Archives for September 2017

Fairport Harbor man will spend 13 years in prison for sex crimes against an 8-year-old girl

A Fairport Harbor man will spend 13 years in prison for sex crimes against an 8-year-old girl. Damian Square, 32, was sentenced Sept. 28 on two counts – gross sexual imposition and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. After his release, Square must register as a sex offender for 25 years.

Police involved shooting at Dispute at Willoughby Hills car dealership

A dispute at a Willoughby Hills car dealership ended with a police involved shooting and a school wide lockdown. Willoughby Hills Police Chief Christopher J. Collins said when officers responded to a report of a “customer problem,” Thursday (Sept. 28) at Classic BMW, a man who police believe had been drinking, allegedly pulled out a gun and shots were fired.Two police officers and the suspect were taken to an area hospital in stable condition. Collins said the incident is under investigation. South High School, Willoughby Middle School, the School of Innovation, and Edison Elementary School were asked to delay bus picku up as a safety precaution.

An assault in South Park on Wednesday is being investigated

ASHTABULA – An assault in South Park on Wednesday is being investigated. An Ashtabula woman told police a man who she knew started following her, and when she refused his advances, he knocked her to the ground, according to the police report.

Tribe Beat Twins 5-2, Hit 100 Wins in 2017

Carlos Carrasco struck out 14, Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez each hit two-run homers and Cleveland joined an elite group with their 100th victory, 5-2 over the Minnesota Twins who celebrated their wild-card berth earlier on Thursday. The 2017 Tribe joined the 1954 and 1995 Indians’ teams to reach the century mark. They’re 31-3 since August 24th. Carrasco allowed six hits — all singles — in 8 1/3 innings and improved to 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA against the Twins this season. Up next, it’s more home cookin’ as righty Trevor Bauer, who’s 9-4 with a 4.08 ERA at Progressive Field, starts the opener of a three-game weekend set against the visiting Chicago White Sox. Coverage begins at 6:37pm on 98.3 The Bull.

Hunt Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month

Willoughby South grad and Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month. Hunt has 538 yards gained from scrimmage in just three games– that’s fourth all-time for a rookie– behind Billy Sims, Eric Dickerson and Adrian Peterson. Hunt is leading the NFL in rushing yards with 401 after three games. That’s more than 26 other teams’ combined totals this season. His six touchdowns are tied for most in the NFL with the Rams’ Todd Gurley. Hunt is the fourth rookie to be named player of the month, joining Barry Sanders in 1989, Edgerrin James in 1999 and Mike Anderson in 2000.

Shooting at Willoughby Hills Car Dealership

In an armed confrontation at Classic BMW in Willoughby Hills on Thursday, two police officers and one suspect were reportedly shot. All three were in stable condition, according to Willoughby Hills Police Chief Christopher Collins. He said the said officers were called to 2571 SOM Center Road at around 2 p.m. by dealership management for a “customer problem.” Collins said the car dealership had not had any previous contact with the suspect. Management contacted the department because they felt he was under the influence.
Neither the names of the officers or the suspect in the shooting incident were released, but Collins said one officer has been with the department for more than 25 years, the other for three. Both were were wearing ballistic vests. South High School, Willoughby Middle School, the School of Innovation and Edison Elementary School were placed on lockdown at the request of the Willoughby Police Department, but all students were reported safe, and evening bus service was delayed.

Conneaut Considers Multi-Use Facility

This week, the Conneaut City Council measuredly endorsed the idea of transforming a vacant commercial building into a facility it could share with the school district. But, they are also weighing the cost involved with relocating Conneaut firefighters. The Conneaut Board of Education meeting is coming up, and council members discussed options they might favor for the 66,000-square-foot building on Harbor Street that the city acquired early last year in lieu of delinquent property taxes. Both bodies will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Conneaut Middle School. Aided in the endeavor by a grant, the city funded a study that looks at the feasibility and cost of remodeling the structure into a multi-use facility. The city is seeking a new home for the Public Works Department and possibly Fire Station 1, while the school district needs a newer bus garage and storage facility. CT Consultants, the city’s engineering firm, presented the latest draft study on the concept in early September.

House fire in Concord Township that sent four people to the hospital

A house fire in Concord Township that sent four people to the hospital, Tuesday (Sept. 26) is under investigation. Township Fire Department officials said the fire is believed to have originated in the dining room at the home on Painesville-Warren Road, but an the exact cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.

Willoughby Hills man suing Willoughby Brewing Co over bar brawl

A Willoughby Hills man has filed a $3 million lawsuit against the Willoughby Brewing Co., where he was injured during a bar brawl. According to the suit, filed this week (Sept. 25) in Lake County Common Pleas Court the Erie Street business failed to provide security at its main entrance, and as a result he was struck during an altercation outside of the facility. The victim is also seeking a jury trial, court costs and attorney fees.

Cleveland man accepted plea deal in Lake County back to back armed robberies

A Cleveland man accepted a plea deal, Wednesday (Sept. 27) in Lake County Common Pleas Court for back to back armed robberies. Naquan Wright, 19, was one of two men arrested for robbing Papa John’s on Euclid Avenue in Willoughby, and Papa Joe’s Subs & Pasta shop on Vine Street in Eastlake just minutes apart. He now faces up to 28 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 25.