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  • FRIDAY, MAY 24th, 2024

    Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Transportation have announced more than two dozen road safety projects that target areas with a history of severe and deadly crashes. 

    Among those is one in Huron County where a single lane roundabout is scheduled to be built at Route 224 and Route 61 in 2029 for $3.9 million. 

    During this Memorial Day weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says they’ll be highly visible on roadways promoting traffic safety. 

    Last year in Ohio, 24 fatal crashes killed 26 people during the Memorial Day weekend. 

    Of those fatalities, 18 crashes and 19 fatalities were OVI-related. 

    In the fatalities where a safety belt was available, 11 of the 13 were unbelted. 

    Seven of the 10 motorcyclists killed were not wearing a helmet.

    Memorial Day Weekend is here, with plenty to do. 

    Are festivals your thing? 

    How about the Norwalk Strawberry Festival or the Port Clinton Walleye Fest going on this weekend? 

    Also, Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky gets cranks into high gear today, going all the way into next weekend.  

    A dispatcher with the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office is on paid administrative leave.  

    According to the Sandusky Register, Amanda Shammo was suspended in early April for allegations of inappropriate behavior. 

    Shammo is under criminal investigation for the incident, which Sheriff Chris Hilton has called “disturbing”. 

    A road closure has been announced for Memorial Day Monday in Perkins Township.  

    Route 250, between East Strub Road and East Perkins Avenue will be closed from approximately 9:30 to 11:00 am during the Memorial Day parade. 

    Funeral services are being held today for Longtime Amherst Fire Chief Jim Wilhelm Senior.

    He passed away last Friday at the age of 72 after a long battle with cancer. 

    Wilhelm first joined the Amherst Fire Department in 1977, spending 37 years with the department, being named chief in 2017.  

    SPORTS

    -The Cleveland Guardians start a 3-game series tonight at the L.A. Angels, with first pitch around 9:40 pm on 95.3 WLKR.

    From the National Weather Service…

    Today

    Sunny, with a high near 81.

    Tonight

    A chance of showers.

    Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

    Saturday

    A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

    Sunday

    A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

    Monday – Memorial Day

    Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible.

    Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 77.

  • THURSDAY, MAY 23rd, 2024

    A Willard man found guilty of breaking into a woman’s home will spend the next 16 to 19 years behind bars.

    The Norwalk Reflector reports that 35-year-old Glenn Hall had faced charges of aggravated burglary, felonious assault, domestic violence and aggravated menacing.

    The incident in question happened in June of last year on North West Street in Norwalk.

     

    It’s festival time in Port Clinton. 

    The 43rd annual Walleye Festival gets underway later this afternoon.

    It all starts with opening ceremonies at 5:00 pm, with rides, food and merchandise vendors opening after that. 

    Rumours will take the stage at 7:00 pm. 

    The festival runs through Monday. 

    A Bellevue Hospital employee is nominated for a state award.

    According to the Sandusky Register, physical therapist Deana Vogel is now in the running for the Ohio Hospital Association’s Health Care Worker of the Year honor. 

    Vogel has spent the last 32 years working in health care; working as a physical therapist in Bellevue since 1994.

    Free in-county trips will be offered by North Central Area Transit on Friday.

    According to Norwalk Ohio News dot-com, the transit company is paying tribute to local community members in observance of Memorial Day weekend. 

    In Huron County, Friday will be known as “Reggie Day” in honor of volunteer driver Reginald Jackson, who served in the Air Force during Vietnam and drove for Huron County Transit from 2005 to 2023. 

     

    Second Harvest Food Bank brings its drive-thru mobile food pantry to Lorain today.

    It’ll be set up at Lorain High School from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, helping those in need.

    SPORTS

    -The Cleveland Guardians defeated the New York Mets on Wednesday, 6-3.

    From the National Weather Service…

    Today

    Sunny, with a high near 80.

    Tonight

    Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

    Friday

    Sunny, with a high near 82. 

  • Happy Father’s Day!

