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Monday, May 22, 2017

Elyria High School placed on lockdown today

Elyria High School was placed on internal lockdown for around an hour today as agencies investigated a threat called in about the school.

Deputy Fire Chief Joe Pronesti told the Chronicle Telegram that the call alleged that there were students with guns and bombs; but said they were pretty sure it was all just a hoax.

School spokeswoman Amy Higgins said in a news conference around 1:00 pm today that everyone was safe.

Students were taken to the gym and auditorium during the lockdown; and were later dismissed.

 

Norwalk students suspended after social media prank

Two Norwalk Main Street School students are in trouble for placing threatening captions on photos posted on social media.

According to Norwalk Police, several residents reported viewing a photo on Saturday of a student holding a rifle with the caption “Don’t come to school Monday”. Another photo was also seen with a similar caption.

After investigating, it was determined the student in the photos was at a shooting range with a relative participating in shooting sports.

Two other students reportedly had took screen shots of the pictures and re-posted them with the captions. Those two students were suspended for the rest of the school year and could face criminal charges.

 

Counterfeit money reported in Norwalk and Sandusky

Norwalk Police are reporting that two local businesses have received counterfeit one-hundred-dollar-bills.

They were apparently taken in late last week by a business in Norwalk and Sandusky.

Authorities are unsure if the two incidents are related.

 

Monroeville workers on strike

Workers went on strike in Monroeville last week.

Twenty Midway Inc. employees walked out Thursday over back pay and wages.

Union Stewart Justin Long told the Norwalk Reflector the workers who make semi truck parts are asking for a three-and-a-half percent raise and back pay from their expired contract in February.

 

Rollover accident in Sandusky on Saturday

A 75 year-old man was taken to the hospital after an accident in Sandusky on Saturday afternoon at Columbus Avenue near Monroe Street.

Moses Croom told rescue personnel that he was unhurt after his car was reportedly driving the wrong way when he hit a car on the road and another parked car before his vehicle ended up on its side.

The top of Croom’s SUV had to be cut off to remove him from the vehicle.

A medical condition is believed to be a factor in the accident.

 

Cleveland teen in jail after police pursuit in Vermilion

A Cleveland area 18 year-old faces charges of fleeing and eluding, speeding and reckless operation after an alleged police pursuit near Vermilion.

Romell Sims was reportedly driving to Cedar Point with three passengers in a rental car when police pursued him on Route 2 going as fast as 120 miles-per-hour.

The pursuit ended at the Rye Beach exit when Sims’ rental car ran over Erie County Sheriff’s stop sticks that deflated his tires.

 

EHOVE School hosting “STEM” camps

EHOVE School is hosting ‘STEM’ camps this summer for students grades four through nine.

The camps focusing on science, technology, engineering and math take place June 12th through 16th with morning and afternoon sessions.

Cost is $60 per session.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/22

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

Wednesday

Showers likely, with a high near 70.


Friday, May 19th, 2017

Sheppard murder suspects plead ‘not guilty’

Two suspects in the case of a murdered Perkins Township man last seen alive 14 years ago in Huron County…have pled ‘not guilty’.

44 year-old Scott Hall of Clyde and 34 year-old Adam White of Sandusky are facing charges in connection with the death of Michael Sheppard.

A third suspect facing murder charges, 35 year-old Joshua Stamm of Titusville, Florida; has waived extradition with authorities waiting for him to arrive to Ohio.

Investigators say the suspects shot Sheppard to death in 2003 during a drug-related dispute.

Sheppard’s body was never located.

The suspect’s trial date is set for August 8th.

 

State grant awarded to Erie County to help with inmates’ drug issues

Erie County has received a $328,000 state grant to help inmates deal with drug addiction.

The grant is for one year, coming from Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, and begins July 1st.

The money will help pay for medication and counseling; along with treatment for those about to be released.

 

Perry’s Monument at Put-in-Bay vandalized

National Park Service agents are offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of those involved in the vandalizing of Perry’s Memorial last weekend at Put-in-Bay.

Around last Saturday, at least one person climbed a fence and defaced portions of the memorial, which was closed for restoration work.

A Memorial Day program is planned at the monument on May 29th.

 

Huron County sales tax collection down slightly

Sales tax collection in Huron County dropped slightly in the latest figures.

According to Auditor Roland Tkach, the numbers in February were five percent less than February of last year and ten percent less than February numbers two years ago.

Overall, the county is up 1 and-a-half percent from last year.

 

Berlin Heights woman faces domestic violence charge

A Berlin Heights woman has been charged domestic violence.

25 year-old Justine Senko reportedly was upset with the way a man was sleeping in her bed after he drank a lot of alcohol; then rolling over against their 2-year-old child in the bed.

Senko admitted to punching the man several times in the face after the man allegedly pushed her into a baby swing with their other child in it.

