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Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Two different fires in Berlin Township on Sunday

Two separate Fires in Berlin Township Sunday took place within three miles of each other.

No injuries were reported in either blaze on East Mason Road and Ohio 61.

The family on East Mason Road lost most of their belongings including dogs that perished in the fire.

The causes of both blazes are under investigation.

 

Gunpoint robbery reported in Sandusky

Sandusky Police are looking into a reported robbery at gunpoint early Sunday at Farwell and Sixth Streets.

Three men said that two unknown men approached them while there were sitting in their vehicle and demanded their belongings.

The suspects reportedly then fled behind a nearby house.

 

Woman escapes injury in Berlin Heights accident

The driver of an SUV was unhurt after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Berlin Heights on Monday.

The woman reportedly was driving north on Ohio 61 (Ceylon Road) when she lost control of her vehicle and ended up in a ditch.

 

Marblehead to receive new police cruisers

Police in Marblehead will soon be cruising in two new vehicles.

The purchase of two new Ford Taurus police cruisers has been approved by village council to replace older vehicles with over 120,000 miles on them.

The two vehicles cost around $64,000 combined; including equipment modification and installation.

 

Firelands Habitat for Humanity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Firelands Habitat for Humanity will pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior as they work on various projects this year; including their 100th house.

The organization, which serves Erie and Huron Counties, announced yesterday on Martin Luther King Day that they are now part of a national effort to partner with the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia; a living memorial honoring Dr. King.

Firelands Habitat expects to construct their 100th home in April on Wilbur Street in Sandusky.

 

Monroeville Solar Power Park now complete

The village of Monroeville has completed construction of a solar park.

Commercial power production began in late December at the park located at the Monroeville reservoir and is expected to offset around 10 percent of the village’s annual energy purchases.

Council in Monroeville first approved the project in February of last year with construction then beginning in October.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – TUESDAY 1/16

Today

A chance of flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 13.

Wind chill values as low as 6-below-zero.

 

Tonight  

A chance of flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5.

Wind chill values as low as 4-below-zero.

 

Wednesday

A chance of flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22.

Wind chill values as low as 4-below-zero.

 

Thursday

Sunny, breezy, with a high near 29.

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Sandusky hosting MLK Jr. Day celebration this morning

The public is invited to Sandusky’s annual Martin Luther King Junior Day celebration later this morning.

The event, put together by the Sandusky Club of Black Business and Professional Women, begins at 11:00 am inside the Sandusky High School auditorium.

 

Sheppard Jr. murder suspect from Florida trying to fight extradition

One of the three men charged in the murder of Huron County’s Michael Sheppard Junior is fighting extradition from Florida.

35 year-old Joshua Stamm, along with 34 year-old Adam White of Sandusky and 44 year-old Scott Hall of Clyde all have been charged with two counts of murder.

Stamm has been given until January 23rd to file a motion related to being unlawfully detained.

White and Hall are scheduled for a February 6th trial in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Sheppard is believed to have been murdered during a drug dispute near Milan back in 2003.   His body was never located.

 

Sandusky trial set for alleged killer’s girlfriend

The girlfriend of an alleged killer in Sandusky will stand trial next month.

36 year-old Amy Matos has been charged with a felony obstructing justice charge in connection with the alleged shooting death of Anthony Pearson in Sandusky’s MacArthur Park neighborhood in August of last year.

Matos goes to trial on February 13th in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

Matos’ boyfriend, Joel Miles, faces murder and drug trafficking charges.  His trial date has not been set

 

EHOVE student charged with drug paraphernalia possession

A 17 year-old Bellevue girl has been charged with drug paraphernalia possession while at EHOVE Career Center.

On Thursday, the girl allegedly was trying to vaporize marijuana while in a school restroom.

 

Norwalk Schools name Scheel as support services associate director

The Norwalk School board has approved the hiring of Tim Scheel as the district associate director of support services.

Scheel previously was the head custodian for Edison Schools and also spent time at Norwalk as a substitute teacher.

 

Sandusky officials approve zoning change in likely medicinal marijuana site

Sandusky city officials have approved zoning changes that could pave the way for a medicinal marijuana dispensary.

The land was re-zoned from “residential” to “business” at Tiffin Avenue and Venice Road in the one-time site of a gas station and mobile home park.

