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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Norwalk man allegedly threatens to rob Perkins Township bank A man from Norwalk was issued a summons for disorderly conduct after allegedly causing an uproar at a bank in Perkins Township. 38-year-old Charles Case reportedly became disruptive with staff at Fifth Third Bank on Milan Road when he found out his account was frozen. Case reportedly threatened to rob the bank before bank staff called authorities.   Sandusky man under investigation for two separate rape incidents A 28-year-old Sandusky man is being investigated for multiple rape allegations. New allegations claim McClain Durst raped a 16-year-old girl last month in the Resthaven Wildlife Area in Castalia. He was arrested Friday night for being a suspect in a rape in West Clarksfield in eastern Huron County. Durst has already spent time in jail for unlawful sexual conduct in Ottawa County.   Sandusky County Sheriff comments on why inmates escaped last week Sandusky County Sheriff Christopher Hilton says there were three main causes that led to two inmates escaping from the county jail in Fremont last week. In a Facebook post, Hilton said there were several misconceptions concerning the circumstances of their escape. Hilton says the escape was due to faulty door wiring; which has now been fixed, the door not being checked by a Corrections Officer and the Corrections Officer not being properly trained to check the door. 26-year-old Jordan Chapman and 37-year-old Mickey Hardy were both arrested last Wednesday in Toledo after being on the run for a few days.   New road projects in Sandusky Some roadway improvement projects on the way in Sandusky… ODOT has set aside $125,000 to help reconfigure the five-point crossing where Campbell Street, Columbus Avenue and Scott Street come together near Mama B’s Pizza. The project is expected to start in the coming months and be finished by June of next year. Also, planners have presented three artist renderings for a redesigned Shoreline Drive. The project includes angled parking and a protected bicycle path while maintaining two-way traffic. Cost and timeline of the project are unknown right now; with a final design to be given to city commissioners soon.   Norwalk kitchen fire causes $500 in damage No property damage was reported from a small kitchen fire in Norwalk on Monday. The fire on North Prospect Street reportedly began when a stove burner was left on. No one was hurt.  $500 in content damage was done.   Wakeman man part of those to be honored at Ohio State Fair A Wakeman man will be honored at this year’s Ohio State Fair 50th annual Sale of Champions. Patrick Nolan, a 2003 Western Reserve grad, will be recognized for being a grand champion in 1996, 1998 and 2001 and reserve grand champion in 2003. The Ohio State Fair gets underway today.   Summer Jam is this weekend The annual K96/WLKR Summer Jam concert event takes place this weekend at the Huron Boat Basin. The free show gets underway Saturday night at 5:00 pm with ‘A Tandem Blue’ followed by ‘Chu Dat Frawg’ with local country artist Matt Goodrich closing out the concert.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 7/26 Today Sunny, with a high near 83.   Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.   Thursday Showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.   Friday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Port Clinton man facing voyeurism charge for hotel incident

A Port Clinton man will be arraigned in an Ottawa County court on Wednesday for allegedly looking into hotel rooms.

50-year-old Craig Varady has been indicted on the charges of voyeurism, attempted burglary and criminal trespassing after an incident at a hotel on East Perry Street in Port Clinton.

 

$29,000 raised so far for family of deported Willard man

A Go-Fund-Me account set by the family of a Willard man who was deported last week to Mexico has raised over $29,000, as of this morning.

The money, according to the page, will go to help Jose Lara Lopez’s wife pay for their home and other bills; along with helping his four children get ready for school.

Lara Lopez had been living in the United States since 2001; but was an undocumented immigrant whose status was discovered by U.S. Customs in 2008.

 

Several items stolen from cars in Perkins Township

Police in Perkins Township are warning residents to keep their vehicles locked due to several reported thefts on Sunday.

Eight calls were taken by authorities on Sunday for thefts of items from cars in different areas on Bayview  Lane.

Police say that the thieves only stole items from cars with unlocked doors.

