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Monday, November 7th, 2016

Bellevue 17 year-old boy dies in Friday car crash

 A single-vehicle crash has claimed the life of a 17 year-old from Bellevue. Kyle Cherry was killed while riding passenger in a car that lost control and struck a telephone pole, and overturned late Friday afternoon on County Road 278 in York Township, east of Clyde, in Sandusky County.   The driver, 18 year-old Alexander Griggs, was critically injured and taken by Life Flight to a Toledo hospital.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

 

Huron man in court today for possible homicide

A Huron man is due in court, in connection with a homicide in Vermilion- Township. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office believes, 22 year old Ian Seckt is responsible for the death of 58 year old David Quint. They also believe Seckt had been staying with Quint.

 

Two seriously injured in Sunday afternoon crash

 A two-vehicle crash has left two people serious injured. It happened late Sunday afternoon on Fitchville River Road between Wakeman and Fitchville in Clarksfield Township in Huron County; when 23 year-old Devon Taft of New London drove left of center in a Dodge Avenger and struck 60 year-old Vernon Stein of Birmingham, in a Chevy Tahoe, head-on.  Taft and Stein’s passenger, 62 year-old David Hahn of Birmingham, were seriously injured and taken by Life Flight to a Cleveland hospital.  Stein’s injuries were not serious.  Excessive speed is considered a factor in the crash.

 

Huron County Board of Election open special hours today for Absentee Voting

With Election Day looming tomorrow, this is the last day to vote early/absentee. The Huron County Board of Elections is open special hours today, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm to accommodate those wishing to cast their vote.

 

A look at select issues/levies on Huron County Ballot 

It’s ‘Election Eve’, the day before Election Day. We took a look at the candidate races in Huron County on Friday, now here are a number of the issues on the ballot tomorrow night in Huron County:

-Norwalk City School District: ($3 mill/continuing period of time)

-Plymouth-Shiloh Local School District: Renewal ($3.8 mill/5 years)

-New London Local School District: Renewal ($1.35 mill/10 years)

-City of Norwalk: Renewal ($.3 mill/5 years)

-Greenwich Township: Renewal – Streets ($3 mill/3 years)

-City of Bellevue: Renewal – Parks/Rec ($1 mill/5 years)

-Huron County Public Health: Replacement ($.5 mill/10 years)

-Wakeman Fire District: Renewal ($2.5 mill/5 years)

 

Fire hydrant testing going on in Norwalk starting Monday

 The Norwalk Fire Department will be randomly testing 50 fire hydrants throughout the city starting today (Monday) through November 18th.  Testing can cause water to become temporarily discolored; so if this happens to your water, open your faucets and let cold water run for 15 to 30 minutes.  The hydrant testing checks water availability for firefighting and commercial sprinkler systems.

 

 

HS Football Playoffs – Second round matchups announced

***Friday Games (7:30 pm)***

Division IV, Region 14

1 Port Clinton (10-1) vs. 5 Columbus Bishop Hartley (8-2)

at Tiffin Columbian Frost-Kalnow Stadium

 –Division IV, Region 15

8 Duncan Falls Philo (9-2) vs. 4 Shelby (10-1)

at Westerville North Warrior Field at McCann Stadium

 ***Saturday Games (7:00 pm)***

-Division III, Region 10

2 Sandusky (10-1) vs. 6 Lexington (8-3)

at Bellevue First National Bank Field at Bellevue Athletic Facility

 –Division V, Region 18

2 Pemberville Eastwood (10-1) vs. 3 Edison (10-1)

at Fremont Ross Don Paul Stadium at Harmon Field

Division VII, Region 25

1 St. Paul (11-0) vs. 4 Monroeville (10-1)

at Sandusky Perkins Firelands Regional Medical Center Stadium

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Erie County economy ‘building momentum’

The Erie County Economic Development Corporation says the county’s economy is building momentum.This statement coming after Erie County’s fifth annual “Business Appreciation Week” wrapped up last Friday with Erie County’s business development team visiting nearly 100 local businesses; showing support for them as well as collecting suggestions for improving the local economy. According to the Erie County Economic Development Corporation, Erie County’s economy grew last year by over $84 million and added close to 500 new jobs; and they feel that 2017 will be even better.

