Monday, July 3, 2017

Stokely’s fire is likely arson

A Sunday morning fire at the old Stokely’s Van Camp Building in Norwalk is likely due to arson.

Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson told the Norwalk Reflector that the Ohio State Fire Marshal said the blaze on North West Street was intentionally set.

At least 11 fire trucks were on scene to fight the fire.

Norwalk Police and the State Fire Marshal are beginning an investigation.


Out-of-state man arrested after attempting to meet up with young Perkins girl

A man from out-of-state was arrested over the weekend after driving several hours to meet up with a 12 year-old girl from Perkins Township.

Perkins Police arrested 43 year-old Adam Chapman of Iowa after multiple images of child pornography were found in his possession.

Chapman is in the Erie County Jail as the investigation continues.


Elevated lead levels found in Erie County children after tests

A recent test conducted by the Erie County Health Department showed that 41 of 90 children had elevated lead levels in their blood.

The tests were done back on May 20th during the Wightman Wieber children’s festival at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion.

Follow-ups are expected with the children to find out how they’re being exposed.

The Erie County Health Department is currently using a three-year federal grant to try to rid lead from local homes.


City of Norwalk Bicentennial and July 4th Celebration on Tuesday

A big bash is planned in Norwalk to celebrate the 4th of July and the city’s bicentennial.

Tuesday morning at 10:30 am… it’s the annual Lion’s Club Independence Day Parade which features the Budweiser Clydesdales.

The Clydesdales will also be on public display today from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the fairgrounds.

Bicentennial festivities on Tuesday include food vendors and kid’s games at the Huron County Fairgrounds; with music Tuesday night by Emily Keener at 7:00 pm and the Rutledge country band at 7:45 pm.

It all comes to a close tomorrow night with fireworks at 10:00 pm.


Fourth of July safety tips from Huron County Public Health

Huron County Public Health has issued some safety reminders when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July.

With fireworks, they say to obey local laws, always wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks and to shoot them off outdoors in a clear area away from homes and vehicles.

A complete list of summer holiday safety tips can be found online at


Port Clinton receives $2.5 million for street overhaul

Port Clinton has been awarded $2.5 million from ODOT to help replace and re-construct Jefferson Street.

The funds have been allocated for the year 2020.

The project between Third and Perry Streets includes new sidewalks and the replacing of sewer and water lines.


Area fireworks schedule

Plenty of fireworks displays going on in the area over the next couple of days.

Tonight, look for fireworks in Oak Harbor and Wellington.

Tomorrow, fireworks will be shot off at Cedar Point in Sandusky, in Norwalk, Fremont, Clyde, and Port Clinton.




Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.


Tuesday – Independence Day

Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Perkins bank robbery suspects arrested in Florida

The suspect wanted in the May robbery of a Sandusky bank is now in custody.

60 year-old Louis Cillo, with ties to Lorain, has been identified by Perkins Police as the man who robbed the Milan Road Fifth Third Bank on May 19th.

This comes after Cillo was arrested in Florida as a suspect in a bank robbery there.


California man dies in two-vehicle crash in Huron County

A two vehicle crash Thursday morning in Huron County resulted in the death of a California man.

Matthew Mancillas of Bakersfield, California was 40 years old.

The Highway Patrol says Mancillas failed to yield at a stop sign on Ohio 601 near U.S. 20; and pulled into the path of a semi truck.  A 9 year-old passenger with Mancillas was taken to a Toledo hospital with serious injuries.


Man arrested for robbing Perkins home earlier this month

A Sandusky man has been arrested by Clyde Police in connection with a burglary June 12th in Perkins Township.

39 year-old Andrew Hunt was reportedly a getaway driver for roommate Michael Monk; after Monk allegedly stole a TV and video game console from a Force Avenue home.


Two from Castalia honored for catching criminals

Two Castalia residents have been honored by law enforcement for helping report the whereabouts of armed robbery suspects in December.

18 year-old Kaleb Carpenter and 19 year-old Eryn Spicer were given awards by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

The two contacted police when they recognized a truck on Ohio 101 with three suspects wanted for holding someone at gunpoint at a store in Sandusky earlier that day.

The suspects were later arrested.


State Patrol warns against drinking and driving this July Fourth

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be out in full force cracking down on impaired drivers the entire Fourth of July weekend, beginning today.

During last year’s Fourth of July reporting period, a total of 12 fatal crashes killed 13 people in Ohio. This includes seven OVI-related fatal crashes that killed eight people.

AAA is expecting nearly 1.9 million Ohioans to travel this weekend.


No place settings allowed on tree lawns in Norwalk before Monday morning

In preparation for the upcoming Independence Day and Bicentennial parade in Norwalk on Tuesday, the City of Norwalk is reminding residents that no place settings of any kind are allowed on tree lawns before Monday morning at 9:30 am.

This includes blankets and tarps.

