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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Norwalk/Fire victims died of smoke inhalation

The cause of death; smoke and soot inhalation, for the three victims of the Norwalk fatal house fire on Friday.

This according to Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood.

Local authorities said there were no working smoke detectors in the house on Park Ridge Court where the early morning blaze took the lives of Robert Griggs Junior, his wife Rebecca and their adult son, James.

Two dogs also perished in the fire.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

 

Norwalk/Maple City Ice strike is over

The five-month strike by workers at Maple City Ice in Norwalk has ended.

In an email to the Norwalk Reflector, Maple City Ice President Pat Hipp said the Teamsters Union representing the striking workers made an unconditional offer to return to work this past Monday, which the company accepted.

 

Sandusky/Accused rapist faces new charges

Accused serial rapist McClain Durst, of Sandusky, faces new charges.

Durst has been indicted on a new count of first-degree felony rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor from an alleged incident last July in Huron County.

He has been in jail since last July on similar charges from a separate reported incident in the West Clarksfield area of Huron County.

Durst has a third rape case pending in Sandusky County from alleged acts in 2015.

 

Perkins Township/Woman going to jail for 2016 crash

A Perkins Township woman has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for attempted aggravated vehicular homicide.

27 year-old Morgan Bauer will also spend an additional 180 days in jail for operating a vehicle while intoxicated during the 2016 crash on Columbus Avenue that severely injured 24 year-old Mallory Logan of Sandusky.

 

Sandusky/Firelands names new VP

Firelands Regional Medical Center has promoted Jim Spicer to Vice President of Operations.

Spicer, who resides on Catawba Island with his family, has worked at the hospital for 13 years where he’s spent time in various roles such as assistant vice president of operations and area director of pharmacy services.

 

Ohio/State rankings of best places to raise family

The website Wallethub has released rankings of the best and worst places in Ohio to raise a family.

Toledo suburb, Perrysburg, ranked as the best; with Cleveland and East Cleveland ranked at the very bottom.

Norwalk came in 101st out of 185 locations on the list.

In the Lorain County area, Avon placed 38th and North Ridgeville was 39th and Vermilion was 79th.

The rankings looked at factors such as education, health and safety, and affordability.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31ST. 2018

Today

A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Breezy, with gusts as high as 34 mph.

 

Tonight

A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 34.

Little or no snow accumulation expected.

 

Thursday

A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

Little or no snow accumulation expected.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 21.


Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Willard /Inappropriate student’s pictures

A number of Willard High School students have been suspended after inappropriate photos were reportedly distributed among them.

The suspensions were handed out last week after school officials heard rumors about pornographic photos of a student, who is a minor, being passed around.

Willard Police are now investigating.

 

Sandusky/Power outage

A power outage affected over 4,000 Ohio Edison customers in western Sandusky on Monday morning.

An equipment error was to blame for a good portion of the outages; with 2,500 customers having their power quickly restored.

Power was eventually restored to all customers by 7:00 pm last night.

 

Erie County/Drug overdose deaths down

Although the amount of emergency room visits for drug overdoses increased in Erie County in 2017, the number of deaths will reportedly decline.

According to Erie County Health Department data, the county had 42 drug overdose deaths in 2016; with 24 confirmed so far, and another 13 cases awaiting lab results.

Erie County had 336 ER visits for drug overdoses in 2017; compared to 263 in 2016.

 

Huron County Sheriff’s Office/Breaking and Entering investigation

The sheriff’s office in Huron County is investigating a reported breaking and entering complaint last Friday morning.

The incident took place on Route 224, west of the Village of Greenwich.

The sheriff’s office is asking the public for help in identifying a man possibly involved in the incident.

A photo of the man has been posted on the Huron County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

 

Port Clinton/All-female recovery center in the works

A press conference will be held Friday in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court to announce details on a new addiction recovery center for women.

A grant is being sought to help fund the all-female facility, which looks to build off the success of the all-male facility, Light House Sober Living in Port Clinton.

A location for the new recovery center has not yet been decided on.

 

Lucas County/72 pounds of marijuana discovered  

Near Toledo, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a 32 year-old man from Mexico after a traffic stop.

During the stop last Wednesday in Lucas County, troopers seized 72 pounds of marijuana valued around $168,000.

The suspect was charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana and could face up to 16 years in prison, if convicted.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – TUESDAY, JANUARY 30TH, 2018

Huron and Erie County: Level One Snow Advisory

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 25.  Wind chill values as low as zero.

 

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around 19.

 

Wednesday

A slight chance of afternoon rain.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.

Breezy, with gusts near 40 mph.

 

Thursday

A chance of rain and snow showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 38.

Little or no snow accumulation expected.


Monday, January 29th, 2018

Sheppard case/Florida suspect fights extradition

A man from Florida who’s considered a suspect in the 2003 alleged murder of Perkins’ Township’s Michael Sheppard continues to fight his extradition to Ohio.

35 year-old Joshua Stamm has filed a habeas corpus motion saying that the state of Ohio doesn’t have sufficient evidence to prosecute him and can’t prove Sheppard is dead due to his body never being found.

