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Mother says special needs son forcibly baptized; robber calls judge 'slave master'; infant dies at homeless shelter: Overnight News Links
Also, Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in latest Ohio poll; Cleveland Beer Week director accused of stealing $40,000 in scholarship money; Avon police sergeant admits having one beer before drunken-driving arrest Featured stories Mother says special needs son was forcibly baptized at Geauga County church (WKYC Channel 3) Bank robber who acted as own attorney calls Lake County judge 'slave master' at sentencing (News-Herald) Infant who died at Dayton homeless shelter was a twin (Dayton Daily News) Crime Cleveland Beer Week director accused of stealing $40,000 in scholarship money (cleveland.com) 'Extremely delusional' North Olmsted youth pastor sentenced for sexual relationship with teen (cleveland.com) Two accused of causing crash while fleeing Eastlake police (photos) (cleveland.com) Berea man sentenced for rape of Soviet-era labor camp survivor (cleveland.com) Garfield Heights detectives arrest suspect in restaurant robberies (video) (cleveland.com) North Ridgeville abduction case may be linked to Elyria, Cleveland (WKYC Channel 3) Lorain County couple arrested in connection with alleged child abuse case (Lorain Morning Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cleveland police's proposed use-of-force policy designed to address past issues (cleveland.com) Donald Trump proposes expanded 'school choice' during visit to Cleveland charter school (cleveland.com) No water in a hot Cleveland school? Depends who you ask (cleveland.com) Cleveland artist to live inside giant wooden sphere made from demolished houses (cleveland.com) 10 Cuyahoga County school districts have new taxes on the November ballot: Here's the list (cleveland.com) Local news East 20 Lake County restaurants, other food places with most health inspection violations (cleveland.com) Man worth millions says he needed food stamps (WKYC Channel 3) Vietnam Veterans Memorial traveling wall comes to Geauga County (News-Herald) Local news West Avon police sergeant admits having one beer before drunken-driving arrest (video) (cleveland.com) Florida man dies after crash on Ohio Turnpike (Lorain Morning Journal) Willard man struck, killed on Ohio 61 (Sandusky Register) Akron / Canton area Death of man at Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park ruled suicide by medical examiner (cleveland.com) Akron awarded $5 million to reimagine civic spaces, bring diverse communities together (cleveland.com) State Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in latest Ohio poll (cleveland.com) Retired generals from Ohio stress their support for Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump's Cleveland appearance (cleveland.com) Medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio but not much changes for patients (cleveland.com) Ohio lawmaker urges cities not to ban medical marijuana before state sets rules (cleveland.com)  Ohio mine workers seek pension relief on Capitol Hill (photos and video) (cleveland.com) How to build a highway: A tour of an Ohio Turnpike construction zone (cleveland.com)
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Lorain County Ohio Summit County Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Lake County Ohio Elyria Ohio
Avon police sergeant granted limited driving privileges after drunken-driving arrest
A judge granted limited driving privileges to an Avon police sergeant arrested on a drunken-driving charge. AVON, Ohio -- A judge granted limited driving privileges to an Avon police sergeant arrested on a drunken-driving charge, according to court records.  Avon Lake Municipal Court Judge Darrel Bilancini on Wednesday granted Sgt. George Rupel's attorney's request for a stay on a driver's license suspension to allow him to attend work and doctors' appointments pending the outcome of the case, a court clerk said. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles automatically suspends the licenses of every person cited with drunken-driving charges in the state, the clerk said. Rupel, 37, of North Olmsted pleaded not guilty to charges of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and driving outside of marked lanes. He is due back in court Sept. 20. An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pulled Ruple over at 2:17 a.m. Monday on Kinzel Road near Stoney Ridge Road in Avon. Ruple was driving left of the center road line, a state patrol sergeant told cleveland.com. Avon police Chief Richard Bosley said Thursday morning that Ruple had taken off from work since the incident and the chief had not received paperwork about Rupel's driving privileges from the court. Bosley did not know when Ruple would return to work. Ruple is a patrol supervisor and has been with the Avon Police Department for 12 years. He was an officer with the North Ridgeville Police Department for five years before that, Bosley said. Avon police will decide whether Bosley will face discipline once the case makes its way through court. "We want to make sure we have all the facts," Bosley said. Ruple and his attorney could not be reached for comment. 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'); // ]]>
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Infant abducted, left in church; suspect jumps deputy; ITT Tech closes campuses: Overnight News Links
Also, Cuyahoga County hindered by $1 billion in debt, report says; Mentor psychic deceived clients out of $1.5 million in cash, jewelry and cars, records say; Strongsville takes up medical marijuana issue Featured stories Infant abducted, left in Akron church (WEWS Channel 5) Suspect jumps deputy, tries twice to steal cruiser (Sandusky Register) ITT Tech closes, including campuses in Warrensville Heights, Strongsville and Akron (cleveland.com) Crime Mentor psychic deceived clients out of $1.5 million in cash, jewelry and cars, records say (cleveland.com) Akron police officer cited for OVI (WEWS Channel 5) Boy found shaking as parents overdosed on heroin in Cleveland park, police say (WJW Channel 8) Man accused of looking up students' skirts at Hathaway Brown School (WJW Channel 8) Amherst Township man gets five years for firefighter hostage situation (Lorain Morning Journal) Euclid man gets probation for egging onslaught on his former neighbor's house (cleveland.com) Dozens of headstones vandalized at historic Cleveland cemetery (cleveland.com) Man shot dead in Cleveland was threatening people at two gas stations, police say (cleveland.com)  Parma man guilty of sex trafficking of child, paying 14-year-old for sex (cleveland.com) Accused gunman fired 27 shots into North Ridgeville home, striking teen in ongoing dispute (cleveland.com) Cleveland man charged in St. Rocco's Fest carjacking, mother's fatal crash appears in court (cleveland.com) Drug agents seize more than 70 kilos of cocaine in Cleveland bust (cleveland.com) Berea family finds drunken stranger asleep in their home (cleveland.com) Sexual predator accused of being part of Cleveland smash-and-grab ring (cleveland.com) Police ask for public's help in finding suspect in Canton double homicide (WEWS Channel 5) District says Brookside High transgender students can use any bathroom (WEWS Channel 5) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cuyahoga County hindered by $1 billion in debt, report says (cleveland.com) Local news East Ohio 44 North ramp to Ohio 2 West to close (cleveland.com) Water main break closes Richmond Heights Elementary Wednesday (WKYC Channel 3) Bus driver leaves students unattended in Euclid (WEWS Channel 5) School in Euclid dismisses early because of temperatures (WJW Channel 8) Local news West Strongsville takes up medical marijuana issue (cleveland.com) Oberlin College president to step down in 2017 (Lorain Morning Journal) No charges in hot air balloon incident (Sandusky Register) Akron / Canton area Four injured, including child, in Akron highway crash (cleveland.com) Medical examiner called to scene after person fell at Brandywine Falls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (cleveland.com) Fire crews evacuate Akron business after 'hazardous materials release' (cleveland.com) Akron Zoo hosts job fair for Boo at the Zoo, Wild Lights (cleveland.com) Ohio Federal judge erred in last-minute order to keep Cincinnati polling places open in March primary, appeals court says (cleveland.com) Ohio's endangered species: Black bear, rattlesnake, hellbender and more (cleveland.com) State says releasing autopsies in Pike County killings threatens case (cleveland.com) National Democrats pull another $3 million from Ohio's U.S. Senate race (cleveland.com)
