Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Area News/”Red Flag Warning” in effect

The National Weather Service has issued a “Red Flag Warning” for the area from now through 8:00 pm.

The previously-issued “Fire Weather Watch” is no longer in effect.

Weather officials say the warning is issued when critical fire weather conditions are occurring or are imminent.

Those conditions include: a combination of winds…low relative humidity…and warm temperatures which can contribute to extreme fire spread and fire behavior.


Sandusky/Missing man who fell overboard in Sandusky bay identified

Authorities have identified the missing man who apparently fell overboard into the Sandusky Bay on Friday evening.

Sandusky Police identified him as 28-year-old Justin Fedele of Huron, who reportedly wasn’t wearing a lifejacket when he fell out of a boat about a half mile offshore of Sandusky’s Lion Park.

The U.S. Coast Guard and other authorities used boats, helicopters, sonar and a drone in the search, with efforts called off Saturday afternoon.


Norwalk/Fire call turns into several hour standoff with police and firefighters

A call for a fire at a home in Norwalk turned into a multiple-hour standoff with one of the house’s occupants and first-responders.

33-year-old John Marsillett was charged with aggravated arson and disrupting public service after allegedly threatening to kill himself and fire and police personnel while they attempted to rescue him while he stood on the roof of the Adams Street home.

32-year-old Megan Derby, another of the home’s residents, was also charged with tampering with evidence during the incident.

Marsillett was previously wanted on warrants from the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.


Sandusky/Authorities investigate likely stabbings

Information is still slim from an apparent stabbing that took place at Lyman Harbor in Sandusky on Sunday morning.

Police say a man and a woman were both stabbed, receiving non-critical injuries.

A suspect and motive is still unknown.



Sandusky selects roads to receive repairs in 2018

As part of the recently approved $95 million capital improvement plan in Sandusky, city officials have come up with a final list of roads to receive repairs this year.

Twenty sections of streets are set to receive improvements including Taylor Street from Columbus Avenue to Hayes Avenue and portions of Jackson, Hancock and Wayne streets as well.


Willard/Students to participate in Revolutionary War reenactment

Eighth-grade students at Willard Middle School are preparing to take part in the 13th annual Revolutionary War encampment and reenactment.

22 students have been selected to reenact historic battles and other notable events next Friday and Saturday; with a performance in front of the public on Saturday afternoon, the 12th.


Sandusky/Forum Thursday to give updates on new school construction

Sandusky Schools have planned a community forum for Thursday to provide construction updates on their three new buildings and other improvements.

It will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in Room 300 at Sandusky High School.






Sunny, with a high near 82.



Mostly clear, with a low around 55.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon.

Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 79.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day.

Cloudy and breezy, with a high near 75.

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Kelley’s Island/Fatal crash

The Highway Patrol says alcohol is believed to be a factor in a crash that killed a Cleveland man early Monday morning on Kelley’s Island.

Brandon Caraballo was 29 years old.

Authorities say Carabello drove off the right side of the roadway while on East Lakeshore Drive, re-entered the road, and then veered off the left side of the road where he struck a utility pole.

A 29-year-old passenger received serious injuries in the crash.


Sandusky/Search suspends search for man who went overboard

Efforts to locate a missing man who fell overboard in the Sandusky Bay have been suspended.

The unidentified man reportedly fell out of a boat Friday evening about a half mile offshore of Sandusky’s Lion Park while not wearing a lifejacket.

The U.S. Coast Guard and other local first-responders used boats, helicopters, sonar and a drone in the search, but were unable to find him.

Authorities say they could possibly resume the search soon.


Sandusky/Stabbing at Lyman Harbor

Authorities are looking into an apparent stabbing at Lyman Harbor in Sandusky on Sunday.

Little is known right now, but the Sandusky Register reports that all of the involved parties had left the scene upon arrival of Sandusky police.


Huron County/Chamber hands out awards

The Huron County Chamber of Commerce recently handed out awards at their yearly banquet.

Norwalk Area United Fund executive director Linda Bersche (Ber-she) was named Business Woman of the Year.

Mary-Lisa Boose won the Dedicated Service Award for her time spent on Norwalk’s bicentennial committee.

Foghorn Designs in Norwalk took home the Notable Business Award.


Sandusky/Capital improvement plan

Sandusky city commissioners have approved a near $100 million “capital improvement plan” that will focus on upgrading several areas of the city.

The five-year plan includes the investing of $95 million by city officials in almost every city service; such as police, fire, roads and recreation.

Officials say the money will come from local tax dollars as well as federal loans, state grants and utility bills.


Sandusky/Mall owners looking over possibilities

The Sandusky Mall has lost some major tenants in the last couple of years – Macy’s, Sears and Charming Charlie – with Elder-Beerman to reportedly close soon.

Besides the possibility of new stores to fill the empty spaces, mall owners, The Cafaro Company, are considering other options.

Those include another type of entertainment such as a nightclub, putting business office space in the mall, as well as dividing the store into numerous spaces for multiple retailers.


Monroeville/National Honor Society conference

The Monroeville Athletic Complex will soon host the National Honor Society leadership conference.

Four local schools – Bellevue, Monroeville, Norwalk and Perkins – will take part in the event on May 8th, which features motivational speakers and volunteer opportunities.


Norwalk/Local cable access channel changes

The local cable access channel in Norwalk on Spectrum has changed numbers.

The former channel-15 is now viewable on channel-1024.

You can listen live to 95-3 WLKR on that channel.


Norwalk/Spring brush pickup

The City of Norwalk will begin Spring Brush Pickup this week.

Residents may place neatly stacked, cut brush on the curb for pickup on their regular trash day.

