Mr. Football, Bridges To Nowhere & Unanswered Prayers: A Week In Review

Catch some of the biggest stories from in and around Mentor this week

1. Mentor High's Mitch Trubisky was named Mr. Football by the Associated Press of Ohio this week.

That's a big deal for a lot of reasons. One, it recognizes Trubisky has the best high school football player in the state.

Two, this is the second time in six years that a Mentor player has received the honor -- Bart Tanski, 2007, was the first -- and it's a short list of schools that have produced two Mr. Footballs.

Three, Mentor High Schools has completed an unprecedented sweep this year. Justin Fritts, who graduated in spring, was named Mr. Basketball earlier this year.

Never before this has a single school produced Mr. Basketball and Mr. Football in the same calendar year.

Trubisky isn't the only local athlete that the AP honored either.

2. A man is accused of -- among other things -- driving a stolen car while drunk.

Mentor Police had to follow the suspect in car, on foot and even needed some help from canine officer Titan before 23-year-old Ronnell Burns allowed himself to be arrested.

Read the whole story here.

3. The city of Mentor likely won't have a "bridge to nowhere" for much longer.

About $250,000 has been set aside in the city's proposed 2013 budget for the demolition of an unfinished and eroding bridge in the southwest portion of the Mentor Lagoons Marina near Coronada Drive.

The 185-foot bridge has no beginning or end, just a middle that stands over the water near the Mentor-on-the-Lake border. Its construction began in the 1920s but the Great Depression ended the project.

It was intended to connect to a residential development that never was, and never will be, built.

4. Anthony Raguz -- the Mentor man whose fraudulent loans caused the St. Paul Croation Federal Credit Union to collapse -- was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison Monday morning.

Raguz, 52, was the chief operating officer of the credit union from 2000 to 2010. During that time he issued more than 1,000 fraudulent loans worth more than $72 million, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Sammon said.

He was also received between $500,000 and $1 million worth of bribes, kickbacks and gifts in exchange for the fraudulent loans.

His actions helped cause one of the largest credit union failures in American history and the credit union's ensuing liquidation cost the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund $170 million.

5. In case you missed it earlier this week, our Mama Says columnist talked about some of the prayers in her life that she's glad went unanswered.


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