Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Classes resume this morning in New London Local Schools following a district-wide closure Wednesday due to a social media threat.

Superintendent Brad Romano confirmed that those responsible for the threat are in custody.
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It’s 5 to 7 and-a-half years in prison for a Huron man on rape and aggravated burglary charges.

According to the Sandusky Register, the felony charges for 33-year-old Conrad Bauman are in connection with an incident last May on Milan Road in Sandusky where Bauman is believed by authorities to have entered a woman’s home without permission and sexually assaulted her.

Bauman will have to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life.
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The Highway Patrol is investigating why a semi-tractor-trailer filled with coal tar petroleum veered off the Ohio Turnpike in Elyria and came within several feet of crashing into a residential garage.

It happened yesterday…just before noon…near the Abbe Road overpass.

The trucker suffered minor injuries.

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Protests are nothing new on the campus of Oberlin College…

…but yesterday, students, staff and some community-members staged a protest, upset over the college’s plan to replace union food service and custodial workers with private vendors.

More than 100 jobs are at stake.

The college says the moves are needed to shore up the institution’s bottom line.

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A traffic study in Norwalk is in the works.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Mayor Dave Light will approach city council next week to approve money for a traffic study on Emerald Parkway, near the Bob Evans.

Mayor Light says he’s looking to refresh a traffic study that took place in the same location about a decade ago to see the possibility of placing a traffic light in that area.
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The Lorain County Prosecutors Office says a few spots remain for Saturday’s free, Situational Awareness Class for women.

It’ll be held Saturday morning at Lorain County Community College.

The self-defense class will be led by Ed Yates, a 10th degree black belt.

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With tax season here, the City of Sandusky is letting residents know that the city no longer has an ‘in-house’ income tax department.

Residents and businesses are asked to contact the Regional Income Tax Agency with any questions or concerns, available online at www.RitaOhio.com.
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Goodwill and the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce have announced that they’re hosting a job fair next month.

It’s set for March 4th at Port Clinton High School from 12:30 to 2:30 pm for students and from 3:00 to 4:00 pm for the general public.
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Huron Parks and Rec have introduced what they called “Clean-up Basket Stands”.

The small baskets will be located at the base of the Lighthouse Pier and at Nickel Plate Beach.

Visitors can pick up a basket, collect any trash they find and then return the basket to either stand.
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The Fisher-Titus Foundation is holding a $10,000 Blooming Cash Raffle from now through April 2nd in support of improved cardiac technology for North Central EMS.

Tickets are $20 each or 3 for $50; with only 3,000 tickets available.

Proceeds will support the purchase of improved cardiac technology at North Central EMS.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 24.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 15.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 35.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 45.

 

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Closed today, New London Local Schools…due to a threat found on social media.

Superintendent Brad Romano says they collaborated with the New London Police Department on the decision to close school; which will allow law enforcement to complete their investigation of the threat.
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Huron County is now officially a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

Commissioners approved the measure on Tuesday.

Commissioner Terry Boose tells the Norwalk Reflector all they are doing is telling the state and federal governments that if they plan to make changes or do something against the Second Amendment that the county strongly supports the right to bear arms; and would request the government think about their decision.
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As the deadline has passed to register for the Ohio primary, early voting now begins.

In Huron County, voting will take place in a new location this year; in the basement of the County Administration Building, meeting room A.

Voters should park in the back lot and use entrance C.
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A water main break in Erie County has led to a boil advisory this morning.

The advisory runs through 10 this morning for select customers in Berlin and Huron Township…living on River Road, Darrow, Jeffries, Barrows, Knight and Berlin.
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The city of Elyria and its firefighters union have reached an agreement on a new, 2-year contract.

It includes 3-percent raises each year.

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Oberlin College is making moves, to shore up its bottom line.

College President Carmen Twillie Ambar has sent an email to faculty, staff and students, saying they are moving ahead with plans to bring in private vendors, to provide dining and custodial services, in hopes of saving more than 1-million-dollars-year.

Currently, these services are provided by more than 100 full-time employees, represented by the United Auto Workers union.

President Ambar says, it is the college’s hope, that the private vendors will consider some of those workers for employment.

