Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A rollover crash spilled more than 20 tons of scrap metal, and shut down some of U.S. Route 250 in Milan.

Yesterday’s crash occurred just after 6am yesterday, when the rig flipped at State Route 113 West and 250. According to the highway patrol, the trucker from Tipp City, Ohio wasn’t familiar with the intersection, and was unable to stop before rolling onto 250. He suffered minor injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He was later charged with failure to control. Northbound 250 was completely closed for more than three hours.


Snowy weather may have been a factor, in a car/semi-truck crash in eastern Huron County.

Yesterday’s crash at Fitchville River and Zenobia roads in Clarksfield Township sent four people to the hospital with serious injuries. Troopers said Kayla Warrer of Sandusky failed to stop at the intersection…Her car hit a semi, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. Warrer and three passengers—Matthew Born of Collins, Michael Shepperd of New London and Brett Ziemke of Norwalk were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Warrer, Born and Shepperd were later flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Ziemke was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center. The trucker wasn’t hurt. The crash remains under investigation.


Bellevue police are investigating two separate rape complaints.

Both claims were made on Sunday. One of the alleged sexual assaults occurred at the Bellevue Inn and Suites, the other, at a private residence.


Absentee ballots will be available, starting April 1st, for the May 6th primary election.

Ballots may be cast at the Huron County Board of Elections Office in Norwalk between 8am and 5pm.  The office will be open until 9pm on Monday, April 7th and from 8am until noon on Saturday, May 3rd.


This past winter could go down as one of the most expensive ever for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

ODOT officials say they’ve spent nearly $117 million to keep roads clear of snow and ice statewide, including the cost of one million tons of road salt.


The results are in, from yesterday’s 14th annual Sandusky Rotary Club Pizza Challenge.

Chet and Matt’s took top honors, in the Best Pepperoni Pizza category, followed by Pizza Hut and Kalahari. Kalahari’s Breakfast Pizza was the winner, in the Specialty Pizza category. After that, it was Wink’s Chicago-Style Pizza, then the Philly Steak and Cheese Pizza from the Huron Pizza House. Hundreds of people showed up at yesterday’s event. Proceeds are going to Rotary’s ‘Clothes Kids’ program.

The Norwalk Rotary Club’s annual Pizza Bake-Off will be held April 15th.


The Monroeville Board of Education will meet behind closed doors next Monday, to discuss personnel.

The executive session will begin at 7pm, in the Charles Eby meeting room.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Finances, and the Norwalk City Schools ‘Five for Five’ levy will be discussed, during a community meeting scheduled for one week from today.

The April 1st meeting will begin at 6:45pm, at Norwalk High School’s Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. Superintendent Dennis Doughty and members of the Norwalk Board of Education will be there to provide information, and answer questions. The meeting should last about 45 minutes.


Cedar Point continues to hire, for the upcoming season.

The Sandusky amusement park is in need 5,000 workers, to fill more than 70 different types of jobs, including rides, food service and security. Interviews will be held between 11am and 7pm this Saturday, at Castaway Bay. Anyone interested should apply online,, before attending the interview session.


95.3 WLKR and will re-broadcast Norwalk’s state championship game against Bishop Watterson.

The special encore presentation will air at 7 Thursday night. Norwalk beat Watterson, 65-58, to claim the Division II state title.


Greenwich officials are considering using laser surveillance, to catch speeders.

If village council agrees, Maryland-based Optotraffic would install a laser tower that would measure time, speed and distance between two laser detectors. When a car is found to be speeding, the device would take a picture of the license plates and a ticket would be sent to the car’s owner. The person ticketed would then have to pay the fine or appear in court. Revenue from speeding tickets would be split 60-40 between the village and Optotraffic. Possible target areas are Main Street and Townsend Street.


An overturned truck shot down some of U.S. Route 250 in Milan this morning.

The rig was hauling scrap metal when it flipped near Route 113 West.  The accident closed the northbound lanes for over three hours.  It re-opened at approximately 9:30.  The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.


A Meijer employee is facing a theft charge, for allegedly stealing pricey video game equipment from the Perkins Township store.

25-year-old Bryan Combs of Collins is accused of swiping about $400 worth of video games and accessories. The alleged theft occurred last week.


It’s pizza challenge day in Erie County.

The Sandusky Rotary Club’s 14th annual Pizza Challenge runs from 4 until 7 at Kalahari. 13 different pizza places will be on hand. All you-can-eat admission is $12 for adults, and $6 for children 12 and under, and seniors 65 and older.


Hot off the press…The Spring/Summer 2014 edition of the free Voice of the Firelands magazine.

