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Friday, April 27th, 2018

Milan/Mayor retiring

Today will be the last day in office for Milan Mayor Steve Rockwell.

Rockwell announced his retirement at this week’s council meeting.

The 64-year-old has been mayor for six years.

Council president Richard Maloney will take over as mayor.

 

Port Clinton/Lift Bridge not opening on time

A delay in the re-opening of the Route 163 lift bridge in Port Clinton…

ODOT says construction, which was originally set to be wrapped up by Memorial Day, has been extended to June 14th.

Reasons for the delay…the complexity of the bridge’s mechanical and technological components…along with unfavorable weather.

The bridge over the Portage River has been closed since last October.

 

State News/Nat. Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day runs Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

There will be several sites set up throughout the area to collect and dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs.

Including…

In Huron County…Norwalk and Willard Police departments, Huron County Sheriff’s Office

Erie County…Perkins and Vermilion police departments

Lorain County…Amherst and Wellington police departments, Lorain County Sheriff’s Office

Sandusky County…Fremont Police Department and Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office

 

State News/150+ Ohio workers died while working in 2016

The AFL-CIO has released a new report on fatalities and injuries in the workplace.

They say Ohio had 164 workers die on the job in 2016, with 98,000 work-related illnesses and injuries.

That’s down from 202 deaths and 104,000 injuries in 2015.

The information was released ahead of Saturday’s Workers Memorial Day.

 

State News/Troopers focused on distracted driving enforcement

The Ohio State Highway Patrol last weekend joined forces with five surrounding-states to focus on distracted driving enforcement.

In Ohio, over 1,500 careless driving citations and 34 texting/cell phone citations were issued.

 

Erie County/Chamber holds awards

Awards were handed out last night by the Erie County Chamber of Commerce.

Among the winners at the ceremony held at Sandusky’s Castaway Bay…

Chairman Award, Erie County Auditor Rick Jeffrey

Businessperson of the Year, Leon Groff of Groff Funeral Home

Business of the Year, Cedar Point’s Sports Force Park

 

Norwalk/Tool Time is Saturday

The annual “Tool Time with the United Fund” fundraising event takes place Saturday at the Huron County Fairground’s Pickworth Building.

Grand prizes include a complete kitchen makeover, a backyard entertainment package and a “shop local” package.

The event cleared $25,000 last year.

“Tool Time” runs from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH, 2018

 

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 65.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Increasing clouds, with a low around 40.

 

Saturday

A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

 

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 53.

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Huron County/Serious injury crash

A young woman from Shelby was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Huron County’s Clarksfield Township.

The Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Heavyn Paige Long was northbound on Fitchville River Road, just north of Court Road, when her car drove off the right side of the road; striking a mailbox and utility pole.

She was flown to Cleveland Metro hospital.

 

Norwalk/Man guilty of threatening accused photographer

A jury in Norwalk Municipal Court found a man guilty of making threats to a business owner he suspected of taking suggestive photos of young girls.

61-year-old Timothy Morsher of Norwalk, guilty of menacing, faces 30 days in jail.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that testimony during the trial determined the man who was threatened last September wasn’t the alleged photographer, but had let someone else use space above Mossman Music on Main Street in Norwalk to take pictures of models.

A police detective testified that none of the models were underage.

 

Put-in-Bay/Mayor possibly facing new criminal charge

Mayor of Put-in-Bay, Bernard “Mac” McCann, plead guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

That may not be all for McCann though, as an Ottawa County prosecutor has recommended an additional charge of physical control of a vehicle while under the influence.

The alleged incident took place two weeks ago, when McCann reportedly appeared to be intoxicated while driving a golf court near his home.

 

Castalia/Margaretta Schools to make cuts

Due to a reported $900,000 deficit coming in the year 2020, Margaretta Schools say they will reduce their budget by $300,000 annually for the next three years.

According to school officials, $100,000 will be cut in wages and benefits with $200,000 to be slashed in contracted services.

No word yet on the specifics of the cuts, but those will likely be made known on May 21st at the school system’s next board meeting.

