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Thursday, August 14, 2014

It’s Senior Citizens Day at the Huron County Fair.

Admission is just one penny, for seniors 60 and over. The annual Senior Fair King and Queen Contest will begin at 10:30 this morning. Each nursing home in Huron County will send contestants. The small livestock sale begins at 6, and tonight’s grandstand attraction is Motocross races. Action will start at 7. Carrie Danger will broadcast live from the Huron County Fair, starting at 3.

 

Officials are investigating a train derailment in eastern Huron County.

The train derailed yesterday morning, near Sunrise Co-Op in Clarksfield Township. Agricultural products spilled from the train.

 

Old State Road, between Gallup Avenue in Norwalk and State Route 601 in Milan will be closed tomorrow, from 7:30am until 4pm.

Local traffic only will be permitted, with no through-traffic.

 

The former manager of Dollar General in Plymouth has been found guilty of theft, and will play thousands of dollars in restitution.

An investigation by the Plymouth Police Department revealed Tara Barber of Greenwich skimmed as much as $12,000 over a seven-month period, starting late last year. She’ll be sentenced in October, in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

 

The Norwalk Board of Education will meet in special session this morning, to tour schools in the district.

The meeting will begin at 8:30, at the Main Street School.

 

Smokers may soon be able to light up, while playing slots on outdoor patios at 9 of Ohio’s casinos and racinos.

Three of four of the state’s casinos, and four of five racinos are seeking approval from the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, and Belterra Park in Cincinnati don’t have outdoor gambling areas. Ohio law prohibits smoking in public places, including casinos. Smoking is permitted at casinos in most other states.

 

Ohio Attorney general Mike DeWine has sent letters to nearly 60 businesses, asking them to explain the cost of bottled water they sold during Toledo’s recent water crisis.

The inquiry is part of a state investigation into alleged price gouging. DeWine’s office received a few dozen consumer complaints against Toledo-area retailers, for selling water at high prices August 2nd, 3rd and 4th. One store in Perrysburg Township charged $60 for two cases of water.

 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A 2008 Western Reserve High School graduate will make his big league pitching debut today.

Andrew Chafin will start for Arizona, when the Diamondbacks take on the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. It’ll be game one of a traditional doubleheader, starting at 4:05. You can hear both games on 95.3, WLKR. The Tribe and Diamondbacks are playing two, because of rain last night.

 

Today is Veterans Day at the Huron County Fair.

Admission for veterans with proper ID is just one cent. It’ll be loud at the fairgrounds tonight. The OSTPA Tractor Pull will begin at 6:30. General grandstand admission is free. Box and pit seats are $5. Kelly Rose will broadcast live from the fair, between 10 and 3 today.

 

Congratulations to this year’s Huron County Junior Fair Royalty.

19-year-old Nicholas Bischoff of Monroeville was crowned as king last night. He’s a student at Bowling Green State University. 18-year-old Olivia Scheid is this year’s Junior Fair Queen. She’s a recent St. Paul graduate, and will attend the Ohio State University.

 

A second 3-2 vote has been cast, in favor of hiring Will Folger as interim superintendent of the Norwalk City Schools.

The re-vote was cast, during last night’s Board of Education meeting. Before that, board members rescinded a July 29th vote to hire Folger, because of ‘potential irregularities.’ Last night’s vote was the same as before, with ‘no’ votes cast by board members Steve Linder and Ralph Ritzenthaler. Assistant superintendent Sue Goodsite was a finalist for the top job. She claimed she was offered the position, before Folger was hired.

 

A change, involving Norwalk’s Christie Avenue.

On school mornings only, left turns will be prohibited from Christie onto Norwood Avenue, and Christie onto Benedict Avenue. Signs will be posted at both ends of Christie Avenue. Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder said the change will improve traffic flow at both intersections, and will increase safety for pedestrians.

 

Old State Road, between Milan Manor and State Route 601 in Milan will be closed from 7 until 3 Friday, for tree removal.

 

A Collins man has admitted to improperly receiving thousands of dollars worth of unemployment benefits.

In court this week, Matthew Clifton pleaded guilty to felony theft. As part of the plea, he’s expected to pay nearly $8,600 restitution, and he’ll likely be sent to jail with work release privileges. He’ll be sentenced in September. Clifton accepted unemployment benefits between April of 2011, and June of last year. Prosecutors said he worked about four months during that time, but continued to receive about $500 a week from the state.

 

Charges have been upgraded against a Sandusky County woman accused of hitting a pedestrian in downtown Bellevue.

62-year-old Marilyn Perry of Lindsey is now charged with aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony. She’s also charged with DUI. According to reports, Perry was drunk when she hit Pamela Beckham last Thursday evening. Beckham was standing next to her car, in front of the Bellevue Public Library. She suffered broken bones and other injuries, and was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She remains there, in stable condition.

 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It’s Senior Day and Free Day at the Huron County Fair.

There’s free admission for all, until 3 this afternoon. Rides will be extra. The Kiddie Tractor Pull will begin at noon, and various children’s activities will start at 1. The Junior Fair King and Queen contest will be held at 6:30. Tonight’s grandstand attraction is the Hot Farm Truck or Tractor Pull.

