Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Huron County/Accused rapists indicted

Two accused child sex offenders have been indicted on several felonies in Huron County.

28-year-old Robert Atkinson of Wakeman has been charged with multiple counts of rape.

28-year-old Elias Atkinson of North Columbus, of no relation to Robert, faces 10 counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition as well as kidnapping and child pornography charges.


Erie County/Former Melon Fest officials indicted

Two former Milan Melon Festival board members have been indicted on criminal charges related to the mishandling of thousands of dollars of event money.

Aaron Timbs, who served as secretary, and his wife Tracey, who was president, have both been charged with complicity to grand theft; while Tracey also faces tampering with evidence charges.

The couple is accused of withdrawing and withholding event funds as well as failing to disclose financial reports.

Authorities say at least $18,000 was missing from festival funds, but believe the number is much higher.  Those exact numbers will never be known though, because the records were destroyed.

The investigation into their accused wrongdoings began in late 2016.


Erie County/17-year-old accused of throwing hot sauce at roller coaster riders

A 17-year-old Lorain County boy was arrested Saturday after he allegedly threw a packet of hot sauce at Cedar Point roller coaster riders.

Police say that security video footage showed the boy from Amherst throwing the packet at people riding the park’s Steel Vengeance coaster, which he later admitted to doing.

Seven people had to be treated by Cedar Point medical personnel.

The boy faces a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and was taken to the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.


Sandusky County/Teen accused of murder will not be tried as an adult

A 14-year-old Fremont boy accused of shooting and killing another boy, his cousin, last August; will not be tried as an adult.

Juvenile court will preside over all of the boy’s cases, but the prosecutor can now attempt to charge the boy with murder under the requirements of a serious youthful offender.


Huron County/Woman from Willard allegedly assaulted first-responder

A Willard woman faces a criminal charge after allegedly assaulting a first responder.

Authorities say the incident involving 27-year-old Courtney Martin and an emergency medical worker or firefighter took place in March.


Ottawa County/Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools to beef up security

Benton-Carroll Salem Schools have increased security measures.

The district will be hiring a school resource officer for Oak Harbor Middle School, which is the only school in the system to not have a security entrance.

The officer will be paid for by the school district.


Huron County/New Horizon’s bakery fire

No one was hurt, but around $55,000 in damage was done to property and contents during a fire Sunday morning at New Horizons bakery in Norwalk.

According to authorities, the fire started in a multi-million dollar muffin machine with 16 firefighters putting out the blaze in about two hours.

Bakery operation was back to normal later on Sunday.


Erie County/Wobser staying in Sandusky

Sandusky city officials have extended the contract of city manager Eric Wobser by two years.

Wobser, whose contract would’ve expired in 2020, now runs through 2022.

He’ll also receive an immediate raise, bumping his salary to $140,000.





A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 83.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Erie County/Man involved in armed standoff sentenced

A Vermilion man was sentenced to nearly five years in prison after being accused of threatening to kill sheriff’s deputies during a brief standoff last July.

68-year-old John Friel Junior pled guilty to felonious assault and felony aggravated menacing.

Authorities say Friel threatened to shoot law enforcement after they were called to his Barnes Road home, where a woman was found bloodied and beaten.


Ottawa County/Put-in-Bay brawl

Area law enforcement is investigating multiple fights that occurred all over Put-in-Bay on Saturday.

At least three arrests were reportedly made during a melee on the Miller Ferry.

Others on the island were charged with OVI.

The island was hosting their annual Christmas in July event.


Huron County/Norwalk meth dealer arrested

A Clyde man staying in Norwalk has been charged with drug trafficking.

41-year-old Matthew Alley was arrested Friday morning at an apartment on West Main Street.

Alley is accused of trafficking meth between Norwalk and Bellevue.


State News/6-State Trooper Project to focus on “moving over”

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is joining authorities from five other states this week to focus on enforcing the “Move Over” law.

Ohio law requires all drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside.

According to authorities, from 2013 to 2017, Ohio State Highway Patrol cruisers were involved in 58 crashes that appear to be related to the “Move Over” law; resulting in the deaths of two civilians, and injuring 34 civilians and 24 officers.


Erie County/State legislators hosting Town Hall in Sandusky

Two Erie County legislators are hosting a public town-hall meeting in Sandusky later this afternoon.

Representative Steve Arndt and Senator Randy Gardner will discuss the reduction of harmful algal blooms on Lake Erie as well as tourism, economic development and school funding and safety.

The public is invited to the meeting beginning at 4:00 pm at City Hall.


Huron County/Monroeville clerk receives state honor

A Huron County fiscal officer has been recognized by the state.

Monroeville’s Bonnie Beck was recently named ‘clerk of the year’ by the Ohio Municipal Clerks Association.

The Monroeville High School grad has worked for the treasurer’s office in Monroeville since 1990.


Erie County/Cedar Point enforcing new cell phone rule on new coaster

Due to safety concerns, Cedar Point is now implementing a rule banning cell phones from their new Steel Vengeance coaster.

Cell phones will no longer be allowed in line or on the ride and must be left with a non-rider or stored in a locker.


Sandusky County/Clyde in national gardening program

The city of Clyde is involved for the first time in the “America in Bloom” program, joining several communities across the country in revitalization efforts.

Judges will be in Clyde today and tomorrow; evaluating flowers, landscaping, and much more.

Clyde is looking to win an “American in Bloom” national award, which will be announced in September.





Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly during the late afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 79.



Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog after midnight.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

Patchy fog early.  Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.



