Local News

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Huron County/McClain rape case

Witnesses have spoken…closing arguments are complete…with jury deliberations expected to begin this morning in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Sandusky’s McClain Durst is accused of sexually assaulting four victims inside of vehicles in June and July of last year.

Durst, who waived his right to testify yesterday, faces charges of rape, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, importuning and sexual battery.

 

Erie County/$7+ million awarded in malpractice case

Over $7 million was awarded to the family of a Vermilion woman in a medical malpractice case against two local neurologists.

Doctors from Advanced Neurologic Associates, Inc. were accused of failing to realize in time that Marlyn Day had a brain infection in 2013, which led to permanent brain damage.

Day, now 81 years-old, is incapacitated and lives in a Vermilion nursing home.

 

Sandusky County/Man missing from Fremont

The family of a 36 year-old Fremont man has reported him missing.

Dennis Wyant-the second hasn’t been since Sunday night.

Wyant’s family told police that he does often disappear for days at a time.

Authorities found his vehicle, but not him.

Police say there were no signs of foul play.

 

Sandusky County/Woman to jail for work theft

A former office manager of a Fremont towing company has been sentenced to a year in county jail for embezzling money from her employer.

48 year-old Janet Sanderson was found guilty of three counts of misdemeanor theft and must also pay $10,000 in restitution to former employer, Triple J Towing.

 

Sandusky-Erie County/Clyde superintendent given new contract

The superintendent of Clyde-Green Springs Schools will be around for a while.

Dennis Haft has been given a new three-year contract taking him through the summer of 2022.

Haft, whose contract would’ve expired next August, also recently received a $5,000 raise, bumping his salary to $115,000.

 

State News/Senator Brown: Upgrade schools

Yesterday, 18 schools in Cleveland were closed due to extreme heat and no air conditioning.

Now, U-S Senator Sherrod Brown is calling on his colleagues to pass a bill that would earmark 100-BILLION-dollars over 10 years, to upgrade schools.

Meanwhile, some Ohio school systems that were beaten by the heat a year ago, are trying to beat the heat THIS year by opening after Labor Day…

 

State News/Ohio launches strategic plan for education

State officials yesterday unveiled a five-year strategic plan for education.

“Each Child, Our Future” seeks to lift aspirations, guide development of state-level policies and promote quality education practices across the state.

 

Lorain County/Homes for dogs

Volunteers with the Lorain County Dog Kennel in Elyria have taken to social media, to find homes for their pups.

They say, they have way too many dogs at the kennel, and need “forever homes” as soon as possible.

 

Erie County/Perkins’ new superintendent to appear at tailgate party

Residents and students at Perkins Schools are invited to meet new superintendent Todd Boggs and his family this Friday at a tailgate party for the Pirates’ football home opener.

It will take place at the stadium from 5:00 to 6:30 pm with free food and beverages.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29TH, 2018

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon.

Windy, with gusts as high as 25 miles-per-hour.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 86.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.


Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Huron County/Durst rape trial

The trial of a Sandusky man accused of being a sexual predator could wrap up today in Huron Common Pleas Court.

29 year-old McClain Durst faces charges of rape, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery.

Just one witness testified yesterday, but more are expected to take the stand today.

 

Huron County/Norwalk car thefts

Norwalk Police say they’ve seen an increase in thefts from motor vehicles.

They’re reminding residents to not store valuables in their car and to always keep their vehicle locked, no matter the time of day.

Those with information on any of the recent thefts can report it to police anonymously.

 

Lorain County/Wellington shooting

Police in Wellington continue their investigation into a shooting from August 18th.

An employee of N-N Corporation was wounded in the company’s parking lot.

So far, no one has been arrested…

 

Ottawa County/Car chase

A Cleveland woman was arrested in Port Clinton after leading police on an afternoon high-speed chase through town.

Police say they tried to pull over 24 year-old Katelyn Ross for speeding on East Perry Street when she allegedly didn’t slow down; later exceeding 60 miles-per-hour while passing Lakeview Park, which contained many children and adults.

