Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Willard man pleads for help as he faces deportation

A Willard man, living there since 2001, faces deportation to Mexico.

Jesus Lara Lopez has pleaded with state government officials to put a halt to his scheduled deportation next Tuesday.

According to the Sandusky Register, Lopez was discovered as an undocumented resident nine years ago during a traffic stop; but has fulfilled all U.S. Custom’s requirements since.

His deportation is possibly linked to President Trump’s recent undocumented resident enforcement order.


Perkins Schools under fiscal caution no more

Perkins Schools have been officially released from fiscal caution.

The school board recently received a letter from the Ohio Department of Education citing responsible management of expenditures that is evident in the school’s five-year forecast.

The school district had been under fiscal caution for a little over a year.


Erie County employee dismissed

Erie County Solid Waste District Coordinator Lisa Beursken has been relieved of her job duties.

Beursken was let go due to failing to meet work standards and according to several local officials; failing to implement an effective countywide recycling program.


Sandusky neighborhoods to receive beautification overhaul

City Commissioners in Sandusky have given their OK to begin their neighborhood initiative that will give areas a beautification overhaul.

The $1.25 million project covers six different neighborhoods and includes community gardens, new sidewalks and housing improvements.

$350,000 has been pledged for the project by The Dorn Foundation with the rest coming from city funds.

Work should begin before the end of the year; with it scheduled to be completed by 2021.


New London has hired new high school principal

New London High School has named Erin Holzhauer as their high school principal.

She comes from Avon High School; where she was a special education teacher since 2005.

Holzhauer takes over for Cosetta Atkins; who recently resigned.


Christie Lane Industries purchases new property

Christie Lane Industries has purchased its second uptown Norwalk property.

They will renovate the first floor of 38 West Seminary Street to provide community based services and activities, the second floor for offices and the vacant lot nearby for outdoor public events.

The organization’s last project was the former storefront at 16 West Main in Norwalk.




A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 83.



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Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73.



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Party cloudy with a high near 86.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Young girl hurt in Willard shooting

A young girl was injured during a shooting incident early Thursday morning in Willard.

Police Chief Shannon Chaffins told the Norwalk Reflector that early evidence of the shooting on Spring Street points to a drug-related matter where the home was “mistakenly targeted”.

The young girl was treated and released from Willard Mercy Health Hospital with a lower leg injury.


Drug raid in Plymouth on Wednesday

More than two pounds of marijuana and over $7,000 in prescription drugs were found during a raid at a home in Plymouth Wednesday night.

According to the Mansfield News Journal, 28 year-old Guy Brown was charged with second degree felony drug possession and fifth degree felony marijuana possession.

The raid was part of drug investigation by the 10-county METRICH Enforcement Unit and the Plymouth Police Department.


Car thefts continue to take place in Margaretta Township

A recent rash of car thefts continued Wednesday in Margaretta Township; with three more vehicles being broken into.

The car owners, all on Parker Road, told authorities that their cars were broken into at night with only loose change being stolen from them.


Cedar Point employee arrested for prostitution

A female Cedar Point employee was arrested Thursday for soliciting prostitution.

19-year-old Brianna Clark of Detroit, Michigan has been charged with a third degree misdemeanor after an undercover Erie County Sheriff officer set up a meeting in the parking lot of a restaurant on Fifth Street and Cedar Point Drive.


No charges to be made against those responsible for Vermilion band threats

A recent investigation of threats made to band and majorette advisors at Vermilion High School has resulted in no charges being filed.

The threats were made on social media as well as a phone call; but couldn’t be traced to a specific person or group.

The alleged harassment is reportedly linked to recent changes to the school’s band routine for the approaching school year.


Huron Riverfest starts this weekend

This year’s edition of River Fest begins later today at the Huron Boat Basin.

The midway opens today at 5:00 pm with the Queen’s Contest at 6:00 pm and fireworks over the river tonight at 10:15 pm.

A parade also takes place at 11:00 am on Saturday.

River Fest runs through Sunday.


‘Imagine Norwalk’ taking place tonight

The third of eight scheduled ‘Imagine Norwalk’ events this summer takes place tonight.

The art and music festival gets underway at 5:00 pm.




Showers and thunderstorms likely. High near 85.



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Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.



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Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Collins couple to face jail time for mistreatment of developmentally disabled man

A couple from Collins has been sentenced to jail time for the assault and improper caretaking of a developmentally disabled man.

