Local News

FRIDAY, JUNE 18th, 2021

COVID-19 updates from Governor DeWine…

DeWine has announced that the COVID State of Emergency in Ohio is being lifted today.

Also, state regulations regarding nursing home visits are being removed today, allowing residents to have more than 2 visitors and there is no longer a scheduling requirement.

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In Huron County COVID-19 numbers…

3 new cases were reported on Thursday.

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Fisher-Titus in Norwalk is set to host a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic next week. 

Doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for ages 18 and up, will be administered during the clinic, which will take place on Tuesday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Appointments can be made, and walk-ins will also be accepted.

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In Lorain…

City Hall’s entrance off of West Erie will be closed today, due to repairs of a water main break.

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The city of Elyria has teamed up with Lorain County Public Health for a pop-up, COVID vaccination clinic.

It’ll be held tomorrow from 10 until 2…on Ely Square in downtown Elyria.

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Also tomorrow on Ely Square…

…the return of the Elyria Famer’s Market, with vendors on-site from 9 am until 1 pm.

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The state will be holding an in-person public hearing regarding a proposed solar-powered electric generating facility in Erie County’s Groton Township.

The hearing, previously planned to be conducted virtually, is now scheduled in-person on July 7th at 6:00 pm at Margaretta High School.

The purpose of the local public hearing is to allow individuals, who are not parties to the case, to provide sworn testimony regarding the proposed facility.

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The Huron County Board of Elections is shutting down 9 of its 22 polling locations. 

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, they include: precincts in the village of Greenwich and the townships of Clarksfield, Fitchville, Greenfield, Greenwich, Hartland, Lyme, Norwich and Sherman.

The closed polling places will be consolidated into 1 of 5 multi-precinct polling locales.

The Board of Elections says that the consolidation is happening to make sure that an adequate amount of poll workers are available, to comply with ADA regulations and to save Huron County taxpayers as much as $100,000 over the next 4 years.

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In Avon…

Police Chief Richard Bosley has retired.

Bosley has led the force for 10 years…with previous experience in Grafton and Elyria.

Lt. Dan Fishbach moves up to the top job next month.

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President Biden has signed legislation, making June 19th, Juneteenth, a federal holiday to recognize the oldest, national celebration of the end to slavery.

And because tomorrow is June 19th, TODAY, Governor Mike DeWine says, most state offices will be closed.

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Festival season continues this weekend…

The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce’s Festival of the Fish takes place this afternoon through Sunday with fireworks, a parade, lighted boat parade, food, vendors and live entertainment.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians completed a 4-game sweep of Baltimore on Thursday, 10-3, at Progressive Field.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly towards early evening.

Some of the storms could be severe.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms.

Some storms could be severe, with heavy rain.

Low around 69.

 

Saturday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon.

Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

 

Sunday – Father’s Day

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

THURSDAY, JUNE 17th, 2021

In Huron County COVID numbers…

2 new cases were reported on Wednesday.

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Donald Trump is headed to Lorain County. 

The former president will be holding a “Save America” rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds on June 26th at 7:00 pm.

Wellington Mayor Hans Schneider says plans are being put in place regarding the Secret Service and police.

On Donald Trump’s website (donaldjtrump.com), attendees may reserve up to 2 tickets each per cell phone number, while supplies last.

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For the first time since 1857, the Ohio House has voted to expel one of their own.

Former House Speaker Larry Householder…gone…by a vote of 75 to 21…led by his Republican colleagues.

Householder has been indicted by the feds for his suspected role, leading to the public bailout of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants.

Householder denies any wrongdoing.

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A federal judge has sentenced a former Elyria firefighter to 9 years in prison.

53-year-old William Schaffer of Wellington has pled ‘guilty’ to child pornography charges.

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A Toledo man faces criminal charges in Elyria.

26-year-old Dewayne O’Neal was arrested several hours after he allegedly robbed at gunpoint, the Cashland Pawn Shop on Abbe Road.

No one was hurt during the incident yesterday afternoon.

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Today, Ely Square in downtown Elyria will come alive…

…first, with the summer lunchtime concert series…

…then tonight, with the very first “Third Thursday” celebration that’ll feature ‘live’ music, food trucks and local vendors.

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The City of Norwalk needs to raise about 4-thousand dollars in the next week to meet their 10-thousand dollar goal for their fireworks display next month.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, about 59-hundred dollars has been collected, as of Wednesday afternoon, with a deadline of June 23rd to place an order for the pyrotechnics.

Those wishing to donate can mail or drop off their donation to the Norwalk Area Visitors Bureau.

This year’s fireworks are scheduled to go off on July 4th at dusk at the Huron County Fairgrounds.

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With little time to prepare due to the recent lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Ohio…

The Lorain County Fair Board has announced this year’s entertainment lineup…

Monday, August 23rd will feature Escape, a Journey-tribute band.

Tuesday, August 24th will showcase the first fair rodeo in more than 10 years followed by the country band, Post Road.

