Local News

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Sandusky County/Three commercial vehicle injury crash

Three commercial vehicles were involved in a crash Monday morning on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County’s Rice Township.

The Highway Patrol says one freightliner struck a parked freightliner on the right side of the road, which then swerved into the roadway and into the path of a commercial vehicle, driven by Terry Sutphen of Bellevue.

Sutphen’s vehicle overturned on its side and caught fire after he appeared to take evasive actions to avoid a collision.

Sutphen was able to escape the vehicle and was later taken to a Toledo hospital with multiple injuries.

 

Ottawa County/Missing body found off Put-in-Bay

Information has been released about a missing man’s body that was discovered Saturday off the shores of South Bass Island on Put-in-Bay.

The body was identified as 46-year-old Jeffrey Jervis of Whitehouse, who authorities say was on a boat Friday with his wife, but never resurfaced after he went for a swim.

 

Erie County/New Sandusky VA clinic location now open

Firelands Regional Medical Center’s south campus is the new site of the Sandusky VA Clinic, which opened its doors Monday.

The clinic moves from the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky after the government put the location up for a new round of bids.

According to the new lease, the clinic will remain at Firelands for 10 years, with the possibility of another five.

 

Erie County/$500,000 grant approved for women’s recovery center

A $500,000 grant has been approved by the state that will be put towards a new women’s drug treatment and housing center in Sandusky.

The 48-bed addiction-treatment facility will be located across from the Erie County Health Department at the former ‘Ability Works’ building.

Erie County officials plan for it to be up and running by early October.

 

Norwalk/Survey results

The City of Norwalk says they had a 40 percent response rate from their recent survey sent to residents, which was much better than they expected.

City administrators reviewed the results with the public on Monday at Norwalk High School.

Some of the recommendations left by city residents included…the demolishing of dilapidated buildings and increasing of the number of police officers…to wanting the city to become more proactive about watershed issues and the idea of a possible amphitheater.

Complete results can be found on the city’s website (www.norwalkoh.com).

 

Local News/Lake Erie panel named

An Erie County lawmaker has been named part of a newly-created state group that will focus on issues facing the condition of Lake Erie.

The 14-member panel named “Toward a Cleaner Lake Erie” is made up of 10 Republicans, including State Representative Steve Arndt of Sandusky, and four Democrats.

 

Erie County/BGSU Firelands opening for class preparation

It’s back to school time for college students.

BGSU Firelands in Huron will open up from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm this Saturday to help students prepare for classes that get underway on Monday.

Students will have the chance to register and change classes, as well as meet with financial aid representatives.

 

 Erie County/Sandusky Bicentennial tour

Sandusky continues its bicentennial celebration with a free, guided, historical walking tour tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm.

It starts at Columbus Avenue and Washington Row where local historians will recreate the city’s culture and history.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21ST, 2018

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.  High near 80.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.

 

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 76.

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Huron County/Charges filed in fiery fatal crash

A southeastern Ohio truck driver faces multiple vehicular homicide felony charges in connection with a fatal crash in Huron County two years ago.

According to authorities at the time, 64-year-old William Brindle of Athens failed to stop his semi for a flagger and hit three men and their two landscaping company vehicles on State Route 13 in Fitchville…with the semi going up in flames.

34-year-old Zachary Warner of Bucyrus died as a result of injuries.

His two co-workers were seriously injured, but did recover.

 

Sandusky County/Motorcyclist killed in head-on collision

A motorcycle driver was killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday in Sandusky County’s Riley Township.

44-year-old Chastidy Babb of Elmore drove off the side of the road after failing to negotiate a curve, hit a traffic sign, and then drove back in the middle of the opposite lane where she collided head-on with an SUV.

The other driver, 88-year-old John Walker of Fremont, received minor injuries.

 

Erie County/Men report stolen items from their car

Two men from Margaretta Township told the Erie County Sheriff’s they had multiple items stolen from their cars on Friday, including a loaded gun and prescription pills.

The reported incident took place in the 3000 block of Tiffin Avenue, in which one of the cars had its rear window broken.

A sheriff’s deputy said the suspect’s vehicle appeared to be the same one involved in an attempted break-in at a Tiffin Avenue business just a few hours prior.

 

Huron County/Road work on State Route 13

A portion of State Route 13 in Huron County will closed for most of this week, starting today.