 

The Toledo suburb of Perrysburg was hit hard by heavy rain yesterday morning.

Parts of the city received five inches of rain in a short amount of time.

 

A small tornado touched down in Muskingum County yesterday.

The EF-0 twister was on the ground for less than 60 seconds, near Frazeyburg. Damage was minimal.

 

A Collins man accused of rape has been indicted by a Huron County Grand Jury.

37-year-old Jeffery Knox is facing charges of rape, attempted rape and burglary.  The charges are tied to an early July incident involving a 28-year-old woman. 

Also charged by the grand Jury:  two men accused of running a meth lab.  Billy Jo Kilgore and Jeffery Vogel are charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.  Vogel is also charged with tampering with evidence.

 

Two people were taken to the hospital after a crash involving a semi-truck and three cars.

The crash occurred yesterday afternoon on U.S. Route 250 South in Norwalk.  A crash report from the Highway Patrol is incomplete.

 

The Norwalk City Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session tonight.

The meeting will begin at 7:30, at Norwalk High School. It’s a full agenda.

Among the items listed: A resolution addressing the hiring of interim superintendent Will Folger, and additional work days for assistant superintendent Sue Goodsite. Also on the agenda: a request for the board to authorize the Norwalk Athletic Boosters to begin construction on the Norwalk High School All-Sports Complex.

 

A change involving Norwalk’s Christie Avenue.

On school mornings only, left turns will be prohibited from Christie onto Norwood Avenue and Christie onto Benedict Avenue.  Signs will be posted at both ends of Christie Avenue.  Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder said the change will improve traffic flow at both intersections and will increase safety for pedestrians.

 

Strecker Road, between Kelly and Thomas roads in Milan will be closed this Friday for railroad repairs.

The closure should last just one day.

 

A federal judge has extended a moratorium on executions in Ohio, to allow the state more time to implement a new lethal injection procedure.

That means no executions will occur until at least January 15th of next year. The order by U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost also means four scheduled executions are on hold. Executions had been scheduled for next month, October, November and early January. In May, Frost halted all executions until this month, after death row inmate Dennis McGuire unexpectedly took 25 minutes to die, using a new lethal injection procedure. A state review found McGuire suffered no pain, but officials said in the future, they’ll increase the dosages of drugs for future executions. McGuire’s family has filed suit in federal court.

 


Monday, August 11, 2014

The 93rd Huron County Fair gets underway today.

Kelly Rose will broadcast live from the fair, between 10 and 3. Country singer Tyler Farr is tonight’s grandstand attraction. He’ll perform at 7:30. Ticket prices range from $12 to $20.

A quick rundown…

Tomorrow is Kids Day and Free Day at the Huron County Fair. Admission minus rides is free until 3.

Wednesday is Veterans Day, featuring one cent admission for veterans with proper ID.

Thursday is Senior Citizens Day…Seniors 60 and over will get in for a penny.

Regular daily admission to the Huron County Fair is $7.

 

A Bellevue woman is fair condition, after being hit by a suspected drunk driver.

Pamela Beckham is a patient at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. She was flown there Thursday evening, after she was hit on East Main, near the Bellevue Public Library. According to reports, she was leaving her car, when she was struck by 62-year-old Marilyn Perry of Lindsey. Perry was arrested for DUI, and was taken to the Huron County Jail.

 

The state highway patrol is investigating a weekend crash that killed a teenage girl.

It happened shortly before 1:30 yesterday morning on State Route 105, in southwestern Ottawa County. An SUV driven by 18-year-old Austin Limpf of Curtice, Ohio went off the road, before overturning several times. A passenger, 14-year-old Miranda Marie Cleveland was ejected, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Limpf was taken to a nearby hospital, for treatment of minor injuries. He told troopers he fell asleep at the wheel.

 

Another rollover crash in Ottawa County injured two people.

That one happened yesterday afternoon on State Route 2 in Carroll Township.  Traffic was backed up for about two miles in both directions.  The crash is under investigation.

 

Huron County deputies have arrested a Norwalk man suspected of dealing cocaine.

David DeLeon was arrested Thursday, at the Rustic Hills Mobile Home Park. He was charged with cocaine trafficking, with more charges and more arrests expected. Cocaine with a street value of $4000 was seized from DeLeon’s home. Deputies said he was involved in a ‘fairly significant’ trafficking operation.

 

Charges are pending against a Bellevue man who crashed through a cemetery fence.

The crash occurred Friday night on West Center Street.  According to reports, the driver, Matthew Carbary left the scene but was found a short time later.  He was taken to The Bellevue Hospital.

 

The Norwalk City Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session tomorrow night.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 at Norwalk High School.  It’s a full agenda.  Among the items listed:  A resolution addressing the hiring of interim superintendent Will Folger and additional work days for assistant superintendent Sue Goodsite.  Folger will officially be hired tomorrow night.  Also on the agenda: a request for the board to authorize the Norwalk Athletic Boosters to begin construction on the Norwalk High School All-Sports Complex.

 

Strecker Road, between Kelly and Thomas Roads in Milan will be closed this Friday for railroad repairs.

The closure should last just one day.