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The more things change…the more things stay the same, in Port Clinton; as the city has named a new Safety Service Director.

It’s current Interim Safety Service Director, Tracy Colston.

Colston previously served as Safety Service Director from 2009 to 2016.

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Roadwork in Vermilion planned for this summer will replace Highbridge Road from the bridge to Brownhelm Station Road.

The city says that contractor bids are expected to be finished in April; with construction to follow.

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Sandusky High School is set to host a blood drive today.

It runs from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm…with a goal of collecting 50 pints.

Those participating should enter through the Athletic Entrance.
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around 19.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 25.

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 34.

 

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

A Huron man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning in Erie County.

Timothy Truman was 63.

Authorities say that Truman drove left of center on Berlin Road in Huron Township and struck the vehicle of 37-year-old Timothy Adamowicz head-on.

Adamowicz was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

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A resident of Columbia Station has been charged with ‘aggravated vehicular homicide’.

Police say, 31 year old Keith Liedtke Columbia Station was behind the wheel of a car back in October…a car that veered off Sprague Road, struck a utility pole, and brought down power lines.

A passenger, 27 year old Brent Reszler of Columbia Station, was killed when he got out of the car and came in contact with the power lines…as did off-duty firefighter/EMT Brett Wilson, who had gone to the crash site, to help.

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It appears, the Bendix Corporation is another step close to leaving Elyria and ‘building new’ in Avon.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, Bendix executives told an Avon Council Committee last night, they plan on breaking ground in April if city council approves an incentive package next week.

Bendix hopes to open their new facility late next year…with nearly 700 employees.

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In Lorain, elected leaders are dealing with water and sewer rates, EPA mandates, and a policy for water shut offs…

City council heard from several upset customers last night.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram

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Ohio’s primary election takes place March 17th…with today being the deadline to register to vote in it.

You can register and check your voting registration status online at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.

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The Goodtime-One will remain positioned in Sandusky’s Jackson Street Pier for at least the next 5 years.

According to the Sandusky Register, a new lease running through 2024 has been agreed upon with a $15,000 lease payment to go towards a new ticket house for passengers.

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Another edition of the Sandusky Police Department’s ‘Coffee with a Cop’ series takes place later this morning.

It runs from 11:00 am to 12 noon at Sandusky Bell & Deli inside of the Marketplace at the Cooke.

The event allows residents to voice their concerns, ask questions and get to know their local officers better.

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Talks are underway regarding new bleachers and track at Western Reserve High School.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that two donors have reached out to the school district about possible donations.

The bleachers at the football field have been in place since the 80’s and the current gravel track was constructed in the 60’s when the football field was built.

There’s no timetable for the possible project…with Western Reserve Superintendent Rodge Wilson saying they are at least two years away from anything getting started.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers. Cloudy and windy, with a high near 45.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

Thursday

Partly sunny, with a high near 26.

 

Monday, February 17th, 2020

It’s President’s Day, and you know what that means…

Most government offices, financial institutions and schools are closed.

When in doubt…call ahead!

 

A Woodville man was killed from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident Friday near Fremont involving a pedestrian.

State Highway Patrol troopers say Jose Navarro was struck by a truck while walking on Port Clinton Road in Sandusky Township

The driver of the truck, Robert Knapp of Fremont, was not hurt.

 

The numbers are in from the Ohio Department of Health, and they show, the number of new influenza-related hospitalizations rose again the first week of the month… a 19% increase over the previous week.

And…more than double the hospitalizations reported during the same week of last year’s flu season.

 

If you see a small helicopter circling and hovering around Lorain County this week, including Vermilion…there’s no need to worry.

It’s what Ohio Edison will be using to inspect structures and power lines.

 

Yesterday was declared ‘Edison Wrestling Day’ by Milan Mayor Ben Smith.

The mayor of the village presented a proclamation to the high school wrestling team on Sunday after the Chargers captured the Division 3 State Dual Team Championship in Columbus.

 

Drivers who use the Charles Berry Bascule bridge in Lorain will soon have to find another way of getting in and out of downtown Lorain.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced; the Bascule Bridge will close all of next week, so crews can install new machinery.

