Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The 2014 Erie County Fair begins today.

Tonight’s grandstand attraction is the Broken Horn Rodeo. It begins at 7:30. Admission to the rodeo is $3. Tomorrow is Kids Day, with free admission for children under 16, until 4pm. Free admission does not include rides. Friday is Senior Fest, with free admission for those 60 and over, until 4pm. Saturday is Veterans Day at the Erie County Fair, with free admission for veterans with proper ID, and family members. Melissa Sharp will broadcast live from the Erie County Fair, between 4 and 6 today.


A published report says the same toxins that led to a water ban in Toledo have been found in this area.

According to the Sandusky Register, a detectable amount of the toxin was found at Sandusky’s water filter plant. None of the toxin was detected in the city’s treated water, which is safe to drink. The treatment process has been adjusted for the toxins, and officials said the city will test for toxins each day.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is checking possible price gouging complaints regarding bottled water, as a result of Toledo’s water crisis.


Charges are pending against a man, in connection with a late July house fire in Willard.

The unnamed suspect was sent to a hospital, for a mental health evaluation. Once the assessment is complete, charges will likely be filed. The State Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the blaze at the Keefer Street home as arson.


North Street in Monroeville is closed for repairs.

Thru-traffic is off-limits, but emergency vehicles and residents who live from Broad Street to the base of the hill will have access to their homes. Work should be complete by next Friday. The State Route 99/103 Resurfacing Project is underway in Willard. Expect one-lane of traffic. In Erie County, State Route 2, from the Bay Bridge to Route 269 is down to one lane, for resurfacing. According to ODOT, work will last until next June.


Officials with the Democratic Party will be in Columbus this week, to scout out the city for the 2016 national convention.

They’ll be looking at hotels, meeting sites and transportation options. Also in the running to host the Democratic National Convention: Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York City, and Birmingham, Alabama. The city that winds up hosting the convention could see an economic boost of up to $200 million.


A North Fairfield woman accused of embezzling money from a youth sports league will stand trial in October.

Former treasurer Tammy Ward is charged with theft, for allegedly stealing as much as $4,000 from the South Central Youth League. She’s denied wrongdoing, and recently entered a plea of not guilty. If convicted, she faces up to 18 months in prison.


The Huron County Democratic Party Central and Executive Committees will at 7pm tomorrow night, at the 224 Varsity Club in Willard.

On the agenda: the regular quarterly meeting, and appointing new members to committees.


Pleasant weather is getting credit for pushing attendance at this year’s Ohio State Fair to record levels.

More than 916,000 people came through the Ohio Expo Center gates during the 12-day fair, shattering the record set last year.




Monday, August 4, 2014

Water throughout the Firelands area is safe to drink.

More on that, in a bit.


The water ban is over in Toledo.

At a morning press conference, Mayor D. Michael Collins declared Toledo’s water safe to drink.  Since Saturday, residents were urged not to drink, cook or wash with Toledo tap water, after tests showed high levels to toxins.  Those toxins could have caused severe health problems.  The ban led many Toledo residents to drive 60 miles or more for bottled water.


A Norwalk man suspected of abusing an eight-week-old girl is free on bond.

24-year-old Nathan Wohlever is charged with assault and child endangerment. He was arrested last Thursday. According to reports, the victim, an eight-week-old girl suffered bruises to the face and legs, while in Wohlever’s care. She was taken to Fisher-Titus, then to Akron Children’s Hospital, where she was treated and released.


A drug bust, on the Ohio Turnpike in Milan.

Two Pennsylvania men were arrested Friday morning, after they were caught with 188 small packages of heroin. The discovery was made, after a routine traffic stop. Both men were taken to the Erie County Jail. They’re currently charged with heroin possession and trafficking.


A giant fuel spill has closed westbound U.S. Route 30 in Wayne County until Thursday or Friday.

The spill was caused by a crash involving two semi-trucks. One of the trucks was hauling 6,400 gallons of gasoline, and 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel. One of the truckers suffered burns and broken bones. He’s in critical condition.


Multiple fire departments were called on yesterday, to battle a massive house fire in Margaretta Township.

The Maple Avenue blaze broke out late yesterday afternoon. Crews from six departments fought the fire for more than three hours. Despite their efforts, the home was completely destroyed.


The State Route 99/103 Resurfacing Project is underway in Willard. 

Expect one-lane of traffic.  The project could last until mid-October. 


State Route 2, from the Bay Bridge to Route 269 is down to one lane for resurfacing. 

According to ODOT, work will last until next June.


Officials with the Democratic Party will be in Columbus this week to scout out the city for the 2016 national convention.

They will be looking at hotels, meeting sites and transportation options.  Also in the running to host the Democratic National Convention:  Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York City and Birmingham, Alabama.  The city that winds up hosting the convention could see an economic boost of up to $200 million.


The 2014 Ohio State Fair is history.

The 12-day event wrapped up yesterday with the annual Sale of Champions at which young people sell their blue-ribbon animals to community and business leaders.  Fair organizers say a near-record $343,500 was raised at the sale to be split between the youth and state livestock programs. 


