Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is asking those who believe they might be a victim of a former Sandusky YMCA Boy Scout leader to come forward.

According to the Sandusky Register, 40-year-old Thomas Close of Shelby has been charged with sexually exploiting children and child pornography possession.

Close is accused of taking inappropriate videos of boys before and after swimming at the former Sandusky ‘Y’…as well as a scout reservation in Wakeman…and at his home…allegedly taking place between 2011 and 2018.

Close, who’s been in jail since being arrested last November, has a pretrial hearing set for late August.

 

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers confirms…water levels on Lake Erie are at their highest mark since they began keeping records in 1918…the same for Lake Ontario.

It was only 15 years ago that Lake Erie water-levels reached their LOWEST mark since 1965.

 

A Fremont man faces a charge of drug possession following an executed search warrant on Monday…

34-year-old Christopher Silva was also arrested for resisting arrest in Seneca County.

Authorities say they found meth and Fentanyl in Silva’s home on North Fifth Street…along with drug paraphernalia related to drug trafficking.

Silva could face additional charges.

 

City Council in Norwalk has given their OK to place a 5-year, 1.75-mill levy on the ballot this November…for operation and maintenance of their parks and rec department.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the levy would combine three current levies that have various dates of expiration…into one…for the same millage.

 

Norwalk’s 2019 Curb Project is slated to begin today…

The City says that road construction will start on Norwood Avenue from Christie Avenue to Shady Lane.

Traffic will be restricted during working hours and restored in the evening; with delays expected.

Local residents are encouraged to use familiar routes around the improvement project.

 

The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments on state law that allows the state to take over struggling school systems, but it won’t happen until late October.

Officials from the Youngstown School System will argue that House Bill 70 is unconstitutional…the bill that allowed the state to take over schools in Youngstown, East Cleveland and Lorain.

 

A 500-thousand-dollar grant is on its way to Ottawa County to promote tourism.

The money will be used to widen a portion of Route 53 and create a roundabout at State Road in Port Clinton.

The state says the work should be wrapped up, sometime next year.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10TH, 2019

Today

Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.

 

Tonight

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

 

Thursday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.