MONDAY, APRIL 13th, 2020

Huron County now has 14 cases of the Corona Virus, an increase of 3 over the weekend…in the latest figures released Sunday,

Erie County had 3 more confirmed cases on Sunday, to put them at a total of 13.

Lorain County now sits at 175 cases overall. Lorain County Public Health posted 10 new cases yesterday.

As far as the state goes, there are now just over 6,500 cases of COVID-19, about 400 more than Saturday; along with 248 reported fatalities, 6 more deaths from the previous day.

 

Sandusky Speedway is on the market.

According to the Sandusky Register, the track has been for sale for a number of weeks at an asking price of nearly $1.5 million.

The half-mile speedway, which first opened in 1950, also contains a single family home and office building on over 30 acres of land.

 

The Chapel’s Sandusky campus and Chick-fil-A are teaming up to feed community members in need.

On Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, the church campus on Galloway Road will help serve 500 Chick-fil-A meals to those in the community who have lost a job or have been laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s first come, first serve, while supplies last.

 

A road closure this week in Huron County…

Beginning today, Prospect Road will be closing between Fitchville River Road and Route 250 for intersection improvements,

The closure is expected to last for 90 days.

Detour routes will be posted.

 

Last Wednesday, the City of Sandusky began accepting applications for the Business Relief Grant, designed to assist local businesses during the shutdown as set forth by Governor DeWine.

Due to the volume of applications received, the city of Sandusky will accept applications until this Wednesday at 12:00 noon.

 

Weather-permitting, construction will begin tomorrow on the downtown branch of the Elyria Public Library System.

Construction is made possible by voters who approved a bond-issue in 2017.

Read all about it, in today’s Chronicle Telegram…

 

In Avon Lake…

A third egg has hatched in the eagle’s nest near Redwood Elementary School…

 

From the National Weather Service…

*A Wind Advisory is in effect now through 8:00 pm tonight.

Today

Showers likely.

Cloudy and windy, with a temperature rising to near 58 by 10:00 am, and then falling to around 47 during the remainder of the day.

Winds could gust near 50 miles-per-hour.

 

Tonight

Decreasing clouds, breezy with a low around 31.

Winds could gust as high as 30 miles-per-hour.

 

Tuesday

Increasing clouds, with a high near 46.

Wednesday

A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 10th, 2020

At his news conference Thursday, Governor Mike DeWine says Ohioans have been working hard when it comes to flattening the curve, regarding the Corona Virus pandemic.

Protesters gathered outside of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Thursday as Governor Mike DeWine and Health Director Dr. Amy Acton held their daily news conference.

The protests…against Ohio’s ‘Stay at Home’ order.

Ohio now with over 5,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 213 fatalities, and more than 1,600 hospitalizations…in the latest figures released Thursday.

Those numbers reflect an increase of 20 reported deaths since Wednesday and over 400 new cases overall.

Locally…2 more cases for Sandusky County to give them 7, Huron County has 1 new case for a total of 10, Erie County remains at 10 and Lorain County has 4 new reported cases for a total of 140.

 

Good news for personal protective equipment users in Ohio…

Governor DeWine announced that through the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance, 19 manufacturers have partnered with three hospital groups to begin large scale production of face shields.

Over the next five weeks, 750,000 to 1 million face shields will be added to the Ohio Department of Health stockpile.

 

University Hospitals will close the Emergency Room at its facility on Lorain Road in North Ridgeville, tomorrow morning at 7, in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Personnel and PPE’s will be re-assigned to designated UH surge locations until further notice.

 

Unemployment numbers continue to be high during the Corona Virus pandemic.

In Ohio, nearly 700-thousand people have filed jobless claims over the past three weeks.

 

Police in Lorain say, they have arrested two people…and are looking for two more…in connection with a reported kidnapping.

A 31 year old woman told police, she was abducted, assaulted, and threatened over 6 hours, March 29th.

Big time radio equipment upgrades are coming to Huron County first responders…

The Norwalk Reflector reports that it’s all thanks to Motorola Solutions and a firefighters’ grant…which will give ambulance services and fire departments in Huron County over $3 million in new equipment.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Partly sunny, windy, with a high near 46.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.

 

Saturday

Increasing clouds, with a high near 54.

