Local News

Monday, March 5th, 2018

New London/Mechanical pencils to be banned in school

New London schools will soon ban student’s use of mechanical pencils.

The policy will go into effect later this month; and is being put in place after the Huron County Sheriff’s Office heard reports of local students using the pencils to exchange drugs with each other.


Sandusky/School not interested in arming teachers

Sandusky Schools have no plans to arm their teachers or hire armed security guards.

Superintendent Eugene Sanders told the Sandusky Register they do rely on local law enforcement for large and special events, but doesn’t believe that arming teachers is a good idea.

Sanders said there are only a few seconds to react in an active shooter situation, and that the teacher’s first responsibility is to place students under their care and out of harm’s way.


Norwalk/Traffic stop results in drug arrests

Two men face felony drug charges after a traffic stop Friday night in Norwalk.

According the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, a probable cause search resulted in the finding of a large amount of marijuana, heroin and cocaine; along with nearly $4,000 in cash.

The names of the two men were not disclosed.


Sandusky/Known drug kingpin sentenced

A Sandusky man known by police as a drug kingpin is headed to prison for 16 years.

22-year-old Daniel Hallingshead was sentenced on Friday in U.S. District Court in Toledo on ten drug counts; including possession and intent to distribute heroin and other drugs.

Hallingshead was arrested back in 2016 after authorities raided five locations believed to be connected to a drug operation.


Sandusky/Vets home to see upgrades

The recently announced state biannual budget includes $8.2 million for repairs at The Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.

The money will go towards building renovations and facility upgrades including a new perimeter fence and furniture replacement.


Sandusky/Route 6 historian to visit Sandusky and Fremont

U.S. 6 is the longest transcontinental highway in the United States, spanning over 3,600 miles and covering 14 states.

Route 6 Tourism Association Executive Director Gary Hunter will be in two of the cities the highway runs through this week to share its history.

Hunter will stop by the Fremont Birchard Library today at 2:00 pm and at the Maritime Museum in Sandusky on Saturday at 1:00 pm.


Huron County/Health Department offering child injury prevention programs

Huron County Public Health has received donations that support child injury prevention programs.

The ‘Baby Sleep Safe’ Program and Car Seat Program are open to income-eligible families who either lack a safe sleep space or car seat.

Qualifying families are provided with a free portable crib or car seat, as well as educational resources.






Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.



A chance of light snow showers, mainly overnight.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.



A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.



A chance of snow in the morning, then a chance of rain and snow.

Cloudy, with a high near 37.

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Huron County/Power outages

High winds, rain, snow and ice led to an array of power outages in Huron County last night.

Close to 1,500 customers were without power in the Norwalk area on Thursday night, according to First Energy.

In Erie County, several roads in Berlin, Milan and Perkins Township were flooded; as well as downed power lines reported.


Wakeman/Western Reserve student charged with alleged threat

A 14-year-old Western Reserve student has been charged with disorderly conduct following an alleged threat on Monday.

According to authorities, the boy from Wakeman made a written threat to someone and created an “inconvenience and threat” to the school district.

The boy has been placed on house arrest with 24-hour adult supervision, must go through a mental health evaluation and is prohibited from having weapons.


Norwalk & Monroeville/Student planning peaceful protests

Students at both Monroeville and Norwalk schools are planning peaceful demonstrations concerning school violence.

Monroeville superintendent Ralph Moore told the Norwalk Reflector that the school has been working with their student leadership to organize a student-led show of support.

In Norwalk, students there are looking at a peaceful protest outside of the school day.

Close to 300 Port Clinton High School students recently held an administration-allowed walk-out in respect to the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shootings.


Sandusky/Detox center looking for state licensing

The recently-opened Erie County Health Department detox center in Sandusky is looking to apply soon for state licensing.

Officials say the facility with 16-beds must receive licensing from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in order to bill insurance companies for its services.

26 people have successfully completed their detox program since the center opened on January 2nd.


Berlin Township/New light at Edison Woods MetroPark

A light to deter suspicious activities has recently been installed at Edison Woods MetroPark in Berlin Township.

The pole was placed just off Ohio 61 after concerns were raised about people dropping off animals in the park and cars sitting in the park with their lights off at night.


Huron/BGSU Firelands bachelor’s program

A new bachelor’s degree program will soon be available at BGSU Firelands.

The school’s board of trustees has approved a new bachelor’s degree program in respiratory care.

The campus currently offers an associate’s degree in that program.

The school looks to hopefully start the program this fall; marking the first bachelor’s degree to be offered exclusively at their Huron campus.


Huron County/Firelands Electric scholarships

Scholarships have been handed out through a contest offered by Firelands Electric Co-op.

Local winners include New London student Carrie Smith, finishing in 2nd place and awarded $1,250 in scholarship money.

