Thursday, July 17, 2014

A not guilty plea, from a Sandusky man accused of stabbing and killing an infant.

20-year-old Denzel Castile entered his plea yesterday, in Erie County Common Pleas Court. He’s charged with aggravated murder, in connection with the May, 2013 stabbing death of 11-week-old Athena Castile of Norwalk. Authorities believe the infant was killed, after a brief disturbance at a Sandusky home. Castile originally entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. He remains in custody, at a psychiatric hospital in Toledo.


Huron school officials are considering student drug testing.

A task force has been formed to explore the idea.


Teachers in the Perkins school district have agreed to forgo raises again.

It’s the fifth consecutive year that Perkins teachers have agreed to freeze base wages. In other news, the Perkins Board of Education is mulling whether or not to place a tax levy on the fall ballot. Voters have rejected four straight levies. The deadline to get an issue on the November ballot is August 6th.


A weekend assault has led to felony charges against two Willard women.

Rachel Hale is charged with felonious assault. An accomplice, Kelly McCoy is charged with complicity. According to reports, the two assaulted another woman, at a party near Willard. One held the victim, while the other hit her with a baseball bat. The victim suffered bruises and cuts to her face, head and chest. Hale and McCoy are due in court next week.


The number of plaintiffs suing Whirlpool alleging the company’s Clyde factory is responsible for cancer is growing.

A local TV station says there are now 46 plaintiffs in the case, nearly double the original number. Federal and state health agencies haven’t been able to find the source of a cancer cluster in the area, while the plaintiffs accuse Whirlpool of dumping toxic sludge and releasing dangerous chemicals at its former Whirlpool Park property in Green Springs. A company spokesperson has denied the allegations, and called the charges ‘unfounded and irresponsible.’


Friday, July 18, 2014

Major League baseball’s All-Star break is over.

The Indians will play four games in three days, in Detroit.


It’s festival weekend, in North Fairfield and Castalia.

The Peach Festival begins today, and runs through Sunday in North Fairfield. The 38th Cold Creek Festival also begins today, and runs through Sunday in Castalia.


First round interviews are complete.

Last night, the Norwalk Board of Education interviewed two more applicants for superintendent. Tuesday, the board interviewed three applicants. Board president John Lendrum said the school board will likely meet at least once next week, for second interviews. With current superintendent Dennis Doughty’s last day set for July 31st, the Norwalk Board of Education may need to hire a short term interim superintendent, to fill in until a permanent selection is made.


Groundbreaking is set for August 6th, for Borger’s USA’s new Norwalk manufacturing site.

The plant will be built in the Industrial Parkway. Once it’s up and running, the $60 million factory will employ about 230 workers.


Fire caused heavy damage to two Sandusky homes yesterday afternoon.

Flames consumed one Shelby Street home, then spread to a neighboring house. Sandusky, Perkins and Margaretta firefighters were at the scene. The cause is under investigation.


Firefighters from several departments were called on last night, to battle a large blaze at Norwalk’s Eagle Creek Golf Club.

The fire destroyed a large building that housed golf carts and other equipment. No one was injured. The cause is under investigation.



A northwest Ohio Sheriff says his office will begin investigating heroin overdose deaths as homicides, and pursue murder charges against dealers who provided the drugs.

Lucas County Sheriff John Sharp outlined his plan yesterday. He now has three full-time and one part-time detective to investigate overdoses.


Federal charges have been filed against a central Ohio postal carrier accused of stashing thousands of pieces of mail at his home.

55-year-old Charles Moore of Columbus allegedly squirreled away the mail between January of 2012, and July of last year. That’s when investigators searched his home, and found 13,000 pieces of undelivered mail. Moore resigned last fall.


Highway technicians from ODOT’s District 3 held their annual ‘Roadeo’ event this week.

32 ODOT workers from the district’s eight counties were at district headquarters in Ashland, operating snowplows, salt trucks and heavy equipment through obstacle courses. Winners will compete against their colleagues in ODOT’s other eleven districts in September.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The American League will have home field advantage in this year’s World Series, after last night’s 5-3 win, in the All-Star Game at Target Field.


Voters in the Monroeville school district will see a new combo tax issue this fall.

The Board of Education will place a combined property/income tax on the November ballot.  The 2.5 mill property tax would generate more than $220,000 annually and would cost the average homeowner about $90 a year.  The half-percent income tax would raise about $390,000 annually and would cost the average Monroeville household about $250 a year.  The money would go toward operating expenses.


A record amount of money, about $74.5 million was returned to Ohioans over the last budget year from unclaimed funds held by the state.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Unclaimed Funds said yesterday the total was an increase of 7.6 percent from the previous year. The average distribution was nearly $1,600. Unclaimed funds are money, or the rights to money that have been dormant, including dormant checking and savings accounts, forgotten deposits and uncashed insurance policies. To see if you have funds coming, simply Google ‘Ohio Treasure Hunt.’


