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Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Rittman Woman Passes Away from Injuries Suffered in Motorcycle Crash in Groton Township

A woman from Rittman died Sunday after being involved in a motorcycle accident with her husband on Saturday in Groton Township.  The Sandusky Register reports that 39 year-old Calista Newsome passed away at Cleveland Metro Health from head injuries suffered in a crash on Ohio 4 south of the Strecker Road intersection, this all according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Brett Gockstetter.  The condition of her husband, 37 year-old Jeremy Newsome from Waverly, is unknown.  Husband Jeremy was the driver with his wife on the back, when their rear tire went flat, causing Jeremy to lose control of the cycle, eventually ejecting them both from the vehicle; with neither wearing helmets.

 

Norwalk City Council to meet tonight (Tuesday 5/31) in Work Session

City Council in Norwalk will meet this evening in work session.  The agenda includes discussion on exceeding tax levy limitations for recreational purposes, as well as a resolution involving a NatureWorks grant agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources totaling $17,788 for the Baines Park Shelter Replacement Project.  The meeting gets underway tonight at 7:30 pm in Norwalk Municipal Court.

 

Sandusky Man dies in Margaretta Township Crash 

 A two-car, head-on crash in Margaretta Township has left a Sandusky man dead.Gerold Hebner was 74. The highway patrol says, a car driven by 30 year old Brandon Halbisen drifted left-of-center last night on Barret Road and struck Hebner’s car. Hebner was killed. Halbisen suffered minor injuries.

 

Ohio’s Controlled Hunting Applications Coming Soon

Applications will soon be accepted for controlled deer and waterfowl hunts at selected areas during the 2016-2017 season.  The application period opens tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1st, and runs through July 31st. Hunters can apply for the controlled hunts by completing the application process online at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE and requesting an application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $3 per hunt. Hunters will be randomly drawn from applications. Successful applicants will be informed and given additional hunt information.

 

Ohio Bike Week events Continue

Activities continue today in Sandusky for Ohio Bike Week with The Mansfield Reformatory Prison Ride this morning, a motorcycle and motorcycle parts auction preview at 12 noon and auction at 6:00 pm, with live music throughout the afternoon and evening.  A complete schedule can be found online at www.OhioBikeWeek.com

 

Edison Softball Team going to State

The Edison Girls Softball team advanced to the State Softball Final 4 in Division 4 with a 2-1 win on Saturday over Archbold.  Edison is #6 ranked in the state and owns a record of  24-3.  They will battle #7 ranked Canfield South Range (28-3) in the state semi-finals on Thursday at 5:30 pm at Akron Firestone Stadium.  The Edison Chargers are going back to the state semi-finals for the second time in school history; as they also made it there in 2012.

Friday, May 27th,2016

Sandusky Business Charged with illegally selling Stolen Goods

Truckloads of stolen goods including tools, a flat screen TV, and humidifiers were taken out of Double E’s Buy and Sell in Sandusky on Thursday afternoon.  Search warrants were served by Perkins Police, with help from Sandusky Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, at the business on the 2900 Venice Road, after an investigation of the business’ activities lasting five months.  Co-owner Eric Petrick and Emmanuel Harvey are believed by Perkins Township Police to knowingly be selling stolen merchandise that they were buying from known shoplifters, called “boosters”.  Perkins Police charged Petrick with receiving stolen property. “This store used the addict”, Perkins Assistant Chief Robb Parthmore told the Sandusky Register.  “We would rather see them get help.”

 

Area Memorial Day Parade Info

The City of Sandusky will hold their Memorial Day parade on Monday morning.  A brief Opening Ceremony will begin at 9:00 am, followed immediately by parade step-off. The parade is one mile through the Ohio Veterans Home campus, then north on Route 250 (Milan Road) before ending at Oakland Cemetery.

The Memorial Day Parade in Norwalk will be held on Monday at 10:00 am.  It will start at Veterans Park in Norwalk, and end at the Town Green on East Avenue.

The Village of Marblehead will have a Memorial Day parade on Monday at 10:30 am in Clemons Cemetery on East Main Street then will march to the War Memorial in James Park.  All are invited to participate in a Memorial Day ceremony following the parade. Port Clinton will host a Memorial Day parade Monday at 10:00 am, as part of the last day of the Walleye Festival.

 

Cedar Point offering free Admission for Military this Weekend Cedar Point and Soak City are honoring America’s Armed Forces during this Memorial Day Weekend, from Friday through Monday. Any active, retired or honorably discharged member of the United States Military will receive one free adult admission ticket at the front gate.  To receive the free admission, military members must show a valid military ID at the gate. Valid forms of ID include: active duty ID, retired personnel ID, VA ID or a copy of DD-214 discharge papers and photo ID. The free military admission cannot be combined with any other discount offers.

 

Road Work to begin next  Week in Norwalk

Construction will begin next week on the Wooster/Marshall Phase 5 Project in Norwalk. Sections of Wooster Street and Franklin Street will be closed to through traffic and driveways may temporarily be blocked for sewer pipe installations and the restoring of trenches.  Properties directly affected by the project will be informed by the contractor.  The project is expected to last approximately 6 weeks.

 

DeWine unintentionally Announces Bid for Governor in 2018

State Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed Thursday that he’s running for Governor of Ohio in 2018.  He shared his plans with a Dayton charter school official in a discussion overheard by a reporter. The 69 year-old Republican DeWine told the Dayton Daily News the conversation was confidential, but the substance was true.  He said he’s not ready though for an official announcement, as he’s focused on supporting Republican candidates running in the fall.  Current Governor John Kasich cannot run again due to term limits.  DeWine likely will face a three-way primary battle with Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Secretary of State Jon Husted.

 

Highway Patrol Urging Sober Driving and Seat Belts this Holiday Weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants motorists to drive cautiously when out this Memorial Day, as this weekend tends to see an increase in traffic deaths. Seven of the 16 traffic deaths during the Memorial Day weekend last year were related to drivers being impaired.  To stay safe this weekend, the Patrol is urging motorists to never drive impaired and always designate a sober driver. The Patrol made 546 OVI arrests during the Memorial Day weekend in 2015. Also, as part of the national Click It or Ticket enforcement running through June 5th, troopers will have a zero tolerance policy for those not wearing a seat belt.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Norwalk Woman Dies in Crash Wednesday on Ohio 2, Baby with Minor Injuries.

A 29 year-old Norwalk woman was killed in a one-car accident Wednesday afternoon shortly after 5:00 on Ohio Route 2 between the Huron River bridge and Berlin Road.  The Sandusky Register reports that 29 year-old Angela Hein of Norwalk was driving eastbound on Route 2, where her 1996 Toyota Camry crossed the median and westbound lanes, then crashed, rolled over several times, and she was then ejected from her vehicle. Hein was not wearing a seat belt; this also according to Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Sandusky post commander, Lt. Brett Gockstetter.  A 15-month old, who was fastened in the back seat, was taken with minor injuries to Firelands Regional Medical Center.   The crash remains under investigation.

Port Clinton Walleye Festival begins Tonight.

The 2016 Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival gets underway this evening and continues through Memorial Day.  The event will feature live entertainment on stage Friday through Monday with a fishing derby on Friday, the Walleye 5K Run/Walk and a parade on Saturday, with a Memorial Day parade on Monday morning.  Hours of the festival are Thursday and Friday from 5:00 to 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Memorial Day Monday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. More info can be found on the Port Clinton chamber’s website.

Erie County Economic Development Corporation announces Award Winners.

