Local News

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Huron County/Greenwich woman killed in Union County road construction accident

A Greenwich woman was killed while working on a road construction crew in Union County on Friday.

Teresa Howell was 24.

Authorities say Howell, who worked for Erie Construction, was performing maintenance on guardrails along U.S. 33 when she was struck by a tractor trailer that drove through multiple orange safety cones meant to be a safeguard.

No word yet on any criminal charges for the semi driver…

 

Lab results delay accused murderers’ trials

Trials scheduled to begin today in Huron County for two men accused of killing Perkins Township’s Michael Sheppard Jr. in 2003 have been delayed.

Scott Hall of Clyde and Adam White of Sandusky both face murder charges.

The jury trials will now begin March 5th due to pending lab test results.

In October, Joshua Stamm of Florida pled guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter while giving investigators details on what happened the night Sheppard was supposedly killed.

 

Erie County/Sandusky stabbing

Sandusky police are investigating an apparent stabbing early Sunday.

Police say a man told them that people were fighting behind a bar on Tiffin Avenue when he was stabbed in the chest by an unknown object after he asked them to move away from his car.

 

Erie-Huron County/Milan Safe routes to Schools program

The village of Milan has plans to participate in the Safe Route to Schools program.

The proposed project includes new pedestrian traffic signals, sidewalk and curb ramps, pavement markings, and tree removal and trimming.

The village says that all roads will remain open during the project; which is expected to last six months.

Those wishing to comment on the public, social, environmental and economic impacts of the proposed project can mail their remarks to village hall.

 

Erie-Lorain County/New contracts for Vermilion city workers

Close to 40 full-time city employees in Vermilion, including police and utility-related workers have a new contract.

The one-year deal encompassing all of 2019 includes a two-percent pay increase and a new health care program.

 

Erie County/CVS in Sandusky closing

The CVS drug store on Venice Road in Sandusky will be closing in a few weeks.

The store located in the K&K Plaza will shut down on December 29th for unknown reasons.

CVS has other Sandusky locations on Monroe Street and a pharmacy inside the Target store in Perkins Township.

 

Huron County/Health Dept: How to Deal with Stress during the Holidays

‘Tis the season for…stress.

The Huron County Health Department says there are several ways to beat the holiday blues; such as sticking to daily routines, getting enough sleep, getting some sunlight, exercising, setting reasonable goals and sticking to a budget.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, DECEMBER 10TH, 2018

 

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

 

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Friday, December 8th, 2018

National-Lorain County News/Pearl Harbor Day

It’s Pearl Harbor Day, and commemorations will be held across the country.

There will be a ceremony at 10:30 this morning at VFW Post 1079 in Elyria.

 

Erie County/Sandusky house fire

A family of five was able to escape a house fire Wednesday night in Sandusky.

The blaze reportedly broke out in the kitchen of the home on Columbus Avenue…possibly caused by a dog blanket igniting near a wood-burning stove.

Approximately $20,000 worth of damage was done to the house with property loss of around $5,000.

 

Erie County/EHOVE threat

Erie County authorities investigated an alleged threat at EHOVE Career Center in Milan Tuesday.

According to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, a student allegedly wrote a threatening message on a board in a classroom.

Authorities say the boy later admitted to the threat.

The sheriff’s office says they’re not filing charges; describing their response as an “overabundance of caution”.

 

Huron County/Three people going to prison in plea deals

Three different people in separate cases have been sentenced to prison time in Huron County.

26-year-old Johnnie Hicks of Willard pled guilty to meth trafficking – resulting in a one-year prison sentence.

33-year-old Ashley Wormald of Norwalk pled guilty to meth trafficking; receiving a four-year prison term.

63-year-old Richard Banks of Cleveland received a punishment of nine months in prison for forgery.

 

State News/Lake Erie algal bloom lawsuit

The anti-pollution group, Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie, have sent a letter threatening to sue the U.S. EPA if they do not take further action to battle harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

They say they’ll file a lawsuit in 60 days if the U.S. EPA doesn’t decide whether the Ohio EPA is complying with what’s known as the Clean Water Act.

 

Erie County/New probation chief

Mike Frank is the new chief probation officer for Erie County.

Frank has spent over 30 years in law enforcement; working as Put-in-Bay’s police chief and spending time with the Sandusky PD.

He replaces Karen Volz, who worked for nearly 30 years with Erie County before retiring.

