Local News

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Sandusky/Shots reportedly fired at Kalahari

No one was reportedly hurt after authorities say gun shots were fired early Sunday morning at Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky.

Erie County Sheriff’s officials said they were called to rental suites owned by Kalahari where subjects reportedly were evicted but refused to leave.

Officers say when they arrived; they saw several people running around, fleeing by foot and car.

According to authorities, two gun arrests were made at a nearby fast food restaurant later on Sunday – but the two men arrested have not yet been linked to the gun shots at Kalahari.


Norwalk/Man arrested in undercover drug bust

A Bellevue man has been charged with drug trafficking following a controlled buy with authorities.

Norwalk Police say they arrested 35 year-old Johnathan Fitts after he recently sold cocaine to undercover agents at the Circle K gas station on Cleveland Road.


Willard/Superintendent staying

A local superintendent named one of the five finalists for the Perkins Schools head job says he’s not leaving.

Willard Superintendent Jeff Ritz told the Norwalk Reflector that Perkins has recruited him…but he is not going there; citing having a great job in a great community.

Ritz has been super at Willard for six years.


Huron County/Car sales up

Although sales tax money was down overall in Huron County according to the latest numbers from February, County Auditor Roland Tkach says car sales were definitely on the increase.

Automobile purchases made up 26 percent of the overall sales tax total in Huron County in February.


Milan-Edison Schools/BCSN hands out prestigious award 

Edison High School senior Bryan Johnston has been named the Buckeye Cable Sports Network or “BCSN” Scholar of the Year.

Johnston, a multi-sport athlete and National Honor Society member, received an $8,000 scholarship; as he plans to attend the University of Toledo to major in Computer Science and Engineering.


Western Reserve Schools/Preschool and sixth grade on the move

An information meeting dealing with the move of Western Reserve preschool and sixth grade students has been planned for May 30th.

The school board at Western has said they intend to shift preschoolers from a separate building in Wakeman onto the main campus and sixth-graders into the middle and high school building.

The meeting will take place at 6:00 pm May 30th in the middle and high school auditorium.


Bellevue/School board opening

Bellevue City Schools are looking for a new board member.

Neil Carson, whose term expires at the end of 2019, has resigned due to travel requirements for a new job.

Those interested need to apply by this Friday.



MONDAY, MAY 21ST, 2018



Mostly cloudy, with a chance of late afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

High near 66.



Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Cloudy, with a low around 60.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Norwalk/Break-in at H&B’s

Norwalk police are investigating last weekend’s break-in and robbery of H&B’s Hop ice cream shop on West Main Street.

Police say the crime took place last Saturday night or early Sunday morning; where one or more suspects caused damage and stole some items from inside.

Authorities say to contact them with any information on the robbery.


Perkins Twp./School names superintendent semi-finalists

And then there were five…Perkins Schools in Sandusky have narrowed it down to five candidates to be new superintendent:

*Jeff Ritz – Willard Schools superintendent (Huron County)

*Todd Boggs – Osnaburg Schools superintendent (near East Canton)

*Matthew Chrispin – Fredericktown Schools superintendent (Knox County)

*David Heflinger – Field Schools superintendent (Mogadore, OH)

*Domenic Paolo – Fairport Harbor Schools superintendent (near Mentor)

The school says they’ll interview the candidates later this month with hopes to name their new superintendent by June 1st.

Outgoing superintendent Jodie Hausmann is leaving in August to be the new superintendent at Bay Village Schools.


Sandusky/Fire under investigation

State officials are looking into what they call a “suspicious” house fire in Sandusky that happened early Thursday.

No one was hurt in the blaze that occurred at a home in the 2100 block of Wayne Street.


Perkins Twp./Man arrested

After a several-month investigation, a Perkins Township man was arrested and charged with felony drug possession and drug trafficking.

Authorities say that 29 year-old Ronald Syverson imported steroids from China with intention to re-sell the illegal substances.

The steroids were reportedly disguised as pet products.

Syverson has pled “not guilty” to the charges.


Milan/New name for old road

Erie County officials have agreed to change a road back to its original name.

The once named “Shaw Mill Road”, southwest of Milan, is going back to the name of “Old Plank Road”.

This comes after members of the Milan Township community supported the renaming due to historical value.


Norwalk/Drive 4 UR School & High School physicals

The Norwalk High School Athletic Department has a couple of events planned for Saturday…

Five-dollar physicals will be offered at the high school from 7:30 until 11:30 am – for students who will be in grades 7 to 12 in the fall and plan on playing a sport next school year.

In conjunction with the physicals, the Athletic Department will also be hosting a “Drive 4 UR School” event.

From 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, you can test-drive a vehicle from Don Tester Ford with money going to Norwalk athletics.

The school has a goal of raising $8,000, which they say equals 300 test drives.


Sandusky/Former Miss America to appear at Cooke-Dorne House

International Museum Day is Saturday…and Sandusky’s Cooke-Dorn House is celebrating.

