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Monday, April 3, 2017

Pennsylvania man dies in Huron car crash

A two-vehicle crash on Route 2 in Huron has left one man, dead.

A 42 year-old Pennsylvania man died while a passenger in a car driven by another Pennsylvania man who lost control, trying to pass another vehicle yesterday afternoon.

Their car struck a cement barrier, then was struck by a tractor-trailer.

 

Unidentified body found in Lake Erie near Davis-Besse

An unidentified woman’s body was found floating offshore in Lake Erie on Saturday.

A fisherman reportedly found the unidentified female body four miles north of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie.

Ottawa County coroner Daniel Cadigan told the Sandusky Register that the woman’s body appeared to be in the water for some time; but there were no signs of external trauma.

An autopsy will be performed by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.

 

Man tries to run over girlfriend in Sandusky

A Sandusky man accused of trying to run over his girlfriend Saturday night is being searched for by police.

36 year-old James Grimes allegedly accelerated his truck and drove towards the female victim; which jumped out of the way; resulting in minor injuries, following an argument.

Grimes then reportedly drove away.

Grimes faces domestic violence and felonious assault charges.

 

Erie County hosting ‘Unclaimed Funds’ event on Tuesday

The Ohio Department of Commerce is hosting an Unclaimed Funds event on Tuesday in Sandusky.

Marlene Chukes, Deputy Superintendent of Unclaimed Funds, told WLKR News that you can check on possible money left for you, a family member, or friend.

The ‘walk-in and check on your funds’ event takes place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday at the Erie County Service Center.

 

Lt. Governor Taylor steps down as State Insurance Director

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor has stepped down as the state’s insurance director.

Deputy Director Jillian Froment will take over as new director.

Taylor stays on as Kasich’s lieutenant; and is expected to eventually run for governor; as she last month began a committee which paves the way for her to begin campaigning and raising funds.

 

Huron County Chamber warns of scam

The Huron County Chamber of Commerce has issued a scam warning to its members.

The chamber says they’ve received a letter saying it was from Huron County Sheriff Todd Corbin’s office, asking for $20 for training.

They told their members to not send money and to tell everyone throughout the county this is a scam.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/3

Today

Showers likely, mainly this afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 65.

Tonight

Showers. Low around 51.

Tuesday

A chance of rain. Cloudy and breezy, with gusts as high as 39 mph.

High near 56.


Friday, March 31, 2017

PTO in Norwalk replaces dance DJ after child pornography charges were found

A DJ scheduled for tonight’s Norwalk Elementary PTO father-daughter dance has been replaced…after it was discovered that he had a past child pornography-related offense… whose registration requirement has expired.

Dan Brown of Norwalk was originally hired to DJ the event before the PTO was made aware of Brown’s past from a non-profit organization that advocates for abused children.

Norwalk Superintendent George Fisk told the Norwalk Reflector that the laws and policies concerning background checks for district employees do not extend to external groups such as the PTO.

 

Sandusky man charged with multiple drug offenses

A Sandusky man…already charged with several drug offenses last month and released on bond…now faces additional drug charges after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his Reese Street residence on Wednesday.

According to the Sandusky Register, 40 year-old Damon Newell faces five new felony charges after crack cocaine and heroin was found.

 

Be aware of electric bill scam

Area law enforcement agencies have issued a warning about a scam going on involving electricity bills.

Callers apparently are posing as First Energy or Ohio Edison employees and threatening residents to pay their electric bills or their electricity will be shut off.

It’s recommended that you ignore those calls and call your electric company if you’re concerned.

 

Scheduling taking place now for Norwalk Local Schools’ kindergarten screenings

For those in the Norwalk school district – if you have a child that will be 5 years-old by August 1st, you can schedule them now for kindergarten screenings.

There are four dates available: April 25th and 27th and May 2nd and 4th.

A scheduling tool can be found online at www.NorwalkTruckers.net

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 3/31

Today

Rain likely. High near 52.