Ross was charged with OVI, obstructing official business and failure to comply after being forced to stop on Buckeye Access due to traffic.

 

Erie County/Blacktop scammer preys on elderly

A Sandusky man is going to prison for nearly three years and must pay just over $60,000 in restitution after allegedly preying on the elderly through a blacktop scam.

Authorities say there were 15 victims, including homeowners in Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties where 38 year-old William Boswell allegedly offered blacktop services; but in most cases, didn’t even use blacktop.

 

Erie County/ATV incident

A Sandusky man faces multiple criminal charges after he allegedly threatened to put a firework inside the gas tank of a children’s ATV to blow it up.

According to authorities, 35 year-old Adam Woodruff made the threat Saturday while in his home’s garage on Bennett Avenue while a woman and five children were within 10 feet of the ATV.

Charges again Woodruff includes attempted aggravated arson, child endangering and domestic violence.

 

Sandusky County/Prison sentence upheld for drug trafficker

A state court has rejected the appeal of a Fremont man who said he wasn’t properly informed on his prison sentence for drug trafficking.

35 year-old Kyle Peck will still spend the next four years behind bars in connection with a 2016 incident where police say they found over 400 opioid pills in his home.

 

Huron County/Norwalk city garage sale

A list of participants in the city of Norwalk’s upcoming community-wide garage sale will be made available for pickup and viewing today.

The Labor Day-weekend event will run Friday through Monday.

You can pick up a copy of those involved in the sale at Norwalk City Hall and online at the city’s website (www.norwalkoh.com) and Facebook page.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28TH, 2018

Today

Sunny, with a high near 91.  Heat index values as high as 98.

Windy, with gusts around 25 miles-per-hour.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 73.

 

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Increasing clouds, with a high near 87.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 74.


Monday, August 27th, 2018

Huron County/Fourth victim testifies in Durst trial

Witnesses will continue to take the stand today in Huron County Common Pleas Court in the trial of a Sandusky man accused of multiple sexual assaults.

29 year-old McClain Durst faces charges of rape, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sexual battery.

A fourth victim and law enforcement witnesses testified on Friday.

 

Erie County/Sandusky drug raid

Drug enforcement agents and local authorities executed a search warrant at a Sandusky home on Friday.

According to law enforcement, the raid in the 600 block of Wayne Street was part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.

No arrests were made.

 

Lorain County/Elyria bank robbery

The man accused of robbing a bank in downtown Elyria Friday afternoon, is due in court.

30 year-old Jeremy Lease was arrested Friday night in Lorain.

Police say, Lease walked into Fifth Third Bank on Broad Street, handed a note to a teller, demanding cash and indicating he had a weapon.

 

Area News/Gas prices

Gas prices look to be increasing with the Labor Day weekend just around the corner.

Prices at the pump shot up 25 cents a-gallon this past weekend, after dropping back earlier in the week.

Those prices…now closing in on 3-dollars-a-gallon.

 

Erie-Huron County/Road construction

Road work updates…

In Erie County, ODOT says the State Route 2 eastbound ramp to State Route 101 will close on Wednesday for pavement repairs.  It will be closed Wednesday only.

In Huron County, State Route 269 from State Route 4 to U.S. 20 will have alternating single-lane closures as crews prepare for a resurfacing project.  Traffic will be maintained by flaggers. The project is expected to be complete by Friday, September 7th.

 

Erie County/Cedar Point buys more land

Cedar Point has acquired waterfront property near Sports Force Parks on Cleveland Road in Sandusky.

The cost of the 5-acre empty parcel was $3 million; located just northeast of their outdoor sports complex.

Cedar Point owns the land currently occupied by Sports Force Parks, as well as their forthcoming indoor sports facility, which will be just to the northwest.

No word yet on what the newly purchased land will specifically be used for.

 

Huron-Erie County/Shores & Islands names Milan man Sports Tourism Mgr.

