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Morning news headlines for Dec. 27, 2012
Winter storm pulls punches in Ohio, hits East coast; Calabrese expected to plead guilty; A welcome win and a nasty tweet in Cleveland sports

Reporter / Host
Jeff St. Clair
  • First storm of season snarls traffic  
  • Winter storm pulls punches in Ohio, hits East coast
  • Calabrese expected to plead guilty
  • Chesapeake marks two years of investing in Ohio shale 
  • Details unfold in Toledo family tragedy
  • Boy faces felonies for stealing dog  
  • A welcome win and a nasty tweet in Cleveland sports
  • First storm of season snarls traffic  
    Ohio drivers were preparing for a slick commute this morning after a major storm system pushed through on its way to the Northeast.  The Ohio Department of Transportation says it has about 100 snow plows working 12-hour shifts in northern counties.  Strong winds and snow whipped across Ohio roads, causing accidents, lane closures and grounded flights on Wednesday.Conditions eased Wednesday evening for those in the northeastern part of the state.  

    Cleveland RTA is reporting delays this morning due to the weather.  Buses are running from 15 - 50 mins. late, delays of about 10-15 mins. on rail lines. Many flights heading east this morning are cancelled or delayed. Quite a few cancellations this morning at Clevleand Hopkins, and a few reported at Akron – Canton.  Flights later today seem to be on schedule. 

    Akron has issued a Snow Emergency Parking Ban for all city streets until 6:00 a.m Saturday.  Cleveland issued a snow emergency parking ban until further notice.  Snow Emergency Parking Bans are in effect for most Northeast cities.  The ban means cars parked on city streets will be towed if they block snow plows. 

    Winter storm pulls punches in Ohio, hits East coast

    The region’s first big snowstorm of the season was originally expected to dump a foot of snow or more, was downgraded from a winter storm warning to an advisory last evening.  Cleveland’s official snowfall count is around 6 inches.  Parts of the snow-belt in northern Geauga County measured nearly 10 inches of snow.  Wooster had 6 inches of snow.

    Northeast Ohio escaped the worst of the winter storm thanks to an East Coast system that developed last night.  That storm is still bringing snow and high winds to New York up through Maine.  We had accumulations overnight of 1-2" in some areas.

    Light snow will continue for us this morning, especially along the lake.  In addition to light snow falling, blowing and drifting snow will pose a problem for morning commuters. Temperatures are in the 20s with wind chills in the teens.  Snow will gradually end this afternoon with highs hovering around 32 degrees.

    Calabrese expected to plead guilty

    A lawyer charged with racketeering and bribery in a lengthy investigation of county government corruption in Cleveland is preparing to plead guilty.  An indictment filed in June against Anthony Calabrese III alleges he paid a county worker to influence commissioners' choice of a new administration building.  The indictment also accused Calabrese of trying to hinder the corruption investigation.  Calabrese previously was accused of paying public officials in exchange for business for his law firm and legal clients and had pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.  A federal court filing Wednesday says Akron federal judge Sara Lioi has scheduled a Jan. 15 hearing where Calabrese plans to plead guilty.

    Chesapeake marks two years of investing in Ohio shale
    One of the major players in Ohio’s oil and gas boom is reporting a multi-billion dollar investment in the state’s resources.  Since it drilled its first well in Ohio two years ago, Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy has dropped $3.3 billion in drilling operations and leases throughout eastern, according to the Youngstown Business Journal.  Chesapeake has 1.3 million acres in leasehold agreements, and 134 wells drilled in the Utica play, about a quarter of them are currently producing.  Chesapeake also reports that it's spent $58 million on road improvements throughout Ohio as a result of service agreements it signed with townships and counties.

    Details unfold in Toledo family tragedy  

    Authorities say none of the five people found dead in a parked car in a Toledo garage last month had drugs in their system.  The Toledo Blade reports that the coroner's office has listed the official cause of the death for all as carbon monoxide poisoning.  Two adults — 56-year-old Sandy Ford and 32-year-old Andy Ford — and three children, ages 5, 7 and 10, died in what police believe was a murder suicide.  Their bodies were found in the back seat of the car in a garage Nov. 12.  Notes indicate the children's grandmother, Sandy Ford, and Andy Ford, their uncle, planned to kill themselves and the children.  Family members and investigators believe it may have stemmed from a disagreement over where the children should live.

    Boy faces felonies for stealing dog

    A 13-year-old boy in northeast Ohio has entered the equivalent of not-guilty pleas to charges that he stole a search-and-rescue dog. The boy's public defender told The News-Herald of Willoughby that he entered the pleas in juvenile court Wednesday.  The boy was accused of stealing the dog in Kirtland in September, when he was 12. He was charged with theft of a police dog and grand theft, both felonies. He also faces misdemeanor counts of harassing a police dog and criminal mischief.  The dog is part of Big Creek Search Dog Team.  The dog's owner, Willis Rosch, told the newspaper he wants the youth prosecuted "to the fullest extent of the law."

    A welcome win and a nasty tweet in Cleveland sports

    Tristan Thompson's three-point play with 24.4 seconds left gave the Cleveland Cavaliers their first two-game winning streak of the season. They beat the Washington Wizards 87-84 last night. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 26 points.

    Josh Cribbs has apologized for his profane tweet following the Cleveland Browns' latest loss.  Cribbs says he was mad at himself for muffing a punt, angry that it contributed to a 34-12 setback in Denver, then enraged when he got several derogatory messages.


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