Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Huron County/Plea deal for Wakeman rapist

A Huron County man charged with several counts of rape involving very young children has accepted a plea deal.

29-year-old Robert Atkinson pled guilty to one count of rape with six other counts of rape dismissed.

Atkinson faces between 3 to 11 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month.


Sandusky County/Former Bellevue teacher in jail for theft

A former teacher of over 30 years at Bellevue City Schools is serving a 30-day jail sentence for grand theft of lottery tickets.

66-year-old Daniel Sabo pled guilty to the charge after at least $58,000 in Keno and lottery tickets were reportedly stolen from the Bellevue Beverage Center where he used to work.

Sabo has already paid the $8,000 in restitution he was ordered to by a Sandusky County Common Pleas Court judge.


Lorain-Erie County/High-speed chase

A man from Lorain has been indicted on charges of stealing a Lorain Police cruiser and leading authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in Erie County.

31-year-old Brandon Pettry is accused of driving off in the cruiser last month during his arrest.

Authorities used ‘stop sticks’ on Route 13, with Pettry crashing into a ditch.


Huron County/Willard man charged with OVI follows police

Norwalk Police arrested a Willard man for OVI Tuesday night after he reportedly told authorities that he was going to follow them.

And that’s exactly what he did, according to police.

After tracking Michael Sebolt’s vehicle to West Side Sunoco, Sebolt reportedly yelled at an officer as the cruiser passed the parking lot.

Sebolt eventually followed the officer until a traffic stop was initiated.

Sebolt’s blood-alcohol-content was more than twice the legal limit.


Huron County/No injuries from Norwalk kitchen fire

No one was hurt when a fire broke out in the kitchen of a Norwalk home on Tuesday.

Fire officials say $20,000 worth of damage was done to the residence on Lee Avenue.

According to the home owner, the blaze started when a resident used the stove to light a cigarette; which accidentally igniting a plastic pan and the stove.


State News/NEXUS pipeline-Norwalk gas lines

According to a published report, natural gas could be pumping through the NEXUS pipeline within a week or two.

The Medina Gazette reports; work is nearly complete on the pipeline that cuts across Erie, Sandusky, Medina and Lorain Counties on its way to Canada.


Unrelated to the NEXUS pipeline, crews are repairing leaky gas lines in Norwalk.

The work covers around 30 city blocks from Milan Avenue to State Street and from Main to League streets.

Public Works Director Josh Snyder says that roads and sidewalks that are closed temporarily will be repaired by a separate crew once gas line repairs are done.

There’s no timetable yet for completion.


Erie County/Perkins Avenue paving

A $700,000 project to resurface East Perkins Avenue in the Sandusky-area is scheduled to get underway today.

The project involves fixing cracks and potholes on a two-and-a-half mile stretch from Remington Avenue to Cleveland Road by Osborn MetroPark.

Road crews will maintain two-way traffic with occasional, temporary lane closures.


Coffee with Commissioners returns Saturday

The semi-regular ‘Coffee with Commissioners’ meeting returns Saturday in Sandusky.

Sandusky city officials will be on hand at Mr. Smith’s Coffee House on Columbus Avenue at 8:00 am to talk with residents about city-related issues.





Partly sunny, with a high near 66.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Erie County/U.S. 250 vehicle rollover

An 18-year-old man from Huron sustained minor injuries in a rollover crash on U.S. 250, south of Route 2, Monday evening in Perkins Township.

The State Highway Patrol says Dakota Severson allegedly drove his car off the right side of the road, hit a culvert and overturned a couple of times.

Severson was wearing his seatbelt…with authorities ruling out drugs or alcohol as contributing factors in the accident.


Erie County/Parole denied for convicted child killer

Parole has been denied for a man convicted of killing a Sandusky 3-year-old boy in 1990.

53-year-old Craig Popke is currently serving 15-years-to-life in the Mansfield Correctional Institution.

Popke was found guilty of killing Michael Wasserman in what Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter described to the Sandusky Register as an “excruciating death”…that happened several days after the boy was severely burned with scalding hot water.

Popke’s next parole hearing will be in 2022.


Erie County/Castalia child sex charges

A Castalia man has pled guilty to felony gross sexual imposition involving young girls.

22-year-old Nathaniel Cruz faces between one to three years in prison in connection with incidents from 2015 to 2017 that brought about an Erie County Sheriff’s investigation.


Ottawa County/Third mental evaluation set for accused child rapist

An accused child rapist from near Toledo will likely receive a third mental evaluation before he stands trial.

27-year-old Cody Habel faces three counts of rape involving a five-year-old female victim from Port Clinton.

Two psychologists recently disagreed on Habel’s ability to understand the court proceedings.

An Ottawa County court has now ordered that a third evaluation is needed…which will determine if the suspect understood the wrongfulness of his actions.


State News/Flu shots

It’s nearly October, and…

It will soon be time to flee the flu!

The Ohio Department of Health recommends getting a flu-shot as soon as possible…as flu-activity usually picks up in October and can last as late as May.


Huron County/Norwalk upcoming construction projects

Two upcoming construction projects were discussed last night at Norwalk City Council’s work session.

According to Public Works Director Josh Snyder, one project involves the city submitting an application to the state for a $275,000 grant related to Phase 4 of the Old State Road Widening Project.

The other plan includes a pending resolution to allow ODOT to resurface about a mile of U.S. 20 within city limits.

Both projects would start in the spring of 2020.


State News/Hurricane Florence car sales

A warning from the “Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association”…

The association says, vehicles damaged by flood-waters from Hurricane Florence could find their way to this area.

