Archives for May 2018

A former Ashtabula city councilman is facing felony charges

JEFFERSON – A former Ashtabula city councilman is facing felony charges. Reginald M. Holman has been indicted for false voter registration, stemming from an incident in which he allegedly registered in a precinct that he is not a registered voter, when he filed his candidacy petition. The Board of Elections unanimously determined Holman was not a resident of the W. 43rd St., and removed him from the voter registration rolls, according to the press release. No arraignment date has been scheduled.

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JEFFERSON – A hearing date for the case involving former Ashtabula City Councilwoman Kristy Hosken has been set to take place in Ashtabula County Common Pleas court next month. Hosken, a Republican, is challenging the appointment two weeks ago, of her Democratic opponent to fill the Ward 3 city council seat. Hosken, who lost her bid for re-election last November to Democrat Reginald Holman, has filed a request for a temporary restraining order in County Common Pleas Court. According to the complaint, Holman was not a valid candidate and therefore, Hosken was the only rightful candidate on the November ballot.
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More people hit the road this Memorial Day despite rising gas prices

Despite rising gas prices, experts say this Memorial Day weekend will be one of the most traveled in the last decade. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans hit the road on Memorial Day weekend, the most in more than a dozen years, despite the highest gas prices since 2014.
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What’s behind the curtains?

ASHTABULA – What’s behind the curtains? A Lake Ave comic book store asked City Council to allow them to keep their multi-colored superhero curtains, after both the city’s Planning Commission and Ashtabula City Architectural Review Board determined they should be removed. But, after 45 minutes of discussion, council members unanimously voted this week to uphold the decision to remove them, citing “non-compliance” with the harbor historic district colors. The board also took issue with the length of the curtains, objecting to covering the entire window.
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Grand River Academy has a new leader

AUSTINBURG – Grand River Academy has a new leader. The school announced this week that Tim Oditt was selected to become the headmaster following a nationwide search. Oditt will take the reins on July 1.
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Ashtabula police quickly catch suspect accused in robbery-assault

ASHTABULA – Ashtabula police quickly caught the suspect accused in the robbery and assault of a homeless man and his daughter. After police interviewed the victim, they received a call of someone trying to break into a nearby vehicle. The perpetrator, who matched the description of the homeless man’s assailant, was arrested and later identified by the victims. Theron A. Simmons appeared in court, Monday on multiple charges. The judge set his bond at $12,525, court records show.
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The city of Ashtabula is being sued

The city of Ashtabula is being sued in connection to a police involved shooting last year. Brendan Hester filed a civil rights suit Monday in federal court, which also names the two police officers involved in the June 2, 2017 incident, in which Hester was shot when the officers responded to reports of an armed intruder at a home on West 38th Street, where Hester had detained the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived, according to his attorney. Hester’s family and attorney contend race was a factor, as Hester is a young African-American man who was shot by white officers. No charges were filed against the officers involved, according to court document.
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Memorial Day weekend will be one of the most traveled in the last decade

Despite rising gas prices, experts say this Memorial Day weekend will be one of the most traveled in the last decade. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel on Memorial Day weekend, an almost 5 percent increase from last last year and the most in more than a dozen years. The busiest travel days are expected to be this Thursday and Friday, despite the highest gas prices since 2014, according to a news release from AAA. Gas prices averaged $2.72 per gallon nationwide in April, a 33-cent increase from last year. Locally, according to Gas Buddy, prices ranged from $2.69 to $2.74 per gallon last week.
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Willowbrook residents say they’re living in deplorable conditions

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP – Willowbrook residents say they’re living in deplorable conditions. More than 50 residents of the 55-and-older apartment complex says their complaints to management about broken closet doors, rotting wooden porch railings, plugged up sinks, tall grass, large potholes, leaky faucets and new restrictions on events and use of the community centers have fallen on deaf ears, according to media reports.
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Summer lunch program returns

ASHTABULA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer lunch program returns June 11, providing free federally funded lunches for children when they don’t have access to school lunches. The Ashtabula County Community Action Agency is sponsoring the program. There’s no income requirement, no paperwork to fill out and anyone ages 18 and younger may participate at any of the 14 sites.

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Expect changes at Ashtabula Area City Schools this fall

ASHTABULA – About 80 parents, teachers and administrators gathered Tuesday at Superior Intermediate School to hear about changes coming this fall to the elementary campus. Ashtabula Area City Schools Interim Superintendent Mark Potts told atendees the district’s plans are designed to help increase student achievement, and include re-arrangement of grade levels at the five elementary schools. He said the changes will hopefully help not only retain more students, but attract some as well. Come fall, parents also will see the principals going into the classrooms more often as part of a bigger plan to raise report card scores.
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