Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Ottawa County/Put-in-Bay trials

The latest on two different Put-in-Bay trials that are linked together…

Former police officer El’Shawn Williams will go to trial in May of 2019 for allegedly assaulting a handcuffed suspect and falsifying reports.

Meanwhile, island resident Keith Blumensaadt still sits in jail awaiting his trial from an arrest involving a standoff with authorities in June of 2017.

Blumensaadt’s trial on 13 charges is expected to be on hold until Williams’ case wraps up; as Williams is a key witness against him…where Blumensaadt allegedly refused to pull over for Williams.

Blumensaadt says he was targeted by police because he blew the whistle on alleged crimes committed by Mayor Bernard “Mac” McCann…who was indicted on charges by the state in October.

 

Erie County/Pay raise for Huron firefighters

Huron’s 13 full-time firefighters will see an increase in pay starting in 2019.

A three-year collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the fire union and the city.

The deal features pay raises of three percent in 2019 and 2020; and two-and-a-half percent in 2021.

 

Sandusky County/Man allegedly barricades himself in Walmart restroom

A Port Clinton man was arrested Tuesday night after he allegedly locked himself in a Walmart family restroom in Fremont.

According to police, 29-year-old Travis Henry ran from them after they attempted to take him into custody on warrants.

Earlier that night, authorities say they received a call that claimed Henry threw a large rock through the window of a home on Quail Street and then drove away…later tracked down to the Fremont Walmart.

 

Lorain County/Census

The numbers are in from the U-S Census Bureau, and they show Lorain County having the dubious distinction of being one of 222 counties nationwide, showing a decrease in household median income from 2013 to 2017.

 

Huron County/Salvation Army red kettles

You can hear the ringing bells now…as the Salvation Army red kettle campaign is underway.

A new program this year, “Our Community Cares”, tracks the progress of the kettles, with a donation of $500 or $1,000 placing the donor on a special recognition role.

In Norwalk, more than 300 Huron County families are supported by Salvation Army donations.

 

Lorain County/Sheriff’s Office raises money for non-profits

Three groups that help those-in-need will reap the benefits of two programs sponsored by employees of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

The workers raised 43-hundred-dollars with a “Friday Dress Down Day” and “No Shave November”.

Money-collected was turned over to the Blessing House, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County and the St. Elizabeth Homeless Shelter.

 

Erie County/Margaretta basketball food drive

Students at Margaretta are holding a food drive Friday night at their boys’ basketball game against Edison.

Those that bring three non-perishable food items to the game will receive 2-dollars off their ticket.

Donations will be given to Grace’s Pantry in Castalia.

 

Erie County/Huron Winterfest

Huron is the place to be for some fun outdoor activities on Saturday.

Winterfest takes place at the Boat Basin from 3 to 8; including carriage rides, food trucks and an appearance by Santa.

For those looking for indoor activities, the Old Fish House will have fun with smore’s and cookie decorating.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2018

 

Today

Light snow showers likely.  High near 34.

 

Tonight

A chance of light snow showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 29.