Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The man who robbed a Willard gas station in late April will be sentenced next Wednesday, after pleading guilty to a felony charge.

In Huron County Common Pleas Court yesterday, 20-year-old Caleb Hale entered a guilty plea to a single count of robbery. Attorneys made a joint recommendation for a four-year prison term. Hale entered Hy-Miler on Tiffin Street during the early morning hours of April 30th pulled a gun and demanded cash and cigarettes. An alleged accomplice, 21-year-old Dalton Parrott of Greenwich remains in jail, awaiting trial on complicity charges.


A Shelby man who held authorities at bay for nine hours in late December will be sentenced tomorrow, after pleading guilty to two local charges.

39-year-old Eric Patrick was in Huron County Common Pleas Court yesterday, and was convicted of burglary and inducing panic. Three other charges were dismissed. On December 27th, after a two-day crime spree, Patrick led authorities on a high-speed chase from Richland County, to a home in Olena. He remained inside until the early morning hours, then shot himself. He’s already serving 25 years in prison, for crimes committed in Richland County.


The village of Monroeville has a new administrator.

By a unanimous vote, village council hired Thomas Gray of Wellington Monday night. He has a three-year agreement, worth $48,000 annually. His first day will be August 3rd. According to Monroeville mayor Mike Adelman, while he doesn’t have government experience, Gray does have 40 years of electric utility experience, along with administrative and supervisory experience. He’s replacing former village administrator Michael Goodwin, who resigned last September.


On the heels of his arrest for domestic violence, Richland County health commissioner Martin Tremmel’s job status will be discussed, during tonight’s special meeting in Mansfield.

The board of Richland Public Health will meet behind closed doors at 7. Tremmel was arrested over the weekend, after an alleged altercation with his wife at their home on Kelley’s Island. Tremmel issued a statement yesterday, denying the allegations, and asking for privacy.


Numerous charges have been filed against a Margaretta Township man involved in a recent standoff.

An Erie County grand jury has indicted 60-year-old Gary Moore on 10 charges, ranging from attempted murder, to failure to comply. In addition to a 20-hour standoff, Moore’s accused of trying to kidnap his wife, and firing a shot at her. He remains in the Erie County Jail, without bond.


Also charged by an Erie County grand jury: a Bellevue man accused of using a gun to rob Cashland in Sandusky, then assaulting a jail nurse.

Charges against 30-year-old Jeffery Hartley include aggravated robbery, assault and having a weapon under disability. The robbery at Cashland occurred June 22nd. The attack on a jail nurse occurred four days later. He remains behind bars.


The Buffalo Bills have placed offensive line coach Aaron Kromer on indefinite paid leave, after his arrest for allegedly punching a boy, and threatening to kill the victim’s family.

He’s facing a misdemeanor battery charge in Walton County, Florida. Kromer is a 1985 graduate of Margaretta High School.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Contract negotiations and the hiring of personnel will be the subject of next week’s special meeting of the Norwalk Board of Education.

The board will meet at 7:30 next Tuesday, at Norwalk High School.


A weekend altercation with his wife has led to a domestic violence charge against Richland County health commissioner Martin Tremmel.

He was arrested early Saturday morning, at his home on Kelley’s Island. According to reports, Tremmel and his wife had been out drinking with others before the alleged assault. After taking statements from both, officers arrested Tremmel, and took him to the Erie County Jail. He’s currently free on bond, pending court proceedings. Tremmel has served as Richland County Health Commissioner since January of last year. He previously served as Seneca County health commissioner from 1992 until 1995, and as Huron County health commissioner from 1996 until 2003.


State Route 547, just north of Dogtown Road in Lyme Township will close next Monday, for culvert repairs.

Work should last all week, and a detour will be posted.


A Norwalk woman is in the Huron County Jail, awaiting transport to Florida, to to answer to charges that she stole from a relative there.

27-year-old Esther Viock is charged with felony burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. The alleged crime occurred in May.


It’s not often that you hear about a foreclosure involving a shopping mall, but it’s happening in Richland County

A federal judge says the Richland Mall in Ontario must be sold at auction immediately, as the result of a foreclosure action by Wells Fargo. The bank says the owner of the mall, Centro Richland owes more than $40 million, including daily interest payments of nearly $9,500.


It appears people who want to have a civil marriage ceremony in Guernsey County are out of luck.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, none of the county’s three judges are willing to any same sex or opposite sex marriages. The mayor of the Guernsey County seat, Cambridge won’t do them either. The four didn’t say they oppose same sax marriages. They gave different reasons, including busy schedules.


