Thursday, August 31, 2017

Water main break on East Cleveland Road

Due to a water main break on East Cleveland Road, all of Erie County Water customers east of State Route 61 in Huron, Berlin and Vermilion Townships will experience very low water pressure while repairs are made.

Erie County Water customers from 3911 east to 4224 E. Cleveland Road are on under a boil advisory through 8:00 am Friday.


Hurricane Harvey relief event in Norwalk

A collection event for Hurricane Harvey victims is going on now in Norwalk.

A semi trailer is in place at the St. Paul Parish maintenance building next to the Convocation Center; collecting non-perishable food items, water, paper products, diapers and baby wipes.

It will be there from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm today and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday; collecting items on behalf of the ‘Answering the Call Together’ organization.


Hearing to take place soon in Port Clinton involuntary manslaughter case

A Port Clinton woman facing an involuntary manslaughter charge will have an evidentiary hearing in late September.

23 year-old Jordyn Beckhusen has also been charged with corrupting another with drugs in connection with the overdose death of 47 year-old Harold Carter in April 2016; whose body was found in the yard of a home on West Fremont Road.

Beckhusen’s hearing will take place September 25th in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.


County Commissioner Boose declines White House invitation

All of Ohio’s county commissioners were invited to the White House on Tuesday by President Trump’s administration.

Huron County Commissioner Terry Boose declined the invite though, saying he didn’t see the benefit of going; and that he would’ve had to pay for the expensive trip himself, and he certainly didn’t want to spend any taxpayers’ money.

Those invited were scheduled to partake in localized policy discussions with White House Staff.


First-ever ‘Bash at the Bay’ country concert taking place today

Over 10,000 people are expected on Put-in-Bay today for the first-ever “Bash at the Bay” country music festival.

Security and safety are a prime concern for the event; which will be held at The Put-in-Bay Airport.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is expected to oversee security during the show; with the sheriff’s office also planning a mobile command post that will include deputies and officers from various departments.

The event begins at 3:30 pm with Toby Keith headlining the show at 8:00 pm.


Huron County ‘Couch to 5K’ sign-ups going on now

Registration is going on now for the free 9-week training plan geared towards getting you ready for your first 5K run/walk.

The ‘Couch to 5K’ program features twice-a-week meetings in Norwalk with 3 planned workouts per week.

You can register by contacting Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Huron County Public Health or Norwalk’s parks and rec department.

The program runs September 26th thru November 21st; leading up to the ‘7th Annual Turkey Trot’ on November 23rd at Perkins High School.




A chance of showers, mainly this morning.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 71.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.



A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


*A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 10:00 am today.


Patchy dense fog this morning.

A slight chance of showers this afternoon.

Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 77.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.



A slight chance of showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.


Former Huron County Sheriff’s Deputy to not be charged after investigation

A former Huron County Sheriff’s Deputy will not face criminal charges following an investigation of an incident involving him and two inmates.

Robert Lombardo of Willard resigned from the sheriff’s office earlier this month amid the investigation.

The July 24th incident that left a prisoner injured had been under review by Erie County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Baxter.


$6 million townhouse project coming to Huron

A development of 20 new townhouses is coming to Huron at the former site of ConAgra.

The first phase of the $6 million project near the public boat ramp off U.S. 6 will feature the installation of utilities along with a public park and new roadway.

Construction is expected to begin in July of next year and be completed no longer than a year later.


Renovations being done to Sandusky High School

Renovations are going on now at Sandusky High School.

Projects involving the high school’s auditorium’s stage air venting system and roof are near completion; with additional improvements to be made next year to the planetarium and science labs.

The renovations are a portion of the $70 million project that was approved by voters last fall.


Recent awarding of funds by Mylander Foundation

The Mylander Foundation has recently awarded over $154,000 in grants to Erie County organizations covering 27 projects.

$34,300 to Nehemiah Partners for air conditioning and electrical upgrades to their gymnasium, $25,000 of that going to the Humane Society of Erie County for remodeling and $20,000 to the Volunteers of America Crossroads Shelter for renovations.


Vacant Norwalk city council seat has two applicants

The Norwalk city council seat vacated by the resignation of Kelly Beck has two applicants so far.

Norwalk High School teacher Chris Jackson and business owner and former council member Dwight Tkach have both applied.

Applications for the vacant seat will be taken through this Friday.

Beck, who served for five years, resigned due to moving with his family to Collins.


State representative working on legislation involving pets

An Ohio State Representative has introduced a bill to make shelter animals the official state pet.

Republican Laura Lanese of Grove City, near Columbus, is looking to promote animal adoption with House Bill 319.

Lanese is also working on House Bill 263, which would allow consumers to bring their dogs on restaurant patios.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Salvation Army responds to Harvey

The Salvation Army in Norwalk is asking the public to consider financial donations to support the Army’s response to Hurricane Harvey.

Donated funds will go to support the organization’s 42 mobile kitchens in Texas and to stock emergency supplies such as water and cleanup kits at their disaster center in Arlington and points nearer to the coast.

