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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 8/30

*A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 10:00 am today.

Today

Patchy dense fog this morning.

A slight chance of showers this afternoon.

Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

 

Former Huron County Sheriff’s Deputy to not be charged after investigation

A former Huron County Sheriff’s Deputy will not face criminal charges following an investigation of an incident involving him and two inmates.

Robert Lombardo of Willard resigned from the sheriff’s office earlier this month amid the investigation.

The July 24th incident that left a prisoner injured had been under review by Erie County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Baxter.

 

$6 million townhouse project coming to Huron

A development of 20 new townhouses is coming to Huron at the former site of ConAgra.

The first phase of the $6 million project near the public boat ramp off U.S. 6 will feature the installation of utilities along with a public park and new roadway.

Construction is expected to begin in July of next year and be completed no longer than a year later.

 

Renovations being done to Sandusky High School

Renovations are going on now at Sandusky High School.

Projects involving the high school’s auditorium’s stage air venting system and roof are near completion; with additional improvements to be made next year to the planetarium and science labs.

The renovations are a portion of the $70 million project that was approved by voters last fall.

 

Recent awarding of funds by Mylander Foundation

The Mylander Foundation has recently awarded over $154,000 in grants to Erie County organizations covering 27 projects.

$34,300 to Nehemiah Partners for air conditioning and electrical upgrades to their gymnasium, $25,000 of that going to the Humane Society of Erie County for remodeling and $20,000 to the Volunteers of America Crossroads Shelter for renovations.

 

Vacant Norwalk city council seat has two applicants

The Norwalk city council seat vacated by the resignation of Kelly Beck has two applicants so far.

Norwalk High School teacher Chris Jackson and business owner and former council member Dwight Tkach have both applied.

Applications for the vacant seat will be taken through this Friday.

Beck, who served for five years, resigned due to moving with his family to Collins.

 

State representative working on legislation involving pets

An Ohio State Representative has introduced a bill to make shelter animals the official state pet.

Republican Laura Lanese of Grove City, near Columbus, is looking to promote animal adoption with House Bill 319.

Lanese is also working on House Bill 263, which would allow consumers to bring their dogs on restaurant patios.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Salvation Army responds to Harvey

The Salvation Army in Norwalk is asking the public to consider financial donations to support the Army’s response to Hurricane Harvey.

Donated funds will go to support the organization’s 42 mobile kitchens in Texas and to stock emergency supplies such as water and cleanup kits at their disaster center in Arlington and points nearer to the coast.

For more information and to donate, visit helpsalvationarmy.org.

To receive a donation link on your phone, text “STORM” to 51555.

 

Teens try to flee after rollover crash in Erie County

Two teen boys reportedly fled after their car was involved in a rollover crash in Erie County Monday morning.

The Morning Journal reports that a 19 year-old from Vermilion and 18 year-old from Sandusky were quickly found by authorities following a crash on State Route 2 eastbound, east of State Route 60.

The 19 year-old was taken into custody with possible charges pending.

 

Two suspected drug dealers arrested by Norwalk PD

Two Lorain men have been arrested by Norwalk Police for drug dealing.

22 year-old Kenadrew Clark and 19 year-old Jarvis Burns Jr. face charges including heroin and cocaine possession as well as drug trafficking; after Norwalk authorities performed a ‘controlled buy’ with the two suspects.

 

Part of Ohio 4 named after Fred Deering

A section of Ohio 4 has been renamed after a long-time public servant.

“The Rep. Frederick H. Deering Memorial Highway” runs from Bogart Road in Erie County to Crawford County.

A ceremony was held Monday in honor of the late state representative from Oxford Township.

Deering worked for over 50 years in public service including time as an Erie County Commissioner, Erie Metro Parks Commissioner and school board member at Perkins.

 

Norwalk Reflector hires three locals

Three local talents have been hired by the Norwalk Reflector.

Norwalk native Mark Hazelwood is the new sports editor at the Reflector.  Hazlewood has spent the last six years as sports editor at the Sandusky Register, where he will also continue to work during the transition.

2009 St. Paul grad Karlee Steffanni has also been hired as a new full-time reporter along with recent Norwalk High School grad Madeline Roche, who will be a correspondent.

 

Norwalk gives traffic update to red light on Milan Avenue

The City of Norwalk has made an adjustment to a section of Milan Avenue.

Effective immediately, “no turn on red” restrictions have been removed on southbound Milan Avenue at Cline St. (by AutoZone) and southbound Schauss at Main Street.

The city says the change was made in efforts to improve traffic flow and encourage using other routes besides US 250.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 8/29

Today

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible this

afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

 

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 73.


Monday, August 28th, 2017

Sandusky juveniles in trouble for separate incidents

Four young boys from Sandusky are in a heap of trouble after two separate incidents…

Three juveniles, ages 12, 13 and 14, are facing charges after leading Sandusky police on a car chase on Friday.

The young suspects reportedly stole a car and fled from police where they eventually lost control of their vehicle while being pursued.

The three boys suffered minor injuries.

