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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21st, 2021

The names of those involved in Tuesday’s fatal stabbing incident at the Ohio Turnpike service plaza in Sandusky County have been released. 

51-year-old Thomas Conner of Wisconsin has been charged with murder; as he’s accused of stabbing and killing 66-year-old David Diederich of Indiana and injuring 53-year-old Alan Austin of Wisconsin.

Austin has been released from the hospital.

Sandusky County Sheriff’s Deputy, 39-year-old Evan Ely, reportedly shot Conner, when Conner refused to drop a knife in his hand and then charged at Ely.

Conner has been hospitalized.

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In COVID numbers…

The Erie County Health Department has released their latest weekly update.  3 new deaths and 259 new cases were reported during the time frame of October 10th through 16th.  The death toll is now 234 since the pandemic began.  53 percent of Erie County residents are now fully vaccinated.

In Huron County, 39 new cases were reported on Wednesday.

Statewide, 4,500 cases were reported Wednesday, just below the 21-day rolling average of 4,700.

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The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man, struck by a train yesterday near LaGrange.

It happened just before noon, near the Whitney Road crossing.

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A Huron County teen reported as a runaway has been found safe. 

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office says 14-year-old Victoria Hembree of Clarksfield Township was located on Wednesday.

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Police in Avon say, they are talking to a ‘male juvenile’, in connection with an email bomb threat at Avon High School.

The school was closed while bomb-sniffing dogs did their job.

They did not find any explosive devices.

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank will host a drive-thru mobile food pantry.

It’ll be held at the Black River Landing in downtown Lorain from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

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Today, the Lorain County Commissioners open their annual budget hearings.

Among those making presentations today…

  • The Clerk of Courts
  • The Recorder’s Office
  • and the Auditor’s Office

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There are currently 57 medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio, but none of those are in Norwalk. 

That could possibly change down the road though.

According to Norwalk Ohio News.com, 6 medical marijuana dispensary companies have contacted the city of Norwalk about possibly locating there.

City Council discussed the issue earlier this week.

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The numbers are in, and they show, business is booming in Medina County.

…More than 200-million-dollars in capital investments so far this year, according to Bethany Dentler, the Executive Director of the Medina County Economic Development Corporation.

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An opening ceremony has been planned for the newly improved McGuan Park in Norwalk. 

It will take place Sunday, October 31st at 12 noon and will include a ribbon-cutting event for the all new all-abilities playground there.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their season opener at Memphis last night, 132-121.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.

High near 68.

 

Tonight

A chance of showers.

Increasing clouds, with a low around 46.

 

Friday

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2021

One dead, two seriously injured, during an incident late Tuesday afternoon at the Erie Islands Service Plaza on the Ohio Turnpike in Sandusky County…

Preliminary reports from authorities say that the incident involved a knife-yielding suspect and two victims, one which died at the scene, with the suspect eventually shot by law enforcement after failing to comply with orders to drop the knife and then charging at officers.

The other victim and the suspect were life-flighted to an area hospital.

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In COVID numbers from Tuesday…

In Huron County, 2 new deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 141 since the beginning of the pandemic.  27 new cases were also reported in the county.

Statewide, 3,600 new cases were reported, compared to the 21-day rolling average of 4,800.

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It’s 21 years to life behind bars for a Sandusky man who recently plead guilty to murder.

According to the Sandusky Register, that’s the sentence for 22-year-old Bren’Davion Durr.

Durr’s sentence is in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old De’Yon Hill of Sandusky in December of 2019, which occurred near Dewey Street in Sandusky.

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A Huron County teenage girl has been reported as a runaway.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office reports that 14-year-old Victoria Hembree was reported missing from her Clarksfield Township home on Tuesday.

She’s believed to of ran away voluntarily.

Anyone with information on Hembree is asked to contact the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

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Today, the Second Harvest Food Bank 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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A political rally is set for this evening in Norwalk. 

U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel will be among the guest speakers at the Milestone Event Center for the ‘Faith and Freedom’ event.

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It appears the city of Elyria and the Elyria Public Library System are at odds, over parking availability for the new downtown library branch.

According to the Chronicle Telegram, at issue is more than 40 spaces on city-owned property behind the Elyria Arts Council building.

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Statewide honors for Marilou Suszko of Main Street Vermilion…

Marilou has been named, “Main Street Executive Director of the Year” by “Heritage Ohio”.

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If you’ve ever thought about driving a snow-plow for the Ohio Department of Transportation, now’s a good time to put those thoughts into action.

O-DOT is in the market to hire 500 seasonal snow-plow drivers to support their regular crew.

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Sandusky’s Street Resurfacing Program continues today, with a road closure.

Bardshar Road will be shut down to traffic today from 7 am to 5 pm, due to construction.

Local access to businesses and homes on Bardshar will be maintained.

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Today, Lorain County Community College will host a “Family Fall Fest” and an open house from 4 until 7 pm, at the University Partnership Ridge Campus in North Ridgeville.

You’ll find everything from trick-or-treat with costumes…to a fire truck and free flu shots!

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SPORTS

The Cleveland Cavaliers open up their season tonight at Memphis, with tip-off at 8 pm.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 73.

