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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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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…


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.


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.


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.


From the National Weather Service…


Partly sunny, with a high near 87.



A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.



A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.



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.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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

Among them; Lorain and Sandusky City Halls…


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.


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’.


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.

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


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.


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

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.


From the National Weather Service…


Sunny, with a high near 73.



A chance of showers, mainly overnight.

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.



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

Partly sunny, with a high near 83.



A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 84.