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Lorain County Ohio Ohio Akron Ohio Cuyahoga River Cities in Ohio Cleveland
Man shot by Hudson officer had pot in system; Public Square closer to buses' return; inmate threatens Trump: Overnight News Links
Also, Berea parents charged in 7-year-old son's heroin overdose; Here's how Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson plans to quell violence, improve lives of inner-city youth; It's a great day for fossil fuel interests, a very bad day for environmentalists Watch video Featured stories Emirati man fatally shot by Hudson police officer had marijuana in his system, tests show (cleveland.com) RTA, city move closer to reopening Public Square to buses (cleveland.com) Officials: Ohio inmate threatened Trump, sent powder (fox19.com) Crime Berea parents charged in 7-year-old son's heroin overdose (cleveland.com) Man indicted in hit-and-run death of Cleveland police officer tested positive for cocaine, prosecutors say (cleveland.com) Hinckley Township man pleads guilty to shooting brother, sister to death (cleveland.com) Cleveland man stabbed in face, kicks robber in groin during home invasion (cleveland.com) Akron man who raped children, gave them STDs sentenced to life in prison (cleveland.com) Heartless Felons stole thousands of dollars worth of cellphones in multi-state burglary spree, feds say (cleveland.com) Lorain woman stabbed boyfriend in the butt in mini-fridge dispute, police say (cleveland.com) Cleveland man orders sandwich, then robs Mr. Hero, police say (cleveland.com) Man charged in stabbing of Cleveland man during home invasion (cleveland.com) Authorities search for Garfield Heights bank robber (cleveland.com) Cleveland boyfriend, girlfriend accused of luring men to be attacked, robbed (cleveland.com) Authorities arrest Canton man charged with murder in Akron shooting (cleveland.com) Akron man wanted in connection with fatal Cleveland shooting arrested (cleveland.com) Police: Man arrested after attempted hostage situation in Lorain (Lorain Morning Journal) Painesville Township man sentenced for endangering infant son (News-Herald) Woman admits trying to ship marijuana through Willoughby UPS (News-Herald) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Here's how Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson plans to quell violence, improve lives of inner-city youth (cleveland.com) Ohio City park plan, at Irishtown Bend, gets legs with Clean Ohio grant to buy, clear land (photos) (cleveland.com) Beacon apartment tower in downtown Cleveland aims for spring construction start (photos) (cleveland.com) William Denihan retiring from drug, mental health board after decades of public service (cleveland.com) Cleveland State receives $1 million gift for foster care youth support center (cleveland.com) Local news East Funeral arrangements announced for Brush High School hockey player who died suddenly (cleveland.com) Earthquake concerns: Some Trumbull County residents warned to be prepared (WJW Channel 8) Conneaut Public Works employees rescue six puppies (cleveland.com) Local news West Man hurt by explosive in Sheffield Lake (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) 10-year-old Lorain student dies after battle with neuroblastoma (Lorain Morning Journal) Amherst mother says Avon basketball players made fun of son's disability (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Akron / Canton area Gas leaks discovered at Medina apartment complex involved in fatal explosion (cleveland.com) Spike in fatal crashes by drunk or drugged drivers causing concern in Summit County (WEWS Channel 5) LeBron James pays for Akron students to rebuild homes in ravaged New Orleans (cleveland.com)  Goodyear to upgrade airship operations base with inflatable hanger for Wingfoot Two (cleveland.com) State It's a great day for fossil fuel interests, a very bad day for environmentalists (cleveland.com) Ohio Democrats want Trump administration to keep conflict-of-interest rules for investment advisers (cleveland.com) Gov. John Kasich could win controversial Medicaid changes, thanks to Trump (cleveland.com) Here's which Ohio cities, villages, townships would win or lose money under Gov. John Kasich's budget (database) (cleveland.com) Student loan borrowers would be Donald Trump's personal butler to erase their debt (cleveland.com) Suspect charged in murder of man whose body was found in wooded area near Doylestown (WEWS Channel 5)
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Frank G. Jackson Ohio Akron Ohio Cleveland Robbery Lorain County Ohio
Emirati man fatally shot by Hudson police officer had marijuana in his system, tests show
The Emirati man shot during a confrontation with a Hudson police officer had marijuana in his system when he died, the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office said. Watch video HUDSON, Ohio - The Emirati man shot during a confrontation with a Hudson police officer had marijuana in his system when he died, the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office said. Toxicology tests also showed that Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri, a 26-year-old law student at Case Western Reserve University, did not have any other drugs or alcohol in his system, the medical examiner's office said Thursday. Alameri was unarmed when Hudson police officer Ryan Doran shot him Dec. 4 during a struggle near Hudson Aurora Road, investigators said. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is still investigating the shooting. Alameri crashed his car on the Ohio Turnpike near Interstate 480 shortly before the shooting. The car flipped onto its roof before Alameri got out and ran, investigators said. Investigators have not said why Alameri ran from the crash scene or provided details of the struggle that preceded the shooting. Several 911 callers reported that the car sideswiped another car before it flipped onto its roof. The driver then got out the overturned car and ran, the 911 callers said in recordings released by the Hudson Police Department. "There's something wrong with this guy. He got out of the car running wildly," one caller said. Hudson police released dash cam video from the shooting. Six loud bangs can be heard out of frame in that video. The medical examiner's office said after the shooting that Doran shot Alameri at least five times. Alameri died of a gunshot wound to the head but was also shot once in the face and three times in the left leg, the medical examiner's office said. The shooting was the second of two high-profile incidents involving an Emirati man last year in Northeast Ohio. In October, a Lorain County grand jury chose not to indict a hotel desk clerk accused of falsely reporting that an Emirati guest pledged allegiance to ISIS. Avon officers who were acting on the report detained the man at gunpoint June 29 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Colorado Avenue. The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said after the incident that its citizens should avoid wearing traditional garments when traveling abroad. The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States spoke with Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born to discuss the Alameri shooting. Officials from the Abu Dhabi Police Department and an embassy consular team representing Alameri's family also met BCI investigators, medical examiners and police, Ambassador Youssef Al Otaiba said in a statement. If you'd like to comment on this story, visit Thursday's crime and courts comments section.
