News

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Erie County/Sandusky convicted killer’s execution delayed

The Ohio Supreme Court has decided to delay the September 2021 execution of Sandusky’s Curtis Clinton.

Clinton is guilty of killing 23 year-old Heather Jackson; her three year-old daughter and infant son in 2012.

The court ruled that the delay would stay in effect until all post-conviction proceedings are exhausted, including any appeals; which Clinton recently requested.

 

Erie County/Patrol seeks driver who struck a Patrol cruiser

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking the public for assistance in locating or identifying a commercial vehicle that struck a Patrol cruiser and fled on the Ohio Turnpike early Thursday morning in Erie County.

Troopers are looking for a white Volvo commercial vehicle, hauling a white box trailer.

A trooper from the Milan Post was stopped with activated overhead lights on the side of the road at mile post 122 when the cruiser was struck.

The trooper was inside the Patrol cruiser, wearing a safety belt and was not injured.

The cruiser sustained disabling damage to the left front, damaging the wheel and tire; preventing the trooper from pursuing the vehicle.

 

Erie County/Milan man facing drug charges

A Milan man has been sentenced to one year in prison on drug possession charges.

The sentence for 44 year-old Randy Myers will coincide with two convictions in Huron County last month.

Myers’ charges in Erie County stem from a raid at his East Front Street apartment in February.

 

Huron County/One-year in prison for failing to appear in court

A 35 year-old Bellevue man has been sentenced to one year in prison for failing to appear in court.

Jonathan Fitts has a pending case for drug trafficking in connection with a controlled-buy coordinated by the Norwalk Police Department last May.

Fitts recently pled guilty to the failure to appear charge in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

 

Erie County/Ohio State Highway Patrol OVI Checkpoint

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held in Erie County tomorrow evening.

The OVI checkpoint is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

Data shows that in the past three years there have been 174 OVI related crashes within a three mile radius of the checkpoint area; as well as 368 OVI arrests made.

The exact location of the checkpoint will be announced tomorrow morning.

 

Huron County/Norwalk United Fund begins 2019 campaign

The Norwalk Area United Fund held a kickoff breakfast Thursday morning to officially get their 2019 fundraising campaign underway.

The United Fund’s Ken Russ says the 2019 campaign goal has been set at $390,000.

The organization fully funded 37 area grants and programs in 2017.

 

Erie County/Delayed start today for Huron Schools

Huron Schools’ students have a delayed two-hour start today.

It’s the first of three delayed starts for faculty and staff professional learning sessions.

The other dates are December 7th and March 1st.

 

Local News/Weekend events

Let’s take a look at what’s going on this weekend…

The state’s largest one-day festival known for having one of the best and longest parades around…the Woolybear Festival…takes place Sunday in Vermilion

Sandusky is hosting the 7th annual North Coast Oktoberfest tonight, Saturday and Sunday.  The weekend block party features live music, traditional Bavarian dancers and of course German food and beer.

Old Woman Creek reserve in Huron is holding their annual National Estuaries Day event Saturday.  It includes hikes, a lab tour and other hands-on activities.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2018

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1:00 pm.

Breezy, with gusts near 40 mph.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 89.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7:00 pm.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

 

Saturday

A slight chance of morning showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

 

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 70.

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Bellevue/Accidental suicide

The name of the man whose death has been ruled initially as an “accidental suicide” has been released.

Authorities say he was 36 year-old Chris Odell, who was born in Norwalk, attended Edison High School and was a lifelong area resident.

Police say a woman and child witnessed Odell shoot himself with a handgun on Kilbourne Street Tuesday …which appeared to them to be an accident.

Alcohol could’ve played a part in the death…according to police.

An autopsy will be performed.

 

Erie County/Sandusky Middle School student allegedly brings knife to school

A 13 year-old girl was arrested Wednesday at Sandusky Middle School after allegedly bringing a knife to school.

Police say she admitted to bringing the knife with her, but had no intentions of harming anyone.

