Friday, May 26, 2017

Cleveland Metroparks Board Wants to Expand Cheetah Exhibit, Repair Hinckley Dam

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 4:25 PM

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The Cleveland Metroparks Board held their annually scheduled meeting today to discuss expanding its cheetah exhibit and the financial future of the Hinckley Dam.

Cleveland Metropark Zoo's new cheetah exhibit would incorporate a large trail, to relocate guests and consolidate the Savannah exhibit, while adding a new conservation building that gives guests the option to walk through. There are also plans to include a "Cheetah Runway" exhibit inside the building, where kids can see first hand how fast the animals run and catch prey.

After the meeting concluded, a work session followed discussing how to fix and improve the Hinckley Lake Dam. Repairs to the 90-year-old dam will cost around $6-$8 million, which Board Vice President Dan Moore questioned.

"That's a hell of a lot of money," Moore said.

The money would go to armoring the dam to help protect it in case a so-called "storm of biblical proportions" ever hits, suggested Sean McDermott, Metroparks chief planning and design officer. Brian Zimmerman, Metroparks CEO, suggested alternative funding but an agreement could not be reached and the work session will be brought up again at the next board meeting on June 15 to hammer out the rest of the details.

Cleveland's Metroparks board also passed all of the general action items without opposition such as a budget adjustment, acquiring the 127-acre Astorhurst Land Company Property in the Bedford Reservation, asphalt parking lot improvements and building a 2.8 mile Valley Parkway connector trail.

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Suspended County Jail Supervisor Indicted on Felony Charge for Allegedly Misusing Police Database to Track Down Ex-Wife's Boyfriend

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 3:48 PM

Update: Steven Key, a former Euclid Jail supervisor who allegedly instructed a subordinate officer to look up Key's ex-wife's boyfriend's license plate on LEADS, a statewide police database, has been indicted by a grand jury.

Misusing LEADS is a fifth-degree felony.

He and the officer, Quincy Jimson, were recently issued 30-day suspensions from the county. Key, for his part, had been suspended more than 30 times in his career with the Sheriff's Department.

He'll be arraigned on June 9.


(Original story 5/18/17): Discipline letters were sent out this week to two Cuyahoga County jail officers who allegedly misused LEADS, a statewide police database — which, beyond departmental punishment, is fifth-degree felony.

Steven Key, formerly a supervisor at the Euclid Jail facility, which is run by the county's Sheriff's department, is accused of having Quincy Jimson, an officer at the jail, look up a license plate belonging to Key's ex-wife's boyfriend in the system. Keys subsequently visited the man's home and was eventually arrested by Euclid police on charges of menacing by stalking.

That investigation led to the discovery that the jail employees had used LEADS to track down the victim's address. A Sheriff's department investigation followed, and while it moved slowly, the case was referred to the county prosecutor's office last month. No decision on charges has been reached yet.

In the meantime, the county has issued its discipline for Key and Jimson.

Key, who has been suspended some 30 times in his illustrious career with the county, was handed a 30-day unpaid suspension and will be demoted to a corrections officer as of July 1 when that suspension is finished.

Jimson was also dealt a 30-day unpaid suspension and will be reassigned from the Euclid facility.

They can appeal the county's determination; no word yet on if they will.

In letters to the officer detailing the discipline, the county noted it reserved the right for further punishment up to and including termination if criminal charges follow and they are convicted.
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Local Singer-Songwriter David Beans Dedicates Album to His Late Father

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 3:48 PM

The death of his father inspired OK Boss, the new album from local singer-songwriter David Beans. The album's title comes from the last text message he received from his father.

“The project is a thematic record that chronicles my reconciliation with and ultimately the loss of my father to cancer over a ten-month period,” says Beans in a press release announcing its release. “I am donating all proceeds made from digital and physical sales to the Hospice of Western Reserve as a tribute. It is a full-length record that emulates a soundtrack approach, arranged according to events that I experienced. I'm very proud of the finished product and feel confident that it has a message capable of reaching many people who've faced similar experiences.”

