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Monday, September 29, 2014

If you heard two loud booms in Norwalk and the outlying area Saturday night, they were part of a Civil War re-enactment at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club.

Services are set, for James Berens of Norwalk. Berens was murdered at his Morley Drive home September 19th. Friends may call between 5 and 7 Wednesday night, at the Walker Funeral Home on West Main. Graveside services will be held at 11 Thursday morning, at Woodlawn Cemetery.


The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an early Sunday morning crash involving a semi-truck and a pedestrian.

The patrol says 38-year-old Quincy Latrell Thomas of Toledo was killed at 3:40 yesterday morning on State Route 51, near the Ottawa-Wood county line. A report says visibility was poor due to heavy fog, and Thomas was wearing dark clothing, when he stepped into the path of the semi. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.


Mansfield police say they’ll release more information today, about the death of Richland County prosecutor Jim Mayer.

Mayer shot and killed himself at home Friday evening. He had been county prosecutor since 1988. The county commissioners will appoint an interim prosecutor later today.


A second Willard man has been arrested in connection with a car theft ring.

18-year-old Donovan Sparkman was arrested last week in Tennessee on charges of motor vehicle theft and tampering with evidence.  Willard Police say Sparkman is a co-sponsor with Eddie Tackett Jr.  They’re accused of stealing cars and taking them to a chop shop in Mansfield.  Tackett is scheduled to stand trial in November.


The man behind this summer’s popular “Imagine Norwalk” events will be honored by city council.

A resolution honoring Chris Castle is on tomorrow night’s work session agenda.


The state’s fall colors are expected to peak right on schedule.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says fall colors should peak in northern Ohio around mid-October, in central Ohio the third week of October, and in southern Ohio at the end of October.


A former Sandusky used car dealer already sentenced to weekends in jail for fraud is in trouble again.

29-year-old Brian Vanvlerah was arrested late last week, for passing thousands of dollars in bad checks. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison. Vanvlerah will spend October and November weekends in the Erie County Jail, for previously altering buyer agreements with customers, and not handing over car titles. Vanvlerah owned Hometown Car Sales.


The figures are in and estimates have attendance at yesterday’s Wooly Bear Festival in Vermilion at 100,000.


A reminder: Early voting starts tomorrow, throughout Ohio.

For those who need to register to vote, or update voter information, the deadline for that is next Monday, October 6th.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Norwalk man murdered last week died from strangulation.

That’s in contrast to previous reports that said 57-year-old James Berens was stabbed by 39-year-old Shane Lambert. Blood found at the scene, and on Lambert’s clothes came from a forehead laceration. Lambert killed Berens last Friday, in his car, in the garage of Berens’ Morley Drive home. Lambert was shot and killed by Mansfield police early Monday morning.


Fisher-Titus Medical Center will have more resealing and striping work done on a portion of Fisher-Titus Parkway this weekend.

Beginning at 7:30 tomorrow night, the middle portion of Fisher-Titus Parkway, from the Patient Pavilion parking lot entrance, to the Fisher-Titus Medical Park Entrance 2 will be closed. Vehicles will not be able to access Medical Park 3, and the Carriage House-Garden Level parking lot this weekend. Fisher-Titus Parkway will be open to traffic at the Shady Lane entrance, to access the Patient Pavilion. All other traffic should use the Route 250 entrance, across from Burger King. The Parkway will re-open at 4:30 Monday morning.


A teenage boy reported missing has been found.

15-year-old Thayne Fitch of Wakeman was found safe and sound yesterday afternoon. No other information is available.


Jimmy John’s in Sandusky is NOT one of the stores affected by data breach.

Credit and debit card info was stolen from 216 locations between mid-June and early-September.  Some of the affected Jimmy John’s locations are in northeast Ohio.


Some sort of mechanical failure likely caused a blaze that destroyed a combine. 

The farm machine was in use Tuesday evening in Peru Township when a passerby noticed flames.  Monroeville and Norwalk Firefighters were summoned to the scene.  No one was hurt.  Damage estimates were placed at $350,000.  The blaze remains under investigation.


Ohio’s Deer-Archery season begins this Saturday.

It runs through February 1st. All deer hunters must have a valid hunting license and a valid deer permit.


In sports…

The Indians’ playoff hopes remain alive, barely.  For the Indians to qualify for an A.L. Wildcard spot:  The Tribe will need to sweep Tampa Bay this weekend.  Kansas City OR Oakland would need to be swept in each team’s four-game series.  Kansas City is playing the White Sox, while Oakland plays Texas.  And…Seattle would need to lose at least one of its four remaining games.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A fund has been established, to help a Huron family hit hard by a house fire.

Donations to the “Lynch Family Fund” can be made at any Citizens Bank Branch, or at Huron High School. 48-year-old Robert Lynch II died early Monday morning, when his trailer was destroyed by flames. Lynch was home alone. His wife Ruby, and their 14-year-old son, Bobby were out of town, visiting family. Bobby is a freshman at Huron High School. Lynch graduated from Norwalk High School in the mid-80’s.


