Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Drug overdose at Huron County Jail

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office says a woman had a drug overdose in the Huron County Jail on Monday. Jennifer Villareal was discovered unconscious by jail officers; where she was then given CPR while an emergency squad was called.The inmate had overdosed on suspected heroin that was concealed in a body cavity by her cellmate. Criminal charges are pending.


Local tourism promoter Joan Van Offeren dies

Joan Van Offeren, a 31 year employee of Lake Erie Shores and Islands, has passed away. She was 64. While battling cancer, Van Offeren continued to positively promote area attractions in Erie and Ottawa counties. She was most recently the Community Relations Director at Shores and Islands.


Bellevue boy struck by car while crossing the street

A boy was injured in Bellevue on Monday after being struck by a car while riding his bike. It happened Monday afternoon when a 13 year-old Bellevue boy was hit by 29 year-old Anthony Fries of Bellevue; who said he looked away from the road for a second, and when he looked up, the boy was in front of his vehicle. The boy was taken to a Toledo hospital for treatment. Fries was cited for an expired drivers license and full time attention.


Norwalk Area United Fund Dine-out at Pizza Post today

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser makes a stop today at The Pizza Post in Norwalk. A portion of today’s proceeds there will support the fund’s 2017 campaign to benefit 37 local programs and grants.



 Today-Snow likely, mainly this afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Less than an inch of snow possible.

Tonight -Snow likely, less than an inch. Cloudy, with a low around 20.

Thursday-A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 24.

Friday-A chance of snow, mainly in the morning. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.



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Music News February 7

What Do Your Favorite Songs of 2016 Taste Like?

There’s a neurological condition called SYNESTHESIA, where two of the senses are weirdly connected.  There are many different types of synesthesia, and one of them allows a person to TASTE certain SOUNDS.

Obviously, nobody “tastes” the same sound the same way.  But the website asked James Wannerton, the president of Britain’s Synesthesia Association, to give his take on the biggest songs of 2016.  Here’s what he said:

Adele’s “Hello” tastes like orange seeds, fresh melon, Snickers, and rubber bands.

Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” tastes like boiled egg white, cinnamon rolls, and grape cotton candy.

“Closer” by the Chainsmokers tastes like warm buttered toast, smoked ham, apple slices, and Fannie May chocolate.

Drake’s “One Chance” tastes like Rice Krispies, blackberries, warm water, and wet cotton.

“Work” by Rihanna tastes like stewed rhubarb, sour apple gum, ham, and soft plums.

James also gave his take on some CLASSIC music.

“The Twist” by Chubby Checker tastes like green Jell-O, Willy Wonka Fun Dip, fatty leg of lamb and hard candies.

“I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men tastes like sweaty socks, pound cake, and cucumber.

“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye tastes like yogurt, Gorilla Glue, fatty bacon, and Zebra Cakes.

And Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” tastes like evaporated milk with cake, Gummy Bears, and unripe tangerine.

Obviously, there are a couple unanswered questions here.  Like how does this guy know what orange pits, rubber bands, wet cotton, sweaty socks, and Gorilla Glue taste like?  But hey . . . I’m not here to judge.

Cheap Trick Confirms Work on New Album

Cheap Trick took seven years between releasing The Latest and 2016’s Bang, Zoom, Crazy … Hello – their longest stretch between studio efforts ever. The band is promising a much quicker turnaround for the follow-up.

“We’ve been in the studio working on a new album,” Cheap Trick confirmed today on Twitter. They “hope to have [this as-yet untitled project] completed by spring and released at the beginning of summer 2017.”

Cheap Trick actually began work on new music almost immediately following Bang, Zoom, Crazy … Hello. “The thing is, we’re going to keep going,” Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson said in 2015. “We want to record a record every year and just keep them coming out – like in the old days when everybody had a record out every six months, us included. We’re writing all the time, so what good is it if those [songs] don’t come out?”

