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Monday, November 24, 2014

A high wind warning will begin at 10 this morning, and will end at 10 tonight.

Gusts could hit 60 miles per hour.


The St. Paul Flyers are one game away from playing for a state football championship.

We have presale information for Saturday’s Division VII State Semi-Final Football Game between the St. Paul Flyers and the Glouster Trimble Tomcats.  You can buy presale tickets in the St. Paul Athletic Office between noon and 6:30 tomorrow, 8am and 12 pm Wednesday and 9 until 1 Friday.  Advance tickets are $8 each and St. Paul gets a portion of the proceeds.  If you buy tickets at the gate, they are $10 each.  St. Paul and Trimble will play at Mount Vernon’s Yellow Jacket Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7pm Saturday.  The game will air live on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com. The winner will advance to the Division VII State Championship game and will play Columbus Grove or Maria Stein Marion Local on December 6th at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.


A Willard man is behind bars this morning, accused of having sexual contact with three young girls.

According to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, 34-year-old Mario Felipe is charged with multiple counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor. The alleged victims 10, 9 and 6. In addition to criminal charges, Felipe is being held as an immigration detainee.


At least for now, no charges will be filed, in connection with a late October prank at Summit Motor Sports Park.

Norwalk Law Director Stu O’Hara declined to press charges. However, he’s sending all information to the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office for review. A loud explosion, and claims of a plane crash sent deputies to the raceway October 25th. After learning the information was false, Sheriff Dane Howard sought charges, saying raceway officials went too far.


Arrests are pending, in connection with a burglary and fencing ring in Huron, Seneca and Ottawa counties.

Huron County deputies cracked the case last week, and recovered more than $50,000 worth of stolen items, including guns, jewelry and tools. As many as 10 people are expected to face charges.


Columbus Avenue, between Division and Scott streets in Sandusky will be closed between 7am and 6pm today and tomorrow, for sewer repairs.

Detour signs are posted.


Ohio’s unemployment rate for October was 5.3 percent, down from 5.6 percent in September.

County numbers will be released tomorrow.


Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Norwalk Township Trustees’ monthly meeting has been rescheduled for 7pm tomorrow, at the Norwalk Township building.


Friday, November 21, 2014

AAA says more than 46 million Americans will hit the road for Thanksgiving.

It’s the largest number of Thanksgiving Day travelers since 2007. 90 percent of travelers will go at least 50 miles by car, and AAA says road trippers will likely pay the lowest price for Thanksgiving fuel in five years.

 

The cost for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will cost a bit more than last year.

A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows the cost of a feast for 10 is $49.41, an increase of just 37 cents. That includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, veggies, pumpkin pie, coffee and milk.

 

A reminder that Ohio’s youth deer-gun season is tomorrow and Sunday.

It’s open to licensed hunters 17 and under, with a non-hunting adult.  Normal bag limits apply.

 

Due to the snow, leaf pickup in Norwalk is running a bit behind schedule.

Leaf pickup should be complete next week.

 

The non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking representatives to work with volunteer host families and international exchange students locally.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, supervise the exchange students throughout the year, and interview American students who want to study abroad. Representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. For more information visit host.asse.com

 

A Wednesday night house fire in Bellevue has been ruled as arson.

The blaze destroyed the Bellevue home, despite emergency responder’s hour and a half battle with the flames. The Ohio State Fire Marshall’s investigators found the fire was intentionally set. As of Thursday, Bellevue police have not made any arrests.

 

An Ottawa County grand jury indicted Ohio Republican Representative Steven Kraus on Wednesday.

The newly-elected state lawmaker has been indicted on felony charges of burglary, breaking and entering and theft. A police report alleges 55 year old Kraus of Huron, took antiques, a shotgun and musical instruments from a home in Port Clinton earlier this year. Kraus, who is an auctioneer, admitted to taking the items, but said a real estate agent selling the home asked him to take them and inventory them for auction.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No change…Huron, Erie, Richland and Seneca counties remain under Level 1 snow emergencies.

Roads continue to be hazardous, due to blowing and drifting snow, and ice.


Ice and snow led to numerous crashes around the area yesterday.

