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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Today is the first day presale tickets will be sold, for Saturday’s Division VII state semi-final football game between St. Paul and Trimble.

Tickets will be sold in the St. Paul athletic office between noon and 6:30. Tomorrow, presale tickets will be sold between 8 and noon, and Friday, between 9 and 1. Presale tickets are $8 each, with a portion of the proceeds going to St. Paul. Tickets at the gate are $10. St. Paul and Trimble will play at Mount Vernon’s Yellow Jacket Stadium, with kickoff at 7 Saturday night. If you can’t make it, the game will air live on 95.3 WLKR and

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification of the person or persons who intentionally set fire to a vacant home in Bellevue.

The cause of last Wednesday’s blaze at 324 East Main Street was ruled as arson by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Anyone with information should contact the Bellevue police or fire departments, or the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

A Sandusky man accused of killing an 86-year-old relative, then setting fire to his home, made his initial court appearance yesterday.

33-year-old Joseph Sandy entered a not guilty plea to several charges, including aggravated murder and arson. His next appearance in Erie County Common Pleas Court will be December 22nd. Sandy is accused of fatally stabbing 86-year-old George Martin last December. Authorities said he also set fire to Martin’s Campbell Street home. His wife, 24-year-old Bethany Sandy is facing charges as well. She remains in the Erie County Jail.


Following a statewide trend, unemployment rates went down around most of the region.

Huron County’s October jobless rate was 5.8 percent, down from 6.1 percent in September.  In Erie County, unemployment decreased slightly to 4.5 percent.  According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, October unemployment rates also dropped in Ashland, Lorain, Richland, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.  Jobless rates rose in Crawford and Ottawa counties.

As expected, gas prices have jumped ahead of Thanksgiving.

Area pump prices rose as much as 40 cents yesterday, to $2.89 a gallon.

The announcement was made yesterday…Columbus has been named as one of three finalists, to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

The capital city is up against Philadelphia and New York. Phoenix and Birmingham, Alabama are out of the running. Democratic leaders are expected to make a final decision in late December or early January. Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Tomorrow is the final day of leaf pickup in Willard.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A high wind warning will begin at 10 this morning, and will end at 10 tonight.

Gusts could hit 60 miles per hour.

The St. Paul Flyers are one game away from playing for a state football championship.

We have presale information for Saturday’s Division VII State Semi-Final Football Game between the St. Paul Flyers and the Glouster Trimble Tomcats.  You can buy presale tickets in the St. Paul Athletic Office between noon and 6:30 tomorrow, 8am and 12 pm Wednesday and 9 until 1 Friday.  Advance tickets are $8 each and St. Paul gets a portion of the proceeds.  If you buy tickets at the gate, they are $10 each.  St. Paul and Trimble will play at Mount Vernon’s Yellow Jacket Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7pm Saturday.  The game will air live on 95.3 WLKR and The winner will advance to the Division VII State Championship game and will play Columbus Grove or Maria Stein Marion Local on December 6th at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

A Willard man is behind bars this morning, accused of having sexual contact with three young girls.

According to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, 34-year-old Mario Felipe is charged with multiple counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor. The alleged victims 10, 9 and 6. In addition to criminal charges, Felipe is being held as an immigration detainee.

At least for now, no charges will be filed, in connection with a late October prank at Summit Motor Sports Park.

Norwalk Law Director Stu O’Hara declined to press charges. However, he’s sending all information to the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office for review. A loud explosion, and claims of a plane crash sent deputies to the raceway October 25th. After learning the information was false, Sheriff Dane Howard sought charges, saying raceway officials went too far.

Arrests are pending, in connection with a burglary and fencing ring in Huron, Seneca and Ottawa counties.

Huron County deputies cracked the case last week, and recovered more than $50,000 worth of stolen items, including guns, jewelry and tools. As many as 10 people are expected to face charges.

Columbus Avenue, between Division and Scott streets in Sandusky will be closed between 7am and 6pm today and tomorrow, for sewer repairs.

Detour signs are posted.

Ohio’s unemployment rate for October was 5.3 percent, down from 5.6 percent in September.

County numbers will be released tomorrow.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Norwalk Township Trustees’ monthly meeting has been rescheduled for 7pm tomorrow, at the Norwalk Township building.

Friday, November 21, 2014

AAA says more than 46 million Americans will hit the road for Thanksgiving.

It’s the largest number of Thanksgiving Day travelers since 2007. 90 percent of travelers will go at least 50 miles by car, and AAA says road trippers will likely pay the lowest price for Thanksgiving fuel in five years.


The cost for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner will cost a bit more than last year.

A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows the cost of a feast for 10 is $49.41, an increase of just 37 cents. That includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, veggies, pumpkin pie, coffee and milk.


A reminder that Ohio’s youth deer-gun season is tomorrow and Sunday.

It’s open to licensed hunters 17 and under, with a non-hunting adult.  Normal bag limits apply.


Due to the snow, leaf pickup in Norwalk is running a bit behind schedule.

Leaf pickup should be complete next week.


The non-profit ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking representatives to work with volunteer host families and international exchange students locally.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, supervise the exchange students throughout the year, and interview American students who want to study abroad. Representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. For more information visit


A Wednesday night house fire in Bellevue has been ruled as arson.

The blaze destroyed the Bellevue home, despite emergency responder’s hour and a half battle with the flames. The Ohio State Fire Marshall’s investigators found the fire was intentionally set. As of Thursday, Bellevue police have not made any arrests.


An Ottawa County grand jury indicted Ohio Republican Representative Steven Kraus on Wednesday.

The newly-elected state lawmaker has been indicted on felony charges of burglary, breaking and entering and theft. A police report alleges 55 year old Kraus of Huron, took antiques, a shotgun and musical instruments from a home in Port Clinton earlier this year. Kraus, who is an auctioneer, admitted to taking the items, but said a real estate agent selling the home asked him to take them and inventory them for auction.

Monday, October 6, 2014

A Greenwich woman will spend 30 day in the Huron County Jail, for stealing from her employer.

In addition, Tara Barber will be on probation for five years, and must pay $12,000 in restitution to Dollar General in Plymouth. Barber was store manager there, when she skimmed the money over a seven-month period, starting late last year.


Good news, if you’re buying pumpkins this month.

A bumper crop is expected, meaning there’s no shortage of pumpkins. Ohio is a major pumpkin producer, ranking third in the U.S. in acres planted and pumpkins produced.


The village of North Fairfield has a new administrator.

Bob Morgan was sworn in last week. He’s replaced Carl Essex, who passed away in August. Morgan ran for Huron County Commissioner in May, but lost a tight primary race to incumbent Joe Hintz.


Starting today, workers from Erie Blacktop will begin placing “No Parking” signs along Columbus Avenue in Sandusky, in preparation for pavement milling and resurfacing that will occur throughout the week.

No on-street parking will be available while this work is being completed. This work is part of an approximately $600,000 effort to resurface sections of US Route 250 and State Route 4 in the city of Sandusky.


General Motors are recalling more than 60,000 vehicles in their latest round of recalls.

The company announced three new recalls on Saturday. The recalls are 2008 and 2009 Pontiac G8s, and Chevrolet Caprice PPV left-hand-drive sedans from 2011 thru 2013. GM says the ignition switch key may shift from the “run” position when touched by the driver’s knee. Another recall involves Cadillac CTS sedans from the 2004 thru 2007 and Cadillac STS models from 2006 and 2007On some vehicles, the fuel pump module electrical terminal may overheat. They have also issued a recall of 304 of the 2014 Chevrolet Sonics in the U.S., stating the vehicles may have a loose electrical connection in the steering column that could affect the driver-side air bag. For a complete list of recalled vehicles visit