Thursday, March 3, 2016

It’s a “Sportstacular” day on 95.3 WLKR and

Exclusive live coverage of the 79th annual State Wrestling Tournament will begin at 3 this afternoon…Mark Lane and Todd Fox will have the action.

At 6:15 tonight, it’s Division III boys district semifinal basketball from Norwalk.Edison will take on Willard. During that game, we’ll have updates from Elida, as the New London LadyCats take on Gorham Fayette, in Division IV regional semifinal action. It’s New London’s first-ever Sweet 16 appearance.

After Edison and Willard, we’ll have an update from the state wrestling tournament, then move onto tonight’s second live boys game, Western Reserve and Galion.


She dazzled a nationwide TV audience Tuesday night, and with any luck, she’ll be in the 95.3 WLKR studio tomorrow.

Emily Keener aced an audition on NBC’s ‘The Voice’, she’ll join Kelly Rose, during tomorrow’s ‘Local Music Spot.’

The show will start shortly after 1, after coverage of state wrestling.


A Greenwich man is facing multiple charges, in connection with a traffic stop in southern Huron County.

Among the charges against 22-year-old Devin L. Smith: DUI, driving under suspension, improperly transporting a firearm, possession of marijuana, assaulting a police officer, harassment by an inmate and obstructing official business. Smith was pulled over late Tuesday afternoon, after the highway patrol received a report of a reckless driver in Greenwich Township. He was stopped, near the intersection of U.S. Route 224 and State Route 13.

Smith refused to get out of his truck, then struggled with troopers. According to reports, they were forced to subdue him with a Taser and mace. During the struggle, Smith began spitting at troopers. Once in custody, troopers searched Smith’s truck and found an AK-style rifle and marijuana.

He was taken to the Huron County Jail.


Bond is set at $10,000, for an accused sex offender from New London.

19-year-old Nathaniel “JR” Parsons is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He’s accused of having sex with a teenage girl, starting last fall. She was 14 at the time. Huron County deputies were contacted by a family member last month.


It appears Governor John Kasich’s presidential hopes are on the ropes.

Kasich endured a sub-par showing during Super Tuesday. However, he’s still campaigning. Kasich will host three town hall events in Michigan tomorrow and Saturday, and he’ll be the keynote speaker at a Republican gathering in Birch Run, Michigan.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cleveland Indians Spring Training baseball comes your way this afternoon on 95.3 WLKR and

The Tribe and Reds will play at 3, at Goodyear Ballpark in sunny, warm Goodyear, Arizona.


Local singer-songwriter Emily Keener of Wakeman wowed the judges, and a nationwide TV audience, during last night’s episode of NBC’s hit show ‘The Voice.’

Emily turned all 4 chairs, meaning all 4 judges wanted her on their ‘team.’ She chose Pharrell Williams, and will be a part of Season 10 of ‘The Voice.’


Area gas prices are creeping toward $2.

Yesterday’s increase put self-serve regular at $1.99 per gallon.


Columbia Gas customers are paying their lowest natural gas bills since 1996.

That’s based on the market price, and a warmer-than-normal winter.


The race for Sandusky County Sheriff has suddenly become a crowded one.

Incumbent Sheriff Kyle Overmyer is being challenged by Clyde Police Chief Bruce Gower is this month’s primary election. Now, two more people have taken out petitions to run as independents. One is retired sheriff’s Captain Jim Consolo, who previously planned to run for Sandusky County Commissioner. The other is Chris Hilton of Townsend Township…He’s currently a Lt. with the Perkins Police Department.


It appears voters across Ohio are taking advantage of early voting.

As of last Friday, nearly 70-thousand votes had already been cast statewide.


Mosquito spraying may return to the Maple City.

With concerns about Zika and other viruses, Norwalk city officials are discussing it. Mosquito spraying was cut from the budget several years ago.


Meijer has announced plans to open nine new supercenters, and remodel 32 other stores.

Officials said the investment will cost $400 million.