 

Erie County is looking for opinions from residents regarding their long range transportation plan.

They’ve posted a public survey on their Facebook page (Erie County, Ohio) which involves the next 25 years of transportation planning.

 

Two employees for the Village of Plymouth have been warned for building what’s being referred to as a “potato gun”.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the employees were given a warning that further disciplinary action would be taken if the type of behavior continued…this, after the employees reportedly built the potato gun and shot a vest out of it.

 

The City of Sandusky has announced that the Maritime Museum of Sandusky will be opening a new exhibit on the Underground Railroad this upcoming weekend.

There will be a ribbon cutting on Saturday at 10:30 am; followed at 1:00 pm by a discussion on Sandusky’s role in the Underground Railroad.

 

Hobby Lobby will open its doors in the Sandusky Mall complex here in the near future.

According to the Sandusky Register, the craft store will open in late March; bringing close to 50 jobs to the area.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today – President’s Day

Increasing clouds, with a high near 43.

 

Tonight

Rain. Low around 39.

Winds could gust near 30 mph.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 45.

 

Wednesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 31.

 

Friday, February 14th, 2020

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who broke in to a Milan Township church late Tuesday night.

A video clip and still photo of the person has been posted on the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

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With wind chills below zero yesterday and expected today, the City of Sandusky has set up a warming shelter for those in need.

According to the Sandusky Register, the former City Hall building is available from noon to 5:00 pm today.

City of Sandusky Police and the transit system are offering free rides there.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced details of a new bill that will strengthen the state’s laws regarding the use of wireless devices, including smartphones, while driving.

With limited exceptions, the Hands-Free Ohio bill will make driving while handling any electronic wireless device a primary offense.

Currently, using a hand-held electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication while driving is a secondary offense for adult drivers.

In cases where a driver using a device causes serious injury or death, the penalties will mirror those of drunken driving.

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A red-letter day in North Ridgeville…

A national survey ranks North Ridgeville the third-safest community in the state…behind Olmsted Township and Brecksville.

North Ridgeville is the largest city in the state’s Top-7.

(A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram…)

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Current Norwalk City Schools Superintendent George Fisk has been named one of five candidates for the Findlay Schools Superintendent job.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that interviews have been going on this week with 2 to 3 of those candidates expected to receive a second interview on February 20th.

Current Findlay Superintendent Ed Kurt is leaving to return as Superintendent of Margaretta Schools; where he previously spent 12 years in the top job before coming to Findlay.

Fisk has been Norwalk’s Superintendent since 2015.

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Today is the deadline for Lorain County property owners, to pay their most recent real estate tax and assessment bills.

Payments will be accepted until 4:30 this afternoon at the Lorain County Treasurer’s Office in downtown Elyria, or must be postmarked by today.

Nearly 151-thousand bills were processed in early January.

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Ohioans who are pierced by Cupid’s arrow on this Valentine’s Day should make sure they’re not actually being struck by fraud, Attorney General Dave Yost warns.

Yost’s Consumer Protection Section received 57 complaints of possible romance scams in 2019…with reported losses totaling almost $4 million.

Yost says that scammers often say they live overseas and need money because of a medical emergency or to leave their country; and in many cases, they pretend to be in the military.
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as zero.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 11.

 

Saturday

Increasing clouds, with a high near 35.

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.

 

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 10 this morning.

Erie County is under a Level 1; while Huron County is under a Level 2 Snow Advisory.

School delays and closings are piling up.

All Huron County-operated buildings are under a 2-hour delay this morning.

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Police in Elyria have arrested a second person, allegedly involved in an altercation on Lake Avenue that led to gunfire back in November.

22 year old Jarvis Burns Junior was arrested this week.

23 year old Demarcus Boone surrendered in December.

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Huron County is looking to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

They would be the 16th to do so.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that County Commissioners plan to sign the resolution next Tuesday; stating that the county will decline to enforce any new gun control laws that get put to place by the state or federal government.

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A local girls’ basketball player has apologized for an on-court incident last Saturday that gained national media attention.

