The Cleveland Indians have announed the signings of three players selected in the recent Amateur Player Draft.
The Indians tonight announced the signing of INF FRANCISCO LINDOR, the 8th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.The Clermont, Florida native hit.528 (28-53) during his senior season at Montverde (FL) Academy High School with 31 runs scored, 6HR, 13 RBI and 20 steals in 21 attempts. Fifteen (15) of his twenty-eight (28) hits went for extra bases. The switch-hitting shortstop was a Rawlings First Team All-American in 2011 and won the home run hitting contest at the Aflac All-American Game in August of 2010 in San Diego’s PETCO Park.Lindor is 17 years old and was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico before moving to the Orlando, FL area when he was 12 years old. He is 5-11 and weighs 170 pounds. In 2009 he helped Under-16 Team USA to a gold medal in Taiwan by hitting .500 with three triples and six steals. Lindor was ranked as the 7th best prospect in the entire draft by both Baseball America (3rd highest position player) and Perfect Game.
The Tribe also announced the signing of RHP DILLON HOWARD, the Indians’ second round pick (67th overall) in the Draft.Howard, 19, went 9-1 with a 0.31ERA (58.0IP, 19H, 2ER, 25BB, 115K) in 12 starts for Searcy High School in Searcy, Arkansas. The 6-4, 210-pound right handed pitcher was named the Arkansas high school Player of the Year by both Gatorade and MaxPreps. Last summer was named the MVP at the Connie Mack World Series while playing for the Midland Redskins. As a junior at Searcy HS he went 7-4 w/a 2.96ERA in 54.1 innings (92K) and concluded his high school career with an 18-8 record and 212 strikeouts.
Howard was ranked as the 31st best prospect entering the 2011 draft by Baseball America and 29th overall by Perfect Game.
The Indians also announced the signing of RHP Shawn Armstrong from East Carolina University.
He appeared in 19 games (six starts) posting a 3-1 record with a 4.63 ERA ... Struck out 50 with 22 walks in 44.2 innings ... Recorded lone quality start against Campbell (Mar. 1) allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits in six innings with four punch outs in first win of the season ... Fanned a career-best eight against Houston (Apr. 23) where he notched his second victory ... Struck out seven against Marshall (May 8) in his first relief win of the year ... Worked into the fifth inning in three of six starts ... Posted four or more strikeouts in four games ... Combined on three shutouts (Youngstown State/Feb. 20, Rutgers/Mar. 20 and Wake Forest/May 11) ... Allowed one hit or less in 7 of 13 relief appearances ... Listed as the No. 7 prospect by Perfect Game and No. 8 prospect by Baseball America in C-USA heading into redshirt sophomore season ... Career Notes: Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 33rd round (pick 992) in 2008 ... Preseason All-America selection out of high school by Louisville Slugger and Rawlings ... Career Numbers:: 4-3, 4.45 ERA, 95.0 IP, 43 games (11 starts), 97 Hs, 60 Rs, 47 ERs, 39 BBs and 95 Ks
Canton Police are asking for the public's help in finding the person responsible for a homicide that occurred during an alleged home invasion robbery Sunday afternoon.
Police say 61-year old Melvin Hope received multiple gunshot wounds in his residence in the 23-hundred block of 11th Street Northwest. Authorities transported Hope to Mercy Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly before 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
Canton Police have not named any suspects and the investigation continues.
The Cleveland Browns were awarded defensive back Brett Johnson off waivers from Seattle, the team announced today.Originally signed by Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in 2010, Johnson also spent time with Philadelphia and St. Louis before being released prior to the start of the regular season. He was signed to the Bills’ practice squad on December 22, where he remained for the rest of the 2010 season.A four-year letterman at the University of California (2006-09), Johnson appeared in 49 games with 22 starts in his collegiate career, posting 107 tackles, three interceptions, eight passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. A native of Henderson, Nevada, the 6-1, 194-pound Johnson attended Green Valley High School in Las Vegas.
He will wear uniform number 33.
Average retail gasoline prices in Akron have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.53/g yesterday.
This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.60/g, according to gasoline price website AkronGasPrices.com.Including the change in gas prices in Akron during the past week, prices yesterday were 92.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 4.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 6.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 85.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"After watching oil decline dramatically two weeks ago, prices rebounded some $12/bbl last week, which may severely limit relief at the gas pump," says Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst. "The smallest sliver of hope in the economy seems to make some market players forget the bigger issues this country faces. Last week, this situation led to buying spree in oil prices, something that I just don't see lasting," DeHaan adds.
Bond was set at half-a-million dollars in Barberton Muncipal Court this afternoon for New Franklin murder suspect, 27-year old Raul Benitez Maranon.Maranon, who was arraigned by video from the Summit County jail is charged with the Sunday afternoon shooting death of 61-year old Canton taxi driver Jerry Laury of Canton.
An attorney will be appointed for Maranon who faces an aggravated murder charge. He's due back in court August 17th.
The incident took place at an apartment complex at 5134 South Main Street shortly after 6 o'clock last night. Police say the cab driver, 61-year old Jerry Lauer of Canton, was shot multiple times.
New Franklin Police say they have arrested of New Franklin, following a verbal altercation.
New Franklin Police and the Summit County Medical Examiners Officer are investigating the insident.
