Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Investments made in downtown Sandusky properties

A 1979 Margaretta High School grad, now a CEO of a California-based company, has made a big time investment in some properties in Sandusky. Rick Hogrefe and wife Meghan of San Diego told the Sandusky Register they’ve spent $1.75 million on three downtown Sandusky properties; in hopes to develop them for commercial, residential, and entertainment purposes. The properties they purchased are the Waters Edge Apartments at 201 West Water Street, 305 East Water Street next to Facer Park, and The Cooke Building on Columbus Avenue.  They also plan to invest another $4 to $6 million over the next couple of years.


KBI in Sandusky to completely shut down

It’s the end of the line for an auto-parts-company in Sandusky. Last fall, the owners of KBI announced they would be closing their factory, and now comes word that operations will be shut down by the end of this month.The closing impacts several hundred workers.


Bellevue Police holding Safety Town for special need adults

For the first time, the Bellevue Police Department will be hosting a Safety Town for adults with special needs. It will run each Wednesday night in February from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Bellevue City Council Chambers. Class lessons include: crossing the street, bullying, and drugs, personal and gun safety.  For more info, contact the Bellevue Police Department (419-706-4013).


OHSAA to hold ‘Military Appreciation Night’

The Ohio High School Athletic Association is paying tribute to the Armed Forces this Friday (January 20th) during their Statewide Military Appreciation Night. High schools across the state are asked to honor active and veteran military members at their sporting events in a variety of ways such as public address announcements, band performances, and designating military members as honorary team captains.  Student sections are also encouraged to dress creatively, using military themes.



Today -Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, High near 58

Tonight-A chance of rain, cloudy, with a low around 36

Wednesday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42

Thursday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 48


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January 16 2017

The Weeknd’s “Starboy” Is #1 for the Second Straight Week

THE WEEKND is #1 on the Billboard 200, after “Starboy” sold another 63,000 copies.  The “La La Land” soundtrack shot up to #2 with 42,000 in sales, probably because of its success at the Golden Globes last weekend.

The only new entry in the Top 10 was “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory” by DROPKICK MURPHYS, which sold 28,000 copies and came in eighth.  Here’s the Top 10:

  1.  “Starboy”, The Weeknd . . . 63,000 copies
  2. The “La La Land” soundtrack . . . 42,000 copies
  3. The “Moana” soundtrack . . . 39,000 copies
  4.  “24K Magic”, Bruno Mars . . . 36,000 copies
  5. “4 Your Eyez Only”, J. Cole . . . 30,000 copies
  6.  The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton” . . . 29,000 copies
  7. “Views”, Drake . . . 28,000 copies
  8. NEW: “11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory”, Dropkick Murphys . . . 26,000 copies
  9.  “Stoney”, Post Malone . . . 23,000 copies
  10.  “Traveller”, Chris Stapleton . . . 22,000 copies

Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac to Release First Full-Length Duet Album

Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriters Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham have a long and winding shared history, much of which will be chronicled on the pair’s upcoming duet album, tentatively titled Buckingham McVie. 

“All these years we’ve had this rapport, but we’d never really thought about doing a duet album before,” Buckingham told the Los Angeles Times. “There is that album that I did with Stevie back before we joined the band [1973’s Buckingham Nicks], but other than that, it’s all been Fleetwood Mac or solo.”

You can read the full story and get information here.

NIN Trent Reznor on Today’s Musicians…

Trent Reznor has shown time and time again that he’s up for the challenge of creating interesting and engaging music, whether it be for Nine Inch Nails, How to Destroy Angels or any of his scoring projects. But one thing has changed since the start of his career that he feels is having a somewhat negative affect on the state of music and that’s the Internet.

In a new interview with Yahoo, Reznor was asked about the challenge of working in music in today’s environment as opposed to when he first started. He responded, “I’m not the same person I was then and I’m less afraid than I used to be. When I took so long between albums, I was afraid to open that book up and see what was inside my head. I was insecure. Now I think I’m more confident in my abilities, but doesn’t make it any less painful to write at times or do anything about the feeling of being naked when I release this stuff out to the world.”

