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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dr. Phil show to feature Gravelle siblings

Two victims of the 2005 infamous Gravelle ‘caged kids’ case in rural Wakeman will reunite on the “Dr. Phil” show on Wednesday.

Eighteen year-old Simon will be surprised by being reunited with an adopted sibling for the first time in 10 years .

Their parents, Michael and Sharen Gravelle, were sentenced in 2007 to prison time for child endangering after making their children sleep in cage-like enclosures.

The show will air Wednesday at 5:00 pm on WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland and 4:00 pm on WTOL Channel 11 in Toledo.

 

Norwalk woman facing felony OVI charges

A 40 year-old Norwalk woman faces a fourth-degree felony OVI charge.

It was the fourth OVI arrest in the last 10 years for Chelsea Mundy of North Prospect Street; meaning the OVI would be raised to a felony.

Mundy’s latest arrest for speeding and OVI took place on U.S. 250 in Huron Township.

 

Cedar Point improving security

Cedar Point is adding some extra security measures for this season; as the park said they will be installing metal detectors at all of their entrances.

Cedar Point opens May 6th.

The new 18-acre ‘Cedar Point Shores Water Park’ opens its’ gates on Saturday, May 27th.

 

Sandusky receives $100,000 grant to clean up former gas station site

Sandusky officials have received another $100,000 grant from the state to clean up a site previously occupied by a gas station.

According to the Sandusky Register, the city has been awarded a second $100,000 grant; which they will be using to remove a third underground storage tank at the former Sunoco gas station on Tiffin Avenue.

The money will also pay for the eliminating of any contaminated soil and the demolishing of all remaining structures.

 

Perry’s Memorial likely closed this year for repairs

Perry’s Victory and Peace Memorial on Put-in-Bay will likely not re-open to visitors this year.

The monument is slated for repairs; all part of a $1.8 million federal-funded project including the re-pointing of the exterior monument column and interior tile work.

 

Norwalk Rotary Pizza Bakeoff is tonight

The Norwalk Rotary Club is hosting their 18th annual ‘Pizza Bakeoff’ tonight at Norwalk High School.

The event features pizza from seven different area parlors with money raised going to the Rotary’s ‘Caring for Kids’ programs.

It runs from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/25

Today

Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. High near 74.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Thursday

Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 78.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Missing Vermilion man found dead

A Vermilion man reported missing earlier this month has been found dead from an apparent suicide.

22 year-old Michael Penton of Mason Road had been missing since April 9th after walking out of his parent’s house without his personal belongings.

Police discovered Penton’s body Friday morning in the woods surrounding his home.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Department told the Sandusky Register there were no signs of foul play.

 

Drug epidemic likely at an all-time high in Sandusky

New statistics show that Sandusky’s drug epidemic is likely the worst its’ ever been.

The Sandusky Fire Department said the number of times Narcan was used to revive overdose victims has increased from 43 people in 2013 to 173 in 2016; with 77 people so far this year.

The average before that being around five per year.

Those numbers coming from a panel discussion on Opioid addiction Saturday at the Erie County Office Building; including Sandusky and Perkins first responders and administrators.

 

Woman from Chile faces deportation after theft incident in Sandusky

An incident in the Best Buy parking lot in Sandusky leaves a woman from Chile facing deportation.

Authorities found over $5,000 worth of stolen electronics in her car after an incident Saturday evening where a man allegedly dropped three sets of expensive headphones from his shirt while running from the store.

The man got away; but the 20 year-old woman was identified as being with the man in a car near the store.   She was later processed for deportation by the Border Patrol after being taken to the Erie County Jail.

 

Get ‘Dressed for Success” at Goodwill before Hiring Fair

The Huron County Department of Job and Family Services are hosting a hiring fair on Wednesday.

But before you go, you can ‘dress for success’ by attending an event today with Goodwill.

‘Dress for Success’ runs today from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at The Job Store at Huron County Job and Family Services in Norwalk; where attendees will receive ‘bonus bucks’ from Goodwill to pick out a new outfit to wear at the hiring fair.

 

Infrastructure work continues in Norwalk

Roadwork continues in Norwalk this week on two infrastructure projects.

For the Milan Avenue Project, traffic will be maintained while utilities are re-located on both sides of Milan Avenue from East Main to League Street.

Also, Old State Road between Akron Road and Executive Drive will be closed for the Old State Widening Phase 1 Project.

