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Tuesday, May 21, 2103

Yesterday’s official high in Norwalk:  88 degrees.

 

Bond is set at $1 million, for the Sandusky man accused of fatally stabbing his infant cousin.

19-year-old Denzel Castile is charged with aggravated murder, felonious assault and assault on a police officer. Those charges are connected to the May 16th death of 11-week-old Athena Castile. Sandusky police said she was killed late Thursday night, at a home on Dewey Street.

 

Huron County deputies have arrested a third person, in connection with a recent, brutal assault.

18-year-old Brianna Boonie of Bellevue was picked up yesterday, on a secret indictment charging her with conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, and obstructing justice. Those charges are tied to the April beating of 19-year-old Austin Thornton of St. Paris, Ohio. Deputies said he was beaten with a crowbar, at a home near Willard. Thornton remains in a rehab facility near Dayton. Boonie’s boyfriend, 19-year-old Connor Holbrook of Bellevue is facing multiple charges. Another Bellevue man, Tyler Smith, is facing charges as well.

 

Going on until 3 this afternoon at the Ohio Veterans Home Pavilion in Sandusky—Erie County Stand Down for Veterans.

Information is being given to veterans on such things as employment, housing referrals and VA benefits counseling.

 

A published report says an area coach has been suspended, for allegedly providing prescription-strength pain relief patches to students.

According to the Sandusky Register, longtime Perkins girls track and field coach Tracey Hiss is on paid leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. Hiss also teaches health at Briar Middle School. The patches in question contain the drug lidocaine, which is used to numb pain. Because of the ongoing investigation, school officials have released few other details.

 

More than two dozen new jobs are coming to the city of Bellevue.

Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers will add 25 full-time jobs, and retain $5.2 million in existing payroll, as a result of the company’s expansion project. The state has approved for a six-year, 40 percent Job Creation Tax Credit for the project. Mitsubishi develops and manufactures unique resins.

 

Willard city officials have approved a tax break, for Pepperidge Farms.

If the company goes through with expansion and improvement plans, a new Goldfish cracker line would result in 50 new jobs at the Pepperidge plant on State Route 103.

 

Unemployment in Huron County decreased last month, but the county’s jobless rate remains among the highest in Ohio.

Unemployment went from 12.1 in March to 10.3 percent in April.  That’s still much higher than the statewide average of 7 percent.  In fact, it’s fifth-highest in Ohio.

 

Area residents are encouraged to attend an informational meeting to learn more about a proposed ‘wind farm’ in southern Huron County.

Tomorrow night’s meeting will begin at 6 at South Central High School.  Officials from 6011 Greenwich Windpark will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns.  The company wants to build a 25-turbine wind farm in Greenwich Township, near the Richland County boarder.  Construction could begin later this year.

 

A Port Clinton woman has been convicted of workers comp fraud, due in part to information she posted on Facebook.

Kelley Wheeler must repay more than $60,000 worth of benefits she collected inappropriately.  Wheeler turned in 64 different payroll documents indicating she worked at Travelers Transport in Port Clinton.  Investigators discovered the business never existed.  They also discovered Wheeler was working as a pet groomer in Sandusky and they found Facebook postings and pictures showing her working at the business.

 

This falls under the category of ‘when not to call 9-1-1.’

22-year-old Heather Russell of Bellevue called 9-1-1—-from the back of a deputy’s cruiser. According to reports, Russell was arrested last Friday, for speeding and driving under suspension. She was pulled over on Kalahari Drive, in Huron Township. The deputy had Russell sit in his cruiser, while he checked her driving record. That’s when she called 9-1-1, to request that ‘another cop’ be sent to her location. She’s facing traffic charges, along with a single count of misuse of 9-1-1.