Thursday, November 17th, 2016


Father of baby found unsupervised in Sandusky has been charged

The dad of a baby found alone in a Sandusky park on Tuesday has been charged with child endangerment.  The Sandusky Register reports that 26 year-old Jeremy Quillen was found unresponsive in Farwell Park on top of a slide a couple of hours after Sandusky Police received a call from a construction worker who found the nearly one year-old baby crawling around the park. According to Sandusky police lieutenant Scott Dahlgren, Quillen was unresponsive due to drug usage.  Quillen was medically treated and then booked at the Erie County jail; while the child was under temporary custody of children’s services and with a family member; pending a hearing.


Criminal Activity Alert in Willard

Willard Police are reporting that a number of break-ins have been going on recently in the city and rural areas; with some of those break-ins resulting in cars being stolen from unlocked garages.  Willard police urge residents to keep homes and vehicles locked at all times; including connecting doors from garages to residents’ homes.  Police also caution citizens to keep valuables and merchandise out of sight during the upcoming holiday season.  Residents should call police to report suspicious activity.


Child Self-esteem presentation in Willard tonight

An event titled “Helping Children Develop Self-Esteem” is taking place tonight in Willard.  The presentation features a licensed-family therapist speaking on children’s confidence, the importance of positive self-esteem, and mistakes to avoid.  It runs from 7:00 to 8:00 pm tonight at St. Francis Xavier Church; and is free and open to the public.


Car seat safety event happening this Saturday in Norwalk

Huron County Public Health is hosting a child passenger seat safety course this Saturday.  The event will educate caregivers on the proper use of child safety seats, including hands-on demonstrations.  You can register for the event by going to the Huron County Public Health website or their Facebook page.  It takes place from 9:00 am to 12 noon Saturday in Meeting Room A of the Huron County Administration Building in Norwalk.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Sandusky Police report an “unprecedented” level of recent drug overdoses

The Sandusky Police Department has expressed their concern on what Chief John Orzech calls an “unprecedented” level of recent drug overdoses in the city. The Sandusky PD reports they’ve had as many as 20-plus overdoses and four suspected deaths due to overdoses in the past two weeks alone. Police Chief Orzech says he has met with the Erie County Sheriff and will begin combined investigation efforts immediately to combat the epidemic. The phone number for the Sandusky Police Drug Tip Hotline is 419-627-5980 to help save a loved one from drug addiction or report a dealer.


Plymouth man completes “Pursuit of Positivity”

A Plymouth man is back home after completing his “Tireless Pursuit of Positivity”. 39 year-old Bruce Tanner, owner of Levels Gym in Plymouth and Willard, returned home last night after an over 700-mile, 21-day journey that started in Portland, Maine. Tanner did not drive back home though; he relied only on the positivity of people to bring him back home; equipped with just a backpack. Tanner was welcomed back by a crowd a family and friends after receiving three rides back to his hometown on Tuesday from Elyria; ending his trip by walking from Willard; joined by a police escort.


Applications available for Willard Payroll Clerk

The City of Willard is now taking applications for a full time Payroll Clerk in the Finance Department. Applications must be turned in on Tuesday, November 29th by 12:00 noon; which includes a $5.00 fee for testing materials. A written exam will then be given on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00 pm at City Hall.


Holiday Travel numbers from AAA

The Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching, and AAA expects nearly 49-million Americans to travel at least 50 miles from home during that extended weekend. That’s an increase of about 2-percent from a year ago; and the most since 2007.


Fall Festival taking place at South Central Middle School on Saturday

South Central Middle School in Greenwich will play host to a Fall Festival this Saturday. The event includes a craft show and chili cook-off along with over 20 area vendors on-hand. It takes place from 4:00 to 7:00 pm with an admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Greenwich Police Officer saves man’s life

A member of the Greenwich Police Department helped possibly save a man’s life this past weekend. Officer Nick Tenore responded to a call of a self-inflicted gunshot on Saturday at the Greenwich home on Townsend Street of 18 year-old Lukas Stevens, after Stevens had apparently shot himself in the leg and hit an artery, while messing around with a handgun. Greenwich Police Chief Steve Dorsey told the Norwalk Reflector; that Officer Tenore put a tourniquet on Stevens’ leg before paramedics arrived, saying that if Tenore had not acted on the situation, Stevens would’ve died. A Life-Flight helicopter then took Stevens to a Toledo hospital; with his condition unknown at this time. Stevens does face charges though including the discharging of a firearm in village limits.


United Fund in Norwalk receives $100 from Flickinger Insurance

The Norwalk Area United Fund was the recipients yesterday of a $100 check from Flickinger Insurance. Flickinger donated$100 to the organization through ‘likes’ of their Facebook page, with a $1 raised for each Facebook ‘like’ during October.


Information on Willard leaf pick-up and Christmas tree lighting tonight

Leaf pick-up continues this week in Willard; as today and tomorrow through 12:00 noon, leaves will be collected curbside north of the Myrtle Road train tracks and east of Myrtle. The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place tonight in Willard as well; at 6:30 pm, at the downtown gazebo; with the Parade of Lights set for Friday night at 6:30 pm.


BGSU Firelands to Host Women in STEM Conference

BGSU Firelands College in Huron is hosting its annual Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math conference designed for junior high school girls, this Friday. One-hundred local 7th and 8th grade female students will take part in the event, which will engage them in experiments and problem solving in multiple hands-on workshops. Students will also learn more about career opportunities as they interact with professional women in respective fields. It takes place Friday from 8:45 am to 1:50 pm

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Funeral arrangements for Norwalk student

A Funeral Service is planned tomorrow for a 15 year-old Norwalk High School sophomore who passed away Wednesday at Akron Children’s Hospital after a six-week battle with Stevens Johnson Syndrome. The Funeral service for Margaret Noel Swanbeck of Monroeville will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday at the Beulah Beach Center on 6101 West Lake Road in Vermilion. Calling Hours will also take place at 10:00 am before the service.


Bellevue man seriously hurt in likely drug-impaired crash

A Bellevue man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday evening in Huron County. 34 year-old Richard Brooker was driving a pick-up truck on Halfway Road near US 20 in Ridgefield Township when he went off the right side of the road and overturned his vehicle; resulting in Brooker being taken by Life Flight to a Toledo Hospital.  Drug impairment is a suspected factor in the crash; which remains under investigation.


Ohio Winter Weather Awareness Week

Forecasters say this will likely be a colder, snowier winter due to the La Nin᷈a weather pattern. To get ready for the winter, Ohio Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness are promoting this week as ‘Winter Safety Awareness Week’.

To help prepare, the following is recommended: Prepare your home by having your gutters cleaned and by having furnaces and fireplaces checked, prepare a winter disaster kit for your home and vehicle, invest in a public alert/weather radio,update or create a disaster preparedness plan.


State auctioning off surplus items this weekend

Once again, the state of Ohio is getting ready to auction-off surplus items. Saturday in Columbus; you’ll have a chance to bid on everything from a 5-wheel John Deere Gator to video arcade games including Donkey Kong and Ms. Pac-Man. You can contact the Department of Administrative Services for a complete list.