Archives for March 2014

One killed in car buggy crash

One man was killed after a Ford Explorer hit an Amish buggy in Burton Township on March 30.
The SUV hit the buggy and continued to drive south on 168. The vehicle then became disabled less than a mile from the crash scene, said OSHP.
“The buggy was destroyed on impact,” OSHP said.
Five family members were in the buggy at the time of the crash. Joseph Byler, 28, died at the hospital due to his injuries. The buggy’s driver Eli Byler refused treatment at the scene, while passengers 50-year-old Esther Byler and 23-year-old Irene Byler were treated and released. Alma Byler, 19, was flown by medical helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for precaution, police said.
Ashtabula resident Douglas S. Learn, the alleged 42-year-old driver of the Explorer, refused treatment on the scene.
“The investigation is ongoing and prosecution will follow

Death looked suspicious

The death of an 82-year-old woman Sunday is under investigation by the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department.
Chief investigator with the coroner’s office, Rich Mongell, confirmed Mary F. Martinchuk was found in her home at 1868 Sexton Road by a neighbor who reportedly helped get her mail and shovel her sidewalk.Johnson said the death appears suspicious at this time, and the body was taken to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Browns looking at Fresno State’s Carr today

Cleveland.com reports the Cleveland Browns working out Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr today.

The Browns have the fourth pick in the NFL Draft.

Indians open season in Oakland tonight

The Cleveland Indians begin their season tonight in Oakland.

The game against the Athletics begins at 10:05. Coverage begins at 9:37 on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Justin Masterson starts for the Indians. Sonny Gray does for the A’s.

Off the field, Fox Sports reports the Indians and catcher Yan Gomes agreeing to a six-year, $23 million deal. Meanwhile, the team has placed outfielder Michael Bourn and designated hitter Jason Giambi on the 15-day disabled list.

Monday AM Sports Stories

It is baseball season again. The Indians are in Oakland for the Atheletic’s home opener tonight and that game can be heard live starting at 9:37 on ESPN 970 WFUN. The Tribe’s home opener is Friday against the Twins in a day game.

The Indians are keeping catcher Yan Gomes around a bit longer. FOX Sports reports the two agreed to a six-year deal worth 23-million-dollars. The contract also includes two club options. Gomes has yet to play anything close to a full season. He played 43 games with Toronto in 2012 and 88 with the Tribe last year. He hit .294 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI in 2013.

In their final exhibition game Saturday the Indians lost to the San Diego Padres at the University of San Diego 9 to 8. The night before the Tribe routed the Padres 16 to 4.

Manager Terry Francona says he’s looking forwardto an enjoyable season, saying his stars have been getting better right before his eyes. Salazar and Kluber and McAllister, and the momentum they built up at the end of last season will carry over to this season.

Dion Waiters scored a game-high 19 points to help the Cavaliers cruise by the Pacers 90-76 at home. Tristan Thompson had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Cavs, which have won four of five. The Cavs record is 40-45 as of last night with 7 games left.

Speculation is that the Cavs will sign Spencer Hawes to keep him long term after acquiring him in February. Not so apparent is that Luol Deng will stay because the Cavs will be reluctant to meet his asking price.

Mentor Fire Chief Warns Residents House is on Fire

An off duty Mentor fire chief saw smoke coming out of the roof of a house on Georgia Court and knocked on the door to alert the homeowner who was not aware of it, who rushed to get everybody out while firemen arrived to begin the battle. The attic was ablaze and when it was knocked down there was 200 thousand dollars damage to the house and 50 thousand to its contents.

Car v Buggy in Burton

In Burton a car crashed into a buggy yesterday. It happened in darkness on Tavern Road and the Geauga County Sheriff says some of the injuries were severe.

Trial Delayed for Man Accused of Running Bedford Brothel

Trial is delayed for a Willoughby Hills man accused of running a brothel out of a Bedford office complex because he’s being sent to a psychiatrist to have his head examined. 72 year-old James Walsh is charged with operating an office that he called Studio 54 staffed with women who provided services from nude massages to sex with hundreds of clients. The operation was discovered when a sex worker overdosed and paramedics were called to help her.

Pair of Drivers Caught with Drugs Due in Conneaut Court

Two men caught in recent days with drugs in separate incidents have court appearances Monday in Conneaut. Pennsylvania man Christopher Kidder who is 37 was seen driving erratically near Dean Avenue Park and an officer pulled him over and got permission to search the car and found meth in the center console. Similarly 19 year-old Tyler Frasure from North Kingsville was also pulled over in a traffic stop and heroin was found in his car.

Ashtabula Woman Arrested for Killing Husband 5 Years Ago

It happened 5 years ago but the Ashtabula County Sheriff finally arrested a 54 year-old Pierpont Township woman for murdering her husband by poisoning him. Investigators believe Teresa Kotomski gradually poisoned her husband, 65 year-old Raymond, by putting anti-freeze in his food. The Ohio bureau of Criminal Investigation cold case unit helped build the case.