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  • FRIDAY, MAY 26th, 2023

    During the Memorial Day weekend, the State Highway Patrol will be highly visible on Ohio’s roadways promoting traffic safety. 

    As motorists travel this weekend, troopers are reminding drivers to utilize their safety belts and to be responsible by designating a sober driver.

    Last year in Ohio, 15 fatal crashes killed 18 people during the Memorial Day weekend.

    Of those fatalities, 6 crashes and 7 fatalities were OVI-related.

    The Huron County Health Partners are once again sending out the Huron County Health Survey as a part of a community-wide health assessment process. 

    Select households in Huron County will be randomly selected to participate.

    Those randomly selected will first receive a notification letter in the mail from the Huron County Health Partners regarding the survey, with instructions to complete the survey online.

    The main objective of the survey is to monitor the health of Huron County through the collection and analysis of data on a broad range of health topics in order to create a snapshot of the health of Huron County residents.

    A Sandusky firefighter has resigned after allegedly stealing Pokemon trading cards. 

    According to the Sandusky Register, 27-year-old Chase Green of Sandusky pleaded not guilty to theft after police reportedly received a theft complaint at a Perkins Township business on Route 250 last week.

    Green resigned before he was scheduled for a disciplinary hearing.

    Parades and special programs will fill the Memorial Day weekend.

    The list includes…students from Avon Lake High School, visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Lorain County in Amherst.

    Tomorrow evening, they’ll be reading the names of the 98 soldiers from Lorain County who died in the service of their country in the Vietnam War.

    Memorial Day Weekend has arrived, with plenty to do! 

    The Port Clinton Walleye Festival is now underway, while the Norwalk Strawberry festival begins today and Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky fires its engines with first day festivities today.

    Help is on the way, to help the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office combat illegal drug activity.

    The Sheriff’s Office is one of 44 agencies statewide, to receive an Ohio Drug Law Enforcement Grant.

    In this case…nearly 120-thousand-dollars.

    If you’re opening up a pool this holiday weekend…Lorain County Public Health wants you to do it the right way.

    They’ve posted a list of reminders that include;

    • Keeping chemicals secure and away from children and pets
    • Following directions on product labels
    • And wearing protective gear when dealing with pool chemicals

    According to the CDC, about 45-hundred Americans end up in the emergency room every year from pool-related chemical injuries.

    The countdown is on, to the 97th National Spelling Bee in Washington D-C.

    Competition begins Sunday for the top spellers in 7th and 8th grades.

    Bridgette Smith of Durling Middle School in Sheffield will represent Lorain County.


    -The Cleveland Guardians host the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at 7:10 pm on 95.3 WLKR.

    From the National Weather Service…


    Sunny, with a high near 66.


    Mostly clear, with a low around 46.


    Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.


    Partly sunny, with a high near 74.

    Memorial Day – Monday

    Sunny, with a high near 77.

  • THURSDAY, MAY 25th, 2023

    A 25-year-old Sandusky man was killed by a train Wednesday afternoon. 

    According to the Sandusky Register, Arthur Weyer, Junior was struck by a train near the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Huntington Avenue.

    Police say Weyer waited for a westbound train to go by, then was hit by an eastbound train while attempting to walk across the tracks.

    The tracks in that area are private property and illegal to cross by pedestrians.

    A wood-pile fire in Norwalk was too close for comfort. 

    The Norwalk Reflector reports that the fire on Seminary Road was extinguished by firefighters before it could spread to a nearby barn and garage.

    The fire started in a burn barrel and got into a pile of wood, said fire officials.

    Damage was done to a backhoe and tractor.

    No one was hurt.

    The Elyria Council of Veterans wants to make sure, veterans can take part in the city’s Memorial Day parade even if they are unable to walk the full mile.

    The Veterans Council has teamed up with the Lorain County Visitors Bureau, to offer a trolley for those veterans who want to ride along the parade route.

    After the parade, the trolley will take the veterans to American Legion Post 12 for an hour of friendship and beverages, then return them to the city hall parking lot between 12:30 and 1.

    The Strawberry Festival gets underway tomorrow in Norwalk. 

    In preparation, Main Street will close at 4 pm today between Milan Avenue/Woodlawn Avenue to Case Avenue/Church Street.

    Also, the parking lot in Suhr Park will close at 4 pm today.

    All locations will open back up on Monday morning.