Construction is expected to last through at least the first week of May.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/24

Today

Sunny, breezy, with a high near 57.

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sandusky man facing murder charge

A Sandusky man accused of killing a 19 year-old Lorain County man will have his case heard by a grand jury.

Matthew Mason faces a murder charge in the death of Ricardo Calloway at his Lorain home.

Mason was on the run for a week in Maine before authorities captured him; along with finding cocaine and heroin.

 

Wakeman preschool aide allegedly assaulted during field trip

A Wakeman preschool aide was allegedly assaulted by another woman during a field trip yesterday.

67 year-old Darlene Witter-Krieger, owner of Wakeman Elevator, reportedly struck Lisa Barrier in the face at East of Chicago Pizza in Wakeman.

Krieger was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Police Chief Tim Hunker told the Norwalk Reflector there were rumors that the incident had to do with an extra-marital affair; but they were strictly rumors.

The incident reportedly happened away from the children on their field trip.

 

Perkins Schools reviewing state ‘performance audit’

Officials in the Perkins School System are reviewing the state’s latest ‘performance audit’.

State Auditor Dave Yost says, while the Perkins School Board has taken steps to reduce expenses, he’s projecting a deficit of nearly 900-thousand-dollars in 2019 and nearly 7-million-dollars by 2021 unless more cuts are made or voters approve a new levy.

Yost says, over the past 10 years, voters in the Perkins School System have approved two renewal levies, but rejected six NEW levies.

 

Monroeville Schools looking for new board member

The Monroeville school district has begun their search for a new board member.

Former board member Brian Watt resigned earlier this week.

The board hopes to name Watt’s replacement in May; who will then finish the term ending January 1st.

Applications can be found on the school district website with a deadline of May 3rd.

 

Tree to be planted in honor of Norwalk’s founders

As the city celebrates its’ bicentennial, The City of Norwalk Tree Board will plant a tree later today in honor of Norwalk’s original founders, Platt and Sally Benedict; as well as for Arbor Day.

It will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery at 4:00 pm.

 

Local ‘Earth Day’ celebrations and events

With tomorrow being ‘Earth Day’, numerous events are being held to celebrate and create awareness.

Perkins Township will hold a ‘Clean-up Day’ at the Erie County Fairgrounds tomorrow as well as the City of Sandusky having a clean-up event a week from Saturday.

Norwalk is also hosting an ‘Earth Day 5K’ tomorrow morning.

A ‘Recycled Runway’ fashion show takes place tonight in Sandusky, featuring clothing made from recycled materials.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/21

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 60.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Sandusky man facing murder charge

A Sandusky man accused of killing a 19 year-old Lorain County man will have his case heard by a grand jury.

Matthew Mason faces a murder charge in the death of Ricardo Calloway at his Lorain home.

Mason was on the run for a week in Maine before authorities captured him; along with finding cocaine and heroin.

 

Wakeman preschool aide allegedly assaulted during field trip

A Wakeman preschool aide was allegedly assaulted by another woman during a field trip yesterday.

67 year-old Darlene Witter-Krieger, owner of Wakeman Elevator, reportedly struck Lisa Barrier in the face at East of Chicago Pizza in Wakeman.

Krieger was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Police Chief Tim Hunker told the Norwalk Reflector there were rumors that the incident had to do with an extra-marital affair; but they were strictly rumors.

The incident reportedly happened away from the children on their field trip.

 

Perkins Schools reviewing state ‘performance audit’

Officials in the Perkins School System are reviewing the state’s latest ‘performance audit’.

State Auditor Dave Yost says, while the Perkins School Board has taken steps to reduce expenses, he’s projecting a deficit of nearly 900-thousand-dollars in 2019 and nearly 7-million-dollars by 2021 unless more cuts are made or voters approve a new levy.

Yost says, over the past 10 years, voters in the Perkins School System have approved two renewal levies, but rejected six NEW levies.

 

Monroeville Schools looking for new board member

The Monroeville school district has begun their search for a new board member.

Former board member Brian Watt resigned earlier this week.

The board hopes to name Watt’s replacement in May; who will then finish the term ending January 1st.

Applications can be found on the school district website with a deadline of May 3rd.

 

Tree to be planted in honor of Norwalk’s founders

As the city celebrates its’ bicentennial, The City of Norwalk Tree Board will plant a tree later today in honor of Norwalk’s original founders, Platt and Sally Benedict; as well as for Arbor Day.

It will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery at 4:00 pm.