The Pat Shurmur era as Coach of the Cleveland Browns began on a successful note as the Browns defeated the Green Bay Packers 27-17 in the pre-season opener for both teams at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Browns quarterback Colt McCoy showed off his knowledge of the West Coast Offense in leading the first team offense to two touchdowns.
McCoy led the Browns down the field on their first possession. McCoy mixed in runs by Peyton Hillis and passes to Josh Cribbs, Greg Little and Brian Robiskie. On a first-and-10 from the 27, McCoy found Josh Cribbs streaking down the right sideline. Cribbs leaped over the Packer defender and came down with the ball for the touchdown. Phil Dawson’s extra point gave the Browns a 7-0 lead.
Green Bay answered that touchdown with one of their own.
Packer quarterback Aaron Rogers worked only two series in the first quarter. His first series was a three and out. The second series resulted in a Packer touchdown. In a seven-play, 71-yard drive, Rogers found Greg Jennings in the corner of end zone for 21-yard TD. Mason Crosby added the point to tie the game at seven
After an exchange of punts, McCoy had the Browns offense humming again. Two completions by McCoy to tight end Benjamin Watson covering 19 and 37 yards set the Browns up on the three-yard line. Peyton Hillis got the ball and went off right tackle and into the end zone. Dawson’s extra point made it 14-7 Browns.
Shurmur thought McCoy was on his game in the first half. “I thought he was pretty sharp. He executed well. He worked us down the field twice. That’s the mark of a quarterback.”
McCoy’s numbers on the night were impressive, 9 of 10 for 135 yards and one touchdown.
The Packers closed out the second quarter by scoring on their next two possessions on a field goal by Mason Crosby and a three-yard touchdown pass from Matt Flynn to Spencer Havner.
At halftime, the Packers held a 17-14 lead.
The Browns came out of the locker room for the third quarter ready to play. Back-up quarterback Seneca Wallace led the Browns on an 11-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a 46-yard field goal by back-up kicker Jeff Wolfert to tie the game at 17.
On the next Packer possession, Packer third-string Graham Harrell was sacked by Browns linebacker Brian Smith. The hit caused the ball to come lose. Linebacker Titus Brown picked it up and rumbled 37 yards for a touchdown. Wolfert’s point after gave the Browns a 24-17 lead.
The fourth quarter had both coaches looking at their third-and-fourth string players. The only scoring was a field goal by the Browns from 44 yards out by Wolfert.
The next action for the Browns will be on Friday night August 19th when Cleveland hosts the Detroit Lions.
GREEN BAY – 7 – 10 – 0 – 0 = 17
CLEVELAND – 7 – 7 – 10 – 3 = 27
CLEVE – Josh Cribbs 27 pass from Colt McCoy (Phil Dawson Kick) 8:41
GREEN – Greg Jennings 21 pass from Aaron Rogers (Mason Crosby Kick) 4-38
CLEVE – Peyton Hillis 3 run (Dawson Kick) 13:46
GREEN – Mason Crosby 31 Field Goal 6:18
GREEN – Spencer Havner 3 pass from Matt Flynn (Crosby kick) 0:27
CLEVE – Jeff Wolfert 46 Field Goal 10:09
CLEVE - Titus Brown 37 fumble recovery 7:00
CLEVE – Wolfert 44 Field Goal 1:52
Akron Police say a woman is dead and two others were wounded in a shooting that took place at the Spring Hill Apartment Complex, located at 1221 Everton, off Vernon Odom Boulevard. The incident supposedly took place in a 5th floor apartment and in the hallway.
Akron Police officials say they began receiving 9-1-1 calls around 1:40 this morning from residents saying that they heard gunfire.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's office has identified the dead woman as 18 year-old Brielle Robins of Madison Avenue in Akron.
Two men were wounded in the shooting. Police say 20-year old Jamir Harrison of Everton Drive was treated and released from a local hospital. 27- year old Willie White of Oberlin Street in Akron is listed in serious condition at a local hospital.
Akron Police Lieutenant Rick Edwards says detectives believe a fight in the apartment building may have led to the shooting. Police says they have identified those involved in the incident, but have not made any arrests.
ANN's Mike Ward contributed to this report.
Cuyahoga County Judge Dick Ambrose has sentenced 51-year old Anthony Sowell to death for killing 11 women and dumping their remains around his Imperial Avenue home in Cleveland.
Jurors on Wednesday recommended the death penalty for Sowell. Judge Ambrose had two options: execution by lethal injection or reducing the recommended sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Sowell was arrested on Halloween 2009, two days after police went to his house on a sexual-assault complaint and began finding bodies.
Early this morning, the Akron Fire Department was called to the scene of a house fire in the 18-hundred block of South Main Street, between Youtz (Youths) and Catawba. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has not been determined. A damage estimate is not available.
The Akron Police Department have been busy this morning. APD began receiving 9-1-1 calls at 1:40 this morning of a shooting at the Spring Hill Apartment Complex, located at 1221 Everton. The complex is located near Vernon Odom Boulevard.
According to NewsChannel 5, the incident took place in a 5th floor apartment and in the hallway. The Summit County Medical Examiners Office reports a woman who was attending a party at the Apartment Building is dead. Two others were wounded. Those two injured people were transported to area hospitals.
The name of the women who diied in the incident is being withheld pending a positive identification and notification of the next of kin.
Akron Police Detectives have been busy trying to process each shootig scene, collecting evidence and questionning witnesses at Police Headquarters.
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