Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A few pre-election polls predicted it would win, while others said it would be close.

It didn’t win, and it wasn’t close. Voters throughout Ohio said ‘no’ to State Issue 3, a proposal to legalize marijuana in the Buckeye State. The margin was 64-36 percent. Voters did approve State Issues 1 and 2.


Norwalk mayor Rob Duncan has won a second term in office.

Duncan received 57 percent of the vote in yesterday’s election, to defeat challenger Ryan McDonnell. Duncan finished with 2,463 votes, to 1,830 for McDonnell. In the race for Norwalk City Council at-large, the winners were Chris Mushett, Steve Schumm, Steve Euton and Kelly Beck. Chris Castle won the race for Norwalk’s fourth-ward council seat.


Longtime Norwalk school board member John Lendrum was re-elected yesterday.

He was one of five people running for two seats. He’ll be joined by newcomer Lisa Wick. She’ll replace incumbent Ralph Ritzenthaler, who finished third. In the race for Willard school board, the winners were Chris Rothaar and Royden Smith.


Checking other results from yesterday’s election…

Kevin Strecker won the race for Bellevue mayor, ousting incumbent Don Berkey. New London will have a new mayor, John W. Martin, and in North Fairfield, the new mayor will be Joshua Radcliffe. Winners in the Wakeman village council race were Russell Dillon and John Nolan. In the village of Milan, Pamela Crosby won one council seat, while Richard Maloney won the other by just two votes.


Township trustee winners were…

Jeremiah Huffman in Greenfield Township, Mark Risner in Greenwich Township, William Chapman in New Haven Township, David Homan in Norwich Township, and Lorin Brown in Ripley Township. Stacy Dvorak won the Clarksfield Township fiscal officer race, while Krista Smith won the same race in Peru Township.


More Election results…

Christie Lane’s renewal levy passed by a margin of 73-27 percent. In Bellevue, voters renewed a school levy. A levy to maintain roads, streets and bridges in Fitchville Township passed, as did one in Wakeman Township. Also passing: An issue for the Huron County Community Library, one for the Firelands Ambulance District, two in the Huron River Joint Fire District, one in the Wakeman Fire District, two in the village of Greenwich, one in North Fairfield. Also passing yesterday: renewals for Plymouth’s parks and current expenses. But voters there said no to a cemetery levy. Two other issues failed: the Clarksfield Township fire, ambulance and EMS levy, and New London’s parks and rec levy. Local liquor options were approved in New Haven and Monroeville.


To Erie County, where voters approved renewals for the health department and senior services.

Other issues that were approved around Erie County: a levy for police protection in Berlin Heights, one for roads, streets and bridges in Castalia, four charter issues in Castalia, and three issues on Kelley’s Island. Ambulance levies were approved in Margaretta and Milan and Oxford Townships. Also passing in Oxford Township: a renewal for current expenses. In Sandusky, voters approved two charter issues. Voters in Huron rejected a school levy, 55-45 percent. Florence Township voters said no to a levy for roads and bridges.


As far as Erie County races…

Winners in the Sandusky City Commission race were Dave Waddington, Nikki Lloyd, Wes Poole and Greg Lockhart. Also in Sandusky voters, elected Martha Murray, Jeff Krabill and Tom Patterson to the school board. Winners in the race for Perkins school board were Andy Carroll, Jason Dulaney and Brad Mitchel. In the race for Margaretta School Board, the winners were Andrew Warner and Brian Sutorius. In Huron, voters elected Joe Dike, Rick Shaffter and Glen Ginesi to city council.


Overall, voter turnout in Huron County was 43 percent.

It was 45 percent in Erie County. Results were delayed last night. Problems at polling places in Hamilton County led to a late evening lawsuit, and a decision to keep polls there open 90 extra minutes, until 9pm. The ruling also delayed the release of results until 9.


All results are unofficial until certified by the board of elections.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It is November 3rd, General Election Day.

The polls are open until 7:30 tonight. Throughout Ohio, the big one is State Issue 3 which if approved, would legalize marijuana. However, things could get complicated, if both Issue 3 and Issue 2 pass. Issue 2 would make it harder to amend the constitution to establish a monopoly in Ohio. It’s aimed squarely at Issue 3, and its plan to allow 10 commercial growers to supply the state with pot.


Today’s’ Election in Norwalk, there are four key races on today’s ballot.

In the race for mayor, incumbent Rob Duncan is being challenged by Ryan McDonnell. Five people are running for four at-large Norwalk city council seats: Kelly Beck, Steve Euton, Chris Mushett, Steve Schumm and Erin Smetzer. Two people are running for Norwalk’s fourth ward council seat: Chris Castle and Alan Furey. In the race for Norwalk school board, five people are running for two seats: incumbents John Lendrum and Ralph Ritzenthaler are being challenged by John Aschmeier, Bob Germond and Lisa Wick.


Also on today’s ballot: more area school board races, along with other races for mayor, city and village council, and races for township trustee.

One of the mayoral races is in Bellevue, where incumbent Don Berkey is being challenged by Kevin Strecker. Various local issues are on today’s ballot as well.


There is one countywide issue in Huron County: it’s a five-year, one mill renewal for Christie Lane.


Throughout Erie County, voters will decide on two renewals: a five-year, half-mill levy for the general health district, and a five-year, half-mill renewal for Senior Services.

