Archives for October 2017

LeBron Says He’s Ready But Out Of Shape

Everybody has a different idea of what “out of shape” means. LeBron James says his left ankle feels strong enough to play in tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks– but, it’s the rest of his body that needs work. James missed four of the Cavs’ five preseason games, but it hardly showed in the Cavs’ 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics on opening night. James had 29 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists, but still called out his own conditioning following the game, saying [quote] “I’m out of shape, very out of shape for my expectations,” [end quote] By LeBron’s standards, I’ve been dead for six months.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers’ application for the North American League of Legends Championship Series has been accepted, according to ESPN. The Cavaliers and other teams participating in the league were notified of their acceptance last week. LeBron and the Cavs will travel to Milwaukee to take on those Bucks tonight, with coverage beginning at 6:30PM on MAGIC 102.5FM.

Willoughby Hills Carjacking

Willoughby Hills police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a car at gunpoint from a senior citizen on Thursday morning. The incident occurred at about 7:38 a.m. in the parking lot of the Marc’s at 28301 Chardon Road. While exiting his car, an unidentified 74-year-old male victim was approached by a black man who brandished a handgun and demanded his keys, according to police. The suspect took the vehicle and fled the scene, headed toward Richmond Heights. Call 440-942-9111 with information.

Mentor to Honor Veterans with Trees

Mentor Tree Commission Chairman Dick Douglas recently presented the City Council with a proposal to plant trees in honor of deceased U.S. Military veterans who lived in Mentor, at a site selected by the family. The memorial could include a granite stone with the veteran’s personal or service information at the base of the tree.
Ideas for memorial tree placements range from a family member’s yard or their church, to a nearby park or school where the veteran worked or attended.

Manhunt for Gurto and Accomplice

Update on the U.S. Marshals Service hunt for Joshua Gurto, who is still on the run after allegedly raping and murdering a 13-month-old baby girl earlier this month, and your help is needed in identifying the man believed to be traveling with him. A screen capture of the man’s image is available at;
The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force released surveillance images captured last Friday in Girard, Pennsylvania. The two are believed to be traveling in a gray Ford F-150 pickup. The marshals are offering a minimum $5,000 reward for information directly leading to Gurto’s capture, which could increase, according to Northern District Mashal Pete Elliott. Anyone with information on Gurto’s whereabouts is urged to call the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 866-492-6833, or text the keyword WANTED along with the tip to 84711. Gurto is a 37-year-old white male, about 5 foot 10, 145 pounds with a deformed right ear, misaligned jaw and tattoos on his right forearm.

No one injured in Willoughby house fire

No one was injured, but a family’s pet cat died in a house fire Wednesday (Oct. 18), in Willoughby. Fire departments from Eastlake, Kirtland, Wickliffe, Willoughby and Willoughby Hills responded to the on Chestnut Hill Drive, which crews quickly brought under control. Officials said firefighters were able to rescue the family’s dog. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A news release from the Willoughby Fire Department said the house is currently uninhabitable.

Baseball bat bandit sentenced

A Euclid man accused of beating his friend in the head with a baseball bat in Fairport Harbor has learned his fate. Kevin M. Gray, 37, apologized to his victim, who had taken in Gray after he was released from jail on an unrelated offense, before being sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday (Oct. 18) for the incident, in which he allegedly stole a gun and prescription drugs.

New eatery calls Ashtabula home

AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP – Ashtabula County residents soon will have another restaurant option and retail store. Work on a new Taco Bell and Dollar General is underway near the intersection of Route 45 and I-90. The two projects broke ground early this fall, and both are nearing completion. The new, 2,053-square-foot Taco Bell is going up at the intersection of Sidley Court and Route 45. The new Dollar General is nearby, on the southwest corner of Route 45.

Financial future bright for Buckeye Local School District

ASHTABULA TOWN-SHIP – Officials breathed a sigh of relief at Tuesday’s Buckeye Local School District Board of Education meeting. The treasurer’s report for the school district’s five year forecast showed that deficit spending may not be needed until 2024 – not 2020 as previously believed. Board members commended the Superintendent for managing to save money while still making student programs a priority.

Buckeyes Backfield 1-2 Punch

With all of the success coach Urban Meyer had before taking the Ohio State head coaching position, he never had a thousand-yard running back. In 2013 Carlos Hyde broke that barrier and now Urban has had a back rush for over 1,000 yards in each of the three years since. However, he has never before had a dynamic running back duo, until now with JK Dobbins and Mike Weber. Coach Meyer had Ezekiel Elliott as a backup running back in 2013, but there was no doubt Hyde would be the one to carry the ball when the game was on the line. Then it was Elliott’s show the next two seasons and Weber’s last year. Now the freshman Dobbins and sophomore Weber are a formidable 1-2 punch. Dobbins could break the Ohio State freshman rushing record of 1,237 yards. Weber became the third Buckeye freshman to rush for 1,000 yards last year.

Kizer Back As Browns QB Sunday

Head coach Hue Jackson announced before practice Wednesday that Rookie DeShone Kizer is back in as the Browns starting quarterback for the home game this Sunday, October 22nd against the Tennessee Titans after being benched for one game. Watching Kevin Hogan stumble around and throw three interceptions in the 33-17 loss in Houston last week gave Kizer a different perspective on what he was up against the first five weeks. Kizer, the 52nd pick of the 2017 draft out of Notre Dame, turned the ball over 11 times in the first five games. Four of the nine interceptions were thrown in the red zone. He also fumbled twice, and one of those was in the red zone. Nobody expected Kizer to ride the pine for long. Even as he was naming Hogan the starter for the game with the Texans, Jackson said he expected Kizer to start again this season. He did not indicate at the time when he expected Kizer to get the job back.