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Friday, March 28, 2014

A mother and son from Norwalk are facing drug charges, stemming from illegal sales of prescription painkillers.

58-year-old Patricia Rapp, and 34-year-old Thomas Rapp were arrested Tuesday evening, at their home on Benedict Avenue. Both appeared in court Wednesday, and entered not guilty pleas. The two are accused of selling oxycodone.

 

A Norwalk man caught with synthetic cannabis is awaiting court proceedings in Sandusky County.

Joseph McCarty was arrested Tuesday morning, after a traffic stop in Woodville. An officer noticed the drugs, commonly known as K-2 or Spice in the car. McCarty was charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Approximately 32,000 Ohioans have until April 15th to claim nearly $25 million in income tax refunds left over from 2010.

If the refunds aren’t claimed, the federal government gets to keep them.

 

Milan Village Administrator Kevin Ackerman has announced his retirement.

He’s stepping down May 16th.  Ackerman also serves as Milan’s water and wastewater superintendent.

 

Sandusky school officials have unveiled new plans to help make graduates globally competitive.

Among the items in the Transformation Plan: cost-free college education. Graduating seniors would receive associate’s degrees, along with high school diplomas. More details can be found on the Sandusky City Schools’ website.

 

A new bill in Columbus would ‘up the ante’, for drug dealers.

They could be charged with murder, if one of their customers dies from an overdose. Under House Bill 508, illegally selling drugs to someone who overdoses would bring a lifetime prison sentence. Offenders would be eligible for parole in 20 years if the victim was over 18, and 25 years if the victim was under 18. Dayton-area Republican Jim Butler is sponsoring the measure. He hopes it would serve as a deterrent. Several states have similar laws.

 

The City of Norwalk will soon institute a new water meter reading process, designed to shorten the time between the reading date and the billing date, to better provide residents with more timely information on their water usage. 

The first step in this process will require new account numbers for all users, which will be reflected on the bills received in April.  Residents will need to use this new number when paying, to ensure that the payment is credited properly. The next step is scheduled to take place for bills received in May.  Depending on the previous reading date, the bill could cover a longer or shorter period of time for the first month of the change. 

 

A Memphis, Tennessee man with a lengthy rap sheet has been arrested for allegedly cheating at the Hollywood Casino, Toledo.

51-year-old Ellis Quinn Jr. is facing three felony counts of casino cheating for ‘postbetting’ on craps.  It’s a form of cheating in which the gambler places a bet or increases his bet after the dice stop rolling.  According to reports, Quinn is so good at it that officials used surveillance video of his moves to train law enforcement officers in Missouri.  He’s been banned from all Missouri casinos and he’s been arrested for cheating at casinos in Louisiana, Mississippi and Nevada.

There’s more…

A Defiance man upset over losing has learned his fate.  Randy Marks must spend 4 months in jail then serve three years probation and pay $10,000 restitution.  He’s also been banned from the Hollywood Casino, Toledo.  Marks was convicted of punching out nine slot machines at the casino.

 

In sports…

The Cleveland Cavaliers are back in action tonight.  It’s the Cavs and Nets in Brooklyn.  Pregame is at 7, with tipoff at 7:30 on 95.3, WLKR.

Steve Gray, head coach of the State Champion Norwalk Truckers Boys’ Basketball Team will join us on tomorrow’s Locker Room show.  Also on the show:  Tim Stried with the Ohio High School Athletic Association and Indians play-by-play announcer Jim Rosenhaus.  The Locker Room begins at 9am.

NASCAR Sprint Cup racing resumes Sunday with the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia.  Coverage begins at noon on K96.

 

 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A rollover crash spilled more than 20 tons of scrap metal, and shut down some of U.S. Route 250 in Milan.

Yesterday’s crash occurred just after 6am yesterday, when the rig flipped at State Route 113 West and 250. According to the highway patrol, the trucker from Tipp City, Ohio wasn’t familiar with the intersection, and was unable to stop before rolling onto 250. He suffered minor injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He was later charged with failure to control. Northbound 250 was completely closed for more than three hours.

 

Snowy weather may have been a factor, in a car/semi-truck crash in eastern Huron County.

Yesterday’s crash at Fitchville River and Zenobia roads in Clarksfield Township sent four people to the hospital with serious injuries. Troopers said Kayla Warrer of Sandusky failed to stop at the intersection…Her car hit a semi, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. Warrer and three passengers—Matthew Born of Collins, Michael Shepperd of New London and Brett Ziemke of Norwalk were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Warrer, Born and Shepperd were later flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Ziemke was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center. The trucker wasn’t hurt. The crash remains under investigation.

 

Bellevue police are investigating two separate rape complaints.

Both claims were made on Sunday. One of the alleged sexual assaults occurred at the Bellevue Inn and Suites, the other, at a private residence.

 

Absentee ballots will be available, starting April 1st, for the May 6th primary election.

Ballots may be cast at the Huron County Board of Elections Office in Norwalk between 8am and 5pm.  The office will be open until 9pm on Monday, April 7th and from 8am until noon on Saturday, May 3rd.

 

This past winter could go down as one of the most expensive ever for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

ODOT officials say they’ve spent nearly $117 million to keep roads clear of snow and ice statewide, including the cost of one million tons of road salt.

 

The results are in, from yesterday’s 14th annual Sandusky Rotary Club Pizza Challenge.

