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Friday, April 19, 2013

Yesterday’s official high in Norwalk was 84 degrees.

At 6am this morning, it was 70.  By 8am, it was 50.

 

A Greenwich woman is in critical condition, after her van was hit by a tree.

Carrol Hurley was injured yesterday afternoon, on U.S. Route 250 near Olena. She was flown from the scene, to Cleveland Metrohealth Medical Center. Two passengers in the van, Kenneth Hurley and Karen Pelham, both of Greenwich suffered lesser injuries. They were taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Initial reports from the highway patrol said gusty winds may have toppled the tree onto 250. The road was closed for over two hours.

 

No change in the state’s unemployment rate.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it was 7.1 percent in March, the same as February.  406,000 workers were unemployed last month.

 

Teachers at Lorain County JVS have a new contract.

It calls for a wage freeze and higher employee contributions toward health insurance.

 

Just one more day, until the brand new Perry’s Monument quarter is released.

The coin will make its official debut, during tomorrow’s special 11:30am ceremony, at the memorial at Put-In-Bay. The ceremony will feature several speakers, including U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, and a U.S. Mint official. The event will conclude with a coin exchange, where people can buy $10 rolls of Perry quarters. Individual quarters will be sold at the visitor center while supplies last. The ‘heads’ side of the Perry quarter shows George Washington. The ‘tails’ side depicts Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. The new Perry quarter is part of the ‘America the Beautiful’ quarters program, featuring national parks and monuments.

 

Ottawa County authorities are awaiting DNA test results, to ID a victim killed in a Tuesday morning house fire in Benton Township.

Officials said the results may take some time. The early morning blaze destroyed the home, and burned the body beyond recognition.

 

As the mowing season approaches, Norwalk city officials are reminding residents of their responsibility to properly maintain their lawns.

Grass, weeds or vegetation much be kept under six inches.

The city’s limited Spring Trash Pickup begins on Monday. Residents may set out three large items or nine extra bags at no additional charge.

 

A Vermilion man is in big trouble, for an alleged sexual encounter with a 12-year-old girl.

18-year-old Aaron Moriarty is charged with rape. Vermilion police said Moriarty and the girl played a game of ‘Truth or Dare’, then engaged in a sex act last week. Afterward, Moriarty bragged about it on Facebook. He remains in the Erie County Jail, in lieu of $10,000 bond.

 

The FBI says Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s travel center company, Pilot Flying J has engaged in rebate fraud for years.

Official documents also suggest that Haslam knew about the fuel rebate fraud committed by top sales officials at his family business.  Haslam responded by saying “…Any willful wrongdoing by any employee is intolerable.”  NFL officials have declined comment.

 

On the heels of tragic events in Boston and Texas, Cleveland Indians officials have announced plans to participate in a Full-Scale Emergency Training at Progressive Field. 

The exercise will begin at 10:30 Tuesday morning.  Also taking part: Cleveland Police, fire and EMS, EMA and more.