Monday, March 19th, 2018

Norwalk/Teenager reportedly shoots himself in suicide attempt

A young boy from the Norwalk area reportedly shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt on Sunday.

The Sandusky Register reports that the incident took place on Woodlawn Avenue in Norwalk after a 13 or 14 year-old boy had took someone’s car and was driving erratically.

He reportedly shot himself in an unknown part of his body before police could intervene.

The boy was taken to a Cleveland hospital and was reportedly still alive after the incident.


Norwalk/Milan man seriously hurt in reported stabbing

Authorities are investigating an incident Friday that sent a 22-year-old Milan man to Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center with a serious eye injury.

20-year-old Zachary Boster of Greenwich was arrested and charged with felonious assault in connection with the alleged stabbing of Charles Houghtland at a home on Fifth Street in Norwalk.


Huron County/Jail and Sheriff’s Office upgrades

Upgrades are on the way to the Huron County Jail and Sheriff’s Office.

County commissioners have approved the replacement of a heating/air conditioning handler and improvements of two others at the sheriff’s office, costing around $383,000.

Commissioners have also given their OK to replace all showers in the jail at a price of nearly $95,000.


Sandusky/Second woman arrested in abduction

A second person has been arrested in connection with the abduction and Amber Alert for a 4-year-old Sandusky boy, who was found unharmed and returned to Erie County.

Tamara Montalvo of Florida faces a complicity-related kidnapping charge.

Sandusky resident Jennifer Hemchak has already been charged with kidnapping.

4-year-old D’Quai Hemchak, who was reportedly abducted around 5:00 pm Friday, was found safe by authorities with Hemchak and/or Montalvo near Cincinnati at around 8:30 pm.


Local counties/State unemployment numbers

The latest state unemployment figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show area counties at a higher jobless rate than the state average.

The state unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in January.

Compared to that, Huron County had a jobless rate of 8.6 percent in Ohio; while Erie County was at 7.4 percent and Sandusky County at 5.5 percent.

Lorain County checked in at 6.2 percent.

Huron County ranked as the seventh highest rate in the state.


Bellevue/School board opening

The Bellevue City School board has a vacancy they’re looking to fill.

Dr. Ted Clark, whose term expires at the end of 2019, has resigned.

Those interested can apply to the Bellevue Board of Education Office by March 29th.


Sandusky/Kalahari accident area back open

The area of Kalahari’s water park where five people were injured Monday due to a falling air duct, has re-opened to visitors.

The accident took place in the wave action pool and children’s basketball pool, which re-opened on Friday.

Huron Township building official John Zimmerman told the Sandusky Register that Kalahari staff are working to replace the metal cables holding up the air ducts and are also re-designing the air duct system.


Huron County/Parks and trails to receive improvements

The state’s new capital improvements bill includes funding to improve three Huron County parks and trails.

$150,000 goes to the Willard Reservoir, $100,000 to a trail in Norwalk and $33,000 for a trail project in Monroeville.

The Willard reservoir funding includes road paving and boat ramp improvements.

Part of the money for Norwalk will be used to improve the trail around the city’s reservoir.

Monroeville’s funding will be used at the connector trail to the city’s Clark Park to the North Coast Inland Trail for bathrooms and parking.






Sunny, with a high near 41.

Winds could gust as high as 28 mph this morning.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.  Wind gusts as high as 31 mph.



Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Breezy, with gusts as high as 40 mph.



A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Vermilion/Fatal ambulance crash

Authorities in Vermilion are investigating what triggered yesterday’s crash of a North-Central EMS ambulance on Route 6 in Vermilion.

The ambulance veered off Route 6 near Helen Drive, into a ravine, killing the patient-passenger, 76 year old David McNeil.

The driver of the ambulance was hurt, along with an assistant who was with McNeil in the back of the ambulance.


Erie County/State funding going to BGSU Firelands & FRMC nursing school

BGSU Firelands and Firelands Regional Medical Center’s School of Nursing have received $250,000 in state funding to help care for babies born with an opioid addiction.

