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Friday, April 7, 2017

Erie County Sheriff receives traffic safety funds

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

The Sheriff’s Office will use the grant to conduct overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols in high crash areas including US 250 and State Routes 2, 4, 60, and 61.

This month, deputies will utilize the funds during prom season.

 

Huron County Fair announces entertainment

The Huron County Fair in Norwalk has announced that this year’s Monday night entertainment will be country newcomer, Tucker Beathard, who is best known for his debut single “Rock On.”, a top ten country hit.

A ticket pre-sale will be held May 20th.

The Huron County Fair runs August 14 thru 19th.

 

SKYWARN class to be held in Willard

The National Weather Service and Huron County Emergency Management are hosting SKYWARN Tornado and Severe Weather Spotter Classes.

It takes place Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Willard Elementary School Café.

The class is free; and will teach the basics of storm and tornado development, severe weather safety and how to report information.

 

South Central grad to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’

A 2003 South Central graduate will appear later this month on Jeopardy.

How did Emmett Robinson do?

You’ll have to wait to find out on April 19th when the episode airs.

Robinson works as a business law attorney in Cleveland.

 

Norwalk ‘spring pickup’ next week

The City of Norwalk will be holding limited spring pickup next week during residents’ trash day.

Households are allowed to set out three large items or nine extra trash bags at no additional charge.

The pickup is limited to household items only such as mattresses, couches and televisions; and are restricted to items that two employees can lift.

  

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/7

*Huron County: Level 2 Snow Emergency

Today

Snow likely, possibly mixing with rain.  Partly cloudy with a high near 42.

Less than a half inch of snow accumulation expected.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 31.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 54.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Death of Willard teen under investigation

The Willard Police Department has begun an investigation on the death of an eighth grade Willard student.

14 year-old Caleb Hershiser died Sunday night shortly after being taken to Willard Mercy Hospital.

The Norwalk Reflector says Willard Police started their investigation after receiving a tip that bullying might have been a factor in the boy’s death; although Police Chief Mark Holden says it doesn’t appear to look that way.

 

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan intends to veto medicinal marijuana legislation

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan plans to veto the vote by city council Tuesday night that allowed for medicinal marijuana cultivation in the city.

The mayor said there are just too many unknowns at this time; including profits and costs; as well as the positive and/or negative effects it would have on the city.

Duncan will be drafting a letter explaining his veto to council; which council will then decide to agree on; or try to override.

Norwalk City Council hold its’ next meeting on Tuesday the 18th.

 

State Fire Marshal’s office visits Norwalk Fire Department

As part of their ‘Listening Tour’, the State Fire Marshal’s Office stopped by the Norwalk Fire Department on Tuesday.

Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson  said a key focus of their discussion was  how the State Fire Marshal could help the department in applying for grants and available money; due to budget constraints.

The meeting coincided with Governor John Kasich’s visit to Sandusky.

 

Norwalk man arrested twice in one afternoon for DUI

A Norwalk man was arrested twice in the same afternoon for driving drunk.

38 year-old Cory Collins was first stopped around 1:30 pm Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Whittlesey and Grand.

After he was released, Collins was then arrested again around 4:00 pm on a second DUI charge.

Collins was taken to the city jail; where he was held until he became sober.

 

Clyde Police Chief to retire

Clyde Police Chief Bruce Gower has announced his retirement.

Gower has spent 38 years in law enforcement; becoming police chief in Clyde back in 1996.

Gower’s last day will be May 13th.

The new chief will be Monti Campbell; who has been with the Clyde PD since 1992.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/6

Today

Showers likely with possible thunderstorms. High near 50.

Tonight

Rain changing to rain and snow overnight. Low around 33.  Breezy with gusts near 40 mph.

Friday

Snow likely then possibly a rain and snow mix. Cloudy, with a high near 42.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 54.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Governor Kasich holds ‘State of the State’ in Sandusky last night

One of Governor John Kasich’s main focuses last night in his ‘State of the State’ address in Sandusky was jobs.

