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Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Sandusky/Road closed due to downed power lines

In Sandusky, Old Railroad between West Strub Road and Perkins Avenue is closed now until further notice.

City officials report that downed electric lines and poles are laying across the roadway.

 

Sandusky/Woman faces OVI charges after car hit by train

A Sandusky woman was charged with OVI, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to control after her car reportedly was hit by a train while stuck on the tracks.

Authorities say that 27 year-old Destine Massey, who was unharmed, lost control of her vehicle and got stuck on the train tracks on Mills Street Sunday night.

She reportedly saw a train coming and fled the scene before the train hit her vehicle.

 

Ohio/Flu decreasing statewide, up in Erie County

Hospitalizations due to the flu have decreased in Ohio during the last two weeks.

In Erie County however, there were 12 flu-related hospital visits a week ago, increasing from the previous week, but still not as high as the 17 hospitalizations during the peak of the flu season in early January.

 

Norwalk/”State of the City” address tonight

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan is set to present the “State of the City” Address at tonight’s City Council meeting.

Council meets at 7:30 pm in the Norwalk Municipal Courtroom.

 

Sandusky County/One-time Trump accuser to run for local gov’t office

A woman who once accused President Trump of sexual harassment is getting national attention after deciding to run as state representative for Sandusky and Seneca counties.

35 year-old Rachel Crooks, a Clyde High School grad who lives in Tiffin, says the alleged incident took place in 2015 while she worked in Trump Tower in New York City.

If Crooks wins the Democratic nomination, she would take on current Representative Bill Reineke of Tiffin, a Republican.

 

Sandusky launching online bill paying system

Officials in Sandusky are hoping to soon bring an online bill payment system to residents.

The system, which workers hope is up and running by May, would allow customers to pay their sewer and water bills electronically on their computer or phone.

City officials believe they could save around $40,000 by implementing the system.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018

*Erie and Huron County: Level One Snow Advisory

 

Today

A chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

 

Tonight

Snow likely, mainly overnight. Cloudy, with a low around 19.

New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

 

Wednesday

Snow, 1 to 2 inches possible.  High near 26.

 

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25.


Monday, February 5th, 2018

Sandusky/Shooting suspect charged

A 26 year-old man faces charges in connection with a shooting on Neil and Wayne Streets in Sandusky.

Julias Henson of Sandusky has been charged with felonious assault and having a weapon under disability from the alleged incident on January 25th that left a man hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the leg.

 

Huron County/Patrol trooper recognized

A local state patrol sergeant has been recognized for his efforts in attempting to save a life following a head-on crash in Huron County.

In December, Sergeant Jacob Tidaback removed an unresponsive driver from a vehicle that was on fire and performed CPR on the victim.

Despite the trooper’s efforts though, the driver later passed away.

Tidaback recently received a certificate of recognition.

 

Sandusky/No buyer for KBI plant

The rumors concerning a new company purchasing the KBI plant in Sandusky are false.

This according to the Erie County Economic Development Corporation from a report in the Sandusky Register.

The one-time GM plant was bought out by KBI in 2008; and then closed its doors last year, leaving close to 400 people without jobs.

 

Vermilion/Rash of vehicle entries

Police in Vermilion are looking into a series of reported vehicle break-ins over the weekend.

They took place in the Guilford, Morris, Elizabeth, Highbridge, Hilltop and Woodlands neighborhoods.

Authorities say all the entered vehicles were unlocked.

 

Erie County/Debt dropping

Debt is on the decline in Erie County.

The county reported that their total debt entering this year is $73 million, the lowest amount since 2002.

Roughly 70 percent of the county’s obligations are from landfill, sewer and water operations.

 

Huron County/Childhood obesity high

With this being American Heart Month, here are some numbers locally involving childhood obesity.

Numbers from last year’s Huron County Health Assessment said that 20 percent of youth in Huron County are obese, with another 15 percent being overweight.

That compares to national numbers of 17 percent obesity for children and 14 percent classified as overweight, according to the American Heart Association.

According to the health assessment, obesity in children has immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being, including a higher risk of diabetes and heart problems; even for youth.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2018

*Erie and Huron Counties: Level One Snow Advisory

 

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as 2-below-zero.

 

Tonight

Snow, 1 to 2 inches possible. Low around 18.

 

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27.

 

Wednesday

Snow likely, 1 to 2 inches possible.  Cloudy, with a high near 28.


Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Huron County/James to run for commissioner

Former Executive Director of the Huron County Chamber of Commerce, Melissa James, has announced her candidacy for Huron County Commissioner.

James, a Democrat, is seeking the seat currently held by Republican Joe Hintz.

James spent the past sixteen years leading the Chamber as well as the Huron County Safety Council and Huron County Visitors Bureau.

 

Greenwich/Sex offender going to jail

A Greenwich man is going to prison for 10 years on sexual battery charges.

59 year-old Patrick A. Taft Junior pled guilty in December to two counts of sexual battery related to incidents from August 2015 through February 2017 involving a girl that was a minor.

