Archives for April 2015

ASHTABULA — Free leaf pickup is underway in Ashtabula

ASHTABULA — Free leaf pickup is underway in Ashtabula. The city’s 2015 leaf bag program continues through May and has started in the wards and for the harbor. Public Works crews will pick up leaves every other week throughout the months of April and May. For curbside pickup, leaves must be in biodegradable bags.

Ohio State extends Meyer through 2020

Ohio State has extended football coach Urban Meyer through the 2020 season.

The extension grants Meyer an average annual salary of $6.5 million.

Browns unveiling new uniforms today

The Cleveland Browns today unveil new uniforms.

The team has already updated its helmet and logos this year for a more modern look.

The helmet includes a brighter and richer orange with the iconic brown and white stripes and a brown facemask instead of white.

Wickliffe pool fees increase

If you live in Wickliffe, then you have to pay more to use Coulby Aquatic Center this summer.

The city council has passed a list of changes that includes an extra 20 dollars for pool memberships.

Splash party rental rates increase 25 dollars, swim lessons increase five dollars, and Orlando Spray Park rentals jump up 20 dollars.

Coulby opens June 6 and closes the Friday of Labor Day weekend.

Woman receives two years for helping rob Willoughby Hills bank

A woman has received two years in prison for her role in a Willoughby Hills bank robbery.

Police have identified 21-year-old Fantashia Dykes of Euclid as the getaway driver.

Dykes has previously admitted to helping 17-year-old Dariyan Sharp of East Cleveland rob PNC Bank on Chardon Road last year.

Willoughby man receives three years for trying to rob two businesses

A Willoughby man has received over three years in prison for trying to rob two Wickliffe businesses on one night in January.

Authorities say 55-year-old Dale Burns wore a ski mask as he tried robbing the Sunoco on Euclid Avenue. They say he kept his hand in his pocket like he had a weapon. When he didn’t get any money, he left.

Police claim Burns also tried robbing the Sussex Seafood and Grille, but employees there chased him into the parking lot.

When they searched Burns, police found a folding knife.

Conneaut OKs contract for manager — he starts Monday

Conneaut’s city council has approved a five-year contract with the new city manager.

James Hockaday finally works his first day next Monday.

He has previously worked as full-time administrator at Geneva-on-the-Lake.

Hockaday replaces Tim Eggleston, who resigned late last year to take a similar job in Tipp City.

Minor earthquake passes through area

ODNR reports a mild earthquake in Ashtabula County from over the weekend.

A spokesman says it happened late Saturday night and only made a 2.3 on the Richter scale.

He cites three reports of activity from Harpersfield.

ODNR has data showing the epicenter near the Lake County border three miles southwest of Harpersfield.

Owner of Ashtabula home in double-murder case pleads the Fifth

The owner of the Ashtabula home at the center of a double-murder case has pleaded the Fifth Amendment.

The prosecution in the Edward Smith trial has called Rhamaud Hull to the stand, but he has chosen not to testify.

Authorities have accused the 28-year-old Smith of killing 21-year-old LeDondre Raimey of Painesville and 32-year-old Elliott Dowdell a year and a half ago.

Prosecutors believe this all happened over a botched drug deal.

The defense at least one prosecution witness believe Hull cleaned up the murder scene and took drugs from the bodies before calling 911.

Report: OSU’s Russell declaring for NBA Draft

The news that almost everyone expected out of Columbus has arrived. reports Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell has declared for the NBA Draft.

Russell averaged over 19 points, five assists, and nearly six rebounds per game for the Buckeyes this season.

Some see him as a possible top-five pick in this summer’s draft.