Local News

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Erie County/More news on Corso’s raid

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown told the Sandusky Register Wednesday that at least one of the 114 workers were falsely accused after being arrested in the U.S. Border Patrol raid Tuesday of Corso’s Flower and Garden Center in Sandusky and Castalia.

Brown said that person was freed because they were a legal citizen.

Brown also shared his concern for families affected by the arrests, saying it was “immoral” to separate children from their parents.

A U.S. Customs spokesman stated that the names of those arrested Tuesday have not been released; and that they are being detained at facilities in Ohio and Michigan pending deportation proceedings.

As for Corso’s the business, they are open with normal hours of operation and staff said owner John Corso; and will be answering questions about the raids in the coming days.


Huron County/Trial delayed in Sheppard case

The Huron County trial has been delayed for a Florida man accused of killing Perkins Township’s Michael Sheppard Junior 15 years ago.

36 year-old Joshua Stamm has been charged with two counts of murder and aggravated robbery, which he plead ‘not guilty’ to in April.

Stamm’s attorneys reportedly requested a continuance which has moved the pretrial from late-September to late-October.

Also, no trial dates have been scheduled yet for Scott Hall of Clyde and Adam White of Sandusky, who have both plead ‘not guilty’ to the same charges.


State News/Authorities looking for 17-year-old juvenile facility escapee

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking the public to help locate a 17-year-old male who escaped from the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in Highland Hills on May 22nd.

Nathaniel Jacks is 6 feet 1 inch, weighs 165 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Authorities say he may be headed to Licking County.

If you see Jacks, or a person matching this description, law enforcement says he is considered dangerous and should not be approached.  Instead, call 911 immediately.


Norwalk/Boy on bike hit by car

An 8-year-old boy riding a bicycle received minor injuries after he struck the right corner-panel of a vehicle in a parking lot in Norwalk.

Police say it took place Sunday when a car was pulling out of a parking spot at the Concord Court Apartments off Executive Drive.

The car’s driver, 25-year-old Alyssa McKenzie, will not be charged.


Sandusky/Fraudulent credit card user arrested

A 24 year-old Sandusky man has been arrested for alleged fraudulent credit card use.

Tyler Caudill has been charged with felony misuse of a credit card, misdemeanor theft and obstructing official business.

According to a police report, in two similar incidents, Caudill gave a drive-thru store clerk an invalid credit card and drove away after being handed packs of cigarettes.


Erie County/Health Department running swimming water tests

Looking to swim in a Lake Erie Beach this summer?

The Erie County Health Department is currently testing 25 local beaches for water quality.

Results are posted on their website at ErieHealthOhio.com or on site at the specific beaches.


Erie County/Over $117,000 handed out to non-profits

Just over $117,000 in grants have been awarded to 23 area non-profits by the Erie County Community Foundation…

$30,000 is going to the Sandusky Education Foundation for Sandusky City Schools’ natatorium project, $10,000 to ‘Oh-go’ in Sandusky for construction of a food pantry, and $8,600 to the Friends of Sandusky Greenhouse for a Veterans Gold Star Family Memorial.






Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.



Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 78.

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Sandusky-Castalia/More on Border Patrol raid of Corso’s

A Willard man and his 19 year-old daughter told the Norwalk Reflector that border patrol officials were “very, very rough” and sometimes “inhumane” during a raid of Corso’s Garden Center in Sandusky and Castalia on Tuesday.

Rodolfo Hayes said he and his daughter were held and released in what’s being described as one of the largest such stings in recent years on employers for hiring people who are in the country illegally.

U.S. Border Patrol agents reportedly made 114 arrests Tuesday morning.


Erie County/Rape trial deliberations continue


That’s what jurors reportedly told an Erie County judge on Tuesday after nearly their first full day of deliberations in the case of a Sandusky man accused of sexually assaulting two underage girls.

38 year-old Larry Eberling faces charges of rape and gross sexual imposition from two alleged incidents in 2015.

After a meeting between Judge Roger Binette and lawyers from both sides, a note was reportedly passed along to the jury to review all evidence again and to continue to deliberate.

Those deliberations are expected to start back up this morning.


Erie County/Man pleads ‘not guilty’ to drug charges

A Clyde man has plead ‘not guilty’ to felony drug trafficking charges.

Authorities allegedly found over 60 grams of meth in the vehicle of 33 year-old Brandon Willard during a traffic stop on Ohio Route 4 in Groton Township last March.

His pretrial is set for late July.


Norwalk/Council approves resolution for updating police levy

City council in Norwalk passed a resolution Tuesday to update a 1976 levy that supports the Norwalk Police Department.

The resolution asks Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach to certify the current tax value of a .9-mill continuing replacement levy.

The issue would then be put on the November ballot, and if passed, be collected in 2019.


Sandusky/Man accused of running fake real estate firm

A man formerly of Columbus and now a Montana resident was arrested Tuesday for allegedly running a real-estate firm based in Sandusky that deceived investors of over $10 million.

Jared Davis faces 19 charges which include money laundering and wire fraud.

Davis’ indictment accuses him of owning “Erie Marketing LLC” in Sandusky which was involved in “real estate ventures”.


Perkins Township/Police searching for alleged scooter shoplifter

Police in Perkins Township are asking for assistance in identifying a man accused of shoplifting two electric scooters.

A security officer at the Meijer store in Sandusky reportedly told authorities a black male entered the store on Monday morning and allegedly placed two scooters in a cart and left without paying.

Perkins police have placed pictures of the suspect on their Facebook page.


Sandusky/Man could face gun charges for “accidental” shots fired

A Sandusky man could face charges after reportedly telling authorities Monday that he accidentally fired a gun into a nearby home.

