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Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Reminder on Snow Emergency levels

*Erie, Huron and Sandusky counties are under a ‘Level One’ this morning.

With the arrival of the first significant snow, here’s a reminder on what the different snow advisory levels mean.

A ‘Level One’ indicates hazardous road conditions due to snow or ice.

A ‘Level Two’ means there’s blowing and drifting snow or ice cover; and you should contact your place of employment to see if you should report to work.

A ‘Level Three’ indicates that all roads are closed to non-emergency vehicles due to extremely dangerous conditions.  No one should be on the road unless it’s absolutely necessary; and you could be subject to arrest if on the road for non-emergency reasons.

 

Five receive minor injuries in pickup truck accident

Five people inside a pickup truck received minor injuries when their vehicle skidded off the road and rolled over on its side in Margaretta Township Wednesday afternoon.

The crash took place on Route 101 just outside of Castalia.

The accident was likely due to snowy road conditions.

 

Josh Smith named Milan Post Trooper of the Year

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Joshua Smith has been selected as the Milan Post 2017 Trooper of the Year.

The 29-year-old, who resides in Vermilion, joined the patrol in 2012 where he’s continually served in Milan.

Trooper Joshua Smith is now in the running for the District and State Trooper of the Year Award.

 

Sandusky lawyer to most likely remain in jail

A Sandusky attorney will likely have to complete his month-long jail sentence.

K. Ronald Bailey had his state Supreme Court motion appeal denied on Wednesday.

Bailey has been in the Erie County jail since Monday after allegedly refusing to participate in a 2016 trial involving a Sandusky pastor who was accused of sexually abusing children.

 

Fisher-Titus now part of Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO Network for individual plans on and off the exchange

Fisher-Titus is pleased to announce that area residents shopping for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange will be able to access services at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk and Medical Care physicians through the Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO Network.

Open enrollment to choose Affordable Care Act Exchange Plans ends this Friday.

 

Huron County Public Health hosting “Project Dawn” event this Friday

Huron County Public Health is hosting their ‘Project Dawn’ Narcan program this Friday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the new Huron County Peer Recovery Community Center in Norwalk.

Free kits containing the drug overdose antidote, Narcan, along with training, will be given to the first 18 participants who register and complete the training.

 

Extra security for new Star Wars movie in Sandusky

Cinemark in Sandusky is bringing in extra law enforcement for tonight and this weekend’s opening of the new Star Wars movie.

Extra Perkins Police officers will be on hand to watch over the large and excited crowds expected for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”.

Movie viewers are banned from wearing face paint and masks; and are not allowed to bring fake weapons such as light-sabers.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/15

Erie, Huron and Sandusky counties: Level One Snow Emergency

 

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 26.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.

 

Friday

A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 28.

 

Saturday

A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.


Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/13

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 10:00 am today through midnight.

 

Today

Snow, mainly after in the afternoon. High near 26.

Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

 

Tonight

Snow, mainly before midnight. Low around 21.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

 

Sandusky Police Department phone lines down – UPDATE (10:30 am Wed.) – NOW BACK UP AND WORKING

The Sandusky Police Department’s phone lines are down until further notice as of Wednesday morning.

9-1-1 is still working properly.

If you need to reach the Sandusky Police Department for non-emergencies, call 419-627-7568.

 

Fisher-Titus now part of Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO Network for individual plans on and off the exchange

Fisher-Titus is pleased to announce that area residents shopping for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange will be able to access services at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk and Medical Care physicians through the Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO Network.

The Medical Mutual Mercy Health HMO network will also include the 44-member Fisher-Titus Medical Care physician group, and Bay Area Digestive Health physicians.

Open enrollment to choose ACA Exchange Plans ends on Dec. 15th.

 

Berlin Heights man arrested for assault

A Berlin Heights man has been charged with domestic violence and felonious assault.

37-year-old Jeremy Fenton of Thorpe Road allegedly punched a woman and man in their faces during an argument early Tuesday morning.

 

Minor injury crash last night in Sandusky

A woman received minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash last night in Sandusky.

Two vehicles reportedly hit head-on as one of them was turning left out of a parking lot near the Kroger Marketplace and onto Perkins Avenue.

 

Margaretta cheerleaders punished for talking during Nat’l Anthem

Cheerleaders from Margaretta High School were reportedly punished for talking during the National Anthem at last Friday’s basketball game.

The incident reportedly involved several cheerleaders and resulted in the cheerleaders being benched for Saturday’s game.

 

Sandusky officers growing out their facial hair for charity

Police officers in Sandusky are growing beards, mustaches and goatees for a good cause.

Close to $700 has been raised since November with officers making donations to the local charity, OH-go, so they can grow out their facial hair.

The local nonprofit will be taking holiday gifts to those in need in Huron and Erie Counties later this month.

 

Erie County residents being told not to flush household wipes

Sewer workers in Erie County are encouraging residents to not flush household disinfectant wipes.

They say it’s causing infrastructure issues with workers forced to clear pumps out much more frequently; as well as having to purchase new “chopper” pumps at their sewer plant.

 

“Project Happy” to benefit local families in need this Christmas

You still have a few days left to make a difference this Christmas for children in Huron and Erie counties.

