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Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Willard man dies in truck/pedestrian crash on Wednesday

A Willard man died Wednesday night after being hit by a pick-up truck while walking. 34 year-old Adam Castle was walking on the edge of the road on State Route 61 in New Haven Township when 16 year-old Aaron Ball of Shelby struck Castle with the right side of his Ford F-350. Castle was pronounced dead after being transported to Willard Mercy Hospital. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors.

 

Man from the Huron/Milan area dies after car accidentally falls on him

A man from the Huron-Milan area was killed while working on a car Tuesday morning. The Norwalk Reflector reports that 56 year-old Johnny “Mike” Mosley of Riverview Drive in Franklin Flats, was working on his girlfriend’s car when it apparently slipped off its’ jack and crushed him.

 

9/11 Ceremony to take place Sunday in Norwalk

A Remembrance Ceremony to honor those who lost their lives in 9/11 will happen this Sunday at 1:00 pm at the Huron County Memorial Park near the Sheriff’s Office on Shady Lane in Norwalk. Guest speakers include members of the military and the Norwalk Police Department.   The Huron County Law Enforcement Memorial will also be dedicated during the event.  The ceremony is open to the public.

 

Goodwill Industries of Lorain County names new President

Goodwill Industries of Lorain County has named Barbara Hanck as their new president and CEO. Hanck previously worked for five years as Vice President of Resource Development for Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties, where she was involved in managing many departments including human resources, workforce development, and marketing. Goodwill Industries of Lorain County serves residents in the eastern portions of Erie and Huron Counties, along with Lorain County.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Huron County Sheriff looking to find man wanted on multiple Warrants

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office is seeking your help in locating a man wanted on warrants, and last seen in the Collins area Tuesday morning. The man, Travis Kovach, was also believed to be staying around Norwalk on occasion. The sheriff’s office says if you do see Kovach, to not approach him, but to contact the Huron County Sheriff’s Office immediately; and to also contact them with any information you might have. Kovach’s photo can be viewed on the Huron County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

 

Strongsville man accused in Lorain County Fairgrounds fatal crash Waves Prelim Hearing

The Lorain County Grand Jury will take up the case of a Strongsville man, accused of driving drunk and killing a pedestrian outside the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington. 61 year-old Greg Box has waived his preliminary hearing in Oberlin Municipal Court.  Box is accused of killing 38 year old Linda Velez on Fairgrounds Road, then driving off.

 

Highway Patrol says Labor Day fatalities were down this year

An initial report released Tuesday from the Ohio State Highway Patrol indicates a decrease in traffic crash fatalities compared to 2015.  There were eleven fatal crashes resulting in 11 deaths between Friday and Monday, two less crashes and three fewer deaths than last year. A total of 730 motorists were arrested for OVI, while troopers also saw a 17 percent increase in felony arrests over the four day period.

 

BGSU Firelands hosting annual ‘College Night’

BGSU Firelands College will play host to their 46th Annual College Night, next Tuesday (Sept. 13th) from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.   The event gives high school students and adults the opportunity to receive information and talk with admissions representatives from over 60 colleges and universities in Ohio and nearby states. The program is free and open to the public, and takes place in the main conference room of the Cedar Point Center.

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Huron County Public Health looks at “Big Tobacco” in the county

With funds from Ohio Anti-Tobacco grants, Huron County Public Health (HCPH) recently finished up audits of tobacco products in county retail stores, with a goal of learning how cigarettes and other related products are marketed by “Big Tobacco” companies in local retail environments. 46 stores were audited and showed some of the following findings: 63% of stores had cigarette price promotions, 61% had exterior cigarette advertisements, 31% of stores displayed tobacco ads at a child’s eye level, with the cheapest cigarettes found at the price of $3.00. HCPH and other agencies hope to use their findings to battle those marketing activities, leading to a tobacco-free community.

