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Friday, November 7, 2014

An Arctic blast is coming…

By next Wednesday, highs will only be in the mid-30’s, with nighttime lows in the 20’s. The snow belt could see several inches of the white stuff.

 

For the first time in the city’s history, back-to-back playoff games will be played at Norwalk’s Whitney Field.

Tonight, the Norwalk Truckers will host the Perkins Pirates. Kickoff is at 7:30. Tomorrow night, the St. Paul Flyers will host the Vienna Mathews Mustangs, with kickoff at 7. You can hear both games on 95.3 and wlkrradio.com.

 

The Huron Lady Tigers will play for a state volleyball championship.

Last night, Huron swept Frankfort Adena in the Division III state semi-finals. Huron will play Gilmour Academy tomorrow.

 

After 12 hours of deliberations, a Huron County Common Pleas Court jury found an 81-year-old Willard man not guilty of rape, kidnapping and sexual battery.

Howard Zerkle was charged in early April, more than three months after he was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old mentally impaired Plymouth girl at his apartment. The victim took the stand during the trial. Zerkle did not.

 

Huron County health commissioner Tim Hollinger now has the power to authorize emergency quarantines, if warranted by a health menace.

The authority was granted by Huron County’s health board.

 

A federal appeals court has upheld a gay marriage ban in four states, including Ohio.

The decision by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati was split, 2-1. The matter is expected to wind up before the Supreme Court.

 

Monday is Veterans Day.

Many government offices and banks will be closed. Trash pickup will go on as usual.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tomorrow is when the speed limit will change, on two streets in Norwalk.

Republic Street will go from 25 to 35 miles per hour. Westwind Drive, from Wal-Mart to Whittelsey Avenue will drop from 35 to 25 miles per hour.


Jury deliberations are underway, in the trial of a Willard man accused of kidnapping and raping a mentally impaired girl.

81-year-old Howard Zerkle is accused of taking the 19-year-old victim from her home in Plymouth, to his apartment in Willard, where the alleged sexual assault occurred. The alleged crime occurred in late January. He was indicted in April, on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual battery.


A Sandusky police officer fired for exchanging nude pictures with his then-supervisor’s fiancée, and dishonesty may be back on the job soon.

According to the Sandusky Register, a visiting judge and an arbitrator agree that former officer Todd Smith was wrongfully dismissed in 2012. In addition, the judge strongly recommended that Smith be reinstated with back pay, which could top $100,000. Smith was fired for dishonesty, insubordination and conduct unbecoming an officer. Another officer, former Sgt. Stephen Ritterbach was fired for his involvement. He was later reinstated, but was demoted to the rank of officer.

According to reports, Ritterbach’s fiancée at the time told Smith she and Ritterbach had an open relationship, and wanted to have sex with both men. Smith and the woman then exchanged nude pictures, something Smith initially lied about to investigators. He later changed his story. The Sandusky City Commissioners will decide Monday if they’ll bring Smith back, or fight the ruling.


Odds and ends from Tuesday’s election…

Voter turnout in Huron County was higher than expected, 40 percent. In Erie County, it was 44 percent.

Statewide, 3.1 million voters cast ballots. That’s about 40 percent of Ohio’s registered voters. Officials say it’s the lowest voter turnout in a gubernatorial election since the Secretary of State began tracking it in 1978. They also said it could be lowest in Ohio

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office says more than 813,000 Ohioans voted before the polls opened Tuesday morning.

Voters across Ohio approved 65 percent of school issues on Tuesday’s ballot. Locally, several renewals passed, but new school levies in Monroeville and Sandusky failed.

Local results came in fairly quickly Tuesday night. That wasn’t the case in Lucas County…Final results there came in at 2:34am yesterday morning. All election results are unofficial, until certified by the board of elections later this month.


Perkins police are looking for the person who broke into a Milan Road business, and tried to cut open the store’s safe.

It happened late Monday or early Tuesday, at the Dollar Tree. The intruder was unable to access the safe.

 

Best of luck to the Huron Lady Tigers Volleyball Team.

The team is in tonight’s Division III State Semi-Finals at Wright State University.  Huron will play Frankfort Adena at 6.  The winner will advance to Saturday’s State Championship match.


