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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th, 2021

Checking COVID numbers…

The state saw 7,700 new reported cases on Wednesday, 1,700 more than the 21-day average.  Nearly 200 of those were reported in Lorain County on Wednesday.

In Huron County, 67 new cases were reported on Wednesday.

Statewide, the percentage of those fully vaccinated has finally crept above 49-percent.

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A Sandusky man has been arrested on underage rape charges.  

According to the Sandusky Register, 41-year-old Justin Kozlowski’s home on East Monroe Street was searched after allegations were made by a girl under the age of 12.

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Firefighters in Carlisle Township are investigating a house fire on Carlisle Avenue.

They say, no one was home when yesterday’s fire began.

No one was hurt.

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There’s a new member of Norwalk City Council. 

The Norwalk Reflector reports that Tom Dunlap will replace Sharon Harwood, who previously resigned from her second ward position.

Dunlap, who was selected by the Huron County Republican Party, will finish Harwood’s term, which expires in 2023.

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Today marks the end of employment of Elizabeth Doyle…the woman who oversaw the Lorain County Crime and Drug Lab.

She submitted her resignation several weeks ago, citing ‘personal reasons’.

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A tentative settlement between the Lorain County Commissioners and the Columbia and Strongsville school systems…regarding tax revenue from new housing in Columbia Township…

A full report in today’s Chronicle Telegram…

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New leadership in the Sheffield Lake police department…

Sergeant Al Kory has been promoted to Police Chief.

Kory is a graduate of the Lorain County Community College Police Academy, and has worked in Sheffield Lake for 6 years.

He replaces Anthony Campo, who retired earlier this year.

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A Willard-based company is recalling some ‘flat parsley’ grown at one of its facilities in Michigan.

Buurma Farms says, testing showed possible e-coli-contamination.

The parsley was harvested August 30th, and shipped to retailers from August 31st through September 3rd.

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A repaving project continues in the Berlin and Milan Township areas.

The construction zone is on Route 113, between McIntyre Road and Route 61 East.

Traffic is one-way, west bound only, in that location.

Those looking to go east in that area, need to look for an alternate route.

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a drive-thru, mobile food pantry at the Black River Landing in downtown Lorain.

It’ll run from 2 until 4 pm.

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Willard’s ‘Almost Friday’ Picnic at the Plaza takes place later today.

There will be carry-out deals at downtown restaurants along with live music from 11 am to 1 pm at Doster Plaza.

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Today, the Community Foundation of Lorain County will host a 12-hour crowdfunding campaign, to raise money for 65 non-profits.

The Community Foundation hopes to raise 250-thousand-dollars through online pledges.

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More restaurants could be setting up shop in Avon.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Cheeseburgers…and…Charley’s Philly Steaks…are eyeballing  property on Chester Road.

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SPORTS

-Last night, the Cleveland Indians blasted the Twins, 12-3, in Minnesota. Oscar Mercado, Bobby Bradley and Franmil Reyes all homered for the Tribe.  The Indians took 2 of 3 in the series with the Twins.  Cleveland is off today.

-NFL Thursday Night Football tonight – New York Giants at the Washington Football Team, with kickoff at 8:20 pm.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 76.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

 

Friday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, 2021

The man from Willard accused of stabbing a woman to death on Sunday was last reported in serious condition in a Toledo hospital.

According to the Sandusky Register, 44-year-old Javier Lopez was injured after he reportedly fled the scene of the stabbing and his car crashed during a pursuit on Route 229 near Fremont.

Lopez has been charged in the death of 45-year-old Margarita Roblero-Perez.

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Looking at COVID numbers…

The Erie County Health Department reports 2 new deaths and 305 new cases during a recent 7-day span.  The death toll is now at 220 in Erie County since the pandemic began.

Huron County saw 1 new death reported, along with 37 new cases on Tuesday.  The death toll is at 125 in Huron County.

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A semi cab was destroyed in a fire in Huron County on Monday.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that it happened on Route 61, near Peru, involving a semi truck cab without a trailer.

The driver was not injured.

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Road work in Norwalk today…

Weather permitting; crews will be repairing the intersection of North Garfield and Jefferson Street.

The city asks residents to use alternate routes.

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The city of Amherst is moving ahead with plans, to earmark money for an eventual overhaul of Oak Point Road near Route 2.

In recent years, there has been a lot of medical and commercial growth in that area, and that has resulted in more and more traffic.

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In Cleveland, 15-percent of eligible voters have decided, Justin Bibb and Kevin Kelley will advance to November’s ballot in the race for mayor.

They were the top two vote-getters in yesterday’s non-partisan primary.

Bibb received about 27-percent of the votes cast…Kelley followed with just over 19-percent.

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A road closure in Sandusky today…

The Division of Water Distribution is closing Columbus Avenue between Monroe and Madison Streets for repairs.

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The Willard Fire Department has received a $136,000 Assistance to Firefighters grant. 

It will be used to purchase upgraded cardiac rescue equipment.

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio will host a drive-thru, mobile food pantry at Brookside High School on Harris Road in Sheffield.

It’ll run from 4:30 until 6 pm.

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The next Sandusky neighborhood ice cream social is set for tonight. 

It will be held at the Sandusky Recreation Department, starting at 7 pm.

