Ohio Unemployment Down

State officials report that Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in October, but remained higher than the national rate. The Buckeye State unemployment rate decreased from 5.3 percent in September and was slightly higher than the 5 percent rate of October 2016. The national rate was over 4 percent in October, down from 4.2 percent in September and lower than October 2016. The Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased by 4,300 in October.

$30K in Drugs Seized in Painesville Raid

More than $30,000 worth of drugs were seized from a Painesville home on Wednesday. A search warrant was executed at 375 Liberty St. after numerous complaints of drug activity were received at the residence. Lake County Narcotics Agency Director David Frisone said Painesville police had received complaints over the course of the past several weeks. Painesville and Mentor police departments, as well as the Lake County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Narcotics Agency. Read more at; news-herald.com.

FEMA Open House in Jefferson Dec. 6

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will host an open house on flood insurance, flood hazards and floodplains in the county, set for next month in Jefferson. The FEMA Flood Map Information Open House is scheduled for 5 p.m. December 6th in the county commissioners’ room, second floor of the old county courthouse at 25 W. Jefferson Street. Residents will have a chance to review new preliminary floodplain maps and learn about flood risks in their community.

Ashtabula Downtown Christmas Parade Tonight at 7pm

Ashtabula’s annual Downtown Christmas parade kicks off tonight at 7pm, presented by the Ashtabula Downtown Development Association. This year’s theme will be “Suzy Snowflake.” The parade will feature local firefighters, police officers, baton twirlers, dance troupes, the Lakeside High Marching Band and, of course, Santa Claus– along with many other holiday floats. The ADDA reports that candy donations for Santa were a bit low this year, so people are asked to donate candy at Ultimate Appearance, 4702 Main Avenue, prior to the parade.

Cavs-Clippers Preview

Everyone’s looking for answers to the Cavaliers recent successful turnaround. Could it be as simple as a good night’s sleep? The Cavs beat the Charlotte Hornets 115-107 on Wednesday to finish their four-game road trip at 3-1, and an adjustment to their travel itinerary may have aided in that success. In years past, it was customary for the Cavs to fly to the next city on their schedule immediately following a road game, but this season they’re choosing to stay over in the city where they played and fly out the next day. It seems to be working. They’ll return to the friendly confines of Quicken Loans Arena tonight to face the LA Clippers, with coverage beginning at 7pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Browns-Jaguars Preview

While losing every time they’ve taken the field this season, the Cleveland Browns are at least trying to hold their own in the NFL’s ongoing war of words. Jacksonville Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson, a former Brown from 2012 to 2015, poked the bear twice in separate radio interviews on Monday, and now the Brown’s bear is poking back. Gipson said he hopes the Jags hang 40 points on the Browns this Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. He also predicted the Browns will go 0-16. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone addressed the matter in a team meeting Wednesday. Now, Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer has issued a challenge to Gipson, who is tied for the Jaguars lead with three interceptions, saying he looks forward to going out there and trying to prove him wrong. Gipson admitted he was out of bounds in saying the Browns would finish 0-16. He said all he cares about is making sure the Browns are 0-10 by around 4 p.m. on November 19th.

Lake County Hunger Numbers

The News-Herald reports that 11.5 percent of the population in Lake County lives in a state of not knowing where their next meal will come from. From September 2016, through the end of fiscal year 2017, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank distributed nearly 2.9 million pounds of food —or almost two-and-a-half million meals — in Lake County.

Madison Man Charged with Child Endangering

37-year-old Chad Humberston of Madison has been arrested on charges of child endangering. The Madison Township Police Department reports that on October 31st, Humberston’s 47-day-old son was taken to Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. The infant was found to have brain trauma as well as fractures to his extremities, according to the release. Madison Township detectives have learned that the infant has a twin sister, and they arranged for the female twin to be examined. They learned that she too had factures to her skull and extremities. Humberston is scheduled to be arraigned at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 17th in Painesville Municipal Court.

Pregnant Woman Shot in the Head

The Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department reports that a 19-year-old pregnant woman was accidentally shot in the head on Wednesday night. Deputies responded at approximately 10:30 p.m. to the 7500 block of Center Road South. The woman’s boyfriend was reportedly unloading his rifle when it fired. The woman was 39-weeks pregnant. She was transported to Ashtabula County Medical Center where the baby was safely delivered. The sheriff’s department had not released an update on the conditions of the woman or child.

Conneaut School Board Member Resigning

Conneaut Board of Education member Christopher Newcomb said he plans to resign today because of a conflict of interest with his job as the city’s assistant law director. The pending resignation comes on the heels of an opinion from Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine that said state law — with some exceptions — does not permit Newcomb to have both jobs. The school board will convene a special session at 1 p.m. to discuss their options with legal counsel.