Cadaver dogs are on site, prowling the property and sniffing out every inch of the home, inside and out. Vickie Anderson, speaking on behalf of the FBI, could not comment in detail on the search. She added that the lead is "credible" and that it has no immediate connection to the Ariel Castro case, which unfolded mere blocks away.
On a warm Thursday night recently, the Adkins family posted fliers along Prame and Kinkel avenues - the area where Christina was last seen. Before they went out that night, they told Scene that the fliers would surely be torn down by the morning. Later that night, three people hit the street and ripped the fliers from telephone poles.
This is what happens every time the family plasters the neighborhood with signs of Christina.
This is the tone of the family's efforts since Christina walked out of her parents' Prame Avenue home on Jan. 10, 1995.
That evening so long ago, emblazoned in the memories of her sister and mother, started with the side door swinging shut as Christina walked into the twilit backyard. She walked north to a friend’s house just beyond the property line of her parents’ place. It was about 7 p.m.
And that’s it.
That’s the story of the last known whereabouts of Christina, who was 17 years old and five months pregnant at the time. That’s the route - a frighteningly succinct pathway from her parents’ kitchen - that her mother, Mary, her sister, Tonia, have walked since the disappearance of Christina. When her father, Roger, was still alive, he fought fiercely for any and all information. But police didn't act. Christina's friends were not interviewed about the young woman.
But people have very slowly begun to talk, the family says. And a set of leads has galvanized an investigation first demanded in early 1995. Scene is awaiting details on the information that brought police to Vega Avenue this afternoon.
As one friend of the family recently described it, the pieces of the puzzle have likely been in plain sight all this time, strewn about the neighborhoods jutting off of West 25th Street. All that's needed is an enterprising police force willing to put them together.
This week's feature is on bicycles — bicycles! — and how if Cleveland's such a bike-friendly city, why many bike-friendly plans are stuck in granny gear.
This week's podcast dovetails on the topic. Host Craig Lyndall talked to Bike Cleveland director Andy VanSickle about bike lanes, Complete and Green Streets laws, and more.
Do take a listen, preferably while on two wheels.
An Ohio woman is livid after a Kentucky funeral home used a plastic Walmart bag to hold her son's ashes.
Nancy Bronner of Amelia, OH recently opened up the urn containing her son's ashes and was shocked to find her teenager's remains nestled among an iconic plastic shopping bag, WCPO-TV reports.
Bob McDaniel of McDaniel Funeral Home in Dry Ridge, Ky., said the family requested that he divide the ashes, but that the containers they provided didn't seal and had no bags.
Instead, McDaniel used materials he had at his disposal- i.e. the Walmart bag.
The deceased boy's father, Thomas Mitchell, says that although McDaniel may have used poor judgement, his actions were not malicious.
Bronner, however, may be filing a complaint.
Meantime, Mark Reynolds, the low-average power hitter whom the Tribe cut in the midst of a devastating slump, has now hit two home runs in 11 games with his new ball club, the New York Yankees. Hurrah!
Though Kubel isn't as singularly oriented toward the long ball as Reynolds is, he historically bats for a higher average, (though he's currently battling "cranky" knees and struggling to emerge from a historic slump of his own (.139 since July 1!)) Additionally, he's fatter than Reynolds and much worse defensively.
So pretty even, all things considered.
Terry Pluto has this to say: "The Indians view Kubel as better than anyone in Class AAA. If he gets hot, great. If not, the price was minimal."
After getting swept by the Atlanta Braves, the weekend series against the Detroit Tigers is — without exaggerating — the Tribe's last chance to keep their wildcard hopes alive.
This week for Q104, our food critic talks greasy spoon diners.
Greasy spoons are the next generation of Happy Days style diners of the 50's. They traditionally serve all three meal periods and most stay open late into the wee-hours of the night.
Other traits of the greasy spoon include being reasonably priced, predominantly designed with booths or a counter, and a ton a great people watching.
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