News

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Ottawa County/Port Clinton man to jail for rape

A Port Clinton man has been sentenced to six years of jail time after pleading guilty to attempted rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

31-year-old Joshua Wyatt also has to register as a sex offender.

Wyatt was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Catawba Island Township last October.

 

State News/Penalties increased for selling fentanyl

A new law has been signed by Governor John Kasich that will further punish those possessing and selling fentanyl, the drug blamed for a rapid rise in overdose deaths.

The new legislation provides additional prison terms of 3 to 8 years for those convicted.

 

Erie County/Convicted killer’s appeal denied in Sandusky man’s death

The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a man convicted of killing a Sandusky resident over 25 years ago.

62-year-old Steven Yee is in prison on a 20-year to life sentence after pleading guilty in 1993 to shooting and killing 28-year-old David Hartlaub.

Yee, who has already had two previous appeals declined, says he only pled guilty to avoid the death penalty.

 

Erie County/Verdict delayed in motel case

A verdict has been delayed in the case against a Sandusky motel owner.

Raghbir Virk, owner of the Howard Johnson Inn on Milan Road, is accused of re-opening the establishment under a different name after it was closed down due to a civil nuisance complaint by Perkins Township lawmakers.

The verdict reading has been re-scheduled for Tuesday morning.

 

Erie County/Damaged Sandusky buildings might be saved

On July 26th, three downtown Sandusky buildings sustained serious damage due to a rough thunderstorm.

Those property owners believe they can save those buildings after receiving positive progress reports.

The Lake Erie Shores and Islands tourism agency has plans to house their future headquarters in one of those damaged structures, the Biemiller Building.

 

State News/Tax-free weekend

Back to school shopping is in full swing now with the state lending out a helping hand this weekend.

Today through Sunday is Ohio’s sales tax holiday – meaning school supplies and instructional items priced at $20 or less and clothing $75 or less – are tax free.

 

Erie County/New designation for Sandusky Career Center

The Sandusky Career Center has received the Center for Training Excellence designation, given to tech centers that offer business and industry training and consultative services.

A $25,000 grant is part of the designation.

 

Huron-Erie County/Festivals this weekend…

Festival season rolls on throughout the area…

Today and Saturday, Berlin Heights will be holding their annual ‘Basket Festival’ with a parade Saturday afternoon and fireworks Saturday night.

On the border of Huron and Richland County, the Plymouth Silver King and Fireman’s Festival continues through Saturday with carnival and food vendors downtown and a parade on Saturday evening.

Port Clinton is hosting their Lighthouse Festival on Saturday and the third annual ‘Island Green Week’ gets underway in Put-in-Bay tomorrow.

 

State News/“American Pickers” show to film in Ohio

The hit History Channel show, “American Pickers”, will be filming in Ohio next month…and could be interested in buying some of your stuff.

The program features hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they hunt for America’s most valuable and interesting antiques.

If you think you have something of interest, look up “Got a Pick” on Facebook or call 1-855-OLD-RUST.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 2018

Today

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

 

Tonight

A slight risk of showers and storms.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 86.

 

Sunday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.


Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Erie-Huron County/Bicycle hit-skip crash

A hit-skip accident that left a bicycle rider seriously injured in Milan Township early Wednesday is under investigation.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said a car struck a bicyclist on Milan Road, south of Ohio 13 and then allegedly fled the scene.

The bike rider, who has yet to be identified, was taken by medical helicopter to a Cleveland hospital with unknown serious injuries.

Anyone with information should contact authorities.

 

Erie-Huron County/Milan man to prison on drug charges

One of four people arrested in a drug bust last year in Norwalk is going to prison for 4-and-a-half-years.

44-year-old Randy Myers of Milan has pled guilty to drug trafficking and the illegal conveyance of drugs in connection with the Fruen Street raid last November.

 

Erie County/Hotel swimming pool could close/Closed motel case

A hotel’s swimming pools at U.S. 250 and Mason Road in Milan could soon be shut down due to alleged health and safety violations.

According to the Sandusky Register, the Erie County Health Department is preparing to go to the Erie County Prosecutor’s office as they look to take away the license for the Quality Inn’s pools and spa.

