Friday, May 11th, 2018

Milan-Norwalk/Former church worker facing sex charges

A Norwalk man has been indicted on three counts of gross sexual imposition, involving young girls at a Milan church.

The alleged incidents involving former Milan Friends church children’s director, 56-year-old Kenneth Rose, took place in February and March, involving at least two victims.

Police say there could be as many as five victims, as their investigation continues.


Western Reserve schools/Norwalk man arrested for alleged threat

A Norwalk man has been charged with inducing panic.

22-year-old Marshall Martin was arrested Thursday for making alleged threats of violence against Western Reserve High School on Wednesday.

There was an increased police presence at the school on Thursday.


Perkins Township/Stabbing reported

Possible stabbing in Perkins Township Wednesday night…

Police say the alleged incident happened in a home in the 2700 block of Campbell Street, where a man was treated for chest injuries.

Two likely suspects fled the scene.


Norwalk/Bus driver cited for hitting shelter

A woman driving a bus for CLI Inc. has been charged with failure to control after an accident earlier this month at Norwalk’s Veterans Memorial Lake Park.

Police say 60-year-old Lynn Kuhn told them she was trying to park in front of a shelter when she had trouble getting the gear shift into park, and then lost control of the bus and hit the structure.


Vermilion/Tick carrying Lyme Disease found in park

The kind of blacklegged tick that carries Lyme Disease has been spotted in the Cassell Reservation of the Lorain County Metro Parks.

The tick was found on the clothing of someone in the park, according to a wildlife official and Vermilion Mayor Jim Forthofer.

Officials say to take precautions.


Danbury/Man accused of removing GPS monitor turns himself in

A Danbury Township man accused of recently removing his GPS ankle monitor has turned himself in to authorities.

27-year-old Corey Gough originally had pled guilty to burglary and attempted violation of a protection order in connection with an incident in January at an unoccupied hotel.


Huron County/Roadwork on Ohio 99

In Huron County, Ohio 99 will be closed starting Monday for bridge and culvert replacements in two locations.

…Between Hanville Corners Road and Bauman Road…and between Pontiac Section Line Road and Sandy Hill Road.

Detours will be posted.

The roadways are expected to reopen by mid-July.


Sandusky/City clean-up planned for Saturday

Sandusky’s first of many neighborhood clean-up events takes place Saturday.

Residents are invited to join city commissioners and staff members as they look to beautify the Cove District neighborhood.

Cleanup supplies will be provided.


Sandusky/Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance to run with just one train

Cedar Point’s new coaster, Steel Vengeance, will start running with just one train this weekend while the manufacturer makes adjustments to the ride.

This comes after a minor accident during the park’s opening day, last Saturday, when two of the trains collided.

The park may implement special rules to handle anticipated long lines for the ride, which they say to look for on social media.

After just being open for the weekend, the park – starting today – will remain open every day throughout the season.



FRIDAY, MAY 11TH, 2018



A chance of showers, with thunderstorms possible.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.



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Cloudy, with a high near 68.

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

New London/Girl in foster care after parking lot dragging incident

A 13-year-old girl is in protective custody of an Erie County foster home after allegedly being dragged across a parking lot by her father in New London last week while she was tied up with zip-ties.

39-year-old John Hofacker has been charged with unlawful restraint.

Hofacker reportedly told authorities he tied her up because she was trying to run away.


Bellevue-Fremont/Man facing vehicular homicide charge

A Bellevue man has been charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular homicide.

Last June, 46-year-old Christopher Ferguson suffered serious injuries after he allegedly drove off the road and hit a tree head-on, which killed passenger Rodney Lewis.

Authorities say Ferguson was allegedly impaired as he drove.

The crash took place in Ballville Township, south of Fremont.


Fremont/Accused teen murderer allegedly assaults corrections officers

A teenager from Fremont accused of murder was in court Wednesday for allegedly assaulting corrections officers.

The Sandusky Register reports that 14-year-old Elijah Starks was charged with five counts of assault from incidents last month at the Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center.

He entered a denial plea to those charges.

Starks, who could be tried as an adult, allegedly shot and killed his 14-year-old cousin in September of 2017.


Norwalk/False robbery claim

Authorities say a Norwalk man’s claim of being robbed and threatened last Saturday…were not true.

35-year-old John McBride has been charged with making false alarms and falsification.

During their investigation, Norwalk police say they learned McBride gave someone money for marijuana, with that person never coming back.

McBride originally said he was near Bouscay (Busky) and Whittlesey Avenues when he walked through an apartment complex and was threatened by a man with a knife, who took $35.


Norwalk/Levy request

The first step in putting a levy on the November ballot has been approved by the Norwalk school board.

A resolution passed earlier this week on a 10-year renewal emergency levy by a 4-1 vote.


Norwalk/Huron Co. Safe Communities Coalition seat belt event

To kick-off the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign, Huron County Safe Communities Coalition will be hosting a event later this month.

Taking place May 23rd in front of the Huron County Courthouse in Norwalk, county representatives and law enforcement officials will discuss traffic safety, the importance of wearing a seat belt and local and state enforcement efforts.






A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.



