Monday, July 7, 2014

A northeast Ohio man remains in critical condition, after crashing his motorcycle in Berlin Township.

42-year-old Chad Rhoades of Cuyahoga Falls was injured Saturday evening on Smokey Road, near State Route 61 in Berlin Township. He was flown to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. According to the highway patrol, Rhoades was ejected from his Harley, after hitting a utility pole. Troopers said Rhoades wasn’t wearing a helmet. It’s not known if alcohol played a role in the crash.


The Highway Patrol is investigating a second motorcycle crash.

It occurred just before 6 this morning, at SealMaster Pavement Products and Equipment on Campbell Street in Sandusky. The motorcyclist was leaving work, and lost control while rapidly accelerating. The man wasn’t wearing a helmet, and was ejected from the bike. He was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, for treatment of series injuries.


A Collins man was jailed yesterday, after being charged with rape and aggravated burglary.

37-year-old Jeffery Knox is accused of breaking into a Clinton Road home, and sexually assaulting a 28-year-old woman. He was arrested hours later, near the scene of the crime.


A Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun 34 years ago will receive a funeral mass.

The Rev. Gerald Robinson remained an ordained priest after his conviction, and will receive the standard funeral for a priest. Robinson died in prison Friday, at age 76. He was serving 15 years to life, for stabbing and strangling Sister Margaret Ann Pahl at a Toledo hospital, where they both worked. He presided at her funeral mass. Robinson was arrested 24 years after her death, and was convicted in 2006.


Two events this weekend…

Relay for Life is coming to Norwalk’s Whitney Field, Friday and Saturday. And Huron River Fest 2014 begins Friday, and ends Sunday.


Maplewood Acres took top honors in two categories, during Friday’s Norwalk Lions Club July 4th parade.

The comic book hero float was named best Commercial Float, and best Theme Unit. Best Business Float honors went to Gaymont Nursing Center, while the Norwalk Eagles Riders took top honors in the Most Unusual Entry category.


A Willard man who stole jewelry worth thousands of dollars is facing up to 18 months in prison.

24-year-old Tyler Branham will be sentenced August 20th, in Huron County Common Pleas Court.  He appeared in court last week, and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft from the elderly. Branham shoveled snow for the 89-year-old victim.





Thursday, July 3, 2014

The forecast is good, for the July 4th holiday weekend.

Sun is expected through Sunday, with highs of 75 tomorrow, 78 Saturday and 84 Sunday.


10:30 tomorrow morning is when the Norwalk Lions Club parade will get underway.

The parade route is the same as always, beginning at the Main Street School on East Main, to Benedict Avenue, Norwood Avenue, Fair Road and the Huron County Fairgrounds. Over 100 units will be in the parade. You can hear live coverage on Kool Gold 1510, WLKR.


Tomorrow night’s fireworks display in Norwalk will begin at dusk, at the Huron County Fairgrounds.

In Willard, fireworks will begin at 10:30 tomorrow night. Cedar Point will have two fireworks shows, at dusk tomorrow night and Saturday night.


Roads are expected to be busy, during the holiday weekend.

AAA says 41 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home. Increased travel means an increased law enforcement presence. Police, deputies and highway patrol troopers will be out in full force, through Sunday.


Traffic will be very slow-going around Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk.

The NHRA Nationals are being held there through Sunday.


Government offices and most banks will be closed tomorrow.

No mail and trash pickup will be delayed by one day.


Tomorrow will mark 45 years, since the Independence Day Flood of 1969.

Severe thunderstorms moved in that night. The front became nearly stationary, and dumped between 10 and 14 inches of rain from Toledo to Wooster. Making matters worse, the dam at the Norwalk reservoir failed, leaving much of the Maple City underwater.


11 people have applied to be the next superintendent of the Norwalk City Schools.

The list includes current assistant superintendent Sue Goodsite, and former Huron City Schools Superintendent Fred Fox. Two other applicants have area ties. Christine Standring is curriculum director at North Point Educational Service Center, and Scott Will is superintendent of Ashland Crestview Local Schools. The remaining seven applicants are from school districts around Ohio.Current Norwalk City Schools superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring July 31st.


A former Bellevue police officer will spend 10 years behind bars, for sexual battery.

43-year-old Bradley McMahon was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. McMahon was arrested last fall, for having sex with a girl who was 17.


Yesterday was a big day at Cedar Point.

