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Thursday, March 26, 2015

There’s no shortage of basketball in Ohio.

The 2015 boys basketball state tournament tips off this morning at Value City Arena in Columbus. The tournament continues tomorrow and Saturday. NCAA Sweet 16 action tips off tonight, with two games set to be played at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

 

A Sandusky man who fatally stabbed his infant cousin has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

21-year-old Denzel Castile will remain in secured treatment indefinitely. He could be released, if his condition ever improves. Castile stabbed 11-week-old Athena Castile of Norwalk in May of 2013. He was charged with aggravated murder, but doctors found he had mental health issues that led to the crime.

 

A space heater may have sparked a blaze that damaged a New London home.

Village firefighters were summoned to the East Main Street scene yesterday, after a neighbor saw flames coming from the house. No one was home at the time. We’ll have more, as details become available.

 

A Plymouth teen continues to receive treatment, after being electrocuted earlier this month.

15-year-old Kyle Brandt remains at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. His condition is unknown. Brandt went to fix a sump pump in a flooded basement, when the shock occurred.

 

In terms of unemployment in February, Huron County’s rate was nearly twice the statewide average.

Figures released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Huron County’s unemployment rate was 9.3 percent, or fifth-highest in Ohio. The statewide average was 5.1 percent. Rates in surrounding counties ranged from 5.7 percent in Sandusky and Seneca counties, to 7.2 percent in Erie and Lorain counties. The state’s highest unemployment rate was in Monroe County, 10 percent. The lowest was in Delaware County, just 3.6 percent.

 

A buyout involving two food giants could lead to job losses in Ohio.

The H.J. Heinz Company, makers of ketchup, pickles and much more yesterday announced plans to buy Kraft Foods, makers of mac and cheese, hot dogs, Jello, Miracle Whip and more. Kraft has a major bacon production operation in Coshocton and a sales office in Cincinnati. Heinz has operations in Mason, Massillon and Fremont. Experts say while shoppers won’t notice major changes, jobs could be trimmed, once the deal is finalized later this year.

 

Governor John Kasich is expected to sign legislation that aims to reduce toxic algae in Lake Erie.

The measure was passed yesterday by state lawmakers.  It includes regulations on the spreading of fertilizer and manure.  The new rules are meant to reduce the amount of phosphorus flowing into the lake, which are attractive to algae.

 

Supporters of a proposal to legalize marijuana are collecting signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

Members of “ResponsibleOhio” say petitions went out yesterday in major cities with statewide efforts starting next week.  The group wants to make pot legal for recreational and medical use through investor-owned farms and eleven-hundred retail dispensaries.  They’ll need more than 305-thousand signatures by July to place it before voters in November.

 


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Michigan man was arrested in Perkins Township, for his involvement in big scale thefts.

23-year-old Dontez Patton is accused of stealing $30,000 worth of Dyson vacuum cleaners from Meijer stores in three different states. He’s also facing federal ID theft charges. Patton is now in jail in Michigan, along with several co-defendants.

The speed limit will NOT increase, on the Ohio Turnpike and parts of interstate freeways.

A proposal to increase the speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour died in Columbus yesterday.

The city of Norwalk’s annual spring trash pickup is set for the week of April 13th.

Resident will be able to place three extra items out for pickup. Norwalk’s annual spring brush pickup is scheduled for the week of May 4th.

Bellevue and Norwalk police teamed up to arrest two Bellevue residents on drug charges.

36 year old Matthew James was arrested for marijuana trafficking, and 27 year old Kelly Rupp for cocaine possession. The pair was also charged with possession of criminal tools and drug paraphernalia. The pair is being held at Huron County jail. Norwalk and Bellevue police joined forces to conduct a drug trafficking investigation near Bellevue middle school, and expect additional arrests as a result.

 

 

A Kentucky man has been arrested in Erie County for sex crimes.

19 year old Travis Vartorella of Florence Kentucky was extradited to Erie County on Tuesday to face charges stemming from his involvement with a 13 year old Berlin Township girl. According to police, Vartorella began communicating with the girl through social media sometime in 2013. The girl’s parents later allowed the man to move into their home. In January of 2014, the girl’s father found questionable messages on the girls computer and reported the incident to officials. Vartorella allegedly gave the girl a laptop containing pornography and according to officials, asked the girl to send him explicit photos of herself. The case was presented to an Erie County grand jury earlier this month, and resulted in 10 felony indictments. Vartorella has been arrested on one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, and three counts each of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, obscenity involving a minor, and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material. He is currently being held in Erie County on $275,000 bond.

 


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Michigan man was arrested in Perkins Township, for his involvement in big scale thefts.

23-year-old Dontez Patton is accused of stealing $30,000 worth of Dyson vacuum cleaners from Meijer stores in three different states. He’s also facing federal ID theft charges. Patton is now in jail in Michigan, along with several co-defendants.

 

The speed limit will NOT increase, on the Ohio Turnpike and parts of interstate freeways.

 A proposal to increase the speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour died in Columbus yesterday.

 

The city of Norwalk’s annual spring trash pickup is set for the week of April 13th.

Resident will be able to place three extra items out for pickup. Norwalk’s annual spring brush pickup is scheduled for the week of May 4th.

 

Bellevue and Norwalk police teamed up to arrest two Bellevue residents on drug charges.

 36 year old Matthew James was arrested for marijuana trafficking, and 27 year old Kelly Rupp for cocaine possession. The pair was also charged with possession of criminal tools and drug paraphernalia. The pair is being held at Huron County jail. Norwalk and Bellevue police joined forces to conduct a drug trafficking investigation near Bellevue middle school, and expect additional arrests as a result.

 

A Kentucky man has been arrested in Erie County for sex crimes.