Read More: Cheap Trick Confirm Work on a New Studio Album |

Santana Announces Summer Tour

After a reunion album and some shows last year with the lineup that helped make Santana one of the most popular bands in the late ’60s and early ’70s, the group will return to the road this summer.

But this latest round of dates for the Carlos Santana-led group doesn’t include the prime lineup of keyboardist and singer Gregg Rolie, guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve.

Read More: Santana Announce Summer Tour |

Muse Plots Summer Tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars

Muse will hit the road with Thirty Seconds to Mars for a joint tour this summer. Muse previously announced a trio of North American festival dates – Cincinnati’s Bunbury, Delaware’s Firefly and the Festival d’ete de Quebec – and now the British rockers have fleshed out the rest of their trek, which kicks off May 20th in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The 18-date trek stretches until a Salt Lake City show on September 20th, with Muse returning to the U.K. in late August to headline the Leeds and Reading Festivals. The August break also allows Thirty Seconds to Mars to host their own Camp Mars on August 12th to 14th in Malibu, California.

June 4 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Huron man charged with voyeurism after attempting to break into a home

A Huron Township man has been charged with attempted aggravated burglary and voyeurism after he was shot in the leg when allegedly breaking into a home Sunday night. The Sandusky Register reports that a homeowner on the 500 block of Bald Eagle Drive called 911 after shooting his neighbor David Schindley in the thigh when Schindley charged at him while attempting to break into his home. A search of Schindley’s phone found more than 50 videos shot closely to outdoor windows peering into home. Schindley likely faces additional charges.


Serious injury crash in Erie County

A Bellevue man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Monday night in Erie County. It happened on Strecker Road, west of Kelley Road in Oxford Township, when 55 year-old Renold Workman went off the right side of the road, struck a railroad track, and eventually overturned. Workman was flown to a Toledo Hospital. Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.


Norwalk City Council meets tonight

City Council in Norwalk meets tonight at 7:30 pm in the courtroom of Norwalk Municipal Court. Tonight’s agenda includes a ‘State of the City’ address from Mayor Rob Duncan. Council will also discuss the 2017 annual budget as well as a potential firing range in Norwalk.


Firelands Regional Medical Center Recovery Services holding open house in Willard

Firelands Regional Medical Center Counseling and Recovery Services of Huron County are holding an open house for its Willard branch inside of Mercy Hospital. It takes place February 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the renovated facility as well as meet members of the staff.



Today -Rain showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 61.

Tonight-Showers and thunderstorms likely with a low around 35. Breezy.

Wednesday-A chance of snow, mainly in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Thursday-Snow showers likely, around an inch possible. Cloudy, with a high near 24.


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Monday, February 6th, 2017

Fire being investigated in Clarksfield Township A Saturday fire in Clarksfield Township is under investigation. It started when a pickup truck was on fire and then spread to a house trailer on Wenz Road. After Huron County Sheriff’s deputies spoke to local fire personnel, there was a question on how the fire was started.   Perkins Schools to slash 30+ jobs 35 personnel positions at Perkins Schools will be cut for the 2017-18 school year. The Sandusky Register reports that district officials sent out notices to affected employees on Friday. Superintendent Jodie Hausmann explained the cuts are due in part to voters rejecting a $7.9 mill levy back in November; and says the failure means they lost out on one year’s worth of revenue. Haussmann says another levy failure would mean the school district would go into fiscal emergency and a state takeover. Perkins is currently in ‘Fiscal Caution’.   Willard Police hosting alcohol serving program The Willard Police Department will be hosting an alcohol serving program later this month. The Alcohol Server Knowledge (ASK) program is designed for liquor permit holders and employees to receive information on laws related to the sale and consumption of alcohol and tobacco. The program takes place February 28th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm and is free of charge.  Call the Willard Police Department to RSVP.   Replica Vietnam Memorial to appear in Huron County this summer This summer, the Huron County Veteran Services Office is bringing a Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica to the area. The ‘Wall that Heals’ memorial and education center will pass through Norwalk and then be setup in Bellevue at Central Park from June 22nd through 25th.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 2/6 Today-Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Tonight-Rain. Low around 41. Tuesday-Rain, with thunderstorms also possible. High near 60. Wednesday-A chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.   Read more...
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Friday, February 3rd, 2016

