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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Sandusky Man in Jail over Making Threats at Ventra plant

A man is now in the Erie County jail after allegedly making threats at the Ventra automotive manufacturing plant in Sandusky on Tuesday morning.  23 year-old Austin C. Hines of Sandusky was charged with aggravated menacing, carrying concealed weapons, and improperly handing a firearm in a motor vehicle.  A caller advised law enforcement that Hines was threatening to leave and come back to work with a firearm and “shoot the place up.” Hines was located, along with a firearm and kevlar vest in the vehicle, and was taken into custody.


Teen seriously injured after Fireworks explodes in Hand

A Norwalk teen received serious injuries to his left hand Tuesday morning while trying to launch fireworks out of a truck window, in an attempt to scare and hit the vehicle of a co-worker driving behind him. The incident took place on State Route 2 around Berlin Road near Milan Township.  19 year-old Arafat Silmi of Norwalk was a passenger in a truck driven by a 16 year-old Norwalk boy, when Silmi was holding a mortar ball firework out of his vehicle’s passenger window when it imploded in his left hand.  Silmi was transported to the North Central EMS station on US 250 before being transferred to University of Toledo Medical Center by Lifeflight. His condition is unknown.


Vermilion Festival of the Fish celebrates 50th Anniversary

Downtown Vermilion will host their 50th Annual Festival of the Fish this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Friday’s events include Dick Goddard’s Pet Parade at 12:30 pm and fireworks over Lake Erie at dusk (around 10:00 pm).  Other activities include a 5K run Saturday morning at 9:00 am, a lighted boat parade on the river Saturday night at dusk, and a Father’s Day parade on Sunday at 12:30 pm.  Festival hours are 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm on Sunday.  Visit www.VermilionChamber.net for a complete schedule of events.


Attorney General DeWine Warns Cavs Fans to Beware of Ticket Scams

With the Cavs win Monday, there will be one more NBA Finals game in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena this Thursday night.  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Cavs fans though to beware of ticket scams for those wishing to attend the game against Golden State.

Tips to avoid ticket scams include: being skeptical of offers that are too good to be true, being careful in dealing with individual third-party sellers, checking the venue’s ticket policies, and to consider paying with a credit card; as you generally have greater ability to dispute credit card charges. Ohioans can report scams to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or by calling 800-282-0515.


Miss Ohio events get underway tonight (Wed. 6/15) with Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen

Olivia Anderson of Brunswick, winner of last year’s Miss Maple City Outstanding Teen in Norwalk, will compete tonight in the Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen pageant in Mansfield.  Anderson and 13 other teens from around Ohio will compete for the crown this evening at 7:00 pm, which officially kicks off events at the Renaissance Theatre.  The competition for Miss Ohio 2016 begins Thursday night with preliminaries; as Willard will be represented by both Caitlyn Wallhead and Paige Wiers.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Update on Yesterday’s Overnight Fire at ThorSport Racing in Sandusky

Perkins fire Chief Keith Wohlever told the Sandusky Register Monday that the fire at ThorSport Racing overnight Sunday doesn’t appear to be suspicious, and was well under control at around 12 noon on Monday. ThorSport Racing Team Manager David Pepper also told the Register that the portion of the building heavily damaged by the blaze contained the company’s car fabrication shop.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal will most likely be providing information on the cause of the fire and monetary loss here in the near future. In an official statement Monday, ThorSport Racing said the fire begin shortly after midnight on Monday morning, as a fire broke out in the basement of their racing shop.  They also confirmed that no one was injured.  The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team plans to compete in Iowa this weekend.


Huron County Public Health offering Information and Protection on Zika Virus

Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is offering information about Zika Virus, and how to prevent it and other mosquito-related illnesses.   HCPH says the Asian tiger mosquito, which has the potential to transmit Zika, can survive in climates found in parts of Northern Ohio. HCPH has invested $2,400 in six Sentinel Mosquito traps that are designed to attract mosquitoes like the Asian tiger, and will be distributed around the county for regular surveillance.  They will be used to determine if/and or where the Asian tiger mosquitoes are found in Huron County.  At this time, there are no Zika cases being transmitted in Ohio, but mosquitoes can still spread other diseases. More information can be found online at www.HuronCoHealth.com.


 Board of Elections in Huron County closed Wednesday and Thursday

The Huron County Board of Elections office in Norwalk will be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to office remodeling and construction.  They are located at 180 Milan Avenue, Suite 4.

