Deadly Hit Skip, Mild Wx, Be in a Pizza Hut Ad, IRS and Tax Returns

Lorain Avenue and Rocky River Drive
Lorain Avenue and Rocky River Drive

An 80-year-old woman killed in a hit and run Wednesday morning in Cleveland. It happened just before 8 a.m. in the 17000 block of Lorain Avenue. The preliminary investigation reveals that the victim was walking with a walker in the street on the side of the roadway and was attempting to cross in the crosswalk when she was hit by a black van. After hitting the elderly woman, the driver of the black van did not stop and continued eastbound on Lorain Avenue.  Cleveland police are now searching for the driver of the black van. Due to hitting the victim, the van has damage to the front end.

A weak cold front will produce no more than a few showers/sprinkles later this morning, then expect more in the way of sunshine this afternoon. As the sky clears, Thursday will start with mostly sunny skies before rain arrives overnight into Friday. The surge of warmth that comes with that system will bring temperatures near 60 on Saturday before another round of rain arrives overnight into Sunday.

TODAY: Mostly cloudy with isolated showers late this morning, then clearing. Breezy. High: 45 Wind: S at 10-20 mph

TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 27 Wind: S at 5-15 mph

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy. High: 43

Pizza Hut, the world's largest pizza company, has kicked off a campaign that gives a tip of the cap to quarter-backs throughout time - a "thank you" to signal callers of all ages and sizes who have given the brand a shout-out on every play in every football game over the years. To allow America to join in the action, Pizza Hut is inviting fans to upload videos of their best "Hut. Hut. Hut." call, which could become part of a Pizza Hut commercial airing on Feb. 3, 2013, before the Big Game. Submissions will be accepted now through 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 20. Entries of energetic, creative, authentic and/or silly "Hut. Hut. Hut." Calls can be uploaded to the Video Contest tab on the Pizza Hut Facebook fan page at Click here for more information!

The Internal Revenue Service will begin processing almost all tax returns at the end of the month.  There was concern over a possible delay because of the new fiscal cliff legislation that Congress passed on New Year's Day and possible new tax provisions.  Now the agency says it will begin processing the vast majority of tax returns on January 30, just over a week later than planned. Certain taxpayers, including those claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits will have to wait until late February or March to file. It's not the first time the IRS has had to deal with late action by Congress. Two years ago, it took until mid-December for President Obama and lawmakers did not reach an agreement on many of the same issues until mid-December. That delayed the opening of the tax season until mid-February, affecting some 9 million taxpayers that year.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager