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Monday, August 8th, 2016

 Murder/Suicide begins in Elyria last night

Police in Elyria are investigating a murder/suicide that began in Elyria and ended in Cleveland. 42 year-old Leonzo Bufford was accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend late last night at her home on Revere Lane, then travelling to South Euclid where he shot two more people.  Police spotted him on the shoreway in Cleveland and chased him to University Circle where Bufford stopped his car and shot himself to death.

 

Grant will help remove lead paint out of houses in Erie and Lorain Counties

The Erie and Lorain County health departments have snagged a 3-year federal grant to remove lead-based paint from low-income housing. The grant is worth more than $1.5 million; and recognizes a unique partnership between the two health-districts. (In Lorain County, 80 housing units will be targeted.)

 

 Michigan man arrested after multiple overdoses at Richland County Concert Festival

28 year-old Matthew Gross of Ypsilanti, Michigan has been charged with drug trafficking after 23 people overdosed on THC-laced candy at a concert festival in Butler, Ohio, near Mansfield, in Richland County. THC is the intoxicant ingredient found in marijuana.  Gross was seen in pictures throwing several packets of the drug-laced candy into the crowd during “The Last Weekend on Earth” concert festival at the Ohio Dreams Sports Camp on Saturday.  The sports camp said in an article on the Cleveland Fox 8 News website, that it rented the property to the concert organization, and it was not a camp-sponsored event.

 

Highway Patrol encouraging drivers to Move Over for Law Enforcement vehicles

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to help keep other drivers and law enforcement officers safe by following Ohio’s Move Over law. A sergeant was serious injured in Geauga County recently, when he was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop near Chardon. All drivers should move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside, according to Ohio law. If moving over is not possible, motorists should slow down and proceed with caution.

 

Ohio Ranks among worst for Student Debt

(from The Ohio News Connection)-Aside from mortgages, student loans now make up the biggest piece of the debt puzzle in this country, and a new analysis finds Ohioans are carrying some of the heaviest burdens. Jill Gonzalez with the online-survey website WalletHub said Ohio ranks 42nd in the nation in her group’s analysis of the best and worst states for student debt. This means high debt loads for former students. Researchers also looked at the unemployment rates for young adults, the percentage of students with past-due loans, and the availability of jobs for recent graduates.


Friday, August 5th, 2016

Oberlin College Assistant Professor on paid leave for Social Media Post

An assistant professor at Oberlin College has been put on paid leave for comments that she put on Facebook that were perceived as anti-Semitic. Joy Karega came under fire earlier this year for her posts on the Social Media website implying that Israel and Jewish people were to blame for the September 11th attacks.   Oberlin College president Marvin Krislov says Karega will remain on paid leave until the college concludes a review process of her posts.

 

16 year-old Elyria girl facing Attempted Murder Charges for Stabbing

Elyria Prosecutors are asking a judge to try a 16-year old girl as an adult, as she’s facing attempted murder charges for stabbing a man in the back. The young girl has faced charges six different times for incidents including assault, burglary and theft. Because of low IQ scores the minor has previously been found incompetent to stand trial in the previous charges brought against her.

 

Gas leak forces Sandusky residents out of their homes

A gas leak Thursday morning led to Sandusky residents being evacuated from their homes.  A construction crew reportedly ruptured a gas line at around 10:30 am, according to the Sandusky Register, on the 600 block of West Adams Street, which led to people being asked to leave their homes between Lawrence and Decatur streets.  Those that had to leave were given water and shelter at the main Sandusky Fire Station and a church nearby.  At about 3:00 pm, representatives from Columbia Gas contained the gas leak, making it safe again for residents to return home.

 

Berlin Heights and Plymouth holding Festivals this weekend

It’s festival time again in the villages of Berlin Heights and Plymouth this weekend. Berlin Heights is hosting their annual ‘Basket Festival’ today and Saturday, with a Queens and Little Prince and Princess contests tonight, and a parade on Saturday at 1:30 pm and live music throughout the evening. As for Plymouth, the annual Silver King and Fireman’s Festivals are going on today and tomorrow with rides and plenty of food.  Mud volleyball takes place tonight and Saturday, with a parade Saturday night at 7:00 pm.

 

‘Stuff the Bus’ wrap-up event happening Saturday at Sandusky Mall

Erie County’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ school supply fundraiser comes to a close Saturday with a Family Wrap Up Event at the Sandusky Mall from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  You can drop off your final school supplies or monetary donations at Center Court in the mall or you can drive up and drop them off at entrance #3.  The event will feature character appearances, give-aways, along with information from local organizations.  The school supply drive will benefit students K through 5 at Sandusky City Schools, Perkins Township Schools, and Sandusky Central Catholic Schools.

 

Date set for Thomas Edison statue Dedication in Washington D.C.

The Thomas Edison statue will be moving to its permanent home in Washington D.C. next month.  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has announced that a dedication ceremony for the Edison statue will happen on September 21st at the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol in Washington. The statue will represent the state of Ohio, along with a statue of President James Garfield.  The statue has made its way throughout Ohio since May of 2015, and is currently on display in the Milan library. More details on the ceremony will be announced later.

