Monday, September 26th, 2016

Two Willard men die in Huron County crash Saturday morning

Two 21 year-old men from Willard were killed in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Richmond Township, just west of Willard.  Damien Lindsay was driving his pickup truck with passenger Austin Collins on Bullhead Road when the truck went into the ditch, and back onto the road, where it overturned several times, ejecting both men from the vehicle, who were not wearing their seatbelts.  Speed was a contributing factor in the crash.


New London woman killed in two-vehicle crash Sunday

A New London woman died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday evening in Lorain County. The Norwalk Reflector reports that 69 year-old Judy Pullin failed to yield at a stop sign in her Pontiac Vibe at the intersection of State Routes 162 and 511, when she was struck by a Ford F-150.  Pullin was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver and two-passengers of the F-150, all of Louisville, Ohio; received serious injuries.


Port Clinton OVI Checkpoint Results

An OVI Checkpoint Saturday night in Port Clinton resulted in six drivers being arrested on OVI charges. The Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted the checkpoint on State Route 163, along with area saturation patrols. A total of 399 cars passed through the two-hour checkpoint near Maple Street.


Plymouth man seriously injured in ATV crash

A 43 year-old Plymouth man was seriously injured in an ATV crash late Sunday afternoon. Dennis Cunningham was driving his ATV on Olive Road in Greenfield Township, east of State Route 61 in Huron County, when he swerved to avoid running off the road, overturned, and was then thrown off his ATV.  Cunningham was taken by life-flight to a Toledo hospital.  Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in the crash

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

One dead, three others injured in crash west of Bellevue Thursday

A woman has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash involving an ambulance Thursday night in Sandusky County, west of Bellevue. Troopers say, 45 year-old Sandra Cline of Holland, Ohio was transporting a patient to a hospital when a man from Michigan ran a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 197 and State Route 19 in Green Creek Township, and rammed the side of the ambulance, knocking it on its side. Cline later passed away after being transported to a Toledo hospital. The other driver and two passengers in the ambulance, including the patient, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.


Grate could face death penalty in Ashland murders

The man wanted in the killings of two women in Ashland last week could face the death penalty. An Ashland County Grand Jury Thursday indicted 40 year-old Shawn M. Grate on 23 counts of criminal conduct including two counts of aggravated murder.  Grate is accused of killing two women, Stacy Stanley of Greenwich and Elizabeth Griffith of Ashland.  Their bodies were found in an Ashland house last week, after an unnamed woman escaped an attempted abduction.  If convicted, the two murder charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.  Grate also faces charges of rape, kidnapping, and burglary.


Speedway holding Hiring Event on Saturday

Speedway gas stations and convenience stores are looking to hire over 100 employees in their Ohio locations. Job Fairs will be held at Speedway Stores on Saturday (9/24) from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in western Ohio communities including Sandusky and Fremont; as the company seeks to fill entry level leadership positions including co-manager trainees, and full-time field positions.

Those interested should attend the hiring events in person, but if you’re unable to be there, visit your nearest Speedway location or go online to for job information.


Norwalk City School District holding pizza fundraiser

The Norwalk City School District PTO is holding a fundraiser involving Domino’s Pizza “Dough Raising” cards. The cards are $10, and contain 16 ‘buy one – get one free’ pizza coupons, with an 80% profit for the PTO.  Order forms for the cards were recently sent home with students, and are also available at the Board of Education and Superintendent’s offices.


Police and firefighters in Amherst will be outside city hall tomorrow afternoon, accepting donations for the family of State Trooper Kenny Velez of Lorain.

Velez was buried yesterday after a service at Lorain County Community College and a funeral procession that featured hundreds of law enforcement officials from across the nation. Velez died a week ago on I-90 in Lakewood when he was struck by a passing motorist.


Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Bellevue couple dies in crash Wednesday morning

A two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Sandusky County claimed the lives of an elderly Bellevue couple. 81 year-old Lucille and 88 year-old Donald Lepley were both killed when Lucille ran a stop sign at the intersection of Township Road 205 and County Road 308 in York Township near Bellevue, where her and her husband, the car’s passenger, were struck by a vehicle driven by 61 year-old Margaret Huff of Bellevue. Huff was also seriously injured and taken to a Toledo hospital.


Woman injured after flipping car in Norwalk Wal-Mart parking lot

A Norwalk woman received minor injuries, but it could’ve been much worse, when she flipped her car in the parking lot of the Norwalk Wal-Mart on Wednesday around 12 noon. Nancy Hetrick apparently lost her water bottle while parking, when her foot accidentally hit the gas, where she then struck at least two vehicles followed by two cement posts in front of the store’s garden center entrance.  Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light told the Norwalk Reflector that Hetrick’s car then flipped and was impaled through the windshield by the posts, with a post ending up just between her knees.  No one else was injured.


Flickinger Insurance helping with Norwalk United Fund campaign

Flickinger Insurance in Norwalk is helping assist The Norwalk Area United Fund with their annual fundraiser kickoff. Now through the end of October, for each new ‘like’ on their Facebook page, Flickinger Insurance will donate $1 to The Norwalk Area United Fund.  The 2017 campaign goal for The Norwalk Area United Fund is $360,000.


Thomas Edison statue unveiled at U.S. Capitol

A ceremony was held yesterday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. to celebrate the unveiling of the Thomas Edison statue, the newest addition to the National Statuary Hall Collection. The Edison likeness now joins a statue of President James Garfield as the two representatives from the state of Ohio depicted in the collection. The statue of the Milan-born inventor weighs 900 pounds, and stands nearly seven feet tall.


Perkins Restaurant hosting pancake fundraiser today

Perkins Restaurant in Sandusky is hosting a fundraiser today for ‘Give Kids the World’ a non-profit organization that assists families of children with life-threatening illnesses with everything that goes along with making their ‘wish’ come true – such as hotel stays, meals, and transportation. You can receive a free short-stack of pancakes today, for any donation made to ‘Give Kids the World’.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Human Remains in New London believed to be female, according to Police Chief

The human remains discovered in a garage in New London most likely belong to a woman, according to New London Police Chief Mike Marko. The bones were found about a week before they were reported to police last Saturday, because they were initially believed to be from an animal. Before being purchased in July, the police chief of seven years told the Norwalk Reflector that the property on 118 East Main Street, where the remains were found, have been vacant for as long as he remembers.  It could be numerous weeks before test results on the remains come back from state authorities.


Norwalk Siren Run 5K to take place Friday, will benefit Safety Services

A 5K run/walk in Norwalk will benefit Norwalk Police and Fire Departments, as well as North Central EMS. The Maple City Siren Run 5K is set for this Friday in Norwalk at Suhr Park on West Main Street. Race Day Registration gets underway at 5:00 pm with the race starting at 6:00 pm.  Online registration is available through Thursday at 9:00 am. ( The course winds through Norwalk neighborhoods before ending in Uptown Norwalk on West Main Street, followed by a post-race party in the park.


Calling Hours are today for State Trooper from Lorain

Calling hours will be held today at Lorain County Community College for State Trooper Kenny Velez. He was killed last week by a passing motorist while working traffic-enforcement on I-90 in Lakewood.


Monroeville Schools seeking Feedback on Service Learning Program

School officials in Monroeville are looking for feedback on the district’s Service Learning Program. A link on the Monroeville Schools (‘Monroeville Eagles’) Facebook page is specifically designed for students, community members, or business owners to share their ideas on community service projects that would most benefit the Village of Monroeville.  You can find more information on Monroeville’s Service Learning Program online at