Local News

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Huron County/Sex trafficking charges for Norwalk man

A Norwalk man has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to two counts of sex trafficking of a minor in U.S. District Court.

33-year-old Charles Barbarotta is believed to have induced underage girls into believing they were starring in an adult movie with him.


State News/Delamotte murder investigation

Officials in northwest Ohio now say, the shooting-death of 30-year-old Cleveland-dot-com reporter Nikki Delamotte was part of a murder-suicide.

Police believe, Nikki’s uncle shot her 4 times, then himself, in his trailer in Wood County.

Now, they’re trying to determine why…


Erie County/Student riot charges could be decreased

Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter says his office his open to decreasing the felony riot charges given to three Sandusky students last Friday.

Three female students at Sandusky Middle School were allegedly preparing to fight as a crowd of around 25 students gathered around them.

They have since been released from the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.


Huron County/Norwalk new fire station ribbon cutting

The city of Norwalk will celebrate the opening of their new fire station later today…

A ribbon-cutting event will take place at 5:00 pm at the new 17,000 square feet facility at 108 Whittlesey Avenue.

The new fire station replaces the former fire house built in 1912.


Huron County/New London village news & notes

A few news and notes from the village of New London…

-An ordinance to increase water and sewer charges has been introduced; which would raise resident’s water bills by about 50 cents.

-Council reported that village employees, not including police, will be receiving two to five percent pay increases.

-Construction has begun on the village’s water treatment plant project…according to Administrator Shawn Pickworth.


State News/PUCO encourages safe driving around motor carriers

Ohio ranks fifth as one of the most highly traveled states in the country, even as some areas receive up to 68 inches of snow annually.

As more motorists share the road with commercial motor vehicles, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is offering tips to help drivers understand and practice safe procedures around large trucks.

They say the keys are to Pay Attention, Stay VisibleDrive Carefully and Be Alert.


Erie County/Sandusky Christmas tree

Sandusky’s official Christmas tree is expected to arrive today.

Non-profit organization “Back to the Wild” from Margaretta Township is donating the 36-foot-tall Colorado spruce.

The tree will sit in Schade-Mylander Plaza where a lighting ceremony will take place next Wednesday evening.




*A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect now through 7:00 pm.

*Erie County: Level 1 Winter Road Condition Advisory



A mix of rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet.

New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.  High near 35.



Light snow likely.  Cloudy, with a low around 30.



Mostly cloudy, breezy with a high near 37.



A slight chance of rain showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 39.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Erie County/Attempted murder

A Sandusky man has been indicted on charges of attempted murder.

In September, 60-year-old Anthony Wright allegedly shot Richard Goings multiple times in the 1300 block of Carr Street.

Goings remains hospitalized in Toledo.


Erie County/Perkins Township hostage suspects indicted

Two Sandusky men who allegedly held a Perkins Township family hostage at gunpoint in their home last month face multiple criminal charges.

29-year-old Robert Walton and 31-year-old Ffence Light have been indicted on charges of abduction, burglary and robbery.

The incident took place on Campbell Street…with a resident calling 9-1-1 while hiding under a bed.


Sandusky County/Rape charge from 2011

A Green Springs man has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor over a number of years.

36-year-old Robert Stull Junior faces a charge of rape…with specific incidents happening in 2011 while Stull lived in Fremont.


Erie County/89-year-old woman may avoid jail time

An 89-year-old Sandusky woman may avoid a 10-day jail sentence.

Elaine Martin was given the punishment a few weeks back amid an ongoing zoning violation case due to her land on Buchanan Street being riddled with old cars; belonging to her grandson; who collects and works on the automobiles.

A final inspection is scheduled for today; with a possibility that the sentence could be dropped, as city officials say their pleased with the progress so far.


Lorain County/Fairgrounds alcohol ruling

The Lorain County Fair Board has voted to amend its constitution, to allow the holder of a valid liquor license permit, to serve beer and wine during public events, on the fairgrounds in Wellington.

Various groups use the fairgrounds throughout the year.


Lorain County/Vermilion jobs

Today, the Lorain County Commissioners will consider financial incentives, to help a business in Vermilion, expand, and add a few jobs.

“Defense Soap” wants to put up a new facility on Liberty Avenue, and add at least 6 full-time jobs.


Huron County/Tester Ford receives community service award

Norwalk Catholic Schools held their annual Business and Professionals breakfast this morning, and awarded their 2018-2019 “Tradition of Service” award to Don Tester Ford Lincoln.

It was given to them for their years of service, including their “Drive One For Your School” fundraiser that has benefitted Norwalk Catholic Schools.


Huron County/Norwalk church hosting “Night to Shine” event

A Norwalk church is planning on being the venue for a special prom night experience for teens with special needs.

In February, First United Methodist Church will be one of about 500 churches in the world to host “Night to Shine”, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

The event features a limo ride with a red carpet welcome and paparazzi; along with the royal treatment including hair and makeup stations and a catered dinner – with the guest being crowned king or queen of the prom.


