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Monday, September 29, 2014

If you heard two loud booms in Norwalk and the outlying area Saturday night, they were part of a Civil War re-enactment at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club.

Services are set, for James Berens of Norwalk. Berens was murdered at his Morley Drive home September 19th. Friends may call between 5 and 7 Wednesday night, at the Walker Funeral Home on West Main. Graveside services will be held at 11 Thursday morning, at Woodlawn Cemetery.

 

The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an early Sunday morning crash involving a semi-truck and a pedestrian.

The patrol says 38-year-old Quincy Latrell Thomas of Toledo was killed at 3:40 yesterday morning on State Route 51, near the Ottawa-Wood county line. A report says visibility was poor due to heavy fog, and Thomas was wearing dark clothing, when he stepped into the path of the semi. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Mansfield police say they’ll release more information today, about the death of Richland County prosecutor Jim Mayer.

Mayer shot and killed himself at home Friday evening. He had been county prosecutor since 1988. The county commissioners will appoint an interim prosecutor later today.

 

A second Willard man has been arrested in connection with a car theft ring.

18-year-old Donovan Sparkman was arrested last week in Tennessee on charges of motor vehicle theft and tampering with evidence.  Willard Police say Sparkman is a co-sponsor with Eddie Tackett Jr.  They’re accused of stealing cars and taking them to a chop shop in Mansfield.  Tackett is scheduled to stand trial in November.

 

The man behind this summer’s popular “Imagine Norwalk” events will be honored by city council.

A resolution honoring Chris Castle is on tomorrow night’s work session agenda.

 

The state’s fall colors are expected to peak right on schedule.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says fall colors should peak in northern Ohio around mid-October, in central Ohio the third week of October, and in southern Ohio at the end of October.

 

A former Sandusky used car dealer already sentenced to weekends in jail for fraud is in trouble again.

29-year-old Brian Vanvlerah was arrested late last week, for passing thousands of dollars in bad checks. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison. Vanvlerah will spend October and November weekends in the Erie County Jail, for previously altering buyer agreements with customers, and not handing over car titles. Vanvlerah owned Hometown Car Sales.

 

The figures are in and estimates have attendance at yesterday’s Wooly Bear Festival in Vermilion at 100,000.

 

A reminder: Early voting starts tomorrow, throughout Ohio.

For those who need to register to vote, or update voter information, the deadline for that is next Monday, October 6th.


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

A not guilty plea, from a Sandusky man accused of stabbing and killing an infant.

20-year-old Denzel Castile entered his plea yesterday, in Erie County Common Pleas Court. He’s charged with aggravated murder, in connection with the May, 2013 stabbing death of 11-week-old Athena Castile of Norwalk. Authorities believe the infant was killed, after a brief disturbance at a Sandusky home. Castile originally entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. He remains in custody, at a psychiatric hospital in Toledo.

 

Huron school officials are considering student drug testing.

A task force has been formed to explore the idea.

 

Teachers in the Perkins school district have agreed to forgo raises again.

It’s the fifth consecutive year that Perkins teachers have agreed to freeze base wages. In other news, the Perkins Board of Education is mulling whether or not to place a tax levy on the fall ballot. Voters have rejected four straight levies. The deadline to get an issue on the November ballot is August 6th.

 

A weekend assault has led to felony charges against two Willard women.

Rachel Hale is charged with felonious assault. An accomplice, Kelly McCoy is charged with complicity. According to reports, the two assaulted another woman, at a party near Willard. One held the victim, while the other hit her with a baseball bat. The victim suffered bruises and cuts to her face, head and chest. Hale and McCoy are due in court next week.

 

The number of plaintiffs suing Whirlpool alleging the company’s Clyde factory is responsible for cancer is growing.

A local TV station says there are now 46 plaintiffs in the case, nearly double the original number. Federal and state health agencies haven’t been able to find the source of a cancer cluster in the area, while the plaintiffs accuse Whirlpool of dumping toxic sludge and releasing dangerous chemicals at its former Whirlpool Park property in Green Springs. A company spokesperson has denied the allegations, and called the charges ‘unfounded and irresponsible.’