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Friday, May 5, 2017

Cedar Point 2017 season begins this weekend Opening weekend for Cedar Point has arrived. The park opens its gate for its 148th season on Saturday. Top Thrill Dragster is temporary changing its name to ‘Top Thrill Cubster’ on Saturday and Sunday after losing a 2016 World Series bet. The park will close again Monday through Thursday before re-opening for daily operation next Friday.   Willard man faces forgery charges A man from Willard faces possible jail time for falsification. In 2015, 22 year-old Alejandro Lopez was indicted by a Huron County grand jury for the fifth-degree felony of forgery; which was later reduced by a plea deal. Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway suspended Lopez’s 150 days in jail; which Lopez could serve if found to have violated his probation.   Man arrested after high speed chase in Sandusky A Sandusky man was arrested after a high speed chase early Wednesday morning. 37 year-old Dashaun Grant allegedly drove fast and recklessly through town after Sandusky Police tried to stop him when they noticed his headlights were not on. Grant faces charges including fleeing and eluding and driving under suspension.   Changes coming for the Monroeville School Board The Monroeville School Board is looking for new board members. Sandy Lonz, Scott Sparks and Brian Watt will no longer be on the board going forward. Lonz opted for retirement, Sparks turned in a resignation letter last week and Watt resigned after a board meeting in mid-April.   Woman charged with domestic violence at Kalihari A Cuyahoga Falls woman was arrested after allegedly attacking her boyfriend at Kalihari Resort in Sandusky on Wednesday. The 25 year-old faces a domestic violence charge when she reportedly struck a man in the face several times after discovering he had likely cheated on her.   Norwalk Fire Department hosting ‘cinco De Mayo’ fundraiser tonight Norwalk Firefighters are celebrating ‘cinco De Mayo’. The ‘Fiesta’ takes place tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Christie Lane Industries ‘16 West Main’ location. All proceeds will benefit Norwalk Firefighters ‘Operation Warm’ which provides coats and winter wear to area children in need.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/5 A Flood Watch is in effect now through Saturday at 4:00 am. Today Rainy and breezy. High near 51. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Tonight Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 44. Saturday Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Sunday A chance of rain early. Otherwise mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cedar Point 2017 season begins this weekend

Opening weekend for Cedar Point has arrived.

The park opens its gate for its 148th season on Saturday.

Top Thrill Dragster is temporary changing its name to ‘Top Thrill Cubster’ on Saturday and Sunday after losing a 2016 World Series bet.

The park will close again Monday through Thursday before re-opening for daily operation next Friday.

 

Willard man faces forgery charges

A man from Willard faces possible jail time for falsification.

In 2015, 22 year-old Alejandro Lopez was indicted by a Huron County grand jury for fifth-degree felony forgery charges; and was later reduced by a plea deal.

Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway suspended Lopez’s 150 days in jail; which Lopez could serve if found to have violated his probation.

 

Man arrested after high speed chase in Sandusky

A Sandusky man was arrested after a high speed chase early Wednesday morning.

37 year-old Dashaun Grant allegedly drove fast and recklessly through town after Sandusky Police tried to stop him when they noticed his headlights were not on.

Grant faces charges including fleeing and eluding and driving under suspension.

 

Changes coming for the Monroeville School Board

The Monroeville School Board is looking for new board members.

Three board members – Sandy Lonz, Scott Sparks and Brian Watt – will no longer be on the board going forward.

Lonz opted for retirement, Sparks turned in a resignation letter last week and Watt resigned after a board meeting in mid-April.

 

Woman charged with domestic violence at Kalihari

A Cuyahoga Falls woman was arrested after allegedly attacking her boyfriend at Kalihari Resort in Sandusky on Wednesday.

The 25 year-old faces a domestic violence charge when she reportedly struck a man in the face several times after discovering he had likely cheated on her.

 

Norwalk Fire Department hosting ‘cinco De Mayo’ fundraiser tonight

Norwalk Firefighters are celebrating ‘cinco De Mayo’.

The ‘Fiesta’ takes place tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Christie Lane Industries ‘16 West Main’ location.

All proceeds will benefit Norwalk Firefighters ‘Operation Warm’ which provides coats and winter wear to area children in need.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/5

A Flood Watch is in effect now through Saturday at 4:00 am.

