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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hunters checked 17,512 white-tailed deer on Monday, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun season.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, that’s way down from last year, when opening day hunters checked 22,619 deer. Close to home, Ashland County had the highest number—353, followed by Richland County—337, then Huron County, 296.

Hunters harvested 1,238 wild turkeys, during Ohio’s fall wild turkey season, which began October 13th, and ended November 30th.

 

There’s been a third delay, in the trial of a Fremont man accused of killing three others.

The trial of Igmidio ‘Roger’ Mista was supposed to begin yesterday in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court, but it was postponed until February 17th, due to new evidence. Mista is accused of shooting and killing three men at the Last Call Bar in March. One of the victims was an off-duty police officer.

 

Roughly eight months after Norwalk won the Division II state basketball championship, a book has been written about the season, and the events leading up to it.

“Norwalk’s Championship: A historic state title—and the maligned city that embraced it” was written by Sandusky Register Sports Editor Mark Hazelwood. The book is 166 pages long, and thoroughly covers Norwalk’s 29-1 season, plus the previous three seasons, and much more.

The cost of the book is $20, and it goes on sale, starting December 11th.

A portion of the proceeds will be given to the “Weekends Without Hunger” program, which ensures Norwalk and St. Paul elementary students who qualify for free or reduced meals at school are fed on weekends throughout the school year.

 

A bizarre fight between a Sandusky man and his wife has led to criminal charges.

38-year-old George Hawkins, and 31-year-old Amanda Hawkins were arrested Monday night, on charges of felonious assault, domestic violence and child endangering. After an argument over Facebook, George Hawkins swung a hammer at his wife, while she allegedly brandished a knife.

According to reports, he tried to grab the knife, and suffered a deep cut that severed a tendon. The couple’s eight-year-old son was home during the skirmish. Sandusky police learned about the fight, after George went to the hospital.

 

Investigators may have to turn to DNA to confirm the identity of a man who died at a halfway house in Sandusky.

As we told you yesterday, detectives hoped to use medical records but were unsuccessful.  The man died in a Sunday afternoon fire at the Beacon House on Venice Road.  Foul play isn’t suspected.

 

The State Highway Patrol says 19 people died in crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, defined as last Wednesday through Sunday.

That number is comparable to previous years.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Presale tickets will be available today through Friday, for the Division VII state championship game between the St. Paul Flyers and Maria Stein Marion Local.

You can buy presale tickets in the St. Paul Athletic Office between 8 and 7 today,8 and 3 tomorrow, 8 and 7 Thursday, and 8 until noon on Friday. St. Paul and three-time defending state champion Marion Local will kick off at 10am Saturday, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. You can hear complete live coverage on 95.3, WLKR and wlkrradio.com.


Various news reports say gas prices could drop to around $2 a gallon by the end of this year.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and the Washington Post,only some parts of the country will see pump prices that low. In some parts of the south and Midwest, gas prices are already averaging $2.20 a gallon.


A second arrest has been made, in connection with a recent break-in at a Groton Township gas station.

47-year-old Kurtis Wolford of Norwalk was arrested Sunday on charges of breaking and entering, theft and possession of criminal tools. Wolford and his nephew, 30-year-old Jason Wolford of Willard allegedly broke into Strawberry Hill in late November, and stole several hundred dollars, and numerous cartons of cigarettes. The younger Wolford was arrested last week. Deputies are working to identify a third person, who remained in the parking lot, while the two robbed the store.

 

The investigation continues into a weekend blaze at a halfway house in Sandusky.

The Sunday fire at the Beacon House on Venice Road left one man dead.  Detectives are looking at medical and dental records to confirm the victim’s identity.  So far, foul play is not suspected.

 

To Fremont…The trial of a man accused of killing three others has been delayed for a third time.

The trial of Igmidio ‘Roger’ Mista was suppose to begin this morning in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court, but it was postponed until February 17th due to new evidence.  Mista is accused of shooting and killing three men at the Last Call Bar in March.  One of the victims was an off-duty police officer.


Water and sewer rates may rise, in Willard.

City Council is considering legislation that would raise water and wastewater rates by three percent.


Senator Rob Portman will not run for president in 2016.

The Republican from Cincinnati said yesterday that he’ll seek another term as a U.S. Senator from Ohio instead. Sources say Governor John Kasich may still seek the presidency.

 

State Route 13, between Old Mudbrook Road and Hoover Road in Milan is closed for pavement research.

A detour is posted.  The road should re-open by 6 tonight.


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.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Roads are expected to be busy for Thanksgiving.

As we first told you last week, AAA says 46.3 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home between today and Sunday. It’s the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2007.

 

Despite Tuesday’s jump, road trippers will pay the lowest Thanksgiving fuel price in five years.

There’s no mail or trash pickup tomorrow, and all government offices will be closed. All services will resume Friday.

 

Republicans are working to fill a vacant seat on Norwalk City Council, after the unexpected November 16th death of 2nd-ward councilman Bob Carleton.

A search committee will make recommendations, then will forward those to precinct personnel in Ward 2, for an appointment. Anyone interested should contact Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan, or drop off a resume at city hall.

 

Be on the lookout for deer while you’re traveling this week, Ohio Insurance Institute indicates deer-vehicle crashes from 2013 were nearly 21,000. Down about 4% from 2012.

Sgt. Tim Hoffman suspects most crashes are due to having some of the most traveled roads in the state, including State Route 2 with 22 deer crashes. With a majority of these crashes happening in the change of the season.

 

 

Out of Cleveland, several hundred protesters temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic Tuesday night making a peaceful stand against a police officer’s fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a real looking toy gun.

Protesters marched to City Hall after leaving the highway, the demonstration came as protesters across the country blasted the decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

EHOVE Career Center has received an Auditor of the State award for a clean financial audit report. The award was officially awarded on Nov. 20th indicates districts have met financial and legal requirements on federal, state, and local levels. 

Other Sandusky schools to receive this award include Bellevue, Clyde-Green Springs, Huron, Margaretta, and Vermilion schools.

 

 

Sandusky and Erie County officials have reached an agreement, clearing a major obstacle to getting construction started soon on the Bay View sewer system.

The new 40-year agreement was sought by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is providing a majority of the funding for the $7 million project to replace septic tank systems with a sewer system.

As of now it is likely the county will be able to seek construction bids for the project early next year.

 

32nd Community Celebration of Thanksgiving with a free Thanksgiving Meal complete with all the trimmings at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky, from 11 – 1:30 p.m. 

If you need to schedule transportation to the meal or a meal delivery contact the church by Wednesday, 11/26 @ 419-625-3698. 

Meal delivery & carry outs for shut-ins will start at 11:30 a.m.  Free take home bag of groceries available for those who attend the meal. 

 Event sponsored by Holy Angels Catholic Church & Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

 

Small Business Saturday is upon us, coinciding with Light Up Norwalk.

Receive a free Shop Small bag when you show your support in Uptown Norwalk this Saturday from 10-7pm with local business open houses.

Light Up Norwalk with Santa arriving at 3 p.m.  Also, Christmas car cruise in, local entertainment featuring the Womack Family Band, carriage rides, free refreshments, tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.