Kasich said the world’s job creators know that we in Ohio make things…and that’s why they’re turning to the Buckeye state for their future success. The governor used Borgers in Norwalk as an example; saying they’ve spent $60 million on a new ‘state of the art’ facility; creating jobs for over 230 workers  with $8 million in payroll.  Kasich said the state needs to continue creating an environment of job creation and to be prepared for change when it comes to jobs and technology.

Governor Kasich also shared his concern over how divided our state and country is politically.  The governor said we need to join together in fighting issues we all agree on; such as drug addiction, hunger, and taking care of our veterans.

 

Norwalk City Council approves medicinal marijuana cultivation; possible veto coming

City council in Norwalk last night voted 4 to 3 in favor of medicinal marijuana cultivation within the city.

But as soon as it passed, Mayor Rob Duncan said he would veto it.

Duncan said the bottom line was they’ve come to a conclusion in about three weeks on something that extensive research needs to be done on; saying he’s heard more feedback on this issue than any others in his 5 ½ years here.

Council will meet in work session next Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.

 

Cedar Point hosting annual job fair this Saturday

One again this year, Cedar Point is in the market for seasonal employees; and they’re hoping for a really good turnout Saturday, for their annual job fair.

This year, the amusement park needs to fill 5-thousand positions in everything from food-and-beverage to ride operations and merchandise and games.

Saturday’s job fair will run from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

Erie County Health Department holding events

As part of Minority Health Month, the Erie County Health Department is holding events to help residents learn more about their available medical, dental and behavioral health services.

“Your Connection to Good Health” events take place beginning tomorrow from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and April 22nd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the community health center on Superior Street in Sandusky.

The free events including building tours and a chance to meet and interact with staff members.

 

Final ‘Dine-out’ event today at Cameo at the Creek

The Norwalk Area United Fund will hold its’ final ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser of the season today at Cameo Pizza at the Creek in Norwalk.

A portion of the funds brought in there today will support the organization’s 37 local grants and programs.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/5 

Today

Mostly cloudy with high hear 61.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms. Low around 44.

Thursday

Showers. High near 49.

Friday

A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy and breezy, with a high near 43.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Governor Kasich holds ‘State of the State’ in Sandusky last night

One of Governor John Kasich’s main focuses last night in his ‘State of the State’ address in Sandusky was jobs.

Kasich said the world’s job creators know that we in Ohio make things…and that’s why they’re turning to the Buckeye state for their future success. The governor used Borgers in Norwalk as an example; saying they’ve spent $60 million on a new ‘state of the art’ facility; creating jobs for over 230 workers  with $8 million in payroll.  Kasich said the state needs to continue creating an environment of job creation and to be prepared for change when it comes to jobs and technology.

Governor Kasich also shared his concern over how divided our state and country is politically.  The governor said we need to join together in fighting issues we all agree on; such as drug addiction, hunger, and taking care of our veterans.

 

Norwalk City Council approves medicinal marijuana cultivation; possible veto coming

City council in Norwalk last night voted 4 to 3 in favor of medicinal marijuana cultivation within the city.

But as soon as it passed, Mayor Rob Duncan said he would veto it.

Duncan said the bottom line was they’ve come to a conclusion in about three weeks on something that extensive research needs to be done on; saying he’s heard more feedback on this issue than any others in his 5 ½ years here.

Council will meet in work session next Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.

 

Cedar Point hosting annual job fair this Saturday

One again this year, Cedar Point is in the market for seasonal employees; and they’re hoping for a really good turnout Saturday, for their annual job fair.

This year, the amusement park needs to fill 5-thousand positions in everything from food-and-beverage to ride operations and merchandise and games.

Saturday’s job fair will run from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

Erie County Health Department holding events

As part of Minority Health Month, the Erie County Health Department is holding events to help residents learn more about their available medical, dental and behavioral health services.

“Your Connection to Good Health” events take place beginning tomorrow from 5:00 to 7:00 pm or April 22nd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the community health center on Superior Street in Sandusky.

The free events including building tours and a chance to meet and interact with staff members.

 

Final ‘Dine-out’ event today at Cameo at the Creek

The Norwalk Area United Fund will hold its’ final ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser of the season today at Cameo Pizza at the Creek in Norwalk.

