Wednesday, August 15, 2012

77-Year-Old Madison Woman Found Dead in Home, Suspects in Custody (Updated)

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

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: On Tuesday the mother and son duo of Danna and Zachary Weimer were indicted for the June murder of a 77-year-old woman from Madison, according to the News-Herald. Each defendant faces 17 counts, including aggravated murder and aggravated burglary. Danna was also packing the big boy drugs when she was arrested shortly after the crime; the stash included "heroin, cocaine, codeine, hydrocodone and Prednisone," so says the paper.

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Update II: There are some gruesome new details floating out of the court system regarding the murder of a 77-year-old woman in Lake County.

The two suspects — mother and son duo Danna and Zachary Weimer — are still in custody, and prosecutors are warming up their evidence in anticipation of the grand jury meeting. According to the PD, Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti opened up about the cause of death and the condition the woman's body was found in during a hearing this week.

"It was a pretty sickening sight," said Cicconetti as he related Tuesday what he had been told in court about the death of Eleanor Robertson. "She had been stabbed 90 times, some wounds with a knife and some with another object. She had broken and cracked ribs and someone used a chemical on her to either dispose of the body or mutilate it beyond recognition."

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Update: Turns out the bizarre duo suspected of the tag-team murder of the 77-year-old woman in Madison are a mon-and-son duo who might have been trying to feed the need. Newsnet5 reports Danna and Zack Weimer used to live across the street from the victim. Also, another grizzly detail that's shaken out: after the woman was killed, the Weimers stuffed her body under a bedroom mattress, which is where she was eventually found.

Police suspect drugs.


Madison Police Chief Leonard Del Calzo said the Weimers fit the profile of a recent trend among drug addicted burglars, stealing gold jewelry to sell for cash to buy heroin.

"We're seeing an increase in burglaries and it's related to heroin use and it's also related to the fact that folks can steal gold and can exchange it quickly for cash — and a lot of these regulations are in place for pawn shops but aren't in place for these cash for gold locations," Del Calzo said.

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Grizzly murder being reported out east in Madison. According to various news reports, a 77-year-old woman was found dead in her home. The allegedly assailants seem to have been caught, but right now the situation seems so odd who knows what the fine print will eventually spell out on this one.

19ActionNews reports the local police knocked on the woman's door yesterday after neighbors called in concerned over her well-being. What police discovered proved the concern was merited: the house was ransacked, the woman gone, and her red 1995 Plymouth Voyager MIA.

The car description went out over the wires. Not long after, the Euclid police buzzed in to say they'd picked up a pair of suspects in a traffic spot earlier that day who had possessions from the house in their car. Soon after, the investigation switched from a missing person to a homicide: police found the 77-year-olds body hidden in her home.

The pair — Zach and Dana Danna Weimer — are an odd looking duo. Right now, there's not a lot of info on either, or any clues to their relationship — mother and son, or aunt and nephew, husband and wife. Their photos are after the jump. Check back for more details. The victim's car also has not been found.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Davis-Besse is Still Leaky (Updated)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

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Update: And the cause of all the problems with Davis-Besse's shield...

Via the Sandusky Register:

Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and FirstEnergy detailed the work that led them to conclude the Blizzard of 1978 — combined with a failure to waterproof the shield building — caused cracking in the structure’s walls.

Stupid blizzard.

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The Davis-Besse nuclear plant is basically held together with duct tape and gum, which makes the latest update all the less surprising. Over its 35-year history, Davis-Besse has creaked and moaned along, shutting down intermittently for a cracked lid, and then some more cracks, and — whaddya know — some more cracks. Inspectors found another leak this week, a pinhole-sized one, as they were checking out the nuts and bolts as Davis-Besse cranked up toward restarting operations.

Radioactive coolant did not escape the facility, according to reports. But it's another notch on Davis-Besse's spotty reputation. Via the AP:


Workers discovered the leak in a pipe weld Wednesday night as they were getting ready to restart the reactor after a monthlong maintenance shut down. The plant was at full pressure at the time but the reactor was not yet operating, Young said. It's not known exactly when the leak began, but it had been less than 24 hours, she said.

