Local News

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21st, 2021

Weather making news today, with a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10am…

Travel is tricky in spots, with a lot of slush on the roads.

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Governor Mike DeWine released a statement Tuesday following the George Floyd verdict in Minnesota.

DeWine said that “our system of justice worked”…and…“as we go forward as a nation, we must learn from the tragic death of George Floyd”.

Former Minnesota Police Officer Derek Chauvin (“Show-vin”) was found guilty of second and third degree murder and second degree manslaughter, in the death of Floyd.

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The victim of Saturday’s shooting outside of the Cedar Point Sports Center in Sandusky is the parent of a middle school basketball player coached by the alleged shooter…this according to the Sandusky Register.  

Mario Lacy Sr. of Euclid has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a 33-year-old male in the parking lot of the sports facility.

The victim reportedly received non-life-threatening injuries.

As of Tuesday, Lacy remained in the Erie County Jail.

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In Huron County COVID-19 numbers…

12 new cases were reported on Tuesday.

13 new cases have been reported this week at the Laurels of New London nursing home, 9 of those being residents.

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Today, Lorain County Public Health will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at T-3 Sports near Crushers’ stadium in Avon.

The Moderna vaccine will be offered from 7am until 2pm.

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Friday, the city of Lorain will honor the late poet, Helen Steiner Rice, with Mayor Jack Bradley proclaiming the day in her honor.

A ceremony will be held Friday afternoon outside the Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church on Meister Road.

Rice was born in Lorain in 19-hundred.

April 23rd marks the 40th anniversary of her death.

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The Lorain County Commissioners say, they will decide an annexation request in early May.

A developer from Grafton is asking the commissioners to annex 41 acres of land from Eaton Township to Grafton Village, so he can build 55 houses…the final phase of a 4-phase development.

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While snow is falling, pump prices are going the other way…some service stations jacking up their prices overnight 30 to 40-cents a gallon.

,,,many now charging 2-89-a-gallon…

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Officials at Oberlin College say, they expect to return to a two-semester model when classes resume in the fall.

They went to a three-semester model this year, due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Chalk one up for Huron County.  

According to the Norwalk Reflector, the county was awarded a victory in a legal showdown with Erie County regarding an argument over trash-hauling.

Erie County now owes Huron County for damages for violating a contract involving Erie County’s carrying of Huron County’s trash to the Erie County landfill.

The amount Erie County owes Huron County will be decided in the trial’s next phase.

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A gas main break took place Tuesday in Norwalk at Elm Street and Benedict Avenue.  

The Norwalk Fire Department says if you live near where the break happened and your home smells like gas, to ventilate all appropriate levels of your house.

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Preparations are being made for the City of Sandusky’s ‘Love Where You Live’ cleanup series.  

It begins Saturday with the Citywide Cleanup and Drop-off event.

It will take place at the Shelby Street Boat Launch from 9 to noon.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians lost at home last night to the Chicago White Sox, 8-5.  The teams are scheduled to play again tonight in Cleveland at 6:10 pm, on 95.3 WLKR.

-The Cavs host Chicago tonight at 7:00 pm.

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From the National Weather Service…

*A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 10am today.

Today

Rain and light snow showers likely, mainly before 10:00 am.

Partly cloudy, with a high near 42.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of rain and snow showers.

Widespread frost overnight.

Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

 

Thursday

Widespread frost early.

Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

TUESDAY, APRIL 20th, 2021

It may be spring, but winter weather is on the way…

A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect overnight tonight through 10:00 am Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says that a total of 2 to 6 inches of snow is possible through late tomorrow morning.

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In Huron County COVID-19 numbers…

7 new cases were reported on Monday.

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A Sandusky man has been convicted on sex charges involving a child. 

According to the Sandusky Register, 32-year-old Darius Knight was found guilty on multiple charges including gross sexual imposition and kidnapping.

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Hydrant flushing is scheduled to go on this week in Willard, both on the inside and outside of city limits. 

The City says that customers should not wash their clothes during the flushing, as stains may occur.

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Oberlin College has announced; it will invest 140-million-dollars over 4 years, in replacing its aging steam system with geothermal heating and cooling.

Read all about it…in today’s Chronicle Telegram…

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Road work rolls on in Huron County…

The Cleveland Road ramp to Route 20 westbound is closing today for pavement repairs.

It’s scheduled to be opened back up by Monday.

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New construction on Route 20 bridges over Grafton Road and Route 57 in Lorain County…

Traffic will be maintained, but lane closures are possible.

O-DOT says, the work will continue into August.

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The Erie County Health Department just finished its annual tobacco retail compliance checks.

