Archives for April 2017

Two drawings and free balloons will kick off the Geauga Fresh Farmers Market

Two drawings and free balloons will kick off the Geauga Fresh Farmers Market next weekend (May 6). Vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies and other home grown fare will be in the parking lot of the South Russell Village Hall next Saturday morning. It will run until noon every Saturday through October.
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A Mentor psychic asked a Lake County judge for mercy when she was sentenced Thursday

A Mentor psychic asked a Lake County judge for mercy when she was sentenced Thursday (April 27) for stealing $1.4 million from 12 clients over a 15-years. Gina Miller begged Lake County Common Pleas Judge Vincent A. Culotta for leniency since she has two teen sons — one of whom is bipolar. But the judge said he could not ignore the fact that Miller preyed upon those who came to her in a “vulnerable, desperate state.” She was sentenced to the maximum eight years in prison. Culotta, who also ordered Miller to pay each victim back, said the theft was the largest amount he’s seen as judge.
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Homeowners could see an increase in their property taxes

CONNEAUT — Homeowners could see an increase in their property taxes. If voters approve an emergency levy to help fund Conneaut Area City Schools in Tuesday’s primary election, a Conneaut resident with a home valued at $75,000 would pay an extra $10.94 per month ($105 annually) in taxes. The first of five annual collections would start in January. Over the past few months, the school board has cut more than a dozen jobs, and more cuts are coming, officials have said.
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Last hired first fired

CONNEAUT — Last hired first fired is the sentiment Conneaut’s Board of Education used when laying off more than a half-dozen workers at a meeting Wednesday. While the cuts targeted positions in various school buildings, seniority determined which employees would be affected, with some of the district’s newest teachers on the chopping block first. More cuts may be ahead Lori Riley, Conneaut Area City Schools superintendent, said. The cuts take affect at the end of the year, she said.
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Indians Beat Astros, 4-3

Francisco Lindor’s two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted the Indians over the Houston Astros, 4-3, on Thursday at Progressive Field. The monster, 456-foot blast off Chris Devenski landed in the visitors bullpen about 50 feet beyond the center field wall. Lindor admitted with a laugh that middle infielders aren’t supposed to hit the ball that far. Tribe ace Corey Kluber struck out 10 and allowed three runs in seven innings as the defending AL champs took two of three from the AL West leaders. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of the Indians overpowering “Devo”, Cleveland’s guys simply beat their guy. Edwin Encarnacion and Abraham Almonte also homered for Cleveland, who have now won seven of their last nine. Cody Allen pitched out of a ninth-inning jam for his fifth save and second of the series. Up next; Carlos Carrasco take the bump in the opener of a weekend series with the Seattle Mariners at Progressive. Coverage begins at 6:37pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

NFL Draft

The Cleveland Browns chose defensive end Myles Garrett from Texas A&M with the first pick of the NFL Draft last night… and then, after trading down with Houston for the 25th pick, they drafted safety Jabrill Peppers from Michigan. Gregg Williams life as Cleveland’s defensive coordinator may have just gotten a little easier, but the Browns generation of quarterback deficiency remains virtually the same today. The Browns ranked 31st in the league defensively last year. The Browns also drafted tight end David Njoku from Miami of Florida with the 29th pick after trading picks 33 and 108 to the Houston Texans. Meanwhile, Mentor’s Mithcell Trubisky was selected by the Chicago Bears in a surprise trade with San Francisco for the #2 pick overall. Trubisky was considered by most analysts to be the most NFL-ready quarterback coming out of college this year. Texas Tech QB Pat Mahommes was taken ay #10 by Kansas City in a trade with the Bills. Round Two begins this evening.

Mentor Psychic Gets 8 years

Self-proclaimed Mentor psychic Gina Miller was sentenced Thursday to the maximum eight years in prison for stealing $1.4 million from 12 clients over a 15-year period. Miller is a married 42-year-old woman who begged Lake County Common Pleas Judge Vincent Culotta for leniency since she has two teenaged sons — one of whom is bipolar. But the judge said he could not ignore the fact that Miller preyed upon those who came to her in a desperate state. Defense attorney Louis Carlozzi asked the judge for a minimum sentence, noting that Miller had no prior criminal record and would not be able to pay the victims back if she were behind bars. Carlozzi said [quote] “In my 22 years of practicing law, I’ve never met a client with such genuine remorse.” [end quote]
Carlozzi added that Miller was her family’s breadwinner, and has been a fortune teller since she was 9 years old, added that it was simply part of her culture.

Some Ohio Cities Oppose Sanctuary Sanctions

The recent court order blocking the Trump administration’s effort to penalize cities that don’t enforce immigration laws has given a reprieve to communities populated with undocumented residents, but the Justice Department will likely appeal Tuesday’s temporary injunction issued by California U.S. District Judge William Orrick, who ruled that cutting off federal funds to sanctuary cities is likely unconstitutional.
Some representatives at the U.S. Conference of Mayors– those who met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday– said the federal government appears to be scaling back its hard line with sanctuary cities, including those that do not routinely detain illegal immigrants.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has backed President Trump on sanctuary cities, saying he opposes efforts to enact immigrant protections. Columbus and Cincinnati declared themselves sanctuaries in response to Trump’s executive orders on immigration. And Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said he’s not concerned about threats to sanctuary cities. Cleveland has never held that designation, but Mayor Jackson said it certainly behaves like one.

Ashtabula police are investigating a one vehicle crash resulting in the death of a 37 year old Monroe man

Monroe Township (NEWS RELEASE) – Ashtabula police are investigating a one vehicle crash resulting in the death of a 37 year old Monroe man. Police identified the victim as, Gilberto Sandoval Dominguez, who reportedly lost control of his vehicle Wednesday (April 26), on Beckwith Road near Adams Road, before striking an embankment, and overturning, according to reports. The crash remains under investigation.
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It was double jeopardy for one 26-year-old Lake County parolee

It was double jeopardy for one 26-year-old Lake County parolee. Tier 2 sex offender and parolee Toriano Smith was recently arrested for alleged cocaine trafficking, according to Mentor police, after officers located over an ounce of suspected cocaine in Smith’s vehicle during a traffic stop. Toriano is now facing felony drug charges and up to 13 years behind bars. He was being held on a $110,000 bond.
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