Archives for July 2016

Monday AM Sports

In the Majors;
Cleveland’s postseason hopes got a boost by acquiring All-Star Andrew Miller from the Yankees for four prospects.
Starter Cory Kluber held the hapless Oakland Athletics to five hits over seven innings in an 8-0 Sunday win, as Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and the Tribe completed a three-game sweep.
Miller figures to become a setup man for closer Cody Allen.
The Indians were not so successful in trying to acquire catcher Jonathan Lucroy from Milwaukee, who refused to waive his no-trade provision.
Kluber struck out seven and walked two, retiring Max Muncy and Ryon Healy to strand runners on second and third in the seventh. He is 4-1 in his last seven starts.
Following a 36-minute rain delay at the start, Cleveland went ahead in a five-run third that included Napoli’s homer, Kipnis’ two-run single and Francisco Lindor’s sacrifice fly.
Napoli’s team-leading 24th home run this season was his 1,000th career hit.
The Indians open a 4-game set against the Twins with Danny Salazar on the mound. He has a 2.97 ERA, the fourth lowest in the AL and he’s 6-0 with a 2.68 ERA in eight starts this season against AL Central teams.
Coverage begins at 6:37pm on ESPN-970-WFUN.

In the NBA;
The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers waived Dahntay Jones, the veteran reserve swingman who gave the team a spark in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The team announced the move July 30. Jones was signed on the final day of the regular season.

Single-A Minor League baseball;
The Lake County Captains only squeezed two runs out of 10 hits as they lost the first game of a road trip to West Michigan, 5-2.
The talent-depleted Captains went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.
Center fielder Jodd Carter had three hits and scored a run. Left fielder Bobby Ison and second baseman Angel Miguel were each 2-for-4.
Starter Brock Hartson went 5 2/3 innings, giving up five unearned runs due to errors and struck out six.

Lake County Monday AM News

Painesville City Manager Anthony Carson has resigned, effective Friday, July 29, according to Council President Paul Hach. In the letter to Council, Carson thanked the members for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Painesville.
He cited pursuing other opportunities as the reason for his resignation. Following an executive session, Painesville City Council named Assistant City Manager Doug Lewis acting city manager.

LakeStart, described as Lake County’s entreprenuerial accelerator, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Harvard Business School Club of Northeast Ohio.
The mentoring “accelerator” program that will help individuals learn proven business practices, and the funds will help to develop a website and other start-up materials.
Board President Kip Marlow said the ultimate goal is to create jobs and wealth in Lake County.
LakeStart launched in March, officially entitled The Raymond C. Kralovic Center for Entrepreneurship
After learning about the organization’s mission, the Harvard Business School Club made a financial contribution.
The HBS Club of Northeastern Ohio is one of Harvard’s oldest alumni clubs.

TABS a hit in Ashtabula Saturday

Painters, musicians and many other artists brightened up Bridge Street on Saturday during The Arts on Bridge Street.
In fact, 28 artists and 11 bands played music, entered art in a show or gave live demonstrations. according to TABS Committee Chairman Chris Raab.
By mid-Saturday afternoon organizers were extremely happy that the weather held up after predictions of intense thunderstorms. Raab said it had rained every year the event was held, referring to 2013 and 2014. The Arts on Bridge Street did not occur last year.
The event was presented by the Ashtabula Lift Bridge Community Association and included at least one business owner that put down his apron and picked up a guitar to play.
Nate Rockwell, owner of Briquette’s Smokehouse, played and sang for about an hour under a tent placed near the intersection of Goodwill Drive and Bridge Street.
Raab said he is an artist that recently completed a show at the Ashtabula Arts Center, lives in Ashtabula Harbor and loves the arts.

School officials step down

Patrick Colucci, who steps down today as Ashtabula Area City Schools superintendent, said his formal goodbyes at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.
Board members, in turn, thanked Colucci for his 25 years of service. They also praised Jackie Miranda, district treasurer for the past three years who has accepted the same position with the Conneaut Area City Schools.
Colucci said he believes a solid foundation has been laid for the district’s recently hired replacements: Melissa Watson will serve as superintendent, while Mark Astorino will be the new treasurer.
Watson came from East Liverpool City Schools, and Astorino is the former chief financial officer and treasurer at Chromaflo Technologies Corp. in Ashtabula. He now serves as an advisor to the company. Both Watson and Astorino attended Wednesday’s meeting.
Colucci said a team effort between certified and classified staff, administrators, business partners and the school board made accomplishments during his tenure possible.

A new deadly street drug has local police worried

A new deadly street drug has local police worried. The drug is used to sedate elephants and other large animals, and police say it is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, which is already escalating the country’s heroin troubles. Authorities suspect several recent overdoses are because of the drug, which they say has been found mixed with or passed off as heroin.

Child sex case against officer dismissed

All charges in a child sex case against a former Waite Hill police officer have been dropped. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled, Thursday (July 28), that the sexual battery conviction of Matthew T. Mole is unconstitutional. The state’s highest court also overturned Mole’s two-year prison sentence and sex offender classification. Attorneys for Mole, now 39, argued Mole thought the 14 year old Richmond Heights boy he hooked up with from an on line dating site in 2011 was 18, which the teen admitted was posted on his profile. Mole resigned from Waite Hill after his arrest. He previously worked as an officer in Willoughby Hills, Beachwood and Mentor-on-the-Lake.

Residents said thank you to our men in blue

JEFFERSON — Residents said thank you to our men in blue at a community prayer vigil. Dozens of people gathered at a memorial to fallen law enforcement officers Tuesday night for the brief ceremony at Ashtabula County Peace Officers Memorial Park in downtown Jefferson. Local church leaders led more than 80 people in prayer while adding words of praise for police. Several officers in attendance said they were touched by the heartfelt gesture of gratitude, organized by the county Republican Party, although political preferences were put aside at the event where everyone’s goal was the same.

Name of fatal train victim released

ASHTABULA — The indentity of a 48-year-old man who was fatally hit by a train has been released. Brian Moniz (mo-NEEZ) of Ashtabula was riding a bicycle by the tracks downtown Wednesday night near Main Avenue when an eastbound Norfolk Southern train dragged him 50 feet, according to a news release,Thursday. Ashtabula police said they are continuing to investigate.

Indians host A’s

The Cleveland Indians tonight host the Oakland Athletics in the first of three games.

Coverage begins at 6:37 on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Trevor Bauer starts for the Indians.

Kendall Graveman pitches for the A’s.

The Indians lead the AL Central by 4 1/2 games.

Browns hold first practice today

The Cleveland Browns hold their first practice of training camp today in Berea.

They hit the field every day through Wednesday.

The Orange & Brown Scrimmage happens next Saturday.

Meanwhile, coach Hue Jackson says he wants to name a starting quarterback before the first preseason game.

That first preseason game happens Aug. 12 in Green Bay against the Packers.