Street Resurfacing Project beginning this week in Norwalk

Crews in Norwalk are starting work this week on the 2016 Street Resurfacing Project.  The tentative schedule includes the areas of Shady Lane between the high school and Job and Family Services, which was slated to begin yesterday.  Starting Wednesday (6/15), work is planned for S. West Street from the fairgrounds to the north.  The city recommends that you plan your route around construction when possible.  Follow the City of Norwalk on Facebook for timely updates.


Ohio Men Urged to Take Care of Themselves

(From the Ohio News Connection)-As some Ohioans search for the perfect Father’s Day present, some medical professionals suggest offering the gift of health. This is Men’s Health Week (June 13th-19th), and Brandon Leonard with the Men’s Health Network says some men are reluctant to schedule regular wellness appointments, so he suggests their loved ones get involved.

Leonard said “One of the biggest motivators is having people that you care about say, ‘Dad,’ — or if it’s a son or brother, whoever it may be — ‘This matters to us. We want you to be around for a long time and we want you to be healthy.”

While the average life expectancy at birth for most women is 81 years of age, for men it is 76. Leonard says by meeting with their physicians on a regular basis, men can learn the risk factors for certain diseases and make a big difference in the quality and quantity of life.

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Norwalk Highway Patrol Post involved in Motorcycle Pursuit and Injury Crash Sunday

A Lorain man was charged with driving his motorcycle under the influence of alcohol and fleeing and eluding along with other charges after a high speed pursuit early Sunday morning in Perkins Township.

31 year-old Andre Heidelburg of Lorain, was reportedly driving a Honda motorcycle recklessly, when he led the Sandusky Police Department and the Norwalk Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol post on a chase going north on US 250, then abruptly stopped due to traffic near Perkins Avenue around 2:50 am; and was then struck in the back by a pursuing Norwalk Highway Patrol car. The driver was ejected and the motorcycle went through the intersection, striking a stationary Sandusky Police Department car.

The suspect sustained non-life threatening injures, while the two Sandusky Officers and Highway Patrol received very minor to little injury.  Heidelburg remained in stable condition at Firelands Hospital, as of Sunday. The crash is under investigation.


Huron County ATV Crash leaves New London man Seriously Injured

A New London man was seriously injured in one-vehicle ATV crash early Friday morning. 28 year-old Alexander Draper of New London was driving an ATV east on Cook Road.  He was operating his ATV on a closed highway, where he struck a road closed sign, overturned, and was thrown from his ATV.  EMS personnel said that based on his condition, Draper likely laid in the roadway for several hours before being found.  No charges were filed at the time, but alcohol appears to be a factor.  The crash remains under investigation by The Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


East Bogart Road reopening ahead of Schedule

East Bogart Road at US Route 250 is set to reopen today (Monday 6/13), three weeks ahead of schedule, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).  ODOT also states that Bogart Road west of US 250 will close starting today for 30 days in the westbound direction only, between US 250 and Botay Road.  Night work will continue on mainline US 250 from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am with one lane of traffic during these hours. Work will continue as well on Bogart Road and Bay Winds Drive from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. It’s all part of the US Route 250 corridor improvement project.


 Former Ohio Governor and U.S. Senator George Voinovich passes away

Former U.S. Senator George Voinovich, a two-term Ohio governor who was considered one of Ohio’s most popular Republican politicians, died Sunday at the age of 79. He died peacefully in his sleep, his wife Janet confirmed.  His death came as a surprise to friends. The Republican had delivered public remarks Friday at an event at Cleveland City Hall, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention coming to Cleveland next month. He was twice elected to senate, spending 12 years there.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stated Sunday that “George Voinovich was a good person — a good man.  He was a man of deep religious faith, and it was that faith that guided him in his decisions.”

Ohio Governor John Kasich also said in a statement Sunday that he remembered Voinovich for bringing people together for the common good. Voinovich served in the Ohio House from 1967-71 and was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1979, where he served from 1980 to 1989.


Sandusky-based NASCAR Truck Series Racing Shop damaged in Overnight Fire

ThorSport Racing Official Statement:(via Twitter page – @ThorSportRacing)

Shortly after midnight on Monday morning, a fire broke out in the basement of the ThorSport Racing shop, located in Sandusky, Ohio. At this time, we can confirm that no one was injured. We are currently working with the fire department and local officials to contain the blaze, and assess the damage. We do not expect this to impact the team’s competition schedule. Our next race is at Iowa Speedway in Newton on Saturday, June 18. Further details will be forthcoming.

