Monday, January 30th, 2016

Denny Corrigan passes away

Norwalk’s Denny Corrigan passed away on Saturday. He was 77 years-old. Corrigan started the wrestling program at Norwalk High School in 1965. He was also on the coaching staff of the 1974 Norwalk Truckers state championship football team; as well as spending over 30 years as a physical education teacher at the high school. His calling hours are Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Walker Funeral Home in Norwalk. On Wednesday at 10:30 am, a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


Sandusky woman faces murder charge

A 35 year-old Sandusky woman is facing a murder charge. The Sandusky Register reports that Christine Gilbert was arrested by Perkins Township Police on Saturday after apparently stabbing 44 year-old Jaime Wilburn of Sandusky to death at Gilbert’s home at a trailer park on West Perkins Ave. Gilbert is scheduled to be arraigned today in Sandusky Municipal Court


Police in Bellevue searching for man who likely assaulted his mom

Bellevue Police are searching for a man involved in an alleged assault of his mother; as well as death threats towards her. 29 year-old Daniel L. Wright was involved in an incident on Saturday where Domestic Violence and Felonious Assault charges were filed against him. His mother also told police that Wright said he would not be taken alive and looked forward to suicide by cop. If you have information on his whereabouts, please contact the Bellevue PD at 419-483-4444 or leave a Facebook message. Wright is believed to be armed. He’s possibly still in Bellevue. His photo is on the Bellevue Police Department Facebook page.


Norwalk City Council to hear reports from fire department and mayor

Norwalk City Council will hear from the mayor and city’s fire department over the next week or so. The Norwalk Fire Department will present their 2016 Annual Report this Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Mayor Rob Duncan will give the State of the City address to council a week from Tuesday (February 7th), also at 7:30 pm. The meetings will take place at the Norwalk Municipal Courtroom; and are open to the public.



-Level One Winter Road Condition Advisory issued for Erie County

Today –Snow showers likely, around an inch possible. Mostly cloudy with a high near 28.

Tonight-Snow, 1 to 2 inches possible. Low around 26.

Tuesday-Snow, 1 to 2 inches possible. High near 37.

Wednesday-Mostly cloudy with a high near 35.


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Friday, January 27th, 2016

Fire rekindles and destroys Wakeman home

A house fire in Wakeman that appeared to be extinguished regenerated on Wednesday morning, burning everything down to the ground. The Norwalk Reflector reports that the blaze first started on Tuesday night on Wenz Road; and left the home unlivable with heavy damage. Just a few hours after firefighters left the site, they were called back as the fire had rekindled and burned the rest of the home down to ash. No one was hurt.


Child porn raid in Bellevue on Thursday

A search warrant was executed in Bellevue Thursday morning after a several month-long investigation involving child pornography. During the search of a home on the 300 block of Union Street, the Bellevue Police Department and Bureau of Criminal Investigation took several items as evidence as well finding drug paraphernalia and possible controlled substances. Charges are pending. The possible suspect’s name(s) have not been released.


Huron County Public Health encouraging parents to fight drug usage by youth

A recent survey shows that 8% of Huron County youth had used marijuana and 11% had used medications not prescribed to them or used more than prescribed to get high. To fight back, Huron County Public Health is promoting the Ohio Department of Health’s ‘Start Talking’ program in connection with a drug test kit program. ‘Start Talking’ gives parents tips, tools and facts to help initiate important conversations with their kids concerning drug and alcohol usage. Drug test kits are available at Huron County Public Health for $6.


Relay for Life Chili Cook-off happening Saturday in Norwalk

Norwalk Relay for Life is hosting a chili cook-off on Saturday at the VFW on Milan Avenue. The cook-off runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Adult tickets cost $10 with children’s tickets for $5; which includes samples, a hot dog or bratwurst, and bottled water. The event includes a 50/50, raffles, and a cash bar; which all benefits the fight against cancer. More information can be found on the Relay for Life of Norwalk Facebook page.



Today-A chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a high near 32.

Tonight-A chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a low around 25.

Saturday-A chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a high near 31.

Sunday-A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30


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Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Dog License deadline is next week

Huron County officials are reminding residents that the deadline to purchase a 2017 dog license is fast approaching. If purchased by January 31st, costs are $16 for one-year, $48 for three-years, or $160 for a permanent license. A late penalty of $16 will be charged per dog tag if purchased after the deadline. Licenses can be purchased at 13 different locations throughout the county including the Huron County Humane Society and Auditor’s Office in Norwalk.


