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TUESDAY, JUNE 2nd, 2020

As George Floyd protests continued throughout the nation on Monday, Sandusky saw their second straight day of peaceful protesting, this time at Schade Mylander Plaza.

A curfew continues in downtown Cleveland at least through 8 o’clock tonight.  Again today, traffic will be re-directed, passed the downtown area.

In Columbus…a night time curfew remains in effect until further notice.

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An Amherst man faces a list of charges, including impersonating a police officer, after a recent traffic stop in Vermilion on Liberty Avenue.

55 year-old Dorsey Michael Fields was also charged with OVI, open container, driving under suspension, no headlights, crossing marked lanes and littering.

Police reportedly found multiple firearms and ammo along with a police-style vest and hat in Field’s vehicle.

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Area COVID-19 numbers…

Erie County saw an increase of 6 cases on Monday; taking them to 166 confirmed cases.

In Huron County, 2 cases were reported Monday for a total of 60 confirmed cases.

Statewide, Ohio sits at just over 33,500 confirmed cases and is closing in on 2,000 confirmed fatalities.
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Two road work projects are on their way to Monroeville next week…

The Norwalk Reflector reports that next Tuesday, lane changes will be in effect on Route 20 at the construction site for the Monroeville Municipal Complex for the installation of a sanitary sewer line.

Also, on June 12th, look out for delays on Milan Avenue and River Road during the first phase of a pavement project.
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Second Harvest Food Bank will have a free food distribution event this afternoon….

It will run from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at Vermilion Elementary School

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The village of Wellington is installing three more cameras in the downtown area to improve safety.

6 cameras are already in service.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram…

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The Lorain County Commissioners have agreed to annex about 27 acres of land from Eaton Township to the village of Grafton.

The property is just east of downtown Grafton…and is surrounded by the village.

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Brunswick is the latest community to cancel its 4th of July fireworks celebration.

In North Ridgeville, city officials are weighing their options, while assessing state-mandates regarding health and safety.

Avon Lake previously cancelled its fireworks event.

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A quick heads-up for Perkins Township residents…

The Township says you might see employees out and about in a number of locales working on a neighborhood housing study.

They workers will be collecting data for grant applications for local improvement projects.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.

 

Wednesday

A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

MONDAY, JUNE 1st, 2020

Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota took over larger towns and cities over the weekend nationwide.

In Ohio, larger cities like Cleveland and Columbus have been put on curfew after some protests turned violent; while protests remained pretty much calm in mid-level, local cities such as Sandusky, Lorain, and Mansfield.

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Police in Lorain have announced, they will form a community-driven, use-of-force advisory board.

The announcement came yesterday afternoon from Lt. Daniel Reinhardt, after a peaceful protest march moved through the city, in response to the George Floyd death in Minneapolis.

Lorain Police Chief Jim McCann was one of several police officers who took part in the march.

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A man was fired from a Sandusky-area restaurant after allegedly making racist and homophobic comments on social media.

According to the Sandusky Register, the Applebee’s worker allegedly referenced the death of George Floyd and made a homophobic slur.

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Checking local Corona Virus numbers…

Erie County had no new cases reported Sunday to leave them at 160.

Huron County had 1 new case Sunday to make for a total of 58; this after an increase in eight cases last week.

The state currently sits at over 33,000 confirmed cases with 1,900-plus confirmed fatalities.

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Childcare providers may resume service today if they meet state-mandated protocols.

The state is helping pave the way by funneling federal money to childcare centers, family childcare, and public and private providers.

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Today, more city halls are re-opening, with health-and-safety protocols.

Among them; Lorain and Sandusky City Halls…

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Fire damaged a house and garage and part of another house Sunday night in Norwalk.

A neighbor told the Norwalk Reflector that the blaze on Benedict Avenue began in the garage and spread.

There were no apparent injuries.

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Police in Lorain are asking anyone with information about a shooting on West 24th, to come forward.

Friday afternoon, police were called to a residence, where the homeowner reportedly shot one of three people trying to force their way in.

Police say, 18 year old Francisco Smith Junior was taken to the hospital.

Two others have been charged with ‘attempted aggravated burglary’.

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Road work in Huron County…

Starting this week, Route 224, between Lane Road and Greenwich Milan Townline Road, will have single lane closures for a bridge repair project.

The work should be completed sometime this month.

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In North Ridgeville, Emerald Street will close tomorrow (Tuesday) for one week…part of the Center Ridge Road widening project.

