Local News

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Erie County/Storm damage

Storms rumbled through the listening area last night, reportedly causing damage in Erie County.

In Margaretta Township, the Sheriff’s Department says State Route 101 remains closed this morning from Maple Avenue to Main Street due to several utility lines, poles and trees down.

 

Erie County/Man convicted in 2017 Sandusky shooting death

The Cleveland man convicted of shooting and killing a Sandusky man last year has been sentenced to 49 years in prison.

In April, an Erie County jury found 31-year-old Joel Myles guilty in the August 2017 death of Anthony Pearson, which occurred in Sandusky’s MacArthur Park.

Those guilty charges included murder, two counts of having weapons under disability and cocaine trafficking.

Miles said he looks to appeal his case with a different lawyer.

 

Huron County/Injury accident on State Route 61

Police say a Plymouth motorcycle driver was hurt Friday evening after reportedly trying to avoid a car coming at him in the other direction.

30-year-old Daniel Brown of Willard, while going north on State Route 61, drove left of center to pass stopped vehicles as 45-year-old Dan Elliot was riding north on his cycle.

Elliot was taken to Willard Mercy Health Hospital after going off the road and then overturning on the roadway.

Brown was charged with driving on the left side of the road while Elliot faces a charge of a violation of motorcycle rules.

 

Ottawa County/Injury crash on State Route 2

A teenage boy and girl were hurt in a two-vehicle crash last night in Ottawa County that involved a semi.

The State Highway Patrol says a Honda Civic driven by Simon Arnold of Clyde with passenger Gabrielle Clark of Sandusky struck the rear of the semi after running a stop sign at the intersection of Humphrey Road and State Route 2 in Carroll Township.

Both Arnold and Clark were taken to a Toledo hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

Sandusky County/Sex offender’s punishment upheld

A Fremont man convicted of having a relationship with a 14-year-old girl has had his prison sentence upheld by a state appeals court.

39-year-old Thomas Kubat is facing 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in 2013.

He originally was charged with rape, but that offense was dropped.

The court said his appeal lacked merit after Kubat argued that his prison sentence was unsupported by evidence.

 

Erie County/Drive-thru restaurant OVI arrest

A 40-year-old Sandusky woman was arrested for multiple drunken driving charges after she allegedly repeatedly rammed the vehicle in front of her in a fast-food restaurant drive-thru line.

Tangela Davis was charged early Sunday morning with OVI, transporting an open container of liquor and driving under license forfeiture.

 

Richland County/Shelby police investigating damage allegedly done by semi

Shelby Police are gathering information about a semi that reportedly caused damage to homes after knocking down a number of phone and cable lines.

Authorities say it happened between 7 and 8 Monday morning on Park Avenue.

 

Erie County/Ceylon Road (State Route 61) closure

Ceylon Road (State Route 61), at its intersection with State Route 113 in Erie County, will be closed most of this week for a culvert replacement.

ODOT says they expect to reopen the road on Friday.

 

Erie County/Fair begins today

The Erie County Fair gets underway this morning in Sandusky.

Tonight’s highlights include the Fair King and Queen Pageant as well as kart races and the lawn mower derby.

The fair runs through Sunday.

 

State News/Ohio State Fair attendance

The numbers are in, and they show more than 900-thousand people attended this year’s Ohio State Fair…up 13-percent from a year ago.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7TH, 2018

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

 

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Huron County/Pedestrian seriously injured in Wakeman crash

A Greenwich woman was seriously hurt Sunday night when she was struck by a pickup truck while walking on Butler Road, near State Route 303 in Wakeman.

According to the State Highway Patrol, 30-year-old Joseph Allread of Wakeman tried to stop his F-150 before striking 22-year-old Amanda Lewis, but was unable to do so.

Lewis was flown to Cleveland Metro Hospital.

Authorities believe that alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.

 

Ottawa County/Three people saved from boat

 Three people were saved from a sinking boat on Lake Erie Sunday afternoon. 

The U.S Coast Guard helped in the rescue, which took place about 5 miles east of Kelley’s Island.

 

Erie County/Health department to not allow medical marijuana

 The Erie County Health Department has approved a policy banning any providers at their facility from recommending medical marijuana. 

This includes the health department as well as their medical clinic, the Erie County Community Health Center.

Health commissioner Pete Schade said the department could potentially lose their funding as the federal government has not legalized marijuana. 