Private company, The Forest Sandusky, have applied for one of 60 state-regulated dispensary licenses; which would likely be built on the land in question.

The state is expected to announce who received the dispensary licenses in a couple of weeks.

 

Over 1,000 tires recycled from recent collection event

Over 1,000 unused tires in Perkins Township were recently collected for recycling.

The event stemmed from when a community official discovered at least 300 dilapidated tires as well as furniture on condemned land on Hayes Avenue.

The EPA was contacted; who then financially supported the collection event last month, with the tires later taken to a recycling center in Millersburg.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – MONDAY – 1/15

Today – M.L.King Day

Snow.  High near 26.  New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

 

Tonight

Snow likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.

Wind chill values as low as 4-below-zero.

New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

 

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 14.

Wind chill values as low as 7-below-zero.

 

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 22.

Friday, January 12th, 2018

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – FRIDAY, 1/12

*A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect today at 10:00 am through 4:00 am Saturday.

Today

Rain this morning, changing to freezing rain and sleet and then later to snow and sleet. Temperature falling to around 24 by late afternoon.

New ice accumulation of around a tenth of an inch possible.

New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

 

Tonight

Snow.  Low around 12. Wind chill values as low as 6-below-zero.

Blustery, with wind gusts as high as 32 mph.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

 

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17.

 

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 18.

 

Sandusky man arrested after allegedly breaking window into home

A Sandusky man has been charged with felony burglary for allegedly breaking through a window at a York Township home after claiming someone was going to shoot him.

According to the Fremont News-Messenger, 30 year-old Micah Risner reportedly broke into the house on County Road 296 near Bellevue around midnight Thursday when the homeowner would not let him inside after knocking.

No other person was found.

 

Firelands Regional Medical Center now restricting visitors due to flu

Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky has started limiting visitors due to a rise in the flu across the area and state.

Visitors are restricted to healthy members of the patient’s immediate family or the patient’s immediate support person, age 18 and up.

The policy was first put in place in 2014 but hasn’t been needed the last two winters.

Erie County has had 26 hospitalizations for the flu this season; which is above average.

Huron County has had 20 flu-related hospital stays so far.

 

18 year-old Perkins woman charged in stabbing

An 18 year-old Perkins Township woman has been charged with felony felonious assault after allegedly stabbing a 21 year-old man following an argument.

Brooklyn Flournoy also faces a domestic violence and tampering with evidence charge from the incident Wednesday afternoon at an apartment on Pioneer Trail in Perkins Township.

The victim was treated and released from Firelands Regional Medical Center.

 

Blaze destroys home garage in Sandusky

A home garage in Sandusky was destroyed in a fire early Thursday afternoon.

No one was hurt in the blaze which reportedly started on East Larchmont Drive after a resident left on a kerosene space heater while they ran errands.

No vehicles were in the garage.

 

Vermilion police receive misguided social media complaints

Not us.

That’s what the Vermilion Police Department told a number of visitors to their Facebook page on Tuesday following a number of ill-advised negative comments and complaints.

The misdirected backlash was in response to an incident involving police and the arrest of a teacher in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana during a recent public forum.

 

Ernsthausen Community Center to be open 24 hours soon

The Ernsthausen Community Center in Norwalk will soon be open 24/7.

24-hour access will begin March 1st; making it one of only a few rec centers in Ohio to offer such hours.

The gymnasium, track, cardio and weight rooms along with the family locker room will be available 24 hours.  The pools will be locked.

An updated security system is being installed.

The rec center also plans to put in a new splash pad by early June.

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Willard man found dead in Colombia

The family and friends of a Willard man are in shock after he was discovered dead in the South American country of Colombia.

Herbert Kendrick was 69.

His son, Jacob Kendrick of Tiffin, not knowing of his dad’s whereabouts, said he received a Facebook message with the tragic news last week from someone claiming to be an agent from the U.S. Embassy in Colombia.

After a welfare check, a neighbor told authorities that Herbert Kendrick had left for Colombia the day before Thanksgiving.

Kendrick apparently died on January 1st due to septic shock, likely caused by not having his diabetes medication.

Jacob Kendrick was unaware of why his father went to Colombia as he had no family or friends there.

