Local News

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Sandusky County/More info released in married couple’s death

Law enforcement has identified the married couple who were found dead at their home in Fremont on Monday.

Police say they discovered 61-year-old Linda Wagner inside her house on Willow Street and her husband, 62-year-old Harold, in the garage.

According to authorities, Harold had died from a self-inflicted injury, while Linda had passed away of natural causes; according to an initial autopsy report.

No foul play is suspected in her death.


Sandusky County/High-speed chase

A Fremont man was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase early Monday.

34-year-old William Hyche reportedly sped up after sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull him over for a stop sign; reaching speeds around 90 miles-per-hour.

Wyche eventually fled on foot and was found by a K-9 hiding under a porch swing on Camel Court.


Ottawa County/Trial delayed for accused rapist

The trial has been delayed for a Port Clinton man accused of multiple counts of rape involving a young child.

57-year-old Richard Rose Junior was supposed to go to trial last week, but Rose and his attorney argued for more time.

The trial will now take place December 11th.

Rose was initially indicted on 50 counts of rape, but 45 of those counts were dropped.


Huron County/Possible attempted abduction ruled out

Norwalk Police say that a recently reported attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl did not happen.

The mother of the girl, Leila Earl, told authorities last week that her daughter had said that a black van pulled up toward her at Main Street School and told her to get in.

Norwalk Police Captain James Fulton, however, said video footage does not show that at all; with police resolving the case.


Huron County/New fire station just a month or so from opening

Norwalk’s new fire station should be opening soon.

The contractor of the building on Whittlesey Avenue told City Council this week that the Norwalk Fire Department could move in as soon as mid-October.


Huron County/Multi-use trail gets major funding

It may be a few years down the road, but the City of Norwalk has locked up some funds for a future multi-use trail.

The city has received a $610,000 state grant for a trail that will be located on former railroad tracks; starting two miles north of Veterans Memorial Lake Park and ending behind Bishman Park.

Construction is planned for July of 2022.


Huron County/Willard hosting annual “Planes, Trains and Autos” fest

Willard is playing host to their third annual “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” event today through Sunday.

Attendees can check out drones and RC planes, model train activities and also a car show on Saturday.





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A slight chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.



A slight chance of afternoon rain.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Erie County/One killed in fatal crash on U.S. 250

A Huron woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash this morning on U.S. 250 in Erie County.

Ceetta Foster was 60 years-old.

According to the Highway Patrol, Foster was going north on U.S. 250 in a SUV when she failed to yield the right of way while turning left onto Mason Road…where she was struck by a pick-up truck coming in the other direction.


Sandusky County/Married couples’ deaths being investigated

Authorities are investigating the deaths of a married couple in Fremont on Monday.

Police say they responded to a call about an unresponsive male and female at a home on Willow Street where they found a couple in their 50’s both dead.

There were no signs of foul play.


Huron County/33 years for Durst

Convicted rapist McClain Durst of Sandusky has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.

The prison term was handed down Tuesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court after Durst was found guilty of multiple felonies last week including four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, two charges of rape and a count of sexual battery.

Durst maintains his innocence and plans to appeal.


Local News/Schools closed for heat

With temps forecasted in the 90’s and a heat index near 100 today, some area schools have closed.

Those include Edison elementary and middle schools, Norwalk elementary and middle schools, Huron City Schools, Margaretta, Monroeville, Perkins, Sandusky City Schools and Sandusky Central Catholic.


State News/Patrol reports fewer fatal crashes for Labor Day holiday

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 13 fewer traffic fatalities over the four-day Labor Day Holiday as compared to last year.

There were 11 fatal crashes which claimed 11 lives – a decrease from 2017 when 22 fatal crashes killed 24 people.

However, troopers say they arrested nearly 900 drivers for OVI and issued over 7,000 safety belt citations, both increases over 2017.


Erie County/Sandusky man charged with domestic violence

A Sandusky man faces charges of misdemeanor domestic violence and unlawful restraint.

38 year-old Denardo Dante was arrested Monday after a woman claimed that Dante prevented her from leaving a cookout on Campbell Street.


Erie County/BGSU Firelands annual “College Night” is next week

The 48th annual “College Night” at BGSU Firelands takes place next Tuesday, September 11th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

The free event is open to the public and provides opportunities for attendees to meet with admission representatives from over 60 educational institutions.


Erie County/Sandusky residents urged to “grow” their spirit for Bicentennial

Sandusky continues its 200th birthday celebration with a “Beard-centennial” contest.

The competition runs now through November 23rd at the city’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony.

Various prizes will be handed out in several categories including “Best End of Year Growth”, “Longest Beard” and “Worst Facial Hair”.





Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon.

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Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.



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Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Huron County/Norwalk student allegedly makes threats

Norwalk Police transported a high school student to a detention center after he allegedly made harmful threats towards the school and students.

Authorities say there’s no reason to believe that any student is in danger.


Ottawa County/Man changes plea to guilty of disrupting public services

A 38 year-old man has pled guilty to stealing batteries from cell-phone towers.

Scott Laurie Junior worked for a Verizon subcontractor and allegedly used his access to break in to towers and take batteries valued at $400 each in several counties; including Erie and Ottawa.

Laurie must pay $70,000 in restitution to Verizon.

He also has similar cases pending, one of those in Huron County.


