August 1, 2014

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Mom: Finding Akron teen’s remains provides closure

AKRON, Ohio — The mother of a teenager whose skeletal remains were found in a northeast Ohio park says the identification provides the family some closure as police investigate the possible homicide. A medical examiner’s office on Wednesday confirmed the remains found a day earlier at Cuyahoga Valley National Park are those of 19-year-old Taylor Read More…

Browns rookie Barkevious Mingo cleared to play, could make debut Sunday

Barkevious Mingo

BEREA — Barkevious Mingo blocked, then ran downfield to cover a punt. A few minutes later, he went head-to-head with a blocking sled. These everyday occurrences were noteworthy Wednesday because Mingo had been barred from contact since suffering a bruised lung Aug. 15 against the Lions. Coach Rob Chudzinski announced he was cleared to play, Read More…

Boys soccer: Firelands avoids tie with Fairview, remains undefeated

Fairview's Yohann Tesema, left, defends against Fireland's Jordan Ruffner.

FAIRVIEW PARK — The Firelands boys soccer team maintained its undefeated record Wednesday night. The Falcons also kept the record unblemished by fighting back under pressure to avoid a tie with a persistent Fairview team, pulling out a 2-1 victory in Patriot Athletic Conference action. Firelands senior Nate Yorks created the victory at a time Read More…

North Ridgeville’s DeMario McCall definitely something special

McCall

In 39 years of coaching, North Ridgeville’s Jeff Riesen had never had a freshman on any of his varsity teams. Not at North Ridgeville, not at Amherst, not at Elyria and not at Avon Lake. Until last season. That’s when Riesen, while watching a freshman scrimmage, saw a player that made him change his mind. Read More…

Tribe loses to Kansas City, 6-2, in all-around ugly game

Indians' Yan Gomes reacts after popping out to Kansas City Royals' Justin Maxwell  Wednesday. The Royals won 6-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ pitching was poor and their hitting was terrible. Somehow, though, their defense managed to be even worse Wednesday afternoon. Kansas City scored two runs on throwing errors and two more on fielding miscues, allowing the Royals to beat the Tribe 6-2 in the finale of their three-game series. The loss dropped Read More…

Crushers win big over Traverse City, force final game

TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. — Needing a win to keep their season alive, the Lake Erie Crushers had to sweat — for awhile. But they ended up swatting the Traverse City Beach Bums, 13-3, Wednesday in the Frontier League Division Series to force a deciding Game 5 tonight at All Pro Freight Stadium. Lake Erie put Read More…

North Ridgeville considers study of sewer system

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A study of local sewer rates could be the basis for determining future charges to residents to ensure there’s enough money to improve the city’s sewer system. City Council’s Finance Committee is slated to discuss a proposed study by the Cleveland engineering firm URS when it meets Friday afternoon. The city is Read More…

Police cite driver who struck Avon Lake bicyclist

AVON LAKE — The driver responsible for critically injuring a bicyclist after striking him with her car on Sept. 3 was cited with failure to yield, according to police Lt. Sean Bockleman. The bicyclist, 87-year-old George Rockas, is recovering at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was listed in fair condition Wednesday morning, according Read More…

North Ridgeville police close in on suspected burglar

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Security camera photos of two men who broke into a local tire store last weekend have provided police with strong leads in the case. “We believe that any day now we will locate them and have charges filed,” North Ridgeville police Detective Lt. Greg Petek said Wednesday. Petek credited news coverage of Read More…

Columbia Schools outlines cuts if November levy fails

COLUMBIA — Community members with shell-shocked eyes and parents with weary faces listened with astonishment as Columbia Schools Superintendent Greg Bansek used blunt words to describe what would happen to the district if voters failed to pass the upcoming November levy. On the heels of a May failure and after four years of continuous cost Read More…