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Friday, January 27th, 2016

Fire rekindles and destroys Wakeman home

A house fire in Wakeman that appeared to be extinguished regenerated on Wednesday morning, burning everything down to the ground. The Norwalk Reflector reports that the blaze first started on Tuesday night on Wenz Road; and left the home unlivable with heavy damage. Just a few hours after firefighters left the site, they were called back as the fire had rekindled and burned the rest of the home down to ash. No one was hurt.

 

Child porn raid in Bellevue on Thursday

A search warrant was executed in Bellevue Thursday morning after a several month-long investigation involving child pornography. During the search of a home on the 300 block of Union Street, the Bellevue Police Department and Bureau of Criminal Investigation took several items as evidence as well finding drug paraphernalia and possible controlled substances. Charges are pending. The possible suspect’s name(s) have not been released.

 

Huron County Public Health encouraging parents to fight drug usage by youth

A recent survey shows that 8% of Huron County youth had used marijuana and 11% had used medications not prescribed to them or used more than prescribed to get high. To fight back, Huron County Public Health is promoting the Ohio Department of Health’s ‘Start Talking’ program in connection with a drug test kit program. ‘Start Talking’ gives parents tips, tools and facts to help initiate important conversations with their kids concerning drug and alcohol usage. Drug test kits are available at Huron County Public Health for $6.

 

Relay for Life Chili Cook-off happening Saturday in Norwalk

Norwalk Relay for Life is hosting a chili cook-off on Saturday at the VFW on Milan Avenue. The cook-off runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Adult tickets cost $10 with children’s tickets for $5; which includes samples, a hot dog or bratwurst, and bottled water. The event includes a 50/50, raffles, and a cash bar; which all benefits the fight against cancer. More information can be found on the Relay for Life of Norwalk Facebook page.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 1/27

Today-A chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a high near 32.

Tonight-A chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a low around 25.

Saturday-A chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a high near 31.

Sunday-A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30


Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Dog License deadline is next week

Huron County officials are reminding residents that the deadline to purchase a 2017 dog license is fast approaching. If purchased by January 31st, costs are $16 for one-year, $48 for three-years, or $160 for a permanent license. A late penalty of $16 will be charged per dog tag if purchased after the deadline. Licenses can be purchased at 13 different locations throughout the county including the Huron County Humane Society and Auditor’s Office in Norwalk.

 

Norwalk bicentennial trivia pub crawl to take place February 25th

Further details have been released for next month’s Norwalk history Pub Crawl. The Maple City Ice-Bicentennial Pub Crawl will take place Saturday, February 25th from 2:30 to 7:00 pm in Norwalk. To participate, study your Norwalk history and register by February 13th at the Huron County Chamber of Commerce. Seven Norwalk bars are participating.The grand prize is $200 in chamber gift certificates. More details are on the Norwalk 200 Facebook page.

 

Sandusky Polar Plunge is Saturday

The 12th annual Sandusky Polar Plunge to benefit Ohio Special Olympic athletes happens this Saturday at The Thirsty Pony. Registration begins at 10:00 am Saturday morning with a hospitality room also there as well as gift baskets to be raffled off for the cause. Plungers are required to raise a minimum of $75 for adults and $50 for students. More event info is online at www.OhioPolarPlunge.org.

 

Willard City Schools hosting parent-teacher conferences soon

Parent-teacher conferences are just around the corner for Willard City Schools. They take place February 8th and 9th at the middle and high schools. For parents who wish to request a conference with a particular teacher, you can call the school beginning on Monday at 419-935-0181 between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm on both days of the conferences; with no school in session on February 10th.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 1/26

Today-A mix of snow and rain, cloudy and breezy, with a high near 39.

Tonight-Snow likely, with 1 to 2 inches possible. A low around 28.

Friday-A chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a high near 31.

Saturday-A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 29.


Wednesday, January 25th, 2016

The Vermillion Police department is warning the public about a fake Facebook page.

The page is posting fake news with links to scams. If the story appears sensational or you’re wondering why you haven’t seen the story on the news, it’s fake. Do NOT click on the hyperlink from any of the stories! They have reported the fake page to Facebook, but say it may be a few days before the page is removed.

 

Huron County Treasurer, Kathleen Schaffer, is announcing the offsite tax collection schedule for Huron County residents.

