Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Yesterday’s official high in Norwalk was 79 degrees.


Authorities in Sandusky County continue to search for clues in the death of 28-year-old Heather Bogle.

Her body was found inside the trunk of her car last Friday.  She had been severely beaten and shot twice.  She hadn’t been seen since leaving work at Whirlpool in Clyde the day before.  Yesterday, detectives executed a search warrant at the crime scene and they released surveillance photos of a white SUV that may be connected to the case.


Governor John Kasich said yesterday he’s “seriously considering” seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Kasich’s remarks came, during a luncheon with about 300 business leaders in Detroit. He also said while others are declaring their intentions, he won’t rush his decision. Kasich is scheduled to visit two early primary states—New Hampshire and South Carolina—this week.


Double trouble, for a Sandusky woman.

19-year-old Sydney Simcox was arrested yesterday morning, in a stolen car. Inside the car: a mobile meth lab. Simcox was picked up near Ohio Business College. Perkins police said she was under the influence, and after her arrest, officers searched the car and found ingredients used to make crystal meth. State agents were called in to decontaminate the scene. Simcox is facing several charges, ranging from DUI, to possession of drug abuse instruments. She remains in the Erie County Jail.


Barring a delay, tomorrow is when Republican State Representative Steve Kraus of Huron will stand trial on charges of burglary, theft and breaking and entering.

His trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30am, in the Ottawa County Courthouse. He’s accused of stealing items from a Port Clinton-area home last spring. He’s denied wrongdoing. Kraus was elected to the Ohio House last fall. He represents the 89th District, which is made up of Erie and Ottawa counties.


Tomorrow is tax deadline day, and in terms of federal taxes, a new analysis reveals exactly where those dollars are going.

Lindsay Koshgarian is the Research Director for the National Priorities Project. She says out of every federal income tax dollar paid last year, 27 cents went to the military, 26 cents went to health programs, and 15 cents went to interest on the national debt. Eight cents was spent on unemployment and labor and five cents on veterans benefits, leaving the remaining pennies for things like food, agriculture, transportation, housing and programs involving energy and the environment.


Norwalk City Council will meet in work session, at 7:30 tonight in the Norwalk Muni Courtroom.


The Norwalk Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30, at Norwalk High School.


Members of Norwalk High School’s Robotics team left for Louisville, Kentucky this morning.

The Norwalk Engineering Robotics Department, or N.E.R.D. Nation will compete in the 2015 Vex Robotics World Championship tomorrow through Saturday.  Norwalk’s seven member team will be up against more than 800 teams and 15,000 high school students from over two dozen countries.


Edison High School senior Shelby Vartorella has won first place in the Fourth District of Ohio’s 2015 Congressional Art Competition.

Her winning piece “Mossy Landscape” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol, along with other winners from around the country.  In addition to having her work displayed, she’s getting two plane tickets to Washington D.C. and she’s eligible for a scholarship.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A homicide investigation continues in Clyde.

Police are looking for the person who severely beat and shot 28-year-old Heather Bogle of Fremont. Before her death, she was last seen leaving work at Whirlpool early Thursday morning. Bogle was reported missing later in the day, when she didn’t pick up her five-year-old daughter from school. She was found dead in the trunk of her car Friday evening, in the parking lot of the Sumerton apartment complex. An autopsy revealed Bogle died of two gunshot wounds, and blunt force trauma throughout her body.

Authorities don’t have a prime suspect, but they do have some “persons of interest.” To help Bogle’s family, supporters have set up a “GoFundMe” account in her name.


U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s staff is coming to Norwalk.

Residents can meet with his representative between 10 and 11 this Thursday, at Norwalk City Hall. The staff member will listen to thoughts and concerns, and relay the information to Senator Portman.


Damon’s Bar and Grill is returning to Sandusky.

The popular rib-place will re-open next month at its former location, Battery Park Marina.


Lunch prices are going up slightly, in the Norwalk City Schools.

During tomorrow night’s meeting, the Board of Education is expected to approve a 10-cent increase. Lunches will range from $2.25, to $2.75. Breakfast prices are going up as well, to $1.30 for students in kindergarten through 8th grade, and $1.55 for high schoolers.


All-you-can-eat pizza is returning to the Maple City.

