News

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Risden Road, at its bridge over State Route 2 in Berlin Township, will close next Tuesday, for a bridge repair project.

A detour will be posted. The road is scheduled to re-open June 25th.

 

An overturned semi shut down the eastbound on-ramp of State Route 2, at U.S. Route 250.

The mishap occurred shortly after 6 last night. No other information is available.

 

EHOVE Career Center’s annual Senior Recognition Ceremony is set for this Friday.

Two sessions will be held at the Sandusky State Theater—8:30 and 11:30am.

 

An assistant Huron County prosecutor has been chosen to serve as acting prosecutor.

Davia Kasper will step in June 1st, a day after current Huron County prosecutor Russ Leffler retires. Kasper’s appointment was made official yesterday, by the Huron County Commissioners. Her term will run through 2016.

 

The Huron woman charged in connection with the December death of a four-year-old boy has had her bond revoked, and is back in jail.

Lindsey Gundlach was taken to the Erie County Jail Monday. She had been on house arrest at a relative’s home, but that person didn’t want her in his home any longer. She could be released from jail, if she finds a court-approved place to stay. Gundlach is scheduled to stand trial in September, on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, DUI and child endangering. The charges are connected to the December 22nd death of Javin Jaques. The boy was a passenger in a car driven by Gundlach, when she backed into the Huron River in Franklin Flats. A seven-year-old girl in the car was rescued. Jaques was not.

 

A now 79-year-old man who escaped from a prison work camp in Sandusky in the late 1950’s is back in Ohio.

Frank Freshwaters was brought back last night, after a Florida judge refused his request to fight extradition. State prison officials will now recalculate his sentence and parole date, based on the amount of time he spent as a fugitive. He’ll also likely face escape charges. Freshwaters was 21 years old when he was convicted of manslaughter, for killing a man in a crash in 1957. He was given a suspended sentence, but was later sent to prison for violating probation. After a few months at the Ohio Reformatory in Mansfield, he was transferred to the Sandusky Honor Farm. He fled from there a short time later, and lived a mostly quiet life in West Virginia and Florida, until he was found earlier this month.

 

A plane crash in southwestern Virginia has claimed a Mansfield Couple.

George and Pam Fonseca died Monday, when their small plane crashed into a mountain near Saltville, Virginia. They were traveling from Florida, to Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport when the crash occurred.

 

The city of Norwalk’s annual Memorial Day parade, sponsored by the DAV will begin at 9:30 Monday morning, at Water Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

The parade will proceed to the Woodlawn Cemetery. A program will be held there, immediately after the parade.

 

The holiday weekend is fast approaching and you know what that means…

Higher prices at the pump.  Wholesalers blamed ‘increased demand’ for yesterday’s 10-percent spike.  Critics call it ‘price gouging.’


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Willard’s interim city manager is now Willard’s permanent city manager.

Last night, city council voted unanimously to hire Shawn Tappel. Tappel was one of three applicants for the job. He had served as interim city manager since last September. Council president Josh Gerber said last night that Tappel will be paid $75,000 annually.

 

Also hired last night…a new South Central Local Schools superintendent.

By a 4-1 vote, the Board of Education hired Richmond Heights Elementary principal Martha Hasselbusch. The only ‘no’ vote was cast by board president Bob Morgan. Hasselbusch is replacing David Brand, who’s leaving for the same job in New Philadelphia. She was given a three-year contract, worth $93,000 annually.

 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s ‘Click It Or Ticket’ campaign is in full swing.

The annual seat belt enforcement push began yesterday, and will run through Memorial Day. Last year, 450 people died in traffic crashes in Ohio while not wearing a seat belt.

 

Erie County deputies continue to investigate last week’s crash that knocked out power to more than 7,000 Ohio Edison customers.

The driver slammed into a power pole on State Route 61, near Route 113 in Berlin Township. The car sustained severe damage, but the driver was able to flee on foot. A passenger in the car suffered minor injuries. The driver has been ID’d, and charges are pending.

 

The Highway Patrol is investigating a weekend fatal crash near Vickery.

Troopers said 55-year-old Kelly Dellinger of Fremont was hit and killed Sunday evening, when he failed to yield at the intersection of Sandusky County roads 260 and 247. Troopers said he wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and was ejected from his van. The other driver, Heather Huss of Fremont was flown to ProMedica Toledo Hospital. A passenger, Adam Huss was taken by Ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

 

EHOVE Career Center’s annual Senior Recognition Ceremony is set for this Friday.

Two sessions will be held at the Sandusky State Theatre – 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

 

A Detroit man found guilty of killing a Sandusky man in 2008 has won his retrial…Sort of.

After the retrial and nearly five days of deliberations, an Erie County Common Pleas Court Jury found Thomas Ricks ‘not guilty’ of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.  But the jury was deadlocked on a third count, a lesser degree of murder.  Prosecutor Kevin Baxter is expected to pursue the case again.  In 2010, a jury found Ricks guilty of shooting and killing Calvin Harper Jr. during a drug deal.  But three years later, his conviction was overturned by the Ohio Supreme Court.  A co-defendant in the case, Aaron Gipson is serving life in prison.