 

Local ‘Earth Day’ celebrations and events

With tomorrow being ‘Earth Day’, numerous events are being held to celebrate and create awareness.

Perkins Township will hold a ‘Clean-up Day’ at the Erie County Fairgrounds tomorrow as well as the City of Sandusky having a clean-up event a week from Saturday.

Norwalk is also hosting an ‘Earth Day 5K’ tomorrow morning.

A ‘Recycled Runway’ fashion show takes place tonight in Sandusky, featuring clothing made from recycled materials.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/21

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 60.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Sandusky man facing murder charge

A Sandusky man accused of killing a 19 year-old Lorain County man will have his case heard by a grand jury.

Matthew Mason faces a murder charge in the death of Ricardo Calloway at his Lorain home.

Mason was on the run for a week in Maine before authorities captured him; along with finding cocaine and heroin.

 

Wakeman preschool aide allegedly assaulted during field trip

A Wakeman preschool aide was allegedly assaulted by another woman during a field trip yesterday.

67 year-old Darlene Witter-Krieger, owner of Wakeman Elevator, reportedly struck Lisa Barrier in the face at East of Chicago Pizza in Wakeman.

Krieger was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Police Chief Tim Hunker told the Norwalk Reflector there were rumors that the incident had to do with an extra-marital affair; but they were strictly rumors.

The incident reportedly happened away from the children on their field trip.

 

Perkins Schools reviewing state ‘performance audit’

Officials in the Perkins School System are reviewing the state’s latest ‘performance audit’.

State Auditor Dave Yost says, while the Perkins School Board has taken steps to reduce expenses, he’s projecting a deficit of nearly 900-thousand-dollars in 2019 and nearly 7-million-dollars by 2021 unless more cuts are made or voters approve a new levy.

Yost says, over the past 10 years, voters in the Perkins School System have approved two renewal levies, but rejected six NEW levies.

 

Monroeville Schools looking for new board member

The Monroeville school district has begun their search for a new board member.

Former board member Brian Watt resigned earlier this week.

The board hopes to name Watt’s replacement in May; who will then finish the term ending January 1st.

Applications can be found on the school district website with a deadline of May 3rd.

 

Tree to be planted in honor of Norwalk’s founders

As the city celebrates its’ bicentennial, The City of Norwalk Tree Board will plant a tree later today in honor of Norwalk’s original founders, Platt and Sally Benedict; as well as for Arbor Day.

It will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery at 4:00 pm.

 

Local ‘Earth Day’ celebrations and events

With tomorrow being ‘Earth Day’, numerous events are being held to celebrate and create awareness.

Perkins Township will hold a ‘Clean-up Day’ at the Erie County Fairgrounds tomorrow as well as the City of Sandusky having a clean-up event a week from Saturday.

Norwalk is also hosting an ‘Earth Day 5K’ tomorrow morning.

A ‘Recycled Runway’ fashion show takes place tonight in Sandusky, featuring clothing made from recycled materials.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/21

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 60.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mayor Duncan’s veto will remain in medicinal marijuana debate in Norwalk

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan’s veto against medicinal marijuana cultivation in the city…will remain.

This comes after City Council decided Tuesday to not fight the veto.

Councilman Chris Castle, who co-sponsored the legislation in favor of medicinal marijuana cultivation, told K96 News that the veto basically scared off the potential marijuana cultivation company; and once the economic potential was lost, they didn’t see any reason to push the argument any further.

Two weeks ago, before the veto, council had voted 4 to 3 in favor of welcoming a medicinal marijuana facility to Norwalk.

 

Perkins Police investigating burglaries

Police in Perkins Township are investigating two burglaries.

They took place at two homes in the area of Stonyridge Drive while homeowners were on vacation.

Both homes had a window broken.

Perkins Township Police are asking anyone with information to contact them as well as be alert for suspicious activity.

 

South Central grad wins big last night on Jeopardy

2003 South Central graduate Emmett Robinson won big last night in his first appearance on ‘Jeopardy!’.

Robinson won over $17,000 in Wednesday’s episode; and was the only contestant to answer the ‘Final Jeopardy’ question correctly.

 

Bellevue named fifth safest city in Ohio in recent survey

Bellevue has been named the fifth safety city in the state; according to a recent survey.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security says Bellevue only had one reported violent crime and 31 property crimes in the last year.

Russell Township, 20 miles east of downtown Cleveland, was ranked number one in terms of safety.

