TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH, 2020

The latest on the Corona Virus pandemic…

Ohio now has 50 cases of COVID-19, as of Monday afternoon; 3 of those in Lorain County and 2 in Medina County.

The White House has advised people to avoid groups of more than 10.

Governor Mike DeWine has issued an order to close gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, bowling alleys, indoor water parks and movie theaters across the state until further notice. DeWine said that grocery stores will remain open and that residents will have access to the essentials in life.

Lorain County Common Pleas Court judges have decided to delay trials for several weeks, except for one that’s already underway. Payments on current cases can still be made online.

Norwalk City Hall is closed to the public, effective immediately, until further notice. Water and sewer bills can be dropped off by utilizing the City’s drop box.

Effective today and until further notice, City of Sandusky buildings will be closed to the public.

The Milan-Berlin Public Library has closed through at least April 5th.

The Cleveland Catholic Diocese has suspended publicly-celebrated mass through Easter.

The Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Tool Time’ fundraiser scheduled for April 18th has been postponed.

 

It’s Election Day…but not in Ohio.

Republican Governor Mike DeWine has won a battle against a Democratic judge in Franklin County, moving today’s primary election to June 2nd.

The judge ruled yesterday, the election should be held today, as scheduled.

Late last night, the Ohio Department of Health declared a health emergency, over-ruling the judge.

 

Huron County Public Health is offering guidance regarding testing for Corona Virus.

They say you must be evaluated by a healthcare provider to see if you should be tested; but the health department does not have the ability to test or determine if you should be tested.

Health officials say that the Ohio Department of Health has limited testing kits reserved for those who are severely ill; but private and commercial labs are also offering testing with a physician’s order.

Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

 

A scam alert concerning the Corona Virus…

Authorities are warning of a scam where people are receiving texts and emails to reserve a vaccine for COVID-19.

The scam artists are then asking for a credit card or social security number.

Law enforcement says there is no such thing as a vaccine reserve program and that is a scam.

 

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and you know what that means…

This year, not much.

You’re pretty much limited to self-celebrations at home.

No parades, and bars and dine-in restaurants are closed.

 

Some grocery stores are trying to protect seniors, by offering special shopping hours just for them.

Other businesses are firing out emails, alerting customers of what they’re doing to maximize health-safety in their facilities.

Some are closing altogether…Men’s Warehouse through the end of the month…but employees will still be paid.

 

One injured, two seriously hurt…in a two vehicle crash early Monday in Erie County’s Margaretta Township.

The State Highway Patrol says 62-year-old Timothy Schwanger of Sandusky’s vehicle was struck in the driver’s side by another vehicle as he was coming off the Route 2 ramp and attempting to make a left turn onto Route 101.

That’s when he was hit by the vehicle of 19-year-old Jocelyn Cherry of Sandusky; who authorities say ran a red light.

Cherry and passenger, 18-year-old Storm Lanier of Sandusky, were both taken to Cleveland Metro with serious injuries…while Schwanger was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center.

Authorities believe alcohol and/or drugs played a factor.

 

The U-S Marshall’s Office is searching for a resident of North Olmsted.

They’ve named 19 year old Gabriel Ortiz, their “Fugitive of the Week”.

Ortiz is accused of using brass knuckles to beat a Cleveland man during a dust-up, nearly one year ago.

 

In Medina County, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is asking all pet owners to have a back-up care-plan in place for their pets NOW, in the event they fall ill or cannot care for their pet.

They recommend that you secure a pre-arranged caretaker just in case you need help.

 

A temporary road closure in Erie County to report…

Perkins Avenue, at the railroad grade crossing in Huron Township, is closed due to an early morning traffic crash.

 

A 5-county planning agency has endorsed plans for trail and sidewalk projects in Avon, Bay Village, Elyria and Grafton.

NOACA hopes to set aside more than 1-million-dollars for the connectors.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Scattered showers this morning.

Partly cloudy, with a high near 51.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 32.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 54.

