Thursday, November 21st, 2019

A man and woman from Erie County have been indicted on multiple charges involving an incident of an alleged breaking and entering, burglary and a car crash.

According to the Sandusky Register, 22-year-old Aleah Young and 18-year-old Jacob Spencer, both of Sandusky, are accused of breaking into a home on U.S. 250 in Milan Township in October where they took marijuana as well as a 14-year-old dog.

Young was then reportedly involved in a crash on the Ohio Turnpike in Berlin Township where her vehicle was stopped in the road and was rear-ended by a semi. 

Young was taken by helicopter to a Cleveland hospital; while the dog perished.


Elyria Police are asking for your help in an apparent drive-by shooting.

A 16-year-old boy from Cleveland told Elyria police, he was walking near Middle Avenue late Tuesday night, when two vehicles drove by, with gunshots fired from one of them.

One of the bullets struck the teen in the shoulder.

Earlier in the day, in another drive-by, someone fired bullets into 4 homes on Georgetown Avenue…no one was hurt.


Due to a high volume of citizen complaints of possible drug activity, the Oak Harbor Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, launched an investigation in the 100 block of Washington Street.

An executed search warrant resulted in authorities finding a pound of marijuana, hash oil, THC edibles and drug paraphernalia.

Charges are pending for one individual. 


To fight against human trafficking, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has announced that the state will be hosting the inaugural Human Trafficking Summit.

It will be held January 9th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The daylong gathering will feature survivors sharing their experiences and experts discussing best practices.


The Lorain County Commissioners will use a federal grant, to help inmates at the Lorain County jail, with job-readiness-skills.

The commissioners, the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, and Firelands Vocational Rehabilitation Services will target inmates with misdemeanors and those receiving medication-assisted-treatment.


One of the nation’s top labor leaders is no longer that…

The President of the United Auto Workers Union…Gary Jones…has resigned.

Jones is the focus of a federal investigation into corruption that has already resulted in 10 convictions.


A free Narcan and quick response training event will be held tomorrow in Milan.

Hosted by the Erie County Health Department…at Milan Township Hall at 4:00 pm.


The Monroeville School Board has a vacancy.

Applications can be picked up in the Board of Education Office weekdays from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Completed applications will be accepted into the position has been filled.


An update on a road construction project in Erie County…

State Route 61, just south of Hill Road in Berlin Heights, is now back open.

It was previously closed for a culvert replacement.


National Weather Service Forecast


Showers likely.  

Breezy, with winds gusting around 30 miles-per-hour.

Cloudy, with a high near 54.



Showers likely, cloudy and breezy.

Low around 37.



Partly cloudy, with a high near 40.



A chance of rain and snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 43. 


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Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Health officials have issued an ‘air advisory’ for today, for Lorain County, Medina County, and several counties to the east.

They say, weather conditions and particulates in the air could present a problem for sensitive groups including children, the elderly, and those with breathing issues.


A Perkins Township man has been indicted for the alleged rape of a child.

According to the Sandusky Register, 37-year-old Daniel Hillis allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a child under the age of 13 in the summer of 2015.

He’ll be arraigned next week in Erie County Common Pleas Court.


A Lorain man…wanted for a shooting on Iowa Avenue last month, has surrendered to authorities.

This, after the U-S Marshall’s Office made 40-year-old Jose Mercado, their Fugitive of the Week.

Police say, 18 year old Hector Aponte was wounded, October 30th.


Columbia Gas is asking residents of Wellington to contact them, if their gas service has not been restored.

Columbia Gas workers have been going door-to-door since Sunday, restoring service after repairs were made to a leaking gas line, but some people left their homes, in search of warmer shelter and have not returned or have not been home when workers knocked on the door.


A blood drive is being held today in Sandusky.

The Erie Community Foundation and American Red Cross are sponsoring the drive in the Foundation’s conference room on East Washington Row from noon to 6:00 pm.


Fisher-Titus Home Health in Norwalk has received some special recognition…

They’ve been named a “Top Agency of the 2019 HomeCare Elite” and received a four-star quality rating for patient care from the Centers for Medicare Services.

It’s an acknowledgment of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States…recognizing Fisher-Titus as being in the top 25-percent of all home care agencies in the country.


Crews in Willard are scheduled for storm sewer work today at Linden and Timber.

One-lane traffic will be maintained during the work. 


The 9th annual Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department Holiday Food Drive is underway.

They’re collecting non-perishable food items in the lobby of the township administration building on East Cemetery Road until December 18th.


‘Tis the season for tree lighting ceremonies…

The city of Willard held their unofficial kickoff to the holiday season last night.

