Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Norwalk man charged with the summer slaying of a Florida man will not stand trial.

That’s because 23-year-old Eric Carroll will spend ten years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence. Carroll entered a guilty plea to the charges yesterday, in exchange for the prosecutor’s office dismissing charges of murder and felonious assault, and a joint recommendation of ten years behind bars. The charges were tied to the August 21st death of 24-year-old Ronald Wisniewski of Florida. Carroll fatally stabbed Wisniewski, during a dispute outside a Bouscay Avenue apartment.


More trouble, in the Vermilion police department.

Just days after a patrolman and a dispatcher were fired for having an affair while the officer was on duty, a captain has been suspended for supporting marijuana legalization. A picture on Facebook shows Michael Reinheimer wearing a pin that says I Support Legalize 2016, near his badge on his uniform jacket. Vermilion officials said the pin violates department policy to endorse any kind of political issue. Reinheimer will have a pre-disciplinary hearing later this week. He could face termination.


Tonight’s the night members of Norwalk City Council will get their first look at the city’s proposed 2016 budget.

City Council has until December 31st to approve the budget.


Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, which means all government offices and most banks will be closed for the day.

No mail, but trash pickup will go on as scheduled.


State Route 13, between Alpha Road and U.S. Route 224 in Greenwich Township will be closed all of next week, for railroad crossing reconstruction.

An official detour will be posted.


Today marks the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The ore carrier on its way to Cleveland went down in a storm on Lake Superior taking 29 lives. This year, the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo is presenting 29 programs on the carrier. The museum’s Chris Gillcrist says, they’re premiering a new documentary on those 17 years of the Edmund Fitzgerald.


We have presale ticket information, for Monroeville state semifinal volleyball.

Advance tickets will be sold in the Monroeville Athletic Office tomorrow and Thursday, from 7am until 3pm, and between 6 and 7pm. Presale tickets are $8 each, and $9 at the arena. Second-ranked Monroeville will play #3 Jackson Center at 4 Friday afternoon, at Wright State University. If you can’t make it to the match, we’ll have it live on 95.3 WLKR and



Monday, November 9, 2015

Excitement is high in Monroeville…

That’s because the Lady Eagles are one match away from playing for a state volleyball championship. Fresh off Saturday’s stunning comeback win over top-ranked McComb, #3 Monroeville will play #2 Jackson Center in the Division IV state semi-finals at 4 this Friday afternoon, at Wright State University. You can hear the match live on 95.3, WLKR and If Monroeville wins, the Lady Eagles will play for the state championship at 5 Saturday.


Thanks to a passerby, no one was hurt in a Sunday morning house fire in Milan Township.

Seven people inside the home were unaware of the blaze, until a driver stopped to help, after noticing smoke billowing from the roof. Milan Township firefighters were called, and firefighters from Berlin Heights and Norwalk were summoned for mutual aid. The blaze was brought under control within 30 minutes. It’s believed a problem with the chimney sparked the blaze. River Road, between Jeffries Road and State Route 113 was closed while emergency crews worked at the scene.


Leaf pickup in Norwalk will begin next Monday.

Leaves will be picked up, the day after your normal day of trash pickup. If your trash is collected on Friday, your leaves will be picked up next Monday.


The Huron County Board of Elections will meet at 9am next Wednesday, to accept or reject provisional ballots from Tuesday’s election.

The Board of Elections will meet again at 7am next Friday, to certify the results from the general election. Both meetings will be held in the board office, in the Huron County Administration building in Norwalk.


Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has ordered the Hamilton County Board of Elections to conduct a review of problems experienced by voters and precinct election officials in their implementation of electronic pollbooks during last Tuesday’s election.

The review is to be complete by Friday, December 11th. Problems at Cincinnati-area polls led to a lawsuit, 90 extra minutes of voting time, and delayed results this past Tuesday night.


A Castalia man is now a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

88-year-old Ernest Bowman was inducted last week. Bowman is a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served in World War II. He also served as chaplain of American Legion Post 83, and later, commander of Post 83.


Officials at the University of Toledo want more students living on campus.

Next fall, the school will require students to live on-campus their first two years, if they live more than 25 miles from the university.


The future of U.S. manned space-flight will be passing through northern Ohio. 

NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Perkins Township will be used to test the impact of flight acoustics on the Orion spacecraft.


Our broadcast schedule is set of this weekend’s regional semi-final football games.

At 7:30 Friday night, Edison and Swanton will air live on K96. The game will be played in Tiffin. At the same time, St. Paul and Mogadore play at Medina, and that game will air live on 95.3, WLKR. Saturday night on 95.3, we’ll be live in Findlay, as the Bellevue Redmen take on the Kenton Ridge Cougars. Kickoff will be at 7.


Friday, November 6, 2015

A new record high was set in Norwalk yesterday.

The official high temperature in the Maple City was 77, breaking the previous record of 74, set in 2008.


High school football’s postseason begins tonight on 95.3 WLKR and K96.