The money will go towards building an interactive classroom including a premature baby simulator and software.


State News/Drunk Driving & St. Patrick’s Day

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging those who are planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to designate a sober driver.

According to the patrol, in 2017, there were 39 people injured on St. Patrick’s Day due to alcohol-related crashes.

Troopers have made almost 4,000 OVI arrests in the first two months of 2018.

Compared to the same time period last year, there have been 33% fewer alcohol-related fatalities.


Norwalk/Fisher-Titus lifts age-related visitor restrictions

Age-related visitor restrictions due to flu season have been lifted at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk.

Officials say they’ve seen a decrease in flu activity; and it is now at safe levels.

The hospital still advises those who are ill to not visit patients.


Erie County/Man faces theft charges dealing with cell-phone towers

A Toledo man faces felony theft charges, breaking and entering and disrupting public service in four area counties; including Erie and Ottawa.

37-year-old Scott Laurie is accused of stealing over $3,600 worth of equipment from cell-phone towers while working as a subcontractor for Verizon.

He was first arrested in December.


Port Clinton/Students to march in Chicago holiday parade

Over 100 Port Clinton students will partake in one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country.

Band members will march in Chicago’s annual parade on Saturday afternoon while performing Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September”.

Port Clinton students perform in Chicago every other year, alternating with trips to Disney World.






Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.



Mostly clear, with a low around 22.



Partly sunny, with a high near 40.



Sunny, with a high near 48.

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Berlin Township/Fire destroys home

A Berlin Township family was unharmed in a fire Wednesday evening that claimed their home, all of their belongings and their pet dog.

A fast-burning kitchen grease fire is believed to be the cause of the damage at the house on Ohio 113 that housed Bethany Suarez, her fiancé and two children.


Castalia/Student arrested after alleged gun remark

A Townsend student in the Margaretta School District was arrested earlier this week after he allegedly claimed to have a deadly firearm.

The 17-year-old from Sandusky, who told authorities he didn’t mean anything when he reportedly said he had an AR-15, was taken into custody and sent to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.


Norwalk/Police receive numerous reports of car break-ins

Police in Norwalk received several reports Wednesday morning of vehicle break-ins around town.

Officers say they were able to successfully pursue two offenders on foot from Grove Avenue to a home on Grand Avenue.

There they found a number of stolen items, which they look to return to their rightful owners.


Sandusky/Kalahari accident area remains closed

The area where an accident injured 5 people at Kalahari Resort waterpark on Monday will remain closed indefinitely as officials investigate.

Huron Township chief building official John Zimmerman told the Sandusky Register that after inspection, they found that one of the supports holding a section of ductwork failed, but they’re still not sure why.

The north section of the waterpark has re-opened; the part unaffected by the accident.


Norwalk/Two new police officers hired

Mayor Rob Duncan swore in two new members of the Norwalk Police Department on Wednesday.

Justin Majoy, a 2011 Huron High School graduate, joins the force as a full-time officer.

Kayla Bickley, a Port Clinton High School grad from 2012, is a part-time officer.


New London/New council member needed

New London is looking for a new council member.

Council has accepted the resignation of Neil Winslow, effective April 1st.

Winslow, who is moving, has been in his current seat for nearly 2-and-a-half years.

Those interested in the open seat may apply to the village office by April 6th.






Partly sunny, with a high near 37.



A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 32..



Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Huron County/Sheriff’s deputy not hurt in accident

A Huron County Sheriff’s deputy was not injured after he reportedly flipped his vehicle early Saturday.

According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy Joseph Shoewe was responding to a call of a bar fight at Havana Tavern when the accident took place.

It happened between Hanville Corners and Bauman Road in Greenfield Township.

The state Highway Patrol is investigating.


Norwalk/Meth bust suspect faces separate indictment

A Norwalk man charged with the illegal manufacturing of meth during a drug raid last month has been indicted on a new charge.

