Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Columbus teen killed, Norwalk man hurt in crash

An eighteen year-old Columbus-area girl was killed and a Norwalk man was injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday in Lorain County.

Kiara Sowers received fatal injuries while a passenger in a car that reportedly ran a stop sign on Ohio 511 and Ohio 18 intersection in Brighton Township.

The car then collided with another vehicle driven by 34 year-old James Young of Norwalk.

Young was taken to an Oberlin hospital where he was treated and released.


Human arm found in Erie County train yard

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a human arm found in a train yard on Ohio 4 in Groton Township on Saturday.

The body part could possibly belong to a Pennsylvania man who walked in front of a moving train in April near Pittsburgh.

An inspector found the body part in the undercarriage of a train car.


Port Clinton OVI Checkpoint results…

A total of four drivers were found to be impaired in relation with Saturday’s Highway Patrol OVI Checkpoint in Port Clinton.

One motorist passing through the checkpoint on State Route 163 was impaired along with three other drivers detained by area saturation patrols found to be impaired as well.

All four motorists were arrested and charged with OVI.


City of Sandusky to start working on Columbus Avenue train underpass

Sandusky City Commissioners have approved a $77,000 contract to be used for broad repairs of the Columbus Avenue train underpass or ‘subway’.

The project will include the removing and replacing of cracked concrete sidewalks.

Sandusky officials are not allowed to work on areas touching train tracks though; as those belong to the railroad.

Work should begin and end later this year.


Multiple people arrested in fight at Cedar Point dorms

Multiple people have been arrested for their involvement in a fight at Cedar Point Commons employee housing.

The Sandusky Register reports that authorities made 11 arrests early Monday morning during an incident where one man tried to grab a police officer’s gun.

19 year-old Carlos Clayton of Cleveland Heights faces multiple charges including aggravated robbery and the assault of a peace officer.

Clayton reportedly pushed past a line of employees and started to brawl with two men, which caused other fights to erupt.

Others involved were mostly charged with rioting.


NHRA event in Norwalk to feature can collection for charity

This weekend’s NHRA Nationals racing event in Norwalk will include an aluminum can drive for charity.

Those attending the races at Summit Motorsports Park are encouraged to drop their used cans in marked recycling bins around the racing facility; which will be used to help Akron Children’s Hospital’s burn camp.

The racing gets underway Thursday.




Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Columbus man killed at Put-in-Bay marina

A man from the Columbus area was killed Friday night when he was shocked by electric current at Put-in-Bay.

19 year-old Evan Currie of Dublin dove in the water to save his father and family dog from drowning at Miller Marina after their boat was plugged into shore power.

Everyone else made it back into the boat safely after the power was unplugged.


Huron Township man arrested for domestic violence

A 51 year-old Huron Township man faces domestic violence charges after reportedly assaulting his wife while intoxicated.

Gary Savage of Scheid Road reportedly slapped his wife several times and held her down on a couch Friday after his wife said she was leaving him.


Authorities involved in chase in Huron

A Cleveland man was arrested following a 4-hour pursuit on Friday that started in Erie County.

20 year-old Devon Davenport was charged with Failure to Comply with a Lawful Order and Inducing panic after leading law enforcement on a chase near Huron on U.S. 6 and State Routes 2 and 13.

Davenport eventually fled on foot and was arrested several hours later as a passenger in a truck on I-90 near Sheffield.


Bellevue man arrested for alleged threat against wife

A man from Bellevue was arrested late last week for allegedly threatening to kill his estranged wife.

26 year-old Andrew Howard faces domestic violence charges after a friend of Howard’s estranged wife told police that he was going to kill his wife by setting her bed on fire.

Howard has been arrested for domestic violence on two previous occasions.


Health Department and Serving Our Seniors working to prevent seniors from falling accidents

The Erie County Health Department and Serving Our Seniors are working together on a $5,000 grant to prevent Erie County senior residents from falling.

The grant includes fall prevention home improvements like hand rails and grab bars along with fall prevention equipment such as rubber slip resistant bath mats that are available free of charge.

Contact Serving Our Seniors for more information.


Residents can purchase plaques for Milan time capsule

Milan residents can be a permanent part of history as the village celebrates its’ bicentennial.

For a $20 tax-deductable donation, community members can buy a custom-engraved plaque that will be attached to a laser-etched time capsule.

Order forms can be picked up at various locations around Milan including the public library.




A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 79.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 77.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Clyde woman dies, Sandusky woman seriously injured in crash

A woman from Clyde was killed and a Sandusky woman was seriously hurt in a Wednesday morning crash in Sandusky County’s Townsend Township.

53 year-old Patricia Likes-Slempa of Clyde reportedly failed to yield at the intersection of Ohio 412 and County Road 294 and drove into the path of 47 year-old Lori Prosser of Sandusky; who was approaching the same intersection.

Prosser was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.


City of Willard to assist residents with clean-up after flooding

The City of Willard took in over 3 inches of rain Tuesday night; leaving many flooded streets and basements.

The city plans to help with the clean-up.  Starting Monday, residents can place damaged items on the curb for pick-up.

