Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Huron-Erie County/Milan woman charged in hitman case

The Milan woman arrested over three months ago for allegedly hiring an undercover agent to kill her former son-in-law has been charged criminally in federal court.

70 year-old Sandra Haughawout faces a charge of solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

According to authorities, she attempted to hire and pay a hitman $10,000 to kill her daughter’s ex-husband after he was having a dispute with her daughter over custody of their children.


Huron-Erie County/Man arrested for stealing vehicles and boat

A man who allegedly stole a van from St. Paul Catholic Church in Norwalk on Monday was arrested Tuesday afternoon for reportedly also stealing two other vehicles and a boat.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol apprehended Jonathan Puccia of New Jersey in Portage County, saying he’s a person of interest in the thefts of the van, a car, an attempted theft of another car, a boat from Key Harbor Marina in Vermilion and also alcohol and food at the Wayside Inn on U.S. 6 in Vermilion.


Erie County/Sandusky man facing charges related to alleged attack of female

A Sandusky man faces aggravated assault and menacing charges.

Police responded to a call on Sycamore Line Monday night where a woman accused 49 year-old Laurence Davis from Clinton Street of choking her.


Huron County/Norwalk City Schools’ support staff contract

Superintendent George Fisk at Norwalk City Schools says a tentative contract agreement has been reached with support staff.

The contract with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, which includes bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and teachers aides, is expected to be ratified next Wednesday.


Huron County/Norwalk fire station getting close to opening

Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson gave City Council a tour last night of the soon-to-be opening new fire station on Whittlesey Avenue.

The new facility will feature five bays, living and work quarters, a community meeting room and a triage area.

It’s scheduled to open sometime next month.


Lorain County/School fighting

Lorain Schools’ CEO David Hardy Junior says, the school system will take ‘a strong stance’ against fights in schools, and the students involved would be punished ‘swiftly’.

Those comments…in a news release from Hardy’s office…after several physical altercations and verbal disruptions at Lorain High.

Hardy says, those isolated behaviors cannot and will not dominate the ‘positive culture’ being created…


Erie County/Low-interest loans for improvements

Erie County Commissioners are preparing a financing plan that includes borrowing around $1.5 million for multiple improvements.

The low-interest loans would include $650,000 for a new sludge processing facility at Sandusky’s sewer plant on River Road, $550,000 for a new pumping station at Ohio 101 and $400,000 for renovations at The Meadows at Osborn Park.





Cloudy, with a high near 74.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.



Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Local News/17th anniversary of 9/11

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, and a number of observations are being held locally throughout the day.

For example, tonight…there will be a service on Ely Square in downtown Elyria.

Check with your town for possible events.


Erie County/Man sentenced to death wants a reprieve

47 year-old Curtis Clinton of Sandusky has motioned the Ohio Supreme Court to postpone his death sentence scheduled for September of 2021.

Clinton was found guilty of killing 23 year-old Heather Jackson, her 3 year-old daughter and infant son; in 2012.

Clinton says he wants the execution date delayed until he’s exhausted all available remedies, including post-conviction appeals.


Ottawa County/Accused child rapist found competent for trial

An accused child rapist from Port Clinton has been found competent to stand trial following a psychological evaluation.

26 year-old Cody Habel is charged with three counts of rape; facing life in prison if convicted.

His trial will begin in late October.


Huron County/Stolen van in Norwalk

Police in Norwalk are searching for a man they believe stole a white Ford van from in front of St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.

Authorities say the suspect is a white male and that a video is posted of him on the police department’s Facebook page.


Erie-Lorain County/Vermilion high-speed chase

A woman was arrested by Vermilion Police late Saturday after allegedly driving faster than 130 miles-per-hour.

Police say they first saw the woman’s vehicle on Liberty Avenue and followed her into Lorain where she stopped her car on West Erie Avenue after reportedly driving through multiple yards.

Criminal charges are pending following a mental evaluation.


Erie County/Woman faces animal cruelty charge

A Sandusky woman has been charged with animal cruelty after two of her dogs were found malnourished.

According to police, a search warrant was executed on West Monroe Street where they found the dogs in cages, belonging to 18 year-old Naleah Khiaosoth.

Custody of the dogs was signed over to the Erie County dog pound.


Huron County/Property value estimates can be viewed online

Huron County property value estimates for 2018 evaluation are now available for review…according to Auditor Roland Tkach.

They can be found on the auditor’s website ( or by giving the auditor’s office a call.


Erie County/Ice cream social with Sandusky first-responders

Tonight in Sandusky, it’s “Sub-Zero with a Hero”.

Toft’s Dairy is hosting the event where you can enjoy ice cream and conversation with Sandusky firefighters and police officers.

It runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.





A slight chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.



Partly sunny, with a high near 75.



Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Huron County/12 years in prison for Collins drug offender

In Huron County, a Collins man is going to back to prison for 12 years after pleading guilty to illegal drug manufacturing.

This is the third jail sentence for 36-year-old Jeremiah Bennett in the last six years…he received an 18-month term in 2014 for heroin possession and also a two-year prison sentence for robbery in 2012.