She was taken to the Erie County Justice Juvenile Center.

 

Huron County/More than $31,000 going to Norwalk firefighters

Close to $32,000 in federal money has been awarded to the Norwalk Fire Department to help keep first responders and the public more safe.

The funds will be used for supplemental training, protective equipment upgrades and facility modifications.

 

Huron County/“Meet the Candidates Night”

Senior Enrichment Services in Norwalk has planned a “Meet the Candidates Night” for those running for the offices of Huron County Auditor and Huron County Commissioner.

It will take place October 10th at 5:00 pm.

Tony Schaffer from the Huron County Chamber of Commerce will host the event.

 

Erie County/Perkins Schools’ Bogart Road property to be sold

Perkins Schools will auction off their former administrative building on Bogart Road near U.S. 250, next month.

The most recent tenant, North Point Educational Service Center, relocated last year.

The auction is set for October 11th at 12 noon at the building’s location at 1210 Bogart Road.

 

Huron County/Willard City Schools Distinguished W Award

Willard students have partnered with school officials to establish the “Distinguished W Alumni Award”.

The honor will be given to civic and professional frontrunners in fields of business, education, law, medicine, the military, science and the arts.

The inaugural class of 2018 includes:

-Retired US Army Colonel Daniel Barnett

-Retired US Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Bruce Durr Senior

-Retired US Air Force Colonel and former Prisoner of War Richard Vogel

-Tony Award Winner Randy Adams,

-Willard City Manager Jim Ludban

-Osman Hooper Award winner for news photography Jean Murray

These recipients will be honored on September 28th in the Willard High School Auditeria before the Homecoming football game; and will be recognized at halftime as well.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2018

Today

A slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

 

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly late in the afternoon. Breezy.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 88.

 

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Bellevue/Possible accidental suicide

Bellevue Police are investigating what they are initially calling an “accidental suicide” that happened early Tuesday involving the death of a 36 year-old man.

Police say a woman and child witnessed the man shoot himself with a handgun on Kilbourne Street near the Bellevue Beverage Center…which appeared to them to be an accident.

Authorities said that alcohol could’ve played a part in the accidental death.

 

Huron County/Bellevue armed robbery suspects indicted

Three men have been indicted in Huron County for allegedly robbing a Bellevue gas station on Castalia Street a month ago.

19 year-old Joshua Thom and 20 year-old Matthew Robbins of Bellevue and 27 year-old Tyler Haughn of Norwalk all face first-degree felony charges of aggravated robbery.

The three men allegedly committed the crime along with a 14 year-old Fremont boy.

 

Lorain County/Fatal crash statistics

The numbers are in, and they show, 14 people have died in 13 crashes this year on Lorain County roads.

There were 7 fatal crashes between February 28th and August 8th.

The Lorain County Traffic Fatality Review Committee says, of those 7, two involved alcohol and one involved drugs.

 

Sandusky County/Patrol investigating serious injury crash

Sandusky County authorities believe alcohol was a factor in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon that left a Clyde man seriously hurt.

According to the State Highway Patrol, 57 year-old Dana Simpson was on County Road 280 in Riley Township when he drove off the left side of the road and into a ditch; where his pickup truck overturned.

Simpson was taken by medical helicopter to a Toledo hospital.

 

Ottawa County/Accused drag racers plead not guilty

A man and woman from Port Clinton accused of drag racing, which left a child injured, have pled not guilty to criminal charges.

30 year-olds’ Kyle Jennings and Monica Warnke face felonies of aggravated vehicular assault and child endangerment.

The charges are in connection with a severe crash last May where authorities say Jennings rolled his truck several times, with Warnke’s 8 year-old son inside.

 

State News/U.S. Senate debate

The first debate between Democratic Congressman Sherrod Brown and his opponent, Republican Jim Renacci will happen next month in Cleveland.

The two will meet up October 14th at 6:00 pm at Playhouse Square’s Idea Center.

 

Huron County/Safe driving presentations

The Huron County Safe Communities Coalition will be hosting two presentations at local schools to educate parents and teens about safe driving.

