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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Norwalk City Council approves $845,000 in bond notes for new fire station

City council in Norwalk has agreed to borrow $845,000 in bond-anticipation notes to assist with paying for their new fire station.

According to Fire Chief John Soisson, the bond notes will make up the shortfall between the $3.5 million that voters approved; to give the city enough funds to bid on the project.

Bids should begin by early July with bids opening by the end of July.

 

Huron Schools to eliminate some jobs

Huron Schools have decided to cut some positions.

The school system will cut a full and half-time early childhood position as well as 28 supplemental positions next school year, including assistant coaches.

The Sandusky Register reports the positions are being eliminated due to finances and declining enrollment; saving the district more than $95,000.

The cuts are also due to forthcoming losses in state funding.

 

Erie County has a new Mental Health Board director

The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties have named a new executive director.

Brenda Cronin will start on July 1st.

She will take over for Kirk Halliday; who was fired in March after being suspended last year.

Cronin currently works in Columbus as Area Manager for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities; overseeing 26 counties and an $18 million budget.

 

Christopher Dulka named new middle school principal at New London

New London has named a new middle school principal.

Christopher Dulka will begin working on August 1st.

Dulka was chosen among 50 who applied and 18 that interviewed.

He’s a sixth-grade math teacher right now at Cuyahoga Falls.

 

‘Cop on a Rooftop’ to benefit Ohio Special Olympics

On Friday, law enforcement throughout Ohio is teaming up with Dunkin’ Donuts to raise money for Special Olympics.

The ‘Cop on a Rooftop’ event will take place locally at the Sandusky Dunkin’ Donuts on Milan Road.

 

Willard’s 1st Annual Community Yard Sale begins today

The City of Willard is hosting their first annual community yard sale.

It starts today and runs through Saturday.

Lists of addresses and printed maps can be picked up at City Hall.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/18

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Otherwise mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 84.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 55.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 68.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Attorney General announces arrests of three men for 2003 murder of Huron County man

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that three men are facing charges in connection with the murder of Michael Sheppard, who was last seen alive in Huron County 14 years ago.

44 year-old Scott Hall of Clyde, 34 year-old Adam White of Sandusky along with 35 year-old Joshua Stamm of Titusville, Florida have all been indicted on two counts of murder and one count of aggravated robbery.

Investigators say the suspects shot Sheppard to death in May of 2003 during a drug-related dispute.

Sheppard’s body has not yet been located.

 

Willard uses over $4,000 in Narcan last month

The Willard Police Department reported use of more than $4,000 worth of the opioid overdose antidote, Narcan, during April.

This according to Willard City Manager Jim Ludban at this week’s city council meeting.

Willard police used 62 doses overall in April, an average of six doses per person.

 

Vermilion residents should conserve water this week

Due to scheduled maintenance, the water plant in Vermilion was shut down temporarily.

Vermilion residents are being asked to conserve water this week; and to expect variable water pressure.

 

Annual Wightman-Wieber Kids Festival is Saturday

The annual Wightman-Wieber Safety Fair and Kids Fun Festival is this Saturday in Sandusky.

It takes place from 12 noon to 5:00 pm at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion.

Those attending are asked to bring one canned good or non-perishable food item.

The event is in honor of Michelle Wightman and Karrie Ann Wieber; teenage girls who died in a car crash in Sandusky in 1989.

 

Donations being accepted for Norwalk fireworks display

Donations are now being accepted for the upcoming Bicentennial 4th of July fireworks in Norwalk.

For those interested in helping out, the tax deductable donations can be sent to the Norwalk VFW Post 2743 on Milan Avenue in Norwalk.

The fireworks will take place July 4th at 9:30 pm at the Huron County Fairgrounds

 

Norwalk Best Western receives award

The Best Western in Norwalk recently received an award for customer service.

The hotel on Milan Avenue received the Champion Customer Care Award at the company’s district meeting in Maryland.

The honor is given to properties that demonstrate exceptional levels of service and care.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/17

Today

Mostly sunny, breezy, with a high near 88.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after midnight.         Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Otherwise partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 82.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 62.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Two people found overdosing in Bellevue auto center parking lot

A 23 year-old man has been charged with OVI due to a suspected heroin overdose.

