The iOpener: Mother of Wandering Child Questioned; Airport Drop-Off Policy Changed; Wintry Mix Ahead

Ice covering branches on a tree along Lake Erie in Cleveland. Snow might turn to ice overnight.
The snow might turn to ice overnight. A winter weather advisory is in effect overnight. [Laszlo Ilyes / Flickr]

Good morning. It's Monday Feb. 11, 2019.  That means you have just three days to secure a dinner reservations for you and your sweetheart for Valentines Day this Thursday.  We're keeping our fingers crossed for you.

Cleveland police have located the mother of a three-year-old girl who was found wandering Cleveland's Forest Hills neighborhood early Sunday morning.  They say they're questioning her. According to police reports, a man and a woman drove up and put the child in a car and started to drive away with the girl.  They soon returned and got into a fight with the Good Samaritan who had tried to help the child and had called police.  The man, Raymond Wright, was arrested and faces charges that include kidnapping.  It's not clear whether the woman with Wright was the child's mother.

Starting next Monday, taxis, limos, and ride share services will once again be able to drop off or pick up passngers curbside at the arrivals and departures levels at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.  The city made the unexpected move over the weekend, citing capital improvement projects  The decision reverses a policy that started Jan. 1 that required drop-offs and pickups by commercial vehicles at the airport's Ground Transportation Center.  Frequent fliers and travellers with mobility issues had complained the center was too far away.    

In Akron, police are investigating what they're describing as a minor explosion at a home near Stan Hywet Hall. A fire official told WOIO TV Cleveland19 there were multiple people in the home at the time of the explosion.  One person was taken to a hospital for unspecified injuries. An arson squad, the summit county bomb squad and federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents are involved.  

The city of Akron will hold the first of six forums Tuesday to allow residents to weigh in on what went wrong with its snow removal efforts following last month's snow storm.  The storm, the first major one of the winter season, dropped a foot of snow on Akron.  Some residential streets were not plowed until four days later.

The Cleveland-based Baroque ensemble Apollo's Fire won Best Classical Solo Album at the 61st annual Grammy Awards Sunday night for "Songs of Orpheus."  It was the first Grammy for the ensemble, artistic director Jeannette Sorrell and singer Karim Sulayman.   

The Cavs host the New York Knicks tonight at the Q, the first game of a five-game homestand.  Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. 

Weather forecast: Cloudy now, with snow on the way this afternoon and evening.  High 34.  Freezing rain and light snow possible overnight.  A winter weather advisory in effect from 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.  Low 32.  

 

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