Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Sandusky Apartment Fire displaces 16 Families

A fire late Sunday night into Monday morning at an apartment complex in Sandusky has displaced 16 families.  The apartments at 1817 East Shoreway Drive are likely a total loss after upper sections of the building were heavily damaged in the blaze. Fire crews were on scene until around 7:00 am Monday morning. The official cause of the fire has not yet been determined.


Bellevue Community Days Festival begins Thursday

The 14th annual Bellevue Community Days Festival is this Thursday through Saturday.  Highlights of the event include midway rides, food-eating contests, and live music, along with a 5K run and fireworks on Friday night; and a classic car show and parade on Saturday morning. The free “Marvelous Mutts” dog show, will also take place all three days of the festival. Festival badges are also available to purchase, which give discounts to area businesses, entries into cash and prize raffles, and free entry into festival eating contests.


Patrol planning OVI Checkpoint this week

The Ohio State Highway Patrol in Sandusky has announced that troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint later this week to discourage and intercept impaired drivers. The county where the checkpoint will take place will be announced the day prior to the checkpoint, and the location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.  The patrol says if you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink.


Monroeville looking to hire part-time Police Officer

The Monroeville Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of part-time police officer. Those who are interested must be a certified police officer or in the process of doing so. Applicants who are selected for employment must pass a background check and drug screening test.  For applications, visit the police department’s web site, at or stop by the Monroeville Police Department.


 Huron County Public Health announces St. Paul student as Anti-Tobacco Billboard Contest Winner

Emily Centa, a soon to be senior at St. Paul High School, has been announced as this year’s winner of the Huron County Public Health Anti-Tobacco Billboard Contest.   Centa’s artwork in the tobacco-free billboard design contest included the message “Don’t let an addiction dominate you.”  Her design will be displayed on a billboard on US 250 in Norwalk near Hartland Plaza throughout June.  She also received a Cedar Point Platinum Season Pass for winning the contest.


Erie County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain receives Award

Chaplain John Adams of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office has received the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation’s Ohio Civilian Award. Adams also serves as the Chaplain of police departments in Sandusky, Perkins Township, and Huron.  Chief Ken Klamar of the Perkins Township Police Department coordinated Adams’ nomination.

Monday, June 20th, 2016

 Fatal Shooting Saturday Night in Sandusky


A Sandusky woman was placed in a medical coma after being shot in the head early Saturday evening, by a man who then killed himself.  The Sandusky Register, which calls the incident an “apparent stalking situation”, reports that 28 year-old DeAnna Wallace was alert after being shot one time by 66 year-old Richard Bowers; at the corner of West Monroe and Fulton streets in Sandusky on Saturday. Bowers then turned the gun on himself, dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Wallace was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where she was placed in a medical coma to reduce swelling of the brain, according to police.  Cameras outside of nearby Cameo’s Pizza may have video footage of the shootings; and Pizza shop owner Matt Keech said recordings will be turned over to the Sandusky Police Department. 


Latest State Unemployment Numbers…

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has released the latest job figures.  Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in May 2016, down from 5.2 percent in April.  The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 300,000, down 2,000 from 302,000 in the month of April. The number of unemployed has increased by 18,000 in the last 12 months from 282,000. The unemployment rate in May for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the May 2015 rate of 4.9 percent.


New Miss Ohio crowned Saturday evening, Willard contestants finish in Top 11

Alice Magoto, an 18 year-old from Cincinnati, was crowned Miss Ohio 2016 on Saturday night at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield.  Her local title was Miss Portsmouth and her platform is, “Healthy Confidence: The New Definition of Beauty.”  Both Paige Weirs and Caitlyn Wallhead of Willard, finished in the top 11 of the finals on Saturday night, with Wallhead winning the “People’s Choice Award”.  The new Miss Ohio, Alice Magoto, will compete for the Miss America title in September.


ABLE hosting New Student Orientation later this Month    

New student orientation for ABLE will take place next week, beginning June 27th, at their Norwalk and Willard learning centers.  If you or someone you know is interested in registering, call the ABLE office at 419-660-1825.  Classes assist with items such as GED preparation, college and career readiness, reading and writing, and English language comprehension.  If you’re unable to travel, distance education opportunities are available.  All classes are free to eligible students.


Erie County Sheriff’s Office receives $37,000 grant for Traffic Safety

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has received a grant totaling $37,388 in federal traffic safety funding.  The grant will be used to conduct overtime high-visibility enforcement patrols in areas identified with a high number of serious traffic crashes.  Those areas include US 250, State Route 4, State Route 60, State Route 2, State Route 61, and connecting county roads.  The goal of the enforcement activity is to reduce the number of fatal crashes in Erie County.  Enforcement under the grant will take place during the 4th of July period.  In May, 89 traffic stops were made with grant funding for the Prom and Click It or Ticket campaigns.



Cleveland Cavaliers win city’s first Championship in over 50 years

The Cleveland Cavaliers captured the city of Cleveland’s first major sports championship in 52 years, with a win over Golden State last night in game 7 of the NBA Finals, 93-89. LeBron James was named the unanimous NBA Finals MVP, leading the series in nearly every offensive stat category.  The Cavs are the first team in NBA history to come back from 3-1 down in the NBA Finals to win 3 straight games.  A parade and celebration rally are planned for Wednesday in Cleveland.