In a video released on social media, Bellevue High School senior Casey Santoro appeared to pull down Norwalk senior Olivia Ward by the ponytail and throw her to the floor; which Ward’s family say left her with a concussion.

Santoro served a one-game suspension on Tuesday night; handed down from Bellevue Schools.

Santoro released a statement via Twitter yesterday saying she never intended to hurt anyone and she’ll learn from the incident and become a better person because of it.

Ward’s family says they’ve accepted the apology and have felt bad about all of the negative attention the incident has caused due to social media.

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A new edition to the Sandusky Fire Department…

According to the Sandusky Register, city commissioners have approved the purchase of a new ambulance, costing close to $303,000.

The 2021 model will arrive this November; replacing a 2007 model.

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Republicans in the Ohio Senate have rejected a bill approved by Republicans in the Ohio House; that would have revised the state’s so-called “Ed Choice Program”, for school choice.

Their rejection also delays any possible return of local control to the Lorain City Schools, as the bill included an amendment addressing state takeovers in Lorain, Youngstown and East Cleveland.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are set for tomorrow morning, for Multilink’s new powder-coating facility.

It’s located on East Broad Street in Elyria.

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The Perkins Township Fire Department has made some personnel moves.

Firefighters Dan Sharpe and Zach Taylor have been hired full-time…and Brad Bauer has been promoted to Lieutenant.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 10:00 am.

Rain and snow showers, becoming all snow in the afternoon.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

High near 34.

Tonight

Snow showers likely; with around an inch possible.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Wind chill values as low as 3-below-zero.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 19.

Wind chill values as low as 3-below-zero.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

 

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the area; beginning later today.

They say 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected tonight into tomorrow morning; along with possible icy conditions.

The advisory runs from 4:00 pm today to 10:00 am Thursday.

 

10 months in prison for a Sandusky man accused of breaking into a business in Huron Township last July.

According to the Sandusky Register, 50-year-old Joseph Sparrow has pleaded guilty to breaking and entering in connection with an alleged break-in at a business in the 7500 block of U.S. 250.

Sparrow must also pay back nearly $3,000 in restitution.

 

Vermilion Police say they’re again experiencing an uptick in vehicle entry thefts through the city.

They say the incidents are taking place in the middle of the night with the most recent occurring in the Indian Ridge Estates neighborhood the last couple of nights.

Authorities advise residents to lock their vehicles and homes, to not leave valuables in their cars and that outdoor lighting is a deterrent.

Those victimized by the vehicle entries are asked to call police immediately so authorities can track the thefts.

 

You can now access Lorain County’s 9-1-1 system…

That was not the case for about 6 hours last night.

The county says, the problem was with the phone company, not the 9-1-1 system itself.

 

Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Turnpike officials will dedicate and unveil an Underground Railroad Historical Marker this morning in Clyde; as part of Black History Month.

The unveiling will take place at the Commodore Perry Service Plaza at milepost 100, around 11:00 am.

 

Sales of new vehicles here in northern Ohio are off to a strong start.

According to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, January sales were up 3-and-a-half percent from a year ago.

(Dealers sold more than 22-thousand new vehicles last month…)

Your volume leader was Chevrolet.

 

The Better Business Bureau has released its list of Top-10 scams of 2019 in northern Ohio…

Number One was “Online Purchases” involving scammers pose as trustworthy businesses, sometimes pitching counterfeit goods defective merchandise, and puppy sales.

 

Ohioans who are pierced by Cupid’s arrow this Valentine’s Day should make sure they’re not actually being struck by fraud, Attorney General Dave Yost warns.

Yost’s Consumer Protection Section received 57 complaints of possible romance scams in 2019…with reported losses totaling almost $4 million.

Yost says that scammers often say they live overseas and need money because of a medical emergency or to leave their country; and In many cases, they pretend to be in the military.

 

Next month, the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter will hold an educational program in Sandusky on understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia for families and community members impacted by the disease.

The free hour-long event will be on Tuesday, March 3rd at 2:00 pm at Portland Place on Venice Road.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of rain and light snow. Increasing clouds, with a high near 40.

