Local News

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2021

Sandusky Police are investigating the report of gun shots fired at a house early Thursday. 

According to the Sandusky Register, no one was home at the time of the incident on Taylor Street.

The bullets went through a porch swing and the house’s siding.

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Elyria Police continue their investigation into yesterday’s fatal crash on Route 57 near North Abbe Road.

Two people were killed. Three others were hurt.

Police believe, 57 year old Kenneth Burdick of Lorain lost control of his semi, and crossed over into the southbound lanes, striking three vehicles.

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Checking COVID numbers…

Huron County had 53 new cases reported on Thursday.

Ohio had 7,400 reported new cases on Thursday, about 900 more than the 21-day average.

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To encourage eligible kids to get vaccinated against COVID, Governor Mike DeWine has announced the Ohio Vax-2-School program, which will be open to Ohioans aged 12 to 25 years old, and will be similar to the scholarship portion of the successful Vax-a-Million program. 

Prizes will include 50 scholarships worth $10,000 each and five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education.

Prizes will be announced Monday through Friday beginning the week of October 11th.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with five other nearby state law enforcement agencies to focus on criminal patrol enforcement last week. 

During the project, nearly 10,000 grams of marijuana was removed from Ohio’s roadways.

Additionally, seven people were arrested on felony marijuana charges and 57 others were charged with other felony drug arrests.

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The Norwalk Area United Fund held their campaign kickoff breakfast yesterday at the Norwalk Eagles Club.

This year’s campaign goal is $415,000, which will go to support 26 local programs.

Awards were also handed out…

Fisher-Titus Medical Center won the Cornerstone Award, for their work in the community during the COVID pandemic.

Reverend Amy Little received the John Emlinger Extra Mile Award.

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Huron County first responders partnered with Norwalk Saint Paul High School for their Homecoming Mock Crash on Thursday.

The event was organized by St. Paul students to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and distracted driving.

Approximately 300 students stood silently in a parking lot watching as the entire Mock Crash scene unfolded, that included two students being killed and a student being charged with OVI.

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Former Lorain County Prosecutor Greg White has been named to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

…one of 20 inductees this year.

White served in Vietnam, and later, earned a law degree.

A virtual induction program is scheduled for Veterans Day in November.

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It’s almost clean-up time in Sandusky. 

Sandusky’s city-wide clean-up event is set for tomorrow from 9 am to 12 noon at the Shelby Street Boat Launch

Those looking to drop-off unwanted items must be Sandusky residents, with a photo ID required.

The list of approved and non-approved items is listed on the City of Sandusky’s Facebook page.

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The Stocker Arts Center of Lorain County Community College has announced plans for its “Performing Artists Series”…

…kicking off October 15th with a country band, Farewell Angelina…

…followed in November by “Rick Nelson Remembered”, featuring his twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar.

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SPORTS

-The Indians split a day-night doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, falling 7-2 in Game One and winning the night cap 5-3.

-NFL Thursday Night Football: Carolina beat Houston 24-9.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 72.

 

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around 52.

 

Saturday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

High near 68.

 

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2021

Clean up begins today after rain, storms and high winds caused some damage in the area on Wednesday.

There were reported downed trees and limbs, along with some power outages.

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Looking at COVID numbers…

In Huron County, 57 new cases were reported on Wednesday.

Statewide, there were 6,800 cases reported on Wednesday, just above the 21-day average.

149 of the new COVID cases came from Lorain County.

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The Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office will investigate whether an Elyria police officer used ‘excessive force’ during an arrest Tuesday on Melvyn Lane.

This…after witness-video began popping up on social media.

Officer Michael Walker is on ‘paid administrative leave’.

The suspect…18-year-old Markese White…has been charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

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A 5-member committee has been put together to find Sandusky’s new fire chief. 

According to the Sandusky Register, the committee of local leaders will be in charge of recruiting and interviewing candidates and then suggesting their pick for the new chief to City Manager Eric Wobser (WUB-ser).

Sandusky has been without a chief since the retirement of Rick Wilcox in August of 2020.

Fire Captain Jim Green is serving as Interim Chief.

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It’s official. 

Green Circle Growers has sold 5 of its 30 acres on Cline Street in Norwalk to Corso’s Flower and Garden Center that both companies will use for housing for seasonal, migrant workers.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the sale was overseen by Norwalk Mayor Dave Light.

Green Circle Growers is set to build a 75-unit multi-family facility, while Corso’s is building a 3-unit multi-family complex.

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Columbia Gas has begun two major projects in Lorain County…replacing aging gas lines in Elyria and Lorain.

Columbia Gas says, requires only a brief interruption to natural gas service, and crews will contact affected customers to schedule shut off and relight appointments.

The work will continue for several months.

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Everyone seems to be hiring…including the City of Norwalk.

They’re looking for part-time reserve police officers as well as substitute crossing guards.

Those interested may contact the Norwalk PD.

