News

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Huron County/Recovery program created

Huron County authorities have announced a new police-assisted substance abuse recovery collaborative.

“ALERT” – The Area Law Enforcement Recovery Team – will aim to provide outreach for those with substance abuse disorders at the time they wish to seek treatment…without fear of retribution or legal procedures.

The program will begin January 1st.

 

Erie County/Sandusky tip jar theft

Police arrested an 18-year-old man Thursday afternoon for allegedly stealing a tip jar from downtown Sandusky’s Mr. Smith’s Coffee House.

Giovanni Lee was charged with theft and tampering with evidence after law enforcement found him behind the Social Security office on Wayne Street.

Lee allegedly ordered a drink; then took the tip jar and ran.

A customer reportedly ran Lee down and recovered the tip jar.

 

Erie County/Berlin Heights truck and bike thefts

Authorities in Erie County are looking to identify a suspect who allegedly stole a Ford F-150 and a bicycle from two homes near Berlin Heights Thursday morning.

Both the truck and bike were located in a field several hundred yards away from where they were taken in the 9600 block of Ohio Route 61.

Images of a possible suspect have been posted on the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

 

Erie County/Sawmill Creek theft suspect

A Parma man faces two years of probation and has been ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron while working there.

54-year-old Robert Mey agreed to a plea deal involving pleading guilty to one count of fourth-degree felony theft.

The plea deal also resulted in related charges being dropped against his wife, Michelle.

 

Local News/Veterans Day events

Veterans Day commemorations are planned for this weekend throughout the area…

A Veterans Day event will take place Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Huron Public Library…featuring a talk from author Bill Brown and a patriotic musical medley.

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Sandusky will be held this Sunday at 2:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church on Jackson Street.  Sandusky Police Chief and U.S. Marine veteran John Orzech will be the guest speaker.

 

Erie County/$500-grand donation given for Sandusky Bay Pathway

The future Sandusky Bay Pathway has received another $500,000…this time from a private donation.

The Wightman-Wieber Foundation announced the contribution Thursday.

Planners of the Sandusky Bay Pathway hope to eventually stretch it from the city’s northern edge to the future Landing Park in east Sandusky, next to Sports Force Parks.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources last week gifted a near $500,000 grant to Sandusky for the recreational trail.

 

Erie County/BGSU Firelands scholarship breakfast

BGSU Firelands recently held their 19th annual scholarship breakfast…

140 students and 40 donors were recognized.

The college has awarded close to $240,000 in scholarships this year.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2018

Today

Rain and snow this morning, becoming all rain around noon.  High near 41.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of rain and snow showers.

Partly cloudy, breezy, with a low around 25.

 

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, breezy, with a high near 36.

 

Sunday – Veterans Day

Partly sunny, with a high near 38.


Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Huron County/Norwalk man sentenced for child sex charges

A Norwalk man who formerly worked as a church volunteer in Milan has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison on child sex charges.

56-year-old Kenneth Rose previously pled guilty to felony gross sexual imposition after alleged incidents involving Rose and a young girl in the basement of Milan Friends Church.

 

Lorain County/Vigil for Black River student

A candlelight vigil will be held tomorrow night in front of Black River High School for 2017 graduate Mikayla Sotherland.

Mikayla’s body…and that of her boyfriend…were found earlier this week in a van in Columbus.

Police in Columbus say, a 54 year old man has confessed to their killings.

 

Huron County/Willard Narcan overdose cases down

In Willard, incidents where authorities have to use Narcan to revive overdose victims is dropping compared to a year ago.

City Manager Jim Ludban said the city had to use over 150 doses of Narcan on 18 people in October of 2017…with just one incident involving Narcan use this past October.

 

Huron County/ ‘Last call’ for original Norwalk fire station

Norwalk firefighters of the past and present joined together Wednesday afternoon to formerly close the city’s original fire station.

