Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Update on Yesterday’s Overnight Fire at ThorSport Racing in Sandusky

Perkins fire Chief Keith Wohlever told the Sandusky Register Monday that the fire at ThorSport Racing overnight Sunday doesn’t appear to be suspicious, and was well under control at around 12 noon on Monday. ThorSport Racing Team Manager David Pepper also told the Register that the portion of the building heavily damaged by the blaze contained the company’s car fabrication shop.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal will most likely be providing information on the cause of the fire and monetary loss here in the near future. In an official statement Monday, ThorSport Racing said the fire begin shortly after midnight on Monday morning, as a fire broke out in the basement of their racing shop.  They also confirmed that no one was injured.  The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team plans to compete in Iowa this weekend.


Huron County Public Health offering Information and Protection on Zika Virus

Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is offering information about Zika Virus, and how to prevent it and other mosquito-related illnesses.   HCPH says the Asian tiger mosquito, which has the potential to transmit Zika, can survive in climates found in parts of Northern Ohio. HCPH has invested $2,400 in six Sentinel Mosquito traps that are designed to attract mosquitoes like the Asian tiger, and will be distributed around the county for regular surveillance.  They will be used to determine if/and or where the Asian tiger mosquitoes are found in Huron County.  At this time, there are no Zika cases being transmitted in Ohio, but mosquitoes can still spread other diseases. More information can be found online at


 Board of Elections in Huron County closed Wednesday and Thursday

The Huron County Board of Elections office in Norwalk will be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to office remodeling and construction.  They are located at 180 Milan Avenue, Suite 4.

Street Resurfacing Project beginning this week in Norwalk

Crews in Norwalk are starting work this week on the 2016 Street Resurfacing Project.  The tentative schedule includes the areas of Shady Lane between the high school and Job and Family Services, which was slated to begin yesterday.  Starting Wednesday (6/15), work is planned for S. West Street from the fairgrounds to the north.  The city recommends that you plan your route around construction when possible.  Follow the City of Norwalk on Facebook for timely updates.


Ohio Men Urged to Take Care of Themselves

(From the Ohio News Connection)-As some Ohioans search for the perfect Father’s Day present, some medical professionals suggest offering the gift of health. This is Men’s Health Week (June 13th-19th), and Brandon Leonard with the Men’s Health Network says some men are reluctant to schedule regular wellness appointments, so he suggests their loved ones get involved.

Leonard said “One of the biggest motivators is having people that you care about say, ‘Dad,’ — or if it’s a son or brother, whoever it may be — ‘This matters to us. We want you to be around for a long time and we want you to be healthy.”

While the average life expectancy at birth for most women is 81 years of age, for men it is 76. Leonard says by meeting with their physicians on a regular basis, men can learn the risk factors for certain diseases and make a big difference in the quality and quantity of life.

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Norwalk Highway Patrol Post involved in Motorcycle Pursuit and Injury Crash Sunday

A Lorain man was charged with driving his motorcycle under the influence of alcohol and fleeing and eluding along with other charges after a high speed pursuit early Sunday morning in Perkins Township.

31 year-old Andre Heidelburg of Lorain, was reportedly driving a Honda motorcycle recklessly, when he led the Sandusky Police Department and the Norwalk Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol post on a chase going north on US 250, then abruptly stopped due to traffic near Perkins Avenue around 2:50 am; and was then struck in the back by a pursuing Norwalk Highway Patrol car. The driver was ejected and the motorcycle went through the intersection, striking a stationary Sandusky Police Department car.

The suspect sustained non-life threatening injures, while the two Sandusky Officers and Highway Patrol received very minor to little injury.  Heidelburg remained in stable condition at Firelands Hospital, as of Sunday. The crash is under investigation.


