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Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Reminder on Snow Emergency levels

*Erie, Huron and Sandusky counties are under a ‘Level One’ this morning.

With the arrival of the first significant snow, here’s a reminder on what the different snow advisory levels mean.

A ‘Level One’ indicates hazardous road conditions due to snow or ice.

A ‘Level Two’ means there’s blowing and drifting snow or ice cover; and you should contact your place of employment to see if you should report to work.

A ‘Level Three’ indicates that all roads are closed to non-emergency vehicles due to extremely dangerous conditions.  No one should be on the road unless it’s absolutely necessary; and you could be subject to arrest if on the road for non-emergency reasons.

 

Five receive minor injuries in pickup truck accident

Five people inside a pickup truck received minor injuries when their vehicle skidded off the road and rolled over on its side in Margaretta Township Wednesday afternoon.

The crash took place on Route 101 just outside of Castalia.

The accident was likely due to snowy road conditions.

 

Josh Smith named Milan Post Trooper of the Year

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Joshua Smith has been selected as the Milan Post 2017 Trooper of the Year.

The 29-year-old, who resides in Vermilion, joined the patrol in 2012 where he’s continually served in Milan.

Trooper Joshua Smith is now in the running for the District and State Trooper of the Year Award.

 

Sandusky lawyer to most likely remain in jail

A Sandusky attorney will likely have to complete his month-long jail sentence.

K. Ronald Bailey had his state Supreme Court motion appeal denied on Wednesday.

Bailey has been in the Erie County jail since Monday after allegedly refusing to participate in a 2016 trial involving a Sandusky pastor who was accused of sexually abusing children.

 

Fisher-Titus now part of Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO Network for individual plans on and off the exchange

Fisher-Titus is pleased to announce that area residents shopping for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange will be able to access services at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk and Medical Care physicians through the Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO Network.

Open enrollment to choose Affordable Care Act Exchange Plans ends this Friday.

 

Huron County Public Health hosting “Project Dawn” event this Friday

Huron County Public Health is hosting their ‘Project Dawn’ Narcan program this Friday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the new Huron County Peer Recovery Community Center in Norwalk.

Free kits containing the drug overdose antidote, Narcan, along with training, will be given to the first 18 participants who register and complete the training.

 

Extra security for new Star Wars movie in Sandusky

Cinemark in Sandusky is bringing in extra law enforcement for tonight and this weekend’s opening of the new Star Wars movie.

Extra Perkins Police officers will be on hand to watch over the large and excited crowds expected for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.

Movie viewers are banned from wearing face paint and masks; and are not allowed to bring fake weapons such as light-sabers.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/15

Erie, Huron and Sandusky counties: Level One Snow Emergency

 

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 26.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.

 

Friday

A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 28.

 

Saturday

A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/13

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 10:00 am today through midnight.

 

Today

Snow, mainly after in the afternoon. High near 26.

Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

 

Tonight

Snow, mainly before midnight. Low around 21.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

 

Sandusky Police Department phone lines down – UPDATE (10:30 am Wed.) – NOW BACK UP AND WORKING

The Sandusky Police Department’s phone lines are down until further notice as of Wednesday morning.

9-1-1 is still working properly.

If you need to reach the Sandusky Police Department for non-emergencies, call 419-627-7568.

 

Fisher-Titus now part of Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO Network for individual plans on and off the exchange

Fisher-Titus is pleased to announce that area residents shopping for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange will be able to access services at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk and Medical Care physicians through the Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO Network.

The Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO network will also include the 44-member Fisher-Titus Medical Care physician group, and Bay Area Digestive Health physicians.

Open enrollment to choose ACA Exchange Plans ends on Dec. 15th.

 

Berlin Heights man arrested for assault

A Berlin Heights man has been charged with domestic violence and felonious assault.

37-year-old Jeremy Fenton of Thorpe Road allegedly punched a woman and man in their faces during an argument early Tuesday morning.

 

Minor injury crash last night in Sandusky

A woman received minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash last night in Sandusky.

Two vehicles reportedly hit head-on as one of them was turning left out of a parking lot near the Kroger Marketplace and onto Perkins Avenue.

