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Friday, January 12th, 2018


*A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect today at 10:00 am through 4:00 am Saturday.


Rain this morning, changing to freezing rain and sleet and then later to snow and sleet. Temperature falling to around 24 by late afternoon.

New ice accumulation of around a tenth of an inch possible.

New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.



Snow.  Low around 12. Wind chill values as low as 6-below-zero.

Blustery, with wind gusts as high as 32 mph.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.



Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 18.


Sandusky man arrested after allegedly breaking window into home

A Sandusky man has been charged with felony burglary for allegedly breaking through a window at a York Township home after claiming someone was going to shoot him.

According to the Fremont News-Messenger, 30 year-old Micah Risner reportedly broke into the house on County Road 296 near Bellevue around midnight Thursday when the homeowner would not let him inside after knocking.

No other person was found.


Firelands Regional Medical Center now restricting visitors due to flu

Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky has started limiting visitors due to a rise in the flu across the area and state.

Visitors are restricted to healthy members of the patient’s immediate family or the patient’s immediate support person, age 18 and up.

The policy was first put in place in 2014 but hasn’t been needed the last two winters.

Erie County has had 26 hospitalizations for the flu this season; which is above average.

Huron County has had 20 flu-related hospital stays so far.


18 year-old Perkins woman charged in stabbing

An 18 year-old Perkins Township woman has been charged with felony felonious assault after allegedly stabbing a 21 year-old man following an argument.

Brooklyn Flournoy also faces a domestic violence and tampering with evidence charge from the incident Wednesday afternoon at an apartment on Pioneer Trail in Perkins Township.

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


Blaze destroys home garage in Sandusky

A home garage in Sandusky was destroyed in a fire early Thursday afternoon.

No one was hurt in the blaze which reportedly started on East Larchmont Drive after a resident left on a kerosene space heater while they ran errands.

No vehicles were in the garage.


Vermilion police receive misguided social media complaints

Not us.

That’s what the Vermilion Police Department told a number of visitors to their Facebook page on Tuesday following a number of ill-advised negative comments and complaints.

The misdirected backlash was in response to an incident involving police and the arrest of a teacher in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana during a recent public forum.


Ernsthausen Community Center to be open 24 hours soon

The Ernsthausen Community Center in Norwalk will soon be open 24/7.

24-hour access will begin March 1st; making it one of only a few rec centers in Ohio to offer such hours.

The gymnasium, track, cardio and weight rooms along with the family locker room will be available 24 hours.  The pools will be locked.

An updated security system is being installed.

The rec center also plans to put in a new splash pad by early June.

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Willard man found dead in Colombia

The family and friends of a Willard man are in shock after he was discovered dead in the South American country of Colombia.

Herbert Kendrick was 69.

His son, Jacob Kendrick of Tiffin, not knowing of his dad’s whereabouts, said he received a Facebook message with the tragic news last week from someone claiming to be an agent from the U.S. Embassy in Colombia.

After a welfare check, a neighbor told authorities that Herbert Kendrick had left for Colombia the day before Thanksgiving.

Kendrick apparently died on January 1st due to septic shock, likely caused by not having his diabetes medication.

Jacob Kendrick was unaware of why his father went to Colombia as he had no family or friends there.


Willard man headed to prison for receiving stolen property

A Willard man is going to prison for three years.

28 year-old Kipling Duncan-the-second pled guilty on Tuesday to a count of receiving stolen property and trespassing from an incident last June.


Tom’s Toys owner trial has been delayed

The trial has been delayed for a man from Marblehead charged with 15 counts of felony theft involving his outdoor vehicle dealership.

42 year-old Thomas Owens allegedly sold vehicles at his Port Clinton dealership, Tom’s Toys on Catawba Road, without turning over the title of ownership to the new owner.

Owens has pled not guilty to the charges.

The trial will begin March 13th in Ottawa County.


Norwalk discussing future of cell phone tower

The city of Norwalk is weighing options when it comes to a lease agreement with a cell phone tower.

The city is in the second year of a 40-year lease with the tower, which makes the city around $900 per month.

The city could sell its part of the lease for $150,000 or keep the lease; which could bring in over $700,000.

Officials have discussed possibly using the $150,000 to assist with the city’s projected 2018 deficit of $807,000.


Willard schools looking into building a new performing arts center

The Willard City School board discussed this week the possibility of a new performing arts center.

It would replace the current auditorium used for concerts and plays.

A non-profit group, the Willard P-A-C Project, has been formed to raise funds for the future facility.

Superintendent Jeff Ritz said the board would have to approve an earned income tax to help fund the project.