The Lake Erie Shores and Islands tourism agency has named a Milan native to a newly-created administration position.

Weston Strayer, an Edison High School grad, has been given the title of Sports Tourism Manager.

He previously worked with Ohio State’s basketball team under former head coach Thad Matta.

 

Lorain County/Fair comes to a close

The curtain has come down on the 2018 Lorain County Fair…

Yesterday’s Demolition Derby capped off a week of entertainment.

More than 100-thousand people passed through the gates!

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, AUGUST 27TH, 2018

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.  Heat index values as high as 97.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 73.

 

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 90.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers and storms.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.


Friday, August 24th, 2018

Medina County/Baby heat death

A Lodi man has pled ‘not guilty’ to ‘child endangering’. 22 year-old Christopher Stewart is accused of leaving his six-month-old daughter in a hot car while he attended a baseball game in Medina.

The baby died…the preliminary cause of death listed as ‘heat related’.

Stewart is due back in court in October.

 

Huron County/Monroeville grain handler to prison for stealing from farmers

A Huron County man has been sentenced to prison for the theft of more than $3 million in grain from nearly three dozen Ohio farmers.

79 year-old Richard Schwan, of Monroeville, will go to prison for four years and is ordered to pay the $3.2 million back in restitution as part of his sentence.

According to Attorney General Mike DeWine, Schwan sold grain for 35 farmers, but deliberately failed to pay them their shares of the profits.

 

Erie-Lorain County/Goodwill cash register theft attempt

Police are looking to identify a man they say was attempting to access a cash register at the Vermilion Goodwill store Thursday morning.

Employees told police that when the man saw them watching him, he left the store and drove away in a gray Ford Ranger.

Photos of the suspect are on the City of Vermilion Police Department’s Facebook page.

 

Lorain County/JVS closed again

The Lorain County Joint Vocational School is closed again today.

Earlier this week, elevated mold-spore-counts were found in parts of the 48 year-old complex.

Officials hope to re-open Monday.

 

Erie County/IRS scam

An IRS scam has reared its ugly head again this week in Erie County.

Perkins Township Police said a 40 year-old woman was called by someone pretending to be an IRS agent, demanding the woman make tax payments or U.S. Marshals would kick her door in and arrest her.

The woman said the fake IRS worker then told her she had to go to a convenience store and put the money on a gift card.

Police are reminding residents that the IRS will NEVER contact you over the phone about unpaid taxes.

 

Erie County/Garbage truck gets stuck

Kelly Road in Milan Township had to be shut down in both directions yesterday for a few hours after a garbage truck got stuck under the train underpass near the Ohio Turnpike.

The closure affected both road and rail traffic.

Authorities say the truck was over the 11-foot – 9-inch height limit, with the driver receiving minor injuries.

 

Ottawa County/Stone Lab growing

$2.6 million in capital improvement funds is going to Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island hear Put-in-Bay.

The money, which is part of the “Clean Lake 2020 Plan” state bill, will help the facility double in size and provide new equipment for the monitoring of Lake Erie.

 

Area News/Weekend events

So what’s happening this weekend?  (pick a few)

It’s Day-5 of the Lorain County Fair in Wellington. Tonight’s featured entertainment… The N-T-P-A Grand National Pull.  The fair comes to a close on Sunday.

The ‘Imagine Norwalk’ arts and music fest runs tonight from 6 to 10 in uptown Norwalk with a theme of “Dog Days of Summer”. The Huron County Humane Society is the charity of the night.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument on Put-in-Bay is hosting a celebration of Perry’s birthday and the National Park Service’s 102nd birthday on Saturday with free rides up to the observation deck, as well as a Park Ranger dress-up and equipment event for kids.

and… Marblehead is hosting their annual Lion’s Club Perch Festival on Saturday with a parade at 10:00 am.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24TH, 2018

Today

Sunny, with a high near 81.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

 

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.

 

Sunday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 86.