Sandusky has their lighting ceremony planned for next Wednesday. 

In Norwalk, you’ll have to wait until next Saturday the 30th


National Weather Service Forecast


Partly sunny, with a high near 44.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.



Showers likely.  

Breezy, with gusts approaching 30 miles-per-hour.

Cloudy, with a high near 54.



A slight chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.


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Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

The National Park Service is asking for the public’s help in tracking down the person who attacked a female runner in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Sagamore Hills, on the border of Cuyahoga and Summit counties.

The attack happened at about 11:30am this past Sunday.

The runner fought off the man and escaped.

The national park trail is a popular place for hikers, runners and bicyclists.


Sandusky authorities are trying to identify a suspect involved in a reported armed robbery Sunday night.

According to the Sandusky Register, a suspect pulled out what looked to be a real handgun and demanded money. 

Police say a cashier gave the unknown suspect some money and then fled on foot.


The U-S Marshall’s Office has named a resident of Lorain, their Fugitive of the Week.

40-year-old Jose Mercado of Garfield Avenue is consider a suspect, in a shooting on Iowa Avenue.

The Marshall’s Office considers Mercado, armed and dangerous.


Columbia Gas hopes to restore service today, to those who have been without service since this past weekend in Wellington.

Crews have been going door-to-door since Sunday, after repairs were made to a leaking gas line.


This is Winter Safety Awareness Week…which serves as a reminder for all Ohioans to take steps to be better prepared for winter before it is too late.

Huron County Public Health is offering these tips from the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness…

-Practice fire safety and prevention; as people are home more in the winter.

-Prepare your home; such as having your gutters cleaned.

-Prepare winter emergency supplies kits for the home and vehicle.

-Check on your neighbors.

-Check your homeowners or renter’s insurance.


The Sandusky Police Department continues their “Coffee with a Cop” series Wednesday morning. 

Residents can stop by the Sandusky Library lobby from 10:30 to 11:30 am where they can ask questions and voice concerns with members of local law enforcement.


National Weather Service Forecast 


Cloudy, with a high near 42.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.



Partly sunny, with a high near 44.



Showers likely in the afternoon.  Cloudy, with a high near 54.


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Monday, November 18th, 2019

A Norwalk man faces charges for two alleged breaking-and-entering incidents in Erie County.

According to the Sandusky Register, 30-year-old William Harmeling was discovered on Route 101; covered in dirt.

Harmeling is believed by authorities to have recently broken into a Strecker Road business and attempted to bust into a resident’s barn on Homegardner Road.


A Florida man faces multiple charges after authorities say he led them on a pursuit on the Ohio Turnpike Saturday night in Erie County.

According to the State Highway Patrol, it all started when they tried to initiate a traffic stop of a vehicle reportedly involved in a hit-skip crash.

Patrol troopers say the car driven by suspect, Jacoby Smart, led them on a pursuit in Oxford Township where Smart’s vehicle struck the back of a commercial vehicle, went through a fence…and ended after a brief foot chase.

Smart was treated for non-serious injuries.


After failing by about 200 votes earlier this month, the Norwalk Parks and Rec property tax levy will be back on the ballot in March of 2020.

The five year, 1.75-mill levy, merges three existing levies into one. 

Parks and Rec Superintendent Joe Lindenberger tells the Norwalk Reflector that the ballot language was confusing and will be fixed by city council.


Norwalk St. Paul senior Cam Caizzo (“Kay-Zo”) has been named a 2019 National Heisman High School Scholarship State Winner. 

Caizzo receives a $500 scholarship and is in the running for the chance to be awarded a $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship along with a trip to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. 

He was selected from an applicant pool of thousands of high school scholar-athletes.


The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association has named one of Sandusky Recreation Department’s programs as its ‘Best of 2019’.

The Midtown Supper Club won in the ‘recreation program’ category in the state’s recent ‘Awards of Excellence’.

The program, in its inaugural year, introduces youth to the culinary arts while utilizing local chefs; and culminates with a four-course dinner and entertainment.


National Weather Service Forecast


Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.



A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 42.



Partly sunny, with a high near 46.


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Friday, November 15th, 2019

A Sandusky man faces multiple charges after his girlfriend accused him of making threats towards her.

According to the Sandusky Register, 60-year-old Herman Galindo is charged with kidnapping, aggravated menacing and a threat of domestic violence.

Police say both Galindo and the woman were intoxicated while speaking with them.


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has unveiled ‘H2-Ohio’, a data-driven water quality plan that aims to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination. 

The Ohio General Assembly invested $172 million in the plan in July.


The City of Willard is asking residents to complete a 10-question survey in regard to recreational offerings. 