Today

Rainy and breezy. High near 51.

New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 44.

Saturday

Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.

Sunday

A chance of rain early.

Otherwise mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Norwalk man dies after being involved in accident on Friday

A 20 year-old Norwalk man has died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident last Friday.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, Cody Stebel’s father contacted the Sandusky post of the State Highway Patrol to say Stebel had passed away Wednesday morning.

The accident took place in Oxford Township near Avery in Erie County when Stebel reportedly ran a stop sign and struck a semi-truck at the intersection of Strecker and Ransom roads.

 

Berlin Heights man injured in roll-over accident

A Berlin Heights man was injured Wednesday morning in a roll-over accident near Monroeville.

Kevin Shields went off the side of the road while driving south on Route 99; then overcorrected into an incline.

Safety personnel said the injuries were not serious.

 

Sandusky Police Department honor Andy Dunn with new K9 cruiser

Sandusky Police honored 2011 fallen officer Andrew Dunn by holding a ceremony yesterday to dedicate their new K-9 cruiser.

Sandusky Police are changing over to new silver vehicles; but are keeping their new ‘S8’ SUV… blue… in honor of Dunn.

 

National Day of Prayer event in Willard today

Today is ‘National Day of Prayer’.

The City of Willard invites area residents to join them for a prayer event in front of Willard City Hall today at 12:00 noon.

 

Cedar Point Shores offering preview event fundraiser

For those interested in being the first to experience the new Cedar Point Shores Waterpark, you can also help out a good cause in the process.

Cedar Point is teaming up with The LeBron James Family Foundation for the ‘First Slide VIP Charity Preview’ fundraising event on May 25th.

Tickets are $50 each and include Cedar Point park admission.

The waterpark officially opens on Saturday, May 27th.

 

NAMI holding annual walk on Saturday in Norwalk

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Huron County is holding their annual walk this Saturday in Norwalk.

It takes place at 11:00 am at the Norwalk Reservoir; with registration at 10:00 am, and a picnic to follow.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/4

A Flood Watch is in effect from 8:00 am today to 4:00 am on Saturday.

Today

Rain. High near 59.

Rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain. Low around 51.

New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Friday

Periods of rain. High near 56. Breezy.

New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Voters approve levies across the area

The ‘yes’ votes have it…according to area voters last night when it came to levy requests.

Perkins Schools’ voters said yes to their first levy in 17 years last night; approving the request for an additional $6.9 mill for current expenses.

Last night’s special election also included approvals for school levies at Clyde, Fremont, Margaretta and Plymouth-Shiloh.

In Vermilion, Jim Forthofer and Fred Ostrander advanced to the finals in the mayoral primary.

Also getting approval was Margaretta Township’s $2 mill renewal for emergency services and Townsend Township’s $1.5 mill for fire protection.

 

City Council in Norwalk says ‘no’ to shooting range

Norwalk City Council has voted against changes to ordinances that would’ve allowed for a shooting range in their manufacturing district.

Both ordinances failed last night by a 4 to 3 vote.

City council in Norwalk also passed an ordinance to allow for a 24th police officer.

 

Lawsuit dropped against removal of Fremont dam

A federal lawsuit has been dropped against the removal of the Ballville Dam in Fremont.

The Sandusky Register reports that The Sierra Club of Ohio dismissed their suit; which now allows the city of Fremont to go ahead with plans on dismantling the dam.

This summer, a few sections of the top of the dam will be removed first; with complete dismantling to begin in August of 2018.

 

Toft’s with new ice cream flavors

Toft’s Dairy in Sandusky has added five new ice cream flavors.

One of those… ‘Lake Erie Cookie Island Monster’ is a tribute to tourism bureau, Lake Erie Shores and Islands.

Other new flavors include ‘Birthday Cake’, ‘Cedar Point Cotton Candy’, ‘Dark Chocolate Raspberry Silk’ and ‘Mint Cookies and Cream’.

The new flavors are not available in stores; but can be bought at Toft’s Parlor in Sandusky.

 

Open House for new Edison field house this Sunday

Edison High School is hosting an open house event for their new athletic field house.