Now through Friday you can donate shoe boxes or wrapped totes of stocking stuffers, treats and hygiene products to “Project Happy”; which will go to those less fortunate during the holidays.

Donations can be dropped off at all local schools, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office and Sheri’s Coffee House in Norwalk.


Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Sandusky CVS store robbed Sunday

Authorities are investigating the robbery of a Sandusky CVS store on Sunday evening.

According to police, a masked man brandished a handgun at the Monroe Street store and took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing out the front door.

The suspect is described as a black male standing 6 feet tall and weighing around 200 pounds.

 

Ohio seeing an increase in the flu this year

Flu is on the rise in Ohio.

Data earlier this month shows that the state has had over 250 flu-related hospitalizations since flu season started.   Those numbers are up from around 80 at this point of the season a year ago.

State health officials say that everyone six months of age or older should get a flu shot as soon as they can.

 

2017 Sandusky Post Trooper of the Year announced

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew Geer has been selected as the Sandusky Post 2017 Trooper of the Year.

Trooper Geer, who resides in Vermilion, joined the Highway Patrol in 2012 and was also selected as the Sandusky Post Trooper of the Year in 2016.

Geer is now in contention for the District and State Trooper of the Year Award to be announced at a later date.

 

Willard City Hall closing early tomorrow

City Hall in Willard will be closing at 12 noon Wednesday due to the replacement of an emergency generator.

Payments may still be made through their night deposit box.

City Hall will re-open Thursday at 7:30 am.

The police department will remain open throughout the process.

 

Sandusky County juvenile officer terminated from job

A juvenile detention corrections officer in Sandusky County has been fired after an alleged altercation with Fremont police.

34-year-old Erica Groot reportedly was involved in a fight at a Fremont bar where she allegedly scratched and kicked officers.

Groot was charged with assaulting police officers and resisting arrest.

She had worked at the juvenile detention center since 2014.

 

Perkins paving projects pushed back into 2018

Officials in Perkins Township say the state is to blame for the delay in completing their three most expensive paving projects.

Work on Dewitt, Indiana and Pennsylvania avenues was scheduled to be finished a month ago; and has now been pushed back to sometime in 2018.

According to Perkins officials, ODOT did not send them a notice to proceed with the $448,000 project until October; which has caused the delay.

 

EHOVE and Margaretta student nominated for national honor

Margaretta and EHOVE visual media student Camlyn Lewis is the first ever nominee at EHOVE for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education program.

Candidates will be named in January with winners chose in May.

Winners receive a trip to Washington D.C. and are included in a White House ceremony.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/12

Today

Snow likely this morning, then a chance of snow showers later.

Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 19 by 5:00 pm.

Blustery, with gusts near 40 mph.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.  Blustery.

 

Wednesday

Snow showers likely, mainly in the afternoon.

New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

 

Wednesday Night

Snow, mainly before midnight. Low around 19.

New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.


Monday, December 11th, 2017

Two people hurt in Norwalk accident

Two people were taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash early Saturday evening in Norwalk.

Snowy and icy roads were a likely factor in the accident in which a vehicle crossing the Bouscay Avenue to Spring Street intersection appeared to hit another vehicle on Whittlesey Avenue.

One of those vehicles then struck a home.

 

Sandusky man reportedly found in homeowner’s basement

A man from Sandusky faces a felony burglary charge after a Ging Street homeowner allegedly found him in their basement.

When discovered, 28-year-old Timothy Taylor told the homeowner he was homeless and trying to stay warm; but then left the home after being asked.

The homeowner later found several items missing including boxes of baseball cards and a video game system.

 

Another meeting planned for January to discuss wind energy project

Apex Clean Energy has planned a second meeting for January 4th at 7:00 pm at the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.

The meeting to discuss a possible wind energy project and to declare Huron County as an “alternate energy zone” is for residents who were unable to attend their previous meeting in November.

 

Local post dispatcher named Post and District Dispatcher of the Year

Highway Patrol Dispatcher Heidi Maloy at the Sandusky Dispatch Center has been selected for the state’s Telecommunications Award along with the Bucyrus District award.

Maloy is a New London High School grad and currently lives in Port Clinton.

 

New snow truck coming to Perkins Township

Perkins Township has purchased a new $140,000 truck for snow removal.

The truck, armed with a snow plow and salt spreader, will replace a 15-year-old smaller and outdated vehicle.

In the warmer weather, the new vehicle will carry asphalt and other items to job sites.

It was bought under the state’s purchasing program.

 

Norwalk Parks and Rec again hosting “Family First Night”

The annual “Family First Night” event will again take place this New Year’s Eve at Norwalk’s Ernsthausen Community Center.

The event from the Norwalk Parks and Rec department includes swimming, disc golf and inflatables for the kids.

It runs from 8:00 pm to 12 midnight and costs $5 per person.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 12/11

Today

A chance of snow showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 33.

Little to no snow accumulation expected.

 

Tonight

Snow showers likely.  New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Cloudy, with a low around 25.

 

Tuesday

A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 27.

Blustery, with gusts as high as 33 mph.

New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

 

Wednesday

A chance of afternoon snow showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 24.