News

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Ottawa-Sandusky counties/Armed robbery

Authorities are on the lookout for a couple of men suspected of an armed robbery Sunday in Port Clinton.

Police say at least four suspects went into a home on Buckeye Boulevard, held a victim at gunpoint, and then fled in a dark blue SUV.

Three of the suspects were spotted by Fremont police, but one man was able to break free from an officer while in handcuffs.

The man that escaped, 19-year-old Dominic Perkins, was still at-large as of yesterday.

The two suspects in custody face aggravated burglary charges.

 

Erie County/Sandusky man charged in federal court

A man from Sandusky has been indicted on a weapon charge in U.S. District Court in Toledo.

31-year-old Vernon Coleman pled not guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment is in connection with a raid last March of Coleman’s home on Oakmont Lane in which police found multiple guns.

Those firearms are subject to forfeiture.

 

Erie County/Aggravated robbery

A Sandusky man has been arrested on multiple felonies including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, attempted theft and felonious assault.

According to a police report, 21-year-old Javan Payne allegedly went into a home on Huntington Place without permission while holding the gun, fought someone and took a set of car keys.

 

Huron County/News involving New London schools

Some news and notes out of the New London School district…

The school board this week honored Treasurer Jim Hudson and staff for receiving the Auditor of State Award for a clean financial audit, the only Huron County school to receive the accolade.

The district also extended contracts of Superintendent Brad Romano and director of student services, Melissa Vorhies, through July of 2022.

 

Huron County/Beers named Norwalk teacher of the year

High school intervention specialist Cari Beers has been named this year’s Norwalk teacher of the year by the Norwalk Teacher’s Association.

Beers, a veteran of 22 years at Norwalk, helped open the high school’s Stomping Grounds coffee shop – where students help volunteer.

 

Erie County/Perkins Police hiring

Perkins Township Police are in the market for a full-time officer.

For those interested, an application packet is available on the township’s website; with a written exam and physical agility test to be held on August 25th.

 

Erie County/North Central EMS VP retiring

Longtime executive vice president of North Central EMS in Milan, Don Ballah, is retiring.

Ballah, a 1981 Edison High School grad, has worked for the emergency medical company since it was founded in 1986.

 

Erie County/Vermilion Road improvements

Plans are in the works to flatten a busy, bumpy road in Vermilion.

City council members have signed off on a contract to reconstruct a two-mile section of Vermilion Road, starting in 2019.

The portion of roadway to see improvements will be between Liberty Avenue and Brownhelm Station Road and between Brownhelm Station Road and Jerusalem Road.

The project comes with a price tag of $360,000; to be paid for mostly through federal funds.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18TH, 2018

Today

Sunny, with a high near 78.

 

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 57.

 

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Erie County/Woman dies after train accident

An Erie County woman has died from injuries suffered Sunday morning when her car went into the side of a train.

Kristina Hirt of Vickery was 32.

Authorities are still investigating what led to Hirt driving through the crossing gates near Bogart Street and Old Railroad; where her Chevy Equinox became lodged under a train, dragging her vehicle over 1,500 feet.

 

Erie County/Man dies in tractor mishap

A 22-year-old Sandusky man died in a tractor accident on Monday morning in Milan Township.

Tanner Francek is believed to have been loading a utility tractor with landscaping materials into a trailer when he lost control of the tractor and went off the edge of a parking lot on River Road.

 

Huron County/Accident victim could be corrections officer

Authorities have yet to positively identify the person who died in a fiery crash earlier this month in Huron County…but there is a lead.

The Sandusky Register says a reliable source told them that the victim is Erie County corrections officer, Katelynn Shepard, who has not been at work since the accident.

The accident took place either the night of July 8th or early July 9th on County Road 187 and Greenwich East Town Line Road.

 

Area News/Highway Patrol Troopers to participate in Active Aggressor Training

Area officers of the State Highway Patrol are taking part this week in Advanced Trooper Tactical Training at Clear Fork Schools in Richland County.

It’s designed to prepare law enforcement to respond to an active aggressor in a public facility.

