Local News

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Huron County/Commissioner candidates discuss qualifications

It’s a three-person race for a Huron County Commissioner seat this November.

The candidates last week discussed their attributes at Senior Enrichment Services in Norwalk.

Incumbent Republican Joe Hintz said he feels strong, is coming back strong and wants to continue to serve.

Democratic Challenger, Melissa James said she’s proud of her track record – including improvements made to the county’s safety council, starting the county visitor’s bureau, managing Norwalk’s bicentennial events and being responsible for “Light Up Norwalk.”

Independent Challenger, Bob Morgan said he’s not afraid to vote no – citing a time he was the only one to vote against a candidate for superintendent while serving on South Central’s board of education.

The winner will join current commissioners Terry Boose and Skip Wilde.


Huron County/Fiery crash investigation

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office has released their findings from the mysterious July fiery crash that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old woman.

Authorities said that Katelynn Shepard’s truck went over an embankment and crashed “nose-first” into a ravine off the south of Townline Road 187; with the truck’s front end sustaining only slight damage.

But why her vehicle went into the ditch remains in question.

The sheriff’s office says they will continue the investigation with all leads to be pursued.

Shepard was a corrections officer for the Erie County Jail.


Huron County/Sex abuse allegations for former Norwalk priest

A Catholic priest with ties to Norwalk has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of sexually abusing a child.

Nelson Beaver, who has denied the allegation, served as a priest at Norwalk’s St. Mary parish from 1994 to 2004.

The allegation dates back more than 25 years ago.

Beaver currently serves at parishes in Richland County.


Huron County/Another sex crime sends Willard man back to prison

A 44-year-old Willard man is going back behind bars for another sex crime.

Joseph Claus has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for gross sexual imposition involving a 12-year-old female victim.

Claus was sentenced to 17 months in the slammer about two-and-a-half years ago for a similar crime.


Ottawa County/Patrol charges Oak Harbor man with 8th OVI offense

On Friday night, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers charged an Oak Harbor resident with operating under the influence; his eighth lifetime OVI offense.

Mark Tarver was later charged with possession of drugs, driving under suspension, operating a motor vehicle without lights and his sixth OVI charge within the previous twenty years.


Huron County/Health department moving

A new location for Huron County Public Health…

Board members there have approved the $550,000 purchase of a building on Executive Drive in Norwalk.

Health department officials say the new location, similar in size to their current building, is near Fisher-Titus Medical Center and other government and social service agencies; making it an ideal fit.

…No word yet on when they’ll officially relocate from where they are now, on Milan Avenue in Norwalk.


Sandusky County/Wind farm opponents meeting

Opponents of a planned wind farm in Sandusky and Seneca counties will hold a meeting tomorrow in Tiffin.

The Seneca Anti Wind Union opposes The Republic Wind project, consisting of around 80 wind turbines between Bellevue and Tiffin.

Local government officials will speak…beginning at 5:30 pm at the Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center on Ohio Route 231.





Scattered showers, mainly before noon.  Cloudy, with a high near 56.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.



Sunny, with a high near 53.



Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Huron County/Candidates for auditor discuss qualifications

One of the contested races in November in Huron County will be for County Auditor.

Each candidate recently offered these explanations on why you should vote for them.

Incumbent, Democrat, Roland Tkach spoke of his last 12 years of serving as auditor and his love for Huron County.

Challenger, Republican, Tom Dunlap said he’s the most well-rounded individual for the job due to his experience as county sheriff, running the EHOVE police academy and spending time as county commissioner.

The two took part in a “Meet the Candidates” event Wednesday at Senior Enrichment Services in Norwalk.


Erie County/Train death believed to be a suicide

A male pedestrian struck and killed by a train Thursday morning on Cleveland Road in Huron Township is believed to have been a suicide.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was a 72-year-old resident of The Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.

The incident took place east of Cedar Point Road.


Erie County/Man in Perkins Township wanted in Las Vegas homicide

A 20-year-old man with a Perkins Township address has been served by Nevada Police with a warrant for one count of felony murder with a deadly weapon.

Artavius Robinson allegedly shot and killed a 45-year-old man last October while the victim was going to a morning church service in Las Vegas.

Authorities believe Robinson and his girlfriend then left Vegas on a bus after finding out he was a suspect…eventually arriving in Perkins Township.

Robinson was then arrested in July in Erie County; where he was charged with abduction and domestic violence…with police learning of his alleged involvement in the Vegas shooting.


Erie County/Alleged undocumented man arrested

A Guatemalan man allegedly in the country illegally was taken in by U.S. Border Patrol agents Thursday in Sandusky.

Agents were conducting an operation near Route 2 and Tiffin Avenue, when the man exited a bus and fled on foot when he saw the Border Patrol officials.

Agents later transported him to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Sandusky Bay Station in Catawba Island.


Huron County/’Pennies for Polio’

Norwalk’s Rotary Club has begun its annual “Pennies for Polio” fundraiser.

Yellow jugs are being placed at various businesses around Norwalk to collect change for the fight against Polio.

The jugs will remain in place throughout October.


Area News/Weekend events

It’s a busy weekend, festival wise, in the area…

-Parents are invited to bring their kids to “Boo at the Bay” Saturday from 12 noon to 4:00 pm at Sandusky’s Maritime Museum and Bay Pavilion.

-The Oak Harbor Apple Fest runs Saturday and Sunday.

-Lakeside and Marblehead are hosting their Lighthouse Festival on Saturday.

-It’s “Oktoberfest” on Put-in-Bay Saturday and Sunday.






A chance of showers, mainly late this afternoon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 53.



Showers likely.  Cloudy, with a low around 39.



