Local News

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Lorain County/Home-robbery murder trial

The trial of a Lorain man, accused of killing another during a 2016 home-robbery, is underway in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

Prosecutors claim, 28 year old Elliot Kirkland entered the apartment of Jimmy Holland Junior on Lexington Drive, shot him three times, and took 5-thousand-dollars.

 

Lorain County/Woman facing criminal charges for wrong-way crash

Police in Avon have charged a North Royalton woman with ‘aggravated vehicular assault’ and ‘OVI’ after a wrong-way crash on I-90 earlier this month.

Police say, Jennifer Quinn was travelling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-90 near Route 611 just after midnight, January 2nd.

Quinn and the driver of the other car were hurt.

She’s due in court next week.

 

Erie County/Sandusky’s new medical marijuana facility now open

One of just a few medical marijuana facilities in Ohio opened for business in Sandusky yesterday.

According to the Sandusky Register, folks began lining up several hours before the 9:00 am opening of The Forest Sandusky on Tiffin Avenue.

Doctors can suggest medicinal marijuana for about 20 medical conditions such as AIDS, cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

 

State News/Brown introduces bill to give low-wage federal contractors back pay

Financial help could be on its way to certain workers affected by the partial government shutdown.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown along with fellow senator has introduced legislation that aims to assist low-wage federal contractor employees—including janitorial, food, and security services workers—who have been furloughed or have accepted reduced work hours.

 

Huron County/Norwalk City Council doings

A couple of items from Norwalk City Council…

The Norwalk Reflector reports that council has agreed to a three-year collective bargaining deal with the police union; bringing an annual two-and-a-half percent pay increase, starting this year.

Council has also approved an ordinance to advertise for bids for the half-million-dollar Old State Road widening project; which includes new curbs and drainage systems from Cleveland to Akron roads.

 

Lorain County/Elyria library branch birthday

The West River Branch of the Elyria Public Library System will celebrate its 25th anniversary tomorrow.

A party for all ages will be held tomorrow from 1 until 3, and will feature ‘live’ music from the Blu Monkey Jazz Band.

 

Local News/Boat Show opens with “Island Day” and “Put-in-Bay” night

The 2019 edition of the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show at the IX-Center opened this afternoon…with an island theme.

It’s ‘Island Day’ and “Put-in-Bay Night” at the show…featuring live musicians that locals are used to hearing on Put-in-Bay; as well as famous food such as fresh Lobster Bisque.

The show runs through Monday with a tribute to Kelley’s Island on Sunday.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH, 2019

Today

Light snow, mainly this afternoon.  High near 34.

 

Tonight

Rain and light snow.  Low around 30.

 

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.


Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Local News/Weather

Weather making headlines this morning…

A wintry mix fell overnight causing icy, slick driving conditions.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect this morning…with Erie County under a Level One.

Many schools are also under 2-hour delays.

 

Sandusky County/Teen pleads guilty to murder

A Fremont teen has pled guilty to pointing a gun at his cousin, firing it, and killing him.

According to the Sandusky Register, the 15-year-old made the admission in a Sandusky County courtroom Monday in connection with the September 2017 death of 14-year-old Jaylan Brock.

The boy is not being tried as an adult, instead a serious youthful offender, which means he could be released from incarceration at the age of 21.

 

Huron County/Norwalk United Fund campaign update

 The Norwalk Area United Fund is closing in on their 2019 campaign goal.

The organization’s Taylor Russo appeared on the K96 and WLKR afternoon drive shows on Tuesday…saying they are 85.5 percent of their way to their target.

The weekly “Dine Out” fundraiser takes place today at the Norwalk Eagles with a portion of sales given back to the United Fund to help benefit 35 local grants and programs.

 

State News/DeWine in Detroit

Ohio’s new Governor…Mike DeWine…is in Detroit today…meeting with auto-industry executives…telling them, Ohio is a great place for their production.

Tomorrow, Governor DeWine will meet with General Motors CEO Mary Barra, for an update on the future of the G-M plant in Lordstown.

General Motors previously announced, they would be phasing out production and closing the plant.

 

State News/Brown on tour

U-S Senator Sherrod Brown is hitting the road as he mulls a race for the White House.

Senator Brown will kick off what he calls a “Dignity of Work” tour in Cleveland on January 30th, then head to battleground states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

 

State News/Kasich joining CNN

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich is taking his talents to CNN.

The potential 2020 Republican presidential contender, who just finished up eight years in Columbus, made an announcement Tuesday on social media that he’ll begin working immediately as a regular political contributor.

 

News/Netflix prices increasing

Soon you’ll be spending more to binge your favorite show…

Netflix says they’re increasing their prices 13 to 18 percent, the biggest price hike in the San Francisco-company’s 12-year history.

Its most popular plan will rise from $11 to $13 a month.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2019

*A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 10:00 am today.

**Level One: Erie County

 

Today

Areas of freezing drizzle.  Cloudy, with a high near 33.