The Norwalk Rotary Club’s 16th annual Pizza Bake-Off will be held April 21st at Norwalk High School. Seven different establishments will showcase their finest pizzas. All-you-can-eat admission will be $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children.



Friday, April 10, 2015

The Cleveland Indians will open the home portion of their schedule this afternoon.

The home opener against the Detroit Tigers will begin at 4:10, and you can hear it on 95.3 WLKR. Before that, we’ll broadcast live from Progressive Field, starting at 1. You’ll hear comments from Indians players and coaches, along with front office personnel, and we’ll have all the information you need to get you ready for the game.


If you’re going to the Tribe game, or tonight’s Cavs game, be ready for heavy traffic, and steep parking prices in downtown Cleveland.

City officials have issued a number of parking restrictions, and they suggest parking elsewhere, and using RTA trains or busses to get to Progressive Field or Quicken Loans Arena. In addition to back-to-back games, there’s also road construction downtown.


At least three twisters touched down in northwest Ohio yesterday.

The National Weather Service confirmed tornado touchdowns in Perrysburg Township, Walbridge and near Genoa. There were no injuries, and there was no major damage. Funnel clouds were spotted near Fostoria and North Baltimore, but neither one touched down.


His name is Lasso, and he’s getting credit for his biggest drug bust ever.

Lasso is Bellevue’s police dog. Wednesday, he sniffed out more than $10,000 worth of heroin, during a traffic stop near Family Dollar, on State Route 113. Two Cleveland-area residents in the car were taken to the Huron County Jail. A seven-year-old boy was turned over to his grandmother.


A $1,000 cash prize, and much more will be up for grabs this Sunday, during the 12th annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for Cancer Services.

It’ll be held between noon and 7pm, at Sons of Amvets Post 17 on Putnam Street in Sandusky, and it’s open to the public. Drive-thru and carry-out will be available. Tickets are $8 each, and all proceeds will benefit Cancer Services, which serves Erie County, and northern Huron County.


If you see a structure fire near Edison High School later today, it’s not an emergency, but instead, a training exercise.

Firefighters from Milan and Berlin Townships, and Monroeville will start the controlled burn at 5:30, at an A-frame house just west of Edison High School.


A couple of reminders…

Early voting continues, for the May 5th election. You can vote in-person at the Board of Elections Office, or request a ballot by mail. The city of Norwalk’s Spring Trash Pickup begins Monday. Residents can place three large items, or nine extra bags out for pickup.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Gas prices took quite a jump yesterday.

At some area stations, the increase was more than 30 cents, to $2.45 per gallon.


State Route 99, a half-mile south of Mead Road in Ridgefield Township will close Monday for a culvert replacement.

The road is expected to re-open by April 24th.


A convicted sex offender from New London has been found guilty of not registering his address.

36-year-old Wesley Miller of New London is in the Huron County Jail, and will remain there until he’s sentenced next month. Miller had been living with a relative, but was kicked out. He’s considered a Tier I sex offender, which means he’s required to register his address with authorities annually, for 15 years.


To Sandusky, where police are investigating two sizeable thefts…

One is a black 2007 Chevy Cobalt, from Kasper Buick-GMC. The theft was reported Monday evening. Also stolen in recent days…$500 worth of instant lottery tickets from Speedway gas station, at Campbell and Perkins. Police checked surveillance video, but found nothing.


Appointments are being made, for kindergarten registration in the Willard City Schools.

Registration dates are scheduled for April 20th and 21st. To make an appointment, call Central Elementary School.


Around the state…

Gambling revenue high a new record high in March, topping $145 million. That broke the previous record by about $10 million. Ohio has four casinos, and seven ‘racinos.’


The varsity baseball coach at famed Massillon Washington High School has been placed on leave, after he was caught with drugs.

Various reports say 31-year-old Neall French was arrested March 9th, after he was found to be in possession of crack cocaine. His arrest just became public.


Two former University of Toledo athletes have been sentenced to three years probation, for point-shaving.

Keith Triplett and Kashif Payne are the final two former basketball players sentenced in the scandal, which dates back to 2004. In all, seven former Rocket athletes, including three football players, have been sentenced for conspiring with a Detroit-area gambler.