 

Margaretta cheerleaders punished for talking during Nat’l Anthem

Cheerleaders from Margaretta High School were reportedly punished for talking during the National Anthem at last Friday’s basketball game.

The incident reportedly involved several cheerleaders and resulted in the cheerleaders being benched for Saturday’s game.

 

Sandusky officers growing out their facial hair for charity

Police officers in Sandusky are growing beards, mustaches and goatees for a good cause.

Close to $700 has been raised since November with officers making donations to the local charity, OH-go, so they can grow out their facial hair.

The local nonprofit will be taking holiday gifts to those in need in Huron and Erie Counties later this month.

 

Erie County residents being told not to flush household wipes

Sewer workers in Erie County are encouraging residents to not flush household disinfectant wipes.

They say it’s causing infrastructure issues with workers forced to clear pumps out much more frequently; as well as having to purchase new “chopper” pumps at their sewer plant.

 

“Project Happy” to benefit local families in need this Christmas

You still have a few days left to make a difference this Christmas for children in Huron and Erie counties.

Now through Friday you can donate shoe boxes or wrapped totes of stocking stuffers, treats and hygiene products to “Project Happy”; which will go to those less fortunate during the holidays.

Donations can be dropped off at all local schools, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office and Sheri’s Coffee House in Norwalk.

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/13

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 10:00 am today through midnight.

 

Today

Snow, mainly after in the afternoon. High near 26.

Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

 

Tonight

Snow, mainly before midnight. Low around 21.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

 

Sandusky Police Department phone lines down – UPDATE (10:30 am Wed.) – NOW BACK UP AND WORKING

The Sandusky Police Department’s phone lines are down until further notice as of Wednesday morning.

9-1-1 is still working properly.

If you need to reach the Sandusky Police Department for non-emergencies, call 419-627-7568.

 

Fisher-Titus now part of Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO Network for individual plans on and off the exchange

Fisher-Titus is pleased to announce that area residents shopping for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange will be able to access services at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk and Medical Care physicians through the Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO Network.

The Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO network will also include the 44-member Fisher-Titus Medical Care physician group, and Bay Area Digestive Health physicians.

Open enrollment to choose ACA Exchange Plans ends on Dec. 15th.

 

Berlin Heights man arrested for assault

A Berlin Heights man has been charged with domestic violence and felonious assault.

37-year-old Jeremy Fenton of Thorpe Road allegedly punched a woman and man in their faces during an argument early Tuesday morning.

 

Minor injury crash last night in Sandusky

A woman received minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash last night in Sandusky.

Two vehicles reportedly hit head-on as one of them was turning left out of a parking lot near the Kroger Marketplace and onto Perkins Avenue.

 

Margaretta cheerleaders punished for talking during Nat’l Anthem

Cheerleaders from Margaretta High School were reportedly punished for talking during the National Anthem at last Friday’s basketball game.

The incident reportedly involved several cheerleaders and resulted in the cheerleaders being benched for Saturday’s game.

 

Sandusky officers growing out their facial hair for charity

Police officers in Sandusky are growing beards, mustaches and goatees for a good cause.

Close to $700 has been raised since November with officers making donations to the local charity, OH-go, so they can grow out their facial hair.

The local nonprofit will be taking holiday gifts to those in need in Huron and Erie Counties later this month.

 

Erie County residents being told not to flush household wipes

Sewer workers in Erie County are encouraging residents to not flush household disinfectant wipes.

They say it’s causing infrastructure issues with workers forced to clear pumps out much more frequently; as well as having to purchase new “chopper” pumps at their sewer plant.

 

“Project Happy” to benefit local families in need this Christmas

You still have a few days left to make a difference this Christmas for children in Huron and Erie counties.

Now through Friday you can donate shoe boxes or wrapped totes of stocking stuffers, treats and hygiene products to “Project Happy”; which will go to those less fortunate during the holidays.

Donations can be dropped off at all local schools, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office and Sheri’s Coffee House in Norwalk.

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Sandusky CVS store robbed Sunday

Authorities are investigating the robbery of a Sandusky CVS store on Sunday evening.

