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Cleveland Beer Week director accused of stealing $40,000 in scholarship money
Christine Montague, 48, is accused of stealing more than $40,000 from Cleveland Beer Week's scholarship funds. Christine MontagueBedford City Jail  CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The program director of Cleveland Beer Week is accused of stealing $40,000 in charitable donations that the organization uses to fund scholarships. Christine Montague, 48, is charged with grand theft and forgery. She is scheduled for arraignment Sept. 21 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Montague stole $44,849 from Cleveland Beer Week during a two-year span from January 2014 to the end of 2015, according to court records. Montague, who served as the program's director since 2009, siphoned funds donated to the organization for the Malone Foundation scholarship program, according to court records. She earned a $10,000 yearly salary to serve as the program's director and the public face of the event giving interviews to media outlets promoting the event. But instead of sending the payments to the scholarship fund, she paid herself, according to a Bedford Heights police investigation. Montague was arrested Aug. 8 and is free on a $25,000 surety bond. She did not immediately return a call seeking comment. John Lane, of the Winking Lizard, who is one of four operating board members for Cleveland Beer Week, said he couldn't elaborate on the charges or how the organization found out about the missing money. Bedford Heights police did not provide a copy of the police report on Thursday. "We absolutely can't do as much for the charity," Lane said. "We're trying to keep our momentum going forward and just move on." Another board member, Ed Thompkins of Heinen's, said the theft has not impacted this year's Beer Week, set for Oct. 14 through Oct. 22. "Basically, we're still going full steam ahead," Thompkins said. To comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments section.
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Maple Heights man shot, killed in Cleveland
Nakale Crosby, 18, was shot dead as he sat in a car on East 116th Street in Cleveland's Union-Miles Park neighborhood, police said. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- An 18-year-old Maple Heights man was shot dead in Cleveland Saturday evening, according to officials. Nakale Crosby died at Marymount Hospital, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said. Crosby was sitting inside a car at East 116th Street and Putnam Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Witnesses told police they heard several gunshots, then went outside and found Crosby had been shot in the car, police said. Someone drove Crosby to Marymount Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Detectives continue to investigate. Crosby was one of three people killed and four wounded in Cleveland shootings Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning. To comment on this story, please visit Saturday's crime and courts comments page.
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Man, woman slain in Cleveland double shooting
A man and woman were shot dead in the street early Sunday morning, about two blocks from the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center complex in Cleveland. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A man and woman were shot dead in the street early Sunday morning about two blocks from the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center complex. Witnesses heard screaming and gunshots about 2 a.m. on East 86th Street near Beckham Avenue, south of Quincy Avenue, police said. They went outside and found the man and woman lying shot in the street, police said. Paramedics rushed the victims to University Hospitals, where they were eventually pronounced dead. Police do not have a suspect in the killing. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has not released the names of the 22-year-old man and 26-year-old woman. The pair was among seven shooting victims across Cleveland's East Side in a 12-hour span Saturday and Sunday, including an 18-year-old Maple Heights man that was killed as he sat in a car. To comment on this story, please visit Saturday's crime and courts comments page.
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