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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

If you’re a DirecTV subscriber, you currently don’t have CBS channels out of Toledo or Cleveland.

WTOL Channel 11, and WOIO Channel 19 are blacked out, because the satellite TV provider and Raycom failed to agree on a new carriage contract. Also out of DirecTV’s lineup, at least for now: Cleveland’s WUAB, Channel 43. 50 other Raycom-owned TV stations are affected by the dispute.

 

A memorial fund has been established for the family of a Bellevue man who died from injuries sustained in a crash.

20-year-old Anson Hupp passed away Friday, a day after his car went off State Route 547 in Monroeville. His car overturned multiple times, and Hupp was ejected. Contributions may be made at youcaring.com.

 

A suspected crystal meth maker from Bellevue has turned himself in.

32-year-old John Ruffing is charged with two counts of illegal possession of manufactured drugs. Ruffing had been at-large since last Thursday. That’s when Bellevue police and state agents searched his Section Line Road 30 home, and seized meth-related items. Ruffing’s arrest is part of the same investigation that led to last week’s arrest of Julie Singleton of Bellevue. She was arrested Thursday, after authorities searched her Thomas Drive apartment and found items used to manufacture crystal meth. She remains in the Sandusky County Jail.

 

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and state investigators are following up on complaints about Put-In-Bay’s police officers.

The Toledo Blade says, complaints from residents and business owners include unlawful arrests and inappropriate, forceful tactics.

 

Kraft Foods is voluntarily recalling 7,500 cases of cheese after learning a supplier failed to store the cheese in accordance with Kraft temperature standards.

The company said it could cause premature spoilage or food-borne illness. So far, Kraft has received no consumer complaints. The recall is nationwide and includes packages of 16, 24 and 64 Kraft American singles all with an expiration date of February, 2015. If you have that cheese, it should be returned to the store for an exchange or a full refund.

 

A reminder that U.S. Route 6, near State Route 269 in Margaretta Township is closed until early October, for a culvert replacement.

Also, State Route 60, between Vermilion and the Erie-Huron county line is down to one lane of traffic, for paving work. The project should be complete by next June.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

A not guilty plea, from a Sandusky man accused of stabbing and killing an infant.

20-year-old Denzel Castile entered his plea yesterday, in Erie County Common Pleas Court. He’s charged with aggravated murder, in connection with the May, 2013 stabbing death of 11-week-old Athena Castile of Norwalk. Authorities believe the infant was killed, after a brief disturbance at a Sandusky home. Castile originally entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. He remains in custody, at a psychiatric hospital in Toledo.

 

Huron school officials are considering student drug testing.

A task force has been formed to explore the idea.

 

Teachers in the Perkins school district have agreed to forgo raises again.

It’s the fifth consecutive year that Perkins teachers have agreed to freeze base wages. In other news, the Perkins Board of Education is mulling whether or not to place a tax levy on the fall ballot. Voters have rejected four straight levies. The deadline to get an issue on the November ballot is August 6th.

 

A weekend assault has led to felony charges against two Willard women.

Rachel Hale is charged with felonious assault. An accomplice, Kelly McCoy is charged with complicity. According to reports, the two assaulted another woman, at a party near Willard. One held the victim, while the other hit her with a baseball bat. The victim suffered bruises and cuts to her face, head and chest. Hale and McCoy are due in court next week.

 

The number of plaintiffs suing Whirlpool alleging the company’s Clyde factory is responsible for cancer is growing.

A local TV station says there are now 46 plaintiffs in the case, nearly double the original number. Federal and state health agencies haven’t been able to find the source of a cancer cluster in the area, while the plaintiffs accuse Whirlpool of dumping toxic sludge and releasing dangerous chemicals at its former Whirlpool Park property in Green Springs. A company spokesperson has denied the allegations, and called the charges ‘unfounded and irresponsible.’

 


Friday, July 11, 2014

It’s the Polar Vortex, Part II…sort of.

An upcoming mass of cool air, on its way from the Gulf of Alaska will bring unseasonably cool temperatures to the area early next week. Temperatures could be 15 degrees below average. Forecasters say it should warm up by the end of next week.

 

Norwalk police believe Wednesday’s break-in at Discount Drug Mart may be connected to similar crimes at businesses in plazas along the city’s north side.

An alarm activation just before 1 yesterday morning sent police to the Cline Street store. No one was there, and it’s unclear if anything was stolen. Officers are processing evidence collected at the scene. Anyone with information should contact the Norwalk Police Department.

 

Investigators say the cause of a mid-April boating incident that claimed four lives on Lake Erie is inconclusive.