 

Perkins Township-Sandusky/Howard Johnson motel to be shut down

Authorities have filed a temporary restraining order that calls for the Howard Johnson Inn on Milan Road in Sandusky to be shut down by tomorrow morning.

It’s part of a civil nuisance lawsuit following a year-long investigation into alleged illegal activities at the motel.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 1st in Erie County common pleas court.

 

Erie County/Kimberlin fired by Health department

After the Erie County Health Department board voted Tuesday to accept the resignation of mental health counselor Bill Kimberlin…it turns out Kimberlin had to be fired on Wednesday.

Health Commissioner Pete Schade told the Sandusky Register that Kimberlin was let go because he refused to resign by the board’s 5:00 pm Thursday deadline.

This comes after Schade was informed that Kimberlin would no longer be supervised; which means that he would no longer be allowed to provide mental health treatment at the Erie County Community Health Center.

 

Milan/Edison Schools community meeting tonight

Edison Schools have planned a community meeting for 6:30 pm this evening in the high school auditorium.

It will cover school safety and security featuring local police and fire officials.

The meeting will conclude with the “State of the District” address.

 

Vermilion/2018 Woollybear Date announced

The 46th annual Woollybear Festival in Vermilion will take place Sunday, September 23rd.

The announcement made yesterday by Fox 8 TV’s Dick Goddard and the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH, 2018

 

Today

Sunny, with a high near 59.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

 

Friday

A chance of showers.  Partly sunny otherwise, with a high near 62.

 

Saturday

A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Huron County/North Fairfield woman dies as result of crash 9 days ago

A North Fairfield woman has died from injuries suffered in a single vehicle crash in Huron County nine days ago.

Rose Obermiller was 61.

According to the state highway patrol, Obermiller drove off the right side of the road on Ohio 61, just north of Settlement Road in Bronson Township, where her SUV rolled on its side and struck a tree.

 

Clyde/Search for missing woman ensues

The three-week search continues for a missing Clyde woman possibly suffering from dementia.

70-year-old Charlene Robinson was last seen April 3rd at a store in Bellevue on Route 113.

Last weekend, police and rescue teams looked for Robinson at the city’s two reservoirs; Beaver Creek and Raccoon…with nothing found.

Authorities describe her as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 197 pounds with white hair and blue eyes.

She could be driving a green 1998 Ford Contour (License Plate #AR7 9JC).

If her or her car is located, you’re asked to call 911 or Clyde Police.

 

Erie-Huron-Sandusky County/Jobless numbers

The latest job figures have been released by the state.

Unemployment fell in Erie, Huron and Sandusky counties from February to March…

From 6.3 percent to 5.7 in Erie County, 7.4 to 6.7 percent in Huron County, and from 4.9 to 4.3 percent in Sandusky County.

 

Norwalk/Woman facing robbery charge

A Norwalk woman was charged with robbery Tuesday after she allegedly stole a cash lockbox from a gas station.

Authorities say that 24-year-old Rachel Smith allegedly went behind the counter at the Friendship on Tiffin Avenue when employees weren’t looking and stole the box with money inside.

After a struggle with an employee, Smith fled by car; where she was later arrested at a business in Margaretta Township.

 

Sandusky/”Wellness Symposium” this Thursday

A “Wellness Symposium”, intended to help those struggling with substance abuse, is set for Thursday at the State Theatre in Sandusky.

Hosted by the Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center, the conference will include guest speakers as well as information tables focused on health screenings, yoga and art.

It runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

Erie County/Health department happenings

News out of the Erie County Health Department…

Mental health clinic specialist Bill Kimberlin resigned last night during the department’s regular board meeting.

Kimberlin had been in that position since last August.

A new five-year contract was also approved for county health commissioner Pete Schade.

 

Erie County/Bed tax hearings

Commissioners in Erie County have planned three public meetings to discuss amending the government’s bed tax rules.

The first one is scheduled for Thursday, 10:00 am, at BGSU Firelands’ Cedar Point Center.

Two more hearings will take place May 3rd and 10th, 10:00 am, at the Erie County Services Center.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH, 2018

 

Today

A chance of light rain this morning. Cloudy, with a high near 58.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

 

Friday

A chance of afternoon showers.

Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 62.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Bellevue/Gunshot death victim identified

The Bellevue man killed in a shooting on Sunday has been identified.

The body of 58-year-old Dellmar Jacobs was found by police in a home on Fairfield Avenue, along with a gun.

Authorities are still unsure if the death was accidental, self-inflicted or a homicide; but say they’re not concerned about a possible suspect being on the loose.

Police plan on releasing more information after an autopsy on Wednesday.

 

Sandusky/Smoking officially banned in parks

Sandusky City Commissioners Monday evening officially enacted a law to prohibit smoking in any city-owned park.

The smoking ban outlaws any form of tobacco use; including cigarettes, vaping and electronic cigarettes in parks and other locations such as the Mills Creek Golf Course and the Paper District Marina.

The law goes into effect May 23rd, with violators possibly facing a minor misdemeanor.

 

Kelley’s Island/Oldest Lake Erie shipwreck possibly found

Local museum officials believe the oldest shipwreck ever found in Lake Erie may have been located a couple miles east of Kelley’s Island, off the coast of Erie County.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes and Cleveland Underwater Explorers say they’ve possible discovered the Cleveland-built “Lake Serpent”, which was lost in 1829 while taking stone to Put-in-Bay.

Museum workers are currently raising money for a scheduled excavation this summer, to confirm the identity of the ship.

 

Erie County/Roadwork

Road work affecting travel in Erie County this week…

Work on Route 2 in Berlin and Vermilion Townships has reduced traffic to one lane this week. The construction between Route 61 and Route 60 is expected to be wrapped by Wednesday.

Also, due to construction, a section of Campbell Street in Sandusky will be closed today.  The closure affects the area between Columbus Avenue to the railroad tracks.

 

Erie-Huron County/Pesticides

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials plan to soon rid the Huron River in Erie and Huron counties of sea lampreys, which they say feed on fish and threaten sport fishing in Lake Erie.

Workers are set to apply pesticides, likely between May 1st and May 10th.

 

Perkins Twp-Sandusky/Former Super 8 motel now re-opened  

The former Super 8 motel in Sandusky has re-opened under a new name and ownership.

Owners of The Gateway Point Inn on Milan Road, close to Mad River Harley-Davidson, say the building and rooms have been renovated with new beds, bathrooms and carpeting.

 

Sandusky/Bertsch Jeweler closing

A well-known jewelry store in Sandusky appears to be closing soon.

James A. Bertsch (Burch) Jeweler and Gifts has been in business for over 60 years at their location on Columbus Avenue and West Market Street.

Owner Michelle Bertsch-Herold recently told the Sandusky Register that they’re not closing because of financial reasons, but due to other issues following the passing of her mother last November.

 

Norwalk/Rotary’s “pizza and more” fundraiser tonight

Norwalk Rotary will host their 19th annual “Pizza and More” fundraiser later today at the Norwalk High School gym.

Two changes have been made this year – the addition of four additional restaurants, along with six pizza vendors – and the event will not be “all you can eat” like year’s past.

Instead, tickets will be given out to use at various stations, in hope to eliminate the large amount of wasted food during previous events.

The profits will go to help children’s programs in the Norwalk community.

The food and fun runs from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, APRIL 23RD

 

Today

Showers likely this morning.  Cloudy, with a high near 57.

 

Tonight

Showers expected.  Cloudy, with a low around 41.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers in the morning. Cloudy, with a high near 51.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Bellevue/Shooting death

Police in Bellevue are investigating a shooting that left a man dead on Sunday.

According to the Sandusky Register, authorities couldn’t say yet whether the death was accidental, self-inflicted or homicide.

The incident reportedly took place on Fairfield Avenue.

 

Huron County/Accused rapist charged with public indecency

Accused serial rapist McClain Durst, of Sandusky, was served two warrants for public indecency on Friday.

According to authorities, Durst, while being held in the booking area of the Huron County Jail, allegedly exposed himself to two female inmates in separate incidents.

