THURSDAY, JULY 15th, 2021

A trial date has been set for a Wakeman woman charged with multiple counts of arson. 

According to the Sandusky Register, the charges for 44-year-old Jamie Slanczka are in connection with a fire that burned down 5 different structures on Carroll Road in Hartland Township in May.  

The structures included a home and business; and resulted in over $300,000 in estimated damages.

Slanczka, who is scheduled to go to trial August 5th, has pled not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Two men recently escaped the Lorain-Medina Correctional Facility

One has now turned himself in to authorities, following 2 weeks on the lam.

35-year-old Kevin McKitrick surrendered on Wednesday morning.  

21-year-old Justin Hamilton of Vermilion is still on the run.  

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force has offered a reward for information leading to the fugitive’s arrests.

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Lorain County Public Health and the Lorain Public Library System will host a COVID-19 walk-in clinic at the main branch on West 6th in downtown Lorain.

It’ll run from 1 until 4pm.

No appointment needed…

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Today, the Ohio Department of Health, Lorain County Public Health, and the city of Elyria will offer a COVID-19 Pop-Up vaccination clinic on Ely Square.

It’ll run from 4 until 8pm.

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Now that Norwalk Police Chief Mike Conney has announced his intentions to retire, it’s time for Norwalk City Council to prepare the search for a new chief.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that City Council has begun the process of putting together a selection committee.

That committee consists of the council president, safety service director, chairman of the civil service commission, a citizen representative and a police management expert. 

Conney, who has turned in an ‘intent to retire’ letter, has spent the last 31 years with the Norwalk PD, including the last 3 years as chief.

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This afternoon, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a mobile drive thru food pantry at the Black River Landing in downtown Lorain.

It’ll begin at 3:30 pm.

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The city of Elyria will soon be in the market for a new fire chief.

Carl Mack has submitted a retirement resignation letter, effective September 21st.

Mack is currently on medical leave.

He joined the Elyria Fire Department in 1995 and became chief 2-and-a-half-years ago.

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Free airplane flights for kids 6 to 17 will be offered this Saturday at the Norwalk-Huron County Airport.

It’s part of the ‘Food Truck Fly-in’ event going on from 10am to 3pm. 

As expected, multiple area food trucks will be on hand.

The event is hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 50.

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An honor for a local lighting display…

The Loris Family from ‘The Lights on Bogart Road’ in Perkins Township has won the Light Ohio Blue ‘true blue’ contest, in which they showed their support for law enforcement.  

The family received an award from the Perkins Township Police Department.

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SPORTS

-The All-Star Break continues for the Cleveland Indians, as they are off today, and return to action on Friday night in Oakland. 

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 89.  Heat index values as high as 95.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely,

Some of the storms could produce heavy rain.

High near 79.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14th, 2021

No one was hurt in a house fire in Norwalk early Tuesday morning.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the blaze took place on Spring Street, with 4 cats saved from the house.

Close to $100,000 in damage was done.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise again across the country…in some areas…up 100-percent from a few days ago.

Health officials blame the increase, in part, on the spread of the so-called delta variant.

Today, the Ohio Department of Health will host a news conference on that very subject.

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In Huron County COVID-19 numbers…

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, 4 new cases were reported on Tuesday.

The death toll remains at 122.

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The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is now offering a reward, for information leading to the arrest of two men who escaped from the Lorain-Medina Community-Based Correctional Facility.

35-year-old Kevin McKittrick of Elyria and 21-year-old Justin Hamilton of Vermilion took-it-on-the-lam June 29th.

Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is encouraged to call the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

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In Willard…

Due to waterline work, the intersection of Spring and Keefer Streets, just north of the underpass, will be closed this morning; starting around 8:00 am.

Drivers are asked to take an alternate route.

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The Perkins Police Department has organized a school and pet supply drive to remember and honor fallen Toledo Police officers, Anthony Dia and Brandon Stalker.

Items collected will go to Toledo Children’s Hospital and Humane Society.

Donations can be dropped off to the Perkins PD lobby through next Wednesday, the 21st.