According to its website, ThorSport Racing is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, racing since 1996, and are NASCAR’s only full-time team based here in Ohio.

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Norwalk Post of Highway Patrol involved in High-Speed Motorcycle Pursuit

The Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was involved in a high speed motorcycle pursuit that began Thursday night around 7:30 pm on U.S. 20 in Norwalk Township.  Troopers attempted to stop a west-bound motorcycle going in excess of the 60 mph speed limit, but the cycle fled at an extremely high rate of speed.  The pursuit then continued by Ohio State Highway Patrol Aircraft before the cycle stopped on Toledo’s east side in Lucas County, where the driver was never located after they left the scene on foot.  Two handguns were seized from the cycle along with a significant amount of suspected heroin and marijuana. The incident remains under investigation.


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Child Cancer Fundraiser to be held in Wakeman Saturday

A children’s cancer fundraiser will be held in Wakeman this Saturday (6/11), as an Alex’s Lemonade Stand will be set up from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in Community Park.  The Houtchings family host the stand each year in honor of their daughter Kylie, who battled cancer for four years before passing away in August 2006 at the age of 10.  A grill will be raffled off at the event; which includes a bake sale and lemonade sale, with all proceeds going to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research.


$2.5 Million in Renovations get underway at Lorain County JVS

$2.5 million in summertime renovations have begun at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, in a project meant to create more room for the school’s increasing amount of students.  The renovations call for the existing space on the school’s first floor to be opened up for classrooms by moving a business department to the second floor.  Classrooms on the second floor of the school will then be changed over into labs and class space.  The project is scheduled to be mostly completed by August 23rd, just a few days before the first day of school for students, August 29th, according to JVS Assistant Superintendent Jerry Pavlik.  The work is part of a five-year plan by the JVS.


Two Willard Residents competing for Miss Ohio

Cate Wallhead and Paige Wiers will be representing Willard in this year’s Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant in Mansfield.  They are just two of the 20 ladies who will be competing for the Miss Ohio crown. Wallhead and Wiers will be participating in events beginning this weekend leading up to two nights of preliminaries, Thursday and Friday, and the finals next Saturday, June 18th at 7:30 pm at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield. Wallhead and Wiers’ first event of Miss Ohio Week takes place tomorrow (Saturday 6/11); with a Welcome Ceremony and Fashion Show at 5:00 pm inside the Richland Mall in Mansfield.


Patrol: ‘Failure to yield’ violations caused 49,000 crashes in 2015

Motorists that don’t yield for other vehicles in the right-of-way cause far too many crashes in Ohio each year, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Crashes caused by this violation, known as “failure to yield” (FTY), rose in 2015; with total crashes increasing 9 percent compared to 2014, and fatal FTY crashes increasing 28 percent.  Thirty-six percent of FTY crashes resulted in deaths or injuries last year, compared to 25 percent of all crashes.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to pay attention to which vehicles have the right-of-way and yield to them.  Troopers wrote over 23,000 citations that included an FTY violation in 2015.

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, NASA’s Glenn Research Center is having a free public open house at Plum Brook Station in Sandusky June 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This is Plum Brook Station’s first open house since 2008. Nearly 25,000 people attended an open house at NASA Glenn’s Cleveland campus in May. The event will begin at the Kalahari Convention Center, where guests can see NASA exhibits and talk to rocket scientists and engineers. There will be hands-on activities and science demonstrations for kids, and astronaut Sunita Williams will speak at 2 p.m. each day. Buses will depart Kalahari, taking guests on guided tours of Plum Brook’s test facilities. Those facilities include the world’s largest thermal vacuum chamber, where scenes from Marvel’s “The Avengers” movie were filmed.  Members of the public who have questions about the open house should visit nasa.gov/glenn75.



A Berlin Township boy remains in critical condition after being accidently shot in the back on Tuesday.

13-year old Matthew Fluty is still being treated at Mercy St. Vincent Medical center in Toledo after undergoing emergency surgery Tuesday afternoon. Fluty’s 15-year-old friend was attempting to unload a shotgun after preparing to go bird shooting when the weapon fired birdshot into Fluty’s back, with some pellets penetrating the skin and striking his internal organs. So far no charges have been filed.



Some questions have been answered regarding a $21-million water line issue in Erie County.