 

Erie County/Sandusky smoking ban repeal denied

A political action committee’s petition to overturn Sandusky’s public park smoking and tobacco ban has been rejected by city officials, due to some incorrect legal language.

‘Citizens for Responsive Government’ reportedly gathered 900 signatures as they looked to place the issue on the November ballot.

The smoking ban was enacted in April, with those in violation facing a possible low-level misdemeanor. 

 

Erie-Huron County/Road construction updates

Work is scheduled to continue this week on U.S. 250 in Erie County.  The Ohio Department of Transportation says that crews will be working on the outside lanes and shoulder from Scheid Road to State Route 113.  Traffic will be shifted to the inside lanes in each direction. ODOT expects to have the project completed by September.

Updates on some road construction projects in Huron County…Ridge Road in Bronson Township will be closed this week for bridge work, but will be re-opened next week for fair traffic.  After the fair, the road will have occasional closures. A one-day resurfacing project is planned for this Saturday on Fitchville River Road between State Route 18 and U.S. 20 in Wakeman. Work will continue for the next month or so at Pontiac Section Line Road in Sherman Township for a culvert replacement.

 

Erie County/Sandusky hosting “Touch-a-Truck” event Tuesday

The City of Sandusky’s Police, Fire and Recreation Departments will again be hosting the annual National Night Out and Touch-a-Truck event…taking place tomorrow evening.

The event not only allows kids and kids-at-heart to get hands-on with emergency vehicles and construction equipment, but is also part of “America’s Night Out Against Crime.

The fun runs from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Paper District Marina.

 

Huron County/New library lending service

The Huron County Community Library is introducing a new lending service.

“Hoopla” lets those with a library account to electronically check out books, movies and music. 

The service is free with a limit of four titles a month. 

 

Huron County/Reunion planned for Norwalk Schools

All those who ever attended a Norwalk public school are invited to the 12th annual schools reunion. 

It will take place Sunday, August, 19th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Norwalk High School gym. 

Former Pleasant Street School students and staff will be recognized.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, AUGUST 6TH, 2018

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 96.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly overnight.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.

 

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

 

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Ottawa County/Port Clinton man to jail for rape

A Port Clinton man has been sentenced to six years of jail time after pleading guilty to attempted rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

31-year-old Joshua Wyatt also has to register as a sex offender.

Wyatt was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Catawba Island Township last October.

 

State News/Penalties increased for selling fentanyl

A new law has been signed by Governor John Kasich that will further punish those possessing and selling fentanyl, the drug blamed for a rapid rise in overdose deaths.

The new legislation provides additional prison terms of 3 to 8 years for those convicted.

 

Erie County/Convicted killer’s appeal denied in Sandusky man’s death

The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a man convicted of killing a Sandusky resident over 25 years ago.

62-year-old Steven Yee is in prison on a 20-year to life sentence after pleading guilty in 1993 to shooting and killing 28-year-old David Hartlaub.

Yee, who has already had two previous appeals declined, says he only pled guilty to avoid the death penalty.

 

Erie County/Verdict delayed in motel case

A verdict has been delayed in the case against a Sandusky motel owner.

Raghbir Virk, owner of the Howard Johnson Inn on Milan Road, is accused of re-opening the establishment under a different name after it was closed down due to a civil nuisance complaint by Perkins Township lawmakers.

The verdict reading has been re-scheduled for Tuesday morning.

 

Erie County/Damaged Sandusky buildings might be saved

On July 26th, three downtown Sandusky buildings sustained serious damage due to a rough thunderstorm.

Those property owners believe they can save those buildings after receiving positive progress reports.

The Lake Erie Shores and Islands tourism agency has plans to house their future headquarters in one of those damaged structures, the Biemiller Building.

 

State News/Tax-free weekend

Back to school shopping is in full swing now with the state lending out a helping hand this weekend.

Today through Sunday is Ohio’s sales tax holiday – meaning school supplies and instructional items priced at $20 or less and clothing $75 or less – are tax free.

 

Erie County/New designation for Sandusky Career Center

The Sandusky Career Center has received the Center for Training Excellence designation, given to tech centers that offer business and industry training and consultative services.

A $25,000 grant is part of the designation.

 

Huron-Erie County/Festivals this weekend…

Festival season rolls on throughout the area…

Today and Saturday, Berlin Heights will be holding their annual ‘Basket Festival’ with a parade Saturday afternoon and fireworks Saturday night.

