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Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

County Commissioners accept Sheriff Howard’s retirement

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

 

Two historic buildings in Sandusky to be revitalized

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

 

New K9 officer introduced by Sandusky Police

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

 

Truck sales up in northern Ohio

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

 

Holiday safety tips from Perkins Police

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

 

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

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

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Thursday

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

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Norwalk city budget could be approved this evening

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

 

City of Sandusky Police Department giving away stuffed K9’s

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

 

City of Norwalk mobile app available

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

 

Perkins Police still accepting toy donations

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

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – Tuesday 12/20

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

 

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Monday, December 19th, 2016

Two young men from Marblehead seriously injured in crash Friday morning

The Sandusky Post of the Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that occurred around 7:30 am Friday in Danbury Township on State Route 163, just west of Channel Grove Road, which sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries.It happened when a pickup truck driven by a sixteen year-old and eighteen year-old from Marblehead struck the side of a semi truck when its’ driver was backing up while making a delivery. Devon Grosswiler and Christopher King were both taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. Both drivers were cited.

 

Lead-affected water fixtures cleaned and back on in Norwalk schools

The Norwalk City School District is bringing their consumable water fixtures back online today; for the first time since being shut down back in August. The Norwalk Reflector reports that during the first week of December, officials said they had ‘properly cleaned’ seven fixtures with elevated lead levels. A follow-up test showed elevated lead levels in three fixtures; resulting in those being permanently removed. This information coming from a letter sent home with students last week.  Norwalk Superintendent George Fisk tells residents to call him with any questions at the District Office (419-668-2779).

 

New numbers show more Americans died from drug overdoses over the last five years.

From Westwood One News-Drug overdose deaths have increased by 33 percent in the past five years across the country, with some states seeing jumps of nearly 200 percent. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 states saw increases in overdose deaths resulting from the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. New Hampshire saw a 191 percent increase while North Dakota, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine had death rates jump by over 100 percent. Last year, more than 52,000 people died from drug overdoses, with almost two-thirds involving prescription or illegal opioids. Sixteen states saw a jump in deaths from synthetic opioids including illicit fentanyl, with New York (135.7 percent) and Connecticut (125.9 percent) the hardest hit.

 

Differences between having a cold or the flu

Huron County Public Health is reminding residents on the differences between having a cold and the flu. They say cold symptoms include a low fever or none at all with slight aches and pains compared to flu symptoms including a high fever, often severe aches and pains, and exhaustion.  A complete list of comparisons is available online at www.huroncohealth.com. To receive a flu shot, schedule an appointment with Huron County Public Health by calling 419-668-1652 Ext. 241.

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Friday, December 16th, 2016

Winter Weather Advisory in effect tonight

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that goes into effect tonight at 7:00pm until Saturday at 12:00 noon. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 7 inches is possible overnight tonight.

 

Mom of convicted Willard murderer sentenced to probation

The mother of a convicted murderer in Willard has been sentenced to three years probation for her role in the incident. 74 year-old Billie Hinkle, is the mother of 51 year-old James Blair, who was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison for shooting and killing his neighbor Linda Ciotto, then running her over with a lawnmower last year. Police later found that Hinkle tried to hide the gun in her purse and lied about it. The Norwalk Reflector reports that if Hinkle violates her probation, she could spend a year and-a-half in jail. She’s also to have no contact with the victim’s family.

 

Investigators seek information about recent fires in Willard

The State Fire Marshal is seeking information regarding three recent house fires in Willard. The fires, which have not yet been determined to be related, occurred on Monday December 5th at 206 West Laurel Street, Thursday December 8th at 224 Park Street, and Tuesday December 13th at 212 West Emerald Street. Anybody with information is asked to call the Willard Police Department or State Fire Marshal’s Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728.

 

Huron County Public Health hiring for two positions

Huron County Public Health in Norwalk is hiring for two full-time positions. The openings are for a medical clerk and public health nurse. For information on how to apply, visit their website, http://www.huroncohealth.com/.

 

More holiday events happening this weekend

Christmas is just over a week away…with holiday events happening all over the area this weekend. In Bellevue, the Holiday Train wraps up this Saturday and Sunday with caboose rides from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm at Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum. In Port Clinton, Santa flies into the Erie-Ottawa International Airport and Liberty Aviation Museum on Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Also going on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, it’s Santa’s Reindeer Night in Sandusky at the Washington Park Cookie House. A complete list of events is available online at www.shoresandislands.com.