Milan fiscal officer on administrative leave Village of Milan fiscal officer Mary Bruno has been put on administrative leave; pending an inquiry. The Norwalk Reflector reports that Milan City Council has entered into a contract with the City of Sandusky for necessary clerk, fiscal officer, and treasurer duties for the time-being. Head Utility Clerk Julie Stelzer will also assist with operations as interim fiscal officer. Milan City Council is scheduled to meet next on February 22nd.   Party safely this Super Bowl weekend This is Super Bowl weekend, a time when many gather for parties involving alcohol. Sergeant Jason Demuth with the Huron County post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says if you plan to party for the big game, use common sense when headed home by choosing a designated driver, take a taxi, or get a ride home via Uber…just don’t get behind the wheel. Last year during the Super Bowl, the Patrol made 50 OVI arrests with two fatalities and 156 injuries resulting from traffic crashes. Both of the fatalities and 23 of the injuries were OVI-related.   February is American Heart Month From the Ohio News Connection This is American Heart Month, when Ohioans are encouraged to learn more about heart disease and make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Gina Henke with the American Heart Association in Cleveland says as the number one killer, cardiovascular disease is to blame for one in four deaths nationally. She suggests folks take the time to assess their own health journey…by asking themselves the following questions:  -Does that mean I need to make appointments to find out what my cholesterol and blood pressure, blood sugar, and BMI are? -Does that mean I need to do a better job of being physically active? -Does that mean that I need to find ways to lower stress so I feel healthier and whole?   Today is ‘Wear Red Day’ to draw attention to the impact of heart disease and stroke among women. Folks can share their red attire online with the hash tag: “go-red.” (#GoRed)   Municipal taxpayer assistance event coming to Norwalk Mark your calendars for a free municipal taxpayer assistance event coming to Norwalk next month. The Regional Income Tax Agency will have agents on hand Thursday, March 2nd from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm at the Norwalk Recreation Center to answer questions and assist with municipal income tax return preparation. Agents will work with taxpayers on a first-come, first-serve basis.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 2/3 Today-Partly sunny, with a high near 26. Tonight-Mostly clear, with a low around 13. Saturday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Sunday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.   Read more...
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Music News February 3rd

The Drummer for Styx is Being Sued for Hitting an Audience Member with a Drumstick

A note to all you rock and roll drummers:  Yes, some fans love it when you throw drumsticks into the crowd.  But you can also HIT SOMEONE IN THE FACE.  And that could result in litigation.

Just like it has for STYX drummer TODD SUCHERMAN.  A woman named Lori Frederick is suing Todd for hitting her with a drumstick during a show in Atlanta in 2015.

She’s seeking damages for physical pain, bodily scars, emotional anguish, loss of function, and loss of enjoyment of life.  You can laugh if you want to, but Lori says the stick opened a wound on her face, and the blood ruined her clothes.

The injury also prevented her from entering the Peachtree Road Race.  And all because Todd failed to provide a, quote, “timely and proper warning” before throwing his drumstick.

Depeche Mode Gets Political With New Song ‘Where’s the Revolution’

Depeche Mode is back. The band has released a new song called “Where’s the Revolution,” the first taste of their new album Spirit.

“Where’s the Revolution” marks the English rock legends’ first new music in four years and an early tease of their 14th studio album, which is due out on Columbia Records on March 17.

The track builds with a sense of suspense, as singer Dave Gahan riles listeners up, telling them, “You’ve been kept down. You’ve been pushed ’round. You’ve been lied to. You’ve been fed truths.”

