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  North Ridgeville police warn of COVID-19 vaccine scams targeting senior citizens

The North Ridgeville Police Department is advising people to be on high alert when receiving calls about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Major security flaw found in TCL Android TV’s, tech researchers say

BBB reports spike in online shopping scams

  Vacation booking company cancelled months worth of vacations, leaves thousands without refunds, including several customers in Northeast Ohio

  Highland Heights cancer survivor says she was victim of online health care scam

  Owner of Euclid-based tent company seeing boost in business during pandemic

  Ohio sales tax free weekend kicks off on Friday

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  ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean, Batmobile and Ectomobile replicas auctioned off in Ohio for over $500,000

  Suddenlink customers in Geauga County ask 19 News for help with ongoing service issues

Arrive Alive: Summit County residents get a free ride home Fourth of July weekend

Meijer opening 2 new supercenters in Northeast Ohio

Hair and nail salons, barbershops among personal care businesses permitted to reopen in Ohio on Friday

Here are the 8 advisory groups that were formed to help with reopening of Ohio businesses

Massage, tattoo parlors in Ohio now allowed to reopen on May 15 along with other personal care businesses

Massage and tattoo parlors will now be permitted to reopen on May 15, joining other personal care businesses allowed to resume operation on Friday.

Announcement on when Ohio child care facilities can reopen expected on Monday, Gov. DeWine says

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he expects to announce the date child care facilities can reopen during his press conference on Monday, May 11.

  Gov. DeWine: Outside dining at Ohio restaurants can resume May 15, inside seating can continue May 21

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine outlined guidelines that restaurants must follow before beginning service again as early as May 15.

  Gov. DeWine says Ohio hair salons, barbershops can reopen May 15

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said that the state’s hair salons and barbershops will be permitted to reopen next week.

Mentor’s Great Lakes Mall to reopen May 12 with new health safety guidelines

Gov. DeWine expects to announce next week the date that restaurants, hair salons can reopen

  Retailers allowed to schedule customer appointments for shopping right now, Ohio Gov. DeWine says

Summit County health officials urge stores to designate shopping hours for customers who cannot wear a mask

COVID-19 pandemic prompts delay in enforcement of Cuyahoga County’s plastic bag ban

  Financial First Aid: Your COVID-19 resource guide for Northeast Ohio

Ohio Attorney General sues Chagrin Falls man for hoarding, price gouging N95 masks

Mario F. Salwan, of Chagrin Falls, is accused of selling N95 masks on eBay for nearly 18 times the retail price.

Ohio gas costs about $1.66 per gallon; here’s where to find the cheapest gas near you

The average gas price in Ohio and across the rest of the United States continues to drop.

  Website to file Ohio unemployment claims is down for 2nd day in a row during coronavirus pandemic

The state website where unemployed workers can file for benefits continues to experience technical issues as more businesses were forced to close under Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order.

  Website to file unemployment claims in Ohio crashes due to ‘high volume’ during coronavirus pandemic

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services website crashed due to floods of visitors trying to file unemployment claims.

19 Job Alert: Here’s a list of companies actually hiring in Ohio as other businesses close during the coronavirus crisis

The amount of unemployment claims filed in Ohio over the past week increased exponentially as more workplaces close, but there are some employers actually looking to hire during this trying time.

  Ohio Attorney General warns of an ‘outbreak of scams’ related to COVID-19

“Thieves and crooks prey on fear and uncertainty."

Scam Alert: FTC issues warning on $1,000 coronavirus relief payments that don’t exist yet

"No matter what this payment winds up being, only scammers will ask you to pay to get it."

Facebook posts about door-to-door COVID-19 test scammers appears to be fabricated

Police are warning Northeast Ohio residents of scammers who are trying to benefit off of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio unemployment claims increased more than 6,830% on Monday compared to what was filed 8 days prior during COVID-19 crisis

Data shared by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, shows a dramatic jump in unemployment claims filed in the past week.

Cleveland Chef Jonathan Sawyer files for bankruptcy, owes dozens of creditors over $1.5 million

Chef Jonathan Sawyer and his wife, Amelia Zatik Sawyer, filed for Chapter 7 in in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Cleveland on March 6.

