Gas Station Torn Down

Crews brought down an old eyesore this weekend. An abandoned gas station, that also served as a restaurant and tourist information center in the past, was demolished to make way for a new car dealership. Another hope by the owners of the property is the removal of the building will just make the place look a little better. Clean up efforts on the property continue this week. It is hoped by the end of the month, at least most of the property will be cleared.

Drug And Theft Bust

Police in Ashtabula find stolen goods and a meth lab inside a Bridge Street home. Officers showed up with a warrant and netted 23 stolen items in all. The resident was wanted by the authorities on a list of arrest warrants. Investigators are asking the public to come forward with any information it may have on the case. Officials from the county and state are working together on the investigation.

Dock And Ramp Okayed

Lake County commissioners approved Lakeshore Improvement Project funds for a handicapped-accessible canoe and kayak launch in Eastlake. The $27,000 project will build an ADA accessible launch along with a dock and a ramp at Erie Road Park. The Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority will work with local business, Metal Craft on the project.

Shooting In Beachwood Twp

Police are investigating after a 17-year-old girl is taken to the hospital. Witnesses say they heard shots fired at Beachwood Place. She was treated and released. Police have brought a man into custody in connection with the shooting. A handgun and cash were recovered from the scene. Apparently, the incident stems from a disagreement between two men that spilled over…sending people running for cover. The investigation into the incident continues by state and local authorities.

Route 20 Fix Coming

A lengthy section of Route 20 on Conneaut’s west side is tentatively scheduled to be ripped out and replaced in 2020, that’s according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. The work is part of an estimated $3 million project that will completely rebuild the four-lane highway between Parrish Road to the North Kingsville line. Resurfacing of Route 20 between Parrish and Route 7 is also part of the program. The state plans to do the work in the summer or fall of 2020.

Meth And Theft Scene Located

Police in Ashtabula say they found stolen goods and a meth lab inside a Bridge Street home, and a stolen vehicle at a West 12th Street residence while executing two search warrants. Charges are pending. The police are continuing investigation into these incidents. Officials say several arrests are likely,

Bode Wont Get Hearing

A Concord Township firefighter, accused of misconduct while at the scene of a blaze that destroyed the Willoughby-Eastlake Board of Education building, will not get his day in court after all. Douglas Bode was removed from his position as a part-time Concord Township fire lieutenant and reduced in rank to a part-time firefighter/paramedic following the March 14, 2017, fire. Bode appealed his suspension and demotion in Lake County Common Pleas Court.

Splash around at Lake County YMCA’s Easter Egg Dip

The Lake County YMCA’s special Easter Egg Dip is on March 23 at the West End Y, in Willoughby. Children and their families can swim with eggs in the pool and then enjoy crafts and surprises on land, according to a news report. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Lake County Y Annual Giving Campaign which helps provide membership and program assistance to families in need, the release stated. Early registration is recommended as space is limited. Register in person at the West End Y, or give them a call.

County Auditor Frank Gliha resigns over 334 count indictment

County Auditor Frank Gliha has announced his resignation. Gliha confirmed this week, he will not seek re-election in the May 8 primary following charges filed against former Geauga County IT director, Steve Decatur, who is accused of bilking the county out of $1.8 million and laundering it through his daughter’s company. is also charged in the 334-count indictment. Gliha authorized a payment without a service agreement which was allegedly misused by Decatur for personal gain. Gliha’s last day in office will be April 3.

Lodging taxes could go up

CONNEAUT – The city of Conneaut is considering an increase to the 2 percent bed tax it collects hotels. At a City Council meeting earlier this week, City Manager James Hockaday suggested boosting the tax to 3 percent, in part to help the city recoup some of the expenses it incurs when big events come to town.