Durst is currently in jail awaiting trial on charges of rape, importuning and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor; along with having pending charges in Sandusky County.

He’s scheduled to appear today (Monday) in Norwalk Municipal Court.

 

Willard/“State of the City“ address

The 27th annual Willard “State of the City” address was held last week.

City Manager Jim Ludban says Willard has made some headway when it comes to attacking the area’s drug epidemic…by creating spaces like the Doster Plaza, making improvements to the parks and by starting up “Family Movie Night”; where residents can have community events and places to feel safe and comfortable.

Ludban said he couldn’t be happier with where Willard is right now and the progress that the city’s making.

 

Perkins Twp/Hotel possibly to be shut down

“We’re not going to put up with it anymore…we’re gonna take every action we can to make sure this place either cleans up or shuts down.”

…Those strong words from Perkins Police Chief Robb Parthemore in the Sandusky Register in regards to the Howard Johnson motel on Milan Road.

Police say it’s become a hotbed for criminal activity, with authorities called to the motel 110 times in the last year…including earlier this month for an alleged incident where a woman, child and three dogs were found in a room covered in dog excrement.

 

Norwalk/Man arrested after being at jail to post bond for friend

A man who reportedly went to the Norwalk Police Department on Friday to post bond for a friend ended up in jail himself.

While there, 32-year-old Zachary Fox was informed there was a warrant out for his arrest.

He reportedly took off running and was located two blocks from the police department.

Fox’s warrant was through the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for felony possession of meth.

 

Sandusky/Smoking law

A final vote concerning a somewhat controversial law banning smoking in all Sandusky parks is likely to receive a stamp of approval tonight.

Earlier this month, Sandusky commissioners gave their endorsement by a 5-2 vote.

A second vote, which has been described as a formality for legal purposes, should take place at tonight’s commissioner’s meeting, 5:00 pm at City Hall.

The law would then go into effect on May 23rd.

 

Erie-Huron County/Roadwork information

With spring comes construction…

Work on State Route 4 from U.S. 20 in Huron County to the Sandusky corporation limit will reduce traffic to one lane for at least the rest of this month.

A reminder in Erie County that State Route 113 from U.S. 250 to State Route 601 (Main Street) in Milan will be closed starting today for pavement repairs.  ODOT says that should be complete by May 23rd.

Work also starts up again today in Sandusky on the Milan Road overpass and the Butler Street ramp.  The right northbound lane will be closed all week.  Barricades used for tourist season will also be set up on the bridge.

 

Norwalk/Tree City USA Recognition-Arbor Day Celebration

The City of Norwalk has made plans for Friday to celebrate Arbor Day and its 34th annual Tree City USA designation.

A tree will be planted at the Norwalk Reservoir’s south entrance at 4:00 pm; in honor of Michelle Sweet, for her several years of service on the Norwalk Tree Board.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, APRIL 23RD, 2018

 

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers.  Cloudy, with a low around 46.

 

Tuesday

Showers likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 58.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers in the morning.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