 

Sunday – Easter

A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 63.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 9th, 2020

Sandusky County has confirmed their first death from the Corona Virus….the patient was a man was in his 70’s that had underlying health conditions.

That brings Sandusky County’s total COVID-19 cases to 5.

Looking at the rest of the area…Lorain County has 136, Erie County has 10, Huron County with 9 and Ottawa County has 5 confirmed Corona Virus cases.

Statewide, there are over 5,100 confirmed cases with 193 fatalities; as of Wednesday.

That amounts to about 100 more cases since Tuesday with 26 more deaths; a number that Governor Mike DeWine says is most certainly higher as Ohio can only test the most-ill patients.

 

Six residents of Lorain County have now died of the Corona Virus.

Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell says, the three most recent victims were two women…ages 74 and 68…and a 93 year old man.

The personal protective equipment shortage in Ohio remains severe; says Governor DeWine.

DeWine on Wednesday made a plea to healthcare workers using N95 masks to send them to Battelle in Columbus; which can sterilize up to 160,000 masks each day, making them reusable up to 20 times.

 

The city of Huron is aiming to protect the spread of the Corona Virus.

They’re asking those who are returning from out-of-state or renting their property to others to take part in a 14-day self-quarantine when returning to Huron.

 

Fisher Titus Medical Center is now offering a mobile emergency department for those experiencing respiratory symptoms.

It allows patients to receive a thorough medical screening exam from someone from the emergency department without leaving their vehicle.

This is not drive-thru COVID-19 testing.

 

The National Weather Service has now confirmed…three tornados ripped through Lorain, Medina and Summit Counties late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Now, the Better Business Bureau is reminding homeowners, to choose contractors wisely, when it comes to emergency home repairs.

The Bureau’s Sue McConnell says, beware of so-called ‘storm chasers’…out-of-state contractors who invade neighborhoods…and who often leave with unfinished repairs and no contact information.

 

The tornado that touched down in Grafton Township damaged a large barn and horse-training-ring on Island Road.

One horse was hurt.

The Erie County Veterans Service Office has announced that they’re no longer accepting walk-ins at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those requesting financial assistance are asked to call the office.

 

Bernie has bounced out…

Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that he’s dropping out of the running for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

That leaves Joe Biden as the frontrunner.

 

Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will host its third major food-distribution of the week…with crews on hand at General Johnnie Wilson Middle School in Lorain from 3 to 5pm.

March was a record-breaking month at Second Harvest, with more than 1-million-pounds of food moving through their warehouse in Lorain…a 67-percent increase from a year ago.

 

A city council committee in Elyria is recommending repairs to more than 2-dozen streets this construction season.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, the price tag will be nearly 2-million-dollars.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers, mainly after noon.

Partly sunny, breezy, with a high near 50.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

 

Friday

A slight chance of showers .

Partly sunny, breezy, with a high near 45.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8th, 2020

In the latest state numbers released Tuesday, Ohio now has over 4,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 200 more since Monday…that includes 1,300-plus hospitalizations and 167 total deaths; 25 more fatalities since yesterday.

Locally…1 more case for Huron County, bumping the number to 10 cases while Erie County stays at 10….In Lorain County, the total remains the same at 117 confirmed cases.

 

Other notes from DeWine’s Tuesday news conference…

A new office, the Office of Small Business Relief, has been developed to better coordinate Ohio’s efforts to identify and provide support for Ohio’s nearly 950,000 small businesses.

Certain non-violent inmates scheduled to be released in the next 90 days be released sooner to allow for increased social distancing between prison staff and inmates. A total of 141 inmates are under consideration for release.

 

Four Sandusky Transit drivers have been quarantined after possibly being exposed to a passenger who tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the Sandusky Register, the transmittal took part on Friday, but wasn’t found out until late Monday; with public comments released on Tuesday.

The passenger is believed to be one of the ten confirmed cases of the Corona Virus in Erie County.

 

Storms ripped through northeast Ohio last night leaving thousands without power in Lorain County.

According to FirstEnergy and the Chronicle Telegram, close to 2,400 are without power this morning in the city of Elyria and close to 3,000 have no power in Lorain County.

Folks from the National Weather Service are set to check the damage this morning to determine if a tornado touched down at the Lorain-Medina County line.

