Friday, February 5, 2016

17 months in prison, for a Norwalk man who had sex with a teenage girl.

41-year-old Joseph Claus was sentenced yesterday in Huron County Common Pleas Court, on a single count of gross sexual imposition. Once out of prison Claus will be on parole for five years, and as a Tier I sex offender, he’ll be required to register his address once a year for 15 years. The incident involving Claus and the 13-year-old victim occurred last October, at his Williams Street apartment.


More charges have filed against five Sandusky teens accused of taking part in a recent armed robbery.

Along with attempted murder charges, the boys—ages 16 and 17—have been charged with aggravated burglary and robbery, and felonious assault. All of the charges are tied to the January 25th shooting and robbery of a Forest Drive man. Shots were fired, and the boys forced their way into the victim’s home. A bullet hit the man in the arm, and traveled into his chest. The victim was hospitalized, but has since been released. All five teens remain in the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center.


A collection agency may be hired, to help recoup unpaid traffic tickets in Greenwich.

Officials are considering using a collection agency, because over 400 speeding tickets issued via the village’s traffic cameras haven’t been paid. Greenwich Village Council is expected to consider the proposal in the coming weeks.


It happened late last month, but details are just coming out.

An Oregon man was arrested January 27th, after he was caught with 21 pounds of marijuana on the Ohio Turnpike, west of Fremont. 29-year-old Russell Hines was eastbound on the turnpike, when he was pulled over for slow speed, and a lane violation. A search of his car turned up nearly $200,000 worth of pot. He was charged with drug trafficking, and was taken to the Sandusky County Jail.


Kindergarten registration in Bellevue is scheduled for April 6th, 7th and 8th.

Appointments may be made by calling the Board of Education Office, 484-5000.


Next week is when the drive-thru will be open, for residents to make Huron County property tax payments.

The drive-thru is on East Seminary Street, behind the Huron County Office Building…Hours will be 8:30am until 4pm. There will be a change this year. Cash will no longer be accepted as payment at the drive-thru. All cash payments must be made inside the Huron County Treasurer’s Office. To avoid counterfeit money, all cash will be run through a ‘cash discriminator’ to scan the bills. Any money deemed ‘suspicious’ will not be accepted. Huron County property taxes are due one week from today.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

A man hauling construction debris suffered minor injuries, when his truck flipped on its side in Milan Township.

Timothy Dunlap of Monroeville declined treatment. According to reports, yesterday afternoon’s mishap occurred at Routes 250 and 13, when debris shifted during a right-hand turn, causing the rig to roll on its side, spilling the debris on the road. The intersection was closed for about two hours. Dunlap was charged with a load violation.


The Huron County Republican Party has scheduled a local debate for 6pm February 17th, at the New London Village Hall.

County commissioner hopefuls Bob Morgan and Skip Wilde will be there, along with four Republicans running for the Statehouse: Kathryn Frombaugh of Rochester, Timothy Opsitnick of Avon, Dick Stein of Norwalk and Lee Charles Waldrup of Bellevue. Also scheduled to participate: U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs, and Republican challenger Terry Robertson. Huron County Republican Party officials will ask questions, and they’ll accept questions from the audience as well. Again, the debate is set for February 17th, at the New London Village Hall. Primary election day in March 15th.


State Representative Steven Arndt has been picked to serve as a member of the House Transportation Committee, and the Turnpike Legislative Review Committee.

In addition to those committees, he serves on the Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety committees, the Commerce and Labor Committee, and the Economic and Workforce Development Committee. Arndt represents Ohio’s 89th District, which is made up of Erie and Ottawa counties.


A suspected drive-by shooter who targeted the wrong home is in the Erie County Jail.

18-year-old Jeremiah Velez of Sandusky was arrested yesterday afternoon on charges of felonious assault and obstructing official business. The charges are tied to a January 26th incident at a Fulton Street apartment complex. Sandusky police said Velez’s target was a resident who owed him money. Instead, he shot up the wrong apartment. A 25-year-old woman and her nine-month-old infant were in the apartment, but both were unharmed.