“Drugged Driving, Done Driving” will be held at Willard High School on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

“U R the Key” will take place at Bellevue High School next Thursday, September 27th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Both presentations will involve local law enforcement members.

 

Milan/Anti-bullying tour to visit Milan Friday

A speaking engagement event with an anti-bullying message will make a stop at Edison schools on Friday.

“The Relentless Tour” featuring motivational speaker and former Michigan State basketball player Anthony Ianni (“eye-on-ee”)…will talk to students at both the high school and middle school.

Ianni is known as the first individual with autism to play Division-One college basketball.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2018

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

 

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the late afternoon.  Breezy.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Erie-Huron County/Turnpike Commission to pay tribute to fallen workers

The Ohio Turnpike will hold a Memorial Sign Dedication Ceremony Friday as part of its efforts to ask motorists to move over for emergency vehicles.

Those to be remembered include…Kenneth Bailey and Berton Stewart of Monroeville, who lost their lives in a work zone in 1970…and signs will be dedicated to Frank Protzman Junior of Sandusky, Jeff Hotz of Fremont and David Lescher of Norwalk; three tow truck operators who were killed in work zone accidents in 2002, 2003 and 1995, respectively.

The ceremony will take place at 2:00 pm Friday at the turnpike’s Castalia Maintenance Building.

 

Erie County/Dog killed by neighbor after alleged attack

A Sandusky woman told authorities Sunday that she had to stab her neighbor’s pit bull to death after it attacked her dog and bit her arm.

The incident reportedly happened in the 700 block of Fox Street, with the pit bull’s owner, 34 year-old Elizabeth Franks, to likely be charged with failing to confine an animal and not having a dog license.

 

Erie County/OVI accident in Huron

A Sandusky man was charged with OVI Saturday after allegedly hopping a curb and crashing into the outside of Riverview Lanes bowling alley in Huron.

The vehicle driven by 25 year-old Judd Campbell reportedly caused some damage to the facility’s cinder blocks, doors, door frames and sections of the ceiling.

 

Huron County/September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Huron County Public Health has released some statistics related to this being National Suicide Prevention Month.

In Huron County, suicides typically account for between one to two-and-a-half of resident deaths annually.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio’s suicide rate increased by 36-percent from 1999 to 2016.

Nationally, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., with nearly 45,000 lives lost to suicide in the U.S. in 2016.

 

Local News/Red Cross locally helping Hurricane victims

Local help for Hurricane victims…

The American Red Cross says nearly 4,000 disaster workers, including 38 from northeast Ohio, have been sent to help assist victims of Hurricane Florence.

They’ve also sent over 130 emergency vehicles to the Carolina coast; four of those from here in northeast Ohio.

 

Huron County/Debate planned in Monroeville for Jordan/Garrett

Monroeville High School will be the site for a debate next month between U.S. Representative, Republican Jim Jordan and opponent, Democrat Janet Garrett.

It will take place October 23rd at 12 noon, as part of a series of debates the Sandusky Register is organizing at local schools.

Earlier, on October 10th, two debates will also take place…State Representative Steve Arndt and Joe Helle at Huron High School…..Erie County Commissioner candidates Julie Farrar and Steve Shoffner will also debate that same day at Margaretta High School.

 

Erie County/Video game store robbed

Perkins Police are asking for the community’s help in identifying three suspects wanted in the robbery of a video game store last Wednesday.

According to video footage, the suspects took several items from shelves at ‘The Exchange’ on Milan Avenue…and kicked in a door to the store’s back room.

 

Erie County/Fundraising for possible new Sandusky aquatic center halfway done

Fundraising efforts to build a new aquatic center at Sandusky High School is halfway finished…according to project supporters Monday night at an informational meeting.

The new natatorium is expected to cost $6.7 million; paid for through $4.7 million in donations and $2 million already approved by taxpayers.

