Cavs Beat Suns at the Q

On Thursday night, Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, LeBron James had 21 points and 15 assists, and Cleveland looked like an NBA champion again in a 118-103 win over the Phoenix Suns at the.
The Cavs were back in Quicken Loans Arena following a six-game road swing– their longest of the season– that concluded with an embarrassing 35-point loss to the Warriors. But on their home floor, they had better offensive balance, ball movement and defense while improving to 30-11on the season — the same record Cleveland had at the halfway point of its 2016 NBA title campaign.
Channing Frye scored 18 points, Iman Shumpert had 17 and James Jones 14 while filling in for star forward Kevin Love, still bothered by back spasms.
Phoenix’s Tyson Chandler had 22 points and 16 rebounds, but the Suns lost for the fourth time in five games.
Up next; The CAVS host the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night at the Q, with coverage beginning at 8PM on MAGIC 102.5FM.

7-Foot-7 Geneva Freshman Turning Heads

If you were a college basketball scout, how interested would you be in a 7-foot, 7-inch tall Freshman?
I mean…high school freshman. Well, right here in Geneva Ohio, Robert Bobroczky has gone from a star overseas to a legitimate high school player at the Spire Institute. He’s taller than any current NBA player, and he’s just 16 years old. He has the size, and the skills aren’t necessarily far behind.
Bobroczky’s jumper looks smooth with good footwork for a player his size. With a wiry frame, he has been working on bulking up and putting on weight, so that once he does get in the dangerous paint area, he’s able to take advantage. With the length and polish he already possesses, could Bobroczky be the next international sensation? Lucky for him, with his age, he has plenty of time to make it happen… or so you would think. The NBA has been impatient waiting for gifted kids to mature for a very long time– from Moses Malone through to Kobe Bryant and even Cleveland’s child prodigy, LeBron James.

Former Perry School Employee Gets 4 Years in Jail

A former Perry Elementary School employee was sentenced Thursday to four years in jail. The former library media associate is guilty of embezzlement from her a Madison plumbing company, her former employer.
51-year-old Kelly Zampini-Solarek of Madison Township, was convicted last month of embezzling $204,000 from the Thomas A. Page Co. while employed as a bookkeeper there. After a nonjury trial before Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci, Zampini-Solarek was found guilty of six felonies — aggravated theft, misuse of credit cards and four counts of tampering with records. She stole from the Madison Township plumbing company between December 2010 and January 2016.
The judge is allowing the married mother of three to remain free on bond until she reports to jail on Jan. 26.
Although Judge Lucci ordered her to make full restitution to Mark Page, the company owner, Assistant County Prosecutor Nick Giegerich said it’s unlikely the money will be paid back. Zampini-Solarek’s attorney was in court requesting the defendant receive probation because of her lack of a criminal record.

Madison Group Home Administrator Charged

New details are beginning to emerge in the wake of a patient death last week at Hubbard Road Meadows group home in Madison. The administrator is facing abuse charges after an 85-year-old resident died on Tuesday.
Madison Township Police have charged 54-year-old Alice Ramsey of Madison Township with patient abuse, a fourth-degree felony.
Ramsey was arrested Jan. 13 following an investigation after a resident of the group home was transported to Lake Hospital Emergency Department. He died four days later.
Madison Township Police Detective Timothy Doyle said additional information aiding the investigation was provided by the cooperation of group home employees who came forward. Their names are not being released until the investigation is complete. The name of the victim is not being released out of respect for the family members. The scope of the investigation has broadened. He added that they are looking into similar information on any other facilities in the area. Anyone with information on this or other possibly related incidents is encouraged to call the Madison Township Police Department at (440) 428-2115.

Buckeyes Beat Huskers, 67-66

The Ohio State men’s basketball team is on a winning streak. The Buckeyes followed their first Big Ten win of the season Sunday with a last-second, 67-66 victory over Nebraska in Lincoln on Wednesday night.
Thanks to Marc Loving’s game-winning layup with half a second to play against the Cornhuskers, the Buckeyes advance to 12-7 on the season and 2-4 in Big Ten play. Nebraska, meanwhile, falls to 3-3 in the conference and 9-9 overall. Nebraska dominated the first half, stretching its lead to as many as 12 points en route to a 40-32 halftime advantage. In the second half, however, Ohio State utilized a 20-11 run over the course of nearly 9 minutes to chip away at the Nebraska advantage. JaQuan Lyle grabbed an offensive rebound with 1.9 seconds left in regulation. Following a timeout, guard C.J. Jackson found Loving right under the basket for the game-winning layup.
Loving led the Buckeyes with 15 points while Jae’Sean Tate and Lyle each scored 13, while Thompson added 10. The Buckeyes return to action Sunday against Northwestern.