The American flag was brought down; fire trucks left the facility…and firefighter Ben Blodgett echoed these words to Norwalk Police…“Dispatch, after 106 years of faithful service to the citizens of Norwalk, the fire station at 42 Whittlesey Avenue is officially signing off the air”.

An open house event for the city’s new fire station will be held next Thursday.

 

Erie County/Inmates to cleanup roads

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth says he’s putting the finishing touches on a contract with ODOT to begin a service where inmates will clean up trash along state and federal-controlled roadways.

The program, which is expected to begin at some point next year, will call for debris cleanup on Ohio Route 4, U.S. 6 and U.S. 250….not Route 2 though due to safety concerns because of a 70-mile-per-hour speed limit there.

 

Local News/Voter turnout numbers

Close to 54 percent of registered voters statewide or 4.3 million people, casted their ballot on Tuesday; the most since 1994.

Huron, Erie, Sandusky and Ottawa counties all had their highest voter turnout since 1996, ranging from 52 to 61 percent.

In Lorain County, it was a 52-percent turnout; up from 42 percent during the 2014 mid-term.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

 

Tonight

Showers likely, mainly overnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

 

Friday

Showers, mainly in the morning. High near 43.

 

Saturday

A slight chance of snow showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 36.


Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Local News/Election results

Statewide, Issue 1, voters sided against the reduction of penalties for drug possession.

The Republican ticket of Mike DeWine and Jon Husted won Ohio’s race for governor.

Sherrod Brown will keep his U.S. Senator seat; defeating Jim Renacci.

State Representative, Republican Steve Ardnt of Port Clinton won re-election in the Ohio House, beating challenger, Democrat Joe Helle.

State Representative, Incumbent, Republican Dick Stein of Norwalk, defeated James Johnson of Willard.

Incumbent Jim Jordan defeated Janet Garrett in the 4th Congressional District race. Incumbent Bob Gibbs also kept his seat in the 7th District over Ken Harbaugh.

In the race for Ohio Senate District 13 featuring parts of Huron County, Republican Nathan Manning defeated Democrat Sharon Sweda.

In Huron County, the three-candidate race for commissioner was won by incumbent Joe Hintz over challengers Melissa James and Bob Morgan.

The Huron County Auditor race went to incumbent, Roland Tkach.

All monetary issues passed in Huron County except for New London Schools.  Those approved included levies for the Board of Developmental Disabilities, Senior Services, Norwalk City and Monroeville Schools and Norwalk and Willard Police.

In Erie County, all money issues were approved by voters including levies for Sandusky City and Vermilion Schools, Castalia Police and Perkins Township roads.

Republican and local radio news guy, Steve Shoffner, won the Erie County commissioner’s seat over Democrat Julie Farrar.

 

Sandusky County/ Serious injury crash

Multiple injuries in a crash last night in Sandusky County…

According to the Highway Patrol, a Lexus driven by a Cleveland resident tried to pass a vehicle on Ohio 412 in Townsend Township; traveled left of center and sideswiped an oncoming vehicle, driven by 56-year-old Nancy Derby of Fremont.

The Lexus reportedly slid off the road and caught on fire; with both of its occupants escaping before the blaze.

Another car driven by 22-year-old Drew Solander of Fremont was hit by debris.

 

Erie County/Teenage boy charged with domestic violence

A 13-year-old boy in Perkins Township was charged with domestic violence from a reported incident Saturday with a family member.

Perkins Police say the boy’s grandparents said he got into an argument with his grandmother about chores; with him then yelling profanities and hitting her in the chest before running away.

The boy was taken to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.

 

Huron County/Willard schools to honor community veterans

Willard High School is hosting a Veteran’s Day Program today…

The event features a light breakfast for all local vets as well as guest speaker, retired U.S. Army Colonel and Willard High School Alum Daniel Barnett.

 

Huron County/Formal closing of original fire station 

A private “last call” service is being held today to signal the formal closing of Norwalk’s original fire station, built in 1912.

