Archives for November 2016

Terrelle Pryor Wants the Ball

From the Cleveland Browns Silver Lining Department;
Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is playing so well that he’s currently eighth in the NFL with 855 receiving yards. Not bad for a rookie, not to mention a converted college quarterback who never played the position before.
The seven receivers ranked ahead of Pryor are at minimum in their third year in the league, with the exception of Raiders second-year star Amari Cooper. Still, Pryor is not content. His frustration stems from the Browns 0-12 record, but for him it’s more personal than that.
Pryor is just one of those guys who wants the quarterback, whoever it is on a given Sunday, to throw him the ball.
Pryor will soon be a free agent without a new contract. He said he wants to stay with the Browns, and it helps that his son, Terrelle Pryor Jr., lives in the Pittsburgh area. Pryor spends as much time with his son as he can, so it is unlikely he would leave for a team two or three time zones away.

MLB Owners, Players, Reach Deal

In Hot Stove League action;
At a meeting in Irving, Texas, Major League Baseball players and owners reached a tentative agreement on a five-year labor contract on Wednesday, Nov. 30, a deal that extends the sport’s industrial peace to 26 years since the ruinous labor-management disputes in the first two decades of free agency.
After days of near round-the-clock talks, negotiators reached a verbal agreement about 3 1/2 hours before the expiration of the current pact. Then they worked to draft a memorandum of understanding, which must be ratified by both sides.
As part of the deal, the luxury tax threshold rises from $189 million to $195 million next year, progressing incrementally to $210 million by 2021, according to a person familiar with the agreement in a statement to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been signed.

Holiday Happenings in Mentor

The city of Mentor has several community holiday offerings around town this season, including;
The 37th Wildwood Holiday Display & Craft Show — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Wildwood Cultural Center on Little Mountain Road. Wreaths, ornaments, jewelry, baked goods and wood creations made by more than 25 local artisans will be available, and the Wildwood Garden Club will display and sell live greenery, floral arrangements and centerpieces.
They will have holiday music by the Wildwood Singers at 2 p.m., and an O-gauge holiday train layout set up by hobbyists.
Admission is $2. The Mentor Community Arts Commission and the City of Mentor are presenting the event.
The Mentor Tree Lighting ceremony will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in front of city hall. Santa will be joined by the Mentor Public Schools choirs, singing holiday favorites and offering light refreshments.
And, the Holiday Open House at Wildwood House is from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13 and 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 at Wildwood Cultural Center.

Drunken Chase in Jefferson

A man suspected of driving drunk in Jefferson– who reportedly crashed into a police cruiser– is in custody after a vehicle chase late Wednesday.
Village police Chief Dave Wassie said he was driving in a highly reckless manner; wasn’t staying in his lane, crossing over, and almost hit several cars in intersections. Police in pursuit had actually backed off at one point (for safety).
Residents called the department to report the “highly erratic driver” along Chestnut Street in the village, according to the Chief.
Jefferson squad cars caught up with the man and stopped his vehicle near the intersection of Chestnut and Satin streets, but he sped away as an officer approached him. The Ohio State Highway Patrol then laid “stop sticks” near the intersection of State Route 46 and Holcum Road.
The driver then plowed into the back of a highway patrol cruiser at the intersection. The Chief was unsure if the crash occurred because the driver struck the stop sticks or tried to avoid them, and said the OHP cruiser is likely not drivable.

FB post reveals OSU student fed up with US treatment of Muslims

COLUMBUS

We’re learning more about the former OSU student who went on a violent rampage at the campus this week. The Somali-born student and graduate of Ohio State University posted on Facebook that he’s tired of how Muslims are treated in this country. Abdul Razak Ali Artan is accused of driving into pedestrians and then jumping out of his car swinging a knife. Eleven people were injured. Law enforcement officials said Tuesday, surveillance photos showed Artan in the car by himself just before the attack, but investigators are looking into whether anyone else was involved.

MEANWHILE…

Local leaders of Muslim organizations condemned the attacks and urged people against blaming a religion or ethnic group.
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Mentor judge shows no mercy for “career criminal”

A judge showed no mercy for a homeless man, who she called a “career criminal” at his sentencing hearing Tuesday (Nov. 29). Assistant U.S. Attorney Karrie Howard ordered, Myron A. Francis, 63, to serve nearly 22 years in prison for robbing a Mentor bank at gunpoint on Jan. 6, citing his criminal history dates back to 1972. Francis’ attorney argued he was a good person who made bad choices.
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Trail of blood led Ashtabula police to suspect

ASHTABULA — A trail of blood led Ashtabula police to a suspect involved in a domestic dispute Tuesday morning. Police say when they responded to a report of a fight at a west side home on 52nd Street, a 57 year old man told officers he was beaten and pistol whipped during the altercation, in which one of the attackers was stabbed in the leg before running away. Police were able to locate the injured assailant soon after he fled on foot by following the blood trail left from being stabbed in the leg. He was flown to an area hospital for treatment, police records show. The investigation is ongoing.
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Saturday night shooting in which teen was shot in the foot is still being investigated

CONNEAUT — A Saturday night shooting in the area of Broad and Jackson streets, in which an 18-year-old man was shot in the foot is still being investigated. According to Conneaut Police Chief Michael Colby the teen was treated at UH Conneaut Medical Center and released. Colby said officers have identified “a person of interest” in the case.
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Bucs Beat Cavs, 118-101

The Milwaukee Bucks stunned the Champion Cleveland Cavaliers 118-101 on Tuesday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAN-is antada-KOOM-bo) scored a season-high 34 and added 12 rebounds and five assists while Milwaukee ended Cleveland’s four-game winning streak. Jabari Parker had 18 points and Michael Beasley had 17 off the bench for the Bucks.
LeBron James had 22 points for the Cavaliers, who fell to 13-3. Kyrie Irving added 20 points.
Milwaukee led by 22 points in the fourth quarter and cruised past the defending champions, who benched their starters midway through the final period.
The Bucks outscored Cleveland by 14 points in the third quarter.
Cleveland rode hot early shooting to a 14-point first quarter lead, but Milwaukee closed on a 10-0 run and trailed by only two at the end of the period.
The Cavaliers Channing Frye missed his second straight game following the death of his father on Nov. 24. He is expected to rejoin the team by Thursday.
The Cavs take on the Clippers Thursday, with coverage beginning at 7:30 on ESPN 970 WFUN.

But tonight, it’s Girl’s High School Basketball with Geneva at Lakeside. Coverage begins at 7pm tonight on ESPN 970 WFUN

RG3 Cleared For Contact

Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III was medically cleared for contact, the team announced after practice Tuesday. RG3 has not played since a bone was broken in his left shoulder in the season opener Sept. 11.
Griffin said through a team spokesman he’s [quote] “Beyond blessed to have an opportunity to get back on the field with my brothers… I promise my teammates and coaches to give them everything I have as we work to finish the season strong.” [end quote] RGIII could play following the bye-week.