Local News

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Sandusky County/One adult, five children injured in crash near Clyde

A woman from Fremont faces possible charges after a one-vehicle crash near Clyde in Sandusky County.

Troopers say, 33 year old Melissa Leiby lost control of her vehicle Saturday night, struck a culvert and landed in a creek.

Leiby and 5 children were taken to hospitals in Fremont and Toledo.

Troopers believe, alcohol or drugs might have played a factor in the crash.


Erie County/Sandusky mother allegedly threatens to kill daughter

A 71-year-old Sandusky woman was arrested Saturday after she allegedly threatened to kill her daughter.

Betty Chaney was charged with a threat of domestic violence.

Police say that Chaney allegedly admitted to making the threat; telling police she did not like the way her daughter cared for her children.


State News/Ohio 2nd highest death rate for drug deaths

Ohio ranks second in death rate for drug overdoses…in new figures released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The death rate for Ohio last year was 46.3 per 100,000 residents; second to only West Virginia.

Ohio has spent about a billion dollars per year in an attempt to battle the opioid epidemic.

Nebraska had the lowest rate at 8.1 percent.

Over 70,000 people died nationwide in 2017 due to drug overdoses; a national average of 21.7.


Lorain County/Columbia Gas shutdown

Students in Elyria are returning to school today.

They had Friday off…as Columbia Gas worked to restore service to about 25-hundred customers in the Eastern Heights area.

Columbia Gas says, service has been restored to all homes that technicians could access.  Yesterday, crews were trying to access the final 100 homes.

This week, Columbia Gas workers will return to repair any yards, driveways or roads affected by their work, although some work might have to be finished in the spring

Again, residents are warned against relighting appliances by themselves…Columbia Gas workers will inspect and relight appliances after gas service has been restored.


Huron County/Sales tax numbers

Latest sales tax numbers for Huron County…

The latest report reflects August sales…with sales tax already at nearly 101 percent of the estimate for 2018; according to auditor Roland Tkach.

Liquor sales increased 11-and-a-half percent compared to the same time frame a year ago.


Erie County/Vermilion fire station

Tonight, Vermilion City Council is expected to consider plans for building a new fire station.

It would be built at Devon and Douglas, and replace the city’s current facility.






A chance of rain showers turning to light snow this afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 40.



A chance of light snow showers, cloudy, with a low around 29.



Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.



Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Erie County/Three hurt in Sandusky fire

Three people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after escaping a house fire on West Jefferson Street in Sandusky on Thursday.

Fire officials believe the blaze that involved a furnace and water heater was accidental; causing $15,000 worth of damage.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.


Erie County/Student arrested for gun threats

An Erie County student was arrested Thursday for allegedly making violent gun threats.

The 14-year-old at North Point Educational Service Center in Perkins Township was charged with inducing panic, aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct; and was taken to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.


Huron County/Norwalk man faces jail time for drug crimes

A man from Norwalk has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for drug dealing.

45-year-old Carlos Withrow Jr. received the punishment for two counts of aggravated drug trafficking and heroin trafficking.


Erie County/Local anti-bullying campaign approved by the state

A Perkins High School alum’s anti-bullying awareness campaign will soon be recognized throughout Ohio.

Britain Bennett’s “Smart Parent Day” for October 6th – House Bill 315 – is expected to be signed into law by Governor John Kasich.

“SMART”…standing for social media awareness, respect and timing.


Huron County/Norwalk gas lines nearly done

The replacement of older and deteriorating gas lines in Norwalk is coming to a close.

According to Norwalk Public Works Director Josh Snyder, about 10 gas lines are left…along with the replacement of curbs and sidewalks and some road repairs.

Work began in September on the project that encompasses close to 30 city blocks from Milan Avenue to State Street and from Main Street to League.


Erie County/Raises for Sandusky’s non-union workers

Over 30 non-union employees in Sandusky, including several department leaders, have been given a pay raise.

The two-and-a-half percent bump was recently approved by city commissioners.

Those getting the increase in pay include Police Chief John Orzech and City Manager Eric Wobser.


Huron County/Time to buy dog tags

The sale of 2019 dog licenses begins Saturday in Huron County.

All dogs three months and older need a tag, costing 18-dollars, with a deadline of January 31st.

They can be purchased at several locations including the county humane society and auditor’s office.


Huron County/Willard Fire and Police food and toy drive

Police and fire departments in Willard are hosting a food and toy drive this Saturday and next Saturday, December 8th.

You can fill the fire truck from 10 to 4 at the Willard Fire Department on Fort Ball Road.





Widespread fog early.  A chance of rain and snow in the morning.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.



Areas of fog.  Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 34.



Rain likely.  High near 49.



A slight chance of rain.  Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Erie County/Suspect in Kalahari shooting enters plea

A man accused of shooting into a crowd of people in a Kalahari Resort parking lot last May has pled guilty to multiple felonies.

No one was hit by the bullets allegedly fired by 19-year-old Ronnelle Chandler of Euclid.