You can check out the new Firelands Regional Medical Center Field House on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Edison athletes will be there to demonstrate all of the different activities available.

There will also be kids’ games and chances to win prizes.

 

Willard hosting cleanup event

The City of Willard is holding a ‘Community Trash Cleanup and Drop Off’ this weekend.

The cleanup is for Willard residents only; taking place Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 12 noon.

It will be held at the northeast corner of Myrtle and Woodland.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/3

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

Tonight

A chance of rain, mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Thursday

Rain. High near 56.

Friday

Showers. High near 52.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Special Election today

In today’s Special Election, Erie and Huron County residents have a few topics to vote on.

In Erie County, Perkins Schools has an additional $6.9 mill levy along with Margaretta Schools with a $2 mill renewal levy.

A few other items on the ballot include Margaretta Township with a $2 mill renewal for emergency services along with the Vermilion mayoral race.

In Huron County, Plymouth-Shiloh School voters have a $3.7 mill renewal levy to decide on as well as Townsend Township with a $1.5 mill renewal for fire protection services.

Polls are open until 7:30 pm this evening.

 

Willard man faces weapons charges after fatal crash

A Willard man has been indicted on weapons charges.

34 year-old James Craig faces a charge of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and two charges of having weapons under disability during a fatal crash in February.

Craig reportedly fled the scene after colliding with another vehicle in Richland County.

A 28 year-old South Carolina woman, a passenger in the other vehicle, died in the crash.

 

Fire in Sandusky destroys home

A fire early Monday morning in Sandusky left a home destroyed.

The Sandusky Register reports the home on 3rd Street is a total loss along with a man receiving severe burns to his hands during the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Erie County Sheriff’s Department receives $37,000 traffic grant

The Erie County Sheriff’s Department has received a grant of just over $37,000 in federal traffic safety funding.

The grant will be used to conduct overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols in areas with a high number of serious traffic crashes. The targeted areas include State Routes 2, 4, 60 and 61 as well as U.S. 250.

This month, law enforcement will be utilizing the funds heavily during prom season and during the ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign later this month.

 

NEDC ‘Business Appreciation Month’ to include workshops this year

The Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) is currently holding ‘Business Appreciation Month’.

NEDC Director Heather Horrowitz told WLKR News that this year her organization has broken Norwalk’s businesses into industry sectors; allowing them to survey more businesses as well as introduce roundtable discussion workshops beginning next week.

If you’re interested in being a part of the NEDC workshops, visit their website at www.NorwalkNEDC.com or call 419-668-9858.

 

Norwalk holding spring brush pickup this week

A reminder to Norwalk residents that this is spring brush pickup week…

Residents may place cut, neatly-stacked brush on the curb on your regular trash day.  No more than one pick-up truck load will be collected.

Weekly curbside yard waste pickup also begins this week in Norwalk. Residents are allowed two cans or two bundles of yard waste per home; clearly marked ‘yard waste’.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/2

A wind advisory is in effect from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm today.

Windy with gusts close to 50 mph.

Today

Cloudy with scattered rain showers. High near 55.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

Thursday

Rain. High near 54.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Norwalk man seriously injured in Friday morning crash

A Norwalk man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash involving a semi on Friday morning in Oxford Township near Avery in Erie County.

The State Patrol says 20 year-old Cody Stebel was sent to Cleveland Metro with life-threatening injuries after his vehicle ran a stop sign at the intersection of Ransom Road and Strecker Road where his car struck a semi-truck near the fuel tank; causing fuel to leak.

The truck driver, 46 year-old Robert Tinney of Wakeman, was also treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Inmate dies Sunday after attempted suicide on Thursday

A Sandusky County inmate who hung himself in his cell on Thursday has now died.

32 year-old Ryan Groot was pronounced dead late Sunday afternoon at a Toledo Hospital.

Groot had been in the county jail in Fremont since January.

 

Man wanted for sexual assault of young children has been arrested

A 29 year-old man indicted on two counts of rape involving young children has been arrested after hiding out for two weeks in Erie County.

Christopher Smith Junior is accused of sexually assaulting two young children.

Smith was taken into custody Friday night on Barrows Road in Berlin Township.

A man and woman from Sandusky were also arrested for harboring Smith.