Jacob Myers and 22 year-old Britany Strickland were found passed out in a smoking vehicle at Meyers Auto Center on Castalia Street in Bellevue.

According to Bellevue Police, both Myers and Strickland admitted they were on their way to Clyde; when the next thing they knew, they were being woken up by authorities.

 

Former township trustee sentenced in Ottawa County after receiving improper compensation

A former Clay Township Trustee was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County to community service and restitution after pleading guilty to a public corruption charge.

60 year-old Donald Widmer pled guilty to the first degree misdemeanor of Soliciting or Receiving Improper Compensation.

Widmer received a tombstone foundation for personal use without paying for it and altered township documents to hide the enrichment.

 

Fisher-Titus receives top grade in patient safety

Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk has received an ‘A’ grade when it comes to patient safety.

The grade comes from the non-profit organization, The Leapfrog Group, which awarded the grade for Fisher-Titus’ commitment to reducing accidents, errors and infections that can harm patients.

49 out of 112 hospitals in the state scored an ‘A’ grade.

 

‘American Pickers’ show coming to Ohio

The hit History Channel program, ‘American Pickers’ is coming to Ohio next month for filming.

The show is looking for people with unique antique collections and interesting stories behind them.

The show hosts, Mike and Frank, only pick private collections so no stores, auctions, or anything open to the public.

Contact them by phone at 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878), or by email at AmericanPickers@cineflix.com if interested in having them check out your collection.

 

Perkins Police writing community relations grant

Perkins Township Police is looking for interested business leaders and citizens as they write their second community relations grant.

The collaborative board would meet four times throughout the grant cycle from June of this year through May of 2018.

Contact Perkins Township PD if interested.

 

NEDC holding business seminar on Thursday

The Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) is hosting a “best practices” seminar this Thursday (5/18) for area businesses.

The seminar will include discussion from several Norwalk-area companies as they share stories on how they’ve created a pipeline of workers; in relation to the displacement of their workforce.

The free event takes place at 9:00 am at the NEDC Development Center.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/16

Today

A mix of sun and clouds with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 86.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, breezy, with a high near 88.

Thursday

Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 86.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Authorities find the body of missing Erie County man

A 77 year-old missing man’s body was found Saturday afternoon off the banks of the Huron River.

Jacob Hinkle was reported missing Friday night when his lawn mower was found near a cliff overhanging the river in Oxford Township.

The Sandusky Register reports that firefighters located his body in the river east of U.S. 250, in Milan Township, more than three miles from where he is believed to have fallen from.

An autopsy will determine his exact cause of death.

 

Saturday crash in Fitchville leaves New London man with life-threatening injuries

A Huron County crash possibly caused by heavy fog on Saturday morning resulted in multiple injuries, some serious.

An F-150 driven by 17 year-old Aaron Colvin of Berlin Heights reportedly ran a stop sign on Rome Greenwich Road at State Route 162 in Fitchville and struck the Dodge Caravan of 32 year-old Jade Liss of Wakeman.

16 year-old Dylan Bess of New London, a passenger in the F-150, sustained life-threatening injuries when he was ejected from the vehicle.  Colvin was seriously injured.

Liss was also seriously injured with her three young child passengers receiving injuries as well.

 

Road rage suspect in Norwalk arrested

A 20 year-old Norwalk man is due in court today…facing charges in connection with an alleged road rage incident last week.

Samson Smith is accused of punching 18 year-old Terry Griffith in the ear twice when Griffith was stopped at a red light at the Old State Road and Main Street intersection in Norwalk.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, the incident came after a female passenger with Griffith reportedly honked the horn and gave an obscene gesture to Smith’s vehicle.

 

Perkins Police have new contract

Officials in Perkins Township have ratified a new union contract for their police force.

The three-year deal includes a $2,000 base pay increase for full-time officers, lieutenants and sergeants…as well as 2 to 3 ½ percent pay raises throughout the contract.

 

Old State Road to be closed for railroad repairs this week

The City of Norwalk is reminding residents that Old State Road between Akron Road and Woodlawn Avenue will be closed starting today (Monday) for railroad crossing work.

The road will be closed through at least Sunday (21st).

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

Today

Sunny, with a high near 70.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning.

Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.