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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Storms spawned three tornadoes in northeast Ohio yesterday.

One touched down in eastern Lorain County, and was on the ground for about seven miles, into northern Medina County. Another twister touched down in Medina County’s Hinckley Township. A number of trees were uprooted by the tornadoes, and some homes sustained minor damage, along with a water treatment plant.  A third tornado touched down near Canfield, in Mahoning County.  All three twisters were classified as EF-1 tornados, with 94 mile per hour winds. Closer to home, it was just rain, but a lot in a short amount of time. Norwalk and Bellevue received more than two-and-a-quarter inches.

 

Assuming successful contract negotiations and approval by a full panel of G.O.P. National Committee members, the city of Cleveland will play host to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The party’s site selection committee picked Cleveland over Dallas. Cleveland officials are also hoping to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

 

The former treasurer of the Norwalk Knights of Columbus has been sentenced, for skimming.

67-year-old Gerald Weisenberger will spend 90 days in the Huron County Jail, then five years probation. During probation, Weisenberger must pay restitution. Weisenberger pleaded guilty to charges of theft, and securing writings by deception, for stealing over $100,000 from the organization, between 2006 and 2011.

 

A July 4th holiday boating accident at Holiday Lakes has led to a boating while intoxicated charge against a New York man.

32-year-old Sean Kelly was a guest of Holiday Lakes residents, when his jet ski hit a pontoon boat.  No one was injured. If convicted, Kelly faces up to six months in the Huron County Jail.

 

The Highway Patrol is investigating a rear-end crash that led to a car fire.

It happened late yesterday morning, on the Ohio Turnpike in Milan. A crash report is incomplete.

 

A Kalahari lifeguard is in the Erie County Jail, charged with rape and gross sexual imposition.

19-year-old Bryce Stokes of Sandusky is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Eastlake girl in March. According to reports the two met while Stokes was on duty. The alleged crime occurred in a vacant conference room, after Stokes was done working. The girl didn’t report the sexual assault, until several weeks later. Bond for Stokes is set at $50,000.

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bond is set at $100,000, for a Collins man accused of sexually assaulting a 28-year-old woman.

37-year-old Jeffrey Knox remains in the Huron County Jail, after the weekend incident at a home on Clinton Road. He’s currently charged with rape and gross sexual imposition. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday, in Norwalk Municipal Court.

 

A North Fairfield woman accused of stealing Little League funds is due in court next week.

Tammy Ward will be arraigned next Friday, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. She’s facing a single felony theft charge. While serving as treasurer of the South Central Youth League, she allegedly took several thousand dollars.

 

The state highway patrol says 12 people were killed in 11 traffic crashes, during the July 4th holiday weekend.

Four of those fatal crashes involved alcohol. Statewide, troopers made 749 DUI arrests, between July 3rd and the 6th.

 

We’ll find out today, if Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The party’s site selection committee will announce a recommendation today. The choices are Cleveland, or Dallas.

 

It’s considered the ‘World Series of the Shooting Sports’, and it’s underway at Camp Perry in Port Clinton.

The nation’s finest civilian and military marksmen square off for five weeks of rifle and handgun competition in a variety of formats and events. This year’s National Rifle and Pistol Championships will run until August 15th. The National Matches have been tradition at Camp Perry since 1907. For more information, go to NRA.org.

 

New figures show revenue declined, at five of six Ohio casinos and racinos in June.

Only the Hollywood Casino, Toledo enjoyed a slight increase.

 

A published report says maggots were found in food at two Ohio prisons.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, maggots were found at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville and at the Trumbull Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg.  Prison officials are investigating.

 

This Sunday is when the first of two free guided walking tours will be held at Norwalk’s historic Woodlawn Cemetery.

Sunday’s tour will begin at 1 near the public mausoleum.  The tour guide will be local historian and Norwalk Cemetery Association Vice-President Henry Timman.  The second tour will be held August 3rd.

 

 


Monday, July 7, 2014

A northeast Ohio man remains in critical condition, after crashing his motorcycle in Berlin Township.

42-year-old Chad Rhoades of Cuyahoga Falls was injured Saturday evening on Smokey Road, near State Route 61 in Berlin Township. He was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. According to the highway patrol, Rhoades was ejected from his Harley, after hitting a utility pole. Troopers said Rhoades wasn’t wearing a helmet. It’s not known if alcohol played a role in the crash.

 

The Highway Patrol is investigating a second motorcycle crash.