Last spring, local highway engineers discovered major infrastructure issues with water pipes on Bardshar Road in Margaretta Township. While digging up the area for a ditch project, engineers found the water lines were too shallow and lacked protective stone material, making the system prone to premature failure. A lawsuit has been brought about by a local resident claiming the engineering firm Burgess and Niple and construction company Speer Brothers breached multi-million dollar contracts when the construction occurred in 2001 thru 2004. It is not known when a decision on the lawsuit could occur.




Former Huron schools superintendent Fred Fox can regain employment with the school system if he chooses.

Erie County Common Pleas Court has reversed an order that terminated Fox. Fox has served as superintendent of Wynford Local Schools in Bucyrus since January.


A Sandusky man’s gun went off at Sam’s Club in Sandusky on Monday.

A 72-year old man pulled up to the gas station and exited his vehicle when his loaded handgun fell to the ground and fired. Another customer called the police and said the weapon went off and struck the pavement. No one was injured. Police traced the man’s license plate and seized his weapon. No charges have been filed.


The Endowment Fund for Norwalk City Schools awarded 34 scholarships this week totaling over $50,000

This is the 16th years that the Endowment Fund has awarded scholarships to graduating seniors. The Endowment Fund’s annual event, “A Celebration of the Arts”, raises significant funds for the general academic scholarships.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Monday Crash claims the life of Lorain man

A Lorain man was killed and another injured in an early-morning crash when he was trying to pass another car on State Route 58. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 27 year-old Christopher Newman was driving south on Route 58 around 5:30 am Monday when he tried to pass a car driven by 24 year-old Lakieva Brisby, also of Lorain. Police say Newman’s car struck Brisby’s car, and both went off the road. Brisby was uninjured in the crash; but Newman was pronounced dead at the scene, and his passenger, 47 year-old Jeffrey Newman, also of Lorain, was taken by Life Flight helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with serious injuries. Police say both drivers were wearing their seat belts. The crash remains under investigation.


Edison Statue to return “Home” today

Edison is headed home today (Tuesday 6/7), as the Thomas Edison statue is scheduled to arrive in Milan this afternoon for a parade and welcoming program.  Don Gfell, Vice President of the Edison Birthplace Museum, said the statue coming back to Milan will be a great moment. The Edison statue will be on its way from the Ohio State Capitol in Columbus, and will arrive in Milan around 11:45 am Tuesday via a police escort parade, where it will go to the town square and then pass by Edison’s birthplace before being taken to the library, for a welcoming  program at around 1:30 pm.  It will then be displayed in the library lobby until September, before it is moved to the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.


Cedar Point re-opening Today

After being closed Monday due to power outages from downed lines on the Causeway, Cedar Point is slated to re-open today. On their Facebook page yesterday, the park said that Ohio Edison’s repairs the Causeway are ongoing; and because of Ohio Edison’s hard work, Cedar Point will re-open on Tuesday, June 7th, and that there’s no damage to the park itself.  Ticket refund and exchange information is also posted on their Facebook and Twitter pages.


Norwalk City Council will meet Tonight

The regular session of Norwalk City Council is slated for tonight (Tuesday 6/7) at 7:30 pm.  Topics for discussion and approval include levying an additional tax for recreational purposes, a NatureWorks grant to replace the shelter house at Baines Park and installing an ADA sidewalk there, and an agreement involving residents being able to file their city taxes online. The meeting will take place at the courtroom inside Norwalk Municipal Court.


Tips from PUCO on what to do in a Power Outage

With summer arriving and the recent power outages in Sandusky, now is a good time to go over power outage preparation information from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).  PUCO tips include immediately reporting the outage to your electric company and to unplug all major appliances and electronics to avoid a possible power surge.  They suggest to leave one light on so you’ll be able to tell when service is restored.  They also recommend having a storm kit that includes water, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, and a battery-powered radio.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cedar Point to be closed on Monday due to Power Outage

Cedar Point and Soak City will be closed today (6/6) due to a power outage from a strong storm that swept through Sandusky on Sunday afternoon. The park also closed early at 7:00 pm on Sunday due to strong winds from the storm that resulted in downed power lines and poles on the Cedar Point causeway. In a statement on their website, the park said the severe wind damage on the Causeway leaves the park with a lack of adequate power to operate rides at full capacity; and that Ohio Edison crews will be working diligently to repair Causeway power lines as quickly as possible. The park says they expect to reopen Tuesday.