Awards were recently handed out by the Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC) during their annual meeting and ceremony at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky.  The “Business Pioneer” award was given to Nikki Lloyd and Ryan Whaley of the new Kilbourne Hotel in Sandusky, Duffield Milkie of Cedar Fair was The “Visionary Leadership Award” winner, and the Kroger Marketplace in Sandusky received the “Deal of the Year” award.  ECEDC Executive Director Abbey Bemis said that Erie County had $50 million invested into business facilities in 2015.

Ohio Bike Week events begins Friday in Sandusky.

Ohio Bike Week officially gets underway tomorrow afternoon in Sandusky with activities continuing every day through Sunday, June 5th.  The event features themed rides and plenty of live concerts with 80’s rocker Eddie Money on Saturday, country music duo Montgomery Gentry next Friday June 3rd, and Pop Evil on Saturday, June 4th, just to name a few.  Ohio Bike Week touts itself as “The Midwest’s Largest Motorcycle event” with over 250,000 cycle fans involved in last year’s event.

State lawmakers have approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana in vapor-form for certain health conditions.

The bill now heads to Governor John Kasich, but it’s not clear whether he’ll get on board. Passage comes as supporters of medical marijuana in various forms are pushing for a vote on a constitutional amendment in November.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Ohio Highway Patrol focused on Safety Belt Enforcement

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is joining forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project this week to focus on safety belt enforcement. The week-long initiative is taking place now through Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th. 473 people died last year in traffic crashes on Ohio’s roadways while not wearing a seatbelt, out of 776 total deaths. 61 % of traffic fatalities in Ohio during the last five years were unbelted.

 

Kroger in Sandusky to begin offering “ClickList” Online Ordering

The Sandusky Kroger Marketplace store (226 E. Perkins Ave.) will be debuting an online order system, “ClickList” starting on Thursday; making it only the second store in northern Ohio and the company’s Columbus division to offer the system. It was rolled out earlier this month at their Perrysburg Marketplace store.  “ClickList” is available to all shoppers who sign up for an online account and have a Kroger Plus card.  There’s no minimum or maximum orders with most products available except for hot food items, liquor, clothing, prescriptions, and some seasonal items.  The service is free for the first three orders with a $4.95 charge per order after that, regardless of order size.  It will also offer curbside pickup.

 

Edison High School Band hosting Rummage Sale

A rummage sale will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Avery Outlet Mall to benefit the Edison High School band’s trip to Bluffton College for Band Camp.  Donated items may be dropped off Thursday at the Outlet Mall from 4:00 to 6:00 pm with an early bird sale to follow from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The sale will continue on Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  All items not sold will be donated to the outlet mall’s “Roll It Forward” garage sale.

 

Ohio Bike Week to Double Donations to Sandusky PD K9 Fund

Donations to the Sandusky Police Department’s K9 Fund will be doubled by Ohio Bike Week now through June 5th.  Ohio Bike Week will match citizen or business donations up to $3,500.  Berardi’s Restaurant in Sandusky will have a donation box set up, while checks may be dropped off or sent to the Sandusky Police Department (222 Meigs Street –Sandusky 44870).  Make sure to include “K9 Fund” on the check’s memo.

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

In Norwalk, the Pleasant Street lift station project is moving forward.

Traffic will be intermittently restricted in the vicinity of Pleasant Street Park and Pleasant Elementary today between 7:00am and 5:00pm. The Norwalk Police department will be directing traffic in the area. Public Works director Josh Snyder says this is a proposed schedule and is subject to change, depending on the weather.

 

Texas Roadhouse in Sandusky, is hosting a special fundraiser tonight to benefit the National Parkinson Foundation.

To participate, guests must mention the Parkinson Foundation to their server between the hours of 4:00 and 10:00, and Texas Roadhouse will donate 10% of their food bill to the Parkinson Foundation.

 

Route 250 continues to have intermittent lane restrictions between 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. for excavation work between Bogart Road and Sycamore Line Road.

The right lane of 250 south, between State Route 2 and Bogart Road, remains closed. The recent rains have impacted the opening of this lane. The work is expected to be complete by this Friday. The US 20 eastbound exit ramp to US 250 will be closed Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for pavement repairs. Traffic using the US 250 exit ramp will need to continue east on US 20 to the SR 18 exit.