Erie County/Sandusky stabbing suspect avoids jail time

A 20-year-old Sandusky woman accused of stabbing a man has been sentenced to three years of probation.

Allison Marcum recently pled guilty to reduced charges stemming from an incident in May on Campbell Street where a man was reportedly stabbed in the chest following an argument.

The man was treated and released from Firelands Regional Medical Center.


Huron County/Area drug dealers convicted

Three men have pled guilty to drug trafficking charges in separate cases in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Facing punishment for the crimes are…47-year-old Carlos Batrez and 32-year-old Dustin Lindsey; both of Willard, and 42-year-old Timothy Marvin of Attica.


Ottawa County/Accused drug smugglers indicted

A man and woman from Port Clinton have been indicted on criminal charges for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into the Ottawa County Jail last month.

25-year-old Brandon Fick and 24-year-old Kelsey Bowen have both pled not guilty.


Erie County/Sandusky Post Trooper/Dispatcher of the Year

40-year-old Richard Anderson of Lorain has been named State Trooper of the Year for the Sandusky Post.

Anderson, who joined the Patrol in 2004, was chosen by his colleagues based on leadership, ethics and treatment of others.

Also, 47-year-old Fremont native Brian Flahiff was selected as the Dispatcher of the Year at the Sandusky Post; taking home the honor for the sixth time.


Erie County/Raises for Health Department

Pay raises have been approved for close to all of Erie County Health Department’s 115 employees.

Most will receive a two percent pay hike with a select few receiving as much as a five percent bump in pay.


Erie County/Sandusky has a new law director

The interim tag has been removed from Trevor Hayberger’s status.

Sandusky commissioners have approved Hayberger to be the new permanent city law director.

Hayberger was the assistant law director in 2015 before being named interim director last July when Justin Harris left to re-enter the private sector.


Erie County/Perkins Police holding two fundraisers

Police in Perkins Township have two upcoming fundraisers…

This Saturday from 1 to 5 pm at the American Legion in Sandusky on Hayes Avenue, they’ll host a spaghetti dinner to raise money for operations of their K-9 department.

Next Saturday, December 8th from 10 am to 3 pm, officers will collect toys for children and families in need at the Sandusky Wal-Mart.





A chance of snow mixing with rain this afternoon.  Cloudy, with a high near 34.



A chance of rain and light snow.  Cloudy, with a low around 32.



Patchy fog early.  A slight chance of rain and snow.

Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 42.



Rain likely.  High near 52.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Sandusky County/Dollar General robbery

Clyde police are investigating the reported armed robbery of the Dollar General store on U.S. 20 Tuesday morning.

Authorities believe a short and thin white male wearing all black allegedly robbed the store’s manager at gunpoint while she was on her way out of the building with a bank deposit.

The suspect allegedly took the deposit bag of cash and fled in a silver-colored car.


Erie County/Shots fired into Sandusky home

No one was hurt when gun shots entered a home through a window on Taylor Street in Sandusky Monday night.

Three people were home at the time, two of them children.

A resident said someone was apparently trying to enter the house before the shots were fired.

No suspects have been identified.


Erie County/Vermilion man charged with OVI after crash

A man with a history of drunk-driving arrests was charged again with OVI on Monday night when he allegedly crashed his truck into a utility pole in Vermilion.

Police say the incident involving 34-year-old Sean Faulkner took place on U.S. 6 near Vermilion Road.

Faulkner reportedly has four prior OVI convictions spanning back to 2009.


Ottawa County/Portage Resale Center donates $155K

Yesterday was “Giving-Tuesday”…with the Portage Resale Center in Port Clinton donating $155,000 in grants to 45 different non-profit agencies.

The business on West Second Street sells gently used clothes, furniture and other items to raise funds for local non-profits.

The Portage Resale Center also contributed $125,000 to the community a year ago.


Erie County/Bike Week back to 10 days

After shortening the event this year to five days, Ohio Bike Week organizers have announced that it will return to its normal 10-day format in 2019.

It will run during Memorial Day weekend; May 24th through June 2nd in Sandusky.

Several local businesses reported a major decline this past summer due to the shortened length of the event.

The bike fest will again feature a downtown block party with concerts, food and motorcycle exhibitors.


Erie County/Sandusky’s new city hall to have directional signage

When the new Sandusky City Hall opens downtown next spring, the building will feature directional signage to help people navigate throughout the building.

Listening to complaints from visitors, city commissioners have accepted a $20,000 bid to purchase the special signs; which will guide people to specific departments, meeting rooms, offices and restrooms.


Huron County/St. Paul students’ hosting dance marathon

Three St. Paul High School students have organized a dance marathon fundraiser for this Saturday.

It’s the senior project for Lauren Chandler, Maddie Hipp and Kallie Stoll.

Donations to benefit the Huron County Humane Society will be accepted at the door of the St. Paul Social Hall from 6:00 to 11:00 pm.

The students have raised half of their $1,000 goal so far.






A chance of snow flurries.  Mostly cloudy and windy, with a high near 31.



Cloudy, with a low around 25.



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



A slight chance of rain, mixing with snow.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.