Wednesday, January 20, 2016

To the snow belt and Chardon, where 29 inches of snow fell in 48 hours.

The forecast could change, but it looks like we’ll avoid the so-called mega-storm that’s expected to hit the East coast. As of now, the storm will affect parts of central and southern Ohio.


More cars, trucks and busses used the Ohio Turnpike last year than any other time in its 60-year history.

53.4 million drivers used the toll road, breaking the previous record of 51.8 million set in 2006. Turnpike officials said mild weather, a better economy and lower gas prices were factors. Another stat…nearly 55 percent of all drivers used E-Z Pass on the Ohio Turnpike.


Gas prices continue to fall.

Today’s statewide average is $1.64, while the nationwide average is $1.87. By far, California has the highest average for gas, $2.73. Oklahoma has the nation’s lowest average gas price, $1.57.


Another house fire, this time in the Willard area.

Willard Fire and Rescue was summoned to the Boughtonville Road scene shortly after 1:30 Monday afternoon, after a chimney fire spread quickly throughout the house. Due to windy conditions, it took over two hours to bring the blaze under control. Crews were at the house until 8 Monday night. Mutual aid came from Plymouth, Greenwich and Fairfield Township.


Huron County Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer has announced her upcoming off-site tax collection schedule.

For people who don’t want to drive to Norwalk or mail their property tax payments, Schaffer will be at the Wakeman Village Offices on Monday, February 1st; the Willard Senior Center Tuesday February 2nd, and New London Village Offices on Wednesday February 3rd. Hours at each location will be 9am until noon. Off-site property tax payments must be made by check or money order. No debit or credit cards or cash will be accepted, and the tax bill must accompany the payment. Also, the drive-thru at the County Offices Building, off of Seminary Street in Norwalk will be open February 8th through the 12th from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. When using the drive-thru, taxpayers must have their current bill stubs, and must pay by check….No cash will be accepted at the drive-thru. Second-half Huron County property taxes are due by 4:30 p.m. February 12th .


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fire destroyed a Groton Township home and sent a man to the hospital with serious burns.

Rick Schippel was injured yesterday morning. His current condition is unknown. Groton Township firefighters, along with crews from Perkins and Margaretta townships were summoned to Schippel’s Mason Road home shortly before 10am yesterday, after gusty winds pushed flames from a wood burner in the garage to the house. It’s believed Schippel suffered second and third-degree burns, while trying to fight the blaze with fire extinguishers.


A weekend fire at a State Route 601 home did $10,000 damage.

Norwalk firefighters were called to the scene just before 12:30 Sunday morning. The small blaze was quickly brought under control, and no one was injured. Heat from a wood burner sparked the fire.


A Facebook post from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is generating a bit of controversy.

The post shows a picture of the electric chair, and the words “Time to bring back consequences.” The Facebook post went up yesterday, hours after the shooting death of Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell. A number of people ‘liked’ the post. Others said it was inappropriate.


Restaurant chain Max and Erma’s is closing 13 locations in the Midwest, including three in Ohio—Westlake, Canton and Sylvania.

Officials said Max and Erma’s is streamlining its operations. The chain filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009, and was bought out the following year.


Charges of felonious assault and domestic violence have been filed against a Milan woman accused of attacking her husband.

60-year-old Virgie Connors was jailed over the weekend. According to reports, Connors was arrested after kicking her husband in the groin, then trying to stab him with a kitchen knife. Erie County deputies were dispatched to a home on State Route 113 East, and found Connors outside unconscious, with cuts on her arms. She was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, and then became violent with medical personnel after regaining consciousness. A breathalyzer test showed she was under the influence of alcohol. Deputies said before the attack, Connors allegedly threatened to frame her husband for domestic violence.


In sports…

It’s a high school basketball doubleheader night on 95.3 WLKR and Live at 7:30, its girl’s hoops action, with Norwalk at Willard. After that, it’s boys Roundball Replay, with Willard at St. Paul.


Monday, January 18, 2016

A small village in Knox County is in mourning today, after the shooting death of a police officer.

Danville officer Thomas Cottrell was killed last night. His body was found shortly after midnight, behind the Danville Municipal Building. His gun and cruiser had been stolen. The alleged gunman, 34-year-old Herschel Jones was captured around 2 this morning. Authorities said Jones was on a hunt to kill a law enforcement officer. Dispatchers received a call last night from a Jones’s ex-girlfriend. She said Jones was armed and was “looking to kill an officer.”


A medical condition may have caused a crash that claimed a Milan man and damaged other cars.

According to the Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, it happened just after 9 Saturday morning, in the parking lot of KBI. 53-year-old Todd Reber was leaving the factory and driving toward Perkins Avenue when he apparently suffered a medical episode, and lost control of his pickup truck. His truck hit three parked cars and two concrete barriers before jumped a curb and crossing Perkins Avenue. The truck came to rest, after hitting a large steel pipe filled with concrete near Walt’s Auto Repair. Reber was unresponsive at the scene, and was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation.


This Saturday will be a big day in Monroeville.

That’s when the brand new Monroeville Athletic Complex will open to the public. The new Monroeville Athletic Complex was built with an anonymous $1 million donation, along with other private monies.


In his run for the presidency, Governor John Kasich has earned endorsements from three New Hampshire newspapers.

The Nashua Telegraph, Foster’s Daily Democrat and the Portsmouth Herald backed Kasich in their Sunday editions. The Telegraph called Kasich a “pragmatic problem solver” with executive experience. The other two newspapers said Kasich isn’t the flashiest one among Republicans, but is the best qualified because of his previous leadership as a congressman, and as governor.


There are many ways to size up the economy, with one being the number of new business start-ups.

In Ohio, the Secretary of State’s Office says there were more than 97,000 applications filed with the state last year, the sixth consecutive year of increases.


Friday, January 15, 2016

A bar fight has left one person dead and two Norwalk men behind bars.

52-year-old Kevin W. Knott is currently charged with involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault. His son, 26-year-old Kevin E. Knott is facing a single count of felonious assault. Both men are being held in the Wood County Justice Center. The two are accused of severely beating 48-year-old Elwood Lock of Lorain last Thursday night, at a bar in Millbury. Lock was rushed to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, with serious head injuries. He died Wednesday. Another man, from Eastlake was injured as well, but he’s out of the hospital. Lake Township police are continuing their investigation.


Ohio Governor John Kasich says he’s happy with how he did, in last night’s GOP

Presidential debate…

Kasich still trails by a large margin in most major polls.


Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday.

Most government offices and banks will be closed on Monday. Trash pickup will be on its normal schedule.


The recent K96 and 95.3 WLKR ‘Step Up For Soldiers’ campaign was a big success.

As Troop and Family Assistance Center Specialist Patricia Markowski explains, your donations will be distributed locally…


Put-In-Bay is in the running for “Best Midwest Town”, in a contest sponsored by ‘Midwest Living’ magazine.

It’s the only Ohio town to make the final 12. Criteria included fun neighborhoods, unforgettable events and bucket-list scenery.


LeBron James will help produce, and star in a new reality TV series called “Cleveland Hustles.”

The series will debut this summer on CNBC. LeBron and business partner Maverick Carter will give four aspiring local entrepreneurs a chance to realize their dreams, while revitalizing a neighborhood in Cleveland. LeBron and Carter will get assistance from business experts, who will invest in and mentor the entrepreneurs.