On the border of Huron and Richland County, the Plymouth Silver King and Fireman’s Festival continues through Saturday with carnival and food vendors downtown and a parade on Saturday evening.

Port Clinton is hosting their Lighthouse Festival on Saturday and the third annual ‘Island Green Week’ gets underway in Put-in-Bay tomorrow.

 

State News/“American Pickers” show to film in Ohio

The hit History Channel show, “American Pickers”, will be filming in Ohio next month…and could be interested in buying some of your stuff.

The program features hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they hunt for America’s most valuable and interesting antiques.

If you think you have something of interest, look up “Got a Pick” on Facebook or call 1-855-OLD-RUST.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 2018

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

 

Tonight

A slight risk of showers and storms.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 86.

 

Sunday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Erie-Huron County/Bicycle hit-skip crash

A hit-skip accident that left a bicycle rider seriously injured in Milan Township early Wednesday is under investigation.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said a car struck a bicyclist on Milan Road, south of Ohio 13 and then allegedly fled the scene.

The bike rider, who has yet to be identified, was taken by medical helicopter to a Cleveland hospital with unknown serious injuries.

Anyone with information should contact authorities.

 

Erie-Huron County/Milan man to prison on drug charges

One of four people arrested in a drug bust last year in Norwalk is going to prison for 4-and-a-half-years.

44-year-old Randy Myers of Milan has pled guilty to drug trafficking and the illegal conveyance of drugs in connection with the Fruen Street raid last November.

 

Erie County/Hotel swimming pool could close/Closed motel case

A hotel’s swimming pools at U.S. 250 and Mason Road in Milan could soon be shut down due to alleged health and safety violations.

According to the Sandusky Register, the Erie County Health Department is preparing to go to the Erie County Prosecutor’s office as they look to take away the license for the Quality Inn’s pools and spa.

The Health Department says that they also discovered swimmers in a hotel pool that was supposed to be closed.

Meanwhile…an Erie County judge is expected to announce a verdict today in a case against a motel owner accused of re-opening the establishment after it was shut down by authorities for alleged health and safety issues.

The Howard Johnson Inn on Milan Road in Perkins Township was closed earlier this year, but was reportedly re-opened under a new name in early July.

Owner Raghbir Virk said he was told he could open back up after fixing and cleaning the rooms in violation, which health department officials say was not true…with some rooms reportedly still in rough shape.

 

Erie County/Cedar Fair says numbers are down/Witches’ Wheel

Cedar Point’s parent company, Cedar Fair, says bad weather is part of the blame for lower attendance and revenue throughout their parks.

Attendance is down 3 percent…with net revenues down 2 percent from the same time frame a year ago.

Locally, company officials say occupancy rates and room rates are up at Cedar Point-owned hotels, thanks in part to the Sports Force Parks outdoor sports facility, which they say has exceeded expectations.

In other Cedar Point news…a well known ride will be soon be gone as the park has announced that the Witches’ Wheel will be removed after Labor Day to make way for future expansion.

The ride first opened in 1977.

 

Erie County/Bogart-Campbell Roundabout near completion

Erie County’s first roundabout should be open and accessible in the next two to three weeks.

Officials justified the need for the $700,000 traffic circle at West Bogart Road and Campbell Street in Perkins Township after 24 crashes took place there between 2003 and 2013.

 

State News/Great Lakes Restoration project

$300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was approved by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

The U.S. House previously approved the money.

The initiative provides money to programs for the betterment and protection of Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes.

 

Erie County/Eagle Scout project at Sandusky State Theatre

A Sandusky Boy Scout plans on fixing up a main dressing room at the Sandusky State Theatre for his Eagle Scout project.

Joseph Didion recently held a fundraiser to help him pay for renovations of the room that hasn’t seen much attention in around 30 years.

Didion is expected to start the project in September and be done by January.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2ND, 2018

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Friday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 85.

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Erie-Lorain County/Couple sent to jail for crime spree

A woman from Amherst and a man from Cleveland have been sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison for a month long crime spree that stretched from Erie County to Lorain County to Ashtabula County and into Medina County.

31 year old Casey Liberty and 33 year old Daniel Begin (‘Bay-gihn’) were accused of robbing banks, restaurants and convenience stores to feed their drug-habit.