34-year-old Brandon Henderson faces a charge of intimidating a witness in a criminal case, related to the drug raid on February 24th.

Henderson is accused by authorities of threatening a potential witness after he posted bond.


Sandusky/Kalahari accident under investigation

The investigation continues into Monday’s accident at Kalahari Resorts’ waterpark that left five people injured when an air duct reportedly fell from the ceiling and into a pool.

Sections of the park reopened Tuesday with state inspectors to check the area before the accident zone reopens.


Danbury Township/Students hosting “solidarity” event today

As students across the country participate today in the National School Walkout in remembrance of last month’s 17 Florida school shooting victims, Danbury High School will also host a unity event.

The event, called “DHS-Solidarity”, invites students, staff, and community members to join together in a reading of the victim’s names as well as the signing of a solidarity banner.

It takes place today at 2:30 pm in the high school gym.


Sandusky/Man receives felony OVI charge

A Sandusky man was charged with felony OVI Tuesday morning after allegedly wrecking his motorcycle.

Police say they found a 33-year-old Michael McClellan, covered in dirt and smelling of alcohol, trying to lift his cycle off the ground on Sycamore Line.

Authorities upgraded the charge to a felony because McClellan had five prior OVI’s.


Sandusky/Erie County “Shores and Islands” location moving

The Erie County Welcome Center of Lake Erie Shores and Islands is on the move.

Board members have voted to relocate from their current spot on Milan Road/U.S. 250 to 125 East Water Street in downtown Sandusky.

Officials say they’re moving due to potential of increased foot traffic, financial details and to be a part of the continued growth of their county seat.






Isolated snow showers this morning.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.



Partly sunny, with a high near 37.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Huron/Alleged threat

There will be an increased police presence today at Huron High School due to an alleged threat.

School officials say a student discovered graffiti on a desk that threatened to “shoot up the school” on Saturday.

An investigation is ongoing.


Norwalk/Crime & Traffic stats

2017 crime and traffic related statistics have been released by the Norwalk Police Department.

According to interim Police Chief Mike Conney, DUI’s increased from 86 arrests in 2016 to 113 last year.

The top type of apprehension in Norwalk in 2017 was due to warrant arrests or summonses.

64 drug overdoses were reported in 2017.

There have been no fatal crashes in Norwalk during the last two years.


Norwalk/OVI arrests this week

Two OVI arrests were made in Norwalk over the last week.

18-year-old Zachary Rinner was arrested for alleged OVI on Tuesday at the intersection of Spring Street and Whittlesey Avenue.  A passenger, 18-year-old Logan Benfer was also nabbed on an active warrant for contempt.

On Wednesday, 24-year-old Janelle Newman of Willard was also charged with OVI in Norwalk.


Norwalk/Driver crashes into pole

A Norwalk man faces a citation for failure to control following a one-vehicle accident Tuesday.

Police say 29-year-old Joshua Adkins was travelling west on Bouscay Avenue when he ran off the right side of the road and hit a utility pole.

He was apparently distracted by a non-electric device.

No injuries were reported.


Huron Co. Public Health/Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday

This Sunday, the clocks will spring forward an hour signaling the start of Daylight Savings Time.

Huron County Public Health says this small time shift could have an effect on your health.

They suggest to not drink any caffeine a few days before and after the time change, to go to bed earlier these next few days and to get some sunlight, if possible.


Sandusky/Cedar Point job fairs

Cedar Point is looking to hire over 5,000 employees or “Thrillmakers” for its 149th season starting May 5th.

Two upcoming job fairs are planned at Castaway Bay in Sandusky:

-Thursday, March 22nd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm

-Sunday, April 8th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm

The park says they have increased wages for 2018, ranging from $9.25 to $12.50 per hour including benefits such as free access to the park and free tickets for family and friends.






