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Thursday, May 12th, 2016

You’ve heard her right here on WLKR and seen her on national television competing on The Voice, but now you have a chance to hear Emily Keener’s beautiful voice live in person at the State Theater in Sandusky.

Emily will sing the State on June 11th, tickets go on sale Monday at 10 AM and will run 25 to 50 dollars.

 

Sandusky High School alumni and Pro Football hall of fame inductee Orlando Pace may have a new honor to add to his already impressive list…

It’s been proposed that a section on Grant Street in Sandusky be renamed ‘Orlando Pace Drive’. The section of street is located on the Southside of Strobel Field at Cedar Point Stadium between Camp Street and Hayes Avenue. Sandusky City manager, Eric Wobser proposed the idea.

 

Sandusky will be holding an “Opening Day Celebration” this Saturday, May 14th.

The Sandusky St. Mary’s School band will march from St. Mary’s School to Mylander Plaza from 11:15- 11:30 Saturday morning and will continue to play while residents are invited to register to win one of over 30 prizes. Speakers and entertainment will take the stage starting at noon including the Peanuts characters, Cedar Point VP Jason McClure and Sandusky City manager Eric Wobser and live music.

 

The Huron County Sherriff’s office has recovered around 2,000 dollars worth of stolen property and arrested 2 more people in connection to a 2 month long larceny investigation.

Michael Harmon and Felisha Williams were apprehended yesterday in their home in connection with the crimes. They add to 3 previous arrests the sheriff’s office had made in 9 different larceny crimes with 12 burglary victims in the Willard area. Sheriff Dane Howard told the Reflector the crimes were fueled to support their drug habits.

 

Norwalk City Schools will offer free sports physicals on Saturday, May 21st for all Norwalk High or middle school students entering 7th to 12th grade next year and plan on playing a sport in the upcoming school year.

Appointments can be made at the Athletic office and are made on a first come first serve basis.

 

Voting on a tax cleanup bill in the Ohio house has been delayed a week due to protests of an unrelated amendment added to it.

The amendment, proposed to keep municipalities from regulating where local pet stores get their animals may need a separate bill, according to House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Senators attached the Petland amendment last week to override ordinances in cities like Grove City and Toledo that require pet stores within city limits to purchase animals from reputable breeders and rescuers. The amendment would require any further regulation to be done at a state level.

 

 A slight chance of scattered showers this morning, with a higher chance this evening. Cloudy today, highs in the upper 70s.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms in the overnight with lows in the mid 50’s. For your Friday, mostly sunny, but cooler, highs in the upper 60’s.


Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Thanks to local crews, kids in Sandusky will have a new place to spend their summer afternoons.

A new playground is set to open at Shoreline Park by Memorial Day that will be equipped with new age equipment. The area will be able to accommodate a maximum 105 children, have various types of swings, slides, a curved balance beam and a toddler area

A new food establishment has opened up in Huron.

The Rustic Oar Bar and Brill on North Main Street opened yesterday features a full menu, bar, patio, 150-person banquet room and live entertainment. Hours are 11am to 11pm on Sunday-Thursday and 11am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

New sights continue to dominate Cedar Point’s landscape.

An anonymous donor recently provided several thousands of dollars in labor and materials to spruce up green space next to Butler Street. The upgrades debuted just before Cedar Point’s opening day Saturday and include vibrant and well manicured grass, trees, flowers and other plants, accompanied by a Sandusky sign. The change circles back to a new citywide initiative to clean up corridors so visitors enter and leave with a more positive perception of Sandusky.

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

The fast-tracked bill, that passed on a 71-26 vote Tuesday, would bar patients from smoking the substance but allow them to use it in vapor form and not allow them to grow it at home. House leaders said they expect the legislation to reach to the Governor Kasick’s desk by the end of May.

A woman who could have faced 64 years in prison will possibly be pleading down on multiple felonies.

The Ottawa County Common Pleas Court offered Daisy Silva a plea deal where they would drop six of the eight felonies ‑ all relating to illegal acts involving a minor ‑ and, if she accepts, will be offered probation but must register as a sex offender.


Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Asa Miller, 54, or Sandusky was sentenced to the maximum 33 years in prison after being found guilty of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and 2 counts of rape.

Erie County common pleas court judge Roger Binette gave Miller the maximum 22 years for rape and 11 years for burglary and assault after hearing testimony last month from the victim, Miller’s neighbor. Miller received the maximum sentence due to the violent nature of the crime. After sentencing, he told the Sandusky Register that he has been falsely accused.

 

Senate Republicans are holding firm on their refusal to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court, but a majority of Ohio voters say they want the hearings and an up-or-down vote.

According to a bipartisan survey released by the Center for American Progress, Ohioans want the stalemate over Merrick Garland’s US Supreme court nomination to end. Some Republicans, including Senator Rob Portman, oppose confirming any person nominated by the president. The court is expected to rule on over 2 dozen cases by the end of June. Why Courts Matter Ohio is a coalition of Ohio groups supporting a vote for the nominee.

 

A new bill has reached committee in the Ohio Senate aimed at easing the fears felt by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

House Bill 359 would establish a voluntary program that would create a confidential address for victims that could be used for work, school, voting and other public services. According to the Secretary of State’s office, the program would be funded by offender fees and would cost an estimated $40,000 a year for more than 60,000 victims of domestic violence in Ohio each year. If passed, Secretary of State Jon Husted has said the program could be in place by the November election.

 

A Castalia man who barreled into the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol last month had a blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit.

Dakota Clouse’s lab results came back with a blood alcohol content of point-273-percent. He was treated at Fireland’s Regional Medical Center for serious injuries after the crash.He faces charges of OVI, failure to control, driving without a valid license and failure to wear a seatbelt.

 

The Senate Ways and Means Committee put an amendment into a tax cleanup bill that would keep Ohio municipalities from regulating pet stores.

The amendment seems aimed at Grove City, who voted in March to only allow pet stores to purchase animals from animal shelters, humane society groups and rescue groups. The amendment added to House Bill 166 states that regulating pet stores is a matter of general statewide interest and requires statewide regulation. The bill could pass the Senate as early as this week.

 

Bird-watching enthusiasts heading to the Lake Erie Shores for The Biggest Week in American Birding.

More than 77,000 people from 47 states and 22 countries visited the marsh last year during the event to catch a glimpse of rare birds.Jane Lucal, 78, of Sandusky told the Toledo Blade she liked the event because “The deeper level is seeing something really beautiful and brining that into your life.  We should do that more every day.” The event runs through May 15th near the Magee Marsh Wildlife area.


Thursday, May 5th, 2016

As you know by now, Governor John Kasich has withdrawn from the presidential race.

Now the question is, will or won’t he be Donald Trump’s running mate. Trump said yesterday he’d consider Kasich for vice president.

 

Two people were treated for injuries suffered in a crash on the Thomas Edison Bridge on State Route 2 in Margaretta Township.

 According to the highway patrol’s Sandusky post, yesterday’s mid-morning crash was triggered by a trucker hauling stone, who struck a guardrail in the westbound lanes. One section of the guardrail penetrated the cab and trailer, while another section flew into the eastbound lanes and was hit by two oncoming cars.

The truck driver was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, and was later charged with failure to control and driving with impaired alertness, after inspectors found discrepancies in his log book. The driver of one of the cars was taken to Magruder Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.Troopers said traffic was maintained in one lane in each direction, while crews cleared the scene.

 

The question of golf carts on Norwalk city streets may be a moot point.

Under legislation approved by state lawmakers, road-ready golf carts will be street legal starting January 1st, 2017. The blanket law will cover all of Ohio.City council has been mulling legislation to make golf carts street legal in the Maple City. Now, it appears no action will be necessary.

 

Water customers in Huron will soon be able to pay their bills online.

The service will be available next month on the city’s website. Electronic checks and all major credit cards will be accepted.

 

Tough Mudder is returning to north central Ohio.

 The extreme endurance challenge will be held this weekend, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. Last year’s event drew thousands of people to the Richland County region.