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Monday, June 22, 2015

A Huron County grand jury has indicted a Milan man accused of sexually abusing a four-year-old.

Friday, the grand jury charged 21-year-old Kyle Matthew Taylor with two counts of rape, and two counts of gross sexual imposition. The charges are tied to an early May incident at a home in Norwalk Township. Taylor remains in the Huron County Jail, in lieu of $100,000 bond.

 

This is the week that paving crews will switch to nighttime work, along U.S. Route 6, between the cities of Sandusky and Huron.

Work will be done between 6pm and 6am, and one lane of traffic will be maintained at all times. Also scheduled for this week: work at the Rye Beach Road interchange. More from ODOT…Risden Road, at its bridge over State Route 2 in Berlin Township is now closed until next Monday. Crews are completing a bridge repair project.

 

A northeast Ohio woman has been crowned Miss Ohio.

24-year-old Sarah Hider of Wooster won the title Saturday night in Mansfield. It was her third and final attempt at the crown. She’ll now compete for the title of Miss America.

 

Thursday is when Clyde-Green Springs Schools superintendent David Stubblebine will stand trial, on a charge of obstructing official business.

His trial will be held in Sandusky County Court District 1. His original trial date was May 21st, but it was pushed back, because of scheduling conflicts. Stubblebine is accused of hindering a December, 2014 marijuana investigation at McPherson Middle School. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail, and a $750 fine.

 

Norwalk City Council is off this week.

City council’s next meeting will be next Tuesday.

 

The Ohio Lottery may change how it pays winners.

Officials are considering paying prizes through payment cards, or by electronically transferring money to an account. The reason: many lottery retailers have less cash on hand, because of increased use of credit and debit cards. Retailers can redeem winning tickets of up to $599.

 

Governor John Kasich is on the road again this week.

He’ll make stops in Des Moines, and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Kasich is considering seeking the Republican nomination for president. An announcement is expected next month.

 

Two new school busses will added to the fleet in Bellevue.

Last week, the Board of Education agreed to buy the 78-passenger busses through the Ohio Cooperative School Bus Purchasing Program. The total cost: just over $160,000.

 

Fifth-Third Bank announced this morning that it closing or selling 100 of its 1,300 branches.

The Cincinnati-based bank didn’t say which locations will be affected by the cost-cutting move.


Friday, June 19, 2015

The 49th annual Festival of the Fish is underway in Vermilion.

We’ll broadcast live from the Festival, between 4 and 6 today.

 

A Norwalk man is facing up to three years in prison, after pleading guilty to a felony charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

41-year-old Mark Urbine entered the plea earlier this week, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. His bond was revoked, and he was taken to the Huron County Jail, to await an August 5th sentencing hearing. Urbine was arrested in January, a month after having sex with a 15-year-old girl.One other note…After prison, Urbine will be classified as a Tier II sex offender, meaning he’ll have to register his address every six months, for 25 years.

 

No change, in Ohio’s unemployment rate.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it was 5.2 percent in May, the same as April.

 

Barring intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court, it appears a four-year legal fight between Erie County officials, and former Job and Family Services Director Aaron Voltz is over.

A federal judge has denied Voltz’s appeal, in his wrongful termination suit. The Erie County Commissioners fired Voltz in July of 2011, after a woman accused him of rape. A charge against him was dismissed later in the year, after the alleged victim refused to testify. Voltz then tried to regain his old job, but was denied. He filed suit, and claimed he lost his job, because he’s Hispanic. But a federal judge disagreed, and said there were no signs of bias.

 

Smokey Road, north of Berlin Heights was closed yesterday afternoon, after a semi-truck got stuck on tracks at a railroad crossing.

Deputies closed the road, between Driver Road and State Route 61, while crews removed the rig from the tracks. All train traffic was suspended as well.

 

Sunday is Father’s Day.

And Summer, 2015 officially begins at 12:38 Sunday afternoon.

 

The State of Ohio’s increases to farmland enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Value Program will be the topic of discussion, during an informational meeting hosted by Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach.