Norwalk bicentennial trivia pub crawl to take place February 25th

Further details have been released for next month’s Norwalk history Pub Crawl. The Maple City Ice-Bicentennial Pub Crawl will take place Saturday, February 25th from 2:30 to 7:00 pm in Norwalk. To participate, study your Norwalk history and register by February 13th at the Huron County Chamber of Commerce. Seven Norwalk bars are participating.The grand prize is $200 in chamber gift certificates. More details are on the Norwalk 200 Facebook page.


Sandusky Polar Plunge is Saturday

The 12th annual Sandusky Polar Plunge to benefit Ohio Special Olympic athletes happens this Saturday at The Thirsty Pony. Registration begins at 10:00 am Saturday morning with a hospitality room also there as well as gift baskets to be raffled off for the cause. Plungers are required to raise a minimum of $75 for adults and $50 for students. More event info is online at


Willard City Schools hosting parent-teacher conferences soon

Parent-teacher conferences are just around the corner for Willard City Schools. They take place February 8th and 9th at the middle and high schools. For parents who wish to request a conference with a particular teacher, you can call the school beginning on Monday at 419-935-0181 between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm on both days of the conferences; with no school in session on February 10th.



Today-A mix of snow and rain, cloudy and breezy, with a high near 39.

Tonight-Snow likely, with 1 to 2 inches possible. A low around 28.

Friday-A chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a high near 31.

Saturday-A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 29.


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Wednesday, January 25th, 2016

The Vermillion Police department is warning the public about a fake Facebook page.

The page is posting fake news with links to scams. If the story appears sensational or you’re wondering why you haven’t seen the story on the news, it’s fake. Do NOT click on the hyperlink from any of the stories! They have reported the fake page to Facebook, but say it may be a few days before the page is removed.


Huron County Treasurer, Kathleen Schaffer, is announcing the offsite tax collection schedule for Huron County residents.

The Treasurer will be at the following locations to collect real estate taxes for persons who do not wish to drive to Norwalk or mail their taxes: Monday, January 30, Wakeman Village Offices 9:00 a.m. until noon Tuesday, January 31, New London Village Offices 9:00 a.m. until noon Thursday, February 2, Willard Senior Enrichment Canter 9:00 a.m. until noon.  Tax payers are asked pay with a check or money order only, and they must have the tax bill at the time of payment, or payment will not be accepted.  First half property taxes are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 10th.  


A Wakeman family has been displaced after what is being called, a substantial house fire yesterday.

Megan Ray says she and her 4 children were at the Wentz Rd. home when her oldest son alerted her to the fire. They were able to exit the home with their 3 dogs. According to the Norwalk Reflector, the blaze took nearly 2 hours to extinguish with the help of Wakeman, Townsend, and New London fire departments. Ray says she thinks a heater started the fire, Lt. Mike Hahn of Townsend Fire Department said they do not know the cause at this time, nor the full extent of the damage.


The Ohio Investigative Unit has filed charges against a Fremont American Legion post for illegal sales of alcohol.

Agents executed a search warrant on January 20 at American Legion Post 0121. A complaint was filed stating that the American Legion Post continued to sell liquor after the organization’s liquor license was cancelled, which prompted the investigation. The American Legion was summoned with three counts each of illegal sales of alcohol and keeper of a place. The American Legion is scheduled to appear in Fremont Municipal Court on February 1st.


A Sandusky man has been arrested for solicitation

According to the Sandusky Register, the arrest is in response to allegations from a Subway employee that he propositioned her for sex. The employee called police, and identified the man as 58 year old Alfonso Guativa. Guativa has also been identified as a suspect in two other cases, one of which involves soliciting a 9 year old girl. So far, Guativa has been charged with solicitation, a third-degree misdemeanor, and is being held on $4,000 bond.


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Tuesday, January 24th, 2016

Norwalk celebrating bicentennial

The City of Norwalk is celebrating their bicentennial this year. Chris Castle, Bicentennial Committee Member, said a couple of this year’s marquee events include this summer’s Strawberry Festival and Bicentennial-themed 4th of July parade. The Strawberry Festival is planned for Memorial Day Weekend. A Norwalk-trivia ‘Pub-Crawl’ is also coming up in February. Visit for a complete schedule of bicentennial events.


Two Norwalk restaurants closing

Two restaurants in Norwalk have announced they are closing. Bar 145 on Milan Avenue was closed Monday with a note on their front door thanking the Norwalk community for their patronage and that “it was a pleasure serving the area”. Bohemian Wrapsody on East Main Street announced via Facebook that they were selling out the rest of their inventory and would most likely be closing in a few months.