 

Huron man arrested for domestic violence and attacking a police officer

A Huron man faces multiple charges including domestic violence and menacing to a police officer.

37 year-old Fred Campbell was arrested when police were called to a Cleveland Road West residence after Campbell reportedly attacked a woman and her mother.

Campbell also allegedly attacked police while they were subduing him; which resulted in an officer receiving a serious injury to his elbow.

 

New London man facing charges after crash at Wakeman tavern

A New London man has been indicted on a charge of vandalism and two charges of felonious assault.

43 year-old Brian Pickett faces charges after being arrested around a month ago for allegedly driving his vehicle into the side of the Cross Roads Tavern building in Wakeman; then driving off.

 

Huron County Chamber holds awards

The Huron County Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual awards banquet.

‘Business Woman of the Year’ went to Maple City Ice President Patricia Hipp.

Other winners included Doug and Lynn Berry with the ‘Dedicated Service Award’ and Gaymont Nursing Center for ‘Notable Business of the Year’.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/1

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, breezy. High near 70.

Tonight

A chance of showers, mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Tuesday

A chance of showers, mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Three people to face drug charges in Port Clinton

A half ounce of meth was seized by the Ottawa County Drug Task Force on Wednesday in Port Clinton.

Three people face charges on the drugs that were packaged to sell.

Task Force Commander Carl Rider told the Sandusky Register that because of the weight of the drugs, the charges become an automatic third-degree felony.

 

Girls human trafficking awareness event happening Saturday in Willard

On Saturday night, The Willard Hope Center is hosting an event for teen girls and the dangers of human trafficking.

Girls ages 12 and above are invited to attend the event at the Willard Church of God which includes the showing of the movie, ‘Priceless’, along with guest speakers from The Sisters Shelter in Tiffin; who will share personal testimonies.

It takes place from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

 

Milan Avenue to be closed during upcoming road project

Starting Monday, Milan Avenue in Norwalk will be closed between Marshall and St. Mary’s Street as a water main will be replaced.

It marks the beginning of the Milan Avenue Improvement Project.

Later phases of the project will result in other segments of Milan Avenue being closed.

Only affected residents and essential service personnel will be allowed in the closed areas.

 

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

Locations around the state and country will be set up for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.

In Huron County: Bellevue, Norwalk, and Willard

In Erie County: Sandusky and Vermilion

The sites will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

 

Women to assist with building new Habitat for Humanity home in Norwalk

The Firelands Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s is encouraging women to be a part of the 10th annual National Women Build Week by helping build a new house in Norwalk.

A week from Saturday (May 6th), the organization will help raise the walls on a new home at 29 Spring Street.

It will be the 13th Women Build home and 97th house that Firelands Habitat has built in Huron and Erie Counties.

Women and men ages 18 and up are invited to join in the build.

 

Earth Day Extravaganza at Osborn MetroPark on Sunday

Osborn MetroPark in Huron is hosting their 10th annual “Earth Day Extravaganza” on Sunday.

Marketing Manager *Beki Catri says the event includes appearances from many community organizations including  Erie Conservation District, Erie County Recycling, Erie MetroParks, and Old Woman Creek,

It runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/28

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 52.

Saturday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 57.

Sunday

A chance of showers and storms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Willard woman convicted of felony charges in boyfriend’s death A woman from Willard has pled guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with her boyfriend’s drug overdose death. 34 year-old Tara Thacker faces prison time of three to eleven years as well as possibly another year in prison for credit card theft in the incident involving victim and former boyfriend, 41 year-old Jeffrey Gibson of Lorain. Thacker has been in jail since the incident in November of last year. Thacker will be sentenced June 7th.   Local unemployment rates Some information on local unemployment rates… Huron County’s unemployment rate for March was 7.8 percent; down a full percent from last month. As far as Erie County goes, the jobless rate was 7.2 percent in March; up about a full percent from a year ago (6.3). Statewide, the rate of unemployment remained at 5.1 percent in March, the same as last month. In the last year, state labor economists say that construction and manufacturing jobs were on the increase; with local and state government jobs decreasing.   Sandusky man charged after causing incident with police A 75 year-old Sandusky man faces charges after causing a disturbance with local law enforcement on Monday. James Bartus allegedly slowed down his vehicle on Venice Road after seeing a highway patrol trooper in a parking lot; then making gestures and later obscenities towards a female trooper. Bartus called dispatchers from his car to tell them he was scared, did not like law enforcement and wasn’t going to talk to them. Troopers ticketed Bartus for impending traffic with additional charges possible.   Huron County Chamber awards are tonight The Huron County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual awards banquet tonight at Maple City Ice in Norwalk. It begins at 5:45 with dinner at 6:30 pm. They have a theme this year of “Back to the Future.”   New program will support area businesses   A new program from the Erie County Economic Development Corporation is bringing business specialists together for what they call free “Expert Office Hours”. The first gathering takes place Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Sandusky Library. The group will offer counsel to business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in subjects such as finance, marketing, public relations, and social media. RSVP to the Erie County Economic Development Corporation if you wish to attend.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/27  Today Chance of showers and thunderstorms, breezy, with a high near 74. Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Saturday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 65.   Read more...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Willard woman convicted of felony charges in boyfriend’s death