Weekly Curbside Yard Waste Pickup also takes place this week on resident’s normal trash day.






Sunny, with a high near 68.



Mostly clear, with a low around 49.



Sunny, with a high near 80.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Otherwise partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Milan/Mayor retiring

Today will be the last day in office for Milan Mayor Steve Rockwell.

Rockwell announced his retirement at this week’s council meeting.

The 64-year-old has been mayor for six years.

Council president Richard Maloney will take over as mayor.


Port Clinton/Lift Bridge not opening on time

A delay in the re-opening of the Route 163 lift bridge in Port Clinton…

ODOT says construction, which was originally set to be wrapped up by Memorial Day, has been extended to June 14th.

Reasons for the delay…the complexity of the bridge’s mechanical and technological components…along with unfavorable weather.

The bridge over the Portage River has been closed since last October.


State News/Nat. Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day runs Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

There will be several sites set up throughout the area to collect and dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs.


In Huron County…Norwalk and Willard Police departments, Huron County Sheriff’s Office

Erie County…Perkins and Vermilion police departments

Lorain County…Amherst and Wellington police departments, Lorain County Sheriff’s Office

Sandusky County…Fremont Police Department and Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office


State News/150+ Ohio workers died while working in 2016

The AFL-CIO has released a new report on fatalities and injuries in the workplace.

They say Ohio had 164 workers die on the job in 2016, with 98,000 work-related illnesses and injuries.

That’s down from 202 deaths and 104,000 injuries in 2015.

The information was released ahead of Saturday’s Workers Memorial Day.


State News/Troopers focused on distracted driving enforcement

The Ohio State Highway Patrol last weekend joined forces with five surrounding-states to focus on distracted driving enforcement.

In Ohio, over 1,500 careless driving citations and 34 texting/cell phone citations were issued.


Erie County/Chamber holds awards

Awards were handed out last night by the Erie County Chamber of Commerce.

Among the winners at the ceremony held at Sandusky’s Castaway Bay…

Chairman Award, Erie County Auditor Rick Jeffrey

Businessperson of the Year, Leon Groff of Groff Funeral Home

Business of the Year, Cedar Point’s Sports Force Park


Norwalk/Tool Time is Saturday

The annual “Tool Time with the United Fund” fundraising event takes place Saturday at the Huron County Fairground’s Pickworth Building.

Grand prizes include a complete kitchen makeover, a backyard entertainment package and a “shop local” package.

The event cleared $25,000 last year.

“Tool Time” runs from 1:00 to 4:00 pm






A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 65.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Increasing clouds, with a low around 40.



A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.



Sunny, with a high near 53.

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Huron County/Serious injury crash

A young woman from Shelby was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Huron County’s Clarksfield Township.

The Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Heavyn Paige Long was northbound on Fitchville River Road, just north of Court Road, when her car drove off the right side of the road; striking a mailbox and utility pole.

She was flown to Cleveland Metro hospital.


Norwalk/Man guilty of threatening accused photographer

A jury in Norwalk Municipal Court found a man guilty of making threats to a business owner he suspected of taking suggestive photos of young girls.

61-year-old Timothy Morsher of Norwalk, guilty of menacing, faces 30 days in jail.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that testimony during the trial determined the man who was threatened last September wasn’t the alleged photographer, but had let someone else use space above Mossman Music on Main Street in Norwalk to take pictures of models.

A police detective testified that none of the models were underage.


Put-in-Bay/Mayor possibly facing new criminal charge

Mayor of Put-in-Bay, Bernard “Mac” McCann, plead guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

That may not be all for McCann though, as an Ottawa County prosecutor has recommended an additional charge of physical control of a vehicle while under the influence.

The alleged incident took place two weeks ago, when McCann reportedly appeared to be intoxicated while driving a golf court near his home.


Castalia/Margaretta Schools to make cuts

Due to a reported $900,000 deficit coming in the year 2020, Margaretta Schools say they will reduce their budget by $300,000 annually for the next three years.

According to school officials, $100,000 will be cut in wages and benefits with $200,000 to be slashed in contracted services.

No word yet on the specifics of the cuts, but those will likely be made known on May 21st at the school system’s next board meeting.


Perkins Township-Sandusky/Howard Johnson motel to be shut down

Authorities have filed a temporary restraining order that calls for the Howard Johnson Inn on Milan Road in Sandusky to be shut down by tomorrow morning.

It’s part of a civil nuisance lawsuit following a year-long investigation into alleged illegal activities at the motel.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 1st in Erie County common pleas court.


Erie County/Kimberlin fired by Health department

After the Erie County Health Department board voted Tuesday to accept the resignation of mental health counselor Bill Kimberlin…it turns out Kimberlin had to be fired on Wednesday.

Health Commissioner Pete Schade told the Sandusky Register that Kimberlin was let go because he refused to resign by the board’s 5:00 pm Thursday deadline.

This comes after Schade was informed that Kimberlin would no longer be supervised; which means that he would no longer be allowed to provide mental health treatment at the Erie County Community Health Center.


Milan/Edison Schools community meeting tonight

Edison Schools have planned a community meeting for 6:30 pm this evening in the high school auditorium.

It will cover school safety and security featuring local police and fire officials.

The meeting will conclude with the “State of the District” address.


Vermilion/2018 Woollybear Date announced

The 46th annual Woollybear Festival in Vermilion will take place Sunday, September 23rd.

The announcement made yesterday by Fox 8 TV’s Dick Goddard and the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.






Sunny, with a high near 59.



Mostly clear, with a low around 40.



A chance of showers.  Partly sunny otherwise, with a high near 62.



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