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Monday, January 29th, 2018

Sheppard case/Florida suspect fights extradition

A man from Florida who’s considered a suspect in the 2003 alleged murder of Perkins’ Township’s Michael Sheppard continues to fight his extradition to Ohio.

35 year-old Joshua Stamm has filed a habeas corpus motion saying that the state of Ohio doesn’t have sufficient evidence to prosecute him and can’t prove Sheppard is dead due to his body never being found.

Scott Hall of Clyde and Adam White of Sandusky have been arrested for the alleged murder; with their trial scheduled for February 6th.

Stamm is currently serving a three-year prison sentence in Florida on weapons charges.

 

Huron County/Fugitive caught

A man wanted on multiple felony drug charges in Huron County has been arrested in Toledo.

Seferino Maltos Junior reportedly fled from the Willard area when a warrant was issued for his arrest after he reportedly failed to appear in court in July of 2017.

 

Flu/Huron County

Cases of the flu are on the increase this season in Huron County.

The county reported 37 positive flu tests during the second week of January, up from 35 cases the week before.  During 2017, only 26 cases were reported during the same time frame.

Six of those 37 had to be hospitalized for the flu; resulting in a total of 29 people in Huron County being hospitalized for the flu this season.

 

Perkins Police/Narcan use down

Perkins police say the use of the drug overdose antidote, Narcan, decreased in 2017.

Authorities reportedly used 35 doses on subjects in 2017, compared to 52 in 2016.

Police believe that while it’s possible that the opioid epidemic could be lessening, their reduced use of Narcan could also be due to the antidote being more available over-the-counter.

 

Erie County/Bridges to be fixed

Erie County engineers are looking to fix three more bridges in 2018.

This comes after two bridges, one on Joppa Road and the other on Strecker Road, were repaired last year.

In 2018, officials plan to replace the bridge on Mason Road in Florence Township and repair bridges on Livengood Road in Oxford Township and Scheid Road in Huron Township.

 

Monroeville man/Drug charges

A Monroeville man was arrested last week on drug possession charges.

36 year-old Issac Mathis was pulled over by sheriff’s deputies early Thursday on Portland Road and Ohio Route 4 where authorities reportedly found marijuana and prescription pills in his car.

 

National Drug and Alcohol Fact Week/Huron County stats

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week just came to a close; with Huron County Public Health encouraging residents to become more educated on the facts surrounding substance abuse.

When surveyed last year, 11-percent of Huron County’s youth had used marijuana at least once in the past 30 days, and 5-percent had used medications that were not prescribed for them or took more than prescribed to get high at some time in their life.

Huron County Public Health says one resource available to parents is the Ohio Department of Health’s Start Talking program; located online at starttalking.ohio.gov.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 2018

Today

Snow, mainly after noon. High near 31.

Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

 

Tonight

Snow likely.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.

New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 24.

 

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41.


Friday, January 26th, 2018

Norwalk/Fatal fire

A fire early this morning in Norwalk has reportedly taken three lives.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, three adults died in the house fire on Park Ridge Court off of Valley Park Drive.

The state fire marshal is investigating.

 

Fremont teen/Vehicular homicide jury trial

A teenage boy from Fremont has a jury trial scheduled for February 2nd after being charged this week with aggravated vehicular homicide.

The 18 year-old boy, who was 17 at the time of the alleged incident in September, reportedly drove down South Buchanan Street with a victim on top of his car; with the victim falling on the pavement when the boy pulled into a driveway.

According to authorities, the victim died several days later due to injuries suffered in the fall.

 

Port Clinton man/Prison for child rape

A Port Clinton man has been sentenced to 12 and-a-half years in prison on a charge of rape involving a young child.

The reported incident took place in August 2016 involving 64 year-old Ronald Harper and a 4-year-old girl.

Harper’s sentence includes a charge of attempted evidence tampering.

He’s also required to register as a Tier-3 sex offender.

 

Norwalk/Crash

A Monroeville man was injured in a crash early Tuesday morning in Norwalk.

27 year-old Erik Syverson was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center after reportedly hitting another parked vehicle on East Main Street.

Syverson faces a failure to control citation.

 

Huron teacher/Science grants

An eight-grade science teacher in Huron recently received over $20,000 in grants for her classroom.

Leah LaCrosse at McCormick Junior High will use the funds for several class-related items including robotics and space lab equipment.

 

Sandusky business/Staying in town

Sandusky city commissioners have approved a $15,000 grant that will help keep a local business and 29 jobs in town.

AVI Food-systems will now be able to re-locate from their current location on Venice Road to a new facility on Fifth Street.

Their relocation plan includes the installation of a loading dock and the building of office space.

The total relocation project costs $60,000; which includes $30,000 from AVI Food-systems and $15,000 from their property owner, BSL Holdings.

 

Dog license/Huron County deadline

Huron County is reminding their residents that dog tags need to be purchased by the end of this month to avoid a late fee.

Tags cost $18 for one year and can be purchased at various locations including the Auditor’s Office, Dog Warden, and Huron County Humane Society in Norwalk.

