Friday, December 8th, 2017

Norwalk drug dealer now in prison

A Norwalk man has been convicted and sent to prison for multiple drug offenses.

Justin Willard of Bank Street plead guilty to two charges of heroin trafficking and a count of aiding and abetting corrupting another with drugs from an incident in April.


Man indicted for robbing Sandusky bank in May

The man who allegedly robbed the Fifth Third Bank on Milan Road in Sandusky has been indicted in federal court.

61-year-old Louis Cillo reportedly stole around $4,300 during the May robbery.

Cillo was also allegedly involved in other bank robberies with another man in Lorain and Akron.

The two were arrested in June in Florida following another alleged bank robbery there.


Man allegedly threatens to blow up Fremont courthouse

A Fremont man has been charged with inducing panic after allegedly threatening to blow up the Fremont Municipal Courthouse.

34-year-old Marco Gutierrez reportedly became distraught when a judge wasn’t available when he called to report to jail.


Former veteran trustee with Firelands Electric Co-Op passes away

A longtime trustee with Firelands Electric Cooperative in New London passed away earlier this week.

Lowell Kreager of Greenwich was 77.

He served on the Firelands Co-op board for over 31 years including time spent as vice president.

Kreager previously worked as a vocational agriculture teacher at South Central schools.


New superintendent chosen at Danbury

Danbury Schools has named their next superintendent.

Former Genoa Schools principal Cari Buehler will begin her new job at the start of next school year.   Buehler takes over for Dan Parent; who is retiring at the end of this academic year following over a decade at Danbury.


‘Charming Charlie’ likely closing at Sandusky Mall

The ‘Charming Charlie’ store at the Sandusky Mall appears to be closing.

The Sandusky Register reports that an employee informed them that the women’s clothing and jewelry store plans to shut its doors by the end of the year or perhaps before Christmas.

“Everything Must Go” signs outside the store also indicate its closure.

The store has been at the Sandusky Mall for around six years.


Edison Christmas concert is Sunday

The annual Christmas concert from the Edison High School bands is set for Sunday.

The Edison Music Department is holding a canned food drive with a free ticket to the show given for every five cans donated.

The concert begins at 7:00 pm in the Edison High School auditorium.




Sunny, with a high near 32.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.



Snow, mainly in the afternoon.  High near 32.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.



Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Western Reserve superintendent under criminal investigation

The superintendent of Western Reserve Schools is under investigation for alleged sexual assault.

Rodge Wilson’s attorney says he does not expect criminal charges and that there is an “ulterior motive” by the accusers.

The incident, according to Wilson’s attorney, allegedly took place two-and-a-half years ago but was reported to authorities 30 days ago.   He also said the incident has nothing to do with Wilson’s work or the school.


Norwalk council doings

Norwalk City Council has approved and passed their 2018 annual budget.

Finance Director Michelle Reeder reported that there is $816,000 in possible deficit-spending, down from an earlier estimate of $850,000.

In other council action, an ordinance has been adopted to allow for an indoor pellet-gun facility in Norwalk.

The air-soft field will likely open by late February or early March in the former Janesville building on St. Mary’s Street.


Accused Danbury ‘Snapchat’ rapist has sentencing delayed

Sentencing has been delayed until January for a Danbury man who plead guilty to raping a 20-year-old woman, which was recorded on the social media app, Snap-chat.

77-year-old James Allen will now be sentenced on January 4th following a mental evaluation.

Allen faces up to 11 years in prison from the incident in August.


Route 2 exit ramp to likely be closed until August

The Route 2 exit ramp to northbound Route 269 (Lakeside/Marblehead) is expected to remain closed for repairs through August of 2018, according to an estimate from ODOT.

Westbound Route 2 near the exit will be reduced to one lane during the same time frame.

The pavement recently broke apart from the roadway and slid down the hillside.


New restaurant likely coming to former location of Bohemian Wrapsody

It looks like another new restaurant will be coming to the space last occupied by Bohemian Wrapsody in Norwalk.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, building owner Stan Obrenovich has confirmed the new eatery will be moving into the location on 5 East Main Street; which has also housed Mia Famiglia and Uptown Café.

Bohemian Wrapsody closed in October after a reported dispute with Obrenovich over a faulty water heater.


Forum to happen Tuesday involving Sandusky Bay Pathway

A public forum is planned for Tuesday of next week with a goal of receiving input on the Sandusky Bay Pathway.

The incomplete trail now runs through downtown Sandusky with plans for it to span from Sandusky’s west end and connect with “The Landing”, a proposed $24 million initiative located behind Cedar Point Sports Force Parks.

The forum takes place at 6:00 pm at Quaker Steak and Lube.


Free Christmas concert this weekend from Firelands Chorus

The 59th annual Christmas Concert from The Firelands Chorus will take place this Friday and Saturday in Sandusky.

