Monday, March 19th, 2018

Norwalk/Teenager reportedly shoots himself in suicide attempt

A young boy from the Norwalk area reportedly shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt on Sunday.

The Sandusky Register reports that the incident took place on Woodlawn Avenue in Norwalk after a 13 or 14 year-old boy had took someone’s car and was driving erratically.

He reportedly shot himself in an unknown part of his body before police could intervene.

The boy was taken to a Cleveland hospital and was reportedly still alive after the incident.


Norwalk/Milan man seriously hurt in reported stabbing

Authorities are investigating an incident Friday that sent a 22-year-old Milan man to Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center with a serious eye injury.

20-year-old Zachary Boster of Greenwich was arrested and charged with felonious assault in connection with the alleged stabbing of Charles Houghtland at a home on Fifth Street in Norwalk.


Huron County/Jail and Sheriff’s Office upgrades

Upgrades are on the way to the Huron County Jail and Sheriff’s Office.

County commissioners have approved the replacement of a heating/air conditioning handler and improvements of two others at the sheriff’s office, costing around $383,000.

Commissioners have also given their OK to replace all showers in the jail at a price of nearly $95,000.


Sandusky/Second woman arrested in abduction

A second person has been arrested in connection with the abduction and Amber Alert for a 4-year-old Sandusky boy, who was found unharmed and returned to Erie County.

Tamara Montalvo of Florida faces a complicity-related kidnapping charge.

Sandusky resident Jennifer Hemchak has already been charged with kidnapping.

4-year-old D’Quai Hemchak, who was reportedly abducted around 5:00 pm Friday, was found safe by authorities with Hemchak and/or Montalvo near Cincinnati at around 8:30 pm.


Local counties/State unemployment numbers

The latest state unemployment figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show area counties at a higher jobless rate than the state average.

The state unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in January.

Compared to that, Huron County had a jobless rate of 8.6 percent in Ohio; while Erie County was at 7.4 percent and Sandusky County at 5.5 percent.

Lorain County checked in at 6.2 percent.

Huron County ranked as the seventh highest rate in the state.


Bellevue/School board opening

The Bellevue City School board has a vacancy they’re looking to fill.

Dr. Ted Clark, whose term expires at the end of 2019, has resigned.

Those interested can apply to the Bellevue Board of Education Office by March 29th.


Sandusky/Kalahari accident area back open

The area of Kalahari’s water park where five people were injured Monday due to a falling air duct, has re-opened to visitors.

The accident took place in the wave action pool and children’s basketball pool, which re-opened on Friday.

Huron Township building official John Zimmerman told the Sandusky Register that Kalahari staff are working to replace the metal cables holding up the air ducts and are also re-designing the air duct system.


Huron County/Parks and trails to receive improvements

The state’s new capital improvements bill includes funding to improve three Huron County parks and trails.

$150,000 goes to the Willard Reservoir, $100,000 to a trail in Norwalk and $33,000 for a trail project in Monroeville.

The Willard reservoir funding includes road paving and boat ramp improvements.

Part of the money for Norwalk will be used to improve the trail around the city’s reservoir.

Monroeville’s funding will be used at the connector trail to the city’s Clark Park to the North Coast Inland Trail for bathrooms and parking.






Sunny, with a high near 41.

Winds could gust as high as 28 mph this morning.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.  Wind gusts as high as 31 mph.



Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Breezy, with gusts as high as 40 mph.



A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Vermilion/Fatal ambulance crash

Authorities in Vermilion are investigating what triggered yesterday’s crash of a North-Central EMS ambulance on Route 6 in Vermilion.

The ambulance veered off Route 6 near Helen Drive, into a ravine, killing the patient-passenger, 76 year old David McNeil.

The driver of the ambulance was hurt, along with an assistant who was with McNeil in the back of the ambulance.


Erie County/State funding going to BGSU Firelands & FRMC nursing school

BGSU Firelands and Firelands Regional Medical Center’s School of Nursing have received $250,000 in state funding to help care for babies born with an opioid addiction.

The money will go towards building an interactive classroom including a premature baby simulator and software.


State News/Drunk Driving & St. Patrick’s Day

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging those who are planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to designate a sober driver.

According to the patrol, in 2017, there were 39 people injured on St. Patrick’s Day due to alcohol-related crashes.

Troopers have made almost 4,000 OVI arrests in the first two months of 2018.

Compared to the same time period last year, there have been 33% fewer alcohol-related fatalities.


Norwalk/Fisher-Titus lifts age-related visitor restrictions

Age-related visitor restrictions due to flu season have been lifted at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk.

Officials say they’ve seen a decrease in flu activity; and it is now at safe levels.

The hospital still advises those who are ill to not visit patients.


