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  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 2022

    Three Norwalk High School students face criminal charges from an alleged football hazing incident last month. 

    According to Norwalk Ohio News-dot-com, the incident allegedly happened before football practice where a student athlete was held down by others while being poked by a sex object.

    The charges which differ by student include assault, hazing, tampering with evidence and unlawful restraint.

    The charged students are scheduled to appear in court early next month.

    Meanwhile, Norwalk High School football coach and school counselor Todd Fox remains on paid administrative leave and will miss his second straight game tonight at Sandusky.

    Funeral arrangements have been announced for Perkins Township Police Chief Vince Donald. 

    Donald passed away last week from apparent natural causes at the age of 48.

    The public is welcome at the visitation at The Chapel in Sandusky on Wednesday from noon to 7 pm and services at The Chapel on Thursday at 11 am.

    A procession route to Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery on Bogart Road in Huron will then follow.

    The procession route will include Galloway Road, Hull Road, Route 250, East Perkins Avenue, Columbus Avenue and East Bogart Road.

    An update on Monkeypox…

    The Ohio Department of Health is reporting is first death associated with Monkeypox on its new dashboard.

    The state has not released any information about the person, other than to say, the adult male had other health issues as well.

    Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff of the Ohio Department of Health says, Monkeypox can be more problematic if you have a weakened immune system

    Five men…including one from Sandusky…face charges after a prostitution sting in Amherst.

    The sting took place this week at Motel 6 on Route 58, with police…posing as women…texting the suspects prior to their arrival.

    A boat fire occurred Thursday at a business in Sandusky. 

    According to the Sandusky, it happened on Dutch Lane, taking firefighters 15 minutes to contain.

    There were no reported injuries, with cause of the blaze undetermined.

    Good voter turnout for the November election is expected in Huron County. 

    The Norwalk Reflector reports that Board of Elections Director Cecilia Blevins says that she expects high numbers due to a large amount of absentee applications coming in.

    The voter registration deadline is October 11th, with early voting beginning the next day.

    National recognition for the Midview Schools…one of 14-hundred across the country…to earn the so-called EVERFI Empowerment Seal.

    The designation is awarded to public school districts that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to comprehensive education on topics such as;

    • Financial literacy
    • Social-emotional learning
    • and Health and wellness

    Look for slowdowns on Parsons Road in Grafton.

    Crews are resurfacing the road, and hope to wrap up work on Monday.

    The Woolybear Festival in Vermilion turns 50 on Sunday.  

    The one-day fest with food, merchant vendors, live music, a roughly 2-hour parade and much more runs from 9 am to 5 pm.

    The event wraps up with the traditional winter weather prediction based on the colors of the woolybear.


    -The Cleveland Guardians topped Tampa Bay last night, 2-1.

    -In Thursday Night Football, Cincinnati beat Miami 27-15.

    From the National Weather Service…


    Patchy fog this morning.

    Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 64.


    Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.


    Mostly cloudy, breezy, with a high near 65.


    Partly sunny, breezy, with a high near 63.

  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, 2022

    Norwalk High School head football coach and counselor Todd Fox will not coach his team this Friday night at Sandusky as he remains on paid administrative leave…the Norwalk Reflector reports.  

    Fox is on leave amid allegations of inappropriate behavior within student athletes in the football program.

    One incident under investigation allegedly took place in August, which involved students holding down another student while being poked by a sexual object.

    The other incident under question allegedly took place in June at Contractors Stadium sleepover involving football players.

    An outside firm has been hired to investigate the allegations.

    Two Northern Ohio American Red Cross volunteers are in Florida in response to Hurricane Ian.  

    The storm struck Florida yesterday; bringing catastrophic winds, storm surge and flooding.

    Two volunteers from Northern Ohio were sent to help pre-stage shelters and to prepare to help reunite people who may be separated by the storm.

    At least six additional volunteers are standing by, ready to deploy once the storm passes.

    Huron County Public Health is set to host a COVID-19 at-home test kit distribution event tomorrow.  

    It will take place from 3 to 4 pm at the health department’s main location in Norwalk on Executive Drive.

    Test kits will be given out at 4 per vehicle, while supplies last.

    Wellington’s Water Treatment Plant is back in business.

    Fire earlier this week at the Pitts Road facility prompted the village to ask residents, to conserve water, but that’s no longer the case.

    No word yet, what sparked the fire in the plant’s basement and garage…

    The updated COVID booster vaccine is now available at Lorain County Public Health.

    Appointments are recommended, although walk-ins are accepted at the office on Murray Ridge Road in Elyria.

    Lorain County Public Health says, the new booster will increase immunity against the original COVID virus, and will boost protection against newer variants.

    A woman from Berlin Heights was the victim of a phone scam, losing over $12,000.  