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Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Wind Chill Advisory in effect

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for the area; in effect now until Friday at 10:00am xpect wind chill values over the next 24 hours or so to be around 10-below zero.

 

 

Jobs-Creation grant approved by Norwalk City Council with Borgers

Norwalk City Council has approved a grant for job-creation. According to the Norwalk Reflector, the grant approved Tuesday with Borgers Ohio, Inc., hopes to create close to 80 new jobs on or before June 30, 2018 with a payroll of around $3.5 million. he German automotive supplier looks to make over $5-million worth of additions and new construction along with $12 million in machinery and equipment.Borgers currently has about 150 full-time employees in Norwalk.Approval is pending from the company’s German home office.

 

 

Huron Schools looking to create a better ‘After Prom’ event

Huron High School is looking to create an exciting and safe drug-free environment for students to participate in after the 2017 Huron High School Prom.   The After Prom Committee at Huron has formed a GoFundMe account to raise funds for an After Prom event that they hope can reach beyond student’s expectations. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/huron-high-school-after-prom.

 

 

Reminder to keep your pets safe in the cold

With frigid subzero temperatures here for the next day or so, along with keeping ourselves warm, Huron County Public Health has issued a reminder from the Ohio Department of Health on how to keep our pets safe in the cold.

-Provide a warm shelter or bring your pet inside if possible.

-Make noise before starting your car; as some animals try to rest to stay warm in a car engine.

-Check their paws for possible frostbite or salt irritation. Wipe them with a warm cloth if necessary.

-Recognize signs of hypothermia such as whining and anxiousness.

 

Shoebox Christmas Project happening now at Victory Kitchen

Victory Kitchen in Sandusky is now hosting their 25th annual Shoebox Christmas project.  The project involves shoeboxes being filled with children’s hygiene products and items in need along with toys and candy; separated by child’s gender and age group.Shoeboxes will then be given out to children and their parents on December 23rd beginning around 12 noon. Donations, including toys, will be accepted up to the 23rd. Victory Kitchen is located at 1613 Hayes Avenue.

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Ex-Vermilion Police Officer convicted of assault

A former Vermilion Police Officer has been sentenced to four months behind bars. In October, Aaron Bolton was convicted of misdemeanor assault after he was accused of using excessive force during an arrest outside Rudy’s Bar and Grille on Liberty Avenue in 2015. Bolton’s attorney says to look for an appeal.

 

Huron City Schools participating in shoeboxes for the needy project

Students and their families throughout the Huron City School District are taking part in ‘Project Happy Christmas’. The project involves shoe boxes being packed with toiletries and Christmas gifts for a local child in need.  Those participating are asked to label their shoebox by gender and age and bring it back by this Thursday (December 15th).  More info is available online at www.ohgoreach.com.

 

Vermilion man continues to win on Jeopardy

Another week, another win for Tim Aten of Vermilion… Aten will return tonight on the TV show, ‘Jeopardy’, looking for his 8th consecutive victory. His 7-day total stands at more than $105,000.

 

2017 Ohio Fair schedule announced

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has released its official schedule for the 2017 fair season, including 94 county and independent fairs as well as the Ohio State Fair, which will be July 26th through August 6th. The Erie County Fair (Sandusky) will run from August 8th to 13th; while the Huron County Fair (Norwalk) takes place from August 14th to 19th. The Lorain County Fair will open August 20th.

Norwalk Bicentennial merchandise available

For those looking for a holiday gift for a friend from Norwalk or with Norwalk roots, there are many Norwalk Bicentennial items available for purchase at the Huron Chamber of Commerce Office. Everything from ornaments, t-shirts, and calendars are available; along with orders being taken for the Norwalk-opoply board game.

 

Be aware of scams involving snow plow businesses

The Better Business Bureau is warning people to beware as we head into the ‘dead’ of winter. The problem; people who pay unreliable snowplow businesses in advance for work not performed as advertised, if at all. The Bureau recommends getting a written contract, insisting on references and checking with your city.

 

Be on the lookout for telephone scam involving fake call from U-S Marshall’s Office

The U-S Marshalls Office is warning residents of northern Ohio about a telephone scam. They say, someone is calling residents, claiming to be from the Marshalls Office, saying, the person-called owes money from an outstanding warrant. Again, the Marshalls Office says, this is a scam.

