December 23, 2014

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Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine says team still deciding if it will add a veteran QB

Cleveland Borwns head coach Mike Pettine answers questions from reporters during the AFC head coaches breakfast at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The Browns addressed nearly every position on the roster in the first month of free agency. Quarterback wasn’t one of them. New general manager Ray Farmer’s only moves at the game’s most important position were releasing Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell, who combined to start 13 games last year. Brian Hoyer, who started the other Read More…

Indians notes: Struggling Vinnie Pestano sent down

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano throws to first to get San Diego Padres' Everth Cabrera on a ground out Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Vinnie Pestano offered up an impressive performance to reclaim a spot in the Indians’ bullpen this spring. It was a fleeting moment of success for the former elite late-inning reliever. After three disappointing appearances to start the season, Pestano was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday and replaced by right-hander C.C. Lee in Read More…

Lorain police arrest suspect in Fifth Third Bank robbery

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LORAIN — A man who allegedly handed a threatening note to a bank teller and made off with a pocketful of money on Saturday has been arrested. Jonathan Rhodes, 32, of Lorain was charged with robbery at about 10 a.m. at a relative’s house near the intersection of Elyria Avenue and 28th Street on Wednesday. Read More…

State Route 18 closed in Wellington for gas leak investigation

The Wellington Fire Department confirmed that state Route 18 is closed between Pitts and Fairground roads for an investigation of a gas leak. Columbia Gas arrived on scene at about 1:45 p.m. There is no estimate for how long the road will be closed. Drivers are asked to avoid the area until the scene is clear. Read More…

UPDATED: Three-judge panel sentences Vincent Jackson Jr. to life in prison

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ELYRIA — Vincent Jackson Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for gunning down Qiana Walton during a 2008 robbery, a three-judge panel ruled Wednesday. Jackson, 33, who could have received a death sentence in the case, appeared relieved by the decision. He will not be eligible for parole. Walton’s family was Read More…

VW tells US dealers to stop selling 4 models

Volkswagen is recalling four models, including the Passat. (AP photo)

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen is telling U.S. dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed. The order covers about 25,000 Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle convertible models equipped with 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engines and automatic transmissions, spokesman Scott Vazin said Wednesday. They were built after Feb. 1. An “O-ring” Read More…

UPDATED: 4 students seriously hurt in Pa. school stabbings

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MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal, authorities said. The attack occurred in crowded hallways just minutes Read More…

PETA drops restaurant proposal for Jeffrey Dahmer house

The Bath, Ohio, childhood home of Jeffrey Dahmer, where he committed his first murder is for sale for just under $300,000. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Paul Tople)

BATH, Ohio (AP) — A national animal welfare group says it has abandoned the idea of turning serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home in Ohio into a vegan restaurant. Moira Colley, spokeswoman for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, tells The Akron Beacon Journal the group “won’t be able to move forward” with Read More…

UConn partying links men, women’s national title victories

Husein Becirovic of New Britain, Conn., left, Laura Purcell of Stoughton, Mass., center, and Yvonne Ambenge of Mansfield, Conn., right, cheer as they watch the broadcast of the UConn and Notre Dame women's NCAA title game Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The partying started Monday night on the UConn campus and spilled into Tuesday. And rightly so. It was in honor of the women’s basketball team, which beat Notre Dame 79-58 in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, capturing a record ninth national title, and the men’s team, which beat Kentucky 60-54 in Arlington, Read More…

Lorain police searching for suspect in Fifth Third Bank robbery

Police are looking for this man accused of robbing Fifth Third Bank. COURTESY OF ELYRIA POLICE

LORAIN — Police were searching for a man who handed a threatening note to a teller just before stealing money from the bank Saturday. About 12:30 p.m., a suspicious man entered Fifth Third Bank at 559 Broadway and walked around for a minute before leaving, Lorain police Det. Buddy Sivert said. The man returned moments Read More…