News

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Perkins K9 Uganda passes away

Perkins Township Police Department K9, ‘Uganda’, has died. The police dog passed away late Saturday night after a blot clot following surgery due to an injury during a training exercise last week.Uganda had been working for the Perkins Police since 2011; assisting with the apprehension of criminals, making drug seizures, and locating missing people.

 

Sandusky’s Maui Sands hotel to be featured on Travel Channel program

The Travel Channel is bringing its’ ‘Hotel Impossible’ reality show to Maui Sands Resort in Sandusky.  The one-hour weekly show, according to their website, features a hotel that’s having problems, with those problems then identified and renovations made to the hotel; in hopes of a transformation.  Hotel co-owner Kirit Parmar told the Sandusky Register that after previous struggles with marketing, the show will give them the marketing they need. The air date of the program has not yet been announced.

 

City of Norwalk to use new “RITA” tax agency for filing and payments

The City of Norwalk will start using the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) for collection and filing of its income taxes starting in 2017. The RITA agency, including a wide variety of online payment options; is located at www.ritaohio.com. Norwalk asks residents at this time though to continue to file and send payments with the City of Norwalk; as additional information will be announced before January 1st.

 

Firefighter’s Chili Cookoff winners

The 16th Annual Firefighter’s Chili Cookoff took place Saturday at Sandusky’s Lyman Harbor. The Wellington Fire Department were the overall winners; narrowly defeating the firefighters from Danbury, with the Florence Township Fire Department finishing third. Florence Township firefighters also took home the “People’s Choice” award.


Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Man arrested for assaulting Norwalk police officer

A Norwalk man is facing a felony charge of assaulting a Norwalk police officer. 24 year-old Steven Burrows of West Seminary Street was also arrested for theft after shoplifting and leaving on foot from Austin’s Westside Gas Store; where he later was also charged with resisting arrest and then assaulting an officer during the process. Burrows was also issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Erie County Sheriff’s Office receive funds for holiday enforcement patrols

The Sheriff’s Office in Erie County has received a grant of just over $37,000 in federal traffic safety funding. The grant will be used to conduct overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols in area with a high amount of serious traffic crashes; including US 250, and State Routes 2, 4, 60, and 61. During this month of December, officers will utilize the funds for enforcement over the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays. Last month, 103 traffic stops were made by using the funds.

 

Norwalk man charged with Heroin trafficking

A Norwalk man is facing charges of Heroin trafficking after a traffic stop that led to the discovery of the drug on him. Jason Taylor was pulled over for running a stop sign just after 1:00 pm Wednesday. He and passenger Brennan Doyle had just left a convenience store parking lot that is known by police for drug trafficking.

 

 

Willard Police/Fire Department food drive going on Saturday

The Willard Fire and Police Departments are hosting a “Fill a Fire Truck” Holiday Food Drive this Saturday and next Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Non-perishable food items can be brought to a drive-thru bay in the back of the fire station, where items will be unloaded for you.  The food drive benefits the Willard Area Food Bank.

 

What to do this weekend with Lake Erie Shores and Islands

Holiday events are in full swing here in the Lake Erie region. One of those events this weekend is the ‘Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes’, going on in Sandusky on Sunday and Monday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Tickets are available for the event at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands location on US 250 in Sandusky.  More info on this event and everything else going on in the area is online at www.shoresandislands.com.


Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Missing Morrow County girl possibly in Willard

The Willard Police Department is seeking information on a 15 year-old missing or runaway girl from Morrow County that might be in Willard. Taylor Rucker was last seen on November 16th, and is possibly staying with 18 year-old Johnny Newsome; after reportedly being dropped off at 124 Dale Avenue in Willard. Please call the Willard Police Department or Morrow County Sheriff’s Office in Mt. Gilead with any information on Rucker’s whereabouts. Rucker’s photo can be viewed on the Willard Police Department’s Facebook page.

