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Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Closed today, New London Local Schools…due to a threat found on social media.

Superintendent Brad Romano says they collaborated with the New London Police Department on the decision to close school; which will allow law enforcement to complete their investigation of the threat.
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Huron County is now officially a Second Amendment Sanctuary County. 

Commissioners approved the measure on Tuesday.

Commissioner Terry Boose tells the Norwalk Reflector all they are doing is telling the state and federal governments that if they plan to make changes or do something against the Second Amendment that the county strongly supports the right to bear arms; and would request the government think about their decision.
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As the deadline has passed to register for the Ohio primary, early voting now begins.

In Huron County, voting will take place in a new location this year; in the basement of the County Administration Building, meeting room A. 

Voters should park in the back lot and use entrance C.
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A water main break in Erie County has led to a boil advisory this morning.

The advisory runs through 10 this morning for select customers in Berlin and Huron Township…living on River Road, Darrow, Jeffries, Barrows, Knight and Berlin. 
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The city of Elyria and its firefighters union have reached an agreement on a new, 2-year contract.

It includes 3-percent raises each year.

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Oberlin College is making moves, to shore up its bottom line.

College President Carmen Twillie Ambar has sent an email to faculty, staff and students, saying they are moving ahead with plans to bring in private vendors, to provide dining and custodial services, in hopes of saving more than 1-million-dollars-year.

Currently, these services are provided by more than 100 full-time employees, represented by the United Auto Workers union.

President Ambar says, it is the college’s hope, that the private vendors will consider some of those workers for employment.

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The more things change…the more things stay the same, in Port Clinton; as the city has named a new Safety Service Director. 

It’s current Interim Safety Service Director, Tracy Colston.

Colston previously served as Safety Service Director from 2009 to 2016.

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Roadwork in Vermilion planned for this summer will replace Highbridge Road from the bridge to Brownhelm Station Road.

The city says that contractor bids are expected to be finished in April; with construction to follow.

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Sandusky High School is set to host a blood drive today.

It runs from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm…with a goal of collecting 50 pints.

Those participating should enter through the Athletic Entrance.
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

 

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around 19.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 25.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 34. 

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

A Huron man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning in Erie County.

Timothy Truman was 63.

Authorities say that Truman drove left of center on Berlin Road in Huron Township and struck the vehicle of 37-year-old Timothy Adamowicz head-on.

Adamowicz was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

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A resident of Columbia Station has been charged with ‘aggravated vehicular homicide’.

Police say, 31 year old Keith Liedtke Columbia Station was behind the wheel of a car back in October…a car that veered off Sprague Road, struck a utility pole, and brought down power lines.

A passenger, 27 year old Brent Reszler of Columbia Station, was killed when he got out of the car and came in contact with the power lines…as did off-duty firefighter/EMT Brett Wilson, who had gone to the crash site, to help.

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It appears, the Bendix Corporation is another step close to leaving Elyria and ‘building new’ in Avon.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, Bendix executives told an Avon Council Committee last night, they plan on breaking ground in April if city council approves an incentive package next week.

Bendix hopes to open their new facility late next year…with nearly 700 employees.

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In Lorain, elected leaders are dealing with water and sewer rates, EPA mandates, and a policy for water shut offs…

City council heard from several upset customers last night.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram

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Ohio’s primary election takes place March 17th…with today being the deadline to register to vote in it.

You can register and check your voting registration status online at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website. 

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The Goodtime-One will remain positioned in Sandusky’s Jackson Street Pier for at least the next 5 years.

According to the Sandusky Register, a new lease running through 2024 has been agreed upon with a $15,000 lease payment to go towards a new ticket house for passengers.

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Another edition of the Sandusky Police Department’s ‘Coffee with a Cop’ series takes place later this morning.

It runs from 11:00 am to 12 noon at Sandusky Bell & Deli inside of the Marketplace at the Cooke.