 

Erie County/Plans for former Keys Golf Course

The Huron Township zoning appeals board is holding a public meeting next Thursday, December 13th to address a proposal to build a 210-space RV campsite at the former Keys Golf Course on Boos Road.

The meeting will take place at BGSU Firelands in Mylander Hall at 7:30 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 2018

 

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

 

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 34.

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Ottawa County/Put-in-Bay trials

The latest on two different Put-in-Bay trials that are linked together…

Former police officer El’Shawn Williams will go to trial in May of 2019 for allegedly assaulting a handcuffed suspect and falsifying reports.

Meanwhile, island resident Keith Blumensaadt still sits in jail awaiting his trial from an arrest involving a standoff with authorities in June of 2017.

Blumensaadt’s trial on 13 charges is expected to be on hold until Williams’ case wraps up; as Williams is a key witness against him…where Blumensaadt allegedly refused to pull over for Williams.

Blumensaadt says he was targeted by police because he blew the whistle on alleged crimes committed by Mayor Bernard “Mac” McCann…who was indicted on charges by the state in October.

 

Erie County/Pay raise for Huron firefighters

Huron’s 13 full-time firefighters will see an increase in pay starting in 2019.

A three-year collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the fire union and the city.

The deal features pay raises of three percent in 2019 and 2020; and two-and-a-half percent in 2021.

 

Sandusky County/Man allegedly barricades himself in Walmart restroom

A Port Clinton man was arrested Tuesday night after he allegedly locked himself in a Walmart family restroom in Fremont.

According to police, 29-year-old Travis Henry ran from them after they attempted to take him into custody on warrants.

Earlier that night, authorities say they received a call that claimed Henry threw a large rock through the window of a home on Quail Street and then drove away…later tracked down to the Fremont Walmart.

 

Huron County/Salvation Army red kettles

You can hear the ringing bells now…as the Salvation Army red kettle campaign is underway.

A new program this year, “Our Community Cares”, tracks the progress of the kettles, with a donation of $500 or $1,000 placing the donor on a special recognition role.

In Norwalk, more than 300 Huron County families are supported by Salvation Army donations.

 

Erie County/Huron Winterfest

Huron is the place to be for some fun outdoor activities on Saturday.

Winterfest takes place at the Boat Basin from 3 to 8; including carriage rides, food trucks and an appearance by Santa.

For those looking for indoor activities, the Old Fish House will have fun with smore’s and cookie decorating.

 

Erie County/Margaretta basketball food drive

Students at Margaretta are holding a food drive Friday night at their boys’ basketball game against Edison.

Those that bring three non-perishable food items to the game will receive 2-dollars off their ticket.

Donations will be given to Grace’s Pantry in Castalia.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018

 

Today

Light snow showers likely.  High near 34.

 

Tonight

A chance of light snow showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 29.

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

National News/Bush funeral – National Day of Mourning

Today has been designated a “National Day of Mourning”…as a funeral service will be held for former President George H W Bush.

Some government offices may be closed…

A funeral service will be held today for former President George Herbert Walker Bush.

President Bush died last week at the age of 94.

 

Huron County/Lordstown closure impact on Borgers

Will the Norwalk automotive industry supplier, Borgers Ohio, be impacted by the Lordstown GM plant closure early next year?

That’s to be determined…and its possible that it will have no impact at all, said plant manager James Cook in the Norwalk Reflector on Tuesday.

Borgers employs close to 300 workers with about 100 full-time positions expected to be added next year due to the closure of their Alabama plant.

 

Erie-Huron County/Wind energy project objectors

Those opposing the Emerson Creek Wind Project in Erie and Huron counties held a meeting Monday at the Bellevue VFW to discuss possible negative effects.

If approved, 65 to 85 wind turbines would be built.

The anti-wind turbine group says people will be left with land they can’t use due to the turbines…while the company developing the project says that’s a complete myth.

 

Huron County/Willard no Narcan for a month

Some good news in the fight against the opioid epidemic…

Willard City Manager Jim Ludban says the city did not use a single dose of Narcan in November.

That’s a significant decline.

In November of 2017, just over 100 doses of the opioid drug overdose antidote were administered to 12 patients.

 

Erie County/Health Department budget increasing

The Erie County Health Department recently approved their 2019 budget; which is scheduled to increase about 8 percent.

That would take it from $11.8 million to $12.8 million.

Employees salaries are going up 11 percent overall…after a 2 percent pay raise for most workers was agreed upon.

 

State News/Air Force jobs

More than 400 jobs are coming to Wright-Patterson Air Force base near Dayton.

The Air Force has chosen Wright-Patterson as the site for a new research-and-development mission.

 

Erie County/Perkins PD teaming with Children’s Services for Christmas

The Perkins Township Police Department is partnering again with Erie County Children Services this Christmas.

Cards with names of children and their wish lists are currently in the lobby of the police station.

Those wanting to participate are asked to take a card and bring back the items by Monday, December 10th.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, 2018

 

*Erie County: Level One Snow Advisory

 

Today

A chance of flurries with isolated snow showers.

Cloudy, with a high near 32.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Thursday

A chance of light snow showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 35.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Huron-Lorain County/Investigation of SWAT team shooting death

The investigation continues into the death of a Huron County (New London) man involved in a standoff with the Lorain County SWAT team in Camden Township on November 25th.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office says, Lt. Wayne Ramsey of the LaGrange Police Department fired at 62 year old Daniel Calala who allegedly threatened officers during the standoff.

The Lorain County Coroner’s Office is trying to determine whether it was Ramsey’s shot that killed Calala.

 

Erie County/Sandusky residents unhurt in Hancock Street fire

Five people and a dog were able to escape a burning home without harm Monday afternoon in Sandusky.

An initial investigation of the fire on Hancock Street points to an electrical issue in a second-story kitchen to be the main cause.

An estimated $30,000 in damage was done.

 

Sandusky County/New trial date for Bogle accused killer

A new trial date has been set for an accused killer in Sandusky County.

March 4th is the new date for 49-year-old Daniel Myers; charged in the death of Clyde’s Heather Bogle in 2015.

Myers was set to go to trial in October but it was delayed due to him being hospitalized after being found ill in his jail cell.

 

Huron County/Norwalk drug bust suspect indicted

A 33-year-old Norwalk man has been indicted on drug charges in connection with a drug bust in October.

Bo Bogard was one of six Norwalk residents detained after a search warrant was executed October 26th on Unity Lane.

 

Erie County/Alleged drunk woman arrested after slow-speed chase

A Perkins Township woman suspected of being drunk was arrested early Monday after allegedly leading police on a low-speed chase.

26-year-old Laquanna Alexander faces multiple charges including OVI, failure to comply and obstructing official business.

Police say she nearly struck an officer after he exited his cruiser to attempt to block her vehicle’s path.

 

Erie County/Raises for county workers

Pay raises are coming in 2019 for Erie County workers…

Commissioners have approved two-percent pay bumps for nearly 90 non-union employees.

They’ll also receive a $500 bonus.

 

Huron County/Norwalk teacher named Veteran of the Year

A 37-year-old Norwalk Middle and High School teacher was recently named the 2018 Huron County Veteran of the Year.

Nate Whaley served as an U.S. Army artillery officer from 2001 to 2008 and is a member of American Legion Post 547.

Whaley, who received the award Saturday night at the 4th annual banquet at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club, is also the faculty adviser for the NHS robotics team.

 

State News/Low gas prices

We head into the first week of December with the lowest pump prices of the year…nationwide and locally.

The best bargain statewide can be found in the heart of Amish Country…an average of a-dollar-96-a-gallon.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 2018

 

Today

Cloudy, with a high near 34.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of light snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

 

Wednesday

A chance of light snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.

 

Thursday

Snow showers likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Sandusky County/One adult, five children injured in crash near Clyde

A woman from Fremont faces possible charges after a one-vehicle crash near Clyde in Sandusky County.

Troopers say, 33 year old Melissa Leiby lost control of her vehicle Saturday night, struck a culvert and landed in a creek.

Leiby and 5 children were taken to hospitals in Fremont and Toledo.

Troopers believe, alcohol or drugs might have played a factor in the crash.

 

Erie County/Sandusky mother allegedly threatens to kill daughter

A 71-year-old Sandusky woman was arrested Saturday after she allegedly threatened to kill her daughter.

Betty Chaney was charged with a threat of domestic violence.

Police say that Chaney allegedly admitted to making the threat; telling police she did not like the way her daughter cared for her children.

 

State News/Ohio 2nd highest death rate for drug deaths

Ohio ranks second in death rate for drug overdoses…in new figures released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The death rate for Ohio last year was 46.3 per 100,000 residents; second to only West Virginia.

Ohio has spent about a billion dollars per year in an attempt to battle the opioid epidemic.

Nebraska had the lowest rate at 8.1 percent.

Over 70,000 people died nationwide in 2017 due to drug overdoses; a national average of 21.7.

 

Lorain County/Columbia Gas shutdown

Students in Elyria are returning to school today.

They had Friday off…as Columbia Gas worked to restore service to about 25-hundred customers in the Eastern Heights area.

Columbia Gas says, service has been restored to all homes that technicians could access.  Yesterday, crews were trying to access the final 100 homes.

This week, Columbia Gas workers will return to repair any yards, driveways or roads affected by their work, although some work might have to be finished in the spring

Again, residents are warned against relighting appliances by themselves…Columbia Gas workers will inspect and relight appliances after gas service has been restored.

 

Huron County/Sales tax numbers

Latest sales tax numbers for Huron County…

The latest report reflects August sales…with sales tax already at nearly 101 percent of the estimate for 2018; according to auditor Roland Tkach.

Liquor sales increased 11-and-a-half percent compared to the same time frame a year ago.

 

Erie County/Vermilion fire station

Tonight, Vermilion City Council is expected to consider plans for building a new fire station.

It would be built at Devon and Douglas, and replace the city’s current facility.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, 2018

 

Today

A chance of rain showers turning to light snow this afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 40.

 

Tonight

A chance of light snow showers, cloudy, with a low around 29.

 

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

 

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Erie County/Three hurt in Sandusky fire

Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after escaping a house fire on West Jefferson Street in Sandusky on Thursday.

Fire officials believe the blaze that involved a furnace and water heater was accidental; causing $15,000 worth of damage.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

 

Erie County/Student arrested for gun threats

An Erie County student was arrested Thursday for allegedly making violent gun threats.

The 14-year-old at North Point Educational Service Center in Perkins Township was charged with inducing panic, aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct; and was taken to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.

 

Huron County/Norwalk man faces jail time for drug crimes

A man from Norwalk has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for drug dealing.

45-year-old Carlos Withrow Jr. received the punishment for two counts of aggravated drug trafficking and heroin trafficking.

 

Erie County/Local anti-bullying campaign approved by the state

A Perkins High School alum’s anti-bullying awareness campaign will soon be recognized throughout Ohio.

Britain Bennett’s “Smart Parent Day” for October 6th – House Bill 315 – is expected to be signed into law by Governor John Kasich.

“SMART”…standing for social media awareness, respect and timing.

 

Huron County/Norwalk gas lines nearly done

The replacement of older and deteriorating gas lines in Norwalk is coming to a close.

According to Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder, about 10 gas lines are left…along with the replacement of curbs and sidewalks and some road repairs.

Work began in September on the project that encompasses close to 30 city blocks from Milan Avenue to State Street and from Main Street to League.

 

Erie County/Raises for Sandusky’s non-union workers

Over 30 non-union employees in Sandusky, including several department leaders, have been given a pay raise.

The two-and-a-half percent bump was recently approved by city commissioners.

Those getting the increase in pay include Police Chief John Orzech and City Manager Eric Wobser.

 

Huron County/Time to buy dog tags

The sale of 2019 dog licenses begins Saturday in Huron County.

All dogs three months and older need a tag, costing 18-dollars, with a deadline of January 31st.

They can be purchased at several locations including the county humane society and auditor’s office.

 

Huron County/Willard Fire and Police food and toy drive

Police and fire departments in Willard are hosting a food and toy drive this Saturday and next Saturday, December 8th.

You can fill the fire truck from 10 to 4 at the Willard Fire Department on Fort Ball Road.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2018

Today

Widespread fog early.  A chance of rain and snow in the morning.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

 

Tonight

Areas of fog.  Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 34.

 

Saturday

Rain likely.  High near 49.

 

Sunday

A slight chance of rain.  Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Erie County/Suspect in Kalahari shooting enters plea

A man accused of shooting into a crowd of people in a Kalahari Resort parking lot last May has pled guilty to multiple felonies.

No one was hit by the bullets allegedly fired by 19-year-old Ronnelle Chandler of Euclid.

