Mild winter weather caused by a strong El Nino has left Lake Erie 99 percent ice free in early January.
An ongoing investigation has led to the arrest of a Bellevue man accused of soliciting sex from minors.
71-year-old Lawrence Green is charged with importuning, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. More charges are possible. Green was arrested yesterday, after police executed a search warrant at his Monroe Street apartment. Bellevue police received assistance from the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A couple of items were seized, and one was sent to a crime lab for analysis.
Ohio schools have dropped in national rankings.
Six years ago, Ohio schools were ranked 5th in the nation. Last year, schools were ranked 18th, but now, according to a new national report card, Ohio schools are ranked 23rd. Factors include test scores and student achievement, other indicators of student success, and school finances.
Sandusky native Orlando Pace is one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
After starring at Sandusky High School and Ohio State, Pace was the first overall pick of the 1997 NFL draft. He was with the St. Louis Rams for 12 seasons, and was part of “The Greatest Show On Turf.” After that, he played one season for the Chicago Bears, and then retired from the NFL. Pace was a Hall of Fame finalist last year, but fell just short of the required votes to get in. Some other high-profile finalists: quarterbacks Brett Favre and Kurt Warner, kicker Morten Anderson and coaches Don Coryell and Tony Dungy. Inductees will be announced February 6th.
Another blow to Lorain County’s economy…
Republic Steel will idle its plant in Lorain until further notice, due to a lack of business. About 200 workers will be off the job by the end of March. To make matters worse…Next week, U-S Steel in Lorain will begin phasing in layoffs that could top more than 250.
Christmas tree pickup in Norwalk begins on Monday.
It’s a basketball doubleheader night on 95.3 WLKR and wlkrradio.com. Live at 7:30, it’s Willard at Shelby. During that game, we’ll have updates on the game between Norwalk and Sandusky. After Willard and Shelby, it’s Roundball Replay, with Western Reserve at St. Paul.