New GM Rips Sashi Brown

The Browns new general manager John Dorsey needed only one game to realize what’s wrong with his team, and while it signalled an endorsement of coach Hue Jackson, it was a scathing commentary on former GM Sashi Brown. Dorsey said [quote] “… You’ve got to get a guy like (Jackson) players, and…The guys who were here before, that system, they didn’t get real players.” [end quote] With one comment, Dorsey buried former Executive Vice President Sashi Brown, Chief Strategist Paul DePodesta and the analytics system they used over the last two years. Brown ran two drafts and two free agent offseasons for Cleveland. DePodesta remains at his job for now. They drafted 24 players and made 17 trades. Eighteen of those drafted players are on the active roster. Dorsey’s experience on the field as a player for the Packers, in the field as a scout and in the front office is very different from Brown’s– a Harvard-educated Washington D.C. attorney at Hale and Dorr.

Cavs Beat Lakers 121-112

LeBron James recorded his 59th career triple-double, Kevin Love scored 28 points and the Cavaliers won for the 16th time in 17 games, 121-112 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night at the Q in Cleveland. King James finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to move into a tie with Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird for sixth place on the career triple-double-list. He also put Lonzo Ball and the Lakers away with a dunk and short runner in the final two minutes. Love scored 13 in the third quarter, when the Cavs opened an 11-point lead on the way to their 10th straight home win. Brandon Ingram scored 26 for the Lakers and Ball had 13 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. It was the first on-court meeting between James and Ball, the Lakers’ highly touted rookie whose outspoken father LaVar has brought criticism toward his son. The Cavs host Utah on Saturday, with coverage beginning at 7pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Big Pharma Fighting Back

The role of pharmaceutical distributors in the opioid crisis has been vastly overstated, according to the national trade association representing distributors who were sued this week in Ohio’s drug epidemic. Lake County officials filed a 258-page lawsuit in Lake County Common Pleas Court accusing 25 opioid manufacturers, wholesale distributors and “pill mills,” of putting profits over patient’s health. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages for alleged violations of the Ohio Corrupt Practices Act, negligent marketing and more.

Kirtland Woman Indicted

Lake County residents are reminded to be aware of mail thieves around the holidays. A Kirtland woman was indicted this week in a federal court for her alleged role in a group that stole mail in Lake County, according to Northern District of Ohio U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman. 18-year-old Corey Whalen was indicted for aiding and abetting the theft, and possessing stolen mail. She was involved in stealing a package in Painesville on Nov. 27th and a letter in Mentor on Dec. 5th.

Ashtabula Needs Subs, Custodians and Drivers

The Ashtabula Area City school district is seeking more substitute teachers, custodians and bus drivers. Treasurer and interim director of operations Mark Astorino said at Wednesday night’s board meeting [quote] “We can’t get subs… The biggest needs are for bus drivers and custodians.” [end quote] Superintendent Melissa Watson requested a pay increase in the range of 10.5 to 16 percent as a way to attract more substitutes. The majority of the board disagreed and it was defeated 4-1, with board member Jim Hudson casting the only yes vote. Watson said the district only has one substitute bus driver and about 50 substitute teachers, when a district of its size should have a pool of 200. On Thursday, she said– with the exception of the mechanic and courier– the district needs subs everyday in many positions. Board member Jim Brady wants more discussion before they give out raises. He suggested the board should meet again in January. Read more at; starbeacon.com.

Trubusky, Bears Big Win Over Bengals

Northeast Ohio’s own Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears sure seemed to be in tune on offense in a lopsided victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last week. They’re hoping that continues when they face-off against the Detroit Lions on Saturday. Trubisky, a Mentor graduate, said [quote] “The more you can throw with a person and your teammates the better you’re going to get,” [end quote] Not only did the Bears snap a five-game losing streak, they came away with their most lopsided victory since they routed Tennessee by 31 points in 2012. The Bears piled up a season-high 482 yards against a defense missing starting cornerbacks Adam “Pacman” Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick as well as linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil. In his ninth start of his rookie season, Trubisky had perhaps his best game on Sunday.

Francona Wants to Keep Salazar

Reports from the baseball winter meetings in Orlando, Fla., have the Chicago Cubs showing interest in Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar. Tribe manager Terry Francona told a group of writers at the meetings on Wednesday that he was not excited about the prospect of losing Salazar, even if a trade would add a much-needed power hitter to the Cleveland lineup. The rumors of Salazar possibly moving to the Cubs via trade was first reported in a tweet by Bruce Levine of CBS Sports in Chicago. Levine reportedly said the Tribe is looking for left-handed hitting, but didn’y mention any names. The Cubs, who beat the Indians in the 2016 World Series, are trying to strengthen their starting pitching rotation. The Indians’ pitching staff led by Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco led all of baseball with a 3.30 ERA. Salazar was 5-6 in 19 starts with a 4.28 ERA in 2017. He also pitched in relief four times last season.

Troy Named CCAO Board President

Lake County Commissioner Daniel Troy will take the helm of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio board in 2018. The Willowick Democrat was elected to serve as the next president of the CCAO board on December 11th at the organization’s annual winter conference in Columbus. The CCAO board is made up of 35 directors who represent counties throughout the state. The association works to advance effective county government for Ohio through legislative advocacy, education and training, technical assistance and research, quality enterprise service programs, and greater citizen awareness and understanding of county government, according to their website. Troy said that although there are 88 counties in Ohio, they all face the same challenges, making reference specifically to the opioid epidemic and aging voter equipment. This is the second time Troy will serve as president, previously holding the position in 2008, and vice president in 2017. He is the first person to be elected president twice, calling himself “the Grover Cleveland of CCAO.”

RAM Clinic April 20-22

A Remote Area Medical clinic is coming to Ashtabula Towne Square, offering free medical, dental and vision services to area residents from April 20th til 22nd. Ashtabula’s Community Host Group Leadership Team is hosting this event– Ohio’s first RAM Clinic in the county. Ashtabula County Commissioner J.P. Ducro IV said volunteers are needed, as the services offered will depend on volunteers willing to donate their time. Volunteers are being sought in the medical, dental, vision and general practice areas.

Ashtabula Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a winter storm warning for northeast Ohio, including Ashtabula County, through 1 p.m. today. An additional six inches of snow could fall, according to the NWS. Snow was predicted for Wednesday night with a 60 percent chance on Thursday. According to the bulletin, motorists are reminded to be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times, and blowing snow will further reduce visibilities on the roadways. Today’s high temperature is expected to be around 22 degrees.