Erie County/Gerber no-show at court

A Sandusky doctor accused of overprescribing opioids was a no-show Thursday in U.S. District Court.

The office of Doctor Gregory Gerber was raided by federal agents earlier this week.

Authorities claim Gerber accepted bribes to promote a fentanyl drug and prescribed it to patients who didn’t have a medical reason to use it.


Erie County/New justice center in Sandusky

Sandusky City Commissioners have agreed on a site to construct a nearly-40,000 square foot justice center.

The eventual new home of Sandusky’s police department and municipal court will be the former American Crayon site on Hayes Avenue near the high school.

Consultants estimate that it will take roughly four years to draw, design and construct the new justice facility.


State News/Highway Patrol: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

With Labor Day weekend upon us, The Ohio State Highway Patrol says they’ll be focusing enforcement efforts on removing impaired drivers from the road.

The Patrol says that during last year’s Labor Day weekend of Friday through Monday, there were 22 fatal crashes which killed 24 people.

Ten of those fatalities were OVI related and 9 of those fatalities were unbelted.


Huron County/Military Appreciation Night

Football won’t be the main focus tonight as Willard hosts Plymouth.

The two nearby schools will pay tribute to the armed forces as part of ‘Military Appreciation Night’.

Both coaches, Plymouth’s Mark Genders and Willard’s Britton Devier, told WLKR News/Sports that they are honored to be part of the event.

A veteran’s dinner and Vietnam-era pinning ceremony will take place before the game with all veterans to line the end zone before the teams take the field.

Coverage of the game begins at 6:00 pm tonight on 95.3 WLKR.


Ottawa County/Bash on the Bay last night, Kid Rock headlining next year

Country music superstars Rascal Flatts rocked Put-in-Bay last night at the second annual “Bash on the Bay” music fest.

Next year’s festival is already in the works…last night it was announced that Kid Rock will headline 2019 “Bash on the Bay”.


Area News/Labor Day weekend activities

Here are a few notable area events going on this Labor Day weekend…

The Milan Melon Festival runs Saturday through Monday with your only chance to pick up delicious muskmelon ice cream and watermelon sherbet and a parade Sunday afternoon.

New London Recreation Park is playing host again to the 110th Firelands Labor Day Festival Friday evening through Monday, featuring a parade on Saturday and fireworks on Monday night.

Norwalk’s third annual community garage sale goes on today through Monday with over 60 locations.


Huron County/Drug recovery event postponed

An event featuring celebrities and musicians planned for Saturday in Norwalk to kick off National Recovery Month has been has been postponed.

Officials from “One Mission One Voice: Night of Stars & Miracles” at the Huron County Fairgrounds say it’s due to scheduling conflicts, which they now are planning for next spring.





Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.



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A slight chance of showers and storms.  Partly sunny, with a high near 88.


Monday – Labor Day

Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Huron County/Possible attempted abduction in Norwalk

Norwalk police are investigating a possible attempted child abduction that occurred Tuesday.

Authorities say the incident involved an 11 year-old girl who was waiting to be picked up by her mother at Main Street School.

The child’s mother said she saw a similar vehicle to the one in the earlier incident two hours later at a Norwalk business.

The occupants of the vehicle were interviewed by police, but the child could not identify them, with police then releasing the suspects.


Huron County/Durst found guilty

11 guilty verdicts…

That’s what a Huron County jury decided on Wednesday in the multiple sexual assault case against Sandusky’s McClain Durst.

Durst could spend as long as 37 years in prison after being found guilty of two charges of rape, four counts each of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning and one count of sexual battery.

Durst’s $250,000 bond was also revoked as he was ordered to be held in jail until his sentencing hearing on Tuesday.


Erie County/$125,000 drug prevention grant

A $125,000 federal grant has been awarded to the Erie County Health Department in a continuing effort regarding drug abuse prevention.

The money will fit the bill for police enforcement efforts that attempt to prevent alcohol sales to underage youths and for youth drug education programs.


Sandusky County/Missing Fremont man is safe

A Fremont man reported missing earlier this week has been found safe and sound.

The family of 36 year-old Dennis Wyant-the second hadn’t seen him since last weekend.

His family contacted police Wednesday to let them know he was now home and had been staying with a friend in Tiffin.


Erie County/Domestic violence suspect

Police in Sandusky are looking for a man who allegedly committed domestic violence this past Monday.

An arrest warrant is out for 43 year-old Timothy Matthews Junior of Hayes Avenue.

Matthews has two previous domestic violence convictions.


State News/Exposure at Ross Correctional Institution

The Highway Patrol is investigating what happened yesterday, at the Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe…about 45 miles south of Columbus.

29 people were treated for exposure to fentanyl…2 inmates, 4 nurses, and 23 correctional officers!


State News/Move Over!

The holiday weekend is almost here, and you know what that means…

Move Over!

Today, the Ohio Department of Transportation will kick off a campaign, reminding drivers to ‘move over’ for roadside workers…it’s the law.


Ottawa County/‘Bash on the Bay’

Thousands will make the trip across Lake Erie to Put-in-Bay later today for the second annual “Bash on the Bay” country music festival.

The concert is headlined by Rascal Flatts; along with Joe Nichols, Chris Lane and other local acts.

Gates open at 3:00 pm with live music beginning at 3:30.





A slight chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.



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A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.