Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Erie County/Huron home raided as part of possible illegal gambling ring

It might be up to the courts to decide whether activities at so-called internet cafés, constitute illegal gambling.

Yesterday, state and local officials from several counties, including Lorain, Erie and Ottawa, raided internet cafes and seized records and computer gear.

A Huron condo within Sawmill Creek Resort believed to be the home of William Janowich, owner of internet cafés in Vermilion and Port Clinton, was part of that raid.


Erie County/Teenager allegedly threatens to kill mom’s boyfriend

A Margaretta Township teen was arrested Tuesday after allegedly making harmful threats towards her mother and the man her mom is dating.

The 15-year-old girl on Crystal Rock Road was charged with aggravated menacing and domestic violence after she made threats to slap her mother and kill her boyfriend.


Sandusky County/Fremont man charged with marijuana trafficking

Drug task force officials in Sandusky County arrested a Fremont man Monday after they allegedly found over 100 marijuana plants on his property.

68-year-old Stephan Wagner faces marijuana trafficking charges after authorities say they used a drone to locate the plants growing in corn fields.

Wagner also allegedly had around 20 pounds of pot in bags inside his home.


Erie County/Hotel pools closed again by Health Department

The Erie County Health Department had to temporarily close hotel swimming pools and spas Wednesday that were previously warned to clean up their acts.

The Comfort Inn and Best Western Sandusky Hotel and Suites were part of three hotels, all on U.S. 250 and owned by Carmelo Ruta, Inc., to be given a deadline of October 1st to come into compliance with health and safety rules or their pools will be shut down.


Erie County/New Sandusky High School pool

Sandusky Schools say they have nearly half of what’s needed to construct a new high school swimming pool.

Officials say that one-point-four million dollars has been raised out of the 3-million it will take to build a new fifteen-thousand-square-foot, 10-lane pool, which would be attached to the high school in the rear parking lot.

If the money is raised by next April, the facility would likely be opened in 2022.  If not, the district plans to renovate their current, 61-year-old pool.


Huron County/Graffiti vandalism in Norwalk

Norwalk police are looking into two instances of graffiti vandalism on League Street, which appear to be linked.

Spray-paint graffiti was found on the crossing guard shelter at the corner of League and Whittlesey Avenue and the Worker’s Memorial Park’s cement slab at League and Cline streets.

Police believe it’s a case of juvenile delinquency.


Huron-Erie County/U.S. 250 road work delays

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says to expect heavy traffic delays over the next several days as paving work is being done on U.S. 250 between State Route 13 and the Huron-Erie County line.

They say to seek an alternate route if at all possible.


Huron County Fair – Day 4

It’s Senior Citizens Day at the Huron County Fair in Norwalk; with admission of just one penny for those age 60 and over.

Today’s highlights…the Senior King and Queen contest and motocross racing in the grandstand.


Erie County/‘Golden Corral’ possibly to take over ‘Ryan’s’ building

The Golden Corral buffet restaurant is reportedly coming to the Sandusky-area in place of another buffet eatery.

According to the Sandusky Register, the Perkins Township building department recently received an application from Golden Corral to renovate the space currently occupied by Ryan’s, on U.S. 250.





Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.  High near 79.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.



A slight chance of morning showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Huron County/Accused serial rapist will stand trial

A Sandusky man accused of being a serial rapist in Huron County will stand trial next week.

A pre-trial hearing ended yesterday without a plea deal for 29-year-old McClain Durst, who faces multiple charges of rape as well as unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in four different accused sexual assaults.

Authorities believe Durst used social media to entice underage girls to meet him.

He faces a separate, similar trial in Sandusky County in December.


Ottawa-Sandusky County/Armed robbery suspect pleads ‘not guilty’

A Fremont man charged in the alleged armed robbery of a Port Clinton man last month has plead ‘not guilty’.

20-year-old Dominic Perkins along with four others allegedly went into the victim’s apartment, aimed guns at his head and demanded money.

Perkins’ jury trial is scheduled for October.


Erie County/Man arrested for throwing egg at sheriff’s cruiser

A Brunswick man is in trouble after the Erie County Sheriff’s Department said he threw an egg off a balcony at Kalahari Resorts and hit a cruiser.

22-year-old Jagger Owca was arrested for vandalism.

Owca apologized to authorities, saying he was drinking at the time.

Law enforcement said they tracked him down thanks to Owca posting the videos on social media.


Erie County/Women’s drug treatment center grant

A long-awaited $500,000 state grant could be coming to Erie County to pay for a women’s drug treatment and housing center.

The state’s mental health and addiction services board is scheduled to be asked Monday to release the funds to Erie County commissioners.

If approved, the money would go towards a 48-bed facility next to the Erie County Health Department, with hopes of it opening by this fall.


Erie County/Two crashes on Perkins Avenue

Two crashes reportedly took place back-to-back Tuesday afternoon on West Perkins Avenue in Perkins Township.

According to police, a SUV apparently rear-ended a truck, with a car slamming its brakes, causing another car to rear-end it.