The highway will be shut down between Alpha Road and U.S. 224 for railroad crossing repairs.

It’s expected to be re-opened on Friday.

Detours are posted.

 

Huron County/Willard Fire and Rescue receives recognition

First responders in Willard have been recognized for implementing new quality improvement measures in the way they treat patients with severe heart attacks.

Willard Fire and Rescue has received the American Heart Association’s EMS Gold Plus Award.

 

Huron County/Norwalk resident survey results announced today

The results of a June survey for Norwalk resident will be released later today.

City officials say they will run down the results at both 12 noon and 6:00 pm at the Fisher-Titus LGI Community Room at Norwalk High School.

The survey, sent to random residents, was intended to provide the city with data pertaining to the decision-making process of city projects.

 

Erie County/Sandusky’s historic moments

As the city celebrated its 200th birthday over the weekend, Erie County Historical Society’s John Hildebrandt came out with his list of the most significant events in the history of Sandusky.

The events included the Cholera epidemic from the 1850’s, Sandusky being named the county seat of the then-created Erie County in 1838 and the growth of Cedar Point.

 

Erie County/Sandusky purchases new leaf truck

The City of Sandusky is getting a new leaf collection truck in time for fall.

City commissioners have agreed to spend about $50,000 on what’s called a ‘leaf vacuum trailer’, which officials say will replace older, less efficient equipment.

 

Lorain County Fair begins

The Lorain County Fair opens today in Wellington.

Tonight’s featured entertainment; Grand Funk Railroad.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, AUGUST 20TH, 2018

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after midnight. Low around 70.

 

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 80.

 

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Ottawa County/Prosecutor dismisses 45 of 50 rape counts against Danbury man

A Danbury Township man that was indicted on 50 counts of rape earlier this year has had 45 of those counts dismissed.

The Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office said they were dismissed to avoid potential juror confusion of the specifics of each count.

57-year-old Richard Rose Junior still faces five counts of rape, with one charge carrying the potential for a life sentence.

Rose’s indictment stems from a 2013 investigation in which a woman said that Rose sexually assaulted her over a decade ago when she was a young child.

 

Erie-Sandusky County/Two local men face drug charges

Two area men were charged with drug felonies on Wednesday in Sandusky.

Police say they found heroin and other drug-related items in a car on Venice Road occupied by 22-year-old Drake Reed of Clyde and 31-year-old Nicholas Taylor of Sandusky.

 

Huron County/Monroeville hosting “Remembering Our Fallen”

The “Remembering Our Fallen” travelling war memorial will be in Monroeville all weekend, with a number of events honoring recent military members who paid the ultimate price, as well as a special tribute to Vietnam-era veterans.

The photographic tribute will be on display today through Sunday at the Monroeville Athletic Complex, with a parade Saturday and a commemoration pinning ceremony that will recognize Vietnam vets.

It wraps up on Sunday at Clark Park with food vendors and live music

 

Erie County/Roundabout debuts

After four months of construction, Erie County’s first roundabout was opened to traffic on Thursday.

Local officials saw the need for the $700,000-plus project at West Bogart Road and Campbell Street in Perkins Township after 24 crashes took place there from 2003 to 2013.

 

Lorain County/Police officer cancer fundraiser

A GoFundMe Account has opened to help a Lorain police officer diagnosed with brain cancer with medical expenses.

The charitable page was started by a co-worker, to help support Sergeant Tom Nimon and his family.

The Lorain officer recently had surgery to remove part of a tumor and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

A 5K Run and Walk will also take place on September 22nd at Amherst High School to help raise funds.

 

Ottawa County/New recovery home

Owners of the Light House Sober Living Men’s Home in Port Clinton have purchased a house on Monroe Street that will be their new women’s recovery center.

The new Light House Women’s Recovery Home, containing six beds, is expected to be open by mid-September.

 

Area News/Huron County Fair wraps up this weekend, Weekend events

Another weekend of fun awaits area residents…

The 97th edition of the Huron County Fair comes to a close on Saturday in Norwalk… with the rough truck competition tonight and the demolition derby on Saturday evening in the grandstand.

The City of Sandusky is hosting “Founders Weekend”…in honor of their 200th birthday.  A 2-hour bicentennial parade takes place Saturday morning at 10:00 am.

The Sandusky Shores Music Fest happens Saturday at Cedar Point’s Sports Force Parks…featuring former winner of “The Voice” Cassadee Pope.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17TH, 2018

 Today

A chance of showers and storms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.