A portion of the funds brought in there today will support the organization’s 37 local grants and programs.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/5 

Today

Mostly cloudy with high hear 61.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms. Low around 44.

Thursday

Showers. High near 49.

Friday

A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy and breezy, with a high near 43.

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

‘State of the State’ set for tonight in Sandusky

Heightened security should be expected tonight for residents and visitors of Sandusky as Governor John Kasich makes his ‘State of the State’ address at the Sandusky State Theatre.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth told the Sandusky Register that there will be a very visible presence of uniformed officers in the area around the theater; both before and during the event.

Street closings and parking bans will also be in effect today starting at 9:00 am; on Water Street and Columbus Avenue.

The speech begins tonight at 7:00 pm.

 

Norwalk City Council to hold second reading on medicinal marijuana issue tonight

A second reading on the issue of allowing medicinal marijuana cultivation is planned for tonight’s Norwalk City Council meeting.

Two weeks ago, the issue passed a first reading.

During last week’s work session, council voted down Stephen Schumm’s legislation 4 to 3 from being on tonight’s agenda on the issue of prohibiting medicinal marijuana processing and cultivation.

 

State Fire Marshal visiting Norwalk today

State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers will be making a stop today in Norwalk.

Flowers and staff will be at the Norwalk Fire Department as part of their 2017 Listening Tours, where staff connects with local fire department members to discuss challenges, needs and ideas; along with providing an update on upcoming initiatives.

 

‘Indivisible Rally’ to take place today in Sandusky

Coinciding with Governor John Kasich’s ‘State of the State’ address tonight in Sandusky will be an ‘Indivisible Rights Rally’ at the Washington Park Gazebo.

Tonight’s rally will focus on equal pay for American women and will feature state legislatures as guest speakers.

It takes place from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

 

Sandusky man in trouble for allegedly sucking quarters out of laundry machines

A 45 year-old man faces criminal charges after allegedly sucking quarters out of laundromat machines in Sandusky.

Dale Kelly is accused of opening the tops of machines on Cleveland Road and using a shop-vac to suck the quarters out.

Kelly has been charged with theft, vandalism, and possession of criminal tools.

He’s also accused of stealing loose change from a Cleveland Road gas station air pump machine in January.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/4

Today

A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 58.

Breezy, with wind gusts as high as 36 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Wednesday

A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 62.

Thursday

Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 50.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Pennsylvania man dies in Huron car crash

A two-vehicle crash on Route 2 in Huron has left one man, dead.

A 42 year-old Pennsylvania man died while a passenger in a car driven by another Pennsylvania man who lost control, trying to pass another vehicle yesterday afternoon.

Their car struck a cement barrier, then was struck by a tractor-trailer.

 

Unidentified body found in Lake Erie near Davis-Besse

An unidentified woman’s body was found floating offshore in Lake Erie on Saturday.

A fisherman reportedly found the unidentified female body four miles north of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie.

Ottawa County coroner Daniel Cadigan told the Sandusky Register that the woman’s body appeared to be in the water for some time; but there were no signs of external trauma.

An autopsy will be performed by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

 

Man tries to run over girlfriend in Sandusky

A Sandusky man accused of trying to run over his girlfriend Saturday night is being searched for by police.

36 year-old James Grimes allegedly accelerated his truck and drove towards the female victim; which jumped out of the way; resulting in minor injuries, following an argument.

Grimes then reportedly drove away.

Grimes faces domestic violence and felonious assault charges.

 

Erie County hosting ‘Unclaimed Funds’ event on Tuesday

The Ohio Department of Commerce is hosting an Unclaimed Funds event on Tuesday in Sandusky.

Marlene Chukes, Deputy Superintendent of Unclaimed Funds, told WLKR News that you can check on possible money left for you, a family member, or friend.

The ‘walk-in and check on your funds’ event takes place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday at the Erie County Service Center.

 

Lt. Governor Taylor steps down as State Insurance Director

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor has stepped down as the state’s insurance director.