 

Willard man headed to prison for receiving stolen property

A Willard man is going to prison for three years.

28 year-old Kipling Duncan-the-second pled guilty on Tuesday to a count of receiving stolen property and trespassing from an incident last June.

 

Tom’s Toys owner trial has been delayed

The trial has been delayed for a man from Marblehead charged with 15 counts of felony theft involving his outdoor vehicle dealership.

42 year-old Thomas Owens allegedly sold vehicles at his Port Clinton dealership, Tom’s Toys on Catawba Road, without turning over the title of ownership to the new owner.

Owens has pled not guilty to the charges.

The trial will begin March 13th in Ottawa County.

 

Norwalk discussing future of cell phone tower

The city of Norwalk is weighing options when it comes to a lease agreement with a cell phone tower.

The city is in the second year of a 40-year lease with the tower, which makes the city around $900 per month.

The city could sell its part of the lease for $150,000 or keep the lease; which could bring in over $700,000.

Officials have discussed possibly using the $150,000 to assist with the city’s projected 2018 deficit of $807,000.

 

Willard schools looking into building a new performing arts center

The Willard City School board discussed this week the possibility of a new performing arts center.

It would replace the current auditorium used for concerts and plays.

A non-profit group, the Willard P-A-C Project, has been formed to raise funds for the future facility.

Superintendent Jeff Ritz said the board would have to approve an earned income tax to help fund the project.

 

New “22+ program” being started at Sandusky Schools

Sandusky Schools are introducing its “22-plus” program for adults without a high school diploma or GED that are looking to obtain one.

The free program is for Ohio residents 22 and older; and allows people to work at home from any computer while receiving help from qualified teachers.

 

Volunteers needed at Firelands Regional Medical Center

Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky is looking for a few good men and women to help volunteer in various ways.

Volunteers are needed in areas such as patient and guest relations, clerical and the information desk.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – Thursday, 1/11

Today

Showers likely, mainly in the afternoon.  Breezy.

Cloudy, with a high near 58.

 

Tonight

Rain. Low around 37.

 

Friday

Rain and sleet early, turning to freezing rain and snow and sleet in the afternoon.  Windy.  High near 38.

Snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

 

Friday Night

Snow.  Low around 16.  Blustery.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

 

Saturday

Snow likely, mainly in the morning.

Mostly cloudy and blustery with a high near 19.

New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Norwalk van fire likely part of a suicide attempt

Norwalk Police have determined that the Monday morning fire involving a man and a minivan on Willard Avenue was part of a suicide attempt.

Authorities say the Sandusky man, who was rescued from standing next to the van after catching himself on fire, was responsible for setting the van ablaze in the driveway of a woman he’s dating.

The man, in his 50’s, who was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, will likely be transferred to a mental-health facility.

 

Norwalk coach Steve Gray denies “bullying” allegations

During last night’s meeting, the Norwalk City School board addressed allegations of abuse against veteran varsity boys basketball coach Steve Gray.

Comments from a few parents included Gray being called a “bullying coach” along with Gray being emotionally and physically abusive to her son.

Gray, in his 17th season at Norwalk, denied the allegations in a written statement saying that he is not an abusive coach; that he does yell and is tough on his players, but has never threatened a player with violence.

Several dozen people stood in favor of Gray after JV coach Nick Lee said he had documentation from 44 players who pledged to support Gray.

 

Port Clinton man arrested for likely drug deal

An Ottawa County man was arrested Monday after allegedly being caught up in a heroin sale in Sandusky.

21 year-old Zachary Young from near Port Clinton was charged with felony drug trafficking and felony drug possession after a Perkins police detective in an unmarked car witnessed the likely sale of heroin while in a parking lot on East Perkins Avenue.

 

Huron County Commissioners choose Boose as president

The Huron County commissioners have named Terry Boose as their president for 2018.

Skip Wilde was selected as vice president.

Boose will also serve as the county’s official voting representative at the annual meeting of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.

 

Willard school board welcomes in new member

Former teacher Rick Willoughby is the newest member of the Willard City Schools Board of Education.

Willoughby was welcomed in by the board earlier this week, after winning a seat during the November election.

Chris Rothaar was named president of the board.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – Wednesday, 1/10

Today

A chance of freezing rain early and a chance of rain.