Such leaks are not uncommon, said Viktoria Mitlyng, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She said nuclear plants go through an extensive startup process after outages to look for problems. The leak Wednesday will be repaired, plant operators said.

Nuclear regulators are expected to decide next year whether to renew the plant's license.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Skeletal Remains Found in Sandusky Could be Missing Solon Man (Updated)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 12:07 PM

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Update: The results have come in from the medical examiner: the remains that washed ashore near Sandusky a few weeks back did belong to Charles Kaplan. This only partly settles the questions hanging over the Solon resident's October disappearance — the remaining issue being what exactly happened on the boat.

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On Monday night, two boys walking along the breakwall ringing Lake Erie over in Sandusky had a “Stand by Me” moment: they stumbled upon the remains of a human skeleton, specifically, a head and chest. Besides probably instantly crowning these kids the coolest guys at day camp for the rest of the month while simultaneously introducing them to the hard truths of adulthood such as the ephemeral nature of human life, lack of meaning, human finitude in the abyss, etc., the discovery also may close the book on the case of a missing local man believed to have been killed in October.

Solon resident Charles Kaplan made the headlines on October 23 after his boat crashed into the land near Sandusky after a day of pleasure cruising. The body of Kaplan's girlfriend — 51-year-old Pamela Holstein — was found in the vessel, but the 58-year-old's remains were not located at the time. An exhaustive search from U.S. Coast Guard came up empty.

Until Monday — possibly. When Scene spoke with Sandusky Police's Sgt. Dana Newell this morning, he was quick to point out an official ID hasn't linked the body to Kaplan. But the discovery happened in the vicinity of the crash. “I was there at the crash, and the [the remains] were right at that area,” Newell told Scene. “The remains were taking to Lucas country to do a DNA test.”

Newell couldn't ballpark how long a positive match would take — hopefully soon, so the families involved can get some closure. We'll post updates as they roll in.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lakewood Coucilman Caught up in Hacking Kerfuffle

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 2:13 PM

This evil hacker is currently sending your aunt an email from your account saying you actually dont wear the Christmas sweater she knitted, bitch.
  • This evil hacker is currently sending your aunt an email from your account saying you actually don't wear the Christmas sweater she knitted, bitch.


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Whaddya know? Lakewood councilman Shawn Juris was telling the truth.

You'll remember that an email purportedly from Juris' account was sent to the Lakewood Observer threatening to use the power of his office to get publisher Jim O'Bryan outta there. Juris claimed he never sent it, that this was all one of those famous hacking incidents that Paris Hilton and others are so familiar with.

Well, the police investigated, and the email didn't originate from Juris. It was sent via a spoof server that allows folks to send messages that look like they're from other people. (Why didn't Rep. Weiner think of that?)

Juris is happy to be vindicated, but he's still waiting for some apologies.

Via Lakewood Patch:

“Overall, it seemed like a plotline from ‘Mean Girls,’ not behavior of adults who are supposed to be credible members of our community,” he said.

Juris said he will be “waiting patiently” for an apology from those involved.

Wait, that wasn't part of Mean Girls. And is Juris Tina Fey in this scenario? — Grzegorek

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Usually it's athletes and celebrities who truck out the old “my-email-got-hacked” routine whenever an unflattering dong shot starts making the rounds online.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

WRUW's Studio-A-Rama Looking for Bands

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

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Thirty years ago, Case Western Reserve University’s campus station WRUW 91.1 FM held the first of its free, all-day concerts in the courtyard of the Mather Building where the station is located. Since then, Studio-A-Rama, held in early September, has become a big outdoor party where seven or eight local and regional bands share the stage with a national headliner like Guided by Voices, A Place to Bury Strangers, and Mission of Burma. The headliner won’t be announced until later this summer but the station is now taking submissions from area bands who’d like to play. All types of music are welcome; the band must not have played the event in the past four years. Send a CD of at least three songs by WRUW-FM, Attention: Studio-A-Rama, 11220 Bellflower Road, Cleveland 44106 by July 15. Include band line-up with full names, and bio, band photos, website address and contact info.

50 Years of Gusti

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 1:29 PM

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The term “folksinger,” applied to a female, especially in the early ’60s, conjures up a vision of a wispy sylph with a pure, sweet soprano and an earnest demeanor. That wasn’t Cleveland’s Gusti 50 years ago and it’s not her today.

