Thursday, April 13, 2017

US 6 East closed this morning between Fremont and Sandusky

US 6 East in Sandusky County between Fremont and Sandusky is closed this morning due to an accident that includes a diesel fuel spill.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it could take several hours to clean up; with the road remaining closed until at least 12:00 noon today.

A detour is in place.


Demolition work begins to clear way for new Norwalk Fire Station

Workers have begun clearing the way for the new Norwalk fire station.

Demolition took place yesterday on the old Home Lumber Building on Whittlesey Avenue.

Work is expected to begin later this year on the new fire station; with bids for the project to go out in July.


Norwalk City Council agrees to bring taxi service back to the city

After the Tijuana Taxi service let its franchise slip away, it left Norwalk with a taxi shortage.

But Norwalk City Council has agreed to give a franchise back to Tijuana; after the taxicab service decided to add one driver in the Norwalk area.


Huron County Humane Society looking for donations for puppy’s heart surgery

The Huron County Humane Society is looking for assistance in paying the costs of a 12 week-old puppy’s required heart surgery.

Treasurer Jennifer Evans told the Norwalk Reflector that their goal is $1,500.

The Australian Shepherd mix named ‘Sasha’ is recovering from the April 6th surgery; that was needed due to a heart murmur.

You can help donate by going online, by mail or in person.

‘Sasha’ will also be available to adopt real soon.


Norwalk Area United Fund announces dates for professional clothing swap event

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s 3rd Professional Clothing Swap event will take place next month.

From May 8th through 12th, the agency’s conference room will be jam packed with professional work attire; which will be free for anyone in need.


Erie County Sheriff issuing citations for people intruding on bat habitats

Erie MetroParks are attempting to revive the bat habitat…with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office offering their help.

The sheriff’s office has been issuing citations for those trespassing at Castalia Quarry MetroPark for people infringing upon hollowed areas in cliffs that are being used as habitats.

An 18 year-old from Norwalk and 17 year-old from Bellevue were caught earlier this week inside the restricted area; receiving citations in the process.

Fences and signs warning visitors to keep out of the habitats are in place; which the park says is also dangerous for visitors to be near.




Mostly cloudy with a high near 60.


Mostly cloudy with a low around 45.


A slight chance of showers.  Partly sunny with a high near 63.


A chance of showers and storms.  Mostly cloudy with a high near 77.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Man dies after falling from balcony at Kalahari

A man died yesterday after falling from a third-story balcony at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky.

The 25 year-old from Virginia was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital from apparent head injuries.

The balcony is approximately 27 feet tall.

No foul play is suspected.


Milan man charged with several counts of rape involving young child

A man from Milan has been charged with six counts of rape involving a young child.

34 year-old Nickolas Moore also faces four counts of gross sexual imposition; all from the same incident in March.

The rape charges are punishable by up to life in prison.

Moore is being held in the Erie County Jail under $500,000 bond.


Summit Motorsports Park and ODOT agree to study on light poles

Norwalk’s Summit Motorsports Park and the Ohio Department of Transportation have agreed to pay for a study to attempt to settle their dispute involving light poles near the Huron County Airport.

Three sixty-foot poles are causing some issues and safety concerns with the airport and ODOT.

The motor sports park installed one of the poles as recently as March of last year; to be used for drivers’ safety, NHRA sanctions and television requirements.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, ODOT and the racetrack have agreed for the time-being to mark the poles with red beacons and reflective tape.


Plymouth-Shiloh Schools to place emergency levy on May ballot

Plymouth-Shiloh Schools will be placing a $3.7 million emergency operating levy on the ballot in May.

The school says the levy will be used to fund many educational options and activities.

The levy is not a new one, says the school, and is the same levy that has been renewing every five years since 1992.


St. Paul school holding test-drive fundraiser

Later this month, Norwalk Catholic School will be hosting a fundraiser involving test-drives.

It takes place April 28th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at St. Paul High School; as the school is teaming up with Don Tester Ford to help raise $6,000.

It’s part of Ford Motor Company’s ‘Drive 4 UR School’ program.

On the 28th, every person who test-drives a new Ford will have $20 donated to the school.




Partly cloudy with a high near 56.