Patchy fog this morning.  Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 45.

 

Tonight

A chance of rain.  Cloudy, with a low around 45.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 55.  Breezy.

 

Friday

Rain in the morning, then rain and snow, possibly mixed with sleet.

High near 40.  Breezy.

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Man saved from burning

Huron County maintenance worker Mike Armstrong reportedly helped pull a man who was caught on fire away from a van that was engulfed by flames Monday morning in Norwalk.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, the incident at 15 East Willard Avenue is under investigation by both Norwalk Police and the state fire marshal’s office.

The man, likely in his 50’s, was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

Police charge man in Sandusky shooting

Authorities have found the man they believe is responsible for the shooting at a Sandusky bar early Friday morning.

27 year-old Jonathon Lacey of Camp Street in Sandusky has been charged with three counts of felonious assault.

Lacey was previously arrested on Friday for resisting and misconduct after officers stopped him following the shooting.

Two men and a woman were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries as a result of the shooting at Kaman’s Korner bar on Milan Road.

 

Authorities believe Osborne School threat is a hoax

Sandusky police are looking into a threat made against Osborne School on social media.

Residents brought attention to a Facebook post that reportedly showed a picture of firearms that said “don’t go to school tomorrow”.

Authorities believe it’s a copycat hoax with the photo coming from a news article from Virginia.

 

Ohio Bike Week to see changes this year

Some big time changes are coming to Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky for 2018.

City commissioners have agreed with event organizer Advantage Entertainment to reduce the event from a 10-day to a five-day festival, move the event up a week to May 24th through 28th and to increase the “block party” from three to four days.

Nearly 200,000 biking enthusiasts attend Ohio Bike Week each year.

 

New London welcomes new school board member

The board of education at New London Schools has sworn in a new member.

Tim Grys, who works for ODOT and has lived in the school district for 30 years, will finish out the last two years of Gary Landis’ term, who is stepping down.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – Tuesday, 1/9

Today

Widespread fog this morning.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

 

Wednesday

Rain likely, mainly in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 45.

 

Thursday

A chance of rain, mainly in the afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 57.  Breezy.

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Police investigating Sandusky shooting

Sandusky police are investigating a shooting that injured three people early Friday morning.

The unknown shooter reportedly was outside of the bar, Kaman’s Korner, at Milan Road and McKelvey Street; and shot two men and a woman in their 20’s who were in the doorway of the bar.

Anyone with info is asked to call Sandusky Police.

 

No injuries in US 250 crash

No injuries came from a four-vehicle accident Sunday evening on US 250 in Milan.

44 year-old David Hartman of Norwalk told authorities that his brakes went out and caused him to rear-end the vehicle in front of him; resulting in the four-vehicle crash at the intersection of US 250 and Ohio 113.

 

Norwalk man charged from November drug raid

A Norwalk man has been charged with a felony count of receiving stolen property for his role in a November drug raid.

37 year-old Jeremy Manus joins three others that were previously arrested during the raid where authorities found cocaine and meth.

 

Man from Sandusky sentenced for arson

A Sandusky man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for arson.

39 year-old Anwar Watson pled guilty to multiple arson charges after admitting to setting fire to a residence on Scott Street in December of 2016.

 

Huron County: Two fatal traffic crashes reported for last quarter

The recently created Huron County Safe Communities Coalition and Fatal Crash Review Committee reports that two fatal traffic crashes took place on county roadways during the last quarter of 2017.

For the year 2017, a total of six fatal crashes resulted in six fatalities in Huron County, down slightly from 2016, where eight crashes caused nine fatalities.

 

Water rates on the increase in Norwalk

Water rates are increasing in Norwalk.

Starting with bills received in February, residents within city limits who use over 1,000 gallons will pay an extra 4 cents and those outside of the city will pay an extra 8 cents per 100 gallons.

The monthly minimum rate will increase from $4.30 to $4.50 for those in the city and will jump from $8.60 to $9.00 for those outside of city limits.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – Monday, 1/8

*A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect now through 1:00 pm today.

Today

Rain and snow. High near 36.

New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 32.

 

Wednesday

A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44.

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Bellevue man going to jail for baseball bat attack in “love triangle”

A Bellevue man is going to prison for eight years for his involvement in a violent “love triangle” in September.