It includes schedules for the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Toledo Mud Hens, Columbus Clippers and Lake Erie Crushers, along with a chance to win Indians tickets and a limo ride to the game. For NASCAR fans, the newest Voice of the Firelands magazine has the Sprint Cup Series schedule and roster. The magazine can be found at select businesses around the area. There’s also copies at the Radio Ranch.

Monday, March 24, 2014

A boil advisory remains in effect until 8 o’clock tonight, for the Southgate Acres subdivision in Perkins Township.

Water should be boiled for one or two minutes before consumption. The boil advisory was issued yesterday afternoon, after a water main break on Didion Drive.


There’s a new gold trophy on display at Norwalk High School.

The boys basketball team brought it, and the Division II state championship to the Maple City Saturday. Norwalk won the state title, by defeating defending state champ Columbus Bishop Watterson, 65-58 at the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State. It’s the school’s first-ever state basketball title.


A large number of fans turned out to honor the Truckers, as the team returned home from Columbus Saturday night.

Fans lined the streets as the team bus went through town. Afterward, a short ceremony was held at Norwalk High School. Team members and others spoke, and thanked everyone for their support.


Saturday’s Division II state game between Norwalk and Bishop Watterson was the highest attended game over the weekend.

14,462 fans showed up to watch the game.


95.3 WLKR and will re-broadcast Saturday’s state championship game at 7pm Thursday night.


Congratulations to Monroeville’s Logan Stieber.

Stieber won his third consecutive national collegiate wrestling championship Saturday night.  The 141 pounder wrestles for Ohio State.  His previous two national championships were at 113 pounds.  Stieber won four consecutive state titles while wrestling for Monroeville High School.


A weekend fire all but destroyed the downtown area of a small northeast Ohio village.

Despite the efforts of 30 different fire departments, 13 businesses along historic Main Street in Garrettsville, in Portage County were affected by the blaze. Most of the buildings were made of wood, and built in the 1800’s. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking into the cause.


A reminder that the city of Norwalk’s limited spring trash pickup will be held the week of April 14th.

Residents will be able to set out three large items or nine extra bags for pickup at no additional charge. One large item equals three bags.


If you don’t have dinner plans for tomorrow night, you may want to consider the Sandusky Rotary Club’s 14th annual Pizza Challenge.

The all-you-can-eat event will be held between 4 and 7 at Kalahari.  13 area pizza places will offer their best regular and specialty pizzas.  Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 & under and seniors 65 and older.  Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Clothes Kids Program.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It’s game day, in Columbus.

The 92nd annual state boy’s basketball tournament tips off this morning, at Value City Arena, inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center at Ohio State University. Leading off this year’s tournament: The Norwalk Truckers. Norwalk will take on Dayton Thurgood Marshall in the first of two Division II state semi-final games. We’ll begin live coverage at 9:30, with the Tester Tournament Tipoff Show, followed by the Domino’s Pizza Pre-game at 10:30, then the game at 10:45. You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR and Should the Truckers win, they’ll play for the state championship against either Columbus Bishop Watterson or Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Saturday morning at 10:30.


The U.S. Department of Labor says Ohio had the second-biggest job gains of any state in January, adding 16,700 positions.

The January state employment report released this week says 23 states reported more job hiring, while 27 said that the number of jobs fell. Among those adding jobs, Ohio ranked behind only Texas, which added 33,900 positions. In Ohio, the sectors that added the most jobs included construction, manufacturing and professional and business services.


Tonight’s when free Skywarn spotters training will be offered at Castaway Bay on Cleveland Road in Sandusky.

The session will begin at 6:30, and will last two hours. Certificates will be issued at the end of training. Volunteer spotters are needed, for what’s expected to be another active storm season. Last year, Ohio had 37 tornados.


The Willard Police Department is investigating a suspected theft involving a former employee of Willard City Schools.

An employee has been accused of stealing $200 in an incident involving ticket sales. A pre-disciplinary meeting was held March 3, the employee resigned March 7. Police are still investigating, and no one has been charged.


State Representative Chris Redfern has introduced a “Jake’s Law” reform bill to change the way suicides are investigated.

Inspired by the death of Jacob Limberios, House Bill 482 requires that the coroner or deputy coroner must go to the scene and take charge of the body of victims of apparent suicide. It also mandates carrying out an autopsy, and requires each county coroner in Ohio to complete at least one hour of training in conducting suicide investigations. Redfern says the bill would increase the costs for local governments, and that will make it more difficult for it to pass. Redfern’s bill has 30 co-sponsors and has been assigned to the Health and Aging Committee.