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Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Sandusky Woman dies in three-vehicle crash Wednesday in Margaretta Township

A three-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in Margaretta Township claimed the life of a Sandusky woman.  76 year-old Dorothy Wilson was killed while a passenger in a Saturn Vue that was side-swiped by a commercial truck, then when left of center where her vehicle hit a Dodge Charger head-on. It took place around 2:45 pm on U.S. 6 just east of State Route 269. The driver in the Saturn, 78 year-old Bruce Rueckert of Lansing, Michigan suffered serious injuries and was life-flighted to Toledo.  The drivers of the other two vehicles received minor injuries.  The crash is under investigation. Alcohol and drug impairment are not suspected.

 

Norwalk PD issues letter warning concerning Heroin and Fentanyl Overdoses

The Norwalk Police Department released a letter on their Facebook page Wednesday concerning the heroin/fentanyl epidemic.  Norwalk PD Chief David Light says in the letter that most of the marijuana that they’re taking off the streets of Norwalk has been laced with fentanyl. He also points out that most of the heroin has fentanyl added to it, and that the Norwalk PD have noticed a strong increase in heroin/fentanyl overdoses in the recent months.  The Norwalk PD warns that if you or a family member comes in contact with any unknown substance, to not touch it, but to call them at 419-668-3311. The letter concludes by stating that The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a nationwide alert on fentanyl as a threat to health and public safety back in March of 2015.

 

 

Remains found in Pittsfield Township yet to be Positively-Identified 

There’s still hasn’t been a positive I-D on the remains of a body found a few weeks ago in Pittsfield Township. They are, however, believed to be those of Clarence William Thomas, who disappeared from Lorain 14 years ago.  A man serving time in a West Virginia prison for a triple homicide 4 years ago, reportedly told authorities, he had buried Thomas in the farm-field in 2002.

 

Indictment brought against man accused of planning to kill Federal Judge

A grand jury in Toledo has brought a three-count indictment against a suspected member of Al-Qaeda, accused of plotting to kill a federal judge. 37 year-old Yahya Farooq Mohammed is already facing separate charges of funneling money to forces in Iraq to battle U-S military personnel.

 

HEAP Program offers financial assistance for Summer Electric Bills

(Courtesy of Ohio News Connection) Eligible Ohioans can now apply for the HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) Summer Crisis Program to help avoid the heat, while receiving financial assistance with the costs of a utility bill, air conditioner or fan.  To qualify, households must have a gross annual income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. The program offers up to $500 in assistance. It runs through August 31st.

 

25th Huron River Fest starts Friday

Huron River Fest is celebrating its’ 25th anniversary this year, running this Friday through Sunday at the Huron Boat Basin.   The 3-day festival also includes fireworks Friday night, then on Saturday a classic car show at 9:00 am with a parade at 11:00 am, and a pet parade Sunday morning.  Also, new this year to the festival is a boat decorating contest with a $100 cash prize.


Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Norwalk man arrested for DUI in four-vehicle injury crash on US 250 Tuesday

A four vehicle injury crash took place Tuesday afternoon at about 1:00 pm in Milan Township on US 250 near State Route 13, resulting in a Norwalk man being arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol.  21 year-old Dylan Barnett of Norwalk was arrested at the scene of the crash after he displayed signs of impairment, and was breath tested at a 150 blood-alcohol content. Barnett’s Chevy Impala drove left of center where it caused a chain-reaction crash that involved three other vehicles, including a semi. 59 year-old Mary Cotton of Norwalk was injured in the crash and transported to Fisher-Titus Hospital.  The accident remains under investigation by The Sandusky Highway Patrol Post.

 

Elyria Man facing Murder Charge

An Elyria man has been charged with ‘attempted murder’.  40 year-old Robert Gilbert of 16th Street is accused of stabbing 31 year old Justin Ballew during an argument over money.  Ballew is being treated at Metro.

 

Investigation continues into False ISIS Claim Incident in Avon

Avon Police say, they are turning the investigation into the hotel clerk who triggered a 9-1-1 incident last week to the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office. The clerk believed, a visitor at the front desk was pledging allegiance to ISIS.  Police responded to the Fairfield Inn, ordered the man to the ground and handcuffed him, then determined that the allegations were false.  The city has since apologized to the man, and it appears, the clerk no longer works at the inn.