According to police, a masked man brandished a handgun at the Monroe Street store and took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing out the front door.

The suspect is described as a black male standing 6 feet tall and weighing around 200 pounds.

 

Ohio seeing an increase in the flu this year

Flu is on the rise in Ohio.

Data earlier this month shows that the state has had over 250 flu-related hospitalizations since flu season started.   Those numbers are up from around 80 at this point of the season a year ago.

State health officials say that everyone six months of age or older should get a flu shot as soon as they can.

 

2017 Sandusky Post Trooper of the Year announced

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew Geer has been selected as the Sandusky Post 2017 Trooper of the Year.

Trooper Geer, who resides in Vermilion, joined the Highway Patrol in 2012 and was also selected as the Sandusky Post Trooper of the Year in 2016.

Geer is now in contention for the District and State Trooper of the Year Award to be announced at a later date.

 

Willard City Hall closing early tomorrow

City Hall in Willard will be closing at 12 noon Wednesday due to the replacement of an emergency generator.

Payments may still be made through their night deposit box.

City Hall will re-open Thursday at 7:30 am.

The police department will remain open throughout the process.

 

Sandusky County juvenile officer terminated from job

A juvenile detention corrections officer in Sandusky County has been fired after an alleged altercation with Fremont police.

34-year-old Erica Groot reportedly was involved in a fight at a Fremont bar where she allegedly scratched and kicked officers.

Groot was charged with assaulting police officers and resisting arrest.

She had worked at the juvenile detention center since 2014.

 

Perkins paving projects pushed back into 2018

Officials in Perkins Township say the state is to blame for the delay in completing their three most expensive paving projects.

Work on Dewitt, Indiana and Pennsylvania avenues was scheduled to be finished a month ago; and has now been pushed back to sometime in 2018.

According to Perkins officials, ODOT did not send them a notice to proceed with the $448,000 project until October; which has caused the delay.

 

EHOVE and Margaretta student nominated for national honor

Margaretta and EHOVE visual media student Camlyn Lewis is the first ever nominee at EHOVE for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education program.

Candidates will be named in January with winners chose in May.

Winners receive a trip to Washington D.C. and are included in a White House ceremony.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/12

Today

Snow likely this morning, then a chance of snow showers later.

Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 19 by 5:00 pm.

Blustery, with gusts near 40 mph.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.  Blustery.

 

Wednesday

Snow showers likely, mainly in the afternoon.

New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

 

Wednesday Night

Snow, mainly before midnight. Low around 19.

New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Two people hurt in Norwalk accident

Two people were taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash early Saturday evening in Norwalk.

Snowy and icy roads were a likely factor in the accident in which a vehicle crossing the Bouscay Avenue to Spring Street intersection appeared to hit another vehicle on Whittlesey Avenue.

One of those vehicles then struck a home.

 

Sandusky man reportedly found in homeowner’s basement

A man from Sandusky faces a felony burglary charge after a Ging Street homeowner allegedly found him in their basement.

When discovered, 28-year-old Timothy Taylor told the homeowner he was homeless and trying to stay warm; but then left the home after being asked.

The homeowner later found several items missing including boxes of baseball cards and a video game system.

 

Another meeting planned for January to discuss wind energy project

Apex Clean Energy has planned a second meeting for January 4th at 7:00 pm at the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.

The meeting to discuss a possible wind energy project and to declare Huron County as an “alternate energy zone” is for residents who were unable to attend their previous meeting in November.

 

Local post dispatcher named Post and District Dispatcher of the Year

Highway Patrol Dispatcher Heidi Maloy at the Sandusky Dispatch Center has been selected for the state’s Telecommunications Award along with the Bucyrus District award.

Maloy is a New London High School grad and currently lives in Port Clinton.

 

New snow truck coming to Perkins Township

Perkins Township has purchased a new $140,000 truck for snow removal.

The truck, armed with a snow plow and salt spreader, will replace a 15-year-old smaller and outdated vehicle.

In the warmer weather, the new vehicle will carry asphalt and other items to job sites.

It was bought under the state’s purchasing program.

