Local News

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Milan/Church youth director arrested

A Milan children’s church youth director was arrested Thursday on two counts of felony gross imposition involving a child.

55-year-old Kenneth Rose of Norwalk allegedly admitted his guilt to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

According to authorities, Rose committed the crimes involving “inappropriate sexual conduct” on two different occasions over the last month while in the basement of Milan Friends Church on East Mason Road.


Sandusky/Old Navy bomb threat

Perkins police are calling Thursday night’s bomb threat at the Old Navy store near the Sandusky Mall “a false alarm”.

Authorities say store employees found a message stating there was a bomb under the building.

The store was evacuated… with nothing suspicious found.

Police are investigating to see who left the note.  That person could face criminal charges.


Port Clinton/Accused child rapist

A Port Clinton man has been charged with rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Catawba police say that Joshua Wyatt allegedly engaged in the crimes with a child younger than 16.

A warrant is out for his arrest.


Seneca County/Former police secretary sentenced for theft

A former secretary for the Tiffin Police Department has been sentenced to serve time in jail and repay more than $45,000 she stole from a drug task force evidence room.

41 year-old Holly England of Bascom has been sentenced in Seneca County Common Pleas Court on felony charges of theft in office and tampering with evidence.

England will spend six months in jail.

An investigation found that England stole cash from the Seneca County Drug Task Force evidence room at the Tiffin Police Department, between August 2016 and June 2017.


Sandusky/State of the Schools

Sandusky Schools Superintendent Eugene Sanders delivered their annual “State of the City Address” last night at Sandusky High School.

For the first time, new Lifetime achievement awards were handed out during the speech.  The awards were given out to:

-1939 Sandusky High School grad and longtime music teacher Dorothy Farrar

-Former teacher Doris King, who retired in the 1980’s

-District employees Richard Spier and Loris Wolf, who have been in charge of the school’s planetarium since 1968.  Spier has worked for the school district for 68 years.


State news/Attorney General warns of puppy scams

With today being ‘National Puppy Day’, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers to beware of online puppy scams.

In certain scams…to buy a puppy, consumers are told to wire a few hundred dollars. After they pay once, they’re asked to send more money for shipping, insurance, or other costs.

No puppy is ever delivered.

In the past year, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received over 50 complaints about reported puppy scams.


Sandusky/Home Expo at Sawmill Creek

Sawmill Creek in Huron is set to host ‘The Home Design and Remodeling Expo’ throughout the weekend.

Close to 60 local vendors will be on hand with appraisals available Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

The show runs today from 1:00 to 8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday 12 noon to 5:00 pm.

Admission is free.






Sunny with a high of 38.



Mostly clear with a low around 25.



Partly sunny with a high near 37.



Sunny, with a high near 40.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Berlin Township/Lake Erie Arms break-in

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying four suspects who allegedly stole multiple firearms from a gun store near Huron.

The incident reportedly took place in the early hours of March 11th at Lake Erie Arms on Cleveland Road West.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says that surveillance video shows four people kick in one of the store’s front doors and then smashing a display case and taking four Glock handguns.

Surveillance photos have been posted on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.


Sandusky/Man briefly escapes after arrest

A Sandusky man was recaptured by police after trying to escape following his arrest for an active warrant.

According to authorities, the incident began when 23-year-old Brendan Durr of Camp Street, who had been released on bond for theft charges, was attempting to get his seized car back from Sandusky Police. 

Police say they then discovered an active warrant for Durr on weapons charges.

That led to Durr reportedly body-checking an officer and running; with police catching up to Durr after a brief chase. 

He now faces escape and assault charges.


Erie County/Suspect caught with counterfeit cash

An Oberlin man faces criminal charges after allegedly handing out counterfeit money at three stores in Huron and Sandusky.

Police say they found 13 counterfeit $100 bills inside the vehicle of 20-year-old Derek Sanders after pulling him over on Route 2 in Huron.


Huron County/Health Department annual report out

Huron County Public Health has released their annual report for 2017.  Here are a few of the findings:

-There were 22 drug-related overdose deaths in Huron County in 2017, compared to 19 in 2016.

-The health department sold 182 drug test kits in 2017, with the average age of the person being tested being 22 years old.

-A total of 974 babies were born in Huron County in 2017, 55 percent of them being male.  The top baby names in the county were Grayson, Colton, Harper, Carter and Emma.


Huron/School hires new curriculum director

Huron Schools have agreed to hire current Sandusky Schools’ administrator Julie McDonald as their new district curriculum director.

McDonald has worked in Sandusky Schools as a chief academic officer for close to 20 years.

She replaces the retiring Chris Standring; and will begin her new duties August 1st.


Berlin Heights/Woman looking to run for governor

A Berlin Heights woman is collecting signatures to run for governor. 

Emily Lowder, who owns a massage business in Milan, says she’s gone to nearly 20 counties to gather the 5,000 signatures she needs.

Lowder, who says she’ll run as an Independent, needs to turn in those signatures by May 7th.


Sandusky/Cedar Point job fairs

Today, Cedar Point will host its first of two job fairs.

Both will be held at Castaway Bay in Sandusky.

