Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Today is the Fifth Anniversary of Brandon Cartellone's Unsolved Tremont Murder

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 10:20 AM

If you've spent some time in Tremont in the last five years, you've probably seen Brandon Cartellone. Shaggy-haired and beaming a goofy grin, the Cleveland Institute of Art student and Valley Forge High School grad's face can be spotted on fliers nailed up on pasteboards and light poles or taped up in restaurant windows around the west side neighborhood — the handiwork of Cartellone's friends and family, who are still searching for his killer(s). 

Five years ago today, Cartellone was found murdered in his Tremont apartment. The 21-year-old was found by his girlfriend tied to a chair with belts and duck tape. He was beaten, gashed, and strangled to death. Police immediately began to suspect the killing was drug related: three marijuana plants were found in Cartellone's apartment, a small home-grow operation he apparently used for his own supply and to supplement his bills. 

But although Cleveland detectives turned to suspects immediately, the investigation never led to indictments or definitive arrests. That left the deceased's mother, Lynn Cartellone, to become a one-woman investigative-squad-slash-victim's-advocate, tirelessly digging into her son's case while trying to keep his memory alive. 

And although Lynn turned up tangible leads in the case earlier this year, police have yet to make much progress, she says. "I'm told that the U.S. Marshals were doing footwork for us this spring," she told Scene yesterday. "But no one has given us the black and white details of what we've gotten, so that's disappointing." 

To honor the fifth anniversary of Brandon's loss, Lynn held a gathering of friends and family over the weekend. The night was capped with a Japanese-lantern release. Cartellone's mother continues to push law enforcement and local officials on the investigation. 

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Backstage Pass: An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Adam Friedman

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Singer/songwriter/producer Adam Friedman, who has previously worked with singer-songwriters such as Mike Posner and Shep Goodman, recently caught the attention of Elvis Duran, host of the syndicated morning show Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, who named him “artist of the month.”

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Cleveland's Bicycle-Mounted Police Unit Will Stay On After RNC

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 3:28 PM

The Cleveland Police Department will continue to utilize the bicycle-mounted unit recently formed for the Republican National Convention.

Though the horses from Cleveland and Fort Worth’s mounted units were the most malodorous and the paramilitary-outfitted officers hanging out of black vans with tinted windows were the most dangerously mysterious, the bicycle-mounted unit was the most visible and effective.

Over the course of the four-day convention in which 50,000 people were estimated to descend on the city, only 23 arrests were made. In this chicken-or-the-egg situation, officers were many, arrests were few, and nearly $61 million of federal and municipal moneys were budgeted (moneys will continue to be dispersed until the end of the year), but it is certain that alternative policing techniques used by bicycle-mounted officers were key to keep abreast with and maneuver in, around and between crowds to prevent escalation.

When Police Chief Calvin D. Williams consulted the Charlotte Police Department on their approach to policing during the 2012 Democratic Convention in their city, they suggested they utilize bicycle-mounted officers.

Bicycle-mounted officers began training back in 2015. Officers completed a 32-hour training program taught by Ben Kaufman of the Clermont, Fla., Law Enforcement Bicycle Association, followed by an addition six days of training. In addition to the program, officers from Cleveland attended the Nuclear Summit in Washington D.C. and May Day in Seattle to practice with and observe local police departments.

For the RNC, CPD purchased 300 bicycles from Safariland, a Jacksonville-based company. Safariland won the contract for $386,800, beating out Volcanic Bicycles, a Seattle-based company favorited to win the contract. Only one local company bid for the contract and was disqualified.

Safariland is a member of the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA), and offer discounts of 10 percent off the $1,400 MSRP to departments. The Safariland/Kona model purchased with all accessories—siren, disk brakes, front and rear gear bag, and more—ran from $2,200/bicycle. Disassembled bicycles were shipped and assembled by bicycle shops across Greater Cleveland and the Ohio City Bike Coop.

Bicycle-mounted officers will not continue patrolling in units of 30-40 as seen at the RNC, rather units will “probably be two or four guys together working as teams doing things in the neighborhood,” bike patrol head Capt. Thomas Mandzak told Cleveland.com’s Eric Heisig.

Perhaps the most invaluably priceless benefit of the bicycle-mounted unit: better resident-department relations. In contrast to utilizing patrol vehicles, CPD hopes to increase stealth when approaching crimes in progress and visibility in neighborhoods. 

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Local Acts to Celebrate the ‘Akron Sound’ at Rock Hall Show

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Half Cleveland
  • Half Cleveland
Akron has produced a number of great rock musicians over the years. Mark Mothersbaugh, leader of the New Wave act Devo, ranks as one of the top musicians to emerge from the Rubber City.

Both the Akron Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art currently have exhibitis featuring his artwork. As part of the MYOPIA Mark Mothersbaugh 3-D Experience and Victory Slam, the local groups Half Cleveland (members of Tin Huey and the Waitresses), the Bizarros and the Numbers Band will perform a special set that will pay tribute to Mothersbaugh at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, on the outdoor stage at the Rock Hall. 