Ohio Edison hopes to restore power today to the Sandusky area.

In Lorain County, several hundred Ohio Edison customers lost power as well, and a portion of Route 57 near Chestnut Ridge in Elyria was closed due to a downed tree.


Police: Possible Link between Abductions and 2015 Incident

Police are looking into a possible link between an incident last year in North Ridgeville and a man suspected of child abduction in Cleveland on May 21st and who also is suspected of trying to take a child in Elyria in February. North Ridgeville police Detective Capt. Greg Petek said Friday that “We’re looking at the evidence to see if the incidents could be linked and did ask the FBI to look at the North Ridgeville case and examine our evidence to see whether ours is related to the other incidents.”  Anyone with information may contact authorities via a confidential tip line at (216) 622-6842. A $20,000 reward is being offered.


Homicide Suspect arrested in Elyria

A Cleveland homicide suspect was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Elyria late Thursday.  19 year-old Andre Bello was taken into custody by federal marshals with help from Elyria Police after a vehicle he was a passenger in was pulled over on a felon traffic stop on southbound state Route 57 at the Ohio Turnpike overpass, according to Anne Murphy, a U.S. Deputy Marshal in Cleveland.  Bello was wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred on Kenmore Avenue in Cleveland on May 28th.  Bello was taken to Cleveland City Jail.


 Reminder that June is “National Safety Month”

June is National Safety Month, and during this month, Huron County Public Health (HPCH) will be bringing attention to safety issues to help reduce the risk of injuries by sharing information on their web page, Facebook and Twitter pages. Their focus this week is preparation. A few ways to prepare are to get trained in CPR and First Aid, and to know the proper information to share on a 911 call.  Now until June 12th, the National Safety Council’s First Aid online course is free at www.safetyserve.com/NSM.


Multi-Media outreach to focus on protecting Ohioans from Scams and ID Theft

A new multi-media outreach has been launched to increase Ohio residents’ awareness of scams, fraud, and identity theft; and how they can protect themselves. The “Ohio Protects” multi-media advertising initiative began Friday; featuring a website www.OhioProtects.org, which educates consumers on protection topics and directs them to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for assistance. It will include three, 30-second videos that use humor to help deliver messages about fraud, using the tag, “It’s never this obvious”.

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Sailing event this Weekend to benefit United Way of Erie County

Harbor North Marina in Huron is hosting the “Go Sailing Weekend!” event tomorrow and Sunday to benefit the United Way of Erie County, while promoting the sport of sailing.  It takes place this weekend from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both day with 45 to 60 minute sailboat rides, demonstrations, and other activities.  A donation of $10 is suggested.  Refreshments will be available.


Bellevue and Clyde Newspapers Shutting Down

The Bellevue Gazette and Clyde Enterprise will no longer be published, according to a published article on the Bellevue Gazette website and various media reports.  The Bellevue Gazette cited declining circulation and reduction in advertising dollars as the main reasons behind the decision.  The Bellevue Gazette has been around for nearly 149 years with their last issue being this past Tuesday (5/31).  Both papers are owned by Civitas Media, a North Carolina company.


City of Norwalk Street Sweeping Service happening this Month

Street sweeping in Norwalk takes place this month from June 6th though June 10th and June 20th through 24th.  The service will follow the city’s current sanitation route, and will occur the day after trash day.  Residents are asked to park off the street on days when the sweeper is expected in the area; and are reminded to not place yard waste in the roadway or along the curb, as it is prohibited. The sweeping service will run twice per month, through November.


Ohio Bike Week wraps up this Weekend

This weekend marks the end of Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky, but there’s plenty of activities still to take place.  Today’s events include the World Famous Block Party and country duo Montgomery Gentry in concert at 9:00 pm at the Erie County Fairgrounds.  A motorcycle parade will take place Saturday at 3:00 pm along with Pop Evil in concert Saturday night at 9:30 pm.  Events come to a close Sunday with the Jon Martin Memorial Ride in Sandusky at 12 noon and at 5:00 pm in Bellevue.