Taft is now classified as a Tier 3 sex offender.

 

Willard/Heroin dealer to jail

A 42 year-old Willard woman is spending some time in jail for a drug crime.

Lori Atkins was sentenced to 60 days in jail after admitting Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court that she had violated her probation on heroin trafficking.

 

Catawba Island/Missing man found

A missing elderly man on Catawba Island was found safe after a six-hour search by authorities on Wednesday.

The man suffering from dementia was discovered unharmed near the 2600 block of Sand Road.

The man, who was cold and disoriented, was treated and released from Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton.

 

Patrol/”Fans don’t let fans drive drunk”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging fans to be safe this Super Bowl Sunday by refraining from driving impaired.

During last year’s Super Bowl, the Patrol made 66 OVI arrests; with four fatalities and 135 injuries resulting from traffic crashes during the 24-hour reporting period.

Three of the traffic fatalities and 21 of the injuries were OVI-related.

 

Norwalk/Possible job expansion

Norwalk city council has approved a job creation grant to assist with New Horizon Baking Company’s planned expansion.

It includes $3.6 million in equipment and $440,000 in additions; which will likely create 18 full-time permanent jobs in Norwalk before the end of the year.

A final decision on the expansion is expected soon.

The company looks to continue its 51-year partnership with the city of Norwalk.

 

Vermilion/Ice-A-Fair

The 10th annual “Ice-A-Fair” festival takes place Saturday in Vermilion.

The event features 70 ice sculptures on display downtown along with ice carving demos.

“Ice-A-Fair” runs from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Also Saturday, the Ritter Public Library is hosting a coinciding Chocolate Festival in Vermilion from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd, 2018

Today

A slight chance of snow showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 20.

Wind chill values as low as 2-below-zero.

 

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around 12.

Wind chill values as low as 1-below-zero.

 

Saturday

Cloudy, with a high near 32.  Wind chill values as low as zero.

 

Sunday

Snow.  1 to 2 inches possible.  High near 35.


Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Huron County/Sheppard murder trial delayed

The Huron County trial has been delayed for the two men accused in the 2003 cold case murder of Perkins Township’s Michael Sheppard Junior.

Scott Hall of Clyde and Adam White of Sandusky were scheduled to go on trial next Tuesday; but a third suspect, Joshua Stamm of Florida, has filed a motion to put a halt to his extradition to Ohio.

Stamm, who’s currently serving a three-year prison term in Florida for weapons charges, claims that the state of Ohio doesn’t have sufficient evidence to prosecute him.

The state of Florida has until Tuesday to take action on Stamm’s motion.

 

Clyde/Casualty in mobile home fire

A Tuesday morning fire at a mobile home in Clyde claimed one life.

The blaze took place in the 1700 block of West McPherson Highway.

The identity of the victim and the cause of the fire are under investigation.

 

Perkins Township/Employee suspended

A Perkins Township employee was recently suspended for 10 days without pay.

The punishment for 12-year employee Troy Nemitz was due to him skipping a mandatory meeting and being insubordinate during a follow-up interview.

Other factors were considered in Nemitz’s suspension including a previous two-day suspension in 2016 for lying about why he needed time off work.

 

Erie County/Portion of SR 61 closed

In Erie County, State Route 61 between routes 2 and 6 will remain closed today for a culvert installation.

It’s expected to re-open on Friday.

 

Huron County/Operations Center named in honor of Ommert

The Huron County Emergency Management Agency has named their operations center after a long-time EMA Director.

A dedication ceremony was held last week for The Bill Ommert Huron County Emergency Operations Center.

Ommert served as EMA Director from 1991 to 2009 and spent some time as interim director last year following the resignation of Jason Roblin.

Ommert passed away in August of last year at the age of 77.

 

Fremont/Drug raid

A 45 year-old Fremont woman faces a felony drug charge following a raid Wednesday by local drug task forces.

Cherika Magee has been charged with cocaine possession and could face additional charges.

Authorities also found a handgun and close to $8,000 in cash at the Webster Street home.

 

Ottawa County/Identity theft

A 51 year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison for multiple counts of identity fraud.

Oreste Torres was indicted last June in Ottawa County after authorities found him with dozens of fake credit cards containing stolen information.

 

Norwalk/Levy for aquatic facility

City Council in Norwalk has approved a replacement levy for maintenance and operations of the Ernsthausen Community Center’s aquatic facility.

The .65-mill levy will be placed on the May 8th ballot.

If voted in, it would cost a homeowner 78 cents for a house valued at $100,000.

 

Norwalk/Police Chief Selection Committee meeting

The City of Norwalk Police Chief Selection Committee will meet tonight at 6:30 pm in the conference room at Norwalk City Hall.

Current Police Chief Dave Light is set to retire February 16th after 33 years with the department.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018

Today

Mostly cloudy, with the temperature falling to around 28 by 5:00 pm.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.

Wind chill values as low as 4-below-zero.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 20.

 

Saturday

A chance of snow, mainly in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 33.

New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.