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Monday, January 16th, 2017

Police officer injured in chase near Port Clinton

A police officer in Carroll Township in Ottawa County dislocated his shoulder when his vehicle was hit in a high-speed chase Saturday night that ended in Port Clinton. The Sandusky Register reports that 39 year-old Jeremiah Mincer of Oak Harbor faces several charges including resisting arrest and attempted vehicular assault; after leading police on a chase on Route 2 near Route 163; onto Lakeshore Drive; back onto Route 2, then ending at the Friendship gas station in Port Clinton. The chase began when Mincer sped past a police cruiser; making an obscene gesture as he drove by.


Erie County Sheriff’s Office receives over $37,000 to help fight against fatal crashes

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is the recipient of just over $37,000 in federal traffic safety funds. They will use the money to conduct overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols in high traffic crash areas; such as US 250 and State Routes 2, 4, 60, and 61as well as connecting county roads. These specific funds will be utilized during Super Bowl weekend. The goal of the enforcement is to reduce the number of fatal crashes in the county. During December, 42 traffic stops were made with the funds.


State focusing on getting students ready for their careers

The state of Ohio has recently been awarded $2 million to improve career education. Ohio is one of 10 states to receive the $2 million ‘New Skills for Youth’ grant; with the Ohio Department of Education gearing activities towards making sure students in the state are tuned into high quality career choices. The money will be used over the next three years to strengthen career-focused education starting in high school and ending with postsecondary degrees or qualifications aligned with high-skill jobs.


Free Alzheimer’s disease program to be held in Sandusky this week

A free public program on Alzheimer’s disease will be held Thursday afternoon in Sandusky. The program titled “If I have it, why would I want to know?” from the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, explores the reasons and importance of early disease diagnosis; along with clinical trial information. It takes place from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Thursday at the Sandusky Community Church of the Nazarene on Milan Road.



Today – M.L. King Day -A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 40

Tonight ­-Rain, mainly after midnight. Low around 36

Tuesday-Rain, mainly in the morning. High near 55

Wednesday-A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42


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Friday, January 13th, 2016

 Edison student arrested for making threat

An Edison High School student was arrested on Thursday morning after making a violent threat. A male freshman student was overheard telling classmates the day before that he intended to bring a gun to school to “shoot up the place”.  The student, who was stopped on his way into the school Thursday, was then charged with aggravated menacing; as well as a 10-day school suspension. Before being arrested, the student told law enforcement that he never intended to cause anyone harm; and that his comments were made in a joking manner.  No weapons were found on the student.


Huron County Commissioners set sites on tacking drug epidemic and building restorations

Two new Huron County Commissioners, Terry Boose and Skip Wilde; along with Joe Hintz have begun sessions as they set their goals and plans for the year. Boose says tacking the drug and Opioid epidemic is an important focus for him as he begins his time in office. Other goals the commissioners are focusing on says Boose…include finalizing the budget, determining what building and assets need to be worked on, and opening up communication with departments and other elected officials.


What to do this weekend…

What are we gonna do this weekend? Jill Bauer from Lake Erie Shores and Islands told the WLKR Morning Show that ‘Island Days’ runs tonight and tomorrow in downtown Sandusky with tons of live island music. Also going on this weekend is the ‘Winter Wine and Dine’ on Saturday night in Marblehead and the play titled ‘Looking’ at the Civic Theatre in Port Clinton this weekend as well as next weekend.


Willard students starting four-day weekend

If you’re a student at Willard, you’re in luck, as today begins a four-day weekend for you. Students are off today for teacher’s professional development; as well as Monday for Martin Luther King Day.


Vermilion hiring part-time police officer

The City of Vermilion Police Department is hiring a part-time Patrol Officer. Applications can be found on the Vermilion PD Facebook page or at their Dispatch Center. Applicants must be able to pass a psychological and physical agility exam. Those who applied in the last year do not need to submit another application.