 

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.

 

Saturday

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

 

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 82.

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Erie County/Huron home raided as part of possible illegal gambling ring

It might be up to the courts to decide whether activities at so-called internet cafés, constitute illegal gambling.

Yesterday, state and local officials from several counties, including Lorain, Erie and Ottawa, raided internet cafes and seized records and computer gear.

A Huron condo within Sawmill Creek Resort believed to be the home of William Janowich, owner of internet cafés in Vermilion and Port Clinton, was part of that raid.

 

Erie County/Teenager allegedly threatens to kill mom’s boyfriend

A Margaretta Township teen was arrested Tuesday after allegedly making harmful threats towards her mother and the man her mom is dating.

The 15-year-old girl on Crystal Rock Road was charged with aggravated menacing and domestic violence after she made threats to slap her mother and kill her boyfriend.

 

Sandusky County/Fremont man charged with marijuana trafficking

Drug task force officials in Sandusky County arrested a Fremont man Monday after they allegedly found over 100 marijuana plants on his property.

68-year-old Stephan Wagner faces marijuana trafficking charges after authorities say they used a drone to locate the plants growing in corn fields.

Wagner also allegedly had around 20 pounds of pot in bags inside his home.

 

Erie County/Hotel pools closed again by Health Department

The Erie County Health Department had to temporarily close hotel swimming pools and spas Wednesday that were previously warned to clean up their acts.

The Comfort Inn and Best Western Sandusky Hotel and Suites were part of three hotels, all on U.S. 250 and owned by Carmelo Ruta, Inc., to be given a deadline of October 1st to come into compliance with health and safety rules or their pools will be shut down.

 

Erie County/New Sandusky High School pool

Sandusky Schools say they have nearly half of what’s needed to construct a new high school swimming pool.

Officials say that one-point-four million dollars has been raised out of the 3-million it will take to build a new fifteen-thousand-square-foot, 10-lane pool, which would be attached to the high school in the rear parking lot.

If the money is raised by next April, the facility would likely be opened in 2022.  If not, the district plans to renovate their current, 61-year-old pool.

 

Huron County/Graffiti vandalism in Norwalk

Norwalk police are looking into two instances of graffiti vandalism on League Street, which appear to be linked.

Spray-paint graffiti was found on the crossing guard shelter at the corner of League and Whittlesey Avenue and the Worker’s Memorial Park’s cement slab at League and Cline streets.

Police believe it’s a case of juvenile delinquency.

 

Huron-Erie County/U.S. 250 road work delays

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says to expect heavy traffic delays over the next several days as paving work is being done on U.S. 250 between State Route 13 and the Huron-Erie County line.

They say to seek an alternate route if at all possible.

 

Huron County Fair – Day 4

It’s Senior Citizens Day at the Huron County Fair in Norwalk; with admission of just one penny for those age 60 and over.

Today’s highlights…the Senior King and Queen contest and motocross racing in the grandstand.

 

Erie County/‘Golden Corral’ possibly to take over ‘Ryan’s’ building

The Golden Corral buffet restaurant is reportedly coming to the Sandusky-area in place of another buffet eatery.

According to the Sandusky Register, the Perkins Township building department recently received an application from Golden Corral to renovate the space currently occupied by Ryan’s, on U.S. 250.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16TH, 2018

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.  High near 79.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

 

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

 

Saturday

A slight chance of morning showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Huron County/Accused serial rapist will stand trial

A Sandusky man accused of being a serial rapist in Huron County will stand trial next week.

A pre-trial hearing ended yesterday without a plea deal for 29-year-old McClain Durst, who faces multiple charges of rape as well as unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in four different accused sexual assaults.

Authorities believe Durst used social media to entice underage girls to meet him.

He faces a separate, similar trial in Sandusky County in December.

 

Ottawa-Sandusky County/Armed robbery suspect pleads ‘not guilty’

A Fremont man charged in the alleged armed robbery of a Port Clinton man last month has plead ‘not guilty’.

20-year-old Dominic Perkins along with four others allegedly went into the victim’s apartment, aimed guns at his head and demanded money.

Perkins’ jury trial is scheduled for October.

 

Erie County/Man arrested for throwing egg at sheriff’s cruiser

A Brunswick man is in trouble after the Erie County Sheriff’s Department said he threw an egg off a balcony at Kalahari Resorts and hit a cruiser.