Streetsboro toy company recalls toddler toy shopping cart

A Streetsboro based toy company issued a recall on a toddler toy shopping cart.

Akron Zoo offering free admission if you wear orange for Inclusion Day on Mar. 2

Akron Zoo partnered with Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board for the offer to celebrate people of all abilities and kick off National Developmental Disabilities Month, according to zoo officials.

Northeast Ohio ice cream and custard shops open for the season

Honey Hut Ice Cream in Brecksville and and all East Coast Original Frozen Custard locations opened their doors for customers to satisfy their sweet tooth on Sunday.

  Elyria woman fined $4,000 by Ohio Edison for meter tampering, which she denies

A Northeast Ohio woman says her family has been without power for four weeks and is now facing a $4,000 fine from Ohio Edison, which accused her of tampering with her meter.

Fire at Denny’s in Streetsboro causes over $10,000 in damages

Five fire departments helped put out the flames that broke out at Denny’s on SR-14 in the early morning hours on Monday.

  Clevelanders have mixed reactions about proposed plan to put outlet mall next to Muni Lot

Some fans are concerned about the famous Browns tailgates while others are looking at the perks of having new bars and restaurants next to it.

Cleveland Flea taking a step back from monthly markets in 2020

Cleveland Flea said they are taking this break to pause and restructure so they can have another decade of impact in the city.

Plans proposed for outlet mall next to Cleveland’s Muni Lot

The company is aiming for a 2022 opening date.

  City of Cleveland requests consultant to improve West Side Market

The city of Cleveland recently put out a request for proposals for consultants to help improve the situation at the West Side Market.

  Old Brooklyn Winery owner faces criminal charges after couple claims he ripped them off

Old Brooklyn Winery owner faces criminal charges after couple claims he ripped them off

Bar Louie of Strongsville becomes 2nd Ohio location to shut down

Two Bar Louie locations in the state shut down on this past weekend, including one right here in Northeast Ohio.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. brewpub closing until mid-February for renovations

Big changes are brewing at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. brewpub!

Recall issued for sandwiches sold in Ohio due to Listeria concerns

A voluntary recall has been issued for sandwiches that were distributed in several states, including Ohio, due to the concern for a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

  Cleveland man claims roofing company ripped him off, says surveillance video proves it

Cleveland man says contractor he hired to fix his roof ripped him off

I-X Center looking to hire new workers at Saturday job fair

The International Exposition Center, more commonly known as the I-X Center, is hosting a job fair on Saturday to start the new year.

  Grocery customers adjusting to Cuyahoga County’s new plastic bag ban

Giant Eagle stores across the county are looking to help you start a new habit for 2020.

  Giant Eagle ends use of plastic bags at Cuyahoga County grocery store locations

As of Jan. 1, 2020, Giant Eagle is no longer offering customers single-use plastic bags at Cuyahoga County locations.

Free rides being offered in Lorain County for New Year’s Eve with Arrive Alive program

The Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office announced it is returning the Arrive Alive safe ride service for New Year’s Eve “to help keep alcohol-impaired drivers off the road over the holidays.”

Lyft offering discounted rides in downtown Cleveland to ring in the New Year responsibly

Lyft is partnering with Jack Daniels to provide Clevelanders with more than $7,500 in free rides for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day rides.

L.O.L. Surprise! Glamper modified after child injury reports surface on social media

The L.O.L. Surprise! Glamper was a hot commodity this Christmas season, but some children’s joy quickly turned to tears after their fingers got caught and cut in the toy’s release button.

Starbucks celebrating customers with free espresso drinks at Pop-Up Parties

These Pop-Up Parties will be held from from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. on Dec. 27-31 at 1,000 Starbucks locations throughout the nation.

Kohl’s now open 24 hours a day until Christmas Eve

The retailer is keeping its doors open around the clock so last-minute holiday shoppers can check off their gift lists

  Giant Eagle to eliminate single-use plastic bags, bottles while rewarding customers

Giant Eagle announced a plan to eliminate single-use plastics from its grocery stores.

Ryan Reynolds’ gin brand claps back at Peloton in ad spoof featuring wife with drink instead of bike

Riding on the coattails of the viral commercial’s popularity, Ryan Reynolds decided to make an ad spoof for Aviation gin featuring none other than the “Peloton wife” actress.

