Archives for February 2017

A’s Beat Tribe, 5-4

In Cactus League action; The Oakland A’s beat the Indians 5-4 on Tuesday in Mesa, Arizona.
Wily Mo Pena led off the ninth inning with a single, and pinch-runner Todd Hankins advanced to second on Bradley Zimmer’s groundout. But Ronny Rodriguez struck out swinging, and Erik Gonzalez lined out to second to end the game. Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a seventh-inning run-scoring triple for the Indians, but the rest of the Tribe bats were quiet, going a paltry 3-for-28 at the plate.
Abraham Almonte doubled, and Chris Colabello belted a solo home run in the seventh. Mike Clevinger started for Cleveland, yielding two runs, two hits and two walks in one inning of work, but struck out three. Tribe manager Terry Francona said he just didn’t locate his fastball.
Catch the Tribe in action this afternoon as they face the Seattle Mariners, with coverage beginning at 2:59pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Bogut To Join Cavs, Who Face Boston Tonight

Seven-foot Center Andrew Bogut has chosen to join the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, giving LeBron James and company another accomplished veteran for their run at a third straight NBA Finals. Bogut’s agent told The Associated Press last night that Bogut plans to sign with the Cavs as soon as he clears waivers, joining the team as early as this weekend.
He was traded at the deadline from Dallas to Philadelphia, but he and the Sixers agreed to part ways so Bogut could join a contender, and he had several teams to choose from– Boston, San Antonio and Houston were all chasing Bogut– hoping the 7-footer could bolster their playoff hopes. Bogut informed Cavaliers GM David Griffin that he planned to join the team on Tuesday night. He also took the time to reach out to the Celtics, Spurs and Rockets to thank them for their interest. The Cavs kick off their March campaign tonight against the Celtics in Boston, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Laketran Grant, Massey Appeal Denied

Trustees at Laketran have authorized the agency to apply for federal grant funding to buy 18 paratransit vehicles to replace obsolete vehicles. The new fleet would increase the Dial-a-Ride fleet by five vehicles by 2018. During peak service, 73 vehicles are in operation. The grant would increase the fleet to 85 buses. Lake County’s population age 65 and older grew by more than 15 percent in the most recent decade on record. According to a study commissioned by the county, by 2030 one in three residents will be over the age of 60.

The 11th District Court of Appeals has ruled that Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci did not err by denying Gary Massey’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea in an Eastlake murder case. Massey admitted to beating his friend to death while he was off his bipolar medication. Timothy Martz of Eastlake died after Massey stabbed him with a switchblade and stomped him repeatedly.

Joyce Tele-Town Hall, Conneaut Tax Resolution

Congressman David Joyce’s telephone town hall Monday evening was disappointing to many 14th District Democrats, complaining they weren’t able to participate or never got the invitation call. Joyce took a total of six questions on topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act to support for the Great Lakes to President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
He prioritized a return to [quote] “rebuilding military first, reforming tax code and ending deficits.” [end quote], failing to mention the impact of hefty military spending increase on deficits.

The Conneaut City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night that condemns a provision that would create a state-operated program for the centralized collection of Ohio municipal income tax, specifically corporate or business related tax. If approved, those taxes would be filed through the Ohio Business Gateway, bypassing municipalities. Local governments would lose revenue and control over tax account. Local leaders fear the action could be the first step in a state takeover of all tax operations.

Conneaut mother continues fight to keep man fatally shot by his friend nearly thirty years ago in jail

CONNEAUT — The mother of a man fatally shot by his friend nearly thirty years ago, says she wants to make sure Jeffrey Sedmak, who’s serving 15 years-to-life for the 1989 murder of Sabo’s son, never gets to enjoy freedom. With Sedmak’s parole hearing coming up, Betty Sabo said she has begun another campaign to make sure he stays in jail. Sedmak’s next parole hearing is in April, two years after the board denied his release. Betty Sabo began working against any release for Sedmak since he became eligible for parole in 2005.
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Longtime chief bids adieu to Madison Fire District

MADISON TOWNSHIP – The Madison Fire District must bid adieu to longtime Chief Gene Lutz. After more than three decades, Lutz will retire effective Tuesday, and said it’s a bitter sweet goodbye because he’ll miss helping others. Lutz has been chief of the Madison Fire District since 2010. He joined the Perry Township Fire Department 33 years ago. Lt. Terry Sopko has been named interim chief of the department, Lutz said.
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The man accused in a bizarre family hostage situation appeared in a Willoughby Court

The man accused in a bizarre family hostage situation appeared in a Willoughby Court, Monday (Feb. 27). Bond was set at $1 million for Michael Ribaudo, the 34-year-old Cleveland man who reportedly bound and gagged his father in the basement of his home on Friday ( Feb. 24), before driving to pick up his mother and aunt and bringing them to his father’s house where he handcuffed them to a support beam in the basement, according to Willoughby police. His aunt was able to escape and called 911. Eastlake police found Ribaudo a few hours later sleeping in his car in the city’s Walmart parking lot. Ribaudo has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 2.
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Pot plants find favor with Painesville City Council

Painesville City Council members voted agaainst a moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation, processing and retail dispensaries. City Manager Monica Irelan introduced the legislation to shed light on the law and zoning regulations, she said. The state guidelines and regulations for cultivation will be adopted by May 6, according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.
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Buckeyes Tonight, Indians and Cavs Wednesday

Ohio State put together its most complete game of the season against #16 Wisconsin on Thursday.
The Buckeyes are out of the Big Ten race, but showed a consistency that has been lacking for most of the year in an 83-73 victory over the Badgers.
C.J. Jackson scored a career-high 18 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the 3-point line, JaQuan Lyle had 17 and Jae’Sean Tate added 15 points and 12 rebounds as Ohio State who are 16-13 on the season, 6-10 in the Big Ten, snapped a three-game losing streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in nearly a year. Up next, the Buckeyes are on the road taking on Penn State tonight. Coverage begins at 8M on ESPN 970 WFUN.
On Wednesday, baseball returns as your defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians take on the Seattle Mariners in Cactus League action, with coverage beginning at 2:59pm on ESPN 970 WFUN, and;
Later on, the CAVS are @ BOSTON. Coverage begins at 7:30pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Cavs Beat Bucks 102-95

February ended up being the Cleveland Cavaliers’ most successful month of the 2016-17 season thus far, as the Cavs closed out their February schedule with a 102-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
The win put the defending champs at 9-2 in 27 days– the month in which they had the best winning percentage of the season. LeBron James came back from a few days off to treat his strep throat to put up 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting, 10 rebounds and six assists.
On Monday, the Cavs acquired Deron Williams, a three-time All-Star, who joins All-Star acquisition Kyle Korver, and former No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams. A fourth piece of the winning puzzle could potentially on the way after Andrew Bogut was waived by Philadelphia on Monday.
March looks tough with 12 of 17 games on the road, including four back-to-backs and trips to Boston, Atlanta, Houston, L.A. and San Antonio.