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Monday, December 12th, 2016

Fremont woman killed in shooting Sunday

A Fremont woman was shot to death Sunday. The Toledo Blade reports that 26 year-old Gabriella Rojas was pronounced dead after being found at an address on Willow Street.  30 year-old Mauricio Valois-Perez has been charged with murder. 

 

Toledo man dies in 2-vehicle crash on Ohio Turnpike Friday

A two vehicle crash on the Ohio Turnpike in Milan Township Friday claimed the life of a Toledo man. It took place Friday morning when a Dodge Stratus with four occupants sideswiped a Ford Explorer while attempting to pass it; resulting in the Stratus overturning and ejecting two of its’ passengers. One of those passengers, 19 year-old Amauri Stenson of Toledo died, after being trapped under the vehicle. The three other passengers, all 18 year-old men from Toledo, in the Stratus were also seriously injured in the crash. The crash is under investigation with charges pending.

 

Huron County Public Health hands out awards

Huron County Public Health recently honored their employees by giving out their annual Service Excellence Awards. Among the honorees were Vital Statistics Registrar Peggy Clements, who received the ‘Ownership Award’, given to an employee with a “can-do attitude” and sound business judgment. Huron County Public Health is also one of three organizations to receive the ‘Adolescent Excellence Award’ this year from the Ohio Department of Health. The award recognizes the health department for immunization coverage in the community.

 

Norwalk Area United Fund holding ‘Basket Basics’ program

The Norwalk Area United Fund are preparing now for their ‘Basket Basics’ program. On Tuesday, bags full of household and personal items for over 100 people will be packed, to be given out to those in need who wouldn’t specifically ask for help; but have been suggested to the organization by local community leaders.  If you’re interested in volunteering with the packing, call their office at 419-668-0269.

 

Western Reserve Schools hosting blood drive

Western Reserve schools are hosting a blood drive Tuesday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm; sponsored by The Western Reserve Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Blood donations will provide Western Reserve students with scholarship money. To participate, call 419-668-8470, extension 2035, for an appointment.

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Friday, December 9th, 2016

Former Ohio Astronaut John Glenn dies

Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn has died. He was 95.  Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Hank Wilson with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs says Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus. Glenn was the third U.S. astronaut in space and the first of them to get into orbit. He spent 24 years as a Democratic Senator from Ohio, and at age 77, returned to space aboard the shuttle Discovery.

 

Mickey Mart donates $10,000 to local breast cancer fund

Mickey Mart Foodstores presented a $10,000 check Thursday to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Erie County. The money was raised through merchandise sales and the Making Strides walk in October. The funds will go towards breast cancer research as well as programs that support local survivors. The presentation took place at the new Mickey Mart on US 250 in Sandusky.

 

Bellevue Police hosting holiday events

The Bellevue Police Auxiliary is hosting a couple of holiday events during the next few days. A ‘Stuff a Cruiser’ food drive takes place Sunday to benefit the Fish and Loaves Pantry, at Bassett’s Market from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  On Monday, a Santa Claus event for children and adults with special needs will be held at Jingle Junction at the Bellevue Community Center from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

 

 

Vermilion man continues winning streak on Jeopardy

Vermilion’s Tim Aten will be back on Jeopardy tonight. Aten came out on top again last night, with a 5-day winning-total of nearly 80-thousand-dollars.

 

Holiday decorating safety tips

For those still decorating their homes for the holidays, here are a few safety and money saving tips from The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio:

-Check your Christmas lights for damaged cords.

-Stay clear of power lines when hanging lights.

-Do not place a tree near a fireplace, heat vents, or portable heaters.

To save money on your energy bill:

-Put outdoor lights on a timer to save electric.

-Use energy efficient LED bulbs.

-When travelling, set your thermostat to 55 degrees to save energy and prevent water pipes from freezing.

 

More orders being taken for Norwalk-opoly board games

For those who missed out on purchasing the Norwalk-opoly board game, more orders are now being taken. To purchase one, stop by the Huron Chamber of Commerce Office with your credit card, or give them a call at 419-668-4155.  The game celebrates Norwalk’s bicentennial by featuring local businesses and streets.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Memorial Service to be held Saturday for Perkins K9 Officer

A Memorial Service is planned this Saturday morning for Perkins Police Dog Uganda, who passed away this past weekend.It begins at 9:30 am with a cruiser procession at the Perkins Township Police Department, which will travel south on Columbus Avenue to Bell Avenue to Campbell Street, ending at Perkins High School, where a service will begin at 10:00 am in the high school auditorium. The public is welcome to attend the service, as well as line the procession route. Perkins Police are also asking the public for any photos that you may have with or of the K9. Those can be emailed to the police department (mcurran@perkinstownship.com).