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Friday, April 20th, 2018

Milan/EHOVE student arrested A 17-year-old male student at EHOVE Career Center in Milan was arrested Thursday after he allegedly threatened to kill another student. The boy from Bellevue was charged with aggravated menacing. Police say the boy allegedly walked into a classroom where he pointed at a classmate and made the threat.   Perkins Township/Perkins grad killed in car accident A graduate of Perkins High School died in a car crash Tuesday on his way to work at Fostoria schools. 27-year-old Shawn Brennan was a passenger in a car that reportedly hit another vehicle head-on while driving on Ohio Route 199. Brennan, a 2008 Perkins grad, was a student teacher from BGSU.   Collins-Wakeman/Western Reserve reaches agreement with North Point The Western Reserve school board has approved a contract with North Point Alternative Learning Center in Sandusky. The school says the agreement will give students with severe learning disabilities or mental and physical handicaps the best possible education and experience.   Erie County/Deputies reach contract agreement Erie County sheriff’s deputies are getting a raise. A new 3-year union agreement has been reached between them and Erie County administrators. The contract, retroactive to this past January and running through 2020, will give deputies a 2-percent pay increase per year.   Perkins Township/Roundabout construction Construction on the Bogart Road/Campbell Street roundabout in Perkins Township is set to begin in about a week. Starting next Monday, April 30th, work will begin on the first stage – on Campbell Street, south of Bogart. Bogart Road is set to remain open throughout the majority of the project, which is scheduled to be finished by August 10th.   Bellevue/”Bone Boys” restaurant closing A locally-owned Bellevue restaurant has announced its’ closing. The last day for Bone Boys Barbecue on West Main Street will be next Saturday, April 28th. On a Facebook post, owner Tom Schwan said they have “experienced some major hurts and life challenges in the last two years”, since the restaurant first opened. The restaurant will still do catering.   Norwalk/”Drive 4 UR School” fundraiser today at Norwalk Catholic Don Tester-Ford-Lincoln has joined forces with Norwalk Catholic Schools for a “Drive 4 UR School” fundraising event today. From 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, participants can test-drive a new vehicle in the parking lot next to St. Paul Catholic Church; and in turn receive a free gift. Proceeds will benefit education and activities at Norwalk Catholic.   Erie County/Earth Day Extravaganza Osborn MetroPark in Huron is hosting their annual “Earth Day Extravaganza” on Sunday. The event featuring archery, rain-barrel creating, food trucks and much more runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.   Read more...
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Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Oak Harbor/High School on 2-hour delay

Due to a water issue, Oak Harbor High School will begin on a 2-hour delay this morning.

The rest of the school district will go on as scheduled.

School officials say that although water service has been restored and tested to be safe; according to the state they must receive an “all-clear” from the Village of Oak Harbor, which they expect at 9:00 am.

 

Willard/Bomb threat at school

A 14-year-old Willard City Schools student has been arrested after being linked to a bomb threat on Tuesday.

Police say they received a report that a bomb would be detonated in the school, which was written on a bathroom wall there.

Nothing was found following a search of the school.

 

Port Clinton/Man pleads not guilty to multiple counts of rape

A Port Clinton man accused of 50 counts of rape has pled not guilty to all charges.

57-year-old Richard Rose-Junior allegedly sexually assaulted a very young girl multiple times from 2000 to 2005 while living in Danbury Township.

Rose has a jury trial set for late June, where if found guilty, could face life in prison.

 

Norwalk/Drug trafficking arrest

A man from Norwalk could face prison time in connection with multiple felony drug charges.

22-year-old Shane Fick the-second pled guilty Tuesday to third and second-degree trafficking in drugs.

He’ll be sentenced in May.

 

Vermilion/Bank robbery suspect arrested

A 65-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly trying to rob a bank in Vermilion on Monday.

Police report that Michael Barrett of Vermilion walked into the Huntington Bank on Liberty Avenue, while hiding his hand in his pocket, and allegedly demanded an employee give him “all the money in the vault”.

No money was taken and no weapons were found on Barrett after authorities located him a short time later.

 

Sandusky/Man arrested for federal tax fraud

A Sandusky man faces federal tax fraud charges.

33-year-old Brian Peacock, along with three others, allegedly operated a tax preparation office out of the Cleveland-area, where they filed hundreds of tax returns with false information and statuses intended to give their clients a larger refund.

The IRS says Peacock acquired more than $90,000 in refunds for his clients from false tax returns, costing the federal government over $30,000.

 

Norwalk/Weather forces postponement of races at Summit

The recent rough weather has caused Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk to cancel their first two events of the 2018 season.

Those races were set for April 28th, 29th and May 2nd.

Drag-strip officials say that undesirable conditions have delayed the progress of a $1.6 million reconstruction project, which includes new asphalt on the staging lanes.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH, 2018

 

Today

Light snow showers likely, possibly mixing with rain.

Partly cloudy with a high near 43.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 31.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 49.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

National News/Tax deadline extended by a day

You now have an extra day to complete your taxes.

During yesterday’s scheduled deadline, a computer glitch on the IRS website yesterday left the site unable to process payments.

Tax returns can now be submitted today without penalty.

