Thursday, April 3, 2014

Today and tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the Super Tornado Outbreak of 1974.

The outbreak was one of the worst in U.S. history. Nearly 150 tornadoes touched down in 13 states, including Ohio. 330 people were killed, and 5,000 injured. In southwest Ohio, the city of Xenia was hit by an F-5 tornado. The twister killed 34 people, injured more than 1,100, and destroyed over 1,000 homes, along with churches, schools and businesses. The same tornado also struck Wilberforce University and Central State University, destroying many buildings and injuring several people on each campus.


Locally heavy rainfall is expected today and tomorrow…It could lead to flooding, especially tomorrow.


Three Norwalk residents face drug charges, after a raid of their Route 61 home.

Thomas Vermilion and Felicia Eldridge are charged with possession of oxycodone. Darrell Keegan is charged with possession and trafficking, and tampering with evidence. All three were arrested yesterday morning.


A Norwalk woman will stand trial next week, after turning down a plea bargain on drug trafficking charges.

Heather Hodgkinson is accused of selling ‘magic mushrooms.’ Her case will be heard in Huron County Common Pleas Court. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison.


Trial has been delayed for a Fremont man charged with killing his estranged wife.

Randy Ross’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court, but it was moved to October 6th.  Ross is accused of shooting Amy Ross at her sister’s home near Oak Harbor in late March of 2013.  He then turned the gun on himself, but survived two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head.  He’s now facing death by lethal injection.


22 people have applied to become superintendent of the Margaretta Local Schools.

Several applicants are local, including former Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox, who was fired last year. Current Margaretta superintendent Ed Kurt is leaving for Findlay.


Kent police have arrested a man thought to have fired a shot at Kent State.

The suspect was arrested late last night, a few hours after the initial report. No one was hurt. The campus was on lockdown for more than two hours.


Two Ohio cities remain in contention, to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Cleveland and Cincinnati are finalists, along with Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas and Kansas City. Columbus is out of the running.


In sports…

Weather permitting, the Cleveland Indians will open the home portion of the schedule tomorrow against the Minnesota Twins.  Gametime is scheduled for 3:05, with Indians Warm-Up at 2:37 on 95.3, WLKR.  Before that, we’ll broadcast live from Progressive Field starting at noon.  You’ll hear comments from players, coaches and front office personnel.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Thanks to rain last night, it’s now a doubleheader day for the Cleveland Indians and Oakland A’s.

The Tribe and A’s will play at 3:35, and 9. You can hear both games on 95.3, WLKR.


A trucker suffered only minor injuries, after rolling his rig on the Ohio Turnpike in eastern Erie County.

The highway patrol said the Maryland trucker lost control in Florence Township yesterday around noon. The semi hit a guardrail, then wind caught the trailer, causing the rollover. The crash slowed traffic for several hours.


A published report says CSX has paid the city of Willard nearly $30,000, for a late November train derailment.

According to the Sandusky Register, CSX has reimbursed about $28,000 for firefighters, police officers and maintenance workers who helped railroad employees protect the city from hazardous materials. About 400 households had to evacuate, after the derailment and chemical spill. Those affected spent several days living at a makeshift shelter at Willard High School, or stayed with family members or at hotels paid for by CSX.


Area firefighters spent some of yesterday dealing with field fires.

Those fires occurred at Routes 20 and 601 in Norwalk, and Milliman Road in Milan Township. Others  were on Deyo (Day-YO) Road, and Bardshar and Heywood roads in Margaretta Township. Firefighters said high winds fanned the blazes.


Norwalk’s Ridge Road, just south of the bypass is closed for three or four weeks for storm sewer work.


The city of Norwalk’s compost facility, on Austie Shadle Drive near Baines Park will open for the season this Friday.

It’ll be open through November on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 6pm. City residents can take extra yard waste to the compost pile. Anyone using the compost facility must show proof of city residency, such as a driver’s license. It’s for residential use only, not commercial use.


The Margaretta school board will continue its search, for a new superintendent.

The board of education will meet behind closed doors, at 5:30 tomorrow in the board office. Current superintendent Ed Kurt is leaving to become superintendent in Findlay.


A Willard man running for State Senate has pulled out of the race.

Dr. Eric Kaple was sent to run against Marcus Madison of Elyria in the May 6th primary.  Madison will now face incumbent Gayle Manning in the fall.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Indians won their season-opener, topping the Oakland A’s, 2-0.