Today-Partly sunny, with a high near 28.

Tonight-Cloudy, with a low around 18.

Saturday-A slight chance of snow and freezing rain. Cloudy, with a high near 33.

Sunday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.


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Thursday, January 12th, 2016

Margaretta Township fire destroys mobile home and truck

A fire in Margaretta Township destroyed a mobile home and pickup truck early Wednesday morning. The Sandusky Register reports that the blaze began inside a dryer, where a resident of the Greenfield Village home attempted to put it out with a fire extinguisher. No one was injured; with the three residents being referred to the Red Cross for assistance.


Woman stabbed in Bellevue apartment

A woman was reportedly stabbed in Bellevue on Tuesday. Police were called late Tuesday afternoon to the Nickle Plate Apartments by a 44 year-old woman who said she was assaulted with a knife. When police arrived, the stab victim was conscious and then taken to the ER; where she’s expected to survive. A female suspect was detained; with no charges yet filed.


Port Clinton African Safari Wildlife Park getting ready for opening day

The African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton is about a month away from opening for the season; and while the park prepares, they express gratitude for the donated Christmas trees that will be used for animal enrichment. Trees were placed throughout the Drive-Thru Safari section of the Park, as well as branches, bark, and other parts of the trees for the animals to interact with. The park will re-open February 24th.


Monroeville residents can place fallen branches at the curb for pickup

Residents of Monroeville can place any fallen branches or limbs from Tuesday’s wind storm at the curb for pick up by the village. They will be collected through next Tuesday the 17th. No other yard debris will be accepted.



Today-Rain and possibly a thunderstorm with temperatures falling to around 40 degrees by 5:00 pm. Breezy.

Tonight-Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Friday-Partly sunny, with a high near 29.

Saturday-A chance of freezing rain. Cloudy, with a high near 32.


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Wednesday, January 11th, 2016

Sandusky County fatal crash

A two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning near Clyde claimed the life of a Florida man. It took place on US 20 east of County Road 175 in Sandusky County when a semi-truck lost control on US 20 westbound and struck and killed a 57 year-old Florida man going eastbound in a Ford Expedition. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.


Norwalk United Fund ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser shifts to East of Chicago Pizza today

The next stop for the Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser is East of Chicago Pizza in Norwalk. A portion of every bill taken in today at the pizza shop will help benefit the United Fund’s 2017 Community Campaign; which funds 37 local grants and programs.


Norwalk-opoly games are back in stock

For those who missed out on purchasing the bicentennial Norwalk-opoly board game during the holidays, they’re now back in stock at the Huron County Chamber of Commerce. Also, you can come pick yours up if you pre-ordered one. They cost $25; and feature Norwalk streets and businesses; along with Norwalk history.


Huron County Public Health offering Breast and Cervical Cancer Program

Huron County Public Health is reminding residents that they are a Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provider. Women may qualify for a free Mammogram and Pap Test if they’re beyond 40 years-old; have no health insurance, and limited income. Visit or call 419-774-4707 to find out more.



Today-A chance of rain, mostly cloudy. Breezy. High near 52.

Tonight-Rainy and breezy. Low around 47.

Thursday-Rain. High near 53.

Friday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.


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Tuesday, January 10th, 2016

Huron County Commissioners name VP and President for 2017

Joe Hintz has been named the President to the Board of Huron County Commissioners for 2017; with Terry Boose to serve as vice-president. Those decisions coming Monday during a Huron County Commissioners’ organizational meeting. The three county commissioners, also including Skip Wilde, passed resolutions involving public participation and personnel matters during meetings; as well as setting regular meeting times of every Tuesday and the first and third Thursdays of each month in Norwalk.