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Seneca East girls basketball coach resigns A girls’ basketball coach at Seneca East Schools is facing allegations regarding inappropriate communication with a student. Varsity girls head coach Dave Stallings coached the team until he resigned following a claim made on January 25th. School Superintendent Laura Kagy told the Norwalk Reflector that the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation. No charges have been filed.   Huron County Sheriff hiring Dispatcher The Huron County Sheriff’s Office is hiring a Dispatcher. Applications can be picked up at their office in Norwalk or online at The sheriff’s office says applicants must have the ability to handle stressful situations and exercise sound judgment.   Free dental care tomorrow in Sandusky Free dental care for kids up to 18 years-old who qualify will be available Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Erie County Health Department in Sandusky. It’s part of national ‘Give Kids a Smile Day’. The walk-in clinic is designed for children of families with no dental insurance or those who can’t afford dental care. Call the health department at 419-626-5623 for more information.   Catholic School Week being celebrated in Norwalk This is ‘National Catholic Schools Week’ with Norwalk Catholic School and St. Paul High School partaking in many activities focused on community service and gratitude. Chief Advancement Officer Sue Lesch said the week helps bring all the students, staff, and parents together as one big family. Today, new students and families will be celebrated with tomorrow’s activities featuring ‘Spirit Day’ along with a leadership presentation and pep rally.   Erie Chamber of Commerce Economic Forecast happening today The Erie County Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Economic Forecast event today. It takes place at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky with doors opening at 3:30 with the event running from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. It’s free and open to the public.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 2/2/17 Today-Partly sunny, with a high near 27. Tonight-Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Friday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Saturday-Sunny, with a high near 29.   Read more...
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Music News February 2nd

Blondie’s Next Album Will Feature Joan Jett and “Bob’s Burgers”

 BLONDIE is putting out a new album on May 5th called “Pollinator” . . . and it sounds like they had a lot of help.

Joan Jett, The Gregory Brothers, Laurie Anderson, and comedian John Roberts appear on the album.  John is the guy who voices Lin Belcher on “Bob’s Burgers”.  He described his vocals as “a little breakdown,” whatever that means.

Sia and Charli XCX wrote songs for the album, and one song has guitar work by The Strokes’ Nick Valensi.  The first single Fun is out now, and they’re taking pre-orders for the album on their site.

The Chainsmokers Embrace Being Compared to Nickelback

“Esquire” magazine has an article saying THE CHAINSMOKERS are the NICKELBACK of EDM . . . because they’re both quote, “genre clichés . . . shameless sexism . . . [and] schmaltz.”

Well, The Chainsmokers have responded . . . and they’re EMBRACING it.  They posted a short video where they mash-up their hit “Paris” with Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me”(Here’s the video.)

A Film is in the Works about John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Imagine … a John Lennon-Yoko Ono movie.

Producer Michael De Luca is working with Ono on an untitled feature that would track her relationship with the Beatle, as well as their antiwar efforts.

The Theory of Everything scribe Anthony McCarten will pen the feature and act as a producer on the project, along with Ono, De Luca and Immersive Pictures’ Josh Bratman.

“The story will focus on ripe and relevant themes of love, courage and activism in the U.S. — with the intention of inspiring today’s youth to stand up for and have a clear vision for the world they want,” De Luca said Wednesday in a statement. “I am also honored and privileged to be working with Yoko Ono, Anthony McCarten and Josh Bratman to tell the story of two amazing global icons.”

Read more here.

Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello Duet on an Unreleased Demo, ‘Twenty Fine Fingers’

An expanded reissue of Paul McCartney‘s 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt is due out March 24, but fans were treated to a sneak peek Wednesday with a previously unreleased acoustic demo.

“Twenty Fine Fingers”—a breakneck rockabilly tune that harkens back to rock pioneer Buddy Holly—features McCartney duetting with fellow Liverpudlian Elvis Costello, who served as cowriter on the project. Four of their collaborations, “My Brave Face,” “Don’t Be Careless Love,” “That Day Is Done” and “You Want Her Too,” appeared on the completed album, while “The Lovers That Never Were,” “So Like Candy” and “Playboy to a Man” all appeared on future works by the artists.

