Archives for March 2017

The Ashtabula man accused of beating his girlfriend to death two years ago has learned his fate

The Ashtabula man accused of beating his girlfriend to death two years ago has learned his fate. After a week long trial it took jurors most of Thursday, before returning a guilty verdict against Kyle Starkey in the murder of his girlfriend, Mandy Gottschalk, in Aug., of 2015. The mother of four was found stuffed in a shallow grave near her Washington Ave., which police say, is where he buried her after he killed her and left her in a closet for three days while he partied. A sentencomg date has not yet been set. Starkey is already serving 35 years in a 2016 kidnapping, rape case.

Video cameras could soon be installed at Conneaut Township Park

CONNEAUT — Video cameras could soon be installed at Conneaut Township Park. Recent vandalism at the popular lakefront beach and picnic facility prompted the consideration for onsite security surveillance, which officials say could deter future attacks against park property. Graffiti was sprayed on walls of the beachfront pavilion and an adjacent accessory building earlier this month. If you have any information about these vandals, you’re urged to call police.

Five Northeast Ohio men are facing federal firearms charges

Five Northeast Ohio men are facing federal firearms charges. The five cases are being prosecuted following investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshal Service, the Cleveland Division of Police and the Euclid Police Department.
If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to each case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office none of the cases are related.

They’re cleaning things up in Willoughby and Eastlake

They’re cleaning things up in Willoughby and Eastlake. A joint project between the two cities will allow for maintenance and improvements to the Willoughby-Eastlake Joint Wastewater Treatment System. Construction crews are digging a hole at the Quentin Road pumping station that will be filled with a 1 million-gallon underground storage basin, as a way to reduce overflow sewage going directly into Lake Erie.

Browns Work Out Trubisky Today

The Cleveland Browns worked out Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson on Thursday, and by the end of the day today, they will have done the same with Mentor’s own Mitchell Trubisky. As per NFL rules, coach Hue Jackson and VP Sashi Brown went on the road to study Watson, star quarterback of the national champion Clemson Tigers yesterday, as confirmed by a league source. Jackson and Brown will be at their home facility today to meet with Trubisky. They can work out Trubisky in Berea because his high school is in Northeast Ohio. Trubisky started 13 games at the University of North Carolina last fall. Jackson and Brown have clearly dine their due diligence. They will have interviewed and held private workouts for each of the four highest-rated quarterbacks in the 2017 draft once the session with Trubisky is completed. Earlier this month they held private workouts for DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame and Patrick Mahomes of Texas A&M. The draft is April 27.

Bulls Beat Cavs 99-93

March has been maddening for your Cleveland Cavaliers. Some of the faithful argue that LeBron and the Cavs might be at their lowest point since James came home three years ago. No one argues that they’ll have to play a lot better to have any chance at repeating as NBA Champions.
Last night in Chicago, the Bulls Niko Mirotic [NEE-koh MEER-uh-tich] tied season highs with 28 points and six 3-pointers, Jimmy Butler scored 25, and the Bulls beat Cleveland 99-93, even as King James moved into seventh place on the NBA’s career scoring list. LeBron passed Shaquille O’Neal, finishing with 26 points. That gave him 28,599 for his career — three more than Shaq. But the four-time MVP’s milestone couldn’t prevent the Cavs from matching their season high third straight loss.
The defending champs are a half-game behind Boston for the Eastern Conference lead, with a 6-10 record in March. They host the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at the Q. Coverage begins at 7pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Willoughby Gets EPA Loan

The City of Willoughby has received a low-interest loan from the Environmental Protection Agency to solve their sewage overflow problem. Construction crews are digging at the Quentin Road pumping station to create a 1 million-gallon underground storage basin for sewage. It is a joint project of the Willoughby-Eastlake Wastewater Treatment System.
Jim Sayles, vice president of CT Consultants, said Willoughby has contractual control, but it’s half-owned by Eastlake. Willoughby usually runs the projects and Eastlake shares in the cost and the decision making. CT Consultants are the architects and engineers for the project.
According to Sayles, the project arose from a sewer study done several years ago for the two cities with the purpose of determining a way to reduce or mitigate the bypassing of sewage directly to Lake Erie. The pumping station was one of the locations the EPA had on their list due to the fact that during heavy storms raw sewage would bypass directly into the Lake.

Conneaut Schools Look At Transportation Study

Conneaut Superintendent Lori Riley said she and administrators in the Conneaut Area City Schools are optimistic after their first glimpse of a state-authored transportation study aimed at reducing cost and improving bus efficiency.
Riley said Thursday she was very encouraged by the preliminary report. The Ohio Department of Education sent personnel to Conneaut last fall to analyze the district’s bus system. Weeks ago Riley told Board of Education members projected savings could exceed $100,000. The state’s study would reconfigure and combine bus routes to save fuel. The study also takes a look at interior routes used to reach the district’s four schools, and exterior routes which link the district to areas such as the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus.
While the state study is still being reviewed, the plans suggest better ways to utilize their buses. Riley said the district is running numbers and scenarios proposed by ODE to see how they would work in Conneaut.

It appeared a Euclid teen’s conscience got the best of him

It appeared a Euclid teen’s conscience got the best of him. pretrial hearing is set for April 5. The 16 year old turned himself in to the Lake County Juvenile Court in connection with the March 24 robbery of Citizens Bank on Vine St.. Eastlake police had issued a warrant for the arrest of the teen suspect this week (March 28). If he recieves the maximum juvenile penalty he could be locked up until he’s 21.

Son who held his mom and dad hostage will undergo mental health evaluation

A judge will decide if the man who held his family hostage at a Willoughby home last month is competent to stand trial. A May 4 mental health hearing has been set for Michael Ribaudo, 34. Ribaudo is accused of keeping his father, his mother and his aunt against their will in the basement of his father’s house on Feb. 24, according to police reports. Court records show Ribaudo has a history of mental health issues.