It occurred just before 6 this morning, at SealMaster Pavement Products and Equipment on Campbell Street in Sandusky. The motorcyclist was leaving work, and lost control while rapidly accelerating. The man wasn’t wearing a helmet, and was ejected from the bike. He was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, for treatment of series injuries.

 

A Collins man was jailed yesterday, after being charged with rape and aggravated burglary.

37-year-old Jeffery Knox is accused of breaking into a Clinton Road home, and sexually assaulting a 28-year-old woman. He was arrested hours later, near the scene of the crime.

 

A Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun 34 years ago will receive a funeral mass.

The Rev. Gerald Robinson remained an ordained priest after his conviction, and will receive the standard funeral for a priest. Robinson died in prison Friday, at age 76. He was serving 15 years to life, for stabbing and strangling Sister Margaret Ann Pahl at a Toledo hospital, where they both worked. He presided at her funeral mass. Robinson was arrested 24 years after her death, and was convicted in 2006.

 

Two events this weekend…

Relay for Life is coming to Norwalk’s Whitney Field, Friday and Saturday. And Huron River Fest 2014 begins Friday, and ends Sunday.

 

Maplewood Acres took top honors in two categories, during Friday’s Norwalk Lions Club July 4th parade.

The comic book hero float was named best Commercial Float, and best Theme Unit. Best Business Float honors went to Gaymont Nursing Center, while the Norwalk Eagles Riders took top honors in the Most Unusual Entry category.

 

A Willard man who stole jewelry worth thousands of dollars is facing up to 18 months in prison.

24-year-old Tyler Branham will be sentenced August 20th, in Huron County Common Pleas Court.  He appeared in court last week, and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft from the elderly. Branham shoveled snow for the 89-year-old victim.

 

 

 

 


Thursday, July 3, 2014

The forecast is good, for the July 4th holiday weekend.

Sun is expected through Sunday, with highs of 75 tomorrow, 78 Saturday and 84 Sunday.

 

10:30 tomorrow morning is when the Norwalk Lions Club parade will get underway.

The parade route is the same as always, beginning at the Main Street School on East Main, to Benedict Avenue, Norwood Avenue, Fair Road and the Huron County Fairgrounds. Over 100 units will be in the parade. You can hear live coverage on Kool Gold 1510, WLKR.

 

Tomorrow night’s fireworks display in Norwalk will begin at dusk, at the Huron County Fairgrounds.

In Willard, fireworks will begin at 10:30 tomorrow night. Cedar Point will have two fireworks shows, at dusk tomorrow night and Saturday night.

 

Roads are expected to be busy, during the holiday weekend.

AAA says 41 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home. Increased travel means an increased law enforcement presence. Police, deputies and highway patrol troopers will be out in full force, through Sunday.

 

Traffic will be very slow-going around Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk.

The NHRA Nationals are being held there through Sunday.

 

Government offices and most banks will be closed tomorrow.

No mail and trash pickup will be delayed by one day.

 

Tomorrow will mark 45 years, since the Independence Day Flood of 1969.

Severe thunderstorms moved in that night. The front became nearly stationary, and dumped between 10 and 14 inches of rain from Toledo to Wooster. Making matters worse, the dam at the Norwalk reservoir failed, leaving much of the Maple City underwater.

 

11 people have applied to be the next superintendent of the Norwalk City Schools.

The list includes current assistant superintendent Sue Goodsite, and former Huron City Schools Superintendent Fred Fox. Two other applicants have area ties. Christine Standring is curriculum director at North Point Educational Service Center, and Scott Will is superintendent of Ashland Crestview Local Schools. The remaining seven applicants are from school districts around Ohio.Current Norwalk City Schools superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring July 31st.

 

A former Bellevue police officer will spend 10 years behind bars, for sexual battery.

43-year-old Bradley McMahon was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. McMahon was arrested last fall, for having sex with a girl who was 17.

 

Yesterday was a big day at Cedar Point.

President and CEO Matt Ouimet (WE-met) officially rang the bell to close the day’s trading at the New York Stock Exchange.It aired live at the stock exchange, and on CNBC. Cedar Point officials also launched the park’s newest ride, Slingshot. Riders are shot 36 stories up at 60 miles per hour, before flipping and coming down. A reminder, Cedar Point is offering free admission to all active, retired and honorably discharged members of the military through Sunday. Family members are getting special discounted rates.