 

Sandusky/YMCA to close soon

The Sandusky Area YMCA will likely be closing soon.

Board members announced yesterday that the facility on West Perkins Avenue will shut down for good by May 14th.

Reasons for the closing include over $100,000 per year in deficits, a decline in memberships and aging facilities which first opened in 1971.

YMCA officials hope to redevelop the “Y” through the upcoming construction of an $18 million building on the land that houses Sports Force Parks on U.S 6; which will likely hold a large pool and fitness center; with hopes to be open by late 2019.

 

Put-in-Bay/Mayor in trouble

Put-in-Bay mayor Bernard “Mac” McCann has been charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Police say, on Friday, they found McCann apparently unconscious on his stomach on the ground next to a golf cart.

McCann has a court date set for next Wednesday in Ottawa County.

 

Erie County/State Route 113 closure

State Route 113, from US 250 to State Route 601 (Main St.), in Milan, will be closed starting this Monday for pavement repairs and resurfacing.

The road is expected to be reopened by May 23rd.

 

New London/Levy going on November ballot

The New London School Board has approved the placement of a 2.9 mill, five-year permanent improvement levy on the November ballot.

If passed, the levy would bring in $339,000 a year; with money going towards replacement busses, roof repairs, security upgrades and other enhancements.

 

Sandusky/Mall likely losing Elder-Beerman

It looks like the Sandusky Mall will be losing another store.

Reports are out that all Elder-Beerman locations will be closing in around three months.

Over the last few years, the mall has lost Macy’s, Sears, Ruby Tuesday and Charming Charlie.

 

Norwalk/Baseball fundraiser this weekend

The Norwalk High School baseball team is hosting a fundraising tripleheader of games on Saturday.

Starting at 10:00 am, the games also featuring Mansfield Madison and Clear Fork, will help raise money for the Huron County honor bus, which sends local veterans to visit war memorials in Washington D.C.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18TH, 2018

 

Today

Mostly sunny early, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon with a chance of rain.

High near 45.

 

Tonight

Rain changing to rain and light snow overnight. Low around 35.

 

Thursday

Rain and light snow showers.  Breezy.  High near 44.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 47.

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Huron County/North Fairfield woman involved in serious injury crash

A 61-year-old woman from North Fairfield was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Huron County.

According to the state highway patrol, Rose Obermiller drove off the right side of the road on Ohio 61, just north of Settlement Road in Bronson Township, where her SUV rolled on its side and struck a tree.

Obermiller was flown to the University of Toledo Medical Center.

 

Ashland/Jury being selected in case against suspected serial killer

Jury selection is underway in Ashland County in the case against a man accused of killing four women; one of those being Greenwich’s Stacey Stanley.

Shawn Grate faces 23 charges including the kidnapping, raping, robbing and murder of Stanley.

Opening arguments should begin next Monday, the 23rd.

 

Sandusky/Police stop package of marijuana from arriving at Sandusky home

Authorities from Erie County say they stopped a package with 10 pounds of marijuana from being delivered to a Sandusky address.

The package, which appeared to be sent from California, contained marijuana with a street value of over $10,000.

A suspect has been linked to the crime, but no arrests have been made.

 

Margaretta Township-Sandusky/Woman with fourth OVI

After a Sandusky man was arrested last Friday for his seventh OVI, a Sandusky woman picked up her fourth OVI charge Saturday in Margaretta Township.

According to police, 47-year-old Violet Rine was charged with another OVI after she reportedly was driving in two lanes at once on Ohio 101.

 

Huron/Two public forums planned

Two public forums are scheduled in Huron at BGSU Firelands Cedar Point Center over the next two weeks.

Tomorrow evening at 6:30 pm, it’s “Celebrate Huron”, featuring community business, government and school officials.

Then on Thursday, April 26th, a forum is planned dealing with the redevelopment of the former ConAgra site on the waterfront property off U.S. 6.

 

Sandusky/Ontario, Intermediate school construction to begin this month

Construction of Sandusky City Schools’ Intermediate school and Ontario Primary are set to begin by the end of the month.

