News

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Bellevue/Trailer fire

A blaze in Bellevue early Thursday left a man’s home a total loss.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the resident of the trailer on East Main Street told fire officials that it all started when he was on oxygen and fell asleep on the couch while smoking.

There were no injuries.

 

Lorain County/Lorain School threats

An Elyria man is due in court, on a charge of inducing panic.

35 year-old Brandon Green is accused of making threats on Facebook, to shoot students in the Lorain School System.

The threat led to increased police presence yesterday outside Lorain Schools.

 

Erie County/Woman charged in Sandusky house fire

A woman that authorities believe was responsible for a Sandusky house fire last May has been indicted on criminal charges.

According to the Sandusky Register, 46 year-old Tracy Schultz faces two counts of aggravated arson in connection with a blaze at her home on Wayne Street.

Another person was inside at the time of the fire but was able to escape unharmed.

 

State News/DeWine gas tax increase proposal

Governor Mike DeWine wants more of your money.

His transportation-budget that goes to state lawmakers today calls for an 18-cents-a-gallon increase in the state gasoline tax to maintain roads.

The last increase in the state gasoline tax came in 2005.

 

Lorain County/New voting machines

Lorain County voters will see new voting machines when they cast ballots in the May primary.

About 11-hundred units have arrived.

They will feature a printed ballot which is then electronically scanned.

As for the old voting machines…Lorain County is donating about 100 units to Medina County, to be used primarily for spare parts.

 

Erie-Ottawa County/Lake Erie Shores & Islands receives award

Lake Erie Shores & Islands has been recognized with a STAR Award from the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

STAR standing for…State Tourism Achievement Recognition.

They received the honor for their Amazon Alexa campaign…in which Alexa owners can ask the device “what’s happening at the lake?”…and receive local event recommendations.

 

Erie County/Sandusky’s Mylander Foundation accepting apps for grants

The Mylander Foundation in Sandusky is now accepting applications from tax-exempt organizations for grants to be distributed later this year.

Those interested in applying must do so by April 16th.

The foundation says they have around 300-thousand-dollars available, which will be awarded in May.

 

State News/Sherrod Brown and MLB

Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is asking Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to help save union jobs.

This follows reports that the New Era Cap Company, the official provider of MLB on-field playing hats, plans to shutter its manufacturing facility in New York, and move production to a non-union facility…which Brown’s camp says will eliminate over 200 high-skilled, union jobs.

Brown has called on Manfred to urge New Era to reconsider its decision.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.

 

Saturday

A slight chance of rain and snow early, changing to all rain.

Cloudy, with a high near 52.


Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

State News/Gas taxes

Governor Mike DeWine says, we need better roads…and higher state gasoline taxes to pay for them.

The governor is expected to outline his proposal on Thursday.

 

Erie-Ottawa County/Active Shooter Civilian Response Training

The Erie and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Offices will be presenting training sessions next month on what to do in an active shooter situation.

Two options are available on March 7th to attend the “Active Shooter Response Training” event…

…A morning session in Sandusky at Castaway Bay and in the afternoon at the Holiday Inn Express in Port Clinton.

Those wishing to attend can pre-register now for $10 or register the day of the event for $20.

 

Erie County/Principal at Sandusky elementary school suspended

An elementary school principal for Sandusky Schools has been suspended with pay amid an investigation.

According to the Sandusky Register…a matter involving principal at Mills Elementary, Jude Andres, and the discipline of a student, is under review.

 

Huron County/City of Willard hiring

The City of Willard is looking to fill a position.

They’re hiring now for a Certified Water Plant and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator.

The city says to check out their website, www.willardohio.us, for more info.

 

Lorain County/New deal for Wellington superintendent

The Wellington School Board has approved a new, 4 year contract for Superintendent Ed Weber…

He was initially hired in December of 2016…

 

Erie County/Sandusky race series for 2019 announced

The City of Sandusky and Firelands Regional Medical Center are partnering for seven race events in 2019.

It begins Saturday, April 6th with the Humane Society of Erie County 5k…and wraps up Saturday, November 30th with the Ohio State/Michigan themed “Dot the i, Block the M” Walk/Run.

 

Lorain County/Country music fest coming to Avon this summer

Concert announcement for Lorain County…

Springer Stadium will be the site of the first-ever Avon Hot Summer Nights Country Music Festival on July 5th.

The show will star country music stars Old Dominion, Lee Brice, Colt Ford and Walker Hayes.

Tickets go on sale this Friday.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

 *A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect now through 3:00 pm today.

*Erie and Huron County is under a Level One Snow Advisory

 

Today

A wintry mix is expected with light snow and freezing rain.  High near 41.

 

Tonight

Rain likely.  Cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

 

 Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.


Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Huron County/Serious injury crash

A Bellevue man was seriously hurt in a two-vehicle crash Monday evening near Norwalk.

