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Friday, October 20th, 2017

Increased police presence at last night’s Bellevue middle school football game after online threat

School officials at Bellevue requested an increased police presence at their middle school football game last night due to an anonymous online threat.

Superintendent Kim Schubert said a middle school student received the threat Wednesday night through a social media app; and that it was specifically directed towards the middle school football game and cheerleaders there.

No incident was reported.  Authorities are investigating.

 

Narcan money running low in Erie County

Funding for the drug overdose antidote, Narcan, is set to run out soon in Erie County.

The Erie County Health Department was unable to renew a $100,000 federal grant used to buy Narcan for law enforcement.

The Erie County Health Department and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties are in discussions to use their own money in 2018 if a grant is unable to be secured.

 

Mr. Hero restaurant in Sandusky robbed Thursday

The Mr. Hero restaurant on U.S. 250 near Meijer in Sandusky was robbed Thursday afternoon.

According to police, the male suspect demanded money from an employee while allegedly showing the employee a gun that was tucked in his waistband.

The suspect reportedly fled the scene in a black car with a female driver.

Authorities say a similar robbery took place in Lorain on Wednesday with the suspect there having a comparable description.

 

Outgoing Cedar Fair CEO working on bringing BGSU program to Sandusky

The outgoing CEO of Cedar Fair says he’s working with Bowling Green State University on bringing a new attraction and resort management program to Sandusky.

Matt Ouimet will be leaving his CEO position at the end of the year; but will stay on as executive chairman of the board of directors.

More details on the college program to come soon.

 

Perkins Township hosting community clean-up event

A community clean-up event is scheduled for Saturday in Perkins Township.

From 9:00 am to 12 noon at the Erie County Fairgrounds, residents can drop off unwanted household items, appliances, furniture and much more.

Yard waste can also be taken to Barnes Nursery on Camp Road.

The event is for Perkins Township residents only, so bring proper photo identification.

 

Paranormal investigation going on at Mad River Museum this weekend

The Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue are hosting a paranormal investigation this weekend.

For the sixth straight year, The Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits will be on hand for the fundraising event.

It starts Saturday evening at 7:00 pm and continues into the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Tickets are $25.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 10/20

Today

Sunny, with a high near 75.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

 

Sunday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

FBI investigating online conversations between adult and Port Clinton students

The FBI is looking into possible inappropriate online communications between an unknown adult and students at Port Clinton schools.

The online interactions were done through the photo-sharing mobile application, Instagram.

Port Clinton police say the conversations the unknown male had with the children were “extremely alarming”.

The ages and number of students contacted by the adult, as well as the details of the discussions are unknown at this time.

 

Dog accidentally sends car into Sandusky Bay

No one hurt when a dog accidentally shifted a car into gear; which sent the vehicle into the Sandusky Bay in Vickery.

The accident took place in the Willow Point Wildlife Area on Wednesday when Michael Andrews and his dog Hazel were duck hunting.

A tow company pulled the car from the water.

 

Sandusky Commissioners hosting public discussion event

City Commissioners in Sandusky, Dick Brady and Naomi Twine, are inviting residents to a ‘Coffee with Commissioners’ meeting this Saturday morning.

It happens at 8:30 am at Mr. Smith’s Coffee House on Columbus Avenue; which includes an opportunity for the public to ask questions and share their concerns with city officials.

 

North Central EMS holding open house event

North Central EMS in Milan has announced they will be hosting an open house later this month.

It will take place Sunday the 29th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at their location on U.S. 250.

The event will showcase the facility’s new transportation division, North Central AirCare.

 

‘Shoebox Christmas’ donations being accepted

Victory Kitchen in Sandusky is currently accepting donations for their annual ‘Shoebox Christmas’ event.

Nancy Walters recently told WLKR & K96 that they’re looking for shoe boxes filled with items that kids sometimes do without such as tooth paste and tooth brushes; along with toys, that are marked for a boy or girl, and age.

The gifts will then be distributed to area families in need on December 23rd at the kitchen on Hayes Avenue.

 

CLI & Firelands Local LLC Donate $1300 to the Huron County United Fund

Christie Lane Industries are making a monetary donation to the Norwalk Area United Fund.

They will be donating $1,300, which was taken in during their 16 West fundraiser back in the spring.

The money was originally earmarked for a different event ; which has been postponed until next year.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 10/19 

Today

Sunny, with a high near 70.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 47.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 72.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Sandusky police officer cleared of criminal charges

A Sandusky police officer has been cleared of all criminal charges involving an incident where she was accused of pushing another woman inside a bar.

