Archives for July 2017

Cleveland suspects in custody in connection to Lake County weapons theft

Several suspects are in custody in Cleveland, after dozens of guns were stolen from a Lake County business. According to the Eastlake police department’s Facebook page, someone broke into Sherwin Shooting Sports last week (July 27) and 60 weapons were taken from the store.
Several of the guns were recovered later that night in Cleveland. The investigation into the theft is continuing.

Four people were arrested this weekend following a two month long undercover drug sting

ASHTABULA — Four people were arrested this weekend following a two month long undercover drug sting at the Downtown Motel. Ashtabula Police confiscated methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs, as well as two handguns and drug paraphenalia, Friday afternoon, after police served a search warrant in a room at the Elm Ave., motel, according to police reports. Charges are pending in the case.

Suspect in Dec. 30 police chase will likely stand trial

JEFFERSON — A Jefferson man who faces multiple felony charges in connection with a Dec. 30 police chase last year will likely stand trial. The suspect, listed as homeless in court documents, did not accept a plea agreement Friday morning, clearing the way for a jury trial in the case, police said.

Centerra Co-op is cutting costs

JEFFERSON — Centerra Co-op is cutting costs. The facility has announced it will close its East Walnut Street mill, citing new federal safety regulations that will make it too costly to continue. The mill is expected to close sometime in September, the letter states, but all other Centerra buildings near the mill will remain open.

Agreement Reached on New Opioid Reporting Procedures

Ohio doctors would report the specific diagnosis of every patient who receives a prescription painkiller under a tentative agreement reached Friday with the Kasich administration. The 11th-hour compromise between the governor’s office, the state Medical Board and associations representing doctors and hospitals followed months of wrangling over new opioid prescribing rules proposed in April in a state that leads the nation in opioid addiction and death. The disputed rule required prescribers to enter what’s known as an ICD-10 code into Ohio’s online reporting database for every controlled substance prescription. The administration argued the reporting mandate was critical to fighting Ohio’s top status for opioid abuse and death.

Man Charged in Teen’s Murder Set to be Extradited Back to Ohio

The man charged with the murder and kidnapping of 13-year-old Kara Zdanczewski is expected to be extradited back to Ohio from Mercer County, PA next week. John Bove had been held in Sharon since his arrest back on May 11th. Officials in Pennsylvania were waiting on the official Governor’s Warrant, which was finally sent this week. According to the Ashtabula County Prosecutor, Bove admitted to killing and kidnapping the girl, then setting her body on fire over a drug money dispute with her father. Once back in Ohio, Bove faces six different felony charges including aggravated murder. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Kids’ and ‘Low-Impact’ Rides Reopen at State Fair

Rides at the Ohio State Fair’s Kiddieland and some elsewhere in the amusement park reopened Friday with the OK of inspectors two days after the governor shut them all down following a thrill ride malfunction that killed a teen who had recently enlisted in the Marines. Agriculture Department spokesman Mark Bruce said Friday that 28 rides were cleared to resume operations Friday afternoon. Those reopened include the children’s carousel, bumper boats and other “low-impact” attractions including the Giant Slide and SkyGlider.
More than half of the fair’s rides remained closed.

Ashtabula Co. Commissioners Proposing $5 Recycling Fee

Ashtabula County commissioners are proposing a new $5 annual fee to pay for recycling programs. The county faces a mandate from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to provide recycling options for at least 90 percent of residents. That $5 charge would generate up to $190,000 in revenue in the budget of the county’s solid waste district. If it goes into effect in September, residents would see that $5 charge on their 2017 real estate tax duplicates.

Construction is causing headaches on a major Mentor corridor

Construction is causing headaches on a major Mentor corridor. A resurfacing project is delaying motorists who count on Route 84 from Route 306 to Route 615. The $1.08 million project is scheduled to be in place through Sept. 29. Two-way traffic will be maintained with flaggers, Mentor Engineer Dave Swiger said. Workers will start with placement of construction signs and preparation for grinding the pavement, during the week of July 31. The deteriorating pavement has been the source of many safety concerns, and officials say resurfacing will remed that complaint.

Euclid Fire Department used hydraulic tools to free man in car crash

The Euclid Fire Department had to use hydraulic tools to free a man from his vehicle, Thursday (July 27). The man, in his 20’s, was taken to the hospital after crews Crews extricated him from his car which had crashed with another vehicle on East 232nd Street and North Lakeland Boulevard, according to Platoon Chief Mike Gulya. Euclid police are investigating.