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  • FRIDAY, MAY 20th, 2022

    The Erie County Coroner will try to identify a body, pulled last night from Lake Erie, about a quarter-mile north of the mouth of the Vermilion River.

    A boater spotted the body and notified authorities.

    The clean-up continues at a home on Lake Avenue in Elyria. Fire…Wednesday night…resulted in 70-thousand-dollars in damage.

    Investigators believe the fire began in the attic.

    No one was hurt.

    Governor Mike DeWine has awarded $4.8 million in grants to nearly 100 schools to help them improve the safety and security of their buildings. 

    A portion of that is headed to two schools in Erie County…$89,000 is going to Sandusky City Schools’ Regional Center for Arts and Academic Studies and $66,000 to Margaretta Elementary School.  

    In Lorain County, 200-thousand-dollars is earmarked for the Midview School System.

    Tomorrow, volunteers and members of the American Red Cross of Central Ohio…along with their local partners…will be installing free smoke detectors in select homes in Lorain.

    Volunteer registration begins tomorrow morning at 9:30 am at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on Clifton Avenue.

    Installation will begin at 2 pm.

    A road closure next week in Norwalk…

    Parsons Street, between Williams and Eastwood, will shut down to thru traffic on Monday. 

    Local residents, buses and emergency vehicles will be allowed entry. 

    The road will reopen when crews are finished for the day.

    Local military members and their loved ones will be honored later today in Norwalk.

    It’s all part of the Hometown Hero Dedication-Community Celebration.

    A dedication ceremony for the banners displayed uptown that pay tribute to area military members will take place at 6 pm at Suhr Park; along with live music and food trucks on hand.

    The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office has snagged a 137-thousand-dollar state grant.

    The money will be used to support the Lorain County Drug Task Force.

    On Saturday, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is kicking off the 200th birthday celebration of the Marblehead Lighthouse. 

    A birthday party event will be taking place from noon to 4 pm, with lighthouse tours, food trucks, outdoor entertainment and even birthday cake.  

    Tomorrow afternoon, the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College will come alive with a free, Family Resource Fair.

    Lorain County Information and Connection was created by the Lorain County Juvenile Court.

    The one-stop-shop will feature more than 40 programs and agencies. offering services to youth and their families.

    After a couple year hiatus, the Wightman Wieber Safety Fair and Kids Fun Festival is back and in full force. 

    It all happens tomorrow from noon to 4 pm at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion on East Water Street in Sandusky. 

    Over 50 area health and safety agencies will be there along with children’s rides and attractions.

    SPORTS

    -The Cleveland Guardians lost to Cincinnati on Thursday, 4-2. 

    From the National Weather Service…

    Today

    A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the morning.

    Mostly cloudy, breezy, with a high near 90.

    Tonight

    Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.

    Saturday

    A slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

    Sunday

    Showers and thunderstorms.

    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.

  • THURSDAY, MAY 19th, 2022

    A resident of Lorain has pled ‘not guilty’ to ‘murder’.

    45-year-old Glenn Bragg of Oberlin Avenue is accused of stabbing and killing 68-year-old John Jarnigan during a carjacking, Tuesday morning, in Lorain.

    Bragg is being held under a 1-million-dollar bond.

    The Norwalk Police Department is investigating a hit-skip accident that happened Tuesday evening.  

    Authorities say it involved a blue Chevy Silverado, which struck a handicapped pedestrian at the intersection of Milan Avenue and League Street.

    Police are looking into surveillance video as they aim to identify the driver.

    Residents are asked to contact the Norwalk PD if they have any information about the accident.

    Police in Lorain believe, alcohol was a factor in a crash late Tuesday that put 4 people in the hospital.

    Police say, 22-year-old Arianalys Rivera of Elyria was speeding on Oberlin Avenue when a car she was driving, went airborne after crossing railroad tracks.

    They say, Rivera lost control, struck a curb and a utility pole, with the car coming to rest on its roof.

    The latest on COVID-19 in Ohio…

    The Ohio Department of Health held a COVID press conference for the first time in about 2 months yesterday to discuss the virus.

    Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff says cases are increasing in Ohio, but those numbers must be put into context.  

    Numbers jumped from 11,000 to around 16,000 cases over the last couple of weeks.

    It appears, there’s a tentative settlement in a lawsuit filed by former Lorain County Administrator Tom Williams against commissioners Michele Hung and Matt Lundy.

    According to the Chronicle Telegram, no one is talking about ‘terms’ until the commissioner’s vote on the settlement.

    Williams sued Hung and Lundy after they fired him nearly one year ago…he claims they reneged on a negotiated severance package.

    Another settlement…this one between the U-S Attorneys Office in Cleveland and Mercy Health Northern Markets…

    The agreement follows a federal civil rights investigation into complaints of discriminatory treatment of deaf patients and their companions during healthcare stays at several hospitals.

    Mercy has agreed to make changes to their services, make payments to each person identified during the investigation, and pay a civil penalty to the U-S government.

