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Flooding knocks out power, trains, and roads
Other headlines: Ohio CEO dies in Findlay plane crash; Tuesday funeral scheduled for Cory Barron
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Jeff St. Clair
 
  • Ohio CEO dies in Findlay plane crash
  • Tuesday funeral scheduled for Cory Barron
  • EPA offers small cities $250,000 for lakeshore cleanup
  • Property values depressed in Summit County
  • Cedar Point’s Skyhawk ride closed after weekend accident
  • Free tickets on sale today for LeBron homecoming
  • Ohio man wins Death Valley ultramarathon
  • Sbarro expands to Brazil
  • Cincinnati lawmaker charged with theft
  • Gas prices down in Ohio, nationwide
  • Ag officials predict bumper crops this year
  • Flooding knocks out power, trains, and roads
    Flash Flood Watches are in effect this morning for Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Ashtabula, Trumbull counties.

    The watch expires this afternoon at 4:00PM.

    More than 2,000 FirstEnergy customers are still without power after storms swept through the area yesterday.

    Parts of Shaker Heights had severe flooding with some residents reporting flooded basements.

    In Lakewood the storm knocked down trees and power lines.

    A washed out retaining wall and other flooding problems have closed the Cleveland RTA’s Blue and Green Line trains from Tower City.  Buses will be carrying those passengers today.

    Some roads, including a section of Interstate 90, were blocked by flash floods after the storm rolled through Sunday night. Flooding also was reported on I-271 near U.S. 422.

     

    Ohio CEO dies in Findlay plane crash
    Authorities near Findlay say one of the two people killed in a weekend plane crash was the CEO of an Ohio manufacturing company.

    Hancock County deputies say Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the single-engine aircraft that crashed early Sunday morning. The name of the female passenger has not been released yet.

    Authorities say the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board have launched investigations.

    Media reports said plane was traveling from Holland, Michigan, to Bluffton, which is near Findlay.

     

    Tuesday funeral scheduled for Cory Barron
    A funeral is being held tomorrow for a Fremont, Ohio man whose body was found last week in a landfill outside Oberlin.

    Cory Barron is believed to have somehow fallen into a dumpster at Progressive Field during a July 18th concert. 

    His body was discovered days later Lorain County landfill.  The cause of Barron’s death is still under investigation.

     

    EPA offers small cities $250,000 for lakeshore cleanup
    Grants totaling up to $4.5 million to improve Great Lakes water quality are available to cities on the lakes' shorelines.

    The U.S. EPA says Great Lakes shoreline smaller cities with populations greater than 25,000 and less than 50,000 will be eligible to apply this year for the green infrastructure grants of up to $250,000.

    The grants will be used for projects to reduce urban runoff and sewer overflows that foul beaches.

    Cities can use the grants to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of projects such as rain gardens, greenways and constructed wetlands on public property.



    Property values depressed in Summit County
    Property values are still struggling in Summit County six years after the start of the great recession.

    The Beacon Journal reports that residential and agricultural property values fell an average of 2.3 percent this year.

    The decline totaled over the past three years is represents about $500 million in lost value for homeowners and farmers.

    There are a couple outliers - Hudson says a 2.4 percent increase, while Twinsburg Township saw a slight gain of 0.5 percent. 

    Sagamore Hills Township had the largest decline this year with a 4.6 percent drop in property values.



    Cedar Point’s Skyhawk ride closed after weekend accident
    An amusement park ride that swings riders as high as 125 feet is closed indefinitely after a cable snapped, injuring two visitors.

    A spokesman for Cedar Point says a cable on one of the Skyhawk ride's carriages disconnected late Saturday.

    One rider was treated and released from a hospital. The other rider was treated at the scene.

     

    Free tickets on sale today for LeBron homecoming
    Tickets are going on sale today for a massive homecoming party for LeBron James.

    Fans can download free tickets starting at 10am today for the August 8th event at InfoCision Stadium in Akron.

    Mayor Don Plusquellic says, “the community is happy to celebrate with James and welcome him back to his hometown,” according to the Beacon Journal.

    Fans found out yesterday that James will once again be wearing the No. 23 jersey with the Cavs.

     

    Ohio man wins Death Valley ultramarathon
    An Ohio man has won what's widely considered the most grueling race in all of running.

    Thirty-eight-year-old Harvey Lewis of Cincinnati finished first at the Badwater 135 ultramarathon, with a time just shy of a full 24 hours.

    He beat out about 100 other competitors from across the globe, 14 of whom weren't even able to finish the race.

    Lewis says it's the hardest run he's ever done. He says it felt like he was pushing a car or carrying 100 pounds on his back the entire time.

    Lewis is a teacher at downtown Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts.

    Badwater is a 135-mile slog outside California's Death Valley.

     

    Sbarro expands to Brazil
    A Columbus-based restaurant chain is expanding to South America.

    Sbarro -  known to turnpike travels across the eastern U.S. -  plans to open 80 pizza restaurants in Brazil over the next decade.

    The first Brazilian location is expected to open later this year.

     

    Cincinnati lawmaker charged with theft
    A southwest Ohio lawmaker accused of misleading investors about a company's financial status and using their money for personal gain has a pretrial hearing set for today.

    State Representative Pete Beck is charged with felony counts that include theft and securities fraud.

    The 61-year-old accountant from the northern Cincinnati suburb of Mason has denied the allegations.

     

    Gas prices down in Ohio, nationwide
    Ohio motorists will find lower gas prices to start the workweek. 

    The average price for a gallon of regular is $3.37 in today’s AAA survey. 

    That’s down 12 cents from a week ago. 

    Analysts say U.S. refiners, enjoying plentiful supplies, have aggressively cut wholesale prices to chase sales. 

    The lowest average in the state was $3.22 in Toledo. The highest was $3.41 in Akron.

     

    Ag officials predict bumper crops this year
    Ohio's bumper crop of corn this year means lower prices for shoppers.

    Corn prices have dropped 38 percent since last July, a drop not seen in the past five years.

    Nationally, corn has the potential to reach 2003's record of nearly 14 billion bushels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its mid-year report.

    Prices of other crops have fallen sharply as well, with soybeans trading at near 2½-year lows and wheat at near four-year lows.

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