Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Fire involving Jeep in Norwalk considered ‘Suspicious’

A vehicle-fire early Tuesday morning in Norwalk is being called ‘suspicious’, when not much was left of a Jeep after Norwalk firefighters put out the blaze. Norwalk firefighters were called to 75 Republic Street, where they found a white Jeep burning in amongst weeds and encircled by pallets behind the Pipo Inc. building.  Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson told the Norwalk Reflector that the fire is ‘suspicious’ and under investigation.   The fire was under control in about 15 minutes.


Ohio to receive Federal Grants to combat Opioid Drug Abuse

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Toledo says, details will be released today regarding federal grants coming to Ohio to battle opiods. Last year, more than 3-thousand Ohioans died of overdoses, more than one-third from fentanyl, which is often added to heroin.


Willard underpasses should re-open later today

The two train underpasses in Willard will likely be re-opened today, after The City of Willard had talks with the CSX Train Transportation Company. According to The City of Willard Facebook page, the underpasses on Main Street are planned to be re-opened later today. Both underpasses were closed earlier this week due to safety concerns.


President Obama reduces the Sentences of 100 Convicts

President Obama has now commuted, or shortened the sentences of another 100 convicts, many of them serving time on drug charges, some of them serving life sentences. The President has now granted nearly 700 commutations in recent weeks; more than the previous 10 presidents combined.


Patrol to Focus on High Density Crash Regions

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be focusing crash reduction efforts in and around Ohio’s metropolitan regions this fall. Injury and fatal traffic crashes continue to be elevated in these high- traffic areas. To battle the rising number of fatal and injury crashes, the Patrol plans to work with partner agencies to increase visibility and awareness. Over the last five years, nearly one in three fatal crashes has taken place in seven of Ohio’s largest metropolitan counties (Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Lucas, Montgomery, Stark, and Summit). Drunk and drug impaired driving continues to play a significant role in these deadly crashes, accounting for 43% of traffic deaths in these areas.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Strongsville man pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to charges from Fatal Hit-and-Run at Lorain County Fairgrounds

A man from Strongsville has pled ‘not guilty’ to a host of charges stemming from a fatal hit-and-run outside the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington. 61 year-old Greg Box is accused of driving drunk and striking 38 year old Linda Velez of Lorain on Fairgrounds Road, just north of the main gate, Sunday-night. Box took off, but was spotted about half-an-hour later in Wellington and arrested.


Sandusky Fire Department receives $227,000 Grant

The City of Sandusky Fire Department has been selected to receive a $227,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency. The money will be used to buy equipment including 38 complete sets of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, which will replace their existing units, which were first placed into service in 2004. The Sandusky Fire Department has also released service figures for the month of July. They handled 564 incidents and calls in July, for an average of 18 per 24-hour shift. The year-to-date average increased a little to 17 per 24-hour shift.


Norwalk City Council meets tonight

City Council in Norwalk meets tonight in Work Session. Items to be discussed this evening include:  submitting an application to the State Capital Improvement Program concerning the widening of Old State Road, the city’s approval to develop state and national bicycle routes running through Norwalk, and the repairing and construction of sidewalks in the city.


Perkins Township Police hiring

The Perkins Township Police Department will be holding an entry level exam for a full-time patrol officer on October 1st.  The application period will begin September 5th and run through September 21st at 4:00 pm. A link to download an application packet will be available online beginning September 5th.

Monday, August 29th, 2016

 Highway Patrol car struck by Impaired Driver on State Route 2 in Huron

A Highway Patrol Trooper received minor injuries after his patrol car was struck by an alcohol-impaired driver Sunday afternoon in Huron Township on Route 2. Sandusky Post Trooper Dan Battistone was injured after a car driven by 36 year-old Jacob Doyon of Berlin Heights hydroplaned, where he then crossed the median and struck the patrol car that was sitting stationary on a paved emergency turn-around. Doyon was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and was charged with failure to control, OVI, and child endangerment, because of a 15 year-old that was riding with Doyon at the time.


Norwalk City Schools to offer Lead Screenings this Week

The Norwalk City School District & Huron County Public Health will be offering lead screenings today and Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Norwalk Middle School gym. Parents and/or guardians must be present, and you must bring photo ID, insurance information, and a completed registration form found online on the Norwalk City Schools website.  Up to 200 people can be seen each night.  Lead was found in the water at five of six Norwalk schools during a recent voluntary water quality test.


Huron County EMA offering free Emergency Alerts

Residents of Huron County can now sign up to receive important information about their communities through the Huron County EMA free Emergency Alert System. The emergency notification system allows emergency service agencies to contact residents quickly with vital information related to items such as road closures, severe weather, missing people, and evacuations. To sign up, visit: or call the Huron County EMA at (419) 663-5772.


Both Underpasses in Willard are Closed

Because of safety concerns, the City of Willard has closed both underpasses on Main Street to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Work is scheduled to take place this week to correct the issues, and is expected to last for only a few days, with the city hoping to re-open the area by the end of this week.

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Accidental overdoses killed took the lives of over 3,000 people in Ohio last year

A state report released Thursday said an average of eight people died of accidental drug overdoses per day in Ohio last year, for a total of 3,050 deaths in 2015.  The deaths are blamed on the painkiller fentanyl, which pushed the overdose fatalities to a record-high last year.  Authorities say the problem has changed quickly in recent years from painkiller abuse to heroin, fentanyl and stronger drugs.  State officials said their strategies to tackle the problem include working with lawmakers to stiffen penalties for fentanyl sales and make it easier to establish opiate treatment programs, as well as expanding a public awareness campaign and an addiction treatment program through drug courts.

Man from Elyria to go to prison for Child Pornography possession

An Elyria man has been sentenced to 30 year in prison. Fredrick Thomas was accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.  The FBI raided Thomas’s home last year.
Perry’s Monument part of National Parks 100th Birthday Celebration

The National Park Service is celebrating their 100th birthday this year. Perry’s Monument at Put-in-Bay is also part of the celebration, with events continuing there today including live music, games under the lawn, and concludes with a fireworks show at dusk.
NEXUS Gas Pipeline issues in Medina County

The battle lines over the proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline across northern Ohio have taken a new turn in nearby Medina County. According to the Medina Gazette, the feds have received letters-of-support from several residents, but those residents say, the letters are fakes.

Women’s Equality Day being Celebrated today

Today is ‘Women’s Equality Day’, which marks the certification of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. League of Women Voters Ohio president Carrie Davis told Ohio News Connection that the day is a reminder that democracy takes effort, and that everyone who has the right to vote now, has had to fight to get it and preserve it. Davis recommends Ohio voters ensure their registration is current, decide how to vote and learn about the candidates and issues on the ballot.