President and CEO Matt Ouimet (WE-met) officially rang the bell to close the day’s trading at the New York Stock Exchange.It aired live at the stock exchange, and on CNBC. Cedar Point officials also launched the park’s newest ride, Slingshot. Riders are shot 36 stories up at 60 miles per hour, before flipping and coming down. A reminder, Cedar Point is offering free admission to all active, retired and honorably discharged members of the military through Sunday. Family members are getting special discounted rates.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Day baseball, on 95.3, WLKR.

It’s the rubber match, between the Cleveland Indians and L.A. Dodgers. Indians Warm-Up begins at 2:37, and game time is set for 3:10. The Indians won last night, 10-3.


The 28th annual Willard Festival in the Park begins today.

 Things will get underway at 4.


Investigators are working to find the cause of yesterday’s train derailment in Bellevue.

The Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway train was running over Norfolk Southern tracks, when it veered off near Kinney Street at approximately 8am. The train was pulling old passenger cars. In all, five cars went off the tracks. No one was injured.


A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful termination suit filed by the former head of Erie County Job and Family Services.

Aaron Voltz now has about two weeks to file what could be his last appeal. Voltz was fired three years ago, after being jailed for rape. He was never formally charged, but his dismissal stood. Voltz is Hispanic…He’s claiming racial and gender discrimination. He’s seeking a return to work, plus $75,000.


A former teacher at Sandusky Central Catholic has filed suit, claiming she was fired because of her age.

Tracy Fredrick was a 20-year employee when she lost her job in August of last year. She was a computer teacher for grades K-8, and a ‘lead teacher.’ School officials told her in August that her job had been eliminated, and there were no vacant teaching positions at the school. Fredrick claims there were vacancies at the fourth and fifth grade levels, and she was qualified for those positions. According to the suit, Sandusky Central Catholic officials hired two substantially younger teachers for the job. At the time, Fredrick was 44. She’s seeking damages, court costs and attorney fees.


We should know tomorrow how many people officially applied for the soon-to-be vacant Norwalk City Schools superintendent job.

North Point Educational Service Center is aiding in the search. Superintendent Doug Crooks said via email that paperwork will be completed and sent to the media tomorrow. Current Norwalk City Schools superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring July 31st. He’ll take over as President of Norwalk Catholic School the next day.


In Norwalk, U.S. Route 250 resurfacing continues today.

No work is scheduled for tomorrow or July 4th.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Charges are pending, in connection with yesterday morning’s fatal crash in Fitchville Township.

27-year-old Scott Shuker of Bellevue was killed at the intersection of Fitchville River Road and Prospect Road. According to the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Shuker’s car was hit by one driven by 21-year-old Tyler Keathley of New London. Troopers said Keathly failed to observe a stop sign at the intersection. Keathly suffered minor injuries, and was treated at the scene.


For a change, some good news involving jobs in Norwalk.

Borgers USA will spend $60 million to build a new automotive components plant on 27 acres in Firelands Industrial Park. The plant will employ approximately 230 workers. Norwalk was in competition with 60 other sites in four different states. Groundbreaking is scheduled for next month, with construction scheduled to be complete in early 2015. Prospective employees will be interviewed later this year.


We should know in two days how many people officially applied for the soon-to-be vacant Norwalk City Schools superintendent job.

North Point Educational Service Center is aiding in the search. Superintendent Doug Crooks said via email that paperwork will be completed and sent to the media on Thursday. Current Norwalk City Schools superintendent Dennis Doughty is retiring July 31st. He’ll take over as President of Norwalk Catholic School the next day.


A Sandusky man is facing felony charges, for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house three times in one day.

44-year-old Kendrin Lockhart was arrested early Sunday morning, just after threatening to kill the victim with a brick. The first time, Lockhart climbed through a window to get in. The second time, he shattered a bedroom window to gain entry. The third time, the victim’s teenage son grabbed a baseball bat, while she dialed 911. Lockhart was taken to the Erie County Jail.


In sports…

The Indians have just 2 hits in their last two games…Not surprisingly, both games were losses. The Tribe will try to snap that streak tonight, against the Dodgers. Gametime is 10:10, and you can hear it on 95.3, WLKR.

Kyrie Irving is staying with the Cavs. He’s agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Cleveland through the 2019-2020 season. He’ll sign the contract on July 10th. It’s believed to be a max deal, worth $90 million.