The State Highway Patrol says 42 year-old Brian Reinhart’s car was struck by a semi-truck that ran a stop sign at the intersection of State Route 601 and U.S. 20.

Reinhart was taken by Life-Flight to Cleveland Metro.

 

Erie County/Perkins active shooter drill

The Perkins School District and Police Department are joining forces for a day-long active shooter training event today at Briar Middle School.

Up to 35 teachers and staff members and 20 high school students are expected to participate.

It’s a scheduled day off for students and a development day for teachers.

The building will be closed to the public today.

 

Erie County/Perkins firefighters receive award for saving life

Four firefighters from Perkins Township have been honored for saving a life during a house fire last June.

According to the Sandusky Register, Fire Chief David Murphy recently gave the prestigious ‘Unit Commendation’ award to Captain Jim Johnson and firefighters Brad Zieber, Brian Hackenburg and John Grieve…for their heroic actions during a blaze on Camp Street in Sandusky.

 

Vermilion/Counterfeit cash

Police in Vermilion are investigating a counterfeit 100-dollar-bill that turned up last week at the Goodwill Store on Liberty Avenue.

Police say, a woman used the bill to purchase a number of items.

 

Lorain County/Oberlin Wal-Mart theft

Police in Oberlin are asking for your help in tracking down the person who concealed nearly 300-dollars of merchandise and shoved a loss-prevention-officer as he exited Wal-Mart.

The incident occurred Saturday afternoon…

You can check out a picture of the suspect in today’s Chronicle Telegram…

 

Erie County/Sandusky cop participating in international charity torch run

Sandusky Police Sergeant Tracey Susana will soon head overseas to take part in a torch run for the Special Olympics World Games.

She’ll be joining over 100 law enforcement officers from nearly 25 countries; carrying the “Flame of Hope” for the event taking place next month in Abu Dhabi.

Susana helps organize the annual Polar Plunge in Sandusky each January, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Ohio.

 

Huron County/New Chief Information Officer at Fisher-Titus

New leadership at Fisher-Titus Health in Norwalk…

Linda Stevenson joins the team as chief information officer.

Stevenson has previously worked in the technology field at the Cleveland Clinic and Southwest General Health Center.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

 

Tonight

A chance of light snow, mainly after midnight.

Increasing clouds, with a low around 24.

 

Wednesday

Light snow, possibly mixing with freezing rain and rain.  High near 41.

 

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.


Monday, February 18th, 2019

Ottawa County/Former Put-In-Bay mayor pleads guilty

Former Put-In-Bay mayor Bernard “Mac” McCann has plead guilty to two counts of Conflict of Interest in a Public Contract.

The 82 year-old agreed to step down as mayor as part of a plea agreement.

The charges stem from a joint criminal investigation conducted by the Ohio Attorney General and Ohio Ethics Commission.

McCann is scheduled to be sentenced in Ottawa County March 29th.

 

Huron County/Vehicular assault

A man formerly of New London faces possible prison time for a Huron County accident two years ago that sent multiple people to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, 23 year-old Draven Matthews has pled guilty to three counts of vehicular assault.

Authorities say alcohol was a suspected factor in the crash that occurred at the intersection of State Route 60 and Cook Road near New London.

 

Sandusky County/Wrong way driver stopped

The Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office says they stopped a wrong way driver on U.S. 20 over the weekend.

The driver was pulled over on Parker Street in Clyde where they were arrested for OVI.

No injuries were reported.

 

Vermilion/Car entry thefts

A recent rash of vehicle entry thefts in Vermilion…

According to police, the incidents are occurring during the overnight hours with only unlocked vehicles being targeted, lately in the Portland Road and Vermilion-on-the-Lake areas.

Authorities say to make sure residents keep their vehicles and homes locked.

 

Erie-Huron County/Sandusky State Trooper wins award 

Honors for a Sandusky state trooper who previously worked at the Norwalk post…

Sergeant Thomas Halko has received the Colonel Thomas W. Rice Leadership Award.

The State Patrol says that under Halko’s leadership, their OVI arrests went from average to having the second largest increase in the state.

 

Huron County/Norwalk Police Department K9 passes away

The Norwalk Police Department has announced that K9 Officer, Obie, has passed away.

Police Chief Mike Conney refers to Obie as a loyal servant of the citizens of Norwalk who was always ready to place his life in jeopardy for the sake of others.

Obie was 10 years-old and passed earlier this month following an unexpected illness.

 

Huron County/Community Emergency Response Team

Huron County EMA is adding a Community Emergency Response Team for the Willard area.

The volunteer program assists area residents in the aftermath of storms with debris cleanup and supply distribution; as well as with siren testing and the support of local public safety officials.

If interested in helping out, contact the Huron County EMA.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

*Erie & Huron Counties: Level One Snow Advisory

 

Today – President’s Day

A chance of light snow in the morning.  Cloudy, with a high near 28.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

 

Wednesday

A chance of snow and freezing rain, changing to all rain in the afternoon.

High near 41.