Ashlyn Tommas of Monroeville and Weston Eibel of New London both finished in 4th place, with $750 given to them.

Awards were given to graduating high school seniors who live in a home served by the cooperative.



Friday, March 2nd, 2018

*Erie and Huron County: Level One Snow Advisory



Partly sunny, with a high near 36.



Mostly clear, with a low around 22.



Sunny, with a high near 37.



Sunny, with a high near 41.

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

State news/Driver’s licenses to be sent by mail

Starting July 2nd, Ohio driver’s licenses and ID cards will no longer be issued at your local registrar office.

To tighten up security and protect against ID fraud, the state will produce the cards at one centralized location and then send them through the mail.

Residents also have the option of choosing a license that allows for access to federal facilities and the boarding of commercial airlines.


Sandusky/Future BGSU-Cedar Fair campus gets $800K

Included in the state’s biannual budget, is $800,000 in funding for a future college-like campus in Sandusky that will focus on courses involving tourism.

The partnership between Bowling Green State University and Cedar Fair, the owners of Cedar Point, looks to create a learning center in downtown Sandusky.

Officials say the project likely needs between $15 and $25 million to complete; with hopes of having it opened by 2020.


Erie County/Democrats hosting meet-and-greets

The Erie County Democratic Party has announced a series of candidate “meet and greets” that begin today and run through the end of the month.

The events, featuring candidates for county commissioner and other seats, will let local residents share their questions and concerns in an informal setting.

The first one is planned for tonight from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Townsend Community School in Castalia.

A complete schedule can be found online at www.eriecountydems.org/events.


Sandusky/ Man charged with OVI after allegedly crashing into pole

A Sandusky man faces an OVI charge after allegedly crashing his vehicle into a telephone pole.

According to authorities, 21-year-old Rashad Smith drove into a wooden pole on West Washington Street; with the pole breaking in two places.

Part of the pole then reportedly fell on to a parked SUV, causing damage.

Smith was not seriously hurt.


Norwalk/Student headed to finals in American Legion competition

A Norwalk High School senior has qualified for the state finals of the American Legion’s Oratorical Scholarship competition.

Madeline Stiles and other students had to give a 10-minute speech involving various aspects of the constitution.

Stiles will compete in the state finals later this month in Columbus.


Norwalk/Municipal taxpayer assistance event planned today

Norwalk’s Ernsthausen Recreation Center is hosting a free Regional Income Tax Agency taxpayer assistance event today.

Running from 12 noon to 7:00 pm, the event allows for municipal income tax payers to ask questions to agents and get assistance with return preparation.






Rain. High near 48.



Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 8:00 pm. Low around 31.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Blustery, with wind gusts as high as 30 mph.



A slight chance of snow early.

Partly sunny, windy, with a high near 38 degrees.



Sunny, with a high around 38.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Norwalk/Robber of Circle K pleads guilty

A man has been convicted in last year’s robbery of the Circle K in Norwalk.

29-year-old Timothy Moore has plead guilty to a count of robbery after authorities say he walked into the gas station with a baseball bat last March and demanded cash.


Collins/Home destroyed in fire, no one hurt

A fire reportedly gutted the home of a Collins family on Tuesday.

No one was home as the early morning blaze caused significant damage to the house on Hartland Center Road.

Officials believe the fire was started by a wood burner or something electrical.


Sandusky/No injuries in school bus accident

No injuries reported from a school bus accident Tuesday morning in Sandusky…

Police say a car driven by 18-year-old Clabe Taylor sustained front-end damage after rear-ending the bus on Milan Road and Scott Street.

The bus received minor damage.


Willard/Woman sent to prison for child endangerment

A woman from Willard has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for child endangerment.

41-year-old Rachel Bryant of Pearl Street plead guilty to the charge in January after a reported incident last November.


New London/Police conduct drug raid

No arrests have been made yet from an executed search warrant last week in New London.

Authorities are having several suspected drug items tested, including possible cocaine and heroin, after the raid last Thursday evening at a home on North Main Street.


Sandusky/YMCA receives large donation

The Sandusky YMCA has announced it has received $6 million of the $11 million needed to build a new facility.

A big part of that money coming from the Dorn Foundation.

The $11 million would be used to build a two-level, 42,000 square-foot complex close to Sports Force Parks on Cleveland Road.

The YMCA says they’ll know by May 1st if the new facility can be constructed.


Norwalk/Fisher-Titus receives national attention

An honor going out to Fisher-Titus Medical Center…

The Chartis Center of Rural Health has selected the Norwalk hospital to be included on their list of the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the nation.

Fisher-Titus is one of four healthcare facilities in Ohio to be on the list.






Scattered showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.



Rain likely, mainly overnight.  Cloudy, with a low around 42.



Rain.  High near 50.



A slight chance of snow in the morning.  Breezy.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.