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Monday, October 6, 2014

A Greenwich woman will spend 30 day in the Huron County Jail, for stealing from her employer.

In addition, Tara Barber will be on probation for five years, and must pay $12,000 in restitution to Dollar General in Plymouth. Barber was store manager there, when she skimmed the money over a seven-month period, starting late last year.


Good news, if you’re buying pumpkins this month.

A bumper crop is expected, meaning there’s no shortage of pumpkins. Ohio is a major pumpkin producer, ranking third in the U.S. in acres planted and pumpkins produced.


The village of North Fairfield has a new administrator.

Bob Morgan was sworn in last week. He’s replaced Carl Essex, who passed away in August. Morgan ran for Huron County Commissioner in May, but lost a tight primary race to incumbent Joe Hintz.


Starting today, workers from Erie Blacktop will begin placing “No Parking” signs along Columbus Avenue in Sandusky, in preparation for pavement milling and resurfacing that will occur throughout the week.

No on-street parking will be available while this work is being completed. This work is part of an approximately $600,000 effort to resurface sections of US Route 250 and State Route 4 in the city of Sandusky.


General Motors are recalling more than 60,000 vehicles in their latest round of recalls.

The company announced three new recalls on Saturday. The recalls are 2008 and 2009 Pontiac G8s, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV left-hand-drive sedans from 2011 thru 2013. GM says the ignition switch key may shift from the “run” position when touched by the driver’s knee. Another recall involves Cadillac CTS sedans from the 2004 thru 2007 and Cadillac STS models from 2006 and 2007On some vehicles, the fuel pump module electrical terminal may overheat. They have also issued a recall of 304 of the 2014 Chevrolet Sonics in the U.S., stating the vehicles may have a loose electrical connection in the steering column that could affect the driver-side air bag. For a complete list of recalled vehicles visit

Friday, October 3, 2014

Cleveland police are investigating the death of a Norwalk native.

42-year-old Yosanda “Nikki” Grandberry was found stabbed to death early yesterday morning. She lived in Lakewood, but her body was found inside a Cleveland apartment. Grandberry’s suspected killer, a 52-year-old man, was tased by police, after threatening to commit suicide, by jumping from an 11th story balcony. He’s in custody, with charges pending. Grandberry was a 1990 graduate of Norwalk High School.


Two Mansfield police officers who shot and killed a homicide suspect from Norwalk have been cleared, and are back at work.

Sgt. Patrick Williams and officer Orlando Chatman fatally shot 39-year-old Shane Lambert September 22nd, during an overnight confrontation at a vacant house in Mansfield. At the time, Lambert was wanted for questioning, in connection with the September 19th death of James Berens. Berens was laid to rest yesterday.


The intersection of Benedict and Elm in Norwalk is finally open.

It re-opened early yesterday afternoon.


Two Berlin Township roads will close next week for bridge repairs.

Barnes Road at its bridge over State Route 2 and Coen Road at its bridge over Route 2 will close Monday.  Both should re-open in early November.


To Sandusky, where a homeless man has been charged with felony theft, for allegedly stealing construction equipment, then selling it for scrap.

32-year-old Erik Milleson is accused of stealing steel forms, steel spikes, a trailer axle and more from Scheid Concrete. Police received information from a witness, and used it to track down Milleson. He was taken to the Erie County Jail.


A top honor, for Norwalk Catholic Elementary School.

The school has earned the prestigious 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. Only exemplary, high-performing public and private schools are able to apply for the award.


$10,000 is coming to the Willard City Schools.

 It’s a farming-related grant from Monsanto. The check will be presented during halftime of tonight’s Willard-Shelby football game.


If it’s accurate, some good news about gas prices.

Experts say prices at the pump will soon fall below $3 a gallon.


It could be a wet night for high school football.

Showers are expected with a thunderstorm possible as well.  And, temperatures will dip into the 40′s.  Tonight on K96, we’ll be live in Sandusky as the Blue Streaks take on the unbeaten and state-ranked Norwalk Truckers.  Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30, with kickoff at 7.  On 95.3, WLKR, tonight’s live game will come from Bellevue as the Redmen host the Tiffin Columbian Tornadoes.  After that game, it’s Pigskin Playback with Shelby at Willard.  Tomorrow on 95.3, it’s Ohio State at Maryland at noon and then at 7, it’s New London at St. Paul.


Ohio’s antlerless muzzleloader season is set for next weekend, October 11th and 12th.

Hunters checked more than 5,600 antlerless deer last season.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

New early voting hours have been set throughout Ohio.

In-person early voting hours will be 8am until 5pm October 7th through the 10th, October 14th through the 17th, October 20th through the 24th, and the 27th through the 31st. Saturday in-person early voting hours are 8am until 4pm October 25th and November 1st. On Sunday, November 2nd, early voting will be held between 1 and 5pm. The day before the election, November 3rd, in-person early voting will be allowed between 8am and 2pm.


