Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Boy hit by train in Bellevue in ‘stable condition’

More details have been released on the boy who was hit by a train on Friday night on Route 269 in Bellevue. According to the Norwalk Reflector, Bellevue Police said the boy was “alert and in stable condition” after he had apparently been trying to put a rock under the wheels of an approaching train when the train’s back tanker and ladder hit him. He was then taken to a Toledo Hospital by helicopter.


Margaretta basketball coach resignation accepted by school board after suspension

The Margaretta School Board has unanimously voted to accept the resignation of veteran girls basketball coach Tim Tucker. Tucker was suspended last month for allegedly making ‘repeated demeaning comments’ involving team members. He then reached an agreement last week to retire after this season if he was allowed to coach in the postseason tournament; which begins tonight for the Polar Bears. The Sandusky Register reports that the Margaretta school board received an earful from Tucker supporters; but had no discussion on Tucker before voting.


You can nominate a Norwalk City Employee for Employee of the Month

Norwalk’s ‘City Employee of the Month’ can be nominated by the public. Nomination forms are available at each city department or the city’s website ( and must be delivered to Mayor Rob Duncan by mail, email, or in person by the first of the month. Awards will be based on attitude and commitment, work performance, and interpersonal skills.


Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Dine-out’ at Marcos Pizza today

It’s Wednesday…and that means you can eat some good food while also helping support a good cause. Today the Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser stops at Marco’s Pizza in Norwalk. Part of today’s sales will support the fund’s 2017 Community Campaign.



Today-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66

Tonight-A slight chance of showers, mostly cloudy, with a low around 51

Thursday-A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon, mostly cloudy, with a high near 67

Friday-A chance of showers and thunderstorms, cloudy and breezy, with a high near 72

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Fire near Norwalk causes $30,000 in damage

A Monday afternoon fire east of Norwalk on Route 61 caused $30,000 in damage. The Norwalk Reflector reports that the blaze was originally thought to be a chimney fire; spreading after the home owner was doing some landscaping. Firefighters had to tear out parts inside of both floors due to fire and smoke damage. No one was injured. It’s unknown if the family will keep staying in the home.


Illinois woman charged with Attempted Murder after traffic stop on Turnpike

An Illinois woman was charged with Attempted Murder after a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County. The 57 year-old woman was pulled over for speeding in Rice Township between Oak Harbor and Fremont by a Milan Post Trooper when the trooper noticed signs that violence had occurred. The suspect was then arrested after an incident in Madison County near London, west of Columbus.


Two vehicle injury crash in Perkins Township

A two vehicle crash last night in Perkins Township left three people injured. It happened on Bogart Road when 21 year-old Ryan Skrumbellos of Bellevue failed to yield while turning left onto Campbell Street in a hatchback. He then struck a pickup truck driven by 44 year-old Adam Windisch of Castalia. Windisch was found to be impaired and then charged with Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated. Skrumbellos and his two passengers were injured and taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center.


Protesters of Jim Jordan in Fremont and Marion on Monday

Representative Jim Jordan was met with protestors on Monday at events in Fremont and Marion. Protestors are speaking out against Jordan’s support for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act; as well as Jordan not holding any Town Hall-style meetings. In regards to the protestors, Jordan told the Fremont News Messenger “They may not agree with me…but they’re allowed under the First Amendment. Their job is to speak up and my job is to listen.” Jordan was on hand at the Harding home in Marion and Fremont’s Hayes library as part of President’s Day activities.


Couch to 5K kickoff tonight in Norwalk

The kickoff for the ‘Couch to 5K’ training plan is set for tonight in Norwalk. It takes place at 6:00 pm at the Norwalk Rec Center with 60 people registered for the event; which is a 9-week training plan that prepares people for their first 5K run. Registration is now closed for the event. But you can find out more information on the program at



Today-Scattered showers, mainly this afternoon, cloudy, with a high near 65

Tonight-Scattered showers, cloudy, with a low around 48

Wednesday-Partly sunny, with a high near 67

Thursday-A chance of showers in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Bellevue boy hit by train

A Bellevue boy was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a train late Friday night. According to Bellevue Police and the Fremont News Messenger, the boy (name and age not yet released), was taken by helicopter to a Toledo hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The boy was laying small items on the tracks to be run over by a coming train when he was struck.


