News

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Flu on the rise in Huron County

Flu activity is on the increase in Huron County as well as across the state. Huron County Public Health says the state’s Influenza Activity Summary has been above the seasonal norm for the last several weeks. They suggest you wash your hands often and get a flu vaccine to stay healthy. To schedule a flu shot, call the health department or visit www.HuronCoHealth.com for more information.

 

One-vehicle accident leaves two injured on Ohio 99

A one-car crash in Huron County sent two people to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. It happened when a driver went off the side of the road on Route 99 near Monroeville while trying to miss an animal. A utility pole was snapped in half during the accident; according to the Norwalk Reflector.

 

No more citations for trains blocking the road in Bellevue

The Bellevue Police Department has announced they will no longer issue citations for trains blocking roadways. Bellevue Police say that railroad companies are governed by federal law; and that city and state ordinances are preempted by federal law.

Callers will be told to direct their complaints to their Congressional representative.

 

Norwalk Area United Fund ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser in Wakeman today

The Wednesday ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser from the Norwalk Area United Fund is in Wakeman today. Part of today’s proceeds at the Wakeman Elevator on Hyde Street will support the Norwalk Area United Fund’s nearly 40 local grants and programs.

 

Perkins School Board to discuss budget cuts tonight

The school board at Perkins will meet tonight with the approval of $1 million in budget cuts on the agenda. Recently, the district had announced it will slash 35 personnel positions in an effort to reduce costs. The school has already reduced building open hours and eliminated various assistant coaching positions. The meeting is at 6:00 pm tonight in the high school cafeteria.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 2/15

Today-A slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon, mostly cloudy, with a high near 34

Tonight-A slight chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a low around 22

Thursday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33

Friday-Partly sunny, with a high near 44


Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Governor Kasich to hold ‘State of the State’ address in Sandusky

Governor John Kasich is bringing his ‘State of the State’ address to Sandusky. Kasich sent a letter to the General Assembly requesting a joint session in Sandusky for April 4th at 7:00 pm, at the Sandusky State Theatre. The governor said that holding the address in Sandusky is a perfect opportunity to show off the state’s crown jewel of Lake Erie. This is the sixth year in a row that the ‘State of the State’ will be held outside of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

 

Margaretta girls’ basketball coach suspended

Long time girls’ basketball coach at Margaretta, Tim Tucker, was suspended last week after allegedly making rude comments to team members; according to a letter from the district’s athletic director. The Sandusky Register reports that the letter, dated February 10th, said Tucker would be put on administrative leave pending an investigation. Tucker’s supporters said they will gather at the Village Pizza House before the Margaretta girls game at Port Clinton on Thursday. Tucker is in his 36th season at Margaretta; and is the area’s winningest coach in girls and boys basketball.

 

Deadline for Norwalk Bicentennial Pub Crawl approaching

Those looking to participate in the Maple City Ice Norwalk Bicentennial Pub Crawl need to register by Wednesday at the Huron County Chamber of Commerce in Norwalk. Bicentennial Committee member Chris Castle said the best advice for those yet to sign up is to put together a strong, knowledgeable team. The event, for ages 21 and up, takes place Saturday, February 25th from 2:30 to 7:00 pm and includes teams competing in a trivia competition based on Norwalk history; while visiting 7 Norwalk bars. The winning team takes home four-$50 chamber gift certificates.

