Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Alleged abuse of developmentally-disabled man in Collins

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office is looking into allegations involving the abuse of a 22 year-old developmentally-disabled man. The Norwalk Reflector reports that a search warrant was executed Tuesday morning at 3185 U.S. 20 near Collins;  citing “evidence of abuse,” “unlawful restraint” and “questionable conditions.” The man was taken into protective custody on Friday, said Sheriff Dane Howard.  The man’s caretakers were not home during the search; but were later interviewed by the sheriff’s office, where they were released, without being charged.


Food drive to benefit Huron County domestic violence victims

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a food drive in October in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Food will be collected now through October 28th with everything to be donated to Victim Assistance at The Miriam House in Norwalk, a housing program for homeless women and their children. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of the sheriff’s office at 12 East Main Street in Norwalk.


Arnold Schwartzenegger to speak at Oberlin College on Saturday

Final preparations are underway at Oberlin College, for a national conference on energy. The three-day conference titled “After Fossil Fuels, The Next Economy” begins tomorrow; featuring former California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger as a guest speaker on Saturday.


Domino’s Pizza Fundraiser Day for Willard Elementary

Willard Elementary School is hosting a Domino’s Pizza fundraiser today. Willard Elementary and their Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program (PBIS) will receive a portion of all sales today at Domino’s in Willard.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Political signage rules for Willard residents

The City of Willard has issued a reminder to residents concerning political signage. The city says that signs of any kind (including political ones), are not allowed at ‘right-of-ways’, meaning sections between the sidewalk and street. For streets without sidewalks, the city says you are generally safe to place the sign at least 10 feet from the road’s edge; but you must always have the property owner’s permission before placing any sign.


Two Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics in Huron County tomorrow

Huron County Public Health is offering drive-thru flu shot Clinics tomorrow. They will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 am at the Huron County Fairgrounds in Norwalk and from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in New London at First Baptist Church. All those attending must bring photo ID and their insurance card, and be at least 18 years-old. If you can’t make it to a clinic, call Huron County Public Health to schedule an appointment (419-668-1652). More drive-thru flu shot clinics will be offered next week in Willard and Wakeman.


Portion of Bogart Road closing for 10 days

Starting today, Bogart Road between State Route 4 and Old Railroad Road in Margaretta Township (Sandusky) will be closed for approximately 10 days, due to bridge work.


Bass Pro buys rival Cabela’s

 In August, a new Cabela’s outdoor gear superstore opened in Avon. Monday came word, that rival Bass Pro Shops is buying its’ rival for $4.5 half billion.   Bass Pro says, they intend to operate their stores separately


New High School Football AP Poll is out

Here’s how area teams are ranked.

Division 3: Sandusky – 6th (up 1 from last week)

Division 4: Port Clinton – 5th (up 1)

Division 5: Edison – 4th (remain)

Division 7: St. Paul – 2nd (up 2 spots), Monroeville – 4th (up 2)

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Green Springs teen killed, another serious injured in two-vehicle crash Saturday

A 16 year-old Clyde girl was killed and a 17 year-old Clyde boy suffered severe injuries in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon near Green Springs. Emily Wagner and Skylar M. J. Burroughs were passengers in a car that ran a stop sign, and was hit by a Ford F-150 at the intersection of State Route 19 and County Road 34 just south of Green Springs in Adams Township. Wagner suffered fatal injuries, while Burroughs was taken by life-flight to a Toledo hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Both vehicles’ drivers sustained non-life threatening injuries.


Highway Patrol graduates 64 cadets, including 5 men from the area

Five area men are among the latest graduates of The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s 160th Academy Class. Ethan Branham of Attica, Alexander Elmlinger of Willard, Eric Mentis of Huron, Richard Suda of Wakeman and Francisco Vazquez Botello of Norwalk will all report for the first time today to their assigned posts, where they will begin a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. Courses completed by the 160th class included, crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense, emergency vehicle operations, community/police relations, and de-escalation techniques.