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Water to be shut off this morning in Perkins Township – Columbus Park Subdivision

Due to an emergency repair to a water valve, the Erie County Water Division will be shutting off water today at 9:30 am to the Columbus Park Subdivision in Perkins Township.  The area includes Boston, London, Memphis, Dallas, Hartford, Richmond, and Lisbon Circle.  It’s expected to take around four hours to complete and turn water service back on.  Once restored, a boil advisory will go into effect through 5:00 pm Saturday.


FBI seeking assistance in Identifying Man accused of Kidnapping in Cleveland and Attempted Kidnapping in Elyria

The FBI is once asking for your help in identifying the man that they call, ‘a dangerous predator’. He’s accused of kidnapping a 6 year old girl in Cleveland last month, and trying to abduct a 10 year old girl from her bedroom in Elyria earlier this year. The FBI has released surveillance videos of the suspect, and a mock-up of his car.  They’re offering a 20-thousand-dollar reward for info that nabs the guy.


Perkins Township welcomes in New Member of Fire Department 

Adam Buga has been sworn in as the newest full-time firefighter for Perkins Township.  Buga began in fire service with the Vermilion Township Fire Department, where he is still a volunteer.  He is a Level 2 firefighter, fire inspector, and paramedic.


Vermilion Festival of the Fish gets underway Today

The 50th edition of the Vermilion Festival of the Fish begins today.  The midway will open at 12 noon, with Dick Goddard’s Pet Parade at 12:30 pm, and fireworks tonight at dusk.  A lighted boat parade will take place Saturday night at dusk, along with a Father’s Day parade on Sunday at 12:30 pm


Edison School’s Judi Shadwick receives SNA Buckeye Service Award

Edison Local Schools Food Service Department’s Judi Shadwick has received a School Nutrition Association (SNA) of Ohio Buckeye Service Award.  Shadwick was nominated for the award by Food Service Director Shelly Geason, which honors members who have dedicated many years of working for students in child nutrition. Shadwick was given her award at the SNA of Ohio’s annual conference awards luncheon this week in Akron.


Willard Contestants compete in Miss Ohio prelims

Last night was the first evening of preliminaries in the Miss Ohio pageant in Mansfield.  The Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimwear award went to Sarah Clapper of Louisville, while the Talent Award was given to Stephanie Yasechko of Niles. Caitlyn Wallhead and Paige Wiers, both of Willard, will compete in the swimsuit and evening wear competitions tonight, as preliminaries continue.  The Willard contestants will compete along with 18 others tonight for a chance to be the new Miss Ohio, which will be crowned Saturday evening at Mansfield’s Renaissance Theatre.


Kasich not yet ready to back Trump as GOP Nominee

Ohio Governor John Kasich says he’s still not ready to endorse Donald Trump as the Republican Party presidential nominee.  Kasich says, “I’m not making any final decision yet, but at this point I just can’t do it.”  Kasich said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he’s feeling pressure in some circles for him to embrace Trump.  “I’m not prepared to do it,” said Kasich.  He said Trump is “going to have to change”. Kasich says, “It’s difficult, there’s this thing called Republican loyalty.”

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Search Warrant in Norwalk results in 3 Drug Arrests

Two men and one woman were arrested Tuesday on drug charges in Norwalk after a search warrant was executed at 30 Woodlawn Avenue. The search resulted in collected evidence, which confirmed that Methamphetamines were being produced at the residence at one time.

23 year-old Jack Leimeister of Woodlawn Avenue, 26 year-old Ian Poland, and 23 year-old Samantha Reed were arrested for Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs.  The Norwalk Police Department received assistance in the investigation from several area law enforcement agencies, with additional arrests to be made.  Anyone with information concerning the sale or use of illegal drugs is encouraged to call the Norwalk Police Department.


Sandusky Relay for Life is this Friday

The Sandusky Relay For Life cancer fundraiser takes place Friday (6/17) from 5:00 to 11:00 pm at Perkins High School.  There’s still time to sign up a team online at money raised goes to local cancer research and awareness, along with honoring cancer survivors and remembering lives lost. 95.3 WLKR will be broadcasting live from Sandusky Relay For Life on Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.


Erie County Dispatcher Retires after 30 Years of Service

Dispatcher Laura Frisbee has retired from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office after 30 years of service. It was effective Tuesday of this week.  Frisbee began her career as a dispatcher for the Perkins Township Police Department in 1986. She’s been with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office since 2013. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office gave thanks to Frisbee on their Facebook page.


Miss Ohio prelims begin this Evening; to feature Two Contestants from Willard

Willard’s Caitlyn Wallhead and Paige Wiers will both begin their quest for the 2016 Miss Ohio crown, tonight in Mansfield, during the first night of preliminaries. Both women will be competing in the talent and on-stage portion of the pageant this evening.  It gets underway tonight at 7:30 pm at Mansfield’s Renaissance Theatre.   Lexington 15 year-old Madison Heichel was named Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen on Wednesday night.  Heichel sang “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” which won her the overall talent award as well.


Cedar Point introducing new Interactive Gaming Experience

Cedar Point is debuting a new interactive gaming experience, “The Battle for Cedar Point”, which can be found inside the Cedar Point mobile app.  Guests who choose to play will first join one of five “clans” on the day of their visit; either Valravn, GateKeeper, Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster or Maverick.  They will then “battle” against other guests as points are earned by scanning select ride signs and symbols in the park.  Those in the winning clan that day can purchase a “victory pin,” signifying that they won that day’s battle, with a special t-shirt also available for purchase. The victor of the day’s crusade will be revealed nightly at the park’s Luminosity show. The “Battle for Cedar Point” is now available on the Cedar Point app for iPhone or Android users.