32 year-old Jordan Mellon pleaded guilty to felonious assault in November after prosecutors agreed to drop an attempted murder charge.

According to Bellevue authorities, Mellon attacked Dustin Gurley of Bellevue with a baseball bat after Gurley was brought to a secluded area by Lisa Miller of Bellevue.

Miller received a two year prison sentence last month for her role.

 

Danbury man sentenced for “Snapchat” rape incident

A 78 year-old Danbury man has been sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of raping a 20 year-old woman in a video that was reportedly recorded on the social media app, Snap-chat.

James Allen recently pled guilty to a count of rape after all other charges were dropped from the August incident.

Allen will also have to register as a sex offender.

 

Willard police looking into reports of missing man

A man contacted Willard police this week to check on his 69 year-old father after receiving a message on social media that his father had died in South America.

Police checked at the man’s last known residence on Rae Court, where no one answered; with a note on the door saying his rent was past due.

A neighbor also told authorities that the missing man went to Columbia in late November and has never returned.

 

Senator Sherrod Brown introduces veteran’s bill

Senator Sherrod Brown has introduced new legislation to honor fallen soldiers by making sure they can display replicas of the battlefield cross at their grave site.

The bill, the “Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act”, is the result of Ohio veterans who spoke out after the removal of a battlefield cross replica from the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

The bill would make sure the Department of Veterans Affairs allows these replicas to stand at national cemeteries.

 

Sandusky to hold warming center at local church

As temperatures continue to hover around zero, the city of Sandusky has set up a warming center at a local church.

New Jerusalem Baptist Church on Eddy Henry Ray will be open from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am this weekend through Sunday morning.

 

Police in Sandusky wearing bicentennial badges

To honor Sandusky’s bicentennial this year, police are wearing special bicentennial badges.

Each uniformed officer is wearing the badge that contains his or her special ID number along with “Sandusky Police” and “City Bicentennial 1818-2018”.

It’s the first new badge design in over 25 years.

 

Oak Harbor schools give treasurer a new contract

Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools have given their school treasurer a new contract.

School board members recently approved a three-year contract for Cajon Keeton, who will receive a four-percent increase in pay.

Keeton’s annual salary will be $90,000.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 1/5

*A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect through Saturday at 12:00 noon. 

 

Today

Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 7.

Wind chill values as low as 19-below-zero.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0.

Wind chill values as low as 13-below-zero.

 

Saturday

Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 10.

Wind chill values as low as 13-below-zero.

 

Sunday

A slight chance of snow in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27.

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Willard has a new mayor

Willard Mayor Todd Shininger has retired after over 20 years of service.

Councilman Joe Daniel was nominated and elected by city council as the new mayor.

Charles Danhoff will serve as vice mayor.

 

Attorney for O’Connell faces criminal charges

With the trial of Sandusky County sheriff’s detective Sean O’Connell looming in March, the attorney representing O’Connell faces some legal issues of his own.

53 year-old Christopher Fiegl, with a law office in Fremont, has been charged with assault and resisting arrest in connection with an incident last month at Hollywood Casino in Toledo.

O’Connell faces criminal charges related to the homicide investigation into the 2015 death of Heather Bogle.

 

Long time fire chief steps down

After a 40-plus-year career in firefighting, Tom Beck has stepped down from the position of fire chief of the Huron River Joint Fire District.

Beck’s last day was Sunday, with Norwalk Fire Lieutenant Curt Stang taking over.

Beck was also a fourth-generation fire chief in Monroeville during his career.

 

Norwalk’s first baby of 2018 born Tuesday

The first baby of 2018 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk was born Tuesday morning.

Norwalk’s Heather Rader welcomed in son, Dalton, at six pounds, 11 ounces.

 

New police chief for Plymouth

Plymouth has a new police chief.

Long time chief Charlie Doan recently retired after over 42 years in law enforcement; 22 of those with Plymouth.

Former Assistant Chief Thomas Hintz, who’s been on the force in Plymouth since 1999, took over as the new chief on Monday.

Doan will continue to serve the village though, after winning a spot on Plymouth Village Council back in November.

 

Firelands Electric Co-op looking for new member

Firelands Electric Co-op is in search of a new board member.

