News

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Huron County/9-1-1 down

9-1-1 services have been reported down this morning in Huron County.

In case of emergency, you’re asked to call your local police department.

 

Huron County/Conney named Police Chief in Norwalk

You can now remove the “interim” from his tag…as the City of Norwalk has officially named Captain Mike Conney as their new Police Chief.

Conney, who began his career as a Norwalk Auxiliary Officer in 1989, served as Interim Police Chief following the retirement of Chief Dave Light in February.

Conney is a lifelong resident of Norwalk and a graduate of St. Paul Catholic School.

Mayor Rob Duncan will administer the new chief’s Oath of Office on Friday at 12:30 pm in the Norwalk Police Department Training Room.

Also, earlier this week, the Norwalk Police Department added a new officer to the force with the hiring of Scott Hamernik.

Hamernik, who was sworn in on Monday, was born and raised in Norwalk; graduating from Norwalk High School in 2003.

He previously worked for 12 years in corrections in Erie County.

 

Erie County/Red water discovered

Red water in Erie County…

NASA officials have been working to clean up water with a reddish hue near a former entrance of their Plum Brook Station in Perkins Township.

The Erie County Health Department said there’s no need to worry though; as all tests so far show there was no hazard.

The water was reportedly flowing into Plum Brook Creek, where a pipe has since been plugged.

Officials say trace chemicals remaining in the soil from a former World War 2 weapons facility is the likely cause of the unusual water color.

 

Sandusky County/Eight people arrested on drug charges

Cases presented by the Sandusky County Drug Task Force have resulted in the indictments of thirteen people.

Among those facing charges are 25-year-old Allan Andrews of Bellevue and 49-year-old Anna Kimmet of Port Clinton; both for drug trafficking.

 

Huron County/Norwalk super a finalist for job in Tuscarawas County

Norwalk Schools Superintendent George Fisk is now a finalist for the top job at a school in Tuscarawas County.

Fisk and assistant principal Scott Golec of Rolling Hills Schools are the last two in the running for the superintendent’s job at Claymont Schools in Dennison, about 40 miles south of Canton.

Fisk has been at Norwalk since 2015, but is a native of the Canton area.

A second round of interviews will take place next week…with the Claymont school board expected to make their decision during the week of July 9th.

 

Huron County/New London police and fire levy

Some news tidbits out of New London…

Council there has agreed to place a four-year continuation income tax levy for fire and police operations on the ballot this November.

A resolution was passed to get the ball rolling on the repair of the railroad crossing at Ohio 162 and Ohio 60.

The parks department has also announced that a new mini-golf course will soon be open at Reservoir Park.

 

Huron County/Safety Town classes moved

A water leak has forced what’s left of Safety Town classes in Norwalk to be relocated.

Sessions have been moved from Main Street School to League Elementary for the remainder of the program.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH, 2018

 

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 80.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 90.


Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Erie & Huron County/Milan woman accused of paying FBI agent posed as hitman

A Milan woman was arrested earlier this month for allegedly paying an undercover FBI agent, posing as a hitman, to have her former son-in-law killed.

70-year-old Sandra Haughawout of Perrin Road has been charged with solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

Federal officials say she met with the undercover agent on May 31st where she offered him $8,000 up front with $2,000 more to be given once the crime was carried out.

 

State News/Mentor officer hit-and-run fatality

The suspect in the hit-and-run death of a Mentor police officer had been pulled over in the past by the officer who lost his life in the crash.

24-year-old Brian Anthony of Kirtland has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence…with additional charges pending.

According to court records, Patrolman Mathew Mazany had stopped Anthony in June of 2012.

Anthony allegedly hit and killed Mazany on State Route 2 while Mazany was helping out with a traffic stop.

 

Ottawa County/No foul play with body found near Put-in-Bay

Authorities are saying that no foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose body was pulled from the water near Put-in-Bay on Friday.

The 37-year-old man was last seen adjusting lines on his boat around 10:00 pm Thursday at the Jet Express Dock.

His body was found near his boat around 1:15 pm Friday.

Police are waiting for a coroner’s report before anything becomes official.

 

Erie County/Woman from Sandusky faces animal cruelty charges

A Sandusky woman has been charged with felony animal cruelty after authorities allegedly found her dog malnourished.

Police allegedly found a pit bull in a crate that was too small for it…at the Sanford Street residence of 26-year-old Seasons Cherry, who also faces a misdemeanor animal abandonment charge.

A veterinarian determined the dog needed to be put down to prevent further suffering.

 

Erie County/Lorain assistant superintendent coming to Sandusky

Lorain Schools Assistant Superintendent Steven Sturgill is on the move to Erie County.

Sturgill is leaving Lorain after 20 years to become Deputy Chief of Staff in the Sandusky Schools.

 

Ottawa County/Port Clinton High School upgrades

Several areas of Port Clinton High School are seeing renovations this summer.

Upgrades are coming to the main and guidance offices, four science labs, and art, choir and orchestra rooms.

The cost of the improvements are around $1.5 million, which the school says are being paid for through leftover funds from the district’s 2013 bond issue for the construction of their new elementary and middle schools.

 

Huron County/Street resurfacing in Norwalk

Work on the 2018 Street Resurfacing project in Norwalk picks back up today.

Expect to see crews on Valley Park Drive, Whitefield Boulevard and West Main to Jefferson.

The paving part of the project will take place Thursday.

 

National & State News/4th of July travel numbers

The Independence Day Holiday is fast approaching, and Triple-A expects about 47-million Americans to travel 50 miles or more away from home.

That would be an increase of 5-percent from a year ago and the most since Triple-A began ‘tracking’ 18 years ago.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, JUNE 26TH, 2018

 

Today

A slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after midnight.