The city says that they are looking into a possible state grant, up to $200,000, that would be used to expand their recreation options. 

The survey can be found on the city’s Facebook page or can be downloaded from the city’s website (…with a deadline of December 2nd to finish.


An upcoming road closure in Huron County…

Rome Greenwich Road, between Alpha and Omega roads, will be shut down next Monday through Friday…but will be reopened daily after working hours at around 3:30 pm.


The Center Ridge Road widening project in North Ridgeville will soon be moving into its third year, and the Ohio Department of Transportation wants to bring everyone up to speed.

ODOT will host an informational meeting…from 6 to 7pm Tuesday…at the North Ridgeville Academic Center.


The people have spoken, and they say, the winner of this year’s “Best Burger Battle”…presented by Visit Lorain County…comes from “Your Pit BBQ” in Vermilion.

A dozen restaurants in Lorain County competed for the bragging rights over 10 days last month.


National Weather Service Forecast


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35.



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.



Sunny, with a high near 41. 


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Thursday, November 14th, 2019

The Lucas County Coroner says the death of a Huron County teen whose body was found Monday in Toledo…will be ruled a suicide; pending a toxicology test.

Toledo media outlets report that 17-year-old Western Reserve student Damian Henning’s body was discovered underneath the Anthony Wayne high-level bridge…after being last seen Sunday afternoon leaving his job at Kalihari.


A 16-year-old Sandusky boy has been charged with two counts of felonious assault.

According to the Sandusky Register, the teen allegedly shot two adults in an East Perkins Avenue apartment…which authorities believe took place following an argument.

The two adults were treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries.


New leadership will be coming to the Lorain City Schools in January.

The Academic Distress Commission voted last night, to part ways with CEO David Hardy Junior, even though his contract runs through next June.

ADC Chair Randall Sampson says, the commission, the Lorain School Board and community members will all be involved in finding Hardy’s replacement.


The city of Sheffield Lake is moving ahead with plans to sell the Shoreway Shopping Center on Lake Road.

City council has hired a real estate firm to find a buyer.

The city bought the shopping center 11 years ago when it had fallen into disrepair.


The annual food drive sponsored by Student Council at McCormack Middle School in Huron is underway.

Items can be brought in with a McCormack student or can be dropped off in the school office daily from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.


The artist responsible for the new art murals at Sandusky Transit stops is hosting a ‘meet and greet’ on Saturday.  

Sandusky’s own Jordan Arnell will be on hand at Carrington Arts on West Water from 12 to 2 pm. 


A welder, pallet jack and various computer and kitchen equipment are among the assortment of items that will be available at the State’s miscellaneous property auction this Saturday.

The auction will be held at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road in Columbus at 9:00 am. 

All inventory will be sold “as-is” with no warranty or guarantee of any kind.


National Weather Service Forecast


Partly sunny, with a high near 35.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.



Partly sunny, with a high near 35.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.


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Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

The snow may have stopped; but the cold temps are here, at least this morning.

As you step out the door to work or school today, expect temperatures around 10 degrees.

Before the day is done, we’re expecting a high near 30. 


The Norwalk Reflector is reporting that a deceased person found in Toledo on Tuesday matches the description of a missing teenage boy from Huron County.

…the information coming from the Huron County Sheriff’s Office

17-year-old Western Reserve student, Damian Henning, was last seen on Sunday leaving his job at Kalahari Resorts. 

Various reports say the car he was driving, a yellow Ford Mustang, has not been found.

Western Reserve Schools are bringing in grief counselors today to support students.


A chain-reaction-crash in heavy snow on the Ohio Turnpike has left a Medina woman, dead.

Cierra Brown was 21.

The Highway Patrol says, the crash happened yesterday morning, and involved 16 vehicles near the border of Cuyahoga and Summit counties.


Excavation work on Plank Road in Norwalk this week will close down the road to drivers, starting today.

The city says to look for road closed and detour signs through Wednesday, November 27th.


A reminder to drivers to stay alert and aware during November, the leading month for deer-vehicle crashes in Ohio.

Huron County Public Health says that in Huron County from 2015 through 2017, there were close to 800 total deer-related crashes, for an average of more than 250 annually.

Of those crashes, nearly half occurred from November through December. 

Last November, nearly 3,800 incidents involving deer occurred on Ohio roadways.


Once again this year, Lorain County Clerk of Courts Tom Orlando is accepting unwrapped toys for his 5th annual Marine Toys for Tots campaign.

Toys may be dropped off through December 12th, at the Lorain County Justice Center in downtown Elyria, and Auto Title and Passport Offices in Amherst, Elyria, Lorain and North Ridgeville.