Monday, July 13, 2015

A confrontation over beach chairs has led to a misdemeanor battery charge against an NFL coach with area ties.

48-year-old Aaron Kromer was jailed briefly early yesterday morning, in Walton County, Florida. Multiple media outlets say Kromer pushed a boy to the ground, punched him in the face, then threatened to kill his family, if he contacted police. He’s also accused of taking the boy’s fishing pole, and throwing it in the water. Kromer is a 1985 graduate of Margaretta High School. He’s currently the offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills. He’s previously served as offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, and before that was interim head coach of the New Orleans Saints.


State Route 18, near Vesta Road in Clarksfield Township is closed this week for a culvert repair.

Also closed until Friday: State Route 269, near Oxbo Road in Margaretta Township…Crews are removing a culvert.


Norwalk City Council will not meet this week.

The next meeting will be held next Tuesday.


Sandusky firefighters are investigating the cause of a Sunday morning blaze that did $60,000 damage to a home on the Cedar Point Chaussee.

A bedroom was destroyed, and the Willow Drive house sustained extensive heat and smoke damage. No one was home at the time.


Another Republican says he’s running for president.

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker made it official this morning. Ohio governor John Kasich will do the same next Tuesday.


More West Nile Virus has been found in Ohio.

Test results confirm West Nile has been detected in Richland, Franklin, Summit and Licking counties. Officials are blaming a wet summer for the recent increase in cases of the virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. State health officials are urging residents to protect themselves by using insect repellents, and by removing breeding sources, such as standing water.


Relay For Life is coming to Norwalk.

The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held at Whitney Field between 11am and midnight this Saturday. We’ll broadcast live from Relay for Life.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Second-half Huron County property taxes are due by 4:30 this afternoon.


A man wanted in connection with last week’s shooting at a home on Perry Street in Sandusky has been captured.

29-year-old Alexander Harrigan was arrested this morning, and was taken to the Erie County Jail.


No one was injured, in yesterday’s bizarre train/semi-truck crash in Sandusky.It happened shortly after 1, at the Remington Street crossing. The truck was driven by a contractor doing work at the scene. The driver was backing from the tracks, onto an access road, when the rig’s back tires became stuck in mud and gravel. That’s when the driver saw an approaching train. He was able to jump out of the cab seconds before the collision. The impact dislodged the truck’s engine, and pushed the semi a half-mile down the tracks. It also caused the train to derail. The Remington Street crossing was closed for about seven hours.


State Route 598, near Route 61 in New Haven has re-opened.

It was closed, for railroad crossing repairs.


Fiscal year 2014 was a record-setting one, for the Ohio Lottery.

Including all lottery games and proceeds from two new racinos, sales hit $3.6 billion. Instant tickets alone accounted for $1.5 billion. The Ohio Lottery Commission said it sent $990 million to K-through-12 Education.


Speaking of the lottery…

In case you missed it, there’s good news and bad news about Powerball. The good news: jackpots will likely become bigger. The bad news: it’ll be harder to win the big one. Powerball will add 10 more numbers to the mix, meaning odds of winning a top prize will go from 1 in 175-million, to 1 in 292-million.


A Cleveland man wanted in connection with an 18-month-old robbery in Bellevue is now in the Sandusky County Jail.

39-year-old Justin Mayes was arrested by Bellevue police Wednesday, on warrants charging him with burglary, kidnapping and theft of firearms. His bond was set at $350,000. He’s due in court next Tuesday. Mayes allegedly forced his way into an Attwood Terrace home in December of 2013, tied up the resident, then stole guns, a crossbow and cash, before fleeing the scene.


If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out the 2015 Huron River Fest.

Some highlights…The Queen’s competition begins at 6 tonight. The group Slowback Gin will perform at the Huron Boat Basin at 7:30 and fireworks will begin at 10:15. Tomorrow’s highlights include a car show and parade, and plenty of live music. Sunday’s schedule includes Pets on the Pier, and the St. Pete’s Duck Race. For a full schedule of events, go to We’ll broadcast live from River Fest between 1 and 3 tomorrow.


An oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says toxic algae on Lake Erie will be worse this year, compared to last summer.

Rick Stumpf and other scientists spoke yesterday at Ohio State University’s Stone Lab. The harmful algae expert said on a scale of 1 to 10, it’ll be an 8.7. His prediction is for the Western Basin, which stretches from Toledo to Huron. Despite his projection, Stumpf said he doesn’t expect drinking water problems, like last year.