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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Man arrested for assaulting Norwalk police officer

A Norwalk man is facing a felony charge of assaulting a Norwalk police officer. 24 year-old Steven Burrows of West Seminary Street was also arrested for theft after shoplifting and leaving on foot from Austin’s Westside Gas Store; where he later was also charged with resisting arrest and then assaulting an officer during the process. Burrows was also issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Erie County Sheriff’s Office receive funds for holiday enforcement patrols

The Sheriff’s Office in Erie County has received a grant of just over $37,000 in federal traffic safety funding. The grant will be used to conduct overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols in area with a high amount of serious traffic crashes; including US 250, and State Routes 2, 4, 60, and 61. During this month of December, officers will utilize the funds for enforcement over the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays. Last month, 103 traffic stops were made by using the funds.

 

Norwalk man charged with Heroin trafficking

A Norwalk man is facing charges of Heroin trafficking after a traffic stop that led to the discovery of the drug on him. Jason Taylor was pulled over for running a stop sign just after 1:00 pm Wednesday. He and passenger Brennan Doyle had just left a convenience store parking lot that is known by police for drug trafficking.

 

 

Willard Police/Fire Department food drive going on Saturday

The Willard Fire and Police Departments are hosting a “Fill a Fire Truck” Holiday Food Drive this Saturday and next Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Non-perishable food items can be brought to a drive-thru bay in the back of the fire station, where items will be unloaded for you.  The food drive benefits the Willard Area Food Bank.

 

What to do this weekend with Lake Erie Shores and Islands

Holiday events are in full swing here in the Lake Erie region. One of those events this weekend is the ‘Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes’, going on in Sandusky on Sunday and Monday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Tickets are available for the event at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands location on US 250 in Sandusky.  More info on this event and everything else going on in the area is online at www.shoresandislands.com.


Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Missing Morrow County girl possibly in Willard

The Willard Police Department is seeking information on a 15 year-old missing or runaway girl from Morrow County that might be in Willard. Taylor Rucker was last seen on November 16th, and is possibly staying with 18 year-old Johnny Newsome; after reportedly being dropped off at 124 Dale Avenue in Willard. Please call the Willard Police Department or Morrow County Sheriff’s Office in Mt. Gilead with any information on Rucker’s whereabouts. Rucker’s photo can be viewed on the Willard Police Department’s Facebook page.

 

 

Ohio first in the nation in Opioid drug overdose deaths

In an alarming but not surprising statistic, Ohio ranks first in total Opioid drug overdose deaths in the United States, with a total of 2,106, meaning 11% of U.S. overdose deaths took place in Ohio. California ranked second with New York third. These numbers coming from a 2014 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation study, as they analyzed statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – National Center for Health Statistics. Ohio also led the nation with 1,208 overdose deaths due to Heroin. Ohio is third in the nation (618) in oxycodone/hydrocodone overdoses behind California (1,047) and Florida.

 

Reminder to purchase Dog Licenses

The Erie County Dog Warden is reminding residents that your 2017 dog license must be purchased now through January 31st, 2017.  All dogs three months and older must have a license; which costs $20.00 per tag and $10 for kennel license.  Licenses can be purchased throughout the area, including vet hospitals and Civista banks.  After the deadline, the fee doubles and you could be cited for being in violation of the law.

 

Norwalk Area United Fund near 50% of Campaign Goal

The Norwalk Area United Fund is closing in on the half-way point of their 2017 Campaign Goal. The organization reports they are 46% towards their goal of raising $360,000 for 37 grants and local programs.  If you wish to donate, visit their website at www.norwalkunitedfund.org.

 

Latest on NEXUS natural gas pipeline…

Construction of a pipeline across much of northern Ohio is another step closer. The feds have signed off on an environmental impact statement for the NEXUS natural gas pipeline. The recommendation now goes to the Energy Regulatory Commission for approval. Some residents argued “NIMBY” meaning “not in my backyard”, saying the pipeline should be moved farther south into less-populated areas. As it stands now, the pipeline will cut across Erie, Sandusky, Lorain, and Medina Counties.


Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Eight arrested in Sandusky drug crackdown

On Tuesday, eight people were arrested in Sandusky on drug charges in a multi-agency crackdown. Police Chief John Orzech told the Sandusky Register that two individuals were nabbed on federal indictments and six on state charges, with help from officers from the Sandusky Police Department, Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the Toledo Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Agency.  Charges include heroin distribution and possession, cocaine possession, and drug trafficking.  Orzech said the crackdown does not come as a direct effect of the rising number of overdoses; as those numbers seem to have decreased somewhat in the past week, compared to earlier in the month.