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Hofbräuhaus Cleveland to Host Three ESPN Shows During NBA Finals

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 2:01 PM


Raise a stein! Hofbräuhaus Cleveland is set to host three ESPN shows during the upcoming NBA finals.

The German brewery and restaurant will soon be the temporary home for First Take, starring Molly Qerim, Max Kellerman and Stephen Smith; The Jump, hosted by Rachel Nichols; and First Take at the NBA Finals, a one hour special edition of the First Take program.

Rather than closing off the area during the shows, Hofbräuhaus plans to remain open to the public. So, if you're looking for a place to enjoy authentic German beer and cuisine while showing support for the Cavs and enduring Stephen A. Smith's garbage takes, you're covered. The event is free, but seating begins an hour and a half before the show's start time. Attendees will have the chance to order drinks made specially for the occasion.

"Cleveland has embraced Hofbräuhaus Cleveland and now it is our opportunity to proudly showcase both our restaurant and this amazing city to the rest of the country, all while hoping to bring home another ring," said Andi Udris, president of Hofbräuhaus Cleveland, in a press release.

The ESPN shows begin June 6. Should the Cavs decide to take their time on the way to victory, and the series runs past game four, the shows will extend to June 16.
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Local Rock Act the Missing to Release Its First Album in Five Years

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 1:30 PM

  • Aaron Salo
Just about two years ago, Chris Stevens (formerly Christopher Marinin), the lead singer in the local rock band the Missing, reunited the group to play its first show in more than a year.

The group’s music had just become available on iTunes for the very first time, and Stevens jumpstarted his former record label, Ghost Laboratories. He had also created a content production company called Stevens Creative.

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Multi-Instrumentalist Zach Gill Returns to Blossom with Singer-Songwriter Jack Johnson

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 1:19 PM

  • Nick Walker
When singer-songwriter Jack Johnson played Blossom three years ago, the guy mixed things up enough — switching from acoustic to electric guitar throughout the night — to remain engaging.

Sparse songs such as “Flake” and “Never Fade,” a song about Johnson’s wife, worked because their simple melodies were so damn memorable.

And best of all, Johnson appeared to be truly having fun. He snuck a few snippets of the Cars’ tune “Just What I Needed” into “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” and later in the set he played the opening notes of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” as an intro to “Staple It Together.”

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VIDEO: City Council Leadership Rejects Q Deal Referendum Signatures

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 11:47 AM

Here is the moment Monday morning when members of the Q Deal referendum coalition attempted to deliver 20,603 signatures at Cleveland City Hall and were rejected by City Council leadership.

The above video was posted to Facebook by Rico Dancy, who is running for City Council in Ward 10, currently represented by Jeff Johnson.

The reasoning for the petition rejection was questionable, and was this morning challenged by the referendum coalition's legal representation at the Chandra Law Firm. Kevin Kelley, meanwhile, is facing harsh criticism from both council colleagues and from citizens.

In the video above, Greater Cleveland Congregations leaders Rev. Jawanza Colvin (left) and Pastor Richard Gibson (right) try to convince council leadership — President Kevin Kelley, Majority Leader Phyllis Cleveland and Majority Whip Terrell Pruitt — to accept the signatures. Gibson is the first to suggest that if council does not accept the signatures, the opposition is "ready to go to jail."

Kelley repeats that council has been advised that the acceptance of the signatures would impair an existing contract. Like Kelley's council colleagues, the GCC leaders have an array of follow-up questions: Who provided the legal opinion? What contract is being unconstitutionally impaired? (A council spokesperson later told Scene that the contract was the Supplemental Agreement contained within ordinance 305-17, the Q Deal itself.)

Colvin, eventually, can do little but shake his head and mutter: "You're better than this. You're better than this."

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