Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Today is the final full day of summer.

Autumn, 2015 begins at 4:21 tomorrow morning.


The Norwalk Fire Department is investigating an early morning blaze that destroyed Marco’s Pizza on Whittelsey Avenue.

Firefighters received a 911 call shortly after 5 this morning. They arrived within five minutes, and found heavy black smoke coming from the pizza place. Firefighters had the blaze under control in 15 minutes, but remained at the scene about two hours. Mutual aid came from Milan and Monroeville. According to Norwalk fire chief John Soisson, the blaze began behind coolers near the front of the store.


Figures released today show August unemployment in Huron and Richland counties matched the statewide average of 4.7 percent.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the August unemployment rate in Erie and Seneca counties was 4.1 percent. It was just 3.7 percent in Sandusky County, 4.2 percent in Ashland County, 4.9 percent in Crawford County, and 5.3 percent in Lorain County.


They’re accused of breaking into one Bellevue home, and trying to break into another, and now they’re facing criminal charges.

27-year-old Kyle Strong of Bellevue and 30-year-old Robert Gilbert of Akron were arrested Friday morning, a short time after they allegedly broke into a home on Elm Street, and stole food and money. They’re also accused of trying to a home on Gunther Street. Both men are charged with two counts of burglary, attempted burglary and disrupting public services. Gilbert also faces drug charges. Both men are in the Huron County Jail.


A Detroit man is facing a misdemeanor charge, for allegedly using phony $50 bills at Cedar Point.

34-year-old Jameel Walker was arrested Sunday for criminal simulation. If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail, and a $1,000 fine. Walker’s accused of using two counterfeit $50 bills in the games area at Cedar Point. After reviewing surveillance video, officers found him in a different area of the park. He agreed to be searched, and officers found a third counterfeit $50 bill. He was taken to the Erie County Jail, and later posted $3,000 bond. Officers said Walker had an accomplice, but he refused to identify him.


From the Erie County Engineer’s Office…

Thorpe Road, between Frailey and Stephens roads in Berlin Township will close to all traffic Monday, for a bridge replacement. The project should last approximately two months.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

It is September 17th, and it’s WLKR’s 53rd birthday.

95.3 WLKR first went on the air September 17th, 1962.


A car-bus accident has led to charges against a Sandusky woman.

49-year-old Suann Hefflinger is facing a handful of charges, including DUI, in connection with yesterday morning’s crash on Wahl Road. According to reports, Hefflinger hit the back of a Margaretta bus that had stopped to pick up a student. Eight children were on the bus. They escaped injury, but Hefflinger was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. Deputies found three prescription pill bottles in her car…two were empty.


Ohio governor John Kasich was one of 11 GOP presidential hopefuls who took part in last night’s “upper tier” debate on CNN.

He said the more voters learn about him, the more they’ll like him. Kasich also said he’s the strongest of the field, when it comes to managing the government’s money.


You may have noticed…

Plank Road near Shaw Mill Road in Milan Township is NOT closed. A bridge replacement project was scheduled to begin Monday, but according to the Erie County Engineer’s Office, it’s been delayed until further notice.


A Georgia man must pay fines and restitution of $1.6 million for illegal deer trafficking in Ohio.

Federal officials say it’s the largest sum an individual has had to pay for a U.S. wildlife crime. According to court documents, 61-year-old Benjamin Chason and a co-conspirator trafficked in live white-tailed deer, and sold illegal white-tailed deer at a hunting preserve he co-owns in Logan, Ohio.


2016 promises to be a big year in Cleveland.

Along with the Republican National Convention, Cleveland will host the 2016 World Yo-Yo Contest. More than 1,000 people from more than 30 countries will compete next August.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ohio governor John Kasich will be one of 11 presidential hopefuls taking part in tonight’s primetime GOP debate.

The upper tier debate will begin at 8, on CNN. A lower tier debate with four other Republicans will begin at 6, also on CNN.


The area’s first-ever international film festival begins tomorrow.