 

Port Clinton holding food drive before football playoff game Friday

DECA at Port Clinton High School is holding a “Stuff the Truck” food drive this Friday (11/4). It will take place from 5:30-7:30pm at Bataan Intermediate School across from the 6th street gate of Bassett’s Field at Tru-Lay Stadium; before the high school football playoff game between Port Clinton and Benjamin Logan.  They’re accepting non-perishable food items, canned goods, and bottled water; to be donated to local food banks.

 

Willard begins leaf pickup on Monday

Leaf pickup in Willard begins on Monday (11/7). The City of Willard reminds residents to not rake their leaves into the street before then; and that bagged leaves can be brought to the Maintenance Department during the week from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

Norwalk volleyball team – ticket information for Saturday’s Regional Final

The Norwalk Lady Truckers volleyball team has advanced to the Division 2 Regional Finals and will play Parma Padua Franciscan at 2:00 pm at Ontario High School this Saturday, November 5th. The Norwalk High School Athletic Department will sell pre-sale tickets for the game today and Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Pre-sale tickets are $6.00; with all tickets at the door costing $8.00.

 

St. Paul to pre-sell tickets for regional volleyball match

St. Paul High School will be pre-selling tickets for Regional Final Volleyball. St. Paul will play McComb at 2:00 pm at Elida High School on Saturday, November 5th. Tickets will be available in the main high school office during school hours until 2:00 pm on Friday, November 4th.  Tickets are $6 pre-sale for adults and students.  All tickets will be $7 at the door.

 

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2016

Mom of Willard convicted murderer found guilty of lying during investigation The mother of a man who murdered his neighbor last year in Willard has been found guilty of lying to investigators about the location of her son’s murder weapon. The Norwalk Reflector reports that 74 year-old Billie Hinkle has plead guilty to attempted obstructing of justice in exchange for prosecutors dismissing two other counts including tampering with evidence. Her son is 51 year-old James Blair, who is now serving a prison sentence for the July 2015 shooting murder of neighbor Linda Ciotto; involving a lawnmower dispute. Hinkle could spend up to 18 months in jail for the fourth-degree felony.

 

Huron County Board of Election hours on final week of Absentee Voting

The Huron County Board of Elections is open special hours to accommodate the final days of early/absentee voting. You can vote early/absentee this week through Friday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm, and Monday from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. Election Day is Tuesday.

 

Erie County Sheriff’s Office receives funding for traffic safety

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is again the recipient of federal traffic safety grant funds. The office has received just over $37,000, which will be used for overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday in areas with a high-number of serious traffic crashes; including US 250, State Routes 2, 4, 60, and 61; along with connecting county roads. In October, deputies made 73 traffic stops utilizing these funds.

 

HS Football Playoff Tickets – Presale Information

-St. Paul football pre-sale tickets for their home playoff game vs. East Canton will be on sale in the high school office during school hours now through Friday at 2:00 pm. Pre-sale ticket prices are $8 for both students and adults.  All tickets will be $9 at the gate.

-Regional Playoff Football Tickets will be presold this Thursday and Friday for the Bellevue Redmen at Ottawa Glandorf Football Game.  All presale tickets cost $8.00 each while all tickets at the game will be $9.00.

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2016

Mom of Willard convicted murderer found guilty of lying during investigation The mother of a man who murdered his neighbor last year in Willard has been found guilty of lying to investigators about the location of her son’s murder weapon. The Norwalk Reflector reports that 74 year-old Billie Hinkle has plead guilty to attempted obstructing of justice in exchange for prosecutors dismissing two other counts including tampering with evidence. Her son is 51 year-old James Blair, who is now serving a prison sentence for the July 2015 shooting murder of neighbor Linda Ciotto; involving a lawnmower dispute. Hinkle could spend up to 18 months in jail for the fourth-degree felony.

 

Huron County Board of Election hours on final week of Absentee Voting

The Huron County Board of Elections is open special hours to accommodate the final days of early/absentee voting. You can vote early/absentee this week through Friday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm, and Monday from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. Election Day is Tuesday.

 

Erie County Sheriff’s Office receives funding for traffic safety

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is again the recipient of federal traffic safety grant funds. The office has received just over $37,000, which will be used for overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday in areas with a high-number of serious traffic crashes; including US 250, State Routes 2, 4, 60, and 61; along with connecting county roads. In October, deputies made 73 traffic stops utilizing these funds.