Chet and Matt’s took top honors, in the Best Pepperoni Pizza category, followed by Pizza Hut and Kalahari. Kalahari’s Breakfast Pizza was the winner, in the Specialty Pizza category. After that, it was Wink’s Chicago-Style Pizza, then the Philly Steak and Cheese Pizza from the Huron Pizza House. Hundreds of people showed up at yesterday’s event. Proceeds are going to Rotary’s ‘Clothes Kids’ program.

The Norwalk Rotary Club’s annual Pizza Bake-Off will be held April 15th.

 

The Monroeville Board of Education will meet behind closed doors next Monday, to discuss personnel.

The executive session will begin at 7pm, in the Charles Eby meeting room.

 


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Finances, and the Norwalk City Schools ‘Five for Five’ levy will be discussed, during a community meeting scheduled for one week from today.

The April 1st meeting will begin at 6:45pm, at Norwalk High School’s Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center. Superintendent Dennis Doughty and members of the Norwalk Board of Education will be there to provide information, and answer questions. The meeting should last about 45 minutes.

 

Cedar Point continues to hire, for the upcoming season.

The Sandusky amusement park is in need 5,000 workers, to fill more than 70 different types of jobs, including rides, food service and security. Interviews will be held between 11am and 7pm this Saturday, at Castaway Bay. Anyone interested should apply online, cedarpoint.com/jobs, before attending the interview session.

 

95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com will re-broadcast Norwalk’s state championship game against Bishop Watterson.

The special encore presentation will air at 7 Thursday night. Norwalk beat Watterson, 65-58, to claim the Division II state title.

 

Greenwich officials are considering using laser surveillance, to catch speeders.

If village council agrees, Maryland-based Optotraffic would install a laser tower that would measure time, speed and distance between two laser detectors. When a car is found to be speeding, the device would take a picture of the license plates and a ticket would be sent to the car’s owner. The person ticketed would then have to pay the fine or appear in court. Revenue from speeding tickets would be split 60-40 between the village and Optotraffic. Possible target areas are Main Street and Townsend Street.

 

An overturned truck shot down some of U.S. Route 250 in Milan this morning.

The rig was hauling scrap metal when it flipped near Route 113 West.  The accident closed the northbound lanes for over three hours.  It re-opened at approximately 9:30.  The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.

 

A Meijer employee is facing a theft charge, for allegedly stealing pricey video game equipment from the Perkins Township store.

25-year-old Bryan Combs of Collins is accused of swiping about $400 worth of video games and accessories. The alleged theft occurred last week.

 

It’s pizza challenge day in Erie County.

The Sandusky Rotary Club’s 14th annual Pizza Challenge runs from 4 until 7 at Kalahari. 13 different pizza places will be on hand. All you-can-eat admission is $12 for adults, and $6 for children 12 and under, and seniors 65 and older.

 

Hot off the press…The Spring/Summer 2014 edition of the free Voice of the Firelands magazine.

It includes schedules for the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Toledo Mud Hens, Columbus Clippers and Lake Erie Crushers, along with a chance to win Indians tickets and a limo ride to the game. For NASCAR fans, the newest Voice of the Firelands magazine has the Sprint Cup Series schedule and roster. The magazine can be found at select businesses around the area. There’s also copies at the Radio Ranch.


Monday, March 24, 2014

A boil advisory remains in effect until 8 o’clock tonight, for the Southgate Acres subdivision in Perkins Township.

Water should be boiled for one or two minutes before consumption. The boil advisory was issued yesterday afternoon, after a water main break on Didion Drive.

 

There’s a new gold trophy on display at Norwalk High School.

The boys basketball team brought it, and the Division II state championship to the Maple City Saturday. Norwalk won the state title, by defeating defending state champ Columbus Bishop Watterson, 65-58 at the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State. It’s the school’s first-ever state basketball title.

 

A large number of fans turned out to honor the Truckers, as the team returned home from Columbus Saturday night.

Fans lined the streets as the team bus went through town. Afterward, a short ceremony was held at Norwalk High School. Team members and others spoke, and thanked everyone for their support.

 

Saturday’s Division II state game between Norwalk and Bishop Watterson was the highest attended game over the weekend.

14,462 fans showed up to watch the game.

 

95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com will re-broadcast Saturday’s state championship game at 7pm Thursday night.

 

Congratulations to Monroeville’s Logan Stieber.

Stieber won his third consecutive national collegiate wrestling championship Saturday night.  The 141 pounder wrestles for Ohio State.  His previous two national championships were at 113 pounds.  Stieber won four consecutive state titles while wrestling for Monroeville High School.

 

A weekend fire all but destroyed the downtown area of a small northeast Ohio village.

Despite the efforts of 30 different fire departments, 13 businesses along historic Main Street in Garrettsville, in Portage County were affected by the blaze. Most of the buildings were made of wood, and built in the 1800’s. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is looking into the cause.

 

A reminder that the city of Norwalk’s limited spring trash pickup will be held the week of April 14th.

Residents will be able to set out three large items or nine extra bags for pickup at no additional charge. One large item equals three bags.

 

If you don’t have dinner plans for tomorrow night, you may want to consider the Sandusky Rotary Club’s 14th annual Pizza Challenge.

The all-you-can-eat event will be held between 4 and 7 at Kalahari.  13 area pizza places will offer their best regular and specialty pizzas.  Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 & under and seniors 65 and older.  Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Clothes Kids Program.