 

Erie County/Sandusky stabbing suspect avoids jail time

A 20-year-old Sandusky woman accused of stabbing a man has been sentenced to three years of probation.

Allison Marcum recently pled guilty to reduced charges stemming from an incident in May on Campbell Street where a man was reportedly stabbed in the chest following an argument.

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

 

Huron County/Area drug dealers convicted

Three men have pled guilty to drug trafficking charges in separate cases in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Facing punishment for the crimes are…47-year-old Carlos Batrez and 32-year-old Dustin Lindsey; both of Willard, and 42-year-old Timothy Marvin of Attica.

 

Ottawa County/Accused drug smugglers indicted

A man and woman from Port Clinton have been indicted on criminal charges for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the Ottawa County Jail last month.

25-year-old Brandon Fick and 24-year-old Kelsey Bowen have both pled not guilty.

 

Erie County/Sandusky Post Trooper/Dispatcher of the Year

40-year-old Richard Anderson of Lorain has been named State Trooper of the Year for the Sandusky Post.

Anderson, who joined the Patrol in 2004, was chosen by his colleagues based on leadership, ethics and treatment of others.

Also, 47-year-old Fremont native Brian Flahiff was selected as the Dispatcher of the Year at the Sandusky Post; taking home the honor for the sixth time.

 

Erie County/Raises for Health Department

Pay raises have been approved for close to all of Erie County Health Department’s 115 employees.

Most will receive a two percent pay hike with a select few receiving as much as a five percent bump in pay.

 

Erie County/Sandusky has a new law director

The interim tag has been removed from Trevor Hayberger’s status.

Sandusky commissioners have approved Hayberger to be the new permanent city law director.

Hayberger was the assistant law director in 2015 before being named interim director last July when Justin Harris left to re-enter the private sector.

 

Erie County/Perkins Police holding two fundraisers

Police in Perkins Township have two upcoming fundraisers…

This Saturday from 1 to 5 pm at the American Legion in Sandusky on Hayes Avenue, they’ll host a spaghetti dinner to raise money for operations of their K-9 department.

Next Saturday, December 8th from 10 am to 3 pm, officers will collect toys for children and families in need at the Sandusky Wal-Mart.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2018

Today

A chance of snow mixing with rain this afternoon.  Cloudy, with a high near 34.

 

Tonight

A chance of rain and light snow.  Cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Friday

Patchy fog early.  A slight chance of rain and snow.

Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 42.

 

Saturday

Rain likely.  High near 52.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Sandusky County/Dollar General robbery

Clyde police are investigating the reported armed robbery of the Dollar General store on U.S. 20 Tuesday morning.

Authorities believe a short and thin white male wearing all black allegedly robbed the store’s manager at gunpoint while she was on her way out of the building with a bank deposit.

The suspect allegedly took the deposit bag of cash and fled in a silver-colored car.

 

Erie County/Shots fired into Sandusky home

No one was hurt when gun shots entered a home through a window on Taylor Street in Sandusky Monday night.

Three people were home at the time, two of them children.

A resident said someone was apparently trying to enter the house before the shots were fired.

No suspects have been identified.

 

Erie County/Vermilion man charged with OVI after crash

A man with a history of drunk-driving arrests was charged again with OVI on Monday night when he allegedly crashed his truck into a utility pole in Vermilion.

Police say the incident involving 34-year-old Sean Faulkner took place on U.S. 6 near Vermilion Road.

Faulkner reportedly has four prior OVI convictions spanning back to 2009.

 

Ottawa County/Portage Resale Center donates $155K

Yesterday was “Giving-Tuesday”…with the Portage Resale Center in Port Clinton donating $155,000 in grants to 45 different non-profit agencies.

The business on West Second Street sells gently used clothes, furniture and other items to raise funds for local non-profits.

The Portage Resale Center also contributed $125,000 to the community a year ago.

 

Erie County/Bike Week back to 10 days

After shortening the event this year to five days, Ohio Bike Week organizers have announced that it will return to its normal 10-day format in 2019.

It will run during Memorial Day weekend; May 24th through June 2nd in Sandusky.

Several local businesses reported a major decline this past summer due to the shortened length of the event.

The bike fest will again feature a downtown block party with concerts, food and motorcycle exhibitors.

 

Erie County/Sandusky’s new city hall to have directional signage

When the new Sandusky City Hall opens downtown next spring, the building will feature directional signage to help people navigate throughout the building.

