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Friday, November 21, 2014

AAA says more than 46 million Americans will hit the road for Thanksgiving.

It’s the largest number of Thanksgiving Day travelers since 2007. 90 percent of travelers will go at least 50 miles by car, and AAA says road trippers will likely pay the lowest price for Thanksgiving fuel in five years.

 

The cost for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will cost a bit more than last year.

A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows the cost of a feast for 10 is $49.41, an increase of just 37 cents. That includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, veggies, pumpkin pie, coffee and milk.

 

A reminder that Ohio’s youth deer-gun season is tomorrow and Sunday.

It’s open to licensed hunters 17 and under, with a non-hunting adult.  Normal bag limits apply.

 

Due to the snow, leaf pickup in Norwalk is running a bit behind schedule.

Leaf pickup should be complete next week.

 

The non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking representatives to work with volunteer host families and international exchange students locally.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, supervise the exchange students throughout the year, and interview American students who want to study abroad. Representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. For more information visit host.asse.com

 

A Wednesday night house fire in Bellevue has been ruled as arson.

The blaze destroyed the Bellevue home, despite emergency responder’s hour and a half battle with the flames. The Ohio State Fire Marshall’s investigators found the fire was intentionally set. As of Thursday, Bellevue police have not made any arrests.

 

An Ottawa County grand jury indicted Ohio Republican Representative Steven Kraus on Wednesday.

The newly-elected state lawmaker has been indicted on felony charges of burglary, breaking and entering and theft. A police report alleges 55 year old Kraus of Huron, took antiques, a shotgun and musical instruments from a home in Port Clinton earlier this year. Kraus, who is an auctioneer, admitted to taking the items, but said a real estate agent selling the home asked him to take them and inventory them for auction.


Monday, October 6, 2014

A Greenwich woman will spend 30 day in the Huron County Jail, for stealing from her employer.

In addition, Tara Barber will be on probation for five years, and must pay $12,000 in restitution to Dollar General in Plymouth. Barber was store manager there, when she skimmed the money over a seven-month period, starting late last year.

 

Good news, if you’re buying pumpkins this month.

A bumper crop is expected, meaning there’s no shortage of pumpkins. Ohio is a major pumpkin producer, ranking third in the U.S. in acres planted and pumpkins produced.

 

The village of North Fairfield has a new administrator.

Bob Morgan was sworn in last week. He’s replaced Carl Essex, who passed away in August. Morgan ran for Huron County Commissioner in May, but lost a tight primary race to incumbent Joe Hintz.

 

Starting today, workers from Erie Blacktop will begin placing “No Parking” signs along Columbus Avenue in Sandusky, in preparation for pavement milling and resurfacing that will occur throughout the week.

No on-street parking will be available while this work is being completed. This work is part of an approximately $600,000 effort to resurface sections of US Route 250 and State Route 4 in the city of Sandusky.

 

General Motors are recalling more than 60,000 vehicles in their latest round of recalls.

The company announced three new recalls on Saturday. The recalls are 2008 and 2009 Pontiac G8s, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV left-hand-drive sedans from 2011 thru 2013. GM says the ignition switch key may shift from the “run” position when touched by the driver’s knee. Another recall involves Cadillac CTS sedans from the 2004 thru 2007 and Cadillac STS models from 2006 and 2007On some vehicles, the fuel pump module electrical terminal may overheat. They have also issued a recall of 304 of the 2014 Chevrolet Sonics in the U.S., stating the vehicles may have a loose electrical connection in the steering column that could affect the driver-side air bag. For a complete list of recalled vehicles visit media.gm.com


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.