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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Two trials awaiting alleged serial rapist

Alleged serial rapist McClain Durst faces two upcoming jury trials.

The first being in October in Huron County in connection with an alleged sex crime with a minor this past July in West Clarksfield.

The other will take place in November in Sandusky County for an accused rape in Bellevue in 2015.

Durst was previously found guilty of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in 2010, in which he served three years in jail for.

 

Patrol reports Labor Day enforcement efforts

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it made more impaired driving, drug and seat belt arrests this Labor Day compared to 2016.

24 people lost their lives over the holiday weekend in 22 crashes; with alcohol a contributing factor in at least four fatalities.

Overall, troopers arrested 845 drivers for OVI and issued 6,171 safety belt citations; with 536 drug arrests and 150 felony apprehensions made.

Tkach to complete Beck’s term on Norwalk City Council

Dwight Tkach has been chosen to complete the term of at-large Norwalk City Councilman Kelly Beck, who resigned last month.

Tkach, a former five-term council member himself with Norwalk from 2002 to 2012, will serve beginning next week and continue through the end of the year.

Beck resigned due to moving from Norwalk to Collins with his family.

Mayor of Put-in-Bay convicted of driving without a license

Put-in-Bay Mayor Bernard “Mac” McCann has been convicted of driving without a license.

McCann was ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs; but could serve jail time for future offenses.

The mayor pled no contest to two lesser charges in exchange for having remaining charges dropped in relation to five citations he received for driving without a license from November 2016 to January of this year.

 

New security measures at Margaretta Schools

Margaretta Schools have put in place new safety and security features at the high school and middle school.

All exterior doors will be locked by 8:00 am with visitors now entering between the High School and Townsend School.

Visitors will be required to sign in with a secretary behind a glass window; where they will then be buzzed in.

New security cameras have also been installed.

 

Mural planned to celebrate Sandusky’s bicentennial

Work will begin shortly on a mural to celebrate Sandusky’s 2018 bicentennial.

A professional company has been hired to create a mural on the rear brick façade of the State Theatre that overlooks Jackson Street.

It will feature the city’s waterfront, architecture and history.

The mural should be complete by no later than September 27th.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 9/7

 

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 65.

 

Tonight

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.

Cloudy, with a low around 50.

 

Friday

A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.


Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Border patrol makes arrests near Port Clinton

 The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s Sandusky Bay Station in Port Clinton is reporting two recent arrests of international gang members.

One member, an El Salvadorian male, was arrested during a traffic stop late last month. He was in trouble in his home country for possessing firearms.

The other member was taken in earlier this month east of the Sandusky Bay station.  The male, who admitted to being in the U.S. illegally, has a felony conviction for making terroristic threats.

 

Maple City Ice drivers on strike

Today marks day number six of the strike by eight drivers at Maple City Ice in Norwalk.

The strike reportedly deals with the employee’s displeasure over the company’s pension fund.

Maple City Ice has close to 100 employees with locations also in Elyria and Mansfield.

 

Sandusky man faces OVI charge after crash

A 20 year-old Sandusky man faces OVI-related charges after crashing his car into part of a home on Monday morning.

Authorities found the vehicle of Kaymani Banks stuck in the foundation of a house in the 8400 block of Milan Road in Huron Township.

 

Collection event for Hurricane Harvey victims to continue

One truck filled with supplies has already been sent to Texas from Norwalk in hopes of filling another truck this week.

Items will again be collected for Hurricane Harvey victims today through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm in the St. Paul parking lot.

Organizers are looking for items such as non-perishable food, water, cleaning supplies and diapers.

 

Huron County ‘Reach Our Youth’ executive director retires

Huron County ‘Reach Our Youth’ (R-O-Y) Executive Director Kathy Noftz retired last week after 34 years in the Huron County Juvenile Court system.

Sarah Simmons, a former R-O-Y mentor, takes over as new director, after working with the Norwalk Area United Fund for close to five years.

The R-O-Y program provides volunteer mentors for youth ages 6 to 18.

 

Osborn MetroPark hosting “Take a Hike” event this Sunday

Osborn MetroPark in Huron is hosting their annual “Go Take a Hike” program this Sunday.

The free event running from 3:00 to 5:00 pm includes picturesque hikes, music, food and many children’s activities.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 9/6

 Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Tonight

A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Friday

A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Former EMA Director Bill Ommert passes away, 9-1-1 Coordinator position coming for Huron County

Huron County Commissioners have four interviews planned for a permanent EMA Director.

Long-time EMA Director Bill Ommert, who was serving as Interim Director, passed away Thursday at the age of 77 to cancer.