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

With temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50’s, a new record high could be set in Norwalk.

The current record is 55, set in 1931.


Firefighters continue to investigate a blaze that claimed a Sandusky man.

69-year-old Charles Purkeypile of Sandusky died early yesterday morning inside his Milan Road apartment. Officials suspect he was smoking in bed while using an oxygen machine. The blaze remains under investigation.


Officials with Michael’s craft store have announced plans to buy the parent company of rival and Ohio-based Pat Catan’s.

The deal between Michael’s and Lamrite West is worth $150 million. No stores will close, and no employees will lose their jobs. It’s not yet known if the sale will affect Pat Catan’s plans to open a new store in Norwalk.


Norwalk City Council has approved a lease-purchase agreement for new phones.

The new citywide phone system from Frontier will cost $81,000.


A change, involving Imagine Norwalk.

This summer’s three Friday downtown events—June 3rd, July 1st and August 5th will be coordinated by the Norwalk Jaycees. Imagine Norwalk’s third summer season will again feature music, food and more.


A Bellevue man accused of going online to solicit sex from a girl under 13 will undergo a mental health evaluation to determine if he knew right from wrong and to see if he can aid in his own defense.

71-year-old Lawrence Green is charged with felony importuning. He was arrested in early January, after a month-long investigation. Green remains in the Huron County Jail, in lieu of $30,000 bond.


Police in Fremont are looking for a man who robbed KeyBank yesterday afternoon.

The man walked into the bank just before 4 and gave a teller a note demanding money. He fled the scene on foot, and hasn’t been seen since.


A change, involving the Greenwich Township Trustees.

The trustees have changed meeting times to 5:30, the final Tuesday of each month.


Nearly a dozen people have applied to become the next treasurer of the Norwalk City Schools.

Three are from the area. Of the 11 applicants, three have experience in school finance. The Norwalk Board of Education hopes to hire a new treasurer by next month.


February 16th is the deadline to register to vote, or change voter information in time for the March 15th primary election.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It’s a split decision.

Famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this morning, which, according to legend, means an early spring. But, his Ohio counterpart, Buckeye Chuck saw his shadow, which is supposed to mean six more weeks of winter.


A Grafton man has been sentenced to life in prison, for killing a Sandusky resident.

35-year-old Joseph Sandy will be eligible for parole in 20 years. Sandy was sentenced yesterday in Erie County Common Pleas Court, after pleading guilty last Thursday to a charge of aggravated murder. The charge was tied to the December, 2013 death of 86-year-old George Martin. Sandy stabbed Martin, and then set fire to his Campbell Street home. Authorities believe Sandy went to the house, to steal money for drugs. Sandy’s wife, 25-year-old Bethany Sandy of Norwalk was involved in the crime. She remains in the Erie County Jail, pending court proceedings.


Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan will deliver his annual ‘State of the City’ address to city council one week from today.


Sandusky’s Polar Plunge was a big success. The annual fundraiser for the Special Olympics raised more than $25,000.


North Fairfield village councilman Tom Leto could be named village administrator.

Mayor Josh Radcliff has recommended that Leto fill the seat previously held by Bob Morgan. North Fairfield council could decide as soon as next week.


A special prosecutor has been named, to oversee a missing drugs investigation involving Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer.

Delaware County Prosecutor Carol Hamilton O’Brien will decide if the matter should go before a grand jury. Overmyer has been accused of mishandling prescription drug boxes collected around the county. He’s denied wrongdoing.


After getting just 1.9% of the vote during yesterday’s Iowa Caucus, governor John Kasich is hoping for a strong showing in next Tuesday’s New Hampshire presidential primary.

Ted Cruz won the GOP Caucus. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders finished in a virtual tie.