TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd, 2021

In local COVID-19 numbers…

The Erie County Health Department says 4 new deaths were reported from Friday to Monday, for a total of 186 since the pandemic began.  Also, 44 new cases were reported during that time frame.

In Huron County, 16 new cases were reported from Sunday to Monday, with the death holding at 117.

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As the number of nursing-home cases continues to drop due to vaccinations in long-term facilities, Governor Mike DeWine on Monday reminded nursing home staff and families of residents about the status of visitation in Ohio’s nursing homes. 

Visitation is permitted at nursing homes in Ohio if the facilities meet the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services criteria to allow visits. Those include:

-No new onset of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days;

-The facility is not currently conducting outbreak testing; and

-Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports the COVID-19 county positivity rate at less than 10 percent.

What’s called “compassionate care visits” are always permitted, regardless of the criteria.

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An appeals court in Toledo has upheld a Bellevue man’s conviction of involuntary manslaughter, as the Fremont News Messenger reports.

61-year-old John Frost, who was previously sentenced to 7 years in prison, shot and killed 44-year-old John Gibbs at the Bryn Mawr apartment complex in Bellevue in 2018.

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Police in Grafton are reviewing surveillance video of an armed robber who targeted the Dollar general store on North Main.

The robber is seen, wearing a mask, although police describe his clothing as ‘unique’.

You can check out pictures of the suspect on the Grafton Police Facebook page.

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Police in Elyria are reviewing surveillance video of two women, accused of shoplifting from “Best in Pets” on North Abbe Road.

The women reportedly stuffed their purses with items used in an animal tank…along with a 300-dollar tortoise.

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Norwalk has a new safety service director. 

According to the Norwalk Reflector and Norwalk Ohio News.com, Charles “Mike” White has been hired for the position.

White replaces Ralph Fegley, who recently resigned due to health concerns.

White, a current criminal justice professor at Tiffin University, was once the police chief in Monroeville and chief detective for the Norwalk PD.

White will start his new job at the end of April.

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Crime is down, way down, in Erie County, due to the pandemic.  

According to the Sandusky Register, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office 2020 annual report shows that arrests, classified complaint calls, jail bookings and warrants were at their lowest point in 15 years.

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Local school superintendents are waiting for details…but Monday, the Biden administration announced, mandatory annual student exams will still be mandatory this year.

Opponents questioned whether the exams would be relevant, given the impact of COVID-19 on the overall learning process.

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Main Street Lorain is in the market for an Executive Director.

Main Street Lorain has been around for about a year, and President Kurt Herndon says, they’re ready to take the group…and their community activities…to the next level.

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The Little Pioneer Round-Up is back.

Saturday, the Elyria City Schools will host registration for all new and returning pre-school and kindergarten students for the 2021/22 school year.

The registration will run from 9:30am until 11:30 in the Elyria High School dining area.

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SPORTS

-Boys basketball tournament action tips off tonight on 95.3 WLKR.  We’ll bring you Galion at Norwalk, with coverage starting at 6:45 pm.

-The Cleveland Cavaliers look to snap a 10-game losing streak tonight, as they host the Atlanta Hawks.  Tip-off at 7:00 pm.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Partly sunny, breezy, with a high near 38.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers.

Partly sunny, breezy, with a high near 42.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.