 

Norwalk Parks and Rec again hosting “Family First Night”

The annual “Family First Night” event will again take place this New Year’s Eve at Norwalk’s Ernsthausen Community Center.

The event from the Norwalk Parks and Rec department includes swimming, disc golf and inflatables for the kids.

It runs from 8:00 pm to 12 midnight and costs $5 per person.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/11

Today

A chance of snow showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 33.

Little to no snow accumulation expected.

 

Tonight

Snow showers likely.  New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Cloudy, with a low around 25.

 

Tuesday

A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 27.

Blustery, with gusts as high as 33 mph.

New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

 

Wednesday

A chance of afternoon snow showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 24.

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Norwalk drug dealer now in prison

A Norwalk man has been convicted and sent to prison for multiple drug offenses.

Justin Willard of Bank Street plead guilty to two charges of heroin trafficking and a count of aiding and abetting corrupting another with drugs from an incident in April.

 

Man indicted for robbing Sandusky bank in May

The man who allegedly robbed the Fifth Third Bank on Milan Road in Sandusky has been indicted in federal court.

61-year-old Louis Cillo reportedly stole around $4,300 during the May robbery.

Cillo was also allegedly involved in other bank robberies with another man in Lorain and Akron.

The two were arrested in June in Florida following another alleged bank robbery there.

 

Man allegedly threatens to blow up Fremont courthouse

A Fremont man has been charged with inducing panic after allegedly threatening to blow up the Fremont Municipal Courthouse.

34-year-old Marco Gutierrez reportedly became distraught when a judge wasn’t available when he called to report to jail.

 

Former veteran trustee with Firelands Electric Co-Op passes away

A longtime trustee with Firelands Electric Cooperative in New London passed away earlier this week.

Lowell Kreager of Greenwich was 77.

He served on the Firelands Co-op board for over 31 years including time spent as vice president.

Kreager previously worked as a vocational agriculture teacher at South Central schools.

 

New superintendent chosen at Danbury

Danbury Schools has named their next superintendent.

Former Genoa Schools principal Cari Buehler will begin her new job at the start of next school year.   Buehler takes over for Dan Parent; who is retiring at the end of this academic year following over a decade at Danbury.

 

‘Charming Charlie’ likely closing at Sandusky Mall

The ‘Charming Charlie’ store at the Sandusky Mall appears to be closing.

The Sandusky Register reports that an employee informed them that the women’s clothing and jewelry store plans to shut its doors by the end of the year or perhaps before Christmas.

“Everything Must Go” signs outside the store also indicate its closure.

The store has been at the Sandusky Mall for around six years.

 

Edison Christmas concert is Sunday

The annual Christmas concert from the Edison High School bands is set for Sunday.

The Edison Music Department is holding a canned food drive with a free ticket to the show given for every five cans donated.

The concert begins at 7:00 pm in the Edison High School auditorium.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/8

Today

Sunny, with a high near 32.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Saturday

Snow, mainly in the afternoon.  High near 32.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

 

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Western Reserve superintendent under criminal investigation

The superintendent of Western Reserve Schools is under investigation for alleged sexual assault.

Rodge Wilson’s attorney says he does not expect criminal charges and that there is an “ulterior motive” by the accusers.

The incident, according to Wilson’s attorney, allegedly took place two-and-a-half years ago but was reported to authorities 30 days ago.   He also said the incident has nothing to do with Wilson’s work or the school.

 

Norwalk council doings

Norwalk City Council has approved and passed their 2018 annual budget.

Finance Director Michelle Reeder reported that there is $816,000 in possible deficit-spending, down from an earlier estimate of $850,000.

In other council action, an ordinance has been adopted to allow for an indoor pellet-gun facility in Norwalk.

The air-soft field will likely open by late February or early March in the former Janesville building on St. Mary’s Street.

 

Accused Danbury ‘Snapchat’ rapist has sentencing delayed

Sentencing has been delayed until January for a Danbury man who plead guilty to raping a 20-year-old woman, which was recorded on the social media app, Snap-chat.

77-year-old James Allen will now be sentenced on January 4th following a mental evaluation.

Allen faces up to 11 years in prison from the incident in August.

