Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ryan Merritt and His Fiancee Sent Out Thank You Notes to Indians Fans Who Bought Gifts Off Their Registry

Posted By on Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Ryan Merritt is probably a guy you haven't thought about in a minute even if you're an Indians fan. But just a few months ago he hurled two-hit baseball for four-plus innings in the ALCS against the Blue Jays and entered Tribe lore, mostly thanks to the discovery of his wedding registry during the game.

Tribe fans cleaned out the list, bestowing their thanks to the young left hander for his performance via towels and dishes and all the usual things a couple seek as they start their lives together.

This weekend Merritt and his fiancee added another chapter to the story after sending out what we assume to be dozens and maybe hundreds of thank you notes to fans who sent the couple gifts.

Their wedding, if you're curious, is later this month.


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

2nd & High Social House to Replace Lounge 21 in Gateway District

Posted By on Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 12:48 PM

  • Shawn Ford
Matt Wyrick, current owner of 21 Lounge & Kitchen (2123 East 2nd St.), will close and renovate that Gateway District space to accommodate a new venture. He is partnering with Shawn Ford, a longtime bartender and bar consultant who made a name for himself as a regular on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.”

Following extensive renovations, the space will reopen in mid-February as 2nd & High Social House.

"A defining feature of the bar will be craft cocktails and [an] eclectic beer and shot menu,” Ford explained. "2nd & High will be crafty and casual, upscale yet approachable, fun and still fantastic while always a great value. I couldn’t be more excited to establish a bar program downtown with a culture that takes itself seriously without taking itself seriously.”

A full kitchen will prepare seasonal "modern fare." A late-night build-your-own pancake menu will be available every night of the week.

“There are more than enough great dining destinations downtown," Wyrick adds. "2nd & High will complement them while putting focus back on the cocktail. The space lends itself to a cocktail bar with its modern finishes. We're not on 4th and a bit contrarian about it. Folks are coming here for a hand-made creation they won’t find elsewhere. Whether it's an after-work shot and a beer, a late-night cocktail with friends or date with your special someone. We'll have something for everyone.”
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Documents: Cleveland Announces Disciplinary Charges Filed Against Officers in Tamir Rice Case

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 6:12 PM


In a press conference called with 19 minute notice to the media on a Friday after work before a holiday weekend, the city of Cleveland announced that administrative and internal disciplinary charges were filed against the officers involved in the shooting and killing of Tamir Rice but didn't announce the specific charges.

The assembled leaders — Frank Jackson, Chief Williams, deputy chief Wayne Drummond, and public safety director Mike McGrath — took questions in the most nominal sense of the word. They said the charge letters would be released after the press conference and that questions could then be directed to City Hall spokesman Dan Williams and police spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaccia, thus allowing the city officials to abscond without answering any direct questions.

"As you know we've been conducting the adminstrative side of the investigation around the shooting in November 2014 of Tamir Rice," said Frank Jackson, who said little else during the affair, to open the presser. "The criminal side has been completed and you also know there was a settlement on the civil side. The only thing left in regard to the procedure is that of the administrative side."

(Update: The charge letters for Timothy Loehmann, Frank Garmback and William Cunningham are embedded in full below. All the charges for Loehmann stem from his lying on his application for Cleveland, specifically omitting his problems as an officer in Independence that led to him resigning from the suburb instead of being fired. No charges relate to his actions on the day he shot Tamir Rice.)

One of the officers, Chief Williams said, will come before him directly for violation of department rules and procedures. While declining to get into specifics, officials broadly stated that charges for the officers ranged from adminstrative violations to violations of the use of force policy. Williams said he made the recommendations to public safety director Mike McGrath after reviewing the report from the critical incident committee, impaneled by Mayor Jackson and led by Wayne Drummond.

Public safety director Mike McGrath said that pre-disciplinary hearings will be scheduled for this month.

In addition, the city noted that "the Department of Public Safety Quality Control Office conducted an investigation into the hiring of Patrol Officer Timothy Loehmann, specifically the application documents filed by Loehmann."