 

New turf and new scoreboards are coming to athletic facilities in the Avon Lake school district…and should be ready by this fall.

The Chronicle Telegram reports that the Board of Education has approved purchases of new turf at the football field and new scoreboards for baseball and softball.

The total price tag of the scoreboards, turf and installation…around $600,000…which will be paid for through the district’s general fund, permanent improve funds and advertising revenue.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Decreasing clouds, with a high near 67.

 

Tonight

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 42.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers, mainly after noon.

Partly sunny, breezy, with a high near 47.

 

Friday

A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

Partly sunny, breezy, with a high near 44.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 7th, 2020

An update on Corona Virus numbers locally…

Erie County has 1 new confirmed case, as of Monday, bringing their total to 10.

2 more cases confirmed in Huron County, for a total of 9…and 117 cases in Lorain County.

State Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said social distancing and staying home is preparing hospitals for an expected uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Statewide, there are now over 4,450 cases, which is 450 more since Sunday… and just over 1,200 hospitalizations and 23 more deaths reported, increasing the total to 142 fatalities.

 

Ohio’s new stay at home order went into effect at midnight last night; running through May 1st.

Part of the order requires retailers to determine a max number of customers allowed in the store with that number displayed at the businesses’ entrances.

A Monroeville man was criminally charged after he allegedly shot a rifle multiple times at an unoccupied parked vehicle in Oxford Township.

According to the Sandusky Register, 38 year-old Isaac Mathis was arrested and charged with criminal damaging and having a weapon under disability.

When asked why he shot at the vehicle, Mathis reportedly apologized and said he thought the car belonged to someone else.

 

Columbia Gas of Ohio has announced that they’ll continue suspending late payment charges until June 1st and have also voluntarily suspended shutoffs for nonpayment to those affected by the Corona Virus.

 

Beginning this month, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission will begin construction projects throughout northern Ohio.

Officials say that pavement resurfacing projects will occur this spring in Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky counties.

 

Traffic is moving on the Henderson Bridge in Lorain.

That was NOT the case for about 4 hours Monday…after a pick-up truck rear-ended a street-sweeper.

The driver of the pick-up…27 year old Kevin Hearn The Second of Columbia Station…was taken to Mercy Hospital in Lorain.

The driver of the street sweeper suffered minor injuries.

 

School officials in Lorain have rolled out the “Big Brain Lorain Project”.

It’s their engagement program for students during the “Stay at Home” order.

“Home Learning Path” packets have been mailed to students, pre-K through 8. Online assignments have been posted for high-schoolers.

 

A temporary road closure in Huron County…

River Road in Monroeville is scheduled to be closed now through Wednesday between Hamilton Street and Route 20.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 67.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms. Low around 52.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers, mainly in the morning.

Decreasing clouds with a high near 63.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of showers. Breezy.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 6th, 2020

Two more cases of COVID-19 in Huron County…

The Huron County Health Department reports that the county’s 6th confirmed case is a female in her mid 50’s and the 7th is a male in his 50’s; with both currently isolated at home.

As far as Erie County goes, there are 3 new confirmed cases of COVID-19; bringing the total to 9.

Lorain County has 111 total Corona Virus cases.

Statewide, there are now over 4,000 cases, with just over 1,100 hospitalizations and 119 fatalities.

Governor Mike DeWine and state brass are now urging Ohioans to begin wearing cloth masks while in public; as recommended by the CDC.

 

A local furniture maker is helping battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Norwalk Furniture has been approved as an ‘essential business’ and will redirect their production to PPE; which will supply several Ohio hospitals with gowns and masks.

Beginning today, Fisher-Titus will be limiting the patient entrance to the Emergency Room only; and are asking that all patients use this entrance.

As planning for a potential surge is underway, Fisher-Titus would like to remind the public to not be alarmed if they begin to see multiple tents around the campus…as it’s all to have a position of preparedness in a continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Sandusky has announced the creation of a new Local Business Relief Grant program designed to assist local businesses during the mandatory non-essential business shutdown.

Businesses can find the grant application starting today via the city’s website and applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday.

Businesses will be able to view the grant application on the city’s website at www.cityofsandusky.com/covid19 and click on “Small Business Assistance” drop down or access via www.cityofsandusky.com/BusinessRelief.

