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Monday, July 13, 2015

A confrontation over beach chairs has led to a misdemeanor battery charge against an NFL coach with area ties.

48-year-old Aaron Kromer was jailed briefly early yesterday morning, in Walton County, Florida. Multiple media outlets say Kromer pushed a boy to the ground, punched him in the face, then threatened to kill his family, if he contacted police. He’s also accused of taking the boy’s fishing pole, and throwing it in the water. Kromer is a 1985 graduate of Margaretta High School. He’s currently the offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills. He’s previously served as offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, and before that was interim head coach of the New Orleans Saints.

 

State Route 18, near Vesta Road in Clarksfield Township is closed this week for a culvert repair.

Also closed until Friday: State Route 269, near Oxbo Road in Margaretta Township…Crews are removing a culvert.

 

Norwalk City Council will not meet this week.

The next meeting will be held next Tuesday.

 

Sandusky firefighters are investigating the cause of a Sunday morning blaze that did $60,000 damage to a home on the Cedar Point Chaussee.

A bedroom was destroyed, and the Willow Drive house sustained extensive heat and smoke damage. No one was home at the time.

 

Another Republican says he’s running for president.

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker made it official this morning. Ohio governor John Kasich will do the same next Tuesday.

 

More West Nile Virus has been found in Ohio.

Test results confirm West Nile has been detected in Richland, Franklin, Summit and Licking counties. Officials are blaming a wet summer for the recent increase in cases of the virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. State health officials are urging residents to protect themselves by using insect repellents, and by removing breeding sources, such as standing water.

 

Relay For Life is coming to Norwalk.

The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held at Whitney Field between 11am and midnight this Saturday. We’ll broadcast live from Relay for Life.

 


Friday, July 10, 2015

Second-half Huron County property taxes are due by 4:30 this afternoon.

 

A man wanted in connection with last week’s shooting at a home on Perry Street in Sandusky has been captured.

29-year-old Alexander Harrigan was arrested this morning, and was taken to the Erie County Jail.

 

No one was injured, in yesterday’s bizarre train/semi-truck crash in Sandusky.It happened shortly after 1, at the Remington Street crossing. The truck was driven by a contractor doing work at the scene. The driver was backing from the tracks, onto an access road, when the rig’s back tires became stuck in mud and gravel. That’s when the driver saw an approaching train. He was able to jump out of the cab seconds before the collision. The impact dislodged the truck’s engine, and pushed the semi a half-mile down the tracks. It also caused the train to derail. The Remington Street crossing was closed for about seven hours.

 

State Route 598, near Route 61 in New Haven has re-opened.

It was closed, for railroad crossing repairs.

 

Fiscal year 2014 was a record-setting one, for the Ohio Lottery.

Including all lottery games and proceeds from two new racinos, sales hit $3.6 billion. Instant tickets alone accounted for $1.5 billion. The Ohio Lottery Commission said it sent $990 million to K-through-12 Education.

 

Speaking of the lottery…

In case you missed it, there’s good news and bad news about Powerball. The good news: jackpots will likely become bigger. The bad news: it’ll be harder to win the big one. Powerball will add 10 more numbers to the mix, meaning odds of winning a top prize will go from 1 in 175-million, to 1 in 292-million.

 

A Cleveland man wanted in connection with an 18-month-old robbery in Bellevue is now in the Sandusky County Jail.

39-year-old Justin Mayes was arrested by Bellevue police Wednesday, on warrants charging him with burglary, kidnapping and theft of firearms. His bond was set at $350,000. He’s due in court next Tuesday. Mayes allegedly forced his way into an Attwood Terrace home in December of 2013, tied up the resident, then stole guns, a crossbow and cash, before fleeing the scene.

 

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out the 2015 Huron River Fest.

Some highlights…The Queen’s competition begins at 6 tonight. The group Slowback Gin will perform at the Huron Boat Basin at 7:30 and fireworks will begin at 10:15. Tomorrow’s highlights include a car show and parade, and plenty of live music. Sunday’s schedule includes Pets on the Pier, and the St. Pete’s Duck Race. For a full schedule of events, go to huronriverfest.com. We’ll broadcast live from River Fest between 1 and 3 tomorrow.

 

An oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says toxic algae on Lake Erie will be worse this year, compared to last summer.

