Thursday, February 5, 2015

Snow may have caused a Monroeville school bus to back into a utility pole.

It happened yesterday afternoon on Breit Road. No one was injured. The bus sustained minor damage. Students were transferred to another bus.


As we first told you at noon yesterday, seven people are in the running to become the next superintendent of the Perkins Local Schools.

A total of 30 people applied for the job. Of the seven to be interviewed, two currently lead area school districts: South Central superintendent David Brand, and Benton-Carroll-Salem superintendent Guy Parmigian.

Three others lead school districts in northeast Ohio, and one is superintendent of a school district in northwest Ohio. The other is an administrator in Parma. The board will interview all seven applicants during closed-door meetings scheduled 5pm next Monday and Wednesday, in the Administrative Service Center.


In Norwalk, the Board of Education will get its first look at the list of applicants for superintendent.

The school board will meet in special session at 7 tonight, at Norwalk High School.


Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan will seek a second term in office, and at least for now, he’s running unopposed.

The Republican filed his petitions with the Board of Elections yesterday. No one else, Republican or Democrat filed to run. But, independent candidates have until May 4th to file petitions.


For now, there’s just one race, for Norwalk City Council.

Democrat Chris Castle and Republican Alan Furey will square off in November, in Norwalk’s 4th ward. Both filed petitions, ahead of yesterday’s 4pm deadline. Current 4th ward councilman Chris Mushett is one of four people running for four-at large seats. Another change…current 2nd-ward councilwoman Erin Smetzer is seeking an at-large seat, and current at-large councilman David Wallace is running in the second ward.


As far as issues, the May ballot will be very light.

There’s a new 10-year, 4.95 mill levy on the ballot in the Monroeville school district, and a five-year, one-half percent income tax continuation in the city of Bellevue. Voters in Wakeman Village and township, and the village of New London will vote on natural gas aggregation.


Poker players will converge at Kalahari tomorrow night and Saturday for the 9th annual North Coast Super Saturday Poker Championship.

We’ll have more in news tomorrow.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Some forecast models suggest this weekend could be a lot like this past weekend, in terms of snow.


A Norwalk doctor is under investigation, for alleged ‘questionable prescribing.’

A state pharmacy board spokesperson said Dr. Robert Reeves has been under investigation since last month. State agents and Norwalk police used a warrant to search his West Water Street office yesterday. During the search, authorities seized prescription drugs, patient information and financial records. No arrests were made, but all information will be sent to the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office, for possible felony charges.


Friday wasn’t a good day for a Norwalk man.

23-year-old Darrel Keegan was jumped and robbed at a home in Perkins Township. According to reports, Keegan went to the home to collect from someone who owed him money. As he entered the home, he was beaten and robbed by two men. They made off with $500, and his cell phone. The two men remain at-large.

Also on Friday, Keegan was arrested on a Huron warrant charging him with burglary. He’s accused of breaking into a home there, while the resident was in the Huron County Jail. Keegan allegedly stole a TV and video games, DVD’s, shoes and numerous hats. Keegan allegedly sold some of the stolen goods. Other items were found at his Whittelsey Avenue home.


A Sandusky woman is facing up to six months in jail, for stealing a boy’s athletic shoes.

20-year-old Jasmine Townsend is charged with theft, for stealing the $200 LeBron James athletic shoes from the boy Sunday, during this 11th birthday party. When confronted by the boy’s mother and police, Townsend admitted to taking the shoes. She was charged and released. The shoes were returned to the boy.


Seven people have applied to become the next superintendent of the Perkins Local Schools.

Two are from the area—current South Central Local Schools superintendent David Brand and Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools superintendent Guy Parmigian.  We’ll have more in news tomorrow.


Around Ohio…

Toledo Mayor Michael Collins remains in critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest Sunday afternoon.

Ohio Edison customers can expect to soon pay more for electricity.  Average residential rates are going up by about $4 a month.  Commercial and industrial customers will pay more as well.

J.M. Smucker is adding pet food to its jam, coffee and baking line products.  The Orville-based company says it’ll acquire Big Heart Pet Brands for nearly $6 billion.  Big Heart is the nation’s leading maker of dog and cat foods, including Meow Mix, Nine Lives and Milk Bone brands.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Norwalk and Milan firefighters were called on Monday, to battle a blaze that destroyed a car and garage on Deep Dale Drive.

The call came in shortly after 7:30 yesterday morning. Crews arrived minutes later, and found the car and the garage engulfed in flames. According to reports, firefighters had difficulty getting to the blaze, because Deep Dale Drive is a private road, and wasn’t plowed. After gaining access, firefighters were able to contain the blaze in a short amount of time. No one was injured, and early damage estimates were placed at $40,000. Firefighters believe the blaze was sparked by the car, but the exact cause is unknown.


Saturday’s Polar Plunge in Sandusky was a big success.

It raised more than $25,000, for the Special Olympics.


Officers with two more area law enforcement agencies will soon wear body cameras.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Perkins Police Department have ordered new body cams, and both say they should be in use by early spring. The Sandusky Police Department recently ordered body cameras. Those are expected to ‘go live’ sometime this month.


Later this week is when the Norwalk Board of Education will first see the list of applicants for superintendent.

The board will meet in special session at 7pm Thursday, to review and discuss applications. The closed-door meeting will be held at Norwalk High School.


4pm tomorrow is the deadline to file petitions with the Board of Elections Office, for the May 5th primary election.


Tomorrow’s Powerball jackpot is worth $317 million.


As expected, Governor John Kasich released his two-year budget proposal yesterday.

If the plan is approved, more than half of Ohio school districts would see their state funding reduced.  State income taxes would go down, but the state sales tax would be hiked by $2.5 billion.  Also part of the proposal: a plan to phase out Medicaid payments for independent providers who give in-home care services.


In sports…

It’s a high school basketball doubleheader night on 95.3, WLKR and  Live at 7:30, it’s the boys basketball with Port Clinton at Norwalk.  After that, it’s girls Roundball Replay, featuring Edison and Norwalk.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The official snowfall measurement in Norwalk: eight inches. 

As of late this morning, Sandusky County was still under a Level 3 snow emergency, which means all roads are closed to non-emergency personnel.  Level 2 snow emergencies are now in effect in Seneca and Ottawa Counties.  Huron, Erie, Ashland and Lorain Counties remain under a Level 1 snow emergency.


Snow and blowing snow shut down virtually all area schools again.

If and when there are school closings or delays, we will have information every ten minutes starting at 6am.  You’ll also find it on our website,


The highway patrol believes alcohol may have been a factor, in last week’s crash that claimed a Willard man.

As we first told you Friday, 28-year-old Ted Patrick was killed early Friday morning on U.S. Route 224 in Seneca County’s Bloom Township. Troopers said Patrick’s pickup truck went left of center, and hit a utility truck head-on. Patrick was pronounced dead at the scene.


Governor John Kasich wants to deliver his State of the State speech on the road again.

He’s eyeing the southwest Ohio city of Wilmington, for the February 24th address. Last year, Kasich delivered the speech in Medina. Before that, it was Lima and Steubenville.


Toledo mayor Michael Collins is in critical condition, after suffering a heart attack, while driving around, checking road conditions.


Saturday’s Polar Plunge in Sandusky was a big success.

It raised more than $25,000 for the Special Olympics.


Soldiers from an Ohio National Guard unit are heading overseas.

150 soldiers from the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 137th Aviation Regiment will provide assistance in Kuwait.