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Re: “Prosecutor's Office Creates Program to Register Privately Owned Security Cameras

Please do it voluntarily....before there is mandatory paperwork and a tax masquerading as a fee when politely requesting info fails to draw the expected lines outside the prosecutor's office.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/29/2016 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Jury Awards Plaintiffs $392,750 in Sexual Abuse Cover-Up Case Involving Chagrin Falls Nanny School

@Session104Grad

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I agree with you that a months time should NOT have elapsed between the witnessing and the reporting of this crime. However, I can say to the best of my knowledge of this school, that had I been the one on this interview and had I reported the crime immediately--the school would have treated me with the exact same disregard and slandering with which they treated Christina. You seem to be focusing on the ways in which Christina mishandled the situation and ignoring the reason for the lawsuit itself, which is the misconduct of the school and the way that they manipulate, suppress and mistreat their students for the sake of personal gain and profit.
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The welfare of the 2 girls was my greatest concern. Report the crime immediately. File a lawsuit against ENGS later; and the verdict would have been unanimous in your favor, due in large part to the "Mandatory Reporting Law" that protects professional child-care givers.

Were you a student in good standing, unlike Christina? It seems to me that there would be more "personal gain and profit" if ENGS were to PRAISE one of their students who has acted to protect children. That's what you are TRAINED TO DO! What kind of pressure would it take to prevent YOU from making the report for OVER A MONTH??? During the trial, we were told that only 2 of the 8 students in Session #104 received placements before the lawsuit. If you're one of the 6, I'm sure you weren't happy about that, but Christina was in a desperate position. Do you really think it's fair to compare yourself with Christina?
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Posted by Jeffrey Miller on 08/29/2016 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Despite Opposition, Metroparks Intent on Demolishing Historic Structure

Timely blog post , I learned a lot from the points - Does anyone know where I would be able to get ahold of a template a form form to use ?

Posted by Leanna Lauber on 08/29/2016 at 2:49 AM

Re: “Barkevious Mingo, Fantasy Football and a Tribe Losing Streak — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

When I heard his name, I always had to smile...sounded like a noisy dog who got into a lot of mischief...he is so...BARKEVIOUS.

How could he be ANYTHING else but a Cleveland Brown? Now that is gone.

And there's nothing else about the Browns that can possibly make me smile, or laugh...or even chuckle. Or care. This is gonna be another bad year. Maybe even worse than last year.

Probably won't watch. I've got the Tribe and the Cubs...at least until October Then it's Cavs time again. And maybe hockey, too.

See ya, Barkevious, you ex-Dawg, you...nice knowin' ya...

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 08/28/2016 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Feds Join Suit Over Ohio Voter Registration Purge

Darren, direct everyone you know to http://voterlookup.sos.state.oh.us/voterlookup.aspx . The Clinton campaign is also registering voters.

Posted by CathyAnn on 08/28/2016 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Zoma Ethiopian Restaurant to Open in Cleveland Heights

Please keep these updates and articles coming. There are so many of us in the Cleve Heights area who can't wait for this Ethiopian restaurant open!

Posted by Gaylee McCracken on 08/28/2016 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Lake Catholic Will Forfeit First Football Game of Season in Discipline Over Alleged Hazing

The alleged "hazing incident" sounds like child sexual abuse.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/28/2016 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The 225 Vanity License Plates the Ohio BMV Has Rejected Since June 2013

my friend wanted a form several days ago and found a company with a lot of fillable forms . If you need it also , here's a http://pdf.ac/4CLzGk

Posted by Pat Redman on 08/28/2016 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Have You Been Duped by IHOP's Confusing Criss-Croissant?

Thanks for the review!! Those pictures speak volumes. Forget what these other people say that contradict what you say. Look at the pics folks.

Posted by Hiram on 08/28/2016 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Jethro Killer Gets 45 Years, 34 For Slaying Dog

Justice for Tamir Rice by any means! Keep publishing the murdering cops name. Feds needs to intervene and lock up Cleveland police.

