Archives for November 2017

OH Senate Passes Downs Abortion Prohibition

The Ohio Senate has passed legislation that would make it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion if the fetus might have Down syndrome. The Senate on Wednesday passed the legislation by a 20-12 vote. It makes performing such abortions a fourth-degree felony and requires the state medical board to revoke a physician’s license if convicted. The Ohio House approved an identical measure earlier this month.

Charges Dropped in Euclid Officer Assault

Charges have been dropped against a black motorist seen on video being punched more than a dozen times by a Euclid police officer. 25-year-old Richard Hubbard III of Cleveland, was charged with resisting arrest, driving without a license and a traffic signal violation following the August 12th incident. Charges were also dropped against his girlfriend, Yolimar Tirado. The special prosecutor filed a motion to dismiss the charges. Euclid Municipal Court Judge Deborah LeBarron granted that dismissal on Tuesday.

Conneat Public Safety Benefits from Fundraiser

A fundraising campaign launched by Darlyene Brisley of Conneaut is responsible for putting a valuable piece of safety equipment in the hands of her hometown firefighters. In less than three months, Brisley was able to raise about $9,000, more than enough to buy a thermal imaging device for the Conneaut Fire Department. The hand-held, heat-sensitive device can be used to detect hot spots behind walls and other out-of-sight locations. The new imager should be delivered before the end of the year, according to Fire Chief Steve Lee. It will replace another 20-year-old device. But, Brisley said she’s not done yet. She wants to raise more money to buy a second device so that each fire truck is equipped with an imager. Police can reportedly use the same device to locate people lost in dense areas at night. Brisley began her campaign in July at a number of local events and fairs. Word spread, and contributions began arriving from across the region.

Cordray Leaving CFPB

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray said Wednesday he will leave his position by the end of the month. Corday was the first CFPB director. Now, President Donald Trump has a chance to appoint a GOP replacement to the powerful agency established in the wake of the financial crisis, possibly rolling back protections Corday put in place. The Ohio Democrat is expected to run for governor, and could not do so while remaining at the CFPB.

Cavs Beat Hornets 115-107

It’s starting to look like the Cleveland Cavaliers have figured out a few things– especially on defense– as LeBron James and the Cavs made the plays they needed to extend their dominance of the Charlotte Hornets, and the most significant ones came when the Hornets had the ball. James scored 31 points in Cleveland’s 115-107 victory Wednesday night. Kevin Love had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Jeff Green added 13, Kyle Korver had 11 and J.R. Smith 10. The Cavs have won three straight and four of five.

Kluber Wins 2nd Cy Young Award

Cleveland Indians’ ace Corey Kluber won yet another Cy Young Award on Wednesday, but he wasn’t the only one. Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals coasted to his third Cy Young, winning for the second straight year in the National League. He breezed past Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, drawing 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Kluber’s win was even more of a first-ballot runaway. The Tribe ace took 28 first-place votes, easily beating Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox for his second American League Cy Young. Kluber missed a month of the season with back pain and still easily won the AL award over Sale and third-place finisher Luis Severino of the New York Yankees. Kluber led the majors with a 2.25 ERA, and his 18 wins tied for the most in baseball. He’s the 19th pitcher to win multiple Cy’s, having taken the award for the first time in 2014.

Schmidt Pleads Not Guilty in Police Shooting

The man accused of shooting two Willoughby Hills police officers at Classic BMW pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a seven-count secret indictment. 30-year-old Timmothy Schmidt of Willoughby Hills is charged with resisting arrest, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault of a police officer, stemming from a September 28th shooting. Schmidt waived his right to be present at the arraignment. Lake County Common Pleas Judge Vincent Culotta set bond at $5 million cash or surety. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for November 28th.

Geneva Child Rapist Trial Begins

After the dramatic dismissal of an entire panel of potential jurors Monday, the Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court has seated another jury to try a Geneva man accused of raping an infant in 2014. Jury selection process began after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday before Judge Gary Yost, and the trial began with attorneys’ opening statements after 1 p.m. Court officials anticipate the trial of Jonathan Velazquez of Geneva– accused of raping a 3-month-old girl– will last all week.

Ringworm at ACAPL

The Ashtabula County Animal Protective League reports that diagnostic testing shows several cats at the ACAPL have tested positive for dermatophytosis, or “ringworm”. Ringworm is a fungus that is found on the skin’s surface and results in a rash. Because humans can be infected by the fungus – the ACAPL will place the areas in which cats are held in “shutdown” and no visitors will be permitted to these areas. Contact animal welfare director Tammy Dondorfer at 440.661.1330 with questions.

Campbell Execution Scheduled

The State of Ohio’s plans to execute a condemned killer with multiple health problems was being delayed today while a team continued to assess his medical condition, but Gary Mohr, the state’s prisons director said he’s confident the execution would go on. Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said they were focused on the accessibility of 69-year-old Alva Campbell’s veins due to his age. He was sentenced to die for killing a teenager during a carjacking two decades ago.