One of the car’s occupants reported minor injuries.


Huron County/Norwalk man to be grand marshal of Monroeville military event

Norwalk resident and Monroeville High School grad, Howard L. Smith, has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the “Welcome Home Vietnam Era Veterans Parade” this Saturday.

The parade is part of the “Remembering Our Fallen” travelling exhibit this weekend at the Monroeville Athletic Complex.

Smith served 41 years in the military, beginning with time in the Army National Guard during the Vietnam Era as well as two tours of Iraq before retiring in 2011.


Huron County/Fair Queen, Today’s highlights

It’s Veterans Day at the Huron County Fair…with admission of just a penny for military vets.

This year’s Junior Fair Queen is Kaitlyn Olak of the Huron County Clovers, receiving the honor yesterday, beating out her twin sister Regan and four others.

Tonight’s feature entertainment in the grandstand, the OSTPA Tractor Pull, happens at 6:30.


Erie County/Sandusky clean-up continues this weekend

Volunteers and area residents are encouraged to help in the clean-up of Sandusky’s Churchwell Park this Saturday morning.

It takes place at 9:00 am with cleaning supplies to be provided.





Partly sunny, with a high near 88.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Cloudy, with a low around 69.



Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.  High near 79.



A chance of showers and storms.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Huron County/Wakeman woman pleads guilty to taking inheritance money

A Wakeman woman will be sentenced in November after pleading ‘guilty’ to stealing 100-thousand-dollars in inheritance-money from two children whose father passed away about 10 years ago.

45 year old Stacie Bement was accused of accessing the accounts by forging the signature of her husband who was the trust custodian.

Bement taught at Edison High School in Milan until her arrest several months ago.


Area News/Four arrested in Bellevue after alleged gas station armed robbery

Bellevue Police arrested four males for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery of a Castalia Street gas station Monday night.

Bellevue residents 19-year-old Joshua Thom, 20-year-old Matthew Robbins, 27-year-old Tyler Haughn; along with a 14-year-old boy from Fremont, all face criminal charges after their vehicle was located on Northwest Street.


Erie County/Man charged with robbery of gas station

Sandusky Police have arrested one of the suspects allegedly involved in the armed robbery of a gas station on Saturday.

30-year-old Rodney Wiggins has been charged with complicity to aggravated robbery.

According to police, Wiggins is believed to be one of two masked men with handguns who robbed the Mobil service station on Cleveland Road.


Huron-Erie-Ottawa County/$200,000+ grant to help combat opioid issue

Federal grant funds are going towards the local battle against the opioid addiction epidemic.

The mental health board in Huron County has received $120,000 with $216,000 going to the Erie and Ottawa County board.

Specifically, Erie County says they’ll use the money to treat inmates attempting to recover from drug addiction and for drug response teams who help counsel those recovering from an overdose in the ER.


Erie County/Hotels could lose pool operations

The Erie County Health Department is laying down the law to three Sandusky-area hotels.

The department has set an October 1st deadline for the hotels to come into compliance with health and safety rules or their swimming pools will be shut down.

The Comfort Inn and Best Western Sandusky Hotel and Suites in Perkins Township as well as the Quality Inn in Milan, all located on U.S. 250; have allegedly had multiple years worth of violations.


Erie County/IRS scam targeting the elderly

A warning about a reported IRS scam which is focusing on the elderly…

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says a dozen or more people have received calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS and threatening the person to pay supposed unpaid taxes or they will be arrested.

Authorities say that sometimes the scammers will “clone” their phone number to make it appear to be coming from local law enforcement.


Huron County Fair – Day 2

It’s Day Two of the Huron County Fair in Norwalk…and it’s Kids Day; with free admission for children until 3:00 pm, excluding rides.

After a great show from LoCash last night, the grandstand entertainment continues this evening with Cheer Bonanza.





A slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a high near 86.



Mostly clear, with a low around 65.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.



Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 82.

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Huron County/Woman arrested for OVI with kids allegedly at home

A Norwalk woman allegedly left her four young children home alone while she was arrested last week for OVI.

27-year-old Jessica Mitchell was also charged with endangering children Thursday after she told authorities that her children were left unattended during a traffic stop near Central Boulevard and Saint Mary’s Street.


Sandusky County/Bogle accused killer trial delayed

The trial for the man accused of killing Clyde’s Heather Bogle in 2015 has been rescheduled from early September to late October, due to a number of issues.

49-year-old Daniel Myers is charged with aggravated murder and kidnapping after the body of Heather Bogle was found in her parked car’s trunk outside of her apartment.


Erie-Huron County/High-speed chase involving Norwalk man

A Norwalk man was arrested in Sandusky on Friday after reportedly leading police on a high-speed chase.

29-year-old Eugene Wilson Junior faces multiple charges including failing to comply with the order of an officer and failure to control.

Authorities say the chase came to an end on Campbell Street after Wilson drove between two houses and collided with a tree.


Huron County/Train yard fire

No one was hurt during a fire Friday night inside the Norfolk Southern train yard near Bellevue.

