Grate pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to all charges in Ashland Murders
The Ashland man believed to have killed two local women plead not guilty Thursday to an Ashland County Common Pleas Judge on 23 felony charges including four counts of aggravated murder. 40 year-old Shawn M. Grate, who’s accused of killing Stacy Stanley of Greenwich and Elizabeth Griffith of Ashland; was arraigned yesterday through a live video conference at the Ashland County Courthouse. Multiple media outlets report that Grate’s pretrial will be held October 31st also via video conference. The four aggravated murder charges carry the death penalty.
Norwalk hosting ‘Imagine: A Drug Free Community’ event this Sunday
An event called ‘An Afternoon of Inspiration and Hope’ will take place in Norwalk on Sunday. ‘Imagine: A Drug Free Community’ happens 12 noon to 3:00 pm and includes a portion of the program focused on recovery resources. The event also includes a ‘Walk for Recovery’ from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, followed by ‘One Great Hour of Inspiration and Hope’ featuring speakers from law enforcement and the media, and ‘A Song of Hope’ from Emily Keener.
Public Meetings concerning Huron County 911 System to be held next week
Three public meetings are planned for next week regarding professional recommendations being made on bringing the Huron County 911 system into the 21st century. The meetings take place Monday at 7:00 pm at Norwalk High School, Tuesday at 7:00 pm at Willard City Council Chambers, and Wednesday at 6:00 pm at New London Village Council Chambers. Those planning to attend the meeting can view the list of recommendations before attending, by going online to www.HuronCountyEMA.org.
Elyria-Cleveland attempted abduction to be featured on national crime TV show
The case of a man who attempted to abduct a young girl in Elyria and kidnapped a girl in Cleveland is gaining national attention. The TV Show ‘Crime Watch’, which is hosted by Chris Hansen (of ‘To Catch a Predator’ fame) will feature the story in an upcoming episode. There is currently a $20,000 reward for information that will help lead to the arrest of the suspect. Currently there is no confirmed air date for the show.
Woolybear Festival happens Sunday
The 44th edition of the Woolybear Festival is this Sunday in Vermilion. The event is considered to be the largest one-day festival in Ohio, which features one of the largest parades in the country. The parade begins at 1:30 pm. Other activities include a kids’ race, the Woolybear 500 caterpillar race, and an animal-woolybear costume contest; plus appearances from Fox 8 Cleveland TV personalities.