The children were not hurt.

 

Huron County Humane Society hosting ‘Woofstock’ on Saturday

‘Woofstock 2017’ takes place Saturday at Conway Dog Park in Norwalk.

The event allows dog owners to let their pooches run free in the secure, off-leash park.

It runs from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon…and is sponsored by the Huron County Humane Society.

 

Erie County museums free to attend tomorrow

In honor of “International Museum Day”, several Erie County attractions are offering free admission on Saturday.

They include the Edison Birthplace Museum and the Ohio Veterans Home Museum.

Eight different attractions will be open and free to enjoy tomorrow from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/19

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.  High near 74.

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 78.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Norwalk City Council approves $845,000 in bond notes for new fire station

City council in Norwalk has agreed to borrow $845,000 in bond-anticipation notes to assist with paying for their new fire station.

According to Fire Chief John Soisson, the bond notes will make up the shortfall between the $3.5 million that voters approved; to give the city enough funds to bid on the project.

Bids should begin by early July with bids opening by the end of July.

 

Huron Schools to eliminate some jobs

Huron Schools have decided to cut some positions.

The school system will cut a full and half-time early childhood position as well as 28 supplemental positions next school year, including assistant coaches.

The Sandusky Register reports the positions are being eliminated due to finances and declining enrollment; saving the district more than $95,000.

The cuts are also due to forthcoming losses in state funding.

 

Erie County has a new Mental Health Board director

The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties have named a new executive director.

Brenda Cronin will start on July 1st.

She will take over for Kirk Halliday; who was fired in March after being suspended last year.

Cronin currently works in Columbus as Area Manager for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities; overseeing 26 counties and an $18 million budget.

 

Christopher Dulka named new middle school principal at New London

New London has named a new middle school principal.

Christopher Dulka will begin working on August 1st.

Dulka was chosen among 50 who applied and 18 that interviewed.

He’s a sixth-grade math teacher right now at Cuyahoga Falls.

 

‘Cop on a Rooftop’ to benefit Ohio Special Olympics

On Friday, law enforcement throughout Ohio is teaming up with Dunkin’ Donuts to raise money for Special Olympics.

The ‘Cop on a Rooftop’ event will take place locally at the Sandusky Dunkin’ Donuts on Milan Road.

 

Willard’s 1st Annual Community Yard Sale begins today

The City of Willard is hosting their first annual community yard sale.

It starts today and runs through Saturday.

Lists of addresses and printed maps can be picked up at City Hall.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/18

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Otherwise mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 84.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 55.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 68.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Attorney General announces arrests of three men for 2003 murder of Huron County man

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that three men are facing charges in connection with the murder of Michael Sheppard, who was last seen alive in Huron County 14 years ago.

44 year-old Scott Hall of Clyde, 34 year-old Adam White of Sandusky along with 35 year-old Joshua Stamm of Titusville, Florida have all been indicted on two counts of murder and one count of aggravated robbery.

Investigators say the suspects shot Sheppard to death in May of 2003 during a drug-related dispute.

Sheppard’s body has not yet been located.

 

Willard uses over $4,000 in Narcan last month

The Willard Police Department reported use of more than $4,000 worth of the opioid overdose antidote, Narcan, during April.

This according to Willard City Manager Jim Ludban at this week’s city council meeting.

Willard police used 62 doses overall in April, an average of six doses per person.

 

Vermilion residents should conserve water this week

Due to scheduled maintenance, the water plant in Vermilion was shut down temporarily.

Vermilion residents are being asked to conserve water this week; and to expect variable water pressure.

 

Annual Wightman-Wieber Kids Festival is Saturday

The annual Wightman-Wieber Safety Fair and Kids Fun Festival is this Saturday in Sandusky.

It takes place from 12 noon to 5:00 pm at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion.

Those attending are asked to bring one canned good or non-perishable food item.

The event is in honor of Michelle Wightman and Karrie Ann Wieber; teenage girls who died in a car crash in Sandusky in 1989.

 

Donations being accepted for Norwalk fireworks display

Donations are now being accepted for the upcoming Bicentennial 4th of July fireworks in Norwalk.

For those interested in helping out, the tax deductable donations can be sent to the Norwalk VFW Post 2743 on Milan Avenue in Norwalk.

The fireworks will take place July 4th at 9:30 pm at the Huron County Fairgrounds

 

Norwalk Best Western receives award

The Best Western in Norwalk recently received an award for customer service.

The hotel on Milan Avenue received the Champion Customer Care Award at the company’s district meeting in Maryland.

The honor is given to properties that demonstrate exceptional levels of service and care.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/17

Today

Mostly sunny, breezy, with a high near 88.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after midnight.         Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Otherwise partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 82.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 62.