 

Ottawa County to remember 19 lost to addiction

As part of International Overdose Awareness Day, an event is planned for August 31st in Port Clinton to remember 19 local lives lost to opioid addiction.

Silent silhouettes will be unveiled at the Ottawa County Courthouse to recognize the 19 county citizens that died due to the opioid epidemic from October 2015 to January 2017.

The event begins at 1:00 pm; which will be followed by guest speakers sharing their sobriety stories and a walk to the Light House Sober Living recovery house.

 

Blighted properties to be demolished in Sandusky

City commissioners in Sandusky have approved the demolishing of nine condemned properties.

Work should get underway in September and be completed by November.

The cost of the demolishing, paid for through local funds, is expected to be between $50,000 and $100,000.

 

Norwalk vintage vehicle auction has $2 million pay day

$2 million was brought in during a recent vintage car auction in Norwalk.

Over 700 vehicles were sold during the Ron Hackenberger auction at Summit Motorsports Park and former Wolohan Lumber site on July 15th and 16th.

700 bidders were on site during the two days with 600 more bidding online.

 

K96 SPORTS 

NASCAR NEWS – DALE JR. TO JOIN NBC TV NEXT YEAR

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has signed a multi-year deal to join NBC television in the booth for NASCAR broadcasts beginning next season.

-The 42-year-old Earnhardt Jr. will retire from full-time competition at the end of this season with Alex Bowman driving his Hendrick Motorsports # 88 Chevrolet in 2018.

 

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS BEAT REDS IN MAKEUP GAME

Cleveland won 6-2 against Cincinnati last night at Progressive Field. 

-Carlos Santana blasted 2 solo home runs (12) for the Indians; one from each side of the plate.

-The Indians have now won 4 games in a row.

-The Indians open up a 3-game series at home tonight against the Los Angeles Angels at  6:37/7:10 pm – LIVE on sister-stations 95.3 WLKR and AM 930 WEOL.  Mike Clevinger will pitch tonight for Cleveland.

 

BASEBALL – CRUSHERS BACK IN ACTION TODAY WITH EARLY START

River City Rascals at Lake Erie Crushers – 11:05 am

-Today marks the start of a 6-game homestand for the Crushers against River City and the Normal Cornbelters.

 

NBA – CAVS SIGN ROSE

The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly signed free agent guard Derrick Rose to a one-year deal.

-The 28-year-old Rose, an 8-year NBA veteran, scored 18 points per game a season ago for New York.  Rose won the NBA MVP award back in 2011 with Chicago.

CAVS NAME ALTMAN AS NEW GM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have promoted assistant general manager Koby Altman to GM.

-Altman, has been a member of the Cavs basketball front office for the past five years, most recently serving as Assistant General Manager, having been promoted to that position in September 2016.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 7/25

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 83.

 

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

High near 79.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Port Clinton man facing voyeurism charge for hotel incident

A Port Clinton man will be arraigned in an Ottawa County court on Wednesday for allegedly looking into hotel rooms.

50-year-old Craig Varady has been indicted on the charges of voyeurism, attempted burglary and criminal trespassing after an incident at a hotel on East Perry Street in Port Clinton.

 

$29,000 raised so far for family of deported Willard man

A Go-Fund-Me account set by the family of a Willard man who was deported last week to Mexico has raised over $29,000, as of this morning.

The money, according to the page, will go to help Jose Lara Lopez’s wife pay for their home and other bills; along with helping his four children get ready for school.

Lara Lopez had been living in the United States since 2001; but was an undocumented immigrant whose status was discovered by U.S. Customs in 2008.

 

Several items stolen from cars in Perkins Township

Police in Perkins Township are warning residents to keep their vehicles locked due to several reported thefts on Sunday.

Eight calls were taken by authorities on Sunday for thefts of items from cars in different areas on Bayview  Lane.

Police say that the thieves only stole items from cars with unlocked doors.

