A crew of city garbage collectors is garnering some rotten attention after repeatedly robbing a local convenience store owner of snacks and soda during their regular rounds to pick up trash.
Apparently, the crew operates by sending in one guy to grab the grub— without paying— while the others wait in the truck. When their man returns with the goods, the other two will load up the shop owner's trash. If the owner puts up a stink, the collectors leave his trash to rot for another week.
Recently, the whole escapade was caught on camera, and the owner has taken the matter to city officials. The city says disiplinary action has already been taken, but punishment's still forthcoming.
Here's the surveillance footage and full report from 19 Action News' Ed Gallek.
Elle Whelan, a student at Osborne Elementary in Sandusky, snagged top honors this year with a 38-pound cabbage. Her success garnered her a $1,000 saving bond towards education and, of course, statewide agricultural acclaim.
“The Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program is a wonderful way to engage children’s interest in agriculture, while teaching them not only the basics of gardening, but the importance of our food systems and growing our own," Stan Cope, president of Bonnie Plants, says.
More than 100 Cleveland-based students joined in on the cabbage fun, according to data supplied by Bonnie Plants. The participant spreadsheets most often touch on cities like Lima, Lancaster and Ashtabula, but there's no stopping a city-strapped student in Cleveland from letting their green thumb go wild and tend to the biggest cabbage this side of the Cuyahoga.
A rare read was recently discovered amongst a plethora of other covers in Cleveland Public Library's Special Collections Department: an original first-edition copy of the classic Charles Dickens holiday tale, A Christmas Carol.
CPL staffers aren't exactly sure when the 170-year-old book was donated or by whom, but they do know they've unearthed a real holiday treasure. Only 6,000 other copies, originally printed in 1843 Britain, are in existence.
To get a glimpse of the rare find for yourself, head on up to the third floor of the CPL with a photo I.D.
National love for Lakewood is making the rounds on Twitter today, after Business Insider named the Cleveland suburb one of the 10 most exciting small cities in America.
To gauge just how exciting Lakewood is, the folks over at BI evaluated six criteria:
1. Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
2. Live music venues per capita
3. Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
4. Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
5. Percentage of restaurants that are fast food (the lower the better)
6. Percentage of young residents ages 20 to 34 (the higher the better)
Lakewood schooled the nation's other small cities in pretty much every category.
Here's the write-up:
Resident Ohio native David Cross (of awesome lists about Columbus fame) says he can attest to Lakewood’s eligibility for our top 10. The numbers say that, out of all the criteria we measured, this Cleveland suburb ranked highest for things related to active life. This isn’t really surprising when you consider all of the things to do on and around Lake Erie. Things like the Lakewood Park and the Rocky River Reservation.
In the town proper, there’s a pretty happening (does the 20 to 34 crowd, 24 percent of Lakewood, even say that?) nightlife scene along Madison and Detroit Avenues. There are even places lauded for their dual specialisation in grub and brews, such as Melt (with its deep fried sandwiches) and and Buckeye Beer Engine, which is renowned in the area for its burgers. Best of all, they aren’t chains; only 7 percent of restaurants in Lakewood are, which is something to be excited about.
We'll go ahead and forward this on to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In a fierce attempt to win Helicopter Parent of the Year, a local mom took to the Bedford High School grounds this week to fight her daughter's battles— literally, with a hard right hook and a loaded .22 caliber pistol.
45-year-old Falesia Clark was arrested on Monday after assaulting a 16-year-old girl who'd been bickering with Clark's daughter over social media. Clark arrived at the high school at dismissal time to confront the girl, and ended up punching her in the face and knocking her to the ground. Police say she also went ape-shit on another student who tried to intervene.
Authorities immediately arrested Clark and discovered she had a loaded pistol in her purse. She was booked, and charged with trespassing, two counts of assault and carrying a concealed weapon on school property. She's currently being held on a $1 million bond.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, 945 people died this year in Ohio as a result of driving-related accidents. That's the lowest number on record since 1936 when the state first began keeping tabs on these types of stats, and the lowest number since grazing cattle and horses (we assume) provided friendly road obstacles.
Last year, 1,122 people were killed from roadway accidents.
ODOT attributes this year's low number to a few things: “Roadway engineering is getting better, vehicle engineering is getting better and law enforcement is getting better,” director Jerry Wray told 19 Action News.
Protesting Against Food Stamp Cuts
"None of us here really want to be here. We would all rather be somewhere else, but we have to be here. We are here because we must speak up against these horrific cuts to the SNAP program," Greg Coleridge told the crowd. He directs the efforts of the American Friends Service Committee in Northeast Ohio. (SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and is otherwise known as the food stamp program.)
The group was meeting Dec. 17 to openly protest the cuts in SNAP funding being leveled by the federal government and the refusal to continue to waive work requirements for the program here in Ohio.
Gov. John Kasich announced the end of that ongoing waiver back in September. Since then, Cuyahoga County leaders have been scrambling to figure out to how approach the new system. To begin, the county will spend about $800,000 on overtime pay for employees to make phone calls to SNAP-eligible individuals. Estimates range from 29,000 to 33,000 people in the county who are eligible for the program, some of whom will apply and attempt to pick up the necessary work requirements, and some of whom will opt out of the program.
The economic downturn that began in 2007 and the resulting cloudburst in late 2008 urged Ohio's government to waive work requirements - working 20 hours each week or attending work training. Kasich opted to shut down that waiver this year.
That action came just around the same time that federal funding boosts to SNAP expired (on Nov. 1). Benefits shrunk to an average of $1.40 per person per meal.
Diana King was one of several SNAP-eligible residents who spoke at the rally about the impact of the cuts. She told the crowd that the cuts push already-slim SNAP benefits to brutal levels. King received $154 in October for her family of five. That was cut to $113 in November.
"This is about economics," Pam Rosado, outreach coordinator for Policy Matters Ohio, said. "Those food stamps help boost our economy. We're talking about a loss of about $15 million to our community...We're talking about millions of dollars that would be spent in this community and spent on a basic need - a basic need of life." And the renewed work requirements put SNAP behind another layer of governmental pressure.
Rosado added that the state presently has 10,000 work slots that comply with SNAP requirements. But there are an estimated 134,000 people in need of those jobs in Ohio. "That's math that you can't even do!" she exclaimed.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who said he would take the "food stamp challenge" and live off $4.18 each day for a week in November, has hammered Kasich on this matter. In County Council meetings, his input from the side of the room often sounded more like political football commentary, but his points remained valid as government leadership debated just how in the hell they were going to comply.
"The war on the poor is not rhetorical," he said at a November County Council meeting. "It's substantive, and this is a substantive policy that's going to be imposed on thousands of people in this county."