 

Thursday

Rain showers likely. High near 66.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 16TH, 2020

The latest on the Corona Virus…

As of yesterday afternoon, there were 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio; with 361 people under investigation. 11 different counties in the state have reported cases…Cuyahoga has the most with 14 while just recently announced were Lorain with 2 and Medina with 1.

The Centers for Disease Control are recommending that gatherings of 50 or more people should be prohibited for the next 8 weeks.

Governor Mike DeWine put in an order last night to close down all bars and restaurants in Ohio; with takeout and delivery still allowed.

Most local schools have decided to close today; even though the 3-week government shutdown of schools doesn’t go into effect until tomorrow.

The Norwalk Fire Station has closed to the general public; with emergency walk-ins still accepted. Firefighters in Norwalk say they’ll be wearing special “N95” masks and goggles on respiratory calls; and for the public not to be alarmed by them.

Columbia Gas has suspended shutoffs for nonpayment issues during this time.
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Erie County has formed an Emergency Operations Center in hopes of keeping the county safe, healthy and with minimal disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The center is made-up of 17 stakeholders; combining the resources of law enforcement and first responders, Township officials, Firelands Regional Medical Center and Cedar Point.

The group plans on opening a call center in Erie County by Tuesday.
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A road closure this morning in Erie County…

Route 101 at Route 2 is temporarily closed due to a traffic crash.

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Officials in Perkins Township are looking to install a crosswalk in a high-traffic area.

According to the Sandusky Register, discussions have taken place about putting a crosswalk on Route 250 by Kalahari Resorts’ main entrance at the intersection across from the gas station.

This comes after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car in that area.

Officials hope to have the crosswalk started soon and finished by the summer.
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With the Primary Election looming tomorrow in the state of Ohio, now’s your last day to vote early.

In Huron County, you can vote absentee today from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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Huron County officials have announced a road closure…

In Greenfield Township…Bauman Road, between Route 99 and Peru Center Road, will be closed for the next 6 weeks due to bridge deck repairs.
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Increasing clouds, with a high near 50.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers.

Cloudy, with a low around 39.

 

Tuesday

A slight chance of showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

 

Wednesday

Showers likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

 

Friday, March 13th, 2020

The latest information on the Corona Virus in Ohio…

The CDC is expanding criteria, for people who may receive a test for the Corona Virus. The feds are also expanding the number of those who can conduct the tests. One of those will be the Cleveland Clinic.

The state now has 5 confirmed cases of Corona Virus; which involves a 55-year-old Trumbull County man who is currently hospitalized.

Schools throughout Ohio will shut down for 3 weeks following classes on Monday.

Governor Mike DeWine announced that an order has been signed to prohibit mass gatherings in the state; including sporting events.

The Ohio Department of Health is expected to soon release an order to ban visitors to nursing and assisted living homes.
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More fallout from the Corona Virus…

Fisher-Titus in Norwalk is restricting visitors at Norwalk Memorial Home, Fisher-Titus Transitional Care Unit, and The Carriage House; effectively immediately.

The Norwalk Area Food Bank will be open next week, Monday through Thursday, before closing for 2 weeks.
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Each day brings new cancellations and/or postponements…

  • Students at Oberlin College have been told, they have to move out of dorms by Monday
  • Students at Ohio State have been told, they have to move out of dorms by March 22nd.
  • The Lorain Public Library System is suspending all programs until further notice.
  • Norwalk’s Parks and Recreation Department has postponed their Friday Fun Nights until further notice.
  • “Live Nation” is suspending all concerts until further notice.
  • The Great Lakes Science Center is closing until further notice.
  • Disney is closing its U-S theme parks

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Erie County Common Pleas Court has set a date for a third trial of a Sandusky pastor accused of child sex offenses.

According to the Sandusky Register, 58-year-old Richard Mick of Castalia will face another jury trial on August 10th.

The former pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church was sentenced to life in prison in his first trial in 2016 before an appeals court reversed that decision.

The second trial for Mick was then declared a mistrial in July of last year.

Mick is facing 12 felony sex charges regarding 3 victims, who were children and part of his church at the time.