 

Huron County/Doughty now on Norwalk City Council

Matt Doughty has been appointed by the Huron County Democratic Party to serve on Norwalk City Council’s Fourth Ward seat.

Doughty was sworn in last night; replacing Chris Castle, who recently resigned due to an address change.

Doughty has lived in Norwalk his whole life and has worked in The Maple City at Miller’s SuperValu in Norwalk for the last five years, with a title of System Administrator.

He also is closing in on a bachelor’s degree in business communication and political science along with being a poll worker for the past five elections.

 

State News/6-State Trooper Project targeted ‘Move Over’ law

The Ohio State Highway Patrol last week took part in a high-visibility campaign to enforce and raise awareness of the “Move Over” law, in relation to moving to an adjacent lane for emergency vehicles.

During the week-long initiative, the patrol issued 586 “Move Over” citations statewide.

None of those citations took place in Erie, Huron or Ottawa County with 1 in Sandusky County and 2 citations in Lorain County.

 

Erie-Lorain County/Vermilion recycling money

The Lorain County commissioners will be handing over close to $23,000 to Vermilion as a reward for its solid waste recycling.

According to Mayor Jim Forthofer, the city will use the funds to pay for a number of items such as their street sweeper, traffic safety equipment and a visit from a shred truck.

 

State News/Cooling assistance

An annual state program is still available for eligible households who may not have enough money to stay cool.

The HEAP Summer Crisis Program provides a one-time payment toward an electric bill or central air-conditioning repair.

You can find more info online at energyhelp.ohio.gov.

 

Erie County/Sandusky religious statue removed for safety

A familiar religious statue in Sandusky was removed by city workers Tuesday due to safety concerns.

The Holy Angels Catholic Church on Tiffin Avenue was able to keep the plaque and stone from the monument, which was deteriorated.

 

Ottawa-Erie County/Local attractions receive national honors

The Lake Erie Shores and Islands tourism office says three destinations in the region recently earned national recognition.

The city of Port Clinton was named as one of the “Top 10 Most Affordable Lake Towns in 2018” by Realtor.com, while Cedar Point’s Lighthouse Point was named as the “Best RV Park” in Ohio by Reader’s Digest.

Put-in-Bay was also named as the “Best Kept Secret” in Ohio by Reader’s Digest and the “Prettiest Town in Ohio” by ArchitecturalDigest.com.

 

Erie County/Sandusky man to join Ohio State Fair elite

A Sandusky draft horse owner will be honored tomorrow at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

Gerald Harkness, along with five others, will be inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame.

Harkness and his family have been showing horses for over 70 years.

 

Huron County/Norwalk City Hall front door work

For those needing to stop at Norwalk City Hall today and tomorrow, you’ll need to use the back entrance.

The front door will have limited access today and it will be closed on Thursday…due to improvements.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1ST, 2018

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Sandusky County/Bellevue murder suspect arrested A 58-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder Monday in Bellevue. John Frost is accused of shooting and killing 44-year-old Curtis Gibbs Sunday night in the hallway of a Bryn Mawr apartment room on Thomas Drive. A preliminary investigation revealed that multiple shots were fired from two different handguns, with one belonging to the victim. A motive is still being investigated.   Seneca County/Single vehicle fatal crash A Seneca County woman died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash in Bloom Township. Samantha Foster of Bloomville was 24. According to The State Highway Patrol, while on Township Road 12, Foster drove off the right side of the roadway, lost control, then drove off the left side of the road and overturned. Three child passengers in the pickup truck received minor injuries.   Sandusky County/Former sheriff’s detective pleads guilty in Bogle case Former Sandusky County Sheriff’s detective Sean O’Connell pled guilty Monday to tampering with evidence charges related to the 2016 Heather Bogle murder case. O’Connell would’ve faced trial on seven charges. 28-year-old Heather Bogle was found dead in a Clyde apartment complex in April of 2015. Daniel Myers of Green Creek Township has been indicted for the murder…and is headed to trial this October.   Erie County/Multiple injuries in Saturday crash Seven injuries from a two-car crash Saturday night in Erie County’s Groton Township… 40-year-old Seth Smale of Perrysburg was charged with failure to yield at a stop sign after striking a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Denise Doyle of Vermilion. Authorities say Doyle’s vehicle went off the road near the intersection of Ohio 99 and Ohio 4 and knocked down a utility pole. Two young children were among those hurt.   Huron County/Riot at Norwalk bar Three Sandusky residents were arrested following a near-40 person bar brawl early Monday in Norwalk. 19-year-old Janelle Martinez, 24-year-old Jonathon Sullivan and 25-year-old Tyler Dillery all face disorderly conduct charges in connection with the scuffle at Charlie’s Bar on Benedict Avenue.   Erie County/Another OVI for Castalia man A man from Castalia was arrested Sunday for his four alleged OVI charge in 10 years time. Police say that 27-year-old Anthony Frisbee was stopped on U.S. 6 near Cold Creek Boulevard in Castalia where he was going 59 in a 35-mph-zone. Frisbee reportedly was two times over the legal limit after taking a portable breath test.   Area News/Business electric bill scam The Better Business Bureau is warning local business owners about a scam going on involving the payment of electric bills. In the reported scam, a caller representing the local power company says the business’ account is several months behind and will cut off the power in the next 45 minutes. When the business employee says they don’t want that to happen, the scammer reportedly tells them to send money on a cash or gift card.   Ottawa County/ Lake Erie meeting The Lake Erie Foundation is inviting the public to their summer roundtable meeting this Friday. They even encourage you to bring a glass jar with algae in it, as they will focus on how to engage family and friends on the importance of clean water and a healthy lake.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST TUESDAY, JULY 31ST, 2018 Today Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.  Cloudy, with a high near 79.   Tonight A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.   Wednesday Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.   Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Huron-Erie-Sandusky County/Bellevue shooting