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Michael Symon and Bobby Flay Team up to Host Autism Speaks Chefs Gala

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 12:43 PM

  • Courtesy Food Network
Since accepting hosting duties of the biennial Autism Speaks Chefs Gala, Michael Symon has managed to improve an already extraordinary event. His next opportunity to do so will take place at the Cleveland Convention Center, Grand Ballroom (300 Lakeside Ave. E.) on Saturday, August 6. The glitzy culinary fundraiser benefits Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Autism is a cause near and dear to Symon’s heart.

“This is an event that means so much to me as it has affected those that I am close to and love,” Symon says. “To be able to be part of this great fundraiser is incredibly special.”

Co-hosting this year’s event is Symon’s Food Network colleague Bobby Flay. The two Iron Chefs will prepare a live and interactive dinner on stage in the open kitchen while entertaining the crowds. In years past, only those guests with special (and pricy) tickets enjoyed seats, but thanks to the larger setting (the last event was held in the atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art) every guest will have a seat. Sponsors who pony up $1,000 and higher will enjoy a full-service plated dinner with open bar, while those with individual tasting tickets ($250) will receive general admission seating with family style dinner and two drink tickets.

For this year’s event, the organizers are going bigger, bolder and longer than any previous year, says co-chair Jim Sammon.

“Building on the expansion of Cleveland’s great culinary scene, we’ve been blessed to have several more Cleveland chef volunteers this year, bringing the total amount to just about 30,” Sammon explains. “Now add America’s first Iron Chef Bobby Flay, as well as Cleveland’s favorite Iron Chef Michael Symon as our host and this makes it the premiere culinary event of the year.”

See the full list of participating chefs below.

This year’s event will honor Shari and Michael Goldberg for a decade of service in the Greater Cleveland Autism community. The two were instrumental in establishing the Ohio Chapter of Autism Speaks over 10 years ago.

For more info, including ticket sales, click here.

Tim Bando - Grove Hill
Terry Bell – Cleveland Cavaliers
Jonathan Bennett - Moxie the Restaurant, Red the Steakhouse
Jim Blevins - Butcher and the Brewer
Dante Boccuzzi & Kelly Ofandiski - Dante, DBA, Ginko, Dante Next Door
Britt-Marie Culey - Coquette Patisserie
Maggie Downey – Doughgirl216
Brian Doyle - Café Avalaun, SōwFood
Brandt Evans - Pura Vida, Blue Canyon
Anna Harouvis - Anna in the Raw, Good to Go Cafes
Chris Hodgson - Hodge's, Driftwood Catering, Bin 216, Cibréo
Jeff Jarrett – US Foods
Douglas Katz - fire food and drink, Katz Club Diner, Provenance
Matt Mytro & Paul Minnillo – Flour
Brian Okin & Adam Bostwick – Graffiti: A Social Kitchen, Cork & Cleaver
Fabio Salerno – Lago, Salerno Group
Jonathon Sawyer - Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Trentina
Steve Schmoler - Crop Bistro
John Selick – University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center
Karen Small - Flying Fig
Dion Tsevdos - Chef Cube
Jill Vedaa - Salt
Rocco Whalen – Fahrenheit, Rocco
Eric Williams – Momocho, El Carnicero

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Six Local Bands to Play at Inaugural Beachland Summer Fest

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 12:08 PM

The folks at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern regularly support local music, and they’ve booked some of the best local acts to play the inaugural Beachland Summer Fest, which takes place from 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

A first of its kind for the venue, the outdoor music festival will feature the bands such as Modern Electric, Ottawa, Polars, the Whiskey Hollow, Jivviden and Take Off Charlie performing on an outdoor stage located in the Beachland parking lot. There will also be a beer garden and vendors from the Waterloo Arts District. The menu will feature grilled burgers and veggie specials and special sausage sandwiches with homemade kraut from R&D Sausage.

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Cleveland RNC Host Committee to Hold 'Thank You' Party for Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 11:56 AM

Public Square Grand Reopening Party - COURTESY EMANUEL WALLACE
  • Courtesy Emanuel Wallace
  • Public Square Grand Reopening Party
The Republican National Convention Cleveland 2016 Host Committee wants to thank the city for its patience and unwavering support last week. So they're throwing a party.

The Community Thank You Party will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday on Public Square, which glistened like a gem after its celebratory unveiling party a few weeks ago and certainly through last week. There will be live entertainment, giveaways, family friendly fun and ice cream from Mitchell's.

"We hope people from across the region will come downtown throughout the weekend to commemorate the unprecedented effort that went into hosting this Convention," RNC Host Committee President David Gilbert told cleveland.com.

In addition to the party, the Rock Hall will also be free from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to all residents with zip codes beginning with 440, 441, 442 and 443.
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