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Friday, July 11, 2014

It’s the Polar Vortex, Part II…sort of.

An upcoming mass of cool air, on its way from the Gulf of Alaska will bring unseasonably cool temperatures to the area early next week. Temperatures could be 15 degrees below average. Forecasters say it should warm up by the end of next week.

 

Norwalk police believe Wednesday’s break-in at Discount Drug Mart may be connected to similar crimes at businesses in plazas along the city’s north side.

An alarm activation just before 1 yesterday morning sent police to the Cline Street store. No one was there, and it’s unclear if anything was stolen. Officers are processing evidence collected at the scene. Anyone with information should contact the Norwalk Police Department.

 

Investigators say the cause of a mid-April boating incident that claimed four lives on Lake Erie is inconclusive.

A final report issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the circumstances surrounding the incident are unknown, because all four people on the boat died, and there were no witnesses. Investigators did note that alcohol was not a factor. There was no trauma on any of the bodies, and minimal damage to the boat. Two men, one woman and a teenage girl died in the incident. The cause of death was drowning for all four victims. The four were last seen fishing near South Bass Island.

 

The city of Sandusky has a new fire chief.

Captain Dave Degnan will take over next week.

 

Relay for Life is underway, at Norwalk’s Whitney Field.

The fundraiser for the American Cancer Society runs until 7 tomorrow morning. Kelly Rose will broadcast live from Relay, between 3 and 6.

 

Also underway…Huron River Fest.

The annual fireworks show will begin at 10:15 tonight. Carrie Danger will broadcast live from River Fest, starting at 1 tomorrow.

 

Huron County deputies are investigating an alleged sex offense in Wakeman.

It happened at Firelands Manor Mobile Home Park.We’ll have more, as details become available.

 

A former assistant football and track coach at Fremont Ross High School has been indicted on two counts of sexual battery.

36-year-old Johnny Alridge is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old female student on multiple occasions, dating back to February.

 

Retiring EHOVE Career Center treasurer Larry Hanneman will stay on, for the upcoming school year.

That’s because his replacement is unable to take the job, due to health and family concerns. Hanneman was set to retire July 31st.

 

When it comes to home and auto insurance, rates in Ohio are among the cheapest in the nation.

In 2013, homeowners insurance was 6th lowest in the country, averaging about $650, compared to nearly $1,000 nationally. Auto insurance in Ohio was 9th lowest in the U.S., with an average of $620.The national average was nearly $800.

 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

If you couldn’t stay up, the Indians lost in 14 innings last night.

Final score: the Yankees 5, the Tribe 4.

 

A one-car crash in Erie County has left one person dead, and another, in critical condition.

63-year-old Ralph Russo of Findlay was killed early yesterday afternoon. His wife, 68-year-old Nancy Russo was flown from the scene, to the University of Toledo Medical Center. According to reports from the highway patrol, Russo’s SUV went off U.S. Route 6, near Northwest Road in Margaretta Township, and struck a mailbox and road sign, before slamming into two trees. Russo and his wife were wearing seat belts, and troopers don’t believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. U.S. Route 6 was closed for about two hours, while crews cleared the wreckage.

 

Police are investigating an early morning break-in at Discount Drug Mart in Norwalk.

An alarm sent officers to the scene shortly before 1am yesterday.  No one was there, but evidence found at the scene was sent for processing.

 

Cedar Point is doing its part, to get LeBron James to return to Ohio.

Park officials said yesterday that if LeBron comes back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they’ll rename one of their coasters “King James.” LeBron has not announced his decision.

 

A busy night is in store, for the Norwalk Board of Education.

Tonight, the board will review applications from those interested in becoming the school district’s next superintendent. 11 people applied for the job, including current assistant superintendent Sue Goodsite, and former Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox. Board president John Lendrum said yesterday the board will likely set up interviews with four or five of the applicants. A second round of interviews will be scheduled later. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring July 31st.Lendrum said it may be necessary to hire an interim superintendent, for 30 to 90 days. In other business, the board will likely accept a bid of more than $222,000, to replace the boiler at Maplehurst Elementary, and the board is expected to approve a 10 cent increase in lunch prices. School lunches will be $2.15 for K-through-4th students, $2.30 for fifth-through-eighth graders, and $2.65 for high schoolers. Tonight’s Norwalk Board of Education meeting will begin at 7:30, at Norwalk High School.

 

For the second time in three weeks, someone has hit a huge lottery jackpot in Ashtabula County.

Yesterday’s only big winning Powerball ticket was sold in Conneaut.  It’s worth nearly $125 million.  In mid-June, a Classic Lotto ticket worth $72 million was sold in the city of Ashtabula.