A chance of showers early.  Partly sunny, with a high near 52.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Huron County/Jewelry theft

Norwalk Police are searching for a group of women who are suspected of stealing over $20,000 worth of jewelry last week.

Police say five or six women entered the Norwalk Inn Thursday afternoon where they asked to see a room…while at least one of them went into the owners’ attached residence and took thousands of dollars of gold.

They reportedly left in a green Chevy minivan.

Pictures of the suspects are posted on the Norwalk PD’s Facebook page.


Erie County/Huron man faces sex charges

A 54-year-old Huron man has been indicted on multiple sex charges involving a child.

Kenneth “Clyde” Doherty of Cleveland Road faces counts of rape, gross sexual imposition and pandering obscenity containing a minor after being arrested in August.


Erie County/Man indicted after alleged crime spree 

A Virginia man has been indicted on several felonies after allegedly going on a crime spree in Erie County last month.

36-year-old Jonathan Puccia is believed by authorities on September 11th in Vermilion to have stolen several items; including a boat from a harbor, a car from a home and alcohol and food from a restaurant.

He also allegedly broke into two Vermilion-area homes.

Puccia was arrested in Portage County later that day.


Huron County/Norwalk City Schools’ five-year forecast

The board of education for Norwalk City Schools has approved district treasurer Joyce Dupont’s five-year forecast.

Dupont told board members that the district will essentially break even…saying the school doesn’t have an excess of funds…but won’t be deficit spending.


Erie County/Sandusky Schools parting ways with new facilities’ construction project company

Sandusky Schools have fired the construction manager of their $72 million new facilities’ project.

The district said several factors resulting in the firing of Gilbane-Ozanne; including the need for better pricing and more local vendor involvement.

The company was hired last year to oversee the project involving three new schools – Ontario Primary, Hancock Academy and an intermediate school.

This past June, the district said project deadlines would be pushed back with the Ontario Primary and intermediate schools believed to be ready to open by August 2020 and Hancock Academy by August 2022.

The district is pursuing a new construction manager.


Area News/National Walk to School Day

This is “National Walk to School Day”…raising community awareness about pedestrian-and-bicycle-safety education, safe routes to school, and well-maintained walkways.

It’s also designed to encourage students to embrace a healthy lifestyle.


State News/First female Brigadier General

Colonel Rebecca O’Connor will become the first female Brigadier General in the Ohio Air National Guard during a promotion ceremony tomorrow afternoon in Columbus.

O’Connor has commanded units at the squadron and group- level, and served as vice commander of the 178th Wing at the Springfield Air National Guard Base.


Lorain County/Snake reunited with owner

A 6-foot-long boa constrictor that escaped from its outdoor feeding-home in Elyria has been reunited with its owner.

Austin Hubbell and “Lillith” met up yesterday at the Friendship APL.

The snake was taken there by police on Tuesday, after they bagged it on Elma Drive.


Huron County/Fisher-Titus and MetroHealth announce partnership

Fisher-Titus Health in Norwalk has announced a partnership for trauma services with The MetroHealth System in Cleveland

Fisher-Titus officials say the collaboration will lead to more trauma patients being able to receive care in Norwalk rather than being referred to another city.






Partly sunny, a high near 62; with temperatures falling into the 50’s throughout the day.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.



A slight chance of afternoon showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.



A chance of early morning showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 52.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Sandusky County/Fremont student threat

A 12-year-old Fremont Middle School student was arrested Monday after he allegedly threatened to blow up the school.

According to police, the boy was mad about his new seat in a classroom and tired of people in the class making fun of him.

The student reportedly said he would use C-4 explosives; which he later said he didn’t have; but learned about from a video game.


Huron County/Patrol investigating injury crash involving inmate transport van

The Milan Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a Tuesday morning injury crash involving an out-of-state prisoner transport van on the Ohio Turnpike.

One officer and four inmates were transported to Fisher Titus Medical Center in Norwalk for minor injuries; with the inmates later held at the Huron County Sheriff’s Department while awaiting further transport.

The driver told authorities that he fell asleep at the wheel.


Lorain County/Snake captured

It’s not every day police are called to round up a snake…

…but yesterday was the day in Elyria…

…after 6-foot-long boa constrictor took it on the run.

Elyria Police Officer Aaron Varga bagged the boa, in a driveway on Elma Drive.


Huron County/“Meet the Candidates Night”

Senior Enrichment Services in Norwalk is hosting a “Meet the Candidates” event tonight featuring those running for the offices of Huron County Auditor and Huron County Commissioner.

The format will include an introduction by moderator Tony Schaffer of the Huron County Chamber of Commerce, an opening statement by each candidate, question and answer, and a closing statement.

It gets underway at 5:00 pm.


Erie County/Jackson Street Pier and Shoreline Drive improvement projects

Sandusky City Commissioners have approved two transformation projects.

One involving $8.1 million in improvements to Jackson Street Pier…the other, $8.8 million for the complete overhaul of Shoreline Drive.

The work is scheduled to begin sometime this fall and be finished by spring of 2020.


State News/Car sales

The numbers are in, and they show, fewer people bought new vehicles in September than in August, but the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association expects solid sales for the rest of the year.

Once again, your volume leader in September was Ford.


Erie County/Lake Erie Shores & Islands president wins award

The president of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands tourism agency has been recognized for career excellence.

Larry Fletcher recently took home the Paul Sherlock Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Travel Association.

Fletcher has served as president of Lake Erie Shores & Islands since 2015.





A chance of showers, mainly later this afternoon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 82.



Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Low around 58.



A chance of showers, mainly early.

Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 56 by 10:00 am.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.