Here the song and watch the video here.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Wanted Bellevue man turns himself in

The Bellevue man that police had been seeking in relation to Domestic Violence and Felonious Assault charges against his mother…has turned himself in. 29 year-old Daniel Wright was taken into custody by Bellevue Police without incident at Bellevue Municipal Court Tuesday afternoon. Wright had previously said he wouldn’t be taken alive and was looking forward to “suicide by cop”.


Erie County ‘Making Strides’ cancer fundraiser canceled

The American Cancer Society has decided to cancel their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk fundraiser in Erie County.The organization says the decision was necessary in an effort to ensure the greatest possible return on their donors’ and volunteers’ investment in their shared mission to fight cancer.They encourage area residents to participate in other events such as Relay for Life of Erie County. The walk had previously been held in Sandusky in late September/early October.


Norwalk Highway Patrol Post names Waldock as their ‘Trooper of the Year’

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Norwalk Post has named Nathan Waldock as their Trooper of the Year for 2016. 23 year-old Waldock, a Seneca East graduate, has been with the Norwalk post since 2014. He’s now in the running for the district and state Trooper of the Year award.


Norwalk United Fund Dine-Out fundraiser in Wakeman today

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Dine-Out’ weekly fundraiser will take place today at The Brew Pot in Wakeman at 19 West Main Street. A portion of the money taken in today at The Brew Pot will benefit the United Fund’s annual campaign that assists 37 local grants and programs.


Willard hiring Police Officer

The City of Willard is accepting applications for a full-time police officer. Applications can be found in person at the police department or online at The application, resume’, and supporting documents are due by February 23rd at 12:00 noon.  An exam will follow on March 1st.



Today –A slight chance of snow showers this morning. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Tonight-A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Thursday-Partly sunny, with a high near 26.

Friday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25.


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Tuesday, January 31st, 2016

Willard teen arrested again, this time in Norwalk

A young man from Willard was arrested Sunday for the third time in about a month. The Norwalk Reflector reports that Norwalk Police arrested 19 year-old Nicholas Hamman after he was found entering a stolen vehicle; which had been taken from Garcia Drive a week ago and found on Concord Court by police. Hamman was also arrested earlier in January for breaking into a garage in Richmond Township; along with being arrested on a warrant in connection with a number of break-ins in Willard.


Increasing water and sewer rates in Norwalk

Water and sewer rates are increasing in Norwalk. Rates for water usage of over 1,000 gallons within city limits are increasing two cents per hundred gallons. Those outside city limits with over 1,000 gallons; those rates are increasing four cents for water and three cents for sewer. The monthly minimum rate is going up 10 cents for both water and sewer for those in the city. For those outside the city, minimum water rates will increase 20 cents and 14 cents for sewer. The City of Norwalk says rates are determined by an annual review of the budget for water and sewer facilities. Bills received in February will reflect the increase.


Norwalk Firefighters Operation Warm

The Norwalk Fire Department is participating in ‘Operation Warm’; a coat drive to benefit students in the Norwalk City School District. Union President Charles Hillman says you can help out by stopping in and donating money at the fire station or by sending a check to the fire department at 42 Whittlesey Avenue. Last year, 20 brand new coats were purchased for students at League and Maplehurst elementary schools; with the goal being the same for this year.


Attorney General DeWine warns of “Can You Hear Me” calls

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohio residents about a phone scam involving callers saying “Can you hear me?”  These are part of an alleged nationwide scam to trick people into responding “Yes” and using their response to place unauthorized charges on their phone or utility bill. The calls appear to come from a local number and claim the consumer has won a vacation or the caller works for an extended warranty company. DeWine says to not respond to such suspicious calls; by letting them go to voicemail or by hanging up right away.



-Level One Winter Road Condition Advisory issued for Erie County

 Today-Snow this morning with around an inch possible. A chance of rain and snow this afternoon. High near 37.

Tonight-A chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a low around 29.

Wednesday-A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Thursday-Partly sunny, with a high near 26.


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