Deputy Director Jillian Froment will take over as new director.

Taylor stays on as Kasich’s lieutenant; and is expected to eventually run for governor; as she last month began a committee which paves the way for her to begin campaigning and raising funds.

 

Huron County Chamber warns of scam

The Huron County Chamber of Commerce has issued a scam warning to its members.

The chamber says they’ve received a letter saying it was from Huron County Sheriff Todd Corbin’s office, asking for $20 for training.

They told their members to not send money and to tell everyone throughout the county this is a scam.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/3

Today

Showers likely, mainly this afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 65.

Tonight

Showers. Low around 51.

Tuesday

A chance of rain. Cloudy and breezy, with gusts as high as 39 mph.

High near 56.

Friday, March 31, 2017

PTO in Norwalk replaces dance DJ after child pornography charges were found

A DJ scheduled for tonight’s Norwalk Elementary PTO father-daughter dance has been replaced…after it was discovered that he had a past child pornography-related offense… whose registration requirement has expired.

Dan Brown of Norwalk was originally hired to DJ the event before the PTO was made aware of Brown’s past from a non-profit organization that advocates for abused children.

Norwalk Superintendent George Fisk told the Norwalk Reflector that the laws and policies concerning background checks for district employees do not extend to external groups such as the PTO.

 

Sandusky man charged with multiple drug offenses

A Sandusky man…already charged with several drug offenses last month and released on bond…now faces additional drug charges after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his Reese Street residence on Wednesday.

According to the Sandusky Register, 40 year-old Damon Newell faces five new felony charges after crack cocaine and heroin was found.

 

Be aware of electric bill scam

Area law enforcement agencies have issued a warning about a scam going on involving electricity bills.

Callers apparently are posing as First Energy or Ohio Edison employees and threatening residents to pay their electric bills or their electricity will be shut off.

It’s recommended that you ignore those calls and call your electric company if you’re concerned.

 

Scheduling taking place now for Norwalk Local Schools’ kindergarten screenings

For those in the Norwalk school district – if you have a child that will be 5 years-old by August 1st, you can schedule them now for kindergarten screenings.

There are four dates available: April 25th and 27th and May 2nd and 4th.

A scheduling tool can be found online at www.NorwalkTruckers.net

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 3/31

Today

Rain likely. High near 52.

Tonight

A chance of showers, cloudy, with a low around 37.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Monday

Showers likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 59.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Update on medicinal marijuana issue in Norwalk

City Council in Norwalk has voted against having dual legislation on the issue of medicinal marijuana cultivation in the city.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Councilman Steve Schumm brought in legislation Tuesday night which would’ve prohibited cultivation and processing of medicinal marijuana.

Schumm’s legislation was voted down 4 to 3.

This comes after council passed a first reading a week ago allowing for medicinal marijuana cultivation; co-sponsored by council members Chris Castle and Kelly Beck.; with a second reading planned for next Tuesday.

 

Needle Finder app launched in Huron County

Huron County Public Health has launched a ‘Needle Finder’ app.

The app, now available to the public, allows users to submit reports of needles or syringes found in public areas and have their location generated on a local map.

If you do find a needle, Huron County Public Health asks you to notify the property owner; who is responsible for disposing of it properly.

 

Monroeville schools search held on Wednesday

An unannounced scheduled search at Monroeville Schools and parking lots took place on Wednesday morning; resulting in no findings.

It was planned by district administration along with area law enforcement.

Parents were notified that a lockdown and search had happened and its’ results through the district emergency notification system.

 

“Berry-cute” babies wanted for Strawberry Festival

If you have a ‘Berry-cute’ baby, the Norwalk Jaycees are looking for you.

You can register now for the ‘Berry Cute’ Baby Contest to be held at Norwalk’s Strawberry Festival during Memorial Day weekend.

Rules and registration info online at www.norwalkjaycees.com.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 3/30

Today

Showers likely, with thunderstorms possible this afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 64.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms. Low around 52.

Friday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 60.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sandusky woman dead of apparent suicide in Ottawa County Jail

A Sandusky inmate in the Ottawa County Jail died of apparent suicide on Monday.

