Archives for July 2013

Single-game tickets for Browns’ opener sold out

The Cleveland Browns say single-game tickets for their home opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 8 have sold in 28 minutes.

The team does not have single-game seats available for the game Nov. 24 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, either.

People can still buy tickets to both games as part of ticket plans.

OSU RB Hyde gets three games

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde has received a three-game suspension.

Head coach Urban Meyer says he must meet other obligations before he plays again for the Buckeyes.

Hyde received an indefinite suspension after his name came up as a person of interest in an alleged assault of a woman at a Columbus bar.

Indians acquire lefty reliever, face ChiSox tonight

Perhaps Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has a magic touch.

Pinch-hitters have landed game-winning hits for the Indians on consecutive nights.

The Tribe, however, looks for a less dramatic win tonight when it hosts the Chicago White Sox at 7:05.

The Indians have won six straight games and 11 out of their last 15. They trail the Detroit Tigers by two and a half games for first place in the American League Central.

Ahead of Major League Baseball’s trade deadline, the Indians have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Tribe has sent minor league infielder Juan Herrera to St. Louis.

Not Gulity

A jury needed only two hours Tuesday morning to find a Monroe Township man not guilty of attempted murder in a June 2012 shooting incident, his attorney said Tuesday.
Kenneth Kapferer, 49, of State Line Road, had been the subject of a week-long trial that began July 23, said attorney Richard Perez. The jury began deliberations Tuesday morning and members decided Kapferer was not guilty before lunch, according to reports. Witnesses described an emotional scene in the courtroom of Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald Vettel when the verdict was announced.

Keep James Rivers in Jail

James Rivers, 66, a former Ashtabula County resident, has a hearing before the Ohio Parole Board in September, the first since Rivers went to prison in 1999 for the beating death of David Paul Sturgill, 26, in October 1998.
James Rivers, 66, a former Ashtabula County resident, has a hearing before the Ohio Parole Board in September, the first since Rivers went to prison in 1999 for the beating death of David Paul Sturgill, 26, in October 1998.
Family and friends of Sturgill are mounting a campaign to keep Rivers in prison, Matt Wilson of Ashtabula said Tuesday. Wilson is Sturgill’s uncle and a former brother-in-law of Rivers.

Wednesday AM Sports Stories

Pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn gets the go-ahead two-run single as the Indians rallied past the White Sox 7-4 in the second of four games at Progressive Field. Yan Gomes added a two-run double later in the eighth and plated three runs total for the Tribe, which won its sixth straight game

Bryan Shaw picked up the win out of the bullpen. Adam Dunn went 2-for-3 with two RBI in Chicago’s fifth consecutive loss. Donnie Veal suffered the loss in relief of Andre Rienzo, who became the first Brazilian born player ever to pitch in Major League Baseball.

OSU Coach Urban Meyer has suspended senior running back Carlos Hyde for three games after a disturbance he was involved in at a Columbus nightclub. Meyer saying he wants his players to be model citizens. Asked whether they think the suspensions are fair, Cleveland Plain Dealer readers voted online that Meyer did the right thing 54% to 33%.

Former Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson is facing charges in Louisiana. “The Plain Dealer” reports Gibson turned himself in to New Orleans police yesterday after he was charged with second-degree battery. Gibson is accused of breaking a man’s jaw at a club earlier this month after the alleged victim made a comment about Gibson’s wife.

Vasco Sports Contractors from Massilon are breaking ground on a new all-weather track and field home for the Conneaut Board of Education, and the 685 thousand dollar facility is supposed to be up by November first so as to allow the Spartans to host home meets for the first time in many years. It will include an eight-lane, all-weather track, long jump, high jump, shot put and discus areas, with an artificial tuft infield and goals and nets so it can be used as a soccer field, too.

Fines for False Alarms in Conneaut

Conneaut council is considering fines for false alarms that mobilize first responders. There were 97 false alarms that brought out police and fire last year.

Ashtabula Jury Finds for Defendant

A Monroe Township man was found not guilty of the attempted murder of a man he shot outside his house last year. The shooting victim’s wife was inside the house seeking refuge from her husband who had been told by a deputy to stay away from the house, and the homeowner, Kenneth Kapferer, saw the man looking through his windows before the shooting.

Family Fears Parole of Killer

The Star Beacon reports that the killer of an Ashtabula man is coming up for his first parole hearing and relatives of the murdered man are preparing to fight his release from prison. James Rivers, who lived in Ashtabula County before leaving for his current address at Grafton Correctional Institution, beat David Sturgill to death in 1999 and his family says it fears a threat from Rivers should he be paroled.

I-90 Road Work Wed-Thur

Road work in Ashtabula County today. The exit ramp from I-90 west to State Route 45 will be closed for bridge repairs from this morning through noon tomorrow. The detour is I-90 west to State Road 534 where you can get on to I-90 east.