Archives for January 2018

Geauga Auditor Implicated in Fraud Scheme

In a related story, a Geauga County judge found probable cause that a crime was committed in county Auditor Frank Gliha’s office related to Stephen Decatur’s scheme to defraud the county of more than $260,000 — an amount expected to be substantially higher. On January 19th, Chardon Municipal Court Judge Terri Stupica signed a search warrant authorizing Special Prosecutor Bryan Kostura to seize property from Gliha’s office, including computers, storage devices, emails and documents related to the expenditure of public funds.

Geauga IT Director, Daughter Charged

Geauga County’s former IT director and his daughter reportedly orchestrated a scheme to steal more than $1.8 million in public funds over an eight-year period, according to prosecutor Jim Flaiz said during a January 29th press conference. 59-year-old Stephen Decatur and his daughter, Stephanie Stewart, were charged in a 334-count indictment filed in Geauga County Common Pleas Court alleging they engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and aggravated theft, both first-degree felonies, from February 1st, 2010, through October 25th, 2017.

E-School Closure

An Ohio county court will oversee the process of closing one of the nation’s largest online charter schools amid a legal fight with the state over funding. A Franklin County judge has appointed an outside attorney to handle records and finances of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and report back to the court. ECOT’s educational operations have been suspended for its roughly 12,000 students, but the nonprofit corporation will reportedly continue to exist, and perhaps reopen, under the court arrangement.

Perry Man Points Shotgun at Police

The Star Beacon reports police arrested a Perry man early Monday after he pointed a shotgun at an officer, according to an Ashtabula Police Department report. 30-year-old Joshua Foucher remains in jail on a $75,000 cash surety or property bond after being charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence, according to Municipal Court records. Someone called 911 to report hearing gunshots in the 900 block of East 17th Street at about 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, according to police reports.

Men’s College Basketball Tuesday

In Men’s College Basketball; The No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes started strong against an offensively-limited Indiana team on Tuesday night, and bounced back with a 71-56 win at Value City Arena. Jae’Sean Tate led OSU with 16 points, six rebounds and two assists. Keita Bates-Diop had 13 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.

Kent State overpowered surging Buffalo with a huge second-half comeback for an 82-79 MAC victory Tuesday night at the M.A.C. Center. The Golden Flashes made their comeback from what was an 18-point deficit at halftime.

Dalonte Brown scored 17 points and Darrian Ringo had 12 points, 11 assists and four steals to propel Miami (Ohio) to a 79-64 victory over Akron on Tuesday night.

Redskins Get Smith, Browns May Want Cousins

The Browns reportedly tried to trade for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, but he’s going to the Redskins instead. The Chiefs have a deal in place, according to sources reports to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star. The deal between the Chiefs and Redskins can’t be compensated until the first day of the NFL’s new year in March, and Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will almost certainly be available when free agency begins. Smith was a target for new Browns’ GM John Dorsey, who traded for Smith when he became GM of the Chiefs in 2013.

Cavs Lose Game and Love, 125-114

The Cavaliers lost another game– and an All-Star– on Tuesday night in Detroit. The Pistons’ Andre Drummond had 21 points and 22 rebounds to beat Cleveland 125-114, after the Cavaliers lost Kevin Love to a potentially season-ending injury. Love left in the first quarter with a broken left hand, and the Pistons took advantage of his absence, snapping an eight-game losing streak despite a roster that was depleted by their blockbuster trade for Blake Griffin this week. The team said Love had a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal and his status would be updated after additional examination today in Cleveland. The Cavs host the Heat tonight, with coverage beginning at 7pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Mentor Purse Snatching

An elderly woman in Mentor is the most recent victim of a credit card thief after her purse was stolen while she was shopping. Her credit card was used in thousands of dollars worth of purchases. Similar reports are coming from all over Greater Cleveland. According to police, she was shopping when a man approached her and asked her a question. While she was answering, an accomplice grabbed her wallet. An image of the suspect is posted at; news5cleveland.com.

Coyotes in Ashtabula Harbor

Ron Wilson of Pleasantview Avenue in Ashtabula Harbor captured images of two coyotes on his wildlife camera several times in the past two weeks. He warns his neighbors to keep an eye on small pets, especially after dark. Wilson’s wildlife camera photographed the coyotes after dark from 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Police say coyotes don’t normally pose a threat to humans, but they are capable of killing small pets. The Department of Natural Resources says coyotes are not native to Ohio.

Shooting in Madison Township

The Star Beacon reports that Madison Township Police responded to a shooting incident at a Martha Drive residence at around 4:31 p.m. on Friday, and the incident is under investigation. Detective Tim Doyle said when the police arrived and found two people seriously injured, one of whom had been shot and one with head injuries. An unidentified 40-year-old and 49-year -old male were transported by the Madison Fire District and later life flighted to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.