5 points by The Plain Dealer | United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Dubai Lorain County Ohio Ohio Ohio Turnpike Police Case Western Reserve University
Ex-East Cleveland mayor to run in Cleveland; man shot, killed in Akron; inmate dies in medical emergency: Overnight News Links
Also, Brush High School hockey player who died had no diagnosed medical conditions, family says; Demotion of Cleveland airport whistleblower appears to have been in retaliation, OSHA finds; Justin Bieber accused of attacking man in downtown Cleveland Watch video Featured stories Former East Cleveland mayor will run for Cleveland mayor (WJW Channel 8) Man dies after getting shot during fight, crashing vehicle into pole (WEWS Channel 5) Woman charged in drug case dies after 'medical emergency' at Cuyahoga County Jail (cleveland.com) Crime Justin Bieber accused of attacking man in downtown Cleveland (cleveland.com) Akron man charged with arson in explosion that leveled home (cleveland.com) Investigators searching for man who robbed Woodmere bank (photos) (cleveland.com) Cleveland man who carjacked St. Rocco's Festival-goer then caused fatal crash is sent to prison (cleveland.com) Man charged in Cleveland cellphone store armed robbery (cleveland.com) Parma man charged in high-speed police pursuit (cleveland.com) Lorain woman accused of hitting man with van (Lorain Morning Journal) Lorain student reports possible abduction attempt (Lorain Morning Journal) Lorain man faces sixth drunken-driving charge in 14 years (cleveland.com) Cleveland puppy killer who skipped sentencing turns herself in (cleveland.com) Man accused of following Case Western students, fondling self at Panera Bread in University Circle (cleveland.com) Cleveland man charged in connection with two Ohio City bank robberies (cleveland.com) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Demotion of Cleveland airport whistleblower appears to have been in retaliation, OSHA finds (cleveland.com) Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove reports rough financial year for hospital in 2016 (cleveland.com) Bail reform gets liberal rap but can be bipartisan: 6 states that prove it (cleveland.com) Residents demand Cleveland Public Power make Rockefeller Park lighting repairs (WEWS Channel 5) Cleveland area Applebee's holding fundraisers for fallen Officer David Fahey (WKYC Channel 3) Local news East Brush High School hockey player who died had no diagnosed medical conditions, family says (cleveland.com) Parents at Heights High wanted to be told about student's current felony criminal case (WEWS Channel 5) Pet rescue sues Lake Humane Society after seizure of more than 150 cats (WOIO Channel 19) Immigration law firm holds 'Know Your Rights' workshop at Painesville library (cleveland.com) Local news West Lorain County, cities of Elyria and Lorain join suit against Medical Mutual of Ohio (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Discovery of asbestos blocks Elyria library renovation plan (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Norwalk woman's obituary raps Trump (Sandusky Register) Akron / Canton area University of Akron to sell president's house after nearly $1 million in work (cleveland.com) Summa violations include inadequate emergency room teaching experience, hostile work environment (Akron Beacon Journal) Akron Public Schools 'State-of-the-Schools' (WKYC Channel 3) New penguins, a red panda and other critters now call the Akron Zoo home (Akron Beacon Journal) Barberton to host Better Block to help brand business district (cleveland.com) State Fourth Ohio child dies of flu-related illness: What you need to know (cleveland.com) Sen. Rob Portman will support Neil Gorsuch for U.S. Supreme Court (cleveland.com) Ohio congress members Marcia Fudge, Tim Ryan back Jaime Harrison of SC for DNC chair (cleveland.com) Gov. John Kasich headed for Germany, England (Associated Press) Marsy's Law for Ohio begins campaign for crime victim ballot initiative (cleveland.com) Lawsuit says Ohio jail officer pepper-sprayed man in restraints (video) (cleveland.com) Man killed in officer-involved shooting in west Columbus (nbc4i.com)
4 points by The Plain Dealer | Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio Cleveland WOIO Lorain County Ohio Robbery
3 Cuyahoga County juvenile prosecutors resign; proposal would require teachers to job shadow: Overnight News Links
Also, FBI raids Strongsville-based international adoption agency as part of criminal probe; Opponents, some supporters, of Q renovation plan pack Cuyahoga County Council meeting; Chardon police looking for woman missing since Feb. 5 Watch video Featured stories Three Cuyahoga County juvenile division prosecutors resign as more rape cases go unnoticed (cleveland.com) Ohio teachers would have to job shadow at a business to renew licenses under Gov. John Kasich's budget (cleveland.com) Accused drug dealer locks keys in car, busted after calling police (WJW Channel 8) Crime FBI raids Strongsville-based international adoption agency as part of criminal probe (cleveland.com) Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze died of stab wounds, blunt force trauma (cleveland.com) Brooklyn High School employee possibly in inappropriate conduct with students (cleveland.com) Man accused of shooting two teens in crowd watching fight in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Man injured in shooting in Cleveland's Central neighborhood (cleveland.com) Reward offered for capture of Cleveland woman who killed puppy, skipped sentencing (cleveland.com) Brook Park man accused of kicking his pregnant girlfriend (cleveland.com) Garfield Heights man wounded by pellet gun in drive-by shooting (cleveland.com) Eastlake police arrest woman in connection with theft of $2,000 worth of baby formula (News-Herald) Akron man pleads guilty to raping 71-year-old woman (cleveland.com) Teens accused of arranging attempted robbery in Cleveland Heights (cleveland.com) Two pedestrians struck in hit-and-run crashes in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Girl left home alone in Parma Heights while mother went to work, police say (cleveland.com) Cleveland Heights High School student recorded special needs classmate using bathroom, posted it online, police say (WEWS Channel 5) Elyria mom with extradition warrant facing child endangering charge (Lorain Morning Journal) Police: Lorain man resists arrest; faces several charges (Lorain Morning Journal) Sandusky police seize two kilograms of cocaine, three pounds of marijuana (Sandusky Register) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Head Start board insists it legally fired agency CEO -- who remains on the job (cleveland.com) Opponents, some supporters, of Q renovation plan pack Cuyahoga County Council meeting (cleveland.com) Mayor Jackson says city will need another extension from the FTA on Public Square (cleveland.com) Ed FitzGerald still has money in his campaign account. Here's how he has been spending it (cleveland.com) Missing 12-year-old girl found safe in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Cleveland Humanities Festival illustrates how immigration has affected America (cleveland.com) For 9th year, Cleveland Municipal Judges officiate weddings in Tower City on Valentine's Day (cleveland.com) City's pavement management strategy will be 'worst first' (WOIO Channel 19) Northeast Ohio mom who lost daughter hears her little girl's heart beating in another child (WJW Channel 8) Local news East Chardon police looking for woman missing since Feb. 5 (News-Herald) Immigrants in Painesville and elsewhere can take steps to protect themselves, leaders say (photos) (cleveland.com) Two possible cases of voter fraud being examined in Lorain County (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Local news West Oberlin College president takes job at Pace University (Lorain Morning Journal) Brecksville, Independence will hire administrator to run regional dispatch center (cleveland.com) Akron / Canton area City of Akron partners with Salvation Army to bring hot meals to Summit Lake (cleveland.com) State Suspect in killing of Ohio State student was being monitored by GPS, reports say (cleveland.com) Ex-Rep. Dennis Kucinich says intelligence community schemed against Michael Flynn (cleveland.com) Sen. Rob Portman says he listened to fierce critics of Betsy DeVos but 'did my own research' (cleveland.com) Josh Mandel's Senate campaign names Portage County chairwoman -- but it's news to her (cleveland.com) Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules (cleveland.com) Cursive handwriting back in schools? Some legislators want to require it (cleveland.com) 2-year-old at center of Dayton felonious assault case has died (Dayton Daily News)
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Lorain County Ohio Cleveland Ohio Cities in Ohio Akron Ohio Elyria Ohio
Cleveland-area home sales dipped slightly in January, but prices were up (interactive maps)
Northeast Ohio home sales started 2017 on slightly softer footing, but January prices were up notably from a year before. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Northeast Ohio home sales started 2017 on slightly softer footing, but January prices were up notably from a year before. Across 18 counties, sales were down 1.5 percent from January of 2016, according to fresh figures from the Northern Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service. That's a difference of only 39 properties, most of them condominiums. // var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1487028787539'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*0.75)+'px'; var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); // ]]> Prices, meanwhile, were up when compared with last year's levels. The average sale price for a house in the region was $140,765 in January, a 5.6 percent jump from the first month of 2016. At $125,711, the average sale price for a condo was 15.7 percent higher than a year before, the listing service reported. Sales and prices both dipped from December to January, but that's typical at the turn of the year. Among counties with at least 100 transfers in January, Lorain County experienced the steepest annual sales gain - 18 percent. The county's average sale price was up by 8.4 percent, to $149,487, when compared with a year before. In Cuyahoga County, sales topped their January 2016 levels by 1.5 percent, with 852 transactions. The average sale price posted a 4 percent annual gain, reaching $142,720 in January. Sales were essentially flat - down 0.5 percent - in Summit County, home to Akron. But the average sale price, at $138,405, was up 12 percent from a year before. The listing-service data captures most local residential real estate transactions. // var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1487028807457'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*0.75)+'px'; var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); // ]]> In January, Geauga County had the highest average sale price in the region, at $271,203. Jefferson County, home to Steubenville, had the lowest average sale price, at $80,435. Homes in the region sold for as little as $800 and as much as $2.4 million during January, the listing service reported. The National Association of Realtors and Ohio Association of Realtors are scheduled to release their January home-sales reports on Feb. 22.
