THURSDAY, MAY 23rd, 2024

A Willard man found guilty of breaking into a woman’s home will spend the next 16 to 19 years behind bars.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that 35-year-old Glenn Hall had faced charges of aggravated burglary, felonious assault, domestic violence and aggravated menacing.

The incident in question happened in June of last year on North West Street in Norwalk.

 

It’s festival time in Port Clinton. 

The 43rd annual Walleye Festival gets underway later this afternoon.

It all starts with opening ceremonies at 5:00 pm, with rides, food and merchandise vendors opening after that. 

Rumours will take the stage at 7:00 pm. 

The festival runs through Monday. 

A Bellevue Hospital employee is nominated for a state award.

According to the Sandusky Register, physical therapist Deana Vogel is now in the running for the Ohio Hospital Association’s Health Care Worker of the Year honor. 

Vogel has spent the last 32 years working in health care; working as a physical therapist in Bellevue since 1994.

Free in-county trips will be offered by North Central Area Transit on Friday.

According to Norwalk Ohio News dot-com, the transit company is paying tribute to local community members in observance of Memorial Day weekend. 

In Huron County, Friday will be known as “Reggie Day” in honor of volunteer driver Reginald Jackson, who served in the Air Force during Vietnam and drove for Huron County Transit from 2005 to 2023. 

 

Second Harvest Food Bank brings its drive-thru mobile food pantry to Lorain today.

It’ll be set up at Lorain High School from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, helping those in need.

SPORTS

-The Cleveland Guardians defeated the New York Mets on Wednesday, 6-3.

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 80.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 82. 

THURSDAY, MAY 23rd, 2024

A Willard man found guilty of breaking into a woman’s home will spend the next 16 to 19 years behind bars.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that 35-year-old Glenn Hall had faced charges of aggravated burglary, felonious assault, domestic violence and aggravated menacing.

The incident in question happened in June of last year on North West Street in Norwalk.

 

It’s festival time in Port Clinton. 

The 43rd annual Walleye Festival gets underway later this afternoon.

It all starts with opening ceremonies at 5:00 pm, with rides, food and merchandise vendors opening after that.

Rumours will take the stage at 7:00 pm.

The festival runs through Monday.

 

A Bellevue Hospital employee is nominated for a state award.

According to the Sandusky Register, physical therapist Deana Vogel is now in the running for the Ohio Hospital Association’s Health Care Worker of the Year honor.

Vogel has spent the last 32 years working in health care; working as a physical therapist in Bellevue since 1994.

 

Free in-county trips will be offered by North Central Area Transit on Friday.

According to Norwalk Ohio News dot-com, the transit company is paying tribute to local community members in observance of Memorial Day weekend.

In Huron County, Friday will be known as “Reggie Day” in honor of volunteer driver Reginald Jackson, who served in the Air Force during Vietnam and drove for Huron County Transit from 2005 to 2023.

 

Second Harvest Food Bank brings its drive-thru mobile food pantry to Lorain today.

It’ll be set up at Lorain High School from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, helping those in need.

 

SPORTS

-The Cleveland Guardians defeated the New York Mets on Wednesday, 6-3.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 80.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 82.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22nd, 2024

A Huron driver has been charged with operating a vehicle impaired and aggravated vehicular assault after an injury crash involving a State Highway Patrol trooper.

The incident occurred late Monday night on the Ohio Turnpike, west of the Route 53 interchange in Sandusky County.

The State Highway Patrol says a Ford F-150, operated by 33-year-old Curtis Rogers Junior of Huron, drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a marked patrol car that was parked in the crossover.

The trooper sustained minor injuries, while Rogers was not injured.

 

Former LaGrange Township Fire Chief James Rader is being accused of padding his time card and overcharging the township for hours he worked over the last several years.

A just-released investigative report from the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office detailed those allegations.

Rader could face criminal charges, including possible restitution.

The Lorain County Prosecutors Office is reviewing the allegations.

 

The state has announced $1.6 million in grant funding to help local law enforcement agencies implement violent crime reduction strategies in their communities.

Eighteen law enforcement agencies in 15 counties will receive funding through the latest round of the Ohio Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program.

Among those receiving funds include $26,500 to the Perkins Township Police Department and $89,400 to the Elyria Police Department.

 

Yesterday was Tourism Day, with Governor DeWine joining nearly 120 travel and tourism industry partners on the lawn of the Ohio Statehouse to celebrate the tourism industry’s continued success in Ohio.

Surpassing all previous records, tourism now boasts its highest-ever economic impact, exceeding $56 billion annually.

In 2023, the number of visits to Ohio reached 238 million, increasing by 5 million compared to 2022.

