Archives for June 2016

Painesville man sentenced to 28 years for rape, assault

A Painesville man was sentenced on Thursday to 28 years in prison for beating and raping his pregnant girlfriend after finding out the child may not be his.
37 year old Kenneth T. Cook was convicted by a Lake County jury May 11 in Common Pleas Court on kidnapping, felonious assault and rape charges after a three-day trial.
Cook severely beat the woman, who was 10 weeks pregnant, in October after removing her by force from her home. He also tried to run his car into her after she got out of the vehicle.
Assistant Lake County Prosecutor Jenny Azouri said the victim had to run and get on top of a picnic table to avoid being hit. He reportedly raped her while her eyes were swollen shut from the beating when he returned her to the house.
Cook told Judge Eugene A. Lucci the incident began after a verbal argument about the baby’s paternity.
Cook’s family members attempted to blame the victim, who did not speak in court.

Two Ashtabula County fireworks shows this weekend

There will be two municipal fireworks shows to enjoy this Independence Day weekend at the Ashtabula County lakefront.
The Conneaut Fourth of July Festival Committee will have a display at 10 p.m. Sunday along the lake. On Monday, Geneva-on-the-Lake will light up the sky at 10 p.m.
Officials are urging spectators to show up early for both events to avoid getting stuck in traffic.
Interim Conneaut Police Chief Michael Colby said extra police officers will be working Sunday at the city’s festival at Lakeview Park, as well as key intersections in the vicinity of Lake Road.
In the past, streets near the lakefront have been clogged with vehicles after the fireworks are finished. The congestion has led to short fuses behind the wheel.
The festival will remain open after the show. Some spectators will return to the festival instead of dashing to their cars, easing the load on streets.
Good viewing spots can be found along Conneaut’s lakefront, from the marinas to Township Park.

Memory making experience at annual 4-H Camp

WINDSOR TOWNSHIP — Keeping kids busy this summer will be a memory making experience at the annual 4-H Camp Whitewood in Ashtabula County. More than 100 campers, ages 8-14, will enjoy a variety of activities, with a goal, organizers said, of giving the young campers an experience to remember.
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Joy ride ends with teens in handcuffs

ASHTABULA — A joy ride ended with two teens in handcuffs. According to Ashtabula police, a vehicle parked on East Sixth Street was reported stolen Monday night, and while officers were there taking the report, the daring duo pulled up. Apparently the joy riding rebels took the vehicle without permission from the owner, who they knew.
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Trial continued this week for kidnap-rape suspect

JEFFERSON — Trial continued this week for, Kyle W. M. Starkey, 26, accused of kidnapping and raping his ex girlfriend. On Wednesday (June 29) jurors heard from the 24-year-old accuser who graphically described the twisted tale of the 2 days she was held captive in 2013, in which she says her ex-boyfriend mentally and physically abused her repeatedly while threatening to kill her. The trial resumed today.
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Captains fall to Cubs, try again

The Lake County Captains drop in again on the South Bend Cubs tonight at 7:05.

The Cubs beat the Captains last night 8-2.

In the early going of the second half of the season, the Captains sit three games back of first place.

Browns sign third-round pick Nassib

The Cleveland Browns have signed the last of their 14 draft picks.

They have agreed with third-round pick Carl Nassib.

The Browns selected the defensive lineman from Penn State with the 65th overall pick.

Thursday AM Sports

In the Majors;
The Cleveland Indians rolled to their 12th consecutive win, the first 12-game win streak for the franchise since 1951 when they won 13 straight. It’s tied for the third-longest in team history.
The Indians finished with their seventh shutout this season, tops among American League teams. Danny Salazar threw seven scoreless innings, dropping his ERA to 2.22 with eight strikeouts. He’s second in the AL to Red Sox’s Steven Wright with a 2.18 ERA.
Entering Wednesday, Cleveland’s team ERA this month was 2.57, more than half a run better than any other team in the Majors.
The Tribe was held scoreless into the fifth inning, the deepest they’ve gone without scoring in a game since June 15th. During their 12-game win streak, the Indians have outscored their opponents by 48 runs.
One key for their offense has been rookie Tyler Naquin who is on pace to be the third Indians rookie in the Wild Card era to hit .340 or better in a month with at least 50 at-bats Francisco Lindor did it in August 2015, and Carlos Santana in June 2010.
The Indians start a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, who have heated up offensively of late.

In Single A Minor league Baseball;
The Lake County Captains dropped their second straight to the South Bend Cubs Wednesday afternoon, with an 8-2 loss at Four Winds Field. The Captains scored two runs on Cubs errors, but a three-run Cubs second inning and a five-run fourth sunk the Eastlake club.
Ryan Kellogg earned the win for South Bend. He pitched six frames and gave up two unearned runs on five hits, no walks and struck out two.
Captains starter Casey Shane allowed three runs, two earned, over his two innings of work and took the loss. The right-hander walked one and struck out one.
Lake County has lost two out of the first three to South Bend and will try to split the series on Thursday. The series finale gets underway at Four Winds Field at 7:05 p.m.

Lake County Thursday AM News

The Mentor City Council may consider adding Sundays hours to the times when bowhunters can hunt white-tailed deer in the city. It was a topic of discussion during a recent work session at which parks staff provided an overview of the deer management program to date. It’s been four years since the city embarked on the effort to improve community safety, herd health and the environment. City officials were encouraged by the reported drop in car-deer crashes, returning vegetation, and the amount venison donated to Lake County via Cleveland Foodbank.

The United Way of Lake County has selected a campaign leader for 2017. Mark Sutherland, Lubrizol corporate vice president of global communications and public affairs, as well as The Lubrizol Foundation president, has been appointed as the 2017 Campaign chairman.
United Way of Lake County President and CEO Jennifer McCarty said in the release that this is the first time a campaign chair was appointed more than a year ahead of their scheduled campaign.

Conneaut trash hauler revisited

A prominent opponent of Conneaut’s new exclusive trash hauler program says his effort to put the plan on the ballot is behind the City Council’s move to consider enforcing parts of a garbage collection ordinance.
At the end of this week’s regular meeting, Council President Nic Church said he wants to revisit portions of a 2014 trash hauler ordinance which oblige rubbish disposal companies to offer curbside recycling and use leak-proof, packer-style trucks. Church said he wants to discuss enforcement of the ordinance at Tuesday night’s work session.
Two provisions of the ordinance were not slated to take effect until the end of April 2016: the curbside recycling component and the need to use sealed garbage trucks instead of pickup trucks.
Earlier this year, City Manager James Hockaday said it would be unfair to require local haulers to make substantial investments in their businesses, only to lose Conneaut customers if the exclusive contract program went forward.
This issue will be revisited on Tuesday.