The Edison Charger Marching band will perform live on TV, tomorrow morning.

The Charger band, led by Denise Reilly, will be on Fox-8 in Cleveland, starting at 6:55 tomorrow morning. The band will appear in several different segments, up until 8:55.


Two Mansfield Police Officers who shot and killed a homicide suspect from Norwalk have been cleared and are back to work.

The two fatally shot 39-year-old Shane Lambert September 22nd during an overnight confrontation at a vacant house in Mansfield.  At the time, Lambert was wanted for questioning in connection with the September 19th death of James Berens.  Berens was laid to rest this morning.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning residents to beware of computer repair scams, where callers tell consumers their computers are infected with a virus, and falsely claim they will fix the problem. 

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received more than 50 calls about computer scams in the last month. The scammer will ask for remote access to a computer, and for payment information. Some consumers have experienced hundreds or even thousands of dollars in unauthorized credit card charges. DeWine says among other things, don’t trust a caller who says your computer has a virus, and don’t give an unknown caller remote access to your computer.


Columbia Gas customers are being warned of a telephone scam.

The utility says, someone claiming to be from Columbia Gas is calling customers to threaten them with a shutoff if they don’t pay an overdue bill. Customers are being told to pay up with a prepaid debit card, something the gas company says they’ll never do.


A top honor, for Norwalk Catholic Elementary School.

The school has earned the prestigious 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. Only exemplary, high-performing public and private schools are able to apply for the award.


$10,000 is coming to the Willard City Schools.

It’s a farming-related grant from Monsanto. The check will be presented during halftime of tomorrow night’s Willard-Shelby football game.


It’s the time of year, when deer-car crashes increase in Ohio.

The greatest risk is October, November and December. The Ohio Department of Public Safety says deer-car collisions did decrease by nearly four percent last year. Even so, there were more than 20,000 deer-car crashes statewide. Peak hours were 5pm to 1am, and 5am to 8am. The five counties with the highest number of reported deer-car crashes were Stark, Richland, Lorain, Hamilton and Clermont. According to State Farm data, damage from deer collisions averages nearly $4,000 per claim.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Early voting will NOT start today in Ohio.

That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 yesterday to delay early voting until next Tuesday, October 7th. We’ll have more, in news later today.


A standoff in Monroeville ended peacefully this morning.

23-year-old Marcus Thornsberry held village police, Huron County Deputies and Highway Patrol Troopers at bay for about seven hours while inside a trailer near Pean’s Pizza.  A Highway Patrol negotiator convinced him to surrender at approximately 9 this morning.  Thornsberry’s currently in the Huron County Jail on charges of domestic violence and inducing panic, with more charges possible.  According to Monroeville Police Chief Gary Lyons, the incident began shortly before 2am this morning across the street from the police station.  Thornsberry was highly intoxicated and was involved in a dispute with his girlfriend.  A passing officer noticed what was happening and ordered Thornsberry to stop.  Instead, he went to the trailer about three blocks away.  Lyons said Thornsberry may have been armed with a semi-automatic weapon.  As a precaution, some of U.S. Route 20 was shut down and classes were canceled in the Monroeville Schools and at St. Joseph’s.


Norwalk firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze that damaged a mobile home.

Crews were summoned to Key Estates just after 7am yesterday. They arrived to find light smoke coming from the rear, and flames near a water heater. Firefighters had the blaze under control within 20 minutes. A mother and three children were home at the time. No one was injured.


Rain has delayed the re-opening of the intersection of Benedict and Elm in Norwalk until tomorrow.


A second Willard man has been arrested, in connection with a car theft ring.

18-year-old Donovan Sparkman was arrested last week in Tennessee, on charges of motor vehicle theft, and tampering with evidence. Willard police say Sparkman is a co-conspirator with Eddie Tackett Jr. They’re accused of stealing cars, and taking them to a chop shop in Mansfield. Tackett is scheduled to stand trial in November.


The Second Harvest Food Bank of North-Central Ohio is asking for your help, this time, by voting online.

Second Harvest is in the running for a $60,000 grant from Wal-Mart. The website is hunger.


The city of Bellevue is getting a new fire truck.

City council met in special session last night, to approve the $270,000 purchase. The custom-built truck should be ready by next summer.


A milder winter is expected, and that should translate into lower heating costs for most Ohioans.

Heating costs shot up last winter, which was one of the coldest and snowiest in decades.


The Ohio State University student body slammed to the Ohio Stadium turf will be in court today.

OSU police say Anthony Wunder is charged with criminal trespassing, for running onto the field during Saturday’s Buckeyes-Cincinnati Bearcats game. Wunder’s dash was stopped abruptly by Ohio State strength coach Anthony Schlegel, who planted him to the turf. Schlegel is a former Buckeye linebacker.