 

HS Football Playoff Tickets – Presale Information

-St. Paul football pre-sale tickets for their home playoff game vs. East Canton will be on sale in the high school office during school hours now through Friday at 2:00 pm. Pre-sale ticket prices are $8 for both students and adults.  All tickets will be $9 at the gate.

-Regional Playoff Football Tickets will be presold this Thursday and Friday for the Bellevue Redmen at Ottawa Glandorf Football Game.  All presale tickets cost $8.00 each while all tickets at the game will be $9.00.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Norwalk mobile home destroyed in weekend fire

A weekend fire in Norwalk has completely destroyed a mobile home. The fire took place Saturday night at 520 Milan Avenue – Lot 51 at Milan Manor; causing close to $100,000 in estimated damage, according to the Norwalk Reflector. There were no injuries in the blaze; which remains under investigation.

 

Police Department in Wakeman issues warning about Halloween candy

The Wakeman Police Department has issued a warning about suspicious Halloween candy given out this past Sunday during Trick or Treat in the village. Police there say if you have Lemonhead candy to double check them, as there have been numerous instances of the packages being opened a little bit, with the candy looking distorted.

 

Monroeville reminds door-to-door solicitors on rules they must follow

The Monroeville Police Department wants to remind area businesses about policies involving door to door sales. For those selling products or services in Monroeville, they must first register with the Village of Monroeville Police Department; and also go through a background check and agree to rules in the Village Ordinance.  All solicitors are then given a photo ID, allowing them permission to go door to door, which must be shown upon request. Door to door sales are allowed Monday through Saturdays from 9:00 am to sunset.

 

Lorain County woman to make special appearance at World Series in Cleveland tonight

Tonight, a 19 year old woman from North Ridgeville will attend her first Major League Baseball game; and it’ll be Game Six of the World Series in Cleveland between the Indians and Cubs. Rosetta Shepherd has been tabbed by the Boys and Girls Club of Lorain County to place the baseball for tonight’s game, on the pitcher’s mound. Rosetta has been a member of the Boys and Girls Club for 10 years and works with teens there. The ceremonial placement of the ball is designed to showcase the national club’s partnership with Major League Baseball.

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Norwalk man charged after child pornography raid

A man from Norwalk faces child pornography charges. 30 year-old Kenny Gessner has been charged with the second-degree felony of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. Gessner was arrested on Thursday after a search warrant was executed at his Milan Avenue residence, in which electronics were taken as potential evidence. Gessner could face up to eight years in prison, if convicted.

 

Heart found in Norwalk belongs to mammal

 

A heart found in Norwalk back in August is not human, according to reports from the Norwalk Reflector and Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood. Harwood told the Reflector Friday that the heart is from a mammal and there was no human DNA found in the tissue; after receiving test results from the Lucas County Coroner’s Office. The organ was found in a bag in a field next to the Friendship Food Store on Milan Avenue in Norwalk on August 25th.

 

 

Trick or Treat dates

It’s Halloween…which means ‘Trick or Treat’ time for several communities…

The following towns are hosting Trick or Treat activities tonight:

Greenwich – 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Huron – 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Milan – 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Norwalk – 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Plymouth – 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Sandusky – 5:00 to 7:30 pm

Willard – 5:00 to 6:30 pm

 

HS FOOTBALL – 1st ROUND OHSAA PLAYOFF MATCHUPS ANNOUNCED

-Here’s a look at your area schedule for the first round of playoff action.

 

Friday Games (7:30 pm):

Division IV – Region 14

8 Benjamin Logan (9-1) at 1 Port Clinton (9-1)

7 Bellevue (7-3) at 2 Ottawa-Glandorf (9-1)

Division IV – Region15

5 Carroll Bloom-Carroll (7-3) at 4 Shelby (9-1)

Division VI – Region 22

6 Seneca East (8-2) at 3 Defiance Ayersville (10-0)

 

Saturday Games (7:00 pm):

Division III – Region 10

7 Ashland (7-3) at 2 Sandusky (9-1)

6 Lexington (7-3) at 3 Clyde (8-2)

Division V – Region 18

6 Columbus Academy (8-2) at 3 Milan Edison (9-1)

Division VII – Region 25

8 East Canton (6-4) at 1 Norwalk St. Paul (10-0)

5 Windham (7-3) at 4 Monroeville (9-1)

Division VII – Region 26

8 Danbury Lakeside (7-3) at 1 McComb (9-1)

 

HS VOLLEYBALL – REGIONAL PRESALES

-The Norwalk Lady Truckers Volleyball team has advanced to the regional semi-final game and will play Celina in the second match at Ontario High School on Wednesday, November 2nd.  The Norwalk High School Athletic Department will sell pre-sale tickets for the game Monday-Wednesday. Pre-sale tickets are $6.00; all tickets at the door will be $8.00.