This follows the recent passing of District 2 Trustee Lowell Kreager.

Those interested in being an interim trustee must live in the townships of Blooming Grove, Cass, Greenwich, New Haven, Ripley or Ruggles.

Applications are available online at www.firelandsEC.com; and must be turned in by the end of the month.

 

Norwalk Christmas tree pickup information…

Christmas tree pickup in Norwalk will take place next week.

Starting Monday, residents may place their trees out on their lawn for pickup on their regular trash day.

The city asks for tree stands to be removed, to not place the tree in a bag and to not use a rope around the tree.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 1/4

*A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect through Saturday at 12:00 noon. 

Today

A chance of snow showers.  Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 10.

Wind chill values as low as 9-below-zero.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 4-below-zero.

Wind chill values as low as 22-below-zero.

 

Friday

Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 6.

Wind chill values as low as 23-below-zero

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 7.

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

New judge appointed in O’Connell case

A familiar judge has been appointed to preside over the criminal case of former Sandusky County Sheriff’s detective Sean O’Connell.

The Ohio Supreme Court has selected Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove, who also presided over former Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer’s 2016 case; in which Overmyer was sentenced to four years in prison on felony drug and theft charges following a plea deal.

Judge Robert Hart recently disqualified himself from the case; stating a rule related to judge’s impartiality, saying that he’s worked closely with the sheriff’s office in the past.

O’Connell faces criminal charges related to the homicide investigation into the 2015 death of Heather Bogle.

His trial is set to begin in late March.

 

Patrol: Fewer traffic fatalities occur during Christmas and New Year’s

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says that fewer traffic fatalities took place over the two recent holidays than at the same time a year ago.

During Christmas, five crashes resulted in five fatalities; a decrease from 2016 when 14 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes.

During the New Year’s holiday period, two traffic crashes caused three people to lose their lives; a 50 percent decrease from last year, when six individuals lost their lives traffic crashes.

 

Police in Norwalk busy to start 2018

Norwalk police responded to four different incidents during the first hour of 2018.

29 year-old Matthew Goodsite of Milan was charged with OVI and was found to be in contempt of court in Erie County.

Police charged 25 year-old Christina Jones of Norwalk with child endangerment after a reported disturbance on Bouscay Avenue.

28 year-old Gary Holland Junior of Norwalk was also charged with OVI after a traffic stop on Benedict Avenue; as well as authorities charging a 19 and 18 year-old from Huron with underage drinking at the intersection of West League and Newton.

 

Cars reportedly broke into around Wakeman

An uptick in car break-ins around Wakeman is being investigated by Huron County Sheriff’s deputies.

Six calls were recently received by authorities to incidents on Harrison Street, North Fitchville Road and Zenobia.

 

Authorities looking to identify man involved in alleged McDonald’s assault

Perkins Police are asking for the public’s assistance in ID’ing a suspect involved in an alleged assault on New Year’s Day at the McDonald’s on West Perkins Avenue.

Early Monday morning, a man reportedly became belligerent when his food didn’t arrive in sufficient time.

Restaurant employees warned him they would call the police after they gave him his order.

The man left the drive-thru but returned an hour later where he insisted on his food being replaced before reaching into the restaurant and hitting an employee in the face with the food.

The suspect then fled.

 

Huron couple give birth to Sandusky’s “Bicentennial Baby”

Sandusky not only has their “New Year’s baby”, but their “Bicentennial Baby” as well.

Luca Matthew Eskins was born Monday morning to a Huron couple at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

The newborn received a special “bicentennial baby” onesie and a pair of bicentennial booties.

Sandusky is celebrating its 200th year here in 2018.

 

Norwalk Area United Fund hosting “Dine Out” at Norwalk Eagles today

The winter schedule rolls on for the Norwalk Area United Fund’s “Dine Out” fundraiser.

Today, a portion of the proceeds from food purchased at the Norwalk Eagles Club on Cline Street will help support the United Fund’s 2018 Community Campaign.

The Eagles Club is open to the public for lunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Saturday.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 1/3

*A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect through 12 noon today.

Today

A chance of snow showers, mainly this afternoon.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 18.  Wind chill values as low as -16.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 3.

Wind chill values as low as -10.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 8.

 

Friday

A chance of flurries. Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 8.