25 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Geauga County Ohio Summit County Ohio Lorain County Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio counties Cuyahoga Valley National Park
State is ignoring the public's wishes in its ESSA plan, 10 local superintendents say
Local superintendents say the Ohio Department of Education's should have made more changes to testing and state report cards in its state education plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) CLEVELAND, Ohio - A group of local superintendents and other educators questioned Monday the Ohio Department of Education's avoidance of any real changes the public sought in its proposed state education plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The group of 10 superintendents, mostly from Lorain County, said in a joint letter Monday that residents made it clear in a series of public meetings and surveys late last year that they wanted less testing of students, changes to state report cards and more stable expectations from year to year. That feedback was supposed to help the department create a new testing and accountability plan to replace the old federal mandates and repercussions of the No Child Left Behind law. But the state's proposed plan makes none of the changes the public wanted, other than to skip them in the name of providing stability. The proposal differs little from what the state does now.  "Ohio had a chance to make some significant reductions to testing," the letter states. "Ohio's educators, parents, students and other constituents waited patiently for Ohio's interpretation and plans for implementing a more flexible and locally controlled accountability system that the ESSA permitted." It addded: "At its core, Ohio's plan does not address nor incorporate the flexibility that was provided through the shift from NCLB to ESSA," the letter reads. Jim Lloyd, superintendent of the Olmsted Falls school district and a leader of the group despite representing a Cuyahoga County district, was more blunt, calling the state plan "No Child Left Behind version 2.0." "They got a mouthful of what the public wanted, which was a reduction in assessments and that's not in there at all," Lloyd said. "I don't get it. I just don't." Superintendents signing the letter were from the Amherst, Avon, Clearview, Columbia Station, Elyria, Keystone, North Olmsted, Oberlin, Olmsted Falls,. They were also joined by officials from the Berea and Wellington school districts. The group plans to have a public forum Feb 22 to share information about the state's plan and gather more feedback. The 7 p.m. forum will be at Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Rd. Check back soon for a look at the changes the local educators want made in the plan.  Or look below for the group's letter.  Click here for more about the state's proposed plan, which is scheduled to be sent to the U.S. Department of Education for approval by April 3. ODE officials said earlier this week that submission of the plan is not the end of the state's review of its accountability plan. They have also noted that it is not simple to eliminate testing, even to the minimum required by federal law. Several tests students take now are mandated by state law and would need law changes to eliminate them. A special task force is also reviewing the state's test score requirements for high school students to graduate. That panel's recommendations,  which could prompt more testing changes, is not due until mid-April. Some state school board members are also uneasy with how few changes the plan makes. They questioned State Superintendent Paolo Demaria Monday about the unresolved testing issues in the plan, asking if  the state could wait until September to submit a more complete plan, as allowed under the law.  The U.S. Department of Education will have more guidance on March 13  for states about how their plans should look. A delay would also allow the state legislature to make any testing changes  Board member Stephanie Dodd said after the meeting that she may ask the board to vote next month for a delay. "I don't know the need for the rush," Dodd said. // DV.load("https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3461368-Ohio-ESSA-Draft-Plan-Collective-Response-Updated.js", { width: 600, height: 800, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-3461368-Ohio-ESSA-Draft-Plan-Collective-Response-Updated" }); // ]]>
434 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Olmsted Township Cuyahoga County Ohio High school United States Lorain County Ohio School district Berea Ohio Education
14 opiate deaths in Feb. in Cleveland; neighbor saves man from fire; boy, 7, dies of flu: Overnight News Links
Also, Drugs, phone use suspected in double-fatal crash in Lorain County; Wind advisory in effect in Northeast Ohio; thousands without power; Cleveland house where Alianna DeFreeze was found tells familiar story of neglect, vacancy; Featured stories Cleveland Police: Opiate-related deaths now total 14 in February (WKYC Channel 3) Passer-by saves neighbor from burning apartment in Twinsburg (Akron Beacon Journal) Another flu-related death: 7-year-old East Liverpool boy dies (WJW Channel 8) Crime Suspects wanted in 10 unsolved Cleveland-area bank robberies (WKYC Channel 3) Lorain man walks out of child rape trial: Fugitive of the Week (cleveland.com) Wanted Pennsylvania man arrested in Amherst (Lorain Morning Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Wind advisory in effect in Northeast Ohio; thousands without power (cleveland.com) Cleveland house where Alianna DeFreeze was found tells familiar story of neglect, vacancy (cleveland.com) Cuyahoga County demolition fund puts dent in housing-market distress (photos, interactive map) (cleveland.com) Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's concerns about rental inspections: Displacing poor families, burdening landlords (cleveland.com) How and when Cleveland plans to roll out its new rental inspection plan (cleveland.com) Cleveland rental inspections to look for peeling paint, flushing toilets, other hazards (graphic) (cleveland.com) Urban Community School's miracle worker, Sister Maureen Doyle retiring after 34 years (cleveland.com) How Urban Community School helps students and families thrive (cleveland.com) Four injured in crash with Cleveland fire department vehicle (cleveland.com) Cleveland Donut Fest brings hundreds of donut-lovers to Red Space (video, photos) (cleveland.com) Cleveland business executives say immigration ban led to de facto hiring freeze (WEWS Channel 5) Local news East Officials: Overdose victims did not ingest laced marijuana (News-Herald) Local news West Drugs, phone use suspected in double-fatal crash in Lorain County (cleveland.com) Avon East Elementary closed Monday due to a gas leak (WOIO Channel 19) Make-A-Wish sends Bay Village teen to 2017 Grammy Awards (cleveland.com) State Prosecutor files motion against Brian Golsby in death of Ohio State student, may pursue death penalty pending trial (10tv.com)
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Frank G. Jackson Ohio Lorain County Ohio Cleveland WOIO