An investigation on Carissa Cruz found her to be innocent of all wrongdoing due to inconsistent statements from the parties involved and faulty video surveillance equipment inside the Crowbar in Sandusky, where the alleged altercation took place.

Cruz, a two-year Sandusky PD member, was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation; and has now returned to work.

 

Woman pleads guilty to theft from employer

A woman from Marblehead has pled guilty to aggravated theft.

42-year-old Donna Shrock was accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a former workplace.

Shrock could spend as much as three years in prison and pay a max fine of $10,000.

The alleged criminal acts took place between January of 2013 and October 2016.

 

Police looking for Sandusky man involved in alleged assault

Sandusky authorities are on the lookout for a 36-year-old man allegedly involved in a violent incident that included the shattering of a woman’s car rear windshield.

A warrant has been issued for Clint Trussell of Sandusky on charges of domestic violence and felonious assault after he also reportedly hit a 35-year-old woman with a pipe on East Forest Drive.

You’re asked to contact Sandusky police with any information on Trussell’s location.

 

Shiloh butcher shop could reopen soon

A Shiloh butcher shop hopes to reopen this week after a large recall of products.

The voluntary recall at Newswanger Meats took place due to a water sample failing to meet state health requirements.

According to the Mansfield News Journal, the shop is awaiting a letter from the Ohio EPA that allows for meat production to begin again.

No reports of illness have been made involving the recalled products.

 

Sandusky Schools recognized for internship program

Sandusky City Schools were recognized Tuesday for their Global Internship program.

A banner was revealed Tuesday morning outside the board of education offices honoring the schools as a “District of Distinction” by the District Administration Leadership Institute in Connecticut.

Close to 20 programs from around the country are chosen each year for the honor; based on creativity and innovation.

 

Kalahari to host OSU Marching Band show

The Ohio State University Marching Band will perform at the Kalahari Resort convention center near Sandusky next month.

The show happens November 24th at 7:30 pm, a day before the Buckeye football team takes on ‘that team up north’.

It’s a scholarship fundraiser for the Erie County Ohio State Alumni Association.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 10/18

Today

Sunny, with a high near 70.

 

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 50.

 

Thursday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

 

Friday

Sunny, with a high near 70.

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Forum on drug addiction to be held in Port Clinton Thursday

A pair of two-hour forums dealing with the area’s drug epidemic will be held in Port Clinton on Thursday.

The Ottawa County Opiate Collaborative is hosting the event at 7:30 am and 3:30 pm at the Camp Perry Clubhouse on Lawrence Drive.

The forums will include discussion from local law enforcement, EMT’s, treatment services and those recovering from addiction.

The public is invited; but you must register online to attend (ottawafcfc.weebly.com).

 

Monroeville man wins safety award

A Monroeville electrical worker has been recognized for safety.

Electric division superintendent Dave Hamons has received the 2017 A-M-P Hard Hat Safety Award.

The honor from American Municipal Power selects workers who exemplify “a safety first” approach in the maintenance and repair of electrical systems.

 

Superintendent of Danbury to retire

Danbury Schools Superintendent Dan Parent has announced his retirement.

Parent, who has led the school district since 2008, will retire in 2018.

Special meetings have been planned to discuss the opening; as well as possibly hold interviews.

The school plans to make a decision on a new superintendent by December.

 

Fremont woman charged with stealing from Sandusky salon

A Fremont woman has turned herself in to authorities after being charged with stealing over $300 in services from a hair salon in Sandusky.

31-year-old Brittany Hetrick reportedly received hair highlights and other services at Scarlett O’Hair Salon on West Perkins Avenue; where she left without paying after being told she couldn’t pay with a check.

 

Norwalk Rotary Club requests “Pennies For Polio”

The Rotary Club of Norwalk is currently holding a donation drive, raising funds to benefit Rotary’s Polio Plus program.

Marked yellow jugs have been placed throughout the Norwalk area, including businesses and restaurants; with funds raised going directly to help eliminate Polio throughout the world.

Donations will be collected through the end of October.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 10/17

 

Today

Sunny, with a high near 67.

 

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 45.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 69.

 

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 69.

Monday, October 16th, 2017

High winds cause damage on Sunday

High winds and dropping temperatures were the story on Sunday.

The increasing wind gusts caused a section of State Route 4 in Erie County to be closed for a few hours late Sunday afternoon due to a downed tree between Mason Road and Route 99.

 

Erie County detective resigns following alleged use of racial slur

A detective with the Erie County Sheriff’s department has resigned amid an internal investigation involving his alleged use of a racial slur in public.