 

 

Specific items needed for Willard Food Drive this Saturday

The Willard Area Food Bank is in need of items in addition to non-perishable food, for this Saturday’s food drive. For the second straight Saturday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the ‘Fill a Fire Truck’ food drive will be held at the Willard Fire Department, where a drive-thru will be set up so those who donate will not have to leave their vehicles.  Items in need include: fruit juice as well as toiletries such as toothpaste, soap, and women’s deodorant. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

 

Multi-state OVI enforcement successful in removing impaired drivers

The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 331 OVI arrests during the latest 6-State Trooper Project, focused on removing impaired motorists from roadways. The high-visibility enforcement began this past Friday and ended Sunday; including state police from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

 

 

Cedar Point ‘Santa Hustle’ part of this weekend’s activities

Holiday activities are in full swing this weekend around the north coast. One of those events is the ‘Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon’ going on at Cedar Point this Sunday morning.

Other activities going on include:

-The Sandusky State Theatre hosting a live version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Friday night

-The Maritime Museum of Sandusky: Adult Gingerbread Workshop on Saturday morning

-Carousel Christmas Ride-A-Thon at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky on Saturday morning

A complete schedule of events is online at www.shoresandislands.com.

 

Local man winning on Jeopardy

Vermilion’s Tim Aten will be seen again tonight on the TV show, ‘Jeopardy’.  Aten has won 4 consecutive nights, taking home 71-thousand-dollars.

 

2017 Cleveland Auto Show taking place in late February

The 2017 Cleveland Auto Show will open Friday February 24th at the I-X Center near Hopkins Airport. Auto Trader is back in the fold, as “Presenting Sponsor”.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Memorial Service to be held Saturday for Perkins K9 Officer

A Memorial Service is planned this Saturday morning for Perkins Police Dog Uganda, who passed away this past weekend.It begins at 9:30 am with a cruiser procession at the Perkins Township Police Department, which will travel south on Columbus Avenue to Bell Avenue to Campbell Street, ending at Perkins High School, where a service will begin at 10:00 am in the high school auditorium. The public is welcome to attend the service, as well as line the procession route. Perkins Police are also asking the public for any photos that you may have with or of the K9. Those can be emailed to the police department (mcurran@perkinstownship.com).

 

 

Specific items needed for Willard Food Drive this Saturday

The Willard Area Food Bank is in need of items in addition to non-perishable food, for this Saturday’s food drive. For the second straight Saturday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the ‘Fill a Fire Truck’ food drive will be held at the Willard Fire Department, where a drive-thru will be set up so those who donate will not have to leave their vehicles.  Items in need include: fruit juice as well as toiletries such as toothpaste, soap, and women’s deodorant. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

 

Multi-state OVI enforcement successful in removing impaired drivers

The Ohio State Highway Patrol made 331 OVI arrests during the latest 6-State Trooper Project, focused on removing impaired motorists from roadways. The high-visibility enforcement began this past Friday and ended Sunday; including state police from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

 

 

Cedar Point ‘Santa Hustle’ part of this weekend’s activities

Holiday activities are in full swing this weekend around the north coast. One of those events is the ‘Santa Hustle 5K and Half Marathon’ going on at Cedar Point this Sunday morning.

Other activities going on include:

-The Sandusky State Theatre hosting a live version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Friday night

-The Maritime Museum of Sandusky: Adult Gingerbread Workshop on Saturday morning

-Carousel Christmas Ride-A-Thon at the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky on Saturday morning

A complete schedule of events is online at www.shoresandislands.com.

 

Local man winning on Jeopardy

Vermilion’s Tim Aten will be seen again tonight on the TV show, ‘Jeopardy’.  Aten has won 4 consecutive nights, taking home 71-thousand-dollars.

 

2017 Cleveland Auto Show taking place in late February

The 2017 Cleveland Auto Show will open Friday February 24th at the I-X Center near Hopkins Airport. Auto Trader is back in the fold, as “Presenting Sponsor”.

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