Kids Eat Free This Summer with Ohio Department of Education Program

This summer, the Ohio Department of Education is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program, providing children with free and healthy meals.No sign up is required. Those wishing to participate can call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or visit education.ohio.gov/KidsEat for meal times and locations.The Summer Food Service Program makes sure children ages 18 and under continue to receive nutritious meals during their summer vacation, when they do not have access to school meals. Children with disabilities and approved individualized education programs may participate through age 21.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Composite sketch released in Cleveland and Elyria Abductions

The FBI and the Cleveland Division of Police have released a composite sketch of a man believed to be involved in a Cleveland abduction last week and an attempted abduction in Elyria in February. The man was described back in February as white, in his 30s, with brown eyes. Rewards totaling $20,000, $10,000 each from the FBI and from CrimeStoppers are available for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the individual. Tips can be provided confidentially by calling 216-622-6842. The sketch can be viewed on the Chronicle-Telegram website and on the front page of today’s paper.


Lorain couple Sentenced in Animal Cruelty Case

32 year-old Christopher Edwards and 24 year-old Sabrina Renaldo of Lorain were sentenced Wednesday for their part in an animal cruelty case in April involving a dog they put outside their home after it had given birth to a litter of puppies.   Edwards was found guilty of animal abandonment, fined $250, given a suspended 30-day jail sentence, and was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.  Renaldo, who was found guilty of falsification and animal abandonment; was fined $300 on the falsification charge and $250 on the animal abandonment charge. She will spend 10 days in jail after 20 days of a 30-day sentence were suspended.


“Imagine Norwalk” festival to take place Friday

The first “Imagine Norwalk” of the summer is set for this Friday in historic downtown Norwalk.  The community festival will feature live music, art, food, movies, and unique shopping.  It all gets underway at 5:00 pm with a complete schedule of events listed on the Imagine Norwalk Facebook page.  WLKR 95.3 FM will be broadcasting live from the event from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Other “Imagine Norwalk” events are scheduled for July 1st and August 5th.  It’s presented by the Norwalk Area Jaycees.


Streets in Norwalk to be closed Today for Wooster-Marshall Project

Work will begin in Norwalk today (Thursday 6/2) on the Wooster/Marshall Project Phase 5, resulting in the closure of Franklin Street between Foster and Wooster streets today from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  No street parking will be allowed during these hours.  Visit the City of Norwalk Facebook page for timely updates.


Pickerel Creek Hunting Lottery will be Held Online this Year

Hunters interested in hunting Sandusky County’s Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area, on the opening day of teal season and Labor Day are encouraged to enter the online lottery. The application period runs now through Sunday, July 31st.  Hunters can apply for the controlled hunts by completing the application process online using the Wild Ohio Customer Center at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE. Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area is located off State Route 6, between Fremont and Sandusky.

June 1st, 2016

Norwalk names new Safety Service Director

Dan Wendt has been hired as the new Safety Service Director for the City of Norwalk, with yesterday being his first day on the job.  His experience in government administration includes employment with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the County of Huron.  Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan said he’s pleased to have Dan on board; and he believes Wendt’s broad experience, especially in the area of local government, will serve the needs of the City of Norwalk.  Wendt replaces former Safety Service Director Bob Patusky.


Ohio Highway Patrol reports 11 Traffic deaths over Memorial Day weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting that 11 deaths on Ohio roadways took place over the Memorial Day weekend.  It was a decrease compared to recent years, as 16 fatalities occurred in 2015 and 13 happened in 2014. Four of this year’s fatalities were motorcyclists, and two were pedestrians.  The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 27th and ran through Monday, May 30th.   The Ohio State Highway Patrol also made 9,091 seat belt citations in a combined effort with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project. That initiative began Monday, May 23rd and ended Monday, May 30th. The Patrol issued 181 child safety seat citations during this time.


Sandusky Police Arrest man Charged in Accidental Shooting of Child

The Sandusky Police Department arrested 36 year-old Ervin Clinton, Jr. around 1:30 am last night. Clinton, Jr. had warrants issued after he was charged with Felony Child Endangering for his alleged involvement in the accidental shooting of seven year-old boy, Jordy Clinton, Jr. of Center Street in Sandusky, on May 29th.


 Senator Portman touts fight against drug addiction in first TV ads

Ohio Senator Rob Portman touts his efforts to tackle heroin addiction in the first statewide television ads of his 2016 re-election campaign.

The three 30-second spots were released Tuesday, and will begin airing today as part of a $15 million TV and online ad buy running through Election Day. The ads tout a Senate-passed bill of which Portman was the chief sponsor, aimed at issues including prevention, treatment and law enforcement help. He doesn’t mention Democratic ex-governor Ted Strickland, who looks to unseat Portman in the fall.