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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

It’s Wild Card Wednesday.

The Indians and Tampa Bay Rays will play tonight at Progressive Field. Indians Warm Up begins at 7:37, and game time is 8:07 on 95.3, WLKR. The winner will advance to the A.L. Division Series Friday in Boston. The Tribe and Rays played six times this season. Tampa Bay won four of those games by a combined margin of 30-5. The Indians won the other two, 18-0.

Indians fans are encouraged to arrive early for tonight’s American League Wild Card game.  Progressive Field’s gates open at 6 p.m. and festivities are scheduled inside and outside the ballpark up until the first pitch.  Cleveland Police are asking fans to watch for pedestrians and have multiple routes and parking garages in mind to avoid traffic backups.  Fans are also encouraged to use RTA’s buses and trains to get downtown.

 

Police in Willard are investigating yesterday’s crash that killed a 67-year-old bicyclist.

According to reports, Roy Kilgore pulled from the Blossom Center Plaza, and hit the rear of a passing tractor-trailer. Kilgore was pronounced dead at Mercy Willard Hospital.

 

To Bellevue, where a train struck a farm combine.

It happened yesterday morning on Williams Road, near U.S. Route 20. Damage was minor, and no one was injured. There are no gates or lights at the tracks.

 

Union employees at Jamesville Acoustics in Norwalk have rejected the company’s new contract offer.

Sources say the vote against it was ‘overwhelming.’  The current contract will expire in two months.  Janesville is scheduled to close for good in December, 2014.  The two sides have been negotiating several items, including severance packages.

 

Norwalk Safety-Service Director Bob Patusky is reminding residents and solicitors that door-to-door solicitation is allowed in the city.

The reminder comes, after energy company employees recently went from home-to-home, pressing residents for information. Solicitors must obtain a permit from city hall, and pay an $18 fee, and undergo a background check. The permit must be worn by the solicitor, and shown upon request. Norwalk residents who don’t want solicitors to come to their doors may be placed on a ‘Prohibited Address Listing’, simply by calling city hall. The list will be given to each solicitor. Residents may also post ‘No Solicitation’ signs. There are exceptions, including religious and charitable organizations, school sales and political candidates.

 

The family of a Sandusky mom and her two children killed in their home last year want the Prosecutor’s Office to abandon plans to seek Ohio’s death penalty when the accused killer stands trial.

They want Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter to offer Curtis Clinton life in prison with no chance of parole.  Clinton is facing charges connected to the September, 2012 deaths of 23-year-old Heather Jackson, 3-year-old Celina Jackson and 20-month-old Wayne Jackson.  All three were found strangled in their John Street home.  Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday.  Clinton’s trial is scheduled to begin October 28th.

 

New figures show two surrounding counties are near the top, in terms of deer-car crashes.

Richland County was second with 535 deer-car crashes last year. Lorain County was fifth, with 470. Following a statewide trend, both were down, compared to 2012. Throughout Ohio last year, there were about 21,000 deer-car crashes, a decrease of 7.5 percent. Most deer-car crashes occur at dusk and dawn, between October and January.

 

Brown Derby Roadhouse in Perkins Township has shut down.

A sign thanking customers, and apologizing for any inconvenience can be seen on the restaurant’s locked doors.

 

Day One of ObamaCare health exchanges resulted in online chaos.

Thousands of Ohioans jammed the online exchanges yesterday, crashing websites and frustrating applicants.  Organizers hope for a better day today.