A slight chance of snow showers early.  Cloudy, with a high near 34.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Milan/Student charged again

For the second time in a month, an Edison High School student faces criminal charges.

The 14-year-old boy on Wednesday allegedly sent a photo of himself carrying weapons with a threatening message to students.

He was charged with inducing panic.

Last month, police believe the same boy allegedly brought a knife into school, in which he was charged with a felony for.

School officials also received information about the boy making threats to the students who reported the knife incident.


Norwalk/False alarm fire

A false alarm for a possible fire at a home considered to be a showplace in Norwalk…

Firefighters were sent to the home on 133 West Main Street after reports of smoke; where they found just smoldering under the floor.

The prominent home has been in the Gardiner family since the mid-1800’s.


Norwalk/Man to be sentenced for child endangerment

A Norwalk man has pled guilty to child endangerment.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office investigated a reported incident in September involving 36-year-old Nathan Olvera of Old State Road.

Olvera will be sentenced next month.


Perkins Township/Interim fire chief named

Dave Murphy has been promoted to interim fire chief in Perkins Township.

The 22-year veteran firefighter, all with Perkins, temporarily takes over for Chief Keith Wohlever, who retired a month ago.

For the last seven years, Murphy had been assistant chief.


Sandusky/Suspected cocaine found during traffic stop

A Sandusky woman faces criminal charges after police reportedly found suspected cocaine in here vehicle.

35-year-old Kristen Everett of Venice Heights Boulevard was charged with felony cocaine possession following a traffic stop on West Boalt Street where Everett’s vehicle was reportedly weaving.


Sandusky/Money for home upgrades

Residents of Sandusky can now apply for money to renovate, repair and restore their homes.

City officials, for the third year in a row, have set aside $300,000 in public funds for their housing improvement program.

The funds can be used for three purposes: down payment assistance, exterior upgrades and substantial redevelopment.

Those interested should contact the city of Sandusky.


Norwalk/Boy places 6th in national soccer competition

A Norwalk boy recently placed in the top 10 of a national soccer competition.

Benny Sellers, son of Wes and Allison Sellers, finished 6th in the under 8-year-old division of the national Mid Atlantic Elks Soccer Shoot earlier this month in Frederick, Maryland.






Snow likely, 1 to 3 inches possible this afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, breezy, with a high near 34.



A chance of snow with 1 to 2 inches possible.

Cloudy, breezy with a low around 27.



Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Sandusky/Columbus PD searching for suspect in Sandusky grad’s death

Police in Columbus are closing in on a man they believe killed a Sandusky High School grad.

Authorities have filed a warrant for the arrest of 20-year-old Traquan Workman of Columbus, a person of interest in the death of Sandusky native, 46-year-old Donovan Clemens.

According to police, Clemens was a victim of an “apparent robbery, turned deadly”.


Collins-Wakeman/Western Reserve girls’ hoops coach suspended

As the Western Reserve girls basketball team prepares for a “sweet 16” tournament matchup tonight, their head coach will continue to be absent.

Laura Pierson has been suspended since early February for alleged inappropriate behavior concerning text messages with her players.

The Lady Riders take on Amanda-Clearcreek tonight in Lexington at 7:00 pm; their first trip to the regionals since the 2011-12 season.


Milan/Edison Schools not in favor of arming students

Edison Schools are not interested in arming their teachers.

…This from Superintendent Tom Roth when asked recently by the Sandusky Register.

Sandusky City Schools have also nixed the idea.


Sandusky/Man arrested following standoff

A Sandusky man was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly barricaded himself inside a West Adams Street home and allegedly made threats to shoot police.

31-year-old Justin Sattler has been charged with felony burglary, inducing panic and obstructing official business.


Norwalk/Former chief recognized by council

Last night, city Council in Norwalk honored recently retired police Chief Dave Light.

A resolution was passed commending Light for his 34-years of full-time service.

The search is still on for his replacement, as Captain Mike Conney serves as interim chief.