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The Lorain County Grand Jury has indicted four young men…three from Elyria, one from Grafton…for an armed robbery in Elyria.

They were arrested after a man told police, he was robbed at gunpoint while walking to work near East Bridge and East River, in January.

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Outgoing Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson will be recognized for his several years of service later this morning.

Mayor Dave Light will be presenting Soisson with a proclamation at the Norwalk Fire Station’s training room.

Soisson had to step down last June after suffering a stroke; but is putting in one last ceremonial shift today.

Soisson first became Norwalk Fire Chief in 2013.
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The 2020 Census is fast approaching; with invitation to respond letters expected to arrive in the mail to residents any time now.

Beginning April 8th, households that have not yet responded will receive a paper questionnaire.

Starting in mid-May, census officials across the nation will visit households that haven’t responded to collect responses in person.
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The Norwalk Parks and Rec Department will go to voters with a levy request on Tuesday.

Parks and Rec Superintendent Joe Lindenberger told WLKR/K96 News that the 1.75 mill tax levy is a combination of the 3 current levies they have on the books.

The money generated would go to operations and maintenance.

The levy request went down in narrow defeat last fall.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Partly cloudy, breezy, with a high near 47.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 32.

 

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

 

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 40.

 

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

The latest on the Corona Virus…

President Trump has suspended travel from Europe to the U-S for 30 days…the announcement made last night during an address to the nation.

Also last night…NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has suspended the season until further notice after an NBA player tested positive.

Earlier in the day, Governor Mike DeWine placed new restrictions on large events. This…after a 4th case of Corona Virus was reported…this time, in the Canton area.

DeWine also placed restrictions on visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

We now even have our first celebrity case of the Corona Virus in Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson; who are quarantined in Australia…as Tom is there, shooting a movie about Elvis.

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Many events, large and small, are being cancelled or postponed…

They include;

  • The Lorain County Office on Aging annual meeting
  • The “Good Morning Oberlin” program
  • The Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day parade
  • The Ohio Power Sitting Board’s public hearings regarding the Emerson Creek Wind Farm and electric transmission line in Erie and Huron counties
  • Most schools throughout the area have canceled events with large gatherings and after-school activities for the next 30 days

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Margaretta Schools have announced they’ll be closed on Friday.

The closure is in order to conduct an all staff, in-service training regarding Coronavirus preparedness.
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Primary Election Day is next Tuesday; and it’s a big day for Norwalk Senior Enrichment Services.

Executive Director Steve Beal told WLKR/K96 News that there will be 2 levies on the ballot next week…for a new building on Shady Line Drive and for building maintenance.

Senior Services first went to Norwalk voters with a levy request for a new building in 2015.

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Street resurfacing is coming to Norwalk.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that about 5 miles of roads will be resurfaced this summer.

The worst of those, according to Director of Public Works Wally Ritchie, is East Seminary and Water Street.

The cost of the project…over a half-million dollars.

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The Lorain County Board of Elections is moving 7 polling places in 5 communities in time for Tuesday’s primary election.

Monday, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose banned voting at residential nursing home facilities.

In Lorain County, the move impacts more than 11-thousand voters in Amherst, Avon, Elyria, North Ridgeville and Oberlin.

You can find a complete list of NEW polling places in today’s Chronicle Telegram.

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The City of Sandusky has announced that they’ve earmarked $65,000 for public art projects in 2020.

According to the Sandusky Register, the projects include an art gallery at City Hall, a graffiti wall and “The Lake Erie Monster”; a water-based public art project.

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City officials in Elyria hope to have the new fountain on Eeelee Square, up and pumping, by mid-May.

Work began last year.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

 

Tonight

Rain. Low around 40.

 

Friday

Partly cloudy and breezy, with a high near 46.

 

Saturday

A chance of afternoon showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42.

 

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Huron County Public Health has given their response to the coronavirus being now in Ohio.

Health officials say no events will be restricted at this time; but everyone should consider their own physical condition and make their own responsible decisions.

They also say that nothing that you are hearing from the media should lead to panic, but it is a reason to take all the precautions you can.