57 year-old Robert Spishak will spend 180 days in the Huron County jail and wife, 56 year-old Barbara, faces 60 days in jail; after their home was investigated when a 22 year-old man they were taking care of told police in October that he was tied up, beaten and fed dog food.

The Spishaks are not allowed to have contact with the victim until their probation is up and only if the victim allows for it.


State agency awaiting autopsy results in marina incident

The Ohio Department of Natural Resource is waiting for autopsy results from the Lucas County Coroner to assist with their investigation of a Columbus-area man’s death at Miller Marina at Put-in-Bay a month ago.

19 year-old Evan Currie died when he was electrocuted after jumping into the water after his father and dog when they fell off their family boat that was plugged into shore power at the time.

Toxicology tests are pending and will be complete in around 12 weeks.


Sandusky man sentenced for involvement with stolen vehicle

A 21 year-old Sandusky man has been sentenced to time in a community-based corrections facility for his involvement with a stolen vehicle in March.

Justin Hinkle, who was sentenced Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court, will spend six months in a facility that handles substance abuse treatment.


Danbury police officer cited for operating vehicle while under the influence

A police officer from Danbury Township has been charged for allegedly driving drunk.

Bradford LaMarca, who has been with the department for nine years, was cited Saturday for operating a vehicle under the influence when he was found asleep in a gray Ford Explorer after appearing to drive through two properties near East Tanglewood Drive.

LaMarca reportedly refused to take a breath test before being released to a sober driver.

He has not been back to work since the incident; but is still listed as an employee.


Norwalk resurfacing project going on now

Work has started this week on street resurfacing in Norwalk.

The project is expected to roll through Main Street, North West Street and other roads this week; with more work expected next week on Linwood Avenue and Shady Lane from the high school to Norwood.

Works is scheduled to be wrapped up by July 21st.


Norwalk Music Festival gets underway today

The fifth annual Norwalk Music Festival begins tonight at the Huron County Fairgrounds.

The 4-day event features 13 bluegrass bands.

Camping is available.


Sandusky Register hosting open house today

The Sandusky Register will open its’ doors for an open house tour later today.

It takes place from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at their building on West Market Street.




Partly sunny, with a high near 80.



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Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.



A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

At least five people hurt during accident at Fremont parade

Several people were injured during an accident at Fremont’s Independence Day parade yesterday.

The Fremont News Messenger reports that an antique tow truck driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into two tractors before striking parade watchers.

At least five people were transported to the hospital with one person later taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Toledo.


Detective bureau in Bellevue closing for the time being

Bellevue Police Department’s detective bureau has temporarily closed due to budget issues.

Two detectives have been reassigned to road patrol.

Bellevue officers will now be taking on cases that usually go to detectives for additional investigation.


State Rep Stein holding local forum this weekend

Republican State Representative Dick Stein will be hosting a community forum next week at the Norwalk library.

Stein will be discussing new programs associated with the Ohio biennium budget.  A question and answer session will also take place.

The forum is next Monday, July 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.


Norwalk celebrates the 4th and bicentennial

The City of Norwalk celebrated not only the nation’s birthday yesterday…but the city’s bicentennial as well; as the city held their annual Independence Day parade along with a bicentennial festival.

The highlight of this year’s parade was the Budweiser Clydesdales; who of course took home top ‘Horse Unit’ honors.

Other parade winners included Lady Paws Grooming for ‘Commercial Float’, Scott Shadwick for ‘Civic Float’, Norwalk Music Festival for ‘Most Unusual Entry’ and Norwalk Furniture for ‘Best Business Float’.

Tuesday’s festivities closed down with live music and fireworks at the fairgrounds.


City of Huron changing garbage carriers

Starting this week, the City of Huron is beginning a new contract period for garbage and recycling.

The bid award is for single family residential service only.

If not done so already, businesses and multi-unit accounts need to contact the City of Huron as soon as possible to prevent any service gaps.


Norwalk Area United Fund rummage sale this weekend

The Norwalk Area United Fund are hosting a rummage sale at this weekend’s ‘Roll it Forward’ sale near Milan.

Those wishing to donate items can do that as well.

The sale takes place this Friday and Saturday at the old Lake Erie Outlets on U.S. 250 in Avery.




Sunny, with a high near 82.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 84.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  High near 82.