Archives for May 2017

Garrett Misses OTAs Again, Cavs Preview

Myles Garrett, the top pick in the 2017 Draft, sat out OTAs again on Wednesday with an undisclosed injury. The Browns say the defensive end will practice today. Corey Coleman, the Browns first pick last year, also sat out practice and might not be ready until training camp. Only 2015 first round pick Danny Shelton was on the practice field in Berea yesterday. The other five first-round picks from the last six drafts — Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Barkevious Mingo, Justin Gilbert and trainwreck Johnny Manziel — are long gone… and THAT’S a stat.

As LeBron James gets ready to do battle with the rival Golden State Warriors tonight in Oakland, he’s forced to do battle with the racially-charged vandalism that occurred at his Los Angeles home yesterday. Cowardly criminals spray painted the n-word on his property gate in Brentwood, under the cover of darkness, and the LAPD is investigating. The NBA Finals begin tonight at 8:30pm, simulcast on ESPN 970 WFUN and Magic 102.5 FM.

A’s Beat Tribe 3-1

Red hot Oakland starter Sean Manaea had his third consecutive dominant start for the A’s on Wednesday, allowing just three hits in seven innings, and #9 hitter Chad Pinder homered twice, driving in all three Oakland runs, as the Athletics defeated the Indians, 3-1 last night at Progressive Field.
Manaea improved to 4-3 on the season, retiring the first 10 batters he faced before Francisco Lindor homered with one out in the fourth. He gave up singles to Daniel Robertson and Edwin Encarnacion, along with a walk to Jose Ramirez. The left-hander struck out nine and won his third straight start as Oakland snapped a four-game losing streak. Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger gave up both of Pinder’s home runs. He gave up three runs and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings. Tribe ace Corey Kluber will be activated off the 10-day DL to make his first start since May 2 today against Jharel Cotton. Travel-day coverage begins at 11:37am on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Lake County AM News

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is here again, and West Geauga fifth-grader Andrew Elias, one of the top 291 spellers in the country, competed on the national stage in Washington D.C. Andrew earned a spot at the nationals after winning the Tri-County Spelling Bee. The Preliminaries consisted of a written test, given on Tuesday and students competed in two rounds of on stage oral spelling on Wednesday. Although Andrew was eliminated in round three after misspelling the word “propagandistic.”

Day Two of Timothy Markel Gaston’s murder trial began with Lake County Sheriff’s Detective John Kelley taking the stand. Kelley was second on the scene at Huntington Trailer Park in Painesville Township on July 26, 2013. Kelley told the Lake County Common Pleas Court jury they could hear a woman inside screaming. SWAT officers found the woman and victim Matthew Hammond, wounded but still breathing. He died at Tri-Point Medical Center. Gaston denies harming Hammond. Testimony is scheduled to continue today.

Heath Competent to Stand Trial

A man accused of damaging police cruisers and endangering several law enfrcement officers during a chase through North Kingsville and Conneaut in 2016 has been evaluated at the Forensic Psychiatric Center of Northeast Ohio and deemed competent to stand trial. At a sanity hearing on Wednesday morning, an Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court judge cleared the way for 45-year-old Scott Heath to stand trial on multiple charges stemming from the December 30 incident. Heath, who is listed on court documents as homeless, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. In February, the psychiatric facility evaluated Heath and issued a report regarding his competency. The report finds Heath competent to stand trial. Heath understands the nature of the charges he faces and is able to assist in his defense, the legal standard for mental competence. The report further states that he knew the wrongfulness of the acts. Hearing dates and a trial for Heath will be scheduled in the next few days.

New immigration policy called racial profiling

Painesville Police Chief Anthony Powalie defended the department’s new policy regarding immigration after American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter urging the department to discontinue the policy. Earlier this month, the Painesville Police Department adopted Police Policy 413, which states officers will notify ICE when a suspected illegal immigrant is affiliated with any gang or criminal organization and/or receives any drug or violence charge. The Ohio ACLU argued that the policy promotes unlawful racial profiling.
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To bus or not to bus?

Parents of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin students say they were under the impression thier kids would be eligible for busing when they voted for Riverside Schools’ 4.9-mill additional levy in the last election. At the most recent Riverside School Board meeting, several parents of kids who will be attending NDCL in Munson Township in the fall, complained that NDCL students were not eligible for busing based on the results from a previous official timing. According to the district’s website, students that would normally be assigned to Riverside High School are not eligible for transportation.
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Free meals will be available to Conneaut children starting June 12

CONNEAUT – Free meals will be available to Conneaut children starting June 12. The program, offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will take place at the Conneaut Human Resources Center, and during the Summer Recess event at Lakeshore Primary School, Monday through Friday. Meals are free and available to kids 18 and younger. No enrollment is necessary.
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Health takes a back seat at public schools

Junk food, dubbed as “more appetizing” will once again be on school menus. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has signed an order relaxing the nutritional guidelines for school lunches starting next school year, citing the healthier fare just goes to waste because kids aren’t eating it. Perdue said he is allowing more processed foods with fewer whole grains, and more salt in school meal requirements. He argues it will save money. Health advocates are protesting the roll back of the healthy school lunches initiative aimed at combating child obesity.
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Browns Sign Kersey, Captains Win

The Cleveland Browns Christian Kersey signed a four-year contract extension on Tuesday… and that’s a good sign. The best sign of all is that the Browns may be turning a corner, as their best players are choosing to stay rather than escape through free agency. Kirksey, the inside linebacker heading into his fourth season, inked a deal the NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport said is worth $38 million, with $20 million guaranteed. Kirksey played all but two defensive snaps in 2016.

Lake County Captains pitcher Juan Hillman flashed the form that prompted the Cleveland Indians organization to select him in the second round of the 2014 draft out of high school…and in what ended as a 9-4 Captains victory, Hillman gave up two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He finished Tuesday with seven strikeouts and two walks. The explosive lefty was the beneficiary of an impressive display of power by Lake County batters. Catch the Captains today at 11:40am on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Indians Beat A’s 9-4

Trevor Bauer threw a gem last night for the Tribe, striking out an American League-best 14 batters in seven innings, as the Indians beat the Oakland A’s, 9-4 at Progressive Field. Bauer’s career-best strikeout total was one shy of this season’s major league-high of 15 put up by Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg against San Diego on May 27. Bauer recorded his eighth career game of 10 or more strikeouts. He struck out the side in the first, fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The righty allowed three runs and seven hits with one walk.
A total of four Cleveland pitchers combined to strike out 19, tying a franchise record for a nine-inning game.
Rookie Bradley Zimmer had a career-high four RBIs for the Indians. Michael Brantley had an RBI single and threw a runner out at the plate in the fourth. Mike Clevinger gets his second start for the Tribe today against the A’s Sean Manaea. Coverage begins at 5:37pm on ESPN 907 WFUN.