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The City of Elyria and several partners will host the community’s first official “Hack-a-thon”, the weekend of October 22nd, at Lorain County Community College.

Participants will ‘hack together’ possible solutions to more than half-a- dozen issues, including;

  • Community violence and crime
  • Social, emotional and mental wellness
  • Park service
  • Business support
  • Unemployment
  • Travel and Tourism

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a drive-thru, mobile food pantry at Lorain High School on Ashland Avenue.

It’ll run from 4:30 until 6 pm.

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A grant of over $2,000 from the Huron County Community Foundation has been awarded to Citizens Ambulance Service.  

The money allowed Citizens Ambulance to give out 60 first aid and bleeding control kits to organizations and individuals around Wakeman.

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Elementary students in the Elyria School System are better equipped, thanks to a long-time partner of the school system.

Employees of Ridgid Tools organized a back-to-school drive, and collected everything from pens and pencils to glue-sticks and backpacks.

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SPORTS

-The Indians and Royals were rained out last night in Cleveland.  They’ll make it up on Monday.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers, mainly after noon.

Cloudy, with a high near 57.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 72.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd

Weather, one of the top stories today…

Expect rain throughout the day, heavy at times, with multiple inches possible; along with some expected high winds.

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In area COVID statistics…

Erie County saw 2 new deaths and 354 new reported cases during the time frame of September 12th to 18th.  The death toll is now 222 in Erie County since the pandemic began

In Huron County, 1 new death and 57 new cases were reported on Tuesday. The death toll in Huron County is now at 128.

The state saw 6,800 new cases on Tuesday, just above the 21-day average.

There were 459 newly-reported hospitalizations in Ohio on Tuesday, the highest number of new hospitalizations since January.

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In Wellington, the school board has voted 4 to 1 against a mask mandate.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, the vote came after a discussion in which many parents said, the decision…whether to mask…should come from THEM, NOT the school board.

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The man who led the Cleveland Catholic Diocese for 25 years has died.

Former Bishop Anthony Pilla was 88.

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A Huron County crash on Monday led to two people going to the hospital.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, authorities say a car driven by 79-year-old Paul Weidinger ran a stop sign on Hasbrock Road and collided with a pickup truck driven by 36-year-old Aaron Robinson of Norwalk on New State Road.

Paul Weidinger and passenger, 75-year-old Shannon Weidinger, were both taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with minor ailments.

Robinson refused medical treatment.

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New statewide unemployment figures have been released.

According to the Sandusky Register, Erie County now sits as the 27th worst unemployment rate in the state, out of Ohio’s 88 counties.

This comes after being tied for the worst rate a few months ago.

Erie County’s rate is 5.7 percent, while Huron County checks in at 5.3 percent.

The state’s unemployment stayed the same over the last month at 5.4 percent.

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A federal grand jury in Cleveland has indicted 14 residents of Lorain County on drug charges involving the distribution of crack cocaine.

The feds say, Carlos Gonzalez led a drug gang, based in Lorain.

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Huron County Public Health is set to host 4 flu shot clinics next month…

…The first one being in Norwalk on October 8th from 2 to 4 pm at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church on Benedict Avenue.

The others will take place throughout the month in New London, Wakeman and Willard.

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Final preparations are underway for this year’s Lorain County Fall Farm Tour.

There are 5 stops on Saturday’s self-guided tour…including;

  • The Whitney Farm on Route 511 in Oberlin
  • Fenik’s Sweet Corn on Lake Avenue in Elyria
  • The C-L-A Angus Farm on Route 58 in Oberlin
  • Polen Implement on Oberlin-Elyria Road in Elyria
  • Steve and Diane Jackson’s Farm on Oberlin Road in Oberlin

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The City of Sandusky’s neighborhood ice cream social events continue this evening.

It will take place at Central Park on Fulton Street, starting at 7 pm.

The event allows residents to mingle with City Commissioners and staff as well as find out about new projects in their area.

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Preparations are underway, to expand the Avon branch of the Lorain Public Library System.

Outside, crews have removed landscaping.

Inside, they’ve sealed off walls.

Expansion plans call for the library to nearly double in size…thanks to voters who approved a money-issue.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians picked up a win last night against Kansas City, 4-1.

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From the National Weather Service…

A Flood Watch and Wind Advisory are both in effect now through Thursday morning.

 

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.

High near 68.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms.   Breezy.

Some of the storms could produce heavy rain.

Low around 51.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.  Breezy.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 2021

Funeral arrangements have been announced for a Huron County teen who recently passed away. 

Monroeville High School senior Delaney Giles was 17.

Calling hours will take place this Thursday from 2 to 8 pm at the Huron County Fairgrounds Expo Building.

Funeral services will then be held at the same location on Friday at 11 am.

Giles was involved in multiple sports at Monroeville, as well as many clubs.

She was also recently named the school’s Homecoming Queen.

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A preliminary hearing will take place Thursday for a Willard man accused of killing the mother of his children earlier this month.