The 2014 Erie County Fair begins tomorrow.

The Huron County Fair starts one week from today.


Friday, August 1, 2014

A medical condition likely caused a man to drive his car through a Perkins Township business last night.

The man’s Cadillac smashed through the front entrance to Dick’s Sporting Goods, then continued down the center aisle, until hitting a rear wall. Along the way, the car hit merchandise and displays, and left the store in shambles. The driver and his passenger were trapped, until Perkins police and firefighters arrived at the scene. The man and woman were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. No one else was injured. Perkins police continue to investigate the crash.


It’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ day, in Norwalk.

Between 7:30 and 4, school supplies may be dropped off at the Norwalk Board of Education office on Benedict Avenue. Those supplies will be distributed to public and parochial school children in need August 13th, at the Salvation Army in Norwalk. Registration for school supplies will be held between 5 and 7pm August 5th, and 10am until noon August 6th. Stuff  the Bus is sponsored by Project Leadership of Huron County.


The Berlin Heights Basket Festival gets underway today.

Things begin at 3, and that’s when Kelly Rose will start broadcasting live from Berlin Heights. The Silver Kings and Firemen’s Festival continue today and tomorrow in Plymouth.


A felony theft charge has been filed against a cashier accused of stealing more than $1,500.

31-year-old Kristy Tickles of Sandusky admitted to stealing the money from multiple cash registers, while working at Target. She was taken to the Erie County Jail.


A New London man will spend up to six months in the Huron County Jail, for stealing his ex-father-in-law’s truck, then setting it on fire.

28-year-old Elliot Shepherd II was sentenced Wednesday, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. While in jail, Shepherd will have work release privileges.


A new poll shows President Barack Obama’s approval rating is falling in Ohio.

According to the Quinnipiac University poll, the president’s approval rating is 36 percent, down from 39 percent in May. Among Democrats, Obama’s approval rating was 74 percent, compared to just four percent among Republicans.


We hope to see you at the Huron Boat Basin tomorrow, for the K96/95.3 WLKR Summer Jam.

Along with live music, there’s going to be food and vendors. Things will start at 5.


In sports…

High School football practice is underway.  The Norwalk Truckers began practicing at 12:01 this morning.  High school football kicks off four weeks from today. 

The ‘Locker Room’ returns at 9am tomorrow morning.  The featured guest will be Tim Stried, Director of Information Services with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.  He’ll talk about all the changes coming to high school football in 2014.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

A bolt of lightning hit the Perkins Fire Station yesterday afternoon.

It happened around 4pm. The strike knocked out phone lines at the Milan Road building.


The interim superintendent of the Norwalk City Schools will be paid $110,000.

Dr. Will Folger’s first day will be tomorrow. His last day will be June 30th of next year. The Norwalk Board of Education approved Folger’s contract Tuesday night.


Erie County deputies are investigating a possible sex offense involving two teens.

According to reports, the alleged offense involving a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl occurred last week, during a summer camp at Beulah Beach. The two initially denied any wrongdoing, but the girl later claimed the boy coerced her into sexual acts.


A New London man will spend up to six months in the Huron County Jail for stealing his ex-father-in-law’s truck and then setting it on fire.

28-year-old Elliot Shepherd II was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.  While in jail, Shepherd will have work release privileges.


Two Cleveland residents were jailed this week, after trying to swipe nearly $2,500 worth of clothes from Macy’s, in the Sandusky Mall.

Leroy Glass, and Carieda Pollard-Glass were charged with felony theft, and possession of criminal tools. According to reports, the two stuffed high-end clothes in plastic bags, then walked out. They were stopped by a Macy’s security guard, then were turned over to Perkins police.


Governor John Kasich has maintained a sizable lead over his challenger.

The results of a new Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday show the Republican incumbent leads Democrat Ed Fitzgerald, 48-36 percent. The margin is essentially the same, compared to a previous poll.


The question in Vermilion is…now what?

After three years of securing grants and soliciting donations, the city of Vermilion has purchased the building that once housed the lakefront Inland Maritime Museum.  The Museum has since re-opened in Toledo.  The city will schedule public hearings to find out what residents might want at that site.


Five people suffered minor injuries, in a crash at the intersection of State Routes 61 and 601 in Norwalk.

The accident occurred just before noon yesterday. It was handled by the State Highway Patrol.


State prison officials say their food service provider is close to losing their contract.

The warning shot was fired yesterday in a meeting with lawmakers about ongoing problems with Aramark Correctional Services.  Aramark was fined $130,000 last week for not cleaning up problems, including maggots in food, food shortages and employee misconduct.  It’s the second six-figure fine levied by the state this year.  Aramark has a two-year, $110 million dollar contract with the state.


If you’re looking for a bargain, you may just find it this weekend, in Bellevue.

Nearly 100 homes will take part in the annual community-wide garage sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shoppers can see a listing of many of the garage sales, by going to


Yesterday, we told you about a new dress code at the Richland County Fair.

Now, it’s off the table. After learning the rule may be unenforceable, the fair board met yesterday, and rescinded the decision to  ban saggy pants, and biker colors.