Archives for June 2017

Former Ashtabula sheriff’s Sgt., on trial for excessive force sentenced

JEFFERSON — The former Ashtabula sheriff’s Sgt., on trial for excessive force during an arrest, has learned his fate. The jury returned guilty verdicts Wednesday afternoon on five of James A. Truckey’s seven charges. Truckey was accused of punching a handcuffed suspect Sept. 11, then falsifying his incident report and hiding video of the assault. Truckey was found not guilty on another tampering with records charge, in which he allegedly lied about the sequence of events in the report he filed.
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Receive help paying your utility bill

As temperatures rise so does your electric bill, but you may qualify for help. Eligible households can receive between $300 and $500 paying their utility bill or central air conditioning repair costs, thanks to The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program, whihc assists low-income households that meet certain qualifications. For more information about getting help paying your electric bill this summer, visit energyhelpohio.gov.
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The name of a South Euclid teen fatally shot in a Cleveland suburb has been released

The name of a South Euclid teen fatally shot in a Cleveland suburb has been released. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the 15-year-old boy as Dre’eon Gray, who police found Wednesday in the backyard of a home in Cleveland Heights. Police say he was shot three times. The investigation is ongoing, authorities said.
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Lake County date rape suspect sentenced

A date rape suspect in a Lake County case has been sentenced. A judge ordered Nicholas Hutter, 31, of Madison Township to 18 months behind bars, Wednesday (June 28), for allegedly holding a woman that he was seeing hostage, and sexually assaulting her while at her Lake County home on Jan. 14, court records show. The case had been scheduled to go to trial July 25, according to the court records.
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DNA has helped positively ID decomposed human remains found washed ashore in Willowick

DNA has helped positively ID decomposed human remains found washed ashore in Willowick last week. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Wednesday (June 28) that 15-year-old John (Jack) Robert Fleming of Dublin, Ohio was one of six people aboard a plane that crashed into Lake Erie during the Christmas holiday (Dec. 29). The aircraft, which was heading to the Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, disappeared shortly after takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland Dec. 29.
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Mentor-on-the-Lake made the list of safest places to live in Ohio

Mentor-on-the-Lake made the list of safest places to live in Ohio this year. Several local communities made the top 50 safest cities in Ohio list, including Russell Township, Chester Township, and Kirtland. The townships came in at Nos. 1 and 2, while Kirtland was listed at 20 and Mentor-on-the-Lake, 47. Communities were ranked based on the number of violent crimes reported. Mentor-on-the-Lake officials were presented a proclamation from the Ohio Governor’s Office June 27 for its safe city status.
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Mentor-on-the-Lake made the list of safest places to live

Mentor-on-the-Lake made the list of safest places to live in Ohio this year. Several local communities made the top 50 safest cities in Ohio list, including Russell Township, Chester Township, and Kirtland. The townships came in at Nos. 1 and 2, while Kirtland was listed at 20 and Mentor-on-the-Lake, 47. Communities were ranked based on the number of violent crimes reported. Mentor-on-the-Lake officials were presented a proclamation from the Ohio Governor’s Office June 27 for its safe city status.
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Fun in the water turned scary for three boys swimming at Walnut Beach

ASHTABULA — Fun in the water turned scary for three boys Saturday who were caught by a strong current while swimming at Walnut Beach.
Their mother and a lifeguard jumped in the water to save the boys who were playing close to the breakwall when the waves kept pushing them against the rocks, according to Ashtabula County YMCA Director Trevor Sprague. The trio were safely brought to shore.
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After three days of deliberations Ashtabula jury finds former sheriff’s Sgt. guilty on five of seven criminal charges

JEFFERSON — After three days of deliberations, an Ashtabula jury found former sheriff’s Sgt. James A. Truckey guilty Wednesday on five of his seven charges. Truckey was accused of punching a handcuffed suspect following a high speed chase Sept. 11, then falsifying his incident report and withholding video evidence which showed the assault. Jurors ultimately deadlocked on the related misdemeanor dereliction charge, which alleged Truckey “failed to make a truthful report” of the incident.
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After three days of deliberations Ashtabula jury finds former sheriff’s Sgt. guilty on five of seven criminal charges

JEFFERSON — After three days of deliberations, an Ashtabula jury found former sheriff’s Sgt. James A. Truckey guilty Wednesday on five of his seven charges. Truckey was accused of punching a handcuffed suspect following a high speed chase Sept. 11, then falsifying his incident report and withholding video evidence which showed the assault. Jurors ultimately deadlocked on the related misdemeanor dereliction charge, which alleged Truckey “failed to make a truthful report” of the incident.
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