One of those crashes sent a man to a Toledo hospital, for treatment of serious injuries. That crash occurred at approximately 7:45 yesterday morning, on Peru Center Road, near Johnson Road. No other information is available.


Crews spent yesterday dealing with a train derailment, in Avery.

Several cars hauling grain went off the tracks, near Certainteed.


A Monroeville man is going to prison, for his role in a bar fight.

32-year-old Joseph Moffit was sentenced Monday to seven years. During a November, 2013 fight outside Daly’s Bar in Sandusky, Moffit stabbed another man, identified as Jason Dendy. Dendy suffered serious injuries, and was unconscious for several days. Moffit stood trial last month, and was found guilty of felonious assault and tampering with evidence.


The superintendent of the Clyde-Green Springs schools has been given a written reprimand, for engaging in a romantic relationship with a district principal.

David Stubblebine will face no other discipline, for his relationship with McPherson Middle School principal Rachael Aldrich. Aldrich was not disciplined. An investigation showed the two did not engage in inappropriate behavior on school grounds. Both were hired last year. Stubblebine previously served as superintendent of the Monroeville Local Schools.


A Tuesday evening mobile home fire in Galion has left three people dead.

The victims were 23, 5 and 3.


Numerous elected officials throughout the state may get their first pay raise in years.

A fast-moving bill in Columbus calls for outright pay raises for lawmakers, judges, county commissioners, sheriffs, township trustees and others. Future pay increases would be tied to inflation.

 

Advance tickets are being sold for Saturday’s Division VII, Region 23 championship game between the St. Paul Flyers and the Berlin Center Western Reserve Blue Devils.

You can buy presale tickets in the St. Paul Athletic Office until 6:30 tonight, between 8 and 3 tomorrow and between 8 and 2 Friday.  The game will be played at Copley Stadium near Akron.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Level 1 snow emergencies remain in effect in Huron, Erie and Seneca counties.

Level 1 means roads are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow, and ice. Drivers should be very cautious.


The father and stepmother of a disabled man who died will each spend 10 years in prison.

54-year-old David Arthur Sr., and 46-year-old Deborah Arthur were sentenced yesterday in Erie County Common Pleas Court, after pleading guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and failing to provide for a functionally impaired person. The two were arrested in June, after 33-year-old David Arthur Jr. died at their Groton Township home. Authorities said Arthur died of neglect. He required constant care and supervision, after being injured in a crash 15 years ago. At one point, Arthur weighed 300 pounds. When he died, he was just 94 pounds.

 

One person was rushed to Fisher-Titus Medical Center yesterday after a small, accidental explosion on a barn on Halfway Road in Ridgefield Township.

The man suffered blunt force trauma and other injuries while turning a large steel drum into a burn barrel.  According to reports, a spark lit accelerant in the bottom of the barrel causing it to explode.


Tonight’s meeting of Norwalk City Council has been postponed, until 7:30 tomorrow night.

Second ward councilman Bob Carleton passed away Sunday at home. His calling hours will be held between 6 and 8 tonight, at the Walker Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 tomorrow morning, at the First United Methodist Church.


A priest who formerly served at Norwalk St. Paul has been placed on administrative leave, amid allegations of inappropriate, intimate relationships with adult women.

Rev. David Reinhart is not allowed to function as a priest, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Toledo Diocese. Reinhart had been serving at parishes in Delphos and Landeck, both in northwest Ohio. Reinhart was an associate pastor at Norwalk St. Paul between 1998 and 2002.


The Michigan Wolverines have dismissed starting defensive end Frank Clark from the football team, after his weekend arrest in Erie County.

Clark is charged with domestic violence and assault, for allegedly hitting and injuring his girlfriend in their room at Maui Sands. Each charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail. Clark was arraigned yesterday in Sandusky Municipal Court, and was later freed on bond. Court records don’t indicate when he’s due back in court.


The Norwalk Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for 7pm next Monday, at Norwalk High School.

Board members will meet behind closed doors to discuss personnel. Action is expected after the executive session.


The  city of Willard’s annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting will be held at 6:30 this Friday night, in downtown Willard.

 

Crews were summoned to a train derailment in Avery this morning.