 

Ottawa County to remember 19 lost to addiction

As part of International Overdose Awareness Day, an event is planned for August 31st in Port Clinton to remember 19 local lives lost to opioid addiction.

Silent silhouettes will be unveiled at the Ottawa County Courthouse to recognize the 19 county citizens that died due to the opioid epidemic from October 2015 to January 2017.

The event begins at 1:00 pm; which will be followed by guest speakers sharing their sobriety stories and a walk to the Light House Sober Living recovery house.

 

Blighted properties to be demolished in Sandusky

City commissioners in Sandusky have approved the demolishing of nine condemned properties.

Work should get underway in September and be completed by November.

The cost of the demolishing, paid for through local funds, is expected to be between $50,000 and $100,000.

 

Norwalk vintage vehicle auction has $2 million pay day

$2 million was brought in during a recent vintage car auction in Norwalk.

Over 700 vehicles were sold during the Ron Hackenberger auction at Summit Motorsports Park and former Wolohan Lumber site on July 15th and 16th.

700 bidders were on site during the two days with 600 more bidding online.

 

K96 SPORTS 

NASCAR NEWS – DALE JR. TO JOIN NBC TV NEXT YEAR

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has signed a multi-year deal to join NBC television in the booth for NASCAR broadcasts beginning next season.

-The 42-year-old Earnhardt Jr. will retire from full-time competition at the end of this season with Alex Bowman driving his Hendrick Motorsports # 88 Chevrolet in 2018.

 

MLB BASEBALL – INDIANS BEAT REDS IN MAKEUP GAME

Cleveland won 6-2 against Cincinnati last night at Progressive Field. 

-Carlos Santana blasted 2 solo home runs (12) for the Indians; one from each side of the plate.

-The Indians have now won 4 games in a row.

-The Indians open up a 3-game series at home tonight against the Los Angeles Angels at  6:37/7:10 pm – LIVE on sister-stations 95.3 WLKR and AM 930 WEOL.  Mike Clevinger will pitch tonight for Cleveland.

 

BASEBALL – CRUSHERS BACK IN ACTION TODAY WITH EARLY START

River City Rascals at Lake Erie Crushers – 11:05 am

-Today marks the start of a 6-game homestand for the Crushers against River City and the Normal Cornbelters.

 

NBA – CAVS SIGN ROSE

The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly signed free agent guard Derrick Rose to a one-year deal.

-The 28-year-old Rose, an 8-year NBA veteran, scored 18 points per game a season ago for New York.  Rose won the NBA MVP award back in 2011 with Chicago.

CAVS NAME ALTMAN AS NEW GM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have promoted assistant general manager Koby Altman to GM.

-Altman, has been a member of the Cavs basketball front office for the past five years, most recently serving as Assistant General Manager, having been promoted to that position in September 2016.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 7/25

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 83.

 

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

High near 79.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

$29,000 raised so far for family of deported Willard man

A Go-Fund-Me account set by the family of a Willard man who was deported last week to Mexico has raised over $29,000, as of this morning.

The money, according to the page, will go to help Jesus Lara Lopez’s wife pay for their home and other bills; along with helping his four children get ready for school.

Lara Lopez had been living in the United States since 2001; but was an undocumented immigrant whose status was discovered by U.S. Customs in 2008.

 

Port Clinton man facing voyeurism charge for hotel incident

A Port Clinton man will be arraigned in an Ottawa County court on Wednesday for allegedly looking into hotel rooms.

50-year-old Craig Varady has been indicted on the charges of voyeurism, attempted burglary and criminal trespassing after an incident at a hotel on East Perry Street in Port Clinton.

 

Several items stolen from cars in Perkins Township

Police in Perkins Township are warning residents to keep their vehicles locked due to several reported thefts on Sunday.

Eight calls were taken by authorities on Sunday for thefts of items from cars in different areas on Bayview  Lane.

Police say that the thieves only stole items from cars with unlocked doors.