An apparent shooting in Bellevue has left a man dead.

44-year-old Curtis Gibbs was found deceased in the hallway of a home on Thomas Drive Sunday night…according to police.

A preliminary investigation revealed that multiple shots were fired from two different handguns, one belonging to the victim.

More information will be forthcoming.

 

Erie County/Sandusky man sentenced in alleged gun/car incidents

A Sandusky man is going to prison for seven years in connection with two separate alleged incidents involving a gun and a car.

23-year-old Randy Kimble has pled guilty to felonious assault and discharging a firearm near prohibited premises.

In September of 2017, Kimble allegedly fired a gun and hit a pedestrian with his vehicle.

Last March, he alleged fired multiple rounds into an unoccupied car, with no one being struck.

 

Huron County/Norwalk PD’s Fulton promoted

Norwalk PD Captain Jim Fulton has been named executive secretary officer of the police department.

Fulton, who has worked for the Norwalk PD since 1988, just received a promotion to captain a few weeks back…following the naming of Mike Conney as Police Chief.

Fulton, in essence, is the second-in-command to Conney.

 

Lorain County/VA Clinic

This evening, Lorain City Council will consider re-zoning land on the city’s northwest side in hopes of luring a Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic to the area.

A developer who is spearheading the effort says, he needs the land rezoned, in order to submit a proposal to the feds.

The current, temporary Outpatient Clinic is located in Sheffield Village, and Mayor John Hunter wants it to stay there.

 

Huron & Erie County/EHOVE administrator recognized by the state

A state honor for an EHOVE Career Center administrator…

Assistant Director Matt Ehrhardt has been named “Innovator of the Year” by the Ohio STEM Learning Network.

STEM standing for science, technology, engineering and math.

Ehrhardt helped start up a program to assist educators on how to use STEM applications in the classroom  as well as create the first state high school drone racing league.

 

Huron County/Norwalk garage sale

The City of Norwalk has announced that they will be hosting a city-wide garage sale over Labor Day weekend.

No garage sale permits will be required, but residents are encouraged to register their sale at Norwalk City Hall before August 27th.

A complete list of participants will be available for pickup on August 28th as well as being posted on the city’s website and Facebook page.

 

Erie County/U.S. 6 roadwork

Starting today, road construction involving a culvert replacement will close down U.S. 6 where it overlaps Ohio 269 in Erie County.

It’s expected to be back open by Friday.

Detour signs will be posted.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, JULY 30TH, 2018

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Cloudy, with a high near 77.

 

Tonight

A risk of showers and thunderstorms.  Cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Tuesday

Showers likely with possibly a thunderstorm.  High near 77.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers and storms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Erie County/Sandusky storm damage

A strong storm wreaked havoc on downtown Sandusky Thursday evening.

A couple of roofs were ripped off of buildings including one on Water Street that was intended to be the new home of the Lake Erie Shores and Islands tourism bureau.