Sandusky High School’s current pool is over 60 years old, with plans for the new facility to be built partially where the current pool is located on Hayes Avenue.

 

Erie County/New radios for Perkins Township police

Communications improvements are coming to first responders in Perkins Township.

Township trustees have approved spending $287,000 for new radio equipment for both police officers and firefighters.

 

Erie County/Perkins boil advisory

A boil advisory is in effect through 10:00 am Wednesday off for a number of residences in Perkins Township; on East Perkins Avenue (1801-2022) and Pioneer Trail (2604-2618).

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018

 

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of showers.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Erie County/Second Kalahari shooting suspect indicted

A second man has been indicted on felony charges related to a shooting incident at Kalahari Resorts in May.

19 year-old Samuel McKnight Junior of Cleveland faces charges of felonious assault and aggravated robbery.

The incident reportedly took place at one of the resorts’ entertainment villas during a party where McKnight allegedly pistol-whipped someone, before the incident spilled out into a parking lot.

19 year-old Ronnelle Chandler of Euclid is then accused of firing a gun multiple times, which didn’t strike anyone.

 

Erie County/Hospital bomb threat

The main campus of Firelands Regional Medical Center was placed on lockdown for about two hours Friday morning due to a called-in bomb threat.

The hospital says the facility was searched…with the threat determined to be non-credible.

Sandusky Police are investigating the call’s origin.

 

Erie County/Jail drug smugglers

Two Perkins Township residents have been indicted on drug charges related to an incident at the Erie County Jail last November.

36 year-old Amie Martinez is accused of smuggling a drug substance inside of contact lens containers to 39 year-old William Peabody, while he was incarcerated in jail on a drug-related offense.

 

Erie County/Sandusky Police “Drive Sober” campaign results

Sandusky Police have shared results from their recent “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving crackdown.

The S-P-D teamed up with the U.S. Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Administration to arrest 11 offenders from the roads between the dates of August 17th to September 3rd.

 

Erie County/Patrol plans OVI sobriety checkpoint this week

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Sandusky Post has announced that an OVI checkpoint will take place in the area this week.

The county where the checkpoint will take place will be announced the day prior to the checkpoint, and the location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.

 

Erie County/New YMCA in Sandusky likely a no-go

Plans to build a new YMCA in Sandusky have stalled.

Board members said Friday that they’re ending a fundraising campaign that ended up $3 million short of their goal.

Last May, the Sandusky “Y” on West Perkins Avenue closed due to multiple reasons including finances, aging facilities and decreasing memberships; leaving Erie County without one.

Board members were looking to construct a new facility at the $50 million Cedar Point Sports Force Parks indoor sports complex, which is being built right now on Cleveland Road.

Officials say they’ll continue to pursue other avenues.

 

Huron County/Near $14,000 grant will help local fire department  

A recent state grant received by a Huron County fire department has been used to help keep first responders safe.

The Fairfield Fire Department recently was awarded close to $14,000 which has gone towards the purchase of an extractor and around 30 hoods and gloves.

40 Ohio Fire Departments are sharing a $426,000 grant from a program linked to the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.

 

Erie County/Roadwork

In Erie County, State Route 61, between Deehr Road and Smoky Road, will close today for railroad crossing repairs.

Detour signs will be posted.

ODOT says they expect to reopen the road on Friday.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2018

 

Today

A chance of showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 79.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Sandusky County/O’Connell to prison

Former Sandusky County Sheriff’s Detective Sean O’Connell was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to evidence tampering in the Heather Bogle homicide investigation.

Bogle was found dead in the parking lot of a Clyde apartment complex in 2015.

O’Connell was the lead investigator in the case until he was removed from it in 2016.

A co-worker of Bogle’s at Whirlpool in Clyde, Daniel Myers, has been charged in the homicide.

 

Huron County/Willard gas station robber going back to prison

A Huron County man convicted of robbing the Hy-Miler gas station in Willard in 2015 is going back to prison after being granted an early release.