Monday, November 3, 2014

In sports…

First-round high school football playoff pairings are set.  Friday night, it’s Perkins at Norwalk, Mansfield Madison at Clyde, Keystone at Bellevue and Port Clinton at Kenton.  Saturday night, it’s Vienna Mathews at St. Paul, Lucas at Plymouth and Columbia Station at Huron.  Speaking of Huron, the Lady Tigers’ Volleyball Team is in the Division III State Semi-Finals.  Huron will play Frankfort Adena at 6pm Thursday at Wright State University.


An early Sunday morning crash has claimed the lead singer of the popular regional band, the CoCoBeano’s.

Just hours after performing at Sawmill Creek in Huron, 30-year-old Scott Gast was killed, when his van rolled over, after going off I-90 near Avon. It’s believed Gast fell asleep at the wheel, while driving home to Fairview Park. The highway patrol continues to investigate the crash.

 

Two 21-year-old Norwalk men have been arrested in connection with a number of recent car break-ins.

Matthew Buffington and James Bailey are accused of breaking into as many as 30 cars in a single day.  Police recovered a number of stole items.


It’s a chance to chat with the superintendent of the Norwalk City Schools.

Dr. Will Folger will host “Coffee and Conversation” tomorrow, at Sheri’s Coffee House on Whittelsey Avenue. The event will be held from 9:15 until 10:15am, and it’s open to anyone.

 

State Street, between Clifton and League Streets in Norwalk will be closed this Thursday for the installation of the steeple at St. Mary’s Church.


If you’d like to cast a ballot ahead of tomorrow’s election, you have just hours to do it.

You can vote in-person at the board of elections office until 2 this afternoon. If you’re waiting until tomorrow to vote, the polls will be open between 6:30am and 7:30pm. We’ll have complete election results tomorrow night.


A published report say Chris Redfern may be on his way out, as chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party.

According to the Fremont News-Messenger, discussions about the future of the party’s leadership have been taking place for months. Redfern has been chairman of the state Democratic Party since late 2005.

 

Health officials confirmed yesterday that 42 Ohioans are no longer being monitored for Ebola.

122 people are still on the contact list, but are expected to be cleared tomorrow.


Tomorrow’s multi-state Mega Millions jackpot is worth $321 million.

Powerball is up to $178 million, and Ohio’s Classic Lotto jackpot is worth $7.8 million.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Monroeville and Norwalk volleyball teams won their regional matchups last night, and the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers will open their season tonight.

We’ll have more in sports.

 

Classes in the Monroeville Local Schools are delayed by two hours today.

Trick-or-treat in Norwalk will be held from 6:30 until 8 tonight. Children should go only to homes with a front porch light on. Motorists should be extra careful.

 

Perkins Township police are looking for three men posing as police officers.

The three entered a Boston Road home Tuesday night with guns drawn, and handcuffed a man inside. The man was the son of a construction worker sent to the home to retrieve a tool. The imposters told him he was breaking and entering. The man was able to convince them he had permission to be there. The three released the man a short time later, and left the scene. The imposters were wearing baseball caps and windbreakers with the Perkins police logo, along with police duty belts. Perkins police officers do not wear caps or windbreakers. All officers have photo ID, including a badge number and name.

 

Testimony is underway, in the trial of an 81-year-old Willard man charged with rape, sexual battery and kidnapping.

The case of Howard Zerkle is being heard in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He’s accused of sexually assaulting a mentally impaired 18-year-old Plymouth girl in late January. If convicted of all charges, Zerkle could spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

Huron County Recorder Jan Tkach is warning residents about a wave of mail and phone calls that county residents may be receiving from several companies.

These companies may send an official-looking letter, or may call homeowners with an offer to provide a certified copy of their deed for exorbitant fees. Property owners can receive copies of their deeds for a nominal fee from the county Recorder’s office. If you have questions, simply contact the Huron County Recorder’s Office.

 

Norwalk’s East Main, at Milan and Woodlawn will be re-paved today.

Manhole covers will be adjusted afterward, and the road should be open to traffic by tomorrow evening.