19 year old Travis Vartorella of Florence Kentucky was extradited to Erie County on Tuesday to face charges stemming from his involvement with a 13 year old Berlin Township girl. According to police, Vartorella began communicating with the girl through social media sometime in 2013. The girl’s parents later allowed the man to move into their home. In January of 2014, the girl’s father found questionable messages on the girls computer and reported the incident to officials. Vartorella allegedly gave the girl a laptop containing pornography and according to officials, asked the girl to send him explicit photos of herself. The case was presented to an Erie County grand jury earlier this month, and resulted in 10 felony indictments. Vartorella has been arrested on one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, and three counts each of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, obscenity involving a minor, and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material. He is currently being held in Erie County on $275,000 bond.

 


Monday, December 1, 2014

Following a 41-13 win over Glouster Trimble Saturday night at Yellow Jacket Stadium in Mount Vernon.

For the fifth time since 1997, the St. Paul Flyers will play for a state football championship. The Flyers will play Maria Stein Marion Local at 10am this Saturday, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. St. Paul’s previous state championship game appearances came in 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2009. The Flyers won the 2009 state championship, topping Delphos St. John, 24-21. Marion Local has won three consecutive state championships. Saturday’s St. Paul-Marion Local game will air live on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com. The early forecast for Columbus this Saturday: Partly sunny, and 48.

 

Ohio’s 2014 deer-gun season begins today, and runs through Sunday.

Hunting hours are one half-hour before sunrise, to 30 minutes after sunset. Hunters must have a deer permit, and a valid Ohio hunting license.

 

A Willard man is facing criminal charges, connected to a recent break-in at Strawberry Hill, on State Route 4.

30-year-old Jason Wolford is currently charged with breaking and entering, theft and possession of criminal tools. Wolford and a second suspect allegedly broke into business November 22nd, and stole several hundred dollars, and numerous cartons of cigarettes. He was arrested several days later. The second suspect remains at-large.

 

A worker at Kohl’s in Perkins Township has been charged with felony and misdemeanor theft, for allegedly failing to ring up more than $1,000 worth of items.

27-year-old Heather Jensen was jailed last week, after store officials and police learned she didn’t scan bar codes of certain items, and allowed her boyfriend and two others to leave the store with the unpaid merchandise. The boyfriend, 29-year-old Dale Ryan is charged with receiving stolen property.

 

Pizza Cravin is back in business.

The uptown pizza shop re-opened Friday afternoon a little more than a month after it closed. Lanny Gilbert and his girlfriend, Tami Stamm, are the new owners. Hours will be 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 to midnight on the weekends. “We will have carryout only after midnights,” Gilbert said. “If people are still calling I will still be open.”

 

Columbus police say a body found this afternoon in the University District is that of missing Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge.

He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Karageorge, 22, graduated from Thomas Worthington High School and wrestled for three years as a Buckeye before joining the football team in August. He appeared in one game, against Penn State. Karageorge would have been one of 24 seniors recognized at Ohio Stadium on Saturday before their final home game against Michigan.

 

It was ugly for the Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills yesterday with a final score of 26-10 leaving the Browns tied in 4th place with Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the AFC North all three teams are 7-5.

Although a gloomy day for the Dawg Pound, Manziel made his debut at 12:00 in the 4th quarter making a 10-yard touchdown. Cleveland will take on the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at Browns Stadium kickoff at 1pm.

 

With a loss of a fellow team mate, the Ohio State Buckeyes came out of Saturday’s game in Columbus with a win over rivals Michigan State final score 42-28.

Coming up this Saturday the Buckeyes will face off against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio State 8:17pm game time. You can hear that live on your home for the Buckeyes, 95.3 WLKR.

 

The Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes returns on Dec. 7-8.

Visitors will be able to look at eight homes — six private homes, and also the Follett House Museum and the Cooke-Dorn House. This will be the 35th year of what’s become a local holiday tradition. Get more information on our community calendar at wlkrradio.com.

 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans to be cautious of opportunities to make extra money this holiday season.

Some job offers and work-from-home opportunities are scams. In 2014, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received nearly 100 complaints involving job or business-opportunity potential scams. The average reported loss is more than $1,300. To avoid scams, DeWine encourages job seekers to research the company offering the work by contacting the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the local Better Business Bureau.

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers had some time off after a win against The Indiana Pacers on Saturday final score 109-97.

You can catch the next game; Cavaliers vs. The Milwaukee Bucks Tomorrow the 2nd live with John Michael right here on 95.3 WLKR.

 

Spending tumbled an estimated 11 percent over the weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.

And more than 6 million shoppers who had been expected to hit stores never showed up. Consumer spending fell to $50.9 billion over the past four days, down from $57.4 billion in 2013, according to the NRF. It was the second year in a row that sales declined during the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday weekend, which had long been famous for long lines and frenzied crowds. Today is Cyber Monday, many are estimated to take advantage of final deals with on-line savings today.

 

For 32 years, Holy Angels and Zion Lutheran churches in Sandusky have teamed up to serve Thanksgiving dinners to the community.

Volunteers had about 90 cooked turkeys to prepare for dinner plates. About 300 volunteers participated over the two days to make the dinner possible, whether prepping and cooking the meal or helping serve or deliver the meals.

 

One death Sunday afternoon after apartment fire on Venice Road in Sandusky, the identity of the man has not been released yet.

Bystander’s say they believe a cigarette caused the apartment fire but the Sandusky Fire Dept. doesn’t know that for sure.

 

Huron is making headway with new projects and revivals.

Including ConAgra site’s face lift, a possible modern roundabout for Berlin and Cleveland Roads, unifying the divided Main Street, and finally bringing life to the Show Boat on North Main Street. The revitalization of Huron will take some time but it is sure to bring new life to the city.