Those precautions include… washing your hands more frequently than you think you need to, trying not to touch your face or your food without washing or disinfecting your hands first and avoiding close contact with those who are sick.

The elderly and those with underlying conditions are tremendously more likely to have complications if they are infected by the virus.
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The fallout continues from the coronavirus in Ohio…as Governor Mike DeWine has recommended the limiting of large indoor gatherings.

– Fears of the virus will have an impact on next week’s primary election. Some polling places are being relocated…bring moved out of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

-Vermilion Schools will be closed to students on Friday as staff will be taking part in a practice exercise regarding remote learning for students.

-Numerous colleges around the state have canceled in-person classes in favor of online learning.

-The Ohio High School Athletic Association will hold their postseason and state tournaments with limited attendance…as only a few family members of student-athletes and coaches will be allowed to attend.

-This week’s Mid-American Basketball Tournament in Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse will be closed to the public.
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A pair of men were taken into custody by police near the Ohio-Michigan border after allegedly breaking into a home in Erie County and stealing firearms.

According to the Sandusky Register, 50-year-old Kenya Hall and 28-year-old Leslie Gumm face charges of complicity to burglary and complicity to firearm theft.

The incident in question reportedly took place on Route 4 in Groton Township.
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It’s back to the drawing board, for organizers of a petition-drive, to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has rejected the ‘wording’ on the petition.

Supporters have until July 1st to resubmit new petitions.

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Job-cuts are coming to the Lorain City Schools…

CEO Greg Ring has announced; 45 positions will be eliminated and 25 new ones will be created.

Effective July 31st, the following will be gone;
-All chief positions
-All dean positions
-Some director positions
-Other specific administrative positions

Ring says, there will be a return to a more traditional administrative model which will include assistant principals, school principals and curriculum support personnel.

He says, the moves are being made to better serve the students, in line with a five year financial forecast.

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It appears, renovation of a building that will become the new home of the Keystone/LaGrange branch of the Elyria Public Library System is running ahead of schedule.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, a grand opening is planned for June.

A full report in today’s C-T…

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Huron County officials want residents to know about early voting hours ahead of Tuesday’s election.

From 8:00 am to 7:00 pm today through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, and from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Monday.
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There’s a new member of New London City Council.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Adam Gullett has been selected by Council to fill the void of Bill Curtis, who resigned last month.

Gullett will finish Curtis’ 4-year term following Curtis’ re-election this past November.
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The City of Willard is asking residents to complete a 7-question survey regarding this November’s Park and Recreation levy renewal.

A link to the survey can be found on the City of Willard’s Facebook page.
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The Norwalk Area United Fund is now accepting applications for their 2021 funding cycle.

Charitable organizations, churches and other entities that are tax exempt and have been in existence for at least 2 years are eligible to apply.

Programs must serve the communities of Monroeville, Norwalk and/or Wakeman communities.
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Patchy fog this morning.

A slight chance of rain and snow showers.

Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.

 

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

 

Friday

A chance of rain early.

Mostly sunny, breezy, with a high near 48.

 

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency for Ohio in connection with Monday’s announcement of the first 3 cases of coronavirus in the state.

DeWine says the state of emergency allows state departments and agencies to better coordinate in their response.

The three individuals with the virus, each in their 50’s, live in Cuyahoga County and have had known contact with others who have a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus.
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Police in Sandusky are seeking a man wanted on charges of aggravated menacing, child endangering and domestic violence.

According to the Sandusky Register, 34-year-old Lee Riehl of Sandusky is accused of assaulting a woman and threatening to kill her and her children.
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No word yet, on what sparked a house fire on Gifford Road in Camden Township…

No one was hurt in yesterday’s fire…

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The U.S. Coast Guard’s Marblehead Station had to escort over one-hundred people that were stranded on an ice-floe off Catawba Island State Park Monday morning.

No one was hurt.
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St. Patrick’s Day is one week from today…and the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office has announced the return of its Arrive Alive safe ride service.

Free rides will be offered within Lorain County from 6am St. Patrick’s Day until 3am Wednesday.