For the first time, the Edison Chargers will host a playoff game, and the Chargers are looking for their first-ever playoff win. In Division V, Region 16 quarterfinal action, the Chargers will take on the Galion Tigers, with kickoff at 7:30. You can hear the game on K96 and

On 95.3 WLKR and, it’s a rematch at Whitney Field, as the St. Paul Flyers take on the Monroeville Eagles, in the Division VII, Region 23 quarterfinals. Kickoff is at 7:30. Tomorrow night on 95.3, it’s Division IV, Region 12 quarterfinal action from Wauseon, as the Indians take on the Bellevue Redmen. Kickoff is at 7.


Also of note…

The Monroeville Lady Eagles are in volleyball’s ‘Elite Eight.’ Monroeville will play top-ranked McComb in tomorrow’s Division IV regional championship match at Elida. It’ll begin at 2. The winner will advance to next week’s Final Four at Wright State.

Huron will play for a spot in the Division III Final Four. The Lady Tigers will play top-ranked St. Henry at 2 tomorrow, at Lake High School.


It was a bad few hours, for a Norwalk man.

First, 46-year-old Brent Bennett crashed his van early yesterday morning on Hickory Street. A police officer took him to his Norwood Avenue, where a fight ensued with his live-in girlfriend. According to reports, after she kicked him out, he walked down the street to Dave’s Food Mart, and tried to hold up the store. Bennett walked in, pulled a knife and demanded money from two employees at the counter. But they refused to hand over any cash, and Bennett fled the store. Norwalk police were called, and they were able to identify him through video surveillance from the store. He was arrested, and taken to the Huron County Jail.


Norwalk City Schools superintendent George Fisk said yesterday that contract negotiations are progressing, between the Board of Education and the Norwalk Teachers Association.

The two sides are scheduled to meet again November 18th. NTA’s previous contract expired over the summer.


Huron County Commissioner Gary Bauer will not seek a fourth term in office.

His current term expires at the end of 2016. Before becoming a commissioner, Bauer was a member of the Norwalk school board. Bauer is the second county commissioner to announce he won’t run again. Tom Dunlap recently said he plans to run for state rep in 2016.


Berlin Road, between Hill Road and Main Street in Berlin Township and Berlin Heights will close Monday, for a drainage improvement project.

No vehicles will be able to access the area. Work should be complete by the end of the month.


Target has announced plans to close 13 stores nationwide.

Two of those stores are in Ohio—one in Columbus, the other in Springfield. Target currently has nearly 1,800 U.S. stores.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Plymouth village administrator Bill Sexton has been suspended for 10 days without pay, for using village property without authorization.

It’s not the first time Sexton has been suspended. He was placed on paid leave in the fall of 2013, after an arrest for DUI.


To Vermilion, where a police officer and a dispatcher have been fired for having sex while the officer was on duty.

Patrolman David Jones and dispatcher Katie Kovach were terminated last week, after a disciplinary hearing.


A deal has been reached between Norwalk officials, and unions representing the city’s police and fire departments.

Mayor Rob Duncan made the announcement Tuesday night. Details are expected soon.


Duncan also announced that Pat Catan’s is coming to Norwalk.

The popular arts and crafts store will open next spring, in the former Tops building on Whittelsey Avenue.


A Wakeman man will spend five years behind bars, for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl.

30-year-old Louis Timms learned his fate yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. After prison, he’ll be on parole for five years, and as a Tier III sex offender, he’ll be required to register his address every 90 days for life. The crime involving Timms and the victim occurred last fall.


The U.S. Coast Guard says divers haven’t found any active oil leaks from a sunken barge in Lake Erie.

But they did find four open hatches on the wreckage between Sandusky and Kelley’s Island. Coast Guard crews began watching the site, after a petroleum-based substance was spotted on the surface late last month. The substance is believed to be coming from Argo, a barge that went down during a 1937 storm on Lake Erie. The Coast Guard is now waiting on test results from sediment taken from around the open hatches.


He was given the boot from the Ohio House after being convicted of felony theft, and now, he says he’ll run for Congress.

Republican Steve Kraus says he’ll run against longtime incumbent Marcy Kaptur, a Democrat from Toledo, and he says he’ll run on an anti-corruption platform. Kraus lost his seat in the Ohio House in July, immediately after he was found guilty of stealing items from a home near Port Clinton. Kraus, an auctioneer, said he took the items to appraise them. He also said the charges and his conviction were a conspiracy by Democrats, to get him out of office. Before his dismissal, he represented Erie and Ottawa counties. If you’re wondering, there isn’t any law against felons serving in Congress.


Backers of a push to legalize marijuana in Ohio say they’re not going away.

After Tuesday’s defeat of State Issue 3, officials with ResponsibleOhio said a different pot campaign introduced, and it could be on the ballot as soon as next year. Meanwhile, Republican leaders in the Ohio House say they’ll carefully explore the idea of legalizing medical marijuana.


In sports…

We’ll post Monroeville regional volleyball updates on our Facebook page and on Twitter, @953WLKR. Monroeville will take on Toledo Christian at 6 tonight, at the Elida Fieldhouse.