Thursday, June 26, 2014

The next Republican National Convention could be held in Cleveland.

Republican officials named Cleveland and Dallas as finalists to host the 2016 convention. Kansas City and Denver did not make the cut. Earlier reports out of Colorado said Denver was in, and Cleveland was out. A final decision is expected in August. Cleveland is also one of six cities vying to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.


If you live in New London or Fitchville Townships, you will be without power at times next Tuesday.

Firelands Electric Cooperative will perform maintenance work between 9am and 4pm.  Multiple outages are expected during the project.  Most outages should last approximately one hour.  Nearly 600 Firelands Electric Cooperative members will be affected.


AAA says 41 million Americans will journey at least 50 miles from home, during the July 4th holiday weekend.

That’s a 1.9 percent increase from last year. The Independence Day holiday travel period begins July 2nd, and ends July 6th.


New census data shows Hispanics are leading Ohio’s population growth.

In fact, Hispanic population has increased in 87 of the state’s 88 counties. Estimates show Ohio gained more than 32,000 new Hispanic residents between 2010 and last year. That’s an increase of nine percent.


No verdict yet, in the case of a Bellevue-area man charged with kidnapping and raping a Lorain woman.

Deliberations will resume this morning, in Erie County Common Pleas Court. Brian Jury is facing nine felony charges.


Perkins Township is where a DUI checkpoint will be held tomorrow night.

The exact location will be announced tomorrow morning by the State Highway Patrol.  Troopers, along with Erie County Deputies and Perkins Police will man the checkpoint.


Budgetary matters will be the focus of a special meeting of the Perkins Board of Education.

The board will meet at 7am Monday, at the Administrative Service Center on Campbell Street.


Starting next week, nearly 600 Erie County employees will pay about 20 percent more, for health insurance.

Other changes approved by the county commissioners include higher deductibles and co-pays.


A scrap-metal thief in Columbus will spend three years behind bars on federal charges.

Martin Eldridge was accused of stealing air conditioning units from buildings. Prosecutors said Eldridge violated the ‘Clean Air Act’ when he cut tubing to the a/c units, releasing freon into the air, and potentially damaging the ozone.


Bellevue Community Days begins its three-day run today.

We’ll have much more, as we broadcast live from Robert Peters Park. Kelly Rose will be on hand between 4 and 6. The 28th annual Willard Festival in the Park begins next Wednesday. It’ll run through July 5th.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Huron County is under a Flood Advisory until 9:45 this morning.


There are multiple reports of high water around the area, especially in Huron County.

South Norwalk Road, near Route 61 in Norwalk is closed because of high water. Old State Road, between Peru-Olena and Dublin roads in Bronson Township was closed as well.


It ended just before 3:15 Eastern Daylight Time this morning.

The interleague game between the Cleveland Indians and the Arizona Diamondbacks went 14 innings. Arizona won it, 9-8.


Following a statewide trend, Huron County’s unemployment rate continues to fall.

Figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show the county’s May unemployment rate was 6.7 percent. It was 7.9 percent in April. May jobless rates in surrounding counties ranged from 4.6 percent in Erie County, to 6.6 percent in Lorain County. Around the state, jobless rates ranged from 10.8 percent in Monroe County, to just three percent in Mercer County. Ohio’s average was 5.5 percent.


The jury has the case of Brian Jury.

Deliberations will begin this morning, in Erie County Common Pleas Court. The Bellevue-area man is accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a Lorain woman last November. He’s facing nine felony charges.


Norwalk’s historic Woodlawn Cemetery will offer two free guided walking tours this summer.

The first will be July 13th, and the second, August 3rd. Both will start at 1pm, near the public mausoleum. The tour guide will be local historian Henry Timman, who also serves as vice-president of the Norwalk Cemetery Association. Woodlawn Cemetery opened in 1854.


The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has announced plans to operate a DUI checkpoint this week.

The exact location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.


An update, on donations for July 4th fireworks in Norwalk.

According to Mayor Rob Duncan, the city is about $3,500 short of the goal of $18,000. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made out to the VFW, with fireworks in the memo, and can be dropped off at Norwalk City Hall.


Local authorities and the State Fire Marshal’s Office continue to investigate a suspected case of arson in Wakeman.

They believe someone purposely set fire to a home at the Firelands Manor Mobile Home Park early Sunday morning. The same person may have used spray paint to write the phrase homewrecker’ on a shed behind the home. Several people have been interviewed, but no one has been arrested.


The Mercy Willard Hospital Foundation golf outing at Eagle Creek has been canceled, due to high water at the golf course.


To New London where voters will decide whether or not to renew a half-percent income tax for police and fire services.

Village Council has approved a measure to place the issue on the fall ballot.


Bellevue Community Days begins its three-day run tomorrow.

We will broadcast live from Robert Peters Park between 4 and 6 tomorrow.


The 28th annual Willard Festival in the Park begins one week from today.  It will run through July 5th.





Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the entire area, until 10 tonight.

1-to-2 inches of rain fell in some spots yesterday, with more rain expected this afternoon and evening.


East of us, a tornado touched down in Brunswick yesterday.

It was most likely an EF1 or EF2 twister.


Norwalk’s Benedict-Elm widening project will take approximately two months.

Work began yesterday, which means the project won’t be complete until mid-to-late August.

Public Works Director Josh Snyder said yesterday that Benedict Avenue, or Route 250 will be open the entire time, but just one lane during working hours. Two lanes may be open nights and weekends. Snyder also said for the most part, Elm St will be closed during the project. It may be re-opened, during certain off-hours and weekends. All truck traffic is being re-routed.


State Route 61, between 601 and Old State Road in Norwalk was closed for several hours last night, after an SUV hit a pole.

The road was closed, due to low hanging wires. Two people in the SUV suffered minor injuries.


There’s a Red Cross blood drive in Norwalk today.

It’ll be held from 1 until 4:30, at the Huron County Administration building on Milan Avenue. If you can’t make it to today’s blood drive, two more are scheduled for next week in Norwalk. The first will be from 9 until 1 Monday at The Chapel South Campus on South Norwalk Road, and Wednesday, July 2nd, from 11:30 until 5:30 at the VFW on Milan Avenue.


The Bellevue-area man accused of kidnapping and raping a Lorain woman last fall said yesterday that sex between the two was consensual.

Brian Jury took the stand, in Erie County Common Pleas Court. He also claimed he agreed to pay the victim $40 for sex, and he said the woman stole money from him. Closing arguments are expected today.


The North Coast Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, will continue to be available to help elderly and disabled Willard residents clean up from last week’s storm.

Residents can schedule help by calling 419-602-0758.


Life in prison with no chance of parole, for a Milan Township man convicted of repeatedly raping two young girls.

62-year-old Joseph Wagner was sentenced yesterday, in Erie County Common Pleas Court. The crimes occurred between 2011 and last year, at Wagner’s Mudbrook Road home. At the time, both girls were under the age of 10.


Former Sandusky City Manager Nicole Ard has is suing the city commissioners and the city.

She claims she was wrongfully fired, and is seeking a full year’s pay, nearly $130,000, along with health benefits. By a 4-3 vote, Ard was fired in March, for failing to meet expectations. The city commissioners declined to comment on the suit.


Local authorities and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a suspected case of arson in Wakeman.

A weekend blaze destroyed a home at Firelands Manor Mobile Home Park.  Someone also sprayed painted the phrase ‘home-wrecker’ on a shed behind the Linden Avenue home.  Detectives have interviewed several people, but no one has been arrested.


Monday, June 23, 2014

More road work, in Norwalk.

Starting today, Elm Street, at Benedict Avenue will be closed, for the planned widening project at the intersection. Vehicles will be allowed through on Benedict, one lane at a time, but locals should use Norwood or Linwood Avenues instead. All truck traffic will be rerouted, using Routes 20 and 18, to Schauss, Ontario and Republic Street.


Some delays, involving other road projects around the area.

According to ODOT, the re-opening of U.S. Route 250 in Fitchville has been delayed again. It’s now scheduled to re-open July 22nd.

Resurfacing work continues on State Route 13, between 250 and the city of Huron. One lane of traffic is being maintained in affected areas. The project should be complete by late August.

And State Route 99, between the Huron County line and Route 4 should fully re-open by late August. Crews are resurfacing the roadway. One lane of traffic is open at all times.


A chase in parts of Erie County had led to several charges against a Sandusky man.

23-year-old Robert Armstrong was arrested Saturday afternoon after leading authorities on a high-speed chase in Huron and Perkins Townships.  The chase covered about 15 miles and reached speeds of 100 miles per hour.  Along the way, Armstrong sped through several intersections.  It ended when Armstrong surrendered on Old Railroad Road.


Testimony will resume this morning, in the trial of a Bellevue-area man accused of abducting and raping a Lorain woman.

Brian Jury is being tried, in Erie County Common Pleas Court.


Sentencing is scheduled for July 30th for a New London man who stole his ex-father-in-law’s truck and then set it on fire.

Last week, 27-year-old Elliot Shepherd II pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and auto theft.  In exchange, the prosecutor’s office dismissed charges of theft and arson.  He’s still facing more than five years in prison.


No meeting of Norwalk City Council tomorrow night.

City Council’s next meeting will be held July 1st.


Miss Montgomery County is now Miss Ohio, 2014.

22-year-old MacKenzie Bart was crowned Saturday night in Mansfield. She’s a senior at Ohio State, majoring in atmospheric sciences. She’ll now compete for the title of Miss America.


The world’s largest fencing tournament is underway, in central Ohio.

More than 4,300 fencers are competing through July 3rd, at the Columbus Convention Center.


Coming to Bellevue this Thursday, Friday and Saturday…

Bellevue Community Days at Robert Peters Park.  We will have more in news later this week.