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UPDATED: Local investors buy Ashtabula Town Square

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ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP – There is an air of an excitement at Ashtabula Towne Square as local investors have purchased the property.
Sure Fire Group, LLC has reached an agreement for the mall with Morgan Stanley Capital I Incorporated for an undisclosed amount. Morgan Stanley Capital I obtained the property from a receivership.

Assumption pastor pleads not guilty to two misdemeanors

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GENEVA – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church Pastor Fr. Robert Lanterman is scheduled to appear in court for a Pre-Trial hearing on Nov. 11 in Judge David A. Schroeder’s courtroom in Western County Court.
Lanterman has been charged with Misdemeanor 1st Degree Assault and Disorderly Conduct, which is a minor misdemeanor. Lanterman has pleaded Not Guilty to both charges.

Jesse Davis lived life to the fullest despite his medical condition

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JEFFERSON – Jesse Davis touched a lot of lives in his short 25 years on this planet. The Jefferson resident passed away on June 15 of natural causes. Davis showed courage and determination to live his life to the fullest despite a lifetime of health complications.

Geneva intends to join Countywide CAD system

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GENEVA – The Geneva Council Safety Committee unanimously recommended and council agreed to have City Manger Jim Pearson draft a letter that city intends to partner with the county in the new Computer Aided Dispatch system.

Land transfer does not go smoothly

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GENEVA-ON-LAKE – A long time ago, the village founders had a specific plan. But if they wrote down the reason why, it has been lost to history.
Smooth Brew owner Dave Clifford came to the Oct. 5th council meeting hoping there was a simple solution to an issue he is having. There was not.
Smooth Brews owns three parcels on the west end of the Strip. Two are located on 5514 Lake Road East. The third is the parcel directly behind those two parcels and located at 496567 Lake Road. In between, there is a small sliver of land maybe five to 10 feet.

Jefferson Elementary students evacuated after small fire

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JEFFERSON – All students and staff are safe after a small fire was quickly contained at Jefferson Elementary School on Tuesday.
The fire began at approximately 9:43 a.m. in an upstairs bathroom at the school. The alarm went off, and as staff and students carried out the fire alarm procedures, Building Principal Todd Tulino put out the fire with fire extinguisher.

City wants to warn residents of paving scam

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The City of Ashtabula has received complaints from business owners and residents about a potential scam that is taking place within our community.

The City received reports a person by the name of Johnny Young is going door-to-door stating he has “leftover” asphalt from the City’s paving project that must be used quickly and offering a discounted price to do driveways and parking lots. The business card he is handling out displays a company name of Asphalt Construction out of Kent, Ohio.

Prisoner escape attempt foiled

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JEFFERSON – An Ashtabula County Jail prisoner has been charged with Incarcerated Escape and Vandalism.
According to an ACSO report released on October 8, Kenneth Rockwell attempted to escape from the Ashtabula County Jail on October 2. An officer observed Rockwell digging at the window on the east side fourth floor bunk 15 area.

LEADERship Ashtabula wants you to rediscover Ashtabula County

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ASHTABULA COUNTY – Just how much do you know about Ashtabula County? For the last 13 years, LEADERship Ashtabula County has been offering a one-day travel workshop, Discover the Highlights of Ashtabula County. This year’s event takes place on October 24. It begins at 7:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast and ends with wine tasting and Hors d’Oeuvres at 5 p.m. In between participants will experience Ashtabula County through the eyes and words of local government, business and community leaders. Many of these speakers have previously attended the event as a participant.

GOTL considering three options to raise police levy revenue

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GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE – The village council is exploring three options in order to raise revenue for the police department.
Council passed three resolutions in order to give themselves choices. The existing and continuing police levy is 5.1 mills. It was last replaced in 1998. The village collects the 5.1 mills based on 1998 data. Council passed all three ordinances as part of two-step process. The resolutions will allow them ask for certification from the County Auditor to what the mills with produce with current data. Council is hoping to have that data in time for the September 13 work session. Council would then determine which of the three options would be the best. The option they choose would likely be place on the May 5, 2015 ballot.

534 Corridor CIC is meant to be a helpful tool for region

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GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE – In these days of limited funding and ever-changing economic uncertainties, every region in the United States is trying to find any avenue available to improve their community.
The City of Geneva, Village of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Geneva Township and Harpersfield Township are no strangers to cooperation. The sister communities have often worked together in various projects and services. The four communities have recently formed a new tool in order to enhance the region in the form of the 534 Corridor Community Improvement Corporation.

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