Meanwhile…

A 13 year-old boy was charged with breaking and entering early Saturday morning after allegedly trying to burglarize a liquor store on the 1300 block of Tiffin Avenue.

 

Danbury Township man indicted in Snapchat rape incident

A Danbury Township man accused of raping a 20 year-old woman; which was found to be recorded on the social media app Snap-chat, has been indicted by an Ottawa County Grand Jury.

77 year-old James Allen faces two felony counts each of rape and sexual battery from an incident on August 8th.

Allen, formerly the general manager of Bay Point Resort, was terminated from the position after his arrest.

 

Former local school bus driver jailed for incident with teenage girl

A former school bus driver for Bellevue City Schools has been sent to jail for an incident involving a 15 year-old girl from Seneca County.

48 year-old Mark Whaley of Bellevue is in the Seneca County Jail after being found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Whaley will serve 90 days in jail.

Whaley worked for Bellevue schools from 2015 until resigning in May of this year.

 

 

Highway Patrol investigating head on crash in Sandusky County

Two Fremont men were seriously injured in a two vehicle crash Saturday morning in Sandusky County.

The crash occurred on Ohio 53 near County Road 182 in Rice Township, north of Fremont.

The Highway Patrol says that 48 year-old Brian Henderson drove left of center and struck 43 year-old Harley Harman’s vehicle head-on.

 

Local anti-bullying charity looking for auction items

The non-profit organization in remembrance of a Willard boy believed by supporters to have taken his own life due to bullying is looking for the public’s assistance for auction items.

CALEB – Anti-Bullying Cause, is putting together a fundraising event on October 28th; with plans to award scholarships and build an outreach center.

To help with items, contact Anna Hershiser or visit the organization’s Facebook page.

 

Recent numbers from Huron County sales tax collection…

The latest Huron County sales tax collection numbers feature some record-breaking figures.

The county reportedly collected more than $1 million for the first time ever in May, $150,000 more than the same time a year ago.

According to Auditor Roland Tkach, the numbers representing out-of-state retailers that made sales to county residents were up over 200 percent; in which he called “eye-catching”.

 

Ribbon-cutting ceremony today for new Norwalk businesses

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place this afternoon for two new businesses in Norwalk.

The joint-ceremony is set for 4:30 pm at American Armor Coating and sister-company, Leaders Industrial Services, on St. Mary’s Street.

The companies’ primary focus is spray-on bed-liners and custom floor coatings.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 8/28

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Cloudy, with a high near 76.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Cloudy, with a high near 74.

 

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers.

Partly sunny, with a high near 77.


Friday, August 25th, 2017

Anti-racism rally planned for Saturday in Sandusky

In the wake of recent racial violence in Virginia, a peaceful demonstration of unity is planned for Saturday in Sandusky.

‘Stand Against Racism’ will take place at 1:00 pm at the Schade-Mylander Plaza between Shoreline Drive and Water Street.

The demonstration will include a group photo and t-shirts denouncing racism.

 

Sandusky’s train depot station upgrades coming

A project to renovate Sandusky’s 127 year-old train depot station is in the works.

The $55,000 project, approved recently by city commissioners, would include an overhaul of the work and customer reception areas, improvements to the heating/cooling and electrical systems and the replacement of windows and doors.

Work should begin in the near future with an end date of November 1st.

 

Huron man found not guilty of felonious assault

A Huron restaurant owner has been acquitted of assault charges.

39 year-old Brad Crow, owner of All Things Restaurant in Huron, was found not guilty by a jury in Erie County Common Pleas Court in an incident last August where he was accused of assaulting a man at the I-5 bar in Huron.

 

Norwalk man pleads guilty to robbery

A Norwalk man has pled guilty to aggravated burglary.

20 year-old Scott Rigg will be sentenced in October for a breaking and entering incident taking place June 10th on West Seminary Street.

Rigg and another man are believed to have broken a second-story window and pointed a gun at a resident of the home.

 

Talks underway to bring D.A.R.E. program to Western Reserve schools

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office has been in talks with Western Reserve Schools on bringing the D.A.R.E. anti-drug program to the district.

Sheriff Todd Corbin met with the school board earlier this month; where he discussed partial funding from a state grant, which would cover up to 50 percent of the program cost.

Funding would still need to be approved for the other 50 percent.

Corbin said he plans to present more information at the school’s next board meeting.

 

Norwalk’s Milan Avenue improvement project slated for completion next month

Milan Avenue between St. Mary’s and League Streets in Norwalk will be closed to traffic through next week as work nears completion on the Milan Avenue improvement project.

The CVS store on Milan Avenue will be only reachable from the north during the closure.

The $1.2 million project runs from Main to League Streets.

It’s scheduled to wrap up September 18th.

 

Sunday’s orchestra concert in Norwalk to feature Emily Keener

The Firelands Symphony Orchestra will be holding a free ‘summer pops’ concert Sunday in Norwalk.

The show at Veterans Memorial Lake Park at Norwalk Reservoir will include Wakeman’s Emily Keener of TV’s ‘The Voice’ fame as well as the Norwalk High School marching band.

It all gets underway at 6:30 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 8/25

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 74.

 

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 77.