Huron County/Norwalk leaf collection

The City of Norwalk has announced that leaf collection will begin a week from Monday, on November 26th.

All residents are asked to have their leaves curbside by the 26th.

The city says the General Services Department will not strictly follow the trash collection route this year; as laborers will push forward each day to get as much leaves collected as possible.






Partly sunny, with a high near 33.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.



Rain and light snow.  High near 35.



A slight chance of snow early.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Erie County/Sandusky factory parking lot death

The shooting death of a man in a Sandusky factory parking lot last week is believed to have been self-inflicted.

…This according to the Erie County Coroner.

38-year-old Joshua Johnson was pronounced dead on the night of November 4th in the lot of Okamoto Manufacturing on West Monroe Street.


Erie County/Police officer assault incident

Two Sandusky residents were arrested Sunday on charges involving assault and threats towards law enforcement.

33-year-old Joshua Williams allegedly threatened to kill an officer …while 27-year-old Jyn Long allegedly pushed and spat on officers….after police say they responded to a domestic dispute on Parkview Boulevard.


Huron County/Health Department awarded Safe Communities grant

Huron County Public Health has announced that they were recently awarded with a $35,000 federal grant through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.

Health officials say they’ll use the money to increase safety on state roadways through continued partnerships with local law enforcement, schools, businesses and more – that make up the Huron County Safe Communities Coalition and Fatal Review Committee.


Erie County/New Sandusky recovery center

A new substance abuse recovery center is planning on opening next Monday in Sandusky.

Recovery Institute of Ohio, on Pierce Street near State Route 4, is described as a judgment-free save haven where those in recovery can receive counseling and therapy as well as participate in 12-step classes.


State News/Brown for president? 

Fresh off his victory over Republican Jim Renacci, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is sounding like a man who wants to be president.

The senator chatted with reporters yesterday in Washington D-C and talked about a roadmap for Democrats for 2020.

He had been mentioned as a Vice Presidential candidate for Hillary Clinton 2 years ago, but she chose Tim Kaine instead.


Erie County/Huron Schools hosting social media assemblies

Social media presentations will take place Wednesday at Huron Schools for both students and parents…hosted by University of Findlay business professor Scott Grant.

Assemblies for students grades 5 to 10 will go on during school hours – focusing on the impact of the responsible use of social media.

At 6:00 pm, the program will inform those working with children about the compounding effects of social media decisions.


State News/Car sales figures

The numbers are in, and they show…sales of new vehicles in northern Ohio rebounded in October, with sales of SUV’s and trucks leading the way.

Your volume-leader last month was Ford.





A slight chance of snow showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 36.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.



Sunny, with a high near 34.



A chance of rain and sleet.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Local News/Vets Day observed

Post Offices will be closed today, as the federal government observes Veterans Day.

However, Priority Express mail and parcels will still be delivered.


Erie County/Unborn child dies in U.S. 250 crash

An unborn baby died in an accident Friday on U.S. 250 in Erie County; which also left the mother seriously hurt.

Sandusky 18-year-old Victoria Jagusch was a passenger in a car that was struck while attempting to turn onto Huron Avery Road.

Jagusch was taken by medical helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth.


Huron County/Man found dead in car in Bellevue

The Huron County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a resident of North Ridgeville.

80-year-old Robert Lewis was reported missing Friday afternoon…his body was found with his car yesterday in a field in Bellevue.

At this point, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office is calling Lewis’ death, ‘a tragic accident’…and that more info will be released at a later time.


Huron County/Norwalk meth lab suspect pleads guilty

A suspect in a Norwalk drug raid earlier this year has pleaded guilty to three felonies; including aggravated trafficking of meth.

35-year-old Brandon Henderson was reportedly involved in a meth lab that was discovered in February on Cline Street.


Sandusky County/ Gag order canceled in Bogle case

In Sandusky County…a gag order that prohibited those involved in the Daniel Myers murder trial from public comment…has been lifted.

Judge John Dewey had put the order in place after court proceedings were delayed indefinitely last month, just before it was scheduled to begin.

According to the Sandusky Register…the decision to lift the gag order came days after the Fremont News-Messenger reported they were suing Dewey to lift the order, claiming it violated the First Amendment.

Myers is accused of killing Clyde’s Heather Bogle in 2015.


Erie County/Sandusky lead poisoning

A two-year-old Sandusky girl has been hospitalized in Akron with lead poisoning.

The girl apparently contracted the illness from living in an older home.

Erie County health officials say the girl should be coming home soon…and will continued to be monitored.


Erie County/Three Sandusky female students face charges

Three female students at Sandusky Middle School were arrested last week following a near fist fight.

The girls – ages 13, 14 and 15 were charged with fourth-degree felony aggravated riot; and were taken to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.

Police say the girls were preparing to fight as a crowd of around 25 students gathered around them.





Increasing clouds, with a high near 40.



Snow, accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.  Low around 33.



Snow showers likely, mainly early.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.



Sunny, with a high near 34.