Conneaut Library Harry Potter Month

The wizarding world of Harry Potter, and the worldwide phenomenon it inspired over 20 years will dominate the Conneaut Public Library’s calendar in October. Teen Read Week is October 9th through 14th, and feature a create-a-bookmark contest for kids in grades 4 through 12. Prose Painters will feature a “Spells, Potions and Charms” project for 4th graders and up on October 11th. A Potter-themed escape room on October 16 and a Muggle Quidditch match on October 30 are also on the calender. Call the library for additional details and schedule information at 593-1608.

Banned Books Week

The Harbor-Topky Memorial Library in Jefferson and the Ashtabula County District Library come together in solidarity for “Banned Books Week”, to promote the right to read without restrictions by offering readings and discussions from 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Parents are advised that the readings are often controversial in nature and will include language, themes, and lifestyles that may be objectionable to some individuals. Find the week’s schedule online at; starbeacon.com.

Officers Gun Goes Off

A man involved in a struggle with an Ashtabula Police officer Saturday is in County Jail. The incident took place outside the hospital in the parking lot, this after police were called when a patient in psych ward was attempting to leave the hospital without permission. The patient grabbed for an officer’s gun while still in the holster…and as the two struggled, the weapon fired. No one was hurt. The incident remains under investigation.

Heinonen Avoids Charges

The Ashtabula County grand jury will not indict a Conneaut KAHN ee awt man, accused of shooting a woman during a home invasion incident in June. Wayne Heinonen was charged with aggravated assault. He told police he fired one shot from a .22 pistol at a woman who had broken into his home early on the morning of June 19. The bullet struck the woman, later identified as Jennifer Perry of Cranberry, Pennsylvania, in the lower back. She has been charged with burglary.

Lobe Quits

Willoughby Hills Law Director, Thomas Lobe has stepped down, this after City Council’s 5-2 vote back on Sept. 14, calling for the mayor to terminate him if he didn’t step down. Lobe, who spent 20 years as the city’s law director, said his resignation was to take effect immediately. The city will now start a search for a new law director.

Judge Blocks Injunction

The owner of a Mentor hotel is denied an injunction that would have stopped the city from taking private property to widen Route 20. Lake County Judge, Vincent Culotta granted the city of Mentor’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Gates Mills-based Lawnfield Properties, which operates under the name Best Western Plus Lawnfield Inn Suites. Hotel officials wanted Culotta to stop the city from taking the property until Lawnfield obtained a new appraisal. An appeal to the decision is possible.

Painesville Police Chief position has been filled

The Painesville Police Chief position has been filled. Council approved the appointment of Dan Waterman to lead the department, during a special meeting Thursday (Sept. 21). Waterman has served as acting police chief since June, after Anthony Powalie retired.
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Wanted Lake County man in custody

The man wanted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly violating a temporary restraining order is now in custody, according to the department. The Sheriff’s Office attempted an arrest Wednesday (Sept. 20) when the 24 year old was caught sleeping at his grandparents home in Concord Township where he is not permitted, but fled on foot. He was apprehended Thursday (Sept. 21).
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Dille Road fire blamed on propane leak

A punctured propane tank, investigators have determined, is what caused a Sept. 20 fire at Dille Road Recycling. According to the Euclid Fire Department, flammable vapors released from the tank ignited the 75 feet by 75 feet and 10 foot high fire, according to the department. It took 14 Euclid firefighters to contain the blaze.
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Changing of the guard at Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce

ASHTABULA – The Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce is bidding adieu to their executive director. Julie Sundquist, who has been at the helm of the chamber for three years, says its a bitter sweet goodbye as she prepares to leave her position in October for job at Ashtabula County Medical Center, according to a news release. Sundquist will be stepping down, effective Oct. 12.
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