Local News

Friday, May 24th, 2019

State News/Buckle up and Drive Sober for Memorial Day

During the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says they’ll be highly visible on the roadways to promote safety.

As part of the ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign troopers are encouraging drivers to wear their safety belts.

Last year in Ohio, 17 fatal crashes killed 18 people during the Memorial Day weekend.

Of those fatalities, seven were OVI-related and seven were unbelted.

 

Bellevue-Sandusky County/Murder suspect’s trial delayed

A Bellevue man’s murder trial has been delayed until July.

59-year-old John Frost has been charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Curtis Gibbs in July of last year…in which both men had guns that fired.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Frost’s family claims it was in self-defense.

The trial delay is due to Sandusky County Prosecutor Tim Braun no longer prosecuting the case, which was supposed to begin this week.

 

State News/Health Departments to receive help with Hep-A outbreak

The Ohio Department of Health is committing another 650-thousand-dollars to help local health departments, battle a statewide outbreak of Hepatitis-A.

Funding will be allocated based on the needs of each department.

People with Hepatitis-A can result in a mild illness lasting a few weeks to severe illness lasting several months.

 

Lorain County/Health survey results

Every 4 years, Lorain County Public Health conducts a survey on health and wellness, and yesterday, they revealed the results of the latest survey.

The number show;

  • 70-percent of adults are overweight, compared to 69-percent 4 years ago
  • 12-percent of adults are smokers, down from 22-percent
  • 17-percent of adults report obstacles that interfere with getting mental health services, compared to 15-percent 4 years ago.

Lorain County Health partners and other groups can use the information to plan programs, start initiatives and apply for grants.

 

Erie County/Water tower brought down

A water tower came toppling to the ground in Erie County on Thursday.

No need to worry though; as according to the Sandusky Register, the no-longer functioning tower on Maple Avenue in Margaretta Township was scheduled to be demolished; and is being replaced by a new pump station.

 

State News/Holiday driving

The holiday weekend is here, and you know what that means…People will be hitting the road.

…and finding the largest seasonal surge in gas prices since 2011…

According to a new survey from gas-buddy, 75-percent percent of us will take a road-trip this summer…

 

State News/Turnpike chargers

Today, the Ohio Turnpike Commission will take the wraps off new charging stations for electric vehicles.

Power will be available at 4 services plazas, from the Indiana border to Ottawa County.

 

Huron County/Sheriff’s Office hiring Dispatcher

Now hiring…the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

They’re looking for a full-time dispatcher.

You can pick up an application at their Civil Division office or download one at www.HuronCountySherriff.org.

 

Huron County/Storm training

The North Coast Community Emergency Response Team is hosting weather and storm spotter training next week in Huron County.

The SKYWARN session will take place Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Huron County EMA office in Norwalk on Shady Lane Drive.

 

Erie-Huron-Ottawa County/Festivals ‘o plenty

Festival season heats up this weekend…

The Strawberry Fest in Norwalk and Walleye Festival in Port Clinton both get going this evening around 5:00 pm.

‘Ohio Bike Week’ officially kicks it into high gear in Sandusky and the Toledo-area today.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

Increasing clouds, with a high near 69.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.

 

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the late afternoon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

 

Sunday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 77.

 

Monday – Memorial Day

Partly sunny, with a high near 75.


Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Huron County/Man arrested for incest

A Norwalk man has been arrested for incest and sexual battery involving an underage family member.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that authorities in Florida contacted the Norwalk P-D and asked them to track down 36-year-old Bradley Brown.

Law enforcement say they found Brown working at a Norwalk restaurant and took him into custody without incident…with Brown to be extradited to Florida for an appearance in court.

 

Erie County/Paddling for a good cause

In about three weeks, three men will try to paddleboard across Lake Erie to raise awareness…and money…for research into Great Lakes environmental issues such as algae blooms.

They’ll begin their 80-mile adventure from Belle Isle State Park in Michigan and finish in Sandusky, about 24 hours later.

They hope to raise 10-thousand-dollars through pledges.

Last year, they raised 15-thousand-dollars, crossing Lake Superior.

 

Erie County/Sandusky robbery suspect sentenced to jail time

A Sandusky man has been sentenced to time in prison after pleading guilty to the assault and robbery of a man this past New Year’s Day.

According to the Sandusky Register, 31-year-old Martai Gamblin was sentenced to two years in prison following his plea.

Gamblin and two others were believed by authorities to have robbed and beat a man at Lyman Harbor; then fled.

 

Erie County/Perkins High School students had 99% seat belt usage

Students at Perkins High School know how to buckle up…

The Erie County Health Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Perkins Police have conducted a seat belt usage study…in which 99-percent of Perkins students were wearing their safety belt.

Just 3 out of the 298 students in the study were not buckled up.

 

Ottawa-Erie County/Port Clinton Walleye Festival and Ohio Bike Week activities begin

Memorial Day Weekend is almost here…which means it’s festival time!

The 39th annual Port Clinton Walleye Festival starts up this evening with rides and limited food and vendors open.  It really kicks into high gear this weekend with their ‘Grande Parade’ Saturday afternoon and a Memorial Day parade Monday morning.

Tonight also marks ‘Ohio Bike Week Rally Eve’…the night before things really rev up at Ohio Bike Week.  Mad River Harley Davidson in Sandusky is the place to be tonight.  ‘Ohio Bike Week’ officially fires up on Friday with activities and concerts in Sandusky and Toledo.