 

Norwalk’s Schumm selected as Huron County Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year

Stephen Schumm of Norwalk has been named as the 2016 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Huron County by the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging. Schumm and other county recipients were honored recently at the agency’s office in Mansfield. The award is given to seniors who show a positive image of aging while making a difference in their communities. Schumm is a minister at Saint Paul Church and a Norwalk City Councilman; as well as working as a principal and interim superintendent for numerous schools.

 

Willard Rail Crossing closing for two-weeks beginning Wednesday

Due to improvements being made by CSX, the railroad crossing on First Street in Willard will be closed for two weeks, beginning tomorrow (September 7th).

 

Toft’s hosting ‘Sub-Zero’ with a Hero tonight in Sandusky

Toft’s Dairy is joining up with the City of Sandusky Police and Fire Departments for the 3rd annual ‘Sub-Zero with a Hero’ tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Toft’s Dairy and Ice Cream on Venice Road. The event is open to the public, and is intended for residents to share their questions and concerns along with just learning more about Sandusky’s police and fire department members, all while enjoying some ice cream together.

 

Sandusky hosting FLW Bass Tournament this Weekend

The countdown is on to this weekend’s F-L-W Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Erie. As many as 400 anglers will compete for cash-prizes during the two-day tournament, hosted by the city of Sandusky.

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Detox Center to likely open in Sandusky next year

Commissioners in Erie County have given their approval to a $500,000 in funding to construct a drug and alcohol detox center in Sandusky. The Sandusky Register says the 16-bed facility will be located at the Erie County Health Department site on Superior Street.  The center will offer 24/7 treatment that allows addicts to begin their first step in recovery.  Construction is likely to begin in October, with an opening date set for July of 2017, with a cost at around $2 million.

 

Erie County Sheriff’s Office receive $37,000 in Traffic Safety Grant Funds

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant of just over $37,000 in federal traffic safety funds. The grant money will be used to perform overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols in areas a high number of serious traffic crashes; including US 250 and State Routes 2, 4, 60, and 61.  Last month, a total of 83 traffic stops were made with funding from the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign.

 

Huron County residents can soon pay taxes Electronically

Huron County Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer has announced that a contract has been signed to soon allow those in Huron County the ability to pay their property and mobile home taxes online, or in person with their credit or debit card. To make payments, visit the Huron County Auditor’s website: www.huroncountyauditor.org and click on the payment link. The new features go into effect on September 6th.

 

Highway Patrol says “Don’t drive impaired this Labor Day weekend”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has issued a reminder to drivers to not get behind the wheel impaired during this Labor Day weekend. The Highway Patrol says that troopers will be out in full force this weekend on Ohio’s roadways, arresting those who are driving impaired. During Labor Day weekend last year, 14 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways, including seven involving an impaired driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 9,967 people lost their lives in drunk-driving crashes nationwide, accounting for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities that year. The patrol says to remember to designate a sober driver if you plan to drink alcohol.

 

Attorney seeking investigation into possible ‘fake’ support letters concerning NEXUS pipeline

An attorney representing several grassroots groups is asking the feds to investigate what appear to be, fake letters of support for construction of the NEXUS natural gas pipeline across northern Ohio. According to the Chronicle-Telegram, several people whose names appear on letters-of-support deny writing them.

 

Sub-Zero with a Hero, presented by Toft’s!

Please come join us and our brothers and sisters from the City of Sandusky Police Department at our 3rd Annual Sub-Zero with a Hero joint community relations event presented by Toft’s Dairy and Ice Cream (The Official Toft Dairy Fan Page) located at 3717 Venice Road on Tuesday, September 6th from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Like the flyer states, no agendas or speeches. Just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know YOUR local Safety Forces. We’ve had great success with this community relations event in the past and we hope to see you then!

 

Paws for a Cause Norwalk 5K

Gaymont’s 5th annual 5K is September 17th!!! This year we will be donating every dollar we raise to the Norwalk Police Department for a new K9! Our 5K is a run/walk and we have a short course too! Bring your furry friends along too! If you do not want to participate you can still donate! Call Gaymont 419.668.8258 with any questions!