    It’s time to start thinking about fireworks in Norwalk.  

    Mayor Dave Light says that a deadline has been set of June 17th to raise $15,000 for the pyrotechnics display on the night of July 4th.

    Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Huron County Chamber of Commerce at 10 West Main Street in Norwalk.

    The annual Lions Club parade will also take place at 10:30 am on Independence Day.  

    The Sandusky Police Department has announced that they’ll be hosting two “Bike with the Blue” events next month.

    They’ll happen June 16th and June 21st, with two different half-mile bike routes and safety programs, ending at local ice cream shops, where riders will enjoy some free tasty treats.

    Free bike helmets will be given away, along with a free bike.  

    Parents or guardians must accompany child bike riders.

    It’s a purrr-fect time for a fundraiser.

    The Firelands Community Cat Coalition is playing host to their first annual fundraiser this Saturday night.  

    It’ll be held at the Norwalk Elks; and include a silent auction, food and drinks and a DJ.  

    Money raised goes to help community cats in a variety of ways.

    SPORTS

    -The Cleveland Guardians-Cincinnati Reds game was rained out last night.  They’ll make it up today at 1:10 at Progressive Field on 95.3 WLKR. 

    From the National Weather Service…

    Today

    Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 80.

    Tonight

    A chance of showers and thunderstorms.

    Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

    Friday

    Mostly sunny, breezy, with a high near 90.

  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 18th, 2022

    Police in Lorain have charged a man with ‘murder’…during a carjacking on Oberlin Avenue.

    It happened yesterday morning at about 9:30 am.

    45-year-old Glenn Bragg is being held in the Lorain County Jail.

    Police say, Bragg stabbed and killed 68-year-old John Jarnagin.

    Jarnagin’s car was found in Lorain about an hour later…Bragg was arrested shortly after that.

    While drug overdose deaths have risen in Ohio, they have dropped in Erie County.  

    According to the Sandusky Register and the Ohio Department of Health, there was a new state record in deaths last year at nearly 5,100.  

    In Erie County however, data from the Erie County Health Department showed that drug overdose deaths dropped from 36 in 2020 to 22 a year ago. 

    The Ohio EPA has awarded over $800,000 in grant funding across the state to help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses.

    As part of that, the Erie County Health Department is receiving $16,000, while the Ottawa County Health Department has been awarded $15,000 and Lorain County Public Health gets $12,000.  

    Mosquito control grants specifically include mosquito surveillance, spraying and breeding source reduction.

    Next week, the Lorain County Board of Elections is scheduled to certify results from the May primary.

    Yesterday, the board reviewed ballots cast, and tossed out nearly 70 of them.

    There were various reasons…including people who submitted provisional ballots but were not registered to vote in Ohio…and others who had late postmarks on their absentee ballots.

    Several groups are coming together, to help reshape a portion of Vermilion’s lakefront.

    The city of Vermilion, Erie County Metroparks and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy have announced plans for the site of the former Inland Seas Museum.

    Those plans call for a park…to be connected to the Main Street beach, a changing station, and upgrades to the boardwalk.

    The Second Harvest Food Bank is asking supporters to sign a petition, calling on state government to use federal rescue money, to help food pantries.

    Second Harvest says, food donations have dropped 30-percent over the past 3 months, while demand for help remains 35-percent higher than pre-pandemic levels.

    The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Unit is set for a stop in Norwalk next week. 

    Wreaths Across America aims to place a wreath on the grave of every military veteran on the same day in December.  

    The Mobile Education Unit will be at Schild’s IGA from 10 to 4 next Tuesday the 24th, with a commemorative wreath laying at 11 am. 

    The stop will also include other family activities.  

    The numbers are in from “Sunday Funday”…a fundraiser organized by Chicks Against Hunger to benefit Oberlin Community Services…

    The Chicks’ Kim McDonald says, those who attended Sunday’s event at Smitty’s in Elyria donated more than 11-hundred pounds of food and more than 28-hundred-dollars.

    The city of Elyria is preparing its third annual “bike donation day”.

    It’s a partnership with the Elyria Bicycle Education Center…accepting bicycle donations between 10 am and 1 pm Saturday, at West Recreation Center on Foster Ave.

    Volunteers from the Elyria Bicycle Education Center will repair the bicycles and distribute them on Kids Day at the Elyria Farmers Market.

    It’s a number of months away, but go ahead and circle your calendars.

    The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 2022 Woolybear Festival will take place Sunday, October 2nd.  

    The event will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this fall.  

    SPORTS

    -The Cleveland Guardians lost to the Cincinnati Reds last night, 5-4 in 10 innings.

    From the National Weather Service…

    Today

    Showers likely.

    High near 65.

    Tonight

    Showers and thunderstorms.

    Low around 58.

    Thursday

    Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

  • TUESDAY, MAY 17th, 2022

    Another week, another record at the pumps…across the nation and here in northern Ohio…

    Today’s local, going rate…4-49 a gallon after yesterday’s price spike…

    Another opioid overdose spike alert from Lorain County Public Health…the third in three weeks…compared to 5 over the previous 12 months.