Cloudy, with a low around 69.

 

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Breezy, with a high near 82.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.


Monday, June 25th, 2018

State News/Person in custody in connection with hit-and-run crash that killed Ohio police officer

Police in Mentor have a person in custody in relation to a hit-and-run crash that killed one of their officers early Sunday morning.

The identity of the officer, suspect, and more details on the crash will likely be released at a press conference this morning at 11:00 am.

The crash reportedly occurred in the eastbound lane of State Route 2 near State Route 306 while an officer was helping with a traffic stop.

 

Erie County/Sandusky bar shooting

The investigation continues into a bar shooting in Sandusky early Sunday morning.

Police say five people were shot with one seriously injured from an altercation in the Milan Road Bar and Grill that spilled to the outside of the establishment.

Four of the gunshot victims were from Sandusky, one from Toledo.

According to authorities, 71 shell casings were found at the crime scene, meaning at least the same amount of shots were fired.

No arrests have been made.

 

Huron County/Not guilty in assault and meth case

A Willard man accused of stabbing another man while being high on meth last March has been found not guilty.

27-year-old Brandon Johnson was acquitted of five felonies including felonious assault and aggravated drug possession.

 

Erie County/Vermilion wants new firehouse

Officials in Vermilion are looking into replacing the city’s 64-year-old fire station.

Mayor Jim Forthofer recently discussed the issue with city council, saying that the next step would be selecting a location; which would need to meet Vermilion’s fire service need for the next 30 years.

 

Erie County/Huron historical markers

A dedication ceremony for five new historical markers in Huron will take place Thursday.

The signs will feature the Huron docks and how their connected to the city’s history.

The ceremony gets underway at 6:00 pm at the Huron Boat Basin Marina Building.

 

Huron County/Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety from health department

It’s National Lightning Safety Week which brings these safety measures from Huron County Public Health.

The health department says “when thunder roars, stay indoors,” and continue to stay indoors for at least 30 minutes from the last time thunder was heard.

…And while you’re inside, don’t use corded phones or touch electrical equipment or cords…also avoid taking a shower, washing dishes, or doing laundry.

 

Erie County/Sandusky HS overhauls athletic Hall of Fame

Sandusky High School recently unveiled a new and improved athletic hall of fame showcase.

The refurbished display, costing $20,000, includes a video screen, an interactive display as well as LED lighting and sound.

The previous version of the hall of fame, built in 1990, included nameplates attached to a wood-finished plaque.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, JUNE 25TH, 2018

 

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

 

Wednesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 82.


Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Sandusky County/Two vehicle fatal crash

A Fremont woman is dead following a two-vehicle accident last night in Sandusky County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Constance Klausz of Fremont suffered fatal injuries after the car she was driving was struck by another vehicle that went left of center.

The crash took place on Township Road 55 in Washington Township.

 

Erie County/Huron boat rescue

Two people were rescued from a sinking boat Thursday afternoon near Huron.

The U.S. Coast Guard reportedly towed the boat away while it was drifting toward a break wall in the location of Old Lake Road and the Cranberry Creek Marina.

No one was hurt.

 

Huron County/Willard meth stabbing case

Closing arguments were held yesterday in the case of a 27-year-old Willard man accused of stabbing another man while high on meth.

Brandon Johnson is charged with felonious assault and aggravated drug possession in connection with an alleged incident last March at a residence on Spring Street in Willard.

 

Erie County/Gun theft suspect

A Sandusky man that authorities believe broke into a home and took two guns, among other items, has turned himself in.

40-year-old Joseph Crisp Junior was charged with felony burglary and theft after being accused of taking two guns, jewelry and prescription pills from a Harmon Road home in Erie County’s Florence Township.

 

Ottawa County/Accused pharmacy robbery accomplice will stand trial

An Oak Harbor man has been found competent to stand trial for his role in the alleged armed robbery of a Port Clinton hospital pharmacy.

The attorney for 46-year-old Clark Sams Junior previously motioned for a psychological evaluation.

Sams reportedly was the get-away driver for Joshua Trapp, who allegedly held Magruder Hospital pharmacy employees at gunpoint while demanding medication.

 

Ottawa County/Attempted rape suspect pleads guilty

A 31-year-old man from Port Clinton pled guilty Thursday to amended rape charges.

Joshua Wyatt first pled ‘not guilty’ after being indicted on charges of rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor; but changed his plea after the prosecution amended the charge to attempted rape.

The victim requested the change so she would not have to testify.

The reported incident took place last October at a home in Catawba Island Township.

 

Erie County/Stolen excavator

An 18-year-old man is in trouble after allegedly driving a piece of stolen construction equipment down a Sandusky road on Wednesday night.

Police say that Gavin Nace admitted to stealing an excavator from a site on Erie Boulevard and Cleveland Road, eventually hitting a car on Fifth Street.

Nace reportedly abandoned the excavator and tried to escape on foot, later stopping in an alley on Ontario Street.

He was charged with fourth-degree felony grand theft.

 

Huron County/Local sandwich artist awarded Fresh Start Scholarship

A recent New London High School grad has been awarded a scholarship by a national restaurant chain.

The Subway Fresh Start Scholarship program has chosen sandwich artist Elizabeth Logan for the award.

The honor goes out to just 200 Subway employees nationwide.

 

Huron County/NHRA Nationals

Thousands of die-hard race fans are in Huron County this weekend for the NHRA Nationals.

Pro qualifying is set for tonight and Saturday at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk with championship racing on Sunday.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2018

 

Today

Occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm.  High near 75.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers possibly a thunderstorm.  Patchy fog possible.

Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Saturday

Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 79.

 

Sunday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.