July 23, 2016

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St. Patrick’s sobriety checkpoint set for 7 p.m. on Pearl Road

Folks celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today can expect sunny skies, chilly temperatures and plenty of cops on the lookout for drinking drivers.

A sobriety checkpoint will be held by the Medina County OVI Task Force beginning at 7 p.m. on Pearl Road, south of Laurel Road in Brunswick.

The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. Police are required to release the location and time of drunken driving checkpoints to avoid breaking Fourth Amendment search and seizure laws.

“Citizens of our county continue to be injured and killed as a result of impaired drivers on our streets and highways. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving, but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways,” Lt Brian Ohlin, commander of the Medina County OVI Task Force, said.

Thousands are expected to watch Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, one of the nation’s largest, which steps off at Superior Avenue and E. 18th St. at 1:04 p.m. This year’s event celebrates Irish stage and screen entertainers.

The National Weather Service predicts mostly sunny skies with a high in the upper 30s.

In Columbus, the parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Monday near Nationwide headquarters, heading south on High Street to Broad. Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-40s are forecast.

Cities including Akron, Youngstown, Cincinnati and the Columbus suburb of Dublin held festivities this weekend.

Medina’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold a belated “St. Patrick’s Last Gasp” on Saturday.

The fundraiser will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, 317 E. Liberty St., and will feature a corned beef and cabbage dinner, live entertainment including Irish dancers and Celtic musicians and children’s activities.

Of couse, wearin’ of the green is encouraged.

Suggested donation is $8 per person and $25 maximum per family.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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