 

Tonight

A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 4:00 pm; running through Thursday at 10:00 am.

Snow, 3 to 5 inches possible. Low around 30.

Thursday

Light snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 33.

 

Friday

A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 19.

 

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

A Vermilion man has been arraigned on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and OVI in the death of a Lorain bicyclist Sunday night.

Ruben Diaz was 57.

Lorain Police say that Diaz’s body was found on Oberlin Avenue where he apparently was hit by a vehicle belonging to 46-year-old Paul Gill.

Gill is scheduled to be back in court next Monday for preliminary hearing.

 

Fremont Police are investigating a reported stabbing that occurred Saturday.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 39-year-old Jason Conley on felonious assault charges; in connection with the stabbing of 31-year-old Roshawn Watkins, who was discovered at a bar on West State Street.

Watkins was taken to a Toledo hospital for treatment.

 

Flu numbers from Huron County Public Health…

There were 55 positive flu tests and 4 flu hospitalizations the week of January 26th through February 1st.

The number of positive flu tests increased by 6 from the previous reporting week and the number of hospitalizations went by just 1.

 

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has released crime-related statistics for 2019.

According to the Sandusky Register, most numbers remained pretty close to what they were in 2018; including 1,088 total arrests in 2019 compared to 1,094 arrests in 2018…and 704 traffic crashes in 2019 compared to 763 in 2018.

The only big change came in category of processing sex offender registrations…631 in 2019 compared to 345 in 2018…this happening due to a stronger focus on verifying sex offenders says the sheriff’s office.

 

It appears, Ford will bring about 18-hundred new jobs to the Ohio Assembly Plant rather than the previously reported 15-hundred.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, Sheffield Village Mayor John Hunter shared the information with village council last night.

Last November, Ford announced, they would be bringing a new product line to The Ohio Assembly Plant as part of a 900-million-dollar investment.

The plant spans parts of Avon Lake, Sheffield Village and Sheffield Lake.

 

The City of Sandusky has announced they’ll be holding their first ever ‘Restaurant Week’

It will take place March 2nd through 6th in downtown Sandusky’s entertainment district…featuring more than 20 restaurants that’ll be offering tasting opportunities and feature menus.

 

It might be February, but organizers of Vermilion’s Festival of the Fish are already thinking summer.

They’ve announced, the 54th annual festival will have a “Mardi Gras” theme.

This year’s Festival of the Fish will run from June 19th through the 21st.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Wednesday

A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Thursday

Snow, freezing rain, and sleet; turning to all snow. High near 34.

 

Monday, February 10th, 2020

More information is expected to be released today regarding a man who was found dead at Norwalk’s Veterans Memorial Lake Park on Saturday.

Police Sergeant James Montana tells the Norwalk Reflector that they know the identity of the man in question; but they do not have a lot of information and that the death is under investigation.

 

The State Highway Patrol’s Sandusky Post is investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that involved a pedestrian on Sunday night.

They say 59-year-old Dennis Mahutga of California was attempting to cross Route 250 from Kalahari to the Hy-Miler gas station; when he was struck by an SUV driven by 39-year-old Amanda Horvath of Milan.

The northbound lanes of Route 250 were closed for approximately 2 hours while the scene was investigated.

In Lorain County, a Henrietta Township man is due in court Thursday…accused of using a hidden camera in his bathroom and taking pictures of unsuspecting teenagers.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office says, they found those pictures on 30 year old Paul Churchill’s mobile device, and learned that the hidden camera had been moved to a friend’s house in Erie County.

Charges there are pending…

A Sandusky man faces multiple felony charges involving an alleged stolen handgun early Saturday morning.

According to the Sandusky Register, 25-year-old Trevonte Adcock reportedly attempted to hide a gun in some bushes near Harrison Street after allegedly running out of a vehicle before it was stopped by police.

Police say that Adcock was first seen near a store on Camp Street where he allegedly was carrying a gun, which he then reportedly tucked into his waistband and got into a vehicle.

 

Flu season is in full swing here in Ohio.

In their latest survey, the Ohio Department of Health reports more than

800 new hospitalizations…the highest weekly mark this season.

