Local News

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Bellevue/Refinery fire

A firefighter was treated and released from the hospital after suffering injuries during a fire Tuesday at a grain elevator in Bellevue.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated and damage is being assessed at the Bunge North America soybean processing facility on Goodrich Road.


Erie County/Huron Schools investigating notes encouraging suicide

Police and school officials at Huron High School are holding an investigating regarding alleged notes sent to a student encouraging them to commit suicide.

Several students have been interviewed as they look for the person or persons responsible.


Sandusky County/Fremont attempted abduction

Fremont police are investigating an alleged attempted child abduction.

According to authorities, the person that reported the incident on Monday afternoon said a white male in a red hooded-sweatshirt attempted to grab an elementary student in the area of Hayes and South Park Avenue before running away.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.


Erie County/CP Chaussee water tower being torn down

City of Sandusky officials have agreed to tear down the non-functioning water tower on the Cedar Point Chaussee.

There’s no start date for the demolition of the 160-foot-tall tower on Cedar Point Road; but officials say it will be completed before the opening of the park next May.

The cost to tear down the structure is $66,000.


Local News/Latest unemployment rates

As the summer tourism season slowed down, unemployment numbers increased in the area.

For example, Erie County was at 5 percent for October; up from 4.6 in September.

As for the state, it stayed at 4.6 percent for the second straight month.


Erie-Lorain County/Vermilion looking to build new fire station

Vermilion officials have recommended the city move from their current fire station and construct a new one.

The proposed $3.7 million project calls for a new facility on a vacant plot at Douglas Street and Devon Drive.

Vermilion’s current station first opened in 1954.

If approved, construction would begin as soon as the summer of 2019; and take around a year to complete.


Erie County/Land donated to Huron

Two Huron residents have donated seven acres of farmland to the city.

Former city council member Carole Dreffer and husband David, who was a volunteer on the recreational board, say the city can have the land on one condition…it must be used for educational or recreational purposes.





A slight chance of snow showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 36.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.


Thursday – Thanksgiving Day 

Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Ottawa County/Put-in-Bay fight victim dies

A man seriously hurt in a Labor Day brawl two years ago on Put-in-Bay’s Jet Express dock has now died.

55-year-old Karl Goss sustained critical brain injuries in the 2016 fracas and was disabled until his death.

A lawsuit was filed before his passing…which alleges that Mitchell Blumensaadt, son of Jet Express owner Todd Blumensaadt, provoked a fight; and hit Goss in the face and head when he tried to intervene.

A wrongful death allegation will be added to the suit; which goes to trial next September.

A criminal investigation took place during the incident; with no charges filed.


Ottawa County/Port Clinton stabbings

Authorities in Ottawa County are investigating the apparent stabbing of two men on Sunday night near Port Clinton.

Sheriff’s deputies say they responded to a disorderly conduct call on East State Road in Portage Township where they discovered the two victims, an 18 and 33-year-old; whom were both taken for medical treatment.


Erie County/Boy suffers injuries from flare gun

A 15-year-old boy is recovering at home after being suffering a skull injury when he was mistakenly shot in the head by a friend with a flare gun in Erie County.

The incident took place outside of a gas station on U.S. 250 and Perkins Avenue in Perkins Township.

The boy was transported by helicopter to a Cleveland hospital.


Sandusky County/Air soft pistol store robbery attempt

A Fremont man was arrested after allegedly attempting to rob a hookah shop with an air soft gun.

30-year-old Andrew Myers was charged with strong-arm robbery.

After being convinced the gun wasn’t real, a store clerk reportedly chased Myers down; with Myers discarding the stolen cash.


Erie County/Volleyball fundraiser tonight

Supporters of the Huron and Vermilion School districts will come together tonight, to raise money for the family of a 15-year-old girl, battling a rare form of cancer.

Sophomore Camryn Colahan is a three-sport athlete…her father Brett is Vermilion’s football coach…he previously coached in Huron.

Tonight, there will be a benefit-volleyball-tournament at Vermilion High School to raise money for the Colahan family.

It’ll feature players from Vermilion and Huron.  The fundraiser will begin at 6.


Huron County/Firelands Electric Coop facility

After two years of planning a building, a new all-in-one facility for Firelands Electric Cooperative in New London is near completion.

It consists of a 12,000-square-foot office and 22,000-square-foot warehouse…including a 50-kilowatt community solar array…and will replace three separate buildings.

The electric co-op plans to begin conducting business at the new location on Industrial Drive in January.


Erie County/Sandusky students to sing at Carnegie Hall

Three Sandusky High School students have been selected to sing next year at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Freshman Madeline Milas, junior Kalen Russell and senior Samantha Stack will perform in the 2019 Honors Performance series in February; after being nominated by choir director Carrie Leech.


Erie County/Local gold medal boxer turns 90

A birthday celebration today at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky…Resident Pete Rademacher turns 90.

Pete made his mark in the 1956 Olympics, winning the Gold Medal in heavyweight boxing.


State News/Sherrod Brown supporters raising money

Fresh off his win for the U-S Senate…and amid rumors that he might run for President…Sherrod Brown is making news.

A group that supports the senator is soliciting donations from the party-faithful.

“Friends of Sherrod Brown” has mounted a social media campaign, asking for money, to quote, “Let Sherrod know you’re on his side”.


Local News/Busy time for post offices

The U-S Postal Service is gearing up for a busy holiday season.