Listening to complaints from visitors, city commissioners have accepted a $20,000 bid to purchase the special signs; which will guide people to specific departments, meeting rooms, offices and restrooms.

 

Huron County/St. Paul students’ hosting dance marathon

Three St. Paul High School students have organized a dance marathon fundraiser for this Saturday.

It’s the senior project for Lauren Chandler, Maddie Hipp and Kallie Stoll.

Donations to benefit the Huron County Humane Society will be accepted at the door of the St. Paul Social Hall from 6:00 to 11:00 pm.

The students have raised half of their $1,000 goal so far.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2018

Today

A chance of snow flurries.  Mostly cloudy and windy, with a high near 31.

 

Tonight

Cloudy, with a low around 25.

 

Thursday

A chance of snow.  Cloudy, with a high near 37.

 

Friday

A slight chance of rain, mixing with snow.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Huron-Lorain County/SWAT member fatally shoots New London man

“The Law” has identified the man who died Sunday night during a standoff with the Lorain County SWAT team in Camden Township…

Daniel Calala of New London was 62.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Department says, a member of the SWAT team shot Calala after he allegedly threatened to shoot them…

The Lorain County Coroner’s Office is performing an autopsy, and Lorain Police are investigating the incident.

 

Erie County/Sandusky man shot again

A Sandusky man has reportedly been shot twice in the last two months.

According to police, the 20-year-old victim suffered a gunshot to his leg after someone pulled up in a vehicle on Pierce Street, near Camp Street…with the victim treated at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

In September, the man was also shot in the shoulder in an alley off Buchanan Street.

No arrests have been made in either shooting.

 

State News/GM closing Lordstown factory

If General Motors gets its way…the assembly plant in Lordstown in eastern Ohio…will become one massive, empty building.

G-M says, they need to restructure, and building the small Chevy Cruze sedan in Lordstown, does not fit their business-model.

Nationwide, General Motors wants to dump 14-thousand workers and close 5 factories.

 

State News/Patrol Releases Thanksgiving Holiday Report

The State Highway Patrol says this past Thanksgiving holiday travel season was the safest since 1991.

From Wednesday until Sunday, six people were killed in six fatal crashes; tying a record set in 1991 for the safest Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

During those five days, troopers arrested just over 500 drivers for OVI, made over 250 drug arrests and issued 1,500-plus safety belt violations.

 

Huron County/Man sent to prison for drug and gun crimes

A man from rural New London has been sentenced to 18 months of prison time.

30-year-old Jon Godfrey recently pled guilty to felonies involving drug trafficking and firearm theft.

 

Erie County/Police say Pioneer Trail shooting was likely accidental

Authorities believe a shooting inside a Pioneer Trail apartment Monday in Perkins Township was accidental.

Police say a man faces weapons charges after apparently dropping a weapon with it discharging and going through a sliding glass door.

There were no injuries.

 

Ottawa County/Put-in-Bay mayor’s job to be decided on

Before he goes on trial in January, a panel of three retired state judges will decide whether or not Put-in-Bay’s Bernard “Mac” McCann can still be mayor.

The review of the 82-year-old mayor could take a few weeks to a few months with McCann given the right to contest the ruling.

McCann was charged in October with two counts of having unlawful interest in a public contract and four counts of conflict of interest.

 

Erie County/Details out for Cedar Point’s Winter Chill Out

Tickets for Cedar Point’s “Winter Chill Out” event go on sale tomorrow.

The event features a six-hour behind the scenes tour of the park including a look at the new Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island attraction and a Q & A session with Cedar Point leadership.

Winter Chill Out 2019 takes place February 23rd with all proceeds benefitting families of children with life-threatening illnesses; which raised over $40,000 a year ago.

 

Attorney General DeWine offers charitable giving tips ahead of “Giving Tuesday”

Today is “Giving Tuesday” – a day where we’re encouraged to make charitable contributions amid the holiday shopping season.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has offered these charitable giving safety tips…

Carefully review donation requests…Develop a giving plan…Research charities

Ask how your donation will be used…Don’t rely solely on an organization’s name

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH, 2018

Today

A slight chance of light snow showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 31.

 

Tonight

A chance of light snow showers.  Cloudy, with a low around 25.

 

Wednesday

A slight chance of snow showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of rain and snow.  Cloudy, with a high near 36.