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Tyson Foods on Cooper Foster Park Road in Amherst will host a 2-day job-fair, July 23rd and 24th.

The facility has more than 500 workers…and they’re looking to hire another 200.

And…for the second time in a year…they’ve boosted starting-pay for various shifts.

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If you’ve ordered something through your favorite library…and you’re waiting for it to come in…you are not alone.

The State of Ohio Library Association has announced; they are transitioning to a new delivery system, and the transition is not going well.

The Association maintains, the change will result in better service in the long run.

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They’ll try it again…

Last night’s ‘Movies by the Bay’ at Sandusky’s Jackson Street Pier was rained out.

It’s been rescheduled for this evening at 7pm.

The featured film…Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin.

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SPORTS

-The American League defeated the National League 5-2 in the MLB All-Star Game last night. Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was named the game’s MVP.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 13th, 2021

Authorities have found the car they believe belongs to a shooting suspect in connection with the death of a Sandusky man on Saturday.

According to the Sandusky Register, 34-year-old Elisha Cannon of Sandusky died at the hospital after being found shot on South Larchmont Drive.

The car was found in Seneca County, but the unidentified suspect(s) still remain at large, says police.

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A New London man was killed in a one vehicle crash on Friday.

Charles Hawes was 61.

The Lorain Morning Journal and State Highway Patrol report that Hawes was driving on New London Eastern Road in Rochester Township where he went off the road and hit a utility pole.

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An Elyria man faces charges of rape and kidnapping, from a case in Cleveland that dates back to 1999.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office says, they used ‘genealogical D-N-A testing” to identify 50-year-old Bart Mercurio of the Sherwood Forest Apartments on Georgetown Avenue, as a suspect in the attack.

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Former Avon Fire Chief Frank Root Junior has been sentenced to 6 months in jail and 3 years probation for possessing child pornography…

Root is 82-years-old…he had pled ‘no contest’ to several charges.

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This week’s COVID-19 numbers from Lorain County Public Health;

…25 actives cases…up from 10 a week ago.

…and about 49-percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

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Retirement is on the mind of Norwalk Police Chief Mike Conney.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, Conney has filed an ‘intent to retire’ letter, and will announce his retirement date in the near future.

Conney has worked for the Norwalk PD for the past 31 years, and has been chief since June of 2018.

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Tuesday’s mean ‘Movies by the Bay’ in Sandusky.

Tonight’s film…the live action version of Disney’s Aladdin.

The fun gets going at 7pm at Jackson Street Pier.

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The Stuff the Bus Erie County Committee is asking for the community’s assistance to help provide hundreds of backpacks to local students entering grades K to 8 within the school districts in Erie County.

Anyone wishing to donate new backpacks and school supplies can drop them off to several locations throughout Erie County, which are listed on the website, vlfcu.org/stuffthebus (VacationLand Federal Credit Union’s Website).

The deadline is August 2nd.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation now expects to reopen the intersection of Routes 18 and 58 in Wellington on Thursday.

The original target had been tomorrow.

However, rainy weather has slowed shooting of the motion picture, “White Noise”, starring Adam Driver.

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SPORTS

-New York Mets’ slugger Pete Alonso won his second straight MLB Home Run Derby title last night in Denver. The MLB All-Star Game is tonight.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the afternoon.

Cloudy, with a high near 82.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.

 

Wednesday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

 

MONDAY, JULY 12th, 2021

Sandusky Police are investigating a fatal shooting.

According to the Sandusky Register…34-year-old Elisha Cannon, a Sandusky man, was shot Saturday morning on South Larchmont Drive; later dying at the hospital.

Police believe the suspect drove away in a black Ford car.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sandusky PD.

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Authorities in Norwalk are investigating apparent break-ins of multiple businesses on Benedict Avenue last month.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, police are looking for assistance from the public in identifying a suspect caught on surveillance video.

One business owner said that money and other things had been taken, with signs of forcible entry reported at other businesses.

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In Medina County, heavy rains yesterday resulted in hazardous conditions along the Black River at Lodi Community Park.

About 30 people who had earlier walked across the river were stranded until they were guided out of the park without coming back across the high waters.