The training includes both individual and multiple officer response to a public threat, decision making, threat identification and tactical movement.

 

Ottawa County/Disorderly conduct charge for Put-in-Bay councilman

A Put-in-Bay councilman and hotel manager was cited for disorderly conduct over the weekend.

54-year-old Phillip “Tip” Boyles, allegedly got into a dispute with a woman who was handing out flyers for a bar she worked for on the island.

Boyles, manager of the Park Hotel on Put-in-Bay, earned a seat on village council last November.

 

Erie County/Perkins Schools improvements

A number of improvements will be in place by the start of the school year throughout the Perkins School District.

Employees are currently working on projects totaling around $1 million; including LED lights, an upgraded public address system, restroom improvements and roof repairs.

 

Huron County/Fair board offices now open

It’s just around the corner…fair time!

The Huron County Fair in Norwalk officially opened their board offices this week, selling camping sites and event tickets.

Offices will be open weekdays 9 to 5 now through fair week, which begins August 13th.

This year’s fair entertainment includes country music duo “Lo-Cash”, a demo derby and an OSTPA tractor pull.

 

Huron County/Ulysses S. Grant living historian to visit North Fairfield

A well-known living historian will be making a stop in Huron County next week.

Dr. E.C. Fields will depict General Ulysses S. Grant at the North Fairfield American Legion next Wednesday evening, July 25th.

The public is invited to the free event on State Route 162, which gets underway at 7:00 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, JULY 17TH, 2018

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 82.

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Ottawa County/Fatal Motorcycle Crash

A Michigan woman has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI in an Ottawa County crash that killed a motorcycle passenger from Lorain.

The Highway Patrol says 28-year-old Shelby Hufeld pulled out of a driveway in a Jeep on State Route 269 in Danbury Township and into the path of a cycle that 45-year-old Kelly Tressel was riding on.

The cycle struck the Jeep, which ejected Tressel.

Tressel was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Huron County/Two hurt in motorcycle crash

A man and woman from Shelby were both seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident Saturday night in New Haven Township in Huron County.

Authorities say alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash where both 44-year-old Bennie and 40-year-old Kathie Craft travelled off the right side of the road on U.S. 224 near Bullhead Road and into a ditch, throwing both from their cycle.

Bennie Craft was taken by medical helicopter to Toledo while Kathie was treated at Mercy Willard Hospital.

 

Erie County/Pedestrian killed by train

Sandusky police believe that a man was walking along train tracks Saturday night when he was hit and killed by a train near the Milan Road overpass.

Kiel Jackson of Sandusky was 35-years-old.

The incident is under investigation.

 

Erie County/Vehicle struck the side of a train

A woman from Vickery in Erie County was taken by helicopter to Toledo with seriously injuries after her vehicle struck a train Sunday morning.

Authorities are not sure why the woman drove into the side of a moving train on Bogart Road and Old Railroad Street in Margaretta Township.

 

Huron County/Norwalk meth dealer going to prison

A Norwalk man is going back to prison for the second time in three years.

Shane Fick-the-second has been sentenced to nearly five years behind bars after pleading guilty to aggravated drug trafficking involving meth in February.

Fick also was sent to prison for two years in 2015 for aggravated assault and burglary in connection with an attack of a female relative.

 

Erie County/Sandusky man involved in bar shooting sentenced to prison

A 28-year-old man is being sent to prison for 10 years for his involvement in a Sandusky bar shooting in January.

Jonathon Lacey of Sandusky pled guilty a month ago to two counts of felonious assault in an incident where three people were shot at Kaman’s Korner on Milan Road and McKelvey Street.

None of the victims received life-threatening injuries.

 

Ottawa County/Latest on Put-in-Bay corruption investigation

State officials have handed over their 13 month Put-in-Bay corruption investigation to prosecutors for review of possible criminal charges.

Last June, the Ohio Attorney General and Ohio Ethics Commission raided the island’s government in connection with alleged wrongdoings.

Attorney General spokesman Dan Tierney told the Sandusky Register that it could take a number of weeks before any type of decision on charges are made.