The event allows residents to voice their concerns, ask questions and get to know their local officers better.

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Talks are underway regarding new bleachers and track at Western Reserve High School.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that two donors have reached out to the school district about possible donations. 

The bleachers at the football field have been in place since the 80’s and the current gravel track was constructed in the 60’s when the football field was built.

There’s no timetable for the possible project…with Western Reserve Superintendent Rodge Wilson saying they are at least two years away from anything getting started.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers.  Cloudy and windy, with a high near 45.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 26.

Monday, February 17th, 2020

It’s President’s Day, and you know what that means…

Most government offices, financial institutions and schools are closed.

When in doubt…call ahead!

 

A Woodville man was killed from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident Friday near Fremont involving a pedestrian.

State Highway Patrol troopers say Jose Navarro was struck by a truck while walking on Port Clinton Road in Sandusky Township

The driver of the truck, Robert Knapp of Fremont, was not hurt.

 

The numbers are in from the Ohio Department of Health, and they show, the number of new influenza-related hospitalizations rose again the first week of the month… a 19% increase over the previous week.

And…more than double the hospitalizations reported during the same week of last year’s flu season.

 

If you see a small helicopter circling and hovering around Lorain County this week, including Vermilion…there’s no need to worry.

It’s what Ohio Edison will be using to inspect structures and power lines.

 

Yesterday was declared ‘Edison Wrestling Day’ by Milan Mayor Ben Smith.

The mayor of the village presented a proclamation to the high school wrestling team on Sunday after the Chargers captured the Division 3 State Dual Team Championship in Columbus.

 

Drivers who use the Charles Berry Bascule bridge in Lorain will soon have to find another way of getting in and out of downtown Lorain.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced; the Bascule Bridge will close all of next week, so crews can install new machinery.

 

Erie County is looking for opinions from residents regarding their long range transportation plan.

They’ve posted a public survey on their Facebook page (Erie County, Ohio) which involves the next 25 years of transportation planning.

 

Two employees for the Village of Plymouth have been warned for building what’s being referred to as a “potato gun”. 

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the employees were given a warning that further disciplinary action would be taken if the type of behavior continued…this, after the employees reportedly built the potato gun and shot a vest out of it.

 

The City of Sandusky has announced that the Maritime Museum of Sandusky will be opening a new exhibit on the Underground Railroad this upcoming weekend.

There will be a ribbon cutting on Saturday at 10:30 am; followed at 1:00 pm by a discussion on Sandusky’s role in the Underground Railroad.

 

Hobby Lobby will open its doors in the Sandusky Mall complex here in the near future.

According to the Sandusky Register, the craft store will open in late March; bringing close to 50 jobs to the area.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today – President’s Day

Increasing clouds, with a high near 43.

 

Tonight

Rain.  Low around 39. 

Winds could gust near 30 mph.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 45.

 

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 31. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

They’ll try again today.

The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox will open this season this afternoon, at 1:10. The game will air on 95.3 WLKR. Yesterday’s game was postponed shortly after 2:30. The club issued a statement, blaming a changed forecast and wind chills dropping into the teens.

 

A convicted child rapist from Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.

51-year-old Michael Walls was sentenced yesterday to eight life sentences. He has no chance at parole. Walls stood trial last month in Erie County Common Pleas Court, and was found guilty on more than 20 counts of rape. Officials said Walls raped a girl multiple times a week from the time she was 3 or 4, into her teens. During yesterday’s hearing, Walls said he was innocent, and said he plans to appeal his conviction and sentence.

 

Norwalk police are still looking for a man who swiped more than $1,200 worth of beer and liquor from Gardner’s SuperValue.

It happened at 4pm last Tuesday. According to Captain Mike Conney, the man loaded up his cart twice, and left the store undetected both times.

He made off in a gray newer-model Toyota Camry. The man is described as heavy-set, bald and 40 to 45. Pictures of the man have been posted on the Norwalk Police Department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information should contact the Norwalk Police Department.

