News

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Norwalk Police Officer injured in altercation

A Norwalk Police officer received minor injuries in an altercation with an intoxicated man. The Huron County Sheriff and Norwalk Police responded to a 911 call on Sunday involving 24 year-old Patrick Russell of Norwalk; who was drunk and making threats to harm himself. Russell was charged with disorderly conduct.

 

Norwalk girls’ basketball team makes history

The Norwalk girls’ basketball team made history Saturday night by winning the program’s first district championship. Head coach Brock Manlet told his team that they will be remembered forever in the history of Norwalk High School and that he really thanked the community for getting behind and supporting the Lady Truckers. Norwalk rallied from six points down to beat Bellevue after star Jiselle Thomas missed most of the 4th quarter due to injury. The Lady Truckers face Norton in the regional semi-finals on Tuesday night at Mansfield Senior High School; on 95.3 WLKR, immediately following the St. Paul boys District game.

 

Willard man may now face charges after first saying he was attacked

A man who reported to Willard police that he had been attacked by juveniles may now be facing criminal charges himself. The Norwalk Reflector says the man showed up at a gas station covered in blood on February 23rd and told police he did not want to press charges and didn’t remember what his attackers looked like. After checking the supposed crime scene, a trail of blood led police to a home on Woodbine Street where the resident there told authorities that the man had came home drunk and injured himself while breaking a window.

 

Huron County grand jury indictments

Two Huron County residents have been indicted by a grand jury. 32 year-old Glenn Gardner of North Fairfield on various drug possession charges from an incident in August. Also, 29 year-old Tiffany Fritz of Willard from an incident in July on theft involving a dangerous drug.

 

Woman banned from BGSU campus

A 57 year-old Milan woman has been banned from the BGSU Firelands campus after allegedly making threats to another woman. According to the Sandusky Register, Christine Myers has been charged with menacing after an incident on Friday afternoon. The victim told authorities that Myers threatened her “life, job, and family” on multiple incidents. Myers is scheduled to appear in a Huron courtroom on Tuesday.


Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Drug overdose outbreak alert issued for Huron County

After just starting their Opiate Overdose Alert Program this week, the Huron County Health Partners have issued their first alert. It was issued around 8:00 pm last night; meaning the number of overdoses is more than expected, which may be due to an abnormally potent batch of drugs in the area. If you or someone you know experiences an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you need a Narcan kit, call Huron County Public Health. If you need resources, visit www.huroncohealth.com or call 2-1-1. The overdose warning expires in 24 hours.

 

Officer in Fremont pleads no contest to OVI

A Police Officer in Fremont has plead no contest to OVI. The Sandusky Register reports that 59 year-old Robert Schultz remains on paid leave since he was discovered driving the wrong way down U.S. 20 near Bellevue in October. Schultz was off-duty during the incident. Police Chief Dean Bliss expects to discuss Schultz’s work status soon with the city’s safety service director.

Norwalk Area United Fund Sweater Drive wraps up

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s Sweater Drive has come to a close. The organization collected 845 sweaters to be donated to those in need in the area.

 

Bellevue park clean up day/time announced

More details have been announced for Bellevue Police Auxiliary’s ‘Clean Up the Park Day’ later this month. It will take place Saturday, March 25th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Green Heights / Robert Peters Park. If you can, bring gloves, rakes or shovels. Refreshments will be served.

 

Huron County Emergency Management Agency announces Severe Weather Awareness Week

Ohio Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week is just around the corner; running from March 19 to 25th.  Huron County will participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill scheduled for Wednesday, March 22nd at 9:50 am. During the drill, Ohio counties will sound their outdoor sirens, with schools businesses, and households encouraged to practice their emergency plans.


Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Huron County Health Partners form Opiate Response Plan

The Huron County Health Partners have formed an Opiate Response Plan; to address abuse and overdoses. Emergency rooms will report and track overdoses into their database; and if that number surpasses the “normal” amount, the ER will notify Huron County Public Health; who will then send out an alert to any responding agency that has signed up to be notified. The public can also sign up for the alerts at the Huron County EMA or Huron County Public Health websites (www.huroncountyema.org or www.huroncohealth.com).

 

Bellevue Police park clean up

The Bellevue Police Auxiliary is planning a park clean up day for later this month. It will take place Saturday, March 25th at Greenwood Heights/Robert Peters Park. More information on the event will be released later.

 

Patrol investigates Amish buggy crash on State Route 13

The Highway Patrol is investigating a Wednesday morning injury crash that occurred on Route 13 involving a Greenwich man and Amish buggy. Apparently, 39 year-old Gary Polachek struck an Amish buggy from behind with his truck in Butler Township, south of Greenwich. A family of four was in the buggy at the time; resulting in a 31 year-old woman being taken to Metro Hospital where she was listed in stable condition. Also, a 32 year-old man and two children were treated for minor injuries.

 

Norwalk considering water protection tech job

Norwalk is adding the new city position of water protection technician. The Norwalk Reflector says the full-time position would replace two former jobs, which have been vacated. The job would include several duties including being an expert on algae bloom; which the city says is the biggest threat to surface water. Norwalk will post the job from within before advertising on the outside.

 

Huron company receives grant

A company in Huron has been awarded a $13,000 state grant. Humanetics Innovative Solutions, which makes crash-test dummies, is the recipient of the grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation; to be used for improving workplace safety for company employees.


Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Clyde girl was driving over 65 mph in October fatal crash

The Clyde girl charged with aggravated vehicular homicide that killed a 16 year-old passenger was driving close to 70 miles-per-hour on a county road when she ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The Norwalk Reflector says this comes from a State Highway Patrol investigation. Tori Meggitt was a 16 year-old driver back in October when the crash took the life of Emily Wagner of Clyde and severely injured a 17 year-old male passenger. Meggitt was also charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

 

Volunteer firefighters needed in New London

New London is in need of volunteer firefighters. The fire department told village council Monday they currently have 24 volunteers, but would like to have 30. Anyone interested should get a hold of New London village hall for applications.

 

Erie County Sheriff’s Office grants

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has received a $37,000 grant in federal traffic safety funding with a goal of reducing fatal crashes. The sheriff’s office will use the grant for high-visibility enforcement patrols in high-crash areas such as US 250 and State Routes 2, 4, 60, and 61. During March, deputies will utilize the funds over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

 

Dine out fundraiser at The Freight House today

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser stops by The Freight House today in Norwalk. Part of today’s sales there will go to the fund’s 2017 campaign to benefit nearly 40 grants and programs.

 

Norwalk Earth Week 2017 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run

Norwalk Parks and Rec have announced they will again be hosting their Earth Week 5K Run/Walk. It will take place Saturday, April 22nd at Main Street School. For more info and to register, visit www.norwalkrec.com.