Geneva Schools Cut 14 Jobs

The Geneva School Board voted to eliminate 14 positions from the budget on Monday and drew the number of bus routes down to the state minimum. Superintendent Eric Kujala said cuts are estimated to save up to $300,000. The district is facing a $2 million deficit after the operational levy failed on the November ballot. The district can’t release certified staff members until the end of the school year or their contract period, but bus drivers could be cut as early as next month.

Kingsville Man Charged with Murder

63-year-old Leonard Bankston Sr., a Kingsville man with a history of domestic violence, now faces charges in the death of his 54-year-old domestic partner Sheila Pyles, according to Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell. Bankston reportedly called police at 1:53 p.m. Sunday to West 49th Street for a possible overdose. He was at the house when an ambulance and police arrived on the scene. Police discovered that Pyles was alive, but unresponsive. She was flown by helicopter to MetroHealth in Cleveland, where she died early Monday morning. Stell said her physical condition led police on the scene to believe it was more of a felonious assault than an overdose and there was evidence of a domestic altercation inside the home. Bankston was charged with two counts of murder and one count of felonious assault. No bond was set at a hearing Monday afternoon. Police are unsure what time the suspected assault took place, saying it’s possible it happened Friday or Saturday.

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Miocic Champion to Bullied Kid

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has reached out to middle schooler Keaton Jones because of a viral video about the bullying he’s enduring at the school. Eastlake’s Miocic tweeted: Keaton, I got your back… Come be a part of my training camp. You’re not alone.

Thompson Could Return to Cavs Tonight

Tristan Thompson will be coming off the bench when he returns to the Cavs lineup after a calf injury, which has sidelined him since November 1st. Thompson could play tonight when Cleveland plays host to the Atlanta Hawks. Thompson practiced on Monday, and as long as he recovers as expected, the Cavs will have their most tenacious rebounder and one of their best defenders back on the floor — but not as a starter. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Thompson will come off the bench, and Kevin Love will remain the starting center . The Cavs have won 14 of 15 while Thompson has been recovering, and Lue doesn’t want to disrupt the chemistry. Coverage begins tonight from the Q at 6:30pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Big 10 Tops in All-America 1st Team Selections

Oklahoma claims three members of this year’s All-America team, including Heisman trophy winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, offensive tackle Orlando Brown and tight end Mark Andrews, giving the Sooners more players on the first team than any school. The All-America team dates to 1925 and was selected this season by a panel of 17 Top 25 voters. Four of the top five vote-getters for the Heisman Trophy made the first team, including Mayfield, the runaway winner. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting, made the team as an all-purpose player. Ohio State offensive lineman Billy Price was also selected to represent the Big 10 on the AP All-America team, leading all other conferences with 7 first team selections. Last year’s Heisman winner and All-America quarterback, Lamar Jackson of Louisville, was selected to the second team.

Rep. Joyce Office Moves to Mentor

Republican Congressman Dave Joyce of Bainbridge Township, who represents all of Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga Counties and parts of Cuyahoga, Trumbull, Summit and Portage, has announced he’s moving his main district office out of Downtown Painesville and into Mentor, at 8500 Station St., Suite 390. The office can still be contacted at 440-352-3939 or 800-447-0529. Joyce’s spokesperson said Mentor has the largest population in the district, so it made sense to move to where the people are.

Sawyer House Back on the Market

The Sawyer House in Mentor is back on the real estate market after a national developer backed out of a deal to purchase the property. According to the current owner, Embree Asset Group Incorporated of Georgetown, Texas, recently cancelled the contract to acquire the property for an unspecified medical use. Dennis Koury, managing member of 7338 Mentor LLC, said Embree re-evaluated the marketplace and their direction. Koury’s company bought the property in 2015 for more than three quarters of a million dollars.

Kingsville Man Charged with Murder

63-year-old Leonard Bankston Sr., a Kingsville man with a history of domestic violence, now faces charges in the death of his 54-year-old domestic partner Sheila Pyles, according to Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell. Bankston reportedly called police at 1:53 p.m. Sunday to West 49th Street for a possible overdose. He was at the house when an ambulance and police arrived on the scene. Police discovered that Pyles was alive, but unresponsive. She was flown by helicopter to MetroHealth in Cleveland, where she died early Monday morning. Stell said her physical condition led police on the scene to believe it was more of a felonious assault than an overdose and there was evidence of a domestic altercation inside the home. Bankston was charged with two counts of murder and one count of felonious assault. No bond was set at a hearing Monday afternoon. Police are unsure what time time the suspected assault took place, saying it’s possible it happened Friday or Saturday.

Cavs Beat Sixers 105-98

LeBron James had his 58th career triple-double and the Cavaliers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 105-98, on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Cavs bounce back from a loss in Indiana to the Pacers on Friday night that ended their franchise-tying 13-game winning streak. Sixers forward Robert Covington fell into Cleveland’s bench going after a loose ball with about a minute to play. He was down for a couple of minutes before being helped to his feet, and then the locker room. Rookie Ben Simmons’ dunk gave the Sixers a 96-91 lead, but the Cavs finished on a 14-2 run. James converted a three-point play and Kyle Korver hit a three, giving Cleveland the lead. The Cavs host the Hawks on Tuesday, with coverage beginning at 6:30pm on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Packers Beat Browns 27-21

After blowing a big fourth quarter lead to the Packers, who tied the game sending it into overtime, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer’s overtime interception set up Green Bay’s winning touchdown, and Cleveland fell to that unlucky number 0-and-13 for the second straight year with a 27-21 loss on Sunday. The Packers, who survived another week without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, may have their franchise quarterback under center next week. But, once again, costly mistakes did in the Browns, who led by 14 points in the fourth quarter. They were undone by a dropped pass, poor coverage on a punt return and Kizer’s late pick, which he could have avoided. Before Kizer’s costly interception, rookie tight end David Njoku couldn’t make a reception in regulation that would have shaved precious time off the clock. The Browns also gave up a 65-yard punt return to Trevor Davis, setting up the Packers for their game-tying touchdown with 17 seconds left. The Browns host the Ravens next Sunday.