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Governor DeWine has announced that 10-million dollars in grants have been reserved to fund security enhancements at K to 12 public schools and institutions of higher education in Ohio. 

To qualify for grant funding, schools must first conduct a security and vulnerability assessment to identify potential areas for improvement.

Funding would then be awarded to mitigate the identified safety gaps.

Eligible expenses include improved lighting in parking lots, security cameras at building entrances, and secure doors.

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Today, the Hickories Museum in Elyria will open for guided tours for the first time since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

Kerri Broome of the Lorain County Historical Society says, you can take a step back in time in the mansion built for the Arthur Garford family in 18-84.

Garford was an industrialist, known for making the first padded bicycle seat…and was also involved in the automotive industry.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore for the third straight time last night, winning 8-7 at Progressive Field.  The Indians go for a 4-game sweep of the Birds this afternoon at 1:10 pm, on 95.3 WLKR.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 82.

 

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around 65.

 

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the late afternoon.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16th, 2021

Huron City Schools Superintendent Dennis Muratori has announced his resignation, effective July 1st.

According to the Sandusky Register, Muratori is headed to Sandusky City Schools where he’s been hired as the Chief of Staff and Transformation Officer there, a job that’s comparable to that of an assistant superintendent.

Muratori has been in the top job with Huron since 2013, which came after spending 17 years at Sandusky City Schools in various leadership roles.

Muratori is a 1984 graduate of Sandusky High School.

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Police are on the lookout for a man who led them on a high speed chase from Elyria to Lorain, then ditched a car on Hamilton Avenue and got away.

It happened yesterday, when Elyria Police spotted 20-year-old Fred Golson…a suspect in a ‘shots fired’ case near the Blue Sky restaurant in April.

You can check out a picture of Golson in today’s Chronicle Telegram.

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In Huron County COVID numbers…

For the third day in a row, no new cases were reported.

The death toll remains at 122 since the pandemic began.

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According to new estimates from Lorain County Public Health, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Lorain County has dropped to about 50.

That, as of June 1st.

However, there have been 10 new hospitalizations during the past week.

In terms of vaccinations…more than half of the county’s residents have received at least one vaccine.

About 45-percent are fully vaccinated.

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An honor for the City of Norwalk…

The Daughters of the American Revolution, Sally De Forest Chapter, have awarded Norwalk City Hall, Fire Department and Police Department a Certificate of Award for the correct display, proper use and patriotic presentation of the American flag.

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After several months of Zoom online meetings, Norwalk City Council has decided to return to in-person meetings here in the near future. 

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, City Council will return to their former site, Muni Court, beginning July 6th.

Plans are to continue live streaming the meetings on Facebook, if the equipment cooperates.

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The Lorain County Commissioners have voted 2 to 1, in support of a so-called “Expedited 2 Annexation Petition” from the Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Pittsfield Township, to be annexed to the city of Oberlin, but not pay city income taxes.

The resolution now goes to Oberlin City Council for their review.

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Prices at the pump are inching upward…

Here in northern Ohio, Triple-A says, you’ll pay anywhere from 2-73 to 3-13 a gallon, due to higher crude oil prices.

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Former Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich says, he wants to be mayor once more.

Yesterday, the former Congressman kicked off his mayoral campaign.

Kucinich became Cleveland’s youngest mayor…when he was elected in 1977 at the age of 31.

If elected, he would become Cleveland oldest mayor…at the age of 74…

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One of the first, national, public events cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 is back.

Officials have announced, “The Arnold Classic” will be held in Columbus in September, and will feature various fitness and physique competitions.

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With more and more fairs and festivals moving forward this year, the Ohio Department of Agriculture says, they are ready to enforce new guidelines for amusement rides.

They include more frequent inspections.

Details…expected tomorrow…

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Several non-profits in Lorain County will benefit from second-quarter grants from the Community West Foundation.

The list includes…

  • The Lorain County Free Clinic
  • The Salvation Army of Elyria
  • Community Resource Services…that serves Avon and Avon Lake.

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SPORTS

The Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore last night 7-2 at Progressive Field.  The 2 teams meet again tonight at 7:10 pm, live on 95.3 WLKR.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 72.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

 

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 82.

TUESDAY, JUNE 15th, 2021

In Wayne County…

The sheriff’s office is trying to sort out what happened late Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of Dragway 42 in West Salem.

What they DO know is…2 men exchanged gunfire after one of them was driving recklessly.

A bystander was shot and killed…several others, wounded.

“The Law” is looking for the driver of the pick-up…

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Police in Elyria are investigating a shooting at the Chadwick Place Apartments on Ridge Circle.

It happened yesterday afternoon.

An 18 year old, taken to the hospital…

A juvenile…taken to jail.

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The 2 local candidates for the Norwalk City Schools Superintendent job are now among the 4 finalists. 

After originally being left off the list, the Norwalk Reflector reports that Norwalk High School Principal Brad Cooley and Norwalk Middle School Principal Gary Swartz now join the 2 previously named finalists, Jude Meyers of Gallia County Schools and Dr. Michael Zalar of North Olmsted City Schools.