The Columbus Avenue museum will be open to the public tomorrow from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with Sandusky native and former Miss America (1963) Jackie Mayer to sign autographs from noon to 4:00 pm.



FRIDAY, MAY 18TH, 2018


*A Lakeshore Flood Watch is in effect through 10:00 pm tonight.



A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 69.



Showers, with thunderstorms also possible overnight. Low around 59.



Occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 76.



A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Norwalk/Teenager arrested on multiple charges

A 17 year-old Norwalk boy was arrested Monday afternoon after he allegedly elbowed a police officer and shattered a car window.

The boy faces charges of criminal damaging, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer and probation violation.

Authorities say they were called to Ontario Street after the boy’s grandmother said he broke her vehicle’s window.


Fremont/18 year-old found part-way responsible for death

A now 18 year-old Fremont man has been held partially responsible for another man’s death last September.

A Sandusky County Juvenile Court ruled that the man, who was 17 at the time of the alleged incident, was delinquent to the charge of aggravated vehicular homicide.

The man reportedly drove his car while another man was on the hood; with the victim falling off of the vehicle in a driveway and hitting his head on pavement.

Days later, the victim died in the hospital from the head injury.


Norwalk/Man going to prison

A 53 year-old Norwalk man is going to prison for a year.

Eugene Wilson was sentenced after pleading guilty earlier this month to attempted tampering with evidence in exchange for having two counts of drug trafficking dropped.


Sandusky/Man pleads guilty to attempted aggravated vehicular homicide

A 27 year-old Sandusky man has pled guilty to attempted aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Police say Joshua Harkness quickly sped up his truck towards a man on East Sprucewood Drive last September; hitting the victim in the knees.

Harkness could go to prison for a year-and-a-half when he’s sentenced next month.


Western Reserve Schools/Pierson resigns

The school board at Western Reserve has accepted the resignation of former varsity girls basketball head coach Laura Pierson.

Both Laura and husband Shane Pierson, a teacher at Western, submitted their resignations Tuesday evening, citing “personal reasons”.

Laura Pierson was suspended this past basketball season due to alleged “inappropriate behavior” involving text messages with players.

Former long-time head coach Brenda Friend is replacing Pierson.


Sandusky/Sidewalks to be fixed

Sandusky City Commissioners have approved a $150,000-plus contract for sidewalk improvements throughout the city.

The work is expected to start this summer and come to a close in the fall.


Norwalk/Salvation Army summer food program info

Norwalk’s Salvation Army will be providing free meals for children this summer.

Food will be served weekdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm from June 11th through August 17th.

Transportation will be available for those in designated apartment complexes.

After-lunch activities are also being planned.


Vermilion/First “3rd Thursday” event of the season

The first of Vermilion’s “3rd Thursday” music events of the season takes place this evening.

Residents are invited downtown for “Music, Flowers and a Sunset” as multiple musical groups will be playing simultaneously from 6:30 pm to sundown.






Sunny, with a high near 74.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.



A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.



Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Huron County/Serious injury crash

Four Sandusky residents were hurt; two of them seriously, in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Huron County.

The highway patrol says a car driven by 53-year-old John Lee Brake with three passengers was hit head-on by a dump truck after turning from Ohio 60 onto Ohio 18 in Clarksfield Township.

Two passengers, 40 year-old Heather Brake and an 11 year-old girl, were both flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.


Erie County/Bed tax extended

After three recent public forums, Erie County officials have agreed to extend the bed tax.

The new legislation keeps the bed tax rate at four percent; but extends it to all places with at least one bed,

The law previously stated properties with four or fewer beds were exempt from taxation.

Money made from the taxes may only be put towards promotion of local tourism.


Sandusky/Warren Street to get improvements

Improvements are coming to a road known as Sandusky’s worst.

City commissioners have given their OK to a $40,000 project later this year involving new pavement and the filling in of potholes on Warren Street.


Put-In-Bay/Perry’s Monument to reopen this weekend

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on Put-In-Bay will re-open this Saturday at 10:00 am.

The landmark was shut down last year for a $2.4 million maintenance project, which included the restoration of doors that were vandalized in 2017.

In honor of the monument turning 103 years old, the first 103 adults to visit the deck on Saturday will ride the elevator for free.


Monroeville/Living history event this weekend

A living history event is planned for this Saturday in Monroeville in celebration of the town’s 150th anniversary.

Starting at 12 noon in Clark Park, historical interpreters will hold discussions and demonstrations involving various periods of American history.

A program will also be held at 2:00 pm at Riverside Cemetery along with a ghost walk at 8:30 pm.


State News/Ohio State Fair music lineup addition

The entertainment line-up is taking shape for this year’s Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

The Beach Boys have been added to previously-announced shows featuring country stars Reba McIntyre and Brothers Osborne, and a twin-bill featuring classic-rockers Styx and Cheap Trick.

The Ohio State Fair opens July 25th.






Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.