Local News

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Ottawa-Sandusky counties/Armed robbery

Authorities are on the lookout for a couple of men suspected of an armed robbery Sunday in Port Clinton.

Police say at least four suspects went into a home on Buckeye Boulevard, held a victim at gunpoint, and then fled in a dark blue SUV.

Three of the suspects were spotted by Fremont police, but one man was able to break free from an officer while in handcuffs.

The man that escaped, 19-year-old Dominic Perkins, was still at-large as of yesterday.

The two suspects in custody face aggravated burglary charges.


Erie County/Sandusky man charged in federal court

A man from Sandusky has been indicted on a weapon charge in U.S. District Court in Toledo.

31-year-old Vernon Coleman pled not guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment is in connection with a raid last March of Coleman’s home on Oakmont Lane in which police found multiple guns.

Those firearms are subject to forfeiture.


Erie County/Aggravated robbery

A Sandusky man has been arrested on multiple felonies including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, attempted theft and felonious assault.

According to a police report, 21-year-old Javan Payne allegedly went into a home on Huntington Place without permission while holding the gun, fought someone and took a set of car keys.


Huron County/News involving New London schools

Some news and notes out of the New London School district…

The school board this week honored Treasurer Jim Hudson and staff for receiving the Auditor of State Award for a clean financial audit, the only Huron County school to receive the accolade.

The district also extended contracts of Superintendent Brad Romano and director of student services, Melissa Vorhies, through July of 2022.


Huron County/Beers named Norwalk teacher of the year

High school intervention specialist Cari Beers has been named this year’s Norwalk teacher of the year by the Norwalk Teacher’s Association.

Beers, a veteran of 22 years at Norwalk, helped open the high school’s Stomping Grounds coffee shop – where students help volunteer.


Erie County/Perkins Police hiring

Perkins Township Police are in the market for a full-time officer.

For those interested, an application packet is available on the township’s website; with a written exam and physical agility test to be held on August 25th.


Erie County/North Central EMS VP retiring

Longtime executive vice president of North Central EMS in Milan, Don Ballah, is retiring.

Ballah, a 1981 Edison High School grad, has worked for the emergency medical company since it was founded in 1986.


Erie County/Vermilion Road improvements

Plans are in the works to flatten a busy, bumpy road in Vermilion.

City council members have signed off on a contract to reconstruct a two-mile section of Vermilion Road, starting in 2019.

The portion of roadway to see improvements will be between Liberty Avenue and Brownhelm Station Road and between Brownhelm Station Road and Jerusalem Road.

The project comes with a price tag of $360,000; to be paid for mostly through federal funds.





Sunny, with a high near 78.



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A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Erie County/Woman dies after train accident

An Erie County woman has died from injuries suffered Sunday morning when her car went into the side of a train.

Kristina Hirt of Vickery was 32.

Authorities are still investigating what led to Hirt driving through the crossing gates near Bogart Street and Old Railroad; where her Chevy Equinox became lodged under a train, dragging her vehicle over 1,500 feet.


Erie County/Man dies in tractor mishap

A 22-year-old Sandusky man died in a tractor accident on Monday morning in Milan Township.

Tanner Francek is believed to have been loading a utility tractor with landscaping materials into a trailer when he lost control of the tractor and went off the edge of a parking lot on River Road.


Huron County/Accident victim could be corrections officer

Authorities have yet to positively identify the person who died in a fiery crash earlier this month in Huron County…but there is a lead.

The Sandusky Register says a reliable source told them that the victim is Erie County corrections officer, Katelynn Shepard, who has not been at work since the accident.

The accident took place either the night of July 8th or early July 9th on County Road 187 and Greenwich East Town Line Road.


Area News/Highway Patrol Troopers to participate in Active Aggressor Training

Area officers of the State Highway Patrol are taking part this week in Advanced Trooper Tactical Training at Clear Fork Schools in Richland County.

It’s designed to prepare law enforcement to respond to an active aggressor in a public facility.

The training includes both individual and multiple officer response to a public threat, decision making, threat identification and tactical movement.


Ottawa County/Disorderly conduct charge for Put-in-Bay councilman

A Put-in-Bay councilman and hotel manager was cited for disorderly conduct over the weekend.

54-year-old Phillip “Tip” Boyles, allegedly got into a dispute with a woman who was handing out flyers for a bar she worked for on the island.

Boyles, manager of the Park Hotel on Put-in-Bay, earned a seat on village council last November.


Erie County/Perkins Schools improvements

A number of improvements will be in place by the start of the school year throughout the Perkins School District.

Employees are currently working on projects totaling around $1 million; including LED lights, an upgraded public address system, restroom improvements and roof repairs.


Huron County/Fair board offices now open

It’s just around the corner…fair time!

The Huron County Fair in Norwalk officially opened their board offices this week, selling camping sites and event tickets.

Offices will be open weekdays 9 to 5 now through fair week, which begins August 13th.

This year’s fair entertainment includes country music duo “Lo-Cash”, a demo derby and an OSTPA tractor pull.


Huron County/Ulysses S. Grant living historian to visit North Fairfield

A well-known living historian will be making a stop in Huron County next week.

Dr. E.C. Fields will depict General Ulysses S. Grant at the North Fairfield American Legion next Wednesday evening, July 25th.

The public is invited to the free event on State Route 162, which gets underway at 7:00 pm.





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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Ottawa County/Fatal Motorcycle Crash

A Michigan woman has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI in an Ottawa County crash that killed a motorcycle passenger from Lorain.