The meeting will be held at 6pm next Wednesday, at EHOVE Career Center. Representatives from Appraisal Research Corporation and Local Government Services will be on hand to discuss the program, and increases in values.

 

The homestand continues for the Cleveland Indians.

The Tribe will host the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:10 tonight and tomorrow night, and 1:10 Sunday. You can hear all three games on 95.3, WLKR.

 


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bond is set at $100,000 for a Milan man accused of sexually assaulting a four-year-old.

21-year-old Kyle Matthew Taylor remains in the Huron County Jail, on a first-degree felony charge of rape. He was arrested Monday, in connection with the alleged early May incident at a home in Norwalk Township. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday, in Norwalk Municipal Court.

 

A Cleveland man is in the Erie County Jail, facing charges connected to a brief high-speed chase.

29-year-old Tony Bonds was arrested late yesterday morning, for DUI, driving under suspension and failure to comply. According to the highway patrol, the chase began at the Milan exit of the Ohio Turnpike, and wound along parts of routes 250, 13 and 2, with top speeds reaching 90 miles per hour. The chase ended near Applebee’s in Perkins Township, when troopers used stop sticks to flatten Bond’s tires. Troopers said Bonds smelled of marijuana and alcohol.

 

Houston-based NEXUS Gas Transmission filed the suit earlier this month, in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

NEXUS officials want an injunction allowing the company to finish its surveys, so it can complete its filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Most of the residents named in the suit live in the Berlin Heights area.

 

Father’s Day weekend brings with it Vermilion’s 49th annual Festival of the Fish.

Some highlights: Nashville recording artist Chris Higbee will perform tomorrow night, and fireworks will begin at dusk. Saturday’s highlights include a Sand Castle Contest, the Crazy Craft Race and the Lighted Boat Parade. The Father’s Day Parade will be held Sunday afternoon. For a complete schedule and more information, go to vermilionohio.com.

 

Another proposed marijuana-legalization amendment has been cleared by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

DeWine approved the “Cannabis Control Amendment” from the group Ohioans to End Prohibition. It still needs approval from the Ohio Ballot Board, before backers can begin collecting signatures to place the issue before voters. A spokesman for the campaign said the goal is to put it on the 2016 ballot.

 

We’ll see if the Indians can bounce back from last night’s 17-0 loss to the Cubs.

Tonight’s game begins at 7:10, and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

As the old saying goes, there’s always next year.

Last night, the Golden State Warriors topped the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97, to win the NBA Finals, four-games-to-two. LeBron James had 32 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists, but it wasn’t enough. Vegas says, the Cavaliers are the odd-on favorite to win next season’s NBA Championship.

 

Sandusky police are investigating an alleged recent sex offense that occurred at Cedar Point Commons.

It involved a 34-year-old man, and a 22-year-old woman. The victim and the alleged assailant have been interviewed, and charges are pending.

 

Voters in Norwalk will not see a fire station issue on the ballot this fall.

Last night, city council agreed to send proposed legislation back to a Blue Ribbon Committee, for further review. The issue: whether it’s legal to repay the money from the city’s capital improvement trust fund. The fund has $4.2 million, from the 1972 sale of the old light plant. With voter approval, city officials want to borrow $3.5 million from the account, to construct a new fire station. The issue is expected to be on the March, 2016 ballot.

 

A new voting system will be discussed, during next week’s special meeting of the Huron County Board of Elections.

The Board will meet at 10am next Wednesday, in the County Administration Building in Norwalk.

 

The Huron County Commissioners have canceled tomorrow’s 9am meeting.

The next meeting will be next Tuesday.

 

Tomorrow is when a local casting call will be held, for the CBS TV show “Survivor.”
The first 150 people to sign up at Mojito Bay Bar in Put-In-Bay will be guaranteed a chance to audition. The island bar will host auditions between 2 and 6:30 tomorrow. Speaking of Put-in-Bay, Country Magazine has named the village “The Most Beautiful Small Town” in all of Ohio.