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Monday, May 8, 2017

Protestors expected at tonight’s Willard School Board meeting

Those supporting a Willard Middle School student who died of an apparent suicide last month plan to protest at tonight’s Willard school board meeting.

Supporters believe Caleb Hershiser was bullied in school; and are planning to voice their opinions in what they believe is the district’s improper treatment of bullying issues.

An investigation into Hershiser’s death is planned to be finished this week.

 

New London burglary suspect arrested

A New London woman has been arrested and charged with burglary.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that 41 year-old Kimberly Messersmith was allegedly caught on video stealing from her neighbor’s home on Washburn Street on April 27th.

Her neighbor reportedly had money stolen from his house on two occasions; which led him to install a security camera.

 

Wednesday is ‘Bike to School Day’

Norwalk City and Catholic Schools are joining schools across the nation to celebrate ‘National Bike to School Day’ this Wednesday.

The event is part of a national movement for safe routes to school and encourages bicycling to school as a healthy way for kids to commute.

In a recent survey, Huron County Public Health found 17% of youth to be obese in Huron County, according to Body Mass Index by age.

 

Norwalk firefighters bring in $750 for ‘Operation Warm’

Norwalk Firefighters raised $750 Friday night in an event hosted by Christie Lane Industries’ new community venue.

The money from the Cinco de Mayo fundraiser at ‘16 West’ in Norwalk will go towards ‘Operation Warm’; to purchase winter coats and attire for area children next school year.

 

Dunkin Donuts open in Norwalk

There’s now a new option for breakfast in Norwalk.

Dunkin Donuts officially opened for business Saturday at its location on 333 Milan Avenue.

 

Norwalk Rotary holding ‘Pennies for Polio’ fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Norwalk is holding a donation drive to benefit their ‘Pennies for Polio’ program.

Yellow jugs have been placed throughout the Norwalk area to help raise funds to fight against global polio.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/8

Today

Sunny with a high near 55.

Tonight

Mostly clear with areas of frost overnight. Low around 36.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny with a high near 58.

Wednesday

Partly sunny with a high near 62.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Cedar Point 2017 season begins this weekend

Opening weekend for Cedar Point has arrived.

The park opens its gate for its 148th season on Saturday.

Top Thrill Dragster is temporary changing its name to ‘Top Thrill Cubster’ on Saturday and Sunday after losing a 2016 World Series bet.

The park will close again Monday through Thursday before re-opening for daily operation next Friday.

 

Willard man faces forgery charges

A man from Willard faces possible jail time for falsification.

In 2015, 22 year-old Alejandro Lopez was indicted by a Huron County grand jury for the fifth-degree felony of forgery; which was later reduced by a plea deal.

Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway suspended Lopez’s 150 days in jail; which Lopez could serve if found to have violated his probation.

 

Man arrested after high speed chase in Sandusky

A Sandusky man was arrested after a high speed chase early Wednesday morning.

37 year-old Dashaun Grant allegedly drove fast and recklessly through town after Sandusky Police tried to stop him when they noticed his headlights were not on.

Grant faces charges including fleeing and eluding and driving under suspension.

 

Changes coming for the Monroeville School Board

The Monroeville School Board is looking for new board members.

Sandy Lonz, Scott Sparks and Brian Watt will no longer be on the board going forward.

Lonz opted for retirement, Sparks turned in a resignation letter last week and Watt resigned after a board meeting in mid-April.

 

Woman charged with domestic violence at Kalihari

A Cuyahoga Falls woman was arrested after allegedly attacking her boyfriend at Kalihari Resort in Sandusky on Wednesday.

The 25 year-old faces a domestic violence charge when she reportedly struck a man in the face several times after discovering he had likely cheated on her.

 

Norwalk Fire Department hosting ‘cinco De Mayo’ fundraiser tonight

Norwalk Firefighters are celebrating ‘cinco De Mayo’.

The ‘Fiesta’ takes place tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Christie Lane Industries ‘16 West Main’ location.

All proceeds will benefit Norwalk Firefighters ‘Operation Warm’ which provides coats and winter wear to area children in need.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/5

A Flood Watch is in effect now through Saturday at 4:00 am.

Today

Rainy and breezy. High near 51.

New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 44.

Saturday

Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.

Sunday

A chance of rain early.