They recommend a number of steps if you choose to buy from a private seller…

Check title-history…Check under the dash for dried mud…and check for rust or corrosion not usually found in newer vehicles.


Erie County/New Dollar General store

The new Dollar General store in Huron has opened its doors.

The store on Route 61 will celebrate with a grand opening event on Saturday at 8:00 am.





A chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning followed by decreasing clouds.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Erie County/Police officer charged with multiple felonies

A Sandusky Police Officer was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly drove drunk.

46 year-old Kenneth Gautschi Junior of Huron, a 19 year veteran of the Sandusky PD, faces charges of misdemeanor OVI and speeding, and felonies of improper handling of a firearm and vandalism.

According to Erie County Sheriff’s deputies, Gautschi was speeding on U.S. 250 near Kalahari Resorts…eventually pulled over on Fox Road; where a loaded handgun was found in his car.

He was charged with vandalism after deputies found a large dent on their cruiser…reportedly due to Gautschi swinging his handcuffs.


Ottawa County/Accused child porn suspect’s trial delayed

An Ottawa County trial for a man accused of over 70 child pornography-related felonies has been rescheduled.

The defense for 25 year-old Matthew Shiffert argued that the trial should be delayed because they needed more time working toward a resolution.

His trial was slated to begin yesterday…but will now start on November 27th.


Huron County/Safe Communities Coalition meeting

The Huron County Safe Communities Coalition will be discussing patterns and trends of serious injury and fatal crashes at their next meeting this Friday.

State Patrol troopers will lead the discussion held at the Huron County Public Health building in Norwalk.


Erie County/Sandusky recycling centers could leave

Sandusky could be losing two free public recycling centers as soon as next month.

Republic Services have told city officials that they need $100,000 a year to keep their recycling bins or they’ll opt-out of their contract and pull the bins on Cement Avenue near Lions Park and First Street near Kiwanis Park.


Erie County/Huron hydrant flushing

The Erie County Water Division has announced they’ll soon be flushing fire hydrants in the Huron East water district.

Those areas include East Cleveland Road, Mittiwanga, Chappel Creek, Huron Green Subdivision, Eagle Ridge Subdivision, Frailey Road, Hahn Road, Joppa Road, and Poorman Road.

The department says residents may experience low water pressure and discolored water…and are warned not to do laundry during the flushing.


Erie County/Perkins Township Police celebrating 60 years

A police department in Erie County is celebrating their 60th birthday next month.

In honor of their 60th anniversary, the Perkins Township P-D will host an open house October 1st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm; where visitors can take a tour of their building, check out various law enforcement equipment and meet some of the officers.


Huron County/Sales tax collection numbers

Auditor Roland Tkach says Huron County sales tax collection was strong in the latest round of released figures from June.

It was the highest collection of the year at over $950,000.

According to Tkach, vehicles sales were strong; making up close to 24 percent of the total.





A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible.

Cloudy, with a high near 79.



Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a high near 69.



Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Huron County/Theft suspects arrested

Police in Norwalk have arrested two teenage boys who have a history of thievery.

19 year-old Michail Harvey and 16 year-old Emmanuel Brown Junior are allegedly responsible for stealing a car, a firearm, multiple thefts from motor vehicles and breaking and entering at the East of Chicago Pizza restaurant.


Ottawa County/Snapchat rapist’s appeal denied

The appeal of a Danbury man sentenced to five years in prison for rape has been denied.

78 year-old James Allen claimed the court implied he could be released after only three years…due to showing early signs of Alzheimer’s disease that made him incapable of understanding his plea.

Allen’s charge is from an August 2017 incident that was recorded by a 20 year-old female victim on the social media app, Snap-chat.


Erie County/Cedar Point fined $142,000 by OSHA for workplace accident

OSHA has cited Cedar Point’s parent company, Cedar Fair, for safety violations after they say an employee suffered serious injuries at the amusement park.

The company faces penalties of over $140,000; if the violations hold up.

Inspectors determined that an injured employee fell through a skylight while working on a roof.


Erie County/Ohio State Highway Patrol State Route 4 OVI Checkpoint results

The Ohio State Highway Patrol say they arrested one driver for OVI and marijuana possession, two others for marijuana possession and made one felony warrant apprehension during a two-hour OVI checkpoint  in Erie County Saturday night.

764 cars passed through the checkpoint conducted on State Route 4 and Bone Creek Drive in Perkins Township.


Erie County/OVI charge for Norwalk woman

A Norwalk woman was charged Friday night with OVI and failure to stay in marked lanes.

According to the Erie County Sherriff, deputies saw 47 year-old Lori Jensen repeatedly drive over the yellow center line on U.S. 250 near Scheid Road.


Huron County/Section of Plymouth could join historic places registry

A portion of the Huron/Richland County village of Plymouth could join those named to the National Register of Historic Places.

A state advisory board has voted to recommend Plymouth’s historical district – including Dix, Mills, Railroad and Trux streets; along with eight other Ohio locations – to the list.


Vermilion/Historical markers for former amusement park

A 22-acre amusement park in Vermilion is long gone, but not forgotten.

This past weekend, historic markers were placed near the Crystal Shore Apartments, north of Liberty Avenue.

The site was once the home of Crystal Beach Park that featured a huge, wooden roller coaster.

It operated from 1907 to 1962.


Erie County/Intersection closing tomorrow in Huron

The intersection of U.S. 6 (Center Street) at Jim Campbell Boulevard in Huron will be closed for repairs tomorrow.

The closure is scheduled to last from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm…and is weather permitting.





A chance of showers, mainly after noon.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 70.



Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 64.



Showers likely, with thunderstorms possible.  Cloudy, with a high near 76.



A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.