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Posted by Shame on America on 08/28/2016 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Meet the Pro-Slavery Fairview Park Auxiliary Cop

I'm glad he was fired and I hope he never gets another job again. And for you asshairs that are defending and standing up for this P.O.S and his so called 1st Amendment Rights should all shut the FUQ up. The only thing you are doing is showing how racist and bigoted you are. Racist White people make me sick to my stomach. And don't try and take my words out of context either, you whiny bunch of over privileged and undereducated morons. I have nothing but love for white people, except when it comes to your racist brethren. You will come up with every excuse in the book to defend him for his cowardess ass remarks. And I'm surpised none of you bigots have used the, "Well, you're playing the race card" statement yet. That appears to be your favorite sentence as of late. Seeing as how most of you racist ass, moronic, hate filled whites can't count to 20 without taking your shoes and socks off. And yes, I do hate. I hate whiny ass, racist ass bigots that play the victim when none of you defending this piece of trash has had any real oppression to deal with. And yes this comment is directed at any and everyone defending this prick in this comment section. Maybe you would have more than a quarter of a brain to work with if your grandparents weren't brother and sister. And kiss my culturaly mixed ass. All of you coward ass racist internet trolls! And I can say what I want because according to you idiots my 1st Ammendment Rights allow me to.

Posted by Yi Hero on 08/27/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Jury Awards Plaintiffs $392,750 in Sexual Abuse Cover-Up Case Involving Chagrin Falls Nanny School

@Session104Grad ... as I recall, there was one other student who stayed in the dorms after Session #104 was complete (other than Christina). Were you the other student?

Posted by Jeffrey Miller on 08/27/2016 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Jury Awards Plaintiffs $392,750 in Sexual Abuse Cover-Up Case Involving Chagrin Falls Nanny School

@Session104Grad
I'll have to continue my "dissection" of your comment tomorrow. But please consider that you present a unique opportunity to discuss this situation with someone who has "first-hand" knowledge/experience. Judge Burt addressed the Jury and told us that we were "sending a message to society". During Jury Selection, I said that I didn't consider myself "qualified" to do that (not in those words). I'm an Army Veteran and I was selected for this Jury ... and I think that it's my responsibility to express my viewpoint.

I wrote what you'll read below hours ago. Indians are playing Rangers, and few people will see this. I just hope that THE RIGHT people will see.

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Eight(8) Jurors were sitting in the Jury Box watching a magician perform. All of the Jurors actually BELIEVE in MAGIC. One(1) sees something that reveals to him that THIS IS A TRICK!!! From that moment on, everything else that the magician displays is just a continuation of the "TRICK" to this one Juror ... but the other seven(7) are still seeing MAGIC :(
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I am one of the graduates of class #104, and was a classmate of Christina Cruz.You seem extremely invested in this case (to a point that confuses me, honestly) and the way you speak about Christina feels to me almost as though you've developed a personal vendetta against her for reasons I can't possibly imagine. While I understand you were awarded a unique view of the circumstances from your position as a juror, you comment as though you have insight to the experience of the students of not only class #104, but all students of ENGS, as well as the intentions and character of Mrs. Roth and Mr. Gaylord, that I'm not sure you can rightfully claim.
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I AM invested in this case. I lost more than 4 weeks of income. I would like to see "justice" for my "investment". I don't know Mrs. Roth or Mr. Gaylord or any previous students. While responding to your comment, I'll frequently refer to these two(2) phrases:

"HOW HORRIBLE DO YOU THINK IT WAS???"

"HOW STUPID DO I HAVE TO BE???"
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***************************************************************************************************************************************************************I am offering you this perspective because I would like for you to understand the mentality behind the actions of both Christina and the upper management of ENGS. In my opinion, Christina should not have been accepted to session #104 (and perhaps not at all). The decision was rushed because we were a small class and the school wanted a higher income potential from our class. Period. While I have absolutely no personal conflict with Christina (I enjoyed her company and found her to be capable of extremely sweet and kind conversations and opinions), she did, on numerous occasions, conduct herself in ways that the paperwork of the school clearly stated warranted expulsion. And yet, time and time again, the school broke their own policy to keep her as a student--NOT out of the goodness of their hearts, but because they wanted to rush her through the program, place her, get the fee and then feed her to the wolves. If they had any kind of moral code that wasn't about income, they would never have accepted her to begin with, or they would have expelled her at the first sign of potential mishap, returned her tuition deposit and been done with it. But they wanted more money, so they ignored their own "policies" repeatedly.
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Why do you say that the decision was "rushed" to accept Christina to Session #104? Were you, and/or anyone else in the Dorm when Christina arrived? Did she mention the "Special Loan" that Barbara Francis allegedly offered to her ... providing that she didn't have to make payments on the "Retail Installment Agreement" until she actually received a placement? Were you offered the same; and if not ... how did you feel about Christina receiving special treatment? When you say that ENGS "wanted more money", do you have any proof of that or is it just your opinion? How many times are you aware of that Christina had tried to attend Sessions at ENGS in the past?

