Archives for August 2017

Wahoo Protester Faces Charges, Tribe Doubleheader Today

A man who has organized protests saying the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo mascot logo is racist faces federal charges over allegations that he stole money from federal grants aimed at helping Native Americans.
Seventy-year-old Robert Roche, of Cleveland, was indicted Wednesday on one count of conspiracy to steal federal funds and two counts of theft from programs receiving federal funds. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland says a lengthy investigation showed that Roche conspired to divert money from the American Indian Education Center in suburban Cleveland where he served as executive director. Prosecutors say Roche and a consultant embezzled at least $180,000 from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grants and that Roche diverted $77,000 for his personal use. Roche couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.
The American League Central division-leading Indians open a Labor Day weekend series with two games on Friday. Coverage begins for Game 1 at 12:37pm on ESPN 970 WFUN, and Game 2 coverage begins at 6:37pm on 98.3 The Bull.

No Charges in Fair Fatality

Investigators believe two people tossed from a thrill ride in a deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair this summer were latched in, despite some witness reports. The State Highway Patrol’s investigation found the ride operators were not to blame when one of the carriages broke off and ejected two passengers, one of whom died.

195th Great Geauga Fair

The 195th Great Geauga County Fair opened on Thursday with customary traditions and longstanding attractions. Folks came from as far away as Sierra Vista, Arizona, calling it [quote] “our version of Disneyland,” [end quote] Bryan Johnson, a former Chardon resident, timed a trip back to Ohio specifically to coincide with Geauga’s favorite end-of-summer blowout. Between the Great Geauga County Fair Band, the 3,000 farm animals and 13,000 exhibits, it’s tough to get through it all in a day, so you have time to come back. The Great Geauga County Fair runs through Labor Day, Sept. 4. For more information, ticket prices and schedules, visit them online at; geaugafair.com.

Sheriff’s Seek Help Identifying Burglar

Ashtabula County sheriff’s deputies are seeking a burglary suspect in Ashtabula Township and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him. Deputies responded to a Carterland Drive home at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, after neighbors reported hearing gunfire. The resident of the home told investigators he was in a lower level of the home when he heard footsteps from the floor above. The man armed himself with a pistol and proceeded, finding the front door open and an unidentified white male — described as 20 to 30 years old, 5-foot-6 and about 120 pounds, with a thin build and short light-colored hair — was inside the home. He was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and carrying a dark-colored backpack. The suspect fled toward the back door, and the resident gave chase, “firing several warning shots into the ground in an attempt to scare him off,” Deputies used K-9s to track the man, but they lost the scent. Call (440) 576-0055 with any information.

Cavs, Celts Close Trade Deal with Additional Pick

The Associated Press is reporting that the Cavaliers have finalized their blockbuster deal with Boston involving All-Star guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas by getting another draft pick from the Celtics. The Cavs will get Boston’s second-round pick in 2020 to complete the package. The Cavs had balked at pushing the trade through last week after the former Celtics point guard underwent a physical. Thomas tore a labrum last season in the NBA playoffs. The NBA has to sign off on the agreement.

Buckeyes Opener Preview

When Ohio State take the field in the season opener tonight against Indiana, Perry High School alum Luke Farrell will be there as the second-string tight end. Farrell says he hasn’t played in a game that “counted” since Nov. 7, 2015 when he and the Perry Pirates lost to Holy Name, 50-43, in the opening round of the Division IV high school playoffs. You can catch the Buckeyes opener @ INDIANA tonight at 6:30PM simulcast on 107.5FM THE FOX & ESPN 970 WFUN.

Tribe Sweep NY Series, 2-1 and 9-4 Wednesday

The Road Warrior Cleveland Indians went ahead for good just nine pitches into the opener of a makeshift doubleheader when a fastball just below the knees deflected off the mitt of catcher Gary Sanchez for a run-scoring passed ball. Then, just sixteen pitches into the second game, the Indians burst ahead to stay when Edwin Encarnacion singled off Yankees rookie Jordan Montgomery. The Tribe’s series sweep at Yankee Stadium– by scores of 2-1 and 9-4 respectively on Wednesday– dropped New York to five games behind Boston in the AL East race. Trevor Bauer won his career-best seventh straight decision, Jose Ramirez tied his big league benchmark with four hits and the Tribe took advantage of an unearned run to grab a 2-0 lead, that held up for the early win. Encarnacion, Yan Gomes and Francisco Lindor added home runs as Cleveland took an insurmountable 9-1 lead in game two. They travel to Detroit to take on the Tigers Friday. Coverage begins at 12:37pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Madison Village Breaks Ground on New Hotel

Madison Village officials have announced they just broke ground on a new Holiday Inn Express and Suites near the Interstate 90/state Route 528 interchange that will be home to an 81-room lodging facility and conference center. The construction site at 181 Water Tower Drive will encompass 4 acres, at least two of which will be occupied by the hotel, itself, according to the plan detailed in a press release. Madison Village Administrator Dwayne Bailey told the News-Herald in a phone interview on August 30th [quote] “This has been in the works for at least three years and three months,” [end quote] One of the principals advocates of the project, Samir Gandhi with Madison Real Estate Partners, said he was impressed early on with the enthusiasm Madison Village exhibited even before his outfit began to consider the site for development. He said the combination of the area’s wineries and other amenities attracting out-of-town visitors helped make the placement of the new hotel a no-brainer.

TAG Pot Bust in Saybrook Township

Officers with the Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Drug Task Force seized and plan to destroy about $75,000 worth of marijuana plants found on Monday in an overgrown area of Saybrook Township. Detective Greg Leonhard said TAG and the Ohio State Highway Patrol used an OHP aircraft to locate about 75 plants — which can sell for about $1,000 apiece — in two cleared out portions of a dense swamp. They posted pictures of the find on the TAG Facebook page, but were criticized by some who felt it was a “waste of time, money and resources.” Leonhard, who serves as TAG assistant commander, said officers conduct only a couple marijuana plant eradication operations each year, and rarely make controlled buys in order to bring criminal charges. He added that current Ohio marijuana laws — which only carry felony-level penalties for cultivation or possession of close to a half-pound of pot or more — have de-prioritized enforcement. Monday’s bust came from an anonymous tip to Ashtabula Police.

A Willoughby Hills man was sentenced this week for setting off an Amber Alert

A Willoughby Hills man was sentenced this week for setting off an Amber Alert. Police said 24-year-old Clarence Davis pleaded guilty to kidnapping and gun charges in Lake County Common Pleas Court, in connection to the April 4 incident in which he blames his former fiancée of provoking him into putting a gun to her head, and driving off with her two children, prompting police to issue an Amber Alert. Davis was sentenced to nine years in prison.
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