 

Former Vermilion Police Dispatcher has Firing Upheld

An arbitrator has upheld the termination of a police dispatcher in Vermilion.  Dispatcher Katie Kovach and Patrolman David Jones admitted to have sex while Jones was on duty and Kovach was not.  Both were fired in November for violating the police department’s code-of-ethics.

 

Ohio State Highway Patrol reports 12 Traffic Deaths during July 4th weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting that 12 people lost their lives in 11 traffic crashes during the 4th of July reporting period, which ran from Friday through Monday.  Impairment was proven to be a factor in four of those crashes. Also during that four-day period, troopers made 673 arrests for impaired driving and 325 for drug-related charges. The Patrol responded to 655 crashes and made more than 45,000 traffic contacts in total, which included assisting more than 3,900 motorists.

 

“Rockin the Rez” is this Saturday in New London

New London Reservoir Campground will again host the one-day music fest, “Rockin the Rez”, this Saturday.  The band schedule features KK Farnsworth Eclecticity at 2:00 pm,  Roxy Mae at 4:00, Monica Robbins and The Ninja Cowboys at 6:00, then Aerosmith tribute band “Toys in the Attic” finishes up the concert from 8:30 to 10:30 pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the gates, which open at 11:00 am, with camping also available if spots remain.  Fireworks will wrap up the event shortly after 10:30 pm.

 

Attorney General DeWine Warns of “Grandparent Scam”

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning residents of phone scams that are targeting Ohio grandparents, following a rise in complaints. Over the past month, 11 Ohioans have reported losing an average of $3,800 to what’s called the “grandparent scam.” Most said they paid over the phone using gift cards after receiving a call saying their grandchild was in trouble.  The caller then pretends to be someone else while telling the grandparent to send money to have charges dismissed, to cover court costs, or to allow the grandchild to return home.

Attorney General DeWine is encouraging consumers to take some steps to protect against grandparent scams including communicating with your family members, limiting the amount of information you share online, and to be cautious of unusual payment requests.  To learn more or to report scams to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, visit www.OhioProtects.org.


Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Sandusky Highway Patrol Post investigating Hit-Skip Crash that left one seriously injured

The Sandusky Post of the Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-skip injury crash that occurred around 10:30 pm Sunday night in the city of Sandusky.  The crash took place at the intersection of Camp Street and Pierce Street; sending an international exchange worker to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

19 year-old Zaide Guler Narmanli of Turkey suffered those injuries when she was riding her bicycle northbound on the sidewalk on the east side of Camp Street, when she entered the intersection of Pierce Street and was struck by an eastbound vehicle that fled the scene.  Narmanli was eventually air-lifted to Mercy St. Vincent hospital in Toledo.  The patrol has a possible lead on the second vehicle involved in the crash, but is looking for any and all information regarding the incident.

 

Three-Vehicle Crash claims the lives of two Lorain women

Charges are possible against an Elyria man from a three vehicle crash on Route 113 in Amherst Township that left two people dead.  Troopers say, an SUV driven by 42 year old Matthew Glaze rear-ended a car waiting to turn onto Route 58. There were three women from Lorain in the car.  One was hurt.  Two were killed; 58 year old Iris Candelario and 58 year old Maria Maldonado.

 

Norwalk Independence Day Parade held Monday morning

The 46th annual Norwalk 4th of July parade took place Monday morning.  Sister station Kool Gold 1510 was there broadcasting the event live; which featured 111 entries including marching bands from Norwalk City and Norwalk St. Paul schools and Parade Grand Marshal Scott Ford from The Lefty Grove Baseball Program.  Some of the parade award winners were Fog Horn Designs for Best Commercial Float, Olde Wrestling for Most Unusual, Maplewood Acres for Best Theme, and Huron River Valley Resort won for Best Business Float.

 

 

Sandusky Fire Department has a busy month of May

The City of Sandusky Fire Department reports May as their busiest month of the year so far, as they handled 621 incidents and calls for service, averaging to about 20 incidents per 24-hour shift. Their year-to-date average is 16 incidents on a 24-hour shift.  Their year-to-date total through May is 2,443 incidents with 3,075 responses.

