Archives for November 2017

Cavs Beat Hawks 121-114 Thursday

On Thursday, LeBron James had yet another double-double, took command of a challenging defensive assignment and led the Cavaliers to their 10th straight victory, 121-114, over the Atlanta Hawks. James had 24 points and 12 assists, and Kevin Love added 25 points and 16 rebounds to help Cleveland hold off Atlanta to extend the NBA’s longest active winning streak with James’ 14th double-double in 22 games. The Cavs lost 117-115 to the Hawks on Nov. 4, but ended a streak of three straight losses in the series.

High School, College Football and NBA Coverage

The Ohio Mr. Football Award and the Division I All-Ohio team were both selected by a statewide media panel this week. The honorees were selected by members of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association, most of whom were voters for the former Associated Press All-Ohio teams. 6-foot-5, 215 lb. Menter senior quarterback Tadas Tatarunas was selected to the Division 1 All-Ohio Team, along with Mentor receiver Logan Shea and offensive lineman Ryan Jacoby. More news about honorees can be found at:

High School Football Championship coverage begins today on ESPN 970 WFUN with Division 7 action right off the bat this morning at 9:30am with Cuyahoga Heights taking on Minister.

It’s Division 5 Wheelersburg versus Pemberville Eastwood, with coverage at 2:30pm.

And; stay tuned for the Division 1 Championship Game as Pickering Central takes on Mighty Mentor, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm– all on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Saturday; it’s Division 6 Championship action between MARIA STEIN MARION and KIRTLAND @ 9:30AM, followed by the Division 4 Title matchup between Clarksville-Clinton-Massie and Stubenville @2:30PM. High School Football Championship action can be heard on ESPN 970 WFUN.

In College Football; it’s the undefeated, Third-Ranked Badgers of Wisconsin taking on the Number 8 Ohio State Buckeyes for the Big Ten Conference Championship and perhaps National Title implications, with coverage Beginning at 6:30pm on 107.5FM THE FOX.

And in the NBA; The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night at the Q. Coverage begins at 7pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

OH Chooses 12 in Med Marijuana Program

The state of Ohio has selected 12 large growers to participate in their fledgling medical marijuana program in a competitive process that quickly drew a prospective legal challenge from a rejected applicant. The state has offered the maximum number of licenses allowed through the process. Ohio accepted 185 total applications, which are evaluated based on their plans for business, operations, quality assurance, security and finances.Among those selected, the top-scoring applicant was Lake County’s-own Buckeye Relief LLC, of Eastlake.

Euclid Resident Sues City, Police

Attorneys for 36-year-old Euclid resident Lamar Wright have filed a lawsuit against the city and police officers Kyle Flagg and Vashon Williams, claiming his civil rights were violated during a 2016, arrest. According to the suit, Wright was recovering from surgery, and had a colostomy bag attached to his lower abdomen, intended to remain for the next six months. Flagg discharged a Taser at Wright’s stomach, while Williams discharged pepper spray into Wright’s eyes, nose and mouth. Citations against Wright were later dismissed.

Cops For Kids Under Investigation

Ashtabula-based Ohio Cops for Kids is under investigation. According to Attorney General Mike DeWine, more than $4.2 million in donations have been collected over 10 years, and less than 2 percent of that was committed to its intended mission. A civil suit filed Wednesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court names the charity, its Ashtabula co-founders Charles Hitzel and Thomas Duffy, and Telcom Enterprises of Cincinnati, which– according to the suit– ultimately received most of those revenues. The organization was founded in 2004 and collected millions from Ohio residents between 2005 and 2015 — but under $74,000, or less than 2 percent, went to charitable programming, according to investigators. Hitzel and Duffy are accused of “defrauding” those donors and “misleading them into thinking their contributions would be going to a legitimate charity.” Contracts between the charity and its for-profit phone solicitor Telcom, indicate they were entitled to “no less than 80 percent” of the donations they collected, or more than $3.3 million.

Willowick police are investigating an armed robbery at the Tobacco Express

Willowick police are investigating an armed robbery at the Tobacco Express on Wednesday (Nov. 29). According to police, the suspect took money from the cash register and ran out of the business. The clerk was not hurt.

Father accused of assaulting 71-year-old Willoughby Hills school bus driver learns his fate

The father accused of assaulting a 71-year-old Willoughby Hills school bus driver this past spring has learned his fate. Ronnie Haskins, 37, is accused of punching Robert Graf in the face March 2, after Graff refused to let the man’s 9-year-old daughter get off the bus and leave with him, as Graf was departing from Grant Elementary School in Willoughby to take students home for the day. A judge sentenced Haskins to the maximum one year in prison.

Man found dead on sidewalk by Euclid police identified

The man found dead on a sidewalk by Euclid police early Wednesday morning (Nov. 29) has been identified. According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office, the victim is 25-year-old Xavier Alexander of Cleveland. He was found shot and killed outside of a club on E. 206th St., shortly after 2 a.m.. Euclid police are continuing to investigate.

Mistaken identity murder suspect arraigned

JEFFERSON – An Ashtabula man accused of a drive-by shooting outside a local bar last June pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court. Jared Liles, 25, is facing multiple felony counts in connection to the mistaken identity incident, in which Liles meant to shoot at a specific person June 20 outside Chick’s Bar but ended up striking a passing motorist. Liles is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Ohio Cops for Kids is being sued for money mismanagement

Ohio Cops for Kids is being sued for money mismanagement. The Ashtabula-based charity is accused of “bilking” more than $4.2 million in donations over 10 years, and spending less than 2 percent of that on its mission to help children, according to the civil suit filed Wednesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. The organization’s website,, was taken down Wednesday afternoon, according to the state AG’s office.


Local law enforcement officials are warning, with the holiday season inspiring the giving spirit, this case is a reminder to always research charitable organizations before donating.