Local News

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Monroeville/Family has ‘narrow escape’ from fire

It was a narrow escape for a Monroeville family according to Huron River Fire Chief Curt Stang.

Stang told the Norwalk Reflector that the family of five, including three young children, is lucky to be alive following a grease fire Wednesday morning at their Jackson Street home.

The house is a total loss.


Perkins Township/Perkins Schools down to two finalists for super

It’s now down to two for Perkins Schools in their search for a new superintendent.

Todd Boggs of Osnaburg Schools (close to Canton) and Matthew Chrispin of Fredericktown Schools (Knox County) have been selected as the two finalists.

The Perkins school board has announced a meeting for this evening at 5:30 pm; where the new superintendent could be named.

Current super Jodie Hausmann is leaving for the top job at Bay Village Schools in August.


Collins/Woman facing arson charges

A 26 year-old Collins woman has been indicted on multiple arson charges.

Holly Heitsche was arrested earlier this week on charges of arson, attempted aggravated arson, criminal damaging and retaliation.

She has pled ‘not guilty’.


Huron County/County joins statewide online checkbook

Huron County has become the 37th county statewide to join OhioCheckBook.com.

Established by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, the site puts government spending information on the internet for everyone to see.

Huron County’s checkbook currently shows over 300,000 transactions totaling more than $285 million from the last three years.


Port Clinton/ODOT: Lift Bridge expected to be open by July 4th

Travelers in Port Clinton will likely be crossing the Ohio 163 Lift Bridge in about a month.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says, after some delays, it’s aiming to re-open the bridge by the weekend of June 30th.

The bridge over the Portage River has been closed since last October for a multi-million dollar project to repair its electrical and mechanical systems.


Bellevue/Plastics company appealing heavy government fine

A plastics company in Bellevue is appealing a large government penalty for safety violations.

OSHA has fined Wilbert Inc. on Southwest Street over a quarter of a million dollars.

The company will likely appear before an OSHA review commission in the next few months.


Sandusky/Former employee in trouble for illegal spending

A man hired and then fired by Cedar Point allegedly spent over $1,400 at a hotel and then billed it to the park.

42 year-old Jason Koppinger of Florida has been charged with felony theft.

Koppinger reportedly had his hotel room paid for while he was interviewed for a restaurant job in April, but after three days of work, he was fired.

He then allegedly checked back into the same hotel in late May, where he reportedly told staff he still worked for Cedar Point; and that they would be paying for his room.


Norwalk/’Imagine Norwalk’ returns this evening

The ‘Imagine Norwalk’ arts festivals are back for 2018, starting tonight.

It all gets underway around 6:00 pm in uptown Norwalk, with a theme of a “Luau”.






A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.



Partly sunny, with a high near 72.



Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Huron County/Collins man indicted in fatal crash

A 23 year-old Collins man has been indicted on criminal charges in connection with a crash last December that killed a Norwalk man.

Kyle Greenwald has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, as well as misdemeanors of vehicular manslaughter and operating a vehicle under the influence.

Authorities say Greenwald was driving on U.S. 20 near Wakeman Townline Road in Huron County when he passed a disabled snowmobile and collided head-on with another car; killing 69 year-old Todathon Wagner.


Norwalk/Woman charged with escape and resisting arrest

A 20 year-old woman has been charged with escape and resisting arrest from an April incident in Norwalk.

According to Norwalk Police, they stopped a car they believed contained a man wanted by authorities, when Lillian Denson tried to flee from the back seat.

Denson was caught in a nearby yard, but then reportedly escaped from a police cruiser; and was eventually arrested the next day.


Margaretta Township/Student arrested for “Columbine” threat

A 14 year-old Margaretta Middle School student was charged with inducing panic on Wednesday after allegedly making violent threats on social media.

The boy from Sandusky allegedly admitted he was joking when he sent the messages on SnapChat, which said he wanted to recreate the 1999 Columbine shooting.

He was taken to Erie County juvenile detention center.


New London/Shupp family getting help from the community

A New London family has been helped out tremendously in the wake of losing their house to a fire on Monday.

The nearly 20-year family home of Steve and Kendra Shupp on Sherman Street was destroyed in the blaze along with a car.

The family has reportedly received pickup trucks full of donations as well as monetary help.

Steve is a sergeant with the Huron County Sheriff’s Office and a volunteer firefighter.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.


Huron County/Health department hosting anti-smoking project

Huron County Public Health has begun accepting clients for its community anti-smoking initiative.

This program is designed to connect individuals who wish to quit smoking or using other tobacco products with local services.

Huron County Public Health says those who are ready to quit using tobacco should give them a call to get the ball rolling.


Norwalk/Event planned Saturday for opening of new splash pad

The city of Norwalk Parks and Rec department is getting set to show off their brand new splash pad.

“First Splash” will take place Saturday at 12 noon at the Ernsthausen Recreation Center which includes free admission to the first 400 in attendance.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony will happen at 1:00 pm.


