Tuesday, January 10th, 2016

Huron County Commissioners name VP and President for 2017

Joe Hintz has been named the President to the Board of Huron County Commissioners for 2017; with Terry Boose to serve as vice-president. Those decisions coming Monday during a Huron County Commissioners’ organizational meeting. The three county commissioners, also including Skip Wilde, passed resolutions involving public participation and personnel matters during meetings; as well as setting regular meeting times of every Tuesday and the first and third Thursdays of each month in Norwalk.


Weekend house fire in Bellevue causes $60,000 in damage

A weekend fire in Bellevue has left five people without a home for the time being. The fire took place on Ohio 269 South late Saturday night; beginning in an electrical outlet, according to early reports. The Norwalk Reflector says that the five residents of the home, including three children, were able to make it out safely; with the American Red Cross to assist them with living arrangements while the home is being mended. Close to $60,000 in combined content loss and structural damage was done to the home.


State Highway Patrol looking for new recruits

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will soon be taking applications for trooper positions. Applications will be accepted starting February 1st with the applicants fitting these requirements: you must be 20 to 34 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, be a U.S. citizen and Ohio resident, and have a driver’s license with less than five points on your record. 100 applicants will be selected for training this fall in Columbus. More information can be found online at:


Norwalk United Fund with reminder on Tool Time fundraiser

The Norwalk Area United Fund has put out a ‘Save the Date’ reminder for their “Tool Time” fundraiser. ‘Tool Time with the United Fund’ will take place Saturday, April 29th at the Huron County Fairgrounds Pickworth Building.It will feature raffles, tools, food and more.


New trucks and SUV sales are booming in Ohio

Sales of new trucks and SUV’s continue to surge across northern Ohio. The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association reports, December sales were up nearly 13-percent from a year ago; a sales trend seen across 2016.Overall, sales of SUV’s and trucks were up nearly 8-percent, while sales of cars were down nearly 8-percent. For the year, Ford was your volume-leader.



-Winter Weather Advisory until 11:00 am today.

-Wind Advisory from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm tonight.



Rain, snow, and freezing rain early this morning, then rain and sleet in the late morning, then all rain in the afternoon. High near 44. Windy, with gusts as high as 55 mph.


Rain likely, possibly mixing with snow after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 34. Windy.


A chance of rain in the late afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.


Showers. High near 54. Breezy.

Monday, January 9th, 2016

Willard man arrested for Breaking and Entering

A young man from Willard was caught breaking and entering into a Huron County home overnight. 19 year-old Nicholas Hamman was found breaking into the garage and car of a Richmond Township residence; and was then held at gun-point by a resident of the home until law enforcement arrived. The subject was arrested for Breaking and Entering and was taken to the Huron County Jail.


Huron County Public Health has Radon test kits available

Free Radon test kits are now available by visiting the Huron County Public Health website. If you’re a homeowner, just visit, and click on the link on the right side of the page. This is “Radon Action Month”; with the EPA ranking Huron County as a ‘Zone 1 County’; meaning it has the highest potential for elevated levels of indoor Radon. The EPA defines Radon as “a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer”. It’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and unless you test for it, you may never know your level of risk.


Grate is competent to stand trial in Ashland

The man accused of murdering two women in Ashland has been found competent to stand trial. 40 year-old Shawn Grate has plead not guilty by reason of insanity to 23 counts involving the murders of 43 year-old Stacey Stanley (Hicks) of Greenwich and 29 year-old Elizabeth Griffith from Ashland. Those women, according to autopsies last week, were found to be strangled. Grate has a November 6th trial date; and faces the death penalty if found guilty.


Part of I-90 to be dedicated to fallen Highway Patrol Trooper

An area of Interstate 90 in Lakewood will be dedicated in honor of Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez, of Lorain, who was killed in the line of duty back in September. Velez was struck and killed by a car on I-90 on September 15th during a traffic stop. 37 year-old Joshua Gaspar of Columbia Station, has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in his death. Governor John Kasich announced the dedication Friday afternoon, giving thanks to Velez’s cousin, state Representative Dan Ramos, for his leadership with the dedication.





Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as -2.


Snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely. Cloudy, with a low around 26. Windy.


Snow, freezing rain, and sleet changing to all rain by late morning. High near 43. Windy.