 

Sandusky’s first-ever boutique hotel will be coming soon to the city’s beautiful historic waterfront.

Hotel Kilbourne will be located within walking distance to Sandusky’s entertainment scene which includes an eclectic variety of restaurants, shopping, family activities and culture. The Sandusky Bay and the ferries to the islands and Cedar Point are just steps away. Hotel Kilbourne is currently taking reservation for August first and later, with the hotel opening in late June or early July. For more information, or to make reservations, visit hotelkilbourne.com.

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Mr. Edison Goes to Washington.

But he’s making a stop in his hometown first. The statue, sculpted by Zanesville artist Alan Cottrill, made its debut last year in the Ohio State Capital. Starting in September or October, it will be one of 2 statues to represent Thomas Edison’s home state in the National Statuary Hall collection in the U.S. Capital building, but will make his home in Milan for the summer. Visitors can see the sculpture in the lobby of the Milan Library beginning in early June.

 

Sandusky High School will be offering free GED classes and English for Speakers of Other Languages through their ABLE program.

Open enrollment will be at the high school May 30th through June 2.For more information, call 419.984.11-35

 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to participate in surveying wild turkeys and ruffed grouse to report sightings of the two species.

Wildlife watchers and hunters can report their observations at the Turkey Brood Survey page at wildohio.govInformation gathered will help predict future population changes and guide the state’s hunting regulations.

 

According to a City of Norwalk Press Release, traffic around Pleasant Elementary school will be intermittently restricted due to a scheduled utility tie-in.

Norwalk police Department will be there from 7am-5pm directing traffic.

 

More than 100 high school students from across the state are in Columbus today, taking part in the third annual Moot Court Competition.

Those students…including those from Perkins High School (in Erie County)…will take on the role of appellate attorneys, and will argue both sides of an original case.

 

It’s Infrastructure Week in Ohio, and efforts to improve water quality are among those highlighted by the “Value of Water Coalition”

The group is part of a campaign to educate Americans on why new investments are essential to protect the nation’s water system. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, nearly 5 trillion dollars in investment is needed over the next 2 decades to improve the countries aging water infrastructure.Challenges include unsafe drinking water, levee-breaking floods, pipeline bursts and rivers contaminated with raw sewage. A recent poll found a majority of Americans believe their local water infrastructure is in good shape, but Coalition director Radhika Fox notes that 95 percent also said it needs to be improved and or modernized in coming years.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2016

The Sandusky police have apprehended a man in connection with a violent attack at CVS on Monday.

The as-yet unidentified “John Doe” is being held after video surveillance shows him beating and even biting a 45 year old woman in an attempt to take her purse.

 

A Vermilion police officer has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges accusing him of using excessive force.

Aaron Bolton was investigated by the Erie County Sherriff’s office after he allegedly punched and beat a restrained suspect. He’s been charged with a second degree felony and a misdemeanor assault. His pretrial hearing is set for June 22nd.

 

New legislation has been brought to lawmakers to improve access to dental care for Ohioans.

SB 330 would allow dental therapists to provide routine procedures, leaving dentists to focus on more complex cases. According to the Cincinnati Health Department, there are 84 dental health professional shortages in Ohio. The Commission on Dental Accreditation recently issued standards for dental therapy.

 

Ohioans are encouraged to ditch their cars this week for bike to work week ; Friday is Bike to Work day.

Ohio is ranked 16th nationally on the league of American Bicyclists’ Bike Friendly states. If you’re looking to trade in your steering wheel for pedals this week, the North Coast Inland Trail runs through numerous Fireland’s communities and has added new bike lanes in downtown Fremont. You can find a trail map at frtti.org

 

Sandusky community members are encouraged to join city officials this Saturday for an informal meeting at Mr. Smith’s Coffee House on Columbus Avenue at 9 am.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and listen to a presentation regarding a revitalization program for city neighborhoods. Officials planning on attending include commissioners Dick Brady, Dennis Murray Jr and Dave Waddington, chief planner Angie Byington and city manager Eric Wobser.

