Monday, October 30th, 2017

Man from Norwalk involved in breaking and entering and drug possession incidents

A Norwalk man was arrested on drug charges last week after confessing a week earlier to breaking into a Collins trucking company where he used to work.

Nathan Goodell and a female suspect were observed by authorities in a Norwalk business parking lot; where suspected heroin and crack cocaine were found in their possession.

Goodell was allegedly involved in a breaking and entering at Mesenburg Brothers in Collins earlier this month.


Fremont shooting and burglary suspect has charges dropped

Burglary and felonious assault charges against a Fremont man were dropped on Friday.

30-year-old Mychal Scott was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly breaking into a Christy Boulevard home in Fremont and exchanging gun fire with the home’s resident.

New information in the investigation led to the dropping of the charges.


Milan Road overpass in Sandusky closed this morning

The Milan Road (U.S. 250) overpass in Sandusky used often as a Cedar Point exit will be closed this morning for the removal of barricades.

Repairs on the bridge later today will also result in the closing of the outside lane of the bridge and the Butler Street ramp.

The duration of the closure will be based on the time it takes to complete the projects.


New voting sign-in process for Huron County residents

Huron County voters will sign in electronically when they head to the polls a week from Tuesday.

All Huron County precincts will be using electronic poll books where voters will sign their name on an iPad.

The new electronic sign-in process was used in May at two locations in the county.

The purpose of the electronic poll books is to speed things up.


Groundbreaking today for Ontario Primary school in Sandusky

Sandusky City School District officials will host a groundbreaking ceremony later today for the new Ontario Primary school.

It will take place at 5:00 pm on Ontario Street.

Demolition of the old Ontario Elementary is set for November.


November the top month for deer/car crashes in Ohio

The state is reminding residents to drive cautiously and to complete an insurance review ahead of a busy month for deer-vehicle crashes.

According to numbers from the Ohio Department of Public Safety, November is the leading month for accidents involving deer (over 4,200); nearly double the next leading month.

Lorain County had the second most crashes in the state last year with 459.




A chance of showers this afternoon.

Increasing clouds, very breezy, with a high near 49.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.  Breezy.



Partly sunny, with a high near 47.  Breezy.



Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

Friday, October 27th, 2017

10-year-old leads authorities on high-speed chase

It’s not every day a 10-year-old leads police and state troopers on a high speed chase through three counties in a stolen car; but yesterday was the day.

The hi-jinks began yesterday in Westlake, when police tried to pull over the car on I-90.

The driver refused, and the chase was on; into Lorain County, onto the Ohio Turnpike, then into Erie County; at speeds topping 100 miles-an-hour.

The chase ended when the 10-year-old veered into a ditch to avoid stop-sticks that had been placed in the road.


Vermilion woman sentenced for husband’s shooting death

Lorain County Judge Mark Betleski has sentenced Julene Simko to

28-years-to-life in prison.

Last week, Judge Betleski found Simko ‘guilty’ of several charges,

including ‘aggravated murder’.

Simko was accused of shooting and killing her husband, in their

Vermilion home, in 2009.


Put-in-Bay dismisses legal counsel

Officials in Put-in-Bay voted Thursday to fire legal counsel George Wilbur in the midst of a state investigation of the village’s government.

Wilbur had served as solicitor since the early 2000’s; and is the elected law director for the city of Port Clinton.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office began a criminal investigation in June after allegations involving village officials and their involvement in theft and the mishandling of public finances.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

Saturday marks “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day”; with several area locations set up to collect unwanted or unused medication.

Prescription or over-the-counter meds can be dropped off in:

-Erie County: Perkins Township Police Department

-Huron County: Bellevue, Norwalk and Willard Police Departments

-Lorain County: Lorain County Sheriff’s Office in Vermilion

The sites will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Solar energy project coming to Monroeville

The village of Monroeville is working on a solar energy project that will likely produce 10 percent of the electricity used by their residents.

The Monroeville Solar Park will be built on land owned by the village near the up-ground reservoir.


Last ‘Imagine Norwalk’ of the year

Tonight marks the final ‘Imagine Norwalk’ of the season.

This evening’s activities include a Trick-or-Treat parade and a chili cook-off.

The arts and music street fair and festival gets underway at 5:00 pm in uptown Norwalk.




Partly sunny, with a high near 66.



A chance of showers before midnight, with rain likely overnight.

Low around 41.



A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.



A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Perkins woman going to jail for stabbing incident

A woman from Perkins Township has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

35-year-old Christine Gilbert of West Perkins Avenue allegedly stabbed her ex-boyfriend Jamie Wilburn during a quarrel in January.

