Safety concerns prompt plans to cusion turf on Lakeside High’s football field

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP – Safety concerns prompted plans to cusion the turf on Lakeside High’s football field. The Ashtabula Area City Schools Board approved a contract at Wednesday night’s meeting to have a type of synthetic turf installed on top of a 15mm pad to prevent concussions in athletes, Interim Superintendent Mark Potts said. The fluffier field shoud be compted by the August kickoff of high school football season, officials said.
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Former Roaming Shores Village HOA treasurer found not guilty

GENEVA – Jurors took less than an hour, Tuesday, to find the former treasurer of the Roaming Shores Village HOA not guilty of several menacing and intimidation charges. A Western County Court jury acquitted John Martin on all counts stemming from his alleged ongoing dispute with a village resident in April 2017.

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Martin is still awaiting a June jury trial on charges involving an altercation between him and Roaming Shores patrolman William Moss. Neither officer was seriously injured, charging documents state. The altercation was caught on police body cameras, but officials said Tuesday’s acquittal could influence those proceedings, as jurors have now cleared Martin in the felony case.
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Officials preparing for summer crowds at Walnut Beach

ASHTABULA – With warmer weather in the forecast city council members already gearing up for visitors at Walnut Beach this summer. At Monday’s City Council meeting, officials said a proposed three-year seasonal contract for concessions will be on the May 7 agenda, as they prepare for seasonal tourists at the popular beach. The concession stand, traditionally open Memorial Day to Labor Day, also will be open for Bands on the Beach, which takes place once per month on Sundays.
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County’s 911 response system entering 21st century

JEFFERSON – Officials said the county’s 911 response system is now “entering the 21st century. The new “state-of-the-art” centralized 911 dispatching centers in Jefferson and Ashtabula were unveiled, Monday. The more than $1 million project that’s been over a decade – and multiple administrations – in the making, began taking calls last week utilizing the latest technology, which officials said will alow the entire county to be connected to each other and decrease the risk of dropped or misidentified calls or other delays.
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Mentor Schools is raising awareness about opioid addiction

Mentor Schools is raising awareness about opioid addiction. The school district’s Paradigm Center is again hosting a town hall meeting, entitled “A Crisis We Can’t Ignore: The Opiate Epidemic In Our Community,” Tuesday night (April 17), at 7 p.m., with different representatives on hand to discuss ways to combat the epidemic, including from the Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board, Lake County General Health District, Lake County Jobs and Family Services, Crossroads, Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, Lake Health and the Mentor police and fire departments.
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Victim in Willowick bar shooting was target police believe

Police do not believe a fatal shooting at a Willowick bar early Friday morning (April 13) was random. According to Willowick police, surveillance footage shows the shooter enter the bar through the rear side door at the Willowick Cafe, on Lake Shore Blvd., and walk directly up to the victim who he shot three times, before fleeing. Police said it appears the victim was the target. The victim was identified as 26-year-old Derrick Moore, according to police reports. The investigation is ongoing.
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Terminated Ashtabula officer accused of impersonating officer

ASHTABULA – An Ashtabula City police officer terminated for misconduct in 2016 could face charges of impersonating a police officer. According to a county Sheriff’s Department report, Robert S. Wolford, flashed a badge at two boys he claimed were “throwing rocks” and “breaking windows” along North Ridge Road East last week and telling them he’s a cop.
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The future of the Ashtabula Township fire department and a local cemetery lies in the hands of voters

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP – The future of the Ashtabula Township fire department and a local cemetery lies in the hands of voters. There will be a 1-mill, five-year cemetery levy and a 2-mill, five-year fire department levy voters will be asked to approve on the May ballot. The cemetery levy is to install a new water line and road repairs and the fire department levy is to replace nearly $700,000 lost from state funding cuts.
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Ashtabula County health officials remain cautiously optimistic that the worst of the flu season is over

Ashtabula County health officials remain cautiously optimistic that the worst of the flu season is over. There were nine county residents hospitalized with flu-associated symptoms last month, and officials said numbers from the last reporting period have dipped, but the state still remains under “widespread” status.
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Conneaut man faces several charges for threatening juveniles

CONNEAUT – A Conneaut man faces several charges after he reportedly threatened two young people with a gun on Wednesday.
Gary Drew Jr., 34, appeared before a Judge on Friday in connection to the incident, in which he is accused of pointing a gun at the kids from a window in the house on Maple Avenue. A pre-trial hearing will be April 16, according to court documents.
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