 

Ottawa County to remember 19 lost to addiction

As part of International Overdose Awareness Day, an event is planned for August 31st in Port Clinton to remember 19 local lives lost to opioid addiction.

Silent silhouettes will be unveiled at the Ottawa County Courthouse to recognize the 19 county citizens that died due to the opioid epidemic from October 2015 to January 2017.

The event begins at 1:00 pm; which will be followed by guest speakers sharing their sobriety stories and a walk to the Light House Sober Living recovery house.

 

Blighted properties to be demolished in Sandusky

City commissioners in Sandusky have approved the demolishing of nine condemned properties.

Work should get underway in September and be completed by November.

The cost of the demolishing, paid for through local funds, is expected to be between $50,000 and $100,000.

 

Norwalk vintage vehicle auction has $2 million pay day

$2 million was brought in during a recent vintage car auction in Norwalk.

Over 700 vehicles were sold during the Ron Hackenberger auction at Summit Motorsports Park and former Wolohan Lumber site on July 15th and 16th.

700 bidders were on site during the two days with 600 more bidding online.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 7/25

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 83.

 

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

High near 79.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Port Clinton man sentenced to life in prison for 2014 murder

A Port Clinton man has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing a man to death in 2014.

60-year-old Ruben Gonzalez has pled guilty to the murder of 43-year-old Jose Villalon of Millbury.

Gonzalez reportedly stabbed the victim multiple times following an argument at Gonzalez’s home on Hoover Drive.

 

Shiloh man killed in accident

A Shiloh man died in a one-vehicle crash Friday in Richland County.

22-year-old Nathan Cayten was killed when the pickup truck he was in struck a ditch and overturned while driving on Adario North Road in Butler Township.

Alcohol is a suspected factor in the accident.

 

Latest in Norwalk City Council race…

Six people will be running for four at-large seats in the Norwalk City Council race this November.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that incumbents Steve Euton and Steve Schumm will seek re-election while Kelly Beck and Chris Mushett will not run again.

Others looking for a spot on council include Jordan Horowitz, Bryan Lamb, Erin Smetzer and Vince Thompson.

The filing deadline is August 9th.

 

Bellevue man charged with running red light in two-car accident

A Bellevue man has been charged with a red light violation from a two-vehicle accident last week in Norwalk.

According to Norwalk Police, on Wednesday, 35-year-old Joshua McConnell failed to stop for a red light before turning onto Whittlesey Avenue from Washington Street when he was struck by another vehicle.

The other vehicle’s driver, 53-year-old Bonnie Collum of Norwalk, was taken to the hospital with undetermined injuries.

 

Norwalk reservoir to host free concert from Firelands Orchestra

To help celebrate the city’s bicentennial, The Firelands Symphony Orchestra will play its first show in Norwalk in a decade.

The free concert will take place on August 27th at Veterans Memorial Lake Park at the Norwalk Reservoir.

It’s all part of the orchestra’s annual family pops concert program, which has been held in the past on the campus of BGSU Firelands.

Wakeman’s Emily Keener and the Norwalk High School band will also perform.

 

Resurfacing project to continue this week in Norwalk

Work is slated to continue this week in Norwalk on the city’s street resurfacing project.

Roads to be worked on include Plank Road, Austy Shadle Drive, Old State and State Street.


St. Paul Hall of Fame class announced

St. Paul High School in Norwalk has announced their Hall of Fame class for 2017.

They include: Tom Bellamy, Mary Carabin, Gerard and Patricia Hipp, Charles Mack, John Rospert and Mark Schaffer.

St. Paul’s alumni weekend is the weekend of August 4th.

Hall of Fame inductions are planned for Sunday, October 22nd.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 7/24

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 86.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Port Clinton man sentenced to life in prison for 2014 murder

A Port Clinton man has been sentenced to life in prison for stabbing a man to death in 2014.

60-year-old Ruben Gonzalez has pled guilty to the murder of 43-year-old Jose Villalon of Millbury.

