Archives for September 2016

A suspect in a fatal drug deal is being retried for the 2011 murder of a Willowick man

A suspect in a fatal drug deal is being retried for the 2011 murder of a Willowick man. Nathaniel Brown, 27, will face a Lake County judge on Jan. 17, for the beating death of, 21-year-old William Andrew Fayne Putzbach’s, in which Brown is accused of witnessing during a marijuana buy at the Willoughby Hills Towers apartment complex. If convicted, Brown faces an automatic sentence of 15 years to life in prison, according to Lake County Prosecutors.

Book bandit

Vandalism at the Mentor Public Library is being investigated. Mentor police said someone wearing a Cavs championship T-shirt stole several items and is also suspected of damaging some library property. They said the man reportedly drove a white Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the plates do not match the vehicle. Anyone with information about this book bandit is urged to call the Mentor Police Department.

Inmate suffers brain damage at privately run jail

CONNEAUT — Lake Erie Correctional is under fire, after an inmate suffered brain damage. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the prison are investigating whether an officer used excessive force to restrain a reportedly “disruptive” inmate. Timothy Davis, 30, who is serving a 13-year sentence, had to undergo emergency brain surgery last week, after a deputy allegedly slammed the handcuffed man into a wall. His family says the brain hemorrhage and subsequent hearing loss was at the hands of a corrections officer at the privately owned and operated Institution.

Former Ashtabula County Jail officer retried on 2015 abuse of power charges

JEFFERSON — A 2015 abuse of power case against a former Ashtabula County Jail officer is going back before a judge. The county prosecutor’s office has refiled charges against Frank C. Sundquist II, of Mentor, who is accused of assaulting an inmate, July 6, 2015, according to a press release. Sundquist reportedly assaulted the inmate three separate times during the incident, including nearly drowning the man. Sundquist was scheduled for a pretrial hearing, Thursday, and the case is currently set for jury trial on Jan. 11.

Browns’ Gordon enters rehab

Josh Gordon has decided to enter a rehab facility a week before the Cleveland Browns could use him in a game.

The troubled receiver has chosen to “step away” from resuming his career.

Gordon says he wants to “gain full control” of his life.

His four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy ends after Sunday’s game.

Indians head to Kansas City

The Cleveland Indians tonight visit the Kansas City Royals in their final series of the regular season.

Coverage of tonight’s game begins at 7:37 on 98.3 The Bull.

Indians-Tigers getaway matinee postponed

Thursday’s getaway matinee game between the Tigers and Indians has been postponed because of bad weather, which could force the teams to squeeze in a makeup game next week if it is needed to determine postseason implications.
The Tigers and Indians played a rain-shortened game on Wednesday which Detroit won 6-3 in five innings. The scheduled series finale was called after a delay of 4 hours, 13 minutes.
Cleveland has clinched the AL Central, and the Tigers are one game behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card spot.
Detroit begins a three-game series in Atlanta today, and Cleveland opens a three-game weekend set in Kansas City. The Tigers and Indians would need to play a makeup game Oct. 3 if it could affect who makes the postseason or how teams are seeded.

Nearly 20,000 absentee ballots requested in Lake County

As of Thursday afternoon, nearly 20,000 absentee ballots have been requested in Lake County for the 2016 general election.
The Lake County Elections Board put the precise number of requests so far at 19,938 absentee ballots. The Geauga County Elections Board reports 9,490 people have submitted similar requests.
The ballots will begin being mailed out Oct. 12. Voters can return the ballots, either by mail or at the Elections Board any time after they’re received.
Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 7 and arrive at the Elections Board within 10 days of Election Day in order to be counted. Ohio is one of only 12 states to allow late-arriving ballots to be counted.
Ballots can also be hand delivered to the Elections Board by 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8. They cannot be dropped off at polling locations.
If a person has requested an absentee ballot, they must vote using that ballot regardless of whether or not circumstances or reasons for the absentee request have changed.

Case of homeless woman stabbing man goes to grand jury

A homeless Ashtabula woman accused of stabbing a man Aug. 8 waived her preliminary hearing Thursday.
21-yeaqr-old Joyceann Ruane is charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence in the stabbing of 56-year-old Steven Dratwa of Ashtabula, according to police reports.
Dratwa was reportedly stabbed four times in the back, according to Sheriff William Johnson.
Dratwa was transported to Ashtabula County Medical Center with serious injuries but is recovering.
Ruane’s husband also waived his hearing Thursday.
Matthew Ruane faces a charge of tampering with evidence.
The couple is being represented by attorney Ariana Tarighati of Jefferson. She said evidence in both case will now be sent to the grand jury to determine whether indictments will be handed down
The stabbing started as an argument between Dratwa and Matthew Ruane, according to police reports.
Joyceann Ruane told police she was defending her husband.
The Ruanes, who list a Chardon address in the court records, were reportedly living in a commune of homeless people along the Ashtabula River.

Traffic at standstill after crash on I-90

Traffic was backed up to State Route 44 following a two-vehicle crash on I-90, early Wednesday morning (Sept. 28). Kirtland Hills Police shut down all westbound lanes for some time after the accident, that involved a tractor-trailer, and traffic had to be rerouted following the wreck. A medical helicopter responded to the scene of the crash, just past the rest area on I 90 in Kirtland Hills, and one person was taken to University Hospital with unknown injuries, according to a police report. The incident remains under investigation.