Today’s job event runs from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Cedar Point hopes to fill 5-thousand seasonal positions…everything from games and ride operations to parking and security.






Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.



Mostly clear, with a low around 28.



Sunny, with a high near 37.



Partly sunny, with a high near 37.

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018



*Huron County: Level Two Snow Advisory



Snow showers, mainly this morning. High near 35.

Snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.


Local news/Counties to participate in statewide tornado drill today

Don’t be alarmed.  It’s only a test.

The statewide tornado drill takes place today at 9:50 am.

In Erie County, all 44 outdoor severe weather warning sirens will be tested.

Huron County encourages schools, businesses and households to practice their emergency plans during this time.


Sandusky/Abduction suspects make first court appearance

The two women charged in the alleged abduction of a 4-year-old Sandusky boy last week made their first appearance in court on Tuesday.

Jennifer Hemchak and Tamara Montalvo, both of Florida, appeared via video stream in Sandusky Municipal Court.

Due to both women not having a public defender, their arraignments have been delayed until Friday.

4-year-old D’Quai Hemchak has been returned to Erie County where he’s staying in a foster home for the time being.


Monroeville & New London/School levies

Two Huron County schools have announced plans to have levies on the ballot in May.

After losing by 61 votes in November, Monroeville Local Schools will send the same 1.8 mill, five-year replacement levy back to the voters.

The New London Board of Education has given their approval to start the process of placing a 2.9 mill, five-year permanent improvement levy on the ballot.


Norwalk/Fisher Titus debuts new wound center technology

Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk will soon be offering Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, a painless treatment meant to heal problem wounds.

The medical facility unveiled the technology and its equipment during an open house event last night.

According to Fisher Titus, chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States and are expected to rise at a rate of two percent annually over the next decade.


Norwalk/Curb project starting today

Construction is slated to begin today in Norwalk on their 2018 Curb Project.

Work will start across from Dave’s Food Mart near Summit Street on Benedict Avenue.

The city says traffic will be restricted during work hours and restored in the evening.

Delays are expected on Benedict Ave.


Huron County/National Drug Take Back Day information

National Drug Take Back Day has been set for Saturday April 28th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

In Huron County, drop off spots will include the New London Fire Station, Norwalk Police Department and Willard Fire and Rescue.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Norwalk/Update on boy who shot himself in suicide attempt

A local teenage boy was reported in stable condition Monday at Cleveland Metro-Health hospital after an apparent suicide attempt.

The 14-year-old from the Norwalk-Milan area reportedly shot himself in the head early Sunday after authorities initiated a traffic stop on Woodlawn Avenue in Norwalk.


Erie County/Driver dead after running into pole on US 250

The driver of a Chevy Trailblazer was killed when their vehicle struck a power line utility pole Monday around 12 noon on U.S. 250 just south of Scheid Road.

According to the state highway patrol, 56-year-old Steven Yontz of Sandusky drove off of the left side of the roadway, through a small ditch and fence, and then struck a wooden utility pole supporting power lines.

The accident, which separated the pole from its base, knocked power out in the area and forced U.S. 250 to be closed for a few hours in both directions.

Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.


Huron County/State patrol investigating fatal crash

A Huron man was killed in a one-vehicle fatal crash late Monday morning in Huron County’s Hartland Township.

Alfred Gruber Jr. was 74.

According to the state highway patrol, Gruber was on DeRussey Road, just north of State Route 18, when he swerved to avoid a deer and then traveled off the left side of the road where he struck a ditch and a tree.


Sandusky/Police return kidnapping suspects to Erie County

The two women facing charges in the abduction of a 4-year-old Sandusky boy have been brought back to Erie County.

35-year-old Jennifer Hemchak of Sandusky and 37-year-old Tamara Montalvo of Florida are scheduled to have their initial court appearances today.

Hemchak and Montalvo were arrested near Cincinnati after an Amber Alert was issued Friday evening for D’Quai Hemchak.

The young boy is staying in an Erie County foster home while a judge decides who he will live with.


Perkins Schools accepts superintendent’s resignation

Perkins Schools have officially accepted the resignation of Superintendent Jodie Hausmann.

Hausmann, who has spent 2 years in the Perkins district, will be the next superintendent at Bay Village Schools come August 1st.

Perkins Schools will begin their search for Hausmann’s replacement with the help from search organization, Finding Leaders, with semi-finalists for the job expected to be named by May 11th.


Sandusky/Campbell Street construction

Construction started this week on improvements to Campbell Street in Sandusky.

From now through Thursday the 29th, Campbell Street between Columbus Avenue and Tyler Street will closed to all traffic while work is occurring.


Perkins Township/Perkins schools hosting internet conference for parents

Perkins High School is hosting what they call a free “digital empowerment program” for parents this evening.

The event running from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, will teach parents about cyberbullying and texting, online trends and how to keep their child safe on the internet.






Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.  Breezy, with gusts as high as 37 mph.



A chance of rain and snow.  Cloudy, with a low around 29.

Blustery, with gusts as high as 34 mph.



A slight chance of snow and rain. Cloudy, with a high near 37.

Breezy, with gusts as high as 32 mph.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.