Huron County Sheriff’s Office to get 6 new SUVs

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office will be receiving six new SUV’s. The Huron County Commissioners have approved the purchase of six 2017 Ford Interceptors at the cost of $32,000 each. The Huron County Sheriff’s Office currently has close to 20 vehicles; with six believed to have over 180,000 miles; the Huron County Commissioners told the Norwalk Reflector. The vehicles are ready for the road; except for decals and police radios.


Margaretta girls basketball coach reinstated, to retire

Long-time Margaretta girls basketball coach, Tim Tucker, has reached an agreement with the school to reinstate him as coach for the remainder of the season. The Sandusky Register reports that the agreement reached on Friday allows Tucker to return as head coach for the upcoming postseason tournament; with a mandate that Tucker retires at the end of the season. Tucker, in his 36th season at Margaretta, was suspended earlier this month after allegedly making ‘repeated demeaning comments’.


Author looking for historical Willard photos

A book featuring Willard history and photos is in the making. Former resident Rick Reed is putting the book together; and needs articles and pictures that highlight Willard history along with Greenwich, Plymouth, and surrounding areas. Photos must be your own, and not from social media. (They can be emailed to For more details, visit the City of Willard, Ohio Facebook page.


President’s Day means a day off for many

With today being President’s Day, many government offices, banks and schools are closed. There’s also no mail delivery today. When in doubt, make sure to call ahead.



Today – President’s Day-Mostly sunny, with a high near 61

Tonight-Partly cloudy, with a low around 45

Tuesday-Rain showers likely, cloudy, with a high near 59

Wednesday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 66

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Perkins woman indicted on murder charges

A Perkins Township woman has been indicted on two murder counts. 35 year-old Christine Gilbert was arrested in late January when her boyfriend, 44 year-old Jamie Wilburn, was stabbed and killed; after the couple got into an argument at their trailer on West Perkins Avenue.


Perkins Township crash results in three injuries

Three people were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Perkins Township on Tuesday. The Highway Patrol says 27 year-old Melissa Mattox of Port Clinton was on Strub Road when she overcorrected and drove off the left side of the road and struck a tree. Two passengers, 25 year-old Lauren Spears of Port Clinton and 30 year-old Jonathan Torres of Port Clinton, were treated for injuries at Firelands Regional Medical Center; with Spears later flown to a different facility by medical helicopter.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors.


Norwalk School Board discusses Whitney Field improvements

The school board at Norwalk has authorized accepting a quote for stadium improvements at Whitney Field. The Norwalk Reflector says the $282,000 quote includes adding brace supports and aluminum decking to the home bleachers to reduce swaying. After the plans are drafted and approved by the state, work can begin. There was been some push back on the improvements though; including the suggestion of building a new stadium altogether.


Parma man arrested following pursuit in many counties

A 40 year-old Parma man is in jail on several charges after a lengthy police pursuit through Sandusky, Erie and Ottawa Counties. Steven Michel was first made contact with by a Milan post trooper in a service plaza due to a fictitious license plate before driving away and traveling through Bellevue, Clyde, and heading towards Fremont. Michel’s car was eventually spotted in a residence’s driveway in Ottawa County; where he was taken into custody and charged.


Lorain man charged with 6th OVI while driving on Route 2

A man from Lorain has been charged with OVI for the sixth time. Anthony Carter was arrested while on Route 2 in Berlin Township after the Highway Patrol received calls of a reckless driver.



Today-Partly sunny, with a high near 33

Tonight-Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25

Friday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 51

Saturday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 58