Local News

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Vermilion man faces additional indictment in relation to standoff

 A 68 year-old Vermilion man faces an additional indictment in relation to a standoff with police in July.

John Friel of Barnes Road, who was indicted last month on felonious assault, domestic violence and aggravated menacing; now faces a charge of disrupting a public service.

According to authorities, Friel pointed a gun at deputies following a domestic violence incident on July 15th.


Snapchat rape suspect to go to trial next month

A trial date has been set for the Danbury Township man accused of raping a young woman while being recorded on the social media app, Snapchat.

77 year-old Dennis Allen, former general manager of Bay Point Resort, will go to court in Ottawa County beginning on October 31st.

Allen was indicted last month on charges of rape and sexual battery in the incident reportedly involving a 20 year-old woman at his South Emerald Shores Drive home.


Two people from Norwalk arrested in drug bust

A man and woman from Norwalk have been arrested following a drug bust on South Old State Road.

34 year-old Daniel Skodny and 38 year-old Angie McIntire were both charged with drug trafficking following the raid at 10-B South Old State Road.

Additional arrests are likely to be made in connection with the bust.


Basketball coach promoted to assistant principal at Sandusky

Sandusky varsity boys basketball coach Colin Irish has been promoted to the role of high school assistant principal at Sandusky.

Irish, who will also remain as coach of the Blue Streaks, formerly worked as the dean of students at Sandusky Middle School.

Irish will be entering his fourth season as head coach.  His teams have a combined record of 61-14.

He will replace Jennifer Joubert, who resigned in August to take a job in Detroit.


Electric bill scam in Huron County

A scam related to electric bills has been reported in Huron County.

The scam involves someone posing as an Ohio Edison employee telling a caller they are behind on their bill and they need to go to CVS to pay with a “Pay Pack”.

You are asked to inform authorities if you receive a similar call.


CLI Workshop involved in Hurricane Harvey fundraiser

The CLI Workshop in Norwalk will be assembling care baskets for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas next Wednesday; along with CIVISTA Bank volunteers.

If you would like to donate items such as baby food, diapers, medical supplies and toiletries; they can be dropped off at CLI Workshop at 306 South Norwalk Road West, Suite B.




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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Port Clinton restaurant owner acquitted of charges in arson case

A Port Clinton restaurant owner accused of burning down his business for insurance money has been acquitted of all charges.

32 year-old Bradley Corbin, owner of Sloopy’s Sports Café, was indicted in May of 2016 after his restaurant went up in flames in 2015.

The acquittal came Tuesday after five days of testimony in an Ottawa County courtroom.

His pizza shop was since rebuilt and remains in business.


Drug addiction recovery center opening soon in Norwalk

A peer-to-peer recovery center for opioid drug addiction is set to open soon in Norwalk.

It will be located on Shady Lane in the building known as ‘Sarah’s House’.

The center will serve as a ‘safe haven’ for those affected by addiction and their families; and will include counseling, education and other helpful features.


Norwalk man sent to prison for endangering child

A man from Norwalk is going to jail for child endangerment.

39 year-old Willie Otis has been sentenced to 21 months in prison in connection with a domestic violence incident in April.


Locker room broke into at Whitney Field

A break-in at Whitney Field in Norwalk on Friday night is under investigation.

A number of Saint Paul football players reported they had money and merchandise stolen while they were on the road for a game in Tiffin.

The theft reportedly took place in a locker room used by game officials; which was left unlocked.


Anti-bullying seminar coming to EHOVE Career Center

The Erie and Huron County sheriff’s departments are sponsoring a seminar against bullying later this month at EHOVE (E-Ho-Vee) Career Center.

“Parents: Defeat Bullying on the Home Front” will take place September 27th at 6:30 pm; featuring national anti-bullying youth speaker Josh Drean.


‘Sub-Zero with a Hero’ set for Thursday in Sandusky

Toft’s Dairy in Sandusky is hosting ‘Sub-Zero with a Hero’ Thursday night.

You can come out and have some ice cream while sharing questions and concerns with Sandusky police officers and firefighters.

The event runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.




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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Vermilion police officer’s firing will stand

The firing of a former Vermilion police officer two years ago will stand.

An Erie County Common Pleas Court judge ruled Monday against Michael Reinheimer, who was attempting to overturn his dismissal in November of 2015.

The 16-year employee was let go due to a number of reported violations of department rules and regulations.


Burglary under investigation in Perkins Township

A burglary in Perkins Township is under investigation.

The reported incident took place Friday night at a home on West Stoneway Drive, between Campbell and Columbus.

Credit cards and jewelry were taken from the home while family members were away.


Maple City Ice strike continues into second work week

 Maple City Ice drivers in Norwalk have entered the second full work week of their strike and day 12 overall.

Those on strike say the company wants to stop making contributions to their pension fund.

Maple City Ice has released a statement saying their company is not taking pensions away; but that the striking employees do not belong to the company’s pension plan; that they instead belong to a Teamster’s pension fund that is running out of money.


Huron County Sheriff investigating non-injury shooting

 The Huron County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a non-injury shooting incident in Bronson Township.

According to authorities, a residence and vehicle on New State Road were reportedly shot at with a firearm early Saturday.


Driver receives minor injuries in semi roll-over in Bellevue

 A truck driver received minor injuries when he lost control of his semi full of baking goods in Bellevue late Friday.

The male driver from New York was on State Route 4 southbound between State Route 547 and Seel Road went he went off the highway and clipped an electric pole; which dropped wires on his overturned semi.

The road was closed until Saturday morning.


Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities hosting recruitment fair

A recruitment fair hosted by the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities will take place Wednesday at their offices in Norwalk.

The fair, running from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, will feature several local agencies that are looking to interview potential employees that are interested in providing services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.




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Monday, September 11th, 2017

Mayor of Put-in-Bay denies doing anything wrong

Put-in-Bay mayor Bernard McCann has denied any wrongdoing in connection with an investigation of the village last week.

McCann said through his lawyer on Friday, via The Toledo Blade, that he and a business partner have made the island the tourist capital of Ohio while providing jobs for residents and tax income for the county.

The investigation included searches of the police department, village hall and lawyer’s office.


Huron County mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile

A mosquito sample from the Monroeville area has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

This according to Huron County Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health.

Health officials are encouraging Huron County residents to take all precautions to avoid bites; as well as to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

Free mosquito control kits are available to county residents at the Huron County Public Health office in Norwalk.


Grant would help fight county opioid issues

The Huron County Mental Health and Addiction Services Board have applied for a grant focused on fighting the area’s opioid drug problems.

The grant would give the county up to $800,000 over the next four years to assist with the budget for the overdose antidote, Narcan, as well as give training to first responders.

The board is also working on putting together a ‘Quick Response Team’; with a focus on helping survivors of overdoses with their recovery.


Cracks to be repaired at Davis-Besse

Repairs are expected to begin this week on cracks in a shield building around the Davis-Besse nuclear reactor in Oak Harbor.

Workers are expected to prepare areas surrounding the cracks for new concrete.

The repairs will take around seven weeks to complete; with the plant to maintain normal operation during the maintenance.


Waterline project starting today in Norwalk

The Valley Park Drive Waterline Project is scheduled to get underway today in Norwalk.

Traffic delays are expected while work is taking place between Main Street and Jefferson.


Grandparents target of phone scams, DeWine warns

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning families to beware of phone scams targeting grandparents.

The typical scam involves a grandparent receiving a call from someone posing as their grandchild, who claims to be in trouble and in urgent need of money.

The grandparent is then asked to send money immediately by using a prepaid money card, wire transfer or iTunes gift card.





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