Monday, June 10, 2013

The area’s final graduation ceremonies were held yesterday.

Nearly 200 Norwalk High School seniors received their diplomas. In Willard, the number was more than 100, and in Vermilion, it was just over 200.


Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard is offering a $1,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Daniel J. Hernandez.

Anyone with information should contact the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. Hernandez was found dead in his Willard-area apartment last Sunday. He had been stabbed multiple times. Authorities are still searching for two ‘persons of interest.’ Misael Lopez and Hiram Emmanuel Lopez are believed to have fled the area, in a car owned by Hernandez.


A Northern Ohio League school board will decide next month, whether or not to arm teachers with pepper spray.

The Shelby Board of Education is considering the idea, to protect students against armed intruders.


Just one person has applied to become Norwalk’s next fire chief.

Captain John Soisson is the sole applicant.  He’ll undergo academic, physical and psychological tests.  Current Fire Chief Shawn Dickerson is retiring June 30th.


Potential tax levies, and school lunches will be discussed, during tomorrow’s meeting of the Norwalk Board of Education.

Three levy options are listed on the agenda. Two are emergency operating levies. One is five years, and $1.8 million annually. The other is five years, and $2 million annually. The third is an earned income tax that would generate nearly $4.6 million annually. Any one of those could appear on the November ballot.


It appears the cost of school lunches will increase, in the Norwalk City Schools.

Pending board approval tomorrow night, the 10-cent across-the-board increase will take effect, with the 2013-2014  academic year. In related news, the Norwalk school board is expected to approve a transfer of $200,000 from the General Fund, to the Food Service Fund, to cover a deficit, plus salaries and benefits. The shortfall was caused by a loss of state and federal funding, higher food costs, and by a free and reduced-price lunch level of 54 percent.


South Norwalk Road, at State Route 61 in Norwalk is closed as part of an ongoing construction project.

According to ODOT, work should be complete by late July.

Also, U.S. Route 20 between Hanford and Butler Roads in Wakeman is closed until June 19th for culvert work.

And from the Huron County Highway Department…

Zenobia Road, between State Route 60 and Vesta Road in Clarksfield Township will be closed tomorrow for major guardrail work.  Traffic will be detoured along Route 18.


Ohio Bike Week 2013 is complete.

It ended, with two more crashes that injured three people, one seriously. The late Saturday night crashes occurred along Huntington Place in Sandusky, and Routes 2 and 163 in Ottawa County. Alcohol was involved in both crashes. There were three serious motorcycle crashes, and one fatality last week.


A biker is facing a felonious assault charge, for allegedly breaking a man’s jaw.

It happened at 2am Saturday, along Shoreline Drive. Witnesses told Sandusky police that Ryan Pirkel was driving recklessly and performing stunts, when the victim made a comment about Pirkel’s wife. Pirkel then slugged the victim. The man was taken to the emergency room for treatment.


A weekend fundraiser at Cedar Point was a big success.

Cedar Point spokesperson Annie Zelm said approximately 100 people took part in ‘Coasting for Kids.’ They raised more than $30,000 for Give Kids The World. Across Cedar Fair’s 11 parks, riders raised more than $150,000.