They expect to deliver nearly 15-billion pieces of mail and 900-million-packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

And…on Sunday December 16th…post offices in Westlake, North Olmsted and Strongsville will offer special hours for holiday shipping.





A chance of light snow showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.



Increasing clouds, with a low around 28.



A slight chance of snow showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 35.


Thursday – Thanksgiving Day

Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Huron County/Cause of death of man found in field

An autopsy report revealed that an 80-year-old North Ridgeville man found dead in a field near Bellevue a week ago Sunday…was from an apparent drowning.

Robert Lewis was discovered in about an 8-foot ditch with knee-deep water, a short distance from his vehicle on Sandhill Road in Lyme Township.

Lewis’ diagnosed dementia might have played a role in his death…according to Huron County Coroner Jeff Harwood.


Erie County/Dog kennel home fire

A man received burn injuries during a fire near Berlin Heights Friday morning.

The blaze, which officials believe started in an attached garage, took the lives of several animals at the dog-breeding business on State Route 113.

The home is reportedly a total loss.


Lorain County/Samuel Little murders

Authorities continue their investigation into claims by a former resident of Lorain who says, he killed 90 people over four decades.

Authorities say, so far, more than 30 of those killings can be linked to 78-year-old Samuel Little.

Little has been convicted of three murders in California, and authorities believe, Little finally confessed to the other killings, because appeals of his life-sentence in California have been exhausted.


Lorain County/School threats suspect charged

The Lorain County Grand Jury has indicted a resident of Lorain, in connection with threats against Elyria High School in September.

Charges against 18-year-old Javian Davis include ‘inducing panic’.

Davis was arrested two weeks after the threats…hiding…in a cabinet under a sink in a duplex on East 34th in Lorain.


Erie-Huron County/Milan Post Trooper of the Year

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper, 33-year-old Craig Hodgkinson, has been selected Trooper of the Year at the Milan Post.

Trooper Hodgkinson joined the Highway Patrol in 2011, and has been stationed at the Milan Post ever since.

Hodgkinson is originally from Austintown.


Huron County/Huron Count Courthouse giving tree

The Huron County courthouse has again put up a Christmas giving tree.

The first name and age of a local child with a specific wish list are written on a tag; with wrapped gifts due back to the tree by December 10th.


Erie County/Sandusky bicentennial events planned for Friday

A couple of bicentennial events have been planned for Friday in Sandusky…

Friday from 2 to 5, downtown, it’s “Holiday Brrrzaar and Brew – a holiday marketplace with homemade goods and gifts along with festive drinks; including Christmas ale.

Also, Friday at 4, the Sandusky “Beardcentennial” contest takes place at the State Theatre.  It features contestants competing in an array of categories from “Best Beard” to “Worst Facial Hair”.





Foggy early, with a chance of snow and rain.  Otherwise, cloudy with a high near 38.



A chance of snow.  Cloudy, with a low around 30.



A chance of snow showers.  Partly cloudy with a high near 34.



A chance of snow showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Lorain County/Oberlin death

The Lorain County Grand Jury has indicted two people in connection with the death of an Oberlin man.

21-year-old Philip Tucker of Elyria and 18 year old Gloria Watton of Arizona remain in the Lorain County Jail.

The body of 39 year old Barry Spreng Junior was found September 8th in the parking lot of Windsor Elementary School.


Erie County/Child rape suspect sentenced

A 40-year-old Sandusky man faces nine years behind bars on child sex charges.

Dameun Cole pleaded guilty in August to four counts of felony gross sexual imposition after police say he sexually assaulted an underage girl for at least five years…with a second female minor claiming he also raped her in 2017.


Huron County/Wakeman woman sentenced for inheritance theft

A former special education teacher at Edison Schools has been sentenced to three months in jail for reportedly stealing over $100,000 from a family friend’s inheritance fund.

45-year-old Stacie Bement of Wakeman previously pled guilty to two counts of grand theft and five charges of forgery.

Bement is believed to have taken money from a fund meant for Javyn and Magnus Mortensen; left by their father Mike, before he died of cancer.


State News/Law enforcement training courses receive funding

$280,000 in grant money has been earmarked for the identification of impaired drivers and the investigation of traffic collisions.

Ohio’s Peace Officer Training Academy has received the funding to provide such training for law enforcement officers.


Erie County/Sandusky recycling bins to remain open

Erie County’s solid waste district has agreed to cover the $30,000 it costs to keep both of Sandusky’s recycling centers open through next March.

Republic Services said in September that they would shut down each site due to increasing costs.

The recycling bins are located on Cement Avenue and First Street.


State News/Thanksgiving travel

Triple-A (AAA) says over 54 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving.

That’s a nearly five percent increase over a year ago; and the highest volume since 2005.


State News/Kasich visits New Hampshire again

Governor Kasich has returned to Ohio after his second trip in two weeks to New Hampshire…home of the first Presidential primary.

Kasich has not declared a candidacy, although he is soliciting donations for unspecified purposes.


Huron County/Willard Parade of Lights

Things will be festive this evening in Willard…as the 31st annual “parade of lights” will take place at 6:30 pm.

The theme this year…“Christmas Movies”.

Free vegetable soup will be available at the library annex; starting at 6:00 pm.





A slight chance of snow showers, possibly mixing with rain.

Cloudy and windy, with a high near 39.



Cloudy, with a low around 32.



A chance of rain and snow showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 40.



A chance of rain and snow.  Cloudy, with a high near 36.