The Health Department says that they also discovered swimmers in a hotel pool that was supposed to be closed.

Meanwhile…an Erie County judge is expected to announce a verdict today in a case against a motel owner accused of re-opening the establishment after it was shut down by authorities for alleged health and safety issues.

The Howard Johnson Inn on Milan Road in Perkins Township was closed earlier this year, but was reportedly re-opened under a new name in early July.

Owner Raghbir Virk said he was told he could open back up after fixing and cleaning the rooms in violation, which health department officials say was not true…with some rooms reportedly still in rough shape.

 

Erie County/Cedar Fair says numbers are down/Witches’ Wheel

Cedar Point’s parent company, Cedar Fair, says bad weather is part of the blame for lower attendance and revenue throughout their parks.

Attendance is down 3 percent…with net revenues down 2 percent from the same time frame a year ago.

Locally, company officials say occupancy rates and room rates are up at Cedar Point-owned hotels, thanks in part to the Sports Force Parks outdoor sports facility, which they say has exceeded expectations.

In other Cedar Point news…a well known ride will be soon be gone as the park has announced that the Witches’ Wheel will be removed after Labor Day to make way for future expansion.

The ride first opened in 1977.

 

Erie County/Bogart-Campbell Roundabout near completion

Erie County’s first roundabout should be open and accessible in the next two to three weeks.

Officials justified the need for the $700,000 traffic circle at West Bogart Road and Campbell Street in Perkins Township after 24 crashes took place there between 2003 and 2013.

 

State News/Great Lakes Restoration project

$300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was approved by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

The U.S. House previously approved the money.

The initiative provides money to programs for the betterment and protection of Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes.

 

Erie County/Eagle Scout project at Sandusky State Theatre

A Sandusky Boy Scout plans on fixing up a main dressing room at the Sandusky State Theatre for his Eagle Scout project.

Joseph Didion recently held a fundraiser to help him pay for renovations of the room that hasn’t seen much attention in around 30 years.

Didion is expected to start the project in September and be done by January.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2ND, 2018

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Friday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 85.


Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Erie-Lorain County/Couple sent to jail for crime spree

A woman from Amherst and a man from Cleveland have been sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison for a month long crime spree that stretched from Erie County to Lorain County to Ashtabula County and into Medina County.

31 year old Casey Liberty and 33 year old Daniel Begin (‘Bay-gihn’) were accused of robbing banks, restaurants and convenience stores to feed their drug-habit.

 

Huron County/Doughty now on Norwalk City Council

Matt Doughty has been appointed by the Huron County Democratic Party to serve on Norwalk City Council’s Fourth Ward seat.

Doughty was sworn in last night; replacing Chris Castle, who recently resigned due to an address change.

Doughty has lived in Norwalk his whole life and has worked in The Maple City at Miller’s SuperValu in Norwalk for the last five years, with a title of System Administrator.

He also is closing in on a bachelor’s degree in business communication and political science along with being a poll worker for the past five elections.

 

State News/6-State Trooper Project targeted ‘Move Over’ law

The Ohio State Highway Patrol last week took part in a high-visibility campaign to enforce and raise awareness of the “Move Over” law, in relation to moving to an adjacent lane for emergency vehicles.

During the week-long initiative, the patrol issued 586 “Move Over” citations statewide.

None of those citations took place in Erie, Huron or Ottawa County with 1 in Sandusky County and 2 citations in Lorain County.

 

Erie-Lorain County/Vermilion recycling money

The Lorain County commissioners will be handing over close to $23,000 to Vermilion as a reward for its solid waste recycling.

According to Mayor Jim Forthofer, the city will use the funds to pay for a number of items such as their street sweeper, traffic safety equipment and a visit from a shred truck.

 

State News/Cooling assistance

An annual state program is still available for eligible households who may not have enough money to stay cool.

The HEAP Summer Crisis Program provides a one-time payment toward an electric bill or central air-conditioning repair.

You can find more info online at energyhelp.ohio.gov.

 

Erie County/Sandusky religious statue removed for safety

A familiar religious statue in Sandusky was removed by city workers Tuesday due to safety concerns.

The Holy Angels Catholic Church on Tiffin Avenue was able to keep the plaque and stone from the monument, which was deteriorated.

