Update:James Belle was found guilty of raping a male inmate under his watch at the Cleveland House of Corrections. He'll be sentenced November 3. (19 Action News)
Meet James Belle, asshole of the week.
19 Action News reports that Bell, a corrections officer at the Cleveland House of Corrections, is facing two charges of rape for two very different alleged crimes.
The first deals with an inmate at the facility. A 24-year-old man who spent four days at the Cleveland House of Corrections says that Bell raped him in his room. The first report came back in March; charges were filed six weeks later.
Update II: Patrick Coyne was sentenced to 57 months in prison. (WOIO) According to the PD, the fact that Coyne scammed an 84-year-old out of over $32,000 weighed heavily in the sentence. Coyne told the judge
"I'm a better person than that, and I think over my lifetime I demonstrated that. But I fell into a pattern. I truly apologize."
Update: Patrick Coyne pleaded guilty this morning to taking small cash mountains of bribes and "tricking an investor into giving him $32,000 in a phony Krispy Kreme doughnut shop deal." (Huh?)
His plea agreement with prosecutors, according to the PD, calls for between 3 years and 5 months and 4 years and 3 months in prison. (Cleveland.com) — Grzegorek
Do you hear that chunky bassline? That tight rhythm? Is that Freddie Mercury we’re hearing? Damn, what’s the name of this song? Another one . . . Another dusting? . . . Another bite . . . ?
The U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to clean up all the sad sacks riding the bench, waiting for their turn in the spotlight. This time, the Feds called up former Strongsville Councilman Patrick Coyne, a guy who’s hopped around from so many public service jobs he’s like the Kenny Lofton of the polluted cesspool that is Cuyahoga County government.
Update: Morning Journal reports $775 fine and a suspended license until November 2 for Shin-Soo Choo. No jail. Also no punishment for sucking before he got injured.
One could make the argument that there could have been a language barrier issue during Choo's DUI stop in Sheffield Lake early Monday morning, with Choo perhaps not understanding fully the officer's instructions, but that would be a dumb argument. Kid blew a .201 back at the station. Below is the dash-cam video of Choo's field sobriety test if you're into that sort of thing.
Update: The Mullet Robber has struck again. Fox 8 reports he hit a bank in Columbus:
"As soon as employees saw the man enter the bank, they knew immediately that it was the 'Mullet Man,'" Harry Trombitas, a special agent with the FBI, told Reuters. "But by then it was too late."
This would be the fourth robbery for Mullet Man in the last month. Has anyone considered the possibillity that he's just saving up money for a haircut?
Columbus has been hit for the second time by a bank robber sporting the Kentucky Waterfall.
There are afternoons for energetic and altruistic pursuits of hearty journalistic endeavors. This is not one of them. Here, from the archives, Mike Polk and "Fuck you, hipsters." Enjoy.
Rob Lucas is a filmmaker out of Akron. He's working on what he calls, "a small video documentary about the Polish-American athlete Stella Walsh." Here's his plea in his own words and how you can help:
Stella was born in Poland in 1911, but moved to Cleveland while she was still an infant. She became a world-class athlete, claiming numerous records as well as a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics and a silver in 1936. She lived in Cleveland for most of her life, coaching track, softball and basketball and was heavily involved with the Polish Falcons. Tragically, she was killed during a robbery attempt in 1980 outside of a store on Broadway Avenue near Slavic Village. After her death it was discovered that she was actually intergender, meaning that she had the reproductive organs of both sexes.
Most of her relatives are deceased, but many of the young athletes she coached are still living in the Northeast Ohio area. I'm interested in telling Stella’s story and preserving her memory and tremendous achievements for Cleveland and its Polish community. Please contact me if you knew her, know someone who knew her or have photos or film/video footage of her.
And by "spray parks," the state means splash pads, the fountains of water in parks that kids run through in the summer. Long a mainstay of the outdoor summer season, "spray parks" are not in danger of disappearing, the state just wants to make sure they are sanitary.
The AP reports that local health agencies will ensure that the water is clean and the parks are licensed. But they can't do it alone. Ohio, no lie, will put up signs reminding citizens to not drink the water, and to "stay out of it if they have diarrhea."
Lovely. Apparently this is needed reminder. In New York, one such splash park was linked to an "outbreak of a parasitic illness that causes diarrhea and vomiting," from which 4000 people got sick. So, yeah, if you have the shits, please stay out of the water. And if you're thinking about taking a sip of the water, just think about someone with the shits jumping through it. Or not.
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