Parma removes teacher after accusations; family says suspect shot by deputy unarmed; former Kent player acquitted: Overnight News Links
Also, Cleveland federal judge says Trump's comments on judiciary calls president's 'legitimacy' into question; City of Cleveland wants no legal responsibility for harm if buses are allowed on Public Square; Key Ohio Republican activist calls for party to rally around Mike DeWine for governor in 2018 Featured stories Ashley B. MasonParma Police  Teacher removed from Parma high school after 'possible inappropriate situation' with student (cleveland.com) Family says suspect shot by Ashtabula County deputy was not armed (WKYC Channel 3) Former Kent State football player found not guilty in kidnapping, assault case (cleveland.com) Crime Two Northeast Ohio fugitives arrested by U.S. Marshals (cleveland.com) Woman's teeth knocked out during Cleveland carjacking, suspect arrested (cleveland.com) ATM stolen during smash-and-grab at Beachwood gas station (cleveland.com) Man breaks into Cleveland teen's home, rapes her at gunpoint, police say (cleveland.com) Police chase along Interstate 77 ends in crash near Richfield (cleveland.com) Akron man pleads guilty to fatally shooting man during drug deal (cleveland.com) Employee protects store by throwing soda at suspects armed with handguns (WOIO Channel 19) Amherst man accused of sexually assaulting young girl again (Lorain Morning Journal) Former Lorain teacher takes plea deal, avoids jail time (Lorain Morning Journal) Erie County inmate suffers broken jaw in fight with fellow inmate (Sandusky Register) Summit County teen accused of raping his half-siblings (Associated Press) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cleveland federal judge says Trump's comments on judiciary calls president's 'legitimacy' into question (cleveland.com) Cleveland federal judge says Mexican border crossers he sentenced were not violent criminals (cleveland.com) City of Cleveland wants no legal responsibility for harm if buses are allowed on Public Square (cleveland.com) Pride in the CLE, originally a replacement event for Cleveland Pride, is taking place again this year (cleveland.com) Port hires design team to envision transformation of Irishtown Bend (photos) (cleveland.com) Dying Cleveland man giving massive bobblehead collection to Hall of Fame (photos, video) (cleveland.com) Local news East Former Lake Erie College football coach violated school policy (WKYC Channel 3) Michigan Republican official resigns after suggesting repeat of Kent State shootings (cleveland.com) Marijuana laced with opiates causes three overdoses in Painesville Township (cleveland.com) Local news West The Container Store hiring 50 for its first Northeast Ohio store opening June 10 in Beachwood (cleveland.com) Owner of North Ridgeville anti-transgender sign says he has resigned as city council president (WEWS Channel 5) County closes Whitehead Road bridge for safety reasons (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Akron / Canton area City of Medina to help residents displaced by deadly apartment explosion (cleveland.com) State Key Ohio Republican activist calls for party to rally around Mike DeWine for governor in 2018 (cleveland.com) Wind now largest renewable energy source in United States, advocates say (cleveland.com) Tom Price, the next Trump confirmation: Why Democrats will vote no (but he'll get confirmed anyway) (cleveland.com) Bill would automatically register Ohioans to vote (cleveland.com) Shale gas and oil producers could pay $250 million in local property taxes, industry study claims (cleveland.com) Columbus Police video shows officers pepper-spraying anti-Trump protesters (nbc4i.com) 89-year-old NKY man wards off burglar with gun: 'I didn't have time to get scared' (wlwt.com)
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Ohio Lorain County Ohio Cleveland Lake County Ohio Lake Erie
Two men arrested in connection with invading Elyria home, one at large
Derrick Foster is facing one charge of aggravated burglary. He is being held at Lorain County Jail on a $75,000 bond. Derrick FosterElyria police  ELYRIA, Ohio -- A man and a teenager were both arrested in connection with a violent home invasion Tuesday night in Elyria.  Derrick Foster, of Sheffield Township, and the teen each face a charge of aggravated burglary, Elyria police Capt. Christopher Costantino said. A third man wanted in the break-in remains at large, Costantino said. Foster was arrested Wednesday morning shortly after he left his Clifton Avenue house in Elyria, Costantino said. The 17-year-old was arrested in the afternoon at his girlfriend's home on 11th Street in Elyria, he said. The break-in happened just after 7:30 p.m. at a home near Gates and Middle avenues. The 39-year-old victim said that one of the men forced his way into the house and struck him in the face with a gun. A witness reported hearing a gunshot after the men got into the home, police say. Investigators found a single bullet hole in the wall behind the open front door, according to a news release from the Elyria Police Department. The gun has not been recovered. The homeowner got his own .22 caliber rifle and the assailants ran out of the home, police say.  Foster is being held at the Lorain County Jail on a $75,000 bond. The 17-year-old is being held at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Center. Foster pleaded guilty to assaulting and robbing a 16-year-old boy near the North Ridgeville Corn Festival in August 2014. He was sentenced to three years in prison and was released less than a year later, according to court records.  Foster and others followed the boy in a car on Center Ridge Road. Foster and the men got out of the car, attacked and robbed him, the boy's father said in a 911 call. The father said assailants took the boy's clothes, a cellphone and a small amount of cash. Foster was convicted of aggravated assault in October 2014. A judge sentenced him to six months in prison. If you'd like to comment on this story, visit Thursday's crime and courts comments section.
9 points by The Plain Dealer | Crime Lorain County Ohio Youth detention center Caliber Prison .22 Long Rifle Assault .22 Long
Man struck, killed by bus on I-90 in Cleveland identified
The man who was struck and killed on I-90 in Cleveland has been identified. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office has identified the man struck and killed by an RTA bus Thursday evening on Interstate 90. Andrew Shubic, 48, of North Ridgeville, died at the crash scene just after 5 p.m. His car was broken down along the center median in the eastbound lanes of the interstate, just west of the West 117th Street on-ramp, Cleveland police said. An unidentified driver possibly stopped along the opposite side of the road to assist Shubic, a police spokeswoman said. Shubic began to cross the highway and fell to the ground in one of the center lanes. An RTA bus driver saw Shubic fall down but could not stop before the bus struck Shubic, police said. The bus had just begun its Cleveland State Line route and was not carrying any passengers at the time. The driver was not injured. To comment on this story, please visit the crime and courts comments page.