While Ohio’s unemployment rate didn’t change in August, jobless rates in every area county went down.

Huron County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.8 to 6.5 percent. Erie County’s was 4.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent. Rates in all surrounding counties dropped about one percent.


Items ranging from office furniture to cars will be sold this Saturday, by the city of Norwalk.

Officials will host a public auction at 10am, at the city’s maintenance building on Franklin Street. A partial list of items to be sold: Desks and file cabinets, tools, snowplows, bikes, various vehicles and Christmas decorations.


There’s an opening, on Greenwich Village Council.

Council member Travis Wilson stepped down last week, after moving out of Greenwich. Anyone interested in filling the vacant seat should send a letter of intent to the mayor’s office. Applicants must have lived in the village for at least a year, and voted in the May election. Letters of intent should include information about applicants, and a reason for wanting be on council. The deadline is October 1st.


Authorities still have not determined how a Fremont man fell five stories down a trash chute at Progressive Field in July.

The body of 22-year-old Cory Barron was discovered in a landfill near Oberlin five days after he was last seen at a Jason Aldean concert. An autopsy report released yesterday says Barron died of multiple blunt force trauma. But authorities remain unsure how Barron got into the trash chute. The report did say there was no sign of foul play.


A published report says investigators dug up an infant’s remains yesterday afternoon in Vickery.

According to the Sandusky Register, deputies and state agents dug a large patch of earth at a home on North County Road 268. Several neighbors told the newspaper that authorities recovered the body of a three-month-old infant. They also claimed a man dressed in jail inmate clothes showed deputies where to dig. Citing the ongoing investigation, officials declined to release more information.


It’s billed as Ohio’s largest one-day festival, and it’s happening this Sunday.

The 46th annual Woollybear Festival will take place from 9am until 5pm, on Main Street in downtown Vermilion. For more information, visit


Tickets for the 10th annual ‘Girls Night Out’, presented by the Cleveland Clinic are now on sale.

Until November 1st, tickets are $40 each. After the 1st, tickets will be $50 each. Tickets can be purchased online, at This year’s charity event will be held November 25th, at the Kalahari Resort Convention Center. Proceeds will benefit Cancer Services, the Fisher-Titus Mannography Fund, the Firelands Regional Medical Center Cancer Program Fund, and the North Coast Cancer Foundation.


Columbus will soon be home to an arena for video game tournaments.

Major League Gaming officials say they’ll open a flagship venue near Easton featuring spectator seating and soundproof booths for players.


In sports…

It’s do-or-die time for the Cleveland Indians.  After last night’s 7-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Indians are out of the A.L. Central Division race.  And with a loss tonight, the Tribe will be out of the running for a Wild-Card playoff spot.  Tonight’s game against the Royals begins at 7:10.  You can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An autopsy is scheduled for today, to determine the official cause of death of a Norwalk man killed by a friend.

Norwalk police believe 57-year-old James Berens was killed by 39-year-old Shane Lambert Friday afternoon, before Lambert dumped the body off Washington Road. Lambert was killed by Mansfield police early yesterday morning. According to reports, Lambert was inside a vacant home, and was shot, after confronting officers.


A fire in Huron has left one person dead.

48-year-old Robert Lynch II died early yesterday morning, during a blaze at his trailer in Oster’s mobile home park, just off Cleveland Road West. The cause of the blaze has not been released. Foul play is not suspected. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.


Just hours before his trial was set to begin, a Sandusky man accused of killing another man pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping.

36-year-old Tommy Reogas had been in jail for more than two years, awaiting trial. He was facing a number of felony charges, connected to the July, 2012 death of 50-year-old John Debski. Authorities said Reogas used a staple gun to fatally bludgeon Debski in his home. He also kidnapped his on-and-off girlfriend, and held her captive in a hotel for three days. Reogas will be sentenced October 30th.


Items ranging from office furniture to cars will be sold this Saturday by the city of Norwalk.

Officials will host a public auction at 10am at the city’s maintenance building on Franklin Street.  A partial list of items to be sold: desks and file cabinets, tools, snowplows, bikes, various vehicles and Christmas decorations.


While Ohio’s unemployment rate didn’t change in August, jobless rates in every area county went down.

Huron County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.8 to 6.5 percent.  Erie County’s was 4.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent.  Rates in all surrounding counties dropped about one percent.


So much for lower gas prices.

Yesterday morning, and with little warning, area pump prices shot up anywhere between 14 and 40 cents, to $3.39 for self-serve regular. No reason was given.


A new tool for evaluating teachers will be discussed, during tonight’s special meeting of the Norwalk Board of Education.

The special session will begin at 7:30, at Norwalk High School. Board action is expected.