Several cars around the city’s business district were also damaged by falling debris.

No injuries were reported.

 

Erie County/Man charged with rape

A Sandusky man has been arrested and charged with rape.

Authorities say the alleged incident involved 21-year-old Desmond Hopkins and an underage victim in May of 2016, with the victim recently contacting police.

 

Erie County/Devos’ yacht

Authorities in Erie County are reviewing surveillance video in hopes of nabbing the person who untied a yacht owned by the family of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

The 40-million-dollar boat drifted into a dock at the Huron Boat Basin, resulting in 10-thousand-dollars in damage.

 

Erie County/NEXUS pipeline

Construction continues on the 255-mile NEXUS natural gas pipeline…

NEXUS spokesman Adam Parker told the Sandusky Register that the project is set to be in service by likely sometime in September; with the pipeline running through parts of Erie County in Berlin Heights and Milan as well as Sandusky County.

Local schools are poised to receive some major money from the pipeline including $6.2 million going to the Margaretta district and $3.6 million to Edison schools; which is expected to be available in 2020.

 

Ottawa County/First female police officer hired in Danbury

History was recently made in Danbury with the hiring of the Township’s first female police officer.

Vikki Fritz, a Perkins Township resident, was chosen for the job among eight other candidates.

Fritz graduated from the Sandusky Police Academy while working as an administrative assistant for Perkins’ building and highway department.

The Danbury Police Department has been around since 1969.

 

Huron County/Child support license amnesty

In August, the Huron County Child Support Enforcement Agency will be offering license amnesty.

Those with a suspended license due to non-support have a chance to have their license reinstated.

There’s a multi-step process, including a cash payment and résumé preparation.

 

Huron, Erie and Sandusky County/Bellevue flags of honor and community picnic

It’s setting up to be a busy weekend in Bellevue.

Central Park will be playing host to The Ohio Flags of Honor military memorial tonight through Sunday afternoon, as 800-plus American flags will be on display in remembrance of lives lost in the global fight against terror.

And…Robert Peters Park will be the site of the Bellevue Community Picnic on Saturday.

 

Erie, Huron and Richland Counties/Festival time

‘Tis the season for local festivals….

Tonight it’s the ‘Imagine Norwalk’ arts and music fest with a barbecue theme.

Starting this afternoon and Saturday, the village of Shiloh hosts their 52nd annual Fireman’s Ox Roast with 8,500 pounds of beef ready to be consumed.  A parade also takes place Saturday night.

On Saturday and Sunday, it’s the Wakeman Firefighters Homecoming Festival featuring a parade on Sunday afternoon.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, JULY 27TH, 2018

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Huron County/Inmate death likely due to overdose

A drug overdose is the suspected cause of death of a Norwalk man who died in the booking area of the Huron County Jail on Monday.

Huron County Coroner Jeffrey Harwood said that autopsy evidence leads him to believe that 35-year-old Robert Carpenter swallowed his contraband.

Carpenter was arrested earlier Monday in Perkins Township on outstanding warrants which included marijuana possession.

 

Huron County/Norwalk woman burned in fire

A Norwalk woman was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with burn injuries following a basement fire.

Norwalk Fire department officials say the blaze on Townline Road 151 was started by a candle on a nightstand; with a mattress, blankets and clothes catching fire.

 

Huron County/Drug suspect plea deal

A Greenwich man has accepted a plea deal in connection with drug charges.

40-year-old Justin Dobias pled guilty in Huron County Common Pleas Court to drug possession and OVI while having other charges dropped including possession of a drug abuse instrument and a different drug possession charge.

 

Ottawa & Sandusky County/Five Fremont armed robbery suspects indicted

Five men from Fremont believed to belong to a gang have been indicted on armed robbery charges related to a reported incident last month in Port Clinton.

The men ages 18 and 19 allegedly robbed a man and his 16-year-old brother at the Lakeview Estates apartment complex on Buckeye Boulevard.

Four of the men have pled not guilty.

 

Huron County/ DD operating levy

An operating levy for The Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities will be on the ballot for local voters this November.

It’s been approved by county commissioners.

If passed, the 1-mill, five year new tax, would go towards programs as well as facility maintenance, construction and renovation.

 

Erie County/Perkins new fire chief

Perkins Township has a new permanent fire chief.