Deputy Justin Smith reportedly used the slur earlier this month while intoxicated at a Columbus bar after the first day of a training session with other area detectives.

Smith had been with the sheriff’s office in Erie County for 13 years.

 

Two men injured in crash near Norwalk

A Wakeman teenager was cited for running a stop-sign in a two-vehicle injury accident Friday morning at the intersection of U.S. 250 and Zenobia Road, south of Norwalk.

Mason Church reportedly hit a SUV with his truck on U.S. 250 after heading east on Zenobia.

Two men in the SUV received non-life-threatening injuries.

Church was not hurt.

 

Four teens hurt in golf cart crash

Four teenagers were hurt in a golf cart crash Saturday night near Sandusky.

Three of the four juveniles had minor injuries and another suffered incapacitating injuries when their cart reportedly ended up in a water hazard at Plum Brook Country Club.

The crash occurred near a bridge that was closed and barricaded.

 

Fire destroys barn in Townsend Township

A fire completely destroyed a barn in Townsend Township Saturday morning.

No one was hurt, including animals, in the blaze on State Route 412 near the Castalia Quarry MetroPark.

 

National School Bus Safety Week starts today

Today begins ‘National School Bus Safety Week’.

This year’s theme, “Stop on Red,” reminds motorists and students about the dangers that exist outside of school buses.

Troopers will increase visibility on school bus routes and school related safety zones by following or riding on school buses to identify violations.

 

Hydrant flushing going on this week in Norwalk

Fall hydrant flushing begins this week in Norwalk.

The city says that water may be discolored during the flushing; and recommend that residents run cold water for around 15 minutes, or until water is clear.

The hydrant flushing project should last around two weeks.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 10/16

 

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.

 

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 65.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 67.

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Norwalk City Schools open today after threat determined to be false

The Norwalk City School District will operate as normal today, after an investigation by police deemed a violent threat to be non-credible.

The violent threat, referring to today, was reported to authorities last week after being viewed on social media by a Norwalk High School student.

There will continue to be an increased police presence throughout the district.

 

Trial delayed for Huron County accused serial rapist

The Huron County trial for accused serial rapist McClain Durst has been delayed a couple of months.

It was supposed to begin yesterday, but has been rescheduled for December following a motion made by the prosecution.

Durst is facing rape charges from a July incident near West Clarksfield.

He is also scheduled to go on trial next month in Sandusky County on a charge of rape from a 2015 incident in Bellevue.

 

Sandusky County Jail escapee facing more time in prison

One of the men who escaped from the Sandusky County Jail in Fremont this past summer now faces additional time in prison.

37-year-old Mickey Hardy was sentenced to three more years in county jail after pleading guilty to the escape last month.

He now faces a total of nine years in jail.

Hardy and fellow inmate Jordan Chapman escaped from jail in July by going out a malfunctioning door and climbing a fence.

They were on the run for two days before being caught by police in Toledo.

 

Construction of Sandusky detox center to likely be complete by month’s end

The Erie County Health Department says their new 16-bed detox center is near completion.

The facility on Superior Street in Sandusky will offer a medically-supervised setting for addicts to detox, as an alternative to jail or at home.

The construction of the building is expected to be wrapped up as early as October 24th.

An open house has been planned for mid-November.

 

Firelands Symphony seeking new locale

The Firelands Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new location.

They have been residing in their historic downtown Sandusky home on East Washington Street since 1996; but the current lease there will reportedly expire in February of 2018.

Orchestra officials say they are taking a look at spaces both downtown and outside of the downtown Sandusky area.

The lease at their current location could be extended if needed.

 

Perkins Schools seeks honest feedback

Residents are invited to have their opinions heard concerning how Perkins Schools is handling a number of issues; including ADA accessibility, capacity and increasing repair costs.

The district is offering three 90-minute work sessions through an independent third party.

They will take place on October 19th and 20th at Perkins High School.

Contact the school for more info.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 10/13

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

 

Sunday

Showers likely.  Mostly cloudy and breezy, with a high near 74.

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Driver killed in crash on U.S. 20 west of Fremont

A driver was killed Wednesday morning when his SUV ran underneath a semi-trailer at the west end of the U.S. 20 by-pass around Fremont.

According to authorities, a 57-year-old Michigan semi-truck driver was charged with vehicular homicide after pulling out in front of a Cadillac driven by 75-year-old William Mayle of Fremont, who died at the scene.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash.

 

Early voting underway

In-person absentee voting is now underway here in Ohio.