The Arrive Alive program is paid for, with money seized from drug dealers that has been forfeited to the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office.

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A road closure is underway in Willard.

Coder Road, between Section Line 30 and Bigham Road, shut down yesterday for a bridge deck replacement.

It’s scheduled to be closed for approximately 2 weeks.
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A reminder…the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge in downtown Lorain will be closed through 7 o’clock tomorrow morning for alignment-work.

Detour signs will be posted…

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It’s now up to Elyria City Council to decide whether construction of a new public library downtown, will move forward.

Last night, the Planning Commission voted 3 to 1 in favor of design-plans.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram

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Sandusky Transit has released their February ridership numbers; which show a major increase from the same time a year ago.

There were more than 19,000 rides this past February; up 41 ½ percent over 2019 and an increase of 261 percent from 2018.
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A storm spotter training event from the National Weather Service is planned for next week in Sandusky County.

It will take place March 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Sandusky Job and Family Services in Fremont.

It’s free and open to the public.
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Fisher-Titus will again host ‘Couch to 5K’, a free 9-week program to help participants prepare for their first 5K run-walk.

An informational session will take place next Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. in the Community Room at the Ernsthausen Community Center in Norwalk.

The program will conclude with participants running in the Strawberry Scamper 5K on May 23rd during the Strawberry Festival in Norwalk.
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers, mainly in the morning. Breezy.

Temperatures falling to around 47 by afternoon.

 

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around 33.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers in the afternoon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

 

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health have announced the state’s protocol for maximizing coronavirus testing resources now that in-state testing is available.

DeWine said they are prioritizing the patients who are the most vulnerable to be tested; while ensuring those that need coronavirus testing will be able to be tested.

There are no confirmed cases in Ohio; with 4 people currently under investigation.
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To help reduce the spread of influenza and flu-like illnesses, the Bellevue Hospital has announced temporary visitor restrictions, effective immediately.

The Bellevue Hospital requests children under the age of 18 not visit patient care areas in the hospital.

In addition, anyone who is sick should remain at home and not visit patients at the hospital.
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The threat of the coronavirus is impacting higher education.

Overseas organization that host study abroad programs for Oberlin College are putting those programs on ‘hold’.

…the same at Bowling Green State University…

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A Berlin Heights man was arrested over the weekend while reportedly racking up his sixth OVI.

According to the Sandusky Register, 35-year-old Joseph Story allegedly fled from the scene of a one-vehicle crash after his SUV ended up on its roof.

Authorities say Story was located walking down Route 113 after the accident occurred on Route 61.

His prior OVIs date back to 2005.
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Three residents of Lorain County are due in court today on drug charges.

This…after a raid Friday on a home on West 17th in Lorain.

Two people from Lorain and one from Elyria were arrested.

Police say, they confiscated suspected drugs, cash and five semi-automatic handguns.

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The City of Norwalk’s Board of Control is scheduled to meet this morning at City Hall.

On the agenda…open bids for Phase 4 of the 2020 Old State Widening Project…and the 2020 Firefighters Communication Equipment Project.
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The Huron County Engineer’s Office says they’re looking forward to a busy construction season in 2020.

They announced that they’ll have over $2.5 million in bridge projects planned and over $3.5 million in paving projects scheduled.
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Tomorrow, residents who live near Lorain High School might notice a large number of police and first responders at the school.

Lorain Police will lead a state-mandated safety-drill.

The drill will be part of a staff development day…there will be NO students in the school.

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The Salvation Army’s Willard location is no more.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the building on Crestwood Drive shut down earlier this month due to monetary issues.

The organization’s emergency assistance programs will still be available to local residents.
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The City of Willard has been awarded $300,000 in grant money for home repairs.

The money is intended for those with low income who are unable to rehab or repair their home.

Repairs include electrical, plumbing, roof work, ADA modifications and structural issues.

WillardOhio.us has all of the eligibility guidelines.
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Increasing clouds, breezy, with a high near 64.

 

Tonight

Rain, breezy. Low around 52.