 

The Sandusky Police Department says they’re looking for more great men and women to serve their community.

According to police, there is a strong potential for 4 to 5 job openings with their department.

This comes after Sandusky police were recruiting last week in the Toledo area.

 

The Chapel’s Norwalk campus is hosting a Valentine’s Day event for those who have lost their spouses.

A free Valentine’s Day Lunch for Widows will be held this Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

 

Tonight, Black History Month will be celebrated in Elyria with a program on the Underground Railroad.

This evening’s program will be presented at the Elyria Arts Council on Broad Street…sponsored by the Arts Council and Eden Valley Enterprises.

 

The 2020 season of the Sandusky Farmers Market is just around the corner…and they’re looking for vendors.

Officials say they’re looking for handmade, homemade and homegrown artisans and vendors; along with live musicians.

More info is available on the City of Sandusky’s Government Facebook page.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of rain, possibly mixing with snow.

Patchy fog before noon.

Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 39.

 

Tonight

Cloudy, with a low around 30.

 

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.

Wednesday

A chance of afternoon snow showers, mixing with rain.

Cloudy, with a high near 39.

 

Friday, February 20th, 2020

Just a coating of snow for the most part overnight…but secondary and side-roads could still be snow-covered and slick.

Both Erie and Huron Counties are under a Level One Snow Advisory.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4:00 pm today.

Some schools are delayed today as well.

A man from Michigan has accepted a plea deal in connection to the death of 34-year-old Eric Edwards, Jr. of Fremont.

According to the Sandusky Register, 19-year-old Jailen Rucker has pled guilty to complicity to involuntary manslaughter.

Edwards Jr. was found dead last July near the Tindall Bridge over the Sandusky River, a few days after he was reported missing.

25-year-old Xavier Grine of Fremont will go to trial next month; facing charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery…related to Edwards Jr.’s death.

City officials in Huron say they are finalizing the design for Phase 2 of a project involving the modifications of U.S. 6 and Center Street.

They’ve posted a couple of YouTube videos on their government Facebook page, simulating peak traffic in the morning and evening.

They say the traffic light at Center and U.S. 6 is no longer warranted and will be removed.

A public information meeting regarding the project is in the works for this spring.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office says, they have identified juvenile suspects, responsible for damaging more than 30 mailboxes in five townships…

  • Brownhelm
  • Camden
  • Henrietta
  • New Russia
  • And Wellington Townships.

The Sheriff’s Office says, the dirty deeds were carried out January 31st and February 1st, and they’re asking additional homeowners who have not yet filed a police report, to come forward.

 

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is accepting public comments on its latest plan, to protect and restore the lake.

The plan also addresses 4 rivers, including the Black River and the Cuyahoga.

Public comments will be accepted by the Ohio E-P-A in Twinsburg through the month.

 

One more shift for old time’s sake…

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson will take part in one last shift before he officially retires next month.

Soisson had to step down after suffering a stroke last June following a career that goes back to 1992 in Norwalk; with Soisson being chief since 2013.

Soisson will take part in his one last 8-hour shift on March 13th; a request by new Fire Chief Rick Perry in tribute to Soisson.

More reports of attempted vehicle entries…

The Green Springs Police Department says those reports are from incidents on Wednesday night.

Residents are being reminded to not keep valuables in their vehicles overnight and to always lock your car.

Improvements have begun on a project regarding McCartney Road in Sandusky.

The city says part of the project includes a 2-foot storm sewer line being upgraded to a 4-foot line; allowing for better capacity to a new storm sewer system.

Tonight is a “Night to Shine”…

The prom event for those with special needs, presented by the Tim Tebow Foundation, takes place at Norwalk’s First United Methodist Church.

 

Catawba Island is the place to be on Saturday for some outdoor winter fun.

Twin Oast Winter Fest is set for Saturday from noon to 10:00 pm at Twin Oast Brewing with

The event features games and prizes for all ages including snow bowling, giant pong and an “anything but a sled” sledding competition.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4:00 pm.

Snow showers, mainly before noon.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

High near 30.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of light snow showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Saturday

A chance of light snow in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.

 

Sunday

A chance of rain and snow.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.