Weekend house fire in Bellevue causes $60,000 in damage

A weekend fire in Bellevue has left five people without a home for the time being. The fire took place on Ohio 269 South late Saturday night; beginning in an electrical outlet, according to early reports. The Norwalk Reflector says that the five residents of the home, including three children, were able to make it out safely; with the American Red Cross to assist them with living arrangements while the home is being mended. Close to $60,000 in combined content loss and structural damage was done to the home.


State Highway Patrol looking for new recruits

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will soon be taking applications for trooper positions. Applications will be accepted starting February 1st with the applicants fitting these requirements: you must be 20 to 34 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, be a U.S. citizen and Ohio resident, and have a driver’s license with less than five points on your record. 100 applicants will be selected for training this fall in Columbus. More information can be found online at:


Norwalk United Fund with reminder on Tool Time fundraiser

The Norwalk Area United Fund has put out a ‘Save the Date’ reminder for their “Tool Time” fundraiser. ‘Tool Time with the United Fund’ will take place Saturday, April 29th at the Huron County Fairgrounds Pickworth Building.It will feature raffles, tools, food and more.


New trucks and SUV sales are booming in Ohio

Sales of new trucks and SUV’s continue to surge across northern Ohio. The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association reports, December sales were up nearly 13-percent from a year ago; a sales trend seen across 2016.Overall, sales of SUV’s and trucks were up nearly 8-percent, while sales of cars were down nearly 8-percent. For the year, Ford was your volume-leader.



-Winter Weather Advisory until 11:00 am today.

-Wind Advisory from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm tonight.



Rain, snow, and freezing rain early this morning, then rain and sleet in the late morning, then all rain in the afternoon. High near 44. Windy, with gusts as high as 55 mph.


Rain likely, possibly mixing with snow after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 34. Windy.


A chance of rain in the late afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.


Showers. High near 54. Breezy.


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Monday, January 9th, 2016

Willard man arrested for Breaking and Entering

A young man from Willard was caught breaking and entering into a Huron County home overnight. 19 year-old Nicholas Hamman was found breaking into the garage and car of a Richmond Township residence; and was then held at gun-point by a resident of the home until law enforcement arrived. The subject was arrested for Breaking and Entering and was taken to the Huron County Jail.


Huron County Public Health has Radon test kits available

Free Radon test kits are now available by visiting the Huron County Public Health website. If you’re a homeowner, just visit, and click on the link on the right side of the page. This is “Radon Action Month”; with the EPA ranking Huron County as a ‘Zone 1 County’; meaning it has the highest potential for elevated levels of indoor Radon. The EPA defines Radon as “a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer”. It’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and unless you test for it, you may never know your level of risk.


Grate is competent to stand trial in Ashland

The man accused of murdering two women in Ashland has been found competent to stand trial. 40 year-old Shawn Grate has plead not guilty by reason of insanity to 23 counts involving the murders of 43 year-old Stacey Stanley (Hicks) of Greenwich and 29 year-old Elizabeth Griffith from Ashland. Those women, according to autopsies last week, were found to be strangled. Grate has a November 6th trial date; and faces the death penalty if found guilty.


Part of I-90 to be dedicated to fallen Highway Patrol Trooper

An area of Interstate 90 in Lakewood will be dedicated in honor of Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez, of Lorain, who was killed in the line of duty back in September. Velez was struck and killed by a car on I-90 on September 15th during a traffic stop. 37 year-old Joshua Gaspar of Columbia Station, has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in his death. Governor John Kasich announced the dedication Friday afternoon, giving thanks to Velez’s cousin, state Representative Dan Ramos, for his leadership with the dedication.





Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as -2.


Snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely. Cloudy, with a low around 26. Windy.


Snow, freezing rain, and sleet changing to all rain by late morning. High near 43. Windy.


A slight chance of afternoon showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46


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Friday, January 6th, 2016

Huron County man accidentally shoots and kills friend

A fatal shooting in Huron County’s Fitchville Township is being investigated. According to the Norwalk Reflector, 53 year-old Trent McCullough had originally called authorities to report that his friend, 49 year-old George Ely of Scranton Road, had suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen; which turned out to be fatal. After talking to law enforcement, McCullough admitted that he had accidentally shot his friend. The Huron County Sheriff’s Office also discovered a marijuana grow operation at the home. McCullough has been charged with reckless homicide; and could face three years in jail.


