Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kasich's Poll Numbers Improve a Little Bit, Still Pretty Low (Updated)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM


Update: The eyes of Ohio are mainly focused on the battles between Obama/Romney and Brown/Mandel, but John Kasich is still around doing things, and his latest numbers show a bit of improvement. (Washington Post)


When John Kasich glanced at his approval ratings in the past year, he probably felt like the pollsters were plopping down a poop sandwich in his lap.

NBC's craptastic sitcom Whitney seemed to have a better backing.

This morning's latest batch of numbers finally show some positive direction for Kasich, however. Still a poop sandwich, but a little less poopy.

Via the Dayton Daily News:

The Ohio Poll from the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati found 44 percent of Ohio adults approve of Kasich’s performance as governor, 42 percent disapprove and 14 percent neither approve nor disapprove. In March 2011, The Ohio Poll showed 40 percent approved, 47 percent disapproved and 13 percent didn’t feel strongly either way.

Friday’s results are the first time a larger percentage approved of Kasich’s performance than disapproved in surveys by The Ohio Poll since he took office January 2011.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Monroe Beachy, Amish Bernie Madoff, to Plead Guilty (Updated)

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM


Update II: This morning a federal judge sentenced Beachy to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for his role in a ponzi scheme that jilted about 2,700 investors out of their money. In the wind-up to sentencing, the investor once again tried to play the Amish card, requesting home confinement rather than prison. And once again, the legal system politely reminded him that justice is as blind to beards as to any other differentiating circumstance.

"You must be punished for what you did under federal guidelines," Judge Benita Pearson told Beachy, according to the Plain Dealer. "There can be no carve-out because you belong to a religious community that I respect."


Update: Monroe Beachy entered a guilty plea today in federal court. His sentence could be 12 to 15 years in prison, but the 78-year-old's defense attorney informed the court he'd ask for a lesser sentence for the elderly defendant.


Monroe Beachy, the Amish man from Sugarcreek who federal investigators say ran a $17 million ponzi scheme, isn't planning on making a case in the courtroom.

According to paperwork filed earlier this month, the 78-year-old will plead guilty to federal mail fraud charges. This afternoon, Scene confirmed the planned guilty plea with U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Mike Tobin, but he declined to offer up details on what this means regarding possible prison time or other punishment until the plea is officially on the books. The accused is expected to enter the plea on Thursday.

Breachy — who was the subject of a Scene November cover story, “The Hayseed Hustler” — is accused of bilking more than 2,600 individuals out of their money. Since his arrest, Beachy has leaned hard on his Amish street cred while trying to fend off accusations he'd maliciously deceived his clients, many of whom were fellow members of the “plain communities” sprinkled around rural Ohio.

Me?, he was wont to thump the tub, I'm just a rube with an 10th grade education and a certificate from H&R Block, not one of them sophisticated Wall Street types — they screwed me, too!

The evidence didn't exactly buttress that picture.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Closed Ohio Plant Now Filled With Rats as Big as Cats (Updated)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Rats are disgusting, so heres a super cute cat.
  • Rats are disgusting, so here's a super cute cat.

Update II: A local farmer named Richard Bonner bought the old liquid plant and promises to clean up the some 1.5 million gallons of rotting liquid that have bred mutant rats that will eat the earth. The news gave the Record-Pub occasion to include more than a few rat-tastic quotes and tidbits in the paper. Shall we?

He said though Fuerst stored milk, beer, soft drinks and other fluids in the outside holding tanks, most of the contents of those tanks was now rain water. He said he’s already been clearing the buildings of outdated foods, such as ice cream and candy bars, and has gassed “hundreds and hundreds of rats” using a fumigant from his farm.

“It was the dirtiest job I’ve ever done,” he said.

Nice. So he means war. No man who gassed hundreds and hundreds of rats in his day is going to play around with these rodents.

“They cut the wires on the fuse panels,” he said of the rats. “They’re living high on the hog now, but they won’t be for long.


Resident Dawn Jasinski said she dealt with “hundreds” of rats in her barn earlier this year, buying a 4 gallon drum of rat poison to deal with the problem. The poison she picked up at Wednesday’s meeting was for an elderly neighbor.

“They killed one of my chickens,” she said. “Then it was war.”

Wait, the rats actually killed a chicken? That can happen?


Update: The old U.S. Liquids plant in Nelson, OH, has a bit of a rat problem, as you can read below in our original story. Imagine the pile of ants on some spilled soda on a sidewalk on a summer day, and replace the ants with rats as big as cats, and that's pretty much the scene.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Look! Up for Auction! It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's the Check That Bought Superman!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM


Update: The $412 check ($130 for Superman) sold at auction for $160,000 to an unnamed buyer. Scene's scientific research shows a 38,734-percent increase in value is a lot of value. (AP) Grzegorek


Remember last October when we told you that somebody found the $130 check DC used to purchase the rights to Superman from Clevelanders Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster?

Well, it's for sale.

There's an auction starting Monday at Comic Connect that could put that check in your hands.

We're guessing the artifact won't pull in nearly as much as the first issue of Action Comics, which marks Superman's debut.

But you won't be able to pick it up at Superman Returns prices either. —Michael Gallucci

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Cleveland Cops Are Actually Ticketing for Jaywalking Right Now

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM


Jaywalking is the birthright of Clevelanders. Having no use for crosswalks and the common sense to know that dammit we're in a hurry, screw those cars, the streets of downtown are basically a game of Frogger.

That's especially true in Public Square, which is groundzero for a purported crackdown by cops on Cleveland's right to cross the street whenever we damn please.

19 Action News reports Cleveland police are out en masse ticketing jaywalkers. That transgression will cost you a tidy sum of $150 if you're caught.

The reason for the enforcement is maybe probably absolutely definitely the imminent arrival of the casino. Public Square is the little cousin Cleveland wishes it didn't have. The once historic square is now a glorified bus depot with some old statues, little more than a home for Occupy Cleveland, vagrants, panhandlers, and the occasional actual working person who's become lost on their way to Johnny's.

This is not the public face the city wants to present on the doorstep of Dan Gilbert's palace.

So, check for cops and maybe try to use some crosswalks now and then in the coming weeks. Feel free to give everyone the finger while doing so, however.

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Video: Sinking Baskets from the Goodyear Blimp

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM

If you don’t know Dude Perfect, they’re a crew of guys who pull off physics-defying basketball shots. They recently took their trick act to Northeast Ohio, hopping aboard the Goodyear Blimp. Incredibly, they sunk this shot from the sky outside the blimp’s hanger. Very cool.

(h/t Fox 8)

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Chumps of the Week: Eastlake City Employees

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Were not talking about that kind of meat.
  • We're not talking about that kind of meat.

As far as we know there's not much in this cosmic moil linking NFL legend Brett Farve to city employees at the Lake County suburb of Eastlake. Thanks to the folks over at WKYC, we can now rope these two groups of people together – dongshot aficionados. According to a report from the station's Tom Meyer, city employees may have been passing around inappropriate photos while drawing from the public dime.

Those allegations trail the news that city building inspector Rich Vild was suspended in February for whipping out his own equipment in front of two female city staffers in the parking lot of a bar. Happy hour must have gotten a little out of hand, guesses of girth essayed, boasts ventured, questioned, confirmation promised. Hate when that happens.

When the news team rolled up on Vild, he had this rueful explanation:

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