According to the Sandusky Register, bond has been set for 1-and-a-half million dollars for 44-year-old Javier Lopez.

Lopez has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of 45-year-old Margarita Roblero-Perez.

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Police in Lorain say, a man struck by a train last week, has died.

James Hughes was 47.

Police say, Hughes was walking along the tracks near West Erie Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, September 15th, when he was struck by the train.

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In COVID numbers…

30 new cases were reported in Huron County on Monday.

The number of COVID cases in Lorain County continues to climb.…now…953 active cases, up from 875 a week ago…and up from only 10 in early July.

Statewide, 4,800 cases were reported Monday, below the 21-day average of 6,500.

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The driver of a car was hurt in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Huron County.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the crash occurred at Route 250 and Zenobia Road involving a car and semi-truck, with the car’s driver taken from the scene by medical helicopter.

No names have been released.

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In North Ridgeville…city officials have opened discussions on plans, for a possible peanut-shaped roundabout at Stoney Ridge, Mills, and Avalon Drive.

Supporters say, the roundabout will improve traffic flow and safety.

Opponents say, they’re not so sure…especially at Avalon.

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Second Harvest Food Bank will be bringing their mobile food pantry to Willard today.

It’ll be held from 3 to 5 pm at Willard Park.

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Sandusky’s city-wide cleanup event has been planned for this Saturday.

It will run from 9 am to 12 noon at the Shelby Street Boat Launch, with residents allowed to bring unwanted household items for disposal.

A complete list of approved items can be found on the City of Sandusky’s Facebook page.

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Tomorrow, Lorain County Community College will host the first of three “Family Fall Fests”…at its Learning Centers in Wellington, Lorain and North Ridgeville.

The first…tomorrow in Wellington…from 4 until 7.

The Fall Fests will feature kids’ activities, health screenings and of course, information about LCCC classes and programs.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies yesterday in Lorain…for a Story Walk Trail at the Black River Landing…

It’s an inter-active reading experience for children…with the Lorain Public Library System changing out stories, each month.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians were swept by Kansas City in a doubleheader on Monday, 7-2 and 4-2, at Progressive Field.

-In Monday Night Football, Green Bay defeated Detroit 35-17.

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From the National Weather Service…

*A Flood Watch is in effect tonight through Thursday morning.

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Low around 60.

 

Wednesday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.

High near 67.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, 2021

A Willard man accused of stabbing his wife to death last week is now back in Huron County.

Margarita Roblero-Perez was 45.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, 44-year-old Javier Lopez had been in a Toledo hospital recovering from serious injuries suffered when he crashed his car during a pursuit with law enforcement following the alleged stabbing that occurred in an apartment on Wessor Avenue in Willard.

Lopez is in the Huron County Jail, charged with murder.

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The feds continue their investigation into the crash of a small plane in Wadsworth.

64-year-old Robert Taylor of Medina was killed.

He was the only person on the plane that crashed during takeoff from Wadsworth Municipal Airport.

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Looking at COVID numbers…

In Huron County, 26 new cases were reported on Sunday.

2 new deaths were also reported this past weekend in Huron County, taking the death toll to 127 since the pandemic began.

4,400 cases were reported statewide on Sunday, below the 21-day average of 6,400.

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A robbery at a Sandusky-area bank…

Perkins Township Police say the First Federal bank on Route 250 was robbed Friday morning.

The suspect is described as a black male wearing a woman’s dress, head covering and dark sunglasses.

No injuries were reported.

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A Lorain man is due in court…arrested Friday on an outstanding warrant…

Police and the FBI say, when they arrested 26-year-old Tyren Cervenak in a home on West 11th, they confiscated a drug, a bulletproof vest and drugs.

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A Norwalk man was not seriously hurt after police say he struck several objects on the road while driving drunk on Saturday night.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, police reported that 32-year-old David Lichtle hit a street sign, 2 utility poles and 8 mailboxes before coming to rest near a house on North West Street.

Lichte was charged with OVI.

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Tonight, the lights will shine on a portion of Detroit Road in Avon.

Night work will begin on milling, then paving, Detroit from Avon Commons Drive to just east of Nagle Road.

Traffic will go down to one lane, with flaggers on hand.

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COVID concerns have forced the cancellation of another in-person, signature event.

The Second Harvest Food Bank has cancelled their scaled-back Generous Helpings fundraiser, scheduled for Sunday.

Supporters may donate their ticket purchases, and take part in an online raffle.

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The Perkins Township Fire Department is set to host an Open House event next month. 

According to the Sandusky Register, it will take place October 10th and will feature demonstrations, equipment on display and includes an opportunity for the public to meet and greet with firefighters.

Hours for the event are from 11 to 3 at the firehouse near Great Wolf Lodge on Route 250.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Browns won their home opener on Sunday, 31-21, over the Houston Texans.

-The Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees on the road on Sunday, 11-1.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

High near 80.