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A portion of a major thoroughfare in Lorain County closes today for the month of June.

Detour signs are going up on Route 113 between Route 58 and Oberlin Road so crews can replace a culvert.

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Second Harvest Food Bank has four drive-thru free food pantry events set for this week.

Tuesday, at Vermilion Elementary School

Wednesday, at Black River Landing in Lorain

Thursday, at both Willard City Park and Strobel Field in Sandusky

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The West River Branch of the Elyria Public Library System is back in business…for call-ahead, curbside pick-up.

Check out the library’s website for specific hours.

Patrons may also use ‘holds lockers’, 24/7.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 73.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers, mainly overnight.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the early morning.

Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It’s not a forecast that we like.

But the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland says we could get between 2 and 4 inches of snow tomorrow night.

 

A two-car crash in New London Township sent two people to two different hospitals.

It happened at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, at the intersection of State Route 162 and Butler Road. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Norwalk Post, 18-year-old Nicholas Herner of Huron failed to yield at a stop sign, and was hit on the driver’s side by 41-year-old Marandie Kruki of Wakeman.

Herner suffered incapacitating injuries, and was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kruki suffered serious injuries as well, and was flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. Yesterday’s crash remains under investigation.

 

A head-on crash in Sandusky County claimed a northwest Ohio man, and injured a Milan man.

As we first told you yesterday, the crash occurred just before 6:30am on U.S. Route 6 near Fremont. The highway patrol said 49-year-old Kenneth Saam of Bradner went left of center, and hit a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Alexander Winkler Jr. of Milan. Saam, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Winkler was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

The Sandusky Mall is losing one of its anchor stores.

Longtime tenant Sears will close, mostly likely by late June. The decision will affect the department store itself and the Sears Auto Center. More than 40 people will be out of work. A liquidation sale will begin later this month.

 

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the Huron County Commissioners will be held at Norwalk High School…The commissioners will convene at 9am.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will conduct a post-election audit of the March 15th primary, starting at 8:30 this morning in the board office in Norwalk.

 

Two Republican state lawmakers will gather with area school officials, to announce new legislation to give school districts a second option in participating in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission.

State Senator Randy Gardner and State Representative Steve Arndt will discuss the proposal at 11 this morning, at Port Clinton High School. A statement from Gardner’s office says the new program would allow districts which have not received state funds for school construction or renovations to qualify for technology infrastructure or security funding sooner than the current construction and renovation program would allow.

 

An armed standoff at a home in Port Clinton ended peacefully last night.

31-year-old Melissa Muirhead surrendered at approximately 8pm, after holding authorities at bay for seven hours. Officials said Muirhead is an Iraq veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She was taken to a VA hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

 

It appears the city of Norwalk will not spray for mosquitoes this summer, because of the expense and a question of effectiveness.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

They’ll try again today.

The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox will open this season this afternoon, at 1:10. The game will air on 95.3 WLKR. Yesterday’s game was postponed shortly after 2:30. The club issued a statement, blaming a changed forecast and wind chills dropping into the teens.

 

A convicted child rapist from Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.

51-year-old Michael Walls was sentenced yesterday to eight life sentences. He has no chance at parole. Walls stood trial last month in Erie County Common Pleas Court, and was found guilty on more than 20 counts of rape. Officials said Walls raped a girl multiple times a week from the time she was 3 or 4, into her teens. During yesterday’s hearing, Walls said he was innocent, and said he plans to appeal his conviction and sentence.

 

Norwalk police are still looking for a man who swiped more than $1,200 worth of beer and liquor from Gardner’s SuperValue.

It happened at 4pm last Tuesday. According to Captain Mike Conney, the man loaded up his cart twice, and left the store undetected both times.

He made off in a gray newer-model Toyota Camry. The man is described as heavy-set, bald and 40 to 45. Pictures of the man have been posted on the Norwalk Police Department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information should contact the Norwalk Police Department.

 

Ground will be broken this Friday, for the Cedar Point Sports Center at the former Griffing- Sandusky Airport site on Cleveland Road.

Officials said phase one of the youth sports facility will include nine multipurpose synthetic turf fields, four NCAA regulation baseball fields, a championship baseball and softball stadium, eight NCAA regulation lacrosse fields, sports-specific training areas and an ADA-accessible community use field. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 2 Friday afternoon. Phase one is expected to be complete by this fall, with spring and summer of 2017 serving as the inaugural season for Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center.

 

Former Ohio State University marching band director Jonathon Waters will again lead a college band.

