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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Sandusky woman charged with OVI and child endangerment

A Sandusky woman has been arrested for driving while intoxicated and child endangerment. 38 year-old Arminda Lopez-Velasquez was pulled over Friday evening after Norwalk Police received a call of a possible impaired driver going southbound on Whittlesey Avenue from Erie County.  After being stopped, Velasquez’s three children, ages 1, 7 and 15, were located inside the vehicle.  She was transported to the Huron County Jail and held on three charges of Child Endangerment; and also charged with driving without a license.

 

Highway Patrol reminds drivers to wear safety belts this Thanksgiving holiday

AAA predicts that nearly 49 million Americans, including over two-million Ohioans, will travel at least 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving weekend. In anticipation of increased traffic, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to buckle up, never drive impaired and always follow traffic laws. Last year during this time, nine people were killed in seven fatal crashes on Ohio’s roadways; with five of those nine fatalities being the result of an impaired driver. Troopers will be out in full force this weekend to remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways.

 

Monroeville School District sharing savings on bonds with taxpayers

After saving over $760,000 on the refinancing of construction and improvement bonds from their elementary school project, the Monroeville School District will be sharing the savings with taxpayers over the next 30 years. Taxpayers in Monroeville will see a decrease in their real estate tax collection as early as their 2017 tax payments.

 

City of Norwalk and Willard leaf pick-up information

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Norwalk and Willard have some changes in their leaf pickup schedule. In Norwalk, there will be no leaf pickup this week. The final pickup will be next Monday (11/28) on the north side of town; and next Tuesday (11/29) on the south side.  The Norwalk compost facility will be open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. In Willard, leaf pickup will take place today on the west side of Myrtle Avenue. The City of Willard asks residents to not rake leaves out after noon on Wednesday.

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Bucyrus man dies after tree-trimming crew crash on SR 13 in Huron County A Bucyus man has died from injuries sustained in Thursday’s crash on State Route 13 near Fitchville in Huron County. 34 year-old Zachary Warner passed away Saturday morning at a Toledo hospital; after being part of a tree-trimming crew that were struck by a semi-truck.  The crash remains under investigation with charges still pending for the 62 year-old truck driver from Ashland.   Sandusky High/Middle Schools closed today Due to an electrical outage from high winds, Sandusky High School and Sandusky Middle School are closed today. Students and faculty at both schools are not to report.  All other district buildings are open.   Norwalk Bicentennial Pageant to be held Tuesday 2017 marks Norwalk’s bicentennial; and to get ready for it, a Bicentennial Royalty event will be held this Tuesday night at the Norwalk VFW. One Queen and one Ambassador will be selected during the pageant from a panel of around a dozen Norwalk residents. The royalty will then represent Norwalk in 2017.  Admission for the event, which starts at 6:00 pm, is one non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Miriam House.  “Light-Up Norwalk”, marking the official start of bicentennial festivities, is set for this Saturday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.   Edison Middle School receives state award The Ohio State Board of Education has named Edison Middle School as a recipient of a 2016 ‘Momentum Award’, for the second year in a row. The award recognizes schools with all A’s on each measure of the Ohio School Report Card.  In a letter given to the school, the state says that students at Edison Middle School have made greater than expected progress in math and reading.   Edison advances, St. Paul season over in High School Football Playoffs Congrats to the Edison Chargers! They are back in the high school football state semi-finals for the 2nd straight season; after a come from behind win Saturday night 27-20 over Norwayne at a snowy, cold Medina High School.  Edison (12-1) will now take on 9-3 Canton Central Catholic in the Division 5 state semi-finals on Saturday night at 7:00 pm at Strongsville’s Pat Catan Stadium.  It’s a rematch of last year’s state semi’s, in which the Chargers lost on a last second field goal, 17-14.  In a Division 7 Regional Final, St. Paul lost to Warren JFK on Saturday night in a snowstorm at Strongsville, 48-13. The Flyers end another outstanding season with a record of 12-1.  K-96 will broadcast the Edison state semi-final game live Saturday night beginning at 6:30 for pre-game, 7:00 pm kickoff.