323 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Interstate Highway System Greater Cleveland Freeway Road Interstate 90 Ohio Lorain County Ohio
Standoff in Mentor ends peacefully; possible hate crime in Oberlin; report on Cincy Zoo incident: Overnight News Links
Also, Cleveland police union president suspended for altercation at union hall; man dies after being struck by bus on Interstate 90; Rocky River schools send letter after divisive election, amid incidents across country Featured stories Mentor warrant delivery turns into standoff (WKYC Channel 3) Oberlin police investigating possible hate crime (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla-exhibit barrier fell short of standards in Harambe shooting, feds say (cleveland.com) Crime Experts present two versions of barbershop shooter's childhood (cleveland.com) Westlake pastor accused of sexually abusing teen sentenced to probation (cleveland.com) Berea heroin dealer pleads guilty in Lakewood man's overdose death (cleveland.com) South Euclid teenager robbed at gunpoint in Cleveland Heights (cleveland.com) Cleveland police searching for missing man with mental health issues (cleveland.com) Two teens arrested in connection with shooting, robbery on Cleveland's east side (cleveland.com) Police search for thief who stole box of St.Ignatius championship rings (WJW Channel 8) Akron man accused of punching girlfriend in face over sharing potato chips (Akron Beacon Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cleveland police union president suspended for altercation at union hall (cleveland.com) Man dies after being struck by bus on Interstate 90 (cleveland.com) Public Square designer James Corner praises decision to close Superior Avenue to buses (cleveland.com) How closing Public Square to buses could impact downtown traffic (cleveland.com) Progressive Field gets new sod, elevator repairs, more for 2017 (cleveland.com) Free ice skating on Public Square Nov. 26, courtesy of the Cleveland Foundation (cleveland.com) Local news East Cardinal Commerce in new building in Mentor with plans to hire 40 employees (cleveland.com) Local news West Rocky River schools send letter after divisive election, amid incidents across country (cleveland.com) Four injured; semi crashes into tree trimming crew in Fitchville Township (Sandusky Register) Uber driver takes man to Rocky River police station after heroin overdose (cleveland.com) New Parma school board member lists divinity doctorate on resume, for sale by Universal Life Church for $32.99 (cleveland.com) Indictment of ex-Niles mayor threatens city's recovery (cleveland.com) Oberlin College students march for solidarity (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Akron / Canton area Possible child enticement puts Akron elementary school into lockdown (Akron Beacon Journal) State U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is challenging Nancy Pelosi for House Democratic leader (cleveland.com) Five thoughts as Tim Ryan takes on Nancy Pelosi (cleveland.com) Deregulation shaved $15 billion from Ohio electric bills, lawmakers to meet Friday to re-regulate (cleveland.com) Black students feel less safe on college campuses, survey shows (cleveland.com) Bowling Green police say student lied about politically driven attack (13abc.com) Columbus City Schools teacher accused of assaulting police officer (nbc4i.com)
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Greater Cleveland Cleveland Cities in Ohio Akron Beacon Journal Lorain County Ohio
Lorain County Volunteer Connection: Opportunities for November 17-29, 2016,
Lorain County Volunteer Connection is a strategic partnership between United Way of Greater Lorain County and HandsOn Northeast Ohio that values volunteerism as a powerful force for change. CLEVELAND, Ohio --  Lorain County Volunteer Connection is a strategic partnership between United Way of Greater Lorain County and HandsOn Northeast Ohio that values volunteerism as a powerful force for change. We offer an easy and flexible way for individuals and families to volunteer at projects while providing non-profit organizations a vehicle to further their missions. HandsOn Northeast Ohio strives to make it easy for people of all ages to volunteer in meaningful projects, led by fellow volunteers that build stronger communities. We make it simple for volunteers to choose from a variety of projects that connect community needs with their time and interests. Participants are screened and trained to ensure a capable, informed direct service volunteer force, and through this network of individuals, we build the capacity of area nonprofits, schools and municipal agencies. There is no commitment and all projects are led by a trained Volunteer Leader, so you will never be alone or confused at a project. Any age restrictions for projects are noted on our website prior to signing up. Engage with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our website, HandsOnNEO.org. Volunteers must attend a 1-hour orientation prior to their first project, unless otherwise specified. Below are some of our upcoming opportunities, please click on the title to sign up. Upcoming Opportunities: Learn and Play the Healthy Way at Boys and Girls Club Thursday, November 17th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Volunteers will help support the educational, social, emotional, and physical goals of youth in south Elyria. Tasks include participating in reading or tutoring to support academic education, social time through conversation and companionship, emotional strength through encouraging positive relationships, and physical exercise through games and sports. National Family Volunteer Day at Columbia Library Saturday, November 19th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm In celebration National Family Volunteer Day, Lorain County Volunteer Connection will be at the Columbia Library branch of the Lorain Public Library System where volunteers will create holiday crafts that will be donated to Keystone Pointe, a rehab and nursing facility, and the Hospice of the Western Reserve. This project does not require sign up or an orientation. All families are invited! New Volunteer Orientation (Lorain County) Sunday, November 27th, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm This is a quick one-hour session for people who want be part of the HandsOn and Lorain County Volunteer Connection (LCVC!) community. Come and learn about our history, our programs, and to get involved in our monthly volunteer projects. You will be able to sign up for a project immediately after the orientation. All volunteers must attend an orientation before volunteering for their first Lorain County Volunteer Connection project, unless otherwise specified. Volunteering with HandsOn Northeast Ohio is free. You can access all of our projects listed on the calendar for free at HandsOnNEO.org Calling all Cooks! At Grace's Kitchen for #GivingTuesday Tuesday, November 29th, 3:00 pm - 5:15 pm Volunteers help prepare dinner for individuals and families in need at Grace's Kitchen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Once dinner is prepared, a second shift of volunteers will help serve the meal. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. Grace's Kitchen is a community wide grassroots endeavor to provide hot nutritious meals and companionship for those in need in the area. #GivingTuesday connects individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving during the holiday season. Get Serving at Grace's Kitchen for #GivingTuesday Tuesday, November 29th, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Volunteers help serve dinner for individuals and families in need at Grace's Kitchen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Once dinner is prepared by the first shift of volunteers, this group of volunteers will help serve the meal. Volunteers are welcome to sign-up for both shifts but it is not required. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. Grace's Kitchen is a community wide grassroots endeavor to provide hot nutritous meals and companionship for those in need in the area. #GivingTuesday connects individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving during the holiday season.
