Archives for March 2018

If your kids ride the bus to school, you might have to find an alternative

CONNEAUT – If your kids ride the bus to school, you might have to find an alternative. School bus pickup and delivery times will be affected by a detour of traffic off Interstate 90 which will be diverted through the center of Conneaut next week, when emergency demolition of the Pond Road bridge over I-90 in Springfield Township begins Monday night. School officials are concerned that buses trying to exit or enter Rowe Street, which is expected to be clogged with I-90 traffic, will experience delays.
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Ashtabula city housing inspector charged with rape will soon learn his fate

JEFFERSON – The Ashtabula city housing inspector charged with rape, kidnapping and sexual battery will soon learn his fate. Trial for, John Artuso, 47, is scheduled for May 15, according to Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court records. Artuso pleaded not guilty last month (Feb. 2), but he has until April 16 to accept a plea deal in the case. The charges against him stemmed from a separate investigation into a theft he may have been involved in, when a 47-year-old Ashtabula woman reported Artuso forced himself on her during a housing inspection last year, according to court documents.
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Lawmakers push for internet in underserved areas

An Ohio House bill that would offer incentives for broadband internet development in the state has seen strong Ashtabula County support. Ohio House Bill 378 would award municipalities, businesses, nonprofits and other entities for broadband in underserved areas of the state. The bill was passed last week out of the House Finance Committee.
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Northeast Ohio Protégé Project will host a free Mentoring Symposium

ASHTABULA — The Northeast Ohio Protégé Project will host a free Mentoring Symposium next week. The event will be held next Thursday evening, April 5, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Robert S. Morrison Hall on the Kent State Ashtabula campus.
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Group working to end gerrymandering

ASHTABULA — A state-level group working to end gerrymandering in Ohio congressional districts hosted an informational session this week on the upcoming May 8 ballot. Issue 1 would make the redistricting process a “bipartisan” effort.
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Police are still investigating reports of shots fired at a Root Road home

MONROE TOWNSHIP — Police are still investigating reports of shots fired at a Root Road home early Friday morning. The suspect’s dark-colored pickup truck was captured on the resident’s surveillance cameras pulling up to the mailbox near the home before shooting at the residence and then driving off.
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Vrooman Road Bridge project stalled

Which will happen first – the Vrooman Road Bridge project is completed or the Browns win the Super Bowl? Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy thinks it might be the latter. The Ohio Department of Transportation is estimating an October 2019 completion date for the construction of a new bridge over the Grand River in Perry and Leroy townships, but an ODOT representative said the project is still awaiting federal approval.
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Painesville Safety Committee looking to improve fire and medical services

The Safety Committee is exploring ways to improve fire and medical services, in Painesville. A new proposal was presented at the most recent City Council meeting, including implementing an East End Fire District and working with existing fire departments in the area. The proposed consolidation, proponents argued, would allow multiple departments to share resources and provide mutual support. The committee agreed to discuss the initiative, at the next council meeting on April 2 or the next committee meeting on May 8.
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Conneaut commuters warned expect delays as Pennsylvania bridge over I-90 demolished

CONNEAUT – A Pennsylvania bridge over Interstate 90 is being demolished, and that could affect your commute. The Pond Road bridge in Springfield Township is in danger of collapse and officials say the project will send I-90 traffic through Conneaut while work is underway. Delays are inevitable, officials said.
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Fake emergency part of real life scenario

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP – A fake emergency was part of a training exercise this week at Lakeside Junior High to prepare police for a real life situation. Officials said the ultimate goal of the multiple-department two-day drill was to create a life or death situation during which a police officer must make a split second decision whether to use of “lethal force.
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