Update III: In addition to yanking Shena Hardin's license for 30 days and forking over a $250, the judge sentenced everyone's favorite a-hole driver to some public shaming. Next Tuesday and Wednesday you can find Hardin at the corner of E. 38th and Payne wearing a sign that reads: "Only an idiot would drive around a school bus." Let's all go keep her company, yeah? (WOIO)
Update II: Shena Hardin's charges stemming from her round-about avoidance of a pesky schoolbus have been reduced to a third-degree felony. She is still an a-hole and prosecutors are still working on sentencing. (19 Action News)
Update: Shena Hardin, the woman who was videotaped driving on a sidewalk to get around that pesky law that says you have to stop for a school bus, was in court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to a citation of not stopping for a school bus. Which there is video evidence of her doing. On the internet. Everywhere. Not guilty.
She's due back in court next month, at which time she's probably hoping the judge will be gone and someone from the NFL's replacement ref crew will be behind the bench. (WOIO)
Driving on a sidewalk to get around the pesky law that says if a school bus is stopped on a two-lane street you have to stop? Yeah, that'll qualify you for A-Hole of the Week. Especially since it's just breaking another law to avoid the first.
Thankfully, the bus driver captured the woman's creative evasive driving techniques on video and got it into the hands of the proper authorities and 19 Action News.
Update: So, how's the exotic animal registration progressing as the deadline to notify the state and fill out the proper paperwork approaches on Monday? Not good. Via the Zanesville Times Recorder:
Officials at the Ohio Department of Agriculture think at least 500 private individuals own animals on the state’s restricted species list, but only 36 have come forward so far.
“Our best guess is that there are over (500) or 600 private people who own these animals,” David Daniels, agriculture director, said this morning at the first meeting of the state’s Dangerous and Restricted Animals Advisory Board.
To date, 341 animals are tallied up. 240 of those are at zoos or The Wilds conservation center.
A couple board members think animal owners are scared of the state — The Big Bad State, The Man — and that might be cause for a lack of self-reporting. Who would have guessed? — Grzegorek
As we all know, despite a historically bad economy and record unemployment, one of the most high-profile issues tackled during the last legislative session was what to do with the exotic pets some Ohioans like to keep around the house. As sarcastic as that sentence can read, there were actually pretty compelling reasons to address the topic.
He'll spend seven years in jail.
The mother who let her 17-month-old son suffer and die from the chemical fumes in an Akron meth house has finally been handed a sentence.
Two other defendants were also shipped off to lengthy jail stints, closing the file on what is probably the blue ribbon winner of terrible, sad stories from the meth underground, a terrible, sad merry-go-round of misery that's happening in every corner of the state. All you have to do is go looking.
After losing a jury trial last month, 21-year-old Heather Lerch was given life without parole consideration for 22 years on Tuesday, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Akron police say Lerch's son Patrick spent the last two weeks of his little life living in a rat-infested, fume-choked basement on St. Leger Avenue. Mother and son were staying at the house with Lerch's boyfriend, 20-year-old Randy Legg.
We've made this comment before, and yeah, we're reading this book without actually dipping into the pages, but you don't really have to have a full dossier on Darin Casper to figure out this guy's deal.
Yes, he looks like a scum bag from central casting, but it's as-advertised. He's a child molester who produced kiddie porn while his wife operated a day-care center out of their Cleveland home. And now he's going to jail for a long time.
The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to 155 counts related to child pornography and the molestation of five boys. Police say the attacks happened between January 2007 and October 2011. When police went through his stash, they found 1,500 videos and images of kids. Casper was indicted last May.
Of course, the terrifying bit about this story is that Casper had easy access to kids. Since 2000 his wife has been licensed to care for kids between the ages of six and 12 out of the couple's home. According to the Plain Dealer:
Assistant Cuyahoga County Proscecutor Brett Kyker declined to say whether any of the children who were either molested or appeared in the pornographic material were under day care supervision at the time.
This video from a protest outside the Romney rally in Bedford Heights the other day seems to be something the internet is interested in.
Marvel seems to have taken a liking to our humble little city.
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission announced this morning that portions of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will film in Cleveland, which is just the latest bit of validation that the Forest City is a booming film mecca, your lame "Call Me Maybe" parody on YouTube not withstanding.
From the press release:
This film project follows on the heels of Marvel Studio’s 2012 blockbuster Marvel’s The Avengers, which filmed in several locations throughout Ohio in 2011, broke a number of box office records, and was the fastest film ever to gross $1 billion in sales worldwide.
“Marvel is pleased to return to Ohio, this time with our Captain America: The Winter Soldier production. The location, talent and people of Ohio are sure to benefit our film, and we look forward to beginning production,” said Louis D’Esposito, Co-President, Marvel Studios.
Um, can Scarlett Johansson come back, just for shits and giggles?
The evening opened with just 12 musicians onstage for Paul Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 1, a tasty sampling of the changes underway in post-World War I Europe, when classicism was giving way to the dissonance of the 20th century. Hindemith captured both the spirit and the sound of that era in this short, playful mix of scampering strings, floating woodwinds, and lively percussion.
After a sharp opening blast, Conductor Franz Welser-Möst modulated the piece nicely, balancing precision strings with cascading piano lines and knocks and jabs from the vibes and drums. Most impressive was the organic sound he created in a work that seems on the verge of flying off in different directions at any moment. At times, his approach was perhaps a bit too restrained. But overall it was an intelligent and tasteful treatment, with an ear attuned to the occasional flashes of humor, particularly the percussive flourish in the final bars.
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