Thursday, October 29, 2015

A South Central Middle School student will remain in juvenile lockup, until at least November 5th.

As we first told you yesterday, the 14-year-old North Fairfield girl was arrested by Huron County deputies Tuesday night, after posting comments on Facebook that she was going to harm people in the school cafeteria. She’s currently charged with inducing panic. Huron County Juvenile Court administrator Chris Mushett said the girl was at a detention hearing yesterday, and was told she’ll remain in the Seneca County Juvenile Detention Center until her next court appearance, November 5th. South Central Schools were closed yesterday, but classes began as scheduled this morning.


Some Bellevue officials are set to make more money.

This week, Bellevue city council approved pay raises for the mayor, auditor, law director and city prosecutor. Effective January 1st, the auditor will earn $37,000 annually, the law director will make $33,000, the mayor $32,000 and city prosecutor $27,000. They’ll receive a two percent raise each year, until changed by Bellevue City Council.


Firefighters in Perkins Township are investigating an early Wednesday morning blaze at a home on Bogart Road.

Firefighters were called at 6:30 yesterday morning, and the area was sealed off, while emergency crews worked at the scene. According to reports, no one was home at the time.


A bit of good news, for Ohio schools.

The Ohio House and Senate have approved a bill restoring some funding previously struck from the state budget by Governor John Kasich. The measure adds nearly $44 million to schools. Kasich is expected to sign the bill.


It’s a very popular question: When is tonight’s Trick or Treat time?

The answer: 5:30 until 6:30 in Willard, and 6:30 until 8 tonight in Norwalk.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Another school threat—this time, in Huron County.

A South Central Middle School girl has been charged, after posting a series of threatening statements on Facebook. According to Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard, the girl posted comments last night, implying a shooting would take place today in the school cafeteria. Deputies were sent to question the girl, and she was taken into custody, after admitting to posting the comments. As a precaution, all South Central Local Schools were closed today. Classes will resume tomorrow.


Opponents of a planned wind farm in southern Huron County will get another chance to express their opposition.

The Ohio Power Siting Board has agreed to a request for a rehearing, concerning Greenwich Windpark. It’s not yet known when the rehearing will take place. Two groups, Omega Crop Corporation and Greenwich Neighbors United are strongly opposed to a plan to build about two dozen wind turbines across 4,600 acres of land in Greenwich Township. Both groups have threatened to go to the Ohio Supreme Court, if necessary.


Norwalk finance director Diane Eschen says it’s time to create a payroll stabilization fund.

During last night’s meeting of Norwalk City Council, Eschen used 2016 as an example, saying the city will pay approximately $100,000 to retiring employees. Eschen suggested placing between $30,000 and $50,000 in a payroll stabilization fund each year.


It appears two of the biggest U.S. chain drug stores will merge.

Multiple reports indicate Walgreen’s has agreed to buy Rite-Aid, for about $9.4 billion. Based on store count, Walgreen’s is the country’s largest chain drug store, while Rite-Aid is third.


A Clyde man has been banned from all Clyde-Green Springs school property, after threatening a school principal and the superintendent.

According to the Fremont News Messenger, the alleged threat was made last Friday. 28-year-old Chad Grimes came to the board of education office with a woman whose child was suspended from riding the bus. When told he wasn’t welcome there, Grimes allegedly threatened to snap the necks of Superintendent David Stubblebine and elementary principal Randy Stockmaster. Clyde police were called, and while no charges were filed, they told him to stay off all school grounds.


Good news, for race fans in north central Ohio.

NASCAR and its Xfinity series signed a five-year agreement to keep racing at Mid-Ohio near Lexington. Also, IndyCar officials announced MidOhio will once again host a race next summer.


Trick or Treat in Willard will be held between 5:30 and 6:30 tomorrow.

In Norwalk, Trick or Treat will be held between 6:30 and 8 tomorrow night.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A new national study finds the average student will take more than 100 standardized tests in his or her public school career.

The results of the study mirror what local and state educators told the Ohio General Assembly about last year’s statewide tests. The average Ohio student spent about 20 hours taking standardized tests, and between 20 and 25 hours preparing for those tests. Protests from Ohio educators and parents have led to changes, as testing time will be cut by as much as half in some subject areas and grade levels.


Divers are trying to pinpoint a petroleum leak from a decades-old Lake Erie shipwreck.

T&T Salvage is working with the U.S. Coast Guard between Sandusky and Kelley’s Island. Divers are using cameras to help find the source of the oil leak, which is believed to be coming from Argo, a barge that sank in 1937. If and when they find the leak, divers will try to seal it.


Ohio State University’s Public Safety department sent out a mass email to students and staff early this morning, after the school received an online threat of violence.

The email did not go into detail about the threat, but it did remind everyone to be observant and aware. Classes were not canceled, and the campus was open as usual. Campus police and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the threat.


A mayoral debate will be held tonight in Bellevue.

It’ll begin at 6:30 at Hirt Theatre inside the Bellevue Society for the Arts. It’s free and open to the public. Current Bellevue mayor Don Berkey and challenger Kevin Strecker will answer various questions during tonight’s debate.


The state of Ohio is expanding its automated prescription reporting system.

It allows pharmacists to go online and track a patient’s history of drug purchases. The goal is to prevent painkiller addicts from ‘doctor-shopping’ to get more drugs.


In sports…

The Cleveland Cavaliers will begin their brand new season tonight. The Cavs and Bulls will play in Chicago. The Tip-Off Show starts at 7:30, and game time will be at 8 on 95.3, WLKR.

The next-to-last statewide football poll of the season is out, and four area teams are ranked. Three of them are SBC teams…Clyde is number 9, and Perkins is number 12 in Division III, while Edison is 7th in Division V. In Division VII, the St. Paul Flyers are ranked number 6.


Monday, October 26, 2015

The Highway Patrol believes alcohol was a factor in a weekend accident that sent one person to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to the Norwalk Patrol Post, the crash occurred shortly before 2am Saturday on Chenango Road, near State Route 18 in Clarksfield Township. Troopers said 19-year-old Nathan D. King of Wakeman failed to negotiate a curve, went off the road, hit a guardrail, then went down an embankment into a ditch. King was flown from the scene to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center.


The feds are sending experts to Ohio, in hopes of finding solutions to the state’s heroin epidemic.

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now in the Buckeye State, and they could be in Ohio for several weeks.


Crews are working to find the source of what appears to be a petroleum leak from a 1937 Lake Erie shipwreck between Sandusky and Kelley’s Island.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, divers and underwater contractors are assessing the situation. Once they have more information, they’ll decide what to do next. The U.S. Coast Guard believes the leaking petroleum is coming from Argo. The barge sank during a storm nearly 80 years ago in western Lake Erie. It’s believed the vessel may still hold more than 125,000 gallons of volatile oil in its corroding steel husk.


Extended hours are being offered to anyone wishing to cast a ballot ahead of next Tuesday’s general election.

You can vote at the Board of Elections Office between 8am-7pm through Friday, 8-4 Saturday, or 1 until 5 Sunday.


Norwalk’s Trick or Treat will be held this Thursday, between 6:30 and 8pm.


From ODOT…

State Route 2, between routes 60 and 61 in Erie County is down to one lane of traffic each way, for bridge repair work at several locations. Work is scheduled to be complete in September of next year. Also, State Route 99, between Strecker Road and State Route 113 will be closed this week for railroad crossing repair work.


This is the weekend we ‘fall back’ one hour, to Eastern Standard Time.

The time change will occur at 2am Sunday.