 

Erie County/Medical marijuana dispensary to likely open by year’s end

The owners of Sandusky’s first medical marijuana dispensary say they’ll be open before the end of the year.  ‘The Forest Sandusky’ on Tiffin Avenue across from Dollar General will likely be up and running no later than December 7th.

The business received state approval for a dispensary in June.

 

Erie-Huron Counties/Road construction

Area road construction updates…

In Erie County, road work likely starting back up today, after a couple weeks off, on U.S. 250 from Scheid Road to the Ohio Turnpike.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction while crews work on the center lanes.  The project is expected to be wrapped up September.

In Huron County, State Route 547 – south of Farr Road, near Monroeville, is closed starting today for a culvert replacement.  Officials say the work should be complete by Friday.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, JULY 16TH, 2018

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 96.

 

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 76.

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Erie County/Final deliberations expected today in Sandusky murder trial

After 25 witnesses took the stand during the last five days in Erie County Common Pleas Court, closing arguments are expected today in the murder trial of 31-year-old Joel Miles.

Miles is on trial for the shooting death of Sandusky’s Anthony Pearson last August in MacArthur Park.

Jury deliberations will follow the closing arguments.

 

Area News/Bucyrus man guilty of death threats against law enforcement

A jury has found a Bucyrus man guilty of 19 charges related to death threats against several members of law enforcement in Crawford County.

34-year-old Matthew Kunzer was accused of threatening the lives of three Bucyrus police officers, plotting to kill a Crawford County municipal court judge and assistant prosecutor, and threatening the life of a probation officer.

 

Erie County/Census numbers

In Erie County, more people have died than are born each year during this past decade.

…Those numbers recently shared by the U.S. Census Bureau with county officials.

The U.S. Census Bureau also said that Erie County ranks as the sixth oldest county in the state with an average age of 45.

As far as migration patterns go, recent figures show that around 4,500 people relocated to Erie County in 2016, compared to 3,500 leaving the county.  Those numbers trending positively compared to the three prior years.

 

Huron County/Norwalk hosting Relay for Life and ‘Imagine Norwalk’ tonight

It’s expected to be a busy night in Norwalk with money being raised for an important cause.

Whitney Field is playing host to the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser beginning at 4:00 pm …with uptown Norwalk the site for the ‘Imagine Norwalk’ arts and music festival starting at 6:00 pm; which will raise funds for Relay for Life.

 

Erie County/Cedar Fair numbers down

The parent company of Cedar Point says amusement park earnings and attendance have slightly decreased compared to the same time frame last year.

Cedar Fair reports that net revenues were down 2 percent with a 3 percent decrease in attendance across their parks in North America.

The company said there was an increase though in out-of-park revenues, including resorts, which went up by 3 percent.

CEO Richard Zimmerman isn’t too worried though, with high attendance numbers expected during the peak vacation months of July and August.

 

Erie-Ottawa-Huron County/“Festive” weekend in the area

Things are looking very “festive” throughout the area this weekend…

Lots of activities going on including Sandusky’s Festival of Sail, Huron River Fest, Kelley’s Island Fest, the Middle Bass Island Music Festival and New London’s Rockin’ the Rez.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, JULY 13TH, 2018

 

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 68.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

 

Sunday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Huron County/Information from the public needed about fatal crash

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s information involving the identity of a victim of a recent fatal crash in Huron County.

The driver was killed when their truck caught on fire after going down an embankment in the area of County Road 187 and East Town Line Road, near the New London Reservoir.

Troopers say the crash happened either late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

 

Sandusky County/Teen could be tried as adult in shooting death

A judge in Sandusky County will decide soon if a 15-year-old Fremont boy accused of shooting and killing another teen last year should be tried as an adult.

Elijah Starks has been charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, firearm theft as well as assaulting a correctional staff member.

Starks, who was 14 at the time, allegedly shot and killed 14-year-old Jaylan Brock last September.

 

Huron County/Two men go on wild train wide

Two men were charged with trespassing after going on a wild train ride early Tuesday morning that began in Huron County.