All are scheduled to receive interviews next week.

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For the first time in city history, Norwalk has an assistant fire chief. 

Dan Strayer, who was named to the job back in May, was sworn in to the position on Monday morning.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, the job was first created in September of 2019.

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In Huron County COVID-19 numbers…

There were no new cases for the second straight day on Monday.

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In Lorain, discussion continues on the possible relocation of city hall operations, to open up the area for further development.

A council committee recommends a feasibility study.

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram…

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The City of Norwalk is reminding residents to avoid the following streets this week as sewer work is being performed. 

…Pitt Street, Marian Drive, Williams Avenue, and Pearl Street.

Work is scheduled to be wrapped up by Thursday.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation expects the Center Ridge Road widening project in North Ridgeville to be wrapped up sometime next month.

Final pavement markings and lighting are underway.

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In recognition of June being Elder Abuse Prevention month, Huron County Job and Family Services is hosting a Wellness & Resource Fair today.

The fair, for Huron County residents 55 and older, is set to feature appearances by several local agencies and organizations geared towards seniors.

The event runs from noon to 4 pm.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians picked up a win against Baltimore last night, 4-3, at Progressive Field.  They’ll battle the Birds again tonight at 7:10 pm, live on 95.3 WLKR.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 57.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 73.

MONDAY, JUNE 14th, 2021

Sandusky Police are investigating the reported shooting death of an 18-year-old man early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred on Erie Street, where Tajour Tye of Sandusky was found, and then died at the hospital.

According to the Sandusky Register, three people from New Jersey, ages 16, 18 and 19, have been charged with complicity to murder in relation to the shooting.

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An Ottawa County man in jail for allegedly killing his wife was found dead in his jail cell Saturday night. 

According to a number of media outlets, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said that 43-year-old John Eichner of Genoa was discovered with a noose around his neck, and was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.

WTOL in Toledo reports that a body found buried in south Toledo last April has been confirmed to be his wife, 34-year-old Amber Eichner.

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A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a two vehicle crash in Perkins Township Saturday night.

43-year-old motorcyclist Michael Sandy of Vermilion passed a vehicle on Perkins Avenue east of Columbus Avenue, and then struck the vehicle of 42-year-old Arthur Cox of Sandusky – who was pulling out of a private drive.

Sandy was life-flighted to Cleveland Metro Hospital where he was last reported in critical condition.

Cox was not hurt.

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In area COVID-19 numbers…

In Erie County, there was just 1 case and no new deaths reported from June 4th to June 11th.  The death toll sits at 210.  The Erie County Health Department said they will no longer be issuing community updates on numbers going forward, unless there’s a spike in cases.

In Huron County, no new cases were reported from Saturday to Sunday; with the death toll now at 122.

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Residents of Lorain are better prepared to help those dealing with an opioid overdose.

This past weekend, Lorain County Public Health and Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services distributed NARCAN rescue kits at the Salvation Army in Lorain.

Lorain County Health Commissioner Dave Covell says, they handed out more than 150 rescue kits the previous weekend during a similar event in Elyria.

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And then there were 2…

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the 2 finalists have been named for the open Norwalk City Schools Superintendent position.

They are:

-Jude Meyers, current superintendent at Gallia County Local Schools

-Dr. Michael Zalar, retiring superintendent at the North Olmstead City School District

The finalists were announced after 7 semi-finalists were interviewed this past week.

Meyers and Zalar will go through another set of interview questions on June 21st.

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The State of Ohio has announced, National Guard members, who have been assisting 14 food banks across the state during the pandemic, will wrap up their assignment July 2nd.

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Willard’s 35th edition of the Festival in the Park is fast approaching, and the City is looking for parade participants.

Contact the City of Willard if interested.

The parade takes place Saturday, June 26th at 5:00 pm.

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The Second Harvest Food Bank is bringing their drive-thru food pantry to Erie County today.

They’ll be at Huron High School this afternoon from 4 to 5:30 pm.

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With the lifting of most COVID restrictions, the Lorain County Historical Society in Elyria has announced ‘summer hours’…Tuesday through Friday…10 until 4…for self-guided tours.

Beginning Thursday, the Hickories Museum will be open for guided tours every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1.

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The Elyria Parks and Recreation Board has unanimously waived youth fees for Elyria residents for programs running through the end of the year.

That includes Safety Town, Open Swim and Flag Football.

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Elyria Mayor Frank Whitfield has declared this week, a Second Week of Engagement…with events scheduled through the week.

Tomorrow, residents are invited to chat with the mayor on Ely Square from 9 until noon.

Thursday will feature the Summer Lunchtime Concert on the Square…followed by the kickoff of Third Thursdays…with ‘live’ music, food trucks and local vendors.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians lost 6-2 on Sunday versus Seattle at Progressive Field.  The Tribe hosts Baltimore tonight.

-Kyle Larson won Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas, taking home 1-million dollars.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

 

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 75.