 

Tonight

Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

 

Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms likely.

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 2021

Checking COVID-19 numbers…

Huron County had 20 new reported cases on Monday.

Lorain County Public Health reports a significant decrease in active COVID cases…658…down by more than 200 from the previous week.

Statewide, 2,800 new cases were reported Monday, well below the 21-day rolling average of 5,000.

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This week has been designated as National School Bus Safety Week. 

Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers will be highly visible this week along school bus routes and in school zones to ensure the safety of students.

Since 2016, there have been over 6,500 crashes involving school buses in Ohio.

8 fatal crashes took place during this time killing 8 people and injuring almost 2100.

None of those killed were occupants of a school bus.

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Maybe you’ve seen the sign on Route 301 in Carlisle Township…future home of the Veterans Memorial.

Construction is another step closer thanks to a 25-thousand-dollar donation from the Ohio AMVETS.

Organizers hope to dedicate the memorial next fall.

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The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a continuing scam involving gift cards.

They say that no legitimate business will ever ask you to pay them in gift cards.

Common gift card scams involve “a great deal”, an electric or gas company threatening to shut off services, trouble with the IRS or Social Security, and being a secret shopper.

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Elyria’s next fire chief will be…Joe Pronesti.

Pronesti has been serving as Interim Chief since August when former chief Carl Mack resigned.

Pronesti was the only applicant…he will be sworn in, next week.

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The Lorain County Safe Communities Coalition has secured a 40-thousand-dollar federal grant.

The coalition promotes safety on the road through community- initiatives.

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A couple of road closures in Huron County…

Lehigh Road, between Routes 18 and 20 in Townsend Township, is closed for a culvert replacement, until further notice.

Remelle Road, between Geiger and Settlement Road in Peru Township, is shut down to traffic now through October 29th.

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Oberlin City Council has rejected a so-called Type 2 Annexation Request from the Lorain County Joint Vocational School.

The JVS wanted to leave Pittsfield Township for Oberlin, but not have its employees pay city income taxes.

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A note about leaves to Willard residents…

The City is asking residents to not rake leaves into the road before leaf pickup begins in November.

If residents want to get rid of leaves before that, they are asked to take them to the city compost pile at the Maintenance Garage on Central Avenue from 7 to 5 on weekdays.

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It’s a purrr-fect match for the Firelands Community Cat Coalition in Norwalk. 

According to the Sandusky Register, the non-profit has received a $3,000 grant from Freshpet, a Pennsylvania-based cat food company.

The money will be used for essential items and procedures for the group’s kittens in foster care.

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SPORTS

In Monday Night Football, Tennessee topped Buffalo 34-31.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 71.

 

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 48.

 

Wednesday

Sunny, with a high near 72.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 18th, 2021

The apartment fire that killed an Elyria High School football coach last week has been ruled accidental by fire officials. 

De’Van Bogard was 27.

The blaze took place early Tuesday morning on Washington Avenue in Elyria.

Before coaching at Elyria, Bogard was a star athlete at Cleveland Glenville High School and was a member of the football team at Ohio State.

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A check of COVID-19 numbers…

Statewide, there were 2,500 new cases reported on Sunday, well below the 21-day rolling average of just under 5,100.

Guernsey County is east central Ohio has the highest rate per 100-thousand people.

Holmes County has the lowest rate.

Huron County had 16 new reported cases on Sunday.

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Huron County Public Health has released their weekly COVID-19 report.

The case count was 198 for the reporting period of October 8th to October 14th, down from 224 the previous week.

The average age of cases in the county was 40.

All but one Huron County zip code are currently reporting cases, with the highest positivity rate in Norwalk.

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In Vermilion…the Liberty Avenue bridge near the downtown area closes today for repairs.

The Ohio Department of Transportation expects the major east-west thoroughfare to be shut down for about 45 days.

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Tonight, a committee of Avon Lake City Council is scheduled to hear a presentation on preliminary plans to build a new, larger fire station on Walker Road near Route 83.

The current, smaller facility was built more than 40 years ago.

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On the road…

This week, crews will be making repairs to a portion of Route 301 and Route 611…near the intersection…in Sheffield.

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The Second Harvest Food Bank will be in Huron County today with their drive-thru mobile food pantry.  

They’ll make a stop at Willard Parks and Rec on West Laurel Street from 3 to 5 pm.

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Later this week, Ohio Turnpike engineers will begin their annual winter inspections of snow removal gear, with a stop in Amherst on Friday afternoon.

Statewide, the turnpike snowplows service nearly 14-hundred ‘lane’ miles, 31 interchanges and 14 service plazas.

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Routine hydrant flushing begins today in Willard; both inside and outside of city limits.

Residents are asked to not wash their clothes during flushing, as staining may take place.

Flushing should wrap up by Thursday.

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SPORTS

-The Cleveland Browns dropped to 3-3 on the season after a 37-14 loss to Arizona on Sunday. Arizona improved to 6-0.

-In NASCAR, Kyle Larson took home the checkered flag in the Cup Series Playoff race on Sunday at Texas.

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From the National Weather Service…

Today

Sunny, with a high near 65.

 

Tonight

Clear, with a low around 45.

 

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 71.