A slight chance of afternoon showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46

Friday, January 6th, 2016

Huron County man accidentally shoots and kills friend

A fatal shooting in Huron County’s Fitchville Township is being investigated. According to the Norwalk Reflector, 53 year-old Trent McCullough had originally called authorities to report that his friend, 49 year-old George Ely of Scranton Road, had suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen; which turned out to be fatal. After talking to law enforcement, McCullough admitted that he had accidentally shot his friend. The Huron County Sheriff’s Office also discovered a marijuana grow operation at the home. McCullough has been charged with reckless homicide; and could face three years in jail.


Greenwich woman killed by strangulation in Ashland murders

Autopsies released Wednesday show that two of five women allegedly killed by Shawn Grate in Ashland in September were strangled. Cleveland’s News 5 says that Stacey Hicks (Stanley) of Greenwich and Elizabeth Griffith were both found with clothing wrapped around their necks. Grate was indicted on 23 counts, including murder in those deaths. He’s also been linked to the deaths of three other women; but has not yet been charged. Grate has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He’s slated to appear in an Ashland County court today.


Second inmate in around a week dies from suicide at Erie County Jail

A second Erie County Jail inmate in just over a week has died from hanging himself. 27 year-old Richard Maclean of Vermilion had been in intensive care after he was found Monday morning by a corrections officer. The Sandusky Register reports that Maclean then died on Thursday. A 32 year-old Maryland man also died a week ago Wednesday at the Erie County Jail from an apparent suicide.


Norwalk High School names 2017 Hall of Fame class

The Norwalk High School Hall of Fame has announced this year’s class of inductees. They include: Robert Factor (Class of ’62 Academic), Peggy Corrigan (Distinguished Citizen), Jim Bersche (Coach), Tina Linder Davidson (Class of ’87 Volleyball), and T.J. Horner Thomas (Class of ’88 Volleyball). This years’ hall of fame ceremony will be held Saturday, January 28th before the Norwalk boy’s basketball game that evening.


Model train event taking place in Fremont this weekend

Another round of fun activities is set to happen here in the Lake Erie region. One of those events is a model train clinic and display taking place Saturday in Fremont at the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum. The Full Moon Night Hike is also happening Wednesday at East Sandusky Bay Metro Park in Huron. A complete schedule of events is online at




Mostly sunny, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -11.


Partly cloudy, with a low around 2. Wind chill values as low as -10.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as -10.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 18.

Perkins graduate arrested after threats made to his former school

The suspect accused of making threats towards Perkins Schools has been arrested. Former Perkins Township resident, Shane Andrews, now of Ashland, has been charged with aggravated menacing, after a verbal threat mentioning Perkins Schools was made by Andrews last weekend. All schools in the Perkins district received increased security Wednesday morning while Andrews was being tracked down. Andrews was transported to the Erie County Jail; where he awaits a date with Sandusky Municipal Court.


Construction projects approved by Norwalk City Council

Norwalk City Council this week endorsed city officials to create contracts for seven construction projects. Those include this summer’s Milan Avenue (US 250) improvement project, which is slated to cost $2.5 million. Public Works Director Josh Snyder told the Norwalk Reflector the city has received 80 percent of the roadway portion costs of the Milan Avenue project from a grant through ODOT. Other construction projects include street resurfacing, sidewalk replacement, and sewer lining.


Macy’s closing in Sandusky at year’s end

The Macy’s store at the Sandusky Mall will be closing at the end of this year. The company announced that the Sandusky location is one of 68 Macy’s closing nationwide as the company re-structures. The 133,000 square foot Macy’s in Sandusky currently employs 61 associates.

Patrol releases traffic fatality statistics for New Year’s and Christmas

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released traffic fatality data from the New Year’s and Christmas reporting periods. Four people were killed on Ohio’s roadways during the New Year’s Holiday period, in what the patrol says is a significant decrease from the 2016 New Year’s reporting period, when 11 individuals died in traffic crashes.


During this year’s Christmas reporting period, 10 crashes resulted in 13 fatalities.

The Highway Patrol arrested a combined 680 motorists for impaired driving during the two holiday reporting periods.




A chance of snow, cloudy, with a high near 20.


A chance of snow showers, mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Wind chill values as low as -1.


Partly sunny, with a high near 18. Wind chill values as low as -2.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 20.