Firefighters helped 4 people to safety.

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A pair of road work projects are scheduled to get going today in Huron County…

The Route 18 entrance ramp to Route 20 is closing for resurfacing. Detours have been set. The road is expected to reopen by this Saturday.

Also, Route 303 between Route 60 and Hanford Road, is closing for a culvert replacement project. Detours are planned. It’s scheduled to reopen this Friday.

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Tonight, Avon Lake City Council is scheduled to consider whether to accept a 500-thousand-dollar state grant, to build a fish-cleaning station at Miller Road park.

The state wants to build stations in Avon Lake, Huron and Marblehead.

The one in Avon Lake would be built adjacent to the current office-area and restrooms….which would also be renovated.

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Road work in Milan is planned to start up today.

Route 601, from Route 113 to the south corporation limit, will have single lane closures for a Safe Routes to School project.

Traffic will be maintained by flaggers, with crews excavating for sidewalk installation, reconstructing curb ramps, and performing traffic signal work.

It’s estimated to be completed in August.

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In Grafton…

Village officials are asking everyone to remove parked cars from the streets by 7 o’clock tomorrow morning.

That’s when workers will clean the village streets.

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Second Harvest Food Bank brings their mobile food pantry to Erie County today.

Huron High School will be the site from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

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Detour signs are going up today on Capel Road near Route 83 for a culvert replacement.

Weather permitting, Capel will reopen Friday.

O-DOT says, traffic on Route 83 will not be impacted.

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Filming is scheduled to begin today in downtown Wellington, for the motion picture, “White Noise”, starring two-time Oscar-nominee Adam Driver.

The intersection of Routes 58 and 18 will be closed through Wednesday morning.

Detour signs are posted.

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Today, the Lorain County Joint Vocational School will host an informational program on “Medical Assisting Certificate” classes offered by Lorain County Community College.

The in-demand program will expand to the J-V-S, in time for the fall semester.

Today’s information session will begin at 5 at the Joint Vocational School.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians home game against Kansas City was rained out yesterday. They’ll make it up in September. The MLB All-Star Break begins today, with the Indians back at it on Friday in Oakland.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Some of the storms could produce heavy rain.

High near 81.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms, with heavy rain possible.

Low around 70.

 

Tuesday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 9th, 2021

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and the U-S Marshall’s Office are looking for two men who escaped from the Lorain-Medina Community-based correctional facility.

They say, 35-year-old Kevin McKitrick of Elyria and 21-year-old Justin Hamilton of Vermilion took it on-the-lam June 29th, and have not been seen since.

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Police in Elyria are asking for your help, in their investigation into a shooting that happened early yesterday.

30-year-old Mondrell Green of Elyria is in the hospital, being treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

No word yet of any arrests…

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Police in Avon Lake says, they are working on leads, in a shooting from a month ago.

Police say, Lee Martin of Oberlin was shot, at the Coachman Trail condominiums off of Moore Road.

So far, no one has been arrested.

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More than two dozen local drug task forces in Ohio will receive grant funding to support efforts that disrupt the drug trade and promote substance use awareness, prevention, and recovery.

Those receiving funding include the Lorain County Drug Task Force ($86,000) and the Ottawa County Regional Drug Task Force ($139,000).

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A new program will provide free, healthy food to patients who need it.

According to the Sandusky Register…through a $5,000 grant from the Erie County Foundation, the ‘Food is Medicine’ program from Family Health Services in Sandusky and OH-Go has been launched.

Those with medical conditions and food insecurities will receive items like fruits and vegetables twice a month from the clinic.

Family Health Services hopes to supply as many as 150 people at year’s end.

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It’s almost festival time in Huron…

This year’s River Fest is a one day event, and is set for Saturday.

It will include a 5K in the morning, a parade at 11:00 am, live music throughout the afternoon and evening and conclude with fireworks at 10:00 pm.

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A longtime member of the Milan Township Volunteer Fire Department and the village of Milan was honored on Thursday.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the Milan Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to the late Larry Smith by awarding him with the village’s Citizen of the Year award for 2020-21.