Registered voters can cast their ballots early from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at county board of elections’ offices over the next couple of weeks, with extended hours the week of October 30th.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7th.

 

Free Medicare Check-Up Day event coming to Huron County

A Medicare Check-Up Day event will be held next Wednesday (10/18) at the Fisher Titus Medical Center, Jennings Auditorium, in Norwalk.

Counseling is by appointment only, beginning at 9:00 am.

Call ahead to schedule.

More information can be found online at the Ohio Department of Insurance website (www.insurance.ohio.gov).

 

ODOT memorial on display honoring lives lost in construction zone accidents

The Ohio Department of Transportation has created a travelling memorial to remember the 28 lives lost inside road construction zones a year ago.

The display consists of 28 construction vests placed over crosses in front of a flashing sign, displaying work zone death information.

The crosses are currently on display on State Route 2 near Camp Perry.

In 2016, 27 drivers and one state road employee were killed inside Ohio construction zones.

 

Edison High School students working on community projects

Edison High School students are working hard on two annual community service projects.

Senior Molly Davis is collecting can pull-tabs that will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Toledo.

“Sock-tober” also begins on Friday, with students gathering socks to be presented to the Miriam House in Norwalk; as well as the Boys and Girls Club and Care and Share in Sandusky.

The collection drives are part of Edison High School’s Teen Leadership Corps class.

 

Perkins Fire Department hosting ‘open house’ event this weekend

The Perkins Township Fire Department is playing host to an open house event on Sunday.

From 12 noon to 3:00 pm, visitors can sit in a fire truck; tour their fire safety house, and watch police K-9 demonstrations.

It takes place at the fire station on Milan Road in Sandusky, next to Great Wolf Lodge.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 10/12

 

Today

A slight chance of showers.  Cloudy, with a high near 66.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 72.

 

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Huron County EMA Director search winds down

A new EMA Director for Huron County could be named as soon as this week.

The search is down to two candidates, who were both interviewed on Tuesday.

Former long-time director Bill Ommert served as interim director until his passing from cancer in August.

Ommert was interim director due to the resignation of then director, Jason Roblin, in late July.

 

Milan boy charged with inducing panic

An Edison student was charged with inducing panic on Friday after allegedly threatening to kill himself with scissors on a school bus.

The 14-year-old from Milan reportedly was on a bus filled with students at Edison High School during the incident; with an Erie County Sheriff’s deputy later intervening.

School officials say the boy has received assistance.

 

Meat shop in Shiloh shuts down for the time being due to recall

Newswanger Meats in Shiloh (Richland County) has temporarily shut its doors due to a recall involving over 2,000 pounds of meat.

The Mansfield News Journal reports that a water sample failed to meet the state health department’s requirements.

No reports have been made concerning any unpleasant reactions to the recalled products.

The butcher shop is getting a second opinion on the water sample.

 

Walk-in flu clinic to be held this week in Erie County

The Erie County Health Department and Community Health Center are hosting two walk-in flu vaccine clinics this month.

The first takes place tomorrow from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the health department in Sandusky; with another scheduled for next Thursday the 19th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm as well.

No appointment is necessary.  Bring appropriate identification and payment or insurance information.

 

Bohemian Wrapsody restaurant closes in Norwalk

A Norwalk restaurant has closed following issues with a hot water tank.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, owners Ben and Kimberly Boss of Bohemian Wrapsody on West Main Street said the tank needed to be replaced; which the building’s owner reportedly said he wasn’t going to do.

The restaurant had been under new ownership by the Boss’ for five months.

 

‘Dine-Out’ fundraiser at Bluto’s today

Fue to the closing of Bohemian Wrapsody, the Norwalk Area United Fund’s Dine-Out fundraiser today will now be at Bluto’s Sports Bar and Grill in Norwalk.

A portion of today’s sales at Bluto’s will benefit the United Fund’s 2018 community campaign.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 10/11

Today

Showers, tapering off by early afternoon.  High near 68.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 58.

 

Thursday

A slight chance of morning showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

 

Friday

Partly sunny, with a high near 72.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Woman’s body found in Shoreline Park identified

Authorities have identified the woman’s whose body was found in Shoreline Park in Sandusky on Sunday.

It was Sandusky resident, 73-year-old Marilyn Meachum.

A revolver gun was found underneath her body with a gunshot wound to the head.

Her death is under investigation.

 

Sandusky police searching for armed robbery suspect

Sandusky police are asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect.