Dave Murphy, who began his career with Perkins in 1996 as a firefighter, is the new leader.

Murphy had been serving as interim fire chief since February of this year.

 

Ottawa County/Jet Express sued

The owner and son of Jet Express have been sued by a man who was seriously injured in an assault on the boat line last September.

65-year-old Karl Goss is permanently disabled and remains on a ventilator after suffering traumatic brain injuries during a melee on the boat’s Put-in-Bay dock.

The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $25,000, claiming that a drunken Mitchell Blumensaadt, son of Jet Express owner Todd Blumensaadt, started a fight with another man and then hit Goss in the head while Goss tried to intervene.

 

Huron County/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over event planned

The Huron County Safe Communities Coalition will kick off the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign with an event next month.

Law enforcement and other dignitaries will discuss the dangers of driving impaired, traffic safety, and local and state enforcement efforts.

It will take place August 10th at 11:00 am in front of the Huron County Courthouse in Norwalk.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, JULY 26th, 2018

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 85.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

Friday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Huron County/Inmate death

A Norwalk man died Monday from what’s being called a “medical emergency” a few hours after being brought into the Huron County Jail.

35-year-old Robert Carpenter was in the booking area when the emergency happened, and later died at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

Carpenter was arrested earlier Monday in Perkins Township on outstanding warrants which included marijuana possession.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office has requested a state investigation.

 

Huron County/Pedestrian/car accident

A Norwalk man was seriously hurt Monday night when he was struck by a pick-up truck while walking in a crosswalk.

According to Norwalk police, 49-year-old Ronald Buffington was taken by helicopter to a Toledo hospital after crossing East Washington Street to West Washington at the intersection of Whittlesey Avenue.

17-year-old Ryan Schaffer reportedly hit Buffington while entering the intersection on a green light.

 

Ottawa County/Fatal crash driver pleads not guilty

A Michigan woman has pled not guilty to charges related to an Ottawa County crash that left a Lorain motorcycle passenger dead.

The Highway Patrol says 29-year-old Shelby Hufeld was under the influence of alcohol, prescription meds and possibly marijuana when she allegedly pulled out in a Jeep in front of a cycle in Danbury Township.

45-year-old Kelly Tressel died in the crash earlier this month.

 

Ottawa County/Kelley’s Island rape suspects charged

Two men, one from Sandusky, are accused of raping a woman on Kelley’s Island in May.

32-year-old George Schalker and 55-year-old Theodore Klonaris of North Royalton face felony rape charges.

The victim hasn’t been identified as an adult or juvenile.

 

State News/Ohio first West Nile case

The state’s first human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Lake County.

A 71-year-old man was hospitalized with the virus.

The state health department says 20 Ohio counties have confirmed West Nile activity in mosquitoes so far this year.

In 2017, there were 34 human cases of West Nile Virus in Ohio, resulting in five deaths.

 

Erie County/Castalia crash

An Erie County man went on a wild ride Tuesday after his car allegedly went airborne over a fish hatchery and crashed into some brush.

26-year-old Ethan Wilson of Castalia was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Wilson was found and pulled from the water at Castalia State Fish Hatchery on Homegardner and Heywood roads.

 

Erie County/U.S. 250 traffic study

The Ohio Department of Transportation has begun a study on traffic patterns and signals along U.S. 250 in Sandusky (Perkins Township).

The study is looking into how lights could possibly stay green longer as well as better traffic light synchronization.

State officials will be monitoring the area for optimal traffic flow until at least sometime in 2019.

 

 

Erie & Lorain Counties/Attorney General awards grants to local Boys & Girls Clubs

The office of Attorney General Mike DeWine has handed out state grants to a couple of local Boys and Girls Clubs.

Erie County’s club will receive about $11,000, with Lorain County to obtain close to $23,000 in state funds, for new computers and technology equipment.

 

Huron County/‘Stuff the Bus’ collection events

You can help ‘stuff the bus’ with school supplies in Huron County for those in need with a couple of collection drives coming up.

In Norwalk, supplies will be gathered for public and parochial students next Friday, August 3rd during an event at the Board of Education Office.

Western Reserve schools are holding their collection drive on Saturday, August 4th (9 am to 12 noon) at the Dollar General in Wakeman.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25TH, 2018 

Today

Partly cloudy, with a high near 83.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Thursday

Increasing clouds, with a high near 82.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.