Huron County ATV Crash leaves New London man Seriously Injured

A New London man was seriously injured in one-vehicle ATV crash early Friday morning. 28 year-old Alexander Draper of New London was driving an ATV east on Cook Road.  He was operating his ATV on a closed highway, where he struck a road closed sign, overturned, and was thrown from his ATV.  EMS personnel said that based on his condition, Draper likely laid in the roadway for several hours before being found.  No charges were filed at the time, but alcohol appears to be a factor.  The crash remains under investigation by The Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


East Bogart Road reopening ahead of Schedule

East Bogart Road at US Route 250 is set to reopen today (Monday 6/13), three weeks ahead of schedule, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).  ODOT also states that Bogart Road west of US 250 will close starting today for 30 days in the westbound direction only, between US 250 and Botay Road.  Night work will continue on mainline US 250 from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am with one lane of traffic during these hours. Work will continue as well on Bogart Road and Bay Winds Drive from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. It’s all part of the US Route 250 corridor improvement project.


 Former Ohio Governor and U.S. Senator George Voinovich passes away

Former U.S. Senator George Voinovich, a two-term Ohio governor who was considered one of Ohio’s most popular Republican politicians, died Sunday at the age of 79. He died peacefully in his sleep, his wife Janet confirmed.  His death came as a surprise to friends. The Republican had delivered public remarks Friday at an event at Cleveland City Hall, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention coming to Cleveland next month. He was twice elected to senate, spending 12 years there.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine stated Sunday that “George Voinovich was a good person — a good man.  He was a man of deep religious faith, and it was that faith that guided him in his decisions.”

Ohio Governor John Kasich also said in a statement Sunday that he remembered Voinovich for bringing people together for the common good. Voinovich served in the Ohio House from 1967-71 and was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1979, where he served from 1980 to 1989.


Sandusky-based NASCAR Truck Series Racing Shop damaged in Overnight Fire

ThorSport Racing Official Statement:(via Twitter page – @ThorSportRacing)

Shortly after midnight on Monday morning, a fire broke out in the basement of the ThorSport Racing shop, located in Sandusky, Ohio. At this time, we can confirm that no one was injured. We are currently working with the fire department and local officials to contain the blaze, and assess the damage. We do not expect this to impact the team’s competition schedule. Our next race is at Iowa Speedway in Newton on Saturday, June 18. Further details will be forthcoming.

According to its website, ThorSport Racing is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, racing since 1996, and are NASCAR’s only full-time team based here in Ohio.

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Norwalk Post of Highway Patrol involved in High-Speed Motorcycle Pursuit

The Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was involved in a high speed motorcycle pursuit that began Thursday night around 7:30 pm on U.S. 20 in Norwalk Township.  Troopers attempted to stop a west-bound motorcycle going in excess of the 60 mph speed limit, but the cycle fled at an extremely high rate of speed.  The pursuit then continued by Ohio State Highway Patrol Aircraft before the cycle stopped on Toledo’s east side in Lucas County, where the driver was never located after they left the scene on foot.  Two handguns were seized from the cycle along with a significant amount of suspected heroin and marijuana. The incident remains under investigation.


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Child Cancer Fundraiser to be held in Wakeman Saturday

A children’s cancer fundraiser will be held in Wakeman this Saturday (6/11), as an Alex’s Lemonade Stand will be set up from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in Community Park.  The Houtchings family host the stand each year in honor of their daughter Kylie, who battled cancer for four years before passing away in August 2006 at the age of 10.  A grill will be raffled off at the event; which includes a bake sale and lemonade sale, with all proceeds going to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer research.


$2.5 Million in Renovations get underway at Lorain County JVS

$2.5 million in summertime renovations have begun at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, in a project meant to create more room for the school’s increasing amount of students.  The renovations call for the existing space on the school’s first floor to be opened up for classrooms by moving a business department to the second floor.  Classrooms on the second floor of the school will then be changed over into labs and class space.  The project is scheduled to be mostly completed by August 23rd, just a few days before the first day of school for students, August 29th, according to JVS Assistant Superintendent Jerry Pavlik.  The work is part of a five-year plan by the JVS.


