Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Seven Hills Wants to Recoup the $200,000 it Spent on David Bentkowski's Ridiculous Lawsuit

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 5:43 PM



First things first here, people. It's been almost three full years since former Mayor and noted doofus David Bentkowski filed the suit in question. The details on the case are all below, in a depressing but funny timeline that starts with Little David being very, very angry that people criticized him on the internet. Then he sued everyone whose names he could remember. He did this right before eating some paste, we imagine.

Anyway, his lawsuit, which a judge dismissed back in December, cost the city of Seven Hills some $200,000. The city has filed a motion to get back that dough, which it had ponied up to Squire Sanders (so named at the time) to defend the case, according to Cleveland.com.

Selfishly, we hope Bentkowski never goes away. The sad fact for the city of Seven Hills is that he probably never will.


12/10/15 Update:

Well, it only took about $200,000 of public cash for the city of Seven Hills to shake this one, but the 8th District Court of Appeals has dismissed former Councilman David Bentkowski's lawsuit against the city, as well as against fellow defendants Matt Trafis and the "Concerned Residents of Seven Hills."

We'll be sure to keep you all in the loop when Bentkowski goes on his next litigation tear.

Read below for our past reporting on this inane, circuitous process.

1/27/15 Update:

No surprise: David Bentkowski is appealing Judge Nancy Fuerst's dismissal of his lawsuit against the city of Seven Hills.

The goofball litigation saga continues, and we now return to our midday feast of Quizno's subs.

1/2/15 Update:

After a year and a half, during which the city of Seven Hills doled out over $150,000 in legal bills, Judge Nancy Fuerst has dismissed loony-toon David Bentkowski's lawsuit against the city, the gist of which you can get below. (If you've followed the Bentkowski saga over the years, you could probably guess with 100% accuracy the sort of nutty claims he made without even reading any further.) 


(Original story, 3/28/2013): Everyone's favorite local politician and celebrity seeker-outer, Seven Hills councilman David Bentkowski, is suing a bunch of people.

This is kind of what Bentkowski does — he sued Scene a couple years ago after we said that he had the political IQ of a piece of Quiznos' lettuce. (A judge, obviously, ruled in our favor.)

This current batch of legal nonsense is directed at just about anyone who works in Seven Hills. To be specific, it includes fellow councilman Matt Trafis, the law director, a group of Seven Hills residents who put together a newsletter that was critical of Bentkowski's reign as mayor of the small suburb, and others.

Bentkowski's argument, if there is one, is that a "confidential" police investigation begun at his prodding into mean, mean, mean commenters on the Cleveland.com Seven Hills forum was supposed to be double-fingers-crossed super secret and should not have been made public.

That investigation file, which comprises some 600+ pages of documents, is foolish and wasteful. It found, in no uncertain terms, that Bentkowski had no claim of a crime being committed. It, in no uncertain terms, however, does portray Bentkowski as a numb-nut — it includes personal emails from Bentkowski to the police chief and law director that are nothing short of embarrassing. Rambling, disconnected, paranoid.

When that investigation was finally closed — after some two years — it became public record. But very few other than those involved knew it existed. That is until it was mentioned in a Seven Hills committee meeting by Matt Trafis. Concerned citizens — those often targeted by Bentkowski — sought it out, as did the Plain Dealer and Scene.

Two less than flattering stories appeared just before Bentkowski was fired from his full-time gig at the Ohio Lottery Commission. It seems the department didn't want undue public attention because of a weenie who somehow has been elected time and time again by the people of Seven Hills and showed Little David the door.

And that's where we are today: Bentkowski suing everyone involved because... um... a public record was delivered to the public. That's some damn good lawyerin'.


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Monday, September 22, 2014

(Updated) LeBron Fan Runs Onto Court, Gets Banned From Arena

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Update: Fear the Sword has confirmed that James Blair is allowed back into the Q. Phew. That's a relief.  He deserves to root on LeBron in person (check out the pics of his bedroom below if you want to get a glimpse of his passion). Blair is understandably quite excited.


(Originally posted 3/21/13)

Missed the Cavs/Heat game last night?

A couple of things happened, including the Cavs blowing a 27-point lead and the Heat notching their 24th win in a row. Also, the scoreboard leaked and caused a delay.

And and and a LeBron fan ran onto the court during the action to shake LeBron's hand. Watch for yourself. He was subsequently banned from the arena.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Concert Slideshow: Eddie Money at House of Blues

Posted By on Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM

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By Joe Kleon

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Matt Lauer is Sorry He Was Mean to Fox 8's Mark Zinni

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM


Matt Lauer has been the focal point of a media barrage in the last week, and for not very great reasons. Seems the Today Show is a cupboard packed to the brim with backstabbing and a whole bunch of other nonsense. Then the reports of NBC offering the show to Anderson Cooper emerged and, well, things don't look like they're going to get any better for Matty.

Enter Mark Zinni, former Today Show intern. In his own words from Fox 8:

If you know me, you probably know that I don’t take myself too seriously. So, my answer was more of a joke about being young and naive during my time at Today, but I added that he wasn’t nice to me.

I didn’t slam the guy, I just made an honest comment.

Darren tweeted my comment which was followed-up by a viewer who asked a more direct question.

My response? “How do I say this….? He was… Not nice.”

Lauer, who isn't extremely active on Twitter, saw the tweet and responded. Because, why not?


And that, friends, is how Zinni became an internet famous person for a day.

He'll now return to hokey jokes and putting on big sweaters for moderately watched local newscasts.

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Pic of the Day: This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM


(Via @oconnorclaire)

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Concert Slideshow: Y&T at the Taphouse in Akron

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM

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Y&T at the Taphouse in Akron

By Joe Kleon

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The Amish Just Want to Poop in Peace

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 10:44 AM


Way the hell out in Kenton, Ohio — in that nebulous nowhere between Toledo and Columbus — two new Amish homes have been condemned by the county health board for improper septic systems.

And the Amish are pissed off. More than 100 of them gathered in a protest earlier this week asking Hardin County officials to overturn the order which demands that the residents comply or else move out.

One of the dwellers read a prepared statement: "Our goal is to uphold and maintain the biblical principles of faith which our forefathers believed: to be a separate people. And, as stated in Romans 12th chapter, 'Be ye not conformed ... '."


Well, not according to health officials and the county prosecutor. They've said that it's not just a matter of the two homes. Leeching and contamination can harm everybody's water even if toxicity and bacteria levels (or something) appear stable now.

"Our rules at the health department are to prevent problems before they happen, not to react to them," said the prosecutor.

Hardin County's position is basically that they have no problem respecting the autonomy and religious traditions of the Amish (or other groups) so long as everyone else isn't affected.

Poop water is literally too much to stomach.

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