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Elyria Ohio Greater Cleveland Shift work Lorain Ohio Volunteering Lorain County Ohio Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio
Cleveland-area home sales slowed in October; prices continued to rise (interactive maps)
Home sales slowed across Northeast Ohio last month, easing from their September pace and failing to reach the levels they hit a year before. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Home sales slowed across Northeast Ohio last month, easing from their September pace and failing to reach the levels they hit a year before. Sales of new and previously owned homes were down 3.5 percent from October 2015, based on listing-service data spanning 18 counties. House sales were off by 3.1 percent, while condominium sales slipped by 7 percent. When compared with September's tally, October sales were down by more than 7 percent, according to the Northern Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service. Even with the recent slowdown, sales are up substantially this year. Across the region, buyers purchased more than 40,700 houses and condos between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31. That's an increase of more than 3,000 houses over the same stretch of 2015. For the year, sales are up 11.4 percent in Cuyahoga County; 11 percent in Lorain County; 4.2 percent in Summit County; and 6.4 percent in Stark County. // var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1479330605604'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*0.75)+'px'; var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); // ]]> Prices, meanwhile, continue to rise at a steady pace. The average sale price for a single-family home in Northeast Ohio was $151,791 last month, up 4.4 percent from a year before. The average sale price for a condo, $131,660, fell slightly. But condos are a tiny piece of the local real estate market, which is dominated by single-family homes. Ten months worth of data show that regional home prices are up roughly 4 percent this year, when compared with January through October of 2015. Geauga County has the highest average sale price, at $296,538 in October. With an average sale price of $90,889, Ashtabula trailed the pack last month. The Ohio Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors are scheduled to release their October home-sales reports next week. // var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1479330648227'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height=(divElement.offsetWidth*0.75)+'px'; var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); // ]]>
33 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Real estate Greater Cleveland Summit County Ohio Geauga County Ohio Apartment Ohio counties Lorain County Ohio
Legionnaires' disease in Lake County; infant mortality rate up in Ohio; Brookpark official accused of shoplifting: Overnight News Links
Also, state crime lab finishes testing nearly 5,000 older Cuyahoga County rape kits; Clevelanders react to city's decision to permanently ban buses from Public Square; Oberlin College fires professor who published anti-Semitic posts on Facebook Featured stories One dead, 10 sickened in Lake County Legionnaires' disease outbreak (cleveland.com) Infant mortality rate jumps in Ohio, Cuyahoga County, racial gap continues to widen (cleveland.com) Brook Park councilwoman charged with shoplifting at Target (cleveland.com) Crime Akron man receives one-year sentence for fatally shooting robbery suspect (cleveland.com) Stepmother, witnesses paint bleak picture of barbershop shooter's childhood (cleveland.com) Cleveland brothers convicted in gang shooting remain defiant during sentencing (cleveland.com) Cleveland police search for Subway armed robbery suspects (cleveland.com) Drug-dealing owner of defunct downtown Cleveland strip club sentenced (cleveland.com) Akron pizza delivery driver assaulted, threatened in robbery (cleveland.com) Cleveland man accidentally shot while group mourned friend's fatal shooting (cleveland.com) Man shot, killed in Cleveland's Edgewater neighborhood identified (cleveland.com) Lorain couple's cat put down after being shot in back (cleveland.com) Twinsburg: babysitter arrested for fraud, forgery (WJW Channel 8) Police: Elyria man tied up and robbed at gunpoint (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Father of unsupervised Sandusky baby charged with misdemeanor (Sandusky Register) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County State crime lab finishes testing nearly 5,000 older Cuyahoga County rape kits (cleveland.com) Clevelanders react to city's decision to permanently ban buses from Public Square (cleveland.com)  Judge John Russo re-elected Cuyahoga County administrative judge (cleveland.com) Cuyahoga County inmates landing post-release jobs after culinary program debut (cleveland.com) Local news East Shaker Heights High reverses discipline of student after political social media posts, ACLU says (cleveland.com) Kent State basketball players honor unity, diversity during national anthem (cleveland.com) Hathaway Brown named best private high school in Ohio: See the top 5 (cleveland.com) 'Lil John' Rinaldi closing jewelry store in Solon (cleveland.com) Local news West Oberlin College fires professor who published anti-Semitic posts on Facebook (cleveland.com) Lorain police officer suspended after handling of stabbing arrest (cleveland.com) Red Cross will have free smoke alarms Saturday in Olmsted Township (cleveland.com) Akron / Canton area Quotes from 7 Akron anti-Trump protesters at Highland Square rally (cleveland.com) 84-year-old woman killed in Cuyahoga Falls crash (Akron Beacon Journal) State Ohio Democrats want Steve Bannon fired as Donald Trump's White House adviser (cleveland.com) In the search for a new DNC leader, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper wants 'conversation' - not coronation (cleveland.com) Drug makers line pockets of Ohio politicians (WKYC Channel 3) Suspect accused of attempting to join ISIL may be mentally ill, documents say (10tv.com) Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle in south Columbus (10tv.com)
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Ohio Akron Ohio Cuyahoga River Summit County Ohio Cleveland Lorain County Ohio
Arabica reopens, other shops get ready in historic Willoughby (photos)
Arabica will reopen at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in historic downtown Willoughby, while Fiona's Bakery and an old-time general store are on the rise in Arabica's old space two doors away. WILLOUGHBY, Ohio -- One of the region's iconic Arabica coffeehouses will reopen at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept 23, in downtown Willoughby, after moving two doors east on Erie Street from one 19th-century building to another. Owner Frank Suponcic hopes for a good turnout Friday and beyond. "The support has been phenomenal," says Suponcic, former Lake County auditor. "So many people have been walking in during construction wanting to know when the place was going to open up." Suponcic's lease ran out in June at his old home, where he had about 4,000 square feet on a main corner. His new home at 4134 Erie St. has just 2,300 square feet but more space in front for patio tables than his old home had. Suponcic's rehanging his trove of historic Willoughby memorabilia in his new location. The space used to be part of the Art Gallery, which remains open next door. Between Arabica's old home and its new one lies the Wild Goose restaurant. Its owners, McPat and Seamus McMahon, are two of four partners taking over the old Arabica space for a Fiona's Bakery. The McMahon brothers hope to open before Thanksgiving. Above Fiona's, in a second story little used in recent years, an old-time general store is on the rise. The McMahon brothers also own Willoughby's Morehouse restaurant and Croagh Patrick's Pub. Their family runs McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home in Willoughby and Mentor. The region's first Arabica opened in 1976 on Coventry and became a popular hangout for poets, singers, chess players, philosophers and more. In 1992, Willoughby's new mayor, David Anderson, helped to bring a coffees hop to downtown that became an Arabica about 20 years ago. Anderson, still mayor 24 years later, credits the shop with a boom that has filled up downtown. Other Arabicas survive in Wadsworth, Amherst, North Ridgeville, Chesterland, Cuyahoga Falls (inside Western Reserve Hospital), and Elyria (a Rubin's Restaurant/Arabica). Several other local restaurants offer Arabica coffee, which is made by Caruso's Coffee of Brecksville. Scott Hagg owns Arabica's name and logo. He has opened a Caruso's cafe in New Cairo, Egypt, and an Uncle Al's American Cafe in El Harhoura, Morocco, both serving Caruso's Arabica blend.   
