Archives for January 2014

Caught by Children Task Force

A Mayfield Heights man Varun Trivedi, 27,was sentenced Friday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to 60 days in jail with five years post-release control.
Varun Trivedi, 27, was arrested in April 2012 after showing up to meet whom he believed to be a 12-year-old girl.
Trivedi began chatting online with the “girl” on Dec. 22, 2011. He would describe the sexual acts he wanted to perform with her and repeatedly asked when he could meet her in person, according to prosecutors.
Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigators were posing as the victim online and in phone conversations with Trivedi to set up a meeting.

Test Scores are important

With important achievement tests looming, school districts in Ashtabula County are scrambling to make up valuable classroom time lost to January’s winter weather.
Superintendents reached for comment Thursday said the calamity days they endured this month — on top of a federal holiday, an in-service day and the New Year’s holiday — will present a challenge to their staffs. The absences occurred as districts are gearing up for the important Ohio Achievement Assessment, as well as graduation-related exams to be held in the coming weeks.
Geneva Area City Schools was forced to close its doors eight days in January, . The impact could be sizable, on test scores

Lots of basketball on WFUN this weekend

Tonight’s big high school basketball game has Lakeside traveling to Geneva. Coverage begins at 7 o’clock on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Tomorrow, two struggling Big Ten men’s basketball teams square off at the Kohl Center. Ohio State visits Wisconsin. The Buckeyes have lost five of their last six after winning their first 15 of the season. The Badgers have lost four of their last five games after winning their first 16 of the season. Coverage tomorrow begins at 11:30 on ESPN 970 WFUN.

The Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Houston to take on the Rockets tomorrow. Coverage begins at 7:30 on ESPN 970 WFUN.

On Sunday, the Ohio State women’s basketball team visits Wisconsin. Coverage begins at 2:45 on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Report: Irving unhappy with Cavs

ESPN’s Chad Ford reports Cavaliers cornerstone Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland.

This situation may have similarities to the one that ultimately ended with LeBron James leaving the Cavs.

Irving remains under contract with the team through next season. After that, he enters restricted free agency.

The Cavaliers would have the right to match any offer for Irving unless he takes the qualifying offer, which would then allow him to move as an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

Defense rests

Melvin Allen, a 30-year-old former Painesville resident, went on trial Tuesday on charges he repeatedly raped the 21-year-old single mother on. Dec. 21, 2011.
Defense attorneys Steven Bradley and Mark Marein rested Thursday without calling the defendant or any other witnesses to the stand.
During closing arguments, Bradley argued the sex was consensual and that the alleged victim had too many inconsistencies in what she told the jury vs. what she told police.

Days off may hurt test scores

With important achievement tests looming, school districts in Ashtabula County are scrambling to make up valuable classroom time lost to January’s winter weather.
Superintendents reached for comment Thursday said the calamity days they endured this month — on top of a federal holiday, an in-service day and the New Year’s holiday — will present a challenge to their staffs. The absences occurred as districts are gearing up for the important Ohio Achievement Assessment, as well as graduation-related exams to be held in the coming weeks.

Friday AM Sports Stories

Tim Hardaway Jr. dropped in 29 points as the Knicks rolled past the Cavaliers, 117-86, at Madison Square Garden for their fourth straight win. Hardaway Jr. hit six three pointers to tie a franchise record. Carmelo Anthony stayed hot with 29 points and five rebounds in only 30 minutes. The Cavs shot 36-percent from the field and were without center Anderson Varejao [[ VARE-eh-zhow ]]. Kyrie Irving posted a team-high 24 points with six rebounds and three assists. Cleveland has lost three in-a-row.

It’s still early, but panic could be setting in again for the Cavaliers. ESPN’s Chad Ford reports that word around the league is franchise cornerstone Kyrie Irving is unhappy and wants out. Cleveland dealt with this situation before with LeBron James. Irving is under contract through next season and then becomes a restricted free agent. The Cavs can match any offer for him unless he takes the qualifying offer, which would then allow Irving to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016.

Two struggling Big Ten teams square off tomorrow with Ohio State and Wisconsin going down at the Kohl Center. The Buckeyes have dropped to 16-and-5 overall and 3-and-5 in conference losing five of six. Wisconsin has lost four of five to move to 17-and-4 and 4-and-4.

The featured Friday night high school basketball game of the week is Lakeside at Geneva, and that game can be heard live starting at 7 on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Big week for Ashtabula swimmers. 29 members of the Ashtabula Stingrays will compete in the YMCA Deivisional Swim Meet at Spire tomorrow. Swimmers from regional swim clubs from 8 to 17 years of age will compete in the state of the art Spire pool in Harpersfield Township. Swimmers who score well will move on to Youngstown and may go on to state.

Man Accused of Wife Murder Can’t Suppress Evidence

A Lake County judge has refused to suppress a variety of evidence against the man accused of persuading his foster daughter -with whom he was having sex—to murder his wife. Kevin Knoefel’s defense team has asked the court to suppress lots of evidence like the contents of computers and phones and the content of conversations between Knoefel and a lot more. The trial is set to begin in March.

No Crime Bump From Lake Metroparks Extended Hours

Good news from Lake Metroparks, where it was feared that extending hours from dusk until 11pm would invite an increase in crime. They just checked the data, and crime has not increased-just the use of the parks.

Most lake Ice Cover in 25 Years

60% of the Great Lakes is covered by ice, the most ice cover in 25 years, and researchers say that could have interesting results. It could help lake levels rebound this summer. It could make lake effect breezes cooler in the hottest months, and they are hoping Lake Superior ice will create an ice bridge from Isle Royale so the wolf population there can spread out to the mainland, and vice versa, because the wolves need new genetic stock.