Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Rittman Woman Passes Away from Injuries Suffered in Motorcycle Crash in Groton Township

A woman from Rittman died Sunday after being involved in a motorcycle accident with her husband on Saturday in Groton Township.  The Sandusky Register reports that 39 year-old Calista Newsome passed away at Cleveland Metro Health from head injuries suffered in a crash on Ohio 4 south of the Strecker Road intersection, this all according to Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Brett Gockstetter.  The condition of her husband, 37 year-old Jeremy Newsome from Waverly, is unknown.  Husband Jeremy was the driver with his wife on the back, when their rear tire went flat, causing Jeremy to lose control of the cycle, eventually ejecting them both from the vehicle; with neither wearing helmets.


Norwalk City Council to meet tonight (Tuesday 5/31) in Work Session

City Council in Norwalk will meet this evening in work session.  The agenda includes discussion on exceeding tax levy limitations for recreational purposes, as well as a resolution involving a NatureWorks grant agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources totaling $17,788 for the Baines Park Shelter Replacement Project.  The meeting gets underway tonight at 7:30 pm in Norwalk Municipal Court.


Sandusky Man dies in Margaretta Township Crash 

 A two-car, head-on crash in Margaretta Township has left a Sandusky man dead.Gerold Hebner was 74. The highway patrol says, a car driven by 30 year old Brandon Halbisen drifted left-of-center last night on Barret Road and struck Hebner’s car. Hebner was killed. Halbisen suffered minor injuries.


Ohio’s Controlled Hunting Applications Coming Soon

Applications will soon be accepted for controlled deer and waterfowl hunts at selected areas during the 2016-2017 season.  The application period opens tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1st, and runs through July 31st. Hunters can apply for the controlled hunts by completing the application process online at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE and requesting an application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $3 per hunt. Hunters will be randomly drawn from applications. Successful applicants will be informed and given additional hunt information.


Ohio Bike Week events Continue

Activities continue today in Sandusky for Ohio Bike Week with The Mansfield Reformatory Prison Ride this morning, a motorcycle and motorcycle parts auction preview at 12 noon and auction at 6:00 pm, with live music throughout the afternoon and evening.  A complete schedule can be found online at


Edison Softball Team going to State

The Edison Girls Softball team advanced to the State Softball Final 4 in Division 4 with a 2-1 win on Saturday over Archbold.  Edison is #6 ranked in the state and owns a record of  24-3.  They will battle #7 ranked Canfield South Range (28-3) in the state semi-finals on Thursday at 5:30 pm at Akron Firestone Stadium.  The Edison Chargers are going back to the state semi-finals for the second time in school history; as they also made it there in 2012.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sandusky Business Charged with illegally selling Stolen Goods

Truckloads of stolen goods including tools, a flat screen TV, and humidifiers were taken out of Double E’s Buy and Sell in Sandusky on Thursday afternoon.  Search warrants were served by Perkins Police, with help from Sandusky Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, at the business on the 2900 Venice Road, after an investigation of the business’ activities lasting five months.  Co-owner Eric Petrick and Emmanuel Harvey are believed by Perkins Township Police to knowingly be selling stolen merchandise that they were buying from known shoplifters, called “boosters”.  Perkins Police charged Petrick with receiving stolen property. “This store used the addict”, Perkins Assistant Chief Robb Parthmore told the Sandusky Register.  “We would rather see them get help.”


Area Memorial Day Parade Info

The City of Sandusky will hold their Memorial Day parade on Monday morning.  A brief Opening Ceremony will begin at 9:00 am, followed immediately by parade step-off. The parade is one mile through the Ohio Veterans Home campus, then north on Route 250 (Milan Road) before ending at Oakland Cemetery.


The Memorial Day Parade in Norwalk will be held on Monday at 10:00 am.  It will start at Veterans Park in Norwalk, and end at the Town Green on East Avenue.

The Village of Marblehead will have a Memorial Day parade on Monday at 10:30 am in Clemons Cemetery on East Main Street then will march to the War Memorial in James Park.  All are invited to participate in a Memorial Day ceremony following the parade. Port Clinton will host a Memorial Day parade Monday at 10:00 am, as part of the last day of the Walleye Festival.


Cedar Point offering free Admission for Military this Weekend Cedar Point and Soak City are honoring America’s Armed Forces during this Memorial Day Weekend, from Friday through Monday. Any active, retired or honorably discharged member of the United States Military will receive one free adult admission ticket at the front gate.  To receive the free admission, military members must show a valid military ID at the gate. Valid forms of ID include: active duty ID, retired personnel ID, VA ID or a copy of DD-214 discharge papers and photo ID. The free military admission cannot be combined with any other discount offers.


Road Work to begin next  Week in Norwalk

Construction will begin next week on the Wooster/Marshall Phase 5 Project in Norwalk. Sections of Wooster Street and Franklin Street will be closed to through traffic and driveways may temporarily be blocked for sewer pipe installations and the restoring of trenches.  Properties directly affected by the project will be informed by the contractor.  The project is expected to last approximately 6 weeks.