    Lorain County Public Health says, street drugs may contain deadly amounts of fentanyl.

    A bridge closure to report…

    Route 6, at the bridge over the Vermilion River, is closing tonight from 7 pm to 5 am tomorrow morning for bridge repairs. 

    A detour route has been set up.

    A major business groundbreaking took place Monday on Route 250 in Erie County…as Lake Erie Arms officially broke ground on their new indoor shooting and training complex.

    If all goes as planned, the 90-thousand-square-foot facility should open by spring/summer of 2023.

    An event to honor local military members and their families is planned for this Friday in Norwalk. 

    The ‘Hometown Hero Dedication — Community Celebration’ is set for Friday at 6 pm at Suhr Park.  

    There will be a dedication ceremony; along with live music and food trucks.  

    The Norwalk ‘Hometown Hero’ banners featuring past and present military members are being installed this week in the uptown area, and should be all finished by the time of the event.

    Another chapter in the ongoing legal battle between Oberlin College and Gibson’s Bakery…in what began as a shoplifting incident and escalated to allegations of racism, then protests against the bakery.

    Oberlin College is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn lower court rulings against the college…and reverse a 25-million-dollar jury award to the bakery.

    The 18th annual Wightman-Wieber Community Celebration and Kids-Fest will take place this Saturday in Sandusky. 

    Running from noon to 4 pm at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion…the event will include a Safety Fair featuring over 50 area health and safety agencies and children’s rides and attractions.

    Admission is one canned food or non-perishable food item to benefit Care and Share of Erie County.

    SPORTS

    -The Cleveland Guardians host the Cincinnati Reds tonight at 6:10 pm. The Guards were off yesterday.

    From the National Weather Service…

    Today

    Sunny, with a high near 66.

    Tonight

    Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

    Wednesday

    Showers likely, mainly in the afternoon.

    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

  • MONDAY, MAY 16th, 2022

    The family of a Norwalk teen who was killed by a drunk driver last year is suing the bar and bartender who is accused of serving the driver too much to drink. 

    15-year-old Alli Jo Kurdinat was a passenger in a car that was hit by a pickup truck driven by 49-year-old Nicholas Barylski while on Mason Road in Milan Township. 

    Barylski also died in the crash.

    The Norwalk Reflector reports that the lawsuit in question is against Knuckleheads Saloon in Huron.

    Huron County Public Health’s latest COVID-19 weekly update has been published.

    From the reporting period of May 6th through 12th, there was a case count of 62, more than doubling from 29 the previous period.

    There were 8 Huron County zip codes with reported cases, with the highest infection rate in Collins.

    Also, the statewide average of cases per 100,000 residents over two weeks has increased from 146.9 last week to 205.7 this week and Huron County is now ranked 34th in the state for number of cases per 100,000, up from a ranking of 70th last week.

    With these numbers, Huron County Public Health would like to point out the importance of evaluating personal risk before leaving your home to go to public indoor locations, poorly ventilated spaces or crowds with others whom you do not reside with.

    This week marks the ‘Light Ohio Blue’ campaign, which aims to honor law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and their surviving family members, as well to show support for current law enforcement personnel.

    Since last year’s campaign, Ohio has lost nine law enforcement officers in the line of duty.

    There’s a new leader of the United Way of Erie County.  

    According to the Sandusky Register, Sara Godfrey has been announced as the organization’s new executive director.

    Godfrey has worked in various sectors including county, city and state positions in the Cleveland area and locales closer by.

    Second Harvest Food Bank is headed to Huron County today.

    Their mobile food pantry will be at Willard Parks and Rec from 3 to 5 for anyone in need.  

    The Hissong Group has announced a September ribbon-cutting for Kenworth of Sheffield Village.

    Mayor John Hunter says, he’s thrilled to have the trucking company buy the closed Spitzer dealership off of Route 254.

    Kenworth had a ‘soft opening’ last week.

    Sunday, Avon Oaks on Detroit Road in Avon will host a fundraiser for the Blessing House…a children’s crisis center.

    Founder Sister Mary Berigan says, the tennis bash will be a lot of family fun, and will help expand awareness of the Blessing House…

    Proceeds from the Blessing House Tennis Bash will be used to buy new bikes, helmets and other needs for children in their care.

    In Lorain…detour signs are going up on East Erie from Nebraska to Euclid for sewer repairs.

    Crews hope to wrap up the work on Thursday.

    In Oberlin…

    A portion of Route 511 will remain closed through the week for a utility project.

    SPORTS

    -The Cleveland Guardians lost to the Minnesota Twins yesterday, 3-1.  They have the day off today.

    -Your NASCAR Cup Series winner at Kansas on Sunday…Kurt Busch

    From the National Weather Service…

    Today

    Showers and thunderstorms this morning.

    High near 70.

    Tonight

    Mostly clear, with a low around 51.

    Tuesday

    Sunny, with a high near 66.