Wednesday, January 4th, 2016

Sinking boat and four men rescued in Huron on Tuesday

Four men were saved from a sinking boat in Huron late Tuesday afternoon. The Sandusky Register reports that shortly after 4:00 pm, first-responders were alerted that an 18-foot Bayliner had sunk close to halfway underwater near the mouth of the Huron River.  The four men, who were fishermen from out of state, were all wearing life vests and were not injured in the incident. Their boat was pumped out of the water by the coast guard.


Debris found ‘consistent’ with missing aircraft in Cleveland

Cleveland officials searching for a plane carrying six people that went missing over Lake Erie say over 120 pieces of debris have been recovered, and many are consistent with the type of aircraft that disappeared. The Columbus-bound Cessna plane vanished Thursday night shortly after takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport. The reason why is still unknown. Officials say they’re not sharing information about the debris because it’s part of a live investigation. Only a bag found near a private harbor near Cleveland has been confirmed as coming from the plane. Crews have searched by air, water, and along the shoreline.


City of Norwalk to pick up Christmas trees

Christmas trees will be picked up next week in Norwalk. They will be collected on residents’ regular trash day, starting on Monday. The city will not pick up ornaments, stands, or tree bags.


‘Dine-out’ fundraiser continues in 2017 for Norwalk Area United Fund

The Norwalk Area United Fund has announced their 2017 Winter ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser schedule. Today’s featured restaurant is the Freight House Pub and Grill in Norwalk; where a portion of revenue taken in today will benefit the Norwalk United Fund’s Community Campaign, which supports 37 local programs and grants.


Girl Scout Cookies on sale now

It’s once again that time. Beginning today, you can order your Girl Scout Cookies New this year is a S’mores flavored cookie.




Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 20 by late afternoon.

Breezy, with gusts as high as 40 mph.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Wind chill values as low as -3. Breezy.


A chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a high near 22.

Wind chill values as low as -3.


A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 19.


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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2016

College student among those aboard missing plane in Cleveland

A 19 year-old college freshman from Powell and her father were among six people aboard a plane that disappeared over Lake Erie late Thursday as the group was returning from a Cleveland Cavaliers game. The plane piloted by Columbus beverage distribution chief executive John Fleming, suddenly lost altitude about two miles out and vanished from radar, authorities said. Fleming’s wife and two teenage sons were also aboard. A bag that washed ashore near a private harbor in Bratenahl was confirmed as coming from the plane. Search crews continue to hunt for the aircraft.


Monroeville man seriously injured in one-vehicle crash

A Monroeville man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash early New Year’s Day in Huron County. 20 year-old Quentin Howell was taken by Life Flight to a Toledo Hospital after driving off the road and striking a tree, while attempting to swerve to miss an animal. It took place on Remelle Road south of Settlement Road in Peru Township. Alcohol and drugs are suspected factors in the crash.


Top news stories of 2016 from the Chronicle-Telegram

Our sister-company, the Chronicle-Telegram newspaper in Elyria has ranked their top stories of 2016.

#5 – Impact of Republican National Convention in Lorain County

#4 – Justin Christian of Lorain being arrested for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young girl in Cleveland and an attempted kidnapping of a young girl in Elyria

#3 – Estimated 120 people dying from Opioid overdoses in Lorain County in 2016

#2 – Republican Donald Trump winning the presidential election with Democrat Hilary Clinton narrowly beating Trump in Lorain County by 131 votes; almost turning the traditional blue county to red.

#1 – The Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA championship back in June in seven games over Golden State…with an estimated 1.3 million people in Cleveland for the celebration parade and rally.


Huron football players earned academic honor

A great achievement for the football team at Huron… The Huron High School Football program has finished in the top eight in the state for Academic All-Ohio in 2016. It’s the sixth straight year that Huron football student athletes have earned the honor from the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. There are 716 teams in the state.




Rain likely. High near 50.


A chance of rain and snow showers, cloudy, with a low around 26.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Breezy.


A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 21.


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Friday, December 30th, 2016

Fire in Monroeville Thursday destroys two apartments, leaves five homeless

A fire early Thursday morning in Monroeville has left five people homeless. The Norwalk Reflector reports that the blaze began about 3:30 am in the Surrey Court apartments when a woman dropped a cigarette on to her oxygen tank, which then ignited. Two apartments were destroyed by the fire and a third received smoke damage. No injuries were reported; but a cat did perish in the fire. The American Red Cross was on scene to help victims with food, shelter, and clothing.


Davis-Besse nuclear plant could close in 2017

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Oak Harbor is at risk of closing within the next year. According to various media outlets, plant owners Akron-based First Energy Corporation, is planning to sell or possibly close the power station in 2017 or 2018, unless state officials change energy regulations to make it practical to keep it and other plants open. The plant has over 600 employees, who make an estimated $86,000 per year. In 2015, Davis-Besse produced $10.2 million in property and utility tax income with a good portion going to county agencies and schools.