"HOW STUPID DO I HAVE TO BE???" Christina was at home taking care of business when Barbara Francis called and offered this "Special Loan" ... you don't have to pay until we get you a job :) However ... bring the $2,000 down-payment. So, Christina drops everything and leaves home from the Albany, NY area with her $2,000 down-payment to Chagrin Falls for 3 months which will from now on be referred to as Session #104.

REALLY??? I've explained why I believed that this was a lie by Christina below. However .... you went TOO FAR with "feed her to the wolves". Why would you say THAT??? Is it the same "extreme bias" that plagued the rest of the Jury? Wouldn't they make the same income if they fed her to the "lambs" ... as opposed to "wolves"? You say that "If they had any kind of moral code that wasn't about income, they would never have accepted her to begin with, or they would have expelled her at the first sign of potential mishap". Sorry, but it doesn't work that way. Are you actually blaming ENGS for sending Christina on ANY INTERVIEW AT ALL??? Me too. :(

Posted by Jeffrey Miller on 08/27/2016 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Man Charged With Stealing Sex Toys from Adult Store in Elyria

The creepy caper brings new meaning to "Gang Bang" by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/27/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Urban Explorer Films Abandoned Chippewa Lake Amusement Park

i grew up in Chippewa Lake used to work at park as a kid everyone in town worked there! The picnics, rides and the owners Parker and Janet Beach were great and later moved to Naples, Fl where I live too! Jungle Larry came too!

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Posted by Sandy Combs on 08/26/2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Jury Awards Plaintiffs $392,750 in Sexual Abuse Cover-Up Case Involving Chagrin Falls Nanny School

@JeffreyMiller
I am one of the graduates of class #104, and was a classmate of Christina Cruz.
You seem extremely invested in this case (to a point that confuses me, honestly) and the way you speak about Christina feels to me almost as though you've developed a personal vendetta against her for reasons I can't possibly imagine. While I understand you were awarded a unique view of the circumstances from your position as a juror, you comment as though you have insight to the experience of the students of not only class #104, but all students of ENGS, as well as the intentions and character of Mrs. Roth and Mr. Gaylord, that I'm not sure you can rightfully claim.

I spent 3 months working alongside Christina, living in the dorm with her, and for some time after graduation we maintained friendly communication and I spoke with her several times during the beginning stages of this lawsuit.
I will tell you that based on my experience with the majority of the staff of ENGS(with the exception of Riki, who was 100% supportive and wonderful to myself and my classmates, and the instructors and professors who worked with us directly), my opinion is that your peers on the jury absolutely made the correct call in awarding damages to both Christina and Heidi.

Mrs. Roth & Mr. Gaylord are not individuals who conduct themselves professionally, respectfully or consistently. You are placing blame and responsibility onto Christina which you should be placing on the management of ENGS. We are instructed over and over and over again to run every single decision related to our careers & interviews through the school, and assured over and over and over again that the staff will back us up emotionally & legally, talk us through problems, find us families that fit our strengths and personalities...and I found none of this to be the case whatsoever in my dealings with them.

The priority of the current management at ENGS is, always and unequivocally, with the families from whom they hope to receive placement fees. Whether those families are physically, emotionally or sexually abusive seems to be fairly irrelevant.
We are pressured to say whatever we have to say (even if it is untrue) in order to make a good impression on interviews. They routinely pulled us from class in order to go on interviews (causing us to frequently miss information that is vital to our coursework such as CPR training, fire & water safety, self-defense, etc) because pleasing a potential client was more important to them than any of us actually completing the training we had paid for. Bradford Gaylord, during his "Martial Arts" class, frequently neglected to offer any training at all and simply regaled us with stories about himself and gossip from previous classes (including several extremely inappropriate stories regarding sexual scenarios with students). During the ABC Nightline special, which was filmed during my session, they made us repeat classes we had already completed because they wanted certain things to be filmed, and they never rescheduled classes that we had been promised during that time. The management treated the students like hired help; they demanded we move furniture around for them in the dorm, they cancelled one of our classes in favor of us doing yard work for the office, and if anyone protested the staff was rude, petulant, dismissive and often simply stormed off in a fit of childlike temper. I was fresh out of High School when I attended ENGS, and frankly even at that age I was embarrassed and appalled by the extreme lack of professionalism at the hands of Mrs. Roth and her son.

I am offering you this perspective because I would like for you to understand the mentality behind the actions of both Christina and the upper management of ENGS. In my opinion, Christina should not have been accepted to session #104 (and perhaps not at all). The decision was rushed because we were a small class and the school wanted a higher income potential from our class. Period. While I have absolutely no personal conflict with Christina (I enjoyed her company and found her to be capable of extremely sweet and kind conversations and opinions), she did, on numerous occasions, conduct herself in ways that the paperwork of the school clearly stated warranted expulsion. And yet, time and time again, the school broke their own policy to keep her as a student--NOT out of the goodness of their hearts, but because they wanted to rush her through the program, place her, get the fee and then feed her to the wolves. If they had any kind of moral code that wasn't about income, they would never have accepted her to begin with, or they would have expelled her at the first sign of potential mishap, returned her tuition deposit and been done with it. But they wanted more money, so they ignored their own "policies" repeatedly.