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

 

Father of baby found unsupervised in Sandusky has been charged

The dad of a baby found alone in a Sandusky park on Tuesday has been charged with child endangerment.  The Sandusky Register reports that 26 year-old Jeremy Quillen was found unresponsive in Farwell Park on top of a slide a couple of hours after Sandusky Police received a call from a construction worker who found the nearly one year-old baby crawling around the park. According to Sandusky police lieutenant Scott Dahlgren, Quillen was unresponsive due to drug usage.  Quillen was medically treated and then booked at the Erie County jail; while the child was under temporary custody of children’s services and with a family member; pending a hearing.

 

Criminal Activity Alert in Willard

Willard Police are reporting that a number of break-ins have been going on recently in the city and rural areas; with some of those break-ins resulting in cars being stolen from unlocked garages.  Willard police urge residents to keep homes and vehicles locked at all times; including connecting doors from garages to residents’ homes.  Police also caution citizens to keep valuables and merchandise out of sight during the upcoming holiday season.  Residents should call police to report suspicious activity.

 

Child Self-esteem presentation in Willard tonight

An event titled “Helping Children Develop Self-Esteem” is taking place tonight in Willard.  The presentation features a licensed-family therapist speaking on children’s confidence, the importance of positive self-esteem, and mistakes to avoid.  It runs from 7:00 to 8:00 pm tonight at St. Francis Xavier Church; and is free and open to the public.

 

Car seat safety event happening this Saturday in Norwalk

Huron County Public Health is hosting a child passenger seat safety course this Saturday.  The event will educate caregivers on the proper use of child safety seats, including hands-on demonstrations.  You can register for the event by going to the Huron County Public Health website or their Facebook page.  It takes place from 9:00 am to 12 noon Saturday in Meeting Room A of the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Sandusky Police report an “unprecedented” level of recent drug overdoses

The Sandusky Police Department has expressed their concern on what Chief John Orzech calls an “unprecedented” level of recent drug overdoses in the city. The Sandusky PD reports they’ve had as many as 20-plus overdoses and four suspected deaths due to overdoses in the past two weeks alone. Police Chief Orzech says he has met with the Erie County Sheriff and will begin combined investigation efforts immediately to combat the epidemic. The phone number for the Sandusky Police Drug Tip Hotline is 419-627-5980 to help save a loved one from drug addiction or report a dealer.

 

Plymouth man completes “Pursuit of Positivity”

A Plymouth man is back home after completing his “Tireless Pursuit of Positivity”. 39 year-old Bruce Tanner, owner of Levels Gym in Plymouth and Willard, returned home last night after an over 700-mile, 21-day journey that started in Portland, Maine. Tanner did not drive back home though; he relied only on the positivity of people to bring him back home; equipped with just a backpack. Tanner was welcomed back by a crowd a family and friends after receiving three rides back to his hometown on Tuesday from Elyria; ending his trip by walking from Willard; joined by a police escort.

 

Applications available for Willard Payroll Clerk

The City of Willard is now taking applications for a full time Payroll Clerk in the Finance Department. Applications must be turned in on Tuesday, November 29th by 12:00 noon; which includes a $5.00 fee for testing materials. A written exam will then be given on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00 pm at City Hall.

 

Holiday Travel numbers from AAA

The Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching, and AAA expects nearly 49-million Americans to travel at least 50 miles from home during that extended weekend. That’s an increase of about 2-percent from a year ago; and the most since 2007.