The Highway Patrol says 28-year-old Shelby Hufeld pulled out of a driveway in a Jeep on State Route 269 in Danbury Township and into the path of a cycle that 45-year-old Kelly Tressel was riding on.

The cycle struck the Jeep, which ejected Tressel.

Tressel was pronounced dead at the scene.


Huron County/Two hurt in motorcycle crash

A man and woman from Shelby were both seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident Saturday night in New Haven Township in Huron County.

Authorities say alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash where both 44-year-old Bennie and 40-year-old Kathie Craft travelled off the right side of the road on U.S. 224 near Bullhead Road and into a ditch, throwing both from their cycle.

Bennie Craft was taken by medical helicopter to Toledo while Kathie was treated at Mercy Willard Hospital.


Erie County/Pedestrian killed by train

Sandusky police believe that a man was walking along train tracks Saturday night when he was hit and killed by a train near the Milan Road overpass.

Kiel Jackson of Sandusky was 35-years-old.

The incident is under investigation.


Erie County/Vehicle struck the side of a train

A woman from Vickery in Erie County was taken by helicopter to Toledo with seriously injuries after her vehicle struck a train Sunday morning.

Authorities are not sure why the woman drove into the side of a moving train on Bogart Road and Old Railroad Street in Margaretta Township.


Huron County/Norwalk meth dealer going to prison

A Norwalk man is going back to prison for the second time in three years.

Shane Fick-the-second has been sentenced to nearly five years behind bars after pleading guilty to aggravated drug trafficking involving meth in February.

Fick also was sent to prison for two years in 2015 for aggravated assault and burglary in connection with an attack of a female relative.


Erie County/Sandusky man involved in bar shooting sentenced to prison

A 28-year-old man is being sent to prison for 10 years for his involvement in a Sandusky bar shooting in January.

Jonathon Lacey of Sandusky pled guilty a month ago to two counts of felonious assault in an incident where three people were shot at Kaman’s Korner on Milan Road and McKelvey Street.

None of the victims received life-threatening injuries.


Ottawa County/Latest on Put-in-Bay corruption investigation

State officials have handed over their 13 month Put-in-Bay corruption investigation to prosecutors for review of possible criminal charges.

Last June, the Ohio Attorney General and Ohio Ethics Commission raided the island’s government in connection with alleged wrongdoings.

Attorney General spokesman Dan Tierney told the Sandusky Register that it could take a number of weeks before any type of decision on charges are made.


Erie County/Medical marijuana dispensary to likely open by year’s end

The owners of Sandusky’s first medical marijuana dispensary say they’ll be open before the end of the year.  ‘The Forest Sandusky’ on Tiffin Avenue across from Dollar General will likely be up and running no later than December 7th.

The business received state approval for a dispensary in June.


Erie-Huron Counties/Road construction

Area road construction updates…

In Erie County, road work likely starting back up today, after a couple weeks off, on U.S. 250 from Scheid Road to the Ohio Turnpike.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction while crews work on the center lanes.  The project is expected to be wrapped up September.

In Huron County, State Route 547 – south of Farr Road, near Monroeville, is closed starting today for a culvert replacement.  Officials say the work should be complete by Friday.





Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 96.



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Sunny, with a high near 76.

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Erie County/Final deliberations expected today in Sandusky murder trial

After 25 witnesses took the stand during the last five days in Erie County Common Pleas Court, closing arguments are expected today in the murder trial of 31-year-old Joel Miles.

Miles is on trial for the shooting death of Sandusky’s Anthony Pearson last August in MacArthur Park.

Jury deliberations will follow the closing arguments.


Area News/Bucyrus man guilty of death threats against law enforcement

A jury has found a Bucyrus man guilty of 19 charges related to death threats against several members of law enforcement in Crawford County.

34-year-old Matthew Kunzer was accused of threatening the lives of three Bucyrus police officers, plotting to kill a Crawford County municipal court judge and assistant prosecutor, and threatening the life of a probation officer.


Erie County/Census numbers

In Erie County, more people have died than are born each year during this past decade.

…Those numbers recently shared by the U.S. Census Bureau with county officials.

The U.S. Census Bureau also said that Erie County ranks as the sixth oldest county in the state with an average age of 45.

As far as migration patterns go, recent figures show that around 4,500 people relocated to Erie County in 2016, compared to 3,500 leaving the county.  Those numbers trending positively compared to the three prior years.


Huron County/Norwalk hosting Relay for Life and ‘Imagine Norwalk’ tonight

It’s expected to be a busy night in Norwalk with money being raised for an important cause.

Whitney Field is playing host to the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser beginning at 4:00 pm …with uptown Norwalk the site for the ‘Imagine Norwalk’ arts and music festival starting at 6:00 pm; which will raise funds for Relay for Life.


Erie County/Cedar Fair numbers down

The parent company of Cedar Point says amusement park earnings and attendance have slightly decreased compared to the same time frame last year.

Cedar Fair reports that net revenues were down 2 percent with a 3 percent decrease in attendance across their parks in North America.

The company said there was an increase though in out-of-park revenues, including resorts, which went up by 3 percent.

CEO Richard Zimmerman isn’t too worried though, with high attendance numbers expected during the peak vacation months of July and August.


Erie-Ottawa-Huron County/“Festive” weekend in the area

Things are looking very “festive” throughout the area this weekend…

Lots of activities going on including Sandusky’s Festival of Sail, Huron River Fest, Kelley’s Island Fest, the Middle Bass Island Music Festival and New London’s Rockin’ the Rez.






Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.



Mostly clear, with a low around 68.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.