehicle crash Wednesday in Margaretta Township

A three-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in Margaretta Township claimed the life of a Sandusky woman.  76 year-old Dorothy Wilson was killed while a passenger in a Saturn Vue that was side-swiped by a commercial truck, then when left of center where her vehicle hit a Dodge Charger head-on. It took place around 2:45 pm on U.S. 6 just east of State Route 269. The driver in the Saturn, 78 year-old Bruce Rueckert of Lansing, Michigan suffered serious injuries and was life-flighted to Toledo.  The drivers of the other two vehicles received minor injuries.  The crash is under investigation. Alcohol and drug impairment are not suspected.

 

Norwalk PD issues letter warning concerning Heroin and Fentanyl Overdoses

The Norwalk Police Department released a letter on their Facebook page Wednesday concerning the heroin/fentanyl epidemic.  Norwalk PD Chief David Light says in the letter that most of the marijuana that they’re taking off the streets of Norwalk has been laced with fentanyl. He also points out that most of the heroin has fentanyl added to it, and that the Norwalk PD have noticed a strong increase in heroin/fentanyl overdoses in the recent months.  The Norwalk PD warns that if you or a family member comes in contact with any unknown substance, to not touch it, but to call them at 419-668-3311. The letter concludes by stating that The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a nationwide alert on fentanyl as a threat to health and public safety back in March of 2015.

 

 

Remains found in Pittsfield Township yet to be Positively-Identified 

There’s still hasn’t been a positive I-D on the remains of a body found a few weeks ago in Pittsfield Township. They are, however, believed to be those of Clarence William Thomas, who disappeared from Lorain 14 years ago.  A man serving time in a West Virginia prison for a triple homicide 4 years ago, reportedly told authorities, he had buried Thomas in the farm-field in 2002.

 

Indictment brought against man accused of planning to kill Federal Judge

A grand jury in Toledo has brought a three-count indictment against a suspected member of Al-Qaeda, accused of plotting to kill a federal judge. 37 year-old Yahya Farooq Mohammed is already facing separate charges of funneling money to forces in Iraq to battle U-S military personnel.

 

HEAP Program offers financial assistance for Summer Electric Bills

(Courtesy of Ohio News Connection) Eligible Ohioans can now apply for the HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) Summer Crisis Program to help avoid the heat, while receiving financial assistance with the costs of a utility bill, air conditioner or fan.  To qualify, households must have a gross annual income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. The program offers up to $500 in assistance. It runs through August 31st.

 

25th Huron River Fest starts Friday

Huron River Fest is celebrating its’ 25th anniversary this year, running this Friday through Sunday at the Huron Boat Basin.   The 3-day festival also includes fireworks Friday night, then on Saturday a classic car show at 9:00 am with a parade at 11:00 am, and a pet parade Sunday morning.  Also, new this year to the festival is a boat decorating contest with a $100 cash prize.