According to police, the resident of a home on Pearl Street said a bullet went through the frame of their bedroom window and wedged itself into a wall.

The man who said he fired the gun told law enforcement that he had recently moved into the home and found the gun inside a desk; when the firearm accidently went off while he was showing it to his girlfriend.






Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.



Mostly clear, with a low around 52.



Partly sunny, with a high near 80.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Sandusky/Jury starts deliberating in rape trial

Jury deliberations are expected to continue this morning in the case of a Sandusky man accused of sexually assaulting two underage girls.

An Erie County courtroom Monday heard from final witnesses and closing arguments followed by the start of deliberations.

38 year-old Larry Eberling faces charges of gross sexual imposition and rape in connection with two alleged incidents in 2015.


Erie County/Huron and Sandusky getting medical marijuana dispensaries

Businesses in Huron and Sandusky were among 56 companies statewide Monday to receive a license to sell medicinal marijuana.

“OPC Retail” will most likely be located in Huron’s corporate park with “The Forest Sandusky” to be on Tiffin Avenue (U.S. 6) in the former site of Hoppers mobile home park and a gas station.

The dispensaries, which should be up and running later this year, are only allowed to sell medical marijuana in the forms of edibles, oils and vapors for patients with 20 pre-existing health conditions.


Norwalk/Road rage incident

A Norwalk man was charged with menacing after an alleged road rage incident last weekend.

Police say 31 year-old Michael Sanders got out of his vehicle and made threats towards two women in a car at the intersection of Republic and Gallup in Norwalk.

According to authorities, the women were in a vehicle that beeped their horn to let the man know he was close to hitting them after making a wide turn.


Erie County/$10,000 worth of meth found during arrest at Kalahari

Authorities found $10,000 worth of meth after two men from Indiana were arrested at Kalahari Resorts on Saturday.

The men allegedly were causing a disturbance when Erie County Sheriff’s officers were alerted; resulting in one of the men being charged with drug trafficking.


Berlin Heights-Milan/Edison debate team headed to nationals

Middle School and eighth grade students at Edison have made some history.

Their speech and debate team will take part in a national competition in Florida from June 19th through 23rd after being crowned state champs back in March.

It’s the first time in 14 years that an Ohio school is headed to nationals.


Sandusky/Summer recreation camps start next week

In Sandusky, school is out this week and summer recreation camps are in next week.

The City of Sandusky Recreation Department is partnering again with Sandusky City Schools, Sandusky Central Catholic Schools and area businesses.

Several camps begin on Monday including gymnastics, track and field and volleyball.

Registration forms are available online at the City of Sandusky’s website (www.cityofsandusky.com).






Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly this morning.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Ashland/Grate receives death penalty

A convicted killer has been sentenced to death for the murders of two women.

Shawn Grate was found guilty last month in the 2016 murders of 43 year-old Stacey Stanley of Greenwich and 29 year-old Elizabeth Griffith of Ashland.

An Ashland County judge has set Grate’s execution date for September 13th, but appeals are expected – which could delay it for several years.


Greenwich/Serious injury crash

A Mansfield man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash in Greenwich Township Saturday night.

Troopers say 32 year-old Cameron Watson, while driving on State Route 13, went left of center and eventually overturned.

He was flown to Cleveland Metro Hospital.


Fremont/Woman dies in two vehicle crash

A Fremont woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident over the weekend.

Juanita Rodriguez was 76.

According to the State Highway Patrol, Rodriguez was driving a car that was struck head-on by pickup truck on State Route 12 in Ballville Township, near Fremont.


Erie County/State Route 2 accident claims a life

A Brook Park woman died in a single-vehicle crash Friday morning in Huron Township.

Authorities say 58 year-old Teresa Ott was travelling on State Route 2 westbound near the Rye Beach Road exit when she drove off the right side of the road, down an embankment, where her vehicle struck a concrete pipe and ultimately overturned.


Perkins Township/New superintendent selected at Perkins

Perkins Schools has named a new superintendent.

The school board there has chosen former Osnaburg Schools super Todd Boggs as the one for the job.

Boggs has been superintendent at Osnaburg, east of Canton, for the last five years.

He’ll take over for Jodie Hausmann, who’s been hired as the new superintendent at Bay Village Schools.


Sandusky/Building of new schools delayed

The project to build three new schools at Sandusky has been delayed a year.

The Sandusky Register reports that several issues are to blame for the delay – including workforce demands and the increasing costs of raw materials.

Ontario Primary for first and second graders, and the intermediate schools for grades’ three through six, are now scheduled to open by August of 2020; while Hancock Academy for preschool and kindergarten, will likely open by August 2022.


Erie County/”Tick Drag” to be performed

After a tick known to cause lime disease was found last month near Vermilion, the Erie County Health Department has planned what’s called a “tick drag” in at least five county parks.

Workers will attempt to locate and identify the disease-causing black-legged ticks at Castalia Quarry MetroPark, Edison Woods MetroPark, Huron River Path MetroPark, Osborn MetroPark, and Perkins Township’s Pelton Park.


Sandusky/Cedar Point: Steel Vengeance back to multi-trains

‘Steel Vengeance’ is back to full operation at Cedar Point.

On Saturday, after manufacturers made adjustments, the park’s new hyper-hybrid coaster began once again operating with two trains.

A month ago on Cedar Point’s opening day, a train reportedly lightly bumped a parked train in the loading area, causing the ride to be reduced to just one train.






Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.



A chance of showers, mainly after midnight.

Increasing clouds, with a low around 58.



A chance of showers.  Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 71.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.