Last night, fire officials transported the last bit of items from the old station to the new facility on Whittlesey Avenue.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2018

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

 

Friday

Rain and snow showers early, becoming all rain.  High near 43.


Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Local News/Mid-term Election Day

Polls open 6:30 am to 7:30 pm.

Lorain County Board of Elections Director Paul Adams predicts local turnout at about 60-percent.  That would be 20-percent higher than the 2014 mid-terms.

Items on area ballots include:

State Issue 1 – Reducing penalties for crimes involving illegal drugs

Ohio Governor – Richard Cordray/Betty Sutton (Dem.) vs. Mike DeWine/Jon Husted (Rep.)

U.S. Senate/Ohio – Sherrod Brown (Incumbent – Dem.) vs. Jim Renacci (Rep.)

Ohio House 89th District – Steve Arndt (Incumbent – Rep.) vs. Joe Helle (Dem.)

Huron Co. Auditor – Roland Tkach (Incumbent – Dem.) vs. Tom Dunlap (Rep.)

Huron Co. Commissioner – Melissa James (Dem.) vs. Joe Hintz (Rep.) vs. Bob Morgan (Ind.)

Huron Co. – School money issues – New London Local, Norwalk City, Monroeville Local

Huron Co. – Other money issues – Huron County Senior Services, Norwalk Police, Huron County DD, Plymouth Village fire, Bellevue City emergency services, Willard City police

Erie Co. Commissioner – Julie Farrar (Dem.) vs. Steve Shoffner (Rep.)

Erie Co. – School money issues – Sandusky City, Vermilion Local

Erie Co. – Other money issues – Berlin Heights Village expenses, Castalia police, Margaretta Township emergency services, Perkins Township streets and roads

Lorain Co. – More than 40 issues including one in North Ridgeville for a new aquatics center.

 

Erie County/Man sentenced to 22 years for wife’s murder plot

A Margaretta Township man has been sentenced to 22 years of additional prison time after being found guilty last week on three charges: attempted aggravated murder, retaliation and conspiracy.

64-year-old Gary Moore was accused of plotting to kill his wife while already in prison for attempting to take her life previously.

The new punishment will run consecutively with his current term;  his total prison sentence now scheduled to finish in the year 2046.

 

Sandusky County/Bus accident

The Highway Patrol is on the lookout for a light green or gray Ford sedan with front-end damage.

Yesterday, that car pulled in front of…and struck…a Clyde-Green Springs school bus…then drove off.

One student was checked for a possible injury.

 

Erie County/Man and woman charged with child endangering

A Sandusky man and woman were arrested early Sunday for assault, domestic violence and child endangering.

Jonathan Stout and Jessica Parrish of East Park Street were allegedly fighting in their home with their infant child close by.

 

Huron County/Man accused of harboring another man wanted by police

A Norwalk man was arrested Saturday after allegedly harboring a man wanted by Sandusky County authorities.

26-year-old Jeffrey Mohr was charged with obstructing official business.

28-year-old Brett Smith was reportedly staying with Mohr while warrants were out for his arrest involving stealing a car and a gun.

Smith was also taken into custody.

 

Erie County/Dog-excrement motel room incident suspect pleads guilty

A Sandusky woman accused of staying in a dog-excrement covered motel room with a child and three canines has pled guilty to criminal charges.

22-year-old Dezeray Powell entered a guilty plea of child endangering and attempted animal cruelty.

In April, Perkins Township Police say they found Powell in the feces-covered room in the now-closed Howard Johnson on U.S. 250.

 

Erie County/Mucci leaves lights on

Those in the Huron area may of saw a strange, luminous glow in the night skies on Saturday, Sunday and early Monday.

What was it?

The lights at Mucci Farms …the farm uses a high-wattage lighting system; which is usually covered at night with blackout curtains…which were mistakenly left uncovered.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018

Today

A chance of showers.  Cloudy, breezy, with a high near 56.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, breezy, with a low around 41.

 

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 44.