Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Drug overdose at Huron County Jail

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office says a woman had a drug overdose in the Huron County Jail on Monday. Jennifer Villareal was discovered unconscious by jail officers; where she was then given CPR while an emergency squad was called.The inmate had overdosed on suspected heroin that was concealed in a body cavity by her cellmate. Criminal charges are pending.


Local tourism promoter Joan Van Offeren dies

Joan Van Offeren, a 31 year employee of Lake Erie Shores and Islands, has passed away. She was 64. While battling cancer, Van Offeren continued to positively promote area attractions in Erie and Ottawa counties. She was most recently the Community Relations Director at Shores and Islands.


Bellevue boy struck by car while crossing the street

A boy was injured in Bellevue on Monday after being struck by a car while riding his bike. It happened Monday afternoon when a 13 year-old Bellevue boy was hit by 29 year-old Anthony Fries of Bellevue; who said he looked away from the road for a second, and when he looked up, the boy was in front of his vehicle. The boy was taken to a Toledo hospital for treatment. Fries was cited for an expired drivers license and full time attention.


Norwalk Area United Fund Dine-out at Pizza Post today

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser makes a stop today at The Pizza Post in Norwalk. A portion of today’s proceeds there will support the fund’s 2017 campaign to benefit 37 local programs and grants.



 Today-Snow likely, mainly this afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Less than an inch of snow possible.

Tonight -Snow likely, less than an inch. Cloudy, with a low around 20.

Thursday-A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 24.

Friday-A chance of snow, mainly in the morning. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.


Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Huron man charged with voyeurism after attempting to break into a home

A Huron Township man has been charged with attempted aggravated burglary and voyeurism after he was shot in the leg when allegedly breaking into a home Sunday night. The Sandusky Register reports that a homeowner on the 500 block of Bald Eagle Drive called 911 after shooting his neighbor David Schindley in the thigh when Schindley charged at him while attempting to break into his home. A search of Schindley’s phone found more than 50 videos shot closely to outdoor windows peering into home. Schindley likely faces additional charges.


Serious injury crash in Erie County

A Bellevue man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Monday night in Erie County. It happened on Strecker Road, west of Kelley Road in Oxford Township, when 55 year-old Renold Workman went off the right side of the road, struck a railroad track, and eventually overturned. Workman was flown to a Toledo Hospital. Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.


Norwalk City Council meets tonight

City Council in Norwalk meets tonight at 7:30 pm in the courtroom of Norwalk Municipal Court. Tonight’s agenda includes a ‘State of the City’ address from Mayor Rob Duncan. Council will also discuss the 2017 annual budget as well as a potential firing range in Norwalk.


Firelands Regional Medical Center Recovery Services holding open house in Willard

Firelands Regional Medical Center Counseling and Recovery Services of Huron County are holding an open house for its Willard branch inside of Mercy Hospital. It takes place February 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the renovated facility as well as meet members of the staff.



Today -Rain showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 61.

Tonight-Showers and thunderstorms likely with a low around 35. Breezy.

Wednesday-A chance of snow, mainly in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Thursday-Snow showers likely, around an inch possible. Cloudy, with a high near 24.

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Fire being investigated in Clarksfield Township

A Saturday fire in Clarksfield Township is under investigation. It started when a pickup truck was on fire and then spread to a house trailer on Wenz Road. After Huron County Sheriff’s deputies spoke to local fire personnel, there was a question on how the fire was started.


Perkins Schools to slash 30+ jobs

35 personnel positions at Perkins Schools will be cut for the 2017-18 school year. The Sandusky Register reports that district officials sent out notices to affected employees on Friday. Superintendent Jodie Hausmann explained the cuts are due in part to voters rejecting a $7.9 mill levy back in November; and says the failure means they lost out on one year’s worth of revenue. Haussmann says another levy failure would mean the school district would go into fiscal emergency and a state takeover. Perkins is currently in ‘Fiscal Caution’.


Willard Police hosting alcohol serving program

The Willard Police Department will be hosting an alcohol serving program later this month. The Alcohol Server Knowledge (ASK) program is designed for liquor permit holders and employees to receive information on laws related to the sale and consumption of alcohol and tobacco. The program takes place February 28th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm and is free of charge.  Call the Willard Police Department to RSVP.


Replica Vietnam Memorial to appear in Huron County this summer

This summer, the Huron County Veteran Services Office is bringing a Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica to the area. The ‘Wall that Heals’ memorial and education center will pass through Norwalk and then be setup in Bellevue at Central Park from June 22nd through 25th.



Today-Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

Tonight-Rain. Low around 41.

Tuesday-Rain, with thunderstorms also possible. High near 60.

Wednesday-A chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.

Friday, February 3rd, 2016

Milan fiscal officer on administrative leave

Village of Milan fiscal officer Mary Bruno has been put on administrative leave; pending an inquiry. The Norwalk Reflector reports that Milan City Council has entered into a contract with the City of Sandusky for necessary clerk, fiscal officer, and treasurer duties for the time-being. Head Utility Clerk Julie Stelzer will also assist with operations as interim fiscal officer. Milan City Council is scheduled to meet next on February 22nd.


Party safely this Super Bowl weekend

This is Super Bowl weekend, a time when many gather for parties involving alcohol. Sergeant Jason Demuth with the Huron County post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says if you plan to party for the big game, use common sense when headed home by choosing a designated driver, take a taxi, or get a ride home via Uber…just don’t get behind the wheel. Last year during the Super Bowl, the Patrol made 50 OVI arrests with two fatalities and 156 injuries resulting from traffic crashes. Both of the fatalities and 23 of the injuries were OVI-related.


February is American Heart Month

From the Ohio News Connection

This is American Heart Month, when Ohioans are encouraged to learn more about heart disease and make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Gina Henke with the American Heart Association in Cleveland says as the number one killer, cardiovascular disease is to blame for one in four deaths nationally. She suggests folks take the time to assess their own health journey…by asking themselves the following questions:

 -Does that mean I need to make appointments to find out what my cholesterol and blood pressure, blood sugar, and BMI are?

-Does that mean I need to do a better job of being physically active?

-Does that mean that I need to find ways to lower stress so I feel healthier and whole?


Today is ‘Wear Red Day’ to draw attention to the impact of heart disease and stroke among women.

Folks can share their red attire online with the hash tag: “go-red.” (#GoRed)


Municipal taxpayer assistance event coming to Norwalk

Mark your calendars for a free municipal taxpayer assistance event coming to Norwalk next month. The Regional Income Tax Agency will have agents on hand Thursday, March 2nd from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm at the Norwalk Recreation Center to answer questions and assist with municipal income tax return preparation. Agents will work with taxpayers on a first-come, first-serve basis.



Today-Partly sunny, with a high near 26.

Tonight-Mostly clear, with a low around 13.

Saturday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

Sunday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.