November 22, 2014

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Undersized Kevin Skotko has become Avon’s top defender

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If you pass Kevin Skotko while he isn’t wearing pads, you might be surprised to learn he’s a member of the Avon football team. Even in pads and told he plays defense, you’d probably guess he played cornerback or safety. You certainly wouldn’t think the 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior leads the team in tackles at inside Read More…

Golden Helmet Award: Elyria’s Tracy Sprinkle ends up-and-down year as county’s best player

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ELYRIA — It’s been a rollercoaster year for Elyria High’s Tracy Sprinkle. The defensive end mourned the death of his brother, Jamelro Hicks, last December, was offered a football scholarship by Ohio State a few months later and then put together a stellar senior-season performance for the Pioneers, who let a postseason berth slip through Read More…

Loss of Joe Haden may cripple Browns’ hopes

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BEREA — Neutralizing Dallas wide receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin is a difficult enough task. Stopping them without your top defensive back in uniform might be impossible. The Browns could face that ugly scenario at Cowboys Stadium, as ace cornerback Joe Haden did not practice Thursday because of an oblique injury that he sustained Read More…

Victim’s family sues driver, bars in fatal crash

ELYRIA — The mother of 18-year-old Andrew “A.J.” Vincent, who was killed in a 2010 drunken driving crash involving Mark Ralich, has filed suit against Ralich, his mother and two Elyria bars. The suit filed Tuesday by Cynthia “Jean” Vincent seeks more than $25,000 in compensatory and punitive damages from Ralich, his mother Mary Lou Read More…

Judge to rule in doc’s groping case

ELYRIA — Dr. Somnath Roy was portrayed during closing arguments in his trial Thursday as a man who grossly abused his status as a doctor to sexually assault six women over the course of several years. Assistant County Prosecutor Laura Dezort termed Roy’s actions at one point as “sick and twisted.” “He cloaked his behavior Read More…

Poor play by reserves has stung Cavs this season

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INDEPENDENCE — Most Cavaliers reserves are making a strong argument they shouldn’t even get off the bench right now. Coach Byron Scott can’t play all five starters 48 minutes, however, so he’ll keep trying different combinations. “I’ve got a few more buttons I can push,” Scott said Thursday following practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “But Read More…

Mississippi woman accused in killing fighting extradition

Tamira Peoples appears Thursday at her extradition hearing in Lorain County Common Pleas Court regarding a homicide in Mississippi. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

LORAIN — A Mississippi woman accused of killing her neighbor and shooting the neighbor’s mother appeared in court Thursday to say she wanted to fight her extradition. Tamira Peoples, 37, spoke in a near-whisper as she answered questions from Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery in a brief hearing. She asked her court-appointed attorney, William Willis, Read More…

Browns notes: Wide receiver Josh Gordon shining

BEREA — Wide receiver Josh Gordon had a stack of 15 tickets in his left hand and a smile on his face as he exited the Browns locker room on Thursday afternoon. Before leaving, though, the rookie from Baylor made it clear that he expects to have a great day Sunday when Cleveland plays Dallas Read More…

Judge rejects Ronald Post’s appeal of confession

COLUMBUS — A federal judge has rejected an appeal by an obese death row inmate that is unrelated to the inmate’s attempt to stop his execution because of his weight. Condemned killer Ronald Post wants more time to pursue arguments that claims he made a full confession to several people have been falsely exaggerated. Cleveland Read More…

State to investigate agencies’ response in Vermilion case

VERMILION — Ohio’s family services agency plans to investigate county social workers who dealt with a family whose youngest son recently died of malnutrition and dehydration, but will wait until a criminal investigation is completed, a spokesman said Thursday. Erie County Job and Family Services in Sandusky had oversight of the family from February 2008 Read More…