 

Tuesday

Rain, mainly in the morning. High near 54.

 

Wednesday

A slight chance of rain and snow showers.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

 

Friday, March 6th, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine joined 38 governors in sending a letter to Congressional leaders in support of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.

In the letter, the governors stated that the health and well-being of our residents is our primary concern; and it is imperative that we have adequate resources and funding to respond to this rapidly developing public health emergency.

 

The U-S Department of Justice says, they have reached a settlement with a company that operates 32 properties in Ohio, including one in Amherst, one in Huron and another in Port Clinton.

Epcon Communities must pay up to 2-point-2-million-dollars to correct inaccessible features at Quarry Lakes in Amherst, Fairway Villas in Port Clinton, and Sanctuary at Plum Brook in Huron.

Corrections include; removing steps, providing accessible parking, and replacing steeply-sloped walkways.

 

The city of Elyria wants to make sure…old, historic buildings along Broad Street…are safe.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, building-inspectors will hit the streets Monday.

This, after bricks fell in recent weeks…from several downtown buildings.

 

An Elyria man faces drug charges after police searched a home on Kenwood.

33-year-old Dante Tillman was taken to the Lorain County Jail.

Police say, they confiscated cash and suspected drugs.

 

Another splash pad could be coming to the city of Norwalk.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Mayor Dave Light has met with The Restore Norwalk group about an all-accessible splash pad for children with and without disabilities.

A couple of locations have been thrown around; including downtown or at a residential park.

Norwalk’s first splash pad, located at the rec center, opened 2 years ago.

 

This is “Weights and Measures Week” in Erie County.

Erie County’s Weights and Measures Program inspects over 2,300 weighing and measuring devices in commercial use at businesses around the county; including cash registers, deli scales and gas pumps.

The theme for this year’s Weights and Measures Week is “Building Weights and Measures’ Future by Sharing Our Knowledge.”

 

A new tenant is coming to a new storefront in downtown Sandusky.

According to the Sandusky Register, Firelands Federal Credit Union has signed a lease to open up their 6th branch, to be located on Columbus Avenue next to City Hall and underneath the Columbus Avenue Lofts.

The branch is expected to have 4 employees.

 

Now hiring…the City of Sandusky.

They’re looking for seasonal workers in various capacities; including horticulture, recreation and streets and traffic.

Applications can be found at City Hall or online at www.cityofsandusky.com.

They’ll begin reviewing applications March 20th.

 

A local, former American Idol star is headed back to Clyde for another show.

Crystal Bowersox will perform at Clyde High School this Saturday night; put on by Clyde’s Communities for the Arts.

Bowersox, who attended Oak Harbor High School, was the runner-up in Season 9 of Idol.

 

The Wizard World Comic Con opens today at the Cleveland Convention Center.

The 6th annual festival will feature animation and gaming, and will showcase actors Lou Ferrigno of TV’s Incredible Hulk and Emily Swallow of The Mandalorian.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of light snow showers.

Cloudy, breezy, with a high near 36.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of snow showers.

Partly cloudy, blustery, with a low around 25.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 42.

 

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 58.

 

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

The Corona Virus has now killed 11 Americans.

Yesterday, Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell and EMA/Homeland Security Director Tom Kelley addressed the commissioners, with Dave Covell saying, ‘prepare, don’t panic’ …and…’cover your cough, wash your hands, and if you’re sick, stay home’.

 

Sandusky Police are looking into a report of shots fired at a car Tuesday night.

According to the Sandusky Register, the incident reportedly took place close to the intersection of Hancock and East Washington Streets.

No one was hurt.

 

The Huron County Safe Communities Coalition has released its latest fatal crash report.

Authorities are congratulating Huron County residents for driving safe and sober for the second month in a row, keeping the total number of Huron County fatal crashes at zero for 2020; and down 2 when compared to 2019.

 

Norwalk Police are looking for a man wanted for drug trafficking.

If you know the whereabouts of Malcolm Ott, you’re asked to contact authorities.