New “22+ program” being started at Sandusky Schools

Sandusky Schools are introducing its “22-plus” program for adults without a high school diploma or GED that are looking to obtain one.

The free program is for Ohio residents 22 and older; and allows people to work at home from any computer while receiving help from qualified teachers.


Volunteers needed at Firelands Regional Medical Center

Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky is looking for a few good men and women to help volunteer in various ways.

Volunteers are needed in areas such as patient and guest relations, clerical and the information desk.




Showers likely, mainly in the afternoon.  Breezy.

Cloudy, with a high near 58.



Rain. Low around 37.



Rain and sleet early, turning to freezing rain and snow and sleet in the afternoon.  Windy.  High near 38.

Snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.


Friday Night

Snow.  Low around 16.  Blustery.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.



Snow likely, mainly in the morning.

Mostly cloudy and blustery with a high near 19.

New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Norwalk van fire likely part of a suicide attempt

Norwalk Police have determined that the Monday morning fire involving a man and a minivan on Willard Avenue was part of a suicide attempt.

Authorities say the Sandusky man, who was rescued from standing next to the van after catching himself on fire, was responsible for setting the van ablaze in the driveway of a woman he’s dating.

The man, in his 50’s, who was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, will likely be transferred to a mental-health facility.


Norwalk coach Steve Gray denies “bullying” allegations

During last night’s meeting, the Norwalk City School board addressed allegations of abuse against veteran varsity boys basketball coach Steve Gray.

Comments from a few parents included Gray being called a “bullying coach” along with Gray being emotionally and physically abusive to her son.

Gray, in his 17th season at Norwalk, denied the allegations in a written statement saying that he is not an abusive coach; that he does yell and is tough on his players, but has never threatened a player with violence.

Several dozen people stood in favor of Gray after JV coach Nick Lee said he had documentation from 44 players who pledged to support Gray.


Port Clinton man arrested for likely drug deal

An Ottawa County man was arrested Monday after allegedly being caught up in a heroin sale in Sandusky.

21 year-old Zachary Young from near Port Clinton was charged with felony drug trafficking and felony drug possession after a Perkins police detective in an unmarked car witnessed the likely sale of heroin while in a parking lot on East Perkins Avenue.


Huron County Commissioners choose Boose as president

The Huron County commissioners have named Terry Boose as their president for 2018.

Skip Wilde was selected as vice president.

Boose will also serve as the county’s official voting representative at the annual meeting of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.


Willard school board welcomes in new member

Former teacher Rick Willoughby is the newest member of the Willard City Schools Board of Education.

Willoughby was welcomed in by the board earlier this week, after winning a seat during the November election.

Chris Rothaar was named president of the board.




A chance of freezing rain early and a chance of rain.

Patchy fog this morning.  Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 45.



A chance of rain.  Cloudy, with a low around 45.



A chance of showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 55.  Breezy.



Rain in the morning, then rain and snow, possibly mixed with sleet.

High near 40.  Breezy.

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Police charge man in Sandusky shooting

Authorities have found the man they believe is responsible for the shooting at a Sandusky bar early Friday morning.

27 year-old Jonathon Lacey of Camp Street in Sandusky has been charged with three counts of felonious assault.

Lacey was previously arrested on Friday for resisting and misconduct after officers stopped him following the shooting.

Two men and a woman were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries as a result of the shooting at Kaman’s Korner bar on Milan Road.


Authorities believe Osborne School threat is a hoax

Sandusky police are looking into a threat made against Osborne School on social media.

Residents brought attention to a Facebook post that reportedly showed a picture of firearms that said “don’t go to school tomorrow”.

Authorities believe it’s a copycat hoax with the photo coming from a news article from Virginia.


Man saved from burning in Norwalk

Huron County maintenance worker Mike Armstrong reportedly helped pull a man who was caught on fire away from a van that was engulfed by flames Monday morning in Norwalk.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, the incident at 15 East Willard Avenue is under investigation by both Norwalk Police and the state fire marshal’s office.

The man, likely in his 50’s, was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


Ohio Bike Week to see changes this year

Some big time changes are coming to Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky for 2018.

City commissioners have agreed with event organizer Advantage Entertainment to reduce the event from a 10-day to a five-day festival, move the event up a week to May 24th through 28th and to increase the “block party” from three to four days.

Nearly 200,000 biking enthusiasts attend Ohio Bike Week each year.


New London welcomes new school board member

The board of education at New London Schools has sworn in a new member.

Tim Grys, who works for ODOT and has lived in the school district for 30 years, will finish out the last two years of Gary Landis’ term, who is stepping down.




Widespread fog this morning.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.



Rain likely, mainly in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 45.



A chance of rain, mainly in the afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 57.  Breezy.