 

 ‘Plunge’/Sandusky on Saturday

The 13th annual Sandusky Polar Plunge takes place this Saturday at The Thirsty Pony.

The plunge helps raise funds for Special Olympics Ohio.

Early check-in and registration takes place this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 pm with day-of registration on Saturday at 10:00 am.

The event officially gets underway Saturday at 1:00 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – FRIDAY, JANUARY 26TH, 2018

Today

Sunny, with a high near 52.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers, mainly overnight.  Breezy.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Saturday

Showers likely.  Cloudy, breezy, with a high near 51.

 

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 42


Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Sandusky residents/Infant rape charges

A man and woman from Sandusky are being held in jail without bond after being arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with a female child under two years old.

46 year-old Eddie Cox and 41 year-old Ruth Cruz have both been charged with rape.

The young girl, who doesn’t live with the suspects, is back with her family.

 

Margaretta man/Child sex charges

A Margaretta Township man is scheduled to be arraigned today after being indicted on sex charges involving young girls.

55 year-old Merle Viock faces a count of rape, attempted rape and five counts of gross sexual imposition in relation to alleged incidents in 2015 and 2016 with victims under the age of 12.

 

Ohio Turnpike/2017 statistics

The Ohio Turnpike has released statistics from 2017; showing that the roadway was free from traffic backups 99.8 percent of the time last year.

The number of fatalities decreased in 2017 to six deaths; down from 12 in 2016.

For the third year in a row, more vehicles traveled on the Ohio Turnpike than any other year in its 62-year history; with 55.2 million vehicles on the turnpike in 2017, up from 54.9 million two years ago.

 

Tkach/Huron County Economy

Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach says that 2017 was a solid year for revenue in the county.

In an annual review of the county’s general fund, Tkach reported that the fund’s revenue for 2017 was nearly 20 percent more than the estimate for the year.

 

Willard man/multiple drug conviction

A Willard man is going to prison for three years after being convicted on multiple drug offenses.

41 year-old Jerritt Tackett has plead guilty to three counts of drug trafficking as well as drug possession.

 

Norwalk Economic Development Corporation/RISE program

The Norwalk Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) has teamed up with BGSU Firelands and Erie County Economic Development Corporation to expand their “RISE” program to Huron County.

According to officials, RISE (Regional Incubator for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship) is designed to grow employment and economic development by linking business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to resources and experts in business development.

A RISE kick-off event will take place February 6th at NEDC’s offices on Benedict Avenue in Norwalk at 9:00 am.

 

Willard/new child care center

A new child care center in Willard will be opening in the next few months.

The Willard Child Development Center will offer services and a preschool for children between 6 weeks and 12 years old; including those with special needs.

The center, which plans to be open by March, will be located in the former Kinder-nest location on South Conwell Avenue.

 

Vermilion Schools recognized for clean finances

Vermilion Schools has been recognized for quality record keeping.

The district has received an Auditor of State Award for a clean financial audit report.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – THURSDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2018 

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

 

Saturday

Showers likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 49.  Breezy.


Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Port Clinton/Fatal Overdoses

Three people have died in the past week to suspected drug overdoses in Ottawa County.

Authorities issued an overdose advisory Tuesday to warn residents of a potentially bad batch of drugs in the region.

Overall, five people are believed to have overdosed during the week.

 

Train derailment/Attica

Officials are investigating the cause of a train derailment Monday night near Attica.

According to The Toledo Blade, no injuries were reported and no hazardous materials were involved during the Norfolk Southern Railway accident that took place near Reeds Township Road 122 and State Route 4.

Nine of the train’s 53 cars reportedly jumped the tracks.

 

Trump/Clyde Whirlpool plant

Ohio’s U.S. senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman are applauding a decision by President Trump to impose tariffs on imported washing machines; which apparently will have a positive impact on Clyde’s Whirlpool plant.

Brown said it is welcome news for Clyde workers whose jobs have been threatened by a surge of “cheap” washers; with the tariffs to help level the playing field.

The Whirlpool factory in Clyde employs 3,400 people.

 

Erie County/Pre-trial programs

Pre-trial programs saved Erie County a record-$13 million last year according to local officials.

Those programs which reportedly save money by keeping low-level offenders out of jail include house arrest, ankle bracelets and curfews.

Officials say the pre-trial methods are more effective because only 15 percent of those offenders violate their probation and need to be sent to prison.

 

Patrol/Human Trafficking

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently collaborating with nearby state law enforcement agencies and the Truckers Against Trafficking organization to raise awareness about human trafficking.

The weeklong initiative’s goal is to train and educate those who are in a position to see human trafficking taking place, such as commercial motor vehicle drivers, public transportation companies, rest area attendants and truck stop employees.

 

Sandusky/Teens steal car

Sandusky police are looking for two likely teenage boys that allegedly stole a car early Tuesday.

Police were able to recover the car on Franklin Street but have not located the likely suspects.

The car, which was unlocked and running, was reportedly taken from outside a home on Lindsley Street.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24TH, 2018

 

Today

Cloudy, with a high near 31.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 54.