Local News

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Erie-Ottawa Counties/Flooding closes roads

Steady rain over the weekend caused some flooding in Erie and Ottawa County.

Roadways closed due to high water included Route 53 between Port Clinton and Fremont, First Street in Sandusky and a portion of the Cedar Point causeway.

The Lake Erie islands region also saw significant flooding including Kelley’s Island and Put-in-Bay.


Huron County/Three fatal traffic crashes reported so far in 2018

According to The Huron County Safe Communities Coalition, three fatal crashes took place in the county during the first quarter of 2018.

There were no fatal crashes in Huron County last year at this time.


Norwalk/Huron County Sheriff’s Volunteer Citizen’s Academy

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a free, Volunteer Citizen’s Academy throughout the month of May.

The 4-week program will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 pm at Norwalk High School; where sheriff’s office personnel will look to create a better understanding of what they do as well as build a partnership with the community.

Applications can be picked up and returned to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; with a deadline of next Monday, April 23rd.


Port Clinton/Man charged with rape

A Port Clinton man has been charged with 50 counts of rape after a jury in Ottawa County returned a secret indictment in a decade-old case.

57-year-old Richard Rose Junior is accused of raping a very young girl several times from 2000 to 2005.


Perkins Township/Teenagers in big trouble

Three teenagers from Perkins Township were all charged Friday with felony burglary and vandalism.

18-year-olds Jerry Fantozzi, Tanner Nesbit and D’Hani Aaron are accused of recently breaking into a vacant home on Tremper Avenue in Perkins.


Sandusky/Patrol arrests man for 7th OVI

The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that they arrested a 29-year-old man for his 7th lifetime OVI on Friday.

According to the patrol, Justin Dennis of Sandusky was stopped for a marked lanes violation on State Route 2 in Perkins Township on Friday morning.

The patrol says Dennis has 6 prior convictions through courts in Bowling Green and Sandusky.


Berlin Heights/Vietnam soldier to be remembered along roadway

A stretch of road in Erie County will soon be named after a Berlin Heights man who lost his life serving in the army in the Vietnam War.

A bill was recently passed to re-name a section of Ohio 61 between Ohio 113 and Mason Road after Army Sergeant David Sexton.

If all goes as planned, signs proclaiming “Sgt. David Sexton Memorial Highway” will be in place by Memorial Day.


Wellington/Lorain County Fair 2018 concert lineup

The Lorain County Fair has announced their grandstand musical entertainment for 2018.

Classic rock band Grand Funk Railroad takes the stage Monday, August 20th in Wellington; with 90’s/early 2000’s country star Neal McCoy in concert on Tuesday, August 21st.

Tickets go on sale May 21st.


Norwalk/Hydrant flushing

Spring hydrant flushing begins this week in Norwalk.

Flushing may result in discolored water with residents asked to run cold water for around 15 minutes or until water is clear.

The hydrant flushing program is expected to last two weeks.






A slight chance of showers this afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 42.



A chance of of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 31.

New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.



A chance of morning rain and snow showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.



A chance of showers in the afternoon. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Huron/High School closed today

Due to a water main break, Huron High School is closed today.

All other schools in the district are going on as scheduled.


Norwalk/Drug charges for man and woman

A man and woman from Norwalk were arrested on drug charges Wednesday following a traffic stop on US 250 and Bogart Road in Perkins Township.

Police reportedly found cocaine and heroin on 21-year-old Dylan Souslin and 27-year-old Renee Boyce.


Norwalk/No injuries in school bus rear-ending

No one was hurt when a pickup truck rear-ended a Norwalk City School bus taking students home on Thursday.

The accident happened in the Norwalk High School parking lot with the truck receiving damage to its’ bumper and the bus left with a dent.

The driver of the truck, a Norwalk student, then allegedly backed up and drove away, according to an eye-witness.

After being identified, the pickup driver later returned to the scene.


Norwalk/ Lady Truckers asst. softball coach suspended with pay

Norwalk High School assistant softball coach Greg Hurst has been suspended with pay for the rest of the season.

Superintendent George Fisk told the Norwalk Reflector there was something between Hurst and head coach Julie Schmidt that was probably a distraction to the team.

Hurst, in his second season at Norwalk, said that he and the head coach have a “little different coaching styles”.


Norwalk-Monroeville/New Curriculum director at Monroeville

Monroeville Local Schools have named current Norwalk Pleasant Elementary second-grade teacher Coral Smith as their new full-time curriculum director.

Norwalk recently approved Smith’s resignation, effective at the end of this school year.

Smith has over 10-years of teaching experience as well as a multiple-month stint as the interim Dean of Students at Pleasant.


New London/Firelands Electric Co-op needing new trustee

Due to moving out of the area, Firelands Electric Cooperative is looking to replace District 9 trustee Neil Winslow.

The board is expected to fill the vacancy through an election during the co-op’s annual meeting in June.

Winslow also was recently replaced by New London City Council, due to moving.


Sandusky/Clean and Safe program

The City of Sandusky’s downtown district looks to be cleaner and safer this summer thanks to a local partnership that led to $100,000 being contributed to a Kentucky-based company.

Downtown Sandusky Inc. and the city government recently gave the funds to the “Block by Block” company, which will begin cleanup in May.

It’s part of Sandusky’s ‘Clean and Safe’ program, which includes litter and graffiti removal.


Norwalk/Rave for Recovery

A benefit concert for the Huron County Peer Recovery Community Center, “Rave for Recovery” takes place Saturday evening in Norwalk.

The show at the Huron County Fair Grounds Expo Building begins at 6:00 pm with $10 tickets available at the door.