Around $200,000 of damage was done when a locomotive caught fire in the area of Bragg Road.

Workers believe a crash between two trains might have started the blaze.


Erie Count/Steel Vengeance closed and re-opened Friday

Cedar Point’s new Steel Vengeance roller coaster was shut down Friday afternoon.

According to the Sandusky Register, parts of the ride’s drive system, consisting of motors and tires, detached and fell to the ground during the coaster’s final brake run.

The ride reportedly stopped as planned with riders guided off the coaster without incident.

The coaster was blocked off afterwards before being re-opened to riders late Friday night.


Huron County/County-owned buildings and parking lots getting a new look

Some major improvement projects are on the docket for Huron County-owned buildings.

Work is already underway on driveway aprons, sidewalks and front steps at the county’s administration building.

The administration building will also have its parking lot resurfaced starting next Monday; part of five county lots that will get a new look throughout the next month or so. Those include the Department of Job and Family Services, the Shady Lane complex, the county jail and Huron County Courthouse.

In October, every downtown Norwalk county building is scheduled to receive new double-pane windows as well.

Those projects are being paid for through various ways including the county’s permanent improvement fund and the sale of bonds.


Erie-Huron County/Road construction updates

Roadwork this week in Huron County…

U.S. 250, between State Route 113 to Lias Road, will be reduced to one lane of traffic for a resurfacing project.

The project is expected to be complete by September.

In Erie County…

Starting today, Ceylon Road (State Route 61) will be closed at its intersection with State Route 113 for a culvert replacement.

The road is expected to reopen on Friday.


Huron County Fair – Day One

The 97th edition of the Huron County Fair gets underway today in Norwalk.

Country music duo, Lo-Cash, will take center stage in the grandstand tonight at 7:30 pm.


Erie County/Information on Sandusky’s Founders Day Parade

Some details on Sandusky’s Founders Day Parade this Saturday…

The nearly two-mile parade to celebrate the city’s bicentennial will begin at 10:00 am on Hayes Avenue at Orlando Pace Drive (Grant Street) in front of Sandusky High School before travelling down Hayes Avenue, Columbus Avenue, and West Water Street; ending at the intersection of Jackson Street by Hotel Kilbourne.

It will last about two hours.





Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.


Friday, August 10th, 2018

Huron County/Woman going to prison for sex offenses

A 24-year-old Milan woman will spend six months in the Huron County Jail after pleading guilty to two sex offenses.

Kristina Jordan has been sentenced for two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in connection with an investigation while she was living in Plymouth.

She’ll also be required to register as a Tier-2 sex offender for the next 25 years.


Erie County/Motorcycle rider seriously hurt in collision with deer

A Huron motorcycle rider was seriously injured when his cycle ran into a deer early Thursday morning.

According to the Erie County Sheriff, 22-year-old Lucas Wallace was driving on State Route 2 near the Coen Road overpass in Vermilion when he crashed into a deer on the roadway.

Wallace was taken to Cleveland Metro-Health.


Erie County/Sheffield Lake man indicted for OVI in Vermilion incident

A man accused of trying to hit two people with his truck in Vermilion has been indicted on criminal charges.

21-year-old Matthew Boroway of Sheffield Lake has been charged with OVI, felonious assault and aggravated trespassing.

The charges are in connection with an incident in March on East Mason Road.


Erie County/Sandusky drive-thru raided

A Sandusky drive-thru was raided earlier this week by state and local authorities.

The raid was part of an ongoing investigation into alleged illegal use of food stamp benefits at the Variety Village Drive-Thru at Market and Franklin Streets.

The business was cited for administrative violations and could potentially face criminal charges.


State News/New area code

When it comes to making a phone call, Ohio now has12 area codes.  It’ll be 13 in 2020.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved a new one for the Dayton area in addition to the one already in use, due to increased demand.


Huron County/Norwalk auto parts store to close

A locally-owned Norwalk auto parts store has announced that they’re going out of business.

Action Auto Supply on Cleveland Road first opened its doors in 1965.

Owners say one of the reasons for the closure is increased competition from six other auto parts stores in town.


Huron County/Love Norwalk event

Churches in Norwalk are uniting together for a family-friendly event and back-to-school giveaway on Saturday.

“Love Norwalk” will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Main Street between Prospect and Wooster streets.

Free backpacks and toiletry items will be handed out along with free haircuts for kids.


Area News/Events for the weekend

So what’s going on this weekend?

The Erie County Fair continues through Sunday with a rodeo on Saturday and demo derby wrapping things up Sunday evening.

…The “Imagine Norwalk” arts and music festival runs tonight from 6:00 to 10:00 with a western theme.

…The Huron Rotary Fine Arts and Food Truck Festival goes on tonight, Saturday and Sunday at the Huron Boat Basin.

Also, Kelley’s Island will host their homecoming event on Saturday and Sunday.






Scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Cloudy, with a high near 83.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.



Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.



A slight chance of showers and storms.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.