 

An Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy received non-serious injuries when his vehicle was struck by a car exiting a driveway Friday night.

Authorities say Joel Gundlach of New Albany was pulling out of a private drive on Route 61 in Berlin Township and failed to yield; striking Deputy Cody Webb and a canine officer in a law enforcement vehicle.

Gundlach and his passengers were not hurt; while the canine officer was released for medical evaluation.

Voters across Ohio have until Tuesday April 28th to submit absentee ballots for the primary election that was scheduled for March 17th.

There will be no so-called ‘election day’.

Friday, a federal judge rejected a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters who were demanding an ‘election day’.

In Lorain County, Board of Elections Director Paul Adams told the Chronicle Telegram, the board has received about 95-hundred requests for absentee ballots, and expects several thousand more by the end of today.

 

The Lorain Public Library System has partnered with the Red Cross, to host blood-drives at closed libraries.

The first, last week, at the Main Library in Lorain…

 

An update to a road construction project in Erie County…

Work was previously scheduled last week for the following bridges, but work will now begin on Tuesday.

These bridges all cross over Route 2.

County Road 140 (Joppa Road) – At the Joppa Road bridge; between Frailey Road and Poorman Road

Township Road 121 (Camp Road) – At the Camp Road bridge; between Galloway Road and Rye Beach Road

Township Road 135 (Hahn Road) At the Hahn Road bridge; between State Route 61 and Frailey Road

All of the bridges are expected to reopen on May 21st.

 

Tomorrow night’s meeting of the Avon Lake School Board will be held through the “Zoom” platform.

The public can watch, through a special link.

Check out the Avon Lake Schools website for details.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 59.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Increasing clouds, with a low around 46.

 

Tuesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 65.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers in the morning.

Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine has issued another “Stay at Home” order for Ohio; running through May 1st.

DeWine said the newly signed order includes a few new details; including one that addresses overcrowding in stores by having stores set a capacity limit and then enforcing it.

The new order goes into effect next Monday.

DeWine says if you feel frustrated with the way you have to life right now, he feels the same; with his main goal to get through this pandemic and keep Ohioans safe and healthy.

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As far as COVID-19 numbers go…

Ohio has just over 2,900 confirmed cases with 802 hospitalizations and 81 deaths….in data released Thursday.

There are now 90 confirmed cases of the Corona Virus in Lorain County and more than 200 others are in quarantine.

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In-person voting for Ohio’s primary election was postponed on March 17th due to Corona Virus precautions.

All registered voters in Ohio will soon receive a postcard informing them about how to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail and cast their vote in the primary election.

Those who already voted need not do anything.

Voting will then be completed on April 28th.

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says the COVID-19 pandemic is stretching the state’s police force thinner.

To bolster the force, Yost has directed the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy to expedite the final exams of about 300 police cadets.

Also, General Yost is working with local agencies to create a pathway for recently retired law enforcement officers in good standing to return to the streets of Ohio.
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In Vermilion, the city and the Erie County Health
Department are asking so-called ‘snowbirds’ to self-quarantine for 14 days if they’ve recently returned to the city.

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A Corona Virus scam alert…

Local law enforcement is warning the public of a fake COVID-19 home testing kit that’s reportedly making the rounds.

It is a scam as there is no such thing on the market.

You’re asked to contact law enforcement if you’ve seen or purchased one of the tests.

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Oberlin College has cancelled next month’s commencement ceremony on Tappan Square.

College President Carmen Twillie Ambar says, they hope to develop a ‘virtual’ ceremony instead.

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The Corona Virus has prompted the Democratic National Committee to delay this summer’s convention in Wisconsin, from July to August.

————————————————————————————————– In light of the Corona Virus pandemic, the Village of New London is temporarily closing their recreation park including the playground, pavilions and ball fields.

The park is open to walkers who practice social distancing.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 53.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

 

Saturday

Increasing clouds, with a high near 59.

Sunday

A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 2nd, 2020

Ohio has eclipsed the 2,500 mark when it comes to confirmed cases of the Corona Virus; according to data released Wednesday.

There are 65 fatalities and 679 total hospital admissions associated with the virus statewide.