Greenwich woman killed by strangulation in Ashland murders

Autopsies released Wednesday show that two of five women allegedly killed by Shawn Grate in Ashland in September were strangled. Cleveland’s News 5 says that Stacey Hicks (Stanley) of Greenwich and Elizabeth Griffith were both found with clothing wrapped around their necks. Grate was indicted on 23 counts, including murder in those deaths. He’s also been linked to the deaths of three other women; but has not yet been charged. Grate has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He’s slated to appear in an Ashland County court today.


Second inmate in around a week dies from suicide at Erie County Jail

A second Erie County Jail inmate in just over a week has died from hanging himself. 27 year-old Richard Maclean of Vermilion had been in intensive care after he was found Monday morning by a corrections officer. The Sandusky Register reports that Maclean then died on Thursday. A 32 year-old Maryland man also died a week ago Wednesday at the Erie County Jail from an apparent suicide.


Norwalk High School names 2017 Hall of Fame class

The Norwalk High School Hall of Fame has announced this year’s class of inductees. They include: Robert Factor (Class of ’62 Academic), Peggy Corrigan (Distinguished Citizen), Jim Bersche (Coach), Tina Linder Davidson (Class of ’87 Volleyball), and T.J. Horner Thomas (Class of ’88 Volleyball). This years’ hall of fame ceremony will be held Saturday, January 28th before the Norwalk boy’s basketball game that evening.


Model train event taking place in Fremont this weekend

Another round of fun activities is set to happen here in the Lake Erie region. One of those events is a model train clinic and display taking place Saturday in Fremont at the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum. The Full Moon Night Hike is also happening Wednesday at East Sandusky Bay Metro Park in Huron. A complete schedule of events is online at




Mostly sunny, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -11.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 2. Wind chill values as low as -10.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as -10.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 18.


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Thursday, January 5th, 2016

Perkins graduate arrested after threats made to his former school The suspect accused of making threats towards Perkins Schools has been arrested. Former Perkins Township resident, Shane Andrews, now of Ashland, has been charged with aggravated menacing, after a verbal threat mentioning Perkins Schools was made by Andrews last weekend. All schools in the Perkins district received increased security Wednesday morning while Andrews was being tracked down. Andrews was transported to the Erie County Jail; where he awaits a date with Sandusky Municipal Court.   Construction projects approved by Norwalk City Council Norwalk City Council this week endorsed city officials to create contracts for seven construction projects. Those include this summer’s Milan Avenue (US 250) improvement project, which is slated to cost $2.5 million. Public Works Director Josh Snyder told the Norwalk Reflector the city has received 80 percent of the roadway portion costs of the Milan Avenue project from a grant through ODOT. Other construction projects include street resurfacing, sidewalk replacement, and sewer lining.   Macy’s closing in Sandusky at year’s end The Macy’s store at the Sandusky Mall will be closing at the end of this year. The company announced that the Sandusky location is one of 68 Macy’s closing nationwide as the company re-structures. The 133,000 square foot Macy’s in Sandusky currently employs 61 associates.

Patrol releases traffic fatality statistics for New Year’s and Christmas

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released traffic fatality data from the New Year’s and Christmas reporting periods. Four people were killed on Ohio’s roadways during the New Year’s Holiday period, in what the patrol says is a significant decrease from the 2016 New Year’s reporting period, when 11 individuals died in traffic crashes.   During this year’s Christmas reporting period, 10 crashes resulted in 13 fatalities. The Highway Patrol arrested a combined 680 motorists for impaired driving during the two holiday reporting periods.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST –  1/5/17 Today A chance of snow, cloudy, with a high near 20. Tonight A chance of snow showers, mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -1. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 18. Wind chill values as low as -2. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 20.   Read more...
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