 

Ground will be broken this Friday, for the Cedar Point Sports Center at the former Griffing- Sandusky Airport site on Cleveland Road.

Officials said phase one of the youth sports facility will include nine multipurpose synthetic turf fields, four NCAA regulation baseball fields, a championship baseball and softball stadium, eight NCAA regulation lacrosse fields, sports-specific training areas and an ADA-accessible community use field. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 Friday afternoon. Phase one is expected to be complete by this fall, with spring and summer of 2017 serving as the inaugural season for Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center.

 

Former Ohio State University marching band director Jonathon Waters will again lead a college band.

He’s been hired as an assistant professor of music, and director of bands at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. Waters was dismissed by Ohio State in the summer of 2014, after an investigation revealed the OSU band contained a ‘sexualized culture.’

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

It’ll be a cold, blustery day for Cleveland Indians baseball.

The season opener against the Boston Red Sox is scheduled to begin at 4:10 this afternoon. The forecast for Cleveland calls for rain and snow showers to move out by game time, but windy conditions will continue, with temperatures falling to about 33. We’ll broadcast live from Progressive Field, starting at 1 this afternoon. You’ll hear comments from Cleveland Indians players and front office personnel, and we’ll get you ready for today’s game. Then we’ll join the Indians Radio Network for Indians Warm-Up at 3:37, leading up to today’s scheduled 4:10 start time on 95.3 WLKR.

 

Two Norwalk High School students are facing charges, for allegedly selling marijuana at school last month.

The girls, ages 16 and 17 are charged with marijuana trafficking. They’ll answer to the charges in Huron County Juvenile Court.

 

A Huron County grand jury has charged two local men, in connection with different sex crimes.

19-year-old Nathanial ‘JR’ Parsons of New London is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stem from two alleged incidents with a now 15-year-old girl. One occurred last fall, the other in February.

Also charged by the grand jury: 62-year-old Thomas J. McDaniel of Willard. He’s facing a single count of sexual battery, for the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in late February.

 

Governor John Kasich is in New York today.

On the schedule: campaign stops at Hofstra University and Huntington.

 

An elected official in Sandusky says he has doubts about the future of Ohio Bike Week, which typically runs between late May and early June.

Dennis Murray Jr. serves as a city commissioner and ex-officio mayor. According to the Sandusky Register, Murray said one of the chief complaints about Ohio Bike Week is excessive noise caused by hundreds of motorcycles. The city of Sandusky recently signed a five-year contract extension with Ohio Bike Week, through 2021. In the story, Murray said the city would honor the contract, but may not renew it unless changes are made.

 

More news from Sandusky…

It appears a city commissioner is going to jail, for not paying child support.

Court paperwork shows Greg Lockhart must report to the Erie County Jail by April 15th, to begin serving a 30-day sentence. His attorney appealed the sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court, but the motion was denied. Lockhart won a four-year term last fall. Despite the pending jail term, it appears Lockhart’s spot on the commission is safe.

 

A decision won’t be made tomorrow night, but Norwalk City Council will hear the first reading of legislation allowing golf carts on city streets.

As we told you last week, members of city council will debate the pros and cons. The measure could be approved as is, modified or voted down.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016

State regulators have approved a plan that will lead to higher electric bills for many Ohio consumers.

Despite opposition from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio okayed the plan yesterday. FirstEnergy customers will pay more to subsidize the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, while American Electric Power customers will pay more to subsidize an aging coal-fired plant. The average residential customer will see an average monthly bill increase of about $10. The rate hike will begin in June.

 

Another victory, for supporters of medical marijuana…

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified a proposal to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the Buckeye State. The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must now collect more than 300,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

 

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a recent fire in Clyde.

The March 6th blaze damaged the Clyde Car Wash on West Maple Street, and nearby storage units. Investigators quickly ruled the cause as arson. Anyone with information should contact the Clyde Police Department.