 

Edison wins Team State Wrestling Championship

First it was the girls golf team in the fall. Now this winter, another state championship for Edison High School, as the Chargers took home the Division 3 Wrestling Dual Team state title on Sunday. Head Coach David Hermes told WLKR News that the feeling of winning the title was unbelievable…and for his kids to go out there and accomplish what they did really shows what they teach as a program: to fight for every single point and to not give anything to anybody. Edison defeated Mechanicsburg and Massillon Tuslaw to win the championship in Columbus.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 2/14

Today-Mostly sunny, with a high near 49, breezy

Tonight-A chance of rain and snow showers, mostly cloudy, with a low around 29

Wednesday-A slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon, cloudy, a high near 34

Thursday-A slight chance of morning snow showers, partly sunny, a high near 32


Monday, February 13th, 2017

Two perish in Sunday crash in Lorain County; including New London man

Drug and phone use by a New London driver are suspected factors in a Sunday afternoon crash in Lorain County that killed two men. 21 year-old Cody Wallace of New London was killed when he drove left of center on State Route 58 in Wellington Township and struck another vehicle head-on; also killing its’ driver, a 64 year-old man from Sheffield Township.

 

New London man indicted for reckless homicide

53 year-old Trent McCullough of New London has been charged with reckless homicide along with cultivating marijuana. He was arrested in early January after accidentally shooting and killing George Ely; a friend of his. McCullough first said that Ely shot himself; before changing his story; then telling authorities that he didn’t mean to shoot Ely. A marijuana operation was found during the investigation.

 

Willard man facing numerous theft charges

A young man from Willard faces multiple charges in connection with various thefts in the last half year. 20 year-old Nicholas Hamman has been charged with burglary from an October 2016 incident, breaking and entering during early January, and receiving stolen property from a vehicle theft along with drug possession in late January.

 

Huron County health survey coming soon

 Over the next several weeks, more than 3,000 Huron County residents will be randomly selected to participate in the Huron County Health Partners survey. The anonymous survey asks questions about general health, risk and protective health factors, and access to health care. These answers will create a snapshot of the health of Huron County residents. The results will guide many public and private agencies in their program planning over the next several years by identifying key health problems.

 

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year comes from Elyria post

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Juan “Ray” Santiago of the Elyria Post has been selected as Trooper of the Year. Santiago is active in the non-profit organization, “Operation Open Heart”, which supports and mentors boys receiving services through Lorain County Children Services.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 2/13

 Today-Mostly sunny, windy, with a high near 37.

Tonight-Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Tuesday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

Wednesday-A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.


Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Milan Fiscal Officer to remain on paid leave

Milan council fiscal officer Mary Bruno will remain on paid administrative leave; pending an ongoing investigation involving possible financial irregularities. This was decided last night in a special session; according to the Norwalk Reflector.In the meantime, the City of Sandusky is taking care of the village’s financial services along with Milan utility clerk Julie Stelzer. Bruno has been on paid leave since January 30th.

 

Reverse raffle being held Saturday for fallen Sandusky police officer scholarship fund

A reverse raffle fundraiser takes place this Saturday evening to benefit the scholarship fund of fallen Sandusky Police Officer Andy Dunn, who was shot and killed on the job in March of 2011. The event will be held at the Sandusky American Legion Post 83 on Hayes Avenue with doors opening at 5:00 pm, spaghetti dinner at 5:30 pm, and reverse raffle at 6:00 pm.

 

Norwalk mayor Rob Duncan gives ‘State of the City’ address

Norwalk mayor Rob Duncan said the city’s “best days are ahead” as he shared the ‘State of the City’ address to council. The Norwalk Reflector reports that Duncan was very proud of the city’s accomplishments last year including the approving a new fire station, the Pleasant Street lift station project, and the donation of two police dogs and cruisers. Duncan also explained that Norwalk does face challenges too; including the drug epidemic, declining revenue and the loss of good paying jobs.

 

Huron County Humane Society hosting generator fundraiser

The Huron County Humane Society is selling its’ slightly used portable generator; after receiving a new system. The proceeds will go to their “Simon Fund” for intensive veterinary care for adoptable animals. More details on their Facebook page. The deadline to bid is tomorrow.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 2/9

*Erie and Huron Counties: Level One Snow Emergency

Today -A chance of snow showers this morning, mostly cloudy, blustery, with a high near 26

Tonight -Partly cloudy, with a low around 14

Friday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38

Saturday-A chance of showers in the afternoon, mostly cloudy, with a high near 51