Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Cedar Point’s new record-breaking dive coaster didn’t fail to disappoint.

The park’s newest ride was unveiled during today’s Media Day festivities, and reviews have been positive. At its tallest point, Valravn is more than 20 stories high, with a 214-foot, 90 degree drop. It also features loops, turns and much more. All told, Valravn has shattered ten records, including longest, fastest and tallest dive coaster.


Ted Cruz has bowed out of the presidential race, meaning GOP voters have just two Republicans to choose from: Billionaire Donald Trump, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

And even though he trails by a wide margin, Kasich campaign officials say he’s staying in the race, at least for now. According to a statement issued by the ‘Kasich for America Team’, Governor Kasich will remain in the race, unless Trump reaches the required 1,237 delegates before the Republican National Convention.

Campaign officials noted Kasich is the best person to win a contested convention, and win in November. They also noted Trump’s brash style and “…disrespectful ramblings”, and said Kasich has a “…positive and inclusive approach.”


Investigators are seeking the cause of yesterday’s gas station explosion in Ashland.

The blast at Mobil Mart on East Main occurred shortly before 3:30am. It destroyed much of the building. One employee was there, but wasn’t harmed. The State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post has announced plans to operate a DUI checkpoint later this week. More information will be released closer to the time.


A freshman at Bowling Green State University is in big trouble, for allegedly stealing a catering truck while drunk.

19-year-old Monique Vanderhulst is charged with underage consumption, DUI, giving false information and receiving stolen property. She’s free on bond. Vanderhulst was arrested over the weekend, a short time after Bowling Green police received a stolen vehicle complaint. During the arrest, she told officers she thought she was in her own car.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

12pm only!

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear in southeast Ohio this afternoon. She’ll be at Jackie O’s Production Brewery and Taproom in Athens. The stop will be part of Clinton’s two-day “Breaking Down Barriers” tour.


Republican National Convention delegates from California are unhappy with the fact they’ll be staying an hour or so away from the July convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

With a police escort, they’ll be bused from a hotel in Sandusky to “The Q.”A California Republican official said “…we’re like the ugly stepchild.”


Willard City Council is in the market for a new city manager.

That’s because current city manager Shawn Tappel is leaving to become general manager of Norwalk-based Northern Ohio Rural Water. His resignation will take effect June 3rd. Tappel was hired as full-time city manager last May. Before that, he served as interim city manager for about seven months. He stepped in for Brian Humphress, who resigned in the fall of 2014.


A name change…

Mercy Willard Hospital is now known as Mercy Health-Willard Hospital. Mercy Health is Ohio’s largest health system, and fourth largest employer.



Three years in prison, then three years parole for a Bellevue man who seriously injured a baby.

25-year-old Tyson Charles was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court, immediately after pleading guilty to a charge of child endangering. Charles injured his girlfriend’s nine-month-old baby last November. Doctors said the infant had been vigorously shaken.



Horseshoe Casino Cleveland is closing—but it’s only temporary.

The gambling establishment in downtown Cleveland will close at 11:59pm Monday, May 9th and will re-open 40 hours later as JACK Cleveland Casino. Officials said the closure is necessary so daily operations and branding can be transferred from Caesar’s Entertainment to JACK Entertainment.


Arrests are pending, after authorities discovered a large, sophisticated marijuana growing operation in Coshocton County.

During the weekend bust, deputies found 140 hydroponic pot plants, with a street value of $170,000. They seized the marijuana and the equipment used to cultivate it.


State Senator Gayle Manning is coming to Huron County.

The Republican from North Ridgeville will hold district office hours from 12:30 until 1:30 May 20th, at the Monroeville Public Library. No appointment is necessary, and anyone is welcome to attend. Manning represents Ohio’s 13th Senate District, which includes Huron and Lorain counties.


The Morning Show will broadcast live from Cedar Point’s Media Day.

Melissa and Scott will be on hand tomorrow morning, with a firsthand account of the park’s new record-breaking coaster Valravn, and they’ll have plenty of other info about the ride and the upcoming Cedar Point season.


Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Morning Show will be on the road this Wednesday.

We’ll broadcast live from Media Day, as Cedar Point unveils Valravn, which is billed as the world’s tallest, fastest, longest dive roller coaster. All told, Valravn will break 10 different records. We’ll tell you much more about it, starting at 6 Wednesday morning. Cedar Point will open for the season this Saturday.



The investigation continues, into the April 22nd killings in southern Ohio.

No arrests have been made in connection with the eight murders. All eight victims were shot execution style. They ranged in age from 16 to 40. It’s believed the killings were drug-related.Authorities have collected dozens of pieces of evidence, and have received hundreds of tips.



Golf carts on city streets will be the topic of discussion, during tomorrow night’s meeting of Norwalk City Council’s Safety Committee.


The meeting will begin at 7pm, in the city hall conference room. Last month, Norwalk City Council was scheduled to vote on the measure, but sent it to the safety committee for further discussion and possible changes.



An update on road work along U.S. Route 250 in the Sandusky area…

 Starting tomorrow, the right lane of southbound 250, between State Route 2 and Bogart Road in Perkins Township will be closed for 10 days. Access to driveways and businesses will be maintained during the work.



State Route 162, just east of Clinton Street in New London is open.

It had been closed, for railroad crossing repairs



A grand jury has charged three people accused of trying to sneak drugs into the Huron County Jail.

 26-year-old Jordan Aldrich of Bellevue, 30-year-old Amber Lynch of Plymouth and 56-year-old Jeffery McClain of Mansfield each face charges of conveying drugs into a correctional facility. The alleged crimes are separate, and each occurred in January.



A reminder…

 This weekend is Free Fishing Weekend in Ohio. Anyone can fish in any of the state’s public waters without a fishing license.

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Don’t forget: Drive-through drop-off dump day is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Shelby Street Public Boat Launch in Sandusky.

Open only to city residents, people can drop off unwanted furniture, tires, appliances, electronics, mattresses and the like. Workers won’t accept TVs, paint or liquids of any kind. Volunteers, including the Sandusky High School basketball team, will help collect the materials.


A nostalgic nautical attraction that had been submerged for two decades should be making ripples in Sandusky Bay in a few weeks.

The beloved Cedar Point ferryboat service returns to Sandusky this summer. Passengers can board a Jet Express boat at the Jackson Street Pier for a 10-minute trip to Cedar Point Marina and vice versa.

All trips from Sandusky to Cedar Point also journey to Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay.


The cost for a one-way trip breaks down with: Anyone 13 or older pays $5, Children between 6 and 12 pays $2.50, and Anyone 5 or younger gets to ride for free. A Sandusky man was arrested this week after he waved a knife at his family, police said.


Don Toennies was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, and two counts each of aggravated menacing and threat of domestic violence after pulling a knife on his mother after she told him to turn the TV down, and then his brother.

He is now being held without bond at the Erie County jail.


A Sandusky woman is behind bars on one count of felonious assault over change for a dollar.

The report stated after Courtney Reyna of Sandusky slammed a woman on the ground and head butted her in the face after being denied change for a dollar, the victim was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where staff determined she had a “nasal fracture,”

Reyna is being held at the Erie County jail on a $20,000 bond.


A state court dismissed a misdemeanor charge against a fremont city councilman accused of inappropriately touching a city employee.

Mike Koebel no longer faces disorderly conduct offense after he allegedly held the recreation superintendent.

Koebel’s attorney believes there to be a financial motive for filing the charge, as the woman involved is married to at the time Fremont interim police chief.


A Sandusky woman allegedly assaulted a corrections officer while being booked into the Erie County jail.

Kutila Mitchell was charged with fifth-degree felony assault after she was uncooperative during booking and began arguing with corrections staff.Reports say Mitchell stood up and lunged at the corrections officer, causing her to be pushed into some drawers and underneath a countertop.

The officer said she injured her knee as a result of the incident.