Archives for April 2016

Defense rests in mistaken murder for hire trial

Closing arguments were heard Thursday (April 28) in the bench trial for the man accused of the 2006 mistaken identity murder of Burton Township resident Daniel E. Ott. Geauga Common Pleas Court Judge Forrest W. Burt will give a verdict May 2 of whether Chad South, 46, is guilty of the murder for hire plot in which he fatally shot the wrong man at his Claridon-Troy Road home.

Willoughby attorney, accused of corruption, has learned his fate

A Willoughby attorney, accused in a bribery scheme, has learned his fate. The Supreme Court voted 4-3, Thursday, in favor of a stayed suspension for Hector G. Martinez Jr., for six months. The court ordered a stayed suspension, but stated that if Martinez engages in further misconduct, he will be forced to serve the entire six-month suspension from practicing law. Martinez Jr. was charged with four counts of misconduct, according to a news release.

Grand River Academy wants speeders to slow down

AUSTINBURG – Student safety is prompting Grand River Academy officials to rally behind a bill that would adjust speed limits. The academy’s headmaster testified last week before the state House in favor of the bill, which would allow municipalities to be subject to the same 20-mph speed required in public school zones. GRA says the nearly 5,500 cars speeding across College Street through two crosswalks used by the academy’s more than 100 students, is an accident waiting to happen.

Pile of animal carcasses indicates “rresponsible trapper”

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP – Ashtabula animal control officials said a pile of carcasses found on Saturday near a golf driving range behind Wal-Mart is apparently the work of an “irresponsible trapper.” An investigation into the animal remains indicates the three skinned beavers and five raccoons were “nuisance animals” not domestic animals, according to Ashtabula County aminal control officials. The dumping was likely illegal, but officials are expected to talk with the property owner, as the investigation into the case of the carcasses continues.

Five Buckeyes drafted in NFL Draft’s first round

Five players from Ohio State went in the first round of the NFL Draft last night.

Joey Bosa went to the San Diego Chargers.

The Dallas Cowboys grabbed Ezekiel Elliott.

The New York Giants chose Eli Apple.

Taylor Decker now belongs to the Detroit Lions.

The New York Jets drafted Darron Lee.

Indians visit Phillies tonight

The Cleveland Indians begin the final leg of their road trip tonight.

They begin a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Coverage begins at 6:37 on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Corey Kluber pitches for the Indians, and Adam Morgan pitches for the Phillies.

Cavs to meet Hawks in playoffs again

The Cleveland Cavaliers know their second-round opponent.

The Atlanta Hawks last night eliminated the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers swept the Hawks in the conference finals last season.

The first two games happen in Cleveland on Monday and Wednesday.

NFL Draft continues, Browns with four picks in next two rounds

The NFL Draft continues tonight.

Teams pick in the second and third rounds.

The Cleveland Browns have one pick in the second round, and three more in the third.

Browns make one last trade at the draft

The Cleveland Browns made another trade before picking someone in last night’s NFL Draft.

They traded the eighth pick and their sixth-round selection to the Tennessee Titans for the fifteenth overall pick, a third-round pick for this year, a second-round pick for next year.

After all that, the Browns took Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman in the first round.

Lake County Friday AM News

A Willoughby attorney received a six-month stayed suspension from the practice of law from the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday.
The Supreme Court voted 4-3 to suspend Hector Martinez Jr., who admitted to participating in an attempted bribery scheme connected with Cleveland attorney Anthony O. Calabrese III.
According to a news release from the Supreme Court’s Office of Public Information.
The suspension comes on the condition he engage in no further misconduct. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Terrence O’Donnell stated he would have suspended Martinez’s license for a year.

Elsewhere in Lake County;
Concord Township will no longer offer free drop-off recycling.
At a recent meeting, trustees voted unanimously to end the program that has been in place ever since the county ended its financial support for curbside recycling.
The current contract with the hauler expires on April 30, and the new contract included a significant cost increase. Because there are so few drop-off recycling options in the area, non-residents frequent the Concord site.