Local News

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8th, 2020

Stay out of the heat, if and all possible; today, and tomorrow.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a heat index of 98 both days.

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Masks, mandated in Ohio counties where spread of COVID-19 is high…

That includes Huron County…

Governor Mike DeWine said the mask mandate is for all counties who are red or purple “high level” states, which have escalated cases of the Corona Virus.

The masks order goes into effect this evening at 6:00 pm.

If you’re heading to Put-In-Bay on one of the local ferry lines, make sure you bring a mask. They are now required…

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Current COVID-19 numbers…

Statewide, Ohio had 948 new cases Tuesday; above the 21-day average of 804.  Ohio now sits at over 58,900 total cases and close to 3,000 fatalities.

Huron County had just 3 new cases reported Tuesday, for a total of 223; but have had over 50 cases so far in July.

The Corona Virus has taken the life of another resident of Lorain County. The countywide death-toll now stands at 63.

Erie County has a total of 246 cases. 

The Corona Virus is catching up with young people o have been ignoring health and safety protocols.  According to new information from the Ohio Department of Health, one-third of new cases are from people under the age of 30.

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A Sandusky man faces multiple arson charges along with burglary and vandalism.

According to the Sandusky Register, 45 year-old Brian Mickens allegedly vandalized the inside of a home on Hollyrood Road on Monday and set fire to the outside of it.
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The Lorain County Fair has lost two major sponsors…

Meijer has pulled out, citing the fair board’s policy of allowing the Confederate Flag to be displayed and sold…

University Hospitals has withdrawn, citing COVID-19 concerns…

The Lorain County Fair is scheduled to open August 23rd.

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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has rolled out plans for the November election and sent them to all 88 county boards.

They include guidelines for;

  • Recruiting more poll workers
  • Personal protective Equipment for poll workers
  • And increasing the number of printed ballots, including absentee

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Once again today, the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will host a drive-thru mobile pantry at Ely Stadium in Elyria.

Food will be distributed from 4 until 6.

Tomorrow, the mobile pantry will stop in Lorain…at General Johnnie Wilson School on Washington Avenue…also from 4 until 6.

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The City of Sandusky has put out a survey they say will help them understand how to become a more inclusive and internationally diverse city.

The survey is available on the City of Sandusky – Government Facebook page.

The city plans to use programming and support, based on the results of the survey.

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There’s a new social media campaign regarding Ohio student athletes…and the hopes of having high school sports this fall…

Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted introduced the #I WantASeason” campaign, which encourages athletes to social distance, wear a mask and sanitize regularly; with a goal of high school fall sports being played.

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is encouraging Ohioans to notify his office if they haven’t received ticket refunds for events canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yost says, depending on the cancellation and refund policies in place, Ohio’s consumer protection laws may provide an avenue to obtain refunds.
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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.  Heat index values as high as 98.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 72.

 

Thursday

A chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.  Heat index values as high as 98.

 

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

TUESDAY, JULY 7th, 2020

A 67 year-old man was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with a reported shooting in Sandusky.

According to the Sandusky Register, Curtis Harris of Sandusky was charged with felonious assault; while the victim, a 21 year-old male from Sandusky, was hospitalized Monday with what was believed to be non life-threatening injuries.

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol has released traffic statistics from the July 4th holiday period.

Authorities say that 22 people lost their lives in 21 traffic crashes between last Thursday and Sunday in Ohio.

Impairment was determined to be a factor in at least five of those crashes.

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In local Corona Virus figures…

The state had 805 new cases Monday, slightly above the 21-day average of 780.

Lorain County has surpassed the 1-thousand-mark of cases of the Corona Virus. 61 new cases were reported this past weekend.  The local death toll remains at 62.

Huron County now has 220 cases after 5 more were reported Monday.

Erie County has 242 cases following 14 more cases reported Monday.

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A memorial service will be held Friday for former Oberlin Police Chief Robert Jones.

Jones died 2 months ago at the age of 81.

He was Lorain County’s first African American police chief in 1980.

Friday’s service will begin at 11 at Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin.

Family and friends are encouraged to wear masks and keep social-distance.

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A ‘celebration of life’ will be held at a later date for a long-time educator who spent much of his time in the Elyria City School System.