20-year-old Christian Hale and 24-year-old Kevin Slone allegedly jumped on a moving CSX train in Willard and clung for dear life as the train travelled close to 50 miles-per-hour before stopping in Wayne County.

Hale called 9-1-1 while on board…eventually getting train operators to stop after nearly an hour.

The two men could face additional charges.

 

Huron County/Greenwich man pleads guilty in stabbing incident

A 20-year-old Greenwich man has pled guilty to grand theft and failure to comply with the order of a police officer.

Zachary Boster was charged at the time with felonious assault in connection with the stabbing of a Milan man in the eye on Fifth Street in Norwalk in March.

That charged was dropped in a plea deal.

Boster was also accused of leading authorities on a car chase from Greenwich to several miles into Ashland County.

 

Erie County/Sandusky murder trial delayed

The ongoing trial of a man accused of shooting and killing a Sandusky man last year has been delayed a day.

Wednesday would’ve been the fifth day of testimony in the Joel Miles trial, but it was postponed due to an attorney’s emergency.

Anthony Pearson was killed in Sandusky’s MacArthur Park last August.

The trial is expected to resume this morning in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

 

Huron County/Hepatitis cases on the rise

The nation has seen a recent uptick in the number of hepatitis C cases with Huron County as no exception.

In the first six months of 2018, Huron County Public Health said they had 59 different cases reported; putting it on trend to surpass the past three years’ totals.

Health department doctors say the trend isn’t a shocking one, considering the area’s and state’s drug use, although the exact cause is still unknown.

 

Ottawa County/Port Clinton lift bridge opening delayed once again

More delays in the opening of the Ohio 163 lift bridge in Port Clinton…

The Ohio Department of Transportation says it will be at least July 30th before it opens, but more likely the first part of August.

The opening has been pushed back a number of times since work began on the $13 million renovation project last October.

ODOT officials blame the delays on the project’s complexity.

 

Area News/$2 Billion+ in tourism sales for Lake Erie Shores and Islands

Over $2 billion dollars were made in Lake Erie Shores and Islands tourism sales in 2017… according to a recent study.

World economic analyzer, Tourism Economics, says that’s an increase of close to 8 percent from 2015.

The counties of Erie and Ottawa make up the Shores and Islands region; where reportedly 11 million visitors traveled to last year.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, JULY 12TH, 2018

 

Today

Sunny, with a high near 83.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Sandusky County/Fremont man pleads guilty to child sex offenses

A Fremont man has pled guilty to two sex offenses involving young children.

The charges relating to 65-year-old Randall Dennis are in connection with a Fremont police investigation in January involving Dennis and two girls, ages 7 and 9.

 

Erie County/Sandusky stove fire

No one was hurt following a kitchen fire at a Sandusky home Monday night.

Fire officials say that a man inside the home on Clinton Street was awoken by a smoke director to discover food on the stove covered in flames.

He was able to evacuate along with two other residents.

 

Huron County/ Norwalk safety service director resigns

Norwalk will soon be in the market for a new safety-service director.

Current director Dan Wendt has announced his resignation, effective August 24th.

Wendt, who has worked for The Maple City for the last two years, will be the next assistant city manager in Fairfield, near Cincinnati.

 

Huron County/Addiction crisis affecting local businesses

Fisher-Titus Occupational Health and Wellness in Norwalk is introducing a new monthly series focused on the area’s drug addiction crisis and its effects on employers.

“Within the Corporation Limit” will include information on existing problems and finding solutions for use, misuse, abuse and addiction in the workplace.

The first program, “Existing Trends” – hosted by Huron County Sheriff Todd Corbin, will be held next Wednesday from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Huron County Job and Family Services.

Registration is required.

 

Erie County/Cedar Point breaks ground on new indoor sports center

A groundbreaking ceremony took place Tuesday afternoon in Sandusky for the Cedar Point Sports Center.

The 140,000 square-foot facility costing $28 million, will house several basketball and volleyball courts as well as an indoor walking track and a sports medicine center.

Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Cedar Fair, Duff Milkie, told WLKR News that Cedar Point Sports Center will have an economic impact way beyond just Erie County…for example, Norwalk and Bellevue.

Construction work will officially begin in August with the facility expected to open its doors by December of 2019.

It will be located next to Cedar Point Sports Force Parks on Cleveland Road.

 

Erie County/Closed Howard Johnson motel shortly reopened

A Sandusky motel that was shut down by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department was allegedly re-opened briefly last week.

Sheriff’s deputies say the Howard Johnson on Milan Road had a new sign reading “Carefree Inn” with the motel co-owner in the office and guests checked into one room.

The motel co-owner reportedly told authorities that he had completed necessary renovations and was told he could re-open the building, which was allegedly false.

The building was originally closed in April due to a series of nuisance complaints.

The hotel was then shut down again on Monday.

 

Erie County/Perkins Township roundabout issues

A planned roundabout in Perkins Township has hit a minor snag.

A concrete curb and gutter have reportedly not been installed properly at the future traffic circle on West Bogart Road and Campbell Street; which will need re-installed.

Erie County officials say the extra work shouldn’t delay the project from opening on August 10th and will not cost taxpayers anything extra.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11TH, 2018

 

Today

Sunny, with a high near 83.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

 

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 84.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Huron County/One vehicle fatal crash on Monday

The driver of a pickup truck was killed in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Huron County.

According to the highway patrol, a Ford F-150 travelled down an embankment where it became engulfed in flames.

The crash occurred on Townline Road 187 in Greenwich.

The driver has not yet been identified.

 

Sandusky County/Not guilty plea from accused rapist

A man from Fremont has pled not guilty to rape charges involving a high school student.

The charges against 28-year-old Kayree Jeffrey are in connection with an investigation that began last May following a high school staff member telling police that one of their students was sexually assaulted by Jeffrey.

His trial is set for October.

 

State News/Urgent call for blood donors

The American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for eligible blood donors.

The agency says that due to the busy 4th of July holiday week, they are down 15-thousand donations.

 

Huron County/Grain handler pleads guilty to stealing more than $3 million

A Huron County man has pled guilty to multiple charges related to the theft of more than $3 million in grain from 35 Ohio farmers.

Authorities say 79-year-old Richard Schwan of Monroeville, the operator of Schwan Grain, sold more than $3 million in grain for farmers, but deliberately failed to pay the victims their shares of the profits.

As part of a plea agreement, Schwan must pay $3.2 million in restitution prior to his sentencing in August.

 

Ottawa County/Benton-Carroll Salem Schools levy

School board members at Benton-Carroll-Salem have agreed to again place a one-percent income tax levy on the November ballot.

School officials say the levy would generate close to $2 million for daily operations, if approved.

The levy was rejected by just 50 votes in May.

 

Erie County/Margaretta football stadium renovations

Renovations and improvements are coming to Margaretta Schools’ football stadium.

High winds last November knocked the visitor’s bleachers off their foundation and ripped off the roof of the press box.

Superintendent Dennis Mock hopes that the renovations, which include new bleachers on both sides of the field and a new press box, will be in place by the first football game at the end of August.

 

Erie County/Perkins Township Police hosting women’s self-defense class

Perkins Township Police are playing host to a woman’s self-defense workshop next month.

It will take place August 2nd from 6:00 to 9:00 pm with limited spots available.

If interested, you’re asked to contact Police Chief Robb Parthemore.

 

Huron County/Cleveland Road paving project going on in Norwalk

Road work continues this week in Norwalk…

The city says lane closures and delays are expected as crews pave Cleveland Road.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, JULY 10TH, 2018

 

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Erie County/Woman saved from drowning in Huron

Two Huron police officers along with other first responders helped save a Sandusky woman from drowning Saturday afternoon.

Sergeant’s Terry Graham and Nate Orzech reportedly jumped into six-foot waves of waters at Nickel Plate Beach after the woman needed her own help after rescuing her daughter.