Gilbert said that Wilburn fell on the knife as he went towards her.

She had charges reduced in August after being indicted for murder and felonious assault.


Council approves purchase of used fire truck

The Norwalk Fire Department has found one of the fire trucks they need to replace the two vehicles that were put out of service last month due to safety issues.

City Council has approved an emergency ordinance to purchase a used 2004 rescue-pumper from Tennessee that once performed duties in Florida.

Council authorized the purchase to not exceed $85,000.


Erie County road work this week and next

Three road closures in Erie County will take place over the next week.

The Route 601 and 113 intersection in Milan is closed now through Friday for a culvert replacement.

In Sandusky, work is expected to begin today on the replacement of traffic lights at the Scott and U.S. 6 intersections; that were damaged from an accident in August.  Scott Street from Franklin to Perry will be closed during the project that could last into Friday.

Also, Plank Road to 600 west on Shawmill in Milan Township will be shut down Tuesday to Friday of next week due to sinkhole repairs


Smoke shop on West Perkins in Sandusky catches fire

A smoke shop in Sandusky ironically caught fire on Wednesday morning.

No one was hurt during the blaze at Butts and More on West Perkins Avenue; which resulted in the business being closed on Wednesday.

Fire officials said the fire looked like it started due to an electrical malfunction.


Northern Ohio dogs suffering from canine flu

A major outbreak of dog flu is happening in the Toledo area with a case now reported in Port Clinton.

The dog in Port Clinton was recently boarded though in the Toledo suburb of Perrysburg.

Canine influenza is contagious; with symptoms including loss of appetite, fever, runny eyes and nose, coughing and sluggishness.

A vaccine is available.


Two closures at Cedar Point

Cedar Point has announced two upcoming closures.

Extreme Sports Stadium, or one-time Oceana Stadium, will be removed for future development; and the Sandcastle Suites Hotel and Breakwater Café on the park’s northern peninsula will be demolished.

This upcoming weekend is the final weekend of the park’s 2017 season.



-A frost advisory is in effect through 9:00 am today.


Sunny, with a high near 54.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.



Partly sunny, with a high near 64.  Breezy.



Showers likely in the morning.  Cloudy, with a high near 51.

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Authorities investigating student incidents at Western Reserve High School

Two separate incidents involving students late last week at Western Reserve High School are under investigation by authorities.

The first took place Thursday morning involving a male and female on campus and alleged sexual offenses and gross sexual imposition on school property.

Also on Thursday, around the time school was released, two male students were reportedly involved in an altercation which resulted in unruly juvenile and disorderly conduct charges being filed.


Fremont man charged with burglary after breaking into home

A 30-year-old Fremont man turned himself in to authorities Tuesday after allegedly breaking into a home and exchanging gunfire with the resident.

Mychal Scott has been charged with felonious assault and burglary.

According to police, Scott kicked in a door to a multi-family home on Christy Boulevard Tuesday morning and took an air conditioner.

No one was hurt in the shooting.


Latest state unemployment figures

Only three Ohio counties saw an increase in unemployment during September.

Erie County happened to be one of those though; according to the latest figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Erie County’s jobless rate rose to 5.9 percent from 5.6 in August.

In Huron County, unemployment decreased; down to 4.8 percent from 5.1 a month ago.

Unemployment in Lorain County was at 6.3 percent for September.


Counterfeit money reported in Sandusky

Perkins Township Police are looking into reported counterfeit money recently taken in at a gas station.

A total of three phony $20 bills were allegedly accepted by employees at the Friendship on West Perkins Avenue.

The bills have the words “for motion picture only” on the front and “The Money Production” on the back.


Erie County Community Foundation hands out grants

The Erie County Community Foundation has announced the distribution of over $106,000 in grants to 25 local non-profits.

Among those receiving grant money were the Boys and Girls Club of Erie County, who were given $8,770 for a roof top air handling unit; and $8,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank for their food pantry.


Firelands Historical Society hosting Halloween-related event

A couple of Halloween-themed activities are going on at the Firelands Historical Society in Norwalk.

For the second straight year, they’re hosting their “Spirits of the Museum” event.

The family-friendly activity takes place Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm with actor-portrayals of local historical figures of the past.

They are also conducting a scavenger hunt now through October 31st that focuses on locations in downtown Norwalk; with a first prize of $200, in honor of Norwalk’s bicentennial.




A slight chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

(A Frost Advisory goes into effect at midnight.)



Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.



Partly sunny, with a high near 65.