The 1993 movie, So I Married an Axe Murderer nearly became reality for one Conneaut husband

CONNEAUT — The 1993 movie, So I Married an Axe Murderer, starring Mike Myers, nearly became reality for one Conneaut husband.
Police say they responded to a call about a domestic dispute at a home on Gore Rd., Sunday morning, in which a woman reportedly tried to strike her husband with an ax, at one point narrowly missing the man as she threw the sharp tool toward him and it lodged into the barn door he was standing near, according a police report. The weapon wielding wife has been charged with felonious assault in the incident, the report stated.

Chilly, damp weather could threaten crops

Only time will tell, area farmers and winery owners say, as chilly, damp weather that usually hits this time of year could threaten crops. As the planting season kicks into full gear potential frosts, said Ashtabula County Extension Agent David Marrison, are to be expected, but they’re hoping for warm, dry weather in the next several weeks.

Former Euclid Middle School girls basketball coach found guilty of sexual assault

A former Euclid Middle School girls basketball coach will spend three years in prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Kevon Smith, 23, who previously pleaded guilty in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court was also sentenced on Tuesday (April 25) to five years of probation and the judge ordered Smith to register as a sex offender for life, according to a news release form the Prosecutor’s office. Police say Smith assaulted the girl between December 2015 and September 2016. He was the second district employee in six months to be convicted of a sex offense involving a student.

Officer-involved shooting ruled justified

Lake County Prosecutor Charles Coulson has ruled that the Oct. 19, 2016, officer-involved shooting outside the Willoughby Lowe’s was justified. Frank J. Sandor, 38, of Cleveland, was killed when an officer opened fire after Sandor backed into a police motorcycle and struck an officer in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement, on Euclid Ave.

Conneaut Woman Charged in Ax Attack

A Conneaut woman has been arrested and faces a felony charge after she reportedly attacked her husband with an ax. 25-year-old Lydia Davis has been charged with felonious assault in the Sunday morning incident, according to a Conneaut Municipal Court spokesperson. Conneaut Police were dispatched to a Gore Road address shortly before noon in response to reports of an ax-related attack. Davis’ husband told officers he had argued with his wife, and at one point she swung the ax, “nearly striking him,” but the ax hit a barn door.
Conneaut Police Chief Michael Colby said Tuesday that the argument began soon after the husband returned from hunting. Davis’ video arraignment was held Monday before Judge Carl DiFranco. She’s free on $2,500 bond. Davis had a preliminary hearing on the second-degree felony charge at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a spokesperson. As a condition of her release, Davis must avoid the victim and refrain from any acts of violence.She will retain her own counsel.

AP Mock Draft Top 12

The Associated Press’ 2017 NFL Mock Draft has the Cleveland Browns predictably selecting Texas A&M monster defensive end Miles Garrett with the #1 overall pick, however, Hall of Famer Warren Sapp said cryptically this week that Garrett “disappears.” The AP also predicts that UNC quarteback and Mentor High alum Mitchell Trubisky will still be available when the Browns select again at #12. AP has QB DeShaun Watson going to the New York Jets at #6. The real NFL Draft is Thursday night at 8pm.

Murder Suspect Wants Mistrial

Lake County prosecutors have asked a judge not to dismiss the case against a murder suspect. Timothy Markel Gaston claims his speedy trial rights have been violated and is asking for his case to be dismissed. Assistant Lake County Prosecutor Paul Kaplan argued in his Tuesday, April 25 motion that Gaston himself is responsible for nearly all the delays in the case.
Gaston, now 28 years old, is accused of helping another man kill 23-year-old Matthew Hammond on July 26, 2013, at the victim’s home at the Huntington Trailer Park in Painesville Township. Gaston, who was living in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the time, was arrested on a warrant. He’s been in jail on a $1 million bond since April of 2014. He’s scheduled to go to trial on May 30 before Lake County Common Pleas Judge Vincent Culotta on 15 separate counts, including aggravated murder, kidnapping, robbery and burglary. Gaston voluntarily signed an unlimited waiver of speedy trial on May 30, 2014.

Astros Beat Tribe 4-2, Captains at Great Lakes Wednesday

The Astros Dallas Keuchel pitched a complete game to extend his hot start to the 2017 season and Houston beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 Tuesday night at Progressive Field. Scary moment late in the game as the Astros’ gold Glove second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez left following a frightening collision in the eighth inning. Altuve and Hernandez were chasing a popup in right field and stayed down for a while following the crash. Altuve appeared to get hit near his chin, but Hernandez– called up from the minors before the game– was carted off the field with an injury to his left leg.
Keuchel, who’s 4-0 this season, gave up solo homers to Austin Jackson in the third and Michael Brantley in the ninth. The left-hander, who won the AL Cy Young in 2015, held Cleveland to six hits and currently has a 1.22 ERA. Josh Reddick gave Houston a 3-1 lead with a two-run single in the fifth, and then took a home run away from Jason Kipnis with a leaping catch at the wall in center in the bottom of the inning. Josh Tomlin allowed three runs in six innings. Trevor Bauer gets the start for the Tribe tonight against Houston righty Lance McCullers, with coverage beginning at 5:37pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

But first, it’s Single-A Minor League ball at 1:45 pm today as the Lake County CAPTAINS are @ GREAT LAKES. Catch all the action on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Madison Village police are warning residents after an officer found black bear tracks

Madison Village police are warning residents after an officer found black bear tracks over the weekend. A Parkway Estates resident reported damage to several birdfeeders in her backyard according to a Facebook post from the police department, and the responding officer found the bear prints. The department said in its post, if you encounter a bear, stay calm, and give it plenty of space to allow it to leave the area.

One of three people involved in a bizarre home invasion shooting in Eastlake last summer has pleaded guilty

One of three people involved in a bizarre home invasion shooting in Eastlake last summer has pleaded guilty. Gabriel Hearn, 20,
admitted Monday (April 24) in Lake County Court, to shooting a 16-year-old boy in the June 30 incident, in which Hearn and two others went to a man’s home claiming he knew someone who lived there, smoked marijuana with the individuals in the house, and then stole cellphones and wallets, before Hearn shot the teen through the shoulder and ran off. He now faces between five and 19 years in prison when he is sentenced May 25.