 

Erie MetroParks offering Youth Hunting Lottery Drawing on Saturday

For children interested in hunting, Erie Metro-Parks is hosting the Steinen Youth Lottery Drawing Saturday at 8:30 am, taking place at Osborn Metro Park, between Huron and Sandusky, in the Frost Center Erie room. 18 upland game permits, 8 trapping permits, and 7 deer archery permits will be distributed on Saturday morning.


Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Lorain woman charged with Murder of disabled man

A Lorain woman has been charged with the murder of a disabled man who required an oxygen machine to live. 46 year-old Michele Noble has been charged with murder, tampering with evidence and obstructing official business. 53 year-old John Whitfield was found dead in his Lorain home around 10:00 am Tuesday.

 

Elyria man perishes in Wellington cycle crash

Police in Wellington believe, a medical issue resulted in a motorcycle crash on Jones Road. Charles Proctor of Elyria was killed.  He was 58.  So far there’s no official word on the cause of death.

 

Norwalk ‘Stuff the Bus’ supply collection to take place tomorrow

A school supply collection event will happen tomorrow to help benefit Norwalk City School students.  Unused school supplies such as pens, paper, and crayons can be dropped off from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Norwalk Board of Education Office on Benedict Avenue.  The supplies will be distributed to those who registered on Wednesday (August 10th) of next week from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Salvation Army in Norwalk.

 

Back to School money-saving options from Ohio Attorney General

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is offering some back-to-school shopping tips for consumers ahead of the sales tax holiday Those tips include: monitoring your credit, checking and savings accounts; understanding return policies before you buy, checking the exclusions and limitations of an offer, keeping your receipts, and watching for scams.

During the sales tax holiday, the following items generally are exempt from sales tax: clothing priced at $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less and school instructional materials priced at $20 or less.

Former Browns player to spend almost two years in Prison

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Reggie Rucker has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison. Rucker had pled ‘guilty’ to stealing more than 100-thousand-dollars from two charities to feed his gambling addiction.

 

Police cars up for auction in Huron next week

If you’re in the market for a used police car, The City of Huron has just what you need. Four police cars will be among the items up-for-auction next Wednesday at The City of Huron’s Service Complex.  Bidding starts at 5:00 pm Wednesday.

 

Tips from PUCO to reduce your Energy bill during the Summer Heat

As the temperatures and heat rise, so does the consumption of energy to cool the inside of your home.  The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has some tips to help manage your energy bills, and to help your household stay cool. They include: blocking the heat from the sun by closing windows and curtains, turn the thermostat up when you are away from home, look for an air conditioning unit that is ENERGY STAR approved, and if you use a window air conditioning unit, make sure it fits correctly into the window to reduce the amount of cool air lost.


Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Fugitive thought to be in Norwalk has been found in a nearby state

Wade Crone, who is wanted in Indiana on a parole violation, has been located in Pennsylvania, according to Norwalk Police. The Norwalk PD had reported Crone as likely being in the Norwalk area in the last day or so.

 

Semi crashes into home near Bellevue Tuesday night

A semi driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a house in Lyme Township near Bellevue Tuesday evening. 50 year-old Randy Wright of Collins was north bound on State Route 4, just south of Seel Road, when he travelled off the right side of the road, into the ditch, then severely struck a home on State Route 4. Collins suffered minor injuries, along with one of the home’s residents, with the home sustaining significant damage. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be crash-causing factors.

 

Huron County Public Health offering Free Mosquito Dunks to County Residents

During this summer and fall, Huron County Public Health is handing out free mosquito “dunks” to residents of Huron County.  The dunks, which look like small donuts, float on water and give off bacteria that kill mosquito eggs.  They can be used in ponds or anywhere where water collects for a long time.  A small supply will be given to residents on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of one pack per household.  They can be picked up in the basement of the County Administration Building in Norwalk.

 

Ehove Police Academy now forming

The fall class is forming now at the Ehove adult Police Academy. The class is 17 weeks long; with the school providing all uniforms and equipment needed, including a duty belt, firearm, and ammunition. More information is available online at www.ehove.net .

 

Blood Donations needed throughout Ohio

(from Ohio News Connection)-Health officials are asking Ohioans to consider helping to save a life during the dog days of summer. Rodney Wilson with American Red Cross Blood Services said there’s typically a spike in traumatic injuries during the summer, while at the same time, blood donations drop.Wilson notes summer blood shortages usually affect those blood types that are needed most, but this year’s need is urgent for all blood types. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old, or 16 with signed parental consent

 

Lorain County murder suspect to appear in court Thursday

A murder suspect has been returned to Lorain County, and is due in court tomorrow. 38 year-old Larry Brown is accused of shooting and killing 66 year old Lani Smith of Lorain 3 weeks ago.  Brown was arrested in a Baltimore hospital where he was being treated for an ankle injury.