Increasing clouds with a low around 41.


A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy with a high near 52.


Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Former Huron County Sheriff’s deputy suing sheriff

A former sheriff’s deputy in Huron County is suing the sheriff’s department for wrongful termination.

69 year-old Terry Shean, a 33 year veteran with the agency, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court requesting an undisclosed amount in compensation and punitive damages.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Shean claims she was ‘wrongfully terminated’ this year by Sheriff Todd Corbin in retaliation to “her public expression of speech protected by the First Amendment.”

Shean has also filed a disability discrimination charge against Corbin.


Woman’s body found in Lake Erie identified

A woman’s body found in Lake Erie earlier this month has been identified.

Authorities say it is 40 year-old Detroit resident Jennifer Chambers; whose body was found by a fisherman north of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, four miles offshore.

Chambers was last seen on December 11th last year after her vehicle went into the Detroit River.

An autopsy confirmed that Chambers drowned.


Sandusky boy charged after pulling pellet gun

A 14 year-old boy in Sandusky has been charged with inducing panic after allegedly pulling a pellet gun on two people.

An 18 year-old told police he was driving near East Madison and Warren streets; when a group of kids threw bricks at his van after he confronted them.

The driver said a boy then drew what appeared to be a handgun and said “I got a gun!”

The boys told police they showed the pellet gun to protect themselves.


Man indicted after violating protection order

A Grafton man arrested last year by Norwalk Police has been indicted on a count of retaliation for violating a protection order.

28 year-old Joseph Farris was arrested after allegedly hiding near a back door of an ex-girlfriend’s residence.

Farris was also charged with menacing by stalking in an incident between May and September of last year; which he pleaded guilty to and was sentenced to 17 months in jail.


Norwalk construction projects going on this week

Work is underway this week on two separate projects in Norwalk.

The 2017 Milan Avenue Project in Norwalk includes gas main services being re-located on the east side of Milan Avenue; with work taking place from East Main to League Street.

Also, work continues on the Old State Widening Project with Old State Road closed between Akron Road and Executive Drive.




A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning.                                                                                             Partly cloudy this afternoon with a high near 70.


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.

Monday, April 10, 2017

State Patrol investigating fatal crash in Berlin Township

One person has died and another is in critical condition after a late Sunday afternoon two-vehicle crash in Erie County.

47 year-old Eric Tillman has killed and 45 year-old Cynthia Tillman of Elyria received serious injuries after being struck on their motorcycle by a car that ran a stop sign at the intersection of State Route 61 and State Route 113 in Berlin Township.


Concerned citizen holds domestic violence suspect at gunpoint in Wakeman

A Willard man allegedly assaulting a female was held at gunpoint by a concerned citizen in Wakeman on Friday.

It happened when the citizen heard a disturbance outside their residence on Fitchville River Road; and allegedly observed 28 year-old Justin Hile assaulting a female inside a vehicle.

The citizen then held Hile at gunpoint in defense of the victim until Huron County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene.

Hile has been charged with felony domestic violence.

The victim sustained visible injuries and was treated and released.


Drug raids in New London result in ten people being detained and one arrest

One arrest was made and ten people were detained in two drug raids in New London late last week.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, one raid took place on North Maple Street; resulting in five people being detained and released.

Later on, a Westwood Drive house was raided with five people detained and one of them, Tommy Adams of New London, being arrested on outstanding warrants.

Further arrests are pending the findings of drugs and paraphernalia.


Sandusky searching for new fire chief

The City of Sandusky is searching for their next fire chief.

Those interested should submit a letter of interest, completed application, resume, at least three letters of reference and salary history to the City of Sandusky by May 17th.

Applications can be picked up at The Sandusky City Building on Meigs Street.


Norwalk man indicted on drug charges

A 49 year-old Norwalk man has been indicted on drug charges.

Christopher Stanford faces two counts of aiding and abetting drug trafficking and one count of aggravated drug trafficking.

A year ago, Stanford was sentenced to a substance abuse treatment center due to drug trafficking.




Partly sunny, with a high near 77.  Breezy, with gusts near 40 mph.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Mostly cloudy, with a low of 58.


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


Mostly sunny, with a high near 56