    Listen starting Wednesday for the Father’s Day Music Montage celebrating Dad! 

    Here is what to listen for:

    It will happen each day with Melissa & Johnny, Kelly Rose AND Captain Chris! – when you hear it, be caller #5 and you are qualified to win:

    *$50 Gift Card from The Angry Bull

    *A Golf Package from Sawmill Creek Golf Club

    *A $50 Gift Certificate from A & B Hobbies & Cycles

    *A 90 Minute Deep Tissue Massage, Salt Scrub, Back Exfoliation, Clay Mask & 30 minute Sauna or Steam Bath from Riverbend Massotherapy

    *A $75 Gift Basket from Vine & Olive in Sandusky

    *A $100 Gift Certificate from The Diamond Collection in Norwalk

    *A Recliner (Valued at up to $459) from Erie Furniture Outlet

    *$50 Gift Card The Pop Shop in Sandusky

    Listen for the Father’s Day Music Montage starting Wednesday – Good luck and Happy Father’s Day from 95.3 WLKR!

  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 22nd, 2024

    A Huron driver has been charged with operating a vehicle impaired and aggravated vehicular assault after an injury crash involving a State Highway Patrol trooper.

    The incident occurred late Monday night on the Ohio Turnpike, west of the Route 53 interchange in Sandusky County.

    The State Highway Patrol says a Ford F-150, operated by 33-year-old Curtis Rogers Junior of Huron, drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a marked patrol car that was parked in the crossover.

    The trooper sustained minor injuries, while Rogers was not injured.

     

    Former LaGrange Township Fire Chief James Rader is being accused of padding his time card and overcharging the township for hours he worked over the last several years.

    A just-released investigative report from the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office detailed those allegations.

    Rader could face criminal charges, including possible restitution.

    The Lorain County Prosecutors Office is reviewing the allegations.

     

    The state has announced $1.6 million in grant funding to help local law enforcement agencies implement violent crime reduction strategies in their communities.

    Eighteen law enforcement agencies in 15 counties will receive funding through the latest round of the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program. 

    Among those receiving funds include $26,500 to the Perkins Township Police Department and $89,400 to the Elyria Police Department.

    Yesterday was Tourism Day, with Governor DeWine joining nearly 120 travel and tourism industry partners on the lawn of the Ohio Statehouse to celebrate the tourism industry’s continued success in Ohio.

    Surpassing all previous records, tourism now boasts its highest-ever economic impact, exceeding $56 billion annually.  

    In 2023, the number of visits to Ohio reached 238 million, increasing by 5 million compared to 2022. 

    Overnight visits reached 48 million, with 84 percent of overnight visitors saying they are likely to visit Ohio again in the next 12 months. 

     

    Erie County has been awarded the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for Fiscal Year 2022. 

    The award is presented for excellence in financial reporting related to the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report and compliance with applicable laws for the fiscal year ended 2022.

    Erie County is in the top 3 percent of all the Ohio Counties that receive this award. 

    The Perkins Township Police Department will have extra patrol on the roads now through June 2nd. 

    They say that overtime shifts will be scheduled in an attempt to promote safety among drivers, as well as draw awareness to other traffic on the roadways during the national mobilization for “Click it or Ticket”.

    The overtime is part of a grant received by the Perkins Township Police Department from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.


    SPORTS

    -The Cleveland Guardians beat the New York Mets last night, 7-6. 

    From the National Weather Service…

    Today

    A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

    Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 84.

    Tonight

    Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

    Thursday

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

  • Win Ohio Bike Week Passes!

    We have your Ohio Bike Week tickets! 

    CLICK HERE! and register for VIP tickets to the Main Stage on The Jackson Street Pier – including Jackyl on Thursday, May 30th, Ace Frehley on Friday, May 31st, and Brett Michaels on Saturday June 1st.  We will also be giving away All Access VIP passes!

    We will announce the winners on May 28th!  Go to ohiobikeweek.com/schedule for a complete schedule of events!