Former director Jason Roblin resigned in July.

The county is also looking to hire for their new full-time position of 9-1-1 Coordinator.

 

State Patrol investigating injury hit-skip crash in New Haven

The Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post is investigating a hit-skip crash involving a motorcycle that took place early Monday evening in New Haven.

According to the Patrol, a motorcycle driven by 54 year-old Tamera Cook of Norwalk was hit by a car on Ohio 103 that failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of Ohio 598.

Cook was treated for injuries at Mercy Health Willard Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle reportedly fled the scene north on Peru-Center Road in a four-door gold/beige car.

 

New Norwalk finance director sworn in

There’s a new finance director in Norwalk.

Michelle Reeder has been sworn in; with her first day last Friday.

The 1996 St. Paul graduate replaces Diane Eschen, who has retired following 45 years with the city.

Reeder had been assistant finance director with Norwalk since 2011.

 

Two trials in Ottawa County scheduled to get underway today

Two notable Ottawa County court cases are set to begin today.

32 year-old Bradley Corbin was indicted last year on arson charges for allegedly starting a fire at the restaurant he owned, Sloopy’s Sports Café, which burned down.

In another trial, 81 year-old Put-in-Bay Mayor Bernard “Mac” McCann goes to court this week for allegedly driving without a license.

Between November of 2016 and January of this year, McCann reportedly received five citations dealing with unlawfully operating a vehicle.

 

Road closure in Willard/New Haven

U.S. 224 at the railroad tracks between Willard and New Haven will be closed for the next two weeks.

The closure is due to drainage improvements.

 

‘Project DAWN’ event next Tuesday in Willard

Huron County Public Health is hosting a “Project DAWN” drug-overdose antidote event next Tuesday in Willard.

Narcan (naloxone) kits will be distributed at the Willard library from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The event also includes educational information.

To register, visit www.huroncohealth.com.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 9/5

Today

A chance of showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.


Friday, September 1st, 2017

Patrol focused on impaired drivers this Labor Day weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force this Labor Day Weekend with a focus on removing impaired drivers from the road.

The patrol says there were 15 fatal crash deaths during last year’s holiday weekend with four of those being OVI-related.

Overall, 749 OVI arrests were made during Labor Day weekend 2016.

 

Details released in Huron County Jail inmate altercation investigation

An Erie County Prosecutor has released information from his investigation of an inmate altercation in July, in which a Huron County Deputy Sheriff later resigned.

No charges were filed against former Deputy Roberto Lombardo in the incident that left an inmate injured.

According to the Prosecutor’s report, Lombardo helped break up a fight between two inmates and later grabbed an inmate by the neck and forced him against the wall after possibly being threatened.

The report says, that Lombardo’s actions may have been questionable and against department policy, but there was insufficient basis to institute a criminal action.

 

New London woman pleads guilty to burglary

A 42 year-old New London woman has pled guilty to burglary from her next-door neighbor.

After reportedly having money stolen, the neighbor of Kimberly Messersmith installed a hidden camera that showed footage of her inside his home two days later.

She’ll be sentenced in October.

 

No criminal charges in Ohio State Fair accident

No criminal charges will be filed in the July fatal ride accident at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

A Franklin County Prosecutor said there was not enough evidence to proceed with a criminal case.

An 18 year-old Columbus man was killed and seven others were hurt when the Fireball ride broke apart on July 26th.

 

‘Patriot Tour’ to roll through Sandusky on Saturday

The eighth annual Patriot Tour will make a stop in Sandusky on this weekend.

The 100-day, 14,000-mile journey features motorcycle riders carrying one American flag throughout the country to raise money for wounded veterans and their families.

The tour will arrive at Mad River Harley-Davidson on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

 

Lakefront improvements could be coming to Port Clinton

A $5.6 million lakefront enhancement project could be on its way to Port Clinton.

The first phase of the project has been approved; which includes a steel break wall along the Jefferson Street Pier that will be constructed in July of 2018.

Funding has yet to be confirmed on future phases; with an eventual goal of an improved pavilion, 50 boat slips, a new parking lot and a waterside walking trail.

 

Labor Day weekend festivals taking place in the area

The 59th annual Melon Festival gets underway Saturday in Milan’s village square.

The 3-day festival includes the queen’s contest on Saturday, grand parade on Sunday and the ‘Sport-a-Thon’ on Monday.

New London will also play host to a Labor Day Festival this weekend.

The festival in New London runs today through Monday at Recreation Park.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 9/1

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers, mainly after midnight.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

 

Saturday

Showers likely early. Cloudy, with a high near 70.

 

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

 

Monday – Labor Day

Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.