 

Perkins school officials appear close to hiring a new treasurer.

Out of 33 applicants, two are finalists. One is Daniel Bowman, current treasurer of the Parma Schools. The other is Cheryl Swisher, treasurer of Van Buren Schools. A decision could come this month.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has honored eight Huron County employers for their strong workplace safety records.

To receive an award, a business must have at least 500,000 hours and six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

Leading the list: David Price Metal Services in Norwalk…The company worked nearly 1.2 million hours without a serious injury. Also on the list: Delany Staffing Group, Kaiser-Wells, LakePark Industries, New Horizons Baking Company, the Norwalk Public Library, PolyOne, and Wiers Farm.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Could golf carts be allowed on Norwalk city streets?

This week, city council discussed proposed legislation that would give the green light to golf-carts and other “under-speed” vehicles on the streets of Norwalk. According to Councilman Chris Mushett, the legislation will be up for first reading next week. Mushett also said the measure could eventually be approved as-is, modified or voted down.

 

A Willard resident is in critical condition, after crashing her pickup truck in New Haven Township.

According to the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 65-year-old Joyce Zellner suffered serious head injuries, after driving off State Route 99 at Fisher Street late Tuesday night. Troopers said her truck vaulted over Fisher Street, and came to rest in a nearby yard.

As we first told you yesterday, Zellner was taken by ambulance to Mercy Willard Hospital, then was air-lifted to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. The crash remains under investigation.

 

A vote scheduled for later today could have an impact on your electric bill.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will decide if consumers should pay more to subsidize certain aging coal-fired and nuclear power plants, modernize the power grid, reduce carbon emissions and guarantee profits. First Energy and AEP want the PUCO to approve a plan that would charge customers higher rates over the next eight years. The average increase would be approximately $100 a year. If approved, the plan would take effect June 1st.

 

The Edison school board will meet in special session at 6 tonight, at Edison Elementary…Public action is expected.

 

She’s being called a serial thief of tip jars, and now, she’s in jail.

29-year-old Stefanie Eshack of Norton is accused of stealing tip jars from businesses in Rocky River, Garfield Heights, Fairview Park, Westlake, Parma, North Olmsted and Avon. Police were able to connect Eshack to the string of thefts, by reviewing video footage at each location. She was arrested Tuesday.

 

Scenes for the ‘Fast and Furious 8’ will be shot in Cleveland.

Filming could begin as soon as next month. The movie is scheduled to be released in April of next year.

Friday, April 1, 2016

State regulators have approved a plan that will lead to higher electric bills for many Ohio consumers.

Despite opposition from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio okayed the plan yesterday. FirstEnergy customers will pay more to subsidize the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, while American Electric Power customers will pay more to subsidize an aging coal-fired plant. The average residential customer will see an average monthly bill increase of about $10. The rate hike will begin in June.

 

Another victory, for supporters of medical marijuana…

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified a proposal to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the Buckeye State. The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must now collect more than 300,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

 

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a recent fire in Clyde.

The March 6th blaze damaged the Clyde Car Wash on West Maple Street, and nearby storage units. Investigators quickly ruled the cause as arson. Anyone with information should contact the Clyde Police Department.

 

Perkins school officials appear close to hiring a new treasurer.

Out of 33 applicants, two are finalists. One is Daniel Bowman, current treasurer of the Parma Schools. The other is Cheryl Swisher, treasurer of Van Buren Schools. A decision could come this month.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has honored eight Huron County employers for their strong workplace safety records.

To receive an award, a business must have at least 500,000 hours and six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

Leading the list: David Price Metal Services in Norwalk…The company worked nearly 1.2 million hours without a serious injury. Also on the list: Delany Staffing Group, Kaiser-Wells, LakePark Industries, New Horizons Baking Company, the Norwalk Public Library, PolyOne, and Wiers Farm.