Gonzalez reportedly stabbed the victim multiple times following an argument at Gonzalez’s home on Hoover Drive.

 

Shiloh man killed in accident

A Shiloh man died in a one-vehicle crash Friday in Richland County.

22-year-old Nathan Cayten was killed when the pickup truck he was in struck a ditch and overturned while driving on Adario North Road in Butler Township.

Alcohol is a suspected factor in the accident.

 

Latest in Norwalk City Council race…

Six people will be running for four at-large seats in the Norwalk City Council race this November.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that incumbents Steve Euton and Steve Schumm will seek re-election while Kelly Beck and Chris Mushett will not run again.

Others looking for a spot on council include Jordan Horowitz, Bryan Lamb, Erin Smetzer and Vince Thompson.

The filing deadline is August 9th.

 

Bellevue man charged with running red light in two-car accident

A Bellevue man has been charged with a red light violation from a two-vehicle accident last week in Norwalk.

According to Norwalk Police, on Wednesday, 35-year-old Joshua McConnell failed to stop for a red light before turning onto Whittlesey Avenue from Washington Street when he was struck by another vehicle.

The other vehicle’s driver, 53-year-old Bonnie Collum of Norwalk, was taken to the hospital with undetermined injuries.

 

Norwalk reservoir to host free concert from Firelands Orchestra

To help celebrate the city’s bicentennial, The Firelands Symphony Orchestra will play its first show in Norwalk in a decade.

The free concert will take place on August 27th at Veterans Memorial Lake Park at the Norwalk Reservoir.

It’s all part of the orchestra’s annual family pops concert program, which has been held in the past on the campus of BGSU Firelands.

Wakeman’s Emily Keener and the Norwalk High School band will also perform.

 

Resurfacing project to continue this week in Norwalk

Work is slated to continue this week in Norwalk on the city’s street resurfacing project.

Roads to be worked on include Plank Road, Austy Shadle Drive, Old State and State Street.


St. Paul Hall of Fame class announced

St. Paul High School has announced their Hall of Fame class for 2017.

They include: Tom Bellamy, Mary Carabin, Gerard and Patricia Hipp, Charles Mack, John Rospert and Mark Schaffer.

St. Paul’s alumni weekend is the weekend of August 4th.

Hall of Fame inductions are planned for Sunday, October 22nd.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 7/24

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 86.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Huron County Emergency Management Director resigns

Huron County EMA Director Jason Roblin has resigned.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Roblin’s last day will be next Friday, July 28th.

Roblin, who has been director since 2009, has declined to give a reason for leaving.

County commissioners are expected to name an interim director as soon as possible.

 

Sandusky woman says she’s not guilty of abandoning animals

A woman from Sandusky has plead ‘not guilty’ to animal abandonment charges.

Authorities charged 32-year-old Amanda Taylor of Fourth Street after reportedly finding animals living in unhealthy conditions in her apartment last month.

A trial date of November 3rd has been set.

 

Perkins Police’s Rotuno nominated for state honor

A Perkins Police defective was recently nominated for an Ohio law enforcement award.

44-year-old Joe Rotuno, who has been with the Perkins PD for 15 years, was one of 12 finalists for the 2017 Ohio’s Finest Law Enforcement Officer award.

Rotuno received the nomination for the investigation of Double-E’s Buy and Sell on Venice Road; which allegedly was found to have sold close to $1 million of stolen goods.

The award was given to an Ohio State University police officer for being a first responder in the November 2016 vehicle-ramming and stabbing attacks.

 

Man reports mugging in Sandusky on Thursday

Sandusky Police are looking for two suspects involved in an alleged mugging of a man Thursday morning.

The victim said two men approached him on his morning jog near Reese and Franklin Streets; where they attacked him, broke his phone and stole close to $150.

 

Groups sue to have Lake Erie declared ‘impaired’

Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit to have the open waters of Lake Erie declared “impaired” under the provisions of the Clean Water Act.