Otherwise mostly sunny, with a high near 54.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Norwalk man dies after being involved in accident on Friday

A 20 year-old Norwalk man has died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident last Friday.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, Cody Stebel’s father contacted the Sandusky post of the State Highway Patrol to say Stebel had passed away Wednesday morning.

The accident took place in Oxford Township near Avery in Erie County when Stebel reportedly ran a stop sign and struck a semi-truck at the intersection of Strecker and Ransom roads.

 

Berlin Heights man injured in roll-over accident

A Berlin Heights man was injured Wednesday morning in a roll-over accident near Monroeville.

Kevin Shields went off the side of the road while driving south on Route 99; then overcorrected into an incline.

Safety personnel said the injuries were not serious.

 

Sandusky Police Department honor Andy Dunn with new K9 cruiser

Sandusky Police honored 2011 fallen officer Andrew Dunn by holding a ceremony yesterday to dedicate their new K-9 cruiser.

Sandusky Police are changing over to new silver vehicles; but are keeping their new ‘S8’ SUV… blue… in honor of Dunn.

 

National Day of Prayer event in Willard today

Today is ‘National Day of Prayer’.

The City of Willard invites area residents to join them for a prayer event in front of Willard City Hall today at 12:00 noon.

 

Cedar Point Shores offering preview event fundraiser

For those interested in being the first to experience the new Cedar Point Shores Waterpark, you can also help out a good cause in the process.

Cedar Point is teaming up with The LeBron James Family Foundation for the ‘First Slide VIP Charity Preview’ fundraising event on May 25th.

Tickets are $50 each and include Cedar Point park admission.

The waterpark officially opens on Saturday, May 27th.

 

NAMI holding annual walk on Saturday in Norwalk

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Huron County is holding their annual walk this Saturday in Norwalk.

It takes place at 11:00 am at the Norwalk Reservoir; with registration at 10:00 am, and a picnic to follow.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/4

A Flood Watch is in effect from 8:00 am today to 4:00 am on Saturday.

Today

Rain. High near 59.

Rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain. Low around 51.

New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Friday

Periods of rain. High near 56. Breezy.

New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Voters approve levies across the area

The ‘yes’ votes have it…according to area voters last night when it came to levy requests.

Perkins Schools’ voters said yes to their first levy in 17 years last night; approving the request for an additional $6.9 mill for current expenses.

Last night’s special election also included approvals for school levies at Clyde, Fremont, Margaretta and Plymouth-Shiloh.

In Vermilion, Jim Forthofer and Fred Ostrander advanced to the finals in the mayoral primary.

Also getting approval was Margaretta Township’s $2 mill renewal for emergency services and Townsend Township’s $1.5 mill for fire protection.

 

City Council in Norwalk says ‘no’ to shooting range

Norwalk City Council has voted against changes to ordinances that would’ve allowed for a shooting range in their manufacturing district.

Both ordinances failed last night by a 4 to 3 vote.

City council in Norwalk also passed an ordinance to allow for a 24th police officer.

 

Lawsuit dropped against removal of Fremont dam

A federal lawsuit has been dropped against the removal of the Ballville Dam in Fremont.

The Sandusky Register reports that The Sierra Club of Ohio dismissed their suit; which now allows the city of Fremont to go ahead with plans on dismantling the dam.

This summer, a few sections of the top of the dam will be removed first; with complete dismantling to begin in August of 2018.

 

Toft’s with new ice cream flavors

Toft’s Dairy in Sandusky has added five new ice cream flavors.

One of those… ‘Lake Erie Cookie Island Monster’ is a tribute to tourism bureau, Lake Erie Shores and Islands.

Other new flavors include ‘Birthday Cake’, ‘Cedar Point Cotton Candy’, ‘Dark Chocolate Raspberry Silk’ and ‘Mint Cookies and Cream’.

The new flavors are not available in stores; but can be bought at Toft’s Parlor in Sandusky.

 

Open House for new Edison field house this Sunday

Edison High School is hosting an open house event for their new athletic field house.

You can check out the new Firelands Regional Medical Center Field House on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Edison athletes will be there to demonstrate all of the different activities available.

There will also be kids’ games and chances to win prizes.

 

Willard hosting cleanup event

The City of Willard is holding a ‘Community Trash Cleanup and Drop Off’ this weekend.

The cleanup is for Willard residents only; taking place Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 12 noon.

It will be held at the northeast corner of Myrtle and Woodland.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 5/3

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

Tonight

A chance of rain, mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Thursday

Rain. High near 56.

Friday

Showers. High near 52.