For more information and to donate, visit

To receive a donation link on your phone, text “STORM” to 51555.


Teens try to flee after rollover crash in Erie County

Two teen boys reportedly fled after their car was involved in a rollover crash in Erie County Monday morning.

The Morning Journal reports that a 19 year-old from Vermilion and 18 year-old from Sandusky were quickly found by authorities following a crash on State Route 2 eastbound, east of State Route 60.

The 19 year-old was taken into custody with possible charges pending.


Two suspected drug dealers arrested by Norwalk PD

Two Lorain men have been arrested by Norwalk Police for drug dealing.

22 year-old Kenadrew Clark and 19 year-old Jarvis Burns Jr. face charges including heroin and cocaine possession as well as drug trafficking; after Norwalk authorities performed a ‘controlled buy’ with the two suspects.


Part of Ohio 4 named after Fred Deering

A section of Ohio 4 has been renamed after a long-time public servant.

“The Rep. Frederick H. Deering Memorial Highway” runs from Bogart Road in Erie County to Crawford County.

A ceremony was held Monday in honor of the late state representative from Oxford Township.

Deering worked for over 50 years in public service including time as an Erie County Commissioner, Erie Metro Parks Commissioner and school board member at Perkins.


Norwalk Reflector hires three locals

Three local talents have been hired by the Norwalk Reflector.

Norwalk native Mark Hazelwood is the new sports editor at the Reflector.  Hazlewood has spent the last six years as sports editor at the Sandusky Register, where he will also continue to work during the transition.

2009 St. Paul grad Karlee Steffanni has also been hired as a new full-time reporter along with recent Norwalk High School grad Madeline Roche, who will be a correspondent.


Norwalk gives traffic update to red light on Milan Avenue

The City of Norwalk has made an adjustment to a section of Milan Avenue.

Effective immediately, “no turn on red” restrictions have been removed on southbound Milan Avenue at Cline St. (by AutoZone) and southbound Schauss at Main Street.

The city says the change was made in efforts to improve traffic flow and encourage using other routes besides US 250.




A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible this

afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 79.



Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Sandusky juveniles in trouble for separate incidents

Four young boys from Sandusky are in a heap of trouble after two separate incidents…

Three juveniles, ages 12, 13 and 14, are facing charges after leading Sandusky police on a car chase on Friday.

The young suspects reportedly stole a car and fled from police where they eventually lost control of their vehicle while being pursued.

The three boys suffered minor injuries.


A 13 year-old boy was charged with breaking and entering early Saturday morning after allegedly trying to burglarize a liquor store on the 1300 block of Tiffin Avenue.


Danbury Township man indicted in Snapchat rape incident

A Danbury Township man accused of raping a 20 year-old woman; which was found to be recorded on the social media app Snap-chat, has been indicted by an Ottawa County Grand Jury.

77 year-old James Allen faces two felony counts each of rape and sexual battery from an incident on August 8th.

Allen, formerly the general manager of Bay Point Resort, was terminated from the position after his arrest.


Former local school bus driver jailed for incident with teenage girl

A former school bus driver for Bellevue City Schools has been sent to jail for an incident involving a 15 year-old girl from Seneca County.

48 year-old Mark Whaley of Bellevue is in the Seneca County Jail after being found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Whaley will serve 90 days in jail.

Whaley worked for Bellevue schools from 2015 until resigning in May of this year.



Highway Patrol investigating head on crash in Sandusky County

Two Fremont men were seriously injured in a two vehicle crash Saturday morning in Sandusky County.

The crash occurred on Ohio 53 near County Road 182 in Rice Township, north of Fremont.

The Highway Patrol says that 48 year-old Brian Henderson drove left of center and struck 43 year-old Harley Harman’s vehicle head-on.


Local anti-bullying charity looking for auction items

The non-profit organization in remembrance of a Willard boy believed by supporters to have taken his own life due to bullying is looking for the public’s assistance for auction items.

CALEB – Anti-Bullying Cause, is putting together a fundraising event on October 28th; with plans to award scholarships and build an outreach center.

To help with items, contact Anna Hershiser or visit the organization’s Facebook page.


Recent numbers from Huron County sales tax collection…

The latest Huron County sales tax collection numbers feature some record-breaking figures.

The county reportedly collected more than $1 million for the first time ever in May, $150,000 more than the same time a year ago.

According to Auditor Roland Tkach, the numbers representing out-of-state retailers that made sales to county residents were up over 200 percent; in which he called “eye-catching”.


Ribbon-cutting ceremony today for new Norwalk businesses

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place this afternoon for two new businesses in Norwalk.

The joint-ceremony is set for 4:30 pm at American Armor Coating and sister-company, Leaders Industrial Services, on St. Mary’s Street.

The companies’ primary focus is spray-on bed-liners and custom floor coatings.




A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Cloudy, with a high near 76.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Cloudy, with a low around 60.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Cloudy, with a high near 74.



A slight chance of showers.

Partly sunny, with a high near 77.