Smith, known as ‘Smitty’, spent over 40 years working for the village.

He passed away in 2020.

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With recent reports of sick and dying songbirds in Ohio and surrounding states, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are encouraging hobby and backyard poultry owners, to limit exposure, to protect their flocks.

ODNR is advising Ohioans to stop feeding wild birds, and remove and clean bird feeders, especially if they see sick and/or dead birds in their area.

So far, officials don’t know what’s causing the birds to get sick and die.

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A reminder…for Sunday…in Wellington…

The intersection of Routes 18 and 58 will close Sunday night at 6:00 pm so movies crews can get ready for Monday’s work on the set of the motion picture, “White Noise”, starring Adam Driver.

Crews hope to reopen the intersection early WEDNESDAY.

Detour signs will be posted.

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The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is checking surveillance video from Rural King in Carlisle Township.

Yesterday, management called to say, someone…or some people…stole several thousand-dollars-worth of tools from the store.

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An update on upgrades at Norwalk’s McGuan Park…

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, a groundbreaking ceremony for the park’s all-abilities playground will take place today at 6:00 pm.

Also, a pump track and kiddie pump track are finished and have already started being used.

The kiddie pump track is the first of its kind in the country.

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The date for the 2nd annual ‘Restore Norwalk’ Community Cookout has been announced.

It will happen August 8th at 2:00 pm at Vets Memorial Lake Park; and feature live music, food vendors, a street market and events for the kiddos.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals last night, 7-4, ending their 9-game losing streak.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers this morning.

Partly cloudy, with a high near 73.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Sunday

Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 8th, 2021

In Huron County, COVID-19 cases have been on the decline recently.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, there have been no new cases in the county for the past 4 days.

The death toll in Huron County remains at 122 since the pandemic began.

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Still no word whether anyone was hurt or killed in a crash last night on East Broad Street in Elyria…

It appears a pick-up truck slammed into the corner of the building that housed Nikki’s Good To Go Restaurant at East Broad and Garford.

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The Lefty Grove Baseball League in Norwalk will pay tribute to its former commissioner on Sunday.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the league will rename Field 4 ‘Scott Ford Field’ after receiving a grant from the Cleveland Indians, which includes signage with the name change.

Ford was part of the Lefty Grove league from 1977 until he passed away in 2019.

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Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance company has announced that they are donating nearly $300,000 to food banks across Ohio.

One of those is Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, which serves Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain counties.

The funds going to Second Harvest will help feed over 154,000 people with more than 500,000 meals.

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host its third drive-thru mobile-food-pantry this week in Lorain County.

Today’s event will begin at 2 at Oakwood Park in Lorain.

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Tomorrow is the deadline to pay the latest round of real estate tax and special assessment bills in Lorain County.

This year, the Treasurer’s Office processed more than 127-thousand bills.

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Ohio Means Jobs Erie County in Sandusky is hosting a job fair this afternoon.

Over 25 employers are set to be on hand with attendees asked to dress for interviews.

It runs from 12 noon to 4 pm…and will feature raffles and a food truck.

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A road closure in Huron County…

Route 162, between Euclid Road and Greenwich East Town Line Road, is closed for a culvert replacement project.

A detour route has been set .

It’s expected to remain shut down to traffic until August 4th.

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Film crews have arrived in downtown Wellington, prepping for next week’s filming of a portion of “White Noise”…a motion picture starring 2-time Oscar nominee Adam Driver.

Crews are painting murals and changing signage on buildings.

Driver will play a college professor, who made a name for himself in so-called “Hitler studies”.

The film is scheduled for release, sometime next year.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are set for Monday afternoon, for the opening of a “Story Walk” path at Columbia Township Park…

Officials of the Lorain Public Library System say, “Story Walk” is an exciting way to combine physical activity with literacy, with children’s picture book pages mounted on frames along the park path.

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Downtown Oberlin will come alive Saturday with the second “Second Saturdays” event of the summer.

The fun starts with a farmer’s market at 9, along with family activities in the East College Street Courtyard.