22-year-old Jagger Owca was arrested for vandalism.

Owca apologized to authorities, saying he was drinking at the time.

Law enforcement said they tracked him down thanks to Owca posting the videos on social media.

 

Erie County/Women’s drug treatment center grant

A long-awaited $500,000 state grant could be coming to Erie County to pay for a women’s drug treatment and housing center.

The state’s mental health and addiction services board is scheduled to be asked Monday to release the funds to Erie County commissioners.

If approved, the money would go towards a 48-bed facility next to the Erie County Health Department, with hopes of it opening by this fall.

 

Erie County/Two crashes on Perkins Avenue

Two crashes reportedly took place back-to-back Tuesday afternoon on West Perkins Avenue in Perkins Township.

According to police, a SUV apparently rear-ended a truck, with a car slamming its brakes, causing another car to rear-end it.

One of the car’s occupants reported minor injuries.

 

Huron County/Norwalk man to be grand marshal of Monroeville military event

Norwalk resident and Monroeville High School grad, Howard L. Smith, has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the “Welcome Home Vietnam Era Veterans Parade” this Saturday.

The parade is part of the “Remembering Our Fallen” travelling exhibit this weekend at the Monroeville Athletic Complex.

Smith served 41 years in the military, beginning with time in the Army National Guard during the Vietnam Era as well as two tours of Iraq before retiring in 2011.

 

Huron County/Fair Queen, Today’s highlights

It’s Veterans Day at the Huron County Fair…with admission of just a penny for military vets.

This year’s Junior Fair Queen is Kaitlyn Olak of the Huron County Clovers, receiving the honor yesterday, beating out her twin sister Regan and four others.

Tonight’s feature entertainment in the grandstand, the OSTPA Tractor Pull, happens at 6:30.

 

Erie County/Sandusky clean-up continues this weekend

Volunteers and area residents are encouraged to help in the clean-up of Sandusky’s Churchwell Park this Saturday morning.

It takes place at 9:00 am with cleaning supplies to be provided.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 2018

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Cloudy, with a low around 69.

 

Thursday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.  High near 79.

 

Friday

A chance of showers and storms.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Huron County/Wakeman woman pleads guilty to taking inheritance money

A Wakeman woman will be sentenced in November after pleading ‘guilty’ to stealing 100-thousand-dollars in inheritance-money from two children whose father passed away about 10 years ago.

45 year old Stacie Bement was accused of accessing the accounts by forging the signature of her husband who was the trust custodian.

Bement taught at Edison High School in Milan until her arrest several months ago.

 

Area News/Four arrested in Bellevue after alleged gas station armed robbery

Bellevue Police arrested four males for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery of a Castalia Street gas station Monday night.

Bellevue residents 19-year-old Joshua Thom, 20-year-old Matthew Robbins, 27-year-old Tyler Haughn; along with a 14-year-old boy from Fremont, all face criminal charges after their vehicle was located on Northwest Street.

 

Erie County/Man charged with robbery of gas station

Sandusky Police have arrested one of the suspects allegedly involved in the armed robbery of a gas station on Saturday.

30-year-old Rodney Wiggins has been charged with complicity to aggravated robbery.

According to police, Wiggins is believed to be one of two masked men with handguns who robbed the Mobil service station on Cleveland Road.

 

Huron-Erie-Ottawa County/$200,000+ grant to help combat opioid issue

Federal grant funds are going towards the local battle against the opioid addiction epidemic.

The mental health board in Huron County has received $120,000 with $216,000 going to the Erie and Ottawa County board.

Specifically, Erie County says they’ll use the money to treat inmates attempting to recover from drug addiction and for drug response teams who help counsel those recovering from an overdose in the ER.

 

Erie County/Hotels could lose pool operations

The Erie County Health Department is laying down the law to three Sandusky-area hotels.

The department has set an October 1st deadline for the hotels to come into compliance with health and safety rules or their swimming pools will be shut down.

The Comfort Inn and Best Western Sandusky Hotel and Suites in Perkins Township as well as the Quality Inn in Milan, all located on U.S. 250; have allegedly had multiple years worth of violations.

 

Erie County/IRS scam targeting the elderly

A warning about a reported IRS scam which is focusing on the elderly…

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says a dozen or more people have received calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS and threatening the person to pay supposed unpaid taxes or they will be arrested.