The event allows residents to meet city staff and City Commissioners, learn about projects happening in their neighborhoods and have an opportunity to share ideas for improving the city’s neighborhoods.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Indians split a doubleheader at Minnesota on Tuesday, winning 3-1 in Game One, then dropping Game Two 6-3.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy during the early evening, then becoming clear, with a low around 56.

 

Thursday

Sunny, with a high near 78.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th, 2021

Police in Willard are investigating a suspected fatal stabbing that occurred Sunday night on Wessor Avenue.

44-year-old Javier Estrella Lopez is being charged in connection with the death of 45-year-old Margarita Roblero-Perez.

Authorities say that Lopez fled the scene after the incident and was later apprehended in Sandusky County following a pursuit that ended in a crash.

Lopez was transported to a Toledo hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Lopez’s condition is unknown.

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Looking at COVID numbers…

63 new cases were reported in Huron County on Monday. The death toll in Huron County remains at 124 since the pandemic began.

The state reported 5,500 cases on Monday…just below the 21-day average.

Lorain County Public Health is reporting 875 active COVID cases…up from 814 a week ago…and up from only 10 on July 3rd.

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No masks at Vermilion Schools…

Last night, the school board there voted 3 to 2 against a mask mandate that was introduced by Superintendent Phil Pempin in early August.

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Tonight, COVID-19 will be the focus of a program at the University Hospitals fitness center in Avon.

Lorain County Public Health Deputy Director Mark Adams will speak at 6 pm.

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The campaign kickoff is underway for the Norwalk Area United Fund.

In a letter in the Norwalk Reflector, United Fund Executive Director Carol Wheeler says that the goal for this year is $415,000; with the money going to fund 26 local programs.

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On Monday, 3 Sandusky residents were honored with the city’s inaugural Volunteer of the Year award.  

Jackie “Mama” Collins and Jimm Corso were presented posthumously to members of their family, with Chuck Lococo also receiving the award.

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Lorain County Public Health will be in LaGrange tonight, spraying for mosquitoes.

They say, the spray is NOT harmful to people, pets nor plants.

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A road closure in Huron County…

Route 162 is closed in 2 locations…just east of Rome Greenwich Road and…just west of Greenwich Milan Townline Road…due to culvert replacements.

Work is expected to be complete on September 24th.

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Today, Gulf Road from Burns to Crestview in Elyria will be closed from 8 am until 5 pm, so crews can stabilize the berm.

Detour signs will be posted.

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SPORTS

-Las Vegas beat Baltimore 33-27 in overtime in Monday Night Football.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Mostly sunny, breezy, with a high near 88.

 

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Low around 65.

 

Wednesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th, 2021

A hero will be laid to rest today…

Funeral services are to be held at 11 am at the Edison High School football stadium in Milan for U.S. Navy Corpsman, 22-year-old Max Soviak of Berlin Heights.

Calling hours were held yesterday at the Edison High School Field House for Soviak, who was killed last month in a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

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Route 269 (South Washington Street) at the south Castalia village limits will be closed for several hours.

Authorities say a crash took place there, resulting in a downed utility pole with wires across the roadway.

Ohio Edison crews are on-site.

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In Huron County COVID numbers…

There were 77 new reported cases on Sunday; with Huron County Public Health reporting 342 new cases over a recent 7-day span, up from 260 the previous week.

The average age of cases has decreased, with the highest number of cases reported in the 11 to 20 age group.

All Huron County zip codes are currently reporting cases, with the highest incidence in Willard.

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New numbers from the Ohio Department of Health show, the state is closing in on 49-percent, in terms of those fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Lorain County stands at 53-percent.

Yesterday, the state reported another 44-hundred new COVID cases…103 of them in Lorain County.

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A local school has updated their mask policy.

Sandusky City Schools have mandated masks for all students and staff, starting today.

Sandusky School District employees have been required to wear face coverings since September 7th.

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The Highway Patrol continues its investigation into a fatal crash in Pittsfield Township.

Troopers say, it appears 30 year old Rochelle Hamilton of Avon Lake veered off Route 20, struck a ditch and overturned several times.

She was taken to Metro.

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A rash of burglaries in Willard…

Authorities say they occurred last Thursday and Friday in the city and west of the city on Willard West Road, Liberty Road and Lamar Court.

The incidents reportedly took place during the overnight hours.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to lock up their homes and cars and to look over their security cameras for suspicious activity.

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The city of Norwalk and its firefighters have agreed to a new 3-year contract.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the deal, which begins next year, includes a 2 percent pay raise in 2022 and a 2-and-half increase in both 2023 and 2024.

The contract is expected to be finalized when City Council meets Tuesday.

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Official ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held yesterday in Oberlin, for a new, 17-and-a-half-million-dollar elementary school…

Construction was made possible by voters who endorsed a money-issue in 2018.

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The City of Sandusky and Firelands Health are pleased to announce the opening of the Adult Fitness Area at Shoreline Park, which was officially unveiled on Friday.

The new Fitness Area is comprised of multiple pieces of fitness equipment including energy and strength wheels, an assisted step around, a push-up bar, and a skill trainer.

It is located next to the Shoreline Park pavilion, just a short distance from the playground area.

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SPORTS                                                                                                                       

-The Cleveland Browns lost their season opener at Kansas City on Sunday, 33-29.

-The Cleveland Indians were blown out by Milwaukee on Sunday, 11-1.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

 

Tuesday

A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Partly sunny, with a high near 87.