There will be music as well, through the day.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians lost both games of a doubleheader at Tampa Bay on Wednesday, 8-1 and 4-0. The Indians did not have a hit in game two.

-In the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning are once again Stanley Cup champs, as they defeated Montreal 1-0 last night to clinch their second straight title.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

High near 82.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Friday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a high near 74.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7th, 2021

A commercial truck and trailer driver from Willard was cited for ‘failure to control’ after crashing his vehicle into a ditch on Route 4 in Huron County Tuesday morning.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, 47-year-old John Forrider suffered minor injuries in the one vehicle mishap between Route 20 and Route 547, which closed the area to traffic for multiple hours.

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Governor Mike DeWine has signed Senate Bill 126 into law, also known as Collin’s Law or Ohio’s Anti Hazing Act.

The legislation enacts a number of changes intended to end hazing and any cultural issues that allow hazing to persist.

Governor DeWine was joined at the bill signing by the parents and family of both Collin Wiant, for whom the bill is named, and Stone Foltz.

Wiant and Foltz both died as the result of hazing at separate incidents at Ohio universities.

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On the COVID-19 front…

Lorain County Public Health reports 10 active cases…and about 49-percent of Lorain County residents are fully vaccinated.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released July 4th traffic statistics, with fatalities decreasing over the 4-day holiday reporting period, which ran from this past Friday through Monday.

Impairment was determined to be a factor in at least 5 of those crashes.

Over the 4 days, 6 people lost their lives in 15 traffic crashes, compared to a total of 24 fatal crashes that killed 25 people during last year’s 4-day reporting period.

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Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely has announced, he will retire at the end of the year.

Chief Whitely has served the Elyria Police Department for 31 years…and has led that department for the past 11 years.

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Governor Mike DeWine has announced that H2Ohio’s farmer incentive program is expanding into 10 additional counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin, including several area counties.

Among those counties…Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca.

The program, which offers funding to farmers who implement proven conservation practices that limit agricultural phosphorus runoff from fertilizer, now offers those incentives to the mentioned counties.

Phosphorus runoff is the primary factor behind algal blooms on Lake Erie.

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It’s opening day for the new Veterans Clinic on Abbe Road in Sheffield Village.

Construction began about 2 years ago, adjacent to a temporary clinic.

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Grand opening celebrations today…at what is now known as Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet in Avon.

Wahlberg and his business partner, Jay Feldman, bought the Joe Firment dealership on Chester Road.

Wahlberg and Feldman have other dealerships in central Ohio and Michigan.

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3 people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries in a 2-vehicle crash near Summit Motorsports Park yesterday afternoon.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, a car driven by a Newark teen was driving on Greenwich Milan Townline Road, stopped at the Route 18 intersection and then pulled out onto 18 where their car struck a van driven by 52-year-old Tamera Kamaan of Norwalk.

Kamaan, the Newark teen driver and a teen passenger with them were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

The van ended up resting on its roof.

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In Lorain…

Columbia Gas has begun replacing aging gas lines with newer, state-of-the-art plastic pipe to more than 300 customers on the city’s east side.

Columbia and its contractor will first install a new main line, then service lines to individual properties.

Work is expected to continue into October.

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Around 40 employers in Huron County are eagerly awaiting job seekers today as part of the Huron County Development Council’s Resume Drop-off event.

Those interested can bring their resumes to the Huron County Development Council on Milan Avenue in Norwalk from 10 am to 12 noon, or in Willard at City Hall from 1 to 3 pm.

Resumes can also be submitted online, with a link available at the Huron County Development Council’s Facebook page.

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Demolition is underway on the old Eastern Heights Middle School in Elyria.

Next door, construction continues on the new Eastern Heights campus for students K-through-8.

It’s scheduled to open later this year.

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a drive-thru mobile-food-pantry at Longfellow Middle School on Louisiana Avenue in Lorain.

It’ll begin at 3 pm.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians are on the road at Tampa Bay today in a traditional doubleheader. Game one action begins at 12:10 pm, with both games live on 95.3 WLKR.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

High near 88.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.