23 year-old Caleb Hale had been out on parole since July before a Huron County judge sentenced him earlier this week to four years in prison for violating his probation.

 

Erie County/Truck fire

No one was hurt when a truck caught fire Thursday while unloading product at the O.E. Meyer Company in Margaretta Township.

No structures were damaged but the truck was completely destroyed.

 

Huron County/Norwalk mayor asking for a share of state money

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan is asking the state to share some of its $147-million in surplus money with local communities.

In a letter sent to state officials, Duncan says the state’s surplus funds would be more useful to local governments than the state’s plan of using it for an income tax withholding reduction and to max out Ohio’s rainy day fund.

 

Huron County/Drive-thru flu shot clinics

Huron County Public Health has announced that they’ll be holding four drive-thru seasonal flu shot clinics next month.

Mark your calendars for October 3rd at the Huron County Fairgrounds in Norwalk and St. Mary’s Church in Wakeman; also October 11th at First Baptist Church in New London and Willard Alliance Church.

 

Erie County/Maui Sands sold

Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark on Milan Road in Perkins Township has been sold for $7 million.

The hotel recently received some bad publicity when it was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible” show; which highlighted a number of issues at the resort.

After viewing that program…a company with hotels, resorts and assisting-living centers in multiple states, Vintro, bought the six parcels of land; with plans to invest $15 million in renovations to the property.

 

Sandusky Aquatic Center committee

The Sandusky Education Foundation is hosting an unveiling event on Monday evening related to fundraising efforts involving a new aquatic center.

It will take place at 6:00 pm at the new planetarium at Sandusky High School.

Committee members have set a goal of raising $4.7 million to help build the new facility.

The current pool is 61 years old.

 

Area News/Weekend activities…

What’s going on this weekend?  Plenty of fun activities!  Here’s just a few…

The “Imagine Norwalk” arts and music festival goes on this evening; featuring a “pet ‘n pup parade”.

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point begins tonight.

…and the Paper District Marina in Sandusky plays host to “Dragons and Bacon Fest” on Saturday.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018

*A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect now through 10:00 am.

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

 

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 82.

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Friday, September 14th, 2018

Sandusky County/O’Connell to prison

Former Sandusky County Sheriff’s Detective Sean O’Connell was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to evidence tampering in the Heather Bogle homicide investigation.

Bogle was found dead in the parking lot of a Clyde apartment complex in 2015.

O’Connell was the lead investigator in the case until he was removed from it in 2016.

A co-worker of Bogle’s at Whirlpool in Clyde, Daniel Myers, has been charged in the homicide.

 

Huron County/Willard gas station robber going back to prison

A Huron County man convicted of robbing the Hy-Miler gas station in Willard in 2015 is going back to prison after being granted an early release.

23 year-old Caleb Hale had been out on parole since July before a Huron County judge sentenced him earlier this week to four years in prison for violating his probation.

 

Erie County/Truck fire

No one was hurt when a truck caught fire Thursday while unloading product at the O.E. Meyer Company in Margaretta Township.

No structures were damaged but the truck was completely destroyed.

 

Huron County/Norwalk mayor asking for a share of state money

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan is asking the state to share some of its $147-million in surplus money with local communities.

In a letter sent to state officials, Duncan says the state’s surplus funds would be more useful to local governments than the state’s plan of using it for an income tax withholding reduction and to max out Ohio’s rainy day fund.

 

Huron County/Drive-thru flu shot clinics

Huron County Public Health has announced that they’ll be holding four drive-thru seasonal flu shot clinics next month.

Mark your calendars for October 3rd at the Huron County Fairgrounds in Norwalk and St. Mary’s Church in Wakeman; also October 11th at First Baptist Church in New London and Willard Alliance Church.

 

Erie County/Maui Sands sold

Maui Sands Resort and Indoor Waterpark on Milan Road in Perkins Township has been sold for $7 million.

The hotel recently received some bad publicity when it was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible” show; which highlighted a number of issues at the resort.