-Pre-sale tickets for St. Paul Volleyball Regional Semi-final game will be on sale in the high school office.  Tickets will be available during school hours from Monday until Wednesday at 2:00 pm.  The pre-sale ticket price is $6.00 for both adults and students.  All tickets will be $8.00 at the gate.

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Norwalk man charged after child pornography raid

A man from Norwalk faces child pornography charges. 30 year-old Kenny Gessner has been charged with the second-degree felony of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. Gessner was arrested on Thursday after a search warrant was executed at his Milan Avenue residence, in which electronics were taken as potential evidence. Gessner could face up to eight years in prison, if convicted.

 

Heart found in Norwalk belongs to mammal

 

A heart found in Norwalk back in August is not human, according to reports from the Norwalk Reflector and Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood. Harwood told the Reflector Friday that the heart is from a mammal and there was no human DNA found in the tissue; after receiving test results from the Lucas County Coroner’s Office. The organ was found in a bag in a field next to the Friendship Food Store on Milan Avenue in Norwalk on August 25th.

 

 

Trick or Treat dates

It’s Halloween…which means ‘Trick or Treat’ time for several communities…

The following towns are hosting Trick or Treat activities tonight:

Greenwich – 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Huron – 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Milan – 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Norwalk – 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Plymouth – 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Sandusky – 5:00 to 7:30 pm

Willard – 5:00 to 6:30 pm

 

HS FOOTBALL – 1st ROUND OHSAA PLAYOFF MATCHUPS ANNOUNCED

-Here’s a look at your area schedule for the first round of playoff action.

 

Friday Games (7:30 pm):

Division IV – Region 14

8 Benjamin Logan (9-1) at 1 Port Clinton (9-1)

7 Bellevue (7-3) at 2 Ottawa-Glandorf (9-1)

Division IV – Region15

5 Carroll Bloom-Carroll (7-3) at 4 Shelby (9-1)

Division VI – Region 22

6 Seneca East (8-2) at 3 Defiance Ayersville (10-0)

 

Saturday Games (7:00 pm):

Division III – Region 10

7 Ashland (7-3) at 2 Sandusky (9-1)

6 Lexington (7-3) at 3 Clyde (8-2)

Division V – Region 18

6 Columbus Academy (8-2) at 3 Milan Edison (9-1)

Division VII – Region 25

8 East Canton (6-4) at 1 Norwalk St. Paul (10-0)

5 Windham (7-3) at 4 Monroeville (9-1)

Division VII – Region 26

8 Danbury Lakeside (7-3) at 1 McComb (9-1)

 

HS VOLLEYBALL – REGIONAL PRESALES

-The Norwalk Lady Truckers Volleyball team has advanced to the regional semi-final game and will play Celina in the second match at Ontario High School on Wednesday, November 2nd.  The Norwalk High School Athletic Department will sell pre-sale tickets for the game Monday-Wednesday. Pre-sale tickets are $6.00; all tickets at the door will be $8.00.

-Pre-sale tickets for St. Paul Volleyball Regional Semi-final game will be on sale in the high school office.  Tickets will be available during school hours from Monday until Wednesday at 2:00 pm.  The pre-sale ticket price is $6.00 for both adults and students.  All tickets will be $8.00 at the gate.

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Possible child pornography in Norwalk

A home in Norwalk is being investigated for possible child pornography. The Norwalk Police Department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s cyber crimes unit executed a search warrant on Milan Avenue in Norwalk on Thursday morning, in which investigators seized likely evidence involving electronics and computers.  Detective Sergeant Jim Fulton told the Norwalk Reflector that the suspect was interviewed, with charges expected to be filed in the next couple of days.