 

Norwalk to hold ‘MapleTree Road Race’ walk-run on July 4th

The City of Norwalk will host the inaugural ‘MapleTree Road Race’ on Independence Day morning.

What’s being called “4 miles on the 4th” is a walk-run that will wrap up by using the same route as the 4th of July parade; to be held later that morning.

There’s also a t-shirt contest to design a race logo.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/20

Today

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.  High near 73.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, breezy. Low around 46.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high around 49.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mayor Duncan’s veto will remain in medicinal marijuana debate in Norwalk

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan’s veto against medicinal marijuana cultivation in the city…will remain.

This comes after City Council decided Tuesday to not fight the veto.

Councilman Chris Castle, who co-sponsored the legislation in favor of medicinal marijuana cultivation, told K96 News that the veto basically scared off the potential marijuana cultivation company; and once the economic potential was lost, they didn’t see any reason to push the argument any further.

Two weeks ago, before the veto, council had voted 4 to 3 in favor of welcoming a medicinal marijuana facility to Norwalk.

 

Perkins Police investigating burglaries

Police in Perkins Township are investigating two burglaries.

They took place at two homes in the area of Stonyridge Drive while homeowners were on vacation.

Both homes had a window broken.

Perkins Township Police are asking anyone with information to contact them as well as be alert for suspicious activity.

 

South Central grad wins big last night on Jeopardy

2003 South Central graduate Emmett Robinson won big last night in his first appearance on ‘Jeopardy!’.

Robinson won over $17,000 in Wednesday’s episode; and was the only contestant to answer the ‘Final Jeopardy’ question correctly.

 

Bellevue named fifth safest city in Ohio in recent survey

Bellevue has been named the fifth safety city in the state; according to a recent survey.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security says Bellevue only had one reported violent crime and 31 property crimes in the last year.

Russell Township, 20 miles east of downtown Cleveland, was ranked number one in terms of safety.

 

Norwalk to hold ‘MapleTree Road Race’ walk-run on July 4th

The City of Norwalk will host the inaugural ‘MapleTree Road Race’ on Independence Day morning.

What’s being called “4 miles on the 4th” is a walk-run that will wrap up by using the same route as the 4th of July parade; to be held later that morning.

There’s also a t-shirt contest to design a race logo.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/20

Today

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.  High near 73.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, breezy. Low around 46.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high around 49.

  Read more...

This article is copyright ©  K96 Country - WKFM 96.1

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mayor Duncan’s veto will remain in medicinal marijuana debate in Norwalk

Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan’s veto against medicinal marijuana cultivation in the city…will remain.

This comes after City Council decided Tuesday to not fight the veto.

Councilman Chris Castle, who co-sponsored the legislation in favor of medicinal marijuana cultivation, told WLKR News that the veto basically scared off the potential marijuana cultivation company; and once the economic potential was lost, they didn’t see any reason to push the argument any further.

Two weeks ago, before the veto, council had voted 4 to 3 in favor of welcoming a medicinal marijuana facility to Norwalk.

 

Perkins Police investigating burglaries

Police in Perkins Township are investigating two burglaries.

They took place at two homes in the area of Stonyridge Drive while homeowners were on vacation.

Both homes had a window broken.

Perkins Township Police are asking anyone with information to contact them as well as be alert for suspicious activity.

 

South Central grad wins big last night on Jeopardy

2003 South Central graduate Emmett Robinson won big last night in his first appearance on ‘Jeopardy!’.

Robinson won over $17,000 in Wednesday’s episode; and was the only contestant to answer the ‘Final Jeopardy’ question correctly.

 

Bellevue named fifth safest city in Ohio in recent survey

Bellevue has been named the fifth safety city in the state; according to a recent survey.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security says Bellevue only had one reported violent crime and 31 property crimes in the last year.

Russell Township, 20 miles east of downtown Cleveland, was ranked number one in terms of safety.

 

Norwalk to hold ‘MapleTree Road Race’ walk-run on July 4th

The City of Norwalk will host the inaugural ‘MapleTree Road Race’ on Independence Day morning.

What’s being called “4 miles on the 4th” is a walk-run that will wrap up by using the same route as the 4th of July parade; to be held later that morning.

There’s also a t-shirt contest to design a race logo.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/20

Today

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.  High near 73.

