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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Yesterday’s weather caused some damage around the area.

Deputies in Huron County received multiple reports of downed trees and power lines, along with high water. In was worse in parts of northeast Ohio. Part of the roof on the Stark County Board of Elections collapsed last night, after heavy rains.

 

Also in Stark County…

Lightning hit Louisville Middle School yesterday afternoon. The strike caused a fire on the roof. No one was hurt.

 

From Norwalk City Hall…

Starting tomorrow, and running through April 29th, paving will begin along all open sections of Gerard Drive, Joel Way, King John Drive, Par Court, Parkridge Court, Patrician Drive, Queen Anne Way and Victorian Circle.  Joel Way will be one lane northbound, while Gerard and Patrician will be one lane southbound.

 

The rain washed out last night’s Tribe-Yankees game at Progressive Field.

No word yet, on a makeup date. With more rain in the forecast today and tonight, the status of tonight’s game is unknown.

 

The Sixth District Court of Appeals has dismissed a Wakeman man’s convictions and sentence, after finding the state violated a plea agreement by re-filing charges it agreed to dismiss.

Robert Tite was arrested in November of 2011, after he was caught with two weapons, while intoxicated. He agreed to plead no contest to two of six misdemeanors, with the remaining counts dropped. Tite later appealed his sentence, and the state re-filed the four charges. He filed a motion to dismiss, but it was denied in Norwalk Municipal Court. A jury then found him guilty of the charges. The ruling by the appeals court to dismiss was unanimous.

 

The highway patrol is looking for a fake trooper, in the Mansfield area.

A woman said she was pulled over this week, by a man driving a black SUV, with a red and blue light bar on the dash. He gave her a warning for speeding, then left. The impersonator was described as 6-1, 230, middle-aged with dark hair and a goatee. He was wearing a gray polo shirt with an insignia, black pants, and had a portable radio.

 

U.S. Route 224, between State Routes 99 and 598 near Willard is closed due to unexpected drainage issues.

According to ODOT, the duration of the closure is unknown.  A detour is in place.

 

Dan Gilbert is now the owner of Detroit’s Greektown Casino.

Michigan gambling regulators approved the sale this week. Gilbert already owns casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati. He also owns Quicken Loans, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Gladiators arena football team, and the Lake Erie Monsters minor-league hockey team.

 

The Perkins Board of Education has approved four years worth of cuts, totaling $12 million.

The list includes eight teachers, plus non-teaching employees.

 

Former Norwalk fire chief Doug Coletta has a new gig.

He’s been named assistant fire chief in Willard. Coletta retired as Norwalk’s fire chief in 2011.

 

Governor John Kasich has picked a new Commerce Director.

Andre Porter is taking over for David Goodman who left for a different state agency.  Porter is a member of the PUCO.  He’ll leave that post for his new job.