 

Ottawa-Erie County/Local attractions receive national honors

The Lake Erie Shores and Islands tourism office says three destinations in the region recently earned national recognition.

The city of Port Clinton was named as one of the “Top 10 Most Affordable Lake Towns in 2018” by Realtor.com, while Cedar Point’s Lighthouse Point was named as the “Best RV Park” in Ohio by Reader’s Digest.

Put-in-Bay was also named as the “Best Kept Secret” in Ohio by Reader’s Digest and the “Prettiest Town in Ohio” by ArchitecturalDigest.com.

 

Erie County/Sandusky man to join Ohio State Fair elite

A Sandusky draft horse owner will be honored tomorrow at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

Gerald Harkness, along with five others, will be inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame.

Harkness and his family have been showing horses for over 70 years.

 

Huron County/Norwalk City Hall front door work

For those needing to stop at Norwalk City Hall today and tomorrow, you’ll need to use the back entrance.

The front door will have limited access today and it will be closed on Thursday…due to improvements.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1ST, 2018

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 83.


Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Sandusky County/Bellevue murder suspect arrested

A 58-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder Monday in Bellevue.

John Frost is accused of shooting and killing 44-year-old Curtis Gibbs Sunday night in the hallway of a Bryn Mawr apartment room on Thomas Drive.

A preliminary investigation revealed that multiple shots were fired from two different handguns, with one belonging to the victim.

A motive is still being investigated.

 

Seneca County/Single vehicle fatal crash

A Seneca County woman died Monday night in a one-vehicle crash in Bloom Township.

Samantha Foster of Bloomville was 24.

According to The State Highway Patrol, while on Township Road 12, Foster drove off the right side of the roadway, lost control, then drove off the left side of the road and overturned.

Three child passengers in the pickup truck received minor injuries.

 

Sandusky County/Former sheriff’s detective pleads guilty in Bogle case

Former Sandusky County Sheriff’s detective Sean O’Connell pled guilty Monday to tampering with evidence charges related to the 2016 Heather Bogle murder case.

O’Connell would’ve faced trial on seven charges.

28-year-old Heather Bogle was found dead in a Clyde apartment complex in April of 2015.

Daniel Myers of Green Creek Township has been indicted for the murder…and is headed to trial this October.

 

Erie County/Multiple injuries in Saturday crash

Seven injuries from a two-car crash Saturday night in Erie County’s Groton Township…

40-year-old Seth Smale of Perrysburg was charged with failure to yield at a stop sign after striking a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Denise Doyle of Vermilion.

Authorities say Doyle’s vehicle went off the road near the intersection of Ohio 99 and Ohio 4 and knocked down a utility pole.

Two young children were among those hurt.

 

Huron County/Riot at Norwalk bar

Three Sandusky residents were arrested following a near-40 person bar brawl early Monday in Norwalk.

19-year-old Janelle Martinez, 24-year-old Jonathon Sullivan and 25-year-old Tyler Dillery all face disorderly conduct charges in connection with the scuffle at Charlie’s Bar on Benedict Avenue.

 

Erie County/Another OVI for Castalia man

A man from Castalia was arrested Sunday for his four alleged OVI charge in 10 years time.

Police say that 27-year-old Anthony Frisbee was stopped on U.S. 6 near Cold Creek Boulevard in Castalia where he was going 59 in a 35-mph-zone.

Frisbee reportedly was two times over the legal limit after taking a portable breath test.

 

Area News/Business electric bill scam

The Better Business Bureau is warning local business owners about a scam going on involving the payment of electric bills.

In the reported scam, a caller representing the local power company says the business’ account is several months behind and will cut off the power in the next 45 minutes.

When the business employee says they don’t want that to happen, the scammer reportedly tells them to send money on a cash or gift card.

 

Ottawa County/ Lake Erie meeting

The Lake Erie Foundation is inviting the public to their summer roundtable meeting this Friday.

They even encourage you to bring a glass jar with algae in it, as they will focus on how to engage family and friends on the importance of clean water and a healthy lake.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, JULY 31ST, 2018

Today

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.  Cloudy, with a high near 79.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 82.