The Norwalk Area United Fund’s weekly ‘Dine Out’ fundraiser continues today.

A portion of today’s sales at The Pizza Post in Norwalk will go towards the United Fund’s 2020 campaign. 


National Weather Service Forecast


Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.

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



Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.



Partly sunny, with a high near 36.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. 


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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Old Man Winter has arrived a bit early…dumping multiple inches of snow last night and overnight. 

Several counties are under a ‘Level 1’ Snow Emergency including Erie and Huron counties. 

Most schools are closed today. 

Expect cold temps today in the 20’s and some light snow this morning as a ‘Winter Weather Advisory’ expires. 


The Huron County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in locating a missing teenage boy. 

17-year-old Damian Henning, a Western Reserve student, was last seen Sunday afternoon leaving Kalahari Resorts in a yellow Ford Mustang. 


A Sandusky man has been arrested on drug charges.

According to the Sandusky Register, 21-year-old Donavan Hill was charged with cocaine possession and drug trafficking after an officer approached him on Milan Road, near McKelvey Street.


Despite a strike and ongoing labor negotiations between automakers and the United Auto Workers, sales of new vehicles in northern Ohio grew by more than three percent last month.

The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association reports; new vehicle sales…year-to-date…are running neck-and-neck with numbers from a year ago.

Your volume leader for October:  Chevrolet.


Elyria’s newest public library is open for business.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held yesterday at the new South Branch on 15th street.

Construction was made possible by voters who approved a bond-issue several years ago.


Edison High School’s Interact Club is hosting a pizza fundraiser this evening…

Pizza from six local parlors will be available to eat ‘buffet-style’ along with water and soft drinks for 10-bucks a person. 

Proceeds will go toward international, school, and community service projects.

It runs from 4:30 to 7:00 pm in the Edison High School cafeteria.


An international women’s group with Sandusky-ties is celebrating a 100 years later today.

The community is invited to attend the celebration of The Zonta Club of Greater Sandusky in the lobby of Sandusky City Hall…at 4:30 pm.

A proclamation reading from Sandusky city officials will then take place at 5:00 pm.


Results are in from a chili cook-off featuring area first responders.

Sandusky Police Sergeant Tracy Susana and the Sandusky PD took home first place in the ‘Battle of the Badges’ held at Mad River Harley Davidson in Sandusky.

Perkins Township Police Department finished in second place.


National Weather Service Forecast


Snow showers likely, mainly this morning.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.



Partly cloudy, with a low around 9.



Increasing clouds, with a high near 28.



Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.


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Monday, November 11th, 2019

The National Weather service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of northern Ohio.

Parts of northeast Ohio could get up to 10 inches of snow by Wednesday morning.

If the snow does hit, ODOT says to make sure to give their crews room while they’re out clearing the roads.

This area is expected to see at least 4 inches or so of the white stuff over the next couple of days.


It’s Veterans Day…with local communities and schools hosting events that honor military members…for example…

At Edison High School, they’re hosting a special assembly recognizing Erie County veterans listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

Willard High School is holding a Veteran’s Day breakfast and assembly this morning.

In Sandusky, a Veteran’s Day ceremony will take place later this morning at First Presbyterian Church on Jackson Street.


One person was injured Sunday night in motorcycle accident on Chestnut Ridge Road in Elyria.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, at least one person was taken to the hospital for further treatment after the crash.

The Elyria fire department says, they treated a person on the scene that appeared to have lost control of the vehicle.


A Toledo man faces human trafficking charges in Erie County.

According to the Sandusky Register, 42-year-old Dominque Wilson allegedly trafficked a developmentally disabled woman to a Huron business. 

The charges stem from a law enforcement operation in July in which Wilson was among nine people arrested.


Funeral services are planned for Wednesday morning for a Vermilion 8th grader who passed away unexpectedly last week.  

13-year-old Brooke Adams died Wednesday evening at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital following issues related to a seizure.


Some local road construction updates…

In Huron County, crews are expected this week to be completing striping and final clean-up work in Wakeman on the Route 20 bridge over the Vermilion River.  Two lanes of traffic will be maintained.

In Erie County, Route 61, just south of Hill Road in Berlin Heights; will close Tuesday for a culvert replacement.  A detour route is planned.  The road will likely reopen next Tuesday, the 19th.

Of course, these projects are all weather permitting.


National Weather Service Forecast

Today – Veterans Day

Rain and snow, becoming all snow in the afternoon.

New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 1:00 pm, running through 7:00 am Tuesday.

High near 37.  



Snow.  New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Low around 24.



A chance of light snow showers early.

Partly sunny, with a high near 27.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.


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