In Sandusky, six people are running for four city commission seats. The list includes incumbents Wes Poole and Scott Schell, former city commissioner Dave Waddington, and newcomers Charlene Adams, Nikki Lloyd and Greg Lockhart. Again, the polls will be open until 7:30 tonight. We’ll have results from Huron and Erie counties starting at 8, on 95.3 WLKR.


Eight people have been charged, in connection with a $1 million drug trafficking operation in Ashland, Medina and Wayne counties.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said 116 charges have been filed against the eight individuals. They’re accused of selling cocaine, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs.


Over the next few months, drivers will notice a change in traffic signals at railroad crossings that don’t have flashing lights or gates.

ODOT and the Ohio Rail Development Commission will replace yield signs with stop signs at 1,000 train crossings. The change is designed to increase safety for drivers and passengers. Drivers must come to a full stop at these crossings, or risk getting a ticket.


In sports…

Three area teams are ranked, in this season’s final statewide high school football poll. Clyde finished 8th in Division III, while Edison finished 6th in Division V. In Division VII, St. Paul finished 6th.


Monday, November 2, 2015

An unseasonably warm week is in store, with highs in the 70’s through Thursday, and mid-60’s on Friday.


A former Milan woman is going to prison for three years for child endangering.

44-year-old Kimberly Schnee was sentenced Friday in Erie County Common Pleas Court. Authorities said Schnee knew her former husband repeatedly raped a young girl, but she failed to intervene. 42-year-old Andrew Schnee is serving consecutive life sentences, plus 60 years.


If you want to cast an early ballot, you can do it at the Board of Elections office until 2 this afternoon.

Otherwise, polling places will be open between 6:30am and 7:30pm tomorrow.


A Wood County man has been charged with aggravated attempted murder, after sending a Clyde man to the hospital with serious injuries.

36-year-old Mickey Spaulding of Bradner is in the Sandusky County Jail. He was arrested early Friday morning, a short time after he allegedly attacked 32-year-old Justin Pollard. According to reports, Spaulding allegedly hit Pollard in the head with a hammer, near the Arrow Café. Pollard was taken to The Bellevue Hospital, and then was flown to the University of Toledo Medical Center. He’s in critical, but stable condition. Clyde police are still investigating, and more charges may be filed.


It’s a smaller field this year.

Six young women will compete for the title of Miss Maple City 2016, this Saturday at Norwalk’s Main Street School. The winner will move on to the Miss Ohio competition next June.


Nine area teams have qualified for the state football playoffs. Locally, Divisions III, V and VII will play Friday night. In Division III, Perkins will play at Clyde. In Division V, Edison will host Galion…You can hear that game live on K96. In Division VII, Monroeville will be at St. Paul. That game will air live on 95.3.

Divisions IV and VI will play Saturday night. In Division IV action, Bellevue will be at Wauseon…That game will air live on 95.3, WLKR. Port Clinton will be at Columbus Bishop Hartley. In Division VI, Seneca East will be at Defiance Tinora.

Friday, October 30, 2015

The search continues, for a missing Norwalk man.

18-year-old Martin Del Ray Garcia was last seen Monday. He was reported missing by his mother Tuesday. Garcia is a 2015 graduate of Norwalk High School, and works for Flex-Pack, a division of Pepperidge Farm in Willard. Norwalk police were able to ping his cell phone Monday afternoon on State Route 61, near Townline Road 131. Anyone with information on Garcia’s whereabouts should contact the Norwalk Police Department.


Two central Ohio parents are facing charges of child endangering, for allegedly leaving their infant alone at an Erie County resort.

19-year-old Megan Pierce of Hilliard, and 23-year-old Justin Hicks of Columbus were arrested Tuesday night at Kalahari. According to reports, the two left their 11-month-old daughter in their hotel room, while they went for food, and to the arcade. Erie County deputies were notified by staff members, who heard the girl crying in the room. Pierce and Hicks told deputies they “lost track of time”, and said they left the girl alone because she “usually sleeps through the night.” Deputies also learned the two are under investigation by Franklin County Children’s Services, because the infant recently suffered a broken collarbone.


It’s the weekend we get an extra hour of sleep.

We’ll fall back to Eastern Standard Time at 2am Sunday.


There’s still time to vote ahead of next Tuesday’s election.

Statewide, elections offices will be open until 7 tonight, between 8 and 4 tomorrow and from 1 until 5 Sunday.


The Central and Executive committees of the Huron County Republican Party are endorsing State Issues 1 and 2, and urging a vote of ‘no’ on State Issue 3 in Tuesday’s general election.

Issue 1 deals with re-doing the way legislative districts are drawn, while Issue 2 would ban special interest groups from tampering with the state constitution to form monopolies. State Issue 3 would legalize marijuana in Ohio.


It’s being called, one of the biggest drug busts in the history of Fremont.

35 people have been arrested after a year-and-a-half investigation into the sale of cocaine and heroin.


The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has received nearly $40,000 in grant money, for federal fiscal year 2016.

Deputies will use the grant to conduct high-visibility enforcement patrols in areas that have a high number of serious traffic crashes. That list includes state routes 2, 4, 60 and 61, U.S. Route 250, and Darrow, Mason and Strecker roads. The planned enforcement effort will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.