Huron County/Bellevue man sentenced for abduction

A Bellevue man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for abduction.

21-year-old Austin Bledsoe pled guilty to abduction in exchange for the dropping of rape and sexual battery charges – related to a Huron County Sheriff’s Office investigation last November.


Huron County/OVI checkpoint results

No one was caught driving impaired during Friday night’s OVI Checkpoint in Norwalk.

However, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says two criminal arrests were made for marijuana possession.

According to the patrol, 538 vehicles were checked on U.S. 250 near Lais (Lace) Road.


Huron County/State Route 162 closure

Road construction in Huron County…

ODOT says State Route 162, just west of State Route 61, is closing today for bridge repairs.

Detour signs will be posted.

The road is expected to reopen on October 1st.


Erie County/Relocation of new Sandusky City Hall delayed

Sandusky’s all-new city hall was scheduled to be opened by December 31st…but the re-location has been delayed to the spring.

City Chief Development Officer Matt Lasko says construction crews have run across a number of problems related to dealing with the 100-plus-year-old structures on Columbus Avenue and East Washington Row.

In the meantime, Meigs Street will remain the location for Sandusky City Hall.


Huron County/September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month…and Huron County Public Health is encouraging households, businesses, and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

The health department says to build an emergency kit containing items such as water, a 3-day supply of food, prescription medicine, cell phones and chargers and a weather radio…with a complete list available online at


Erie County/Revenues up at Cedar Fair

Cedar Point’s parent company, Cedar Fair, says they experienced some big time revenue increases during August.

They reported that net revenues were up $17 million compared to the same time frame last year…and that attendance jumped 5 percent.

Money made from out-of-park purchases, including resorts, increased 7 percent.


Erie-Lorain County/Vermilion ‘Duck Dash’ delayed

Officials in Vermilion hope for better weather this coming weekend.

Steady rain this past weekend prompted them to move the annual “Duck Dash” fundraiser on the Vermilion River to next Sunday…





A chance of rain showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 68.



A slight chance of showers.  Cloudy, with a low around 56.



Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.



Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Huron County/Norwalk convicted arsonist going to prison

A Norwalk man has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated arson and drug charges.

It all stems from an incident in April where 33-year-old John Marsillett was found on the roof of his Adams Street home where an air conditioner was on fire.

Marsillett threatened to kill himself as well as first responders before grabbing power lines and falling down into a driveway, where he was arrested.


Huron County/Patrol OVI Checkpoint on US 250 Tonight

OVI checkpoint tonight in Huron County…

Local authorities will be set up on U.S. 250 near Lais (“Lace”) Road from 9:00 to 11:00 pm as officers look to deter and intercept impaired drivers.


Sandusky County/Alleged Mexican gang member arrested

U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested an alleged Mexican gang member who was in the country illegally.

The arrest followed a traffic stop by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Fremont where 29-year-old Marcos Gutierrez-Sanchez was a passenger.

Gutierrez reportedly admitted to criminal gang activity; with records showing that he had been deported twice, in 2008 and 2012.


State News/Opening of marijuana dispensaries delayed

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio, including those in Huron and Sandusky, were supposed to be opened by Saturday…but that will not happen.

The state has delayed the facilities from being fully-operational due to a range of reasons, which include legal disputes to other problems involving government regulations for the new industry.

Huron and Sandusky’s dispensaries are still in the pre-ground breaking phase.

There’s no timetable for the openings.


Erie County/Stolen car chase

Sandusky Police pursued a reported stolen car Thursday morning which took them on a high-speed chase.

Authorities followed the vehicle on East Perkins Avenue where three men eventually jumped out and ran down railroad tracks on Remington Avenue…getting away from law enforcement.


Erie County/Campbell Street intersection in Sandusky to receive more upgrades

More upgrades coming to a busy intersection in Sandusky…

City officials have approved a $170,000 work order to install new signals, traffic signs and the striping of the road where Campbell Street, Columbus Avenue and Scott Street meet near Mama’s Pizza.

The first phase of the improvements to the intersection took place earlier this year…featuring enhancements to the pavement, sidewalks and utilities.

Work should begin soon on Phase 2; and be finished by the middle of 2019.


State News/Car sales info

The numbers are in, and they show, new vehicle sales here in Northern Ohio are running on-par with a year ago.

According to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, the volume-leader for August was Ford.


Lorain County/Movie partly filmed in Grafton opening next week

One week from today, a motion picture…filmed partially at a state prison in Grafton…will hit the silver screen.

“White Boy Rick” is based on the true story of the youngest informant to help the FBI.

The picture stars Matthew McConaughey who came to Grafton for his prison-scenes.


Huron County/Monroeville celebrates 150 years

In Huron County, the village of Monroeville is celebrating their 150th birthday this weekend.

Many sesquicentennial events are planned including a parade Saturday morning, a flea market, vintage women’s baseball and kids’ fun and games featuring ‘Touch-a-Truck’ activities.





A slight chance of showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 75.



Cloudy, with a low around 64.



A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.



Heavy rain expected, with 1 to 2 inches of precipitation possible.

High near 69.