Monday, August 10, 2015

Efforts to find a missing boater in Lake Erie resumed this morning.

Officials from ODNR say a man in his 60’s fell from a small boat Saturday night, near Kelley’s Island.


The Bellevue Board of Education will meet in special session at 6:30 tonight, to hire new staff members.

The meeting will take place in the Board of Education Office on North Street.


Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger and members of the Ohio House Republican caucus have announced that a panel will soon be organized, to begin screening candidates wishing to fill the vacant 89th District House seat.

The panel and location of interviews will be announced at a later date. The seat came open last month, when former State Rep Steve Kraus was found guilty of stealing items from a Danbury Township home. The 89th District is made up of Erie and Ottawa counties. Anyone interested in filling the seat should email a letter of interest to Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, at


It’s official…The Huron County Board of Elections has a new member.

Dick Stein’s appointment was approved Friday, by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The Republican from Norwalk is filling the unexpired term of David Kniffin who died unexpectedly last month.


A motorcycle-SUV crash in eastern Erie County sent one person to the hospital with serious injuries.

47-year-old Renita Foster of North Ridgeville was injured last evening, while trying to merge on State Route 2, near Joppa Road in Vermilion Township. According to the highway patrol, her Yahama motorcycle was hit by an SUV driven by a Lowellville, Ohio woman. Foster was thrown from the bike, and was taken by Lifeflight to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. She was wearing a helmet. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.


The 2015 Ohio State Fair is over. It came to an end yesterday, with the annual “Sale of Champions” The grand champion steer was bought with a bid of $50,000.


The 2015 Erie County Fair begins tomorrow, and runs through Sunday.

The Huron County Fair begins one week from today.


Norwalk City Council has canceled tomorrow’s meeting.

City council will meet next Tuesday.


Water Street, from Decatur to Jackson streets in Sandusky is closed weekdays for six weeks, while crews work on various improvements.

The road will be open evenings and weekends.


If you haven’t been there yet, Huron County’s new Title Office and the new Norwalk BMV will be showcased this Thursday.

An open house will be held between 2 and 5, at 305 Shady Lane Drive.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Governor John Kasich and nine other GOP presidential hopefuls are ready for tonight’s primetime debate in Cleveland.

The debate will begin at 9, and will air nationally on Fox News.


Yesterday was the filing deadline for November school board, village council and township trustee races.

In Norwalk, five people filed petitions to run for two school board seats. Incumbents John Lendrum and Ralph Ritzenthaler are joined by challengers John Aschemeier, Bob Germond and Lisa Wick. Aschemeier is a retired music teacher. Germond is a retired teacher, and was a board member in the 80’s.

While five people are seeking two seats in Norwalk, it’s a different story to the west. In the Clyde-Green Springs school board race, two seats are open, but just one person is running. That means the board of education will have to appoint one new member.

In the village of Monroeville, two council seats are open. No one is running.

In the city of Willard, four people are running for three at-large council seats—Incumbents Josh Gerber and Diana Olsen, former city councilman Larry Jacobs, and James Johnson. Also in Willard, three people are running for two school board seats—Donna Cok, Royden Smith and Chris Rothaar.

In the village of North Fairfield, Mayor Daniel Traxler has two challengers. Thomas Leto and Joshua Radcliffe filed their petitions with the Huron County Board of Elections.


20 local issues will be on the ballot in Huron County this fall.

Just one is countywide…It’s a renewal for Christie Lane.


Sandusky voters will have decisions to make this fall.

Six people are running for three city commission seats. Two are incumbents—Wes Poole and Scott Schell. A third is a former city commissioner, Dave Waddington. The remaining three challengers are Charlene Adams, Nikki Lloyd, and Greg Lockhart.

In the race for the Sandusky school board, five people are running for three seats. Three are incumbents—Jeff Krabill, Martha Murray and Tom Patterson. The two challengers are Scottie Aaron and Monica Hall.


In the Vermilion school district, seven people are running for three seats.


Two countywide issues will be on the ballot in Erie County this fall.

Both are renewals…one is for the health department, and the other is for senior services. 23 other local issues will be on the ballot as well.


The Huron Water Department has issued a boil advisory for several streets in Old Homestead, due to a positive bacteria sample at one site.

Affected areas include Miami Place, Onieda View, Tecumseh Place, Tioga Place, and Uncas Court. The boil advisory will remain in effect until further notice.


The parent company of Cedar Point and Kings Island says it’ll try virtual reality on a roller coaster at one of its 11 theme parks.

Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet says it’ll happen this year. He didn’t said which park or ride would feature the virtual reality technology.


Ohio’s first-ever sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 tomorrow morning.

Depending on what you buy, it’s a chance to save some money. Any clothing item priced at $75 or less will be exempt from sales tax, along with school supplies and instructional materials less than $20. Things like computers are not exempt. The sales tax holiday will end at 11:59 Sunday night.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

It’s a proposal that could wind up in court.