 

Fall Festival taking place at South Central Middle School on Saturday

South Central Middle School in Greenwich will play host to a Fall Festival this Saturday. The event includes a craft show and chili cook-off along with over 20 area vendors on-hand. It takes place from 4:00 to 7:00 pm with an admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Greenwich Police Officer saves man’s life

A member of the Greenwich Police Department helped possibly save a man’s life this past weekend. Officer Nick Tenore responded to a call of a self-inflicted gunshot on Saturday at the Greenwich home on Townsend Street of 18 year-old Lukas Stevens, after Stevens had apparently shot himself in the leg and hit an artery, while messing around with a handgun. Greenwich Police Chief Steve Dorsey told the Norwalk Reflector; that Officer Tenore put a tourniquet on Stevens’ leg before paramedics arrived, saying that if Tenore had not acted on the situation, Stevens would’ve died. A Life-Flight helicopter then took Stevens to a Toledo hospital; with his condition unknown at this time. Stevens does face charges though including the discharging of a firearm in village limits.

 

United Fund in Norwalk receives $100 from Flickinger Insurance

The Norwalk Area United Fund was the recipients yesterday of a $100 check from Flickinger Insurance. Flickinger donated$100 to the organization through ‘likes’ of their Facebook page, with a $1 raised for each Facebook ‘like’ during October.

 

Information on Willard leaf pick-up and Christmas tree lighting tonight

Leaf pick-up continues this week in Willard; as today and tomorrow through 12:00 noon, leaves will be collected curbside north of the Myrtle Road train tracks and east of Myrtle. The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place tonight in Willard as well; at 6:30 pm, at the downtown gazebo; with the Parade of Lights set for Friday night at 6:30 pm.

 

BGSU Firelands to Host Women in STEM Conference

BGSU Firelands College in Huron is hosting its annual Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math conference designed for junior high school girls, this Friday. One-hundred local 7th and 8th grade female students will take part in the event, which will engage them in experiments and problem solving in multiple hands-on workshops. Students will also learn more about career opportunities as they interact with professional women in respective fields. It takes place Friday from 8:45 am to 1:50 pm

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Funeral arrangements for Norwalk student

A Funeral Service is planned tomorrow for a 15 year-old Norwalk High School sophomore who passed away Wednesday at Akron Children’s Hospital after a six-week battle with Stevens Johnson Syndrome. The Funeral service for Margaret Noel Swanbeck of Monroeville will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday at the Beulah Beach Center on 6101 West Lake Road in Vermilion. Calling Hours will also take place at 10:00 am before the service.

 

Bellevue man seriously hurt in likely drug-impaired crash

A Bellevue man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday evening in Huron County. 34 year-old Richard Brooker was driving a pick-up truck on Halfway Road near US 20 in Ridgefield Township when he went off the right side of the road and overturned his vehicle; resulting in Brooker being taken by Life Flight to a Toledo Hospital.  Drug impairment is a suspected factor in the crash; which remains under investigation.

 

Ohio Winter Weather Awareness Week

Forecasters say this will likely be a colder, snowier winter due to the La Nin᷈a weather pattern. To get ready for the winter, Ohio Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness are promoting this week as ‘Winter Safety Awareness Week’.

To help prepare, the following is recommended: Prepare your home by having your gutters cleaned and by having furnaces and fireplaces checked, prepare a winter disaster kit for your home and vehicle, invest in a public alert/weather radio,update or create a disaster preparedness plan.

 

State auctioning off surplus items this weekend

Once again, the state of Ohio is getting ready to auction-off surplus items. Saturday in Columbus; you’ll have a chance to bid on everything from a 5-wheel John Deere Gator to video arcade games including Donkey Kong and Ms. Pac-Man. You can contact the Department of Administrative Services for a complete list.

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Funeral arrangements for Norwalk student

A Funeral Service is planned tomorrow for a 15 year-old Norwalk High School sophomore who passed away Wednesday at Akron Children’s Hospital after a six-week battle with Stevens Johnson Syndrome. The Funeral service for Margaret Noel Swanbeck of Monroeville will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday at the Beulah Beach Center on 6101 West Lake Road in Vermilion. Calling Hours will also take place at 10:00 am before the service.

 

Bellevue man seriously hurt in likely drug-impaired crash

A Bellevue man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday evening in Huron County. 34 year-old Richard Brooker was driving a pick-up truck on Halfway Road near US 20 in Ridgefield Township when he went off the right side of the road and overturned his vehicle; resulting in Brooker being taken by Life Flight to a Toledo Hospital.  Drug impairment is a suspected factor in the crash; which remains under investigation.