The two main officers: Frank Garmback, who was driving the cruiser, and Timothy Loehmann, who shot and killed Rice. Officer Cunningham, who was also mentioned, was off duty and working a secondary job at the Cudell rec center.

PO Timothy Loehmann Charge Letter by VinceGrzegorek on Scribd

PO Frank Garmback III Charge Letter by VinceGrzegorek on Scribd

Tamir Rice Case, Officer Charge Letters by VinceGrzegorek on Scribd

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Zac Brown Band Returns to Blossom in June

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 4:21 PM

  • Danny Clinch
While singer-guitarist Zac Brown caters to a country crowd, he and his band can play a bit of everything. When they played at Blossom two years ago, they covered Charlie Daniels’ Band redneck anthem “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” offered up a grunge-y rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and paid tribute to the Marshall Tucker Band with an epic rendition of “Can’t You See.”

And that’s not to mention covers of songs by Metallica, Queen and the Foo Fighters.

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DJ Worthy Brings His 'One on One' Tour to Touch Supper Club

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 4:03 PM

For his current 23-date "One on One" tour, San Francisco-based DJ Worthy has enlisted artists and friends such as Ardalan, Billy Kenny, Christian Martin, Gina Turner, Golf Clap, J. Phlip, Justin Martin and Kevin Knapp, to name a few, to accompany him.

The Cleveland date, which takes place on 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Touch Supper Club, will pair Worthy with Sepehr. Tickets to the show are $10.

“I just brainstormed with my booking agent and my wife, and we sat at the table to try to come up with an original idea for the tour instead of just me going out by myself,” Worthy says via phone. “I wanted to bring something different. It’s been really hard to coordinate. I just asked my artist friends if they were interested. Sometimes, things didn’t pan out. It was hard to get everyone lined up to play the dates. My booking agent is amazing and I owe lots of the coordination to him.”

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City of Cleveland Assistant Law Director Arrested for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Update: Body cam video of the incident was released by Cleveland Heights and is included below. It paints a slightly different picture than the police report.

Original story: Channel 19 has the details on the arrest last night of Christopher Heltzel, the city of Cleveland's assistant law director.

According to the station, police in Cleveland Heights were called by a citizen for a man "acting in a bizarre manner." Cops arrived to find Heltzel in his car in a parking lot at Mayfield and Kenilworth. Music was playing loudly from the vehicle and Heltzel was "flailing his arms wildly," according to the police report. His eyes were bloodshot, his walk unsteady and breath bearing a strong odor of alcohol, an officer noted in the report. The city employee identified himself and stated he simply wanted to listen to The Police in his car.

Sadly, no mention is made of what specific Police album or song Heltzel was jamming to (our hope: Every Breath You Take). (Update: Turns out it was Syncronicity.)

The video below shows Heltzel cooperating with officers, stating that he lives in the apartment complex and simply wanted to listen to music in his car. When asked whether he had been drinking, Heltzel said it had been four hours or so since he had and that he had also eaten pizza. The initial report from the officer describes a scene very much unlike the one that played out in the video, which includes an officer laughing (at what, it's unclear) and Heltzel explaining he didn't think cops had any reasonable suspicion for the stop. They disagreed and placed him under arrest.

Heltzel has not yet been charged, according to

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Brad Pitt Loves Market Garden Beer

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Brad Pitt's favorite beer, according to Angelina Jolie, are the brews of Market Garden.

"I have it in my house all the time," Jolie told a reporter from The Guardian.

This local tidbit appeared in a richly reported on-set profile of Jolie's new film First they Killed My Father, an adaptation of the memoir by local author Loung Ung.

Ung escaped Cambodia as a child during the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge. Both her parents and two of her sisters were executed.  In addition to her literary and humanitarian work, locally Ung co-founded the Market Garden family of breweries and restaurants. (She was featured in Scene's 2016 People Issue).

And it turns out Ung and Jolie are close friends, having solidified their bond on a Cambodian motorbike tour after Jolie read Ung's memoir in the early aughts. Ung is now a consultant on the film and an "auntie" figure to Jolie's children.

Jolie and Brad Pitt recently ended their marriage. The jury is still out on whether or not that'll affect Pitt's preferred regional microbrews.
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