    Send off ceremonies today in Springfield Ohio…for nearly 300 members of the Ohio Army National Guard.

    Two units have been called up, to support the U-S Central Command.

    It’s festival time in Port Clinton.

    The 42nd annual Walleye Festival starts up this evening at Waterworks Park.

    The event includes live music, festival food, a Grande Parade, a Kids Fishing Derby and much more.

    It runs through Sunday.

    Family, friends and fans are mourning the death of singer Tina Turner…she died yesterday at the age of 83.

    Tina was born in Brownsville Tennessee…as was her uncle…former Elyria City Councilman Leo Bullocks.

    He served on council for 20 years…passing away in 1992.


    -The Cleveland Guardians lost 6-0 on Wednesday to the Chicago White Sox.

    From the National Weather Service…


    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.


    Mostly clear, with a low around 44.


    Sunny, with a high near 66.

  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 24th, 2023

    The City of Sandusky has announced that the Columbus Avenue underpass is set to reopen to two-way traffic by the end of this week.

    Officials say that work has started on milling the pavement with asphalt paving and lane striping over the next few days planned.

    The exact reopening date will be announced later this week.

    The underpass has been closed to two-way traffic for over 6 months due to a train derailment.

    Demolition is back as a possibility for the former Maui Sands indoor water park in Sandusky.

    According to the Sandusky Register, Perkins Township officials have voted to hold a future public hearing on the demolition of Maui Sands due to receiving a proposal from the current property owner delaying the securing of the property.

    A former Elyria police officer is facing additional charges in connection with an alleged assault on a 16-year-old driver when he worked as a police officer in East Cleveland.

    25-year-old Tristan Homan of Huron and 2 other former East Cleveland police officers have been indicted by a grand jury in Cuyahoga County.

    Homan pled ‘not guilty’ in March to the initial charges.

    The State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to be safe on the road this holiday weekend.

    Triple-A is predicting that 42.3 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home during the holiday, a 7 percent increase over 2022.

    Last year, 17 people died on Ohio roads during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

    The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be keeping a close eye on the roads with an extra emphasis on seat belt violations, impaired or distracted drivers, and speeding.

    The Oberlin School Board has gone on the record…

    They oppose devaluation of the NEXUS natural gas pipeline.

    Schools’ treasurer Robert Rinehart says, the resolution was requested by County Auditor Craig Snodgrass.

    School systems in a dozen counties would lose anticipated revenue if the pipeline is de-valued.

    In November, voters in Amherst will elect a new city auditor.

    The current auditor…Derek Pittak…is stepping down next month…moving out of the city.

    Pittak has served as city auditor since 2018.

    U-Haul to build a new moving and self-storage center in Port Clinton…

    A new U-Haul retail, moving and self-storage facility is coming to an undeveloped site on Route 163 West between Dianna’s Deli and Restaurant and the Sleep Hollows Family Campground.

    U-Haul Moving and Storage of Port Clinton is scheduled for completion in 2025.

    Sandusky’s famous red popcorn wagon has returned for the season.

    Placed in Washington Park, the wagon will again be operated by the Sandusky State Theatre this summer.

    The Red Popcorn Wagon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, having been in Washington Park since 1910.


    -The Cleveland Guardians lost to the Chicago White Sox last night, 4-2.  The teams wrap up their series this afternoon at 1:10 at Progressive Field on 95.3 WLKR.

    From the National Weather Service…


    Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.


    Mostly clear, with a low around 46.


    Sunny, breezy, with a high near 59.

  • TUESDAY, MAY 23rd, 2023

    The Norwalk Post of the State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle intersection crash that happened Monday afternoon.

    It happened at the intersection of Route 20 and Route 4 in Lyme Township in Huron County.

    Troopers say 58-year-old Jeannette Waibel of Willard was driving on Route 4 when she entered the intersection of Route 20 and was struck by a semi.

    Waibel was taken by medical helicopter to a Toledo hospital.

    A man from suburban Brooklyn has been sentenced to 6 to 9 years in prison for a fatal crash nearly 2 years ago in Columbia Township.

    Prosecutors argued, 33-year-old Kendal Lipke was driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he drove left-of-center on East River Road and struck an oncoming car, killing 52-year-old Chuck Thall of Strongsville.

    Elyria Fire Chief Joe Pronesti is urging all residents…make sure you have a working smoke detector.