 

Ohio Winter Weather Awareness Week

Forecasters say this will likely be a colder, snowier winter due to the La Nin᷈a weather pattern. To get ready for the winter, Ohio Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness are promoting this week as ‘Winter Safety Awareness Week’.

To help prepare, the following is recommended: Prepare your home by having your gutters cleaned and by having furnaces and fireplaces checked, prepare a winter disaster kit for your home and vehicle, invest in a public alert/weather radio,update or create a disaster preparedness plan.

 

State auctioning off surplus items this weekend

Once again, the state of Ohio is getting ready to auction-off surplus items. Saturday in Columbus; you’ll have a chance to bid on everything from a 5-wheel John Deere Gator to video arcade games including Donkey Kong and Ms. Pac-Man. You can contact the Department of Administrative Services for a complete list.

Friday, November 11th, 2016

It’s Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, a day to honor former military members and current service men and women, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.A Veterans Day Ceremony is taking place this morning at 11:00 am at the Bellevue Fallen Soldier Memorial featuring their new addition – a 35-foot flag pole – that will only fly flags that once draped the caskets of veterans who paid the ultimate price.There are many free meals and discounts from restaurants today as well for current and former members of the military, including Perkins in Sandusky, where vets can receive a ‘Magnificent 7’ meal for free today.   Other national chains offering free and discounted meals include: Bob Evans, Buffalo Wild Wings, Olive Garden, and Texas Roadhouse.  A complete list is available online at: www.military.com.

 

Local Veterans Service Offices offer many benefits for vets

With today being Veterans Day, it’s a good reminder for veterans to check out and visit their local veteran’s service office. Erie County Veterans Service Officer Chuck Solander told WLKR News on Friday that there are many benefits available there for former members of the military; such as financial assistance, health care, burial benefits, ID cards, and disability compensation claims.The Erie County Veterans Service Office is located in Sandusky on Columbus Avenue; while the Huron office is in Norwalk on Shady Lane Drive. They are both closed on Veteran’s Day.

 

Willard woman charged in boyfriend’s heroin overdose death

A woman from Willard has been charged in connection with the suspected drug overdose death of her boyfriend. 34 year-old Tara Thacker of South Main Street is being charged with the second-degree felony of corruption of another with drugs, in the death of 41 year-old Jeffrey Gibson from Lorain. Willard Police Chief Mark Holden told the Norwalk Reflector he believes Gibson died of a heroin overdose after being found in the middle of Neal Zick Road Sunday and taken to Mercy-Health Willard hospital. Additional charges are likely for Thacker, who right now faces two to eight years in prison.

 

City of Norwalk offices closed today

The City of Norwalk has sent out a reminder to residents that city offices are closed today in honor of Veteran’s Day; with trash collection on its’ normal schedule. Leaf collection in Norwalk will begin on Monday; with leaves picked up on the day following your regular trash day.Many other state and federal buildings are closed today including banks. There is also no mail delivery today.

 

Norwalk Police hosting Police Officer entrance exam

The Norwalk Police Department will be hosting a Police Officer entrance exam on Sunday, December 11th. Applications are available at Norwalk City Hall and the Norwalk Police Department; with additional information posted on the city’s website and Norwalk PD’s Facebook page.

 

Plenty to do in the area this weekend…

There are lots of activities going on as usual here in the Lake Erie region this weekend, including The Kelley’s Island 5th Annual Half Marathon and Police Chase on Sunday. The Playmakers Civic Theatre in Port Clinton is also hosting the musical comedy “Nunsense” this weekend; and “Second Saturday for Kids” will also take place Saturday at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Museum in Fremont. A schedule of area activities can be found online at www.shoresandislands.com.