Norwalk/New restaurant

Norwalk is getting a new restaurant.

The Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub plans to be open by the middle of June in the former Bar 145 building on Milan Avenue.

This will be the sixth location for the eatery, which also has restaurants in the Toledo-area and Michigan.






A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.



Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Fremont/Three crashes leave several hurt and shut down Ohio Turnpike

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says six people were hurt in three separate chain-reaction crashes involving seven vehicles Monday on the Ohio Turnpike near Fremont.

A husband and wife from Indiana on a motorcycle were seriously injured when they were run over by a semi-truck.

While traffic was stopped, a commercial vehicle swerved to avoid a direct collision and overturned; catching fire and striking another commercial vehicle and car. The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash was seriously hurt.

Three firefighters also had to receive medical treatment for severe heat exhaustion.


State News/Patrol reports 15 deaths during Memorial Day weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports that 15 deaths occurred on Ohio roadways during this past four-day Memorial Day weekend.

There were also 15 traffic deaths during the 2016 and 2017 Memorial Day weekends.

According to the patrol, there have been 380 confirmed fatalities on Ohio’s roads in 2018; a four percent decrease over the same time last year.


Margaretta Township/School cuts

Budget cuts are coming to Margaretta Schools.

Officials say a recent financial forecast shows a $900,000 deficit in the year 2020, with the school to slash around $300,000 from the budget each of the next three years.

Among the cuts approved for the 2018-19 school year: the eliminations of an elementary principal position, district curriculum director and data manager position; which the school says will save them $329,000.


Sandusky/Blight elimination

Sandusky city commissioners have agreed to demolish several dilapidated homes.

Officials have put back $184,000 in federal grant money that will likely result in the tearing down of 11 structures by the end of this year.


Erie County/Employee suing county

Former Erie County Solid Waste District Coordinator Lisa Beursken has sued the county for a minimum of $75,000.

Beursken says she was unjustly fired, sexually harassed, forced to work while ill; and received unfair pay compared to men with similar supervisor roles.

She was let go last June due to failure to meet work standards and requirements, according to a county human resources document.

Beursken had worked for the county for 11 years.


Norwalk/Safety Town registration underway

Registration is going on now for Norwalk Safety Town.

Starting the week of June 11th, five different sessions will be offered for children entering kindergarten this fall.

You can sign your child up in the lobby of the Norwalk Police Department, up to a week before your session begins.

Kids do not need to be a student of Norwalk schools to attend.






Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly late this afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86.



Showers and thunderstorms expected.

Some of the storms could produce heavy rain.  Low around 72.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Danbury Township/Car fire claims second victim

A husband and wife have now both died as a result of a car-fire last Friday on Route 2 in Danbury Township.

71 year-old Dennis Svihlik was pronounced dead Sunday morning at Cleveland Metro.

His wife, 65 year-old Jo Ann, passed away at the scene of the fire last Friday that occurred just past the Edison Bridge in Ottawa County.


Huron County/Woman arrested for alleged drug smuggling into jail

A 28 year-old Willard woman faces criminal charges after authorities say she tried to smuggle drugs into the Huron County Jail.

According to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, Aleesha Hardy was arrested before she could transfer drugs to an inmate who was on court-approved temporary leave.


Sandusky/Temporary power outage yesterday at Cedar Point

Officials at Cedar Point blame a one-car-crash into a utility pole for knocking out power yesterday at the amusement-park.

Some people who were stuck on rides were helped off.

Park officials say, power was restored in around two hours.


Norwalk/City receives EPA mosquito grant

The City of Norwalk has been awarded an $18,000 state grant for mosquito control.

The city says funds will be used to eliminate mosquitoes from standing water, to fog problematic areas, and to increase community education.


Erie-Huron-Ottawa County/Construction updates

After a couple of weeks off, ODOT says construction will resume today on U.S. 250 in Erie County.  Crews are expected be working on the center turn lane and both passing lanes, from Scheid Road to the Ohio Turnpike.  Traffic will be shifted to the driving lane in each direction.  According to ODOT, the project should be finished by September.

Starting today, in Huron County, State Route 99 from U.S. 20 to the Erie County line will be reduced to one lane of traffic for crack sealing.  That project expected to be complete by July.

In Ottawa County, ODOT is temporarily re-opening a busy exit on Route 2.  The Lakeside-Marblehead exit (Exit 125) was re-opened this past weekend and will be back open again starting this Thursday at 11:00 pm until next Monday at 9:00 am.  The exit has been closed since November due to road conditions.


Sandusky/Bay bike path could be extended

A Lake Erie bike-path initially designed to expand from two miles to 13 miles could become much larger.

Word is that planners have discussed increasing the pathway to run all the way from Port Clinton to Vermilion.

Area officials are looking for ways to fund the proposed 80 mile bike-path, with hopes of it being completely built and ready to go in 10 years time.






Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 86.



A possibility of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.