Sandusky/Cedar Point tickets increasing

Ticket prices are going up at Cedar Point.

Adult, single-day tickets at the gate will cost $72 in 2018, a $5 increase from 2017.






Snow showers likely.  Less than one inch possible.

Cloudy, with a high near 37.



Cloudy, with a low around 25.



Snow showers likely, mainly in the afternoon, with 1 to 2 inches possible.

Cloudy, breezy, with a high near 34.



A slight chance of snow showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Monroeville/Willard girl involved in minor injury crash

A 17-year-old Willard girl was cited for running a stop sign following a two-vehicle accident near Monroeville last week.

The Highway Patrol says Alyssa Strayer was driving on Sandhill Road Thursday evening when she failed to stop at the stop sign at Ohio 547 and collided with the vehicle of 37-year-old Robert Jones of Norwalk.

Both drivers reported injuries but were not hospitalized.


Erie County/Democratic commissioner candidates to debate in April

The three Democratic candidates for Erie County commissioner have agreed to participate in a debate next month at Edison High School.

Julie Farrar, Brad Hartung and Tim Riesterer will take part in the question and answer session, sponsored by BGSU Firelands, and presented by the Sandusky Register.

No official date has been set, but has been announced as being in mid-to-late April.


Sandusky/Ruby Tuesday closes at mall

A restaurant has closed its doors for good at the Sandusky Mall.

Mall spokesman Joe Bell told the Sandusky Register that Ruby Tuesday gave very short notice before it shut down.

The mall is looking to fill the space with another restaurant soon.

Other empty spaces at the mall include ones once occupied by Macy’s, Sears and Charming Charlie.


Huron/School levy meeting this Thursday

The Huron Schools levy steering committee will be joined by school officials for a town hall informational meeting on Thursday.

It will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Huron Library.

Voters in Huron will decide on a 5.9 mill renewal operating levy this May.


Bellevue/Local wrestling ref to Enter OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame

Bellevue’s Jeffrey Crosby is one of fourteen people named to the latest class of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Officials Hall of Fame.

Crosby, a wrestling official, is invited to an induction banquet happening this June in Columbus.


Milan/Edison school wins state school breakfast art contest

This is National School Breakfast Week, with a local school named one of the winners in a related state art contest.

Edison Elementary School in Milan was one of five schools selected as the state encouraged students to create artistic work using the theme “My Favorite Breakfast”.

The winning posters were displayed yesterday at a child nutrition vendor show in Lewis Center, near Columbus.






A chance of rain and snow showers.  Partly cloudy, with a high near 45.



Rain and snow showers likely, becoming all snow after midnight.

Low around 32.

New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.



A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 36.



A chance of snow showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 32.

Monday, March 5th, 2018

New London/Mechanical pencils to be banned in school

New London schools will soon ban student’s use of mechanical pencils.

The policy will go into effect later this month; and is being put in place after the Huron County Sheriff’s Office heard reports of local students using the pencils to exchange drugs with each other.


Sandusky/School not interested in arming teachers

Sandusky Schools have no plans to arm their teachers or hire armed security guards.

Superintendent Eugene Sanders told the Sandusky Register they do rely on local law enforcement for large and special events, but doesn’t believe that arming teachers is a good idea.

Sanders said there are only a few seconds to react in an active shooter situation, and that the teacher’s first responsibility is to place students under their care and out of harm’s way.


Norwalk/Traffic stop results in drug arrests

Two men face felony drug charges after a traffic stop Friday night in Norwalk.

According the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, a probable cause search resulted in the finding of a large amount of marijuana, heroin and cocaine; along with nearly $4,000 in cash.

The names of the two men were not disclosed.


Sandusky/Known drug kingpin sentenced

A Sandusky man known by police as a drug kingpin is headed to prison for 16 years.

22-year-old Daniel Hallingshead was sentenced on Friday in U.S. District Court in Toledo on ten drug counts; including possession and intent to distribute heroin and other drugs.