School officials say that construction documents and design details are now being reviewed.

Renovations are also set to take place this summer on science rooms as well as the auditorium and planetarium.

Work on the new preschool and kindergarten building, Hancock Academy, will reportedly get underway in summer of 2019.

 

Sandusky/Campbell Street closed

A portion of Campbell Street in Sandusky will be closed the rest of the week for construction work.

The section of Campbell from Huntington Place and Taylor Street to Rockwell Street will be shut down to traffic today through Friday.

It’s part of a nearly $700,000 project that includes plans for a smoother road, the replacement of damaged curbs and sidewalks, and new handicap ramps; which should be complete by June 1st.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, APRIL 17TH, 2018

 

Today

A chance of light snow showers, mainly this morning.

Cloudy, with a high near 41.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

 

Wednesday

A chance of afternoon rain showers.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

 

Thursday

Snow showers likely in the morning, then rain showers possibly in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Erie-Ottawa Counties/Flooding closes roads

Steady rain over the weekend caused some flooding in Erie and Ottawa County.

Roadways closed due to high water included Route 53 between Port Clinton and Fremont, First Street in Sandusky and a portion of the Cedar Point causeway.

The Lake Erie islands region also saw significant flooding including Kelley’s Island and Put-in-Bay.

 

Huron County/Three fatal traffic crashes reported so far in 2018

According to The Huron County Safe Communities Coalition, three fatal crashes took place in the county during the first quarter of 2018.

There were no fatal crashes in Huron County last year at this time.

 

Norwalk/Huron County Sheriff’s Volunteer Citizen’s Academy

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a free, Volunteer Citizen’s Academy throughout the month of May.

The 4-week program will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 pm at Norwalk High School; where sheriff’s office personnel will look to create a better understanding of what they do as well as build a partnership with the community.

Applications can be picked up and returned to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; with a deadline of next Monday, April 23rd.

 

Port Clinton/Man charged with rape

A Port Clinton man has been charged with 50 counts of rape after a jury in Ottawa County returned a secret indictment in a decade-old case.

57-year-old Richard Rose Junior is accused of raping a very young girl several times from 2000 to 2005.

 

Perkins Township/Teenagers in big trouble

Three teenagers from Perkins Township were all charged Friday with felony burglary and vandalism.

18-year-olds Jerry Fantozzi, Tanner Nesbit and D’Hani Aaron are accused of recently breaking into a vacant home on Tremper Avenue in Perkins.

 

Sandusky/Patrol arrests man for 7th OVI

The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that they arrested a 29-year-old man for his 7th lifetime OVI on Friday.

According to the patrol, Justin Dennis of Sandusky was stopped for a marked lanes violation on State Route 2 in Perkins Township on Friday morning.

The patrol says Dennis has 6 prior convictions through courts in Bowling Green and Sandusky.

 

Berlin Heights/Vietnam soldier to be remembered along roadway

A stretch of road in Erie County will soon be named after a Berlin Heights man who lost his life serving in the army in the Vietnam War.

A bill was recently passed to re-name a section of Ohio 61 between Ohio 113 and Mason Road after Army Sergeant David Sexton.

If all goes as planned, signs proclaiming “Sgt. David Sexton Memorial Highway” will be in place by Memorial Day.

 

Wellington/Lorain County Fair 2018 concert lineup

The Lorain County Fair has announced their grandstand musical entertainment for 2018.

Classic rock band Grand Funk Railroad takes the stage Monday, August 20th in Wellington; with 90’s/early 2000’s country star Neal McCoy in concert on Tuesday, August 21st.

Tickets go on sale May 21st.

 

Norwalk/Hydrant flushing

Spring hydrant flushing begins this week in Norwalk.

Flushing may result in discolored water with residents asked to run cold water for around 15 minutes or until water is clear.

The hydrant flushing program is expected to last two weeks.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, APRIL 16TH, 2018

 

Today

A slight chance of showers this afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 42.

 

Tonight

A chance of of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 31.

New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

 

Tuesday

A chance of morning rain and snow showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers in the afternoon. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.