A photo of Ott is posted on the Norwalk Police Department Facebook page.

 

Changes could be coming to fire protection in the city of Medina.

According to the Medina Gazette, Fire Chief Bob Painter would like to increase staffing and the number of hours covered.

Currently, the Medina Fire Department has 3 full-time employees and about 40 part-timers.

A full report in the Medina Gazette

 

An agreement between the city of Oberlin and Pittsfield Township is clearing the way for annexation.

It calls for the transfer of 36 acres from the township to the city…land used by Omega Health Services and the Alpha House, for an addiction recovery home for men.

The acreage is located on Route 58, north of Route 20.

 

An anti-robocall initiative was launched yesterday by Attorney General Dave Yost.

Yost announced the formation of a Robocall Enforcement Unit and the development of a tool that lets consumers report malicious robocalls to his office.

Ohioans were hit with an estimated 2.2 billion robocalls in 2019, according to YouMail, a service that tracks robocall traffic.

 

Project Noelle, who supports children affected by the opioid crisis, is holding their third annual Easter Basket Giveaway.

Sign-ups are going on now through April 1st for children up to age 12.

All you need to do to sign up is email your child’s first name, age, boy or girl and city…to [email protected].

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 51.

Tonight

A chance of rain and light snow.

Increasing clouds, with a low around 33.

Friday

Light snow likely with a chance of rain.

Cloudy, breezy, with a high near 37.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 42.

 

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

A Wakeman man has been indicted by the Huron County Grand Jury on multiple charges.

According to the Sandusky Register, 45-year-old Christopher Love is facing charges of domestic violence, kidnapping and 2 counts of abduction.

Love is accused of holding a family member against her will and assaulting her last October.
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The Corona Virus…the focus on several fronts in Lorain County…

Today, Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell and EMA/Homeland Security Director Tom Kelley are scheduled to update the Lorain County Commissioners on preparedness.

Meanwhile, Lorain Schools’ interim CEO Greg Ring has sent out an Email, on what school officials are doing, to reduce the risk of anyone, getting the virus.

——————————————————————————- Fears of the Corona Virus have prompted state officials and Arnold Schwarzenegger to cancel most of this week’s annual sports and body-building festival in Columbus.

The annual event attacks more than 20-thousand athletes from around the world, and attracts more than 250-thousand fans.

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Some more info concerning the Columbus Avenue bridge replacement project in Sandusky…

Columbus Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Bell Avenue to King Avenue; starting March 19th, through the duration of the project.

Bell and King Avenues will remain accessible.

The project, which will replace the bridge over Pipe Creek, is expected to last until at least the summer.

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Members of the Plymouth Police Department have been noticed by the state in connection with pedestrian and traffic safety.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Chief Tom Hintz, Captain Montel Gordon and Officer Terry Shean have received the Community Traffic Safety Gold Award from Triple-A (AAA) East Central.

The award was given in relation to various safety efforts by Plymouth Police including Safety Town, motorcycle safety campaigns and “Don’t Text and Drive” and “Click it or Ticket” signs posted throughout the village.
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Some help could be on the way regarding prescription drug prices in Ohio.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has joined a bipartisan coalition of 46 attorneys general supporting states’ rights to regulate and address the rising cost of prescription drugs.
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It appears two schools systems in Medina County are at risk of not receiving as much new tax revenue as expected.

The NEXUS Gas Transmission Company is asking the Ohio Department of Taxation, to lower its tax valuation.

If that happens, the Cloverleaf Schools and the Medina Schools would receive less money than expected.

A full report in the Medina Gazette

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A job fair hosted by Goodwill and other agencies is set for today at Port Clinton High School.

Students can attend the job-finding event from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, with the job fair open to the public from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
—————————————————————————— A program aimed to help you relax better is coming to Norwalk next week.

The Carriage House of Fisher-Titus will be hosting “Relaxation Techniques and Self-Care” event on Tuesday at 1:30 pm.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of rain and light snow showers.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 45.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of late afternoon showers.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

 

Friday

A chance of rain and light snow showers.

Cloudy, with a high near 37.