The Ohio EPA has said the waters are not impaired with the U.S. EPA approving that decision.

The groups say that annual algal blooms have harmed Lake Erie; and that an “impaired” designation would force stronger actions to deal with those blooms.

The state of Michigan has already declared the lake as “impaired”.

 

Applications available for Ohio Law Enforcement grants to address opioid epidemic

 Ohio law enforcement teams can now apply for $3 million in new state grant money that will replicate or expand Drug Abuse Response Teams to address the opioid epidemic in Ohio.

The grants will be awarded to local law enforcement agencies and must include a partnership with a treatment provider.

 

Castalia Cold Creek Celebration happening this weekend

 The annual Cold Creek Celebration is taking place this weekend in Castalia.

The event includes a queen’s contest tonight, a 5K run Saturday morning and a grand parade on Sunday at 2:00 pm.

The festival gets underway later today with the opening of concessions at 4:30 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 7/21

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.

 

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85.

 

Sunday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fremont fugitives captured

The two escaped fugitives from Fremont have been captured.

26-year-old Jordan Chapman and 37-year-old Mickey Hardy were both arrested Wednesday in Toledo.

They had escaped from the Sandusky County Jail on Monday afternoon.

 

Former Sandusky man sentenced in shooting death

A man who once lived in Sandusky has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for a shooting-death in Lorain County.

24 year old Devonte Randleman was sentenced yesterday.

He and another man who has not been named were accused of killing Steven Dukes during a robbery outside his Sheffield Village apartment last year.

 

Norwalk police arrest man after wild pursuit 

A 23-year-old man allegedly stole a car and led authorities on a wild chase through Norwalk on Tuesday night. 

Carlos Medina was charged with stealing a vehicle and eluding police officers after reportedly taking a car from a woman who picked him up while walking near North Fairfield.

Medina eventually struck a vehicle and overturned the stolen car he was driving on West Main Street near the Sycamore Hills Golf Course at the turn for Ohio 61.

Medina was eventually apprehended near the Huron River after fleeing on foot through the golf course.

 

Collins woman reported missing is found safe

A woman from Collins reported missing from her family earlier this month has been found safe.

Huron County Sheriff Todd Corbin has located Shannon Dean; saying she is OK, but was in danger.

Corbin reportedly said Dean is in a relationship involving domestic violence and is currently in a safe, undisclosed location.

 

Vermilion man arrested after standoff

A Vermilion man was arrested Wednesday after a standoff with police at his home on Barnes Road.

67-year-old John Friel threatened police with weapons when authorities arrived due to an alleged domestic violence incident.

Friel has been charged with two counts of felonious assault on a peace officer as well as domestic violence.

The female victim reportedly had extensive bruises and abrasions ; and was taken to a Cleveland hospital.

 

New finance director named in Norwalk

Michelle Reeder has been named Norwalk’s new finance director.

Reeder has been assistant finance director since 2011.

She’ll take over for Diane Eschen, who announced in June that she’s retiring after 45 years with the city.

 

Perkins proposes traffic restrictions on Eastwood Drive

Officials in Perkins Township are proposing turning Eastwood Drive into a one-way street near Milan Road.

The reason:

To reroute heavy traffic from Cedar Point away from smaller local roads.

Traffic would only be allowed to make right turns onto Milan Road from Eastwood.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 7/20

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

 

Friday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

 

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Willard man sent back to Mexico

A Willard man boarded a plane Tuesday morning in Cleveland on his way back to Mexico.

37-year-old Jesus Lara Lopez tried to stop his deportation by reaching out to state government officials; but saw little response.

Lopez had been living in the United States since 2001; but was an undocumented immigrant whose status was discovered by U.S. Customs in 2008.

Lopez has a wife and four American-born children.

 

Alleged gun thieves in Castalia have stolen guns reportedly stolen from them

Three young men from Castalia have been arrested for allegedly stealing four guns from a Castalia home a week ago.