Thursday, November 10th,2016

Norwalk High School student passes away

A Norwalk High School sophomore has died from a medical condition. The Norwalk Reflector reports that 15 year-old Margaret Swanbeck passed away Wednesday at Akron Children’s Hospital after being there a number of weeks with a rash related to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which causes internal and external burns to one’s body.  Swanbeck was an honor student and was involved in many art-related classes at Norwalk High School, as well as the choir. The Huron County School Crisis Team was made available for teachers and students throughout the day.

 

Possible improvements coming to area of Milan Road in Norwalk

The City of Norwalk has been informed about available funding for improvements to a section of Milan Avenue. According to information from Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan, the funding through the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) would feature drainage and curbing updates next year for a section of Milan Avenue between League and Cline streets. The improvements are pending council approval; and would be paid for by a $50,000 OPWC grant and the remaining $227,000 will be paid out of stormwater funds. An Old State Road widening project in Norwalk will also begin next spring.

 

Cedar Point workers end strike

A two-day strike is over for Cedar Point workers; as union members have ratified a new contract. The Local 480 Labor Union was on the picket line Monday after voting down a contract offer from the park on two separate occasions. Cedar Point’s Tony Clark told the Sandusky Register Wednesday that the dispute has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, with the laborers union back to work effective Wednesday morning. The main reason behind the strike, which included 76 full-time laborers, was for better wages.

 

Willard leaf pickup going on this week

Leaf pickup is taking place this week in Willard. The city is scheduled to be collecting leaves on the west side of Myrtle Avenue the second half of this week; along with picking up biodegradable bags of leaves curbside. Willard residents can also bring leaves at the compost area at the Maintenance Department, from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

SUV’s and Trucks continue to dominate auto sales in northern Ohio

New numbers indicate when people walk into the showroom to buy a new vehicle, more of them are driving away in SUV’s or pick-up trucks here in northern Ohio.According to the Great Cleveland “Automobile Dealers Association”, sales of SUV’s and pick-up-trucks in October surged, while sales of cars tanked. Once again, Ford was your volume-leader.

 

Marine Corps birthday celebration tonight in Sandusky

The VFW Hall in Sandusky on West Perkins Avenue will be celebrating the Marine Corps’ birthday tonight at 6:00 pm.  The event will feature a presentation of colors and a bagpiper; along with food and drinks to be provided.  All United States Marine Corps vets are encouraged to attend. Today marks the 241st anniversary of The Marine Corps.

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Huron County Election Results

-Along with Donald Trump winning Ohio and the presidency, and Rob Portman topping Ted Strickland for U.S. Senate here in the Buckeye state, it was definitely a night to remember for the Republican Party; with the GOP sweeping all contested battles in Huron County.

-Bruce Wilde defeated Michael Nottke for one of the races for County Commissioner, while Terry Boose was victorious in the other Huron County Commissioner battle.

-There will be a new sheriff in town, as Todd Corbin nearly doubled up incumbent Dane Howard in votes for Huron County Sheriff.

-James Joel Sitterly defeated Daivia Kasper for Prosecutor.

-Jan Tkach won over Marilyn Dillon for County Recorder.

As far as money issues go…

-The school issues for Norwalk and New London passed.

-The Plymouth-Shiloh school levy renewal failed.

For cities and villages…

-The following all passed: Norwalk City, Bellevue parks, both Greenwich Township and Village, North Fairfield, and Huron County Public Health.

-The Plymouth Village cemetery issue failed.

-Other winners include U-S Senator Rob Portman, and Representatives Marcy Kaptur, Jim Jordan and Bob Gibbs.

 

Trash pick-up reminders for Norwalk residents

The City of Norwalk has issued a reminder to residents concerning general trash pick-up. The city says that no person shall refuse to accumulate for longer than a week, all must remove empty cans from the curbside location by 6:00 am the day following pick-up, and no resident shall place bags or cans out for curbside pick-up before 4:00 pm the day before trash day.

 

 Pizza Post – today’s location for Norwalk United Fund’s ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser continues today at The Pizza Post on East Main in Norwalk. A percentage of today’s sales at The Pizza Post will go toward the Norwalk United Fund’s 2017 Community Campaign.