 

Erie County/Cedar Point debuts ‘Forbidden Frontier’

Cedar Point debuted its’ latest attraction, ‘Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island’, to the media on Wednesday…

Park Communications Director Tony Clark told WLKR and K96 News that it’s a different adventure every time you visit.

The fun opens to the public on Saturday.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely this morning.

A slight chance of showers and storms this afternoon.  High near 81.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

 

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the afternoon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 83.


Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Huron County/Prison time for two people in unrelated crimes

Two people face prison time in Huron County for unrelated crimes.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that both 33-year-old Adam Copsey of Norwalk and 30-year-old Anthony Gillespie, formerly of Bellevue, have been sentenced to two-and-a-half years behind bars…

…Copsey for drug trafficking and Gillespie for domestic violence, robbery and theft.

 

Ottawa County/Motorcycle crash

The driver of a motorcycle was injured in a crash with a car Tuesday in Ottawa County.

According to the Sandusky Register, the motorcycle and car struck each other just after 12 noon at East Lockwood and South Plasterbed roads in Portage Township said Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

The driver of the motorcycle was flown to a Toledo hospital.

The names of those involved have not yet been released.

 

Huron County/Health Department offers tick bite prevention

According to the Ohio Department of Health, diseases spread by ticks have become more frequent in the last decade…the most common include Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Huron County Public Health is urging residents to take steps to protect themselves against tick bites while outdoors this summer.

Such as avoiding wooded and brushy areas with high grass or leaves…checking for ticks following time outdoors…and removing ticks right away by using tweezers.

 

Huron County/Engineer’s Office seasonal employment

Looking for summer work?

The Huron County Engineer’s Office is accepting applications for seasonal jobs; now through September.

Jobs are available in flagging, general maintenance, litter clean-up, mowing and pothole patching.

You must be a high school grad and have a valid Ohio driver’s license.

Pay begins at $10 per hour

Applications are available at the Engineer’s Office on Jefferson Street in Norwalk or online at www.HuronCountyEngineer.org.

 

Lorain County/Fugitive found

The U-S Marshalls Office credits the public with helping them track down a Lorain man…a man they considered ‘armed and dangerous’.

Police say, 18-year-old Javian Davis led them on a car chase last month, in which he struck another vehicle, injuring 3 people.

Davis had previously pled ‘guilty’ to making threatening phone calls to Elyria High School, back in September.

 

Lorain County/Health Assessment

Tomorrow, Lorain County Public Health will release details of its 2019 Community Health Assessment.

Previous health assessments helped partners identify areas that needed improvement, including; improving access to care…and improving weight issues.

 

State News/Brown introduces bill to help improve Ohio election security

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s camp says they have joined 37 Senators in the introduction of the ‘Election Security Act’.

They say the legislation will improve election security and combat foreign interference.

It will require backup paper ballots and provide election security grants to states for audits and cyber improvements.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

 

Tonight

Scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.


Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Erie County/Man sentenced a second time to life in prison for sexually assaulting daughter

A Sandusky man has been sentenced to life in prison…for a second time.

According to the Sandusky Register, 54-year-old Michael Walls faces eight life sentences after being convicted again last month on over 20 counts of rape offenses committed against his daughter from a young age through her teenage years.

Walls was on trial for a second time after winning a state appeal when he was found guilty on similar charges in 2016.

Walls’ attorney said he will appeal again.

 

Huron County/Church residence robber indicted  

A homeless man has been indicted on multiple charges stemming from the burglary of a Norwalk pastor’s residence last month.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that 38-year-old Ryan Justice faces counts of breaking and entering, burglary, theft, tampering with evidence and forgery.

Justice allegedly broke into the rectory for St. Mary’s Church on West League Street where he allegedly stole a laptop and $600 check.

No one was hurt in the incident.

 

Erie County/Senior Spring Health Fair

Erie County Senior Center and Project Lifesaver’s Spring Health Fair takes place this morning in Sandusky.

It runs from 9:00 to 11:30 am at Erie County Senior Center on East Water Street…featuring free health screenings such as blood pressure, hearing, vision and memory…as well as informational tables from local agencies…and prize giveaways.

 

Huron County/ ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign kickoff today

Huron County Safe Communities will host their second of two ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign kickoff events later this morning…

It will happen at the McDonald’s in Willard from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

Huron County/Road closure

The Huron County Engineer’s Office has announced a road closure…

New State Road between Townline Road 151 and South Norwalk Road will be shut down for just today.

 

Huron County/Vets Office looking for drivers

The Huron County Veterans Service Office is looking for part-time van drivers.

They’re accepting applications from eligible honorably discharged Veterans, spouses or family members.

Apps are available at their office on Shady Lane Drive in Norwalk.

 

State News/Ford cutting jobs

Ford is making moves, to shore up its bottom line.

The automaker says, they will cut 7-thousand salaried jobs by the end of August…23-hundred in the U-S.

Ford’s announcement follows one by General Motors, which is cutting 14-thousand jobs.

 

State News/Turnpike charging stations

Something new, coming to the Ohio Turnpike…

…fast-charging stations for electric vehicles…

The first four will open this weekend at Ohio Turnpike service plazas in western Ohio.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

Increasing clouds, with a high near 59.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 82.