 

Preparations are underway for Monday’s commencement ceremonies at Oberlin College.

Opera singer Jessie Norman will be the featured speaker. She has recorded more than 40 albums and has received 5 Grammy awards.

 

 Another small, independent business is going out of business.

Posey Depot on Oberlin-Elyria Road in Elyria will close at the end of June. Over the years, the gift shop has featured arts and crafts, Amish-made furniture and flowers.

 

We’re paying more today to fill up our gas tanks.

Yesterday, many service stations jacked-up their prices as much as 40-cents-a-gallon. Some now charging $2.49 a gallon. No official word from the oil industry regarding the one-day,nearly 20-percent price increase…

 

And for your weather…

Expect gradually clearing skies today becoming mostly sunny with a high near 64

Tonight: mostly clear with a low around 40

Tomorrow: Sunny, highs in the mid 60s.

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Norwalk city voters will likely be asked to approve a 1.8-mill additional levy for recreational purposes on the November ballot.

City officials discussed the potential levy at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Law director Stuart O’Hara said the city currently has three different levies for parks and recreation, but that they would like to combine those three into 1 that would allow for an additional $183,000 per year for parks and recreation operation expenses. If voters approve the new levy, one current one expires at the end of the year, and the other 2 would not be collected. According to the Norwalk Reflector, this would cost tax payers an additional 34-dollars a year.

 

Sandusky City officials have scheduled an informational meeting tomorrow night to address the rules and regulations of transient rentals within the city.

City Manager Eric Wobser says there is still a lot of controversy surrounding the subject of short term rentals, almost exclusively on the Cedar Point Chaussee, and residents filing complaints about their neighbors renting their property to tourists. Wobser concluded that they’ve been researching the subject and will make a presentation on their findings and take community feedback. They will have no official stance at the meeting; it is only for informational purposes. The meeting will take place Tuesday at 6:00 at Sandusky High School

 

Sandusky officials have committed 2.2 – million dollars in funds to strengthen the city’s water carbon system.

The element is known to easily neutralize harmful algae blooms and other dangerous materials found in the local water source. The city will seek a low interest loan to cover all of the costs, to be paid back over time with the city’s water funds. This upgrade will align with the current Ohio EPA standards, and once the state approves the project, the bulk of the construction will be completed by the end of this year.

 

Friday, May 13th, 2016

An alleged drunken driver crashed into the back of a vehicle on Milan Road in front of Meijer Wednesday night, causing injuries to three people.

According to witnesses, 24-year-old Dustin Anderson, of Norwalk, slammed into the back of a truck that was stopped in traffic, though he claims he was not the person operating the vehicle.Anderson has been arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to maintain assured clear distance, and three felony counts of aggravated vehicular assault. He is being held in Erie County jail on 35-thousand dollars bond.

 

Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools will seek a 4.4-mill levy this August.

According to a news release from Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools, the issue could cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $13 per year. The new kindergarten through seventh grade school will cost about 43.6-million dollars, which includes demolition of R.C. Waters Elementary and Oak Harbor Middle School. The high school would also get renovated if voters approve the levy. The levy will go to a vote on Aug. 2.

 

Sandusky officials are exploring a demolition plan to remove the above ground structures of the former Wisteria Farms property on Campbell Street.

The former factory unexpectedly collapsed in 2013 prompting emergency demolition. Since then, there have been no additional cleanup efforts. Two site assessments were completed in 2015 which revealed several potential underground environmental issues, so special processes are being considered to remove only the above ground structures to beautify the site, and explore funding options to clean the underground issues.

 

 

The Norwalk Truckers baseball team continues their winning streak.