56 points by The Plain Dealer | Coffee Lorain County Ohio Ohio Croagh Patrick Cities in Ohio Cairo Coffea arabica Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Pregnant woman shot on East Side; lawmaker focuses on toy guns; men accused of killing robbery witness: Overnight News Links
Also, cancer-causing pollutant made famous by Erin Brockovich found in NE Ohio drinking water; Akron police search for shooter in fatal 2015 gas station shootout; Meijer to move ahed in Mentor once Kmart closes Featured stories Pregnant woman shot on Cleveland's East Side (WEWS Channel 5) Ohio lawmaker asks parents to get rid of real-looking toy guns (cleveland.com) Cleveland men charged with executing 17-year-old girl who witnessed bank robbery (cleveland.com) Crime Akron police search for shooter in fatal 2015 gas station shootout (cleveland.com) Perry Township man pleads guilty to murder in death of 1-year-old boy (cleveland.com) Elyria woman charged after suspected overdose with grandson in truck (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Man tries to escape from jail through cell's food slot (WEWS Channel 5) Authorities search for West Side Cleveland bank robber (cleveland.com) Northfield Fire District vandals wrote profanity, urinated on equipment (WKYC Channel 3) Man shot outside convenience store in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood (cleveland.com) Cleveland man 'attacked anyone within striking distance' in violent West Side bar fight, records say (cleveland.com) Cleveland man accused of shooting girlfriend over cellphone spent three years in prison for 2001 shooting (cleveland.com) Authorities arrest man accused of taking child while mother was showering (WOIO Channel 19) Man admits he broke into elderly woman's home while in the nude (Canton Repository) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cancer-causing pollutant made famous by Erin Brockovich found in NE Ohio drinking water (cleveland.com) Cleveland Republican National Convention host committee exceeded $64 million fundraising goal, new filing shows (cleveland.com) UH Bikes rolls out 250 bikes in Cleveland for official bike sharing launch (cleveland.com) Cleveland listed as one of the 'Best Places to Live in the U.S.' by Time Out (cleveland.com) Collisions with deer on roads shoot up in Northeast Ohio (cleveland.com) Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools rank # 8 in Ohio on state report cards; North Royalton, Strongsville schools rank #10, #13 in Cuyahoga County (cleveland.com) Cats, kittens take over Cleveland neighborhood (WEWS Channel 5) Local news East Child dies after being struck by car in Chardon (News-Herald) AACS district sued in case of bus driver accused of sexually abusing children (Ashtabula Star Beacon) Meijer to move ahed in Mentor once Kmart closes (News-Herald)  Local news West Rocky River Montessori school accused of kicking out child with autism settles with U.S. Justice Department (cleveland.com) Parents say son spent 48 hours in Olmsted Falls restraint & seclusion room (WOIO Channel 19) Child struck by vehicle in Lorain (Lorain Morning Journal) Lakewood mayor, fire chief defend EMS response times since hospital's closure (cleveland.com) Parma man sues over arrest, prosecution for creating fake police department Facebook page (cleveland.com) Strongsville scraps I-71 slip ramp project after NOACA hesitates (cleveland.com) Strongsville school district sells Drake Elementary School property to resident with plans for senior living (cleveland.com) Akron / Canton area State Reince Priebus makes a mess in Ohio and upsets a top Republican whose help he can't afford to lose (cleveland.com) Ohio again sues Army Corps of Engineers over dredging of Cuyahoga River shipping channel (cleveland.com) Ohio's energy future cloudy at best, storms likely (video) (cleveland.com) Court records: Rape claims against teacher include several sites (Dayton Daily News)
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Ohio Cuyahoga River Lorain County Ohio WOIO Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Lake Erie, Cleveland area water issues focus of panel discussion Thursday
Three of the region's foremost experts on water in Northeast Ohio will lead a panel discussion Thursday to assess water quality in Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River and the surrounding network of streams, ponds and marshes. FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio - Three of the region's foremost experts on water in Northeast Ohio will lead a panel discussion Thursday to assess water quality in Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River and the surrounding network of streams, ponds and marshes. The free event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fairview Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park. This reporter will be the moderator. It is open to the public. The panelists are Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, deputy director of Watershed Programs at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District; Jane Goodman, executive director of Cuyahoga River Restoration; and Jim White, director of Sustainable Infrastructure Programs at the Port of Cleveland. The sponsors of the event are the Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, The Plain Dealer / Cleveland.com, and the Lakewood and Cuyahoga County library systems. The corporate sponsor is First Interstate Properties, Ltd. For years, all three of the panelists have had a vital role in improving and maintaining the quality of the water found in our greatest natural assets: Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River and the surrounding waterways. Discussion topics expected to be raised at the event include: Progress reports on the Sewer District's two biggest undertakings: the $3 billion Project Clean Lake tunnel construction project, scheduled for completion in 2025, and the $42 million per year earmarked for dozens of stormwater projects across the region over the next five years; An update on the ongoing conflict between the Port of Cleveland, the Ohio EPA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. To date, the Army Corps has declined to dredge the Cuyahoga River shipping channel, and insists on dumping the dredged sediment into the open lake. The EPA and Port maintain that the sediment is too contaminated to dump in the lake, and should be stored in shoreline containment facilities; And what about that two-square-mile toxic mass the Army Corps dumped nine miles offshore about 45 years ago, which the EPA fears is slowly migrating toward one of Cleveland's drinking water intake pipes? The status of restoration efforts at the Mentor Marsh, Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve and the Black River in Lorain to remove such invasive vegetation as phragmites, cattails, and Japanese knotweed, and the ongoing efforts to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes; The potential benefits from the imminent removal of the last two dams from the Cuyahoga River from Akron to Lake Erie; Readers who attend are welcome to pose questions to the panel or raise additional water-related topics of discussion, and to share their thoughts on the region's progress during the 45 years or so since the passage of the federal Clean Water Act. A good crowd of passionate people is expected.
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Solon shooting suspect charged with aggravated murder in Twinsburg mother's death
A Cuyahoga County grand jury has indicted the man accused of fatally shooting a woman after a crash at a busy intersection in Solon. Matthew DeshaSolon police  SOLON, Ohio -- A Cuyahoga County grand jury has indicted the man accused of fatally shooting a woman after a crash at a busy intersection in Solon. Matthew R. Desha, 29, of North Ridgeville, is charged with aggravated murder, murder, and more than a dozen additional counts in the Aug. 27 shooting of Deborah Pearl. The 16 charges listed in the indictment handed up Friday also include one count of murder, four counts of attempted aggravated murder, five counts of felonious assault, and five counts of discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises. His arraignment is scheduled Sept. 14 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Desha remains in custody on $1 million bond at the Cuyahoga County Jail. The shooting happened moments after Desha's Jeep crashed into the 53-year-old woman's car at an intersection. Desha emerged from the Jeep with a rifle and shot Pearl several times, police said. Pearl, a mother of three, was on her way to work at the time. Her family is 'deeply disturbed' by the shooting that left her dead, her pastor said after Desha's appearance in Bedford Municipal Court. Desha -- a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was twice deployed to Iraq -- has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder since being discharged in June 2008, according to friends, neighbors and documents from previous encounters with law enforcement.  Deborah PearlFamily photo  The North Ridgeville Police Department has noted in reports compiled over the past eight years that Desha suffered from PTSD. Desha also told Boardman Township officers who arrested him earlier this year that he took medication for anxiety and that he was once addicted to heroin. Desha ran a red light just after 7:20 a.m. Saturday on Solon Road and hit Pearl's Ford Taurus at the intersection of Richmond Road. The impact pushed Pearl's car several feet east onto Solon Road. Desha's Jeep flipped several times and landed on its roof about 50 feet from Pearl's car, police said. Witnesses said Desha exited his car with a rifle. One witnesses told cleveland.com that Pearl had her hands in the air when Desha shot her several times. Officers found Pearl lying in the roadway. She died after paramedics took her to University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said. PTSD and guns: what the Solon shooting tells us about the limits of the law
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