Two Republican state lawmakers will introduce a plan calling for drug testing for welfare applicants in Ohio. Representatives Ron Maag and Tim Schaffer will introduce a bill establishing a pilot program in three counties, including Crawford County. Under the proposal, a welfare applicant would undergo substance abuse screening. If drug abuse was suspected, the applicant would take a urine test. Applicants who test positive would not be allowed to receive public benefits for six months. However, benefits could be given to children or spouses, or through a third party. The ACLU of Ohio has already said it would consider filing suit, if the proposal passes. More than a dozen other states have passed laws requiring drug testing for welfare applicants or recipients.


Governor John Kasich will join nine other GOP presidential hopefuls, during tomorrow night’s primetime debate at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Based on the results of five nationwide polls, Fox News took the top 10 of 17 Republican presidential hopefuls. Kasich was 10th. The remaining seven will debate at 5pm tomorrow at the Q.


A Sandusky man is facing charges of felonious assault and child endangering, for critically injuring a 10-week-old girl.

21-year-old Samanje Humphries was arrested yesterday, and was taken to the Erie County Jail. He remains there, in lieu of $40,000 bond. The infant is at Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. She’s receiving treatment for Shaken Baby Syndrome. Humphries told detectives he became frustrated with the girl, and admitted to hurting her, while he was babysitting over the weekend. The infant’s mother was working at the time, and investigators don’t believe she was involved in the girl’s injuries. But as a precaution, the infant’s twin sister and two other children, ages 4 and 6 were taken into emergency custody.


Ohio has seized $2 million in unpaid child support from jackpot winners at the state’s casinos and racinos.

Since September of last year, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has partnered with the state’s Lottery Commission, the Casino Control Commission, and casinos and racinos to check jackpot winners against a database of parents who owe child support. Winnings are then sent to the appropriate parties.


If you’re coming to pick up prizes won on-the-air, listen up.

The front office of the Radio Ranch will be closed tomorrow, starting at noon. Normal office hours will resume on Friday.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Continued until later this week.

That’s the word from Norwalk Municipal Court, on a preliminary hearing for the Willard man accused of killing his neighbor. James Blair’s hearing is now scheduled for 3:30 this Friday. His murder case is expected to be bound over to a Huron County grand jury. Blair was arrested last Wednesday morning, eight hours after he allegedly shot and killed 62-year-old Linda Ciotto outside her Kirkwood Drive home. According to Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard, Blair was upset that Ciotto was mowing late. Blair’s mother, 73-year-old Billie Ann Hinkle will be in court this Friday afternoon as well. She’s charged with tampering with evidence, for allegedly hiding the gun used in the shooting, then lying to investigators.


A lightning strike is being blamed for a blaze that destroyed a garage and home in Greenwich.

Firefighters were summoned to the Woodlyn Acres Mobile Home Park on U.S. Route 224 at 4:45 yesterday morning. Lightning had hit the garage, and then sent electricity into the home, igniting wood and insulation. No one was hurt.


The Norwalk Fire Department will be flow testing fire hydrants, between Monday August 10th, and Friday the 21st.

That means water may appear stained or cloudy. If that happens, let your cold water run for approximately 20 minutes to clear.


Mum’s the word, until August 18th.

According to Cedar Point’s Facebook page, that’s when park officials will unveil plans for 2016. Cedar Point also sent an email to season passholders that said “August 18th, 2015 will be a historic day.” Many people believe it something big, with some speculating a record-breaking coaster.


State Route 162, between Lyon Road and Peru Center Road in Greenfield Township will close this Thursday for a culvert lining project.

A detour will be posted. The road is scheduled to re-open August 31st.


Columbus Avenue, between Scott Street and Hayes Avenue in Sandusky is closed until further notice, while crews complete work on the road.

Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles, businesses and residents, but no thru traffic will be allowed.


Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is coming to Ohio.

She’ll hold a grassroots organizing meeting August 27th in Cleveland, to recruit volunteers to work for her 2016 presidential campaign. More details will be released later this month.


A published report says a drone was used to drop contraband at the Mansfield Correctional Institution.

According to the Mansfield News Journal, the small unmanned aircraft dropped a package containing tobacco, marijuana and heroin in a recreation area last Monday. Prison officials continue to investigate.


A History Channel hit show will be filming throughout Ohio this fall.

American Pickers will visit the Buckeye State in October, and producers are looking for people with unique items, antiques and another memorabilia. If you have things like that and want to be considered for the show, email your name, number, address and description of the items to


There’s still time to help students in need of school supplies.

Supplies will be collected this Friday, for Norwalk’s annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign. Between 8am and 4pm, unused school supplies such as pens, pencils, paper, markers and scissors can be dropped off at the bus at the Norwalk Board of Education office on Benedict Avenue. Those supplies will be distributed August 12th, between 5 and 7pm at the Norwalk Salvation Army. If you’re in need of school supplies or know someone who is, you can register for supplies tomorrow at the Salvation Army.


The 2015 Erie County Fair begins one week from today.