 

Police Officer in Fremont on paid leave after DUI arrest

A police officer in Fremont is now on paid administrative leave after an OVI arrest last weekend in Huron County. The News-Messenger in Fremont reports that 58 year-old Robert Schultz, a 20-year vet of the Fremont PD, is on paid leave until a disciplinary hearing, at a time to be determined.  Schultz was arrested last Friday night after driving the wrong way on US 20 in Lyme Township.

 

Norwalk Fall Pickup happening next week

Limited Fall Pickup for the City of Norwalk will be held next week, starting on Monday, on residents’ trash day. Households are allowed to set out three large items or nine extra trash bags for pickup at no additional charge, with items restricted to those that can be lifted by two employees. Contact the City of Norwalk if you have questions.

 

Flu season upon us

The Ohio Department of Health has declared that flu season is here; although reported cases across the state are described as sporadic.Officials recommend getting that flu shot, as soon as possible.

 

What to do this weekend

The weekend is just ahead with lots to do in the area; including a hot air balloon glow event, “Boos and Burners”, taking place Saturday evening at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron. This is also the last weekend for Halloween-themed events such as Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends and Lake Eerie Fearfest at Ghostly Manor in Sandusky. A complete schedule of events is available on www.shoresandislands.com.

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Possible child pornography in Norwalk

A home in Norwalk is being investigated for possible child pornography. The Norwalk Police Department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s cyber crimes unit executed a search warrant on Milan Avenue in Norwalk on Thursday morning, in which investigators seized likely evidence involving electronics and computers.  Detective Sergeant Jim Fulton told the Norwalk Reflector that the suspect was interviewed, with charges expected to be filed in the next couple of days.

 

Police Officer in Fremont on paid leave after DUI arrest

A police officer in Fremont is now on paid administrative leave after an OVI arrest last weekend in Huron County. The News-Messenger in Fremont reports that 58 year-old Robert Schultz, a 20-year vet of the Fremont PD, is on paid leave until a disciplinary hearing, at a time to be determined.  Schultz was arrested last Friday night after driving the wrong way on US 20 in Lyme Township.

 

Norwalk Fall Pickup happening next week

Limited Fall Pickup for the City of Norwalk will be held next week, starting on Monday, on residents’ trash day. Households are allowed to set out three large items or nine extra trash bags for pickup at no additional charge, with items restricted to those that can be lifted by two employees. Contact the City of Norwalk if you have questions.

 

Flu season upon us

The Ohio Department of Health has declared that flu season is here; although reported cases across the state are described as sporadic.Officials recommend getting that flu shot, as soon as possible.

 

What to do this weekend

The weekend is just ahead with lots to do in the area; including a hot air balloon glow event, “Boos and Burners”, taking place Saturday evening at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron. This is also the last weekend for Halloween-themed events such as Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends and Lake Eerie Fearfest at Ghostly Manor in Sandusky. A complete schedule of events is available on www.shoresandislands.com.

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Ohioans dispose of 14 tons of pills during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Ohioans properly disposed of an estimated 14 tons (28,263 pounds) of unneeded, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs during last Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative provides a safe means of prescription drug disposal; as unused prescriptions in homes create a public health and safety concern because the medications can be accidentally misused and abused. Those who are still in possession of unneeded prescription drugs can drop them off at one of several drop box locations across the area.

 

Halloween event tonight will benefit local food banks

Norwalk Furniture and Christie Lane Industries are teaming up to Trick or Treat for Hunger tonight from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The event will be held at Norwalk Furniture, aka ‘Zombie Industries’, featuring a tour of Norwalk Furniture with the sights and sounds of a zombie-style Halloween.Admission is free for children in costume who bring at least one non-perishable food item to be donated to area food banks.

 

Kiwanis Club of Sandusky Pancake Day is this Sunday

The Kiwanis Club of Sandusky is hosting their annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast this Sunday (10/30), with money raised going towards the Sandusky Imagination Library. Tickets are $6 a person with children 10 and under free with a paid ticket; and are available at the door. The event will happen at the Sandusky High School Cafeteria from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm.

 

Free child car seat training event happening next month

Huron County Public Health is hosting a free car seat safety training event next month. You can register now for the Saturday, November 19th event on their website at www.huroncohealth.com. The training will educate caregivers on the proper use of child passenger safety seats.