Hallingshead was arrested back in 2016 after authorities raided five locations believed to be connected to a drug operation.


Sandusky/Vets home to see upgrades

The recently announced state biannual budget includes $8.2 million for repairs at The Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.

The money will go towards building renovations and facility upgrades including a new perimeter fence and furniture replacement.


Sandusky/Route 6 historian to visit Sandusky and Fremont

U.S. 6 is the longest transcontinental highway in the United States, spanning over 3,600 miles and covering 14 states.

Route 6 Tourism Association Executive Director Gary Hunter will be in two of the cities the highway runs through this week to share its history.

Hunter will stop by the Fremont Birchard Library today at 2:00 pm and at the Maritime Museum in Sandusky on Saturday at 1:00 pm.


Huron County/Health Department offering child injury prevention programs

Huron County Public Health has received donations that support child injury prevention programs.

The ‘Baby Sleep Safe’ Program and Car Seat Program are open to income-eligible families who either lack a safe sleep space or car seat.

Qualifying families are provided with a free portable crib or car seat, as well as educational resources.






Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.



A chance of light snow showers, mainly overnight.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.



A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.



A chance of snow in the morning, then a chance of rain and snow.

Cloudy, with a high near 37.

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Huron County/Power outages

High winds, rain, snow and ice led to an array of power outages in Huron County last night.

Close to 1,500 customers were without power in the Norwalk area on Thursday night, according to First Energy.

In Erie County, several roads in Berlin, Milan and Perkins Township were flooded; as well as downed power lines reported.


Wakeman/Western Reserve student charged with alleged threat

A 14-year-old Western Reserve student has been charged with disorderly conduct following an alleged threat on Monday.

According to authorities, the boy from Wakeman made a written threat to someone and created an “inconvenience and threat” to the school district.

The boy has been placed on house arrest with 24-hour adult supervision, must go through a mental health evaluation and is prohibited from having weapons.


Norwalk & Monroeville/Student planning peaceful protests

Students at both Monroeville and Norwalk schools are planning peaceful demonstrations concerning school violence.

Monroeville superintendent Ralph Moore told the Norwalk Reflector that the school has been working with their student leadership to organize a student-led show of support.

In Norwalk, students there are looking at a peaceful protest outside of the school day.

Close to 300 Port Clinton High School students recently held an administration-allowed walk-out in respect to the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shootings.


Sandusky/Detox center looking for state licensing

The recently-opened Erie County Health Department detox center in Sandusky is looking to apply soon for state licensing.

Officials say the facility with 16-beds must receive licensing from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in order to bill insurance companies for its services.

26 people have successfully completed their detox program since the center opened on January 2nd.


Berlin Township/New light at Edison Woods MetroPark

A light to deter suspicious activities has recently been installed at Edison Woods MetroPark in Berlin Township.

The pole was placed just off Ohio 61 after concerns were raised about people dropping off animals in the park and cars sitting in the park with their lights off at night.


Huron/BGSU Firelands bachelor’s program

A new bachelor’s degree program will soon be available at BGSU Firelands.

The school’s board of trustees has approved a new bachelor’s degree program in respiratory care.

The campus currently offers an associate’s degree in that program.

The school looks to hopefully start the program this fall; marking the first bachelor’s degree to be offered exclusively at their Huron campus.


Huron County/Firelands Electric scholarships

Scholarships have been handed out through a contest offered by Firelands Electric Co-op.

Local winners include New London student Carrie Smith, finishing in 2nd place and awarded $1,250 in scholarship money.

Ashlyn Tommas of Monroeville and Weston Eibel of New London both finished in 4th place, with $750 given to them.

Awards were given to graduating high school seniors who live in a home served by the cooperative.



Friday, March 2nd, 2018

*Erie and Huron County: Level One Snow Advisory



Partly sunny, with a high near 36.



Mostly clear, with a low around 22.



Sunny, with a high near 37.



Sunny, with a high near 41.