    This…after another house fire this past weekend…on Neufer Court.

    Chief Pronesti says, luckily, everyone got out safely…as there was no working smoke detector in the house.

    There have been 9 fatal fires in Elyria since 2021.

    The Ohio Turnpike is set to host a customer appreciation event this Friday.

    According to the Sandusky Register, it will take place near Clyde at the Commodore Perry Service Plaza from 10:30 am to 2 pm.

    State Highway Patrol troopers and turnpike officials will be on hand educating the public about road safety.

    Discounted and free food and snacks will be there too.

    Similar events are planned at different service plazas throughout the summer.

    The possible creation of an Assistant Police Chief position is planned to be discussed tonight by Norwalk City Council. 

    The Norwalk Reflector reports that officials say that no one will be appointed to the new position until at least after the date of Captain Jim Fulton’s retirement on June 2nd.

    The Assistant Police Chief would serve as Active Chief in absence of the Police Chief.

    Current Norwalk Police Chief Dave Smith recently announced his retirement, effective in September.

    Sandusky City Commission has awarded a Key to the City to Reverend Thomas Darden.

    Darden was Sandusky’s first elected African-American City Commissioner and first African-American City Commission President.

    It’s graduation day for seniors from Elyria High School.

    Commencement ceremonies are set for this evening at Ely Stadium.

    Parking is limited at the stadium due to nearby construction, so the school system will offer shuttle buses from the high school, the Eastern Heights campus and from the Elyria Board of Education.

    Memorial Day looks like the day to go fishing in Monroeville.

    The police department there is sponsoring “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” event at 11 am at Clark Park.

    The free fishing day is open to all residents and will include access to rods, reels and bait.

    Refreshments will also be provided.

    This Saturday, Willard Fire and Rescue will open its doors to the public.

    They’ll be hosting an open house event from 11 to 2.

    The event will include fire station tours, equipment demonstrations, kid’s activities and more.

    If you’ve driven down Lake Road in Avon Lake…you’ve seen signs announcing future construction.

    A week from today, milling will begin on the east end of the city and head westward.

    It’s part of this year’s re-paving project.


    -The Cleveland Guardians shut out the Chicago White Sox last night, defeating Chicago 3-0.

    From the National Weather Service…


    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.


    Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.


    Mostly sunny, breezy, with a high near 76.

  • MONDAY, MAY 22nd, 2023

    A fatal crash in Berlin Township…

    It happened just after 9:30 last night on Route 61.

    The Highway Patrol says, 80-year-old William Hildebrand was walking across Route 61 when he was struck and killed by an oncoming motorist.

    The crash remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed.

    Today, a suburban Brooklyn man is scheduled to return to Lorain County Common Pleas Court to receive his sentence for a fatal crash in Columbia Township nearly 2 years ago.

    33-year-old Kendal Lipke had pled ‘guilty’ to several charges.

    Lipke was accused of driving left-of-center on East River Road and killing an oncoming driver…52-year-old Chuck Thall of Strongsville.

    A Sandusky man convicted in connection with the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Sandusky man has been sentenced.

    According to the Sandusky Register, 20-year-old Jacob Owens faces life in prison with parole options in 36 years.

    Owens was convicted last month on an aggravated murder charge in the 2021 death of Tajour Tye.

    Construction on a bridge project in Huron County begins today. 

    The Huron County Engineer’s Office says the Auster Road Bridge Truss Replacement Project in Wakeman Township will take about 90 days to complete.  

    The 1 million dollar project is funded fully by a federal grant.

    You can get on, but you can’t get off…the Ohio Turnpike that is…at Baumhart Road.

    The exit ramps will be closed through June for what the turnpike commission calls, ‘toll collection system upgrades’.

    It’s part of a massive construction project, updating toll plaza interchanges across the state.

    A big-time retailer is headed to the Sandusky Mall…

    The nation’s leading off-price home décor store, HomeGoods, will open a new location at the Sandusky Mall Complex by early 2024.

    The retailer will occupy more than 22,000 square feet in a location in the Sandusky Pavilion section of the complex, between Ulta Beauty and Old Navy.


    -The Cleveland Guardians lost both games of a day-night doubleheader at the New York Mets yesterday, 5-4 and 2-1.

    From the National Weather Service…


    Sunny, with a high near 76.


    Mostly clear, with a low around 52.


    Sunny, with a high near 80.