 

Erie County/Fire at Fifth Street Sandusky home

All four people inside a Fifth Street home in Sandusky are safe after a fire early Sunday morning.

The cause of the blaze, which appeared to have an impact on the entire structure, is under investigation.

 

Huron County/Norwalk woman arrested

A 21-year-old Norwalk woman has been charged with persistent disorderly conduct following an incident early Friday morning.

Alexis Stuckert allegedly threatened police officer’s children, made threats to contaminate the arresting officer’s food at the fast-food restaurant she works for and banged her head on a cruiser…following a disturbance at an apartment on Whittlesey Avenue.

 

Ottawa County/Port Clinton OVI Checkpoint results

Ten motorists were diverted for additional investigation during a two-hour OVI checkpoint Saturday on State Route 163 in Port Clinton.

Out of those ten, one driver was arrested for OVI and one was found with an open container.

 

Erie-Huron County/Attorney General names local students to Teen Ambassador Board

Four local students have been named to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Teen Ambassador Board for the upcoming school year.

Bellevue’s Kent Heiser, Edison’s Lexi Weyer, Keystone’s Annali Perez and Perkins’ McClain Farley will get an inside look at Ohio law and government and will also advise the Attorney General’s Office on issues relating to teens.

Over 300 students from 160-plus schools make up the board.

 

Huron County/State Route 547 road work

Road construction this week in Huron County’s Sherman Township…

Starting today, State Route 547 between Section Line Road and Heyman Road will be closed for a culvert replacement.

The road is expected to be back open by this Friday.

 

Erie County/Berlin Heights Kiwanis shoes fundraiser

The Berlin Heights Kiwanis Club is wrapping up their shoe fundraiser this week.

You can donate gently-worn shoes, boots, and other foot attire by this Thursday at the Berlin Heights and Milan libraries; which will then be donated to third-world entrepreneurs who will repair and resell the shoes.

The Kiwanis Club will then receive money to buy books for Edison Elementary students.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, JULY 9TH, 2018

 

Today

Sunny, with a high near 88.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 80.

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

State News/Cleveland terrorist attack halted

The feds say, they have thwarted a terrorist attack, planned for tomorrow in Cleveland.

They’ve arrested a suspected Al-Qaeda sympathizer who reportedly surveyed possible targets, and told an undercover agent of his plans.

 

Ottawa County/Marblehead boat death

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the likely cause of death of a central Ohio couple found on their boat in Marblehead on Sunday.

John Seyfang-the second was 49. His wife Jodi Johnston-Seyfang was 54.

A neighbor apparently discovered the bodies of the husband and wife from Stoutsville along with their dog at Bay Point Marina.

 

Erie County/Sandusky man sent to prison for sexual assault of underage girl

A Sandusky man has been sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison after being found guilty last month of sexually assaulting an underage girl.

38-year-old Larry Eberling will also have to register as a sex offender.

 

Erie County/Sandusky man’s murder trial starts today

The trial for a Sandusky man accused of shooting and killing another man last year gets underway today in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

31-year-old Joel Miles is charged with attempted murder in connection with the death of 46-year-old Anthony Pearson of Sandusky in MacArthur Park last August.

Pearson’s body was discovered in a truck on Parkview Boulevard.

Miles’ apparent girlfriend at the time, Amy Matos of Sandusky, has already been sentenced to a year in prison on an attempted obstruction of justice charge related to the alleged shooting incident.

 

State News/Patrol warns against drinking and driving this Fourth of July

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over…the message from the Ohio State Highway Patrol this 4th of July.

The patrol says they will be highly visible and cracking down on impaired drivers today and tomorrow.

During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period from June 30th through July 4th, a total of 21 fatal crashes killed 21 people. This includes eight OVI-related fatal crashes that killed eight people.

 

Huron County/Wallace says he’s running for Norwalk mayor

Norwalk City Councilman Dave Wallace has thrown his hat in the ring for mayor.

The realtor and 16-year Norwalk firefighter says he will run for the city’s top job as a Republican.

Wallace is now serving his second term on city council with his term expiring at the end of 2019.