The Truckers beat Shelby 6-2 in a Division II sectional championship game at Shelby High School, and will be returning to districts for the first time since 2013. Norwalk will play Lexington in the first district semifinal at 2 p.m. Thursday at Heidelberg University.

 

Sandusky will be holding an “Opening Day Celebration” this tomorrow.

The Sandusky St. Mary’s School band will march from St. Mary’s School to Mylander Plaza starting at 11:15 tomorrow morning and will continue to play while residents register to win one of over 30 prizes. Live music along with Peanuts characters will begin at noon and speakers include Cedar Point VP Jason McClure and Sandusky City manager Eric Wobser.

 

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office Child Safety Fair is tomorrow from 10:00am – 1:00pm in the front parking area of the sheriff’s Office.

Several agencies in the county will be participating in the event including:  Humane Society, AAA, Huron County Job and Family Services, Fisher Titus Hospital – Community Outreach, New Beginnings Pediatrics, Huron County Public Health, Help Me Grow Program, North Central EMS, Life Flight, Huron County Community Libraries, Huron County Sheriff’s Office, Norwalk Fire Department. Activities include a Bicycle rodeo, animal display, Smoke House for the kids, K-9 show, bicycle helmets, summer reading programs, and a child safety seat roundup. WLKR will be broadcasting live from 10-noon.

Friday, May 13th, 2016

An alleged drunken driver crashed into the back of a vehicle on Milan Road in front of Meijer Wednesday night, causing injuries to three people.

According to witnesses, 24-year-old Dustin Anderson, of Norwalk, slammed into the back of a truck that was stopped in traffic, though he claims he was not the person operating the vehicle.Anderson has been arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to maintain assured clear distance, and three felony counts of aggravated vehicular assault. He is being held in Erie County jail on 35-thousand dollars bond.

 

Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools will seek a 4.4-mill levy this August.

According to a news release from Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools, the issue could cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $13 per year. The new kindergarten through seventh grade school will cost about 43.6-million dollars, which includes demolition of R.C. Waters Elementary and Oak Harbor Middle School. The high school would also get renovated if voters approve the levy. The levy will go to a vote on Aug. 2.

 

Sandusky officials are exploring a demolition plan to remove the above ground structures of the former Wisteria Farms property on Campbell Street.

The former factory unexpectedly collapsed in 2013 prompting emergency demolition. Since then, there have been no additional cleanup efforts. Two site assessments were completed in 2015 which revealed several potential underground environmental issues, so special processes are being considered to remove only the above ground structures to beautify the site, and explore funding options to clean the underground issues.

 

 

The Norwalk Truckers baseball team continues their winning streak.

The Truckers beat Shelby 6-2 in a Division II sectional championship game at Shelby High School, and will be returning to districts for the first time since 2013. Norwalk will play Lexington in the first district semifinal at 2 p.m. Thursday at Heidelberg University.

 

Sandusky will be holding an “Opening Day Celebration” this tomorrow.

The Sandusky St. Mary’s School band will march from St. Mary’s School to Mylander Plaza starting at 11:15 tomorrow morning and will continue to play while residents register to win one of over 30 prizes. Live music along with Peanuts characters will begin at noon and speakers include Cedar Point VP Jason McClure and Sandusky City manager Eric Wobser.

 

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office Child Safety Fair is tomorrow from 10:00am – 1:00pm in the front parking area of the sheriff’s Office.

Several agencies in the county will be participating in the event including:  Humane Society, AAA, Huron County Job and Family Services, Fisher Titus Hospital – Community Outreach, New Beginnings Pediatrics, Huron County Public Health, Help Me Grow Program, North Central EMS, Life Flight, Huron County Community Libraries, Huron County Sheriff’s Office, Norwalk Fire Department. Activities include a Bicycle rodeo, animal display, Smoke House for the kids, K-9 show, bicycle helmets, summer reading programs, and a child safety seat roundup. WLKR will be broadcasting live from 10-noon.