A final report issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the circumstances surrounding the incident are unknown, because all four people on the boat died, and there were no witnesses. Investigators did note that alcohol was not a factor. There was no trauma on any of the bodies, and minimal damage to the boat. Two men, one woman and a teenage girl died in the incident. The cause of death was drowning for all four victims. The four were last seen fishing near South Bass Island.

 

The city of Sandusky has a new fire chief.

Captain Dave Degnan will take over next week.

 

Relay for Life is underway, at Norwalk’s Whitney Field.

The fundraiser for the American Cancer Society runs until 7 tomorrow morning. Kelly Rose will broadcast live from Relay, between 3 and 6.

 

Also underway…Huron River Fest.

The annual fireworks show will begin at 10:15 tonight. Carrie Danger will broadcast live from River Fest, starting at 1 tomorrow.

 

Huron County deputies are investigating an alleged sex offense in Wakeman.

It happened at Firelands Manor Mobile Home Park.We’ll have more, as details become available.

 

A former assistant football and track coach at Fremont Ross High School has been indicted on two counts of sexual battery.

36-year-old Johnny Alridge is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old female student on multiple occasions, dating back to February.

 

Retiring EHOVE Career Center treasurer Larry Hanneman will stay on, for the upcoming school year.

That’s because his replacement is unable to take the job, due to health and family concerns. Hanneman was set to retire July 31st.

 

When it comes to home and auto insurance, rates in Ohio are among the cheapest in the nation.

In 2013, homeowners insurance was 6th lowest in the country, averaging about $650, compared to nearly $1,000 nationally. Auto insurance in Ohio was 9th lowest in the U.S., with an average of $620.The national average was nearly $800.

 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

If you couldn’t stay up, the Indians lost in 14 innings last night.

Final score: the Yankees 5, the Tribe 4.

 

A one-car crash in Erie County has left one person dead, and another, in critical condition.

63-year-old Ralph Russo of Findlay was killed early yesterday afternoon. His wife, 68-year-old Nancy Russo was flown from the scene, to the University of Toledo Medical Center. According to reports from the highway patrol, Russo’s SUV went off U.S. Route 6, near Northwest Road in Margaretta Township, and struck a mailbox and road sign, before slamming into two trees. Russo and his wife were wearing seat belts, and troopers don’t believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. U.S. Route 6 was closed for about two hours, while crews cleared the wreckage.

 

Police are investigating an early morning break-in at Discount Drug Mart in Norwalk.

An alarm sent officers to the scene shortly before 1am yesterday.  No one was there, but evidence found at the scene was sent for processing.

 

Cedar Point is doing its part, to get LeBron James to return to Ohio.

Park officials said yesterday that if LeBron comes back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they’ll rename one of their coasters “King James.” LeBron has not announced his decision.

 

A busy night is in store, for the Norwalk Board of Education.

Tonight, the board will review applications from those interested in becoming the school district’s next superintendent. 11 people applied for the job, including current assistant superintendent Sue Goodsite, and former Huron City Schools superintendent Fred Fox. Board president John Lendrum said yesterday the board will likely set up interviews with four or five of the applicants. A second round of interviews will be scheduled later. Current superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring July 31st.Lendrum said it may be necessary to hire an interim superintendent, for 30 to 90 days. In other business, the board will likely accept a bid of more than $222,000, to replace the boiler at Maplehurst Elementary, and the board is expected to approve a 10 cent increase in lunch prices. School lunches will be $2.15 for K-through-4th students, $2.30 for fifth-through-eighth graders, and $2.65 for high schoolers. Tonight’s Norwalk Board of Education meeting will begin at 7:30, at Norwalk High School.

 

For the second time in three weeks, someone has hit a huge lottery jackpot in Ashtabula County.

Yesterday’s only big winning Powerball ticket was sold in Conneaut.  It’s worth nearly $125 million.  In mid-June, a Classic Lotto ticket worth $72 million was sold in the city of Ashtabula.

 

It was one year ago today, that two small tornadoes touched down in Bellevue.

An EF-0 tornado hit Flat Rock Road, near Kilbourne Street, July 10th, 2013. An EF-1 twister initially touched down in Seneca County’s Reed Township, and continued intermittently for ten miles into Huron County. It lifted, near the Bellevue Reservoir.

 

Ohio is joining forces with other Great Lakes states to fight invasive, aquatic species.

Governor Kasich signed a mutual aid pact yesterday in Port Clinton with seven states and two Canadian provinces.  The agreement sets up processes to share research and resources to stop Zebra Mussels, Asian Carp and other non-native species.