Monday, February 29, 2016

Police in Sandusky are investigating an early Sunday morning murder-suicide, involving a man and his girlfriend.
According to reports, 36-year-old Raphael Greaves shot 31-year-old Angela Tierney, then turned the gun on himself. It happened shortly before 1am yesterday, at a residence on Fallen Timber Drive. Before the shootings, Sandusky police received a 911 call from Tierney, who claimed she was the victim of domestic violence. Officers arrived at the scene, and found Tierney and Greaves dead.

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump will be in Ohio tomorrow.
He’s scheduled to appear at a noon event, at Port Columbus International Airport.

A Sunday morning blaze destroyed a barn in Margaretta Township.
Firefighters from Castalia, Bay View, Perkins and Sandusky were summoned to the Heywood Road scene at approximately 8 yesterday morning. Heywood Road, between Maple Avenue and State Route 2 was closed for about three hours.

More than a dozen people have been sickened by bacteria linked to a Dole processing plant in southwest Ohio.
The bacteria—listeriosis is often found in raw vegetables and meats, along with certain cheeses.
The Ohio Department of Health has linked the outbreak to packaged salads produced near Dayton. Products include Dole, and store brands for Wal-Mart, Meijer, Aldi and Kroger.

We may see local singer Emily Keener on nationwide TV tonight, tomorrow or next week.
The 17-year-old from Wakeman recently auditioned for the popular NBC show “The Voice.” The show will air at 8 tonight and tomorrow night, then March 7th and 8th. Due to an agreement with NBC, Keener couldn’t be interviewed before her episode.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

From Wakeman to Hollywood…

17-year-old singer-songwriter Emily Keener has auditioned for NBC’s top-rated show, “The Voice”. Her Facebook page reads “….tune in, starting Monday, February 29th to see what happens.” Emily has written dozens of songs, has recorded many of them, and has performed across Ohio for the past 5 years. She’s also appeared on Kelly Rose’s ‘Local Music Spot’, which airs at 1pm each Friday on 95.3 WLKR and


New leadership responsibilities for State Senator Gayle Manning of North Ridgeville.

She’s been named Senate Majority Whip for the balance of this year. Manning has served Lorain and Huron Counties since 2011.


The primary election is March 15th, but people are already casting their ballots.

Statewide, more than 10,000 people cast ballots during the first three days of ‘early voting’.


A Tuesday afternoon rollover crash in Sherman Township injured three people.

Lifeflight and Monroeville firefighters were called in, after an SUV flipped over on State Route 547. Two people were flown to a Toledo Hospital. A third was taken by ambulance to The Bellevue Hospital. The occupants were from Crawford County. The Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


Nine local schools will share nearly $27,000 in grant money, courtesy of Fisher Titus Medical Center’s Health Education Grant Distribution Program.

Edison, Monroeville, New London, Norwalk, Norwalk Catholic, South Central, Wellington, Western and Willard schools will each receive about $3,000 from Fisher-Titus. The money will help fund various innovative educational programs in the areas of math, science and health. The Fisher-Titus Health Education Grant Distribution Program has been in place for 20 years.


Two men accused of taking part in over a dozen burglaries around Huron County and northern Richland County are in jail.

43-year-old Randy Ruff of Shiloh, and 38-year-old Jason Muhr of Willard were arrested early Monday morning, after a traffic stop in New Haven Township. The two had been under surveillance by Huron County deputies, and were arrested shortly after a home invasion in Peru Township. Both men face multiple charges. Ruff has previous felony convictions, while Muhr is scheduled to stand trial next month, in connection with a November burglary in Willard.


A South Central Elementary student could be charged, after he became upset and allegedly threatened to shoot other students and a teacher.

It happened yesterday afternoon. A deputy was called to the school to interview the boy, and to talk to school officials. The boy admitted to making the threat, and also said he had no intention of shooting anyone. He was released to his mother, and a report was sent to the prosecutor’s office for possible charges.


In sports…

Coverage of boy’s tournament basketball continues tonight on 95.3 WLKR and

We’ll be at the Monroeville Athletic Complex, for Division III sectional semi-final action between Willard and Seneca East. Coverage will start at 6:45, with tip off at 7.