Norwalk man charged with Codeine possession

A Norwalk man has been charged with the possession of a controlled substance. It happened during a traffic stop over the weekend on Benedict Avenue when 39 year-old Edward Gibson was first pulled over for driving under suspension. Norwalk Police then discovered a white-powdery substance that proved to be Codeine. Gibson could face further charges.


Huron woman charged with stealing items from vehicles in Bellevue

A Huron woman was arrested in Bellevue and charged with receiving stolen property. 32 year-old Tara Mraz was taken into custody by Bellevue Police after officers responded to several calls concerning a suspicious person looking into cars. Mraz was found to have stolen items in her car, which was parked illegally on Euclid Avenue. Possible controlled substances and paraphernalia were found on Mraz; with additional charges pending.


Ohio State Highway Patrol to participate in Tri-State Human Trafficking Initiative

Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) troopers are joining neighboring states this week to raise awareness about human trafficking. The goal…to educate and train those in a position to possibly see human trafficking… such as truck drivers and public transportation companies. Law enforcement agencies in Ohio reported 102 human trafficking investigations in 2015, leading to 104 arrests and 33 successful prosecutions. Also, 203 potential victims of human trafficking were identified along with 130 suspected traffickers.



Today-Cloudy, chance of rain, with a high near 42.

Tonight-Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Wednesday-A chance of rain, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

Thursday-Rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, breezy, with a high near 38.


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Monday, January 23rd, 2016

No one hurt in veterinarian’s office fire in Sandusky

A small fire took place Saturday night at a veterinarian’s office in Sandusky Saturday evening. Firefighters rescued a cat and two dogs from the Metroka Animal Hospital on the 1600 block of Columbus Avenue; after discovering and putting out the flames in an attached garage. Sandusky Fire Captain Brian Cowie told the Sandusky Register that the fire was electrical. No people or animals were harmed.


Norwalk Area United Fund holding ‘Sweater Drive’

The Norwalk Area United Fund is currently hosting their 19th annual Winter Sweater Drive. Information and Program Manager Sarah Simmons said all of the sweaters, coats, and winter clothes collected will help benefit those in the local community who need them. Sweaters are being collected at the United Fund’s office at 2 East Seminary Street in Norwalk through the end of February.


Bellevue Schools looking for a new board member

The Bellevue Board of Education has begun the search for a new board member. The member would fill the remaining term of Diane Streeter, whose resignation is effective at the end of this month. Community members that are interested in the position can submit a letter of interest to the Bellevue Board of Education at 125 North Street. The deadline to submit is February 10th.  More info at



Today-Areas of fog before noon. Rain likely, mainly this afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 43.

Tonight -Rain likely, a slight chance of it mixing with snow. Cloudy, with a low around 35.

Tuesday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Wednesday-A chance of rain. Cloudy and breezy, with a high near 52.


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Music News January 20 2017

New Songs By Arcade Fire and Gorillaz

  1. ARCADE FIRE has a new album on the way.  There’s no title or release date yet, but they’ve just put out the first song.  It’s called I Give You Power . . . and it features 77-year-old singer Mavis Staples.   In the caption on YouTube, the band says, quote, “It’s never been more important that we stick together and take care of each other.”
  2. The cartoon band GORILLAZ released a new song called Hallelujah Money, but they DIDN’T use their usual animation in the video.  And they intentionally timed the release to coincide with Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The song features British singer Benjamin Clementine.  And it’ll probably be on their new album, which is supposed to be out this year.  There’s no title or release date yet.

Iron Maiden Announces 2017 North American Tour

Iron Maiden have announced a new, 25-date North American leg of their ongoing Book of Souls tour.

Ghost will be the opening act for this trek, which kicks off June 3 in Bristow, Va., and is currently scheduled to wrap up with the band’s first-ever show in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 21 at the Barclays Center.

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Friday, January 20th, 2016

Melanoma Cancer Awareness game planned at Edison to support former Coach Todd Robinson

Edison High School is hosting a Melanoma Awareness game on February 4th to support alum and former coach Todd Robinson; who was diagnosed with Melanoma back in May. All of the money raised will go to Robinson; who then plans on donating it to Firelands Regional Medical Center; where he receives treatment. Special ‘Team Robinson’ t-shirts are available for pre-order through today at Edison High School. The game features a boys’ basketball tripleheader versus Firelands, starting at 5:00 pm.