Disaster-readiness Conference to take place this Friday and Saturday in Sandusky

The annual Disaster Volunteer Coalition conference will be held this Friday and Saturday (10/7-10/8) at The Chapel, on Galloway Road in Sandusky. The conference titled “Beyond Response: Joining Forces to Serve in Disasters”, is for any person or organization that’s interested in assisting their community in the wake of a disaster; including government officials, and volunteers from the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, churches, and social-service agencies. The event is free and runs from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm each day.  You can find a link to register on The Huron County Emergency Management Agency Facebook page.


Goodwill holding Job Fair in Elyria on Wednesday

Once again this year, Goodwill of Lorain County will host a job fair, Wednesday at the Midway Mall in Elyria. Goodwill says that 50 employers with more than 600 available jobs will meet with those looking for work, from 10:00 am to 2: 00 pm Wednesday.  Goodwill of Lorain County serves residents of Lorain County and eastern portions of Huron and Erie Counties.


Gas Prices up this week

We begin the week with service stations pumping up their pump prices, 20 to 30 cents a gallon, to reflect production-cuts announced by OPEC. Today’s going rates are between $2.19 to $2.29 a-gallon.


Woolybear Forecast says there will be more snow

If woolybears are any indication of winter weather, we could see TWICE as much snow this year compared to a year ago. That’s the word from Fox 8’s Dick Goddard, even though he had to miss Sunday’s Woolybear Festival in Vermilion due to hip surgery.

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Grate pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to all charges in Ashland Murders

The Ashland man believed to have killed two local women plead not guilty Thursday to an Ashland County Common Pleas Judge on 23 felony charges including four counts of aggravated murder. 40 year-old Shawn M. Grate, who’s accused of killing Stacy Stanley of Greenwich and Elizabeth Griffith of Ashland; was arraigned yesterday through a live video conference at the Ashland County Courthouse. Multiple media outlets report that Grate’s pretrial will be held October 31st also via video conference. The four aggravated murder charges carry the death penalty.


Norwalk hosting ‘Imagine: A Drug Free Community’ event this Sunday

An event called ‘An Afternoon of Inspiration and Hope’ will take place in Norwalk on Sunday. ‘Imagine: A Drug Free Community’ happens 12 noon to 3:00 pm and includes a portion of the program focused on recovery resources. The event also includes a ‘Walk for Recovery’ from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, followed by ‘One Great Hour of Inspiration and Hope’ featuring speakers from law enforcement and the media, and ‘A Song of Hope’ from Emily Keener.


Public Meetings concerning Huron County 911 System to be held next week

Three public meetings are planned for next week regarding professional recommendations being made on bringing the Huron County 911 system into the 21st century. The meetings take place Monday at 7:00 pm at Norwalk High School, Tuesday at 7:00 pm at Willard City Council Chambers, and Wednesday at 6:00 pm at New London Village Council Chambers.  Those planning to attend the meeting can view the list of recommendations before attending, by going online to


Elyria-Cleveland attempted abduction to be featured on national crime TV show

The case of a man who attempted to abduct a young girl in Elyria and kidnapped a girl in Cleveland is gaining national attention. The TV Show ‘Crime Watch’, which is hosted by Chris Hansen (of ‘To Catch a Predator’ fame) will feature the story in an upcoming episode.  There is currently a $20,000 reward for information that will help lead to the arrest of the suspect.  Currently there is no confirmed air date for the show.


Woolybear Festival happens Sunday

The 44th edition of the Woolybear Festival is this Sunday in Vermilion. The event is considered to be the largest one-day festival in Ohio, which features one of the largest parades in the country.  The parade begins at 1:30 pm. Other activities include a kids’ race, the Woolybear 500 caterpillar race, and an animal-woolybear costume contest; plus appearances from Fox 8 Cleveland TV personalities.