Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Huron County/Information from the public needed about fatal crash

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s information involving the identity of a victim of a recent fatal crash in Huron County.

The driver was killed when their truck caught on fire after going down an embankment in the area of County Road 187 and East Town Line Road, near the New London Reservoir.

Troopers say the crash happened either late Sunday night or early Monday morning.


Sandusky County/Teen could be tried as adult in shooting death

A judge in Sandusky County will decide soon if a 15-year-old Fremont boy accused of shooting and killing another teen last year should be tried as an adult.

Elijah Starks has been charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, firearm theft as well as assaulting a correctional staff member.

Starks, who was 14 at the time, allegedly shot and killed 14-year-old Jaylan Brock last September.


Huron County/Two men go on wild train wide

Two men were charged with trespassing after going on a wild train ride early Tuesday morning that began in Huron County.

20-year-old Christian Hale and 24-year-old Kevin Slone allegedly jumped on a moving CSX train in Willard and clung for dear life as the train travelled close to 50 miles-per-hour before stopping in Wayne County.

Hale called 9-1-1 while on board…eventually getting train operators to stop after nearly an hour.

The two men could face additional charges.


Huron County/Greenwich man pleads guilty in stabbing incident

A 20-year-old Greenwich man has pled guilty to grand theft and failure to comply with the order of a police officer.

Zachary Boster was charged at the time with felonious assault in connection with the stabbing of a Milan man in the eye on Fifth Street in Norwalk in March.

That charged was dropped in a plea deal.

Boster was also accused of leading authorities on a car chase from Greenwich to several miles into Ashland County.


Erie County/Sandusky murder trial delayed

The ongoing trial of a man accused of shooting and killing a Sandusky man last year has been delayed a day.

Wednesday would’ve been the fifth day of testimony in the Joel Miles trial, but it was postponed due to an attorney’s emergency.

Anthony Pearson was killed in Sandusky’s MacArthur Park last August.

The trial is expected to resume this morning in Erie County Common Pleas Court.


Huron County/Hepatitis cases on the rise

The nation has seen a recent uptick in the number of hepatitis C cases with Huron County as no exception.

In the first six months of 2018, Huron County Public Health said they had 59 different cases reported; putting it on trend to surpass the past three years’ totals.

Health department doctors say the trend isn’t a shocking one, considering the area’s and state’s drug use, although the exact cause is still unknown.


Ottawa County/Port Clinton lift bridge opening delayed once again

More delays in the opening of the Ohio 163 lift bridge in Port Clinton…

The Ohio Department of Transportation says it will be at least July 30th before it opens, but more likely the first part of August.

The opening has been pushed back a number of times since work began on the $13 million renovation project last October.

ODOT officials blame the delays on the project’s complexity.


Area News/$2 Billion+ in tourism sales for Lake Erie Shores and Islands

Over $2 billion dollars were made in Lake Erie Shores and Islands tourism sales in 2017… according to a recent study.

World economic analyzer, Tourism Economics, says that’s an increase of close to 8 percent from 2015.

The counties of Erie and Ottawa make up the Shores and Islands region; where reportedly 11 million visitors traveled to last year.






Sunny, with a high near 83.



Mostly clear, with a low around 62.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Sandusky County/Fremont man pleads guilty to child sex offenses

A Fremont man has pled guilty to two sex offenses involving young children.

The charges relating to 65-year-old Randall Dennis are in connection with a Fremont police investigation in January involving Dennis and two girls, ages 7 and 9.


Erie County/Sandusky stove fire

No one was hurt following a kitchen fire at a Sandusky home Monday night.

Fire officials say that a man inside the home on Clinton Street was awoken by a smoke director to discover food on the stove covered in flames.

He was able to evacuate along with two other residents.


Huron County/ Norwalk safety service director resigns

Norwalk will soon be in the market for a new safety-service director.

Current director Dan Wendt has announced his resignation, effective August 24th.

Wendt, who has worked for The Maple City for the last two years, will be the next assistant city manager in Fairfield, near Cincinnati.


Huron County/Addiction crisis affecting local businesses

Fisher-Titus Occupational Health and Wellness in Norwalk is introducing a new monthly series focused on the area’s drug addiction crisis and its effects on employers.

“Within the Corporation Limit” will include information on existing problems and finding solutions for use, misuse, abuse and addiction in the workplace.

The first program, “Existing Trends” – hosted by Huron County Sheriff Todd Corbin, will be held next Wednesday from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Huron County Job and Family Services.

Registration is required.


Erie County/Cedar Point breaks ground on new indoor sports center

A groundbreaking ceremony took place Tuesday afternoon in Sandusky for the Cedar Point Sports Center.

The 140,000 square-foot facility costing $28 million, will house several basketball and volleyball courts as well as an indoor walking track and a sports medicine center.

Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Cedar Fair, Duff Milkie, told K96 News that Cedar Point Sports Center will have an economic impact way beyond just Erie County; such as in Bellevue, Norwalk and Fremont.

Construction work will officially begin in August with the facility expected to open its doors by December of 2019.

It will be located next to Cedar Point Sports Force Parks on Cleveland Road.


Erie County/Closed Howard Johnson motel shortly reopened

A Sandusky motel that was shut down by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department was allegedly re-opened briefly last week.

Sheriff’s deputies say the Howard Johnson on Milan Road had a new sign reading “Carefree Inn” with the motel co-owner in the office and guests checked into one room.