Authorities say that sometimes the scammers will “clone” their phone number to make it appear to be coming from local law enforcement.

 

Huron County Fair – Day 2

It’s Day Two of the Huron County Fair in Norwalk…and it’s Kids Day; with free admission for children until 3:00 pm, excluding rides.

After a great show from LoCash last night, the grandstand entertainment continues this evening with Cheer Bonanza.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14TH, 2018

Today

A slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a high near 86.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.

 

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

 

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 82.

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Huron County/Woman arrested for OVI with kids allegedly at home

A Norwalk woman allegedly left her four young children home alone while she was arrested last week for OVI.

27-year-old Jessica Mitchell was also charged with endangering children Thursday after she told authorities that her children were left unattended during a traffic stop near Central Boulevard and Saint Mary’s Street.

 

Sandusky County/Bogle accused killer trial delayed

The trial for the man accused of killing Clyde’s Heather Bogle in 2015 has been rescheduled from early September to late October, due to a number of issues.

49-year-old Daniel Myers is charged with aggravated murder and kidnapping after the body of Heather Bogle was found in her parked car’s trunk outside of her apartment.

 

Erie-Huron County/High-speed chase involving Norwalk man

A Norwalk man was arrested in Sandusky on Friday after reportedly leading police on a high-speed chase.

29-year-old Eugene Wilson Junior faces multiple charges including failing to comply with the order of an officer and failure to control.

Authorities say the chase came to an end on Campbell Street after Wilson drove between two houses and collided with a tree.

 

Huron County/Train yard fire

No one was hurt during a fire Friday night inside the Norfolk Southern train yard near Bellevue.

Around $200,000 of damage was done when a locomotive caught fire in the area of Bragg Road.

Workers believe a crash between two trains might have started the blaze.

 

Erie Count/Steel Vengeance closed and re-opened Friday

Cedar Point’s new Steel Vengeance roller coaster was shut down Friday afternoon.

According to the Sandusky Register, parts of the ride’s drive system, consisting of motors and tires, detached and fell to the ground during the coaster’s final brake run.

The ride reportedly stopped as planned with riders guided off the coaster without incident.

The coaster was blocked off afterwards before being re-opened to riders late Friday night.

 

Huron County/County-owned buildings and parking lots getting a new look

Some major improvement projects are on the docket for Huron County-owned buildings.

Work is already underway on driveway aprons, sidewalks and front steps at the county’s administration building.

The administration building will also have its parking lot resurfaced starting next Monday; part of five county lots that will get a new look throughout the next month or so. Those include the Department of Job and Family Services, the Shady Lane complex, the county jail and Huron County Courthouse.

In October, every downtown Norwalk county building is scheduled to receive new double-pane windows as well.

Those projects are being paid for through various ways including the county’s permanent improvement fund and the sale of bonds.

 

Erie-Huron County/Road construction updates

Roadwork this week in Huron County…

U.S. 250, between State Route 113 to Lias Road, will be reduced to one lane of traffic for a resurfacing project.

The project is expected to be complete by September.

In Erie County…

Starting today, Ceylon Road (State Route 61) will be closed at its intersection with State Route 113 for a culvert replacement.

The road is expected to reopen on Friday.

 

Huron County Fair – Day One

The 97th edition of the Huron County Fair gets underway today in Norwalk.

Country music duo, Lo-Cash, will take center stage in the grandstand tonight at 7:30 pm.

 

Erie County/Information on Sandusky’s Founders Day Parade

Some details on Sandusky’s Founders Day Parade this Saturday…

The nearly two-mile parade to celebrate the city’s bicentennial will begin at 10:00 am on Hayes Avenue at Orlando Pace Drive (Grant Street) in front of Sandusky High School before travelling down Hayes Avenue, Columbus Avenue, and West Water Street; ending at the intersection of Jackson Street by Hotel Kilbourne.

It will last about two hours.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, AUGUST 13TH, 2018

 Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

 

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Huron County/Woman going to prison for sex offenses

A 24-year-old Milan woman will spend six months in the Huron County Jail after pleading guilty to two sex offenses.

Kristina Jordan has been sentenced for two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in connection with an investigation while she was living in Plymouth.

She’ll also be required to register as a Tier-2 sex offender for the next 25 years.