DeWine unintentionally Announces Bid for Governor in 2018

State Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed Thursday that he’s running for Governor of Ohio in 2018.  He shared his plans with a Dayton charter school official in a discussion overheard by a reporter. The 69 year-old Republican DeWine told the Dayton Daily News the conversation was confidential, but the substance was true.  He said he’s not ready though for an official announcement, as he’s focused on supporting Republican candidates running in the fall.  Current Governor John Kasich cannot run again due to term limits.  DeWine likely will face a three-way primary battle with Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Secretary of State Jon Husted.


Highway Patrol Urging Sober Driving and Seat Belts this Holiday Weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants motorists to drive cautiously when out this Memorial Day, as this weekend tends to see an increase in traffic deaths. Seven of the 16 traffic deaths during the Memorial Day weekend last year were related to drivers being impaired.  To stay safe this weekend, the Patrol is urging motorists to never drive impaired and always designate a sober driver. The Patrol made 546 OVI arrests during the Memorial Day weekend in 2015. Also, as part of the national Click It or Ticket enforcement running through June 5th, troopers will have a zero tolerance policy for those not wearing a seat belt.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Norwalk Woman Dies in Crash Wednesday on Ohio 2, Baby with Minor Injuries.


A 29 year-old Norwalk woman was killed in a one-car accident Wednesday afternoon shortly after 5:00 on Ohio Route 2 between the Huron River bridge and Berlin Road.  The Sandusky Register reports that 29 year-old Angela Hein of Norwalk was driving eastbound on Route 2, where her 1996 Toyota Camry crossed the median and westbound lanes, then crashed, rolled over several times, and she was then ejected from her vehicle. Hein was not wearing a seat belt; this also according to Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Sandusky post commander, Lt. Brett Gockstetter.  A 15-month old, who was fastened in the back seat, was taken with minor injuries to Firelands Regional Medical Center.   The crash remains under investigation.


Port Clinton Walleye Festival begins Tonight.

The 2016 Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival gets underway this evening and continues through Memorial Day.  The event will feature live entertainment on stage Friday through Monday with a fishing derby on Friday, the Walleye 5K Run/Walk and a parade on Saturday, with a Memorial Day parade on Monday morning.  Hours of the festival are Thursday and Friday from 5:00 to 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Memorial Day Monday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. More info can be found on the Port Clinton chamber’s website.


Erie County Economic Development Corporation announces Award Winners.

Awards were recently handed out by the Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC) during their annual meeting and ceremony at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky.  The “Business Pioneer” award was given to Nikki Lloyd and Ryan Whaley of the new Kilbourne Hotel in Sandusky, Duffield Milkie of Cedar Fair was The “Visionary Leadership Award” winner, and the Kroger Marketplace in Sandusky received the “Deal of the Year” award.  ECEDC Executive Director Abbey Bemis said that Erie County had $50 million invested into business facilities in 2015.



Ohio Bike Week events begins Friday in Sandusky.

Ohio Bike Week officially gets underway tomorrow afternoon in Sandusky with activities continuing every day through Sunday, June 5th.  The event features themed rides and plenty of live concerts with 80’s rocker Eddie Money on Saturday, country music duo Montgomery Gentry next Friday June 3rd, and Pop Evil on Saturday, June 4th, just to name a few.  Ohio Bike Week touts itself as “The Midwest’s Largest Motorcycle event” with over 250,000 cycle fans involved in last year’s event.


State lawmakers have approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana in vapor-form for certain health conditions.

The bill now heads to Governor John Kasich, but it’s not clear whether he’ll get on board. Passage comes as supporters of medical marijuana in various forms are pushing for a vote on a constitutional amendment in November.


Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Ohio Highway Patrol focused on Safety Belt Enforcement

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is joining forces with members of the 6-State Trooper Project this week to focus on safety belt enforcement. The week-long initiative is taking place now through Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th. 473 people died last year in traffic crashes on Ohio’s roadways while not wearing a seatbelt, out of 776 total deaths. 61 % of traffic fatalities in Ohio during the last five years were unbelted.


Kroger in Sandusky to begin offering “ClickList” Online Ordering

The Sandusky Kroger Marketplace store (226 E. Perkins Ave.) will be debuting an online order system, “ClickList” starting on Thursday; making it only the second store in northern Ohio and the company’s Columbus division to offer the system. It was rolled out earlier this month at their Perrysburg Marketplace store.  “ClickList” is available to all shoppers who sign up for an online account and have a Kroger Plus card.  There’s no minimum or maximum orders with most products available except for hot food items, liquor, clothing, prescriptions, and some seasonal items.  The service is free for the first three orders with a $4.95 charge per order after that, regardless of order size.  It will also offer curbside pickup.


Edison High School Band hosting Rummage Sale

A rummage sale will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Avery Outlet Mall to benefit the Edison High School band’s trip to Bluffton College for Band Camp.  Donated items may be dropped off Thursday at the Outlet Mall from 4:00 to 6:00 pm with an early bird sale to follow from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The sale will continue on Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  All items not sold will be donated to the outlet mall’s “Roll It Forward” garage sale.


Ohio Bike Week to Double Donations to Sandusky PD K9 Fund

Donations to the Sandusky Police Department’s K9 Fund will be doubled by Ohio Bike Week now through June 5th.  Ohio Bike Week will match citizen or business donations up to $3,500.  Berardi’s Restaurant in Sandusky will have a donation box set up, while checks may be dropped off or sent to the Sandusky Police Department (222 Meigs Street –Sandusky 44870).  Make sure to include “K9 Fund” on the check’s memo.