After viewing that program…a company with hotels, resorts and assisting-living centers in multiple states, Vintro, bought the six parcels of land; with plans to invest $15 million in renovations to the property.

 

Sandusky Aquatic Center committee

The Sandusky Education Foundation is hosting an unveiling event on Monday evening related to fundraising efforts involving a new aquatic center.

It will take place at 6:00 pm at the new planetarium at Sandusky High School.

Committee members have set a goal of raising $4.7 million to help build the new facility.

The current pool is 61 years old.

 

Area News/Weekend activities…

What’s going on this weekend?  Plenty of fun activities!  Here’s just a few…

The “Imagine Norwalk” arts and music festival goes on this evening; featuring a “pet ‘n pup parade”.

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point begins tonight.

…and the Paper District Marina in Sandusky plays host to “Dragons and Bacon Fest” on Saturday.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018

*A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect now through 10:00 am.

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

 

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 82.

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Huron County/Wakeman man faces child pornography charges

A Huron County man faces multiple federal charges of child pornography in Connecticut.

24 year-old Robert Dudukovich was arrested Wednesday in Berlin Heights after being indicted late last month by a federal grand jury.

He’s accused of managing a chat group on a smartphone messaging app and sharing images and videos with group members, including a person in Connecticut.

 

Huron-Erie County/Monroeville man indicted for alleged shooting

A Monroeville man has been indicted on attempted murder and felonious charges in Erie County.

According to authorities, 32 year-old Tyler Keegan last month allegedly texted a man from a woman’s phone to come to his house on Ransom Road in Oxford Township, where he shot the man in the chest.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.

 

Sandusky County/Bellevue vehicular homicide

A man from Bellevue has pled guilty to vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal crash in Ballville Township near Fremont in June of last year.

47 year-old Christopher Ferguson suffered life-threatening injuries in the accident while his passenger, 52 year-old Rodney Lewis, died in the crash.

Law enforcement said Ferguson was allegedly under the influence of a non-alcohol substance at the time of the crash.

He’ll be sentenced next month.

 

Ottawa County/Man says he guilty of drug trafficking

A 36 year-old Port Clinton has pled guilty to attempted aggravated drug trafficking.

The charges for Clayton Havens are in connection with an investigation by the Ottawa County Drug Task Force last year after an informant told agents that Havens was selling heroin.

 

Erie County/EHOVE superintendent to resign

EHOVE Career Center is in the market for a new superintendent.

After 12 years of leading the district, Sharon Mastroianni has announced her resignation, effective July of 2019.

The Monroeville resident first began working for the career center in 1985.

 

Erie County/Margaretta football stadium improvements

Margaretta High School in Castalia will play their first home football game of the season on Friday, no matter what.

An over half-million dollar improvement project including new bleachers, press box and sound system is all but finished.

Last November, a tornado touched down there; destroying the press box and heavily damaging bleachers and the track.

School officials hope to have Erie County sign off on the new bleachers, granting the district an occupancy permit.

If not, the school says they’ll still play at the Duck Pond, even if fans have to bring their own lawn chair.

The school had their home opener moved to Bellevue last month.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2018

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 82

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Huron-Erie County/Milan woman charged in hitman case

The Milan woman arrested over three months ago for allegedly hiring an undercover agent to kill her former son-in-law has been charged criminally in federal court.

70 year-old Sandra Haughawout faces a charge of solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

According to authorities, she attempted to hire and pay a hitman $10,000 to kill her daughter’s ex-husband after he was having a dispute with her daughter over custody of their children.

 

Huron-Erie County/Man arrested for stealing vehicles and boat

A man who allegedly stole a van from St. Paul Catholic Church in Norwalk on Monday was arrested Tuesday afternoon for reportedly also stealing two other vehicles and a boat.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol apprehended Jonathan Puccia of New Jersey in Portage County, saying he’s a person of interest in the thefts of the van, a car, an attempted theft of another car, a boat from Key Harbor Marina in Vermilion and also alcohol and food at the Wayside Inn on U.S. 6 in Vermilion.