County wise…

Lorain County has 85 cases with 2 deaths.

Erie County has 5 cases with 1 death.

Sandusky County has 5 confirmed cases.

Huron County has 4 cases with 1 fatality.

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Lorain County Public Health has confirmed two new Corona Virus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 84.

According to the posted data, 173 people are in quarantine in Lorain County, and 45 had been quarantined at some point since March 18th but are now out.

Two patients who died are both women, one 80 years old and the other 82.

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Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton signed an order Wednesday to quicken the turnaround time of COVID-19 testing.

All Ohio hospitals that do not currently conduct their own testing must now send their specimens to one of the following laboratories…The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals in Cleveland or MetroHealth.
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A 28 year old man who collapsed outside a Sandusky store on Sunday and died shortly thereafter; tested negative for COVID-19.

According to the Sandusky Register, Ivan Combellack appeared to have issues breathing before falling over.

His cause of death is yet to be determined.

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Alcohol and high speed are suspected factors in a one-vehicle injury crash in Norwalk on Wednesday.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that 42 year old Joseph Smith of Norwalk was taken by ambulance with suspected non-life threatening injuries.

Smith reportedly drove off the left side of the road at the intersection of Routes 61 and 101 and down a hill; flipping multiple times.

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The City of Fremont has decided to close all of its fishing access to the Sandusky River; due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

Safety Service Director Kenneth Frost says the city is unable to provide adequate restroom facilities and that an influx of sportsmen would deplete their grocery stores even more than they are now.
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News from the Huron County Veteran Service Commission…

The office will be open from 8:30a m to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, except holidays, to answer phone calls for information.

All face-to-face meetings have been suspended except where deemed necessary.
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The Lorain Community Music Theater has cancelled its production of Mamma Mia (due to the Corona Virus).

It was scheduled for July.

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The Nord Family Foundation has presented a grant of 54-hundred-dollars to the Oberlin Heritage Center.

The money will be used to repair crumbling support columns and the foundation coating of the historic “1866 Monroe House”.

The Oberlin Heritage Center hopes to complete the work this year.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 53.

 

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 34.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 53.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1st, 2020

The latest figures from the Corona Virus in Ohio, as of Tuesday…

There now nearly 2,200 cases of COVID-19 confirmed statewide with 55 deaths and 585 hospitalizations.

A recap, county wise…

Sandusky County has 4 cases

Huron County has 4 cases with 1 death

Erie County has 5 cases with 1 death

Lorain County has 82 cases and 2 fatalities

 

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued an order today to maintain public water service during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

The order prevents a water system from shutting off a resident’s water service due to non-payment during the declared state of emergency.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has extended their services due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

They include their Winter Reconnect Order, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and Winter Crisis Program, through May 1st and June 1st for HEAP applications.

All home meter readings remain suspended as well.

 

Attorney General Dave Yost is urging Ohioans to watch out for thieves as stimulus payments arrive from the federal government.

Yost offers these tips to help Ohioans avoid scams related to the stimulus payments:

    • Know that you don’t have to sign up to get a stimulus payment.
    • Don’t fall for scams claiming you need to pay money to receive your stimulus payment.
    • Watch out for anyone telling you they can get you an instant payment or speed up the process.
    • Don’t click on links or download attachments unless you have verified the source.
    • The government will not call you asking for personal information.
    • If you receive a stimulus check and it is for an odd amount of money or if it states you need to verify the check online or over the phone, it’s a scam.
    • You should get a paper notice in the mail a couple weeks after your payment is sent, letting you know where it was sent and when.

 

During the last two weeks, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services had more than 470,000 new claims filed…with those numbers expected to continue.

They say they’re working hard to increase the capacity of both its website and phone lines.

If you need to file an unemployment claim, go to unemployment.ohio.gov where a step-by-step guide to file your unemployment claim is available in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

If possible, file claims during non-core business hours.

 

Afternoon gunfire shatters the silence of a quiet neighborhood in Lorain.

Police believe, a fight escalated into shots fired, at Seneca and Homewood.

It appears no one was hurt.

Lorain Police are asking anyone who witnessed the event, to come forward.

 

A resident of Parma faces charges in Elyria.

Police say they arrested 28 year old Greg Rivers, inside the boarded-up Sears building in the Midway Mall after he triggered a silent alarm.