 

The 79-year-old man who escaped from a prison work camp in Sandusky in the late 1950′s is set to return to Ohio.

That’s because a Florida judge denied a request by Frank Freshwaters to fight extradition.  He’ll be brought back to Ohio to face escape charges.  Freshwaters was 21 years old when he was convicted of manslaughter for killing a man in a crash.  He was given a suspended sentence but was later sent to prison for violating probation.  After a few months at the Ohio Reformatory in Mansfield, he was transferred to the Sandusky Honor Farm.  He fled from there and lived a mostly quiet life in West Virginia and Florida.


Monday, May 18, 2015

The highway patrol is investigating a fatal crash near Vickery.

According to reports, it happened last night, near the intersection of Sandusky County roads 260 and 247. Troopers are expected to release more information this morning.

 

A bridge leading to a small cluster of homes on a tiny island along Lake Erie has reopened, a few days after it was shut down due to safety concerns.

Last week’s closure of the Harbor Island Causeway near Port Clinton meant the only way residents living in 30 homes on the island could get out was by boat or a pedestrian bridge. Repairs were made over the weekend.

 

Authorities believe they’ve found the getaway driver, in last month’s gas station robbery in Willard.

20-year-old Dalton Parrott of Greenwich was interviewed by Willard police last week, then was arrested for complicity to robbery. He was taken to the Huron County Jail. Police believe Parrott and 20-year-old Caleb Hale sped away April 30th, moments after Hale used a gun to hold up Hy-Miler on Tiffin Street. Hale was arrested five days later, in Mansfield. He’s in jail, for aggravated robbery.

 

A ski resort in Richland County is out of business.

Clear Fork Resort has shut down, and will be sold at a sheriff’s sale next month. The owners of the property owe about $2.5 million. The resort first opened in 1964, near Mohican State Park.

 

Starting today, U.S. Route 6, between Sandusky and Huron will be down to one lane of traffic, for resurfacing work.

The project should be complete by June 30th.

 

Edison Elementary School is currently accepting kindergarten registrations for the 2015-2016 school year.

Registration packets may be picked up at Edison Elementary between 8am and 3pm Monday through Friday, until May 29th. The Edison Local School District accepts open enrollment applications for all students in grades Pre-K through 12.

 

He was hired as a security officer and now, he’s facing charges, for allegedly stealing money and valuables from his employer.

21-year-old Remel Barbee of Sandusky was arrested Friday for safecracking and theft. Barbee is accused of swiping a diamond ring, two smartphones and over $400 from Kalahari. The ring and phones were stolen from lost-and-found. The cash came from other sources. Barbee was taken to the Erie County Jail.

 


Friday, May 15, 2015

After last night’s 94-73 win, the Cleveland Cavaliers are off to the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals.

Dates and times have been set for the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals.  The Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Atlanta Hawks or the Washington Wizards Wednesday May 20th, Friday May 22nd, Sunday May 24th and Tuesday May 26th.  If necessary, remaining games would be played on Thursday May 28th, Saturday May 30th and Monday, June 1.  All games will tipoff at 8:30 and all games will air on 95.3 WLKR. 

 

The latest on an overnight crash that knocked out power to a number of homes and businesses.

More than 7,100 Ohio Edison customers in the Norwalk area lost power at approximately 1:45 this morning…most had power restored before 3 am.  The crash that caused the outage occurred on State Route 61, near State Route 113 in Berlin Township.  Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said the driver lost control and went off the road and hit a power pole.  Route 61, between Arlington and Chapin Roads was closed into the late morning hours while Edison crews removed lines from the roadway.  The car sustained severe damage, but the driver suffered only minor injuries.

 

If all goes as planned, a new multi-million dollar youth sports complex will be built in Erie County.

A Georgia-based company called The Sports Force plans to build the $23.5 million complex at the former Griffing Sandusky Airport site on U.S. Route 6. It would feature multiple fields and would cater to various sports, including baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse.  The proposal has the backing of Cedar Fair.  Cedar Point’s parent company would pay $3.5 million for land and contribute it to the project.  The Sports Force would chip in with $3 million and the remaining $17 million would come from a one-percent increase in Erie County’s hotel-motel bed tax.  Construction could begin this fall and be complete by mid-2016.

 

A number of Norwalk High School fall and winter sports coaches have been rehired.

Earlier this week, the Norwalk Board of Education approved supplemental contracts for head football coach Chris MacFarland, boys basketball coach Steve Gray, and girls basketball coach Brock Manlet. Last season, MacFarland led the Truckers to a 10-0 regular season, and an outright NOL football championship. The board also approved supplemental contracts for volleyball coach Angie Kalizewski, boys soccer coach Paul Lamb, girls soccer coach Michelle Sandor, and head wrestling coach Dan Helton.

 

Some good news for Erie County motorists…

State Route 4, a half-mile south of Bogart Road in Perkins Township has re-opened…It closed Monday, for a culvert replacement. Also open to traffic: West Strub Road, between Campbell Street and Old Railroad Road…It was closed for resurfacing. It re-opened more than a week ahead of schedule.