All items place there earlier will be removed and taken to the Ernsthausen Community Center.


New Dunkin’ Donuts Grand Opening Celebration today in Norwalk

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting today at the brand new Dunkin’ Donuts on Milan Avenue in Norwalk.

Mayor Rob Duncan and Police Chief David Light will be on hand for the ceremony at 11:30 am.




Showers and thunderstorms likely this morning.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85.



Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Some of the storms could produce heavy rain.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.



Showers and thunderstorms likely. Patchy fog early.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Walk honoring Willard student is this Saturday

A walk is planned for this weekend to remember former Willard Middle School student Caleb Hershiser.

“Caleb’s Cause – Walk Against Bullying” takes place at 5:00 pm this Saturday behind Willard High School.

Hershiser died on April 2nd from a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound; which supporters believe was due to bullying and harassment.

A two-month investigation was conducted by local law enforcement; in which they found no one responsible for his death.

Saturday would’ve been Hershiser’s 15th birthday.


North Fairfield gives their OK to Utopia Pipeline

After a public information meeting on Monday, North Fairfield Council has voted to work towards a final agreement in bringing the Utopia Pipeline through their village.

The proposed pipeline would run under Ohio Route 162 on the west side of the village.

North Fairfield Council hopes to have an agreement finalized in two weeks with Kinder Morgan, the company in charge of the pipeline.


City of Sandusky approves demolition of American Crayon site

City Commissioners in Sandusky have approved a contract for the demolition of the former site of American Crayon on Hayes Avenue.

Work should get underway very shortly with it scheduled to be finished by the middle of 2018.


Norwalk Police Captain graduates from FBI program

Norwalk Police Captain Michael Conney has graduated from the FBI National Academy Program.

The program includes 10 weeks of training in the fields of advanced communication, leadership and fitness.

The program in Quantico, Virginia wrapped up earlier this month; consisting of men and women from 47 states along with military organizations and law enforcement agencies from around the world.


Open house to be held at ‘Back to the Wild’ in July

‘Back to the Wild’ wildlife rescue in Castalia will be hosting an open house event next month.

It will take place Saturday, July 8th from 12 noon to 4:00 pm.

The facility has nearly 100 animals in rehab including bald eagles, snakes and flying squirrels.


Willard Festival in the Park begins today

The 31st annual Willard Festival in the Park gets underway later today.

Activities include a parade at 5:00 pm on Saturday and fireworks Saturday evening at 10:30 pm.

It all gets started at 4:00 pm this afternoon with the opening of food booths.

The festival runs through Saturday.




Sunny, with a high near 78.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.



Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a high near 82.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Willard man pleads guilty to injuring his pregnant girlfriend

A Willard man has plead guilty to a domestic violence charge involving an injury to his pregnant girlfriend.

34 year-old Christopher Shepherd faces jail time from an October incident in his then Lorain home where he reportedly threw his six-month pregnant girlfriend to the floor during an argument.

Shepherd is currently free on bond.  He will be sentenced in August.


Boaters saved while sinking near Marblehead

Seven people were saved from a sinking vessel on Sunday off the shores of Marblehead.

The Miller Ferry and the Rescue Marine tow boat company arrived after a distress call was received by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The boat sank soon after everyone was pulled out safely.

Rough winds led to the U.S. Coast Guard crews rescuing a total of 19 people on western Lake Erie over the weekend.


City of Huron to discuss noise ordinance tonight

Huron City Council will vote tonight on a noise ordinance involving sound amplification in commercial districts.

The ordinance addresses residents concerns from the Old Plat neighborhood in relation to businesses along the North Main Street corridor.


Erie County Health Department nurse from Norwalk in trouble for allegedly forging document

A nurse from the Erie County Health Department faces a felony indictment for tampering with records.

The Sandusky Register reports that 53 year-old Michelle Pruchnicki of Norwalk allegedly gave a forged document to her employer in an attempt to increase her paycheck by decreasing her health insurance deduction.

The charge includes a possible prison sentence between nine months to five years.


National shooting matches underway in Port Clinton

A five-week long shooting completion is now underway in Port Clinton.

Camp Perry is once again the site for this year’s National Matches; which started on Monday.

The National Rifle Association organizes the competition that features long and short-range target shooting.

Over 6,500 people compete in the event each year.


Budweiser Clydesdales arriving to the area

In advance of next week’s Lion’s Club Fourth of July Parade in Norwalk, which they will be a featured participant, the Budweiser Clydesdale have arrived to the area.

The horses will be Wakeman tomorrow from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, North Ridgeville from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, at Cedar Point on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Sunday at Put-In-Bay from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and at the Huron County Fairgrounds next Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The 4th of July Parade in Norwalk is next Tuesday at 10:30 am.




Partly sunny, with a high near 70.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.



Showers and thunderstorms likely. Breezy.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.