 

Erie County/Motorcycle rider seriously hurt in collision with deer

A Huron motorcycle rider was seriously injured when his cycle ran into a deer early Thursday morning.

According to the Erie County Sheriff, 22-year-old Lucas Wallace was driving on State Route 2 near the Coen Road overpass in Vermilion when he crashed into a deer on the roadway.

Wallace was taken to Cleveland Metro-Health.

 

Erie County/Sheffield Lake man indicted for OVI in Vermilion incident

A man accused of trying to hit two people with his truck in Vermilion has been indicted on criminal charges.

21-year-old Matthew Boroway of Sheffield Lake has been charged with OVI, felonious assault and aggravated trespassing.

The charges are in connection with an incident in March on East Mason Road.

 

Erie County/Sandusky drive-thru raided

A Sandusky drive-thru was raided earlier this week by state and local authorities.

The raid was part of an ongoing investigation into alleged illegal use of food stamp benefits at the Variety Village Drive-Thru at Market and Franklin Streets.

The business was cited for administrative violations and could potentially face criminal charges.

 

State News/New area code

When it comes to making a phone call, Ohio now has12 area codes.  It’ll be 13 in 2020.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved a new one for the Dayton area in addition to the one already in use, due to increased demand.

 

Huron County/Norwalk auto parts store to close

A locally-owned Norwalk auto parts store has announced that they’re going out of business.

Action Auto Supply on Cleveland Road first opened its doors in 1965.

Owners say one of the reasons for the closure is increased competition from six other auto parts stores in town.

 

Huron County/Love Norwalk event

Churches in Norwalk are uniting together for a family-friendly event and back-to-school giveaway on Saturday.

“Love Norwalk” will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Main Street between Prospect and Wooster streets.

Free backpacks and toiletry items will be handed out along with free haircuts for kids.

 

Area News/Events for the weekend

So what’s going on this weekend?

The Erie County Fair continues through Sunday with a rodeo on Saturday and demo derby wrapping things up Sunday evening.

…The “Imagine Norwalk” arts and music festival runs tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 with a western theme.

…The Huron Rotary Fine Arts and Food Truck Festival goes on tonight, Saturday and Sunday at the Huron Boat Basin.

Also, Kelley’s Island will host their homecoming event on Saturday and Sunday.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10TH, 2018

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Cloudy, with a high near 83.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Saturday

Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Sunday

A slight chance of showers and storms.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Erie County/Closed road in Margaretta Township back open

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says State Route 101 in Margaretta Township is back open in all directions from Maple Avenue to Main Street.

The road had been closed in various ways since Monday due to storm damage.

 

Erie County/Car chase results in four arrests

Information has been released from a car chase Sunday morning in Perkins Township that resulted in four arrests.

Perkins residents’ 30-year-old Amber Ratliff, 38 year-old Korey Brown and 46-year-old Natalie Deitz along with 23-year-old Zachary Gibson of Tiffin all face drug and theft-related charges.

Perkins Police say they followed a car with the four suspects out of the Kroger Marketplace parking lot which resulted in a pursuit that ended on 50th Street in Sandusky.

Drugs, drug paraphernalia and alleged stolen clothing items were found in their vehicles.

 

Erie County/Truck roll-over on State Route 269

A dump truck driver received minor injuries when their vehicle rolled over on its side Wednesday morning in Erie County’s Groton Township.

State Route 269 between Mason and Portland roads were closed a few hours for cleanup of spilled asphalt from the truck.

The driver was cited.

 

Ottawa County/Port Clinton Lift Bridge opens back up

Following 10 months of work and several delays, the State Route 163 bridge over the Portage River in Port Clinton is back open.

The bridge, which had been closed since last October for a $13 million renovation project, had an original completion date of May 25th.

A number of factors reportedly played a part in the postponements, including difficulties in alignment, issues with custom parts and inclement weather.

 

Huron County/Grant given to Fire District for radio improvements

A near $4,000 grant recently given to the Huron River Joint Fire District in Monroeville has resulted in the purchase of enhanced radio equipment.

With funds from Firelands Electric Co-op, the district has bought a radio system repeater, which will improve fire and emergency communications.

The Huron River Joint Fire District covers close to 75 miles in Monroeville and Peru, Ridgefield and Sherman townships.

 

Huron County/Norwalk Fire Department seeks grant for fitness equipment

The City of Norwalk has received approval by council members to apply for a federal grant to help keep firefighters in top physical condition.

