Campbell Asks for Firing Squad

Attorneys for condemned killer Alva Campbell– whose execution was stopped last year after 25 minutes of unsuccessful attempts to administer a lethal injection– are once again recommending that Ohio allow a death by firing squad as an alternative. The execution could reportedly also proceed if the state adopts a closely regulated lethal injection process that includes a headpiece to monitor the brain activity of death row inmate Campbell, and medicine to revive the condemned man if the lethal drugs don’t work, according to attorneys in a court filing earlier this month. Without these measures, Campbell’s execution would involve a [quote] “sure or very likely risk of serious harm in the form of severe, needless physical pain and suffering,” [end quote], which would constitute cruel and unusual punishment, according to Campbell’s federal public defenders in a January 4th court filing. The 59-year-old Campbell was sentenced to die for his role in the fatally shooting an 18-year-old man during a 1997 carjacking.

Victims Identified as Geneva Couple

The Star Beacon reports that two people shot and killed early Monday on Cleveland’s east side have been identified as a Geneva couple. 48-year-old Michael Fischbach Sr. and 50-year-old Julianne Fischbach were discovered by police at about 8 a.m. last Monday, shortly after police received a call of a “suspicious vehicle” in the 9700 block of Kennedy Avenue, according to the Cleveland Police Department. When officers arrived on the scene, they reportedly found a Chevrolet Cruze in a parking lot with the engine running. The Fischbachs were found in the front seat — both with gunshot wounds to the head, according to the police report. They were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Christopher Harris, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, who rule both deaths to be homicides. During police interviews conducted while canvassing the scene for eyewitnesses, area residents reported hearing shots fired late Sunday evening or early Monday morning, but did not call 911.

Buckeyes Beat Gophers 67-49 Saturday

The Buckeyes’ Keita Bates-Diop had 17 points and 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season, leading No. 22 Ohio State over Minnesota 67-49 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday for its seventh straight win. Ohio State’s first-year coach Chris Holtmann is the third Big Ten coach to win his first eight conference games. Sam Barry won 11 straight for Iowa in 1923 and Walter Meanwell holds the record with 12 for Wisconsin in 1912. The Buckeyes, who are 17-4 on the season and 8-0 Big Ten, used a 24-2 burst to overcome a 10-point deficit midway through the first half. They stayed in control, and went on to match last season’s win total — with 10 regular season games remaining — currently tied for first in the Big Ten with No. 3 Purdue, also undefeated in the conference but 19-and-2 overall for the season. The Buckeyes will take on the Cornhuskers of Nebraska tonight in Lincoln, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Thunder Rattle Cavs 148-124

Unable to stop Paul George, Russell Westbrook or Carmelo Anthony, the Cavaliers were embarrassed on Saturday night, 148-124 by the Oklahoma City Thunder, who not only rolled to their fourth straight win but kept LeBron James shy of the historic milestone of 30,000 points. George scored 36 points, Westbrook had 23 and 20 assists and Anthony dropped a season-high 29 points as the Thunder tied the ignominious record for the most points given up by a Cleveland defense in a regulation game. Philadelphia scored 148 on the Cavs way back in 1972. James finished with 18 points and remains seven shy of becoming the seventh player in NBA history to reach the stratospheric 30,000 plateau. It seems the Thunder didn’t want to be part of the celebration. He’ll eventually join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Dirk Nowitzki on the select list. His next chance is Tuesday when the Cavs visit San Antonio, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm on MAGIC 102.5FM.