 

Thursday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

High near 82.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 6th, 2021

Norwalk Police are investigating a 2-vehicle crash that involved a motorcycle.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com and the Norwalk PD, cycle driver 41-year-old Billy Thompson and passenger 42-year-old Ginger Dean, both from Norwalk, received minor injuries when they rear-ended a car that stopped quickly.

The accident took place on West Main Street, near North West Street, on Saturday morning.

The car fled the scene and was not found.

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The Norwalk post of the State Highway Patrol has announced that an OVI checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers will happen this week.

The county where the checkpoint will take place will be announced the day prior to the checkpoint, and the location will be announced the morning of the checkpoint.

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In Willard…

AEP will be turning off the power in select areas of the city today from 6 am until 10 am, while fixing a safety issue.

Those affected by the outage should’ve received a phone call.

Also, construction will be going on around the Route 103 (Tiffin Street) underpass, with drivers asked to stay away from that area.

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A road construction project in Milan is slated to begin today.

Route 113 will be closed to through traffic as the first phase of a widening project begins.

Detours have been set up for both local and commercial traffic.

It’s expected to be closed for close to 60 days.

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will host a drive-thru mobile food pantry at Ely Stadium.

It’ll run from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

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Actor Mark Wahlberg will soon have a stake in Lorain County.

The Joe Firment Chevrolet dealership in Avon has been sold to the Jay Feldman Automotive Group, in which Wahlberg is a partner.

The dealership had been in the Firment family for 40 years.

All jobs there are expected to be safe.

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More and more people are heading back to the showroom.

According to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, June sales were up 14-percent from a year ago…and 24-percent, year-to-date.

Your local volume leader last month…Chevrolet, followed by Ford and Honda.

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The Norwalk Independence Day Parade was held on Monday.

Here are some of the judge’s winners…

Business Float…Piney Paradise

Civic float…Norwalk Eagles

Commercial float…Bait Brothers

Youth float…Norwalk Police Department D.A.R.E. Program

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SPORTS

The Cleveland Indians have now lost 7 in a row. Tampa Bay topped the Tribe last night 9-8.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Heat index values as high as 95.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 89.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 2nd, 2021

A 7-year-old child was seriously hurt when they were struck on their bike by a vehicle last night in Vermilion Township.

The State Highway Patrol says the child traveled completely in the lane of traffic on Route 6, where the vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old female from Fairview Park, hit them.

The child was life-flighted to Cleveland Metro Hospital.

The driver was not hurt.

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A Sandusky man has been charged with aggravated murder.

According to the Sandusky Register, 47-year-old Dave Edwards Jr. has been arrested in connection with the drug overdose death of a 26-year-old Sandusky man earlier this year.

Authorities believe Edwards overdosed the victim on purpose.

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It’s now up to a jury, to consider the fate of Eboni McElroy of Elyria.

She’s accused of stabbing and killing Isis Bennett a year ago at a residence on Middle Avenue during an argument that began on social media.

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The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on the City of Sheffield Lake, to require retraining of all police department officers and staff in the wake of the resignation police chief Anthony Campo.

Campo submitted a retirement notice earlier this week, after allegedly being captured on video, pinning a racially-insensitive note onto a police-issued, yellow raincoat belonging to an African American officer in the department.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol says they’ll be highly visible and cracking down on impaired drivers during the 4th of July holiday reporting period, which begins today and ends on Monday.

During last year’s 4th of July 4-day reporting period, a total of 24 fatal crashes killed 25 people.

Of those crashes, 17 of them and 18 fatalities involved alcohol and/or drugs.

The Patrol recorded 432 OVI arrests during the reporting period.

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The new month brought a new police chief to the city of Avon.

Daniel Fischbach takes the top job after 25 years of service.

Fischbach replaces Richard Bosley, who retired.

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Send-off ceremonies yesterday at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Lorain…for members of the Ohio National Guard.

The Guard has been helping Second Harvest with warehouse and mobile food pantry operations for the past 15 months during the pandemic.

Next week, Second Harvest will resume their mobile food pantries, depending more on volunteers, with three events scheduled in Lorain County.

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State Schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria has announced, he will retire in September after 5 years in the top job.