Fifth Third Bank customers impacted by network issues

Fifth Third Bank is working to resolve network issues that are impacting some customers.

Dominion Energy Ohio to credit $50.9 million to residential gas customers

Ohio customers of Dominion Energy will soon be getting a reduced bill each month.

Don’t drink & drive: Lyft offering discounted rides on ‘Drunksgiving’

In an effort to keep drunken drivers off the road no matter what they call it, Lyft is partnering with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Division of Police and Jack Daniels to offer discounted rides.

Here’s a list of retail stores opening on Thanksgiving 2019

Each year, more and more stores seem to open on Thanksgiving to offer sales ahead of the typical Black Friday promotions.

Thanksgiving table staples that could be toxic to your pets

Traditional Thanksgiving food may be tasty for you, but not all dishes are suitable for your four-legged friends that may be joining you under the table.

Some Dangerous Toys you could be buying this holiday season

The group World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H), is out with a new list of what it calls the “worst toys.”

ALDI now delivering beer and wine just in time for the holiday season

ALDI is helping Cleveland shoppers who are crunched for time planning their party or just want to avoid the cold altogether to have their favorite beer or wine brought right to their door with just the click of a button.

Costco says $75 coupons are a scam

If you’re on Facebook a lot, chances are you’ve seen Costco coupons circulating this week.

  Shaker Square residents, business owners battle for the boulevard

"Save the Boulevard!" was the cry from the megaphone outside Edwin's Saturday afternoon, opponents of a plan rallying to try to stop a proposal to close the stretch of Shaker Boulevard through Shaker Square.

96 Kmart and Sears locations closing nationwide, 3 of which are in Ohio

The stores are slated to close by Feb. 2020, but the going-out-of-business sales are expected to begin on Dec. 2, according to the press release.

Earn cashback from top online retailers during new retail holiday

A retail website is helping consumers earn money back from multiple online retailers until midnight.

  Popeye’s chicken sandwich is back and so are the long lines in Cleveland

Earlier this week, Popeye’s announced that the chicken sandwich was back by popular demand, and folks around the county and here in Cleveland couldn’t be happier.

  Maintaining HVAC units for fall and winter months

It’s a nightmare scenario. A heating unit, breaking down on a frigid night, with repairs costing thousands.

  Dozens of Ohio Amazon drivers laid off ahead of busy holiday season

More than 100 Amazon delivery drivers in Ohio are losing their jobs after the e-commerce company cut ties with a third-party contractor.

Taco Bell pulls beef from some stores on quality concerns

Taco Bell restaurants in some states are asking customers to try chicken or steak in their burritos after quality concerns pushed it to stop serving seasoned beef temporarily

Lipari Foods issues recall of bulk chicken salads and chicken salad sandwiches over Listeria concerns

According to the FDA,. there may be a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, which “is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.”

Dawg Pound fans score free Arby’s curly fries on Monday thanks to Cleveland Browns interceptions

Cleveland Browns fans can keep on celebrating that 40-25 victory against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday.

  Warning issued after dirty exhaust fans likely led to 2 recent fires in Olmsted Township

The Olmsted Township Fire Department has a public safety message: Clean your bathroom exhaust fans.

USDA projects bid decrease in Ohio corn crop this year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that Ohio's corn crop will be down 34% compared with 2018

  Sherwin-Williams considering plan to move global headquarters from Cleveland

The Sherwin-Williams Company announced on Thursday that it is in the process of exploring options to move the global headquarters from Cleveland.

  Dangerous house fires caused by something many homeowners don’t check

An estimated five people die each year from dryer fires. It can also cause thousands of dollars in damage to homes.

Cedar Fair reports attendance up at amusement, water parks

Cedar Fair Entertainment says attendance is up this year at its amusement parks and water parks

Study shows Ohio is the White Claw capital of the world

You knew the hard seltzer was popular, but did you know it was this popular right here in the Buckeye state?

Lyft offering discount for Cleveland Browns home opener

In honor of the Cleveland Browns’ home opener on Sunday and their ride smart initiative, Lyft is offering a discount to Clevelanders who will be celebrating downtown.