Monday, February 20th, 2017

Bellevue boy hit by train

A Bellevue boy was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a train late Friday night. According to Bellevue Police and the Fremont News Messenger, the boy (name and age not yet released), was taken by helicopter to a Toledo hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The boy was laying small items on the tracks to be run over by a coming train when he was struck.


Huron County Sheriff’s Office to get 6 new SUVs

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office will be receiving six new SUV’s. The Huron County Commissioners have approved the purchase of six 2017 Ford Interceptors at the cost of $32,000 each. The Huron County Sheriff’s Office currently has close to 20 vehicles; with six believed to have over 180,000 miles; the Huron County Commissioners told the Norwalk Reflector. The vehicles are ready for the road; except for decals and police radios.


Margaretta girls basketball coach reinstated, to retire

Long-time Margaretta girls basketball coach, Tim Tucker, has reached an agreement with the school to reinstate him as coach for the remainder of the season. The Sandusky Register reports that the agreement reached on Friday allows Tucker to return as head coach for the upcoming postseason tournament; with a mandate that Tucker retires at the end of the season. Tucker, in his 36th season at Margaretta, was suspended earlier this month after allegedly making ‘repeated demeaning comments’.


Author looking for historical Willard photos

A book featuring Willard history and photos is in the making. Former resident Rick Reed is putting the book together; and needs articles and pictures that highlight Willard history along with Greenwich, Plymouth, and surrounding areas. Photos must be your own, and not from social media. (They can be emailed to For more details, visit the City of Willard, Ohio Facebook page.


President’s Day means a day off for many

With today being President’s Day, many government offices, banks and schools are closed. There’s also no mail delivery today. When in doubt, make sure to call ahead.



Today – President’s Day-Mostly sunny, with a high near 61

Tonight-Partly cloudy, with a low around 45

Tuesday-Rain showers likely, cloudy, with a high near 59

Wednesday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 66

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Perkins woman indicted on murder charges

A Perkins Township woman has been indicted on two murder counts. 35 year-old Christine Gilbert was arrested in late January when her boyfriend, 44 year-old Jamie Wilburn, was stabbed and killed; after the couple got into an argument at their trailer on West Perkins Avenue.


Perkins Township crash results in three injuries

Three people were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Perkins Township on Tuesday. The Highway Patrol says 27 year-old Melissa Mattox of Port Clinton was on Strub Road when she overcorrected and drove off the left side of the road and struck a tree. Two passengers, 25 year-old Lauren Spears of Port Clinton and 30 year-old Jonathan Torres of Port Clinton, were treated for injuries at Firelands Regional Medical Center; with Spears later flown to a different facility by medical helicopter.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors.


Norwalk School Board discusses Whitney Field improvements

The school board at Norwalk has authorized accepting a quote for stadium improvements at Whitney Field. The Norwalk Reflector says the $282,000 quote includes adding brace supports and aluminum decking to the home bleachers to reduce swaying. After the plans are drafted and approved by the state, work can begin. There was been some push back on the improvements though; including the suggestion of building a new stadium altogether.


Parma man arrested following pursuit in many counties

A 40 year-old Parma man is in jail on several charges after a lengthy police pursuit through Sandusky, Erie and Ottawa Counties. Steven Michel was first made contact with by a Milan post trooper in a service plaza due to a fictitious license plate before driving away and traveling through Bellevue, Clyde, and heading towards Fremont. Michel’s car was eventually spotted in a residence’s driveway in Ottawa County; where he was taken into custody and charged.


Lorain man charged with 6th OVI while driving on Route 2

A man from Lorain has been charged with OVI for the sixth time. Anthony Carter was arrested while on Route 2 in Berlin Township after the Highway Patrol received calls of a reckless driver.



Today-Partly sunny, with a high near 33

Tonight-Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25

Friday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 51

Saturday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 58

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Flu on the rise in Huron County

Flu activity is on the increase in Huron County as well as across the state. Huron County Public Health says the state’s Influenza Activity Summary has been above the seasonal norm for the last several weeks. They suggest you wash your hands often and get a flu vaccine to stay healthy. To schedule a flu shot, call the health department or visit for more information.