Erie County/Man faces theft charges dealing with cell-phone towers

A Toledo man faces felony theft charges, breaking and entering and disrupting public service in four area counties; including Erie and Ottawa.

37-year-old Scott Laurie is accused of stealing over $3,600 worth of equipment from cell-phone towers while working as a subcontractor for Verizon.

He was first arrested in December.


Port Clinton/Students to march in Chicago holiday parade

Over 100 Port Clinton students will partake in one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country.

Band members will march in Chicago’s annual parade on Saturday afternoon while performing Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September”.

Port Clinton students perform in Chicago every other year, alternating with trips to Disney World.






Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.



Mostly clear, with a low around 22.



Partly sunny, with a high near 40.



Sunny, with a high near 48.

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Berlin Township/Fire destroys home

A Berlin Township family was unharmed in a fire Wednesday evening that claimed their home, all of their belongings and their pet dog.

A fast-burning kitchen grease fire is believed to be the cause of the damage at the house on Ohio 113 that housed Bethany Suarez, her fiancé and two children.


Castalia/Student arrested after alleged gun remark

A Townsend student in the Margaretta School District was arrested earlier this week after he allegedly claimed to have a deadly firearm.

The 17-year-old from Sandusky, who told authorities he didn’t mean anything when he reportedly said he had an AR-15, was taken into custody and sent to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.


Norwalk/Police receive numerous reports of car break-ins

Police in Norwalk received several reports Wednesday morning of vehicle break-ins around town.

Officers say they were able to successfully pursue two offenders on foot from Grove Avenue to a home on Grand Avenue.

There they found a number of stolen items, which they look to return to their rightful owners.


Sandusky/Kalahari accident area remains closed

The area where an accident injured 5 people at Kalahari Resort waterpark on Monday will remain closed indefinitely as officials investigate.

Huron Township chief building official John Zimmerman told the Sandusky Register that after inspection, they found that one of the supports holding a section of ductwork failed, but they’re still not sure why.

The north section of the waterpark has re-opened; the part unaffected by the accident.


Norwalk/Two new police officers hired

Mayor Rob Duncan swore in two new members of the Norwalk Police Department on Wednesday.

Justin Majoy, a 2011 Huron High School graduate, joins the force as a full-time officer.

Kayla Bickley, a Port Clinton High School grad from 2012, is a part-time officer.


New London/New council member needed

New London is looking for a new council member.

Council has accepted the resignation of Neil Winslow, effective April 1st.

Winslow, who is moving, has been in his current seat for nearly 2-and-a-half years.

Those interested in the open seat may apply to the village office by April 6th.






Partly sunny, with a high near 37.



A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 32..



Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Huron County/Sheriff’s deputy not hurt in accident

A Huron County Sheriff’s deputy was not injured after he reportedly flipped his vehicle early Saturday.

According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy Joseph Shoewe was responding to a call of a bar fight at Havana Tavern when the accident took place.

It happened between Hanville Corners and Bauman Road in Greenfield Township.

The state Highway Patrol is investigating.


Norwalk/Meth bust suspect faces separate indictment

A Norwalk man charged with the illegal manufacturing of meth during a drug raid last month has been indicted on a new charge.

34-year-old Brandon Henderson faces a charge of intimidating a witness in a criminal case, related to the drug raid on February 24th.

Henderson is accused by authorities of threatening a potential witness after he posted bond.


Sandusky/Kalahari accident under investigation

The investigation continues into Monday’s accident at Kalahari Resorts’ waterpark that left five people injured when an air duct reportedly fell from the ceiling and into a pool.

Sections of the park reopened Tuesday with state inspectors to check the area before the accident zone reopens.


Danbury Township/Students hosting “solidarity” event today

As students across the country participate today in the National School Walkout in remembrance of last month’s 17 Florida school shooting victims, Danbury High School will also host a unity event.

The event, called “DHS-Solidarity”, invites students, staff, and community members to join together in a reading of the victim’s names as well as the signing of a solidarity banner.

It takes place today at 2:30 pm in the high school gym.


Sandusky/Man receives felony OVI charge

A Sandusky man was charged with felony OVI Tuesday morning after allegedly wrecking his motorcycle.

Police say they found a 33-year-old Michael McClellan, covered in dirt and smelling of alcohol, trying to lift his cycle off the ground on Sycamore Line.

Authorities upgraded the charge to a felony because McClellan had five prior OVI’s.


Sandusky/Erie County “Shores and Islands” location moving

The Erie County Welcome Center of Lake Erie Shores and Islands is on the move.

Board members have voted to relocate from their current spot on Milan Road/U.S. 250 to 125 East Water Street in downtown Sandusky.

Officials say they’re moving due to potential of increased foot traffic, financial details and to be a part of the continued growth of their county seat.






Isolated snow showers this morning.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.



Partly sunny, with a high near 37.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.