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, breezy. Low around 46.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

Saturday

Mostly cloudy, with a high around 49.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cleveland Facebook shooting suspect takes his own life The man who randomly killed an elderly Cleveland man and posted the video of the crime on Facebook died Tuesday morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 37 year-old Steve Stephens was spotted by police in Erie County Pennsylvania; where Stephens took his own life when officers approached his car following a short pursuit; after a McDonald’s drive-thru attendant recognized him.   Huron man picked up for OVI twice last weekend A Huron man was arrested twice last weekend for OVI. Norwalk Police picked up 34 year-old Jonathan Hoyt for OVI Saturday night and was later released to a sober person. But two hours after that, Hoyt was arrested again for OVI in Bellevue where police received a call that Hoyt was also violating a no-contact order against him.   Wakeman man to join Sandusky patrol post A Wakeman man has been assigned as a new trooper to the Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Kyle Wood, a 2013 Firelands High School grad, is currently in field training; after graduating from the patrol academy back in March. After the field training, the Sandusky Post will have 13 troopers.   Sandusky man arrested after breaking into empty home of incarcerated man A Sandusky man is facing felony burglary charges after allegedly breaking into an empty home. Police say 28 year-old Anthony Ulery was in the home of a man in the 1600 block of North Forest Drive who currently is incarcerated in the Erie County Jail. Ulery also is charged with resisting arrest.   Jerry Springer to speak in Fremont tonight at political banquet Television show host Jerry Springer will be a guest speaker at tonight’s Sandusky County Democratic party’s Leadership in Blue banquet  in Fremont. Springer does have a political background; being a former city council member and mayor of Cincinnati. The banquet takes place at Anjulina’s Catering and Banquet Hall on West Hayes Avenue at 6:00 pm.   Sandusky Kiwanis Club golf outing happening next month The Kiwanis Club of Sandusky’s 15th annual golf scramble will take place May 17th at Sleepy Hollow in Clyde. The event is a fundraiser for the ‘Imagination Library’ program; which provides free books for kids ages birth through 5 in Sandusky, Perkins, Huron and Margaretta schools. Information on how to register can be found online at www.sanduskykiwanis.org or their Facebook page.   NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/19 Today Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. High near 69. Tonight Showers and thunderstorms likely with a low around 53. Thursday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy.  High near 71. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cleveland Facebook shooting suspect takes his own life

The man who randomly killed an elderly Cleveland man and posted the video of the crime on Facebook died Tuesday morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

37 year-old Steve Stephens was spotted by police in Erie County Pennsylvania; where Stephens took his own life when officers approached his car following a short pursuit; after a McDonald’s drive-thru attendant recognized him.

 

Huron man picked up for OVI twice last weekend

A Huron man was arrested twice last weekend for OVI.

Norwalk Police picked up 34 year-old Jonathan Hoyt for OVI Saturday night and was later released to a sober person.

But two hours later Hoyt was arrested again for OVI in Bellevue where police received a call that Hoyt was also violating a no-contact order against him.

 

Wakeman man to join Sandusky patrol post

A Wakeman man has been assigned as a new trooper to the Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Kyle Wood, a 2013 Firelands High School grad, is currently in field training; after graduating from the patrol academy back in March.

After the field training, the Sandusky Post will have 13 troopers.

 

Sandusky man arrested after breaking into empty home of incarcerated man

A Sandusky man is facing felony burglary charges after allegedly breaking into an empty home.

Police say 28 year-old Anthony Ulery was in the home of a man in the 1600 block of North Forest Drive who currently is incarcerated in the Erie County Jail.

Ulery also is charged with resisting arrest.

 

Jerry Springer to speak in Fremont tonight at political banquet

Television show host Jerry Springer will be a guest speaker at tonight’s Sandusky County Democratic party’s Leadership in Blue banquet  in Fremont.

Springer does have a political background; being a former city council member and mayor of Cincinnati.

The banquet takes place at Anjulina’s Catering and Banquet Hall on West Hayes Avenue at 6:00 pm.

 

Sandusky Kiwanis Club golf outing happening next month

The Kiwanis Club of Sandusky’s 15th annual golf scramble will take place May 17th at Sleepy Hollow in Clyde.

The event is a fundraiser for the ‘Imagination Library’ program; which provides free books for kids ages birth through 5 in Sandusky, Perkins, Huron and Margaretta schools.

Information on how to register can be found online at www.sanduskykiwanis.org or their Facebook page.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 4/19

Today

Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. High near 69.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely with a low around 53.

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy.  High near 71.

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 55.