Scott Hall of Clyde and Adam White of Sandusky have been arrested for the alleged murder; with their trial scheduled for February 6th.

Stamm is currently serving a three-year prison sentence in Florida on weapons charges.

 

Huron County/Fugitive caught

A man wanted on multiple felony drug charges in Huron County has been arrested in Toledo.

Seferino Maltos Junior reportedly fled from the Willard area when a warrant was issued for his arrest after he reportedly failed to appear in court in July of 2017.

 

Flu/Huron County

Cases of the flu are on the increase this season in Huron County.

The county reported 37 positive flu tests during the second week of January, up from 35 cases the week before.  During 2017, only 26 cases were reported during the same time frame.

Six of those 37 had to be hospitalized for the flu; resulting in a total of 29 people in Huron County being hospitalized for the flu this season.

 

Perkins Police/Narcan use down

Perkins police say the use of the drug overdose antidote, Narcan, decreased in 2017.

Authorities reportedly used 35 doses on subjects in 2017, compared to 52 in 2016.

Police believe that while it’s possible that the opioid epidemic could be lessening, their reduced use of Narcan could also be due to the antidote being more available over-the-counter.

 

Erie County/Bridges to be fixed

Erie County engineers are looking to fix three more bridges in 2018.

This comes after two bridges, one on Joppa Road and the other on Strecker Road, were repaired last year.

In 2018, officials plan to replace the bridge on Mason Road in Florence Township and repair bridges on Livengood Road in Oxford Township and Scheid Road in Huron Township.

 

Monroeville man/Drug charges

A Monroeville man was arrested last week on drug possession charges.

36 year-old Issac Mathis was pulled over by sheriff’s deputies early Thursday on Portland Road and Ohio Route 4 where authorities reportedly found marijuana and prescription pills in his car.

 

National Drug and Alcohol Fact Week/Huron County stats

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week just came to a close; with Huron County Public Health encouraging residents to become more educated on the facts surrounding substance abuse.

When surveyed last year, 11-percent of Huron County’s youth had used marijuana at least once in the past 30 days, and 5-percent had used medications that were not prescribed for them or took more than prescribed to get high at some time in their life.

Huron County Public Health says one resource available to parents is the Ohio Department of Health’s Start Talking program; located online at starttalking.ohio.gov.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 2018

Today

Snow, mainly after noon. High near 31.

Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

 

Tonight

Snow likely.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.

New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 24.

 

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.


Friday, January 26th, 2018

Norwalk/Fatal fire

A fire early this morning in Norwalk has reportedly taken three lives.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, three adults died in the house fire on Park Ridge Court off of Valley Park Drive.

The state fire marshal is investigating.

 

Fremont teen/Vehicular homicide jury trial

A teenage boy from Fremont has a jury trial scheduled for February 2nd after being charged this week with aggravated vehicular homicide.

The 18 year-old boy, who was 17 at the time of the alleged incident in September, reportedly drove down South Buchanan Street with a victim on top of his car; with the victim falling on the pavement when the boy pulled into a driveway.

According to authorities, the victim died several days later due to injuries suffered in the fall.

 

Port Clinton man/Prison for child rape

A Port Clinton man has been sentenced to 12 and-a-half years in prison on a charge of rape involving a young child.

The reported incident took place in August 2016 involving 64 year-old Ronald Harper and a 4-year-old girl.

Harper’s sentence includes a charge of attempted evidence tampering.

He’s also required to register as a Tier-3 sex offender.

 

Norwalk/Crash

A Monroeville man was injured in a crash early Tuesday morning in Norwalk.

27 year-old Erik Syverson was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center after reportedly hitting another parked vehicle on East Main Street.

Syverson faces a failure to control citation.

 

Huron teacher/Science grants

An eight-grade science teacher in Huron recently received over $20,000 in grants for her classroom.

Leah LaCrosse at McCormick Junior High will use the funds for several class-related items including robotics and space lab equipment.

 

Sandusky business/Staying in town

Sandusky city commissioners have approved a $15,000 grant that will help keep a local business and 29 jobs in town.

AVI Food-systems will now be able to re-locate from their current location on Venice Road to a new facility on Fifth Street.

Their relocation plan includes the installation of a loading dock and the building of office space.

The total relocation project costs $60,000; which includes $30,000 from AVI Food-systems and $15,000 from their property owner, BSL Holdings.

 

Dog license/Huron County deadline

Huron County is reminding their residents that dog tags need to be purchased by the end of this month to avoid a late fee.

Tags cost $18 for one year and can be purchased at various locations including the Auditor’s Office, Dog Warden, and Huron County Humane Society in Norwalk.

 

 ‘Plunge’/Sandusky on Saturday

The 13th annual Sandusky Polar Plunge takes place this Saturday at The Thirsty Pony.

The plunge helps raise funds for Special Olympics Ohio.

Early check-in and registration takes place this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 pm with day-of registration on Saturday at 10:00 am.

The event officially gets underway Saturday at 1:00 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – FRIDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 2018

Today

Sunny, with a high near 52.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers, mainly overnight.  Breezy.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Saturday

Showers likely.  Cloudy, breezy, with a high near 51.

 

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 42