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A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Erie & Huron Counties/Primary Election results

-School levy issues passing: Edison, Huron

-School levy issues failing: Monroeville (60%), Willard (over 2 to 1 margin)


-All local city tax issues passed: Bellevue, Margaretta Township, Milan, Norwalk


Erie Co. – County Commissioner – Democrat

-Julie Farrar won (43%) over opponents Brad Hartung and Timothy Riesterer


State – Governor/Lt. Gov – Democrat:

Richard Cordray/Betty Sutton (62 %)

State – Governor/Lt. Gov – Republican:

Mike DeWine/Jon Husted (60 %)


State Issue 1 – Congressional redistricting maps in Ohio

Approved (75 percent)


Ashland/Convicted killer to be sentenced later this month

Sentencing is next for a man found guilty on four counts of aggravated murder Monday in Ashland County.

…Those charges in connection with the 2016 deaths of Stacy Stanley of Greenwich and Elizabeth Griffith of Ashland.

Jurors also found Shawn Grate guilty on all eight specifications to aggravated murder, making the death penalty a possible punishment.

The sentencing phase of the trial is scheduled to begin May 18th.


Vermilion/Former police officer has jail sentence appeal denied

A former Vermilion police officer is back in jail after having his appeal denied.

43-year-old Aaron Bolton has been ordered to serve the remainder of his 120-day jail sentence for assaulting a handcuffed suspect in 2015, the first such case involving a law enforcement officer in Erie County since 1989.

A judge also stripped Bolton of his peace officer license.

Bolton was originally sentenced in 2016, in which he served 18 days before filing an appeal dealing with jury speculation.


Erie County/Man hurt after accidentally shooting self

An Erie County man on Saturday afternoon was treated for a gunshot wound to his hand after he accidentally shot himself.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says the man told them he picked up a Ruger handgun from a nightstand when the gun slipped and he unintentionally squeezed the trigger.


Danbury/Man reportedly removes tracking device

Authorities are searching for a Danbury Township man who allegedly removed his GPS tracking bracelet after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Corey Gough has a warrant out for violating conditions of his felony bond in Ottawa County.


Willard/Fire and Rescue Open House

Willard Fire and Rescue has planned an open house for later this month.

Happening next Saturday, May 19th, the free event will include fire station tours, as well as Life-Flight and Jaws of Life demonstrations.

It will run from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.






Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.



Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Low around 61.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Clyde-Findlay/Missing woman’s body possibly found

It appears that the body of a missing Clyde woman has been found.

According to the Findlay Courier, someone mowing the lawn at the Findlay campus of Owens Community College on Monday morning discovered a submerged car in the college’s pond.

The car was pulled from the water with the body of a woman discovered in the vehicle, which description and license plate matches the car owned by 70-year-old Charlene Robinson, who was last seen April 3rd.

Authorities say it looks like the car was driven into the large pond by accident; and has been there for a considerable amount of time.

The body has not yet been officially identified, with an autopsy to be performed.


New London/Man charged after dragging incident

A New London man faces criminal charges after being accused of dragging his tied-up 13-year-old daughter across a parking lot.

39-year-old John Hofacker was charged with unlawful restraint with additional charges pending.

Police say they received a 9-1-1 call Friday evening about a teenage girl being dragged through a parking lot near New London Lanes on West Main Street.

According to authorities, Hofacker said he tied her up because she was trying to run away.


Sandusky/Woman hospitalized after being hit by train

A Sandusky woman was last reported Monday in critical condition after reportedly being hit by a train over the weekend.

According to authorities, 31-year-old Sarah Likens was taken to a Toledo hospital after being struck by a passing train going nearly 50 mph while walking between railroad tracks near Venice Road and Niagara Street in Sandusky.


Erie-Huron County/Primary elections

It’s Primary Election Day…with polls open now through 7:30 pm.

In Erie and Huron County, schools with levy issues on the ballot include Edison, Huron, Monroeville and Willard.

As for city monetary issues, those on the ballot include Bellevue, Milan, Margaretta Township and Norwalk.

Erie County will choose a Democratic candidate for commissioner between Julie Farrar, Brad Hartung and Timoth Riesterer.

In Lorain County, voters are deciding two countywide renewal levies,

one for Murray Ridge and the other for the Lorain County Board of

Mental Health.

Statewide, voters are deciding a constitutional amendment regarding how congressional districts are drawn.


Erie-Huron Counties/Roadwork updates

A few updates on road work in Huron and Erie County…

The Old State Road resurfacing project began Monday, starting at Ohio 601, and continuing south to Gallup Road.  That project, which is expected to last for a number of weeks, will also stop and then resume at Executive Drive – continuing south to Hasbrock Road, south of Norwalk.

Also, in Erie County, work is now underway on a brand new roundabout at West Bogart Road and Campbell Street in Perkins Township.  Crews have closed Campbell, south of Bogart, to thru traffic for the duration of the project, which is expected to last until fall.


Collins-Wakeman/Western Reserve “Envirothon” team qualifies for state

A local high school competitive outdoor team will be competing at the state level for the first time next month.

The four-member “Envirothon” squad from Western Reserve is off to Cedarville University on June 11th and 12th

The “Envirothon” tests students’ knowledge of current environmental issues including soils, forestry and wildlife.






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