Cold with Sun, Judge Expected to Plead Guilty, Serious Mosquito Borne Illness

We're in for a brisk first Friday of 2013 but there will be some sunshine. Drier and milder air has enveloped us for now but another system brings us a shot of light snow Saturday night and into Sunday.  Increasing Cloudiness with light snow developing in the evening. Evening high in the Low-Mid 30s. Fair and Seasonable Low: Around 20: Brisk with intervals of sunshine and clouds. High: Around 30. Wind: SW at 15-25 mph.

Cuyahoga County Judge Peter Corrigan is expected in Rocky River Municipal Court today at 11:30am to face a charge of operating his car while impaired. The Judge was found in the Rocky River reservation in the early morning hours of December 17 sitting in his running car passed out behind the wheel. He failed a field sobriety test given my Metroparks Rangers and tested at nearly twice the legal blood alcohol limit. He has admitted that he made a mistake and is expected to enter a guilty plea before Judge Donna Congeni-Fitzsimmons.

It's possible that a serious mosquito-borne virus -- with no known vaccine or treatment -- could migrate from Central Africa and Southeast Asia to the United States within a year, new research suggests. The chances of a U.S. outbreak of the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) varies by season and geography, with those regions typified by longer stretches of warm weather facing longer periods of high risk, according to the researchers' new computer model. "The only way for this disease to be transmitted is if a mosquito bites an infected human and a few days after that it bites a healthy individual, transmitting the virus," said study lead author Diego Ruiz-Moreno, a postdoctoral associate in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "The repetition of this sequence of events can lead to a disease outbreak."

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager