News

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 10 this morning.

Erie County is under a Level 1; while Huron County is under a Level 2 Snow Advisory.

School delays and closings are piling up.

All Huron County-operated buildings are under a 2-hour delay this morning.

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Police in Elyria have arrested a second person, allegedly involved in an altercation on Lake Avenue that led to gunfire back in November.

22 year old Jarvis Burns Junior was arrested this week.

23 year old Demarcus Boone surrendered in December.

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Huron County is looking to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

They would be the 16th to do so.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that County Commissioners plan to sign the resolution next Tuesday; stating that the county will decline to enforce any new gun control laws that get put to place by the state or federal government.

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A local girls’ basketball player has apologized for an on-court incident last Saturday that gained national media attention.

In a video released on social media, Bellevue High School senior Casey Santoro appeared to pull down Norwalk senior Olivia Ward by the ponytail and throw her to the floor; which Ward’s family say left her with a concussion.

Santoro served a one-game suspension on Tuesday night; handed down from Bellevue Schools.

Santoro released a statement via Twitter yesterday saying she never intended to hurt anyone and she’ll learn from the incident and become a better person because of it.

Ward’s family says they’ve accepted the apology and have felt bad about all of the negative attention the incident has caused due to social media.

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A new edition to the Sandusky Fire Department…

According to the Sandusky Register, city commissioners have approved the purchase of a new ambulance, costing close to $303,000. 

The 2021 model will arrive this November; replacing a 2007 model.

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Republicans in the Ohio Senate have rejected a bill approved by Republicans in the Ohio House; that would have revised the state’s so-called “Ed Choice Program”, for school choice.

Their rejection also delays any possible return of local control to the Lorain City Schools, as the bill included an amendment addressing state takeovers in Lorain, Youngstown and East Cleveland.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are set for tomorrow morning, for Multilink’s new powder-coating facility.

It’s located on East Broad Street in Elyria.

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The Perkins Township Fire Department has made some personnel moves.

Firefighters Dan Sharpe and Zach Taylor have been hired full-time…and Brad Bauer has been promoted to Lieutenant. 

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 10:00 am.

Rain and snow showers, becoming all snow in the afternoon.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

High near 34.

 

Tonight

Snow showers likely; with around an inch possible.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Wind chill values as low as 3-below-zero.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 19.

Wind chill values as low as 3-below-zero.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.


Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the area; beginning later today.

They say 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected tonight into tomorrow morning; along with possible icy conditions.

The advisory runs from 4:00 pm today to 10:00 am Thursday.

 

10 months in prison for a Sandusky man accused of breaking into a business in Huron Township last July. 

According to the Sandusky Register, 50-year-old Joseph Sparrow has pleaded guilty to breaking and entering in connection with an alleged break-in at a business in the 7500 block of U.S. 250. 

Sparrow must also pay back nearly $3,000 in restitution.

 

Vermilion Police say they’re again experiencing an uptick in vehicle entry thefts through the city. 

They say the incidents are taking place in the middle of the night with the most recent occurring in the Indian Ridge Estates neighborhood the last couple of nights.

Authorities advise residents to lock their vehicles and homes, to not leave valuables in their cars and that outdoor lighting is a deterrent. 

Those victimized by the vehicle entries are asked to call police immediately so authorities can track the thefts.

 

You can now access Lorain County’s 9-1-1 system…    

That was not the case for about 6 hours last night.

The county says, the problem was with the phone company, not the 9-1-1 system itself.

 

Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Turnpike officials will dedicate and unveil an Underground Railroad Historical Marker this morning in Clyde; as part of Black History Month. 

The unveiling will take place at the Commodore Perry Service Plaza at milepost 100, around 11:00 am. 

 

Sales of new vehicles here in northern Ohio are off to a strong start.

According to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, January sales were up 3-and-a-half percent from a year ago.

(Dealers sold more than 22-thousand new vehicles last month…)

Your volume leader was Chevrolet.

 

The Better Business Bureau has released its list of Top-10 scams of 2019 in northern Ohio…

Number One was “Online Purchases” involving scammers pose as trustworthy businesses, sometimes pitching counterfeit goods defective merchandise, and puppy sales.

 

Ohioans who are pierced by Cupid’s arrow this Valentine’s Day should make sure they’re not actually being struck by fraud, Attorney General Dave Yost warns.

Yost’s Consumer Protection Section received 57 complaints of possible romance scams in 2019…with reported losses totaling almost $4 million.

Yost says that scammers often say they live overseas and need money because of a medical emergency or to leave their country; and In many cases, they pretend to be in the military.

 

Next month, the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter will hold an educational program in Sandusky on understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia for families and community members impacted by the disease.

The free hour-long event will be on Tuesday, March 3rd at 2:00 pm at Portland Place on Venice Road.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of rain and light snow.  Increasing clouds, with a high near 40.

 

Tonight

A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 4:00 pm; running through Thursday at 10:00 am.

Snow, 3 to 5 inches possible.  Low around 30.

 

Thursday

Light snow likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 33.

 

Friday

A slight chance of snow showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 19.


Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

A Vermilion man has been arraigned on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI in the death of a Lorain bicyclist Sunday night.

Ruben Diaz was 57. 

Lorain Police say that Diaz’s body was found on Oberlin Avenue where he apparently was hit by a vehicle belonging to 46-year-old Paul Gill. 

Gill is scheduled to be back in court next Monday for preliminary hearing.

 

Fremont Police are investigating a reported stabbing that occurred Saturday.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 39-year-old Jason Conley on felonious assault charges; in connection with the stabbing of 31-year-old Roshawn Watkins, who was discovered at a bar on West State Street.

Watkins was taken to a Toledo hospital for treatment.

 

Flu numbers from Huron County Public Health…

There were 55 positive flu tests and 4 flu hospitalizations the week of January 26th through February 1st. 

The number of positive flu tests increased by 6 from the previous reporting week and the number of hospitalizations went by just 1. 

 

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has released crime-related statistics for 2019.

According to the Sandusky Register, most numbers remained pretty close to what they were in 2018; including 1,088 total arrests in 2019 compared to 1,094 arrests in 2018…and 704 traffic crashes in 2019 compared to 763 in 2018.

The only big change came in category of processing sex offender registrations…631 in 2019 compared to 345 in 2018…this happening due to a stronger focus on verifying sex offenders says the sheriff’s office.

 

It appears, Ford will bring about 18-hundred new jobs to the Ohio Assembly Plant rather than the previously reported 15-hundred.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, Sheffield Village Mayor John Hunter shared the information with village council last night.

Last November, Ford announced, they would be bringing a new product line to The Ohio Assembly Plant as part of a 900-million-dollar investment.

The plant spans parts of Avon Lake, Sheffield Village and Sheffield Lake.

 

The City of Sandusky has announced they’ll be holding their first ever ‘Restaurant Week’

It will take place March 2nd through 6th in downtown Sandusky’s entertainment district…featuring more than 20 restaurants that’ll be offering tasting opportunities and feature menus.

 

It might be February, but organizers of Vermilion’s Festival of the Fish are already thinking summer.

They’ve announced, the 54th annual festival will have a “Mardi Gras” theme.

This year’s Festival of the Fish will run from June 19th through the 21st.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Wednesday

A chance of rain and snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

 

Thursday

Snow, freezing rain, and sleet; turning to all snow.  High near 34.


Monday, February 10th, 2020

More information is expected to be released today regarding a man who was found dead at Norwalk’s Veterans Memorial Lake Park on Saturday.

Police Sergeant James Montana tells the Norwalk Reflector that they know the identity of the man in question; but they do not have a lot of information and that the death is under investigation.

 

The State Highway Patrol’s Sandusky Post is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that involved a pedestrian on Sunday night.

They say 59-year-old Dennis Mahutga of California was attempting to cross Route 250 from Kalahari to the Hy-Miler gas station; when he was struck by an SUV driven by 39-year-old Amanda Horvath of Milan.

The northbound lanes of Route 250 were closed for approximately 2 hours while the scene was investigated.

                                        

In Lorain County, a Henrietta Township man is due in court Thursday…accused of using a hidden camera in his bathroom and taking pictures of unsuspecting teenagers.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office says, they found those pictures on                    30 year old Paul Churchill’s mobile device, and learned that the hidden camera had been moved to a friend’s house in Erie County.

Charges there are pending…

 

A Sandusky man faces multiple felony charges involving an alleged stolen handgun early Saturday morning. 

According to the Sandusky Register, 25-year-old Trevonte Adcock reportedly attempted to hide a gun in some bushes near Harrison Street after allegedly running out of a vehicle before it was stopped by police.

Police say that Adcock was first seen near a store on Camp Street where he allegedly was carrying a gun, which he then reportedly tucked into his waistband and got into a vehicle.

 

Flu season is in full swing here in Ohio.

In their latest survey, the Ohio Department of Health reports more than

800 new hospitalizations…the highest weekly mark this season.

 

The Sandusky Police Department says they’re looking for more great men and women to serve their community.

According to police, there is a strong potential for 4 to 5 job openings with their department.

This comes after Sandusky police were recruiting last week in the Toledo area.

 

The Chapel’s Norwalk campus is hosting a Valentine’s Day event for those who have lost their spouses.

A free Valentine’s Day Lunch for Widows will be held this Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

 

Tonight, Black History Month will be celebrated in Elyria with a program on the Underground Railroad.

This evening’s program will be presented at the Elyria Arts Council on Broad Street…sponsored by the Arts Council and Eden Valley Enterprises.

 

The 2020 season of the Sandusky Farmers Market is just around the corner…and they’re looking for vendors.

Officials say they’re looking for handmade, homemade and homegrown artisans and vendors; along with live musicians. 

More info is available on the City of Sandusky’s Government Facebook page.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of rain, possibly mixing with snow.

Patchy fog before noon.

Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 39.

 

Tonight

Cloudy, with a low around 30.

 

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.

 

Wednesday

A chance of afternoon snow showers, mixing with rain.

Cloudy, with a high near 39.