Roaming Shores Village HOA treasurer indicted in police involved assault

JEFFERSON – The former treasurer of the Roaming Shores Village HOA has been indicted for allegedly assaulting two village police officers in September. John E. Martin, 50, was charged in late April in connection to the incident that began as a neighborly dispute and ultimately culminated in the felonious assault charges, according to court records. Neither of the Shores officers were seriously injured, court records show. Martin has yet to be arraigned.
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County will pay cost of special counsel for suspect in infants rape and murder

JEFFERSON – The county will pay the cost of special counsel for a Conneaut man accused of the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s 13-month-old daughter last fall. During a closed hearing Wednesday, a judge approved requests to bring in specialists to help, 37 year old Joshua Gurto’s attorneys prepare their case at a cost of $10,000, according to court records. The courts found Gurto to be indigent, and money to pay the experts fees will come from the county’s general fund, officials have said. Gurto faces the death penalty when the sentencing phase of trial begins. A pre-trial conference was set for April 6. He is being held in Ashtabula County Jail on a $1 million bond.
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Thomas Unsure of his Future

The Cleveland Browns legendary left tackle Joe Thomas remains torn about his football future, and that leaves questions for a front office looking to welcome the Canton Hall of Fame-bound lineman back, or look to spend a high draft pick to try and replace him. The 33-year-old Thomas– which is about a hundred in offensive lineman years– played more than 10,000 consecutive snaps before suffering a season-ending left tricep injury on October 22, 2017. He said Wednesday night that he’s undecided about continuing his career — or simply retiring. One of the NFL’s premier offensive left tackles, Thomas always planned to take the offseason to weigh his options following the injury and rehab process, and he remains unsure if he wants to make a comeback or move on to a new career, perhaps in the TV broadcast booth. Thomas was a presenter at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards this week, saying he has not been pressured to make a decision by the Browns front office.

Cavs Beat Magic 104-103

Cleveland point guard Isaiah Thomas made two free throws with 11 seconds left and the Cavaliers came up with a defensive stop– after blowing a 23-point lead– to beat the Orlando Magic 104-103 on Thursday night. After Thomas made his free throws, Orlando’s Elfrid Payton missed a contested layup with three seconds left. The officials ruled there was an inadvertent whistle and held a jump ball at midcourt, keeping the Magic’s hopes alive. Orlando forward Aaron Gordon sank an apparent game-winning 45-footer as the horn sounded and the Cleveland crowd erupted in disbelief. But Gordon committed a jump-ball violation, and Cleveland came away with a win that shouldn’t have been that difficult. LeBron James closed in on 30,000 career points, Thomas scored 21 and the Cavs snapped a four-game January losing skid. James scored 16 and now needs only 25 to become the seventh player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points. He’ll likely reach the plateau on Saturday when the Cavs host Oklahoma City.

Garfield Heights Man Arrested in Mentor

A Mentor Police traffic stop for excessive window tint proved to be a wanted criminal’s mistake, and that which sent him to jail, after he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop in Mentor on Wednesday. According to Mentor police, 40-year-old Royce Norvell of Garfield Heights was pulled over after law enforcement officers noticed the illegal degree of tint– obstructing their ability to see anything inside the car– observed on his vehicle’s windows. Norvell was already being sought on an outstanding felony warrant issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department on a charge of burglary. He was also already out on bond for allegedly stealing the custom wheels off of another vehicle located at an unidentified Mentor automobile dealership, according to the Mentor Police Department press release. When authorities searched his vehicle they reportedly found a handgun hidden in the engine compartment. Norvell was arrested and charged with having weapons under disability, possession of marijuana and illegal window tint.

Ashtabula Judge Hague Dies at 75

The honorable Judge Charles Hague of Ashtabula died Monday at the Ashtabula County Medical Center, at the age of 75. The retired judge was active in the Ashtabula County and Ohio Bar Associations. He was on the Executive Committee and past president of the Ohio Association of Probate Judges, and was on the Board of Trustees and Past Chairman of the Ohio Judicial College. He was involved in many community activities including, as a trustee for Ashtabula Community Health services; Past President of both the Ashtabula Rotary Club and Ashtabula County Society for Handicapped Children and Adults, to name a few, and was inducted in the Ashtabula/Harbor/Lakeside Alumni Hall of Fame. He is survived by his three children and six grandchildren, along with many friends, family and colleagues. A Mass and Christian Burial will be Saturday, January 20th at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Peace, Mother of Sorrows Church at 1464 West 6th St. Ashtabula with Rev. Father Raymond Thomas officiating.