Rick Stumpf and other scientists spoke yesterday at Ohio State University’s Stone Lab. The harmful algae expert said on a scale of 1 to 10, it’ll be an 8.7. His prediction is for the Western Basin, which stretches from Toledo to Huron. Despite his projection, Stumpf said he doesn’t expect drinking water problems, like last year.

 


Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Flood Advisory is in effect until 12:45 this afternoon, for Erie, Huron, Sandusky and Seneca counties.

A Flood Watch continues until 5 today, for Lorain County.

 

The Margaretta Township man involved in a recent standoff remains in jail without bond.

60-year-old Gary Moore was arraigned yesterday in Sandusky Municipal Court. Another hearing was scheduled for next Wednesday. That hearing will be canceled, if he’s charged by an Erie County grand jury. Moore was jailed Tuesday night, after undergoing treatment for a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He also underwent a mental health evaluation. Moore was arrested June 27th, after trying to kidnap his wife, firing a shot, taking off in her car, then holding police at bay for about 20 hours, before shooting himself in the chest.

 

An Akron man who led local authorities on a high-speed chase has pleaded guilty to two charges.

In Huron County Common Pleas Court this week, 19-year-old Damien Hester admitted to obstructing official business and DUI. The charges are tied to a mid-February chase that began in Greenwich, and ended near Plymouth. Police from both villages were involved in the chase, along with the Highway Patrol and Richland County Deputies. Hester had been drinking, and police detected marijuana after the stop. He’s scheduled to be sentenced next month.

 

Sandusky police are looking for a man involved in a recent shooting.

29-year-old Alexander Harrigan is considered armed and dangerous. Police said Harrigan and his brother, Zachary Rowe were involved in a July 2nd shooting at a home on Perry Street. If you see Harrigan, or know his whereabouts, contact 911 or local police.

 

A federal fugitive from Ashland remains on the run.

Authorities have been searching for Richland Lawless since June 29th, when he assaulted a Polk man. He was stopped in West Virginia yesterday, but sped off. He’s wanted on weapons and kidnapping charges. Lawless is considered armed and dangerous.

 

The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will show off its new home to the public, Friday July 17th.

A community open house will be held in the afternoon, celebrating the grand opening of their new food-distribution-center on Baumhart Road in Lorain. The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio serves Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain counties.

 

A new bus and a van are being added to the Norwalk City Schools fleet of vehicles.

This week, the Norwalk Board of Education agreed to spend nearly $135,000 for an 84-passenger bus, and a nine-passenger van. Both are coming from Cardinal Bus Sales and Service in Lima.

 


July 8, 2015

The area man who shot himself after a lengthy standoff is out of the hospital, and is behind bars.

60-year-old Gary Moore was released yesterday, and was taken to the Erie County Jail. On June 26th, Moore allegedly tried to kidnap his wife from her Sandusky home, then fired a gun when she tried to flee. After that, he took her car and led authorities on a brief high-speed chase to his Margaretta Township home. He remained in the car, and held police at bay for about 20 hours, before shooting himself in the chest. He remained at Firelands Regional Medical Center for several days, and then was taken to a Toledo hospital, for a mental health evaluation. Moore is facing a handful of charges, with more charges expected.

 

Bond is set at $100,000 for a Wakeman man charged with rape.

Huron County deputies arrested and jailed 30-year-old Louis Timms on Monday. The alleged crime occurred last October, but no other information is available.

 

Despite concerns about traffic and spot zoning, it appears a new coffee house is coming to Norwalk.

Last night, city council approved a zoning change from residential to business, for a house at 147 Milan Avenue.

 

The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is looking for the driver responsible for a hit-skip crash in Perkins Township.

It happened late yesterday afternoon, on State Route 4, near Bogart Road. Troopers said a blue flatbed commercial truck hit a 1984 AMC Eagle, and then fled the scene. The driver of the car, 29-year-old Nick Hamlin Jr. of Sandusky had slowed to turn into a private driveway when he was hit from behind. He suffered non-life threatening injuries, and was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. The crash remains under investigation.

 

A rather unusual court case is underway in Lorain.

An incumbent city councilman who lost by one vote claims the election was rigged, and he wants a judge to declare him the winner. Dennis Flores represents Lorain’s second ward. In the May primary, Flores lost by a single vote to challenger Ryan Horn. Flores claims Horn’s father somehow rigged the election. Horn has denied the allegations. Opening statements were heard yesterday, and then the case was adjourned for a few weeks, to gather more information. Voters and elections works could be called on to testify, once the trial resumes.