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Thursday, March 5, 2015

As expected southern Ohio was hit hard by snow yesterday.

Some spots received up to eight inches, with more coming. Winter Storm Warnings remain in place for much of the southern portion of the state.

 

The harsh winter has left the city of Willard with very little road salt.

Due to high costs, the city had limited supplies to begin the winter season. Willard officials learned this week there’s enough left for a couple more events.

 

Crews in Norwalk were out patching roads and streets yesterday.

The cold and snowy winter, and road salt has left a number of city streets in rough shape. Also a problem this winter: broken waterlines around Norwalk.

 

Perkins Township officials are seeking ideas for a new government logo.

Anyone can submit designs, and the winning entry may be used on township documents, vehicles and more. The logo can be drawn by hand, or designed on a computer. Entries must be dropped off at the Perkins Township Hall by April 3rd. A winner will be announced later this spring.

 

Girls district semi-final basketball tips off tonight.

We’ll check our broadcast schedule in sports.

 

Ohio is getting a new area code.

The 380 area code will be introduced in Central Ohio. That’s because phone numbers for the existing 614 area code are expected to run out next year. Also making its debut…the 220 area code, which is being intertwined with the existing 740 area code.

 

 


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ohio residents living south of Columbus are under a Winter Storm Warning.

The forecast for areas like Chillicothe, Athens, Ironton and Cincinnati calls for up to a foot of snow later today and tomorrow.

 

Milder temperatures are expected to return this weekend and officials will be keeping tabs on the Vermilion River.

Vermilion residents have been warned to watch for flooding as snow melts and ice breaks downriver.  A thaw last winter caused the Vermilion River to rise over its banks flooding an entire neighborhood.

 

The city of Norwalk will soon add a new piece of equipment to its fleet.

Last night, city council approved a lease-purchase agreement for a new mini-Bobcat excavator. The cost: just over $80,000.

 

Embattled Put-in-Bay police chief Ric Lampela has been placed on paid leave.

Last week, after a lengthy investigation, Lampela was charged with four misdemeanors, all tied to allegations of misconduct. Among the allegations: Lampela held a gun to an employee’s head in 2012, and covered up allegations that a police cadet was raped in 2003. He’s also accused of lying to investigators. He’s due in court March 25th. Put-in-Bay officials are searching for an acting police chief to oversee the department.

 

Cedar Point is set to hire more than 5,000 workers, for the park’s summer season.

The first interview session will be held between 9 and 3 this Saturday, at Breakers Express on Cedar Point Drive. More than 70 different types of jobs are available, including positions in rides, food and beverage, games, maintenance, security and more. To apply, fill out a job application online at cedarpoint.com/jobs, before going to the interview session. Cedar Point’s 2015 season begins May 9th.

 

State Representative Steve Kraus has announced plans to hold district office hours this weekend in Ottawa and Erie counties.

Kraus will be at the Port Clinton Public Library between 10 and noon Saturday, and at the Huron Public Library from 1 until 3 Sunday. No appointments are necessary.

 

A reminder…Today’s statewide tornado drill has been moved to 9:50 Friday morning.

 

Ohio is getting a new area code.

The 380 area code will be introduced in Central Ohio.  That’s because phone numbers for the existing 614 area code are expected to run out next year.  Also making its debut…the 220 area code, which is being intertwined with the existing 740 area code.

 

Supporters of a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio are hoping their second draft meets the state’s approval.

ResponsibleOhio submitted new ballot language to Attorney General Mike DeWine yesterday after their initial writing was rejected for not being fair and truthful.  The group still needs to collect more than 300-thousand signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.


Monday, March 2, 2015

This is Spring Severe Weather Awareness week throughout Ohio.

 

This past February will be remembered as the coldest ever in northern Ohio.

The National Weather Service at Hopkins Airport says the month ended with an average daily temperature of 14-degrees, breaking the 140-year-old record.  Seven record low temperatures were recorded during February, including the coldest day of 2015 at 17-below-zero.

 

Snow days and spring break will be the topic of discussion, during tonight’s special meeting of the Western Reserve Board of Education.

A hearing will be held to gather input from residents, about this winter’s excessive calamity days. Western Reserve needs to make up five extra snow days, and school officials hope to do it during much of spring break, which is scheduled for April 7th through the 10th. Tonight’s public hearing will begin at 6, in the Western Reserve High School library.

A similar meeting will take place tonight in Castalia.

The Margaretta Board of Education will meet at the Board office at 6, to discuss modifying the school day.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education may meet again this week, to continue the search for a new superintendent.

The board met three times last week. During two of those meetings, the board conducted second round interviews. Board president John Lendrum declined to say if all six remaining applicants were interviewed a second time.

Lendrum did say the Board of Education hopes to hire a new superintendent at the board’s regular monthly meeting, scheduled for March 10th.

 

Allegations of misconduct have led to criminal charges against Put-In-Bay’s top cop.

A press release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says police chief Ric Lampela is charged with a single count of aggravated menacing, two counts of falsification, and one count of dereliction of duty. All of the charges are misdemeanors, and they date back to 2003. Lampela is accused of threatening an employee with a gun, impeding an investigation into an alleged sexual assault, and lying to investigators. He’s due in court March 25th. There’s no word yet on Lampela’s current status.

 

 

Ready or not, this weekend is when we ‘Spring Ahead’ to Daylight Saving Time.

Clocks will move ahead one hour at 2am Sunday.

 

Ohio is doing big business in the global economy.

The U.S. Commerce Department reports Ohio set a record for exports last year, shipping more than 52-billion-dollars in products overseas.  The Buckeye State ranked sixth nationwide while Texas came in at number one.

 


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.