Authorities say the suspect, believed to be a husky black male standing 5-foot-10-inches tall in his late 20’s to early 30’s, stole money from Mama B’s Pizza on Columbus Avenue after pointing a gun at an employee.

You’re asked to call authorities with any information.

 

Former Marine from Bellevue chosen for state honor

A former U.S. Marine from Bellevue is being inducted this November into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

Donald Rospert served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.

He was influential in bringing ‘The Wall That Heals” Vietnam traveling replica to Bellevue this past summer.

Rospert, a 1960 St. Paul grad, is one of only 20 veterans who will be inducted at the ceremony in Dublin, Ohio on November 9th.

 

Former Sandusky Miss America suing Goodtime boat company

A former Miss America from Sandusky is suing a local boating business.

According to court documents, Jackie (Mayer) Townsend contends that she suffered permanent injuries while riding the Goodtime-One in the summer of 2015.

Townsend is seeking $25,000 or more, along with attorney and other fees.

She won the Miss America crown in 1963; and now travels the country as a motivational speaker.

 

Huron County Public Health holding “Tire Take Back Day”

You can pre-register now for Huron County Public Health’s ‘Tire Take Back Day’ happening later this month.

It takes place October 21st from 9:00 am to 12 noon at the Huron County Fairgrounds parking lot in Norwalk.

The event for Huron County residents only is being offered as an attempt to help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds in the county.

For more info or to register, visit www.huroncohealth.com.

 

Davis-Besse plant holding siren tests on Friday

The Davis-Besse nuclear plant will be conducting an emergency siren test this Friday.

The test will begin at 12 noon, and will include 54 sirens that encompass close to a 10-mile area radiating from the station in Carroll Township.

The three-minute test will be audible in parts of Ottawa and Lucas counties.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 10/10

Today

Patchy dense fog this morning.

Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

 

Tonight

Showers likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

 

Wednesday

Showers.  High near 68.

 

Thursday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Dead body found in Sandusky’s Shoreline Park on Sunday

Sandusky authorities are investigating the death of an older woman’s body found in Shoreline Park late Sunday afternoon.

The body was located by a couple walking their dog.

Police found a revolver gun under the 73 year-old woman’s body, who lived in a close-by senior high-rise building.

An autopsy will be performed in Lucas County; with results expected in around a week.

 

Police investigating threat to Norwalk High School

Police are looking into an anonymous violent threat viewed by a Norwalk High School student last week.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, the parent of a Norwalk student reported the threat to police late last Thursday; which was seen on social media.

The threat referenced this Friday as the likely date of the violent actions; if they were to be carried out.

There was an increased police presence at Norwalk High School Friday; with plans on more of the same this week.

 

Danbury SnapChat rape suspect pleads guilty

A 77-year-old Danbury Township man allegedly caught on social media sexually assaulting a young woman has plead guilty to a count of rape.

James Allen accepted a plea deal Friday from the August 8th incident where he’s believed to have been seen committing the act on the SnapChat cell phone app.

Allen will be sentenced December 8th in Ottawa County; facing up to 11 years in prison.

 

Two men shot in Sandusky in separate incidents

Multiple weekend shooting incidents are under investigation by police in Sandusky.

Two men were reportedly shot in separate events late Saturday/early Sunday morning; one near Sandusky and Camp Street, the other on West Parish Street; with both men receiving medical treatment for what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

On Friday night, a man on Clinton Street was unharmed when he reported that a gunshot shattered his living room window.

Police are unsure if any of the incidents are related.

 

Detective in Erie County being investigated

A sheriff’s detective in Erie County was placed on paid leave late last week.

Justin Smith was informed that an internal investigation was taking place dealing with allegations of potential misconduct.

 

Norwalk City Council debate happening Tuesday

The five candidates competing for the four contested seats on Norwalk City Council will square off in a debate tomorrow morning at Norwalk High School.

The debate features incumbents Stephen Euton and Stephen Schumm; along with challengers Jordy Horowitz, Bryan Lamb and Vince Thompson.

It takes place at 10:00 am Tuesday as part of the Sandusky Register’s in-school debate series; which gives students the opportunity to ask questions.

 

Norwalk HS taking applications for Hall of Fame

Norwalk High School is still taking nominations for the Academic, Distinguished Citizen, and Athletic Hall of Fame.

The deadline for nominations is October, 27th; with applications available at the high school and Norwalk City Schools website (www.norwalktruckers.net).

The 2018 Hall of Fame class will be inducted in January of 2018.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST – 10/9

Today – Columbus Day

Rain likely, mainly this morning.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

 

Tuesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

 

Wednesday

Showers likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 70.