One-vehicle accident leaves two injured on Ohio 99

A one-car crash in Huron County sent two people to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. It happened when a driver went off the side of the road on Route 99 near Monroeville while trying to miss an animal. A utility pole was snapped in half during the accident; according to the Norwalk Reflector.


No more citations for trains blocking the road in Bellevue

The Bellevue Police Department has announced they will no longer issue citations for trains blocking roadways. Bellevue Police say that railroad companies are governed by federal law; and that city and state ordinances are preempted by federal law.

Callers will be told to direct their complaints to their Congressional representative.


Norwalk Area United Fund ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser in Wakeman today

The Wednesday ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser from the Norwalk Area United Fund is in Wakeman today. Part of today’s proceeds at the Wakeman Elevator on Hyde Street will support the Norwalk Area United Fund’s nearly 40 local grants and programs.


Perkins School Board to discuss budget cuts tonight

The school board at Perkins will meet tonight with the approval of $1 million in budget cuts on the agenda. Recently, the district had announced it will slash 35 personnel positions in an effort to reduce costs. The school has already reduced building open hours and eliminated various assistant coaching positions. The meeting is at 6:00 pm tonight in the high school cafeteria.



Today-A slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon, mostly cloudy, with a high near 34

Tonight-A slight chance of snow showers, cloudy, with a low around 22

Thursday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33

Friday-Partly sunny, with a high near 44

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Governor Kasich to hold ‘State of the State’ address in Sandusky

Governor John Kasich is bringing his ‘State of the State’ address to Sandusky. Kasich sent a letter to the General Assembly requesting a joint session in Sandusky for April 4th at 7:00 pm, at the Sandusky State Theatre. The governor said that holding the address in Sandusky is a perfect opportunity to show off the state’s crown jewel of Lake Erie. This is the sixth year in a row that the ‘State of the State’ will be held outside of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.


Margaretta girls’ basketball coach suspended

Long time girls’ basketball coach at Margaretta, Tim Tucker, was suspended last week after allegedly making rude comments to team members; according to a letter from the district’s athletic director. The Sandusky Register reports that the letter, dated February 10th, said Tucker would be put on administrative leave pending an investigation. Tucker’s supporters said they will gather at the Village Pizza House before the Margaretta girls game at Port Clinton on Thursday. Tucker is in his 36th season at Margaretta; and is the area’s winningest coach in girls and boys basketball.


Deadline for Norwalk Bicentennial Pub Crawl approaching

Those looking to participate in the Maple City Ice Norwalk Bicentennial Pub Crawl need to register by Wednesday at the Huron County Chamber of Commerce in Norwalk. Bicentennial Committee member Chris Castle said the best advice for those yet to sign up is to put together a strong, knowledgeable team. The event, for ages 21 and up, takes place Saturday, February 25th from 2:30 to 7:00 pm and includes teams competing in a trivia competition based on Norwalk history; while visiting 7 Norwalk bars. The winning team takes home four-$50 chamber gift certificates.


Edison wins Team State Wrestling Championship

First it was the girls golf team in the fall. Now this winter, another state championship for Edison High School, as the Chargers took home the Division 3 Wrestling Dual Team state title on Sunday. Head Coach David Hermes told WLKR News that the feeling of winning the title was unbelievable…and for his kids to go out there and accomplish what they did really shows what they teach as a program: to fight for every single point and to not give anything to anybody. Edison defeated Mechanicsburg and Massillon Tuslaw to win the championship in Columbus.



Today-Mostly sunny, with a high near 49, breezy

Tonight-A chance of rain and snow showers, mostly cloudy, with a low around 29

Wednesday-A slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon, cloudy, a high near 34

Thursday-A slight chance of morning snow showers, partly sunny, a high near 32