A total of 40 local retailers in Sandusky and Perkins Township were checked, with an underage informant successfully purchasing tobacco products from 9 retailers.

A total of 77 ½ percent of the stores were found to be in compliance with the law, a decrease from 2020 when the retail compliance rate was 89 percent.

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According to the latest numbers…

Lorain County Public Health reports; the rate of e-cigarette use by young people has tripled in the past 5 years.

The Lorain County Vaping Task Force is working to reduce those

numbers through an action-plan that includes…

  • Introducing an educational campaign in schools
  • Implementing tobacco-free policies across Lorain County
  • and Spearheading a media campaign for young people

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The city of Vermilion has announced; demolition will begin Thursday, of the former Wakefield Mansion near the Lake Erie shoreline.

The building was most recently the home of the Inland Seas Maritime Museum.

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The Columbia Eagles have donated 1-thousand-dollars to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Phil Stammitti says, the money will be used to buy ‘needed equipment’ for deputies that they would not have been able to buy this year.

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They’ll try again next year…

According to the Sandusky Register, the Sandusky Memorial Day parade has been cancelled for this year, due to COVID-19 concerns.

This is the second year in a row that the parade has been called off.

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Thursday, Wesleyan Meadows in Sheffield Village will host a drive-thru donation event, to benefit a food pantry that supports students at Lorain County Community College.

It’ll run from 4 until 6.

The most-needed items…peanut butter and cereal.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Cavaliers lost last night at Detroit, 109-105.

-The Cleveland Indians open up a 2-game series at home versus the Chicago White Sox tonight at 6:10 pm, live on 95.3 WLKR.

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From the National Weather Service…

*A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from tonight at midnight through 10:00 am Wednesday.

 

Today

A chance of rain.

Cloudy, with a high near 42.

 

Tonight

Rain and snow, becoming all snow overnight.

The snow could be heavy at times, with 1 to 3 inches possible.

Low around 32.

 

Wednesday

Snow, possibly mixing with rain after 10am, then gradually ending.

The snow could be heavy at times, with an additional 1 to 3 inches possible.

High near 39.

 

Thursday

Widespread frost early.

Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

MONDAY, APRIL 19th, 2021

Checking COVID-19 numbers…

In Erie County, there were no new reported deaths, with 145 new reported cases from April 9th to 16th.  There have been 209 total fatalities since the pandemic began.

In Huron County, no new cases or deaths were reported from Saturday to Sunday, with the death toll currently at 114.

This comes as the world surpassed the 3-million mark in COVID-19 deaths over the weekend.

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The CDC says, one-half of all Americans…18 and older…have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination.

The feds say, about 32-and-a-half-percent have been fully vaccinated.

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A man from northwest Ohio is due in court…charged with ‘inducing panic’ on the campus of Bowling Green State University.

Authorities issued a ‘shelter in place’ alert yesterday afternoon when a man with a gun was spotted on campus,.

University officials say, it was NOT an ‘active shooter situation”, and no one was hurt.

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A doctor from Port Clinton has been indicted on multiple charges in connection with his medical practice.  

According to the Sandusky Register, 55-year-old Dr. Gregory Gerber, who has a practice in Sandusky, has been charged with 2 counts of health care fraud and 51 counts of distributing controlled substances.

He faces up to 20 years behind bars and a $250,000 fine, if convicted

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The Avon School system is in the market for a new superintendent.

As we first reported on Facebook Friday evening, Mike Laub will become the next superintendent of the North Royalton Schools on July 1st.

He replaces Greg Gurka, who’s retiring.

Laub led the Avon Schools for 9 years.

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Norwalk Area United Fund Executive Director Pat Krause is retiring.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, Krause will be stepping down soon as a replacement is found…after 2 years in the position and at least 25 years overall with the United Fund.

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Roadwork continues in Norwalk this week…

The City says that Elm Street will be closed between Benedict and Norwood Avenues for gas line work.

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a mobile food pantry at Eee-lee Stadium (in Elyria).

It’ll run from 3:30 until 5:30.

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COVID-19 concerns have resulted in the cancellation of another popular event in Lorain County…

Organizers of the Oberlin Chalk Walk have taken to social media to announce, there will be NO chalk walk in downtown Oberlin this year.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians avoided getting swept in a 3-game series at Cincinnati, winning 6-3 on Sunday.

-Alex Bowman was the NASCAR Cup Series winner at Richmond on Sunday.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, breezy, with a high near 66.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers, mainly overnight.

Cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Tuesday

A chance of rain showers, turning into snow at night.

Cloudy, with a high near 43.

 

Wednesday

A chance of rain and light snow showers.

Partly sunny, with a high near 42.