Tonight

A chance of showers, cloudy, with a low around 37.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

Sunday

Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Monday

Showers likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 59.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Update on medicinal marijuana issue in Norwalk

City Council in Norwalk has voted against having dual legislation on the issue of medicinal marijuana cultivation in the city.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Councilman Steve Schumm brought in legislation Tuesday night which would’ve prohibited cultivation and processing of medicinal marijuana.

Schumm’s legislation was voted down 4 to 3.

This comes after council passed a first reading a week ago allowing for medicinal marijuana cultivation; co-sponsored by council members Chris Castle and Kelly Beck.; with a second reading planned for next Tuesday.

 

Needle Finder app launched in Huron County

Huron County Public Health has launched a ‘Needle Finder’ app.

The app, now available to the public, allows users to submit reports of needles or syringes found in public areas and have their location generated on a local map.

If you do find a needle, Huron County Public Health asks you to notify the property owner; who is responsible for disposing of it properly.

 

Monroeville schools search held on Wednesday

An unannounced scheduled search at Monroeville Schools and parking lots took place on Wednesday morning; resulting in no findings.

It was planned by district administration along with area law enforcement.

Parents were notified that a lockdown and search had happened and its’ results through the district emergency notification system.

 

“Berry-cute” babies wanted for Strawberry Festival

If you have a ‘Berry-cute’ baby, the Norwalk Jaycees are looking for you.

You can register now for the ‘Berry Cute’ Baby Contest to be held at Norwalk’s Strawberry Festival during Memorial Day weekend.

Rules and registration info online at www.norwalkjaycees.com.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 3/30

Today

Showers likely, with thunderstorms possible this afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 64.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms. Low around 52.

Friday

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 60.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sandusky woman dead of apparent suicide in Ottawa County Jail

A Sandusky inmate in the Ottawa County Jail died of apparent suicide on Monday.

A corrections officer found 28 year-old Krista Mitchell on Monday evening as he going through a security check.

Mitchell had been serving time for drug-related charges.

 

Greenwich man charged with rape

A Greenwich man has been indicted on rape charges.

58 year-old Patrick Taft Junior has been charged with five counts of rape and five counts of sexual battery reportedly involving a minor.

The suspected acts took place between August of 2015 and February 7th of this year.

He faces multiple years of prison time if found guilty.

 

Bellevue man charged with aggravated robbery in Sandusky

A Bellevue man made threats to shoot a gas station employee in a robbery on Campbell Street in Sandusky on Tuesday.

The Sandusky Register reports that 28 year-old Michael McConnell was arrested outside the Speedway gas station almost immediately after the incident.

McConnell was charged with aggravated robbery as well as inducing panic.

He’s also believed to have approached the Friendship gas station on West Perkins in Sandusky before entering the station on Campbell Street.

No firearm was found on McConnell.

 

Marijuana growing operation found near Willard

A Willard man has been charged with cultivation of marijuana after an indoor growing operation was found just outside the city on Monday.

During the investigation, Mark McKeehen told authorities he was producing medical grade marijuana.

Executed search warrants in Willard and Holiday Lakes found evidence including marijuana plants, marijuana prepared to distribute, growing equipment, firearms, and financial documents.

McKeehen may face additional charges.

 

Less than a week away from ‘State of the State’ in Sandusky

Governor John Kasich will bring his ‘State of the State’ address to Sandusky in less than a week.

Chris Parthemore, from the Sandusky State Theater – where the speech will take place, said he owes a lot of credit to Representative Steve Arndt and Senator Randy Gardner for bringing Kasich to Sandusky.

Kasich will deliver the address on Tuesday, April 4th at 7:00 pm.

 

Norwalk United Fund ‘Dine-out’ at Freight House today

The weekly food fundraiser for the Norwalk Area United Fund stops by The Freight House in Norwalk today.

A portion of today’s sales during the ‘Dine-out’ event at The Freight House will be donated to the United Fund’s 2017 Community Campaign.

The ‘Dine-out’ fundraiser has brought in over $20,000.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 3/29

Today

Partly cloudy with a high near 48.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Thursday

A chance of showers, cloudy, with a high near 54.

Friday

Showers. High near 58.