According to police, Rivers told them, he broke into Sears, to go shopping in the mall.

Charges include ‘breaking and entering’.

A woman from Castalia has been charged with a second degree misdemeanor in violation of the state’s ‘Stay at Home’ order.

According to the Sandusky Register, a 53-year-old woman who had allegedly been caught with items in her purse at a Castalia store was later found to have purchased two ‘non-essential’ items.

Sheriff’s deputies reportedly found her at home where she allegedly told them that she was looking to buy disinfectant wipes, but they were sold out…after being asked about the ‘Stay at Home’ order and her not purchasing any essential items.

 

A couple of local eateries have closed temporarily.

Domino’s pizza in Norwalk has closed until this Saturday after it was found out an employee had tested positive for COVID-19. Restaurant franchisee Steve Gfell says that particular employee has not been in the store or worked since March 20th.

In a letter sent to customers, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Sandusky has announced they’re now closed for the time being due to lack of business from the restrictions involved with the Corona Virus. The Perkins in Avon remains open.

 

The Ford Motor Company has announced, they will not re-open plants in Avon Lake and elsewhere this month.

However, the company will re-open one plant in Michigan, the week of April 20th, to make ventilators.

 

From the National Weather Service…

 

Today

Decreasing clouds, with a high near 47.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

 

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 53.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 51.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 31st, 2020

Huron County Board of Health President Bill Knapp is the first death in Huron County from COVID-19.

Knapp was in his late 70’s; and had served on the Huron County Board of Health for 20 years.

Knapp, who had underlying health conditions, passed away Sunday due to complications of the Corona Virus.

 

A snapshot of the latest Corona Virus numbers in Ohio…

The number of confirmed cases is now over 1,900 in the state; with 39 deaths and 475 hospitalizations.

Ottawa County has 2 cases

Huron County has 3 cases with now 1 death

Sandusky County has 3 cases

Erie County has 5 total cases with 1 death

Lorain County has 78 cases with 2 deaths

 

A man collapsed outside of the Sandusky Kroger store on East Perkins Avenue on Sunday and died shortly thereafter.

Ivan Combellack was 28.

According to the Sandusky Register, he was previously treated for a cough and upper respiratory illness…with officials now awaiting the test results for COVID-19.

 

Multiple bridges over Route 2 in Erie County will close today as part of a bridge repair project.

-At the Joppa Road bridge; between Frailey Road and Poorman Road

-At the Camp Road bridge; between Galloway Road and Rye Beach Road

-At the Hahn Road bridge; between State Route 61 and Frailey Road

Detours will be posted.

 

Norwalk City Council will meet tonight in the Ernsthausen Recreation Center gym.

Topics for discussion include entering into an agreement with the Huron County EMA to provide emergency management services as well as the estimate of costs for the 2021 City Sidewalk Program.

 

The United Way of Greater Lorain County has launched a redesign of its 2-1-1 “First Call for Help” website.

The United Way’s Ashley Hampson says, the 2-1-1 database is a composite of all available resources provided by many local agencies.

She says, the updated site is user-friendly, easy to navigate, and includes a search-feature that quickly identifies brand-new services created to address specific needs related to the Covid-19 crisis.

www.211lorain.org

Seven local foundations and community partners have joined forces, in creating the “Lorain County Cares COVID-19 Response Fund”.

The goal is to collect and distribute resources to organizations that work with people and communities that might be most adversely impacted by COVID-19.

The foundations will also use a standard online application to simplify and streamline the process for non-profits seeking emergency funds.

The first round of grants will be awarded soon, and those grants will be announced at peoplewhocare.org.

 

Tomorrow, Elyria Schools and Second Harvest will host a mobile food pantry at Eelee Stadium in Elyria.

The distribution will begin at noon.

All cars must enter into the stadium complex through the Oberlin Road gate.

Families are asked to arrive no sooner than 10 minutes prior to opening.

The National Guard will be onsite along with the Elyria Police Department and designated staff members from the Elyria Schools and Second Harvest, to keep traffic moving.

 

From the National Weather Service

Today

Isolated showers. Cloudy, with a high near 44.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

 

Wednesday

Partly cloudy, with a high near 47.

 

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 51.