The motel co-owner reportedly told authorities that he had completed necessary renovations and was told he could re-open the building, which was allegedly false.

The building was originally closed in April due to a series of nuisance complaints.

The hotel was then shut down again on Monday.


Erie County/Perkins Township roundabout issues

A planned roundabout in Perkins Township has hit a minor snag.

A concrete curb and gutter have reportedly not been installed properly at the future traffic circle on West Bogart Road and Campbell Street; which will need re-installed.

Erie County officials say the extra work shouldn’t delay the project from opening on August 10th and will not cost taxpayers anything extra.






Sunny, with a high near 83.



Mostly clear, with a low around 58.



Sunny, with a high near 84.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Huron County/One vehicle fatal crash on Monday

The driver of a pickup truck was killed in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Huron County.

According to the highway patrol, a Ford F-150 travelled down an embankment where it became engulfed in flames.

The crash occurred on Townline Road 187 in Greenwich.

The driver has not yet been identified.


Sandusky County/Not guilty plea from accused rapist

A man from Fremont has pled not guilty to rape charges involving a high school student.

The charges against 28-year-old Kayree Jeffrey are in connection with an investigation that began last May following a high school staff member telling police that one of their students was sexually assaulted by Jeffrey.

His trial is set for October.


State News/Urgent call for blood donors

The American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for eligible blood donors.

The agency says that due to the busy 4th of July holiday week, they are down 15-thousand donations.


Huron County/Grain handler pleads guilty to stealing more than $3 million

A Huron County man has pled guilty to multiple charges related to the theft of more than $3 million in grain from 35 Ohio farmers.

Authorities say 79-year-old Richard Schwan of Monroeville, the operator of Schwan Grain, sold more than $3 million in grain for farmers, but deliberately failed to pay the victims their shares of the profits.

As part of a plea agreement, Schwan must pay $3.2 million in restitution prior to his sentencing in August.


Ottawa County/Benton-Carroll Salem Schools levy

School board members at Benton-Carroll-Salem have agreed to again place a one-percent income tax levy on the November ballot.

School officials say the levy would generate close to $2 million for daily operations, if approved.

The levy was rejected by just 50 votes in May.


Erie County/Margaretta football stadium renovations

Renovations and improvements are coming to Margaretta Schools’ football stadium.

High winds last November knocked the visitor’s bleachers off their foundation and ripped off the roof of the press box.

Superintendent Dennis Mock hopes that the renovations, which include new bleachers on both sides of the field and a new press box, will be in place by the first football game at the end of August.


Erie County/Perkins Township Police hosting women’s self-defense class

Perkins Township Police are playing host to a woman’s self-defense workshop next month.

It will take place August 2nd from 6:00 to 9:00 pm with limited spots available.

If interested, you’re asked to contact Police Chief Robb Parthemore.


Huron County/Cleveland Road paving project going on in Norwalk

Road work continues this week in Norwalk…

The city says lane closures and delays are expected as crews pave Cleveland Road.






A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.



Mostly clear, with a low around 62.



Sunny, with a high near 82.



Sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Erie County/Woman saved from drowning in Huron

Two Huron police officers along with other first responders helped save a Sandusky woman from drowning Saturday afternoon.

Sergeant’s Terry Graham and Nate Orzech reportedly jumped into six-foot waves of waters at Nickel Plate Beach after the woman needed her own help after rescuing her daughter.


Erie County/Fire at Fifth Street Sandusky home

All four people inside a Fifth Street home in Sandusky are safe after a fire early Sunday morning.

The cause of the blaze, which appeared to have an impact on the entire structure, is under investigation.


Huron County/Norwalk woman arrested

A 21-year-old Norwalk woman has been charged with persistent disorderly conduct following an incident early Friday morning.

Alexis Stuckert allegedly threatened police officer’s children, made threats to contaminate the arresting officer’s food at the fast-food restaurant she works for and banged her head on a cruiser…following a disturbance at an apartment on Whittlesey Avenue.


Ottawa County/Port Clinton OVI Checkpoint results

Ten motorists were diverted for additional investigation during a two-hour OVI checkpoint Saturday on State Route 163 in Port Clinton.

Out of those ten, one driver was arrested for OVI and one was found with an open container.


Erie-Huron County/Attorney General names local students to Teen Ambassador Board

Four local students have been named to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Teen Ambassador Board for the upcoming school year.

Bellevue’s Kent Heiser, Edison’s Lexi Weyer, Keystone’s Annali Perez and Perkins’ McClain Farley will get an inside look at Ohio law and government and will also advise the Attorney General’s Office on issues relating to teens.

Over 300 students from 160-plus schools make up the board.


Huron County/State Route 547 road work

Road construction this week in Huron County’s Sherman Township…

Starting today, State Route 547 between Section Line Road and Heyman Road will be closed for a culvert replacement.

The road is expected to be back open by this Friday.


Erie County/Berlin Heights Kiwanis shoes fundraiser

The Berlin Heights Kiwanis Club is wrapping up their shoe fundraiser this week.

You can donate gently-worn shoes, boots, and other foot attire by this Thursday at the Berlin Heights and Milan libraries; which will then be donated to third-world entrepreneurs who will repair and resell the shoes.

The Kiwanis Club will then receive money to buy books for Edison Elementary students.






Sunny, with a high near 88.



Mostly clear, with a low around 65.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.



Sunny, with a high near 80.