Update II: Via the CT:
he Medina city prosecutor has filed a motion seeking dismissal of a criminal charge against a Columbia Station man who posted a Facebook message cheering on the Newtown, Conn., school gunman.
Hearing scheduled for January 25.
Update: The ACLU has now stepped into the corner of Joseph Resovsky, the 20-year-old suburban Cleveland man who was charged with inducing panic after posting a Facebook message celebrating the Newtown school shootings.
Joseph W. Resovsky, 20, was scheduled for an arraignment today in Medina Municipal Court on a charge of inducing panic. But the hearing was canceled after James Hardiman, the Ohio ACLU legal director, entered a written plea of not guilty on Resovsky’s behalf.
“We believe the defendant’s statements are protected speech under the First Amendment,” Hardiman said in a prepared statement, released Wednesday.
20-year-old Joseph Resovsky claims he was tired of all the Facebook posts expressing sympathy and outrage after the devastating school shootings in Newtown. That's why he took to his own Facebook page and posted the following on Friday:
“I’m so happy someone shot up all those little (expletives). Viva la school shootings!!!!”
Besides being moronic, insensitive, callous, and in the poorest of poor, poor taste, the Facebook posting was also taken as a threat by some of those who saw it, perhaps because Resovksy also listed Adam Lanza, the shooter, as his idol. Medina police came calling on a warrant for inducing panic after being notified.
Berarducci said the posting “was taken as a threat by many people.”
Resovsky told police that he hadn’t meant to offend anyone, saying he just was tired of seeing all the comments on Facebook about the shooting. He said he wanted to see how many people would comment on his posting.
Berarducci said a caller reported the Facebook posting to police, and others mentioned it on the Medina Police Department’s Facebook page.
“There were quite a few posts where people were pretty upset by it,” he said. “I think it scared a lot of people.
“A lot of people took it as an endorsement to commit other acts of violence in the schools.”
Resovsky, who works in Medina, was arrested on a warrant Saturday.
He was released on bond, and probably immediately deactivated his Facebook account.
Third Eye Blind
San Franciscoʼs Third Eye Blind are proof you don’t need anything more than below average musicianship and a few catchy hits to survive far past your prime. Last night’s sold out show at House of Blues was the first of only four shows on this short tour. Here’s to hoping the last three are much better. The mix was as bad as the performance. The guitar and bass were almost inaudible, lead vocals were muddy and the drums were louder than the rest of the band combined. A Twitter post by a disgruntled concertgoer summed up the sound perfectly: “Third Eye Blind should fire their sound guy. Walked out of the Cleveland HOB show 4 songs in. Worst sounding concert ever.”
The shit sandwich is still very much on the city's plate, as well.
Following his rather ineffectual response to the deadly shooting brought on by Cleveland police Nov. 29, which resulted in two deaths, Mayor Frank Jackson announced his intent to bring in an outside group to assist in the review of officers’ practices that night.
He did not name a particular oversight agency during his Dec. 27 news conference, though mentioned that he had contacted the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. A response is anticipated in the coming weeks (maybe?), regarding any investigation into the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams and the protocol employed by police.
Similarly, the NAACP and other civil rights groups and representation have called for a federal probe. James Hardiman, legal director for the ACLU of Ohio, urged for impartiality in any investigation, whether in locally or more broadly.
“This is not an indictment of the people or agencies currently assigned to the investigation. However, putting local law enforcement in charge of investigating themselves is clearly not the best way to conduct an impartial, independent inquiry,” Hardiman said.
Presently, a criminal investigation is taking place via East Cleveland police (which, on another note, will undergo a dramatic staff cut early next year), the Cuyahoga County sheriff’s office and the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Hardiman’s organization expressed a strong desire for the East Cleveland Police Department and the sheriff’s office to withdraw from any investigation, citing even tangential connections to the case.
“The public must have strong faith that this investigation is impartial. Involvement of those who were parties to the incident will only undermine the probe - no matter how well it is conducted,” Hardiman wrote in a letter to County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.
The ongoing internal review process would be expected to reveal findings within about six weeks.
“If our officers act in accordance with our policies and procedures, they will have our full support and they will be protected,” Jackson said. “But if officers go outside the parameters they we have set, then there will be consequences.”
Snow is on everyone's mind here in Northeast Ohio. You can tell by that shrill scream that came from Clevo's collective maw earlier this week when the white stuff finally descended on the streets.
The Cleveland Department of Public Safety would like to remind you that snow is not the only thing falling from the skies. Gravity rules here, folks, and Martin Flask wants to point out that while shooting a gun off on New Year's might sound like a good idea, that bullet you fired into the sky is eventually going to come down somewhere. Also, it's against the law.
In any area, but especially in a densely populated urban area like Cleveland, the consequences of celebrating New Year’s Eve or any other occasion with a gun can be devastating. The intention may be a celebratory shot toward the sky, but the consequences of that moment can have disastrous consequences for a neighbor or someone blocks away.
It’s not just dangerous and stupid — although I would argue that should be enough, it is also illegal to discharge a firearm in the city of Cleveland (Codified Ordinance 627.20).
So, yeah, don't do that.
Those concerns, tied up in an agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, accompany dismal forecasts in wheelchair production and other outlets. Invacare manufactures in-home and long-term care products.
"While we regret having to take this step, we recognize the need to align our workforce with our production volume,'' says Gerry Blouch, Invacare president and CEO.
The news is the latest notch in the web of history riddled throughout Elyria. Chronicled by The New York Times in October, Elyria's past and present are worn with the ebb and flow of progress and the receding tides of time.
- Dig the list of the most searched terms on Wikipedia to catch a glimpse into our very strange society. To wit, "Facebook topped the English edition while an entry for adult video actresses did best in Japan," according to the BBC. Unconfirmed reports have the Mythical Winning Browns Season as Cleveland's hottest Wiki search.
- By now, you've likely had more than a reasonable share of "end-of-the-year" stories and trend reviews, but here's one worth checking out: GreenCityBlueLake's look-back to Northeast Ohio's sustainability efforts shows where our region's collective head is. There's good news and a healthy dose of optimism to get your 2013 off to a solid start - save for that bastard of a hangover, of course.
The clips come from the rapper's work on The DUB Magazine Project, which "bring[s] its readers a glimpse into the lives of the hottest celebrities and cars in the world." Painfully interesting stuff, yes.
Anyway, dig the video below.