I agree with you that a months time should NOT have elapsed between the witnessing and the reporting of this crime. However, I can say to the best of my knowledge of this school, that had I been the one on this interview and had I reported the crime immediately--the school would have treated me with the exact same disregard and slandering with which they treated Christina. You seem to be focusing on the ways in which Christina mishandled the situation and ignoring the reason for the lawsuit itself, which is the misconduct of the school and the way that they manipulate, suppress and mistreat their students for the sake of personal gain and profit.

Why are you so obsessed with how they handled her tuition?? I don't see how that is important at all in comparison to the issue at hand, which is the fact that the school attempted to bully her into silence about the sexual abuse of a child and then attempted to blacklist her after she followed through with the report. The special loan doesn't matter. What matters is that ENGS promises to support their students in the face of professional misconduct, and what they actually practice is, in fact, their own awful brand of professional misconduct and a complete disregard for the emotional well-being of not only their students, but the children who are poised to be cared for by those students. I can tell you that the staff had problems with Christina from the beginning, so the fact that they chose to send her on interviews instead of simply removing her from their program should give you some insight as to where the ENGS places their priorities (HINT: It's money. Always money. Only money).

Nobody, other than the poor girls in PA, is entirely innocent in this case. But the school deserves repercussions for their systemic patterns of willful negligence and cruelty, regardless of mistakes Christina may have made, and I am satisfied that they received those repercussions. I sincerely hope it forces them to closely examine their practices and make choices in the future that actually reflect the standards and loyalty they claim to have for and to their students. The idea behind ENGS is truly wonderful and so, so much potential is being squandered because of the deplorable management.

Thank you for your investment in this case, and I hope I was able to offer some amount of clarity to any lingering questions you had.

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Posted by Session104Grad on 08/26/2016 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Barkevious Mingo, Fantasy Football and a Tribe Losing Streak — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

The DFS economic model is pulled from Enron's slimy playbook.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/26/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “236 Heroin Overdoses in Akron in 3 Weeks; Heroin Being Cut with Elephant Sedative

This is an evil drug, the worst part is it only takes one time and your sucked up into the ugly reality, it's all they can think about it's all they want and they will do anything to get it, everyday of their miserable existence. It is a sad truth, and for some unknown reason it's the #1 drug of choice in schools across the country.it's easily accessible and it tears the lives of everyone that is addicted and their families apart, I don't care what anyone tries to say, you CAN NOT TRUST A HEROIN ADDICT! I have personally watched it take upstanding intelligent people, business owners , people with college degrees reduced to sleeping in a retention ditch and begging for money on the street, loosing everything they own including their own Children and still their entire life is lived for feeding their addiction, they don't care about anything else pr anyone else, and anyone that is saying any different is a bald faced lier And I'll say it to their face. I f you can get them into Rehab it can't be any less than a 6 month program in hospital and supervised aggressive full time treatment center. Anything less WILL FAIL! on my worst day I could never understand what would male anyone do that to themselves. It is evil, it is the work of the devil, and it is affecting millions of people across this great nation so wake up America WE NEED TO GET GOD BACK IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES! and those that don't like it and find it offensive go live somewhere else because YOU ARE THE PROBLEM! And may God have mercy on your souls.
Susan Lipke Mesa Az

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Posted by Susan Lipke on 08/26/2016 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Ballsy East Cleveland Merger Proposal is "Non-Starter"

Big fish in a little pond. Lord, help us. Now everyone knows what we have been subjected to by the East Cleveland City Council and their cronies. It simply never stops. As an East Cleveland resident, I am embarrassed.

For one thing, the name East Cleveland has been tarred and feathered, never again to regain a respectful reputation. The name East Cleveland devalues real estate in the fine old homes in the EC city, in neighboring areas, particularly the extraordinary Forest Hill Community.

The convoluted idea that the council can demand anything is simply disgusting. It doesn't represent the thinking all of EC residents. Our hope lies in the merger.

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Posted by 81homes on 08/26/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Melt Bar & Grilled to Open Quick-Serve Café at 200 Public Square

Before placing an order, consider doubling it....because you can't eat just one!

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/26/2016 at 9:39 AM

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