DeMaria became well-known in Lorain in recent years, supporting the state takeover of the school system and its so-called Academic Distress Commission.

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The city of Elyria will get a head start on the 4th of July holiday weekend, with fireworks tonight at West Park on Foster Avenue.

Entertainment will begin at 6:30, leading up to fireworks at dusk.

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Lyme disease and other tickborne illnesses continue to increase and cause significant morbidity in Ohio.

The Erie County Health Department says that the best way to prevent tickborne diseases is to prevent tick bites.

Health officials say to take action to decrease your risk of infection by protecting against tick bites, checking for ticks, removing ticks as soon as you can, and watching for symptoms.

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The Norwalk School Board race just became a bit more crowded.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that there are now 6 people in the running for 3 seats this November.

This comes as 3 new people have just announced that they’re running…Alison Crawford, Shannon Mason and Jeremy Norris.

3 incumbents have also said they’ll be in the race…Steve Linder, Ralph Ritzenthaler and Beth Schnellinger.

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Along with many 4th of July celebrations this weekend, is one in Willard.

The city has announced that Willard City Park will host an event on Sunday evening featuring food trucks, live music and fireworks.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians lost at home to Houston last night, 7-2.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A slight chance of showers.

Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

 

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 79.

 

Sunday – Independence Day

Sunny, with a high near 86.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 1st, 2021

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed Ohio’s latest budget bill into law.

DeWine says that House Bill 110, which includes an income tax cut for all Ohioans, launches a strategic effort to invest more than $1 billion toward accelerating economic growth and ensuring economic vitality.

According to DeWine, the new operating budget invests in growing a skilled workforce, expanding access to affordable childcare, addressing substance use disorders, supporting citizen mental health and wellbeing, expanding access to broadband, enhancing K-12 learning, expanding priority health programs, supporting local government, and aiding in public safety.

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Just as they were in 2020, Lake Erie algae blooms are expected to be low again this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who has released their projections.

It marks the first time since 2007 that projections have been low for 2 straight years.

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The Erie-Ottawa International Airport near Port Clinton is one of six airports in Ohio, to receive a grant from the feds, thanks to the CARES Act.

The Federal Aviation Administration is sending nearly one-and-a-half-million-dollars to the airport, to provide economic relief from the impact of COVID-19.

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Today, Ben Hodge moves up to the Superintendent’s position in the Avon Schools.

Hodge replaces Mike Laub, who takes over the North Royalton Schools.

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There’s a new executive director of the Norwalk Economic Development Corporation.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that it’s Sarah Ross, who comes from a similar job in Erie County.

Ross will take the post at the end of the month.

She takes over for Heather Horowitz, who resigned.

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In Avon Lake…

It’s back to the drawing board, regarding plans to expand city hall.

The city considers the most recent bids, too high.

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In North Ridgeville, the parks and recreation department is asking residents to call police if they see anything suspicious, especially at South Central Park.

Several times in recent weeks, someone…or some people…have vandalized the park restrooms.

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A fundraising campaign is underway for a new splash pad in Norwalk.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, the pad will be located in Suhr Park, with a fundraising goal of $120,000.

Once the goal is met, groundbreaking for the project is expected to begin.

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Cedar Point has announced their fireworks festivities.

The park’s ‘Light Up the Point’ pyrotechnics display will take place this Sunday the 4th at 10:30 pm.

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The Firelands Symphony Orchestra has planned a free 4th of July concert at Jackson Street Pier in Sandusky.

It will take place at 7:00 pm on Sunday at the pier’s Great Lawn.

Those attending the show are invited to stick around for a great view of Cedar Point’s fireworks display.

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Today, the KEY Collaborative of the United Way and Lorain County Public Health will host a pop-up produce stand from 5:30 until 6:30 pm at the Keystone-LaGrange Library on Commerce Drive.

Bags of fresh fruit and vegetables will be available for 10-dollars.

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SPORTS

-Detroit dominated the Cleveland Indians in both games of a doubleheader on Wednesday, beating the Tribe 9-4 and 7-1 at Progressive Field.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a high near 78.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.