A corrections officer found 28 year-old Krista Mitchell on Monday evening as he going through a security check.

Mitchell had been serving time for drug-related charges.

 

Greenwich man charged with rape

A Greenwich man has been indicted on rape charges.

58 year-old Patrick Taft Junior has been charged with five counts of rape and five counts of sexual battery reportedly involving a minor.

The suspected acts took place between August of 2015 and February 7th of this year.

He faces multiple years of prison time if found guilty.

 

Bellevue man charged with aggravated robbery in Sandusky

A Bellevue man made threats to shoot a gas station employee in a robbery on Campbell Street in Sandusky on Tuesday.

The Sandusky Register reports that 28 year-old Michael McConnell was arrested outside the Speedway gas station almost immediately after the incident.

McConnell was charged with aggravated robbery as well as inducing panic.

He’s also believed to have approached the Friendship gas station on West Perkins in Sandusky before entering the station on Campbell Street.

No firearm was found on McConnell.

 

Marijuana growing operation found near Willard

A Willard man has been charged with cultivation of marijuana after an indoor growing operation was found just outside the city on Monday.

During the investigation, Mark McKeehen told authorities he was producing medical grade marijuana.

Executed search warrants in Willard and Holiday Lakes found evidence including marijuana plants, marijuana prepared to distribute, growing equipment, firearms, and financial documents.

McKeehen may face additional charges.

 

Less than a week away from ‘State of the State’ in Sandusky

Governor John Kasich will bring his ‘State of the State’ address to Sandusky in less than a week.

Chris Parthemore, from the Sandusky State Theater – where the speech will take place, said he owes a lot of credit to Representative Steve Arndt and Senator Randy Gardner for bringing Kasich to Sandusky.

Kasich will deliver the address on Tuesday, April 4th at 7:00 pm.

 

Norwalk United Fund ‘Dine-out’ at Freight House today

The weekly food fundraiser for the Norwalk Area United Fund stops by The Freight House in Norwalk today.

A portion of today’s sales during the ‘Dine-out’ event at The Freight House will be donated to the United Fund’s 2017 Community Campaign.

The ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser has brought in over $20,000.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 3/29

Today

Partly cloudy with a high near 48.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Thursday

A chance of showers, cloudy, with a high near 54.

Friday

Showers. High near 58.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Willard woman indicted in overdose death

A Willard woman has been indicted on the charges of involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another in drugs for her role in an incident involving her boyfriend’s overdose death.

34 year-old Tara Thacker faces as much as 11 years in prison.

She’s been in the Huron County Jail since the incident.

 

New London man arrested after vehicle crashed into bar

The New London man who crashed his SUV into a bar in Wakeman on Friday night has been arrested.

42 year-old Brian Pickett faces felony charges of vandalism and felonious assault after backing his vehicle into the Cross Roads Tavern after an altercation inside.

 

Norwalk City Council to hold public hearing tonight on shooting range

A public hearing concerning the possible Gunners Haven shooting range within city limits will be held at tonight’s Norwalk City Council meeting.

Mayor Rob Duncan told WLKR News that while sound is a big issue; it’s more about zoning; and if the zoning change is approved, there’s limitations the city could place on the facility to make it much more fitting to go within the community of Norwalk.

Council will also continue to discuss medicinal marijuana cultivation during tonight’s work session.

The meeting gets underway tonight at 7:30 pm.

 

Monroeville to induct four locals into Hall of Fame

The ninth annual class of inductees for the Monroeville Hall of Fame has been announced.

Alumni and community members Lieutenant Colonel Dean Failor, Ken Schafer, George Schild, and Linda Smith will be inducted on April 22nd at a ceremony at the high school cafeteria.

 

Light poles being relocated in Norwalk

In Norwalk, Ohio Edison is relocating power and light poles this week on Milan Avenue.

Due to the length of the new poles being installed, the road will be closed in segments.

The closures will change block by block, as work progresses.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 3/28

Today

A chance of showers, mainly this morning. Cloudy with a high near 51.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

Thursday

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.

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