He’s been hired as an assistant professor of music, and director of bands at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. Waters was dismissed by Ohio State in the summer of 2014, after an investigation revealed the OSU band contained a ‘sexualized culture.’

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

It’ll be a cold, blustery day for Cleveland Indians baseball.

The season opener against the Boston Red Sox is scheduled to begin at 4:10 this afternoon. The forecast for Cleveland calls for rain and snow showers to move out by game time, but windy conditions will continue, with temperatures falling to about 33. We’ll broadcast live from Progressive Field, starting at 1 this afternoon. You’ll hear comments from Cleveland Indians players and front office personnel, and we’ll get you ready for today’s game. Then we’ll join the Indians Radio Network for Indians Warm-Up at 3:37, leading up to today’s scheduled 4:10 start time on 95.3 WLKR.

 

Two Norwalk High School students are facing charges, for allegedly selling marijuana at school last month.

The girls, ages 16 and 17 are charged with marijuana trafficking. They’ll answer to the charges in Huron County Juvenile Court.

 

A Huron County grand jury has charged two local men, in connection with different sex crimes.

19-year-old Nathanial ‘JR’ Parsons of New London is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The charges stem from two alleged incidents with a now 15-year-old girl. One occurred last fall, the other in February.

Also charged by the grand jury: 62-year-old Thomas J. McDaniel of Willard. He’s facing a single count of sexual battery, for the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in late February.

 

Governor John Kasich is in New York today.

On the schedule: campaign stops at Hofstra University and Huntington.

 

An elected official in Sandusky says he has doubts about the future of Ohio Bike Week, which typically runs between late May and early June.

Dennis Murray Jr. serves as a city commissioner and ex-officio mayor. According to the Sandusky Register, Murray said one of the chief complaints about Ohio Bike Week is excessive noise caused by hundreds of motorcycles. The city of Sandusky recently signed a five-year contract extension with Ohio Bike Week, through 2021. In the story, Murray said the city would honor the contract, but may not renew it unless changes are made.

 

More news from Sandusky…

It appears a city commissioner is going to jail, for not paying child support.

Court paperwork shows Greg Lockhart must report to the Erie County Jail by April 15th, to begin serving a 30-day sentence. His attorney appealed the sentence to the Ohio Supreme Court, but the motion was denied. Lockhart won a four-year term last fall. Despite the pending jail term, it appears Lockhart’s spot on the commission is safe.

 

A decision won’t be made tomorrow night, but Norwalk City Council will hear the first reading of legislation allowing golf carts on city streets.

As we told you last week, members of city council will debate the pros and cons. The measure could be approved as is, modified or voted down.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016

State regulators have approved a plan that will lead to higher electric bills for many Ohio consumers.

Despite opposition from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio okayed the plan yesterday. FirstEnergy customers will pay more to subsidize the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, while American Electric Power customers will pay more to subsidize an aging coal-fired plant. The average residential customer will see an average monthly bill increase of about $10. The rate hike will begin in June.

 

Another victory, for supporters of medical marijuana…

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified a proposal to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the Buckeye State. The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must now collect more than 300,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

 

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a recent fire in Clyde.

The March 6th blaze damaged the Clyde Car Wash on West Maple Street, and nearby storage units. Investigators quickly ruled the cause as arson. Anyone with information should contact the Clyde Police Department.

 

Perkins school officials appear close to hiring a new treasurer.

Out of 33 applicants, two are finalists. One is Daniel Bowman, current treasurer of the Parma Schools. The other is Cheryl Swisher, treasurer of Van Buren Schools. A decision could come this month.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has honored eight Huron County employers for their strong workplace safety records.

To receive an award, a business must have at least 500,000 hours and six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

Leading the list: David Price Metal Services in Norwalk…The company worked nearly 1.2 million hours without a serious injury. Also on the list: Delany Staffing Group, Kaiser-Wells, LakePark Industries, New Horizons Baking Company, the Norwalk Public Library, PolyOne, and Wiers Farm.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Could golf carts be allowed on Norwalk city streets?

This week, city council discussed proposed legislation that would give the green light to golf-carts and other “under-speed” vehicles on the streets of Norwalk. According to Councilman Chris Mushett, the legislation will be up for first reading next week. Mushett also said the measure could eventually be approved as-is, modified or voted down.

 

A Willard resident is in critical condition, after crashing her pickup truck in New Haven Township.