Overnight visits reached 48 million, with 84 percent of overnight visitors saying they are likely to visit Ohio again in the next 12 months.

 

Erie County has been awarded the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for Fiscal Year 2022. 

The award is presented for excellence in financial reporting related to the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report and compliance with applicable laws for the fiscal year ended 2022.

Erie County is in the top 3 percent of all the Ohio Counties that receive this award.

 

The Perkins Township Police Department will have extra patrol on the roads now through June 2nd. 

They say that overtime shifts will be scheduled in an attempt to promote safety among drivers, as well as draw awareness to other traffic on the roadways during the national mobilization for “Click it or Ticket”.

The overtime is part of a grant received by the Perkins Township Police Department from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.


SPORTS

-The Cleveland Guardians beat the New York Mets last night, 7-6.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 84.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

TUESDAY, MAY 21st, 2024

A look at the latest Huron County Public Health Respiratory Illness Report…

COVID-19 wastewater levels in Huron County are at very low levels.

Flu activity in Huron County remained low over the past week, with no positive flu tests and no flu hospitalizations.

According to the CDC, flu activity in Ohio remains at minimal.

RSV is circulating at low levels in Ohio.

 

As summer gets closer, the American Red Cross asks donors to come in to give blood or platelets now to help keep the blood supply as stable as possible.

They say the need for lifesaving blood is constant; even during a very busy time of year full of graduations, holiday activities and more.

Huron County has many Red Cross blood drives in the next week or so including those in Bellevue, Collins, Greenwich, Norwalk and Willard.

 

The City of Sandusky has announced the commencement of the update to its City Strategic Plan for the next five years.

As part of this initiative, the City is launching a community survey designed to gather valuable feedback and insights from residents.

The link for the survey can be found at www.CityofSandusky.com.

The survey will remain open until Friday, May 31st.

This survey is the first in a series of community engagement efforts planned for this summer.

In July, a survey focused specifically on the City’s Safe Streets for All plan will also be conducted.

 

An Air Quality Advisory has been issued today for Lorain, Cuyahoga and Medina counties. 

This comes from the Northeast Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency, for ground-level ozone for mentioned and surrounding counties.

Air quality levels may be unhealthy for sensitive groups today, including children, the elderly and those with breathing difficulties.

Those groups should monitor their outdoor activity.

 

SPORTS

-The Cleveland Guardians defeated the New York Mets last night, 3-1.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 90.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 70.

 

Wednesday

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

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

MONDAY, MAY 20th, 2024

A Norwalk man has been sentenced to prison time on child porn charges.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that 24-year-old Chase Conley will spend the next 9 to 12 years behind bars after pleading guilty to charges of pandering obscenity and sexually oriented material involving a minor.

 

Pre-paving road construction gets going today in Norwalk.  

It will take place this week on Olive Street, between Benedict Avenue and James Street, during the time frame of 8 to 3 each day.

Traffic will be maintained throughout construction.

 

Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio EPA has announced $2.2 million in H2Ohio grants for more than 250 communities in 78 counties to help pay for equipment needed to maintain public drinking water distribution systems.

Those receiving funds include:

In Erie County: Margaretta District, Perkins District, Kelleys Island and Vermilion

In Huron County: Monroeville, North Fairfield, Norwalk and Willard

 

Later this morning, the Ohio Department of Transportation will hold a public dedication of a project in Port Clinton, dubbed the “Gateway to the Islands,” that is nearing completion.

The event will be held at 10 am, at the Shores and Islands Welcome Center in Port Clinton.

The intersection safety improvement project resulted in a roundabout at the westbound leg of Route 2 and Route 53, a roundabout at the Route 53 and State Road intersection, the widening of State Route 53 from the interchange to Route 163, the addition of a two-way center turn lane throughout the corridor, a sidewalk, and upgrades of curb ramps.

 

A motorcycle crash took place Sunday afternoon in downtown Sandusky. 

According to the Sandusky Register, it happened near the intersection of Wayne and East Market streets.

The man driving the motorcycle was taken to the hospital.

 

Erie and Huron counties are set to receive part of $2 million for a pilot program that helps foster children. 

The Treatment Foster Home Pilot Program will connect foster children facing behavioral health challenges with foster families who are equipped to support children with complex needs.

The program will provide support for families along with specialized training so that children with behavioral needs can stay in a home environment.

 

A Lorain County man is facing multiple charges after reportedly being found with nearly 200 grams of cocaine and fentanyl and a handgun back in February.

41-year-old Michael Blake of Elyria has been indicted on charges of drug trafficking, possession and two counts of endangering children.

Officers from Lorain and Elyria searched a Quincy Street home as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

 

SPORTS

-The Cleveland Guardians won on Sunday, 5-2, over the Minnesota Twins.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.