The city and Conneaut school district could be sharing a home

CONNEAUT – The city and Conneaut school district could be housed under one roof. The school board appears to be warming up to the idea of sharing a city-owned building on Harbor Street near Jackson Street. Officials are assessing whether the 66, 000 square foot building could be remodeled and then shared by the two entities. Board members will discuss the matter at their March 21 meeting.


Board members also said the district will continue to follow the educational focus plan introduced last year. The plan, which hones in on – leadership and climate and leadership – will remain intact, officials said.

Madison township man linked to shooting that led to police standoff arraigned

MADISON TOWNSHIP – The 26-year-old madison township man linked to a shooting that led to a police standoff was arraigned in Painesville Municipal Court, Wednesday. Jonathan Machine was arrested after a woman called to say she was being shot at on Monday, near Perth Road, said Madison Township Police Lt. Elizabeth Kirk. Kirk said police evacuated nearby homes before Machine surrendered peacefully. Machine is facing several felonious assault charges. The case is under investigation, Kirk said.

Pennsylvania fugivite apprehended in Ashtabula

A tip led Ashtabula police to a fugitive wanted in Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon. Following a high speed police chase, that led officers to a home on State Route 193 and Griggs Road in Sheffield Township, authorities apprehended, Timothy Braden, 51, who deputies spotted hiding between parked cars at the home, officials said. Braden was being held in the Ashtabula County Jail in Jefferson awaiting extradition back to Erie County, according to an arrest affadavit.


Conneaut residents are being warned about an IRS scam

CONNEAUT – Conneaut residents are being warned about an IRS scam. According to police reports six complaints regarding the scam were received in less than five hours Thursday morning, in which the victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid or they face arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. The IRS does not call about back taxes owed, and urges anyone who recieves one of these calls to contact authorities.

Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air, with the official start just weeks away, but you wouldn’t know it in Ashtabula. A winter storm warning, prompted by more than a foot of snow predicted in some areas, expired at noon Friday, according to the NWS. Early morning commuters woke up to “difficult” driving conditions, as heavy snow quickly piled up and strong winds forced motorists to navigate blizzard like weather. Expect calmer, warmer weather this weekend, forecasters say, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid-to-upper 30s, Saturday and Sunday.

Eastlake woman charged in 2016 DUI headon collision pleaded guilty Monday

An Eastlake woman charged in a 2016 DUI headon collision pleaded guilty Monday (Feb. 26) in Lake County Common Pleas Court. Amber Klapka, 38, is accused of causing the wrong way crash on I-90, just west of Bishop Road in Wickliffe, June 8, 2016, in which a couple suffered serious injuries. Klapka faces up to 11 1/2 years in prison when she is sentenced April 2. In exchange for her plea, 15 other counts were dismissed. Klapka remains free on bond pending sentencing.

Flip flop winter bad news for the area roadways

A flip flop winter, with temp’s in the 30’s one day and 70 the next, has been bad news for the areas roadways, and that’s not good for motorists. The Geauga County Engineer’s Office said in a statement, that the freeze/thaw cycle helps weaken the pavement, making them more prone to potholes. With more freeze/thaw cycles this year, area departments are seeing worse roads than usual. It can also damage your wallet. The agency said it can cost hundreds of dollars for car repair pothole-related damage.

Conneaut police beefing up patrol at public schools in a way you might not expect

CONNEAUT – Conneaut police are beefing up patrol at the city’s four public schools in a way you might not expect. Police Chief Michael Colby said officers are taking the time to visit with students and staff throughout the day, as a way to connect. The new policy comes in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at a Florida, high school that left 17 dead.

No plea from Ashtabula man accused in domestic dispute turned shooting

ASHTABULA – A 24 year old Ashtabula man accused in a domestic dispute turned shooting on Saturday morning was arraigned Monday in Ashtabula Municipal Court. According to a county Sheriff’s Department report, Dakota V. B. Roby, fired a handgun at his brother at a residence along Jefferson Avenue, before fleeing the scene with a small child in his car. Roby reportedly was taken into custody at his E. 49th St., home shortly after the shooting incident. He did not plead to one count of improperly discharging a firearm at his Monday court appearance. A preliminary hearing is set for March 6 in Ashtabula Municipal Court.

OSU Women v. Penn State Sunday

Ohio State women’s basketball clinched at least a share of the Big Ten championship for the second year in a row on Thursday night as a result of Maryland’s loss to Michigan. The Buckeyes, who are 23-6, 12-3 in the Big Ten, can win the outright title on Sunday at Penn State. Led by 27 points from superstar Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State beat Penn State by 30 points in their first meeting on January 31st. Coverage begins Sunday morning at 11:45am on ESPN 970 WFUN.