Port Clinton Walleye Drop

The city of Port Clinton will again host their “Walleye Drop” event on New Year’s Eve. Along with the 20 foot long, 600 pound walleye being dropped at midnight, there are plenty of other fun activities going on during New Year’s Eve including Touch-a-Truck and an African Safari Wildlife Park animal show; as well as food, games, and live music. It all concludes with fireworks shortly after midnight. A complete schedule of events is located at


New waterslides coming to Kalahari

It may be cold and a little snowy outside, but Kalahari waterpark in Sandusky is making us all look forward to warmer weather. The waterpark resort has announced five new waterslides coming in the summer of 2017. They are called Extreme Rush, Sahara Sidewinder, Serengeti Spinner, Stingray, and Tornado Alley. More information on each slide is available on their website,


New Year’s consumer protection tips from Ohio Attorney General

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is offering some consumer protection tips as 2016 comes to a close.

DeWine’s New Year’s consumer tips include:

–Understand your rights when joining a gym.

-Be aware of Scams.

-Check return policies for unwanted gifts.

-Don’t wait to use gift cards.

-Check your credit report .

-Update passwords and settings.




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


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Saturday – New Year’s Eve

Increasing clouds with a chance of rain and snow, a high near 40. Breezy

Saturday night

A chance of rain and snow, mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Sunday – New Year’s Day

Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.


A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 50.


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Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Weekend fires in Willard under investigation

Two fires in Willard over the Christmas weekend have resulted in an investigation from the State Fire Marshal. According to the Norwalk Reflector, the first fire took place Friday morning as an excavator was set ablaze on Woodland Avenue near what used to be the YMCA.  The second blaze occurred early Saturday morning as a truck caught on fire in an alley on West Emerald Street. Three other fires from early December in Willard are also being investigated by the State Fire Marshal.


Erie County Jail apparent suicide

An inmate at the Erie County Jail in Sandusky died Wednesday in a likely suicide. The male inmate, whose name has not yet been released, was found late Wednesday morning by corrections officers after he apparently hung himself with a bed sheet. Sheriff Paul Sigsworth told the Sandusky Register that the inmate was in an isolation cell because of a drug withdrawal. The death on Wednesday was the first suicide in close to 20 years at the Erie County Jail.


Huron County real estate tax bills to look different in 2017

Taxpayers receiving their real estate bills next month will notice that they look a lot different. The Huron County Treasurer has signed a contract with Smart Bill to handle the printing and mailing of real estate tax bills. The change will result in a significant savings to the county due to deep postal rates discounts and the high volume of mailings; as 47 counties in Ohio currently have contracts with Smart Bill. The bills, which will be mailed out by January 10th, will be designed a bit differently but will contain all the information as previous bills.


Highway Patrol names Lorain man Retired Trooper of the Year

A.J Torres of Lorain has been named the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Retired Trooper of the year. Torres is expected to be recognized at a ceremony in February. Torres was a close friend of Trooper Kenneth Velez who was killed in a traffic accident in September. Along with working part-time in the Sheffield Lake police department, Torres has been active with the charity Operation Open Heart, and has been making annual trips to El Salvador around Christmas time to deliver toys to children in the country.


Children’s health care costs on the rise

 The cost of health care for kids in the U.S. has gone up over 56-percent in less than 20 years. A new study published Tuesday says health care costs in the U.S. jumped from about 150-billion-dollars in 1996 to over 230-billion-dollars in 2013 for those 19 and younger. Researchers say newborn hospital care was the largest share of child health spending in 2013. The next highest were attention deficit disorder and dental care.




A chance of snow showers, Cloudy, with a high near 36. Breezy


Snow showers likely, around an inch possible.

Cloudy, with a low around 27.


A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 30.


A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.


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Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Norwalk man tries to run from police after arrest, soon caught

A Norwalk man trying to escape arrest Saturday night; was quickly caught up to by police. 26 year-old Marcus Clark of Eastwood Drive had multiple warrants out, including theft, which led to his arrest Saturday evening. Clark ran from Norwalk Police after being told he was under arrest; but was soon chased down when he tried to ‘slug it out’ with police, said Police Chief Dave Light to the Norwalk Reflector. Clark was later charged with resisting arrest.


Vermilion ‘Adopt a Family’ project helps out over 150 children

The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce had a very successful ‘Adopt a Family’ Christmas project with over 150 children helped out during the Vermilion Salvation Army event. Toys, shoes, and food were among the items donated to area families in need. The Vermilion Salvation Army, at 4560 Liberty Avenue, is always accepting donations of clothing items such as socks and coats.


Decals honoring Perkins K9 to raise money for Perkins Police

Decals have been made honoring the memory of Perkins police dog ‘Uganda’, who recently passed away. The decals, which will help support Perkins police, are $10 and can be bought at the police records office Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


City of Willard collecting Christmas Trees

The City of Willard is picking up Christmas trees this week and next week. Maintenance crews will collect trees that are placed curb side.




A mix of sun and clouds, with a high near 40.


A chance of rain and snow showers overnight. Cloudy, with a low around 31.


A chance of snow showers, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.


A chance of snow showers, mainly in the morning. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Representative Dick Stein to have ceremonial “swearing in” Wednesday Ohio 57th District State Representative-elect Dick Stein will have a ceremonial “swearing in” event Wednesday.  According to the Norwalk Reflector, the ceremony for Stein will be held at 7:00 pm in the Fisher-Titus Medical Center auditorium in Norwalk because Stein’s father, currently a patient at Fisher-Titus, can’t attend the official swearing-in event in Columbus next week.  Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan will perform the ceremony; which all are invited to attend. The Republican Stein won the seat in November versus Democrat Tom Dunlap.   US Marshals searching for Lorain man wanted for murder The US Marshals Services is on the search for Abline Cannon of Lorain. Cannon is wanted for the murder of David Barreiro of Lorain. Barreiro was shot to death inside his apartment on Shore Drive on Dec. 10. Shortly after police responded to the incident, Canon had checked into University Hospital’s Elyria Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his right arm. Anyone with information about Cannon’s whereabouts should contact the U.S. Marshals’   Project DAWN event in Bellevue Wednesday Huron County Public Health will be hosting a Project DAWN event on Wednesday in Bellevue. The public is invited to attend the drug overdose training session; in which all attendees receive a kit containing two doses of the drug overdose antidote, Narcan. It takes place Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce.   Minimum wage increasing in Ohio Ohio’s minimum wage will increase five cents in 2017 to $8.15 an hour. A 2006 constitutional amendment passed by state voters allows for the minimum wage to increase each year on January 1st, according to inflation.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST Today Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Thursday A chance of snow showers, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.   Read more...
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Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Norwalk Patrol Post investigating three-vehicle serious injury crash A three-vehicle crash Thursday evening in Huron County sent a North Fairfield man to Cleveland Metro hospital with serious injuries. 56 year-old John Blystone failed to yield at a stop sign on Hanville Corners Road at New State Road and pulled into the path of another vehicle, resulting in Blystone’s van being struck in the driver’s side, then overturning and hitting a third vehicle in the back. Blystone had five passengers in the car, including four young children. The children only received minor injuries. 58 year-old Joani Blystone was injured and taken to Fisher Titus Medical Center. “Safe Sitter” classes available in Norwalk next month Safe Sitter classes will run over the next year at the Norwalk rec center. The classes, for teens grades 6th through 8th, teaches them everything they need to know on how to be safe when home by themselves or babysitting a younger child.  The first class takes place January 14th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with registration through January 8th.  The cost is $40 per child, which includes CPR training.   Christmas-time events in the area With Christmas fast approaching, there are many holiday-related activities going on in the area. One of those events that will definitely put you in the holiday spirit is the Firelands Festival of Lights in Huron at Sawmill Creek Resort. The lighting display runs through New Year’s Eve each night from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. It’s free of charge with donations accepted. Holiday Sleigh Rides through Spiegel Grove is also taking place December 26th through 31st at the Hayes Presidential Library in Fremont.  It happen from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and costs $3 per rider.   Highway Patrol to focus on impaired drivers this holiday season The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be working to remove impaired drivers from our roadways this holiday season. In an effort to reduce fatal and injury crashes, troopers will focus enforcement on impaired drivers and seatbelt violations. Last year in Ohio, 27 people died in 24 crashes between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Of those crashes, nine were OVI-related, resulting in 10 deaths.  The patrol says if you plan to drink, don’t drive; and to designate a sober driver and always wear seatbelts.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST Today Increasing clouds, with a high near 41. Tonight Rain and snow, mainly after midnight. Low around 34. Saturday – Christmas Eve A chance of early morning rain. Partly cloudy with a high near 40. Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Sunday – Christmas Day A slight chance of afternoon rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.   Read more...
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Norwalk city budget passed

Norwalk City Council has passed the city’s 2017 annual budget. According to Norwalk Reflector, the city’s expected revenue will be $20.8 million with expenditures at $22.8 million. Also, at Norwalk City Council’s meeting this week, Norwalk Police said they will be receiving a Cellebrite machine, donated by the METRICH drug task force, which collects information from a suspect’s cell phone.