 

Erie County/Sandusky man facing charges related to alleged attack of female

A Sandusky man faces aggravated assault and menacing charges.

Police responded to a call on Sycamore Line Monday night where a woman accused 49 year-old Laurence Davis from Clinton Street of choking her.

 

Huron County/Norwalk City Schools’ support staff contract

Superintendent George Fisk at Norwalk City Schools says a tentative contract agreement has been reached with support staff.

The contract with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, which includes bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and teachers aides, is expected to be ratified next Wednesday.

 

Huron County/Norwalk fire station getting close to opening

Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson gave City Council a tour last night of the soon-to-be opening new fire station on Whittlesey Avenue.

The new facility will feature five bays, living and work quarters, a community meeting room and a triage area.

It’s scheduled to open sometime next month.

 

Lorain County/School fighting

Lorain Schools’ CEO David Hardy Junior says, the school system will take ‘a strong stance’ against fights in schools, and the students involved would be punished ‘swiftly’.

Those comments…in a news release from Hardy’s office…after several physical altercations and verbal disruptions at Lorain High.

Hardy says, those isolated behaviors cannot and will not dominate the ‘positive culture’ being created…

 

Erie County/Low-interest loans for improvements

Erie County Commissioners are preparing a financing plan that includes borrowing around $1.5 million for multiple improvements.

The low-interest loans would include $650,000 for a new sludge processing facility at Sandusky’s sewer plant on River Road, $550,000 for a new pumping station at Ohio 101 and $400,000 for renovations at The Meadows at Osborn Park.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2018

Today

Cloudy, with a high near 74.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Local News/17th anniversary of 9/11

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, and a number of observations are being held locally throughout the day.

For example, tonight…there will be a service on Ely Square in downtown Elyria.

Check with your town for possible events.

 

Erie County/Man sentenced to death wants a reprieve

47 year-old Curtis Clinton of Sandusky has motioned the Ohio Supreme Court to postpone his death sentence scheduled for September of 2021.

Clinton was found guilty of killing 23 year-old Heather Jackson, her 3 year-old daughter and infant son; in 2012.

Clinton says he wants the execution date delayed until he’s exhausted all available remedies, including post-conviction appeals.

 

Ottawa County/Accused child rapist found competent for trial

An accused child rapist from Port Clinton has been found competent to stand trial following a psychological evaluation.

26 year-old Cody Habel is charged with three counts of rape; facing life in prison if convicted.

His trial will begin in late October.

 

Huron County/Stolen van in Norwalk

Police in Norwalk are searching for a man they believe stole a white Ford van from in front of St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.

Authorities say the suspect is a white male and that a video is posted of him on the police department’s Facebook page.

 

Erie-Lorain County/Vermilion high-speed chase

A woman was arrested by Vermilion Police late Saturday after allegedly driving faster than 130 miles-per-hour.

Police say they first saw the woman’s vehicle on Liberty Avenue and followed her into Lorain where she stopped her car on West Erie Avenue after reportedly driving through multiple yards.

Criminal charges are pending following a mental evaluation.

 

Erie County/Woman faces animal cruelty charge

A Sandusky woman has been charged with animal cruelty after two of her dogs were found malnourished.

According to police, a search warrant was executed on West Monroe Street where they found the dogs in cages, belonging to 18 year-old Naleah Khiaosoth.

Custody of the dogs was signed over to the Erie County dog pound.

 

Huron County/Property value estimates can be viewed online

Huron County property value estimates for 2018 evaluation are now available for review…according to Auditor Roland Tkach.

They can be found on the auditor’s website (www.huroncountyauditor.org) or by giving the auditor’s office a call.

 

Erie County/Ice cream social with Sandusky first-responders

Tonight in Sandusky, it’s “Sub-Zero with a Hero”.

Toft’s Dairy is hosting the event where you can enjoy ice cream and conversation with Sandusky firefighters and police officers.

It runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2018

Today

A slight chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

 

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 80.