“Songs of the Season” will happen at 7:30 pm both nights at Zion Lutheran Church on Columbus Avenue.




A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 32.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.



Sunny, with a high near 31.



Snow.  High near 32.  New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Failure to Yield causes serious injury crash in Sandusky County

Three people were seriously hurt in a two vehicle crash on U.S. 20 at State Route 600 Tuesday evening in Washington Township in Sandusky County.

The highway patrol reports that while driving north on Route 600, 33-year-old Trey Wiseman of Green Springs failed to yield at the stop sign for U.S. 20 and struck the vehicle of 66-year-old David Finney of Bellevue.

Wiseman, a 26-year-old passenger of Wiseman’s, Robert Heminger from Gibsonburg, and Finney were all taken to a Toledo hospital.


Bellevue man indicted for rape

A Bellevue man has been indicted on rape charges by a Huron County Grand Jury.

20-year-old Austin Bledsoe faces two counts of rape and two charges of sexual battery from a suspected incident in early November.

His bail included being prohibited from any association or communication with any non-family member under the age of 18.


NASA to conduct tests of Orion spacecraft in Erie County

Officials at NASA have announced plans for conducting tests on their Orion spacecraft at their Plum Brook Station in Perkins Township in Erie County.

They include a minor test in 2018 and major tests in 2019 that they hope leads to launching the vehicle into space and possibly Mars from Florida in the year 2021.


Cordray enters governor’s race

Another democrat has entered the race for Ohio’s next governor as former state treasurer and attorney general Richard Cordray has thrown his hat in the ring.

Cordray made the official announcement Tuesday in his hometown of Grove City, near Columbus.

Cordray recently served as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


Norwalk Compost Facility to re-open for one final weekend

The City of Norwalk will re-open their Compost Facility on Austin Shadle Road for one final weekend; this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The city opted to open the facility one last time for residents to dispose of their leaves and any remaining yard waste.

The General Services Department is done collecting leaves this year.




A chance of snow flurries.  Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

Windy with gusts as high as 36 mph.



Partly cloudy and windy, with a low around 25.



A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

St. Paul grad sentenced to three years in roommate’s stabbing death

23-year-old Kendal Scheid of Norwalk was sentenced Tuesday in Akron to three years in prison in connection with the stabbing death of his college roommate, 23-year-old Duncan Unternaher of Newark.

Scheid previously plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the incident that happened last December during a drunken argument over fast food.

Scheid is eligible for judicial release in six months with good behavior.


Many classic cars destroyed in fire

Over $650,000 of damage was done when a storage building housing several classic cars went up in flames Sunday night in Peru Township.

Owner Dave Nickoli said he lost more than two dozen vehicles in the blaze.

The cause of the fire on Remelle Road in Huron County is still undetermined.


Stolen goods and suspected drugs found in car in Sandusky

A Michigan couple was arrested Saturday in Sandusky after close to $6,000 in alleged stolen merchandise and suspected heroin were found in their car.

Authorities also believe that 51-year-old James and 56-year-old Patricia Snowdy could be part of a theft ring in Ohio and Michigan.

The couple was pulled over on U.S. 250 after police received a call about a theft at the JC Penney outlet at the Sandusky Mall.


Erie County voting recounts keeps results the same

The Erie County Board of Elections has confirmed the final votes for two tightly-contested races back on Election Day.

The results stay the same…with the Edison Schools levy failing by just 12 votes and Kate Vargo and Brigitte Green-Churchwell winning the two seats in the Sandusky school board race; with Green-Churchwell receiving a dozen votes more than Sonia McCarty.


Huron County military veterans recognized

Two Huron County military veterans were honored over the weekend.

Norwalk U.S. Navy vet Tom Price was named the 2017 Huron County Veteran of the Year at the Huron County Area Veterans Council banquet in Bellevue on Saturday.

Bellevue’s Donn Rospert, a U.S. Marine, was also recognized for his recent induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in Columbus.


VLFCU hosting toy drive at Sandusky Mall this Saturday

VacationLand Federal Credit Union will hold their sixth annual “Gifts for Kids” toy drive this Saturday at the Sandusky Mall.

The community is invited to stuff the new VLFCU Van from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls.

Monetary and toy donations are also being accepted this week at all local VLFCU branches.

Donations will benefit families served by Erie and Huron County’s Department of Job and Family Services.


New ferry coming to The Miller Boat Line

The Miller Boat Line at Put-in-Bay in is in the process of acquiring a new ferry.

They’ve awarded a contract to a group in Seattle to design its new vessel; which will likely go into service in 2019.

The cost of the 140 foot-long ferry will be around $7 million; and will hold close to 100 more people than a ship it will likely replace.




Showers, mainly this morning.

Temperatures falling to around 42 by 5:00 pm. Breezy.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.  Breezy.



Increasing clouds, with a high near 38.  Breezy.



A chance of snow showers, mainly in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.