Friday, January 30, 2015

We’re keeping an eye on this Sunday.

There’s a 90 percent chance of snow, but just how much snow remains to be seen.  Some forecast models say it could be several inches.


A head-on crash in Seneca County has claimed a Willard man.

28-year-old Ted Patrick was killed at approximately 2:20 this morning on U.S. Route 224 in Bloom Township.  According to the Highway Patrol, Patrick’s pickup truck crossed the center line and drove into the path of a bucket truck owned by American Power Company.  The crash remains under investigation.


A Valley View man was charged with failure to control, after crashing a car at U.S. Route 6 and Perkins Avenue yesterday afternoon.

According to the highway patrol, 24-year-old Jason Carney was traveling at a high rate of speed on Perkins Avenue, when the car went off the road, went airborne, and hit a utility pole, snapping the pole in two. Prior to the crash, Carney had passed numerous cars. He was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, for treatment of minor injuries. The crash shut down the intersection of Route 6 and Perkins Avenue, and Norfolk and Southern Railroad stopped all train traffic, due to low-hanging wires. The car, a 2015 Chevy Impala, owned by his employer, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, sustained heavy damage.

A longtime Huron County employee is facing a drug charge.

Lynn Chapin of Norwalk is charged with permitting drug abuse. She’s due in court next month. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail, and a $1,000 fine. The charge goes back to last fall, when deputies discovered a suspected marijuana-growing operation inside the home Chapin shares with her live-in boyfriend, Gregory Dauch. Marijuana seized at the scene was sent to a state lab for testing. Earlier this month, Dauch was charged with cultivating marijuana. Chapin was charged earlier this week. Chapin works at the Huron County Auditor’s Office. She’s been a county employee since 1989.


With an eye on hiring a new superintendent, the Perkins Board of Education has scheduled three special sessions for February.

The first one will be held at 6pm Monday.  After that, the school board will meet in special session at 6pm February 9th and 5pm February 11th.  The board will interview applicants during the second and third meetings.  All three meetings will be held at the Administrative Service Center.


A recent traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike turned into a big drug bust.

Two Nevada residents were jailed after they were pulled over January 21st near the Baumhart Road exit in Lorain County.  Troopers became suspicious during the stop leading to a search of the car.  That search turned up more than 200 pounds of marijuana worth $1.2 million.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Sandusky County woman accused of hitting and seriously injuring a Bellevue resident was arraigned this week, in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

63-year-old Marilyn Perry of Lindsey, entered a ‘not guilty’ plea to a charge of aggravated vehicular assault. Perry is accused of hitting Pamela Beckham, as Beckham was getting out of her car in front of the Bellevue Public Library. She was flown to a Toledo hospital, for treatment of broken bones and other injuries. Perry is free on bond, pending future court proceedings. She’s scheduled to stand trial in April.


They’ll be ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’ this Saturday, in Sandusky.

The 10th annual Polar Plunge will be held at the Thirsty Pony. It’s a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. For more information, go to


No big winners last night, so Saturday’s Powerball jackpot has grown to $289 million.


A central Ohio pastor has been charged with sexual battery, for engaging in sexual conduct with a teenage parishioner.

The alleged acts involving 44-year-old Scott Murphy and the 15-year-old occurred multiple times this month, at the Newark Heights Church of God. He’s expected to resign as pastor.


Nine area schools will split $27,000, thanks to Fisher Titus Medical Center’s Health Education grants.

Edison, Monroeville, New London, Norwalk public and parochial, South Central, Wellington, Western Reserve and Willard are each getting $3,000 to help make math, science and health education fun for students. Since 1996, 175 grants have been awarded through the program.


Dog owners in Huron and Erie counties…Saturday is the deadline to buy dog licenses for 2015.

Starting Sunday, the price will double.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

An area superintendent charged with obstructing official business made his initial court appearance yesterday.

Clyde-Green Springs superintendent David Stubblebine entered a ‘not guilty’ plea, in Sandusky County Court. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 12th. Stubblebine was charged earlier this month, in connection with a December incident at McPherson Middle School. He’s accused of not cooperating with Clyde police, after officers were called in to investigate marijuana found at the school. The obstruction charge is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, and a $750 fine. Last week, the Clyde-Green Springs Board of Education agreed to reimburse Stubblebine up to $2,000, for legal expenses.

Huron County saw slightly fewer traffic fatalities in 2014.

According to the highway patrol, six people died in fatal crashes in Huron County, compared eight in 2013.

New figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Ottawa, Huron and Lorain counties had three of the state’s highest unemployment rates.

December unemployment in Ottawa County was second-highest in Ohio, 8.4 percent. Huron County’s jobless rate was 7.9 percent, or fourth-highest, while Lorain County’s December unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, eighth highest in Ohio. Jobless rates in Ohio ranged from a high of 10 percent in Morgan County, to just 2.6 percent in Mercer County.

Police in the village of Wakeman are asking for the public’s help, in finding a U-Haul truck used during an early January break-in.

It’s believed the box truck was used to swipe a snowmobile, an ATV and more from storage units on Hyde Street. Anyone with information should contact the Wakeman Police Department.

Tonight’s multi-state Powerball jackpot is worth $261 million, with a cash option of $179 million.

Oregon governor John Kitzhaber has made good on his wager, with Ohio governor John Kasich.

Kitzhaber and Kasich bet on college football’s national championship game. Ohio State won the game, leading Kitzhaber to send cheese, honey and jam. The package arrived Monday, at Kasich’s office. Kasich is still waiting on a six-pack of Oregon-brewed beer. Had Oregon won, Kasich would’ve had to send Columbus-brewed beer, a tray of lasagna and buckeye candies.


When Super Bowl 49 kicks off Sunday, Ohio-made footballs will again be on the field.

The Wilson Football Factory in Ada, Ohio has stitched, inflated, inspected and shipped 120 balls to Arizona for the game.  The factory in the small northwest Ohio city has made every football used in the Super Bowl and every ball used by the NFL since 1941.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Norwalk Board of Education has scheduled a special session for Thursday, February 5th.

The closed-door meeting will begin at 7pm, at Norwalk High School. The topic: personnel.


Ohio Department of Taxation officials have released information about changes, during this tax filing season.

The state has increased the personal exemption for those earning less than $40,000. It’s gone from $1,700, to $2,200.


The other big change: new security measures that could delay refunds by up to a month.

The safeguards are aimed at preventing fraud. Some taxpayers may have to take a short quiz, to get their refund.