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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Could golf carts be allowed on Norwalk city streets?

This week, city council discussed proposed legislation that would give the green light to golf-carts and other “under-speed” vehicles on the streets of Norwalk. According to Councilman Chris Mushett, the legislation will be up for first reading next week. Mushett also said the measure could eventually be approved as-is, modified or voted down.

 

A Willard resident is in critical condition, after crashing her pickup truck in New Haven Township.

According to the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 65-year-old Joyce Zellner suffered serious head injuries, after driving off State Route 99 at Fisher Street late Tuesday night. Troopers said her truck vaulted over Fisher Street, and came to rest in a nearby yard.

As we first told you yesterday, Zellner was taken by ambulance to Mercy Willard Hospital, then was air-lifted to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. The crash remains under investigation.

 

A vote scheduled for later today could have an impact on your electric bill.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will decide if consumers should pay more to subsidize certain aging coal-fired and nuclear power plants, modernize the power grid, reduce carbon emissions and guarantee profits. First Energy and AEP want the PUCO to approve a plan that would charge customers higher rates over the next eight years. The average increase would be approximately $100 a year. If approved, the plan would take effect June 1st.

 

The Edison school board will meet in special session at 6 tonight, at Edison Elementary…Public action is expected.

 

She’s being called a serial thief of tip jars, and now, she’s in jail.

29-year-old Stefanie Eshack of Norton is accused of stealing tip jars from businesses in Rocky River, Garfield Heights, Fairview Park, Westlake, Parma, North Olmsted and Avon. Police were able to connect Eshack to the string of thefts, by reviewing video footage at each location. She was arrested Tuesday.

 

Scenes for the ‘Fast and Furious 8’ will be shot in Cleveland.

Filming could begin as soon as next month. The movie is scheduled to be released in April of next year.


Friday, April 1, 2016

State regulators have approved a plan that will lead to higher electric bills for many Ohio consumers.

Despite opposition from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio okayed the plan yesterday. FirstEnergy customers will pay more to subsidize the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, while American Electric Power customers will pay more to subsidize an aging coal-fired plant. The average residential customer will see an average monthly bill increase of about $10. The rate hike will begin in June.

 

Another victory, for supporters of medical marijuana…

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified a proposal to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the Buckeye State. The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must now collect more than 300,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

 

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a recent fire in Clyde.

The March 6th blaze damaged the Clyde Car Wash on West Maple Street, and nearby storage units. Investigators quickly ruled the cause as arson. Anyone with information should contact the Clyde Police Department.

 

Perkins school officials appear close to hiring a new treasurer.

Out of 33 applicants, two are finalists. One is Daniel Bowman, current treasurer of the Parma Schools. The other is Cheryl Swisher, treasurer of Van Buren Schools. A decision could come this month.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has honored eight Huron County employers for their strong workplace safety records.

To receive an award, a business must have at least 500,000 hours and six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

Leading the list: David Price Metal Services in Norwalk…The company worked nearly 1.2 million hours without a serious injury. Also on the list: Delany Staffing Group, Kaiser-Wells, LakePark Industries, New Horizons Baking Company, the Norwalk Public Library, PolyOne, and Wiers Farm.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

By order of Mayor Rob Duncan, all flags in Norwalk are to fly at half-staff until 7 tonight, to honor veterans who served in Vietnam.

 

Yesterday marked 43 years since the final troops returned to the U.S. from Vietnam, marking the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

 

 

The Ohio Department of Transportation Department is kicking off its 2016 construction season by announcing more than 1,100 projects across the state.

 

The cost of those projects will top $2 billion. 81 projects are planned for the eight-county region of District 3, which includes Huron and Erie counties. The total investment in District 3 will be $170 million.

 

 

A new report shows the number of pedestrians hit and killed by cars in Ohio during the first half of last year rose dramatically.

According to the report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, 56 pedestrians were killed in Ohio between January 1st and June 30th of 2015. That’s an increase of nearly 125%, compared to the same period in 2014. The average percentage increase for all states was 6%.

 

The “Price is Right Live!” is coming to the area this fall.

Based on the popular TV game show, the interactive stage show has given away more than $10 million in cash and prizes since its inception nine years ago. The “Price is Right Live!” will take place at the Sandusky State Theatre November 15th. Tickets will go on sale at 10am this Friday. For more information, go to sanduskystate.com or priceisrightlive.com.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will meet at 8 this morning, to certify the results of the March 15th primary election.

 

 

Lorain city officials are working to hammer out a budget-plan by tomorrow’s state-mandated deadline.

 

Council members will get together tonight to review their options to overcome a projected deficit of $3.5 million. Those options include unpaid furloughs of city workers and a tax-credit-reduction for those who live in the city but work elsewhere.

 

 

In case you didn’t notice, gas prices have increased to $2.09 at many stations in Norwalk and Willard.

 


Monday, March 28, 2016

A one-car crash in northern Richland County has claimed a Willard man.

21-year-old Omar Delapaz died yesterday morning, a short time after his pickup truck flipped over on State Route 61 in Plymouth Township. According to the highway patrol, Delapaz failed to negotiate a curve, and may have been speeding.

 

Medical marijuana is one step closer to appearing on the fall ballot.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has certified paperwork submitted by the Marijuana Policy Project. DeWine had rejected four previous attempts, due to wording issues.

Paperwork is now in the hands of the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, and will go to the Ohio Ballot Board. If approved by both, supporters will need to gather more than 300,000 signatures on petitions by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

 

An Ashland County contractor is being sued by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The suit accuses Global Home Solutions and its owner, Jeffery Workman of Nova of doing incomplete and shoddy work for its customers. Four consumers have filed complaints against Global Home Solutions, reporting total losses of $8,400. They said they paid for home improvement projects, such as garage or deck installations that were not completed. DeWine is seeking refunds for those affected.

 

Governor John Kasich will spend much of this week campaigning in Wisconsin.

He’s scheduled to appear at Town Hall events today and tomorrow, and at a Republican rally Friday night.

 

Norwalk City Council’s Finance Committee will meet at 6 tomorrow night, in the Police Training room.

After that, city council will meet in work session. One of the items on the agenda is a resolution establishing a fire station construction fund.

 

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has announced plans to step up patrols for prom season.

Federal grant money will cover the cost of overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols in traditionally high traffic crash areas, including U.S. Route 250, State Routes 2, 4, 60 and 61, along with Darrow, Mason and Strecker Roads.

 

 

Top honors, for two Cedar Point-owned properties…

The beachside Hotel Breakers has been recognized as one of America’s “Top 20 Hotels for Families” in TripAdvisors 2016 Traveler’s Choice Awards. In addition, Cedar Point’s Bay Harbor restaurant has been named one of OpenTable’s “Top 10 Diners’ Choice” winners.

 

The Spring/Summer 2016 edition of the Voice of the Firelands magazine is out.

The free magazine includes a Cleveland Indians season preview, plus game and promotional schedules, along with schedules for the Columbus Clippers, Toledo Mud Hens, Detroit Tigers and Lake Erie Crushers. It also includes the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule, and a list of this year’s drivers. The Voice of the Firelands magazine can be found at select businesses around the area, and at the Radio Ranch.