Morning fires in Norwalk and Sandusky on Thursday

Fires took place in both Norwalk and Sandusky on Thursday. In Sandusky, according to the Sandusky Register, a morning blaze caused significant damage to a home on the 700 block of Fox Street. In Norwalk, the Norwalk Reflector reports that a Land Rover vehicle received heavy damage while parked outside the Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s Snyder White facility. The causes of both fires are under investigation; with the blaze in Sandusky appearing to be accidental. No injuries were reported in either blaze.


City of Norwalk app available for download

The City of Norwalk mobile phone app was recently launched by the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation. Economic Development Assistant Chris Castle said the app is a one-stop shop for everything you would need to find in the City of Norwalk; including retail, food, local government and industry. The app is available for free download on your smart phone via iTunes or Google Play.


Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Tool Time’ event has tickets available to purchase

Tickets are now available for purchase for the Norwalk Area United Fund’s Tool Time fundraiser. This year’s grand prize winner will be able to choose one of three prize packages including a tool package, grocery package with gift cards to many local grocers, or a whole house generator with standard installation. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.‘Tool Time’ takes place April 29th at the Huron County Fairgrounds.


Ohioans pay among lowest for insurance

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor announced that Ohioans pay among the lowest average premiums in the nation for auto and homeowners insurance according to a national study. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners found Ohioans paid an average of $797 (9th lowest) for homeowners insurance and $683 (12th lowest) for auto insurance in 2014 (most recent data available). Ohio’s combined average savings are $518 below the national averages.



Today -Rain, mainly in the morning. High near 50.

Tonight-A chance of showers, mainly overnight. Cloudy, with a low around 45.

Saturday-A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 57.

Sunday-A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 50.


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Thursday, January 19th, 2016

Amish Buggy passenger killed in Wellington accident

A crash Wednesday morning in Wellington involving an Amish Buggy resulted in the death of the buggy’s passenger. It happened on State Route 58 south of Jones Road when the driver of a pick-up truck struck the rear of the buggy. A 25 year-old man from Homerville was killed with the 54 year-old male driver of the buggy taken to Cleveland Metro in stable condition. The horse also perished in the accident. The driver of the truck was not injured.


Children’s “Camp 911” event in Sandusky on Sunday

The Sandusky Police and Fire Department‘s “Camp 911” event will take place this Sunday from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. The camp, ran by current police officers and firefighters, shows children ages 8 to 14 what it’s like to be a real-life first-responder. Children will use a fire extinguisher, wear firefighter gear, and learn about the investigative and crime prevention responsibilities of police officers. Camp attendees also will tour the Sandusky fire and police stations. For information and to register, call the City of Sandusky Recreation Department (419-627-5886).


Water service in Bay View to be shut off today

Due to a water line project, water service in the entire Village of Bay View will temporarily be shut off today from 8:30 am until around 5:00 pm. Once service is restored, a boil advisory will go into effect through 6:00 pm Friday.


Perkins Restaurant ‘Give Kids the World’ fundraiser raises $5,800

On Monday, Perkins Restaurant on US 250 in Sandusky held their annual ‘Give Kids the World Day’ fundraiser. Owner Steve Schuster said it was great day of giving back; with the restaurant raising $5,800 for the Give Kids the World Village in Florida; where several local children and families have stayed. Perkins’ menu was half-price through Monday afternoon along with the entire restaurant staff working for free; as the money was raised for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. More information on ‘Give Kids the World’ can be found online at:



Today-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

Tonight-Showers, mainly after midnight. Low around 37.

Friday-Showers, mainly before noon. High near 53.

Saturday-A chance of rain, mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.


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Music News January 18 2017

Audioslave Is Reuniting for an Inauguration Show

AUDIOSLAVE is reuniting this Friday for the first time in 11 years.  They’re performing at Prophets of Rage’s ‘Anti-Inaugural Ball.’

Even though this is a “reunion,” Prophets of Rage already includes three-fourths of Audioslave . . . it’s just that now they’ll be reunited with CHRIS CORNELL.  For now, there are no other dates, it’s just a one-off thing.

The event will also feature performances by Vic Mensa, Jackson Browne, Jack Black, the Los Angeles Freedom Choir, and of course Prophets of Rage.

Lady Gaga Is Doing the Super Bowl Halftime Show Alone

Word has it that LADY GAGA is taking on the Super Bowl Halftime Show next month . . . ALONE.  That reverses a six-year trend of having a headliner, and a few additional guests. The last act to do the show solo was THE WHO in 2010.

Meanwhile, there was a report that the NFL was banning Gaga from making any kind of political statements during the show . . . but the league is denying it.  An NFL spokesperson says, quote, “This is unsourced nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none.”