Bad timing cited in father-son breakin

Bad timing. That’s what the son of a 51 year old Madison Township man told a judge during his dad’s sentencing hearing on Monday (Dec. 5), in connection to an incident in which the two are accused of entering a township home on Oldsmar Avenue to get property that belonged to his other son who used to date the homeowner. Douglas Lambert, 51, was ordered to 120 days house arrest and two years probation for the April 25 incident, in which both defense attorneys and prosecutors agreed got blown out of proportion. Matthew Lamert is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 12 in the father-son case.
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Two fires, sparked within minutes of one another, kept Madison Fire crews busy, Sunday

Two fires, sparked within minutes of one another, kept Madison Fire crews busy, Sunday (Dec. 4). According to Fire Chief Gene Lutz, a bi-level home on River Road caught fire at 9:26 a.m., and another call was reported at 9:28 a.m. for a house fire on Griswold Road. No injuries were rported. Both fires appear to be accidental but remain under investigation, Chief Lutz noted.
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North Drive sinking into Lake Erie

CONNEAUT — A portion of North Drive is in danger of sinking into Lake Erie. The small section of street in the Burrington Heights allotment has been deemed high risk and Conneaut city council members unanimously agreed to a request from five neighboring landowners who will assume maitenance of the eroding pavement which is just inches from a steep drop down to the lake. The section of the road will become private property at the end of this month, and will no longer be a municipal liability or open to the public.
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Bagel bandit busted

ASHTABULA — It wasn’t long before Ashtabula police caught up with a robbery suspect, Saturday morning. A gunman walked into the downtown bagel shop on Main St., around 7 a.m., and demanded money, before he fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Shortly thereafter, police apprehended Chico D. Tunstall, 31, who matched the store clerk’s description of the bagel bandit, although he was wearing different clothes at the time of his arrest, police said. The store employee was not injured, according to the police report.
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Renovating the Q, Griffin Sounding Like Starter

Cuyahoga County is asking a private, nonprofit marketing agency to redirect some of the public funding it receives to help renovate the outside of Quicken Loans Arena, home of the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland.com reports that Dan Walsh, chairman of Destination Cleveland’s board of trustees, confirmed they’re discussing the request from Cuyahoga County Executives. Walsh didn’t disclose how much they’ve been asked to redirect or how much they would be willing to contribute. Destination Cleveland received about $15 million this year from Cuyahoga County’s bed tax on hotel stays.
Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski has suggested the county pay half of the renovation costs. A 2015 estimate puts the total renovation cost at about $140 million.

Coach Hue Jackson has spent much of the bye week self-scouting his team, and said he still hasn’t decided which quarterback to start against the Bengals on Dec. 11– but Robert Griffin III, during a locker-room interview, sure sounded like he’ll be starting. Griffin said. “I just want to come in, give the team as much of a spark as I possibly can,”

Cavs Beat Raptors 116-112

The Cavs are off the schnyde, as LeBron James scored 34 points and Cleveland overcame an injury to J.R. Smith to snap their three-game losing streak with a 116-112 win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.
Smith injured his left knee in the first quarter after landing on a jump shot and limped to the dressing room in considerable pain. He did not return, and the Cavaliers had X-rays taken at the arena that were negative, and said the guard would return to Cleveland today for further examination.
DeMar DeRozan had 31 points and Kyle Lowry added 24 for Toronto, which had its six-game winning streak snapped.
It was the Cavaliers’ third straight win this season against the Raptors, the team they beat in last season’s Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland held onto first place in the conference with the win. Kevin Love had 28 points and 14 rebounds for his team-leading 13th double-double of the season and his third straight against the Raptors. Kyrie Irving added 24 points, his career-high 10th straight game with at least 20.
The Cavs take on the Knicks in New York on Wednesday.

Madison Man Sentenced for Trespassing

A Madison Township man was sentenced Monday to 120 days house arrest and two years probation for trspassing in a township resident’s home late at night to get his son’s property.
51-year-old Douglas Lambert was arrested April 25 after police received a disturbance call around 2:30 a.m. from an Oldsmar Avenue home.
Someone inside the home reported Lambert and his 24-year-old son Matthew Lambert, were holding two women and a man at gunpoint.
However, both defense attorneys and prosecutors agree that the incident got blown out of proportion.
The female homeowner had previously given them permission to enter the home and get items belonging to Matthew Lambert’s brother, who used to date the woman and was in a drug treatment center.
He said the homeowner was likely taken by surprise that they showed up at such a late hour.
Both defendants pleaded guilty in Lake County Common Pleas Court to trespassing where a person is present or likely to be present, a felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison.

Ashtabula AM News

The Ashtabula branch of the NAACP will meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Betty’s Beauty Shop, 1123 W. 43rd St. The public is invited to bring questions or problems to discuss. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Adam Holman at 440-992-9348 or C. J. Prentiss at 440-224-0977.

A suspect is in police custody after an armed robbery at JT’s Bagels on Main St., shortly after 7 a.m., Saturday according to Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell.
He entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money. Police said the robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. The store employee was not injured. Five Ashtabula police officers immediately responded to the call. Police apprehended 31-year-old Chico Tunstall of Ashtabula — also known as Chico Gators — who matched the store clerk’s description of the robber, though he was wearing different clothes at the time of his arrest. Tunstall was charged with robbery; tampering with evidence and resisting arrest according to City Solicitor Michael Franklin.

Authorities warn of holiday heists

Authorities warn you to be mindful when donating in the spirit of the Christmas holiday season. Willoughby Detective Lt. James Schultz said this is the time of year for giving, but they also see an increase in scams during the holidays, especially against the elderly, Schultz added. The Willoughby Police Department has posted tips on their Facebook page to help residents avoid scams during the holiday season.

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Although violent crimes and car thefts seem to decrease in December, police say robberies and thefts seem to spike, specifically around malls. Police are reminding shoppers to be extra aware of their surroundings while carrying items back to their cars. Madison Township Authorities say people need to also make sure any valuables in their car are placed out of sight while you’re going from store to store, and never leave your purse or wallet in the shopping cart where someone could grab it and run off.
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Ashtabula man accused of sexually abusing minor has learned his fate

JEFFERSON — An Ashtabula man accused of sexually abusing his girlfriend’s teen daughter has learned his fate. The county grand jury indicted, Dennis S. Maple, 43, for allegedly raping the now 15 year old multiple times beginning in 2015, and video taping the forced sexual encounters at his home on South Ridge Road West. The girl’s mother discovered the tapes on Maple’s phone and reported it to police. No further court dates have been set.
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