 

It was one year ago today, that two small tornadoes touched down in Bellevue.

An EF-0 tornado hit Flat Rock Road, near Kilbourne Street, July 10th, 2013. An EF-1 twister initially touched down in Seneca County’s Reed Township, and continued intermittently for ten miles into Huron County. It lifted, near the Bellevue Reservoir.

 

Ohio is joining forces with other Great Lakes states to fight invasive, aquatic species.

Governor Kasich signed a mutual aid pact yesterday in Port Clinton with seven states and two Canadian provinces.  The agreement sets up processes to share research and resources to stop Zebra Mussels, Asian Carp and other non-native species.

 

 

 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Storms spawned three tornadoes in northeast Ohio yesterday.

One touched down in eastern Lorain County, and was on the ground for about seven miles, into northern Medina County. Another twister touched down in Medina County’s Hinckley Township. A number of trees were uprooted by the tornadoes, and some homes sustained minor damage, along with a water treatment plant.  A third tornado touched down near Canfield, in Mahoning County.  All three twisters were classified as EF-1 tornados, with 94 mile per hour winds. Closer to home, it was just rain, but a lot in a short amount of time. Norwalk and Bellevue received more than two-and-a-quarter inches.

 

Assuming successful contract negotiations and approval by a full panel of G.O.P. National Committee members, the city of Cleveland will play host to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The party’s site selection committee picked Cleveland over Dallas. Cleveland officials are also hoping to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

 

The former treasurer of the Norwalk Knights of Columbus has been sentenced, for skimming.

67-year-old Gerald Weisenberger will spend 90 days in the Huron County Jail, then five years probation. During probation, Weisenberger must pay restitution. Weisenberger pleaded guilty to charges of theft, and securing writings by deception, for stealing over $100,000 from the organization, between 2006 and 2011.

 

A July 4th holiday boating accident at Holiday Lakes has led to a boating while intoxicated charge against a New York man.

32-year-old Sean Kelly was a guest of Holiday Lakes residents, when his jet ski hit a pontoon boat.  No one was injured. If convicted, Kelly faces up to six months in the Huron County Jail.

 

The Highway Patrol is investigating a rear-end crash that led to a car fire.

It happened late yesterday morning, on the Ohio Turnpike in Milan. A crash report is incomplete.

 

A Kalahari lifeguard is in the Erie County Jail, charged with rape and gross sexual imposition.

19-year-old Bryce Stokes of Sandusky is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Eastlake girl in March. According to reports the two met while Stokes was on duty. The alleged crime occurred in a vacant conference room, after Stokes was done working. The girl didn’t report the sexual assault, until several weeks later. Bond for Stokes is set at $50,000.

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bond is set at $100,000, for a Collins man accused of sexually assaulting a 28-year-old woman.

37-year-old Jeffrey Knox remains in the Huron County Jail, after the weekend incident at a home on Clinton Road. He’s currently charged with rape and gross sexual imposition. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday, in Norwalk Municipal Court.

 

A North Fairfield woman accused of stealing Little League funds is due in court next week.

Tammy Ward will be arraigned next Friday, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. She’s facing a single felony theft charge. While serving as treasurer of the South Central Youth League, she allegedly took several thousand dollars.

 

The state highway patrol says 12 people were killed in 11 traffic crashes, during the July 4th holiday weekend.

Four of those fatal crashes involved alcohol. Statewide, troopers made 749 DUI arrests, between July 3rd and the 6th.

 

We’ll find out today, if Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The party’s site selection committee will announce a recommendation today. The choices are Cleveland, or Dallas.

 

It’s considered the ‘World Series of the Shooting Sports’, and it’s underway at Camp Perry in Port Clinton.

The nation’s finest civilian and military marksmen square off for five weeks of rifle and handgun competition in a variety of formats and events. This year’s National Rifle and Pistol Championships will run until August 15th. The National Matches have been tradition at Camp Perry since 1907. For more information, go to NRA.org.

 

New figures show revenue declined, at five of six Ohio casinos and racinos in June.

Only the Hollywood Casino, Toledo enjoyed a slight increase.

 

A published report says maggots were found in food at two Ohio prisons.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, maggots were found at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville and at the Trumbull Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg.  Prison officials are investigating.

 

This Sunday is when the first of two free guided walking tours will be held at Norwalk’s historic Woodlawn Cemetery.

Sunday’s tour will begin at 1 near the public mausoleum.  The tour guide will be local historian and Norwalk Cemetery Association Vice-President Henry Timman.  The second tour will be held August 3rd.