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Detox Center to likely open in Sandusky next year

Commissioners in Erie County have given their approval to a $500,000 in funding to construct a drug and alcohol detox center in Sandusky. The Sandusky Register says the 16-bed facility will be located at the Erie County Health Department site on Superior Street.  The center will offer 24/7 treatment that allows addicts to begin their first step in recovery.  Construction is likely to begin in October, with an opening date set for July of 2017, with a cost at around $2 million.

 

Erie County Sheriff’s Office receive $37,000 in Traffic Safety Grant Funds

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant of just over $37,000 in federal traffic safety funds. The grant money will be used to perform overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols in areas a high number of serious traffic crashes; including US 250 and State Routes 2, 4, 60, and 61.  Last month, a total of 83 traffic stops were made with funding from the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign.

 

Huron County residents can soon pay taxes Electronically

Huron County Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer has announced that a contract has been signed to soon allow those in Huron County the ability to pay their property and mobile home taxes online, or in person with their credit or debit card. To make payments, visit the Huron County Auditor’s website: www.huroncountyauditor.org and click on the payment link. The new features go into effect on September 6th.

 

Highway Patrol says “Don’t drive impaired this Labor Day weekend”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has issued a reminder to drivers to not get behind the wheel impaired during this Labor Day weekend. The Highway Patrol says that troopers will be out in full force this weekend on Ohio’s roadways, arresting those who are driving impaired. During Labor Day weekend last year, 14 people were killed on Ohio’s roadways, including seven involving an impaired driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 9,967 people lost their lives in drunk-driving crashes nationwide, accounting for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities that year. The patrol says to remember to designate a sober driver if you plan to drink alcohol.

 

Attorney seeking investigation into possible ‘fake’ support letters concerning NEXUS pipeline

An attorney representing several grassroots groups is asking the feds to investigate what appear to be, fake letters of support for construction of the NEXUS natural gas pipeline across northern Ohio. According to the Chronicle-Telegram, several people whose names appear on letters-of-support deny writing them.

 

Sub-Zero with a Hero, presented by Toft’s!

Please come join us and our brothers and sisters from the City of Sandusky Police Department at our 3rd Annual Sub-Zero with a Hero joint community relations event presented by Toft’s Dairy and Ice Cream (The Official Toft Dairy Fan Page) located at 3717 Venice Road on Tuesday, September 6th from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. Like the flyer states, no agendas or speeches. Just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know YOUR local Safety Forces. We’ve had great success with this community relations event in the past and we hope to see you then!

 

Paws for a Cause Norwalk 5K

Gaymont’s 5th annual 5K is September 17th!!! This year we will be donating every dollar we raise to the Norwalk Police Department for a new K9! Our 5K is a run/walk and we have a short course too! Bring your furry friends along too! If you do not want to participate you can still donate! Call Gaymont 419.668.8258 with any questions!

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Norwalk Reservoir water may have purple/pink tint due to Algae Removal

Water in Norwalk’s Memorial Reservoir may be a different color, as city officials released information Wednesday about attempts to remove algae there. The City of Norwalk issued a release Wednesday saying that Memorial Reservoir has had a blue-green algae bloom growing there for the last two weeks. The city states that the bloom is not producing toxins, but attempts to kill it have not been successful. On Wednesday, the plan was to apply a different chemical, which may give the water in the reservoir a purple or pink tint, but is not expected to have an adverse effect on the water.

 

Willard Underpasses back open

The Main Street rail underpasses in Willard are now re-opened after being closed earlier this week due to safety issues. The City of Willard says that CSX Transportation has completed their work; but the underpasses will be closed again for half a day Friday due to asphalt work in the area.

