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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 vermilionchamber.net.

 

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 girlsnightoutcharity.com. 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.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Plymouth police are searching for a male suspect who stole several bags of money from a grocery store in the village.

According to reports, the man made his way into the office of the Community Market Friday evening then removed several money bags from the store’s safe. Pictures taken at the scene are being analyzed the Ohio Attorney General’s crime lab.

 

Formal charges have been filed against a Norwalk man accused of injuring an eight-week-old baby.

A Huron County grand jury has charged 24-year-old Nathan Wohlever with assault and child endangerment. The alleged crime occurred over the summer, while the child was in Wohlever’s care. The infant was flown to an Akron Hospital for treatment of various bruises. It’s believed the boy suffered no long-term harm.

 

A new poll by the Columbus Dispatch shows Governor John Kasich leads challenger Ed Fitzgerald, 59 percent to 29 percent.

 

Ohio’s Classic Lotto jackpot is up to $5 million.

Mega Millions is worth $62 million, and Powerball is up to $171 million.

 

Cedar Point announced a big change on Sunday.

According to the park’s official Twitter account, an announcement will be made about the Lebron James roller coaster. The Tweet said “It’s Bigger, It’s Better, it’s our news on King James Tuesday, 9/16 11:00 am.” Park spokesman Bryan Edwards wouldn’t provide further comments.

 

The Volunteer Center of Erie County is looking for helpers for the Color Run this Saturday at Cedar Point.

The Color Run organizers are looking for 100 volunteers to help run the event. Volunteers can help at check-in, aid stations and the finish line, and people are also needed to toss colorful, non-toxic powder on the runners. Individuals and groups are welcome to help, and volunteers can receive a donation to a charity, church, school or team of their choice. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call The Volunteer Center of Erie County at 419-627-0074

 


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.