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Man Dies in Ohio Crash on US 24 Near Perrysburg

Perrysburg, Ohio – The Toledo Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on US 24 near SR 64 in Waterville Township, near Perrysburg in Lucas County. The crash occurred on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 4:07 p.m. A 2006 Kenworth T800 was eastbound on US...

Four arrested for allegedly breaking into Maui Sands

SANDUSKY – Four individuals were arrested early Saturday morning after they allegedly broke into the abandoned Maui Sands hotel. According to a report from the Perkins Township Police Department, police responded to the Milan Road building for a report of four individuals making entry into the building. The complainant told police that he was standing outside the nearby Sleep Inn, when he observed flashlights in the lobby area.

Excessive 911 call volume prompted wait time to speak with operator

An excessive number of 911 calls into the call center after a Nov. 17 car crash resulted in extended wait times to speak with operators, The Lucas County 911 Regional Council of Governments has concluded following an internal investigation. The agency reviewed the incident following a Blade report about a caller who waited several minutes to speak to an operator to report a crash. John Billis of Sylvania Township called 911 after witnessing a car crash near his home, and was told through a recorded message to wait on the line until someone was available. It then took over two minutes for the operator to answer, which Mr. Billis said Monday was a “totally unacceptable” amount of time to speak to someone. According to a Sylvania Fire-EMS accident report dated Nov. 17, the emergency call was logged at 11:27 a.m. and rescue crews arrived on the scene eight minutes later at 11:35 a.m. The unconscious driver was then extracted from the vehicle, which sustained heavy damage, the report said.

Let the holidays begin!

FREMONT - The holiday season kicked off in Downtown Fremont last weekend with Santa Claus' arrival, the opening of Santa's House, and a community tree lighting event on Friday. This year's holiday theme for celebrations in Downtown Fremont is "Home Sweet Home, Christmas 2022." On Saturday, the holiday festivities included...

Ohio State Highway Patrol Norwalk Post Trooper of the Year announced

NORWALK – Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jordan Cole has been selected as the 2022 Trooper of the Year at the Norwalk Post. Fellow officers stationed at Norwalk chose Trooper Cole, 28, because of his “leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude, and cooperation with supervisors, peers, and the public.”

Sylvania man sentenced to 12 years in bicyclist's death

A Sylvania man was sentenced to serve up to 12 years in prison for striking and killing a bicyclist with his vehicle last year while intoxicated.  Brian Urbanski, 37, appeared before Judge Stacy Cook on Wednesday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court, where the judge sentenced him to serve a minimum of 8 of the 12 years in prison before being granted the possibility of parole. Urbanski’s driver’s license was also suspended for life, and he is forbidden from purchasing or owning a vehicle. Urbanski pleaded no contest on Monday to aggravated vehicular homicide. He originally faced four charges — two of aggravated vehicular homicide and two of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a controlled substance. He pleaded not guilty to all counts in November, 2021, and one year later, reached a plea agreement with the state. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that on March 6, 2021, Urbanski’s vehicle veered across West Bancroft Street in Springfield Township. He struck and fatally injured bicyclist Robert Rausch, 51, of Toledo, who was riding in the opposite direction. Mr. Rausch was pronounced dead at the scene, which was in the 7300 block of West Bancroft near Wimbledon Park Boulevard.

Port Clinton’s famed time keeper Dick Sneary celebrates 100th

PORT CLINTON — Dick Sneary, who kept Port Clinton running right on time for more than three decades, celebrated his 100th birthday at his Taft Street home last weekend with family and friends, and a little help from the Ottawa County Senior Resources. Sneary and his late wife, Eleanor,...

Tell Tales 12-1-22

This is a sad and happy week for us old-timers in Port Clinton Kiwanis. It is sad because of the passing of Vee Reifsnyder, who served as president of the local service club and was my mentor since I took over at the end of her term. Vee went on to hold many responsible positions at the state level. She was never without her traveling companion, her sister Glenda Phillabaum. Vee did much good in her service through Kiwanis.

La Calma headlines Tejano Toy Drive on December 3, 2022

Please bring an unwrapped toy to be redistributed to the community (donations NOT required for entry). Tickets can be purchased online at and in person at several local businesses. La Calma originated in 2007 on the South Side of San Antonio, Texas. Band owner Leonel Correa and partner Eddie...

Port Clinton’s 7th annual Sip & Shop bigger than ever

When Debbie Coppeler opened her downtown shop Unique for the 7th annual Port Clinton Sip & Shop on Saturday, Nov. 19, customers were already waiting at her door. “All I can say is fabulous. It’s so nice to see all the people walking around town, carrying packages,” Coppeler said. “I’m so excited. Port Clinton’s really coming along.”

We Are PC Job Fair at school Dec. 15, online Dec. 20

Port Clinton City Schools is looking for individuals who care about kids to join their dedicated team. At the We Are PC Job Fair guests will learn about the district, state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities, and meet district leaders. Along with teachers and recent or Spring 2023 graduates, the school district...

Marriage licenses: Ottawa County

The Ottawa County Probate Court recorded the following marriage license applications from Oct. 9 to Nov. 20:. Spencer Thomas Skaff, 25, farm worker, and Sydney Nicole Weisbecker, 28, accounting agent, both of Genoa. Joshua Dean Woods, 36, sales, and Collen Marie Staton, 38, RN, both of Genoa. Zachary T. Ferguson,...

Which northwest Ohio schools received grants for school safety and security?

TOLEDO, Ohio — Editor's note: The attached video is from an unrelated story that aired on Oct. 4, 2022. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Wednesday the third round of grants awarded as a part of the Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program, including a combined total of $1.8 million to Anthony Wayne, Maumee and Sylvania school districts, among other local schools.

I-15 Crash Snarls Traffic, Sends Car Spinning Into Median

(Washington City, UT) -- Several people are suffering from minor injuries after a hit-and-run on the I-15 sent a car spinning. Authorities say it happened by the Green Springs/Exit 10 interchange around 5:15 p.m Monday. A Nissan was hit by another car, and sent spinning across the lanes until it came to a stop on an off-ramp. Authorities say the vehicle's occupants were all wearing their seatbelts. The driver of the car that clipped the Nissan is unknown and did not stop. Several people were inside the car that crashed, including an 8-year-old. UHP Trooper Cameron Roden says all inside the vehicle were evaluated for injuries at the scene but not taken to the hospital.

Terra State to install new security cameras with state grant

FREMONT, Ohio — Security at schools and universities has been ramped up all over the country according to a report on CBS News' Eye on America. Northwest Ohio is no exception. A little over a year after Terra State Community College received state grant funding to improve security at campus entrances, surveillance cameras are now next.