 

 

Ohio first in the nation in Opioid drug overdose deaths

In an alarming but not surprising statistic, Ohio ranks first in total Opioid drug overdose deaths in the United States, with a total of 2,106, meaning 11% of U.S. overdose deaths took place in Ohio. California ranked second with New York third. These numbers coming from a 2014 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation study, as they analyzed statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – National Center for Health Statistics. Ohio also led the nation with 1,208 overdose deaths due to Heroin. Ohio is third in the nation (618) in oxycodone/hydrocodone overdoses behind California (1,047) and Florida.

 

Reminder to purchase Dog Licenses

The Erie County Dog Warden is reminding residents that your 2017 dog license must be purchased now through January 31st, 2017.  All dogs three months and older must have a license; which costs $20.00 per tag and $10 for kennel license.  Licenses can be purchased throughout the area, including vet hospitals and Civista banks.  After the deadline, the fee doubles and you could be cited for being in violation of the law.

 

Norwalk Area United Fund near 50% of Campaign Goal

The Norwalk Area United Fund is closing in on the half-way point of their 2017 Campaign Goal. The organization reports they are 46% towards their goal of raising $360,000 for 37 grants and local programs.  If you wish to donate, visit their website at www.norwalkunitedfund.org.

 

Latest on NEXUS natural gas pipeline…

Construction of a pipeline across much of northern Ohio is another step closer. The feds have signed off on an environmental impact statement for the NEXUS natural gas pipeline. The recommendation now goes to the Energy Regulatory Commission for approval. Some residents argued “NIMBY” meaning “not in my backyard”, saying the pipeline should be moved farther south into less-populated areas. As it stands now, the pipeline will cut across Erie, Sandusky, Lorain, and Medina Counties.


Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Eight arrested in Sandusky drug crackdown

On Tuesday, eight people were arrested in Sandusky on drug charges in a multi-agency crackdown. Police Chief John Orzech told the Sandusky Register that two individuals were nabbed on federal indictments and six on state charges, with help from officers from the Sandusky Police Department, Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the Toledo Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Agency.  Charges include heroin distribution and possession, cocaine possession, and drug trafficking.  Orzech said the crackdown does not come as a direct effect of the rising number of overdoses; as those numbers seem to have decreased somewhat in the past week, compared to earlier in the month.

 

Crisis Text Line available in Huron County

The Huron County Board of Mental Health & Addiction Services has joined forces with the state to promote the 24/7 Crisis Text Line in Huron County. Anyone, regardless of age, whose dealing with a stressful situation can text “4hope” to 741741 to receive help. The message will be kept confidential and anonymous, and data usage is free.

 

Fewer fatal crashes over Thanksgiving weekend

Numbers released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol show fewer motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving Holiday than in recent years. Seven people lost their lives in a fatal crash during the five day reporting period, from last Wednesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 27th. It’s a decrease from the past three years with 9 deaths in 2015, 23 deaths in 2014, and 17 lives were lost in 2013.  The Patrol arrested 460 drivers for OVI, 454 for aggressive driving and 1,320 for not wearing safety belts.

 

Pizza restaurants holding charity events today

If you’re in the mood for pizza, today’s a good day to have a slice. Marco’s Pizza in Norwalk will donate a percentage of their revenue today to the Norwalk Area United Fund, by mentioning the organization’s name, as part of the fund’s “Dine-Out” fundraiser. You can also help out the Willard D.A.R.E. program by participating in the “All You Can Eat Pizza Palooza” tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Willard Depot.

 

Traffic lights out in Sandusky at Jackson and Market Streets

The four-way stop lights are out now through Thursday at the intersection of Jackson and Market Streets in Sandusky, due to electrical work. Temporary four-way stop signs have been placed. Street lights are also not working on Jackson Street from Market Street to Water Street and on the north side of Water Street from Jackson Street to Columbus Avenue, according to information from the Sandusky Register