18-year-old Cole Hundley, 20-year-old Xavier Schultz and 19-year-old Noah Trent all face burglary and firearm theft felony charges in connection with a robbery on Rockwell Drive last Thursday.

The suspects later told police that the guns they reportedly stole were then taken from them during an attempted sale.

 

Sewer project in Sandusky should start soon

A sewer project on the south side of Venice Road in Sandusky should be getting underway soon.

The $28,000 clean-up project will take place at the intersection of Thorpe Drive close to the Coronado Motel.

The project is scheduled to be finished by August 25th; with two-lane traffic to be maintained at all times.

 

New school in Sandusky having open house

The Monroe Preparatory Academy is holding an open house Thursday for potential K thru 5 students.

The brand new school at 328 East Monroe in Sandusky describes itself as a “tuition-free, public charter school”.

Open house hours are from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

Sales decreasing for Lake Erie specialty license plate

Figures from the Ohio Division of Motor Vehicles show five straight years of decreasing sales for the Lake Erie specialty license plate.

The plate sales help support an annual grant program that funds Lake Erie research projects.

Program officials believe the low sales are due to the abundance of specialty plates available now, 281, compared to the Lake Erie plate being the state’s only novelty plate when it debuted in 1993.

Even though sales have decreased, the research program is still in good shape; according to officials.

 

Norwalk Salvation Army hosting free Farmer’s Market

The Salvation Army in Norwalk is holding a free Farmer’s Market on Thursday in their parking lot on Whittlesey Avenue.

Eligible households will be served first-come, first-served with a photo ID, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The market is held in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 7/19

Today

Patchy fog early.

Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 69.

  

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 87.

 

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sandusky college girl’s death likely accidental

The death of Sandusky’s Abigail Bastien last week at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland appears to be accidental.

Authorities say it’s likely that Bastien accidentally fell to her death from a high-rise building near the Baltimore campus.

Bastien’s body was found Thursday morning on a street.

Bastien, a 2016 Sandusky Central Catholic grad, was a sophomore attending Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of arts and sciences and also a sprinter on their track and field team.

 

Two inmates on the run from county jail in Fremont

Fremont police are searching for two men that escaped Monday from the Sandusky County Jail.

The inmates have been identified as Mickey Hardy, a 5’8” white male, weighing 175 pounds with brown hair and a beard; and Jordan Chapman, a 5’7” 140 pound black male with black hair in cornrows.

If located, contact authorities and do not approach.

A $1,000 reward has been offered per subject.

 

Fisher-Titus planning to move employees to new parking lot

After last week’s pedestrian-accident that left two employees injured, Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk has plans in place to have all workers move to a new parking lot later this summer.

Two female employees were hurt when crossing the crosswalk at Benedict Avenue between the hospital and Annex parking lot.

It was the first pedestrian accident in the crosswalk since the parking lot opened in 2004.

 

Two streets closing down today in Sandusky

Due to work by the Sandusky water department, a few streets in the city may be closed today.

Work will be done on Washington Street in the southbound lane between Washington and Adams Street; as well as Camp Street at the intersection of Adams and Camp.

 

Highway Patrol looking for distracted drivers

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is focusing heavily this week on distracted driving enforcement.

This high-visibility enforcement project is taking place now through Saturday.

 

Erie County hosting ‘Stuff the Bus’ school supply drive

The annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ school supply drive is taking place now in Erie County.

This year’s campaign will benefit students from Sandusky City, Perkins, Sandusky Central Catholic, Edison, Margaretta and Vermilion schools.

New backpacks, supplies and monetary donations may be dropped off now through August 6th at several locations throughout the county.

Close to 400 filled-backpacks were stuffed with school supplies last year for students in Erie County.  The goal this year is 500.

A ‘Family Wrap-up Event’ is set for August 12th at the Sandusky Mall.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 7/18

 Today

 Sunny, with a high near 84.

 

 Tonight

 Mostly clear, with a low around 67.

  

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

 

 Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 86.