 

Norwalk Music Festival begins Thursday

The 4th edition of the Norwalk Music Festival is this Thursday through Sunday at the Huron County Fairgrounds. The bluegrass music fest begins Thursday night, with live national and local bands throughout the day Friday and Saturday, and a few more on Sunday morning.  Tickets can be purchased at the gate with camping also available for $10 per day.   A complete schedule is online at www.NorwalkMusicFestival.com.


Friday, July 1st

Missing Girl reported in Lorain County

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in tracking down a possible runaway from Grafton Township.Lorena is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, African-American and weighs 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a red shirt and backpack and blue-jean Capri pants. According to the sheriff’s office, 12-year-old Lorena Zielinski was reported missing from her Mennell Road home by her mother about 10:00 pm Wednesday evening. She was last seen by her mother at 12:30 pm that afternoon, police said.Anyone with information on Lorena’s whereabouts can call detectives (440) 329-3742 or (440) 329-3710.Her photo can viewed online at: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2016/06/30/sheriffs-office-searching-missing-girl/.

Patrol to have Zero Tolerance for Impaired Drivers this Holiday Weekend

AAA is estimating that close to 1.8 million Ohioans will travel this weekend. With that, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force cracking down on impaired drivers the entire Fourth of July weekend. The patrol says they will have a zero-tolerance policy, as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign.  During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period, a total of eight fatal crashes killed 10 people, including three OVI-related fatal crashes that killed three. A total of 699 OVI arrests were also made during the holiday period. The Patrol encourages motorists to plan a sober ride home; and is also urging drivers to buckle up.

 

Area Fireworks Schedule for this weekend and the 4th of July

The Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and of course that means fireworks! Here’s your rundown of local fireworks displays.

 

Cedar Point – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (10:30 pm each night, with 3-D Fireworks on Monday)

Saturday:  

Huron – at Huron Boat Basin (10:30 pm),

Willard – as part of “Festival in the Park” (10:30 pm)

Sunday:

Clyde – at Community Park (10:00 pm)

Lorain – at Black River Landing (dark)

Oak Harbor – Downtown (dusk)

Wellington – at Lorain County Fairgrounds (dusk)

 

Monday (4th of July):

Lakeside – at Lakeside Chautauqua (9:45 pm)

Marblehead – at East Harbor State Park (9:00 pm)

Norwalk – at Huron County Fairgrounds (dusk)

Oberlin – at Recreation Complex (dusk)

Port Clinton – at Water Works Park (dusk)

Put-in-Bay – Barge over downtown harbor (dark)

 

Norwalk Fourth of July activities to feature live radio coverage of Parade

The City of Norwalk will feature a July 4th parade on Monday at 10:30 am. You can listen to the parade live on the radio – as 1510 AM Kool Gold, will have live coverage of the festivities with WLKR/K96 News and Sports Director Josh Bowman and William Bradley from the K96 Morning Crew.

Over 100 units are expected in the parade. Fireworks will also take place Monday night at the Huron County Fairgrounds in Norwalk, beginning at dusk.

 

Sandusky “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive is underway

Donations are now being accepted for the “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive in the Erie County. Heather Gilchrist, Marketing Coordinator for Vacation Land Credit Union, talks about the goal of this year’s collection event.  Donation drop-offs will be accepted through August 1st with a final wrap-up event set for Saturday, August 6th at the Sandusky Mall.  Monetary donations can also be made by making checks payable to The United Way of Erie County.

The complete list of collection sites and specific supplies needed are listed online on the WLKR Facebook page.  School supplies and back packs will go to students in grades K-5 at Perkins, Sandusky City, and Sandusky St. Mary’s Central Catholic schools.

 

$45 million could be coming to Ohio to help with Opioid Drug Epidemic

Ohio could be eligible for up to $45 million over two years beginning next year, to fight the opioid drug problem, and to expand access to treatment. A conference call was held earlier this week on the importance of Congress approving President Obama’s request for more than $1 billion in funding to fight the nationwide epidemic.  Tom Stuber, Chief Executive Officer and president of The LCADA Way (Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services), said “the $45 million will not go very far.”  He said the amount would be divided among the 88 counties in Ohio, leaving about $550,000 per county each year.  Stuber said his agency is among around 200 in the state that offers treatment services.