Ken Mundorf Junior was 82.

Ken spent 35 years in education…31 of them in Elyria…and later, was elected to the Elyria School Board.

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A warning regarding hand sanitizer from the Erie County Health Department…

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have advised consumers not to use any alcohol-based hand sanitizers or rubs which contain methanol as an active ingredient.

Officials say that methanol can cause blindness and/or death when absorbed through the skin or when swallowed.

The FDA is working on a voluntary recall of methanol-containing products.
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It’s a no-go for the Sandusky Jet Express in 2020.

Officials yesterday announced that due to high water at their facilities as well as COVID-19 restrictions, they will not be in operation this summer.

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A road closing in Huron County…

Snyder Road, between State Route 61 and Peru Center Road, is set to be closed for eight weeks for a culvert replacement.

The road will be shut down to through-traffic during construction.

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Elyria City Council is accepting applications from residents of Ward 5 who want to serve on council.

The person chosen by council Democrats would replace Marcus Madison, who has resigned after 10 years of service.

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Lorain City Schools CEO Jeff Graham is encouraging parents to take part in a survey, to determine their needs and concerns leading up to the new school year next month.

Dr. Graham also wants feedback on remote learning that was used in the spring.

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Another roundabout could be coming to North Ridgeville…

According to the Chronicle Telegram, city council has opened discussions of building a roundabout at Mills and Stoney Ridge, near Avalon.

The goal is to improve traffic flow and reduce crashes.

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Detour signs are posted on West Road, south of Route 162, in Huntington Township…

Railroad crossing repairs are scheduled to continue through the week…

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the late afternoon.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.  Heat index values as high as 96.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

 

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.  Heat index values as high as 98.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

MONDAY, JULY 6th, 2020

The summer heat is settling down on the listening area this week.

Temperatures are forecasted in the 90’s all week long.

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A Willard man died Saturday from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash Friday night in Huron County.

Authorities say that Franklin Nester was driving on Ladow Road in New Haven Township when he went off the roadway, struck a ditch and stop sign.

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Police in Sandusky are looking for who shot another Sandusky man amidst a large gathering Saturday night on Hancock Street.

According to the Sandusky Register, 26 year-old Tristan Jeffries was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center after his cell phone apparently was hit by a bullet in his leg, thus saving him from being more seriously hurt.

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Fire has destroyed a vacant house on East Erie Avenue in Lorain.

No one was hurt in last night’s fire…

No word yet how it started…

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Local COVID-19 numbers…

As more and more states re-open, more and more states report a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases…including Ohio.

Statewide, there were 968 new cases on Sunday, well above the 21-day average of 762.

In Lorain County, the death toll from the virus now stands at 62.

Huron County had 4 new cases Sunday to equal 215.

Erie County has a total of 242 cases, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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In case you missed it this past weekend…

This year’s Elyria Apple Festival in September has been cancelled.

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Norwalk Police are looking for those responsible for four reported stolen mailboxes on Sunday.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, the boxes were located in the neighborhood of Fairway Circle and Sycamore Drive.

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Due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, the ‘Days of Wreckoning 3’ demo derby event at the Huron County Fairgrounds has been called off.

It was scheduled for July 17th to 19th.

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Civista Bank was recently named as one of the 2020 Best Employers in Ohio.

The annual list was created by Crain’s Cleveland Business and Best Companies Group.

This is the tenth consecutive year the Sandusky-headquartered bank has been named to the list.

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Beginning today, residents of Avon will have an opportunity to cool off at the city’s “Spray Ground” near the closed Aquatic Facility.

Online, Mayor Bryan Jensen announced that he made the decision after consulting with Lorain County Public Health.

Avon’s Spray Ground will be open 10:30 am until 7:30 pm at no charge.

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Levin Furniture stores are back in business…including the one on Nagel Road in Avon…

Former owner Robert Levin came out of retirement bought back the business from Art Van Furniture, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

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A major fishing tournament has been shifted to Sandusky.

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, has announced that due to travel restrictions, the organization has moved its event this Thursday through Saturday from the St. Lawrence River in New York, to the shores of Lake Erie in Sandusky.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 92.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 69.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 92.

 

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.