Lue Says Warriors Gunning for King James

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Golden State’s Draymond Green was sending a message with those hard fouls in the Warriors’ blowout victory over the defending NBA Champs this week.
Green never gets a warm reception in Quicken Loans Arena, and now fans will have six months to store up their anger for the Golden State forward should the Cavaliers and Warriors meet in June for a third straight NBA Final collision. Midway through the second quarter of a 126-91 loss in Oakland on Monday, the Cavaliers star forward was dribbling the ball across midcourt when Green slammed into him. James when down like a prize fighter before getting up and grasping his chin to make sure his jaw was still attached. Green walked to the Golden State bench and, much to the delight of the Warriors fans, mimicked James flopping to the floor. Don’t expect the hard feelings between these teams to soften any time soon.
Up next; The CAVS take on PHOENIX at the Q tonight, with coverage beginning at 6:30PM on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Lake County AM News

A mother and child were taken to TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township at about 8 a.m. Wednesday following a rollover vehicle crash.
Lake County Sheriff’s Capt. Carl Dondorfer said the 33-year-old female driver was traveling west on Route 84 near Hickory Hill Road when she lost control of the vehicle.She struck a mailbox and utility pole, causing the vehicle to flip over and come to rest on its roof. The sheriff’s office closed Route 84 between Riverside Drive and Park Road in both directions following the single-vehicle crash. It was reopened when the accident scene was cleared. The mother and her 2-year-old toddler sustained minor injuries. Dondorfer said the woman will likely be charged with misdemeanor failure to control.

A 32-year-old Painesville man is among the most wanted fugutives in Northern Ohio. Juan Plass made it onto the “Agonizing 8” — a list compiled by the U.S. Marshals’ Violent Fugitive Task Force, identifying the region’s most egregious sex offenders.
U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott said Plass is wanted by the task force’s Painesville Division.

Ashtabula Considers Smaller Council

Ashtabula City Council Vice President Chris McClure has offered a radical cost saving measure for the city. He has suggested– given the city’s declining population– that Ashtabula could save money by reducing the size of it’s elected city council.
Recommending that a committee look into amending the city charter, he said five council members instead of the current seven would save on municipal costs. There are currently two at-large seats and five Ward seats.
Ashtabula’s population has steadily decreased over the past 26 years, going from just over 21,000 in 1990, to over 18,000 in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Finance Director Dana Pinkert said she would come up with a financial analysis. Ashtabula council members receive $2,400 a year as well as medical benefits. The council president gets $2,600 per year in addition to medical benefits.
Ward 2 Council member August Pugliese said the city could restructure all of the Wards or have all at-large seats like Geneva.
A five member council would be the smallest among Ashtabula County’s larger population communities.

OSU Men Take On Nebraska Tonight

In Ohio State Men’s College Basketball;
Junior Keita Bates-Diop will have season-ending surgery on his left leg to repair a stress fracture he’s been battling since missing about two months of summer workouts with the injury. Bates-Diop played in nine games this season around several injuries, including a right ankle sprain sustained in the Providence game on Nov. 17th and lingering pain from the left-leg stress fracture. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds this season. Ohio State will apply for a medical redshirt season designation on Bates-Diop’s behalf following the 2016-17 campaign. If granted, he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Meanwhile, Senior Marc Loving became the 53rd Buckeye all-time to reach 1,000 career points this week. Loving scored 12 points against Michigan State the last time out, making him the 12th player in the Thad Matta era to reach 1,000 career points as a Buckeye.
Up next; Ohio State travels to Nebraska tonight to take on the Cornhuskers, with coverage beginning at 8:30pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Day to Manage Lake County Captains

Larry Day was officially announced as manager of the Single-A Lake County Captains on Tuesday, as the Indians unveiled their roster of minor-league managers. Day will be in familiar surroundings this season at Classic Park in Eastlake. The 31-year-old Massachusetts native and former University of Connecticut standout began his professional coaching career in 2015 as hitting coach of the Captains. Last season, he was hitting coach for the advanced Single-A Lynchburg Virginia Hillcats of the Carolina League, another minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians Baseball organization.
Before joining the Indians’ player development staff in 2015, Day spent five years as a coach at Vanderbilt University and one year as a coach at Ohio University. He was a 50th-round draft choice of the New York Yankees in 2007. Two other former Captains managers, Chris Tremie and Mark Budzinski, will manage the Triple-A Columbus Clippers and Double-A Akron RubberDucks, respectively.
The Captains open the 2017 season on April 6th Dayton against the Dragons. The home opener is April 8th against Dayton.