A woman from Willard has pled guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with her boyfriend’s drug overdose death.

34 year-old Tara Thacker faces prison time of three to eleven years as well as possibly another year in prison for credit card theft in the incident involving victim and former boyfriend, 41 year-old Jeffrey Gibson of Lorain.

Thacker has been in jail since the incident in November of last year.

Thacker will be sentenced June 7th.

 

Local unemployment rates

Some information on local unemployment rates…

Huron County’s unemployment rate for March was 7.8 percent; down a full percent from last month.

As far as Erie County goes, the jobless rate was 7.2 percent in March; up about a full percent from a year ago (6.3).

Statewide, the rate of employment remained at 5.1 percent in March, the same as last month.

In the last year, state labor economists say that construction and manufacturing jobs were on the increase; with local and state government jobs decreasing.

 

Sandusky man charged after causing incident with police

A 75 year-old Sandusky man faces charges after causing a disturbance with local law enforcement on Monday.

James Bartus allegedly slowed down his vehicle on Venice Road after seeing a highway patrol trooper in a parking lot; then making gestures and later obscenities towards a female trooper.

Bartus called dispatchers from his car to tell them he was scared, did not like law enforcement and wasn’t going to talk to them.

Troopers ticketed Bartus for impending traffic with additional charges possible.

 

Huron Chamber awards are tonight

The Huron County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual awards banquet tonight at Maple City Ice in Norwalk.

It begins at 5:45 with dinner at 6:30 pm.

They have a theme this year of “Back to the Future.”

 

New program will support area businesses  

A new program from the Erie County Economic Development Corporation is bringing business specialists together for what they call free “Expert Office Hours”.

The first gathering takes place Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Sandusky Library.

The group will offer counsel to business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in subjects such as finance, marketing, public relations, and social media.

RSVP to the Erie County Economic Development Corporation if you wish to attend.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/27 

Today

Chance of showers and thunderstorms, breezy, with a high near 74.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 65.

Aretha Franklin Slams Dionne Warwick for Saying She Was Whitney Houston’s Godmother Five Years Ago

Aretha Franklin Slams Dionne Warwick for Saying She Was Whitney Houston’s Godmother Five Years Ago

Some people think that ARETHA FRANKLIN was WHITNEY HOUSTON’s godmother . . . but according to Aretha, that’s FAKE NEWS.

DIONNE WARWICK was Whitney’s cousin . . . and even she called Aretha Whitney’s godmother at Whitney’s funeral.  It’s unclear whether she misspoke, or if she was under that assumption like a lot of other people . . .

But Aretha thinks it was intentional, and she’s still FUMING about it.

She said, quote, “She blatantly lied on me . . . fully well knowing what she was doing.”

For some reason, Aretha held her anger inside all this time, but she finally set the record straight this week with a fax to the Associated Press.  And she thinks what Dionne said is somehow LIBELOUS.

Yes, it’s been five years since Whitney’s funeral . . . and 15 years since fax machines were used . . . but that didn’t stop her.

To be clear, DARLENE LOVE was Whitney’s godmother, and Aretha was her “honorary aunt.”  It’s unclear why Aretha is so upset about this . . . but it sounds like the beef between her and Dionne goes WAY back.