Two Willard Residents competing for Miss Ohio

Cate Wallhead and Paige Wiers will be representing Willard in this year’s Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant in Mansfield.  They are just two of the 20 ladies who will be competing for the Miss Ohio crown. Wallhead and Wiers will be participating in events beginning this weekend leading up to two nights of preliminaries, Thursday and Friday, and the finals next Saturday, June 18th at 7:30 pm at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield. Wallhead and Wiers’ first event of Miss Ohio Week takes place tomorrow (Saturday 6/11); with a Welcome Ceremony and Fashion Show at 5:00 pm inside the Richland Mall in Mansfield.


Patrol: ‘Failure to yield’ violations caused 49,000 crashes in 2015

Motorists that don’t yield for other vehicles in the right-of-way cause far too many crashes in Ohio each year, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Crashes caused by this violation, known as “failure to yield” (FTY), rose in 2015; with total crashes increasing 9 percent compared to 2014, and fatal FTY crashes increasing 28 percent.  Thirty-six percent of FTY crashes resulted in deaths or injuries last year, compared to 25 percent of all crashes.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to pay attention to which vehicles have the right-of-way and yield to them.  Troopers wrote over 23,000 citations that included an FTY violation in 2015.

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, NASA’s Glenn Research Center is having a free public open house at Plum Brook Station in Sandusky June 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This is Plum Brook Station’s first open house since 2008. Nearly 25,000 people attended an open house at NASA Glenn’s Cleveland campus in May. The event will begin at the Kalahari Convention Center, where guests can see NASA exhibits and talk to rocket scientists and engineers. There will be hands-on activities and science demonstrations for kids, and astronaut Sunita Williams will speak at 2 p.m. each day. Buses will depart Kalahari, taking guests on guided tours of Plum Brook’s test facilities. Those facilities include the world’s largest thermal vacuum chamber, where scenes from Marvel’s “The Avengers” movie were filmed.  Members of the public who have questions about the open house should visit



A Berlin Township boy remains in critical condition after being accidently shot in the back on Tuesday.

13-year old Matthew Fluty is still being treated at Mercy St. Vincent Medical center in Toledo after undergoing emergency surgery Tuesday afternoon. Fluty’s 15-year-old friend was attempting to unload a shotgun after preparing to go bird shooting when the weapon fired birdshot into Fluty’s back, with some pellets penetrating the skin and striking his internal organs. So far no charges have been filed.



Some questions have been answered regarding a $21-million water line issue in Erie County.

Last spring, local highway engineers discovered major infrastructure issues with water pipes on Bardshar Road in Margaretta Township. While digging up the area for a ditch project, engineers found the water lines were too shallow and lacked protective stone material, making the system prone to premature failure. A lawsuit has been brought about by a local resident claiming the engineering firm Burgess and Niple and construction company Speer Brothers breached multi-million dollar contracts when the construction occurred in 2001 thru 2004. It is not known when a decision on the lawsuit could occur.




Former Huron schools superintendent Fred Fox can regain employment with the school system if he chooses.

Erie County Common Pleas Court has reversed an order that terminated Fox. Fox has served as superintendent of Wynford Local Schools in Bucyrus since January.


A Sandusky man’s gun went off at Sam’s Club in Sandusky on Monday.

A 72-year old man pulled up to the gas station and exited his vehicle when his loaded handgun fell to the ground and fired. Another customer called the police and said the weapon went off and struck the pavement. No one was injured. Police traced the man’s license plate and seized his weapon. No charges have been filed.


The Endowment Fund for Norwalk City Schools awarded 34 scholarships this week totaling over $50,000

This is the 16th years that the Endowment Fund has awarded scholarships to graduating seniors. The Endowment Fund’s annual event, “A Celebration of the Arts”, raises significant funds for the general academic scholarships.