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SWAT team responds to man barricaded inside Parma home
The SWAT team is on the scene after a man barricaded himself inside a Parma home Friday morning, police said. PARMA, Ohio -- The SWAT team is on the scene after a man barricaded himself inside a Parma home Friday morning, police said. About 10:15 a.m., Parma police Lt. Kevin Riley confirmed the SWAT team was at a home in the area of Broadview Road and Panorama Drive. Police did not know if the man had a weapon or was holding hostages, Riley said. An emergency alert sent out by Cuyahoga County around the same time said a male was ejected from a vehicle during a crash in the 6500 block of Broadview Road. Rescuers could not get to the crash victim because of the man barricaded in the home, the alert said. Riley said he did not know if the crash was related to the standoff. This is a developing story. A cleveland.com reporter is en route to the scene. If you wish to discuss or comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments section. Like Chanda Neely on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter: Follow @ChandaNeely // !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // ]]>
212 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Police Parma Ohio Broadview Heights Ohio North Royalton Ohio SWAT Ohio Brecksville Ohio
Strongsville takes up medical marijuana issue
Strongsville fell in line with the three other Ohio 82 cities in Cuyahoga County on Tuesday night and established a moratorium on medical marijuana. STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - On Tuesday night, Strongsville fell in line with three other Ohio 82 cities in Cuyahoga County and established a moratorium on medical marijuana. The moratorium, which City Council approved, will prohibit the growing, processing and selling of marijuana for six months. New Ohio legislation allows patients, starting this week, to use medical marijuana prescribed by doctors, but the state has not nailed down the law's details. "The moratorium gives us the ability to see what the state is going to do and decide if the city needs to introduce its own zoning legislation," Law Director Neal Jamison said Tuesday night. Last week, Broadview Heights City Council voted unanimously to establish a 12-month moratorium on medical marijuana. Brecksville and North Royalton city councils were expected to approve six-month medical marijuana moratoriums, and may have done so Tuesday night. Broadview Heights establishes one-year moratorium on medical marijuana Several other Cuyahoga County communities, including Lakewood, and municipalities throughout Ohio, including Beavercreek, Troy and Piqua, have also approved medical marijuana moratoriums. Rocky River has introduced legislation that would ban the growing, processing and selling of medical marijuana. The new state law - House Bill 523, which Gov. John Kasich signed in June - already provides some restrictions on medical marijuana. For example, no one can grow, process or sell marijuana within 500 feet of a school, church, library, playground or park. Also, no one is allowed to grown marijuana in their homes. HB 523 authorizes municipal governments to establish their own medical marijuana regulations. Local governments can restrict locations where marijuana is cultivated, processed or sold, or they can ban the growing and selling of marijuana altogether. However, municipalities can't stop patients from using medical marijuana. Strongsville Councilman Joe DeMio said council hasn't yet decided whether the city should ban the growing and selling of medical marijuana here. He said such a debate is premature. But DeMio did express concern that HB 523 might contradict federal law, which still lists marijuana as an illegal drug. He asked Jamison to prepare a memo on the state versus federal laws. This story has been updated. 
120 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio North Royalton Ohio Broadview Heights Ohio Municipality Parma Ohio United States Congress United States Local government in the United States
Proposed cluster-home development in Brecksville waits for federal approval
A plan by Petros Homes to build 59 stand-alone cluster houses at Snowville and Brecksville roads will have to wait for federal approval. The developer needs a wetland permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before it can move forward with its subdivision, named The Village. BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - A plan by a Broadview Heights developer to build 59 stand-alone cluster houses at Snowville and Brecksville roads will have to wait for federal approval. Petros Homes needs a wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before it can move forward with its subdivision - named The Village - which would stand on 25 acres off the north side of Snowville, just east of Brecksville Road. To receive the permit, Petros must identify all federally protected wetlands on the 25 acres and show how it would preserve the wetlands or recreate them elsewhere. Company officials said they are waiting for the U.S. Army Corps to approve its wetlands plan. On Jan. 26, the Brecksville Planning Commission gave Petros permission to start clearing and landscaping the heavily wooded 25 acres but only after receiving the federal wetlands permit. After clearing and landscaping the site, Petros will have to return to the commission and City Council for subdivision approval. The firm must also give the city an arborist report - listing the species of trees on the 25 acres and identifying which must be preserved - and obtain land easements from the city and Cuyahoga County. Petros introduced its plan in March. However, the firm needed a rezoning because the proposed site was zoned for half-acre lots and would have fit just 35 homes. Cluster development with 59 homes planned for Snowville Road in Brecksville Petros wanted to make the 25 acres a multifamily district that would accommodate up to eight houses an acre. Voters approved the rezoning in November. Mayor Jerry Hruby supported the rezoning. He said the city for years has recognized a need for empty-nester housing for aging residents wanting to downsize. Until now, Brecksville residents seeking smaller homes and yards have had to leave the city. Gary Naim, president of Petros Homes, said the new development would target residents age 55-75. It would have one single-street entrance off Snowville. The homes would measure between 2,000-3,000 square feet and would cost between $300,000-$400,000. About three or four houses would sit on each acre, and the lots would measure at least 8,125 square feet. Buyers would choose from among five or six basic floor plans, perhaps with some customization options. The homes would come with a two-car garage. A homeowners' association would plow snow and cut lawns. 
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Cleveland cop accused of raping girlfriend also sent lewd pics of himself, prosecutors say
Tommie Griffin III, the Cleveland police officer accused of raping and pistol-whipping his girlfriend, also sent lewd photographs of himself to someone, police say. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland police officer accused of raping and pistol-whipping his girlfriend also sent lewd photographs of himself to an unspecified person involved in the investigation, police say. Patrolman Tommie Griffin III sent the photographs on Jan. 13, the day before he is accused of attacking his 42-year-old girlfriend in the home they shared on State Road in Parma, according to a 6-count indictment. Griffin has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He remains jailed on $250,000 bond, and is suspended without pay until his case is over. Police say Griffin attacked his girlfriend while she slept, a day after he caught her with another man in their State Road home. He sat on top of her and pistol-whipped her, then fired two shots from a 9mm handgun into the mattress, inches from her head, police said. Griffin then ordered the woman to shower, forced her into the basement and made her perform a sex act on him at gunpoint, records say. Griffin drove from the home to a bar in North Royalton after the attack. Police in that city arrested Griffin at gunpoint. A search warrant at Griffin's Sate Road home and in a vehicle there turned up 67 guns, including multiple AR-15 model rifles and an Uzi, according to court records. Investigators also uncovered the photographs. Parma police and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office would not say to whom Griffin is accused of sending the photographs. Griffin was hired as a Cleveland police officer in 1994. He was awarded the department's distinguished service medal in 2009.  To comment on this story, please visit Friday's crime and courts comments section.
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