Update: Remember nearly nude Erin Holdsworth, the fine lady who led cops on a 100 mph+ chase while wearing only a g-string, fishnets, and high heels? Sure you do. (And if you don't, do check out the video below to get up to speed.)
Holdsworth finally got her sentence, 18 months in all with at least 10 months behind bars. The judge gave her credit for the time she already spent in the slammer while she was waiting for the decision to come down. Via the News-Herald:
She previously pleaded no contest and was convicted on charges of OVI, driving with a suspended license and fleeing and eluding, according to court records.
Additional charges of criminal damaging, reckless operation and speeding were dismissed.
Holdsworth initially posted bond and in January Stupica granted her driving privileges to take her children to school or herself to work.
However, at a July court appearance, Holdsworth tested positive for THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, and was ordered to await sentencing behind bars.
Fox 8 spliced in some of the dash-cam video from Erin Holdsworth's arrest in Bainbridge, where she was stopped and arrested for DUI after leading cops on a chase that touched speeds over 100 mph. The most noteworthy detail, of course, was that she was wearing just a g-string, fishnets, and high heels at the time.
The dash-cam bits show her emerging from the car in her half-naked state and trying to kick out windows in the cruiser while wearing nothing much at all.
Update: The idea was floated initially back in October of last year when Mayor Frank Jackson said he wanted to close off Public Square to traffic, quartering off Superior and Ontario and creating a unified, 10-acre park. Jackson's Group Plan Commission hired a consultant to run through the data — there's a lot going on here, from RTA traffic to foot traffic to displacing vehicle traffic to other streets — and make a recommendation. It was unveiled this week: just close Ontario, create two quadrants, and focus on limiting Superior traffic to mass transit.
That's far from final, of course, as Jackson and his staff consider the options and the analysis with an eye toward making Public Square something other than the unofficial home for loitering, casino cigarette breaks, and a glorified bus depot. Both Jackson's spokesperson and RTA had some thoughts. Via Cleveland.com:
"We understand that the facts are the facts," Silliman said in an interview Wednesday. "The people selected to do this study are very capable, and they're simply analyzing the traffic and making recommendations. We accept that. But we fully support the further data review."
Brennan said the firm explored the possibility of closing Ontario and Superior, but doing so would clog other nearby intersections and cause severe rush hour delays. It also would displace nearly 18,000 bus passenger pick-ups and drop-offs daily. That would amount to a $2.6 million increase in yearly operating costs for RTA, which would have to fuel idling buses in traffic jams or add routes to keep schedules.
Closing only Ontario would cost RTA an extra $1 million yearly and move 8,500 passenger boardings and drop-offs to adjacent blocks.
RTA spokeswoman Mary McCahon said Wednesday that the agency has participated in discussions regarding the street closures and trusts that the consultant understands the city's public transportation needs. McCahon, however, said she could not comment on whether RTA endorses the firm's recommendations.
Sunday's Plain Dealer had this bit of news: Mayor Frank Jackson tells the paper that he wants to close Public Square to traffic and make the forlorn, antiquated area a public park.
Update II: The winding court case of the Amish beard attackers took yet another turn today. According to the AP:
Twelve defendants charged in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio are challenging the constitutionality of the federal hate crimes law.
The challenges say the alleged attacks aren't religion-based hate crimes but internal church discipline not involving anti-Amish bias.
Update: Father Mullet has spoken.
Sam Mullet, the leader of the breakaway Amish group responsible for the hair and beard trimmings that drew national attention and the father of two of the perpetrators, talked with reporters to explain a few things. Notably, that he didn't order the attacks, but that the attacks were perfectly reasonable and cops should allow his group to dole out the "religious punishment" as they see fit. And they just want to be left alone, you see?
“We’d like to get up in the morning, be left alone, live like normal people,” Mullet told reporters. “They won’t leave us be.”
Good afternoon, Cleveland. Here's some stuff to read while you feel sorry for former millionaires.
— A report says the recession is hurting Ohio's millionaires. The dozenaires have been hit pretty hard too. (AP)
— If the Halloween comic given out by your local church includes a boy hanging himself and a "mean momma" with a gun, that might be a problem. (Times Gazette)
— Anthony Sowell's house will finally be razed in the next four to six weeks. (WTAM)
You may remember earlier this year when the CDC posted a tongue-in-cheek piece explaining how to be prepared for a zombie attack. Yes, funny. They slipped in some practical advice about preparedness for more realistic disaster scenarios among the zombie lines. A spoonful of sugar situation, if you will. For example:
Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.
Of course, they forgot the most practical zombie advice, including: Cardio, the double tap, beware of bathrooms, travel light, get a kick-ass partner, limber up, always carry a change of underwear, double-knot your shoes, and check the back seat.
Yeah, foreclosures, empty buildings, ruin porn, de-industrialized Cleveland, empty streets, boarded-up windows — it's all depressing and visited enough. Why one more picture? Eh, this one caught our eye. "The Palace." How perfect.
The pic comes from MetroBlossom's recent trip to Cleveland. More photos at the link. Credit to photog David Schalliol.
Seven of the 11 members of Cuyahoga County Council favor moving the twice-monthly, Tuesday meeting times from 6 p.m. to 3 p.m. We know that because Council President C. Ellen Connally instructed a clerk to take an "email straw poll" of council members, a move which transparency advocates say violates Sunshine laws.
The PD reported on the issue last week. Connally decided against trying to fast-track the legislation at the last meeting.
The possible move is important for a few reasons: the afternoon meeting time is not convenient for anyone who works; while Connally contends an earlier time would allow council to get back to their wards for other meetings and block parties, at least one council member worried that the 3 p.m. slot would make it hard for them to hold down other jobs; and county employees earn time off for attending council meetings after the workday and one council member says an earlier slot would save that cash.
Mostly, however, the latest gotcha moment with Connally provides yet another opportunity for a patented Connally soundbite. At this point, she doesn't even bother trying to hide her contempt for the PD and the public. When asked by the paper about the "secrecy," she had this to say.
"I don't understand the big problem here," Connally said. "The easiest thing was just to do a poll. We made absolutely no decision based on that [survey]. . . This is no violation of the sunshine law because no decision was ever made."
Connally also dismissed suggestions that afternoon meetings would discourage public attendance, saying few people have taken advantage of evening meetings.
To be fair, if Connally had her way, meetings would be held twice a month at her home while she watched soap operas.
And when asked her thoughts on a citizen committee's recommendation that meetings be held at evening to accommodate folks can't attend until after work, she had another dynamite soundbite.
It's listed below, but you'll have to guess which one in a little game we'll play called "Ron Swanson or C. Ellen Connally." For those of you who don't watch Parks & Recreation, Ron Swanson is the public-hating Libertarian head of the Parks & Rec department. His hatred for government is exceeded only by his hatred of the common man. We've assembled a collection of quotes from both Connally and Swanson. Guess who said what. Answers at the end. (And yes, in this scenario, the PD is "Pawnee Today.")