Plymouth schools establishing ‘Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame’

Plymouth High School is now taking applications for their new Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame’s purpose is to recognize graduates who’ve made outstanding contributions to society in a number of areas and categories.  Applications can be found on the Plymouth schools Facebook page or in the high school office.  The deadline to submit is January 13th.


Free child car seats available to those who qualify

Huron County Public Health is reminding county residents that they offer free car seats/booster seats to families that are eligible. To find out if you qualify, call the health department at 419-668-1652 (ext. 239) or go online to Huron County Public Health will also help you install the car seat.


Norwalk Bob Evans taking part in Western Reserve Schools fundraiser

Western Reserve schools are participating in a Bob Evans fundraiser today. Today from 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm, the Norwalk restaurant location will donate 15-percent of sales to the Western Reserve Middle School and High School PTA when you present a flyer at checkout.




Cloudy, with a high near 35.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.


Increasing clouds, with a high near 37.

Saturday – Christmas Eve

A slight chance of rain in the morning.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.


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Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

County Commissioners accept Sheriff Howard’s retirement

The December 31st retirement of outgoing Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard has been accepted by Huron County Commissioners. During yesterday’s meeting, the Norwalk Reflector reports that commissioners accepted the retirement of Howard and appointed Sheriff-elect Todd Corbin to serve as the new sheriff, which officially begins midnight January 2nd. Back in November, the Republican Corbin defeated Democrat Howard with over 60 percent of the vote.  Corbin will be sworn in as sheriff next Wednesday.


Two historic buildings in Sandusky to be revitalized

The Columbus Avenue Revitalization Project in downtown Sandusky is getting a boost from the state of Ohio. The project has shagged tax-credits of more than 1-and-a-half-million-dollars to rehab two historic buildings on Columbus Avenue and East Washington. Once the work is done, the buildings will offer commercial space, office space and upstairs apartments.


New K9 officer introduced by Sandusky Police

The Sandusky Police Department has introduced their new K9 officer. The police dog named Onur (‘honor’) is a 3 ½ year old male from Hungary; and will soon be patrolling the streets. You can view photos of the new K9 on the Sandusky Police Department Facebook page.


Truck sales up in northern Ohio

SUV’s and trucks are bringing more and more people into showrooms across northern Ohio. The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association reports; new vehicle sales for November jumped 6-percent from a year ago; thanks to those pick-up trucks and SUV’s. Your volume-leader for November was Chevrolet.


Holiday safety tips from Perkins Police

Perkins Township Police are reminding area residents on some safety tips during this holiday season; when consumers tend to have extra gifts and/or cash around. When you’re out shopping, keep your gifts out of sight and save your most expensive purchases for last so they’re not sitting in your car. Also keep cash to a minimum and do not flash it around; and keep your credit cards in a secure place. If you see or feel anything suspicious, call the proper authorities.


Cameo at the Creek today’s location for ‘Dine Out’ fundraiser

The final Norwalk Area United Fund ‘Dine Out’ fundraiser of 2016 will take place today at Cameo at the Creek in Norwalk. Just let Cameo know you’re there supporting the Norwalk United Fund and the organization will receive a percentage of their day’s revenue.  Cameo at the Creek is open tonight from 4:00 until 9:00 pm.




Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.


A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.


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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Norwalk city budget could be approved this evening

The annual budget for the City of Norwalk could be accepted by council members during tonight’s meeting; as a second reading is planned. According to the Norwalk Reflector, the city does expect utility costs and consumer products to increase.


City of Sandusky Police Department giving away stuffed K9’s

The City of Sandusky Police Department is offering a few opportunities to ‘adopt’ one of their new K9 police dog stuffed toys. 100 of the K9’s, which don a Sandusky Police Department vest and drug-tip hotline leash, will be given out via a random drawing by sending an email by 4:00 pm today to the Sandusky PD with your name, address and phone number. Also on Wednesday beginning at 5:30 pm, the City of Sandusky Police Department will be posting ‘landmark’ locations on their Facebook page where the stuffed K9’s will be distributed.


City of Norwalk mobile app available

There’s an app for that. Well there is for the City of Norwalk. The Norwalk Economic Development Corporation has sent out a reminder about The City of Norwalk mobile app; which is available for free download on the iTunes or Google Play store. It contains a business directory, upcoming events, and a link to report an issue within the city.


Perkins Police still accepting toy donations

The Perkins Police Department held a successful toy drive over the weekend. But in case you missed the event at the Sandusky Wal-Mart, toys are still being collected through Wednesday. You can bring toys to the Perkins Police Department between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm; or drop them off by the Christmas Tree in their foyer. All collected toys will be given to Victory Kitchen in Sandusky for their Christmas Shoebox giveaway event.



 Today–Sunny, breezy, with a high near 31.Tonight–Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.Wednesday–Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.Thursday–A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.



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