Archives for January 2017

Cavs Preview, HS Boys Basketball

According to ESPN, reinforcements could be on the way for LeBron James and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, who had a disappointing 7-8 record in January.
Veteran point guards Mario Chalmers, Jordan Farmar and Kirk Hinrich, and swingman Lance Stephenson are scheduled to work out for the Cavaliers today, NBA sources told the network.
Cleveland has one roster spot available, but could open up another slot should the team elect to waive center Chris Andersen, who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
The CAVS host the MINNESOTA Timberwolves tonight, with coverage beginning at 6:30PM on MAGIC 102.5FM.

And in High School BOYS BASKETBALL—GRAND VALLEY travels to ST. JOHN tonight at 7PM on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Kent State Alum Edelman Got Local Help

Super Bowl 51 will be special for trainer Tim Robertson, while he watches New England Patriots slot receiver/kick returner/potential option-passing threat and overall playmaker Julian Edelman make things happen in the big game. He may flashback to the winter of 2009, when the undersized former Kent State University quarterback was reinventing himself into a wide receiver– to get a shot at an NFL career.
Before Ohio State quarterback-turned Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, it was Edelman who saw the need to change his game for the pros.
At the Euclid Sports Plant, the former home for Robertson’s Speed Strength Systems, Edelman trained for the draft in relative obscurity. The Kent State QB wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, so he had to make an impression at Kent’s pro day.
Robertson helped Edelman master a drill that doesn’t get the attention of other pre-draft measurables. It’s the short shuttle, which is vital, especially for skill-position players, featuring short bursts that show off a player’s agility.
The best short shuttle time at the 2009 combine was 3.96. Edelman’s time at Kent’s pro day was 3.91.
Edelmans Patriots play the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 Sunday at 6:30 in Houston.

Laketran Installing Propane Detectors

Laketran’s Board of Trustees have awarded a contract to Chapman Electric for the supply and installation of 21 indoor propane gas detectors. The contract was awarded by the board at its January 23 meeting. The detectors will be housed in Laketran’s on-site vehicle storage garage and maintenance area in Painesville Township, according to a Laketran news release The cost of the contract for Phase II of the Propane Infrastructure Project is just over $127,000.
Propane is a clean-burning fuel because of its lower carbon content, and significantly reduces smog-forming hydrocarbons and greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel fuels and gasoline, according to the release. In addition, propane is American-made, which reduces dependence on foreign oil.
The 30,000-gallon outdoor propane fueling stations were completed in November. Laketran will next equip the fleet garage with sensors to detect any possible gas buildup. The propane gas detectors will be purchased using 80 percent federal grant funds with a 20 percent local match. Laketran expects to save 35 percent in fuel costs, compared with diesel.

Ashtabula Snowfall Abates

Significant snowfall across Ashtabula County this week. Nine inches were on the ground Tuesday morning in Conneaut, while the Dorset area saw upwards of 12 inches arrive Monday and Tuesday, according to reports.
Heavy snow has been extending the school calendar. The storms of the past two days should abate as the week continues, according to the National Weather Service.
Several inches of snow accumulated in the region Monday night into Tuesday, prompting another day of canceled classes at public school districts in Ashtabula County. No serious traffic accidents were reported. State highways across the county were “wet,” not snow- or ice-covered, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s new travel advisory website.
The snowfall kept the city’s road crews busy over the two days of snowfall, but the loss of two newer trucks in the fleet hampered efforts. The trucks can’t do plow work because of their frame design, and they’re only available for salting. City administrators are working to resolve the problem.

The suspect in a drug fueled robbery was in a Lake County courtroom, Monday

The suspect in a drug fueled robbery was in a Lake County courtroom, Monday (Jan. 30). William J. Jackson, 20, is facing felony charges in connection to the incident that involved a marijuana transaction gone wrong. A jury of six men and seven women heard the case before Judge John P. O’Donnell.

Sewer rates in Lake County are going down

Sewer rates in Lake County are going down. City Council has passed a rate reduction ordinance that will lower Willoughby Hills residents rates and cancel sewer fee hikes scheduled for the next two years. In addition to the rate cut, the ordinance reduced the city’s minimum sewer charge to provide relief to city residents who use small quantities of water. This change would mean the charge of $90.14 a quarter could drop as low as $46.82 and would affect about 200 households, mostly elderly residents, according to reports.


54-year-old fatal hit and run suspect pleads not guilty

CONNEAUT — A 54-year-old man accused in a fatal hit and run pled not guilty at his initial appearance in a Conneaut Court Monday. Emmit Aldrich faces several charges, including vehicular manslaughter, in connection to the incident in which, Donna K. Westerbrook, was hit and killed in front of her home on Mill St., in Conneaut last week (Jan. 26), according to a Conneaut Police Department news release. Aldrich, who police say admitted to being the driver, reportedly checked the 59 year old victims body and then left her at the scene, the release stated.

It was a snow day for Ashtabula County school students

It was a snow day for Ashtabula County school students, Monday. Up six inches of snow covered the southern and southwestern parts of the county, while Ashtabula residents along the Lake Erie shoreline received four, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland.
All Ashtabula County schools were closed because of poor road conditions caused by the heavy snow throughout the area.


More snow is predicted in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, through Tuesday.

Wickliffe Drug Deal Gone Bad Trial Begins

Opening arguments began Monday in the armed robbery trial of a former Wickliffe man accused of brandishing a gun to rob another man at his home during a drug deal gone bad.
20-year-old William Jackson, now of Euclid, is on trial in Lake County Common Pleas Court on felony charges including aggravated robbery and trafficking in marijuana. However, defense attorney Stephen Futterer said Jackson is the true victim in the case. According to Assistant Lake County Prosecutor Nick Giegerich, Jackson and co-defendant Ryan Friel had been waiting for 20-year-old Austin Baker to come to Jackson’s former residence on Grand Boulevard Sept. 5. Baker was planning to buy a pound of marijuana from Jackson for $2,000.
Instead, Jackson met Baker with a 12-gauge shotgun, demanding his keys, wallet and cell phone. The prosecutor said the victim escaped the house, then chased Jackson to try and get his property back. Baker testified that he left the $2,000 in his glove compartment. Jackson reappeared, holding a weapon and asking where the money was.

Hit-and-Run Driver Charged Monday in Conneaut

A 54-year-old man is facing a vehicular manslaughter charge in connection with the death of a Conneaut woman in a hit-and-run crash on Thursday, Jan. 26. Emmit Aldrich, most recently residing on Whitney Street in Conneaut, made his initial appearance in Conneaut Municipal Court Monday and was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies, and failing to stop or remain at the scene of an accident.
59-year-old Donna Westerbrook, of 225 Mill St., was struck by a vehicle in front of her home at about 9:30 p.m. last Thursday, according to the Conneaut Police Department. The driver reportedly checked her body and then left the scene.
Conneaut Municipal Judge Carl DiFranco entered not guilty pleas to all charges on Aldrich’s behalf pending a preliminary hearing. Police arrested him after seeking help from the community and receiving a tip that led to Aldrich’s whereabouts, police said in a press release. A witness said they heard the collision, saw the man stop, emerge from his car, get back in and drive away.