A slight chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Ottawa-Sandusky counties/Armed robbery

Authorities are on the lookout for a couple of men suspected of an armed robbery Sunday in Port Clinton.

Police say at least four suspects went into a home on Buckeye Boulevard, held a victim at gunpoint, and then fled in a dark blue SUV.

Three of the suspects were spotted by Fremont police, but one man was able to break free from an officer while in handcuffs.

The man that escaped, 19-year-old Dominic Perkins, was still at-large as of yesterday.

The two suspects in custody face aggravated burglary charges.


Erie County/Sandusky man charged in federal court

A man from Sandusky has been indicted on a weapon charge in U.S. District Court in Toledo.

31-year-old Vernon Coleman pled not guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The indictment is in connection with a raid last March of Coleman’s home on Oakmont Lane in which police found multiple guns.

Those firearms are subject to forfeiture.


Erie County/Aggravated robbery

A Sandusky man has been arrested on multiple felonies including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, attempted theft and felonious assault.

According to a police report, 21-year-old Javan Payne allegedly went into a home on Huntington Place without permission while holding the gun, fought someone and took a set of car keys.


Huron County/News involving New London schools

Some news and notes out of the New London School district…

The school board this week honored Treasurer Jim Hudson and staff for receiving the Auditor of State Award for a clean financial audit, the only Huron County school to receive the accolade.

The district also extended contracts of Superintendent Brad Romano and director of student services, Melissa Vorhies, through July of 2022.


Huron County/Beers named Norwalk teacher of the year

High school intervention specialist Cari Beers has been named this year’s Norwalk teacher of the year by the Norwalk Teacher’s Association.

Beers, a veteran of 22 years at Norwalk, helped open the high school’s Stomping Grounds coffee shop – where students help volunteer.


Erie County/Perkins Police hiring

Perkins Township Police are in the market for a full-time officer.

For those interested, an application packet is available on the township’s website; with a written exam and physical agility test to be held on August 25th.


Erie County/North Central EMS VP retiring

Longtime executive vice president of North Central EMS in Milan, Don Ballah, is retiring.

Ballah, a 1981 Edison High School grad, has worked for the emergency medical company since it was founded in 1986.


Erie County/Vermilion Road improvements

Plans are in the works to flatten a busy, bumpy road in Vermilion.

City council members have signed off on a contract to reconstruct a two-mile section of Vermilion Road, starting in 2019.

The portion of roadway to see improvements will be between Liberty Avenue and Brownhelm Station Road and between Brownhelm Station Road and Jerusalem Road.

The project comes with a price tag of $360,000; to be paid for mostly through federal funds.





Sunny, with a high near 78.



Clear, with a low around 57.



Sunny, with a high near 82.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Erie County/Woman dies after train accident

An Erie County woman has died from injuries suffered Sunday morning when her car went into the side of a train.

Kristina Hirt of Vickery was 32.

Authorities are still investigating what led to Hirt driving through the crossing gates near Bogart Street and Old Railroad; where her Chevy Equinox became lodged under a train, dragging her vehicle over 1,500 feet.


Erie County/Man dies in tractor mishap

A 22-year-old Sandusky man died in a tractor accident on Monday morning in Milan Township.

Tanner Francek is believed to have been loading a utility tractor with landscaping materials into a trailer when he lost control of the tractor and went off the edge of a parking lot on River Road.


Huron County/Accident victim could be corrections officer

Authorities have yet to positively identify the person who died in a fiery crash earlier this month in Huron County…but there is a lead.

The Sandusky Register says a reliable source told them that the victim is Erie County corrections officer, Katelynn Shepard, who has not been at work since the accident.

The accident took place either the night of July 8th or early July 9th on County Road 187 and Greenwich East Town Line Road.


Area News/Highway Patrol Troopers to participate in Active Aggressor Training

Area officers of the State Highway Patrol are taking part this week in Advanced Trooper Tactical Training at Clear Fork Schools in Richland County.

It’s designed to prepare law enforcement to respond to an active aggressor in a public facility.

The training includes both individual and multiple officer response to a public threat, decision making, threat identification and tactical movement.


Ottawa County/Disorderly conduct charge for Put-in-Bay councilman

A Put-in-Bay councilman and hotel manager was cited for disorderly conduct over the weekend.

54-year-old Phillip “Tip” Boyles, allegedly got into a dispute with a woman who was handing out flyers for a bar she worked for on the island.

Boyles, manager of the Park Hotel on Put-in-Bay, earned a seat on village council last November.


Erie County/Perkins Schools improvements

A number of improvements will be in place by the start of the school year throughout the Perkins School District.

Employees are currently working on projects totaling around $1 million; including LED lights, an upgraded public address system, restroom improvements and roof repairs.


Huron County/Fair board offices now open

It’s just around the corner…fair time!

The Huron County Fair in Norwalk officially opened their board offices this week, selling camping sites and event tickets.

Offices will be open weekdays 9 to 5 now through fair week, which begins August 13th.

This year’s fair entertainment includes country music duo “Lo-Cash”, a demo derby and an OSTPA tractor pull.


Huron County/Ulysses S. Grant living historian to visit North Fairfield

A well-known living historian will be making a stop in Huron County next week.

Dr. E.C. Fields will depict General Ulysses S. Grant at the North Fairfield American Legion next Wednesday evening, July 25th.

The public is invited to the free event on State Route 162, which gets underway at 7:00 pm.





Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.



Mostly clear, with a low around 62.



Sunny, with a high near 77.



Sunny, with a high near 82.