The one-named folksinger is releasing an 18-song compilation called Then and Now, which she’s celebrating with a 7 p.m. show Sunday at the Beachland Tavern. Admission is $7. Although her once flame-red hair is now gray, she promises a lively, fun evening and nobody sitting on stools singing “House of the Rising Sun.”

In 1961 Gusti was a soloist at the Windermere Methodist Church on Euclid Avneue, when a fiend from the chir took her to a hootenanny at the Rising Moon (later known as Faragher’s) on Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights. There she eschewed the mic and wowed the crowd with her deep, roof-raising voice which she says is “in a tenor range.”

Members of the New Wine Singers, a local group who’d jumped into the then-booming folk revival, were in the house and invited her to join. She took them up on it — just as they were moving to Chicago for what became a year-and-a-half stint. There she rubbed elbows with a who’s who of the folk, artistic, and cultural scenes.

Returning to Cleveland in 1963, she took up guitar (she’d been singing since she could toddle, thanks to encouragement from her father Harold Haugh, a noted singer of sacred music and professor at Oberlin and the University of Michigan) and played frequently at Faragher’s and the legendary LaCave on Euclid near E. 105th, which she managed for a while. Her subsequent career has included festivals in Scotland, campfires in Colorado, and in a Brendan Behan musical bio play at PlayhouseSquare.

Then and Now features just a sampling of the vast and varied repertoire she’s acquired over the years, ranging from traditional folk ballads like “Eileen Aroon” and “The Butcher Boy” to modern tunes like Eric Bogel’s “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” to show tunes like “Try to Remember.” She can move from bawdy to sentimental, humorous to heartfelt and moving in an eyeblink.

“I sing everything but rock and roll,” she says. “Gilbert & Sullivan, union songs, humorous songs, hymns. I even know one Yiddish song.”

The CD is on Cleveland-based Abydos Records, a project of Jeff McConocha’s Abydos recording studio. She credits McConocha as the catalyst.

“It was his encouragement and enthusiasm that made it happen,” she says. “He used to come hear me with his brother and sister when he was a little kid. Last year he asked if I would be interested in doing some recording, and I said ‘You betcha.’ We’ve recorded 52 songs so far. He’s planning many CDs and maybe a documentary. He thinks I’m well worth it!”

In a complete coincidence, vocalist/pianist Arnie Lanza, who sang with Gusti in the New Wine Singers in the early ’60s, is playing at Nighttown at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Lanza, a longtime Chicago resident, specializes in cabaret-style jazz, which he’s been playing since his 1953 graduation from Gilmour Academy. Admission is $10.

For those who’d like to know more about Gusti or aficionados of the ’60s folk revival, there’s a wealth of information at her Facebook page.

Man Chokes Goose, Starts Fight

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Want a piece of me, asshole?
  • Want a piece of me, asshole?

And this isn't some trip into masturbation euphemism land. This isn't wrestling the purple-headed yogurt slinger or choking the chicken. It's literal: who actually chokes a goose?

The Sandusky Register has a strange tale this morning that definitely involves a man fighting one of the long-necked poop machines that hang out near water. The question, as always, is whether the goose deserved it.

Scene: Lee Corrick comes upon Isaac Sloan. Feathers are flying. Necks are being wrung.

Lee Corrick, 21, told police he was walking his dog at about 10 p.m. when near Shoreline Park.

That’s when he looked over and spotted a stranger, identified as Sloan, throwing rocks at geese. One of the fowl hissed at the stranger.

“Lee stated the male picked up that goose and began choking it,” a Sandusky police report said. “Lee shouted at the male and asked him to stop attacking the goose.”

The Sloan diverted his attention to Corrick and shouted “you want to fight,” Corrick told police.

Sloan then allegedly threw a punch at Corrick that missed, a report said. Sloan charged again and the pair began fighting.

Sloan, who cops say was drunk, tells a different tale. He claims the geese — a WHOLE flock of them — dive-bombed him and were aggressive. He was just defending himself. And it was Corrick, not him, who initiated the fisticuffs.

As believable as that version of events was to cops, it actually wasn't so much, and they arrested Sloan. The Goose Choker.

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