Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

New judge appointed in O’Connell case

A familiar judge has been appointed to preside over the criminal case of former Sandusky County Sheriff’s detective Sean O’Connell.

The Ohio Supreme Court has selected Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove, who also presided over former Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer’s 2016 case; in which Overmyer was sentenced to four years in prison on felony drug and theft charges following a plea deal.

Judge Robert Hart recently disqualified himself from the case; stating a rule related to judge’s impartiality, saying that he’s worked closely with the sheriff’s office in the past.

O’Connell faces criminal charges related to the homicide investigation into the 2015 death of Heather Bogle.

His trial is set to begin in late March.


Patrol: Fewer traffic fatalities occur during Christmas and New Year’s

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says that fewer traffic fatalities took place over the two recent holidays than at the same time a year ago.

During Christmas, five crashes resulted in five fatalities; a decrease from 2016 when 14 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes.

During the New Year’s holiday period, two traffic crashes caused three people to lose their lives; a 50 percent decrease from last year, when six individuals lost their lives traffic crashes.


Police in Norwalk busy to start 2018

Norwalk police responded to four different incidents during the first hour of 2018.

29 year-old Matthew Goodsite of Milan was charged with OVI and was found to be in contempt of court in Erie County.

Police charged 25 year-old Christina Jones of Norwalk with child endangerment after a reported disturbance on Bouscay Avenue.

28 year-old Gary Holland Junior of Norwalk was also charged with OVI after a traffic stop on Benedict Avenue; as well as authorities charging a 19 and 18 year-old from Huron with underage drinking at the intersection of West League and Newton.


Cars reportedly broke into around Wakeman

An uptick in car break-ins around Wakeman is being investigated by Huron County Sheriff’s deputies.

Six calls were recently received by authorities to incidents on Harrison Street, North Fitchville Road and Zenobia.


Authorities looking to identify man involved in alleged McDonald’s assault

Perkins Police are asking for the public’s assistance in ID’ing a suspect involved in an alleged assault on New Year’s Day at the McDonald’s on West Perkins Avenue.

Early Monday morning, a man reportedly became belligerent when his food didn’t arrive in sufficient time.

Restaurant employees warned him they would call the police after they gave him his order.

The man left the drive-thru but returned an hour later where he insisted on his food being replaced before reaching into the restaurant and hitting an employee in the face with the food.

The suspect then fled.


Huron couple give birth to Sandusky’s “Bicentennial Baby”

Sandusky not only has their “New Year’s baby”, but their “Bicentennial Baby” as well.

Luca Matthew Eskins was born Monday morning to a Huron couple at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

The newborn received a special “bicentennial baby” onesie and a pair of bicentennial booties.

Sandusky is celebrating its 200th year here in 2018.


Norwalk Area United Fund hosting “Dine Out” at Norwalk Eagles today

The winter schedule rolls on for the Norwalk Area United Fund’s “Dine Out” fundraiser.

Today, a portion of the proceeds from food purchased at the Norwalk Eagles Club on Cline Street will help support the United Fund’s 2018 Community Campaign.

The Eagles Club is open to the public for lunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Saturday.



*A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect through 12 noon today.


A chance of snow showers, mainly this afternoon.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 18.  Wind chill values as low as -16.



A slight chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 3.

Wind chill values as low as -10.



Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 8.



A chance of flurries. Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 8.