Game two of the three game series is set for 10:05 tonight.  You can hear it live on 95.3, WLKR.  Cory Kluber will start for the Indians, opposite former Tribe Pitcher Scott Kazmir.


State officials have extended the deadline, for help with high winter heating bills.

The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program was scheduled to end yesterday. The new deadline is April 15th.


Early voting period begins today throughout Ohio.

In-person voting hours are 8am until 5pm Monday through Friday, 8am until 9pm Monday, April 7th and Saturday May 3rd, between 8am and noon. Registered voters may also request a ballot by mail. The primary election is May 6th.


An area man has been sentenced to prison, for stealing from area homes, businesses and churches.

51-year-old Thomas Spurlock of Sandusky was sentenced yesterday to 10 years and two months behind bars. Authorities said the drug-fueled crime spree occurred last spring. He was arrested on 20 charges.


Tonight’s when Norwalk City Council will honor the state champion Norwalk Truckers boys’ basketball team.

City Council will pass a resolution, commending players and coaches. The Truckers won the Division II state title last month, by beating Columbus Bishop Watterson 65-58. A podcast of the game is available on our website,


The city of Norwalk’s compost facility on Austie Shadle Drive near Baines Park will open for the season this Friday.

It’ll be open through November on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 6pm.  City residents can take extra yard waste to the compost pile.  Anyone using the compost facility must show proof of city residency, such as a driver’s license.  It’s for residential use only, not commercial use.



A bar owner is in hot water, for allowing underage drinking in his establishment.

Eugene McDuffy owns DJ’s Sports Bar in Sandusky. He’s been charged with three counts of permitting underage consumption, plus permitting a curfew violation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was charged over the weekend, after police noticed three drunken teenage girls stumble outside the Cleveland Road bar. The girls are facing charges of underage consumption, curfew violation and obstruction.


A look ahead to 2015…

Officials are working on plans to demolish Willard High School. It’s expected to come down late next year. 2015-2016 classes will be held in the new building.


Plymouth is in need of volunteers, to help plan the village’s 200th birthday celebration in 2015.

A meeting will be held next Tuesday at 7pm in the village hall. The birthday party may be held the same weekend as the annual Fireman’s Festival.


Drivers who use the Ohio Turnpike will start seeing more orange barrels this week.

Turnpike officials say the list of projects includes repaving about six miles of the turnpike, near Clyde.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The forecast for Oakland, California: Showers, and maybe thunderstorms.

The Indians and A’s are scheduled to open their respective seasons tonight in Oakland. Indians Warm-Up begins at 9:37, with game time 10:05 on 95.3, WLKR. The home opener for the Indians is this Friday, against the Minnesota Twins. Game time at Progressive Field is set for 3:05. We’ll broadcast live from the home opener, starting at noon.


A suspected heroin dealer from Norwalk is facing charges.

25-year-old Kyle Barker was arrested and jailed late last week, after a short investigation by Norwalk police. According to reports, police were able to confirm that Barker was using and selling heroin from his West Main Street home. Just prior to Barker’s arrest, police stopped 26-year-old Aaron Arnold of Norwalk. He was leaving Barker’s home, and found in possession of heroin. He too, was jailed.


A drug dealer from Willard is off to prison.

56-year-old Matthew Sweet Sr. was sentenced Friday to two years behind bars, on charges of heroin trafficking.


To Richland County, where a man accidently struck and killed his two-year-old daughter outside Wal-Mart.

Police said 25-year-old Andrew Brooks pulled his SUV to the front doors, to let his family out at the entrance. He then pulled forward, before two-year-old La’Naya Brooks got out of the way, accidently hitting her with the SUV. Bystanders performed CPR, and the girl was taken to a nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead. The girl’s father was not arrested, but the investigation is ongoing. Alcohol is not considered a factor in the accident.


By a 4-3 vote, the Sandusky City Commissioners have fired city manager Nicole Ard.

It wasn’t completely unexpected. In January, the commission gave Ard an ultimatum: Improve her job performance within 60 days, or be dismissed. Ard was hired in the fall of 2011. She could receive more than $60,000 in termination pay. Law Director Don Icsman has been named interim Sandusky city manager, while the commissioner begins the search for Ard’s replacement.


A reminder that Monday, April 7th is the deadline to register to vote, or update voter information in time for the May 6th primary election.

You can register to vote at the Board of Elections office. Voter registration forms are also available at license bureaus, county treasurer’s offices, the Department of Job and Family Services and local libraries.