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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about a weekend ATV crash that killed a young boy.

Six-year-old Lincoln Gilbert of New London died Saturday afternoon, a short time after  the accident on a trail near Prairie Road in Bellevue. According to chief deputy Ted Patrick, the boy was driving a four-wheel ATV, with a 17-year-old boy sitting in the passenger seat. The ATV rolled on top of Gilbert, after the two went around a curve. He was taken to The Bellevue Hospital, where he died of injuries suffered in the crash. The teen was not hurt.

Patrick said a crash reconstructionist from the state highway patrol has been called in, in hopes of learning more about the accident. Gilbert was a first grader at Immaculate Conception School.

 

Willard City Council is expected to name an acting city manager, during a special meeting scheduled for 5pm today.

Longtime city manager Brian Humphress is resigning, effective September 19th.

 

Charges are pending against a 17-year-old Sandusky boy accused of posting a sexually explicit video of his 14-year-old ex-girlfriend on Facebook.

The prosecutor’s office is reviewing a report. The teen posted the video last month. A friend of the ex-girlfriend saw it, and told Facebook officials. It’s since been removed from the site.

 

The death penalty is looming over an accused killer in Bucyrus.

Crawford County prosecutors say Donald Hoffman is facing a host of charges, including aggravated murder with death penalty specifications.  Hoffman is accused of killing four men Labor Day weekend.

 

The former superintendent of two local school systems has died.

Carol Girton passed away Sunday. She was 66. She was hired as superintendent of the Monroeville Local Schools in 2001, and later held the same position in New London. She retired last year.

 

Tickets are now being sold for EHOVE Career Center’s popular Senior Citizen Fall Festival.

Tickets are $5 each and must be purchased in advance at EHOVE’s Adult Education Office.  This year’s Senior Citizen Fall Festival is Wednesday, September 17th and Thursday, September 18th from 11 am until 1pm.

 

The State of Ohio is planning to resume executions in February after a court-imposed moratorium.

Executions were halted last month to allow officials time to make changes in the lethal injection procedure.

 

In sports…

Presale tickets will be available starting tomorrow for ‘The Battle of Route 20.’ 2-0 Bellevue will host 2-0 Clyde this Friday night.  You can buy presale tickets at Bellevue High School and Bellevue Middle School between 7 and 3 tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.  A large crowd is expected at the game.  Reserve seats are $7.  Adults are $6 and students and senior citizens are $4.


Monday, September 8, 2014

What a difference a day makes.

Friday’s official high in Norwalk was 94.  Saturday’s official high in the Maple City was 72.  After 83 tomorrow and Wednesday, highs will drop to 72 Thursday, 65 Friday and just 62 Saturday.

 

It’ll be nice, for afternoon baseball in Cleveland.

The Indians and LA Angels will play a makeup game at 1:05 this afternoon. You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

 

A six-year-old boy is dead, the victim of an ATV accident in Bellevue.

It occurred Saturday night on Prairie Road, near Edmonds Road. A preliminary report said the boy died at The Bellevue Hospital. Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said more information will be released today.

 

It’s official…

Brian Sears has been named fire chief in Bellevue.  He served as interim chief since last September.  He’s a Bellevue native and a 23-year member of the department.

 

A notice to all Norwalk residents: The Norwalk Fire Department will be flow testing hydrants in random locations around the city for the next two weeks.

In some areas, testing may turn the water a brownish color. Residents should let it run until it flows clear, before drinking it or doing laundry.

 

According to a new survey by Amusement Today, Cedar Point is the best amusement park in the U.S., but not the world.

The Sandusky park won the ‘best in the world’ title for 16 consecutive years, but was deemed second-best this year, behind Europa-Park in Germany. But, Cedar Point’s Millennium Force continued its run of Best Steel Roller Coaster. Other results from the poll show Kings Island’s Banshee came in second for best new ride. Kalahari Resort came in second for best indoor water park, behind one in Texas.

 

Road work continues, on U.S. Route 20 between Monroeville and Bellevue.

The highway is down to one lane of traffic each way. According to ODOT, work should be complete by late September.

 

Around Ohio…

Investigators are trying to find the cause of a blaze that destroyed a 19th century building in Canal Fulton.  The Exchange Building went up in flames yesterday afternoon.  It was built in 1898.

Ohio motorists are paying a little less for gas.  Today’s statewide average is $3.43, down about two cents from last week.  It’s also a penny less than the nationwide average.

Community colleges across Ohio are now facing a new state funding formula.  New rules that took effect last week will tie funding to graduation rates and course completion, instead of enrollment.

 

 


Friday, September 5, 2014

A cool-down is on the way.

After 90 today, highs will be in the low-to-mid 70’s tomorrow and Sunday.

 

Classes at BGSU-Firelands are canceled due to a power outage.

However, staff members should report back at 1 this afternoon.  Evening programs will proceed as scheduled, including the Carol Crane Youth Theater production of Seussical.