According to the Norwalk Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 65-year-old Joyce Zellner suffered serious head injuries, after driving off State Route 99 at Fisher Street late Tuesday night. Troopers said her truck vaulted over Fisher Street, and came to rest in a nearby yard.

As we first told you yesterday, Zellner was taken by ambulance to Mercy Willard Hospital, then was air-lifted to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. The crash remains under investigation.

 

A vote scheduled for later today could have an impact on your electric bill.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will decide if consumers should pay more to subsidize certain aging coal-fired and nuclear power plants, modernize the power grid, reduce carbon emissions and guarantee profits. First Energy and AEP want the PUCO to approve a plan that would charge customers higher rates over the next eight years. The average increase would be approximately $100 a year. If approved, the plan would take effect June 1st.

 

The Edison school board will meet in special session at 6 tonight, at Edison Elementary…Public action is expected.

 

She’s being called a serial thief of tip jars, and now, she’s in jail.

29-year-old Stefanie Eshack of Norton is accused of stealing tip jars from businesses in Rocky River, Garfield Heights, Fairview Park, Westlake, Parma, North Olmsted and Avon. Police were able to connect Eshack to the string of thefts, by reviewing video footage at each location. She was arrested Tuesday.

 

Scenes for the ‘Fast and Furious 8’ will be shot in Cleveland.

Filming could begin as soon as next month. The movie is scheduled to be released in April of next year.

Friday, April 1, 2016

State regulators have approved a plan that will lead to higher electric bills for many Ohio consumers.

Despite opposition from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio okayed the plan yesterday. FirstEnergy customers will pay more to subsidize the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant, while American Electric Power customers will pay more to subsidize an aging coal-fired plant. The average residential customer will see an average monthly bill increase of about $10. The rate hike will begin in June.

 

Another victory, for supporters of medical marijuana…

The Ohio Ballot Board has certified a proposal to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in the Buckeye State. The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must now collect more than 300,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November ballot.

 

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a recent fire in Clyde.

The March 6th blaze damaged the Clyde Car Wash on West Maple Street, and nearby storage units. Investigators quickly ruled the cause as arson. Anyone with information should contact the Clyde Police Department.

 

Perkins school officials appear close to hiring a new treasurer.

Out of 33 applicants, two are finalists. One is Daniel Bowman, current treasurer of the Parma Schools. The other is Cheryl Swisher, treasurer of Van Buren Schools. A decision could come this month.

 

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has honored eight Huron County employers for their strong workplace safety records.

To receive an award, a business must have at least 500,000 hours and six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.

Leading the list: David Price Metal Services in Norwalk…The company worked nearly 1.2 million hours without a serious injury. Also on the list: Delany Staffing Group, Kaiser-Wells, LakePark Industries, New Horizons Baking Company, the Norwalk Public Library, PolyOne, and Wiers Farm.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

By order of Mayor Rob Duncan, all flags in Norwalk are to fly at half-staff until 7 tonight, to honor veterans who served in Vietnam.

 

Yesterday marked 43 years since the final troops returned to the U.S. from Vietnam, marking the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

 

 

The Ohio Department of Transportation Department is kicking off its 2016 construction season by announcing more than 1,100 projects across the state.

 

The cost of those projects will top $2 billion. 81 projects are planned for the eight-county region of District 3, which includes Huron and Erie counties. The total investment in District 3 will be $170 million.

 

 

A new report shows the number of pedestrians hit and killed by cars in Ohio during the first half of last year rose dramatically.

According to the report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, 56 pedestrians were killed in Ohio between January 1st and June 30th of 2015. That’s an increase of nearly 125%, compared to the same period in 2014. The average percentage increase for all states was 6%.

 

The “Price is Right Live!” is coming to the area this fall.

Based on the popular TV game show, the interactive stage show has given away more than $10 million in cash and prizes since its inception nine years ago. The “Price is Right Live!” will take place at the Sandusky State Theatre November 15th. Tickets will go on sale at 10am this Friday. For more information, go to sanduskystate.com or priceisrightlive.com.

 

The Huron County Board of Elections will meet at 8 this morning, to certify the results of the March 15th primary election.

 

 

Lorain city officials are working to hammer out a budget-plan by tomorrow’s state-mandated deadline.

 

Council members will get together tonight to review their options to overcome a projected deficit of $3.5 million. Those options include unpaid furloughs of city workers and a tax-credit-reduction for those who live in the city but work elsewhere.

 

 

In case you didn’t notice, gas prices have increased to $2.09 at many stations in Norwalk and Willard.