Norwalk Mayor, Republican Rob Duncan, is also in his second term, expiring at the end of 2019.

 

Huron County/Norwalk’s 4th of July festivities

Final preparations are going on now for tomorrow’s 48th annual Norwalk Lions Club Fourth of July Parade.

This year’s parade marshal is Lieutenant Colonel Dave Ditz of the U.S. Army National Guard, also an officer with the Norwalk Police Department.

The roughly 90-minute parade featuring around 120 entries steps off Wednesday morning at 10:30.

(Will be broadcasted live on sister-station Kool Gold 1510-AM)

 

Area News/4th of July activities

There’s plenty to do this week in celebration of Independence Day…

Willard’s 32nd annual Festival in the Park begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday…with fireworks on Friday night.

Cedar Point is hosting their annual “Light Up The Point” celebration on the 4th which includes more fireworks at 10:30 pm.

Norwalk and several other local communities have their annual pyrotechnics planned for July 4th at dusk.  Check with your town for more info.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, JULY 3RD, 2018

 

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.

 

Wednesday – Independence Day

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 97.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Huron County/Serious injury crash

A teen was flown to a Toledo hospital following a two-vehicle crash Saturday night in Huron County’s Peru Township.

Authorities say 18-year-old Matigan Obringer ran a stop sign at the intersection of Peru Center Road and Snyder Road where she pulled in front of another vehicle and was struck in the passenger door.

The driver of the other vehicle, 30-year-old Benjamin Barman, was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with serious injuries.

 

Erie County/Two vehicle fatal crash in Sandusky

Fatal motorcycle crash in Sandusky Saturday night on Cleveland Road…

The State Highway Patrol says a motorcycle driven by an Elyria man failed to maintain an assured clear distance and struck a car from behind, ejecting the cycle driver and his female passenger.

Carl Webb of Elyria died from his injuries.  Shirley Webb was hospitalized.

The car’s occupants were not hurt.

 

Huron County/Patrol trooper injured in accident 

A State Highway Patrol Trooper received minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Friday evening in Huron County.

According to the Highway Patrol, Trooper Ashley Keller was responding to a crash on Hartland Center Road in Townsend Township when her vehicle was struck by a car while crossing the State Route 18 intersection.

She was hit by a Dodge Ram driven by 53-year-old Bruce Hose of New London, who also received minor injuries.

Trooper Keller was treated and released from Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

 

Erie County/Camp Street fire

A Friday night fire in Sandusky remains under investigation.

A woman was hospitalized at Firelands Regional Medical Center after being hurt in the blaze on Camp Street.

 

Huron County/Conney sworn-in as Norwalk Police Chief

Mike Conney officially became the new police chief of Norwalk Friday afternoon in front of a packed house of supporters at Norwalk Municipal Court.

Conney, who began his career with the Norwalk PD in 1989 and is a lifelong resident of The Maple City, said it was definitely an emotional day.

Conney just wrapped up a stint as Interim Police Chief following the retirement of Dave Light earlier this year.

 

Huron County/Castle resigns from council

Chris Castle has resigned from Norwalk City Council.

Castle, a Democrat in Norwalk’s fourth ward, is stepping down due to a recent change in address.

The current Marketing Director at Gaymont Nursing Center in Norwalk started serving on council in January of 2016 and was in year 3 of a 4-year term.

The resignation is effective on Wednesday, the day following his last day on council.

 

Huron-Erie County/Arndt office hours

Republican State Representative Steven Arndt of Port is hosting district office hours today in Milan.

It runs from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at the Milan Berlin Heights library.

All residents of the 89th House District are welcome to participate.

 

Huron County/Street resurfacing in Norwalk continues

Street resurfacing continues this week in Norwalk…

Look for crews milling and paving on East Seminary Street from Benedict Avenue to Woodlawn Avenue as well as Chatham Street from East Main Street to St. Mary’s Street.

You’re asked to not park on the street until work is finished.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, JULY 2ND, 2018

 

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 97.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

 

Wednesday – Independence Day

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 90.