    According to the Sandusky Register, the woman received a call from a man saying he was from the Federal Trade Commission and that the woman had been hacked, with her personal info found in a vehicle in Texas that was involved in a car accident.

    She was then persuaded to send the man the money through a bitcoin machine in a Perkins Township pizzeria.

    Tonight at 7 pm, residents of North Ridgeville will have an opportunity to learn more about two ballot issues without leaving the comforts of home.

    The city and the North Ridgeville Schools will host a “virtual town hall”, using “Zoom”.

    The city of North Ridgeville and the school system are asking voters to endorse a bond issue and a small income tax increase to fund construction of new schools and a recreation-and-community-center.

    The Perkins Township Police Senior Health and Safety Fair happens later today.  

    It will take place at Strickfaden Park on Bell Avenue in Sandusky, from 10 am to 1 pm.

    The event includes a free lunch, a guest speaker, door prizes and informational booths.

    Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a Drive Thru Mobile Food Pantry at Oakwood Park in Lorain.

    Food-supplies will be handed out to those-in-need, from 2 until 4 pm.

    A road closure to report in Huron County…

    The Engineer’s Office says that Prospect Road between Route 60 and Greenwich East Townline Road is shut down to traffic for about a month for a bridge deck replacement.


    -The Cleveland Guardians won 2-1 last night in 10 innings over Tampa Bay.

    From the National Weather Service…


    Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 61.


    Mostly clear, with a low around 42.


    Patchy fog early.

    Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 65.


    Perkins Township has named an interim police chief. 

    According to the Sandusky Register, last night, trustees named Jeff Musser to the job. 

    Musser has been with the Perkins P-D since 1998, most recently being the second-in command as the head of the patrol division.

    Police Chief Vince Donald died of likely natural causes last Friday at the age of 48. 

    Donald had been police chief since July of 2020.

    A woman…on juvenile probation in Lorain County…has been sentenced to life-in-prison.

    19-year-old Tamara McLloyd was convicted of shooting and killing off-duty Cleveland Police Officer Shane Bartek, during a carjacking on Cleveland’s west side.

    She…and two other men…were also accused of a series of armed robberies.

    McLloyd will be eligible for parole in about 50 years.

    The Norwalk Economic Development Corporation has handed out their 2022 awards to 4 local businesses.  

    The Norwalk Reflector reports that American Excelsior and American Timber & Steel were given the Golden Maple Award for creating jobs and making capital improvement investments. 

    For their Future took home the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award for their commitment to lower plastic waste 

    Crazeweld won the Innovation Award for manufacturing the SafePurge Air Mover on Plank Road.

    The City of Elyria will host a Public Safety Town Hall with Mayor Frank Whitfield and City of Lorain Mayor, Jack Bradley.

    They’ll discuss community-based crime prevention, law enforcement, and investing in youth programming and mentorship.

    It’ll be held Friday from 5:30 until 7 pm at Elyria’s South Park Recreation Center.

    The numbers are in from this past Saturday’s Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ 2nd annual Recovery Walk…

    According to Norwalk Ohio News-dot-com, nearly 50 people participated in the walk while 11 providers were on hand with information on recovery and 5 guest speakers spoke of their own personal journeys in recovery. 

    The event was held at the New London Reservoir.

    The City of Norwalk has released some fall dates to remember.

    -Annual Brush Pickup – October 17th through October 21st (weekly curbside ends)

    -Limited Trash Pickup – October 24th through October 28th (on regular trash day)

    -City Trick-or-Treat – October 31st from 6:00 to 7:30 pm 

    Perkins Township’s 6th annual Community Day event is planned for Thursday.

    The free event celebrating Perkins’ heritage will take place at the Erie County Fairgrounds from noon to 4 pm, and offer vendors, a craft show, a dog parade and activities for all ages.  

    Final preparations are underway for tomorrow’s Drive Thru Mobile Food Pantry at Oakwood Park in Lorain.

    Second Harvest will be on-site tomorrow from 2 until 4 pm, to help those-in-need.

    Lorain County Community College has announced plans for its 34th annual College Fair.

    It’ll be held Monday October 10th in the Ewing Activities Center.

    It’s a one-stop opportunity for prospective students to learn about more than 100 colleges and universities, including those that are part of the University Partnership.


    -The Cleveland Guardians fell at home last night, 6-5, to Tampa Bay, in 11 innings.

    From the National Weather Service…


    A chance of showers, mainly after noon.

    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.


    A slight chance of showers.

    Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.


    Partly sunny, with a high near 61. 

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2022

    Fire has damaged a portion of Wellington’s Water Filtration Plant on Pitts Road…and the village is asking residents to conserve water until the plant can be inspected.

    The fire broke out, at about 8 o’clock last night.

    No injuries were reported…

    The Highway Patrol is investigating what triggered yesterday’s car crash in Medina County that landed Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett and a woman in the hospital.