 

New London Labor Day Fest begins Friday

The 108th New London Labor Day Festival begins tomorrow and runs through Monday.  The 4-day festival features an open truck pull, hot-air balloon rides, a demolition derby, and ATV/motocross races, with fireworks on Monday night at 9:00 pm. Daily gate prices are seven-dollars each on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, which includes rides. Joe Thomas with the New London Parks Department told WLKR that the festival is the biggest fundraiser of the year for New London’s park system, as they receive zero tax dollars.

 

Turnpike E-Z Pass Program tops 350,000 mark for drivers

Ohio’s E-Z Pass program on the Ohio Turnpike has now enrolled more than 350-thousand drivers. The program was launched in 2009, and turnpike officials say, it provides discounted tolls; saving drivers more than 300-million-dollars, plus faster entrance and exit on the turnpike.

 

Mexico President says he’ll look at revising NAFTA after Trump visit

The President of Mexico says, he’s will to revisit and revise the North American Free Trade Agreement or ‘NAFTA’, after meeting with Donald Trump in Mexico City. Trump, some Republicans, and many Democrats, including U-S Senator Sherrod Brown, oppose NAFTA as it stands now.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Fire involving Jeep in Norwalk considered ‘Suspicious’

A vehicle-fire early Tuesday morning in Norwalk is being called ‘suspicious’, when not much was left of a Jeep after Norwalk firefighters put out the blaze. Norwalk firefighters were called to 75 Republic Street, where they found a white Jeep burning in amongst weeds and encircled by pallets behind the Pipo Inc. building.  Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson told the Norwalk Reflector that the fire is ‘suspicious’ and under investigation.   The fire was under control in about 15 minutes.

 

Ohio to receive Federal Grants to combat Opioid Drug Abuse

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Toledo says, details will be released today regarding federal grants coming to Ohio to battle opiods. Last year, more than 3-thousand Ohioans died of overdoses, more than one-third from fentanyl, which is often added to heroin.

 

Willard underpasses should re-open later today

The two train underpasses in Willard will likely be re-opened today, after The City of Willard had talks with the CSX Train Transportation Company. According to The City of Willard Facebook page, the underpasses on Main Street are planned to be re-opened later today. Both underpasses were closed earlier this week due to safety concerns.

 

President Obama reduces the Sentences of 100 Convicts

President Obama has now commuted, or shortened the sentences of another 100 convicts, many of them serving time on drug charges, some of them serving life sentences. The President has now granted nearly 700 commutations in recent weeks; more than the previous 10 presidents combined.

 

Patrol to Focus on High Density Crash Regions

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be focusing crash reduction efforts in and around Ohio’s metropolitan regions this fall. Injury and fatal traffic crashes continue to be elevated in these high- traffic areas. To battle the rising number of fatal and injury crashes, the Patrol plans to work with partner agencies to increase visibility and awareness. Over the last five years, nearly one in three fatal crashes has taken place in seven of Ohio’s largest metropolitan counties (Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Montgomery, Stark, and Summit). Drunk and drug impaired driving continues to play a significant role in these deadly crashes, accounting for 43% of traffic deaths in these areas.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Strongsville man pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to charges from Fatal Hit-and-Run at Lorain County Fairgrounds

A man from Strongsville has pled ‘not guilty’ to a host of charges stemming from a fatal hit-and-run outside the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington. 61 year-old Greg Box is accused of driving drunk and striking 38 year old Linda Velez of Lorain on Fairgrounds Road, just north of the main gate, Sunday-night. Box took off, but was spotted about half-an-hour later in Wellington and arrested.

 

Sandusky Fire Department receives $227,000 Grant

The City of Sandusky Fire Department has been selected to receive a $227,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency. The money will be used to buy equipment including 38 complete sets of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, which will replace their existing units, which were first placed into service in 2004. The Sandusky Fire Department has also released service figures for the month of July. They handled 564 incidents and calls in July, for an average of 18 per 24-hour shift. The year-to-date average increased a little to 17 per 24-hour shift.

