Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Ottawa County/Port Clinton man to jail for rape

A Port Clinton man has been sentenced to six years of jail time after pleading guilty to attempted rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

31-year-old Joshua Wyatt also has to register as a sex offender.

Wyatt was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Catawba Island Township last October.

 

State News/Penalties increased for selling fentanyl

A new law has been signed by Governor John Kasich that will further punish those possessing and selling fentanyl, the drug blamed for a rapid rise in overdose deaths.

The new legislation provides additional prison terms of 3 to 8 years for those convicted.

 

Erie County/Convicted killer’s appeal denied in Sandusky man’s death

The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a man convicted of killing a Sandusky resident over 25 years ago.

62-year-old Steven Yee is in prison on a 20-year to life sentence after pleading guilty in 1993 to shooting and killing 28-year-old David Hartlaub.

Yee, who has already had two previous appeals declined, says he only pled guilty to avoid the death penalty.

 

Erie County/Verdict delayed in motel case

A verdict has been delayed in the case against a Sandusky motel owner.

Raghbir Virk, owner of the Howard Johnson Inn on Milan Road, is accused of re-opening the establishment under a different name after it was closed down due to a civil nuisance complaint by Perkins Township lawmakers.

The verdict reading has been re-scheduled for Tuesday morning.

 

Erie County/Damaged Sandusky buildings might be saved

On July 26th, three downtown Sandusky buildings sustained serious damage due to a rough thunderstorm.

Those property owners believe they can save those buildings after receiving positive progress reports.

The Lake Erie Shores and Islands tourism agency has plans to house their future headquarters in one of those damaged structures, the Biemiller Building.

 

State News/Tax-free weekend

Back to school shopping is in full swing now with the state lending out a helping hand this weekend.

Today through Sunday is Ohio’s sales tax holiday – meaning school supplies and instructional items priced at $20 or less and clothing $75 or less – are tax free.

 

Erie County/New designation for Sandusky Career Center

The Sandusky Career Center has received the Center for Training Excellence designation, given to tech centers that offer business and industry training and consultative services.

A $25,000 grant is part of the designation.

 

Huron-Erie County/Festivals this weekend…

Festival season rolls on throughout the area…

Today and Saturday, Berlin Heights will be holding their annual ‘Basket Festival’ with a parade Saturday afternoon and fireworks Saturday night.

On the border of Huron and Richland County, the Plymouth Silver King and Fireman’s Festival continues through Saturday with carnival and food vendors downtown and a parade on Saturday evening.

Port Clinton is hosting their Lighthouse Festival on Saturday and the third annual ‘Island Green Week’ gets underway in Put-in-Bay tomorrow.

 

State News/“American Pickers” show to film in Ohio

The hit History Channel show, “American Pickers”, will be filming in Ohio next month…and could be interested in buying some of your stuff.

The program features hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they hunt for America’s most valuable and interesting antiques.

If you think you have something of interest, look up “Got a Pick” on Facebook or call 1-855-OLD-RUST.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 2018

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

 

Tonight

A slight risk of showers and storms.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 86.

 

Sunday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.