Friday, April 29th, 2016

Don’t forget: Drive-through drop-off dump day is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Shelby Street Public Boat Launch in Sandusky.

Open only to city residents, people can drop off unwanted furniture, tires, appliances, electronics, mattresses and the like. Workers won’t accept TVs, paint or liquids of any kind. Volunteers, including the Sandusky High School basketball team, will help collect the materials.


A nostalgic nautical attraction that had been submerged for two decades should be making ripples in Sandusky Bay in a few weeks.

The beloved Cedar Point ferryboat service returns to Sandusky this summer. Passengers can board a Jet Express boat at the Jackson Street Pier for a 10-minute trip to Cedar Point Marina and vice versa.

All trips from Sandusky to Cedar Point also journey to Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay.


The cost for a one-way trip breaks down with: Anyone 13 or older pays $5, Children between 6 and 12 pays $2.50, and Anyone 5 or younger gets to ride for free. A Sandusky man was arrested this week after he waved a knife at his family, police said.


Don Toennies was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, and two counts each of aggravated menacing and threat of domestic violence after pulling a knife on his mother after she told him to turn the TV down, and then his brother.

He is now being held without bond at the Erie County jail.


A Sandusky woman is behind bars on one count of felonious assault over change for a dollar.

The report stated after Courtney Reyna of Sandusky slammed a woman on the ground and head butted her in the face after being denied change for a dollar, the victim was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where staff determined she had a “nasal fracture,”

Reyna is being held at the Erie County jail on a $20,000 bond.


A state court dismissed a misdemeanor charge against a fremont city councilman accused of inappropriately touching a city employee.

Mike Koebel no longer faces disorderly conduct offense after he allegedly held the recreation superintendent.

Koebel’s attorney believes there to be a financial motive for filing the charge, as the woman involved is married to at the time Fremont interim police chief.


A Sandusky woman allegedly assaulted a corrections officer while being booked into the Erie County jail.

Kutila Mitchell was charged with fifth-degree felony assault after she was uncooperative during booking and began arguing with corrections staff.Reports say Mitchell stood up and lunged at the corrections officer, causing her to be pushed into some drawers and underneath a countertop.

The officer said she injured her knee as a result of the incident.


Thursday, April 28th, 2016

A man who was last seen in 2006 has been named and his sister is asking for the community’s help identify what happened.

Robert Slack was reported missing 2014 and, as of a few months ago, was identified among Kentucky police records as John Doe, a body that had washed up in Beargrass Creek, Louisville that they could not identify.

The family is looking for answers to what happened during that time span.


The Milan-Berlin library district invites children of all ages and the special women in their lives to celebrate mothers day with a tea party on May 7 from 11am-12:30 pm at the Milan Public Library.

Space is limited and registration is required and those

interested can call the library to reserve a spot.


A tragedy in Vermilion happened late last night.

Savanah Haynie was identified as the victim who was struck and killed by a train in an alleged suicide.

First responders were called to the scene around 11:25 pm and shortly after met who they believe to be the victim’s mother. The woman came across a suspected suicide note and told officials that the victim was having “personal issues.”


The Democratic Women of Erie County have announced they are one again offering a $500 college scholarship to Erie county female high school graduates and cuurent college students.

A student must have a 3.0 GPA and if they are old enough, be registered to vote to be eligible, A 250-500 word essay isincluded and the deadline to apply is June 3rd.


The Coast Guard medically evacuated a man off of a dredging

barge in Lake Erie near Sandusky on Wednesday evening.

A good Samaritan called Coast Guard Station Marblehead At about 5:45 p.m. to report two men on a dredging barge who needed help due to injuries. The rescue team launched from the shore in a skiff ice inflatable boat, normally used for ice rescue, and brought the man back to awaiting emergency medical services.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Today is Tax Day, and the clock is ticking.

Forms must be e-filed by midnight tonight. If you’re mailing forms, they must have today’s postmark.


The Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post and the FAA are investigating last Wednesday’s small plane crash in Willard.

Lt. Doug Hamman said a single engine Piper J3 took off in LaGrange, and got caught up in a crosswind while approaching the Willard Airport. The plane skipped off the runway, and went into a ditch. The pilot, from Elyria was unharmed. The plane sustained damage to the front propeller and nose.


He was on the run for months, and now he’s in the Erie County Jail.

28-year-old Mohammad Hamad of Sandusky is one of three men accused of stealing $150,000 worth of jewelry from an elderly woman in 2014. Police and U.S. Marshals found him in Virginia Beach earlier this month. He was brought back to Ohio, and is awaiting trial in Erie County Common Pleas Court. Two accomplices have admitted guilt, and are serving prison sentences of 3 and 5 years.


Tomorrow is Pizza Bake Off Day in Norwalk.

The Rotary Club’s 17th annual Pizza Bake Off begins at 4:30 at Norwalk High School. Tickets are available at the door. Adults are $10, kids 10 and under are only $5 and senior citizens are $8.

Enjoy pizza from seven different vendors to support Rotary’s Caring for Kids Program. Melissa Sharp will be broadcasting live from Norwalk high school starting at 4.


The city of Norwalk’s annual spring trash pickup is underway.

You may place up to three large items or 9 extra bags out for pickup on your regular trash day. One large item equals three bags. Large items are limited to things like mattresses, couches or TVs. Construction or remodeling debris will not be picked up.


Friday, April 8, 2016

1 to 3 inches of snow is expected tonight.


For going above and beyond the call of duty and performing heroic actions in combat, three area veterans will be inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame.

Marine Corporal Timothy Russell of Wakeman, Army Sgt. Bradley Porter of Plymouth and Private First Class Joshua Conley of Tiro will be honored April 29th at the Ohio Statehouse. We’ll have more in news later today.


A Huron man is facing charges, for allegedly soliciting sex from a police officer posing as a 14-year-old boy.

40-year-old David Morris is being held in the Erie County Jail without bond. He’s charged with importuning, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. According to reports, after chatting online, Morris sent a nude photo and arranged for sex with the undercover officer. The two were supposed to meet at a business in Huron. Morris was arrested a short time after showing up. After the arrest, Huron police went to his apartment and seized his computer and phone.


Area authorities are receiving more calls about an IRS scam.

Law enforcement agencies throughout Huron and Erie counties have been told that residents are getting calls from someone posing as an IRS agent, claiming back taxes are owed. In some cases, the caller has threatened legal action or jail. Keep in mind the IRS does not contact taxpayers by phone. If you receive such a call, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency.


 Preparations continue for the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland.


This week, leaders from the RNC hosted about 600 media-members from around the world and gave updates on everything from covering the convention to lodging.


The Republican National Convention will open at Quicken Loans Arena July 18th.


Good news, for VFW Post 2529 in Sandusky.

Officials there have worked out a deal with the IRS. The post owes about $30,000 in back taxes, leading the IRS to threaten foreclosure. Money issues at the post go back to 2008, when more than $200,000 went missing.


The state says Lake Erie fishing should be good in 2016.

Officials with ODNR are optimistic about this year’s perch, walleye, steelhead and white bass catch. Smallmouth bass is fair, but improving.