Man sentenced in assault case

Richard Snoozy, 45, of Middlefield was sentenced to six years in prison by Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Ondrey this week. Mr. Snoozy pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault, a second degree felony, and domestic violence, a third-degree felony, after being accused of assaulting his wife in April, according to court records.

Mr. Snoozy had prior convictions related to domestic assault incidents in Woodbury County, Iowa, according to court records.

Prior to the July 14 hearing where he pleaded guilty to both charges, Mr. Snoozy spent 94 days in the Geauga County Safety Center awaiting trial. Court records state that Mr. Snoozy punched his wife in the face and body before choking her, slamming her against the wall and throwing her onto the floor.

Each charge carries up to three years of jail time. Judge Ondrey ruled that the sentences be carried out consecutively, according to court records.

GOP Geauga grand opening

The Geauga County Republican Party is having a grand opening of their headquarters at the Chase Bank Building, 100 Center St., Suite 310 in Chardon from 3-5 p.m. on July 25. Guests are asked to park in the back parking lot.

 Guests are welcome to come up to the office on the third floor for a tour, meet Republican candidates, shop in the GOP retail store, or sign up to be a volunteer. Please bring a mask to wear inside the office.

 There will be a canopy in the grassy area behind the building with candidate and Trump signs for those who don’t want to come up to the office.

 For more information, visit GeaugaGOP.com.

Bentleyville approves renewal levies

Bentleyville Village Council approved placing two renewal levies, totaling a combined 4.9 mills, on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Council unanimously approved the renewal of the levies on the third reading during the July 15 meeting.

The levies include a 3.7-mill operating levy for general village operating expenses and a 1.2-mill road levy for the general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repairs of streets throughout the village. Both will be for a period of five years.

According to April 16 certifications from the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer, the village is estimated to bring in $177,538 of revenue for the 3.7-mill renewal and $57,580 for the 1.2-mill renewal at full collection.

The current cost to taxpayers for the levies are about $76.85 and $24.92 per $100,000 of home valuation, respectively, according to the county fiscal office.

Village Fiscal Officer Nickol Sell said the levies were first put into effect in 1996, and the combined cost to taxpayers would be about $101.76 per $100,000 of home valuation.

The levies will not increase taxes to residents, village officials said.

JFS levy up for renewal this fall

The Geauga County Commissioners approved the renewal of a 0.7-mill operating levy originally passed in 2005 for the Department of Jobs and Family Services.

The levy is one of two operating levies for the county department.

Department Director Craig Swenson explained at the commissioners’ Tuesday meeting that JFS originally had just this one 0.7-mill operating levy before a second one was approved by voters in 2015 for an additional 0.5 mills during the height of an opiate crisis. The 2015 levy was just renewed this past spring election, he said.

He said the 0.7-mill levy up for renewal this fall “generally yields about $1.5 million annually” for the county.

According to the Geauga County Auditor’s Office, the already passed 0.5-mill operating levy from the March 17 elections costs $76.85 per $100,000 of home valuation. As of Tuesday afternoon, information was not yet available for the 0.7-mill levy up for renewal this fall regarding the cost to taxpayers.

Mr. Swenson said, however, that the renewal will not raise taxes because it is a renewal.

He also told commissioners that the department would like to consider combining the levies “sometime down the road,” to avoid campaigning for the renewals back-to-back. He said this is something that may come up by 2025 when the levies will be up for renewal again.

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