 

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Thursday

Light snow likely, mainly in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 33.

 

Friday

A slight chance of snow showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.


Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Erie-Huron Counties/Melon Festival embezzlement

The latest on a married couple accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the Milan Melon Festival while working as organizers…

According to the Sandusky Register, 47-year-old Aaron Timbs has plead no contest to a felony grand theft charge…facing up to a-year-and-a-half in jail and an order to pay back $19,000 in restitution.  But, a judge could enter him into a diversion program rather than send him to prison.

His wife Tracy is scheduled to go to trial next month in Huron County on charges of forgery and felony theft.

 

State News/Human trafficking initiative

The Ohio Highway Patrol and colleagues in several nearby states have launched an initiative, to raise awareness about human-trafficking.

The goal is to educate those who are in a position to see it…such as truckers, rest-area attendants and truck-stop employees.

 

State News/New data: Opioids causing more deaths than car accidents

A startling statistic from the National Safety Council…

They say for the first time ever, the odds of dying from an opioid overdose are greater than perishing in an auto accident.

Ohio is in the top five when it comes to opioid deaths.

 

State News/OHSAA cracking down on parents’ behavior

The Ohio High School Athletic Association is appealing to parents, to be respectful at sporting events.

The Association says, some parents are going overboard…yelling and screaming at officials, embarrassing their children and their school…

 

Erie County/Sandusky City Schools selects new construction manager

The Sandusky Board of Education last night approved a new construction manager for their “Building Better Dreams Project’ that includes three brand new elementary schools.

The school district says Mosser Construction out of Fremont/Maumee will begin working on their new Intermediate Building on Hayes Avenue and the Ontario Building site that will house 1st and 2nd grades; as soon as possible.  Those are both slated to open next year.

The new preschool and kindergarten Hancock Building is scheduled to open in 2022.

 

Huron County/Monroeville Hall of Fame

The 11th annual class of the Monroeville Hall of Fame has been announced.

They are… alumni members Bonnie Berkley Pigman, Greg Schafer and Dale Scheid along with the 1975-76 boys basketball team.

A ceremony is planned for Saturday, January 26th with inductees to be recognized before the varsity basketball game.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 2019

 

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.

 

Tonight

Areas of flurries and freezing drizzle.  Cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Wednesday

Patchy flurries and freezing drizzle.  Cloudy, with a high near 34.

 

Thursday

Light snow likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 35.


Monday, January 14th, 2019

State News/Mike DeWine sworn in as Governor of Ohio

Mike DeWine was officially sworn in as the Governor of Ohio this morning during a brief midnight ceremony at his farm in Cedarville.

Jon Husted also took the oath of office as Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor, surrounded by family at the church they attend in suburban Columbus.

 

Huron County/No grand jury decision in WR Superintendent sexual assault case

An Erie County grand jury has reached a rare stalemate in deciding whether or not to indict sexual assault charges against Western Reserve High School Superintendent Rodge Wilson.

In a quote reported by the Norwalk Reflector, Sandusky Police Detective Eric Costante said he’s never seen anything like it before…in talking about the indecision by grand jury members.

The incident in question allegedly involved Wilson and a juvenile victim at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky.

 

Erie County/Sandusky City Schools brief lockdown

Sandusky City Schools commenced a district-wide lockdown Friday morning because of a suspicious voicemail left the night before.

The Sandusky Police Department was called to help investigate.

The lockdown was lifted a little after 11:00 am Friday without incident.

 

Huron-Lorain County/Drug-related crashes

A man from Akron and a woman from Wakeman face charges from separate crashes on Route 2 in western Lorain County.

The Highway Patrol says both occurred Thursday night, and both were drug-related.

Both people were taken to the hospital.

 

Erie County/Sandusky teen says he was attacked

A Sandusky teenager told authorities he was hurt Friday night after being attacked by a group of young men who threatened to rob him.

According to the Sandusky Register, police found the 17-year-old on the ground in the 500 block Putnam Street.

The boy said he did not know his attackers.

 

State News/Flu activity increasing in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health says flu activity is increasing and widespread throughout the state for the first time during this flu season.

The number of flu-associated hospitalizations is also rising…with about 340 new hospitalizations during the first week of January compared to around 170 during the week prior.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot, according to the state health department; recommending that everyone six months-old and older get one.

 

Erie County/Sandusky shutting down Jackson Street Pier

Starting today, the City of Sandusky is closing down Jackson Street Pier to the public as construction work begins on an improvement project.

Improvements on their way to Jackson Street Pier include a pedestrian boardwalk, waterfront swings and enhanced handicapped accessibility…which is all expected to be in place and open by spring of 2020.

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

MONDAY, JANUARY 14TH, 2019

 

Today

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.

 

Tonight

Increasing clouds, with a low around 18.

 

Tuesday

A chance of snow flurries.  Cloudy, with a high near 32.

 

Wednesday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.