 

Route 2 exit ramp to likely be closed until August

The Route 2 exit ramp to northbound Route 269 (Lakeside/Marblehead) is expected to remain closed for repairs through August of 2018, according to an estimate from ODOT.

Westbound Route 2 near the exit will be reduced to one lane during the same time frame.

The pavement recently broke apart from the roadway and slid down the hillside.

 

New restaurant likely coming to former location of Bohemian Wrapsody

It looks like another new restaurant will be coming to the space last occupied by Bohemian Wrapsody in Norwalk.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, building owner Stan Obrenovich has confirmed the new eatery will be moving into the location on 5 East Main Street; which has also housed Mia Famiglia and Uptown Café.

Bohemian Wrapsody closed in October after a reported dispute with Obrenovich over a faulty water heater.

 

Forum to happen Tuesday involving Sandusky Bay Pathway

A public forum is planned for Tuesday of next week with a goal of receiving input on the Sandusky Bay Pathway.

The incomplete trail now runs through downtown Sandusky with plans for it to span from Sandusky’s west end and connect with “The Landing”, a proposed $24 million initiative located behind Cedar Point Sports Force Parks.

The forum takes place at 6:00 pm at Quaker Steak and Lube.

 

Free Christmas concert this weekend from Firelands Chorus

The 59th annual Christmas Concert from The Firelands Chorus will take place this Friday and Saturday in Sandusky.

“Songs of the Season” will happen at 7:30 pm both nights at Zion Lutheran Church on Columbus Avenue.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/7

Today

A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 32.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 31.

 

Saturday

Snow.  High near 32.  New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Failure to Yield causes serious injury crash in Sandusky County

Three people were seriously hurt in a two vehicle crash on U.S. 20 at State Route 600 Tuesday evening in Washington Township in Sandusky County.

The highway patrol reports that while driving north on Route 600, 33-year-old Trey Wiseman of Green Springs failed to yield at the stop sign for U.S. 20 and struck the vehicle of 66-year-old David Finney of Bellevue.

Wiseman, a 26-year-old passenger of Wiseman’s, Robert Heminger from Gibsonburg, and Finney were all taken to a Toledo hospital.

 

Bellevue man indicted for rape

A Bellevue man has been indicted on rape charges by a Huron County Grand Jury.

20-year-old Austin Bledsoe faces two counts of rape and two charges of sexual battery from a suspected incident in early November.

His bail included being prohibited from any association or communication with any non-family member under the age of 18.

 

NASA to conduct tests of Orion spacecraft in Erie County

Officials at NASA have announced plans for conducting tests on their Orion spacecraft at their Plum Brook Station in Perkins Township in Erie County.

They include a minor test in 2018 and major tests in 2019 that they hope leads to launching the vehicle into space and possibly Mars from Florida in the year 2021.

 

Cordray enters governor’s race

Another democrat has entered the race for Ohio’s next governor as former state treasurer and attorney general Richard Cordray has thrown his hat in the ring.

Cordray made the official announcement Tuesday in his hometown of Grove City, near Columbus.

Cordray recently served as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

 

Norwalk Compost Facility to re-open for one final weekend

The City of Norwalk will re-open their Compost Facility on Austin Shadle Road for one final weekend; this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The city opted to open the facility one last time for residents to dispose of their leaves and any remaining yard waste.

The General Services Department is done collecting leaves this year.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/6

Today

A chance of snow flurries.  Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

Windy with gusts as high as 36 mph.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy and windy, with a low around 25.

 

Thursday

A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

St. Paul grad sentenced to three years in roommate’s stabbing death

23-year-old Kendal Scheid of Norwalk was sentenced Tuesday in Akron to three years in prison in connection with the stabbing death of his college roommate, 23-year-old Duncan Unternaher of Newark.

Scheid previously plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the incident that happened last December during a drunken argument over fast food.

Scheid is eligible for judicial release in six months with good behavior.

 

Many classic cars destroyed in fire

Over $650,000 of damage was done when a storage building housing several classic cars went up in flames Sunday night in Peru Township.

Owner Dave Nickoli said he lost more than two dozen vehicles in the blaze.