The funds reportedly will go towards new fitness equipment for the force.

 

Erie County/Contract extension for BGSU Firelands dean

The contract of BGSU Firelands dean Andy Kurtz has been extended through 2023.

Kurtz was hired as dean in 2015 – which included a three-year contract.

He’ll also receive a two-percent pay raise, bumping his annual salary to $172,000.

 

Lorain County/JVS improvement levy

The Lorain County Joint Vocational School is moving ahead with plans to place a permanent improvement levy on the November ballot.

It would be less than one-mill, and would generate about four-and-a-half-million-dollars-a-year in new revenue for upgrades.

The last permanent improvements levy for the J-V-S was passed in 1985.

 

Erie County/Fair – Day 3

The Erie County Fair continues on today in Sandusky.

Tractor pulls take center stage in the grandstand tonight at 7:00 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9TH, 2018

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

 

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.

 

Friday

Scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Saturday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Huron County/Bronson Township crash

Two Plymouth residents were seriously hurt in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday in Huron County’s Bronson Township.

The Highway Patrol says a Willard man in a box truck ran a stop sign on Dublin Road and hit a pickup truck on New State Road driven by 52-year-old Richard Thornton with passenger 51-year-old Ann Hargraves.

Thornton was flown to a Toledo hospital with Hargraves taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

The box truck driver, 31-year-old Derek Rigg, was not hurt; but was cited for a stop sign violation.

 

Erie County/Sandusky fire on Columbus Avenue

 No one was hurt Tuesday morning when a multi-story home caught fire on Columbus Avenue in Sandusky.

According to authorities, the blaze began when a blow torch that was being used to strip paint — caught some of the rafters under the roof on fire.

The home took on some damage from the blaze and from firefighters’ efforts to extinguish it.

 

Erie County/Convicted killer wants to re-open appeal

A man on death row for killing a Sandusky woman and two young children has filed an application to re-open his appeal.

Earlier this year, the Ohio Supreme Court denied 47-year-old Curtis Clinton’s motion to reconsider the appeal in connection with the 2012 murders of Heather Jackson, daughter Celina and son Wayne.

Clinton’s application argues that his attorney for the original appeal was ineffective.

He’s scheduled to be executed in September 2021.

 

Erie County/Sandusky motel owner going to jail

The co-owner of a Sandusky motel shut down by authorities in April due to nuisance complaints has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.

68-year-old Raghbir Virk was accused of re-opening the Howard Johnson Inn on Milan Road last month under a different name, a direct violation of a court order.

Virk reportedly told authorities that he had completed necessary renovations and was told he could re-open the building, which was allegedly false.

The rooms were still reportedly in bad shape as well.

Virk was also ordered Tuesday to shut down the motel for a year.

 

Ottawa County/Oak Harbor mayor resigns

Oak Harbor mayor Joe Helle has resigned.

There had been apparent complaints from council members that Helle no longer lived in the village.

The now former-mayor says he believed he was pushed out as a political move…because he’s running as a Democrat for the Ohio Senate against Republican Steve Arndt.

Council President Don Douglas takes over as mayor.

 

Huron County/Salt and fuel prices increasing

As the Huron County Engineer’s Office prepares for winter…it will include higher prices for road salt and gas.

The price of salt has jumped twenty-five-dollars per ton from 2017 and will reportedly cost the county close to seventy-five-thousand-dollars more than last year.

Fuel costs will also likely increase by close to fifty-thousand-dollars in 2019.

The county says they might have to reduce some road and bridge work to make up for the higher prices.

 

Erie County/Margaretta Township road partially re-opened

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says one lane of travel is now open on State Route 101 from Maple Avenue to Main Street in Margaretta Township, following Monday’s storm damage.

Caution is advised as personnel will be directing traffic.

 

Erie County/Fair – Day 2

It’s day 2 of the Erie County Fair…

Kids under 16 receive free admission until 4:00 pm.

The Truck Pull happens tonight in the grandstand arena.

 

Erie County/Sandusky’s Cholera Cemetery re-dedication today

A re-dedication ceremony for Sandusky’s Cholera Cemetery on Harrison Street takes place this afternoon.

Just a little while ago, the cemetery was renovated with a refurbished sign and entryway, improved landscaping and a butterfly garden.

The event begins at 2:00 pm.  The public is invited.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8TH, 2018

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the late afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

 

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

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