 

Norwalk City Council meets tonight

City Council in Norwalk meets tonight in Work Session. Items to be discussed this evening include:  submitting an application to the State Capital Improvement Program concerning the widening of Old State Road, the city’s approval to develop state and national bicycle routes running through Norwalk, and the repairing and construction of sidewalks in the city.

 

Perkins Township Police hiring

The Perkins Township Police Department will be holding an entry level exam for a full-time patrol officer on October 1st.  The application period will begin September 5th and run through September 21st at 4:00 pm. A link to download an application packet will be available online beginning September 5th.

Monday, August 29th, 2016

 Highway Patrol car struck by Impaired Driver on State Route 2 in Huron

A Highway Patrol Trooper received minor injuries after his patrol car was struck by an alcohol-impaired driver Sunday afternoon in Huron Township on Route 2. Sandusky Post Trooper Dan Battistone was injured after a car driven by 36 year-old Jacob Doyon of Berlin Heights hydroplaned, where he then crossed the median and struck the patrol car that was sitting stationary on a paved emergency turn-around. Doyon was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and was charged with failure to control, OVI, and child endangerment, because of a 15 year-old that was riding with Doyon at the time.

 

Norwalk City Schools to offer Lead Screenings this Week

The Norwalk City School District & Huron County Public Health will be offering lead screenings today and Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Norwalk Middle School gym. Parents and/or guardians must be present, and you must bring photo ID, insurance information, and a completed registration form found online on the Norwalk City Schools website.  Up to 200 people can be seen each night.  Lead was found in the water at five of six Norwalk schools during a recent voluntary water quality test.

 

Huron County EMA offering free Emergency Alerts

Residents of Huron County can now sign up to receive important information about their communities through the Huron County EMA free Emergency Alert System. The emergency notification system allows emergency service agencies to contact residents quickly with vital information related to items such as road closures, severe weather, missing people, and evacuations. To sign up, visit: www.huroncountyema.org or call the Huron County EMA at (419) 663-5772.

 

Both Underpasses in Willard are Closed

Because of safety concerns, the City of Willard has closed both underpasses on Main Street to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Work is scheduled to take place this week to correct the issues, and is expected to last for only a few days, with the city hoping to re-open the area by the end of this week.

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Accidental overdoses killed took the lives of over 3,000 people in Ohio last year

A state report released Thursday said an average of eight people died of accidental drug overdoses per day in Ohio last year, for a total of 3,050 deaths in 2015.  The deaths are blamed on the painkiller fentanyl, which pushed the overdose fatalities to a record-high last year.  Authorities say the problem has changed quickly in recent years from painkiller abuse to heroin, fentanyl and stronger drugs.  State officials said their strategies to tackle the problem include working with lawmakers to stiffen penalties for fentanyl sales and make it easier to establish opiate treatment programs, as well as expanding a public awareness campaign and an addiction treatment program through drug courts.

Man from Elyria to go to prison for Child Pornography possession

An Elyria man has been sentenced to 30 year in prison. Fredrick Thomas was accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.  The FBI raided Thomas’s home last year.
Perry’s Monument part of National Parks 100th Birthday Celebration

The National Park Service is celebrating their 100th birthday this year. Perry’s Monument at Put-in-Bay is also part of the celebration, with events continuing there today including live music, games under the lawn, and concludes with a fireworks show at dusk.
NEXUS Gas Pipeline issues in Medina County

The battle lines over the proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline across northern Ohio have taken a new turn in nearby Medina County. According to the Medina Gazette, the feds have received letters-of-support from several residents, but those residents say, the letters are fakes.

Women’s Equality Day being Celebrated today

Today is ‘Women’s Equality Day’, which marks the certification of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. League of Women Voters Ohio president Carrie Davis told Ohio News Connection that the day is a reminder that democracy takes effort, and that everyone who has the right to vote now, has had to fight to get it and preserve it. Davis recommends Ohio voters ensure their registration is current, decide how to vote and learn about the candidates and issues on the ballot.