The concert is intended for youth grades 6 through 12.


Norwalk/CLI hosting 5K on Saturday

CLI’s annual 5-K is set for Saturday at 9:00 am.

Registration is $30 for the “Out & Back Give Back” 5-K; which begins at 8:00 am, rain or shine, at CLI Workshop on South Norwalk Road West.

All proceeds will be donated to local charities.






Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Breezy, with winds possibly gusting as high as 32 mph.



A chance of showers, mainly after midnight.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.



Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Temperature falling to around 43 by 5:00 pm.



Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, breezy.  High near 59.

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Clyde/Missing woman

Family and friends have now been searching over a week for a Clyde woman believed to have dementia.

70-year-old Charlene Robinson was last seen April 3rd at the Family Dollar store in Bellevue on Ohio 113.

Authorities describe her as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 197 pounds with white hair and blue eyes.

She may be driving a green 1998 Ford Contour (License Plate #AR7 9JC).

If her or her car is located, you’re asked to call Clyde Police.


Sandusky/Car shooting suspect indicted

A Sandusky man who allegedly fired multiple gun shots at an occupied vehicle last month has been indicted on criminal charges.

22-year-old Randy Kimble has been charged with felonious assault.

Police named Kimble as a suspect after witnesses said he fired at a car on Lindsley Street in Sandusky with people inside.

No one was hit.


Port Clinton – Put-in-Bay/Man to prison for 25 year-old crime

A 75-year-old man will spend 4 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl on his boat on Put-in-Bay 25 years ago.

Ottawa County authorities say the victim first reported the crime 20 years ago after she found a video of the assault, where she was unconscious.

Kevin Lynch of Michigan and Florida plead guilty last November to two counts of sexual battery.


New London/City council finds replacement

New London City Council has found a replacement for the recently resigned Neil Winslow.

Earlier this week, Mayor John Martin announced that Jennifer Ball will fill the vacant seat.

She’ll officially take over May 14th.


New owner of former Clark/Eagle gas station has ‘vision’ for property

Clean-up is underway at the former Clark/Eagle gas station in Norwalk.

Nearby Pizza Cravin’ owner Lanny Gilbert purchased the property for $100 at a sheriff’s auction on Monday.

Gilbert, right now, is looking to clean the area of trees and brush as well as replace the building’s broken glass.

As for future plans, he says he’s keeping that a secret for now.

The vacant gas station was last open in 2005.


Willard/Teacher receives state award

Willard Middle School teacher Kyle von Kamp has been named the recipient of the Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year award.

The honor was given to him by the Ohio Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Von Kamp, who’s been teaching at Willard since 2001, recently brought back Revolutionary War reenactments to the school district.




*A Wind Advisory is in effect today from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.



A chance of showers early. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.

Windy, with gusts possibly near 50 mph.



A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.



Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 73.



A chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

Cloudy, with a high near 58.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Norwalk/Florida man pleads not guilty in Sheppard case

A Florida man charged with two counts of murder in the 2003 disappearance of Perkins Township’s Michael Sheppard Jr. plead not guilty in Huron County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.

Joshua Stamm has a July 17th trial scheduled, where he could face 15 years to life in prison if found guilty.

Scott Hall of Clyde and Adam White of Sandusky have also been indicted on the same charges.


Norwalk/Woman arrested after reportedly escaping from cruiser

A New London woman was apprehended Monday after allegedly breaking out of a police cruiser following an arrest Sunday in Norwalk.

Police say 20-year-old Lillian Denson was wanted on several warrants when she was arrested Sunday morning on Whittlesey Avenue near Bouscay Avenue.

She was later found at an apartment on Sycamore Drive and charged with escape and a probation violation.

40-year-old Frank Short, of Norwalk who was with Denson during the arrest and was wanted by Huron County authorities, was also charged with contempt.


Sandusky/Woman pleads not guilty in dog cruelty case

A 21-year-old woman allegedly found with a child and three dogs in a Sandusky motel room covered in dog excrement has plead not guilty to charges related to the incident.

Dezeray Powell was charged with child endangering and three counts of animal cruelty after police say they discovered her on April 3rd at a Howard Johnson motel room on Milan Road.

Powell faces a preliminary hearing in around a week.


State news/Distracted driving awareness

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Sergeant Kent Jeffries with the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says distractions on the roadway come in 3 types; visual, manual and cognitive.

According to the patrol, nearly 14,000 distracted-related accidents took place in Ohio last year, resulting in 51 fatal crashes.

State law bans texting while driving, which can be enforced as a secondary offense.


Sandusky/ Top “micro-politan” city

Sandusky has been recognized nationally as one of the top “micro-politan” cities in the nation.

Site Selection Magazine recently honored Sandusky as one of the nation’s top 125 cities with an urban core population between 10,000 and 50,000; for its ability to cater to commercialism.


Huron County/Construction near Clarksfield

Construction is scheduled to continue this week on State Route 18 near Clarksfield in Huron County.

Traffic is set to be maintained by temporary signals between the State Route 60 north and south split.

Work is expected to be complete by the end of the month.


Lake Erie Shores and Islands region/Money brought in

If it’s ‘in-the-numbers’…there’s no doubt people enjoy the area promoted by Lake Erie Shores and Islands.

They say, 2017 brought in nearly 170-million-dollars in lodging-sales, more than 6-million-dollars in county lodging tax revenue, and more than 24-million-dollars in local sales-tax revenue.






A chance of light rain this morning.

Cloudy and breezy, with a high near 55.



Showers likely, mainly after midnight.  Cloudy, with a low around 44.



A chance of showers.  Windy, with gusts near 40 mph.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.



A slight chance of showers early.

Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 70.