The Lake Erie Arts and Film Festival will debut at the State Theatre in downtown Sandusky. A complete schedule, event information, tickets and more can be found online at


Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has been hit with a hefty fine, for unsafe conditions during snowstorms last winter.

The F.A.A. has fined the airport $735,000, for not having proper de-icing equipment and staff available during storms. Records show multiple infractions between January and March, including icy runways. In one case, just four of 18 maintenance operators were at work.


Voters in the city of Norwalk are a step closer to deciding on a new fire station.

Last night, city council heard the first reading of an ordinance that would place the issue on the March, 2016 primary ballot. Council members are scheduled to vote on the measure October 6th. If it winds up on the ballot and is approved by Norwalk voters, officials would be allowed to pull $3.5 million from the city’s capital improvement trust fund to build a new fire station.


If you’re a Notre Dame fan, you might like this.

Legislation in Columbus calls for the creation of Notre Dame/Ohio license plates. If approved by state lawmakers, the plates would be the first ones issued for a school outside the Buckeye State. If offered, they’ll cost $40 extra, with $30 of it going to Notre Dame for scholarships and grants to students from Ohio. The remaining $10 would go to the Ohio BMV.


There’s a new push, to toughen Ohio’s seat belt law.

State Representative Debbie Phillips of Athens County has introduced House Bill 331, which would make not buckling up a primary offense. Currently, failing to wear a seat belt in Ohio is a secondary offense, meaning a law enforcement officer must stop a driver for a different offense before issuing a seat-belt ticket. Previous attempts to make it a primary offense have failed.


Good news, if you like apples.

Experts describe Ohio’s current apple crop as ‘abundant and delicious.’


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A boil advisory is in effect until further notice, for a portion of northern Norwalk.

The affected area is Milan Avenue, from Republic Street to the northern city limits, including Midtown Manor and Rustic Ravine Mobile Home Park. The advisory was issued this morning, after a water main break on Milan Avenue.


75 percent of union employees at KBI in Sandusky have said no to the company’s ‘last, best and final’ contract offer.

KBI’s proposed contract would have drastically cut wages, and increased the amount employees pay for health insurance. The future of the plant is in doubt.


An investigation is underway, into a house fire that killed a Vermilion man.

62-year-old Don Bias was found dead early yesterday morning, inside his home at the corner of Jefferson and Edson streets. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting with the investigation.


It appears trial will be delayed, for the Willard man accused of shooting and killing his neighbor.

That’s because 50-year-old James H. Blair will need to undergo at least one mental health evaluation, after his lawyer changed his plea from ‘not guilty’ to ‘not guilty by reason of insanity.’ Huron County Public Defender David Longo filed the amended plea yesterday. Blair is facing four charges, including aggravated murder, tied to the July 28th death of 62-year-old Linda Ciotto .Blair allegedly shot Ciotto, because he felt she was mowing too late at night. He remains in the Huron County Jail, in lieu of $1 million bond. For now, his trial is scheduled for November. Blair’s mother, 73-year-old old Billie Ann Hinkle is facing charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice, for allegedly hiding the gun, then lying to investigators.


Good news, bad news…

The odds of hitting a deer are a bit lower this year, but if you do hit one, it’ll cost more to fix your car. According to State Farm, the chances of hitting a deer in Ohio are 1 in 131, down about three percent from last year. But the cost of fixing a car is up six percent, to just over $4,100.


To southwestern Lorain County…

The November ballot is shaping up in the small village of Rochester, and in six weeks, voters will consider NO ONE for mayor. The Board of Elections has knocked incumbent Kathryn Frombaugh off the ballot due to a lack of valid signatures on her petition, and no one else filed to run. It appears the mayor’s job will fall to the president of Rochester village council. Frombaugh is a lawyer, with an office in New London.


In sports…

Several area teams are ranked in the first statewide high school football poll of the season. The list includes three teams from the SBC…Clyde and Perkins are ranked 11th and 12th in Division III, while Edison is ranked 15th in Division V. Seneca East is ranked 20th in Division VII, and the St. Paul Flyers are ranked 15th in Division VII.