The cause of the fire on Remelle Road in Huron County is still undetermined.

 

Stolen goods and suspected drugs found in car in Sandusky

A Michigan couple was arrested Saturday in Sandusky after close to $6,000 in alleged stolen merchandise and suspected heroin were found in their car.

Authorities also believe that 51-year-old James and 56-year-old Patricia Snowdy could be part of a theft ring in Ohio and Michigan.

The couple was pulled over on U.S. 250 after police received a call about a theft at the JC Penney outlet at the Sandusky Mall.

 

Erie County voting recounts keeps results the same

The Erie County Board of Elections has confirmed the final votes for two tightly-contested races back on Election Day.

The results stay the same…with the Edison Schools levy failing by just 12 votes and Kate Vargo and Brigitte Green-Churchwell winning the two seats in the Sandusky school board race; with Green-Churchwell receiving a dozen votes more than Sonia McCarty.

 

Huron County military veterans recognized

Two Huron County military veterans were honored over the weekend.

Norwalk U.S. Navy vet Tom Price was named the 2017 Huron County Veteran of the Year at the Huron County Area Veterans Council banquet in Bellevue on Saturday.

Bellevue’s Donn Rospert, a U.S. Marine, was also recognized for his recent induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in Columbus.

 

VLFCU hosting toy drive at Sandusky Mall this Saturday

VacationLand Federal Credit Union will hold their sixth annual “Gifts for Kids” toy drive this Saturday at the Sandusky Mall.

The community is invited to stuff the new VLFCU Van from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls.

Monetary and toy donations are also being accepted this week at all local VLFCU branches.

Donations will benefit families served by Erie and Huron County’s Department of Job and Family Services.

 

New ferry coming to The Miller Boat Line

The Miller Boat Line at Put-in-Bay in is in the process of acquiring a new ferry.

They’ve awarded a contract to a group in Seattle to design its new vessel; which will likely go into service in 2019.

The cost of the 140 foot-long ferry will be around $7 million; and will hold close to 100 more people than a ship it will likely replace.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/5

Today

Showers, mainly this morning.

Temperatures falling to around 42 by 5:00 pm. Breezy.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.  Breezy.

 

Wednesday

Increasing clouds, with a high near 38.  Breezy.

 

Thursday

A chance of snow showers, mainly in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Sandusky man dies in one-vehicle accident

A 50-year-old Sandusky man lost his life in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Perkins Township.

Kurt Fischer was killed when his vehicle went off the right side of the road on Columbus Avenue, north of Strub Road, and eventually hit a utility pole.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

 

New executive director named at Huron County Chamber of Commerce

Kelly Lippus has been named the new executive director of the Huron County Chamber of Commerce.

Lippus, who will begin her duties on January 2nd, takes over for Melissa James, who resigned in October after 16 years in the position.

The 2003 Huron High School grad formerly worked at Gaymont Nursing Center in Norwalk in admissions and marketing.

 

Willard bomb threat under investigation

Authorities are investigating a called-in bomb threat at a factory in Willard on Thursday evening.

The caller was anonymous but is believed to be from a disgruntled employee, who will likely face criminal charges.

The MTD Products on Conwell Avenue was safely evacuated with nothing found inside the building.

 

New JFS director in Huron County

There’s a new director of the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services.

Jennifer Reed started her new role this past Friday; as she works alongside Jill Nolan, who is retiring later this month.

Reed, who was born in Bellevue and resides in Bowling Green, previously worked as an assistant prosecutor in Erie and Lucas counties.

 

Firefighter’s Chili Cookoff winners…

The Norwalk Fire Department won first place in the 17th annual K96/WLKR Firefighter’s Chili Cookoff Saturday night at Lyman Harbor in Sandusky.

The Huron Fire Department placed 2nd with Wellington finishing 3rd.

The Berlin Township Fire Department took home the “people’s choice” award.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/4

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 59.  Breezy.

 

Tonight

Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after midnight. Low around 49.

Windy, with gusts near 40 mph.

 

Tuesday

Showers likely, mainly early.

Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 40 by 5pm.  Breezy.

 

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.