Monday, November 11, 2013

UPDATE: Man Arrested for Having Sex with a Rubber Pool Raft. Again.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

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Update: Butler County's Edwin Tobergta, 34, will spend the next 11 months behind bars after he was found guilty of having sex with a rubber pool raft in public— for the fifth time.

In June, several neighborhood children caught Tobergta doing the nasty with an inflatable raft outside of his Hamilton, OH home and reported the incident to their parents.

"This is about lewd, obscene behavior in the presence of, especially in this case, presence of little children. That's something society's not going to tolerate," Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Pater said last week at the sentencing.

Tobergta has since apologized for his actions.

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An Ohio man was arrested for public indecency after he was caught engaging in sexual relations with a pool raft.

Apparently this is his fifth arrest for similar offenses.

In this most recent incident, Edwin Charles Tobergta, 34, of Hamilton allegedly stepped outside of his Harmon Ave. home on June 17 at approximately 1:20 p.m. completely naked, the police report said.

A child in his neighborhood then witnessed the accused "having sexual relations with a rubber pool float." It is unclear whether the raft was in water or on dry land.

Tobergta was indicted by a grand jury yesterday for public indecency, a fifth-degree felony. Should he be convicted (and c'mon it's his fifth offense), he could face 12 months behind bars.

Here's what the Norwalk Reflector had to say about one of his previous offenses:

In August 2011, Tobergta, was arrested at his home after he was seen engaging in sexual conduct with a pink inflatable swimming pool raft, according to police records. The incident allegedly occurred in an alley behind his home. The witness, who was the owner of the raft, reported to police that the suspect took the raft with him after being shouted at to stop, according to records.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Update: Superman License Plates Are Now Available in Ohio

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 6:38 AM

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Well, commemorative Superman license plates are now available in Ohio.

According to this awesome Superman site, the city of Cleveland is hosting a launch ceremony today, with representatives from DC Comics, the Siegel and Shuster families, and the Siegel and Shuster Society.

Custom plates cost $20 a pop, plus a plate renewal fee. Some of the proceeds will go to the Siegel Shuster Society.

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Superman license plates will soon be a thing in Ohio.

State Representative Bill Patmon announced that the enactment of Amended Substitute Bill 59 will give Ohioans the opportunity to recognize an international superhero on their vehicles.

Patmon said that he's been working toward making Superman license plates a reality for the last two years.

(Glad to s ee he's got his priorities straight.)

The license plates will commemorate Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, the two Cleveland-natives responsible for creating the comic book Superman character.

Beginning in October, interested Ohioans will have the option to choose plates that bear the Superman name and logo, as well as the words "Truth, Justice, and the American Way."

Ohio's mantra, "Birthplace of Aviation," ironically, will remain on top.

Plates will cost $10 a pop and proceeds will be donated to the Siegel & Shuster Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to commemorating the creation of Superman in Cleveland.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Imagine Dragons turn up the intensity at Jacobs Pavilion

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

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Dancing throughout last night’s sold out show at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds carried the show from start to finish. The band’s new album, Night Visions, is filled with songs about emotional struggles, and Imagine Dragons played those songs as pure rock ’n’ roll numbers with steady backbeats, techno-style bass-lines and lots percussion. This made for a great show because it sounded raw and natural.

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Ariel Castro's Sentencing Slated for Thursday Morning

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

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In what should hopefully be the last newsworthy update to this monster's life, Ariel Castro will appear for a sentence hearing tomorrow morning. He'll be getting life behind bars - plus 1,000 years.

He's also expected to speak during the hearing and, per anticipations, expound on the woe-is-me nonsense he uttered during last week's hearing. ("I would like to state that I was also a victim as a child and it just kept going," he told Judge Michael Russo.)

Amanda Berry, one of the three victims, stopped by Seymour Avenue yesterday to see the house and briefly chat with neighbors. On Castro's dime, the house will be demolished sometime soon.

As for tomorrow's hearing, none of the women - Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight - are expected to appear in court. A representative may deliver a statement on their behalf. Via WKYC, however, there is no set witness list for the day's proceedings.

The news stations will be running streams of the hearing, which should be the most insightful look into the case. Detectives are expected to testify and offer details from the house.

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Sun News Employees Also Facing Layoffs, Moves Today

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

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Following this morning's round of layoffs at The Plain Dealer (scratch that - at the homes of Plain Dealer employees, via phone), more of the same is taking place at the Sun News office in Valley View.

As sources in the newsroom explain today, reporters, editors, photographers et. al. are meeting one-on-one with the company's human resources representative to learn their fate.

Some have been "separated from employment" already, as parent company Advance Publications' parlance goes. Others are being moved to roles within the newly formed Northeast Ohio Media Group. Those with a future at the company were reportedly told to gather at the Cleveland.com office, located on the west bank of The Flats downtown.

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Sweet Melissa's Hopping the River to East Side

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:36 AM

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Sweet Melissa, the popular west side restaurant with locations in Rocky River and Avon Lake, is hopping across town. The owners say they hope to open their new Shaker Heights location, in the former home of North Park Grill (20630 N. Park Blvd.) at Fairmount Circle, by early November.

"We were approached by the developer Darrel A. Young Enterprises, who had been seeking a restaurant to not only accent the neighborhood, but a tenant that can build a relationship with the university," says owner Matt Ullom. "We loved the space and it was a perfect fit."

With construction plans submitted to the city, the interior will undergo a renovation that will leave it closely resembling the Rocky River location. "We are using a lot of the Rocky River elements, including wall colors and hard wood floors. Plus, this one will have a patina ceiling" says Ullom.

Unlike the Rocky River store, the new spot will have a quick-serve coffee station. "This station will be a place where you can walk-up and grab a coffee and a scone," explains Ullom. Sweet Melissa will also use the existing sidewalk patio to accommodate an additional 28 guests.

The menu will be an exact replica of the Rocky River and Avon Lake stores, complete with their well stocked pastry case.

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15 of the Cutest Animals Currently Up for Adoption at the Cleveland Animal Protective League

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 6:04 AM

Cleveland Animal Protective League is host to a whole bunch of insanely adorable animals.

We've compiled a slideshow of some of the cutest balls of fur around, all of which are just itching to be given a new home.

While we know these photos are irresistibly adorable, we must warn you not to get too attached. The folks at APL told us that these animals go fast and anyone interested in taking home a Gus or a Bitsy should check in with the site for availability.

As of 6 p.m. yesterday, here are the 15 cutest animals currently up for adoption at APL.

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