 

Crisis Text Line available in Huron County

The Huron County Board of Mental Health & Addiction Services has joined forces with the state to promote the 24/7 Crisis Text Line in Huron County. Anyone, regardless of age, whose dealing with a stressful situation can text “4hope” to 741741 to receive help. The message will be kept confidential and anonymous, and data usage is free.

 

Fewer fatal crashes over Thanksgiving weekend

Numbers released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol show fewer motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving Holiday than in recent years. Seven people lost their lives in a fatal crash during the five day reporting period, from last Wednesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 27th. It’s a decrease from the past three years with 9 deaths in 2015, 23 deaths in 2014, and 17 lives were lost in 2013.  The Patrol arrested 460 drivers for OVI, 454 for aggressive driving and 1,320 for not wearing safety belts.

 

Pizza restaurants holding charity events today

If you’re in the mood for pizza, today’s a good day to have a slice. Marco’s Pizza in Norwalk will donate a percentage of their revenue today to the Norwalk Area United Fund, by mentioning the organization’s name, as part of the fund’s “Dine-Out” fundraiser. You can also help out the Willard D.A.R.E. program by participating in the “All You Can Eat Pizza Palooza” tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Willard Depot.

 

Traffic lights out in Sandusky at Jackson and Market Streets

The four-way stop lights are out now through Thursday at the intersection of Jackson and Market Streets in Sandusky, due to electrical work. Temporary four-way stop signs have been placed. Street lights are also not working on Jackson Street from Market Street to Water Street and on the north side of Water Street from Jackson Street to Columbus Avenue, according to information from the Sandusky Register


Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Ohio State classes back in session after yesterday’s attack

Classes resume today at The Ohio State University after yesterday’s on-campus attack that put more than half-a-dozen students in the hospital. An 18 year old student from Somalia drove onto the sidewalk and struck several people, then got out and started cutting people with a butcher knife. He was shot and killed by a University Police Officer. The FBI is investigating whether the attack was an act of terrorism; based on a Facebook posting and ISIS recently telling their supporters to use cars and knives to attack Americans.

 

Wellington pedestrian struck and killed by driver

A Wellington man died early Monday evening while crossing the street near his home. 51 year-old Michael Richley was struck by a Ford Taurus driven by 30 year-old Ray Hughes of Berlin Heights as he was walking his dog across the road near his driveway on State Route 18 in Brighton Township in Lorain County. Speed, alcohol, and drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash.

 

Willard Police looking for information on armed robbery of Hy Miler

The Willard Police Department is looking for information on the gunpoint robbery of the Hy Miler gas station on East Tiffin Street that took place Saturday around 1:00 am. The suspect, described as a 5 foot-6 inch white male with a thin build, entered the store with a handgun and had the clerk empty the cash drawer and hand the money to him, before fleeing.  A $500 reward is being offered by Willard Police for any info that leads to an arrest or conviction of the suspect. Please call Willard PD with any information.

 

Giving Tuesday event going on today at Sandusky Mall

The United Way of Erie County and its’ 20 funded social service agencies are holding a ‘Giving Tuesday’ event today at the Sandusky Mall from 1:00 to 9:00 pm.  To give back, visit the mall today or go online to www.uwerieco.org. You can also sign up to win a $500 mall gift card with a $10 donation.

 

Bellevue Christmas Tree lighting is tonight

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bellevue takes place tonight. It runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Central Park; featuring the official lighting at 6:30 pm along with Christmas Carols from the Bellevue High School Choir and a visit from Santa.  The Bellevue Christmas Parade is Thursday at 6:00 pm.

 

Final day of Norwalk leaf pickup

Today marks the final day of leaf pickup in Norwalk. Crews will be collecting leaves on the south side of town, or on the south side of Main Street.

 

Attorney General DeWine offers tips for ‘Giving Tuesday’

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is offering some charitable giving tips on this “Giving Tuesday,” when donors are urged to make charitable contributions during this holiday shopping season. At the same time, scammers also compete for these contributions. To avoid potential scams, donors should: develop a giving plan, research charities, ask how your donation will be used, and watch for red flags including high-pressure tactics, and requests for checks made out to an individual (instead of a charity).

 

Gas prices up

We are paying more today, to fill up our gas tanks. Yesterday, some service stations pumped up their pump prices 20 to 30-cents-a-gallon. This coming after prices had fallen to about $1.90 a gallon at Thanksgiving.

 

It’s a good day to shop

Today might be a good day to head to the mall. Some retail studies indicate that this will be the least hectic shopping day between now and Christmas Eve.