Update IV: Tired of this story yet? Well, it's not going away. The uppercutee, Shidea Lane, appeared on Art McCoy's WTAM show for the second time to talk about her side of the story.
"I have been in relationships before where men just disrespect and dog and put their hands on me and for this man who has no clue who I was to just disrespect me - I just couldn't take it anymore,” Lane said. “It was going too far."
Hughes claimed that Lane spit at him, prompting him to punch her.
“I take care of my daughter as a beautiful mother and I just want people to change their perspective about me and not just judge me before they know anything," Lane said.
More over at this link from NewsNet5 if you're interested.
Update III: And the RTA bus driver was fired this morning. Nice timing by RTA to do that on election day.
Update II: RTA has filed disorderly conduct charges against the uppercut victim. The union is also addressing driver safety concerns. The victim is probably in the midst of filing her inevitable civil lawsuit. And this story feels old and tired already. (Cleveland.com)
Update: RTA suspended and identified the driver. Via WKYC:
Early Friday afternoon, RTA identified the driver as Artis Hughes. He has been suspended pending the investigation. He and his union president have been notified, so RTA released his name.
RTA says Transit Police were called to the scene on Sept. 18 and completed an incident report.
Hughes stated that he was assaulted by a customer, Shidea N. Lane, 25. Transit Police and Beachwood Police were both called to the scene.
Update II: Phil Croucher was suspended for two days after the chief reviewed the incident. Turns out all his cop compatriots were the ones egging him on. The full report is hilarious in its detail, which you can read here, but this is a solid nugget:
"[Ptl. Croucher] said he went back and forth in his mind whether he was going to do it or not. However, he was never coerced by anyone. And then, when the countdown began, he felt he had to go through with it. He said money was the biggest factor in him doing it. He said he did it for the money. He never thought of the possibility of the incident being on the internet."
The lesson, as always, is just assume whatever you do in public will end up on the internet.
Update: It was a Mentor police officer — Phil Croucher — who did the pee dunking for a price. His captain is disappointed in him. His wife has probably still not kissed him since that day. (19 Action News)
The headline says it all. Stay classy, Browns fans.
Here at Scene we're always open to the occasion hatchet-job, smear, and/or humiliating dig at a public figure. But, hey now, there is a limit to these things. Physical violence is something we'd never advocate; once you get all belligerent in a potentially felonious fashion, shit gets real. A local college student is learning that the hard way.
Police showed up at Lorain County Community College on Monday looking for 19-year-old Shaquille Brown. He came to the notice of authorities after a teacher reported an off-handed and boneheaded threat Brown dropped in class, according to Newsnet5.
According to the professor's account in the police report, Brown blurted out while working in a group, "can we leave, because Romney is in town and I want to go shoot him."
The professor then said she told Brown she was stunned by the comment and that she had to report him to campus security.
Joke? Serious threat? When police arrived, Brown seemed pretty surprised, offering this as a defense: “I didn't even have a gun to do it.” We're guessing he was just playing, probably couldn't handle another moment of the endless flip-flopping bullshit stream that's been gushing from the Republican presidential candidate since his murder-boner for elected office first manifested itself around age nine. But that doesn't really occasion a threat of violence.
Elyria police took Brown into custody. The Secret Service sent an agent to interview the suspect. Mitt Romney continues to be high-def advertisement for everything that's wrong with America politics.
A weekly roundup of the top newsmakers around town.
1. Ohio: New York Times stat guru Nate Silver says it’s 50-50 whether Ohio decides the election. It’s also 50-50 whether we earn the nation’s undying scorn for the next four years for making the wrong decision.
2. Zack Reed: The coolest councilman in Cleveland nonchalantly brushes off Carl Monday’s inquiries into whether he hired a girlfriend as an assistant and subsequently harassed her. Monday last seen cradling trench coat in fetal position.
3. Jews of Cuyahoga County: Split over supporting Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, or Josh Mandel, a hometown east side Republican. Also still split on whether Koufax or Greenberg has a better bagel, which is more interesting.
4. Watson: The IBM supercomputer of “Jeopardy” fame will make a temporary home at Case Western Reserve. Students plan on using it to figure out how to get girls to attend their parties.
5. Grady Sizemore: The oft-injured center fielder officially becomes a free agent. Welcomes the opportunity to rejoin the Tribe for $5 million, as long as he doesn’t have to play a single game.
Sometimes it takes an outsider to bring perspective to a situation.
Case in point: The current election conundrum in Cleveland’s Jewish community, noted above, which brought the globe-trotting New York Times columnist Roger Cohen to town. In his column in Tuesday’s paper, Cohen neatly captured the intensity of the battle with a few choice details: robocalls from John Bolton; alarmist advertising in the Cleveland Jewish News; and a delicious quote from Democratic fundraiser Deborah Ratner, who reportedly told Mandel, “You represent everything I’ve spent my life working against.”
Cohen quickly cut through the local crap, noting that the larger significance of the internecine Jewish battle is its potential effect on the Presidential race. “This is the swing state most likely to swing things,” he wrote, explaining that the number of votes Barack Obama gets in Cuyahoga County could determine whether he carries the state.
The fear-mongering that Republicans from Mandel up to Mitt Romney have been spreading about Obama abandoning Israel may carry some currency here, but Cohen cut through that pretty quickly, too. From the insular confines of Cleveland, people may believe that Obama favors Muslims over Jews, or is soft on Iran. But someone with a more worldly perspective can look to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, whom Cohen quotes as saying that Obama has done “more than anything that I can remember” for Israeli security.
Part of the blindness here comes from what Cohen characterizes as misplaced “family and tribal Jewish loyalty,” the subject of a recent piece in the Jewish Daily Forward by Austin Ratner. But part of it, he observes, is just the nature of the community: “The Jews of Cleveland are arguing at high volume. They are good at disputation.”
This would be a good time to turn down the volume. To put it simply, Jewish voters should know better. They are among the best-educated and most financially secure in the county — maybe the country. That doesn’t necessarily mean they should vote for Obama. But like everyone else, they should vote for the candidates on their merits, not because of some irrational fears or deliberate misinformation.
Wake up. Think outside the tribe for one minute. Or at least pay attention to a clear-eyed tribe member who calls out Mandel and Romney for campaigning “in the name of a God whose wishes these men presume to know.”
Your guide to living in fabulous Cleveland.
First steps are taken in renovating the haunted and infamous Franklin Castle. Like all previous renovations and reclamation projects at the Cleveland landmark, step two is never expected to be completed.
Winking Lizard announces it will no longer serve Bud Light or Miller Lite on draft. Not because they’re bad beers, but because they’re too expensive to buy. Don’t worry, they’ll still serve you bad beer if the profit margin is right.
Cuyahoga Council announces it will save its take from the Horseshoe casino until 2014, then use the cash on downtown development. Sadly, they probably don’t mean: “Several million on black, please.”
This Week’s Index: The rainy aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is finally over, just in time for the normal miserable rainy fall weather to resume.