The rainfall was a record for the most rain ever on June 13th in Willard.


Vermilion Festival of the Fish going on this weekend

The 51st annual Vermilion Festival of the Fish begins today.

Fireworks over Lake Erie take place tonight at dusk; along with a sand castle contest Saturday morning, a lighted boat parade Saturday night and a Father’s Day parade Sunday at 12:30 pm.

The festival runs now through Sunday.


Willard ‘welcome home’ party for migrants canceled

A planned ‘welcome home’ party for migrant workers in Willard, which some viewed as controversial, has now been canceled.

The event planned by the chamber of commerce was scheduled for Saturday.

Chamber president Carrie McClendon said her association canceled the event due to ‘scheduling issues’.


Patrol OVI checkpoint in Ottawa County tomorrow

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held in Ottawa County tomorrow evening.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

The location of the checkpoint will be announced Saturday morning.


Toby Keith to play Put-in-Bay

Country music star Toby Keith will headline Put-in-Bay’s summer music festival this Labor Day weekend.

Keith’s performance is part of the first-ever ‘Bash on the Bay’ country music festival at the airport.
The show takes place August 31st with tickets on sale starting this Monday morning at 9:00 am.


Norwalk Salvation Army seeking donations

The Salvation Army in Norwalk is looking for assistance with their weekend bag-lunch program, ‘Weekends Without Hunger’.

They are seeking funding for four weeks of food; including canned pasta, fruit cups and single servings of cereal.

So far, the Norwalk Elks have donated over $2,700 worth of supplies for the program.




Sunny, with a high near 88.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.


Sunday – Father’s Day

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Woman’s body found dead inside car at Lorain County Speedway

A 45-year-old Amherst woman was found dead in her car Tuesday morning by a groundskeeper at the Lorain County Speedway in Amherst.

Alberta Cerino was spotted by the track employee in the Sothern lot of the racetrack.

Detective Don Barker said there were no obvious signs of trauma.

The death is being treated as suspicious because of where the body was found.

The investigation is ongoing.


Fatal crash in Wellington on Wednesday

A head-on collision in Wellington Wednesday night has left one person dead and two others with serious injuries.

The crash occurred just before 10:00 pm on state Route 58 north of Webster Road.

A Jeep headed northbound and a silver SUV going southbound collided.

The driver of the Jeep was flown to Metro in Cleveland with the passenger taken to Mercy in Oberlin.

The Woman driving the SUV died at the scene.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor.


Straw fire in Monroeville

A fire at a farm in Monroeville resulted in the loss of at least 30 acres of straw worth around $25,000.

The fire at Enterprise Hill Farms near Huber and Lamereaux Roads on Monday likely started when a mower tossed up a rock and sparked.


Huron Schools agree to deal with classified staff members

A three-year deal has been reached between Huron Schools and its classified workers.

The contract includes a one-percent yearly increase of base salary for the school’s 53 classified staff members including educational aides and transportation employees.


Norwalk council talks funding for splash pad

During this week’s work session, City Council in Norwalk discussed the accepting of a $200,000 state grant that will be used to mostly fund the splash pad at the Ernsthausen Community Center.

The grant would require reimbursement; meaning the city would have to front the money.

The 40-by-80 foot splash pad will likely cost $246,000 with construction to start after the pool closes in the fall.


Oberlin discussing partnership with New London for bus services

The Oberlin school board is mulling a partnership with New London Schools for shared bus maintenance services.

Superintendent David Hall called for a audit of the district’s busses earlier this year after finding out the district had overspent close to 1 million dollars over a decade for bus maintenance.


Amherst Lowe’s employees stops thief 

There is more than one way to use a fork lift.

At the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store near the Midway Mall in Elyria, Lowe’s employee Joshua Culler used the tow motor he was driving to chase down a would be shop lifter.

After being caught, Police took, 28 year-old Bryce Babics of Amherst into custody.  He is being charged with theft for attempting to take a power drill and battery worth nearly 600 dollars without paying.


Amtrak service to Sandusky could end due to budget cuts

Amtrak passenger rail service to Sandusky could end…at least that’s what a national group representing train passengers is saying.

The National Association of Railroad Passengers are attempting to organize demonstrations on June 23rd to protest President Donald Trump’s budget proposal; which they believe would end passenger rail service to cities such as Sandusky, Elyria and Cleveland.

The Amtrak rail service in Sandusky makes two stops per day, one to pick up passengers and the other to unload.


Willard hosting scavenger hunt
Willard is hosting a scavenger hunt in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the re-naming of the town.

The ‘2017 Then and Now Scavenger Hunt’ is going on now through next Friday the 22nd.

The contest features booklets that lead residents throughout town to answer questions based on Willard history.

The booklets can be purchased for $2 at Willard City Hall and other locations.  A $200 prize will be awarded.


Perkins Township Police hosting car show this weekend

Police in Perkins Township in Sandusky are hosting a classic car show this weekend.

The ‘Motor Madness’ car and bike show is set to take place at the Sandusky Mall Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Proceeds will go to Big Brothers-Big Sisters.




Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 87.