 

It’s Football Friday and tonight on sister station K96, we’ll be live in Huron as the Tigers take on Bellevue.

Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 with kickoff at 7.  On 95.3 WLKR, it’s John Hay at Norwalk, followed by Monroeville at Edison.  Tomorrow night, we’ll have Tiffin Calvert at St. Paul, and then we’ll join the Ohio State and Virginia Tech in progress.

 

A $500 reward is being offered, for information leading to the arrests of three suspects who broke into a Bellevue business earlier this week.

The three entered Thomas Steel on Elm Street just after midnight Tuesday. According to reports, they were there for an hour, and damaged doors, cabinets and equipment, before making off with a small amount of cash. The burglary was caught on video. You can see it, on the Bellevue Police Department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information should contact the Bellevue Police Department.

 

Bellevue Police are looking into an alleged stabbing involving two siblings, ages 11 and 15.

It happened Wednesday at a home on East Center Street.  A domestic violence charge is pending.

 

A man accused of killing four men in Bucyrus is due back in court one week from today.

41-year-old Donald Wayne Hoffman was in Crawford County Municipal Court yesterday, where bond was set at $10 million. Hoffman is charged with four counts each of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery. He reportedly confessed to killing the men earlier this week.

 

Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach is encouraging qualified homeowners to submit homestead applications for the next tax year.

The homestead exemption allows homeowners who are 65, or will turn 65 this year, or who are totally and permanently disabled to reduce the value of their homestead property by $25,000 of the market value from property taxes. Any homeowner currently receiving the homestead exemption does not need to re-apply this year. Applications are available online at huroncountyauditor.org.

 

A new TV series highlighting Huron High School’s football program is debuting today on The Weather Channel.

Last week, a production crew was in Huron, to film segments for ’12 weeks, 12 towns’. The program focuses on passionate high school football towns. Segments will air once each hour, between the :30 and :50 minute mark. It’s not known which hour Huron will be featured. Also, breaking news or weather updates could affect air times.

 

In terms of fundraising, August was a successful month for Governor John Kasich.

The Republican incumbent raised $1.2 million for his re-election campaign. That’s about 10 times more than Democratic challenger Ed Fitzgerald brought in.

 

Good news, for some Cleveland Browns fans.

Raycom-owned television stations are back on DirecTV. That includes Channel 19, WOIO in Cleveland, and WTOL, Channel 11 in Toledo. Those channels, along with WUAB, Channel 43 were blacked out earlier this week, due to a contract dispute between Raycom and DirecTV. That means Browns fans who subscribe to DirecTV will be able to watch Sunday’s opener against Pittburgh.

 

A federal judge has blocked state officials from cutting evening and weekend hours from early voting.

The judge said the law hurts low-income and minority voters.  Early voting would begin September 30th under the judge’s order, but state officials say they will appeal.

 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lockwood Road, between U.S. Route 250 and State Route 601 in Milan will be closed between 6:30 and 3 today, for road repaving.

Local traffic will be maintained. All others should use an alternate route.

 

The highway patrol continues to investigate yesterday’s fatal accident in Greenfield Township.

54-year-old Sandra Lovato of Norwalk, and 76-year-old Roger Dearsman of Green Springs died yesterday morning, after the crash at the intersection of State routes 61 and 162. Troopers said Dearsman failed to yield at a stop sign, and hit Lovato’s car. Lovato was taken to Willard Mercy Hospital, where she died of injuries suffered in the crash. Dearsman was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, but died of severe injuries. A passenger, 71-year-old Evelyn Dearsman was taken to Fisher-Titus, then was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.

 

Two mobile home parks in Norwalk were without water for a brief time yesterday.

Midtown Manor on Milan Avenue, and Key Estates on Whittelsey Avenue had  service shut off, because of past due water bills. The two mobile home parks owed nearly $34,000 for July and August. Service was turned off around 9am yesterday, and was restored at 1, after payment was made. While the mobile home parks have different owners, a management company from Akron is responsible for paying water bills for both. Both parks had water turned off once last year, for non-payment.

 

Bond is set at $10 million for the man accused of killing four men in Bucyrus.

41-year-old Donald Wayne Hoffman is in the Crawford County Jail on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.  He’s accused of fatally beating the men in their homes.  Two of the bodies were discovered on Monday and the other two on Tuesday.  Hoffman reportedly confessed to killing the men.  The victims ranged in age from 55 to 65.  Hoffman’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Friday.  If eventually convicted of the charges, he faces life in prison or death by lethal injection.

 

A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrests of three suspects who broke into a Bellevue business earlier this week.

The three entered Thomas Steel on Elm Street just after midnight Tuesday.  According to reports, they were there for an hour and damaged doors, cabinets and equipment before making off with a small amount of cash.  The burglary was caught on video.  You can see it on the Bellevue Police Department’s Facebook page.  Anyone with information should contact the Bellevue Police Department.

 

The highway patrol says there were fewer fatal accidents, over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

11 people died in crashes between Friday and Monday. That’s down from 16, during the same period last year.