The Treasurer will be at the following locations to collect real estate taxes for persons who do not wish to drive to Norwalk or mail their taxes: Monday, January 30, Wakeman Village Offices 9:00 a.m. until noon Tuesday, January 31, New London Village Offices 9:00 a.m. until noon Thursday, February 2, Willard Senior Enrichment Canter 9:00 a.m. until noon.  Tax payers are asked pay with a check or money order only, and they must have the tax bill at the time of payment, or payment will not be accepted.  First half property taxes are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 10th.  

 

A Wakeman family has been displaced after what is being called, a substantial house fire yesterday.

Megan Ray says she and her 4 children were at the Wentz Rd. home when her oldest son alerted her to the fire. They were able to exit the home with their 3 dogs. According to the Norwalk Reflector, the blaze took nearly 2 hours to extinguish with the help of Wakeman, Townsend, and New London fire departments. Ray says she thinks a heater started the fire, Lt. Mike Hahn of Townsend Fire Department said they do not know the cause at this time, nor the full extent of the damage.

 

The Ohio Investigative Unit has filed charges against a Fremont American Legion post for illegal sales of alcohol.

Agents executed a search warrant on January 20 at American Legion Post 0121. A complaint was filed stating that the American Legion Post continued to sell liquor after the organization’s liquor license was cancelled, which prompted the investigation. The American Legion was summoned with three counts each of illegal sales of alcohol and keeper of a place. The American Legion is scheduled to appear in Fremont Municipal Court on February 1st.

 

A Sandusky man has been arrested for solicitation

According to the Sandusky Register, the arrest is in response to allegations from a Subway employee that he propositioned her for sex. The employee called police, and identified the man as 58 year old Alfonso Guativa. Guativa has also been identified as a suspect in two other cases, one of which involves soliciting a 9 year old girl. So far, Guativa has been charged with solicitation, a third-degree misdemeanor, and is being held on $4,000 bond.


Tuesday, January 24th, 2016

Norwalk celebrating bicentennial

The City of Norwalk is celebrating their bicentennial this year. Chris Castle, Bicentennial Committee Member, said a couple of this year’s marquee events include this summer’s Strawberry Festival and Bicentennial-themed 4th of July parade. The Strawberry Festival is planned for Memorial Day Weekend. A Norwalk-trivia ‘Pub-Crawl’ is also coming up in February. Visit www.Norwalk200.com for a complete schedule of bicentennial events.

 

Two Norwalk restaurants closing

Two restaurants in Norwalk have announced they are closing. Bar 145 on Milan Avenue was closed Monday with a note on their front door thanking the Norwalk community for their patronage and that “it was a pleasure serving the area”. Bohemian Wrapsody on East Main Street announced via Facebook that they were selling out the rest of their inventory and would most likely be closing in a few months.

 

Norwalk man charged with Codeine possession

A Norwalk man has been charged with the possession of a controlled substance. It happened during a traffic stop over the weekend on Benedict Avenue when 39 year-old Edward Gibson was first pulled over for driving under suspension. Norwalk Police then discovered a white-powdery substance that proved to be Codeine. Gibson could face further charges.

 

Huron woman charged with stealing items from vehicles in Bellevue

A Huron woman was arrested in Bellevue and charged with receiving stolen property. 32 year-old Tara Mraz was taken into custody by Bellevue Police after officers responded to several calls concerning a suspicious person looking into cars. Mraz was found to have stolen items in her car, which was parked illegally on Euclid Avenue. Possible controlled substances and paraphernalia were found on Mraz; with additional charges pending.

 

Ohio State Highway Patrol to participate in Tri-State Human Trafficking Initiative

Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) troopers are joining neighboring states this week to raise awareness about human trafficking. The goal…to educate and train those in a position to possibly see human trafficking… such as truck drivers and public transportation companies. Law enforcement agencies in Ohio reported 102 human trafficking investigations in 2015, leading to 104 arrests and 33 successful prosecutions. Also, 203 potential victims of human trafficking were identified along with 130 suspected traffickers.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 1/24

Today-Cloudy, chance of rain, with a high near 42.

Tonight-Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Wednesday-A chance of rain, mainly in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

Thursday-Rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, breezy, with a high near 38.