A convicted killer from Sandusky suffered a broken nose, during a jailhouse fight over LeBron James.

25-year-old Michael Milner was injured Friday, a few hours after LeBron announced he’s returning to Cleveland. According to reports, Milner was punched by 19-year-old Bryce Stokes on the basketball court inside the Erie County Jail’s recreation area. Milner was treated for his injuries. He’s awaiting sentencing next month, for killing his former girlfriend’s three-year-old son. He’s facing life without parole.

Stokes is facing charges of rape and gross sexual imposition, for the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl at Kalahari. He’s also expected to face charges tied to Friday’s fight.


The number of plaintiffs suing Whirlpool alleging the company’s Clyde factory is responsible for Cancer is growing.

A local TV station says there are now 46 plaintiffs in the case, nearly double the original number.  Federal and state health agencies haven’t been able to find the source of a cancer cluster in the area, while the plaintiffs accuse Whirlpool of dumping toxic sludge and releasing dangerous chemicals at its former Whirlpool Park property in Green Springs.  A company spokesperson has denied the allegations and called the charges ‘unfounded and irresponsible.’


Still no word from Cedar Point officials as to which of the park’s 17 coasters will be renamed ‘King James’, in honor of Lebron’s return to Cleveland.


The first round of interviews began last night, as the Norwalk Board of Education tries to find a new superintendent.

Five applicants made the cut, although others may be interviewed. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring at the end of this month.


Barring a plea bargain, a Norwalk man accused of cultivating a large amount of marijuana will stand trial next month.

Thomas Sterling is charged with illegal cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of criminal tools and tampering with evidence. His trial is expected to take two days. The former Monroeville man was arrested in March, after authorities found dozens of pot plants, and $10,000 worth of equipment inside the former Berardi’s Restaurant in Norwalk. Sterling is free on bond.


The fight is over between Toledo’s NBC affiliate and Buckeye Cable.

WNWO and the cable company agreed on a new, two-year re-transmission deal on Monday.  WNWO had been blacked out by Buckeye Cable for seven months.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Groton Township man convicted of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a Lorain woman last fall will spend 36 years in prison.

39-year-old Brian Jury was sentenced yesterday in Erie County Common Pleas Court. He was fined $15,000. Late last month, Jury was found guilty on two counts of rape and abduction, and a single count of felonious assault. The charges were connected to a November 1st incident. Jury abducted the victim at gunpoint, took her to his Strecker Road camper, raped her repeatedly, then left her bound and gagged. After Jury left, the woman was able to escape, and get help from a passing motorist.


An update, on storm clean-up costs in Willard.

The price tag is expected to soar to as much as $150,000. A severe storm with straight line winds, and an unconfirmed tornado hit Willard in mid-June. It left behind numerous downed trees and power lines, and damaged city-owned property, along with homes and businesses. The Willard City Park sustained heavy damage, and much of the city lost power for over 24 hours. Full cleanup is expected to take several more weeks.


If you receive an email form ‘E-Z Pass Info’, don’t open it.

The Ohio Turnpike Commission says it’s a scam designed to steal personal information and money from unsuspecting customers.  The same scam has been reported in several other states and the District of Columbia.


Willard City Council will meet in special session this Thursday, to vote on a proposed tax break for a new flour mill.

A required public hearing will be held at 4pm at Willard City Hall, with a vote expected after the hearing. If all goes as planned, the Star of the West Mill will be built next to Pepperidge Farm.


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


The Norwalk Board of Education will meet at 7:30 in the Board Office, to interview applicants for superintendent.


Milan police are investigating a rash of car break-ins.

Cars were entered over the weekend, and the thief or thieves stole items ranging from money to GPS units.


A former Plymouth man accused of setting a fire at a Willard apartment has entered a guilty plea to a charge of arson.

19-year-old Christopher Barber will likely be sentenced to probation instead of prison.  But he will have to register on the state’s arsonist list.  Barber set the small fire last June at a Rae Court apartment.  No one was injured.


Ohio has been named a ‘Comeback State’ by CNBC.

From the state’s pre-recession peak and at the end of 2006 to the end of 2009, Ohio lost more than 400,000 jobs, mostly high-paying manufacturing jobs.  Many of those jobs are still lost and unlikely to return.  So the state has targeted new industries, including biotech, medical equipment and energy production.  Experts say job growth in those industries is powering a comeback.


A new poll suggests Republican Governor John Kasich’s lead over Democratic challenger Ed Fitzgerald is down to a single percentage point.

The poll by Public Policy Polling shows Kasich leads Fitzgerald, 45-44 percent.  Republican officials dismissed the results saying the poll was commissioned by the Ohio Democratic Party.