    Troopers say, Garrett and a female passenger were hurt, when his sports car veered off State Road near Wadsworth and overturned several times.

    The highway patrol says, neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in the crash.

    Groundbreaking ceremonies were held this past weekend for a new nature center in Erie County.  

    According to the Sandusky Register, construction is expected to begin in November on the $3 million facility at Osborn MetroPark in Huron Township.  

    Officials hope to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new nature center in December of 2023.  

    There’s a new deputy in the Huron County Sheriff’s Department. 

    According to Norwalk Ohio News-dot-com, 2019 Monroeville High School grad Avery Kluding was sworn in Monday morning. 

    Kluding, who graduated from BGSU Firelands, attended and completed the police academy program at EHOVE Career Center in Milan.


    Traffic is flowing this morning through La Grange…

    That was NOT the case early yesterday, when a car crashed into the traffic circle at Routes 301 and 303.

    It’s the third crash there, this year.

    One of those crashes involved a semi that destroyed a concrete war memorial.

    Police in Elyria say, they have confiscated five handguns from a home on Case Avenue during a search warrant.

    One man was charged with ‘having weapons under disability’, and a 17-year-old juvenile was also taken into custody for a probation violation.

    Another step taken, to expand the Ohio Assembly Plant and bring 2-thousand new jobs to Lorain County…

    The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved tax incentives for Ford, to expand the plant and bring in a new product line of electric, heavy duty trucks.

    The City of Sandusky has handed out their Volunteer of the Year awards…

    Congrats to the following winners:

    -Bill Biehl            

    -Linda Ewers

    -Dora Grant        

    -Gene Kidwell                                                                    

    -and Susan Sartor

    The awards were created last year.  

    Street resurfacing continues in Sandusky…

    A number of streets are scheduled to have work done this week, including:

    -Pearl Street                

    -Melville Street 

    -Milne Street                

    -Garfield Street 

    -King Street                 

    -Stone Street 

    -Columbus Avenue    

    -Wamajo Drive

    -Townsend Street       

    -East Water Street

    -Third Street 

    Street resurfacing is expected to last through Friday.

    It’s called, “Seize the Clay and Stock the Cupboard”…

    Next week, Lorain County Community College will hold a fundraiser for its on-campus food pantry, the Commodore Cupboard.

    A 20-dollar donation will allow guests to select a handmade bowl of their choice, and enjoy a variety of soups…all made by students.

    It’s an ‘empty bowls’ event…and serves as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world due to hunger.


    -In Monday Night Football, Dallas defeated the New York Giants 23-16.

    From the National Weather Service…


    A chance of showers, mainly after noon.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 61.


    A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

    Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.


    A chance of showers.

    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

  • MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2022

    Perkins Township Police Chief Vince Donald has died. 

    Local officials say his death, which occurred Friday, appears to be from natural causes.

    He had been police chief at Perkins since the summer of 2020.

    Firefighters in Elyria continue their investigation into fire at the Washington Manor apartments on Washington Avenue.

    Friday’s fire forced 8 residents from Unit-C.

    Firefighters believe, the fire might have started in the kitchen of one of the apartments.

    Cases have dropped, according to numbers from Huron County Public Health’s latest COVID-19 update.

    96 cases were reported this past week, down from 129 the previous reporting period.

    The average age of cases increased slightly from 41 to 42, with the highest number of cases in the 21 to 30 age range.

    All zip codes in Huron County reported cases this week, with the highest infection rate in the Collins zip code.

    Governor Mike DeWine has announced that 20 Ohio first responder agencies will receive a total of $7.7 million to help them boost their staffing levels to ensure thorough coverage for emergency response.

    Locally, Port Clinton Fire and Rescue will receive $220-thousand to hire a full-time assistant Fire Chief.

    Every three years, county health departments are required by the state, to assess the community’s needs, then develop an action plan.

    Lorain County Public Health just wrapped up its assessment, and over the past three years, Lorain County posted increases in major health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease and fatal drug overdoses.

    Today, the Second Harvest food Bank will bring its Mobile Food Pantry to Ely Stadium in Elyria.

    It’ll be set up from 4 until 5:30 pm, to help those-in-need.

    On the road…a couple of new projects begin today in Lorain County…

    • Route 57, just west of Route 83, closes today for one month for a culvert replacement
    • A portion of Hawley Road in Wellington Township will be closed today and tomorrow from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm for soil borings
    • In Lorain, West 20th from Oberlin Avenue to Ashland Avenue will be closed through Wednesday for repairs


    -The Cleveland Guardians clinched an AL Central Division title yesterday as they won at Texas, 10-4.

    -In Sunday Night Football, Denver defeated San Francisco 11-10.

    From the National Weather Service…


    Showers and thunderstorms likely.


    High near 63.


    Showers and thunderstorms.

    Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.


    A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 60.